January 25, 2015

Saint John School Hosts Open House Today

school_pixOLD SAYBROOK – Saint John School will host an Open House for students in Pre-K (ages 3-5) through Grade 8 on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 42 Maynard Road in Old Saybrook. The school principal, teachers, parents, and students will be available to provide tours and answer questions about preschool, elementary, and middle school.

The Open House follows the opening Mass of the annual Catholic Schools Week at 9:15 a.m. the same day at Saint John Church, 161 Main Street. Catholic Schools Week celebrates the tradition of “Faith, Knowledge and Service” of students, families, teachers and staff, parishioners and alumni. Special events and recognitions continue through Jan. 31.

The school is now accepting admissions registrations for the 2015-2016 school year. Personal tours, registration, and classroom visits are also available by appointment. For more information, call 860-388-0849, email principal@saintjohnschoolos.org or visit our website www.saintjohnschoolOS.org.

Saint John School is fully accredited with certified teachers, and is known for individual student growth, building self-discipline, and confidence. A comprehensive 6th to 8th grade Middle School program prepares students to excel in high school and beyond. Full day Pre-K (ages 3-5) and Kindergarten is offered, including structured academics and creative play.

The school environment includes a modern facility, close-knit family atmosphere, and adherence to Christian values, which promotes, “educating the whole child.”


Grabowski, Mesham to Receive Eagle Scout Awards, Feb. 7

Luke Grabowski (left) and  Owen Mesham will receive their Eagle Scout awards at a Feb. 7 ceremony in Old Lyme.

Luke Grabowski (left) and Owen Mesham will receive their Eagle Scout awards at a Feb. 7 ceremony in Old Lyme.

Boy Scout Troop 26, who are sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and hold their meetings at the Lyme Fire House, will be hosting a very special event next month, as they honor two young men who have achieved Scouting’s Highest Rank, Eagle Scout.  Luke Grabowski and Owen Mesham have completed the rigorous requirements and will be presented their awards at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, Feb. 7, in Old Lyme.

The fact that a young man is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting, but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service.  Achieving the rank requires perseverance to complete the extensive requirements list over a scouting career, culminating in a significant Service Project that the Scout must both design and lead.  The project must also require a substantial amount of planning and coordination.  Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Grabowski’s service project was construction of a bridge on the Honey Hill Preserve in Lyme.  With the guidance of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, he planned and led the construction of a bridge roughly 35 ft. in length that connected two sides of a trail over a stream on the Preserve.  Grabowski prepared the blueprints, obtained materials and led fellow troop members in the construction last summer.  He is a senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, whose future plans include attending college in the fall of 2015 to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Mesham’s project was to construct a 28 ft. long wooden foot bridge that spanned a stream in the Lyme Land Conservation Trust’s Gungy Preserve in Lyme. The bridge is for hikers, but it was specially designed to facilitate mountain bikers also. Behind the construction phase of the bridge were many hours of designing, gathering materials, communicating and coordinating with the troop.  Mesham, who is currently a senior at the Sound School in New Haven, has received a congressional nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, in King’s Point, N.Y., and hopes to receive an appointment this spring.  If accepted, he plans on majoring in Marine Transportation.

Both boys will be honored at a Court of Honor to be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7, at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme on Ferry Rd., Old Lyme.


HOPE, Old Lyme Affordable Housing Merge; Host ‘Friendraiser’ at Cooley Gallery, Jan. 29

hope-partnership-logoHOPE Partnership of Old Saybrook is consolidating with Old Lyme Affordable Housing and, to celebrate, they are planning a “Friendraiser” on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme St., in Old Lyme.

This free event is an opportunity to enjoy fine art, food, wine and fellowship, while viewing a video about the HOPE Partnership and listening to a brief presentation.  All are welcome, but an RSVP to 860.388.9513 or ltmccluskey@msn.com would be appreciated to facilitate planning.

The mission of the HOPE Partnership is to develop, educate and advocate for affordable housing options in Southern Middlesex County and surrounding shoreline towns.


Old Lyme Library Announces a Hollywood Theme for this Year’s Bookworm Ball, March 21


The Friends of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library have announced the theme for this year’s Bookworm Ball. Guests at the popular annual event planned for March 21, will find the Old Lyme Country Club – the site selected for this year’s Ball – transformed into the setting for a glittering movie premiere. It will be Hollywood Night at the Bookworm Ball.

