April 24, 2014

Old Lyme Land Trust Hosts Mile Creek School Nature Trail Guided Walk, Sunday

The poster promoting the walk features a salamander and a crocus.

The poster promoting the walk features a salamander and a crocus.

The Old Lyme Land Trust is sponsoring a guided walk on the new educational Nature Trail across from Mile C reek School at 191 Mile Creek Rd, Old Lyme in honor of Earth Day.  The walk will be held Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m.

Trail map of the Mile Creek Preserve.

Trail map of the Mile Creek School Nature Trail.

The walk will be led by Pamela Hine, a professor of Botany at Connecticut College.

The Mile Creek Nature Trail was created last year with help from the then third grade class, who painted all the posts that dot the trail.  The trail, which is walking distance from Mile Creek School, will hopefully be incorporated into the curriculum of the students, who will eventually span from preschool to fifth grade.
Points of interest along the trail include interesting facts about the geology and history, as well as the flora and fauna.
The walk is anticipated to take about an hour and all are welcome.  Parking is possible at the preserve entrance, which is 0.2 miles from the entrance, or at Mile Creek School.
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LAA Presents 93rd Annual Elected Artist Exhibition, Friday; LOL Junior Women’s Club Art Show & Benefit Sale

'Reverie' by Sarah Lucas is the signature work for the 98th Elected Artist's Exhibition at the Lyme Art Association.

‘Reverie’ by Sarah Lucas is the signature work for the 93rd Elected Artist’s Exhibition at the Lyme Art Association.

Each spring the Elected Artists of the Lyme Art Association (LAA) display their finest work in the historic building’s sky-lit main galleries.  The 93rd Annual Elected Artist Exhibition will be on view from April 18 through June 1.  The opening reception on Friday, April 25 from 6 to 8 pm is free to the public.  

The juror for the 93rd Annual Elected Artist Exhibition will be Dr. Keith Morgan, Director, Architectural Studies Program, and Professor, History of Art & Architecture and American & New England Studies, at Boston University. Dr. Morgan is the author of “Charles A. Platt,” the leading scholarly study of the LAA’s celebrated architect, Charles Platt.

This year the Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club returns with its benefit exhibition and sale of work by invited local artists, on view in the upstairs Goodman gallery and in the newly remodeled lower level galleries.

Over the past 27 years, the Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club Art Show & Benefit Sale has served as the organization’s largest fundraising event, with hundreds of thousands of dollars raised from the show going directly to help local charities.  This year’s two main beneficiaries are the Estuary Council of Seniors and Safe Futures.

“The Lyme Art Association is extremely excited to welcome Dr. Morgan to the gallery as a juror in our centennial year.  Dr. Morgan’s work on Charles Platt has been a tremendous help to the Association’s efforts to better understand the history of our gallery and its place in Platt’s body of work, ” comments Joe Newman, LAA Executive Director.  He continues, “We are equally thrilled to host the annual Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club Art Show, and applaud their tireless dedication to making our region an even better place to live.”

The gala reception for the annual art show will be held on Friday evening, May 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association.  The opening night of the fundraising event features an art show, as well as a silent auction, accompanied by drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.

Both exhibitions will be on view in the Lyme Art Association’s historic galleries from April 18 through June 1.

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 at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within a national historic district.  Admission is free with contributions appreciated.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call (860) 434-7802.

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OL Historical Society Hosts Annual Dinner, Lecture on Old Lyme Farms, Friday

The Old Lyme Historical Society will host its seventh annual dinner and lecture featuring Dr. John Pfeiffer on Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme.

In this continuing series, Old Lyme Town Historian, Dr. John Pfeiffer will present a lecture titled “The Grange Hall: The Farms of Old Lyme”.  The recent acquisition by the Old Lyme Historical Society of the Grange Hall on Main Street marks the beginning of a new era for the Society.  Simultaneously, this purchase symbolized a complete change of a 350 year local way of life.

A long-time researcher, Pfeiffer will focus on the agrarian history of Old Lyme.  The evening will begin with libations and a chicken marsala and flank steak dinner catered by Coffee’s Country Market;  Pfeiffer’s talk will follow.

Tickets purchased in advance are $30 per person for members and $35 for non-members, and if there is availability, $40 at the door.  Tickets will be available at the Society’s office in the Genealogy Room at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, during the Society’s office hours, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Tickets may also be ordered by phone at 860-434-0684, but will not be held unless paid in advance.  They are also available through the Society’s website www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org using PayPal for $35 each, or they may be purchased in person only at Webster Bank.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Environmental Club Honors Earth Day 2014 with Special Event Tonight: All Welcome

An osprey brings lunch.

