July 7, 2015

Bargains Galore at White Elephant Sale Friday, Saturday

And they're off!  The annual White Elephant Sale starts each year on the first strike of 9 a.m. on the designated Friday.

And they’re off! The annual White Elephant Sale starts each year on the first strike of 9 a.m. on the designated Friday.

WES-sticker-onlyIt’s once again time to start preparing for one of the biggest rummage sales in all of New England — the White Elephant Sale [WES] sponsored by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church, which will take place this year at the church on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11.

This popular sale raises money for missions and good works both locally and through out the world.  Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, world relief, housing, along with many many more.

Donations are needed.  Look around in the attic for those treasures and bring them to the church starting Thursday, June 25, for eight days through Friday, July 3 [closed Sunday, June 28, and Saturday, July 4.]  Quality items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and on Thursday, June 25, Tuesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 2, there will be additional evening donation periods from 6 to 8 p.m.

Click this link for a full White Elephant Sale calendar and a list of donations that are (and are not) acceptable. 

For those new to the town or those who have never taken part, this is the 79th successive year and is one of the main events on both the town and church calendars.  Everyone has seen garage and rummage sales but few can match the size and color of this one.

The sale items are organized into more than 20 departments that fill the church buildings and every available space on the lawn.  It has grown so large, it has become a true “community event” as many of the donations and a number of volunteer workers are non-church members.  Many people plan their vacations or family visits to Old Lyme so as to attend or work at the WES.

Some 200+ volunteers pitch in for two weeks collecting, sorting, pricing and organizing items for the big day — Friday morning when the crowds anxiously gather outside the ropes surrounding the church grounds.  When the bell tower clock strikes 9 a.m., the ropes come down and the shoppers run for their favorite departments looking for those bargains.

And if that isn’t enough — there is lunch and soda to refresh the shoppers so they can repeat the same process again on Saturday morning when the prices are discounted by 50 percent.  Check out the pictures on the church website and a Youtube video link of a previous sale.

To donate or to volunteer, call the church office at 860-434-8686.

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Grass Routes Bluegrass Band Gives Sound View Concert Thursday Evening

The Grass Routes Bluegrass Band will perform at Sound View on Thursday evening.

The Grass Routes Bluegrass Band will perform at Sound View on Thursday evening.

The Town of Old Lyme and the Sound View Commission are sponsoring family-friendly concerts at Sound View Beach this summer.

The second concert  of the 2015 series will be held Thursday, July 9, and features the Grass Routes Bluegrass Band.  The free outdoor concerts will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the flag pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a lovely evening of sunset music.  Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

There is no rain location for this concert.  Should a weather cancellation be necessary it will be posted on LymeLine.com and the Town website under “News & Announcements.”

The original Old Lyme Town Band existed from 1886 to 1910. The band members practiced in the “Band Room,” a building on the corner of Shore and Ferry Roads that has since been converted to a residence.

In the summer of 1975, Michele Smith Dickey, a granddaughter of one of the original band members, re-formed the band in anticipation of the US bicentennial celebration. Dickey took lessons on a trombone which reputedly belonged to a member of the original Old Lyme Town Band. Donald Janse, then director of cadet musical activities at the US Coast Guard Academy and past director of the Coast Guard Band, was the first conductor of the modern band.

Since 1975, the band, whose members represent many area towns, has presented concerts from Guilford to Mystic, and from Old Lyme to Middletown, particularly during the summer.

Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7  to 9 p.m. at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme. New members of all ages are welcome with no auditions.

For further information, contact the band at this link.

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White Elephant Sale Opens at Old Lyme Congregational Church Friday

The crowd waits patiently for the clock to chime 9 a.m.

The crowd waits patiently for the clock to chime 9 a.m. before rushing to find their own special bargain.

It’s once again time for one of the biggest rummage sales in all of New England — the White Elephant Sale [WES] sponsored by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, which takes place this year at the church on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11.

