July 31, 2015

Lyme Library Hosts Folk Duo “Hungrytown” in Free Concert Tonight

The 'Hungrytown' duo will perform at Lyme Library on Friday evening.

The ‘Hungrytown’ duo will perform at Lyme Library on Friday evening.

Lyme Public Library hosts the folk duo, “Hungrytown,” Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. at the library.

After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson–who comprise ‘Hungrytown’–have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting: “It’s great to hear an act eschew sentimentality in favor of honesty and to prove that you don’t have to go raiding the memory of others to find the stuff that really good songs are made of,” writes Jedd Beaudoin of Popmatters.

Lyricist Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression) and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).

Hall and Anderson met in New York City, where they had already been performing regularly–Hall as a jazz singer, and Anderson as a drummer for a variety of garage bands. Their introduction to folk music came later, when a close friend–who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis–entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar (which has since been featured on all of their albums).

Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Rebecca Hall Sings! (2000) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.

They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand.

Hungrytown’s music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel’s hit series, Portlandia.

The New Port Richey Public Library, Fla., comments,“Rebecca and Ken have been performing on the NPR Library stage for years. They are a programmer’s dream, profoundly talented and down to earth. Hungrytown is the real deal, sharing folk traditions in their own unique enchanting style, and they are continually requested by our community.”

Las Cruces Public Library, N.M., notes, “When not performing, this duo is known as Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson and you will need to go a long way to find a more talented and likeable couple. Their music mixes the snow of their home in Vermont, the dew on the grass of a cool summer morning in the Appalachians, the hard-scrabble grittiness and pluck of common folk the world over together with the melancholy of lost loves, broken hearts, and shattered dreams, distilling it into an intoxicating, hauntingly seductive blend that you always want more of.”

Chips and dips will be served at the concert.

Register at the Library.


Free Concert Tonight by ‘The Corvettes’ at Lymes’ Senior Center

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The Corvettes will be performing at the Lymes’ Senior Center this evening, Thursday, July 30, in a free concert starting at 7 p.m., which will be held rain or shine — outdoors if the weather cooperates or indoors if not.  All are welcome.

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue is dedicated to preserving and performing the greatest music ever made – the music of the 1950’s Doo Wop era. From New Hampshire to New Orleans and Virginia to Vegas, The Corvettes perform the great music of the Doo Wop era with a fresh new energy. Their entertaining show and stage antics have entertained many a happy audience.

The concert is sponsored by Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law, Northeast Financial, the Town of Old Lyme and Lymes’ seniors.

The Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee is providing and serving complimentary  ice cream after the concert.


Sunshine and Stone Creek Perform at Old Lyme Library Tonight


Braiden Sunshine of Lyme and the band Stone Creek will give a free concert this evening, Wednesday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

This is the final concert of the library’s summer music series.

Sunshine and Stone Creek will play covers of classic and modern rock ‘n’ roll songs.

All are welcome. Attendees are invited to bring their own beach chairs, blankets, and refreshments.


Caroline’s Miracle Foundation Event Draws More Than 500 Runners

Ready to run ...

Ready to run …

The weather was perfect Saturday as more than 500 runners and walkers of all ages started to gather in front of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School from 6:30 a.m. onward to participate in the three races being held that day to support Caroline’s Miracle Foundation (CMF).  It had previously been announced that this would be the final time that the event would be held.

Shortly before 8 a.m. when the 5K race began, a large crowd thronged the starting line.

Shortly before 8 a.m. when the 5K race began, a large crowd thronged the starting line.

The O’Brien family came together for a photo (below.)  It was their eldest daughter Caroline, who passed away in July 2010 from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – a rare and inoperable form of brain cancer — at age 11, who formed CMF prior to her death. All proceeds from the event support the Foundation.

The mission of CMF is to bring smiles to the faces of children battling brain tumors and other serious illnesses, as well as supporting safety initiatives in Old Lyme.  To see some of the ways the foundation has brightened the lives of these children, visit carolinesmiraclefoundation.org.

