November 23, 2014

Death of Old Lyme Resident Richard Blair Announced: Outdoorsman, Environmental Activist, Singer, Bridge Master

Richard Taylor Blair, 85, died on Nov. 19 of complications from a stroke.  The son of Vernon R. Blair and Sara Taylor, he grew up in White Plains, N.Y. and graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1950.  He was married to the former Diana Nebauer for 58 years.  They lived in Armonk, N.Y. for 30 years where they raised their family and pioneered the local recycling program.  Following in his father’s footsteps, Richard was a sales representative for the Heywood-Wakefield Co. and later became an independent rep. for various furniture manufacturers.

In 1991, he and his wife moved to Old Lyme where he had an active retirement.  Richard shared his loved of the out of doors with his family and continued to grow a large vegetable garden and fish with friends on Long Island Sound in his boat.  At the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, he and his wife started an environment committee and he also served as a deacon there.  In his eighties, inspired by his love of music, he joined the church choir and took private singing lessons.  He was also the treasurer of the Old Lyme Land Trust for two terms.  Richard was an accomplished duplicate bridge player, well known in local bridge circles.

He is survived by his wife, two children, Linda Sargent and James Blair and their spouses, John Sargent and Joanne Blair, two grandchildren, Sara and Eric Sargent and his mother-in-law Evelyn Nebauer.

He will be missed by his loving family and his many friends.  He was a man of integrity and lived his life with great appreciation, generosity of spirit, love and enthusiasm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Old Lyme Land Trust, Box 163 or the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, music fund, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or The American Chestnut Foundation at  There will be a memorial service at the church on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.


Donate to Old Lyme PD Holiday Food Drive Today at OL Shopping Center

food_drive_clipartThe Old Lyme Town Police Officers conclude their annual Holiday Food Drive at the Old Lyme Shopping Center on Halls Rd. today, Saturday, Nov. 22.  All food donated will be forwarded to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Lymes’ Senior Center and the Town of Old Lyme Social Services.

The Old Lyme Police Officers will be on hand to collect donations at the Old Lyme Shopping Center from 11 3 p.m.

Non-perishables can be left at the Old Lyme Police Department, 294 Shore Rd., through Nov. 25.


Christ the King Hosts Annual, Ecumenical, Community Thanksgiving Service, Tuesday

The annual Community Service of Thanksgiving, sponsored by the churches of Lyme and Old Lyme, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Christ the King Church. All are welcome to attend this ecumenical service of prayer and song, which will feature music by the choirs of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, St. Ann Episcopal Church, and Christ the King Church. Clergy from the various faith communities will participate, as will lay members and community leaders.Fr. Joseph Ashe, pastor of Christ the King Church, said that there are two reasons to hold this service: “At this time of year, as we gather with family and friends to share meals and joyous times together, we should take a moment to reflect and give thanks for all the gifts that have been bestowed on us.” But at the same time, he added, “We also need to keep in mind the many people in our world, and right here in southeastern Connecticut, who have no family, no job, no food on the table, or even a roof over their heads. It’s our reality check.”An offering will be taken up during the service to benefit the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for the Shoreline Food Pantry, to help our neighbors in need.

The 2014 Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service takes place at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25.  Everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is welcome to attend.

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Tribal Crafts Annual Holiday Sale Continues This Weekend in Old Lyme, Featured Artist Travis Harden in Store Today

Hide Painting by Travis Harden

Hide Painting by featured artist Travis Harden

Tribal Crafts Inc., will hold its annual holiday sale each weekend through Dec. 14.  Storefront hours are Saturdays 10 am to 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 86 Halls Rd. in the Old Lyme Marketplace (next to Rob Rivers Salon).  This weekend, Nov. 22 and 23, featured artist Travis Harden will be on hand to showcase his work.  Among his items are paintings on hide, paper and pottery.  Harden also crafts jewelry from buffalo horn and elk bone and inlays it with turquoise, yellow sandstone and pipestone.

Assorted Lakota crafts and jewelry

Assorted Lakota crafts and jewelry

The non-profit organization is based out of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) and the sale of items directly benefits Lakota artists and crafters of the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.