This popular sale raises money for missions and good works both locally and through out the world.  Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, world relief, housing, along with many many more.

For those new to the town or those who have never taken part, this is the 78th successive year and is one of the main events on both the town and church calendars.  Everyone has seen garage and rummage sales, but few can match the size and color of this one.

The sale items are organized into more than 20 departments that fill the church buildings and every available space on the lawn.  It has grown so large, it has become a true “community event” as many of the donations and a number of volunteer workers are non-church members.  Many people plan their vacations or family visits to Old Lyme so as to attend or work at the WES.

More than 200 volunteers pitch in for two weeks collecting, sorting, pricing and organizing items for the big day when the crowds anxiously gather outside the ropes surrounding the church grounds.  When the bell tower clock strikes 9 a.m., the ropes come down and the shoppers run for their favorite departments looking for those bargains.

And if that isn’t enough — there is lunch and soda to refresh the shoppers so they can repeat the same process again on Saturday morning when the prices are discounted by 50 percent.  Check out the pictures on the church website and a Youtube video link of a previous sale.

To volunteer, call the church office at 860-434-8686.

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Last Day to See Exhibit on 17th Century Lyme at Lyme Public Hall

A section of the Loving Parting document, 1665.  Lyme Records, Connecticut State Library.

A section of the Loving Parting document, 1665. Lyme Records, Connecticut State Library.

An exhibit, The Town of Lyme in the 1600s, will be on view at the Lyme Public Hall from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.  Starting with the establishment of East Saybrook in 1665, this exhibit explores the early English settlement of Lyme through primary documents, and maps from the period as well as examples of items that might have been in a seventeenth century household.

The exhibit is planned to mark the 350th anniversary of the Loving Parting in 1665 when representatives from the east and west sides of the Connecticut River signed an agreement confirming the separation of the new “plantation” of East Saybrook from its parent Saybrook Colony. Before long the new settlement took the name of Lyme.

A special focus of the exhibit is the settlement of the northwest section of Lyme which is today the Town of Lyme.  The exhibit highlights early families such as the Elys, and Brockways who gave their names to places in present day Lyme.  The settlement of the area by Indian groups and the later interaction of Sachem Joshua and the town are also examined.

Exhibit hours are Friday, July 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, July 5, from 2-4 p.m.  Admission is free.

On Friday, July 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. photos will be taken for the Lyme Local History Archives of descendants of Lyme’s seventeenth century settlers.  Families with names like Marvin, Brockway, Luther, and Beckwith are still in the local area, and there are many others.  Visit  www.lymepublichall.org and look at the Archives posts for the names of these first settlers. Descendants can stop by the Hall any time Friday afternoon to participate in this project and should bring their cameras as well. For more information, contact Leslie at 860 526-8886.

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Route 156) In Lyme, Connecticut.  For more information go to www.lymepublichall.org

The Lyme Public Hall Association is dedicated to the appreciation of Lyme’s history, culture,and community through the preservation and use of the historic hall, its archives and historical programs.

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Sound View Celebrates The Fourth in Style

Leading last year's parade was this cheerful flag-bearer.

Joanne Leishing cheerfully led last year’s parade

Sound View held its traditional Independence Day parade yesterday with floats, bikes, bands, marchers and more all brightly decorated in red, white and blue.  As always, it was a cheerful event filled with smiling faces and hometown pride.

Click to read a full report by Kimberly Drelich and published today on theday.com

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Sound View Hosts Independence Day Parade in Old Lyme Today

Leading last year's parade was this cheerful flag-bearer.

Last year’s parade was led by this cheerful flag-bearer.

The Sound View Beach Association (SVBA) hosts its traditional Independence Day parade this coming Saturday, July 4, starting at 10 a.m. from the Shoreline Community Center on Hartford Ave.  in Old Lyme. Described as a true “home town” community parade, children, adults, and civic groups are invited to march or spectate and enjoy this special experience.