Previous balls have featured such themes as the Roaring 20s, Buccaneers’ Ball, Rockin’ 50s and last year’s Evening in Paris. This year instead of costumes and historical props, plans call for a glamorous night of stars on the red carpet in their fashion finery, music and dancing, live and silent auction excitement, and elegant edibles — all in support of a beloved community resource, The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

This file image from the 2014 Oscar red carpet celebrations gives a hint of the glamorous night ahead at the 2015 Bookworm Ball!

This file image from the red carpet celebrations at the 2014 Oscar  celebrations gives a hint of the glamorous night ahead at the 2015 Bookworm Ball!

The Friends of the Library go all out for the fundraiser, with an event that last year brought in $27,000. The ball takes thousands of volunteer hours to put together, with sponsors providing financial support as well as donated items to be auctioned. Each year the non-profit organization pledges to raise more than $40,000 annually to buy new books and bring educational programs for tots, teens, and adults to the library. All net proceeds from the Ball are dedicated to the financial support of the Library’s programs and collections.

“We’re always thinking of ways to make sure this important fundraiser is first and foremost a fun event, ” said Leslie Massa, vice president of the Friends. We know that the library is much loved in the community, but it’s great to see so many people come out to support it.  It seems that word has gotten out that the Bookworm Ball is a good time, and thanks to the support of our sponsors, we’re able to keep the party affordable.” This year those sponsors include Reynolds Subaru, AXA Advisors, Paul Burdick Oil, All-Pro Automotive, Essex Financial/Savings, Jeffrey N. Mehler CFP, LLC and LymeLine.com

Tickets to Hollywood Night at the Bookworm Ball can be reserved by calling the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library at (860) 434-1684.

For more information about the Ball and the library, visit http://www.oldlyme.lioninc.org/bookworm-ball-2015/


Fire Breaks Out at Structure Near Tiffany Farm Sunday Morning

Photo by Lisa Simiola.

Photo by Lisa Tiffany Simiola.

Fire broke out Sunday morning at a structure near Tiffany Farm in Lyme.  Lisa Tiffany Simiola tells LymeLine, “They say it was a chimney fire. We’re just blessed that the winds weren’t strong and that the fire house is right next door … The fire department has been a savior for us multiple times …”

The fire — at a house Tiffany Simiola says was occupied by a farmhand and his family — has now been extinguished.

Donations for those who experienced loss or damage due to the fire will be collected at Lyme Public Hall between 1 and 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19.

Click to read more information on the WFSB website at this link:



Saint Ann’s Church in Old Lyme Hosts Four Winter Concerts, Ukrainian Vocal Group Sings Today

The Yevshan singers who will perform at Saint Ann's Church on Sunday.

The Yevshan singers who will perform at Saint Ann’s Church on Sunday.

Over the winter months Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme will present four exciting concerts in its ongoing Music Series. Concert performers and dates are as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon – Yevshan Singers

This Hartford-based Ukrainian a cappella vocal ensemble will join Saint Ann’s 10:30 a.m. worship service, singing two Ukrainian sacred songs. They will then perform a “mini-concert” (approximately 30-40 minutes) of their folk music during Saint Ann’s coffee hour. The performance is free and the community is welcome to attend either or both of these events.

Saturday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. – Family HooteNanny with The Nields

Gather up the kids and come to Saint Ann’s for an all-ages jam-along/family chorus. Led by Nerissa and Katryna Nields, the HooteNanny is about singing, dancing, playing instrument, big and small, and about indulging the imagination and creativity of the entire family. Admission cost for the concert is $10 per family.

Saturday, January 24 at 7 p.m. – An Evening Concert with The Nields

The renowned folk-rock sister duo of Nerissa and Katryna Nields performs a selection of original music. As Spin Magazine noted, “Listen to the Nields twice and you’ll start to catch the twists in the tales, the quirks and ironies that make every song a short story, and then you’ll be hooked.” Reflections upon life and relationships are the theme of the Nields’ songs–their performance is a must for lovers of intricate vocal harmonies. Admission cost for the concert is $10.

The public is invited to a Pasta Buffet Supper that will be served between the Nields’ two concerts – from 5 to 6:30  p.m.in the Griswold Room at Saint Ann’s. Tastily prepared, the menu will please the taste buds of all ages. Cost for the supper is $5, children 5 and under are free.