The Lakota people face immense challenges on the reservation. According to 2010 census data, Ziebach County, which makes up the majority of the Cheyenne River Reservation, is America’s poorest county with unemployment estimates of above 75 percent.

Reservation life is about daily survival.  Being able to help by way of Tribal Crafts is a vital part of the organization’s mission.  Not only does Tribal Crafts affirm and celebrate the beautiful traditional crafts for which the Lakota are known, but it is also an important source of financial assistance.

Harden says it is not always easy to sell artwork on the Reservation.  “When you know Tribal Crafts is coming, you know they’ll be buying from you and that could be your rent for the month,” notes Harden, referring to the annual trip made by representatives of Tribal Crafts and FCCOL.  The church and the people of Cheyenne River will celebrate 30 years of partnership in 2015.

In recent years, Tribal Crafts has also sold the work of Haitian artists affiliated with The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education, a program with strong ties to FCCOL. Other items on sale include hand-made silver and beaded jewelry, vibrant Haitian paintings and sculptures, dream catchers, quilts, purses and more.

Necklaces by featured artist Travis Harden, who will be in the store Nov. 22, 23.

Necklaces by featured artist Travis Harden, who will be in the store Nov. 22, 23.

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One Dog Missing, One Cat Found ~ Photo Added

172Lily, a one-year-old Yorkie, went missing from Hatchett Hill Rd. in Old Lyme on the morning of Nov. 19. She was last seen near Kellogg Marine, headed towards the woods at around 9 a.m.  Lily is wearing a red and black sweater.

Assistance to find her is sought urgently.

Report any sightings to 860-304-4268 or 860-227-8869 or Old Lyme Animal Control at 860-434-3047.

Meanwhile, a kind reader has told us that he has become aware of a cat (see photo at left) hanging around his home at 382 Hamburg Rd. in Lyme for the past few days. The cat is a black and gray tabby, friendly, and looks healthy.

Contact for more information.


Commission a Poem to Support ‘Reach Out and Read CT’

Tish Rabe

Tish Rabe

Tish Rabe, the best-selling author of over 160 children’s books including the popular Dr. Seuss, Cat In the Hat Learning Library, is partnering with Reach Out and Read Connecticut in support of their mission – to prepare disadvantaged children for academic success.  Rabe is generously donating her time and her talents to create customized poems that celebrate the special moments in life including anything from the birth of a child to a retirement.

These poems are available for the public to purchase for $50 with 100% of the proceeds going to Reach Out and Read Connecticut.  The poems are called “Magical Milestones” and can be purchased at  The partners hope to raise $10,000 during the holiday season.

“I’m having fun creating original poems for families that they can enjoy for years to come.” said Ms. Rabe, a resident of Mystic, CT.  “I am a passionate supporter of early childhood literacy and know how important it is to get a free book into the hands of every low-income child in Connecticut.  I am happy to do whatever I can to make that happen.”

Focusing on low-income families, Reach Out and Read is a national organization that partners with medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children as well as support healthy brain and social/emotional development.  Reach Out and Read is far more than a book give-a-way program.  By leveraging the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, the program is able to positively change parental behavior and increase parent involvement in their children’s lives – a critical lever linked to the educational, emotional, physical, and social health of children.

“The Reach Out and Read model provides parents with personalized, age-appropriate advice about books and reading at every well-child visit from 6 months to 5 years, along with the gift of a new developmentally and culturally appropriate books.  Books are used by the medical provider at the beginning of the visit during developmental surveillance, and as a vehicle to offer concrete guidance to parents.  Armed with this guidance, parents make reading aloud a part of their daily routines,” said Dr. Catherine Wiley, Connecticut Medical Director for Reach Out and Read Connecticut.

She continues, “Among the many anticipatory guidance items medical providers have on their checklist, Reach Out and Read has the best evidence base.  Reach Out and Read is the only anticipatory guidance activity proven to promote child development.  When you participate in Reach Out and Read, you address a critical need with a successful model.  Children served by Reach Out and Read are read to more often, have better expressive and receptive language skills and are better prepared for success in school.”  Dr. Wiley, who practices at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, brought Reach Out and Read to Connecticut in the early 90’s and continues to champion the program.

