November 28, 2015

Old Lyme Historical Society Offers Books, Calendars for Sale, Dec. 5, 12 & 19

The Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) will be offering its books and 2016 calendars for sale, just in time for Christmas shopping. Covering decades and centuries of local history and personages, they make a unique gift for friends and family.

The OLHS center, located in the old Grange Hall at 55 Lyme Street, will be open Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For further information, visit, or just stop by the Grange.

Visit the Florence Griswold Museum for Exhibitions & More

The current exhibition on show at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape, which draws from the collections of 10 partner institutions to present some of the most renowned depictions of Connecticut in art from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

The 76 works are from the collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, the Mattatuck Museum, the Mystic Arts Center, Mystic Seaport, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Slater Memorial Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Also on show through Nov. 29 is a pop-up exhibition titled, TIME & PLACE Young Artists Inspired by Artworks in the Current Exhibition.  Artist/instructor Susan Stephenson partnered with the Museum to create an immersive learning experience for her sophomore painting students at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. After visiting the exhibition,The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape, students were asked to respond to a work with their own interpretation

For more information, contact (860) 434-5542 x122.


Take a Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tour on Selected Dates Through Dec. 20

Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. Photo courtesy of Mystic Seaport.

Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. Photo courtesy of Mystic Seaport.

Holiday Tradition Takes Visitors Back to Christmas Eve, 1876

Mystic Seaport will open the 2015 season of its Lantern Light Tours on Friday, Nov. 27.

A New England holiday tradition, Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve in 1876. Featuring actors from Connecticut and neighboring states, the cast weaves a heart-warming holiday story in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the Museum.

The Lantern Light Tour plot is changed every year and the writing and production planning begins early in the spring. For 2015, the story focusses on the Sawyer family, a young couple expecting their first child who come to Mystic and are not able to find lodging for the night. There is a surprise inheritance, a villainous Mr. King, a rousing tavern dance, and a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas in their busy toy shop.

“While not a direct telling of the Nativity, we adapted many details of the story to our setting in amusing and clever ways that we think the audience will enjoy,” said Denise Kegler, the program manager for Lantern Light Tours.

Visitors join a group of 16 to tour the Museum’s 19th-century village, stopping at designated points to take in the next chapter of the story. Performances are November 27, 28 and December 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 860.572.5331. Tickets are $32 for adults ($26 for Mystic Seaport members) and $25 for children ages 5-17 ($19 for youth members). Lantern Light Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 4.

The 2015 Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport is presented by Citizens Bank.

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The state-of-the-art Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives.

Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $25 for adults and $16 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free.

For more information, visit  and follow Mystic Seaport on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.


Holiday Schedule for Old Lyme Transfer Station

Old Lyme’s Transfer Station will be open on Saturday for its regular hours.


Duck River Garden Club Hosts Community Wreathmaking Event, Dec. 8

339x354-Christmas_wreath_fundraiserThe Duck River Garden Club will host its Annual Community Wreathmaking event on Monday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Roger’s Lake Community Center, Roger’s Lake Trail, Old Lyme.

Duck River Garden Club members and friends plan to create 18 large holiday wreaths for our town buildings. In addition, Girl Scouts and members will make “tussie mussies’ to decorate trays delivered by Meals On Wheels to Old Saybrook and Lyme/Old Lyme residents.

New members are most welcome. Bring some greens, gloves, clippers and the gift of your precious time—along with lots of holiday cheer. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event.


Happy Thanksgiving … and Let’s Talk Turkey

We wish all our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving and are pleased today to republish an article that our good friend Linda Ahnert first wrote for us to celebrate Thanksgiving in 2007.

Who Doesn’t Love Thanksgiving?

By Linda Ahnert

Giving thanks_bookA few years ago, a book entitled “Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie” was published.  The co-authors are Kathleen Curtin, food historian at the Plimoth Plantation, Mass., and Sandra L. Oliver, food historian and publisher of the newsletter “Food History News.”

The book is a fascinating look at how an autumnal feast evolved into a “quintessential American holiday.”

Most Americans, introduced to the story of the Pilgrims and Indians during childhood, assume there is a direct link between the traditional holiday menu and the first Thanksgiving.  But we learn from the book that many of those food items—such as mashed potatoes and apple pie—were simply impossible in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621.  Potatoes were not introduced to New England until much later and those first settlers did not yet have ovens to bake pies.