The O'Brien family stand at the starting line.

The O’Brien family stand at the starting line.

After the race, some of the innumerable volunteers posed for a photo in their T-shirts spanning all five years of the event.

Some of the loyal volunteers, many of whom have served through all five years that the event has been held.

Some of the loyal volunteers, many of whom have served through all five years that the event has been held.

A total of 316 runners finished the 5K race.  The other two events were a 5K walk and a Kid’s K.

Twenty-five year-old James Rosenberger was the overall winner of the 5K with a time of 18.08.3.  The fastest woman was 19-year-old Sarah Hammond who completed the 5K course in 20.40.4.  Medals were awarded for the first, second and third placed runners in each age category.

Click here to view a full list of the race results.


Few Changes for Lyme Republican Slate in November Election

The Lyme Republican Town Committee has endorsed a slate of candidates for the November election comprised primarily of incumbents. The only changes are that current Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Jim Witkins is stepping down from that board and has been endorsed for the board of finance. Running in Witkins’s stead for the board of education is newcomer Mary Powell-St. Louis.

The remainder of the slate is made up of Linda Ward for tax collector; Linda Winzer for town clerk; William Hawthorne for treasurer;  David Tiffany for planning and zoning commission with Peter Evankow as an alternate; David Lahm for zoning board of appeals; and Jerry Ehlen and Holly Rubino for library directors.


Carney, Formica Hold Legislative Wrap-up in Old Lyme Tonight

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representatives Devin Carney (R-23) and Jesse MacLachlan (R-35) along with State Senators Art Linares (R-33) and Paul Formica (R-20) invite residents to attend  legislative wrap-ups on Tuesday, July 21, and Monday, July 27.

Legislators will be available to discuss the laws that passed during the legislative session and how these measures will affect area businesses and residents.

Everyone is welcome and the event is free of charge.

The Westbrook Legislative Update will feature Senator Linares and Representatives Devin Carney and Jesse MacLachlan on Tuesday, July 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Westbrook Town Hall, Teresa Mulvey Municipal Building, Multimedia Room, 866 Boston Post Road, Westbrook.

The Old Lyme Legislative Update will feature Senator Formica and Representative Devin Carney on Monday, July 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Ln, Old Lyme.

Visit www.RepCarney.com  for more information and updates.

Editor’s Note: The 33rd District includes the Town of Lyme.  The 20th District includes the Town of Old Lyme.  The 23rd General Assembly District includes the Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Alum, Former Teacher Breault Skippers US Team to Victory in ISAF Nations Cup

Nicole Breault at the helm of her winning sailboat at Vladivostock.

Nicole Breault (right) at the helm of the winning US Women’s Match Racing sailboat in Vladivostek.

Nicole Breault, a graduate of Lyne-Old Lyme schools and former head of the History Department at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS), was the skipper of the US Women’s Match Racing team, which was victorious in the Women’s Grand Final at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Nations Cup held in Vladivostek, Russia over July 15-19.

The ISAF Nations Cup was first introduced to the world in 1991, with Open and Women’s contests based on a series of Regional Finals with the top crews meeting at the Grand Final.

Nicole Breault

Nicole Breault

Breault now lives in San Francisco but still has many friends in Old Lyme.  She graduated as Valedictorian, an All-State soccer player, point guard on the basketball team and captain of the LOLHS team that won the 1990 Connecticut High School Sailing Championship.

Breault was a two-time International 420 champion (the first woman to achieve this in a high performance dinghy class.)

She went to Yale University and was an All-American collegiate sailor there and captain of their co-ed sailing team.

Click here to read an article with photos published on Scuttlebutt Sailing News about Breault’s victory.