The organizers suggest residents should decorate their bikes and wagons, build a float, or wear a patriotic costume.   Pets are also welcome to march.  There will be a VFW Honor Guard, child marchers, decorated bikes, floats, balloons, a marching band, police, fire and ambulance trucks, which will all contribute to a unique, small town experience.

Awards are given in categories such as best-decorated bike, most patriotic outfit, best float, and best-dressed pet. Assembly time for the parade is 9:45 a.m. at the Shoreline Community Center and step-off is 10 a.m.  The parade route includes Hartford, Swan, and Portland Avenues.

Entries in the Parade must be in good taste and in conformance with the Mission and family atmosphere of the SVBA. The decision of the board of directors is final. The SVBA is an all volunteer, non-profit, civic organization.  It owns and manages the Shoreline Community Center and also provides the flags in the Sound View area.

Everyone is invited to join or help. Frank Pappalardo, who is the chair of the SVBA, says, “We’re always accepting new members, volunteers and donations.  All donations are tax deductible and we are registered for “matching gift” grants with many companies.

For more information, email info@soundviewbeach.com or visit www.soundviewbeach.com

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Lyme Hosts Traditional Independence Day Parade Today

The annual Fourth of July parade in Lyme, which was founded by Dr. William Irving in 1958, will be held Saturday, July 4, starting “at 10 a.m. or when everyone is ready.”

People wishing to participate should assemble at Camp Claire between 9 and 10 a.m.  No prior registration is required to march.

Tuba player Stu Ingersoll of Essex and his fellow musicians are always a welcome addition to this hometown parade.

After the parade, Lyme Parks and Recreation will be providing food and fun while hosting a range of activities at the Grange Hall.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce Presents Scholarships, Grants to Local Students at Annual Meeting

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber honors its scholarship winners. From left to right are State Senator Paul Formica, Eli Kuhn, Sloane Sweitzer, Gabriel Barclay, Brett Hartmann and State Representative Devin Carney.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber honors its scholarship winners. From left to right are State Senator Paul Formica, Eli Kuhn, Sloane Sweitzer, Gabriel Barclay, Brett Hartmann and State Representative Devin Carney.

Gabriel Barclay, Brett Hartmann, and Sloane Sweitzer are the 2015 recipients of the N. Rutherford Sheffield Memorial Award for Entrepreneurial Promise and Achievement from the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce. The award was established in 1999 by the Chamber in honor of Mr. Sheffield, who served the Chamber for over 50 years, and was a leader in many community organizations.

Elijah Kuhn, entering his senior year at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the College of New Haven, received the Scholarship Award for Achievement in the Visual Arts. Mr. Kuhn has received the award from the Chamber for each of his years at the College.

All four students were also acknowledged with Proclamations from the State Legislature presented by State Senator Paul Formica and State Representative Devin Carney, who attended the Annual Meeting, and State Senator Art Linares.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships and grants to local students since its inception. The Chamber Scholarship Fund is supported through donations to CMRK clothing donation bins located in Lyme and Old Lyme: at the Lyme Firehouse, behind The Bowerbird, at 151 Boston Post Road, and on Route 156 at Shoreline Mowers.

Outgoing President Catherine Frank Honored for Service by State Senator Formica, State Rep. Carney

Outgoing Chamber President receives a Proclamation from the State Legislature from State Senator Paul Formica (left) and State Representative Devin Carney (right).

Outgoing Chamber President receives a Proclamation from the State Legislature from State Senator Paul Formica (left) and State Representative Devin Carney (right).

Outgoing Chamber President Catherine Frank was also acknowledged for her exemplary service to the Chamber with a Proclamation from the State Legislature presented by State Senator Paul Formica and State Representative Devin Carney, who attended the Annual Meeting, and State Senator Art Linares.

