November 29, 2014

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

Tish Rabe

Tish Rabe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cooley Gallery Kicks Off Season with Annual Holiday Exhibition

Let the holiday season begin!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The tour will be held rain, snow or shine.

Proceeds will benefit OLCLC enrichment programs.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Holiday Show & Sale in Old Lyme

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

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

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

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


Margules of Old Lyme Wins Major Award at Mystic Art Show

Howard Margules' award-winning photo titled, "The Metropolitan Museum of  Art."

Howard Margules’ award-winning photo titled, “The Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

Old Lyme resident Howard Margules recently won an Honorable Mention for the photo shown above in the prestigious Mystic Arts Center’s Photo Show 36.  A total of seven Honorable Mentions were awarded from an entry of 24o photos.  Margules also had a second image juried into the show.

The judge  wrote about Margules’ photo, “… [the] timed exposure ‘Metropolitan Museum of Art’ shows us the ephermeralness of life as museum-goers mill about amongst the art and architecture.  It’s evocative of contemporary photographer Mathew Pillsbury”s work.”

Margules has dabbled in photography for a number of years, but his interest peaked when he had an opportunity to live in China for five years.  He recalls, “Every day offered some unique visual experience,  which I sought to capture.”

He continues, “I favor portrait photography, and prefer to shoot candid, unposed subjects because I believe they produce a more authentic rendition.  Sometimes I will have my wife stand in front of the subject and pretend I am shooting her in order to capture what I am looking for.”

Asked who he admires most in the photographic world, Margules responds, “I admire the great street photographers especially Cartier-Bresson and look to his work for inspiration.  Like him, I strive to capture the “decisive moment.”

Margules is a member of both the Coastal Camera and Connecticut Valley Camera Clubs.  He has won numerous awards in both Connecticut and China. His images have been displayed in numerous juried shows in Connecticut, including the ‘Mystic Photo Show’ and ‘Images.’

Margules serves as a volunteer photographer for Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.


Popular Sale by Lyme Artists Continues Today at Lyme Public Hall

The signature piece of artwork, titled, 'Boathouse,' for the sale.

The signature piece of artwork for the sale by Angie Falstrom, titled, ‘Boathouse.’

The Lyme Artists Sale will be held this year at the Lyme Public Hall on Saturday, Nov. 1 (note the change in opening day this year to Saturday this year) and Sunday, Nov. 2.  Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a reception at 4 p.m., to which all are welcome.  Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eight Lyme artists are featured:  Steven Evankow, stone bird baths; Angie Falstrom, watercolors; Judy Friday, paintings, weaving; Don Gerber, woodturning; Ann Lightfoot, jewelry; Diana Lord, paintings, pressed botanicals; Lina Tuck, felted bags; Tina West, handknitting; plus yarn, cards, calendars and more.

This annual event is sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall and is open to the public. The Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Rt. 156) in Lyme.

For more information, contact Angie Falstrom at 860-434-3194.


Clarification: Deadline for Annual Land Trust Photo Contest Extended to Dec. 1

2013 Land Trust Photo Contest winner by Hank Golet.

2013 Land Trust Photo Contest winner by Hank Golet.

Amateur photographers, no matter where they live, may submit photographs of the scenic countryside, wildlife, plants, and cultural and historic features in the towns of East Haddam, Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme, and Salem.
Submissions are being accepted up to Dec. 1. Contest rules are available online at . Entry forms for the contest will be available after September 1 by email only at
A panel of three judges will award cash prizes in the following five categories:Landscape/Waterscape ~ Plants ~ Wildlife ~ Cultural/Historic ~ Youth (photographs of any of the above subjects by photographers aged 14 and younger).Additionally, a special John G. Mitchell Memorial Award will go to the photograph determined to best promote and support biodiversity and the environment.
The Contest judges are William Burt, a naturalist and wildlife photographer acclaimed for his beautiful books; and Amy Kurtz Lansing, an accomplished art historian and curator at the Florence Griswold Museum. New to the panel of judges is Skip Broom, a respected, award-winning local photographer and antique house restoration housewright. Broom replaces the much-appreciated retiring judge, Rudy Muller, who volunteered with the Photo Contest for many years.
All entered photographs, plus all winning photos, will be displayed and celebrated in a public reception in March 2015.
Organizers of the contest, East Haddam Land Trust, Essex Land Trust, Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Old Lyme Land Trust, and the Salem Land Trust, and encourage amateur photographers to join the fun and share wonderful photos from these southern Connecticut towns.Previous Land Trusts Photo Contest winning photos, viewable at, highlight the beauty of these towns and the pressing need to preserve the environments within these towns.