Sunday, March 1 at 3pm – Elm City Girls’ Choir.

Saint Ann’s welcomes the return of this pre-eminent New Haven-based choral ensemble. At this concert they will be joined by choral groups from Old Lyme and from the Isaac Middle School in New London. The Elm City Girls’ Choir is comprised of young women, ages 7 to 18, drawn from throughout the state. The choir has performed with many outstanding choral groups, including The American Boychoir, CONCORA, New York Virtuoso Singers, and Yale Schola Cantorum. They have also toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. A free-will donation will be taken; the proceeds will help to support Saint Ann’s concert series for the community.

Saint Ann’s is an Episcopal parish in Old Lyme and, under the direction of the rector the Rev. Canon Mark K J Robinson, invites and welcomes all visitors to attend these performances in their music series.

Saint Ann’s is located at 82 Shore Road (Rt. 156), two miles off I95, exit 70. Parking is adjacent to the church.

For reservations and more information contact Kathy Rowe at 860-434-1621, via email at office@saintannsoldlyme.org , or visit Saint Ann’s online at www.saintannsoldlyme.org


Bluesman Dan Stevens Opens MusicNow’s Winter 2015 Series

Dan Stevens

Dan Stevens

The MusicNow Foundation, Inc. kicks off Nightingale‘s Acoustic Series Winter Schedule 2015 this evening at 7 p.m. in the Sheffield Auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme with a concert by American Bluesman, “Ramblin” Dan Stevens. Doors open at 6 p.m.

There will also be an Acoustic Young Artist Showcase featuring Noah Feldman, Ethan Cash and Drew Cathcart.
Stevens will perform a mix of traditional blues, americana and originals and has entertained audiences  throughout the US, Germany, UK, Canada and Virgin Islands.  His unique style of “bottleneck” slide playing popularized by early bluesmen.
A finalist in the International Blues Challenge on Beale St. in Memphis, Tenn., and protege of the legendary Dave Van Ronk, Stevens has been lauded as a raconteur and for the authenticity of his approach.   He will be joined by The Mellow Men, featuring multi-instrumentalist Kipp “Kidd Caviar” Sturgeon and harmonica virtuoso Blunt White plus special guests.

The ‘Blues Rag’ published by the Baltimore Blues Society describes Stevens as a,”Troubadour of acoustic blues [who] has a knack for capturing the essence of the blues.”

Tickets are $10 or $5 for students.  For reservations, email gstevens@musicnowfoundation.org


Old Lyme Library Hosts Presentation on Smuggling at Sea During Prohibition

Motor boat making contact with a liquor-laden schooner.

Motor boat making contact with a liquor-laden schooner in 1923.

On Thursday Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., guest speaker Robert McKenna of Noank, Conn., will give a presentation at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library on the making of the 2013 Emmy Award winning documentary, The Real McCoy, about the pioneer Rum Runner who fueled the Roaring 20s.  The enterprising and adventurous Bill McCoy was one of the most celebrated characters of the Prohibition era.  

Learn the facts about the early days of rum running and the origin of the phrase, “It’s the real McCoy” through the film maker’s eyes and commentary.  Question and answer time will follow the presentation. 

All are welcome and admission is free.

Robert McKenna is an author and the expert on rum running during Prohibition.  He has researched, updated, edited, and republished six books about liquor smuggling in the 1920s, and was a researcher, subject matter expert, and Executive Producer of the five-time Emmy Award winning documentary film “The Real McCoy” (2012), and a contributor to Connecticut Public Television’s Emmy Award winning documentary “Connecticut Goes Dry” (2012).

He is also a lecturer on the “The Rum War at Sea,” and the author of the popular 2009 Wooden Boat Magazine article “The McCoy Brothers” about boatbuilding and rum running.  As a former Coast Guard officer he interdicted smugglers, and practiced the legal precedents that were established during the Prohibition-era.

The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, off Lyme Street 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. Registration required by calling 860-434-1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org to register online under the Events calendar.

If the Library’s parking lot is full, additional spaces are available on Lyme Street. There is also a parking lot behind the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall across the street from the Library



CASFY Hosts Workshop on Underage Drinking Family Predictors Tonight

beer_bottleThe Community Action for Substance Free Youth (CASFY) group is hosting an important workshop Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), 59 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.

The workshop will review current research on family risk and protective factors in regard to their relationship with youth alcohol consumption.  The following topics will be considered:

>How choices parents make can influence their child’s decision to use alcohol.