Country School Students Fund Well in Uganda with Support from Local Community

Joseph Coyne presents a Run Well t shirt from the school’s 5K fundraiser to Jordan Rizza, publisher of Coastal Connecticut magazine. The magazine invited Joseph to speak at a recent VIP reception during a Grassy Strip Music Series concert, where The Country School’s well project was the featured nonprofit.

Joseph Coyne presents a Run Well t shirt from the school’s 5K fundraiser to Jordan Rizza, publisher of Coastal Connecticut magazine. The magazine invited Joseph to speak at a recent VIP reception during a Grassy Strip Music Series concert, where The Country School’s well project was the featured nonprofit.

Following a full year of fundraising, and with generous help from the local community, students at The Country School recently announced that they had raised enough money to underwrite the creation of a well to provide clean drinking water in Kaberamaido, Uganda.

The successful conclusion of the fundraising effort, a partnership with the Madison nonprofit Call To Care Uganda, means construction can begin this summer. The well will be based at the Odongai Primary School and will provide clean water for as many as 1,500 people, including students at the school and others who live near it. The TCS well will mark the 28th well Call To Care Uganda has dug since its founding in 2007.

The Country School’s well effort began last fall after Joseph Coyne, an 8th Grader and member of the Student Leadership Committee, learned about the work of Call To Care Uganda (www.calltocareuganda.org). In addition to the obvious health benefits, Joseph discovered that a well would mean that children – primarily girls – could remain in school, rather than having to spend several hours each day walking miles back and forth to deliver potable water to their families.

Knowing that The Country School has a strong service learning component, Joseph suggested that his school embark on a well project with Call To Care Uganda, both as a way for Country School students to “serve their communities and the larger world,” as the school mission statement calls upon them to do, and so students could learn about children in other parts of the world.

Joseph Coyne, the student leader on the fundraising project to construct a well in Uganda, with his mother Beth Coyne, Dean of Student Life at The Country School, and Martha Hoffman, founder of Call to Care Uganda.

Joseph Coyne, the student leader on the fundraising project to construct a well in Uganda, with his mother Beth Coyne, Dean of Student Life at The Country School, and Martha Hoffman, founder of Call to Care Uganda.

The full cost of the well is $8,500, and so it was an ambitious undertaking for students at a PreSchool-8th Grade school, but Joseph and his Service Committee colleagues were confident it could be done. Starting in September, they held a series of fundraisers, from a school wide-coin collection to sales of Ugandan jewelry and dress down day fundraisers. This spring, they organized a 5K run on campus, attracting scores of local runners and inspiring several local businesses to serve as sponsors.

By the end of the school year, they had raised $5,353. With a little over $3,000 still to go, they were considering their options when they were invited by Coastal Connecticut magazine to be the featured nonprofit at the first Grassy Strip Concert of the summer, a performance by Christine Ohlman at the Madison Beach Hotel. During the concert, students sold jewelry and collected donations, and Joseph delivered a speech as part of a VIP reception.

The evening raised close to $1,300, but students still had a gap to close. Shortly after the concert, they heard from Jordan Rizza, publisher of Coastal Connecticut, who told them the magazine would cover the balance so they can officially proclaim, “Well done!” Construction of the well is expected to begin this month.

The Country School is extremely grateful to Coastal Connecticut, to sponsors of the 5K run (Zane’s Cycles; Dr. Laura Miller, DDS; Bershtein, Volpe, and McKeon P.C.; Group Insurance Associates; Woodbridge Running Company; and Barndoor Lighting Outfitters), to the countless individuals who made donations, and to our partners in this initiative, Call To Care Uganda, and its founder, Martha Hoffman, who visited The Country School repeatedly throughout the year to share news from and information about her program, students at Odongai, and Uganda.