Old Lyme’s Christiano Featured in Essex Art Show

 Catherine Christiano, Cottages White Sands Beach #7, oil on panel, 8 x 11 inches, 2014.

Catherine Christiano, Cottages White Sands Beach #7, oil on panel, 8 x 11 inches, 2014.

Old Lyme artist Catherine Christiano is featured in a three person show at Art Essex Gallery that opens with a public reception Saturday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Catherine Christiano, Imagine Peace, oil on newspaper on panel, 11 7/8 x 19 1/2 inches, 2013. Photo credit Paul Mutino.

Catherine Christiano, Imagine Peace, oil on newspaper on panel, 11 7/8 x 19 1/2 inches, 2013. Photo credit Paul Mutino.

She is exhibiting postcard sized oil paintings of the beach communities of Old Lyme, small landscapes, and compelling detailed still lifes painted on newspaper.

Paul Schulenbug, “Sunlight Through Trees”, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.

Paul Schulenbug, “Sunlight Through Trees”, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.

Also in this exhibition are Cape Cod artist Paul Schulenburg’s meditative oils of everyday scenes that evoke the work of Edward Hopper.

Karen Woods, “Streak”, oil on panel, 8 x 8 inches, 2014.

Karen Woods, “Streak”, oil on panel, 8 x 8 inches, 2014.

The third artist exhibiting is Karen Woods from Boise, Idaho, whose provocative streetscapes viewed through the windshield will be on display.

The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 22.  Art Essex Gallery is located at 10 Main Street in Essex.

For more information, visit


Musical Masterworks Announces 2014-15 Season, Opening Concert Today Features Works by Mozart, Schumann

Jeewon Park

Jeewon Park

Musical Masterworks will present its 24th season of chamber music concerts at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, beginning this weekend,  Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26, and continuing through May. Musical Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Arron has designed a season featuring award winning musicians from all over the world, with a diverse selection of music from composers ranging from Bach and Mozart to Igor Stravinsky and Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Part.

The following is a list of the 2014-2015 season dates and highlights. All concerts are held on Saturdays at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd., Old Lyme, CT, and repeated on the following Sunday at 3 p.m. at the same location.

October 25 & 26, 2014: Pianist Jeewon Park, violinist Tessa Lark, and cellist Edward Arron will perform works of Mozart, Schumann, and Kodaly.

December 6 & &, 2014: Violinist Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Edward Arron will perform an arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and other works.

February 14 & 15, 2015: Pianist Gilles Vonsattel, clarinetist Todd Palmer, violinist Bella Hristova, and cellist Edward Arron will perform works of Debussy, Weber, Beethoven, and Stravinsky.

Tessa Lark

Tessa Lark

March 14 & 15, 2015: Pianist Adam Neiman, violinist Maria Bachman, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellist Edward Arron will perform the great Piano Quartets of Schubert, Saint Saens, and Dvorak. All audience members are invited to a post-concert discussion with the musicians following the Sunday, March 15 concert.

May 2 & 3, 2015: Pianist Reiko Aizawa, violinists Jesse Mills and Hye-Jin Kim; violist/violinist Ara Gregorian, violist Max Mandel, and cellist Edward Arron will perform works of Mendelssohn, Turina, Arvo Part, and Ernest Chausson.

In addition, Musical Masterworks will present a Young People’s Concert on Saturday, March 14 at 11:30 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. The program will feature a musical version of Jean De Brunhoff’s classic children’s tale The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant.

Subscriptions to the 24th season of Musical Masterworks are available for $150 for the five concert series. Individual tickets are $35, with $5 student tickets available at the door. For more information or a season brochure, please call 860-434-2252 or visit


See a “Ballet Spooktacular” at The Kate Today

Halloween_Spooktacular__Anna_with_veilTreat children of all ages to family-friendly Halloween fun with Eastern CT Ballet’s “Ballet Spooktacular,” at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, “The Kate,” in Old Saybrook. Special effects and bewitching costumes set the stage for spirited performances of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Dancing Bones, and Halloween Waltz.

Children are invited to wear their costumes to parade on stage, trick-or-treat throughout the decorated theater and pose for spellbinding photos with the dancers.

Performances will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19 at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Tickets to the Ballet Spooktacular are $16 for adults and $10 for children (age 12 and under) and are available through The Kate box office at 860-510-0453.


LAA Hosts ‘Incredible India’ Cultural Expo & Marketplace, Gala Tonight

PosterIn honor of the Lyme Art Association’s (LAA) 100th anniversary, the Lyme Art Association presents Incredible India!, an expo and gala celebrating the culture of India. This exceptional event to benefit the LAA has two components: A Cultural Expo and Marketplace in the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 18, followed by a Benefit Gala in the evening.