An osprey delivers lunch.

Earth Day 2014 is this coming Tuesday, April 22, and the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Environmental Club is hosting two speakers at 7 p.m. at the high school at 69, Lyme Street in Old Lyme.  Students from high schools in the local region, as well as the general public, are invited to attend.

Before the speakers take the stage, the audience will be able to visit with various groups who will be manning information tables in the Commons area of the high school.  These groups will include the Lyme and Old Lyme Land Trusts, the Old Lyme Conservation and Open Space Commissions, the Potapaug Audubon Society, the Tributary Mill Conservancy and the CT River Gateway Commission.

The theme on which the speakers will focus is: “Spring Migrants And Our Coastal Food Chain: Alewife, Menhaden, and Osprey.”

First to speak will be conservation biologist and ornithological expert, Dr. Paul Spitzer, who will discuss his current study of osprey in the lower Connecticut River estuary.

Inspired by his mentor Roger Tory Peterson, and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Spitzer was part of the movement that banned DDT in 1972, documenting its correlation to the thinning of osprey egg shells.  He is now collecting data related to the over-fishing of menhaden, a primary food source for osprey chicks.

Spitzer will be joined by Connecticut DEEP biologist Steve Gephard, supervisor for the State’s Diadromous Fish and Conservation Enhancement programs.  Gephard will discuss efforts to restore and protect the fish that migrate between Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River and its tributaries.

It was announced last week that President Obama has appointed Gephard to serve as the Commissioner of the Council of North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.

According to Congressman Joe Courtney’s office, this is “an international organization established by an intergovernmental convention in 1984 that seeks to restore and manage Atlantic salmon populations”.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts 14th Annual “Taste of Lymes” Business Expo, Sunday

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Four local chefs will present cooking demonstrations at the 14th Annual  “Taste  of the Lymes Business Expo” on Sunday afternoon, April 27, from 3 to 5 p.m., to be held this year at the Old Lyme Country Club.

Many local businesses and Chamber members will exhibit at the Business Expo including Fresh Ayer Gallery, Amity Home Construction & Design, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Florence Griswold Museum, The Woman’s Exchange, and Office Express.

Food preparation demonstrations by chefs from The Bee & Thistle Inn, Amanda Cushman of Simple Real Food, Café Flo (Gourmet Galley) and the Old Lyme Country Club will provide seasonal recipe ideas.  Landscape Designer Sheila Wertheimer will conduct a demonstration on planting a spring patio pot, and Julie Garvin Riggs of the Florence Griswold Museum will provide ongoing demonstrations of how to create handcrafted greeting cards.

Sample delicious foods from local restaurants, refresh your palate with a treat from the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe cart, and participate in drawings to win prizes at this annual event.  The Old Lyme Country Club will host a cash bar.

The promotional art work for this event was created by Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts graduate Rick Lacey, who is a past Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipient.

Tickets at $10 per person are available at “Lyme Tree: The Woman’s Exchange” in the Old Lyme Marketplace or at “Fresh Ayer Gallery” in the Old Lyme Shopping Center, or at the door.

For additional information, visit www.visitoldlyme.com or e-mail email@lolcc.com.

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Conniff Presents Inaugural LOL Education Foundation Lecture, Sunday

Richard Conniff

Richard Conniff

The Lyme Old Lyme Education Foundation (LOLEF) has announced that its first annual lecture, hosted by the Lyme Art Association (LAA), will be an evening with Old Lyme’s own Richard Conniff on Sunday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m.

The title of Conniff’s lecture is “Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time:  My Life Doing Dumb Things with Animals.”  His vast experience with animals includes collecting tarantulas in the Peruvian Amazon, tracking leopards with !Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert, climbing the Mountains of the Moon in western Uganda, and trekking through the Himalayas of Bhutan in pursuit of tigers and the mythical migur.  With humor and insight, he recounts his adventures in the strange and fascinating world of wild animals.

Book cover of "Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time"

Book cover of “Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Things with Animals.”

Conniff writes about behavior, on two, four, six, and sometimes eight legs.  His latest book is The Species Seekers:  Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth, about the great age of species discovery.  He won a National Magazine Award in 1997 and a 2009 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.  He was a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow.

His articles have appeared in Time, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications.  He is a frequent commentator on NPR’s Marketplace and in The New York Timesand has written and presented television shows for the National Geographic Channel, TBS, and the BBC, among others.

Conniff is the author of seven books, including Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time:  My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals (Norton, 2009), The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide (Norton, 2002) and Spineless Wonders:  Strange Tales of the Invertebrate World (Holt, 1996).