What we do know about the bill of fare at the first celebration in 1621 comes from a letter written by colonist Edward Winslow to a friend in England:  “Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.”

Later 90 Indians joined the party with “their great king Massasoit whom for three days we entertained and feasted.”  Then the Indians “went out and killed five deer which they brought to the plantation.”

So venison was a principal food on the menu.  It also seems safe to assume that mussels, clams, and lobsters (all in plentiful supply) were served as well.   According to other journals of the colonists, the “fowl” that Winslow described were probably ducks and geese.  But wild turkeys were also bountiful in 1621, and so it is very likely that they were on the Pilgrims’ table.  Thank goodness for that.

Throughout the New England colonies, it became common to proclaim a day of thanksgiving sometime in the autumn.  In period diaries, there are many descriptions of food preparation—such as butchering and pie baking—followed by the notation that “today was the general thanksgiving.”

By the 19th century, Americans were taking the idea of a “thanksgiving” to a whole new level.  The religious connotations were dropping away in favor of a holiday celebrating family and food.  Roast turkey had become the centerpiece of these fall celebrations.

Turkeys, of course, were native to North America.  (Benjamin Franklin, in a letter, had even proposed the turkey as the official U.S. bird!)  And turkey was considered to be a fashionable food back in the mother country.  Just think of the significance of turkey in Charles’ Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  When Scrooge wakes up in a joyful mood on Christmas morning, he calls to a boy in the street to deliver the prize turkey in the poulterer’s shop to the Cratchit family.  (Earlier in the story, the poor Cratchits were dining on goose.)

It is thanks to a New England woman that Thanksgiving became an American holiday.  Sarah Hale was a native of New Hampshire and the editor of “Godey’s Lady’s  Book,”  a popular women’s magazine.  She lobbied for years for a national observance of Thanksgiving.  She wrote editorials and sent letters to the president, all state governors, and members of Congress.

Finally, in 1863, she convinced Abraham Lincoln that a national Thanksgiving Day might help to unite the Civil War-stricken country.   The fourth Thursday in November was now officially on the American calendar.

Connecticut’s own Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote this description of a New England Thanksgiving in one of her novels—“But who shall . . .describe the turkey, and chickens, and chicken pies, with all that endless variety of vegetables which the American soil and climate have contributed to the table . . . After the meat came the plum-puddings, and then the endless array of pies. . .”

The autumnal feast became a national holiday, but each region of the country put its own spin on the menu.   Not to mention that immigrants have also added diversity.  The result is a true “melting pot” of America.  The second half of “Giving Thanks” contains recipes that reflect what Americans eat for Thanksgiving in the 21st century.

In the South, for instance, the turkey might be stuffed with cornbread and there would be pecan and sweet potato pies on the table.  In New Mexico, chiles and Southwestern flavors may be added to the stuffing.

There’s the “time-honored traditional bread stuffing” recipe.  There’s also one for a Chinese American rice dressing and directions for a Cuban turkey stuffed with black beans and rice.  Desserts run the gamut from an (authentic) Indian pudding to an (exotic) coconut rice pudding.  Old-fashioned pumpkin pie is included as well as the newfangled pumpkin cheesecake.

But no matter what food items grace our Thanksgiving tables, it seems that we all end up stuffing ourselves silly.  Perhaps overeating started at that very first harvest celebration in 1621.  In Edward Winslow’s letter describing the feast with the Indians, he noted that food was not always this plentiful. But he wrote his friend in England “ … yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”


Cooley Gallery Hosts Opening Reception Tonight for ‘All Paintings Great and Small’

'A Winter's Eve' by Herbert McCord is the featured painting of the 'All Paintings Great and Small' exhibition.

‘A Winter’s Eve’ by Herbert McCord is the featured painting of the ‘All Paintings Great and Small’ exhibition.

The Cooley Gallery hosts an opening reception for the annual holiday exhibition All Paintings Great and Small this evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition features historic and contemporary works of art 12″ in size or smaller and for many in the area, this annual exhibition and opening celebration, now in its 29th year, has become an undisputed kick-off to the holiday season. Artists from around the country and Mexico, with a concentration of works by artists in Connecticut, participate in this annual show.

