April 19, 2015

Old Lyme Town Budget Hearing Set For Tomorrow

The Board of Finance of the Town of Old Lyme will conduct a Public Hearing on the Proposed Town Budget for Financial Year 2013-14 on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.


Former Lyme-Old Lyme HS Assistant Principal Angeli Appointed Superintendent of Lebanon Schools

Associate School Superintendent Robert J. Angeli will leave the Meriden School District at the end of the school year to take a position as Superintendent of the Lebanon Public Schools starting July 1.  Angeli was assistant principal at Lyme-Old Lyme High School from 2001-05 and still resides in Old Lyme.

“I think it’s a natural progression for me in my career in superintendency,” Angeli said Friday.

Read the full story written by Molly Callahan and published April 10 in MyRecordJournal.com at this link.


Child & Family Agency’s 61st Annual Tag Sale Continues Today

Items for the Child & Family Agency 61st Annual Sale will be collected at six “Intake” locations along the shoreline and then transported to the Ella T. Grasso Technical High School, 189 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT for this extraordinary tag sale, to be held on April 16, 17 and 18. All proceeds will support Child & Family Agency programs and services for children and families. 

Items for the Child & Family Agency 61st Annual Sale will be collected at six “Intake” locations along the shoreline and then transported to the Ella T. Grasso Technical High School, 189 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT for this extraordinary tag sale, to be held on April 16, 17 and 18. All proceeds will support Child & Family Agency programs and services for children and families.

Child & Family Agency is gearing up for its 61st Annual Sale, which has earned a reputation for being one of the “Largest Tag Sales in New England.”

This year’s 61st Annual Sale takes place at Ella T. Grasso Technical High School at 189 Fort Hill Road in Groton from Thursday, April 16, through Saturday, April 18.from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Today, Friday, April 17, the sale is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with sales at cost, and tomorrow, Saturday, April 18, opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when most items are half price.

Proceeds go directly to support the many extraordinary services provided by Child & Family Agency, a non-profit organization that has served Connecticut families for over 200 years. Last year over 17,000 children and their family members in 79 towns were helped by the agency’s staff of 190 dedicated professionals.

For more information about the work of Child & Family, visit www.childandfamilyagency.org.


‘Nights on Broadway’ Gala Tomorrow Benefits Community Music School

Looking forward to welcoming guests at Nights on Broadway are (standing L to R): Melissa Lieberman and David LaMay of Essex Financial Services; Robin Andreoli, CMS executive director CMS; vocalist Courtney Parrish; vocalist Richard Pittsinger; honorary co-chairs Jennifer and John Bauman. Seated are Laureen Sullivan of Essex Savings Bank and Charles Cumello, CEO of Essex Financial Services.

Looking forward to welcoming guests at Nights on Broadway are (standing L to R): Melissa Lieberman and David LaMay of Essex Financial Services; Robin Andreoli, CMS executive director CMS; vocalist Courtney Parrish; vocalist Richard Pittsinger; honorary co-chairs Jennifer and John Bauman. Seated are Laureen Sullivan of Essex Savings Bank and Charles Cumello, CEO of Essex Financial Services.

Curtain Up! Light the Lights! On Saturday, April 18, Community Music School students and faculty take center stage performing classic Broadway show tunes for Nights on Broadway, the School’s 10 annual benefit galaGuests will gather at the charming Lace Factory, 161 River Street, Deep River, for a lively party with gourmet food stations inspired by Broadway hits and prepared by Cloud Nine Catering, silent and live auctions, and a fun photo booth. Nights on Broadway promises to be a magical, musical evening!

Selections from the shows Wicked, RENT, Fiddler on the Roof, and Les Misérables are scheduled to be performed. Featured student performers include Emma Hunt (vocals) of Essex; Michael Rasberry (saxophone) of Lyme; Sonny Capaccio (vocals) of Guilford; Courtney Parrish (vocals) of Westbrook; Arnold Moore (violin) of Killingworth; and Richard Pittsinger (vocals) of Essex, a recipient of the Carolyn R. Greenleaf Memorial Music Award. Faculty performers include Karli Gilbertson (piano/vocals), Matthew McCauley (bass), Kevin O’Neil (guitar), Andrew Studenski (saxophone), and music director Tom Briggs (piano).