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Tickets are $12 for non-members of the LAA and $10 for members.  Call the LAA at 860. 434.7802 to reserve your seats.

Proceeds to benefit the LOLEF,  a non-profit organization which supports supplemental excellence in programs and technologies in the Region 18 schools and community.

For more information about LOLEF, visit www.lolef.org.

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Sunrise Service Welcomes Easter

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 early this morning.

Worshippers gathered at Griswold Point in Old Lyme early yesterday morning for the traditional ecumenical sunrise service organized by the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to celebrate Easter.  The weather cooperated as the photo above by Emily Fisher demonstrates clearly.

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Shoreline Medical Center Hosts Open House Today

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The brand new Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center, pictured above, which held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, is hosting a community Open House on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Bring the whole family to enjoy:

    • Medical Center tours hosted by the staff
    • Free health fair with blood pressure screenings, child fingerprint IDs and more
    • “Touch-a-Truck” featuring paramedic and other vehicles
    • A roving magician and balloon sculptor to entertain the kids
    • Local food trucks offering barbecue, seafood, desserts & more for purchase

The Medical Center is located at 250 Flat Rock Place, Westbrook, CT 06498 .

For further information, contact Kathleen Russo at 860-358-6200 or Kathleen.Russo@midhosp.org

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Chester-Hadlyme Ferry Service Suspended Due to High Water

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As we’ve said before, we always enjoy opening our Inbox, because (like that infamous box of chocolates) we never know what we’re going to find … well, today it held a couple of photos of the Ferry Road (Rte. 148) causeway in Hadlyme across Whalebone Cove flooded out by Connecticut River “freshet” (high water caused by spring rains  and snow melt upstream in northern New England.)

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The loyal reader who sent the photos further helpfully advises that service on the Chester- Hadlyme Ferry has been suspended until the water recedes.

The Department of Transportation website states that the duration of time for which the service will be out of action is “unknown.”

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Old Lyme Town Hall Closed Today, But No Change to Trash, Recycling Schedules

The Old Lyme Town Hall and Transfer Station are both closed today, Good Friday, April 18.

The Transfer Station will be open on Saturday, April 19.

There is no change to the trash or recycling pick-up schedules on Friday, April 18.

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Lyme-Old Lyme CROP Hunger Walk to be Held Today

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Hoping to make a difference in these trying times, the Lyme-Old Lyme CROP Hunger Walk is an ecumenical and interfaith effort to raise money to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives.  A portion of the funds raised in Lyme-Old Lyme will go to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and national hunger relief agencies.

All are welcome to join this reflective walk co-organized by Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, Lyme Congregational Church and the South Lyme Union Chapel.

The Crop Walk will begin at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 85 Shore Rd, Old Lyme, at 10 a.m., and will continue on Johnnycake Hill to Lyme Street past Christ the King Church to the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and then follow the same route to return gain to St. Ann’s.

Donations of non-perishable foods are being accepted, and envelopes for monetary donations are available at each of the participating churches.

Donations can also be made at the Crop Walk on the day of the event.

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MOMS Club of East Lyme Hosts Open House, April 25

The MOMS Club of East Lyme Open House is having a free Open House on Friday, April 25, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

 Email momsclubofeastlyme@gmail.com for further information and/or details of the event location.

 

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Courtney Staff Host Office Hours in Old Saybrook, Thursday

On Thursday, April 17, representatives from US Congressman Joe Courtney’s office will be at the Action Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Members of Courtney’s staff will be available to take questions or concerns on any issue of importance, and to work with constituents who may be having issues with a federal agency.

As part of an effort to bring federal resources closer to his constituents, Courtney’s staff has been traveling the district to provide constituent services in local communities and meet with individuals at a location convenient for them.

Walk-ins are welcome, but if you wish to let Courtney’s office know in advance that you are coming, contact  Taijah Anderson in the Norwich District Office at 860-886-0139.

This opportunity is for individuals only.  If a group would like to meet with Courtney’s staff, contact the Norwich District Office at the number above.

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CBSRZ Hosts Family-Style Seder on Second Night of Passover, Tuesday

Do you remember the smell of Grandma’s Matzah Ball soup simmering on the stove as she prepared for Passover seder? If you are looking for an opportunity to reconnect with your Jewish heritage, call Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) to learn about their Passover Across America seder in Chester, CT.

The seder will be on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 15, starting at 6 p.m.  The family-style seder, led by Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg and Cantorial Soloist Belinda Brennan, will stimulate much discussion, participation, and singing.