Mark Griswold and Olwen Logan, the newly-elected President and Vice-President respectively of the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Griswold and Olwen Logan, the newly-elected President and Vice-President respectively of the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Griswold was elected the new President of the Chamber and Olwen Logan was elected Vice-President.

Information about the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber is available at www.visitoldlyme.com.

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Lyme Veterans Fundraise to Complete Memorial

Lyme Veteran's Memorial

Lyme Veteran’s Memorial

At the focal point of the new Lyme Town Green, the flags fly proudly at the unfinished Lyme Veteran’s Memorial, which was moved last fall from its original location close to Rte. 156.

The Lyme Veteran’s Memorial Committee is currently seeking funds to complete its improvement project.

The Memorial stands between the renovated, enlarged Town Hall and the new library, and directly opposite the entrance.  Flags representing our country and all military services fly 24 hours a day, seven days a week thanks to a powerful light-emitting diode (LED) light installed at the base of the flagpole.

Although the Town paid and provided for footings, grading, landscaping, power and water, the Committee has already spent more than $2,600 to move the Memorial from its original location to the present one and also to fund a new flagpole and light.

The money raised from this fundraising project will be spent on granite curbing to border the entire Memorial, a granite step and walkway, and engraving.  At a later date, once additional funds have been accumulated, bricks will be installed to pave the enclosed area.

Fundraising efforts thus far have generated about half of the funds needed to complete the Memorial.  The Committee is extremely grateful to those who have already contributed to this worthy cause.

The Committee now seeks additional funds to purchase and install the granite.  It is asking all those who support the project to consider making a donation to the Lyme Veteran’s Memorial Committee and sending the check to James C. Beers, 7 Cove Rd., Lyme, CT 06371.

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Independence Day Weekend Openings, Closings in Lyme, Old Lyme

Lyme and Old Lyme Town Hall offices will be closed on Friday, July 3.

The Old Lyme Transfer Station will be open on Friday, July 3, and closed on Saturday, July 4.

There is no change to the trash or recycling pick up schedule in the Town of Old Lyme on Friday, July 3.

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Sound View Improvements, Rte. 156 Bike Way Info Meeting to be Held Tonight in Old Lyme

A Public Informational Meeting for the Rte. 156 Bike Way and Sound View Improvements Project is scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium.

 

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Lyme-Based Julia Balfour Creative Agency Receives 14 Connecticut Art Directors Club Awards

The Julia Balfour LLC creative agency located in Lyme, Conn., was honored with 14 awards.

The Julia Balfour LLC creative agency located in Lyme, Conn., has been honored with 14 Connecticut Art Directors Club awards.

Julia Balfour, LLC has been honored with 14 Connecticut Art Directors Club awards for design projects undertaken by the company in the past year.  The works include Exhibition Kiosks, Interactive Apps, Social Media Campaigns, Websites, Logos, and Invitation designs.

Work honored for the following nine partners were:

Gold Awards

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  • Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network “Stop the Stigma” Campaign – Social Media (see image above)
  • Mystic Aquarium Exploration Wild Kiosks – Educational and Museum Information Design

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  • Mystic Aquarium Exploration Wild Kiosks – Interactive App (see image above)

Silver Awards

  • New England Society of Healthcare Communications Conference Logo – Logo System
  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Holiday Market Series – Announcements / Invitations / Greeting Cards
  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Symphony Invitation – Announcements / Invitations / Greeting Cards

Excellence Awards

  • Hartford HealthCare Web Style Guide  – Employee Publications
  • Florence Griswold Museum Website – Cultural & Educational Websites
  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Fall Newsletter – Pro Bono Design
  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Symphony Poster – Poster Series
  • James Merrill House Website – Cultural & Educational Websites
  • Dreamup Toys Microsite – E-commerce Websites
  • Structural Graphics Google Adwords Landing Page – Online Promotion
  • Twin Networks Presentation Folder – Brochures / Folders

Julia Balfour, founder and Creative Director of the agency, comments, “I’m so proud of the work our team has done over the past year. We’ve gone from a one-woman shop to a 15-person team in four years.  The work we’ve produced, this year in particular, demonstrates the passion, strategy, and innovation that this team has poured into their work. And of course we couldn’t do any of it without our fabulous clients.” she said.