Hoffman also helped Country School students initiate a pen pal program with Odongai students, and last fall, Country School students held a shoe drive, collecting 600 pairs of new and gently used shoes to send to their partner school. Recently, Hoffman forwarded photographs of Odongai students wearing their new shoes. The next photo Country School students hope to see their pen pals drinking clean water from their new well.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8. At The Country School, a rigorous academic program is accompanied by a commitment to hands-on learning, a dynamic STEAM curriculum (integrated science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), a focus on the whole child, and service learning. The Country School prepares students to meet the future with confidence, encouraging them to reach their highest, both in school and in life. Learn more at www.thecountryschool.org.


Old Lyme PGN Library Friends Hold Annual Meeting, Encourage New Members

The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is one of the beneficiaries of the LOLJWC 2013 Art Show.

The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library welcomes newcomers to its Friends organization.

The Friends of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library held their Annual Meeting June 24, at the Library.

Friends and volunteers were recognized for helping to make 2014-2015 a successful year and some notable highlights of those efforts were reviewed – the Bookworm Ball, the BookCellar’s strong showing under new leadership and the group’s appreciation for its many profitable years under the previous managers.

Retiring Friends’ Chairman Mary Haymann was honored for her many years of dynamic leadership. She in turn expressed her appreciation for the honor of having led the group, reminding the library’s Friends and patrons that “in this age of virtual reality, let’s not forget to actively support our brick and mortar Library.”

The results of fundraising activities such as the Bookworm Ball and the BookCellar were presented, with Library Director Mary Fiorelli expressing her appreciation and reporting on how the library uses and benefits from the Friends’ financial support.

New Friends Council members Steve Ross and Christiana Fusari were elected. There was agreement on the importance of welcoming new Friends. All those who use or care about the library are being encouraged to join. Information and applications can be found on the library’s website at http://www.oldlyme.lioninc.org/friends-of-the-library/

The meeting was followed by a presentation on the life of Phoebe Griffin Noyes given by Carolyn Wakeman, an author and Trustee of the Florence Griswold Museum, whose talk was enhanced by the inclusion of detailed information, photographs and illustrations depicting the community of Old Lyme in Phoebe’s day.


9 Town Transit Unveils New Slogan      

AREAWIDE — This spring, 9 Town Transit (9TT) asked the public to help with a new slogan for the region’s bus system. After reviewing the nearly 50 submissions, the district now has a new tag line.

“We wanted something that conveyed the impact public transit has on people’s lives.” explains 9TT Chairperson Leslie Strauss, “We think ‘connecting your Connecticut’ does just that.”

The winning entry came from Alejandro Callirgos, a local freelance copywriter. He stumbled across the contest on Google. “I liked the idea of public transportation that connects so many Connecticut towns and neighbors”, explains Callirgos.

The district plans to use the new slogan to help promote public transit, and will use it on most marketing materials. As the winner, Callirgos received forty transit ride tickets which he will be donating to a local charity to make transportation a little easier for those in need.

9 Town Transit provides service to all parts of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, with connections to New Haven, New London and Middletown. All services are open to the general public. Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.


Vista Launches Annual ‘Put Vista on the Map’ Facebook Campaign

Vista kicked off its annual 'Put Vista On The Map' campaign at Family Day on July 11.

Vista kicked off its annual ‘Put Vista On The Map’ campaign at Family Day on July 11.

Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is on a mission to travel the globe this summer through its annual Put Vista On The Map Facebook photo campaign.

For the campaign, Vista families, friends, staff and community members are invited to submit photos of themselves wearing Vista wristbands in locations worldwide during their summer travels. It’s a fun and creative way to raise awareness for Vista, both at home and abroad.

Supporters put Vista “on the map” in all 50 states and in 27 countries during last year’s campaign. Destinations included Australia, Morocco, the Czech Republic, India, Tunisia and South Korea.

The goal of this year’s campaign—which runs through Labor Day— is to once again put Vista on the map in all 50 states and in 35 countries. Another goal of the campaign is to reach 1,000 Facebook likes by Labor Day.

To Put Vista On The Map, send photos to vpereira@vistavocational.org.

For questions, or to request free Vista wristbands, contact Vanessa Pereira at (860) 399-8080 or vpereira@vistavocational.org.