The meal, prepared by Bob and Linda Zemmel, owners of Alforno Restaurant, will include kosher brisket, kosher chicken, homemade matzah ball soup and many side dishes.  There will also be child-friendly options.

The price is $36 for adults and children 13 and older.  Children under 13 are free.  CBSRZ is able to offer these reduced prices due to a grant from NJOP (National Jewish Outreach Program).  Reservations are required.

Call the CBSRZ office at 860-526-8920 for more information and to make a reservation.

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The Bowerbird Donates Almost $5,000 From Gift Wrap Program to Lyme-Old Lyme Lions

 

Pictured presenting the check are (from left to right) Chris Kitchings, owner of The Bowerbird, Marianne Szreders, President of L-OL Lions club and Phil Parcak, Vice-President of the L-OL Lions Club.

Pictured during presentation of the check are (from left to right) Chris Kitchings, owner of The Bowerbird, Marianne Szreders, President of Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club and Phil Parcak, Vice-President.

The Bowerbird in Old Lyme recently wrapped up their 2013 gift-wrapping campaign to raise funds for the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club.  The organization was presented with a check in the amount of $4,883.00 representing 2,870 packages wrapped.  The Bowerbird charges a nominal fee for gift-wrapping purchases and then donates 50% to local non-profit organizations.

The Bowerbird has selected the Eastern Connecticut Ballet as the recipient of the proceeds from their 2014 gift-wrap program.  The program runs from Nov. 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014.

In the past 20 years, The Bowerbird has donated over $65000.00 to 26 statewide and local non- profits.

For a complete listing of past recipients, visit www.thebowerbird.com.

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Senior Studio Exhibition on View at Lyme Academy College

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An exhibition of artwork by seniors at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is on view at the College’s Chauncey Stillman and Sill House Galleries through May 17.  These seniors are studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and will graduate in May 2014.

The Senior Studio experience at the College allows students to refine their vision and develop a skill set in order to create a body of work that exemplifies their individual interests, talents, and artistic sensibilities.  The Senior Studio Exhibition 2014 reflects the culmination of this project.  Students will be present at the opening reception and available to discuss their work.  Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public; all are welcome.

Each student conceives their own project for the exhibition, and—with ongoing support and input from the faculty and their student peers   ̶  executes and presents it within a set amount of time.  Hayley Ashkenas (BFA Painting) of Berkeley, Calif., explains it this way, “It’s a pre-cursor of real life with gallery deadlines.  With so much buzzing around in your head, you have to not worry about the final product and just think clearly and slowly as you go through the process.” Chris O’Flaherty (BFA Painting) of Griswold, Conn., adds, “It’s definitely a challenging ride!  It’s the bridge between here and the next step.”

Sally Seaman, Dean of Academic Affairs at Lyme Academy College, comments, “This is such an exciting time for the seniors as they create a unified body of work. In the fall they experiment with different ideas using what they have learned from the previous three years at the College. Finally, after a great deal of work and many group critiques involving faculty and the other seniors, it all comes together. It’s absolutely phenomenal how this happens each year and quite exciting to watch and experience.” Magdalena Pawlowski (BFA Painting) from Nantucket, Mass., sums up the senior experience this way, “We all work very hard. It takes a lot of devotion and really prepares you for life.”

Both the Chauncey Stillman and Sill House galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The College gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Leon and Bernadette Olivier, Outthink, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, and Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt, for this exhibition.

For more information about the exhibition or Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, contact the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 860-434-3571, ext. 135 or ologan@lymeacademy.edu

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Missing Dog FOUND in Old Lyme!

image04/13: We’ve just heard that Ruby has been found — great news!

This adorable cock-a-poo puppy ran away from his home on Mile Creek Rd. this morning.  Ruby is a light tan color and weighs about 10 lbs.

If you see her, please contact Melyssa Hancock at 860-331-9339 or the Hancock family.  Poor Ruby is likely very scared since she is very young.

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Exhibition Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 at the CT River Museum

As part of the 200th anniversary of the British Raid on Essex, the Connecticut River Museum is hosting a traveling fine art exhibit by members of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).  Twenty-five paintings by 16 different artists illustrate the various arenas of military action that unfolded during this War which was largely fought on the water.

The exhibit is comprised of three theaters of war: the oceans; the Great Lakes; and the bays, estuaries, sounds and rivers of the Eastern United States.  The paintings include oils and watercolors, and depict scenes of famous engagements as well as lesser known vessels and locales.  While many of the works of art present traditional views of the great navy vessels on the high seas or in action, others feature more personal views of men, giving the war a human face.