>Strategies for effective prevention within the family system.

>Relevant factors including family management, attachment, attitudes, modeling, and involvement.

Underage drinking in this region starts at a young age.  It is never too early to use parenting tips from this workshop, which will be presented by Angela Duhaime, M.A. of the Southeastern Regional Action Council.

This program is free and open to the public, and suitable for parents of all ages.

For more information, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit  www.lysb.org


Southeast CT World Affairs Council Presents Talk on Media & Human Rights

As part of its Speaker Series, the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SEWAC) presents Tristan Borer, PhD, Professor of International Affairs and Government, Connecticut College, speaking on: “Shock and Care: Media, Mobilization, and Human Rights” on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at the Student Center, Connecticut College

A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the talk starting at 6 p.m.

Tristan Anne Borer is Professor of Government and International Relations at Connecticut College in New London, CT.  She received her PhD in Government and International Relations at the University of Notre Dame in 1995.

Her theoretical research interests include the politics of human rights, human rights and foreign policy, human rights and the media, the politics of refugees, and the comparative study of transitional justice.

For much of her career she has studied and written about the changing human rights situation in South Africa. In 1994 Borer served as an election observer to the first democratic election in South Africa with the United Nations Observer Mission to South Africa (UNOMSA), and in 2005, she addressed the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State and the National Intelligence Council at a conference on “Assessing South Africa’s Future.”

She has twice received a residential scholar fellowship from the Joan Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, as well as a research grant from the United States Institute of Peace. She is the author of the book Challenging the State: Churches as Political Actors in South Africa, 1980-1994, and the editor of the book Telling the Truths: Truth Telling and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Societies, as well as the book Media, Mobilization, and Human Rights: Mediating Atrocity,” on which her talk will be based.

She has also published several articles in the field of human rights in a variety of journals including Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Human Rights, Violence Against Women, African Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Church and State. Milt Walters, SECWAC’s Chairman, commented “our Members have expressed a strong interest in human rights issues. We’re honored that Ms. Borer, a leading expert, will be sharing her views with us.”

The topic of Professor Borer’s presentation to SECWAC will be how atrocities are portrayed in the media and how that affects international human rights activism.

Based on a news report that the US State Department failed to respond in November 2013 to photographic evidence it had received of torture in Syria, Professor Borer contributed a Letter to the New York Times in January 2014 in which she expressed the concern that, “This conviction — that seeing gruesome pictures of distant atrocities will lead countries to finally take action — has sadly been proved to be nothing more than wishful thinking, a truism whose basis bears no resemblance to reality.  Human rights advocates are at a loss; their primary weapon — shock — has proved to be ultimately powerless. Shocking images could never compete with politics, which trumps human rights always and everywhere it appears.”

Her letter may be accessed at the following link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/opinion/human-rights-inaction.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3AR%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A9%22%7D&_r=0

In its next program, SEWAC presents Thomas de Waal, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on Feb. 12, 2015 at the Crozier Williams Building, Connecticut College.  He will speak on “A Painful Centenary: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide?” the topic of his new book “Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide.”  Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Guests are welcome to attend these member-supported events.  To register as a guest call 860-912-5718 or email info@secwac.org.

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is a regional, non-profit membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America. SECWAC fosters an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.  SECWAC’s principal activity is to provide a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between its members and U.S. policy makers and other experts on foreign relations (http://www.secwac.org).


Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation Hosts Trivia Bee Contest, Feb. 6

The Lyme Public Library Bees' name went to their heads in last year's contest!

Photos courtesy of LOL Education Foundation.
The Lyme Public Library Bees’ name went to their heads in the 2013 contest!

Trivia Bee logo

The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 3rd Annual Trivia Bee is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Local businesses, community organizations and neighborhoods are invited to enter teams of four into this adult trivia contest, arguably the most “bee-dazzling fun-draiser” in The Lymes! Admission is free and all are welcome.
Questions are chosen from categories including science, sports, history, popular culture, current events, and geography, to engage participants and audience members. Teams are encouraged (but not required) to choose a fun team name and dress in costume.
The winning team from each round will participate in a championship round. Teams will compete for the Honey Cup (pictured below), a perpetual trophy, as well as the honor of being crowned Lyme-Old Lyme’s Trivia Bee Champion. Prizes will also be awarded for the best team name.
Spectators are encouraged to cheer on their favorite teams in person.
Refreshments, local honey and 50/50 tech-raffle tickets will be available for purchase.
The LOLEF supports innovative educational initiatives throughout our schools and community. Thanks to community support, the LOLEF has donated over $100,000 since its inception. The LOLEF awards grants to test innovative new curriculum initiatives in the Lyme-Old Lyme Public School system and community education programs.
The LOLEF counts on the success of fundraisers such as the Trivia Bee to keep the Foundations’ grants program vibrant.
Photos courtesy of S.Crisp, LOL Education Foundation. David Rau of the Flo-Bees holds his correct answer high to the delight of his teammates.