“We are thrilled to be working with Rabe on this new endeavor and to have her as part of our Connecticut Advisory Board,” said Christine Garber, Connecticut Executive Director for Reach Out and Read.  “Her “Love You, Hug You, Read to You” book is fabulous and has been well received by our medical providers and families.  We are privileged to have such a creative and enthusiastic person supporting our mission.”

There are 70 Reach Out and Read programs throughout Connecticut predominately at community health centers, clinics and hospitals.  Their team of nearly 300 medical providers distribute close to 70,000 new children’s books each year.  Nearly 40,000 children and families receive the Reach Out and Read model in Connecticut.

“Research shows that if you partner with parents and intervene in the first five years of life, you can dramatically improve the early literacy skills of a child, putting them on the track for success in school and in life,” said Garber.  “Childhood development experts tell us that the most important thing that parents can do to prepare their children to succeed in school is to read aloud to them every day. “

The Reach Out and Read model is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the program has one of the strongest records of research support of any primary care intervention.  In a significant milestone earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a policy statement which, for the first time ever, formally recommends that pediatricians incorporate into every well-child visit both books and advice about reading, referencing Reach Out and Read as an effective intervention.  This is a significant step for both the organization and early literacy efforts.

Nationally, Reach Out and Read doctors and nurses distribute over 6.5 million books to more than 4 million children and their families annually at 5,000 pediatric practices, hospitals, clinics and health centers in all 50 states.  More than 20,000 medical providers nationwide currently participate in Reach Out and Read.

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Two Exhibitions ~ Deck the Walls, Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty ~ on View at Lyme Art Association

The signature painting (above) for 'Deck the Walls' this year is ' Symphony of Light in Mountain and Trees' in oil by Faripour Forouhar.

The signature painting (above) for ‘Deck the Walls’ this year is ‘ Symphony of Light in Mountain and Trees’ in oil by Faripour Forouhar.

An opening reception for the Lyme Art Association’s annual Deck the Walls holiday show was held Friday evening.  Over 100 original works of art by member artists are on display and priced to sell as holiday gifts.  Also on view is Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty, a special exhibition of paintings showcasing the natural splendor of the Lyme-Old Lyme landscape.  Both exhibitions are on view through Jan. 3, 2015.

Joseph Newman, Executive Director of the Lyme Art Association, notes, “The Deck the Walls exhibition offers patrons and art lovers from throughout Connecticut and New England an opportunity to view and buy exceptional representational art at prices which make meaningful gift-giving easy.” He continues, “And this year, we’re thrilled to add Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty, an exceptional showcase of the local landscape created during a two-day ‘paint-out’ hosted by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust earlier this autumn.”

Lyme Art Association Member Artists of all levels (Individual, Associate and Elected) are invited to enter the Deck the Walls juried exhibition.

The Lyme Art Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and is located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, at the corner of Halls Road.

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Lyme Art Association is located in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within Old Lyme’s Historic District.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit


Courtney Comments on Obama Speech

Tonight, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement after President Obama’s speech outlining the planned implementation of the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions.

“It has been 511 days since the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill which would stabilize the broken immigration system, reduce the federal budget deficit, and—according to the Congressional Budget Office—grow the U.S. economy.”

“Despite calls by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau, and faith-based groups of all stripes, Speaker Boehner has refused for more than a year to allow even a debate on this measure, of which I am a cosponsor. The President’s temporary executive order adheres to past precedent regarding immigration, and should act as a spur to Congressional action – not further obstruction.”


Cooley Gallery Kicks Off Season with Annual Holiday Exhibition

Let the holiday season begin!

The Cooley Gallery has announcd the opening of their annual holiday exhibition All Paintings Great and Small featuring historic and contemporary works of art 12″ in size or smaller.  For many in the area this annual exhibition, in its 27th year, has become an undisputed kick-off to the holiday season with a celebratory opening the Thursday before Thanksgiving.