Jeff Cooley, owner of The Cooley Gallery notes, “We had no sense of how this show evolved into a local holiday tradition until we started to talk about changing the format or doing something completely different.  Over the years we thought we would try to revamp the holiday show and freshen it with a little variation.  We were quickly reminded by gallery visitors and friends not to mess with a good thing.”

He continues, “The very first small painting show we did all those years ago had only 15 pictures but they were choice and mainly historical works. Last year’s All Paintings Great and Small ballooned to over 350 works of art and proved too much can be too much. While we’re not going back to only 15 select works, we are simplifying the show this year.”

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

The galleries at 25 Lyme Street are hung “salon-style” with multiples from floor to ceiling, and a wealth of varied artwork. Prices range from the low hundreds on up giving collectors at all levels a chance to acquire some truly wonderful original works of art.  The other exhibition in the back gallery features recent acquisitions, paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The show runs through Jan. 9, 2016.

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.

Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays 12 to 4 p.m. or online anytime at


Reception Tonight Celebrates EF Watermelon’s 30th Anniversary in Old Lyme,


EF Watermelon hosts a reception this evening from 5 to 8  p.m. at the store on Lyme St. to celebrate the business’s 30th anniversary in Old Lyme.  All are welcome.

Guest artist, Paula Crevoshay, will be on hand to present and discuss her line of  jewelry.

The store is located at 24 Lyme St., in Old Lyme.


Girls Defeat Holy Cross, Advance to State Final; Boys Fall to Coventry in Semis

The Wildcat teams after winning their respective Shoreline Conferences. Now both are playing in the Class S semi finals. Go Wildcats!

The Wildcat teams celebrate after winning their respective Shoreline Conferences — now both are playing in the Class S semi finals. Go Wildcats!

11/18, 3:03am UPDATE: Boys lose 2-1 to Coventry

11/16, 8:22pm UPDATE: Girls defeat Holy Cross 4-1 to earn place in state final!

Paul Gleason’s fifth-seeded girls (14-2-2)  meet Holy Cross (14-3-2) in the Class S semifinal tonight in Middletown with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off.

The Old Lyme boys defeated Canton 6-1 in their CIAC Class S quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon to advance to their semi-finals where they will meet Coventry on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Montville with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off.

To reach the semis, Old Lyme girls defeated Coventry 2-1 away in the quarterfinal on Friday and Windsor 4-1 at home in the second round having enjoyed a bye in Round 1.  The boys soundly defeated Cromwell 3-1 in the second round and Portland 2-1 in the first round.

Go Wildcats!


Girls Advance to Soccer Semis, Boys DEFEAT Canton in Quarters Today!

The magic words before the match.

Wildcats gather in a time-honored huddle before every game..

UPDATE 5:30pm: The Old Lyme boys defeated Canton 6-1 in their CIAC Class S quarterfinal game this afternoon to advance to the semi-finals where they will meet Coventry on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at a time and location to be determined.

Marc Vendetti’s third-seeded Wildcats  (14-1-3) meet sixth-seeded Canton (13-4-1) in the quarter final of the CIAC Class S soccer tournament this afternoon on the varsity field at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.  Kick-off is at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Paul Gleason’s fifth-seeded girls (14-2-2) defeated Coventry 2-1 away yesterday afternoon and will now meet Holy Cross (14-3-2) in the Class S semifinal on Monday, Nov. 16, at a time and location to be determined.

To reach the quarterfinals, the boys soundly defeated Cromwell 3-1 in the second round and Portland 2-1 in the first round, while the Old Lyme girls defeated Windsor 4-1 in the second round having enjoyed a bye in Round 1.

Go Wildcats!


Williams School Hosts Prospective Student Information Session Today

The Williams School in New London is offering a series of Prospective Student Information Sessions with the first one being held this Saturday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m.  These sessions will provide an opportunity for families to enjoy a campus tour by a Student Ambassador, hear from a panel of current students and faculty, and experience mini lessons taught by faculty in their classrooms. They are one of many ways to learn about Williams’ academic, athletic, arts, and community opportunities.

Register online for Saturday’s Information Session.

Additional Information Sessions are planned on the following dates:

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 1-3 p.m.