Support of the Community Music School gala provides the resources necessary to offer scholarships to students with a financial need, music therapy services, and outreach through arts education and community concerts.  “Nights on Broadway is an extremely important event for us,” stated Executive Director Robin Andreoli, “Proceeds will help us continue our mission of enrichment through the arts with a focus on public performances and community outreach.”

She continues, ” Of course, musical theater has always been a part of our programming with Broadway Bound, a summer program for ages 8 to 15, so it’s fitting that Broadway music is this year’s theme. Programs like Broadway Bound, Kate’s Camp for Kids, the CMS Jazz Ensemble, New Horizons Band and many others allow students of all ages to build on their individual and ensemble skills for performance.”

Nights on Broadway sponsors include Essex Savings Bank and Essex Financial Services, Bogaert Construction, The Clark Group, Tower Laboratories LTD, Grossman Chevrolet-Nissan, Thomas H. Alexa – Comprehensive Wealth Management, Angelini Wine LTD, The Bauman Family Foundation, Brewer Pilots Point Marina, Essex Winnelson, Gowrie Group, Guilford Savings Bank, Leonardo & Associates P.C., W. Jay Mills CFP® – The Oakely Wing Group at Morgan Stanley, Periodontics P.C., Ring’s End, The Safety Zone, and Valley Courier.

Tickets for the evening are $100 per person ($40 is tax deductible). A sponsor ticket of $150 per person provides a greater charitable gift ($90 is tax deductible) and is also available.  Tickets may be purchased online at community-music-school.org, at the school located at 90 Main Street in the Centerbrook section of Essex or by calling 860-767-0026.  Now in its 32nd year of building community through music, the Community Music School is a private, non-profit organization.


Carney, Formica to Hold Joint Town Hall Meeting in Old Saybrook, April 23

Rep. Devin Carney

State Rep. Devin Carney

State Senator Paul Formica

State Senator Paul Formica

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23) and State Sen. Paul Formica (R-20) invite residents of the 23rd district to attend a joint Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Acton Public Library, 60 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook

Both legislators will be available to answer questions about state government and discuss major issues defining the 2015 legislative session.

For more information and updates. visit www.RepCarney.com or http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-formica/


Pfeiffer to Speak on ‘Woods’ at Old Lyme Historical Society’s Annual Dinner, Saturday

View of leafy woodsThe Old Lyme Historical Society will host its annual dinner and lecture on Saturday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme.

In this continuing series, Old Lyme Historian Dr. John Pfeiffer’s lecture, “Wood: Our First Natural Resource,” will cover the role this important resource played in our local area. From our first days of establishing a settlement on the eastern shore of the Great River, wood was on everyone’s mind. The control of this one resource was the focus of our first public meeting and was recorded on the first page of our society records.

The evening will begin with refreshments and a dinner catered by Coffee’s Country Market; Dr. Pfeiffer’s talk will follow.

Tickets are $35 per person if purchased by April 11, or $40 at the door, if there is availability. This event sells out every year, so it is advisable to buy tickets early.

Tickets are available at the historical society’s office in the Genealogy Room at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 noon), at Webster Bank in Old Lyme, and online at our website www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org .

For more information, call the Old Lyme Historical Society at 860-434-0684.


Program Commemorating 150th Anniversary of Lincoln Assassination at Lyme Library, April 23

HowANationGrievesApril 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of President Lincoln. He remains one of the most studied and written about figures in American History.  Writer and journalist Glenn Alan Cheney, editor of the book How a Nation Grieves: Press Accounts of the Death of Lincoln, the Hunt for Booth, and America in Mourning, will speak on the subject on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Lyme Public Library.

Cheney’s presentation will touch on how the nation coped with the tragic and sudden loss of the President. Using only primary source material from that time period, his book captures the divisions in the country including the anger, grief, and mourning of the northern U.S. as well as the hatred, vitriol, and loathing from some in the south.

Glenn Alan Cheney is the author of many books and articles.  His books include Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims’ First Year in America, and Journey to Chernobyl. He lives in Connecticut.

Copies of How a Nation Grieves will be available for purchase the evening of the program.  Please call 860-434-2272 to register or email programreg@lymepl.org.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lyme Public Library.


Get Ready for ‘Shred-It Day’ on April 25, Benefits Lyme-Old Lyme HS Class of 2015

On Saturday, April 25, the Senior Class of 2015 will shred documents for businesses and individuals. Anyone can bring their papers to the Lyme-OId Lyme High School from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to shred for $10 a bag.