More than 60 artists from around New England, with a concentration of works by artists in Connecticut, participate in this annual show.  Many well-known artists return to The Cooley Gallery in addition to several newly discovered talents showing for the first time.

As in years past, All Paintings Great and Small offers a wide range of subjects and media carefully chosen by the staff at the gallery.  Jeff Cooley notes, “Everyone gets involved in everything around here but especially with this exhibition: suggesting artists and choosing their favorites.  Lorre Broom, our gallery manager, orchestrates the logistics and Nancy Pinney, our website guru, makes sure the images are perfect and gets it all posted in time for people to get a start on their holiday shopping.”

Among the historic and contemporary paintings there will also be unique items in other media like fine jewelry by Linda Kindler Priest and Katharine Walker, sculptures by Michael McLaughlin and Dan Potter, and glasswork by Ludwig F. Ostfeld and Mundy Hepburn.

Three of the four galleries at 25 Lyme Street are hung “salon-style” with multiples from floor to ceiling, and a wealth of varied artwork.  Prices range from the low hundreds on up giving collectors at all levels a chance to acquire some truly wonderful original works of art.

The other exhibition in the back gallery features recent acquisitions, paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The show begins on Nov. 21 at The Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m.  All Paintings Great and Small runs through January 11, 2014.

Located in downtown Old Lyme, The Cooley Gallery makes it an ideal spot to enjoy among the best of American art while celebrating the season with a great New England tradition.

Founded in 1981 and located in the heart of historic Old Lyme, the Cooley Gallery specializes in fine American paintings from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and select contemporary artists.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Call (860) 434-8807 or visit for additional information.


Potapaug Offers Archaeology, Natural Studies Walk in Old Lyme, Dec. 6

Join Potapaug Audubon and Old Lyme’s Town Historian Dr. John Pfieffer for an Archaeology and Natural Studies Walk on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. at Ames Rockshelter, 130 Whippoorwill Rd. Old Lyme.

This is a follow up walk to Dr. Pfieffer’s November 6th lecture on the Native Americans, the Nehantic.  The walk is about 3 miles long.

For more information, call 860-710-5811.


Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center Hosts Holiday House Tour, Dec. 6

Boxwood Manor.  This photo by James Meehan is featured in the Old Lyme Historical Society's 2014 Now & Then' calendar.

A photo of Boxwood Manor by James Meehan.  This expansive property on Lyme Street is featured not only on the ‘Homes for the Holiday’s’ tour, but also in the Old Lyme Historical Society’s 2014 Now & Then’ calendar.

The Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center (OLCLC) presents “Homes for the Holidays” House Tour of Old Lyme on Saturday, Dec. 6.  The tour begins at Old Lyme Town Hall, located at 52 Lyme Street, and will feature a Holiday Boutique from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The self-guided House Tour will run from 12 to 4 p.m. and will spotlight six beautifully decorated Old Lyme village homes, including historic Boxwood, featuring a holiday performance by the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Select Singers.

Advance tickets are available for $25 by mail by visiting or in person at OLCLC (57 Lyme Street, Old Lyme); Nightingale’s Café (68 Lyme Street); The Chocolate Shell (18 Lyme Street); Salon Pure (11 Halls Road, Old Lyme); and Homeworks (711 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook). Tickets the day of the event are $30.

The tour will be held rain, snow or shine.

Proceeds will benefit OLCLC enrichment programs.

Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center is a non-profit accredited early childhood school and child care center.

For more information, visit or call (860) 434-1728 ext. 1.


Nature Conservancy Holds Deer Hunt at Lyme’s Selden Creek Preserve to Support Deer Management Program

deer-290x300The Nature Conservancy is coordinating a deer hunt at the Conservancy’s Selden Creek Preserve in Lyme starting Wednesday, Nov. 19 and continuing  through Wednesday, Dec. 31; however, the preserve will not be closed because the hunting area is safely separated from the part of the preserve with public trails.