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1-3 p.m.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 860.443.5333 or 

The Williams School is a college preparatory day school serving middle and upper school students in grades 6 – 12 located on the campus of Connecticut College at 182 Mohegan Ave. New London, CT 06320


Wildcat Boys, Girls Advance to Quarterfinals in State Soccer Tourney, Girls Face Coventry Today

Victory! Old Lyme players celebrate their victory over Cromwell. Photo by E.Z. Cole.

Victory! Old Lyme players celebrate their victory over Cromwell. Photo by E.Z. Cole.

11/13 8:17pm UPDATE:  The Old Lyme girls (14-2-2) defeated Coventry 2-1 this afternoon and will now meet Holy Cross (14-3-2) in the Class S semifinal on Monday, Nov. 16, at a time and location to be determined.

Yesterday afternoon, the third-seeded Old Lyme boy’s soccer team (14-1-3) soundly defeated Cromwell 3-1 in the second round of the CIAC Class S soccer tournament to qualify for a quarter final spot against sixth-seeded Canton (13-4-1). Kick-off is tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 14) at 2 p.m. in Old Lyme.

The Wildcats coached by Marc Vendetti beat Portland 2-1 in the first round on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Paul Gleason’s fifth-seeded girls (13-2-2) meet fourth-seeded Coventry (14-3-0) in their quarter final game at 4 p.m. today away at Coventry.  To reach this stage, Old Lyme defeated Windsor 4-1 in the second round having enjoyed a bye in Round 1.

Go Wildcats!



Have You Voted for Braiden Yet?

An all-new look for Braiden was revealed at his last performance. Photo by E. Sunshine.

An all-new look for Braiden was revealed at his last performance. Photo by E. Sunshine.

Lyme’s own Braiden Sunshine is the only Connecticut representative on NBC’s The Voice this season, and at 15, he is the youngest ever to appear on the show.  The program, which is currently the top-rated show on television, airs tonight at 9 p.m.

During the conclusion of the previous show, Sunshine was revealed as one of the top 20 contestants moving on to the Live performances, which start tonight.

A official photo of Braiden for 'The Voice.'

A official photo of Braiden for ‘The Voice.’

We caught up with Sunshine — a sophomore at Lyme-Old Lyme High School — yesterday in Los Angeles where he is busy rehearsing for tonight’s live competition.

In an exclusive e-mail interview with, he told us that his favorite experience so far on The Voice has been, “Meeting the incredible people other artists and making life-long friends. These guys are incredible performers and amazing people.”  He added that other highlights have included, “Meeting and working with the coaches, meeting my idol John Popper and playing on stage with Blues Traveler.”

We asked how long he has been singing and Sunshine responded, “I started singing at five, but I joined my first band at age nine.  We recorded two original albums, then they headed off to college, so I have been singing with another group named Stone Creek and doing a lot of acoustic solo performing.”  Sunshine is well-known in Old Lyme as a veteran performer at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau annual talent show, The Bizz, which has organized viewing parties for both his performances to date.

Finally, we wondered how life back at Lyme-Old Lyme High School has been between the shows and how his classmates have reacted to his new national stardom. He replied, “They were really happy for me. A lot of people congratulated me and were asking lots of questions about the coaches.”

He summed up the whole experience in the words, “This has been a dream come true!”

To keep this incredible experience alive for this naturally humble young man (and, of course, the associated fame for Lyme and Old Lyme!), Sunshine is now dependent on votes to continue advancing in the show, so here at, we’re delighted to show our support for him by sharing information about how to vote for Braiden.

There are four voting platforms:

  1. The Voice app on your phone
  2. Twitter:follow Braiden.sunshine
  3. The Voice Facebook page
  4. website

Each platform will accept up to 10 votes from each viewer.

Additional votes can be cast with an iTunes purchase:

If you download the song performed on the show, it counts as one vote, but if the song is in the Top 10 at the close of voting, iTunes votes are multiplied by 10.

Voting is open for 14 hours, starting at 10:01 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9.

Vote while the show is in progress on Monday using the voice app.

Voting closes at noon on Tuesday.



Editor’s Note: Follow Braiden by going to Follow this link to view Braiden’s performance on the previous show:


Wildcat Boys, Girls Compete in Shoreline Finals Tonight

Caroline Wallace in action for the Wildcats.

Caroline Wallace in action for the Wildcats.