Many people have unwanted papers sitting in boxes or on desks around their house.  The papers could be old tax returns, bank statements, bills, credit card statements, newspapers or school ditto sheets. This fundraiser provides the community an opportunity to securely discard unwanted papers from houses or businesses.

The Class is excited to hold this Shred-it Fundraiser because the demand for secure document shredding services is growing. This fundraiser provides a low cost way to accomplish this community service.

The Class of 2015 has conducted this fundraiser for the last three years.  It has collected over 120 bags of unwanted papers and generated over $1,200 each year.

The Class used the funds for its activities. Class activities included three dances and many community service projects throughout town. This year the Class will use the funds to give a Class gift to the school and pay for end of the year activities such as the senior banquet.


Essex Savings Bank Donates Over $29,000 to 90 Organizations as Part of Community Investment Program

ESSEX – Results of the recent voting by Essex Savings Bank customers who participated in the Bank’s Community Investment Program were announced at a meeting of employees, directors and trustees at the Bank’s Plains Road Office on Wednesday, April 8.

The Top Ten Winners in attendance received special recognition. They were in order by number of votes:

  1. The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries
  2. Forgotten Felines, Inc.
  3. Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc.
  4. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
  5. Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM)
  6. Dog Days Adoption Events, Inc.
  7. The Essex Fire Engine Company No. 1
  8. Bikes for Kids, Inc.
  9. Pet Connections, Inc.
  10. Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, Inc. (VNLV)

The customer balloting portion of Essex Savings Bank’s 2015 Community Investment Program, began on Feb. 2 and concluded on March 2. The program entitles the Bank’s customers to select up to three charities from a list of 90 qualified non-profit organizations. Fund allocations are awarded based on the results of these votes.

Gregory R. Shook, President and Chief Executive Officer of Essex Savings Bank stated, “At Essex Savings Bank, we believe the way to move the world forward is by giving back. Our Community Investment Program is designed to provide vital financial support to those organizations that enhance the quality of life in our communities.”

Each year, the Bank donates 10 percent of its net income to non-profit organizations within the immediate market area consisting of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. This year, the Bank has allocated $98,741 to assisting non-profit organizations who offer outstanding services to our community and one third of that amount is then voted upon by the Bank’s customers.

According to Thomas Lindner, Vice President and Community Relations Officer for Essex Savings Bank, 6,987 votes were cast this year for a total of $29,620. By year end 2015, the total distribution of charitable funds will reach 4 million dollars since the inception of the Bank’s Community Investment Program in 1996.

Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and subsidiary Essex Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities are not FDIC insured, may lose value, are not a deposit, have no Bank guarantee and are not insured by any Federal Government Agency.

Click here to see the full results with voting numbers and amounts donated to each organization.


Ivoryton Playhouse Looks at (Older) Love in “The Last Romance,” Tickets on Sale Now

Rochelle Slovin* and Chet Carlin* in "The Last Romance," which opens at Ivoryton, April 22

Rochelle Slovin* and Chet Carlin* in “The Last Romance,” which opens at Ivoryton, April 22

On an ordinary day in a routine life, an 80-year-old widower named Ralph decides to takes a different path on his daily walk — one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol’s reticence — and the jealousy of his lonely sister Rose — he embarks on the trip of a lifetime and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost.

Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance, a bittersweet romantic comedy with a little Puccini and a smidgen of dog treats, opens in Ivoryton on April 22.

DiPietro recently won two Tony Awards for co-writing the musical Memphis, which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and which will be opening in Ivoryton in August this year. DiPietro is an Ivoryton favorite; his shows I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change(the longest-running musical revue in Off Broadway history), and the Broadway musical All Shook Up were both popular successes at the Playhouse.

Stephen Mir and Chet Carlin* in "The Last Romance"Stephen Mir and Chet Carlin* in “The Last Romance”

Directed by Maggie McGlone Jennings, the cast includes Chet Carlin* as Ralph, whose Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel and the National Tour of Sir Peter Hall’s As You Like It; Kate Konigisor*, the Artistic Director of Shakespeare with Benefits, as Rose; Stephen Mir as the Young Man and Rochelle Slovin*, making her Ivoryton debut as Carol and reigniting a theatre career after spending the past 30 years as the Founding Director of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

The set design is by William Stark, lighting design by Tate Burmeister and costumes by Vickie Blake.