The Conservancy is also coordinating a hunt at the Burnham Brook Preserve in East Haddam during the same timeframe.  The Preserve will be closed to public access during that period.

The goal of the hunts is to reduce the negative impacts of forest overbrowse in these important habitats, restore balance and foster regeneration.

Safety for the hunters and neighbors of the preserves is a top priority for the Conservancy. Signs will be posted at Burnham Brook Preserve informing visitors the preserve is closed during the hunting season, and neighbors have been notified that hunting will take place. At both preserves, the hunters involved have been hunting together for many years and have hunted on the land before.

Deer overbrowsing impacts forest regeneration, wildflowers and the shrub layer.  This not only affects the health of the forest but also the animals that depend on it.  Birds that nest and feed on or near the ground have lost the groundcover necessary for protection from predators as well as sources of food.

Managed hunting is believed to be an effective tool that can reduce deer populations and curb the damage deer cause, allowing native natural communities, plants and trees to recover their full vigor and diversity.


Town of Old Lyme Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Boards, Commissions

A number of vacancies for volunteers exist on the Town of Old Lyme’s Boards and Commissions.

If you are interested in serving, complete a Request for Appointment form and return it to the Selectman’s Office ( by the end of this month.

The Town’s Boards and Commissions are established and regulated by State Statute and/or Town Ordinance.  In most cases, members must be electors in the Town of Old Lyme.  Balanced representation from major political parties on each board is also required.

Boards with current vacancies include:

Conservation Commission

Economic Development Commission

Flood & Erosion Control Board

Inland Wetlands Commission

Inland Wetlands Hearing Panel

Open Space Commission

Pension Committee

Planning Commission

Tree Commission


Zoning Commission


High Hopes Hosts Annual Holiday Market Today

Last year's Holiday Market at High Hopes drew huge crowds.

Last year’s Holiday Market at High Hopes drew huge crowds.

High Hopes hosts its annual Holiday Market this Sunday, Nov. 16, from 12 to 4 p.m. at their location at 36 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme.  For one afternoon, the High Hopes arena in Old Lyme will be transformed into a marketplace with something for everyone.  Start your holiday shopping at more than 50 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, gourmet foods and more, perfect for starting off your holiday shopping.

Hungry?  Stroll outside and visit the “hottest” area food trucks including the Whey StationRolling TomatoTaco PacificoFour Mile River FarmMunchies Food TruckFlanders Fish MarketFryborg,and Meriano’s Bakery and Cannoli Truck.   Meanwhile, keep the family entertained with games, arts and crafts and face painting.

To observe Veteran’s Day, High Hopes will be offering showings of a new short documentary Riding My Way Back, the heartwarming story of a veteran and the relationship with a horse that changed his life.  This half hour documentary chronicles the powerful healing of therapeutic riding for one soldier after he returns from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  High Hopes is one of 110 screenings that will be held around the country during Veteran’s Week.

Activities for the kids, hay rides by Fox Glove Farm for all ages to enjoy and live music by The Brazen Youth (Nick Lussier and Charles Dahlke) round out this afternoon of fun.  Prior albums by The Brazen Youth (under their former name The Company) titled Elysiumand Something About Broken Records  have ranked in the top 200 Singer/Songwrtier albums on iTunes and have placed the group in the top 100 Rock Artists on Reverbnation.  Their new album, New Life, is due out this Winter.

Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens. At last year’s Holiday Market, over 2,300 pounds of food were collected just in time for Thanksgiving.

And don’t forget to try your luck with great raffle and door prizes including a durable John Deere Gator, a Samsung 60′ HDTV with wifi, two tickets to the hit Broadway play, Kinky Boots with an overnight stay at NYC’s Penn Club, and a pair of Justin cowboy books from Southern Exposure.

For more information and a full listing of vendors, call (860) 434-1974 or visit


‘Say Goodnight, Gracie’ at Ivoryton Playhouse Features George Burns’ Life, Laughter, Love

Bruce Connelly plays the indomitable George Burns. (Photographer: Rose Picarelli)

Bruce Connelly plays the indomitable George Burns in ‘Say Goodnight, Gracie.’  (Photographer: Rose Picarelli)

Ivoryton favorite Bruce Connelly is currently performing at the Playhouse in the hit Broadway show, Say Goodnight, Gracie.  This tour de force invites you to spend an hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian, George Burns, who spanned 100 years of American entertainment history.