Both the Lyme-Old Lyme High School boy’s and girl’s soccer teams will play tonight in the 2015 Shoreline Conference Championship double-header at Portland High School. The boys kick off against Morgan High School of Clinton at 5 p.m. and the girls also play Morgan at 7 p.m.  Quite a night for the Wildcats!

Marc Vendetti’s boys reached the final after a 2-0 vistory over the Old Saybrook Rams with Nate Peduzzi scoring both goals.

Click here to read a full report of that game by Vickie Fulkerson and published on Tuesday.

Paul Gleason’s girls defeated Coginchaug by an astonishing 10 goals to the Blue Devils four in their semi-final game.

Click here to read a full report of that game by Jimmy Zanor and published Nov. 3 on

Good luck to both teams tonight and … Go Wildcats!



Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Unchanged; Griswold In As Treasurer, Fuchs Fails in BOE Re-election Bid

First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (left) and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal celebrate their respective re-elections to the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen.

First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (left) and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal celebrate their respective re-elections to the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen.

UPDATED 10:17pm: In a tight race with an above average total of 2,321 voters, Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (D) was reelected over her Republican opponent Cathy Carter by 269 votes – Reemsnyder garnered 1,278 votes to Carter’s 1,009.   Selectmen Arthur “Skip” Sibley and Mary Jo Nosal also both outpolled Carter with 1,150 and 1,120 votes respectively, leaving them both as selectmen, but reversed in roles with Sibley now as Second Selectman and Nosal as Third.

A beaming Reemsnyder told LymeLine after the results had been announced, “I’m delighted,” saying she was not surprised by them, but that she “did not take it [her re-election] for granted.”  She commented that “when people run against each other … it’s good for the community” because people “get to talk about things.”  She reiterated her delight at being re-elected concluding, “We’ve got to finish the work.”

Nosal added, “I’m pleased so many people came out to vote and I look forward to continuing working with Bonnie and Skip.  I thank all the candidates who ran a good, fair campaign.”

Former First Selectman Tim Griswold is all smiles after his convincing win as Old Lyme Town Treasurer.

Former First Selectman Tim Griswold is all smiles after his convincing win as Old Lyme Town Treasurer.

Former First Selectman Timothy Griswold (R) handily defeated Democrat Gil Soucie for the position of Town Treasurer with 1,267 votes over 982.  He commented, “I’m very pleased that the town has shown confidence in my abilities … I’m honored to be elected and following in the footsteps of (incumbent) John Bysko, who has done a superb job.”

In the Tax Collector race, Judy Tooker defeated Ruth Roach by an even greater margin with 1,385 votes over 876.

Perhaps the greatest surprise in view of the Democrat success on the board of selectmen was the Region 18 Board of Education result in which two of the three Democrats failed in their election bids, including incumbent Paul Fuchs.  Republicans Stacy Winchell and Erick Cushman were both elected with 1,184 and 1,138 votes respectively along with incumbent Michelle “Mimi” Roche, who polled the highest number of votes of all the board of education candidates at 1,255.  Fuchs and newcomer Peter Hunt, neither of whom was elected, garnered 1,088 and 1,059 votes respectively.


Old Lyme Boys Defeat Saybrook to Advance to Friday’s Shoreline Final

It will be a double-header for Old Lyme Friday when both the boys and girls’ soccer teams will both play their Morgan counterparts kicking off at 5 and 7 p.m. respectively at Portland High School.  Quite a night for the Wildcats!

Marc Vendetti’s boys reached the final after a 2-0 vistory over the Old Saybrook Rams with Nate Peduzzi scoring both goals.

Click here to read a full report of the game by Vickie Fulkerson and published on Tuesday.

Good luck to both teams on Friday and … Go Wildcats!


Old Lyme Girls Cruise Past Coginchaug in Shoreline Semis

Paul Gleason’s Wildcats defeated Coginchaug by an astonishing 10 goals to the Blue Devils four in this morning’s Shoreline Conference semi-final game. The top-seeded Wildcats (13-2-2) will now meet second seeds Morgan (13-3-1) in the championship Friday (7 p.m.) at Portland High School.

Click here to read a full report of the game by Jimmy Zanor and published Nov. 3 on


Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT Essex Holiday House Tour, Dec. 12

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT announces its 13th biennial Essex Holiday House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will feature seven beautiful village homes, including a landmark house, all decorated for the holidays and within walking distance from the Town Hall for easy access to village shops and restaurants as well.