Follow this year’s campaign by liking Vista on Facebook!

Based in Madison and Westbrook, CT, Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success.

For more information about Vista, visit www.vistavocational.org


Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival Continues All Day Today; Concert by Old Lyme Town Band, Fireworks Tonight

There's always a vast array of flowers, fruit and vegetables at the 'En Plein Air' market on Saturday at the Florence Griswold Museum.

There’s always a vast array of flowers, fruit and vegetables at the ‘En Plein Air’ market on Saturday at the Florence Griswold Museum.

The weather forecast is perfect for Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival, a town-wide celebration of the arts, which is being held Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25. Since the early 20th century Old Lyme, Conn., has been known to artists and art lovers alike as a haven for the arts.

The crowd settles in to enjoy the Friday night concert at the Florence Griswold Museum.

The crowd settles in to enjoy the Friday night concert at the Florence Griswold Museum.

The annual free concert on Friday, July 24  at the Florence Griswold Museum is always a favorite and makes for a perfect summer evening.

The Manhattan Brass quintet will entertain on Friday evening along the banks of the Lieutenant River at the Florence Griswold Museum

The Manhattan Brass quintet will entertain on Friday evening along the banks of the Lieutenant River at the Florence Griswold Museum

Find your spot along the Lieutenant River and enjoy an evening of American music by Manhattan Brass from 7 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy the artwork of the 'Plein Air' artists in front of Center School.

Enjoy the artwork of the ‘Plein Air’ artists in front of Center School.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or let Gourmet Galley prepare a delicious meal. Reservations can be made at www.Gourmet-Galley.com.

Meet the oxen from Cranberry Meadow Farm on the lawn of the Lyme Art Association.

Meet the oxen from Cranberry Meadow Farm on the lawn of the Lyme Art Association.

The Festival continues on Saturday, July 25, with activities spanning locations along Lyme Street, the heart of Old Lyme’s historic district – the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyme Art Association, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, the Old Lyme Inn, Studio 80 + Sculpture Park, Old Lyme Historical Society, Old Lyme Center School, the Old Lyme – Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, and a variety of Lyme Street merchants.

The Lyme Garden Club was a popular spot in front of the Lyme Art Association.

The Lyme Garden Club is always a popular spot in front of the Lyme Art Association.

Visitors to the Festival enjoy art, food, musical performances, hands-on activities for children, a dog show, a French-styled market, artisan vendors, book signings, and so much more! Many activities begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m.

For more information  and a schedule of events, visit  www.OldLymeMidsummerFestival.com.

Parking is available at Old Lyme Marketplace, Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, and Lyme-Old Lyme Center and Middle Schools. A shuttle bus runs between these locations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Old Lyme Town Band will give a concert behind Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School at 7:30 p.m. in advance of the town-sponsored fireworks, which will start around 9:15 p.m.


Lyme Library Programs Explore 2007-08 Financial Crisis, Presentation by Axilrod Tonight

Margin Call movie posterThe Friends of the Lyme Public Library are hosting two linked programs this coming Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24, which examine the same topic – the credit crisis of 2007-08. The first is a film and the second a presentation.

On Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. the film, “Margin Call” will be shown. The movie will provide a basis for the discussion of the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and the recovery to date, which will be held on Friday, July 24.

Rotten Tomatoes includes the following description in its review: “Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.”

The Rotten Tomatoes review concludes, “Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s enthralling first feature is a stark and bravely authentic portrayal of the financial industry and its denizens as they confront the decisions that shape our global future.”

The cast includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bentany and Demi Moore.

The film will be shown in the library community room starting at 6 p.m. and be followed by a brief discussion. Register at the library.

If you wish, you may order a sandwich with salad, chips, cookies and juice for $13 (paid in advance). It will be available at 5:30 p.m. Information and sign up are available at the library desk.