Julia Balfour, LLC is a full service creative agency specializing in design, strategy, innovation, and social media. Located in Lyme, CT, the studio works within Healthcare, Finance, Travel & Tourism, Non-Profit, Retail, Beauty and Museum & Fine Art.

The Connecticut Art Directors Club seeks to promote standards of excellence in the field of creative design within the state.  Their yearly awards show brings together and highlights the exceptional design work of the past year.

For more information about Julia Balfour, LLC, visit www.juliabalfour.com and/or                                                    www.facebook.com/juliabalfourllc

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Lymes’ Senior Center Hosts Art & Nature Weekend; Pooch Parade at 11am Today

A class on container gardening will be held

A container gardening class will be held on Saturday, June 27.

This weekend, June 26, 27 and 28, Lymes’ Senior Center will host its 2nd Annual Art and Nature Weekend.  Join in the festivities of this special weekend celebrating the beauty of the local surroundings and the many talents of the citizens of Lyme and Old Lyme.

During the weekend, the Lymes’ Senior Center will be filled with the art work of its Shoreline Artists’ Workshop.  Original paintings, prints, and greeting cards will be for sale with a portion of sales going to the Senior Center.

Friday will see a Grand Opening to the event starting at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, there will be a hike, numerous painting and art-themed events, a visit by ponies from High Hopes and a container gardening class.  On Sunday, there will be another hike in a different location, an Independence Day-themed Pooch Parade and a “Critter Encounter.”  These are just a selection of the weekend’s events.

Most events will take place at Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, CT.  Call (860)434-1605 ext 240 with any questions.

Today’s schedule is as follows:

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Banningwood Preserve

Banningwood Preserve

Family Hike of Banningwood Preserve
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

This hike will be led by Wendy Hill, Lyme Land Trust Director and Open Space Coordinator. It is open to all ages.  Following the hike, all are welcome back at the Senior Center to view paintings created recently by local artists in a Banningwood Paint-Out.

For more information, or to register for this, call (860)434-1605 ext. 240

Blooming Art Exhibit
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  
Lymes’ Senior Center 
This is free and open to the public. This exhibit features carefully selected paintings from the Shoreline Artists Workshop and Floral Designs inspired by them arranged by members of both the Duck River Garden Club and the Lyme Garden Club.  In addition, the winning photos from the 9th Annual Land Trusts Photo Contest will be on display.

Pooch Parade
11:30 a.m.
Lymes’ Senior Center 

Pooch Parade
Dogs sporting an Independence Day theme will be eligible to win a “poochie” prize.  Gift certificates have been donated by Olivers Tails in Old Lyme and The Feed Bag in Old Saybrook.  A picture of your pooch will also be featured in our upcoming newsletter. Open to all ages.
To register your pooch, call (860)434-1605 ext. 240.

grey-treefrog500“Critter Encounter”
1 p.m.
Lymes’ Senior Center
This will be a live animal show presented by the Pequot Nature Center showcasing the gray tree frog, bull frog, painted and box turtles, snakes, and an owl. Open to all ages.
For more information, or to register, call (860)434-1605 ext. 240.

 

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Banquet in Old Saybrook This Evening Benefits Nepal Earthquake Victims

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 11.49.38 PMA banquet to benefit Nepal earthquake victims will be held Sunday, June 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Clark Memorial Field, 210 Elm St., in Old Saybrook.

All are welcome.

The evening will feature:

  • a traditional Tibetan dinner and cultural show
  • Nepalese and Tibetan music, song, and dance
  • a silent auction

This benefit event will raise funds for families devastated by the massive earthquake in Nepal, who are still in dire need of medical help, food, safe water, shelter, and supplies to rebuild lives.