Essex Historical Society’s Pratt House and Hills Academy and the Connecticut River Museum will also be open free to ticket holders. The John Pratt II Homestead is a fully furnished historic home that was started in 1701 and finished in 1732. The Connecticut River Museum will feature, for the 27th year in a row, its remarkable model railroad exhibit created by noted artist and railroad buff, Steve Cryan, who usually makes annual changes to his delightful work. Enticing boutique wares for everyone’s shopping list and a small café at Essex Town Hall will also merit exploring.

Tickets are available at $25 each in advance from 1 N Main (Essex), Saybrook Country Barn (Old Saybrook, The Bowerbird (Old Lyme), Celebrations (Deep River), Ceramica (Chester), and Walker & Loden (Essex, Madison, and New Haven). Tickets on the day of the tour will be sold at the Essex Town Hall for $30 each, and tickets ordered after Dec. 5 will be held there. For groups of 15 or more, tickets may be ordered in advance at $20 each.

When ordering by mail, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and send your check to: Child & Family Agency, Holiday House Tour, 168 River Road, Essex 06426.

For more information about the tour or the Agency, and to purchase tickets online, visit or call 860-443-2896.


Sing or Listen to “Messiah” at ‘The Kate,’ Dec. 20

The seventh annual ‘Messiah’ Sing or Listen, sponsored by Cappella Cantorum will be held Sunday, Dec. 20, when singers rehearse at 3:30 pm in sections, for a performance at 4 p.m. in the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Art Center, 300 Main St. Old Saybrook, CT 06475.

The Singalong is open to all, featuring professional soloists, Bring your ‘Messiah’ scores if you have them or they will be provided.

There is a $10 fee for singers and audience. The audience is invited to sit in the back, witness the short rehearsal and ‘The Sing’ at 4 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Box Office at 877-503-1286, or day of performance.  There are no reserved seats.

For more information, contact Barry Asch at 860-388-2871 or visit


Lyme–Old Lyme Education Foundation Funds State-of-the-Art Maker Space for High School Tech. & Engineering Dept.

Advanced Engineering and Design student Hunter Thornton at the CNC Plasma Cutter.

Advanced Engineering and Design student Hunter Thornton at the CNC Plasma Cutter.

The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Education Foundation recently awarded a $17,390 grant to the Technology and Engineering Department of Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) for advanced equipment to complete a 21st century Maker Space.

The new tools, a CNC Plasma Cutter and CNC Lathe, will enable students to cut and manufacture highly accurate parts, molds and prototypes for use in electronic vehicle design, passive solar energy machines, robotic components and more. This new equipment adds tremendous value to the LOLHS Technology and Engineering Department.

Advanced Engineering and Design student, Sam Frankel working on the CNC Lathe.

Advanced Engineering and Design student, Sam Frankel working on the CNC Lathe.

The newly-designed space provides the flexibility to maximize use of the equipment in a wide range of courses.  Students experience the full engineering process, with design instruction integrated with the manufacturing process. Design, manufacturing, testing and evaluation are now performed with Computer-Aided Design(CAD) in the adjacent computer laboratory. Students work and learn in a space similar to laboratories in top engineering schools.

James Witkins, Chairman of the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education, notes,“The grants vastly enhance our capabilities in Tech. Ed., and more importantly, they support the collective vision of creating a high school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Center without peer in Connecticut.”

The LOL Education Foundation anticipates that the new equipment will increase student participation in Tech. Ed. programs. Use of evolving technologies both enhances student safety and fosters interest in new learning experiences. Students now have access to hands-on training using 21st century engineering tools. This grant will further develop students’ real-world skills while promoting creativity, collaborative problem-solving, and future success beyond the high school years.

Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation President Mike Kane states, “While we are thrilled to play a part in the enhancement of the Tech Ed Department’s Maker Space and appreciated the recognition of our efforts, our supporters and benefactors deserve most of the credit. Thanks to the generosity of those who entrust LOLEF to channel their donations in the right direction, our vision becomes reality.”

The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 2006 to support and enhance public education in our community. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by an advisory group of members of the community.

The Foundation seeks to raise and distribute funds to enhance or expand enrichment programs, support innovative teaching and learning, and build educational partnerships between students and community