The following day, Friday, July 24, at 7 p.m., Lyme resident Steve Axilrod will give a presentation titled, “Economic policy in the wake of the destructive credit crisis of 2007-08: how we got where we are now and the shape of the future.”

The Library Friends comment, “We are fortunate to have Steve Axilrod as a presenter. He is a former top staff policy official at the Federal Reserve System headquartered in Washington DC, a senior officer at the U.S. affiliate of a major Japanese securities firm in New York City and subsequently a consultant on policy to central banks in emerging markets abroad and on financial conditions to market participants here.” Axilrod recently authored books on monetary policy and related issues published by the MIT and Oxford University Press.

There will be a wine and cheese reception following the presentation. Register at the library by calling (860-434-2272) or emailing programreg@lymepl.org


5K Race Tomorrow Honors Memory of Old Lyme Girl Who Helped Bring Smiles to Others

And they're off!  The start of last year's race.

And they’re off! The start of last year’s race.

The Lyme-Old Lyme community will come together for the final time on Saturday, July 25, to honor the memory of Caroline O’Brien of Old Lyme, at the Sixth Annual Caroline’s Miracle Foundation 5K Run, 5K Walk and Kids K.  This race attracted more than 500 runners last year and 2015 marks the final year the Foundation will hold this event.

Carolin O'Brien

Carolin O’Brien

Caroline O’Brien, a silly, happy, carefree 10-year-old girl was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor in 2009. The tumor, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, has been called the cruelest and deadliest of all cancers.  Caroline started her foundation in 2010 with the help of her family.

Initially, the O’Briens wanted to raise money for the cure, however, it was 11-year-old Caroline who requested that the foundation focus on helping kids with brain tumors do “really fun things.”  To date, Caroline’s Miracle Foundation has boosted the spirits of 78 kids … and counting.  To see some of the ways the foundation has “brought smiles to the faces” of children, visit carolinesmiraclefoundation.org.

To celebrate the final year of this extraordinary fundraiser, the O’Briens have eliminated a set registration fee, instead allowing runners to donate a fee of their choice.  This event is a 100 percent volunteer effort, which means that 100 percent of donations will go directly to creating extraordinary “smiles” for kids battling serious illness.

The event draws runners of all ages.

The event draws runners of all ages.

A committee of volunteers of all ages has planned the race, which will be timed and is both flat and very fast.  The race will start in front of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, head down historic Lyme Street and weave its way through the historic village of Old Lyme.

Logo_Miracle_FoundationYoung friends of Caroline have made posters and decorations to line the race route, including the now familiar ‘smiley face’ logo, which adorns the shirts for the first 200 registered runners.

Registration opens at 6:45 a.m. at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) at 59 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.  There are three separate events; the 5K walk starts at 8 a.m., the 5K run starts at 8:15 a.m. and the Kids’ K starts at 9 a.m.

Following the run, a party with music, food, free massages and more will be held at LYSB.  After that, runners and their families are invited to visit the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, taking place all day on Lyme Street.

Participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register online at  www.carolinesmiraclefoundation.org.   On-line registration closes Thursday, July 23, at 12 noon.  On-site registration at LYSB (59 Lyme St., Old Lyme) will be held on Friday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Race Day starting at 6:45 a.m.

For further information about the race or the Foundation, contact Jennifer O’Brien at 860-434-2246 or e-mail miracles@carolinesmiraclefoundation.org.


Old Lyme Republicans to Caucus in Town Hall Tonight

The Old Lyme Republicans will hold their caucus at 6 p.m. this evening in Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall.  It is anticipated they will endorse a full slate of candidates for November’s election, including candidates for both First Selectman and Selectman.

Two years ago, the Republicans did not endorse a candidate to challenge incumbent First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, though they did endorse incumbent Selectman Arthur “Skip” Sibley for Selectman, who was subsequently re-elected.

The Democrats hold their caucus next Monday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. also in the town hall.