For tickets or donations, contact David Brown at hayhouseonline@gmail.com  or (860) 575-2387

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page under Old Saybrook/Nepal Benefit.

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Lymestock 2015: MusicNow Presents All-Day Youth Concert at Ashlawn Farm Today

Award-winning band 'Playing With Fire 3' will play at Lymestock 2015 on Sunday at Ashlawn Farm.

Award-winning band ‘Playing With Fire 3′ will play at Lymestock 2015 on Sunday at Ashlawn Farm.

The MusicNow Foundation is sponsoring a youth concert at Ashlawn Farm, 78 Bill Hill Rd. in Lyme on Sunday, June 28, from 12 to 6:30 p.m.  The event will feature a selection of New England’s award-winning young artists.

Performers include the Hilton Park Band, Kala Farnham, PJ Tautkus, Julia Russo, Playing With Fire 3, Jake Kulak, Juice, Terri Guddis and The Advantagers, Drew Cathcart, Sophia Griswold, Christine Salazar and  Meredith Kegley.

There will also be games, crafts, door prizes and more.  Picnics will be available from Bliss Gourmet BBQ.  Bring your own blankets.

Partners and friends supporting the event include Ashlawn Farm, Bliss Gourmet, Nightingale’s Acoustic cafe, Gramma’s Attic promotions, WCNI Radio, Pavoh.org and Great Blue Research, Inc.

The MusicNow Foundation, Inc., is dedicated to the support of live music to engage, enrich and educate young artists through workshop programming, performance opportunities and musical mentorships nurturing creative and artistic growth.

For further information, call (860) 434-1961  or email info@musicnowfoundation.org
Nightingales’s Café & Coffeehouse at 68 Lyme St. in Old Lyme is a gathering place for live, local and homegrown music.  Friday Nite Live Coffeehouses are for the best in youth artists while Sweet Saturday Nites feature regional and national artists.
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Flock Theatre Performs ‘Twelfth Night’ at CT River Museum Tonight

Flock Theatre presents Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as part of the Connecticut River Museum’s Theater Along the River, June 21. Photo courtesy of Flock Theatre

Flock Theatre presents Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as part of the Connecticut River Museum’s Theater Along the River, June 21. Photo courtesy of Flock Theatre

The Connecticut River Museum’s Theater Along the River kicks off with Flock Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at 7 p.m. this evening. The grounds open at 6 p.m.

This event was rescheduled from last Sunday when it had to be postponed due to the inclement weather, so here’s a second chance to pack a picnic and enjoy a timeless story along the banks of the River.

Twelfth Night is all about mistaken identities. It is a romantic comedy, and romantic love is the play’s main focus. Theater critic, Steve Gifford at onstageblog.com, notes that “Directed by Derron Wood and Victor Chiburis, this is Shakespeare at its best. This production emotes the text better than I have heard it in years. Their casting is impeccable, they seem to allow the actors to discover quirks and oddities that elevate their roles well beyond stereotype to something altogether more interesting.”

Director Derron Wood comments, “We are pleased to return for a second year to the Connecticut River Museum. It offers a spellbinding backdrop for outdoor theater and allows us to reach a new audience.”

The Connecticut River Museum’s executive director, Christopher Dobbs, notes, “Flock Theatre is a master of Shakespeare. We feel fortunate to offer this level of entertainment at the museum and hope that the audience enjoys the production and its backdrop – the River.” Dobbs was quick to point out that the museum is only able to host this event and keep the ticket prices reasonable for all ages to enjoy through the “generosity of lead sponsor the Essex Wellness Center with additional support from Wells Fargo Advisors.”

The museum’s grounds will open at 6 p.m. for picnickers to lay out blankets and chairs. Museum staff encourage the audience to make the picnic part of the experience. In fact, there will be a special prize awarded to the “best” picnic arrangement.