The Last Romance opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on April 22, and runs through May 10. 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 www.ivorytonplayhouse.org (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Photos by Anne Hudson

  1. Stephen Mir and Chet Carlin*
  2. Rochelle Slovin* and Chet Carlin*

*Indicates member of Actors Equity Association

This production is generously sponsored by Essex Meadows and The Clark Group


Middlesex Land Trust & CT River Gateway Commission Announce New Open Space Acquisition in Haddam Neck

haddamNeckMapRaulBrownFINAL031815_v2In February of this year the Middlesex Land Trust, in partnership with the Connecticut River Gateway Commission, purchased 50 acres of open space for permanent protection in Haddam Neck. This new preserve offers breathtaking views across the Connecticut River to Haddam Meadows State Park from a rough path that runs along the base of dramatic cliffs created from the property’s historic use as a quarry.

The Middlesex Land Trust now owns the preserve and is planning to develop a trail system for the public to enjoy for hiking, passive recreation and education. The tract lies along Injun Hollow Road just north of the 585 acres Connecticut Yankee property.

The land has been named the Brainerd Quarry Preserve to reflect the historic importance of the Brainerd Family in Haddam. Daniel Brainerd was one of the 28 founding settlers of Haddam in 1662, and a century later, in 1762, Deacon Esra Brainerd opened a quarry on the now preserved site. The quarry operated for more than 150 years, shipping stone down river to New York and as far south as Maryland, Virginia and New Orleans.

A 2011 study of the history and archeology of the area describes the Brainerds as “a family of entrepreneurs in the forefront of early industry and commerce in the Connecticut River Valley” and recommends the quarry site as “an ideal candidate for use as an outdoor classroom for studies in local history, geology, mining, early American industry, the Industrial Revolution in Connecticut and other related topics for grammar school, high school and college students.”

This significant property along the Connecticut River is now owned and managed by the Middlesex Land Trust, a regional not-for-profit volunteer land conservation organization that, since 1987, has been dedicated to the preservation of open space in northern Middlesex County.

The purchase was initiated by, and made possible through grant funding from the Connecticut River Gateway Commission, a state-local compact that protects the Lower Connecticut River Valley, one of the “most important ecological landscapes in the United States” according to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

A dedication ceremony for the new Brainerd Quarry Preserve and the opening of the preserve to the public is anticipated for the summer of 2015.


Local Fire Departments Host Areawide Food Drive Saturday

Food donations collected last year are gathered beside an Old Saybrook firetruck

Food donations were collected in Old Saybrook last year by the Old Saybrook Fire Department.

For the fourth year, local Fire Departments are hosting an area-wide food drive to collect non-perishable food for area residents in need.

The fire stations will be open to receive donations of non-perishable food on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The donations will go to five local food pantries run by The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP).

SSKP hopes to include as many fire departments as possible in the 11 shoreline towns they serve. So far, the Old Saybrook, Chester, Killingworth, Clinton, Niantic and Westbrook fire departments have committed to the event. All fire departments are welcome to participate.

At a time of year when food donations are low, this food will help to restock the pantries and ensure that everyone in our communities will have a place at the table.

The Soup Kitchens’ five pantries combine to distribute approximately 17,000 pounds of food every week. Only 40 percent of this food comes from the CT Food Bank; the remainder must be either purchased or donated, so every item is appreciated. Last year’s drive raised 6,500 pounds of food. Join the effort by bring your donation to a participating firehouse on April 11.

The most needed items are:

Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)

Canned Fruits & Vegetables

Peanut Butter

Canned & Boxed Meals

Canned or Dried Beans

Pasta & Rice


Items that cannot be accepted:

Rusty or Unlabeled Cans

Perishable Items

Homemade Items

Noncommercial Packaged or Canned Items

Alcoholic Beverages & Mixes

Open or Used Items

For more information call (860) 388-1988 or cbellerjeau@shorelinesoupkitchens.org or visit www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org.

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates the community about hunger and poverty, serving the Connecticut shoreline towns of Essex, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, Lyme, Old Lyme, Killingworth, Westbrook and Deep River. Founded 26 years ago, in 1989, at the Baptist Church in Essex, the agency continues in its mission to feed the hungry in body and spirit. Last year with a small staff and over 900 dedicated volunteers, SSKP served almost 950,000 meals worth of food to shoreline neighbors in need.


Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber to Host Business Expo & Wine Tasting April 26, All Welcome

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If you’re looking for an afternoon filled with interesting information, melodic music, fabulous food, wonderful wines (and beer) and lively company, the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their ‘Business Expo & Wine Tasting’ on Sunday, April 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Old Lyme Country Club.

Chamber President Catherine Frank explains that the purpose of the event is, “To publicize our corner of Connecticut by giving local organizations and businesses the opportunity to promote themselves.”  She comments, “Old Lyme is well known as an art destination – and rightly so – but there’s so much more to our area and this exhibition aims to prove just that.”

Frank notes that each participating business or organization will host an exhibition table with information on their products, programs, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and more in a convivial, ‘one-stop shopping’ setting.”  Many of the participants will be offering prizes at their tables and there will also be a selection of door prizes.

Guests will be treated to music by the MusicNow Foundation/Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe while local wineries, including Preston Ridge of Preston, will be featured in the wine-tasting. Stomp N Crush of Clinton will be the featured brewery.


Local businesses already signed up to exhibit at the Business Expo include Vitality Spa, Annunziata Travel, Advantage Personal Training, Innovative Environmental, Healthy Addiction, Help With a Heart, The  Woman’s Exchange, The Bee and Thistle Inn, and Upper Pond Farm.

Institutions and organizations attending include the Florence Griswold Museum, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., MusicNow Foundation, Musical Masterworks, the Kiwanis Club, Lyme Art Association, and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven.

A delectable cheeseboard filled with an assortment of fine imported cheeses and served with dessert wine.  Shallow dof.Apart from the wine- and beer-tasting, there will be demonstrations by a number of local chefs as well as a vast array of food for consumption by guests donated by local restaurants, eateries and the exhibitors.  The Old Lyme Country Club will also host a cash bar.

There is no requirement to be a member of the Chamber to attend, though prospective members are especially welcome.  Tickets at $15 per person (must be over age 21) are available at “The Woman’s Exchange” in the Old Lyme Marketplace or by emailing email@lolcc.com or at the door on the day of the event.  The ticket price includes the wine and beer tasting, food and a free prize ticket.

Each year the Chamber awards a number of scholarships to graduating high school seniors and art students from Lyme and Old Lyme. In fact, the promotional art work for this event (above) was created by Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts graduate Richard Lacey, who is a past Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipient.

For additional information, visit www.visitoldlyme.com

The Old Lyme Country Club is located at 40 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371.


Lyme-Old Lyme High School Announces Two Students as 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidates

Eric Pan and Kristiana Olson, graduating seniors at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, have been named two of more than 3,900 candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S high schools in the year 2015.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 51st year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

Over 3,900 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. In addition, each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) was invited to nominate five male and five female candidates, based on their outstanding scholarship, residing in the CSSO’s jurisdiction. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 560 semi-finalists in early April.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make final selection of the Scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

Eric is the son of Gonghua Pan and Wen He and Kristiana is the daughter of Matt and Cynthia Olson.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at (319) 688-4345 or send an email to PSP@act.org.


Musical Masterworks Present The Asylum Quartet in Free Concert Tonight

The Asylum Quartet will perform at LOL High School Tuesday.

The Asylum Quartet will perform at LOL High School Tuesday.

Musical Masterworks present The Asylum Quartet in a free concert at Lyme–Old Lyme High School this evening at 7:30 p.m.  Graduates of the Hartt School of Music and winners of the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works to indie rock, world music, and klezmer.

The quartet received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Mass., becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor.

This is a presentation of the Musical Masterworks outreach program.  The concert is open to all and no tickets are required.

Visit www.asylumquartet.com or www.musicalmasterworks.org for more information.


Ecumenical Service Welcomes Easter at Sunrise This Morning

The sun breaks across the eastern horizon from Griswold Point early this morning.  Photo by Emily Fisher.

The sun breaks across the eastern horizon from Griswold Point. Photo by Emily Fisher (2014).

Happy Easter!  Happy Passover!

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme hosts an ecumenical sunrise service this morning, Easter Sunday, at 6:30 a.m. on Griswold Point.