The American Society of Marine Artists was founded in 1978 by a small group of professional artists, who shared a love for all things maritime.  The Connecticut River Museum is delighted to have teamed with ASMA for this themed exhibit.

The Connecticut River Museum is one of five national venues in which this exhibit will travel.  It will be on display during the bicentennial of the April, 1814 British Raid on Essex.  The Raid has been the subject of considerable research and attention at the Museum in recent years and will culminate during the spring of 2014 with this special exhibit along with a series of related programs and events.

For more information on the exhibition and related programs, visit ctrivermuseum.org.  The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Mondays.

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Large Crowd Turns Out to Commemorate British Raid on Essex Ships 200 Years Ago

Mark Lander dressed inhistorical costume reads during the 'Light Up the Night' celebrations Tuesday evening.  Photos by Michaelle Pearson.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-President Mark Lander, dressed in period costume, reads during the ‘Light Up the Night’ celebrations Tuesday evening. Photos by Michaelle Pearson.

REVISED 4/9/14: At 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday April 8, a goodly crowd gathered at the edge of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme to commemorate the bicentennial of the  1814 British raid on Essex.

Cannon on the boardwalk.

A cannon on the boardwalk serves as a reminder of the times of yesteryear.

“Light Up the Night” began with a drummer, who called the crowd to attention. Then the bonfire was lit and cannons fired as Mark Lander of the Old Lyme Historical Society read a narrative of the historic events.

Members of the Old Lyme Fire Department help keep the bonfire under control.

Members of the Old Lyme Fire Department help keep the bonfire under control.

Two hundred years ago to the day, the British Navy quietly slipped into the town of Essex (then called Pettipaug), looted it of arms and supplies and set fire to 27 American vessels before taking advantage of the swiftly running current to escape downriver to the Long Island Sound.  Along the shore, the citizens lit bonfires in an attempt to illuminate the river so cannons could be aimed at the departing British.

The event was one of a series of activities coordinated by the 1814 Bicentennial Committee.  Bonfires also took place at Gardiner’s Landing in Old Saybrook and on the water-side green at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.

Mark Lander continues his reading.

Mark Lander continues his reading.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-President Mark Lander related how the British Squadron blockading the Sound targeted River privateers and merchant shipping for destruction in a daring nighttime raid on an undefended and unprepared citizenry.

This evocative event was intended to inspire area residents to imagine the emotions of fear, frustration, and desperation experienced by the people who lived here in 1814.

“Light Up the Night” was sponsored by the Connecticut River Museum, and the Historical Societies of Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Essex.

For more information about this and other historic events, visit www.battlesiteessex.orgctrivermuseum.org or oldlymehistoricalsociety.org

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Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts “Light Up the Night” Tonight, Commemorates 1812 British Raid on CT River

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The Old Lyme Historical Society invites the public to “Light Up the Night”, a bi-centennial commemoration of the British raid on Connecticut River shipping during the War of 1812.  This free event takes place on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Lyme dinghy dock along the Connecticut River, near the DEEP Marine Headquarters on Ferry Road. There will be a bonfire and on-site storytellers.

“Light Up the Night” takes place 200 years to the day after the evening in April 8, 1814 when the British forces made their escape downriver from Essex harbor where they had burned 27 vessels earlier that day.  In 1814, as darkness fell, local militia and citizens set bonfires on both sides of the river in an effort to locate the boats carrying the retreating sailors and marines.

“Light Up the Night” is sponsored by the Connecticut River Museum and co-sponsored by the historical societies of Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, and Essex.  The event is one of a series of activities coordinated by the 1814 Bicentennial Committee.

Bonfires are planned to take place at Gardiner’s Landing in Old Saybrook, at the dinghy dock in Old Lyme, and on the water-side green at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.  On-site storytellers will relate how the British Squadron blockading the Sound targeted River privateers and merchant shipping for destruction in a daring nighttime raid on an undefended and unprepared citizenry.

These evocative events will inspire area resident to imagine the emotions of fear, frustration, and desperation experienced by the people who lived here in 1814.

For more information, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org or www.battlesiteessex.org.  “Light Up the Night” has a theme song!  To help you get into the spirit of the event, view the music video “The Privateers of Pettipaug” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9UCGK6Ww4c.

If you enjoy these types of events, consider becoming a member of the Old Lyme Historical Society.  For more information about membership and the Society’s activities and publications, explore the web site www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org or stop by the office in the Genealogy Room at The Old Lyme–Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

To volunteer with the Old Lyme Historical Society, look for opportunities on the Old Lyme-Lyme Volunteer Connection website http://volunteer.truist.com/ollvolunteer/volunteer/.

 

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