There is only lawn seating, so plan to bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. A cash bar will include wine, beer, water, and soda. No carry-in alcohol is permitted and patrons will be carded for proof of valid ID at the bar.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for children (12 and under). Tickets may be bought at www.ctrivermuseum.org or at the door starting at 6 p.m. the night of the performance. Curtain opens at 7 p.m.

A second evening of Theater Along the River will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1. This will be Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. A seldom performed show, it is thought to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy and a production not to miss.

Flock Theatre is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company founded in 1989. The theater company is dedicated to creating original, collaborative and educational theater. Perhaps best known for their long-standing summer Shakespeare in the Arboretum, Flock Theatre performs year-round in a variety of venues, including their winter “nest” at the First Congregational Church on the New London Pier, at the historic Shaw Mansion Museum and throughout New England.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 860-767-8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.

Flock Theatre presents Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as part of the Connecticut River Museum’s Theater Along the River, June 21. Photo courtesy of Flock Theatre.

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Summer Fun Opportunities for Youth at High Hopes

High Hopes in Old Lyme has a few openings remaining in some of its fun, horse-related programs for youth this summer as follows:

Community Riding Lessons

Sign up for Group Youth Lessons (three per group) at High Hopes in Old Lyme on Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. through Aug. 7 or Teen/Adult Semi Private Lessons (two per group) at Camp Harkness, Waterford on Wednesdays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. or 2 to 2:45 p.m. through Aug. 5.

Contact Courtney Bernard at 860-434-1974, ext. 118 to learn more or visit www.highhopestr.org.

Summer Camp

There are a few spots left this July in the High Hopes Summer Camp for all children ages 3 to 12 on their beautiful 125-acre campus in Old Lyme, Conn.  Campers are provided opportunities to build and/or develop horsemanship skills both on and off the horse.

Campers will groom and tack their horse each morning in addition to a daily riding lesson. Other activities include vaulting, carriage driving, inclusive team building games and equine arts and crafts.

Contact Sarah Carlson at 860-434-1974, ext. 115 to learn more or visit www.highhopestr.org.

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Tickets on Sale Now for Exclusive Benefit Concert by Pittsinger, Schuman for Ivoryton Playhouse

David Pittsinger

David Pittsinger

IVORYTON — World renowned artists David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman will be performing songs from The Great American Songbook – including works by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein as well as some contemporary composers – at an exclusive concert on Sunday, July 12, at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

This concert is a benefit for the 104-year-old Playhouse to further its mission to provide theatre of the highest quality to the residents and visitors to our community.

Pittsinger is a world renowned operatic performer who recently garnered critical acclaim for his performance of Emile DeBecque in the Lincoln Center’s Tony Award winning ‘South Pacific’ – a role he is currently reprising at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Patricia Schumann

Patricia Schuman

His wife, Patricia Schuman, an internationally celebrated soprano, was recently seen as The Duchess in Odyssey Opera’s production of ‘Powder Her Face’, and will also be joining David as Bloody Mary in ‘South Pacific.’

This special concert is a rare opportunity to see them together in the intimate setting of the Ivoryton Playhouse performing a brand new repertoire.

Pittsinger says,”Please join me and my wife Patricia for an intimate and personal celebration of the American Songbook, honoring Ivoryton Playhouse. These iconic treasures, some of the most cherished in all of American Musical Theatre, reflect our love for each other, the stage, and the music that has shaped our lives”

Tickets for this unique event are $125 each and there will be a reception at 6 p.m. with cocktails, wines and heavy hors d’oeuvres followed by the performance at 7 p.m. Pittsinger and Schuman will join guests after the show for coffee and dessert.

Seating is limited; call the theatre box office at 860.767.7318 to reserve your seat for this special evening. Premier seating is available for patrons.