All are welcome.

The church is also holding services at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Meeting House at the intersection of Ferry Rd. and Lyme St.


Brett Elliott Appointed New Executive Director at ‘The Kate’

Brett Elliott

Brett Elliott

On Thursday, the Board of Directors of the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (“The Kate”) announced the appointment of Brett Elliott as Executive Director.

Elliott served as ‘The Kate’s’ Interim Director since founding Executive Director Chuck Still announced his departure in December.

Sonny Whelen, President of the Board of Trustees, stated, “We couldn’t be happier having Brett join us as our next Executive Director.  In his position as interim director, Brett has shown us that he has all of the skills and leadership qualities to bring the Kate forward as we continue to expand our role in the community.  This is a very exciting time for all of us”.

Starting in 2012, Elliott spent two years in Chicago where he received his MFA in Arts Leadership from DePaul University, a joint program with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  Elliott produced several projects for Chicago Shakespeare including the world premiere of “Since I Suppose”, a technology driven, live interactive performance developed by Australia’s one step at a time like this. Elliott also spent a brief period in the finance and operations department at Broadway in Chicago.

Elliott is no stranger to Eastern Connecticut or the Kate.  He worked at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center from 2009-2012.   He then found his way to ‘The Kate’ through lighting and production work.

Holding a BA in Theater from Saginaw Valley State University, Elliott is a proud product of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival, an organization, which gave him his start.

“After six years, there is no doubt about the quality, quantity, and variety of entertainment at ‘The Kate'; it truly is a cultural gem on the shoreline,” Elliott stated.  “I am very proud to not only be back at ‘The Kate,’ but to lead this organization at such a vibrant and exciting time.  I look forward to getting to know those in the community, as well as the thousands of patrons that come to the Kate each year,” Elliott concluded.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, ‘The Kate,’ is a non-profit performing arts organization located in the historic theatre/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Originally opened in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ‘The Kate’ has been renovated with public funds from the town of Old Saybrook and donations raised by the Trustees of the Center.

It includes a 250-seat theatre and a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident. As befits an organization born of such a public/private partnership, programming is eclectic, offering something for all ages and income levels on the Connecticut shore and in the lower river valley.


D18 Board of Ed. Hosts Public Hearing Monday on Proposed 2015-16 Budget

The Regional District 18 Board of Education will hold a public hearing on its budget request for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Auditorium, 69 Lyme St., Old Lyme, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6.

In February, the school board voted to present a $32,547,409 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which represents a 1.83 percent increase over the current 2014-15 budget.

All interested parties are invited to attend and present their comments or questions.


Easter Closings, Trash and Recycling Schedules in Lyme, Old Lyme

The Town Hall offices of the Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme will be closed on Good Friday, April 3.

The Old Lyme Transfer Station will also be closed tomorrow, but will be open Saturday.

There is no change to Friday’s Old Lyme trash and recycling pick up schedule.


‘Waves’ on Show at Cooley Gallery

The signature painting by Chandler Davis of his 'Waves' exhibition at The Cooley Gallery.

The signature painting by Chandler Davis of his ‘Waves’ exhibition at The Cooley Gallery.

The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme is kicking off its spring season with an exhibition of fresh, new wave paintings by Chandler Davis. Waves opens Thursday, April 2.

In the exhibition, the artist returns to his original inspiration of the ocean. Eight large wave paintings of luminous water in a variety of weather and light conditions depict some of the many moods of the ocean. From the depths of Chandler’s imagination and brush comes this remarkable series of waves — reality and abstraction combine to capture the light, motion, and energy of the sea.

Chandler is a missionary for the natural world and, in particular, the sea. He built an international reputation as an artist with his large-scale mollusk sculptures. Some of these can be seen down the street in Old Lyme on the grounds of the Bee and Thistle Inn (www.beeandthistleinn.com ). Chandler’s nautili, conches and mussels, rendered at “human” scale, are significant. A gargantuan mussel at eye level commands consideration, which is exactly the reaction Chandler desires.

If contemporary sculpture is your passion, there is more in Old Lyme at Gil Boro’s Studio 80+ Sculpture Grounds at 80 Lyme Street.

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-Saturday10am to 5pm. Call (860) 434-8807 or visit www.cooleygallery.com  for additional information.  The Cooley Gallery is located at 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371.