Say Goodnight, Gracie was Broadway’s third longest running solo performance show and nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for Best Play and won the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award also for Best Play.

In Say Goodnight, Gracie, George Burns looks back upon his impoverished, plucky youth on the lower East Side of New York … his disastrous but tenacious career in Vaudeville … the momentous day when he met a talented, young Irish girl named Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen … their instant chemistry, with his flawless timing a perfect mate to her dizzy delivery … his wooing of her, their marriage and their rise to the pinnacles of Vaudeville, movies, radio and television.

Gracie’s demise forced George to start from square one in life and in his career, in which he eventually achieved an equal level of success as a solo raconteur and Academy Award-winning actor.

Say Goodnight, Gracie was written by multiple Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes, whose Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and who is also creator and writer of the nostalgic Emmy Award-winning comedy series Remember WENN.

Connelly* appeared most recently at the Ivoryton Playhouse as Jim in the summer production All Shook Up.  Notable roles include Barney Cashman in Last Of The Red Hot Lovers, Max Bialystock in The Producers, Felix Unger in The Odd Couple, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Finian in Finian’s Rainbow.

Since 1993, Connelly has played Barkley, Jim Henson’s Muppet dog on Sesame Street for which he has been honored 15 times by the National Academy of Television and Radio at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Say Goodnight, Gracie is a tender, funny, life-affirming love story … a personal guided tour through an American century in the company of George Burns, a man who laughingly lived and loved each day for all it had to offer, until he finally went “gently into that good night” to forever reunite with his beloved Gracie.

Say Goodnight, Gracie runs through Sunday, Nov. 16.  Directed by Michael McDermott, the set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Kari Crowther.

Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.  Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity
Sponsored by Clark Corporation and Essex Meadows


Holiday Show & Sale in Old Lyme

A group of local artists and crafters is hosting their popular 9th Annual Holiday Show tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 11 Smith Neck Rd. ( off Rte. 156, opposite the Nearly New Shop )  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Jewelry, felted bags, pottery, cards and more will be for sale at competitive prices.

The artists and crafters involved include Betsey Copp, Ashby Carlisle, Stephanie Kenny, Tracey McMahon, Karen Stevenson and Lina Tuck.

For more information, call 860-434- 2691 or email


Sunshine, Spineti Sing at ‘Nightingale’ Tonight, Benefits NL Homeless Hospitality Center

Braiden Sunshine will performing with Lauren Spineti at Nightingale Cafe on Lyme St. Friday night.

Braiden Sunshine will performing with Lauren Spineti at the Nightingale Cafe on Lyme St. on Friday night.

Last Saturday, Braiden Sunshine of Lyme was one of 16 high school students to sleep outside in cardboard boxes on the lawn of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to try and gain an understanding of what it might be like to be homeless. He said that just one night — knowing he had a warm home and comfortable bed at home — could never give him a real understanding of homelessness.

But nevertheless, it was cold and lonely, and Braiden is now turning that experience into action to help the homeless.  As the nights turn colder, he hopes to raise money to keep the homeless of New London warmer.

Braiden and his friend Laura Spineti are performing at The Nightingale Cafe on Lyme Street this Friday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. to raise money for the Homeless Hospitality Center in New London.

Any donations for the Homeless Hospitality Center will be graciously accepted.

Come out and enjoy some great acoustic music with terrific harmonies and help support a worthy cause.


 Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Launch Party for 2015 ‘Now and Then’ Calendar Tonight

Cover of 2014 'Now & Then' calendar

Cover of 2014 ‘Now & Then’ calendar

The Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) will be celebrating the release of the new 2015 ‘Now & Then’ Old Lyme Community Calendar at a free public reception Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.  The calendar  priced at $12, along with other publications, will be for sale at the event. All are welcome to attend, but a RSVP to 860-434-0684 would be appreciated.