“For anyone looking for an interesting, exotic, and genuinely authentic experience, I can assure you that our ‘Incredible India’ event is exactly that!” says LAA’s Director of Development Gary Parrington, adding, “The Association has a long tradition of lavish themed galas dating back to the Association’s founding a hundred years ago.”

The Cultural Expo and Marketplace will be a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family to discover and experience the culture and charm of India. Vendors will display art, photographs, shawls, brassware, and other fine marketplace items from India. There will also be Indian food vendors, and musicians to entertain visitors. The Cultural Expo and Marketplace runs from noon until 3 p.m. and is open to the public, free of charge.

The Benefit Gala, which takes place from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., will be an extraordinary experience including select items from the Expo, a palm reader, Henna hand painter, a unique India gift for every guest, and the opportunity to bid in an auction for travel packages to India.

The Presenting Sponsor for ‘Incredible India’ is Air India in collaboration with the Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism. The Premier Media Sponsor for the expo and gala is ‘The Day.’

For additional information on ‘Incredible India’ and to make a reservation for the Benefit Gala, visit or contact LAA’s Director of Development Gary Parrington at

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 St., Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within an 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 or visit


Opening Reception for William Burt Photo Exhibit at Old Lyme Library Tonight

Signature photo by William Burt for his exhibition opening Friday at the Old Lyme Library of a Purple Gallinule feasting in Palm Beach County, Fla.,

Signature photo by William Burt for his exhibition opening Friday at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library of a Purple Gallinule feasting in Palm Beach County, Fla.,

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library presents an opening reception for ‘William Burt: New Photographs & Old’ on Friday, Oct. 17,  from 5 to 7 p.m. A Gallery Talk will take place at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The show samples Burt’s photography of the familiar wetland scenes as well as the rare and elusive birds and their downy young. Most photographs selected were made locally within the Connecticut River estuary, but included also are one each respectively from Florida, North Dakota, and Saskatchewan.

William Burt is a naturalist, photographer and writer with a passion for wild places and elusive birds – especially marshes, and the shy birds within.  His photographs and stories are seen in major U.S. publications and he is the author of three books: Shadowbirds (1994); Rare & Elusive Birds of North America (2001); and Marshes: The Disappearing Edens (2007).

He lectures often, and his traveling exhibitions have shown at some 35 museums across the U.S. and Canada. Museum quality archival pigment prints will be for sale by the artist at A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Library.

The Library is located at 2 Library Ln., off Lyme St. in Old Lyme. Winter hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 860-434-1684 or visit to register on the Events calendar.


Author Benn Makes Inaugural Presentation in Newly Opened Lyme Library Building Tonight

The_Rest_Is_Silence_cvr-330-expLocal author and Lyme resident James Benn will speak about The Rest is Silence, his ninth novel in the Billy Boyle WWII mystery series on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Lyme Public Library.  A book signing and reception will follow the program. Copies of the The Rest is Silence will be available for purchase.

The popularity and praise for the Billy Boyle series have grown with each new title. The Rest is Silence has received rave reviews from publications such as Suspense Magazine, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. The titles are popular not only for their plots, but for bringing to light lesser-known historical events and issues that occurred during WWII.

The program is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 482 Hamburg Road in Lyme.

For more information, call 860-434-2272.


Internationally-Acclaimed Puppeteer Dan Butterworth Presents at Lyme Academy College Tonight

Dan Butterworth

Dan Butterworth

Dan Butterworth will make the next ‘Inside My Studio’ presentation at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven next Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.  Butterworth’s presentation will be preceded by a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks at 6 p.m.

In what promises to be a fascinating evening, Butterworth will demonstrate through a Powerpoint presentation and using the marionettes themselves how his intricately hand carved puppets dance and whirl from the stage, through the air, and right out into the audience, moving to a stream of infectious world music. Butterworth is famed for combining a plethora of puppet styles and genres and then building them until the whole stage becomes one huge moving carnival creature.

Supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts since 1979, Butterworth and his puppets have performed in movies, operas, classical music festivals and TV specials. Butterworth’s magical celebrations have been staged from the big city of New York to the Inuit villages of Alaska.

Butterworth Marionettes’ ability to travel to the remotest locations allows for an unusual creative interplay rarely found in typical theater organizations. His troupe has toured throughout the world, performing in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and all of the US and Canada.

Admission is $10 per person and reservations are strongly advised.  Reservations can be made by contacting Ann de Selding at 860.434.3571 ext. 117 or


New England Landscape Exhibition on View at LAA

The Crossing
The 2014 New England Landscape Invitational Exhibition is currently on view at the Lyme Art Association (LAA) at 90 Lyme St. in Old Lyme through Nov. 9.  Works by LAA member artists along with select invited artists are being exhibited throughout the Association’s historic galleries.