Play Beach Blanket Bingo Tonight at White Sand Beach!

Beach_Blanket_BingoPlay Beach Blanket Bingo this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at White Sand Beach.

Hosted by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), the price for this fun, family evening is $5 per person or $20 per family. All are welcome.

A pizza dinner is included and prizes will be awarded to Bingo! winners.

Bring your beach blanket, bug spray … and your appetite!


Sound View Hosts Free Concert Tonight Featuring Funky Dawgs Brass Band

The Funky Dawgs will entertain in their signature upbeat fashion Thursday evening in Sound View.

The Funky Dawgs will entertain in their signature upbeat fashion Thursday evening in Sound View.

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

The third concert  of the 2015 series will be held Thursday, July 23, and features the Funky Dawgs Brass Band.  Featured on Live For Live Music’s ‘Brass Bands You Need To Know,’ this band has exploded onto the live music scene playing a mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, and today’s top hits with a brass twist.

When the band is not playing shows they are giving back to the community. The Funky Dawgz aim to connect, engage, inspire, and rejuvenate music education in inner city schools across the country. The band frequently gives performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state.

Come see what the buzz is all about with the Dawgz by stopping by in Sound View tomorrow evening and enjoying this free outdoor concert.  It 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.


Salt Marsh Opera Hosts Free ‘Opera in the Park’ Tonight in Old Saybrook

It's always a wonderful evening at Salt Marsh's "Opera in the Park" in Old Saybrook.

It’s always a wonderful evening at the annual “Opera in the Park” in Old Saybrook.

Salt Marsh Opera presents a free concert Monday, July 20, (rain date July 21) on the Old Saybrook Town Green adjacent to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., at 6:30 p.m.

Revel in Mozart’s magic, lose yourself in Rossini’s melodies, marvel at Bizet’s brilliance and enjoy other opera favorites in “Opera in the Park” under the stars with two world famous singers — baritone Ron Loyd and mezzo-soprano Maria Elena Armijo. The accompanist is Cathy Venable, who has served as rehearsal pianist for 13 Broadway musicals.

Grab your friends and family, picnic blankets and lawn chairs and prepare for a mesmerizing evening.


Old Lyme Town Band Gives Free Concert — with Ice Cream — This Afternoon

The Old Lyme Town Band

The Old Lyme Town Band

On Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. the Old Lyme Historical Society will present the Old Lyme Town Band in a free concert on the South Town Green in front of Christ the King Catholic Church Rectory.  Co-sponsored by the Florence Griswold Museum and the Historic District Commission, this concert has become a eagerly awaited summer tradition.

Free ice cream from the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe will be served at intermission, courtesy of the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.

This year the Band marks its 40th anniversary. Concert-goers will be treated to selections from Harry James, Dixieland Front and Center, I Dreamed a Dream, Classical Rondo, and other arrangements. The Band is proud to welcome two past conductors, John LaDone and Rick Wyman, who will each conduct a selection from the playlist.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Christ the King Parish Hall. Parking is available in the Church parking lot.

Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon musical event guaranteed to appeal to family members young and not so old.


Essex Land Trust Hosts Falls River Family Canoe & Kayak Trip This Afternoon

Falls River Preserve

Explore Falls River Pond, the site of three Essex Land Trust properties, from your canoe or kayak.

Today, Sunday, July 19, Essex Land Trust will host a two-hour, naturalist-led, family paddle in calm waters to allow participants to see abundant wildlife, including an active egret rookery and several purple martin colonies. The trip leaders will recount the human and natural history of this river that was first dammed in the late 1600s and was instrumental in the economic and social development of the local towns.

Encourage your family and friends to join this trip.

Launch your boats from the small public park on Falls River Drive, just off of Main St. in Ivoryton. Plan to arrive by 3:30 p.m. to sign waiver form for a prompt 4 p.m. departure from the small public park on Falls River Dr., just off Main St. in Ivoryton.

Rain cancels.