The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Throughout the month of July, Pittsinger will be revisiting the role of Emile deBecque in ‘South Pacific’ – the role he played in the Lincoln Center production to great critical acclaim and Schuman will be making her Ivoryton debut in the role of Bloody Mary. ‘South Pacific’ opens at the Playhouse July 1 and runs through July 26.

Visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org for more information.

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Nature Conservancy and East Haddam Conserve 133 Acres of Priority Lower Connecticut River Lands

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EAST HADDAM — A project providing a key addition to a 10-mile conservation corridor has been successfully completed by The Nature Conservancy. Protection of more than 130 acres of forest will connect two popular conservation and outdoor recreation areas, while safeguarding three-quarters of a mile of streams and wetlands that feed into one of New England’s most important natural resources: the Connecticut River.

“Protecting the forests and wetlands that border Connecticut River tributaries benefits the health of the entire lower Connecticut River, as well as everything—and everyone—that relies on it,” said Sarah Pellegrino, land protection and strategies manager for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut.

“In this case, the newly protected land will help preserve water quality for brook trout, migratory fish and mussels; provide habitat for migratory birds and other animals and secure beautiful outdoor spots where current and future generations can hike, birdwatch and simply get out in the woods,” Pellegrino said.

Located within the basin of the Eightmile River, a Connecticut River tributary, the acreage includes two separate acquisitions on which the town of East Haddam and The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut collaborated. Both acquisitions were awarded Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition grants from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Both areas will be open to the public for passive recreation.

The acquisitions are adjacent to the Conservancy’s Burnham Brook Preserve, which was the first land protected by the Conservancy in the entire Connecticut River watershed, starting in 1960.

Conservation of one of these properties—the 113-acre Lefebvre property—accomplished a long-standing Conservancy goal of connecting Devil’s Hopyard State Park and Burnham Brook Preserve. It adds to a roughly 10-mile conservation corridor that extends to the confluence of the Eightmile and Connecticut rivers.

This project was awarded a DEEP open space grant of $263,700 towards the total purchase price. The property will be jointly owned and managed between the Conservancy and the town.

The second acquisition—the 20-acre Zeleznicky property—is a 20-acre parcel that supports mixed hardwoods and contains over 1,000 feet of Burnham Brook. To protect this land, the Conservancy and East Haddam jointly applied for a DEEP open space grant and were awarded $78,000 towards the purchase price. The town will own and manage the property.

“These acquisitions were possible only because of the patience and commitment of willing land owners and of the conservation partners who played a role,” Pellegrino said “We’re extremely pleased both of these properties will remain as natural areas.”

Editor’s Note: The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 18 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 117 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org/connecticut.

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Local Authors Release New Book, Speak About “Remarkable Women of Old Lyme,” Aug. 24

Michaelle Pearson and Fred Lampos will host a book signing for their book, "Remarkable Women of Old Lyme," on Saturday in Old Lyme.

Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos will host a book signing for their book, “Remarkable Women of Old Lyme,” on Saturday in Old Lyme. Photo by Angela Chicoski Photography.

Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson have recently released a new book, Remarkable Women of Old Lyme, published by History Press. The book features stories of Old Lyme women including Phoebe Griffin Noyes, Evelyn MacCurdy Salisbury, Florence Griswold and Katharine Ludington.

Book coverThe authors will speak about these and other Remarkable Women of Old Lyme at local venues throughout the summer, including a presentation at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library on Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.

The husband and wife team previously co-authored Rumrunners, Governors Beachcombers and Socialists —A History of Old Lyme Beaches, which was published by the Old Lyme Historical Society in 2010.

Remarkable Women of Old Lyme is available for sale at all author events, at many local shops including the Florence Griswold Museum Shop, the Carousel Shop, the Women’s Exchange, and also online at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com andbooksamillion.com.

Editor’s Note: ‘Remarkable Women of Old Lyme’ by Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson is published by History Press 2015 with a cover price is $21.99.

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