“This is our most popular annual exhibition, showcasing exceptional work from both invited and juried artists from all over the Northeast,” comments LAA’s Executive Director Joseph Newman. “This year, we are excited to welcome the celebrated Connecticut landscape painter, Peter Poskas, whose work is held in numerous major institutional and private collections around the country. Mr. Poskas will exhibit with Stapleton Kearns, Hollis Dunlap, Jonathan Macadam, Mark Boedges, and many more talented LAA members and invited artists whose work is considered among the best of American representational painting.”

All work will be for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting the LAA

The LAA 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 LAA is located in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

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


Big Book Club Hosts Mystery, Suspense Author Event at ‘The Kate’ Tonight

John Searles

John Searles

The Big Book Club has announced a new event on Sept. 27, at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (“The Kate”), presented by The Day.  The line-up of mystery and suspense authors includes:

  • John Searles, Editor-at-Large for Cosmopolitan Magazine, Book Critic for the NBC Today Show, and author of Boy Still Missing, Strange But True, and Help For The Haunted; 
  • Tess Gerritsen, internationally bestselling author and creator of the Rizzoli & Isles series on TNT;
  • Alafair Burke, American crime novelist, professor of law, legal commentator, and author of two series of crime novels featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Prosecutor Samantha Kincaid;
  • Lisa Unger

    Lisa Unger

    Lisa Unger, whose novels including Beautiful Lies and In The Blood have sold more than 1.7 million copies and been translated into twenty-six languages;

  • and, Old Lyme’s own David Handler,author of the popular Hoagy & Lulu and Mitch & Desiree mysteries.

The event will be moderated by Hank Phillippi Ryan, investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affliate who has won 32 EMMYs and dozens of other awards for her ground-breaking journalism.  Phillippi-Ryan is also the coveted Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of crime fiction including The Other Woman and The Wrong Girl.

David Handler

David Handler

The event will benefit Reach Out and Read Connecticut, a non-profit organization that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. By using the code READ at registration, $10 from each ticket sale will be donated to Reach Out and Read.

Tickets are $45 each and include a signature martini courtesy of 44 North Vodka and hors d’oeuvre stations by the Bee and Thistle Inn and The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook.  A cash bar will also be open.

Books will be available for sale by Bank Square Books of Mystic, CT.  Other sponsors include Bob’s Discount Furniture, The Copper Beech Inn, Middlesex Hospital, and

The Big Book Club is a creation of LaFrancois Marketing Consultants and Essex Books.

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More About Mozart’s Masterpiece ‘The Marriage of Figaro': Salt Marsh Opera Guild Presents Free Lecture Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

James Kuslan, a dynamic lecturer on operatic topics and well known for his insightful, amusing writing and lectures on the vocal arts, will discuss The Marriage of Figaro, answer your questions and share exciting, rare sound clips this coming Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Acton Library, 60 Old Boston Post Rd.  This is a free activity, followed by refreshments.

Kuslan, a graduate of Yale University’s School of Drama, is a voice scout in the U.S. for the German classical recording giant, Deutsche Grammophon and has written the marketing copy for the company’s annual release books since 2009.  Among his credits as a writer of liner notes is London Record’s 20 CD collection Opera Made Easy, which highlights the artistry of Luciano Pavarotti.

Kuslan also contributed the essays that accompany the DVD releases of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale, both starring Anna Netrebko.

This event is sponsored by the Salt Marsh Opera Guild in anticipation of Salt Marsh Opera’s performance of The Marriage of Figaro on Oct. 1, at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum Auditorium and Oct. 3 and 5 at ‘The Kate’ in Old Saybrook.


Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus Presents Final Concert of Season in Saybrook Today

Drawing by Madeline Favre of Deep River of Cappella Cantorum inspired by a performance in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Old Saybrook.

Drawing by Madeline Favre of Deep River of Cappella Cantorum.  The work was inspired by a performance of the choral group in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Old Saybrook.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus will present a concert this afternoon, Sun., Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. The concert features selections from Irving Berlin and Oklahoma, A Patriotic Salute, Just a Closer Walk, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Barbershop and a variety of solos.

Tickets are $16 at  or 860-526-1038  or at the door.  Children aged 12 and under are free.

Soloists include Tony, Carrano with I Love a Piano, Ed Bosse with Bridge Over Troubled Water, Kevin Swan with I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire, Len Dongweck with It Only takes a Moment, and Bob Johnson with Perhaps Love.