This is the third year that the Old Lyme Historical Society has published this popular calendar that incorporates a different set of photographs from the organization’s archives, again juxtaposing the historical images with contemporary ones of the same scene.  The images included in the calendar are a small sampling of the many interesting archived photographs of Old Lyme establishments,  landscapes, and scenes dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each calendar month is generously sponsored by a different community organization and includes the dates of their events throughout the year.  The intent is to highlight and assist in marketing activities occurring in Old Lyme in 2015 as well as remembering the past.

The Sponsors of the 2015 Now & Then Community Calendar are: the Town of Old Lyme, Speirs Plumbing, PGN Library, Lyme Art Association, Carousel Shop, Black Hall Grille, First Congregational Church, Bee & Thistle Inn, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Florence Griswold Museum, Cooley Gallery and the Old Lyme Historical Society.

The 2015 ‘Now & Then’ Old Lyme Community Calendar was designed by James Meehan and edited by Alison Mitchell.  Michaelle Pearson was the copy-editor.

The mission of the OLHS is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the rich history” of Old Lyme.  To find out more about the OLHS and its interesting activities, explore the web site at or stop by its office in the Genealogy Room at the Old Lyme–Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.


LOLJWC Expresses Appreciation to Old Lyme Inn for New Member Social

To the Editor:

On behalf of everyone at LOLJWC, we thank the Old Lyme Inn and its fabulous staff for hosting our New Member Social on October 29, 2014.  Because of them, we were able to highlight and share our club’s goals and missions, from social events and camaraderie to community support and the much anticipated spring fundraiser.  These fantastic women were treated to the Inn’s generous offering of appetizing bites and divine libations.  And from the sounds of laughter echoing through the restaurant, a great time was surely accomplished.
It is the support and contributions of local businesses such as the Old Lyme Inn that lead to our club’s success, thereby benefiting our community.  We thank you.
Stacy Winchell,
Old Lyme.

SECWAC Hosts Hybel on ‘Who Got it Right and Who Got it Wrong … From Kennedy to Obama’ at Conn. College, Wednesday

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is hosting a presentation by Dr. Alex Hybel, Professor of Government and International Relations at Connecticut College, New London, titled, “Who Got it Right and Who Got it Wrong … From Kennedy to Obama.”  The discussion will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, at
 Connecticut College, New London, in the Crozier-William Student Center.  The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the talk at 6 p.m.

Hybel’s course work spans a variety of subjects including International Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Alternative Approaches to U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making, and Democracy in Latin American & Europe’s Mediterranean Region.

He is widely published in this field of policy/decision making, including “U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making – From Truman to Kennedy”, “The Power of Ideology – From the Roman Empire to al-Qaeda”, and “The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein: Deciding on Conflict”, and is currently working on a book entitled “The Making of Democracies – From the 17th Century to the Present”.

Hybel has a PhD in political science from Stanford University, and has served as Director of Connecticut College’s Study Away/Teach Away Program, in Italy, China, Spain, and South Africa, as well as being a Visiting Fulbright Professor for the Sophia University and The University of Tokyo.  He is a recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Pew Initiative in Diplomatic Training, amongst others.

Hybel is a Vietnam Veteran.

Guests are welcome to this member supported organization.  To register as a guest call 860-912-5718 or email

A limited number of members and guests may dine with Prof. Hybel following the talk at Conn College Student Center.  To reserve a space, email or phone 216-554-1009.  Once confirmed, mail a check for $35 payable to SECWAC to Sandra Rueb, 5 Lieutenant River Lane, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council will host another program on Dec. 9, when Charles King, Professor of Government & Government Georgetown University, will speak on, “A Year of Crisis in the Near East.”  King is the author of Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul.  A book signing will be held and copies will be available for purchase at this event to be held at the Old Lyme Country Club.

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is a regional membership organization that aims to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.  Their principal activity is to provide a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and U.S. policy makers and other experts on foreign relations.

For further information, visit or contact Milton J. Walters
, Chairman, at (p) 203-485-6070
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