David Rau of the ‘Flo-Bees’ holds his correct answer high to the delight of his teammates during the 2013 contest.

Businesses and organizations are invited to enter a team of their own or, if they prefer, to sponsor a team made up of teachers and or students from our local schools.
If you would like to participate in the Bee or become a corporate sponsor, contact Nicole Wholean at 860- 434-6678 or kwholean@yahoo.com. The registration fee is $200 per team. Click here to download a registration form.
Anyone participating is encouraged to upload the ‘Feelin’the Buzz’ logo for the event to their Facebook profile or timeline cover. The organizers would like to have the whole town buzzing!

LOL Junior Women Announce Fundraiser at The Drunken Palette, Feb. 6

Paint a masterpiece like this at The Drunken Palette, Feb. 6!

Paint a masterpiece like this at The Drunken Palette, Feb. 6!

The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) is hosting a fundraiser at The Drunken Palette (TDP) in Westbrook on Feb. 6, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. to benefit the improvements of the Town Woods and Cross Lane Parks of Old Lyme.

In around two hours, while you’re enjoying refreshments, the artists will guide you through each step as you paint your own unique masterpiece. No experience is necessary. Everything you will need is included in the price of $45 per person: art supplies, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers.

Reserve your place by Jan. 29, 2015 by calling TDP Studios at 860-391-8989. The Drunken Palette Studios are located at 1586 Boston Post Rd. in Westbrook.

For more information about LOLJWC, visit www.loljwc.com or follow the club on Facebook.


Five Towns, Including Old Lyme, Proclaim Feb. 15, 2015, as ‘Loving Parting’ Day

Mark Lander holds 'The Loving Parting Day' proclamation.

Mark Lander holds the ‘Loving Parting Day’ proclamation.

Mark Lander, Co-Chairman of the Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS), came to Monday night’s Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s meeting seeking First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder’s signature on a proclamation announcing Feb. 13, 2015 as ‘Loving Parting Day.’  Reemsnyder duly signed the proclamation following on from Lyme First Selectman Ralph Eno, who had signed earlier in the day.

In a few short weeks, the respective signatures of the First Selectmen of East Lyme, Salem and Old Saybrook will join those of Reemsnyder and Eno on the document and the proclamation will be official.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-Chair Mark Lander (left) explains the history of 'The Loving Parting' to the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-Chair Mark Lander (left) explains the history of the ‘Loving Parting’ to the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen.

Lander was invited by Selectman Arthur ‘Skip’ Sibley to explain the history of  the five towns that are celebrating the 350th anniversary of the ‘Loving Parting.’   According to the OLHS website, “Initially, Lyme was part of the Saybrook (“Saye-Brooke”) settlement centered on the west bank of the mouth of the Connecticut River.  It was established by the Earl of Warwick in 1631, occupied in 1635, and settled and named in 1636.”


The ‘Loving Parting Day’ Proclamation with Bonnie Reemsnyder and Ralph Eno’s signatures.

Lander noted that the ‘Loving Parting’ was signed on Feb. 13, 1665 as the formal acknowledgement of the separation of the lands on the east bank of the river, which were named after Lyme Regis in England, from the parent Saybrook colony.  He commented that the creation of Lyme marked the first time in the state’s history that a town had been formed by splitting it off from another settlement.

The Connecticut General Court named the new plantation “Lyme” on May 9, 1667.  Lyme set off the Town of East Lyme in 1839 subsequent to the latter town forming its own church, known as a ‘society.’  It seems likely that East Lyme’s church – the second ‘Society’ – was located on what is now Society Rd. in East Lyme.  The first – and original – ‘Society’ in Lyme was what is now The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

After East Lyme had formed its own ‘Society,’ Salem followed suit and was also declared a town in its own right.  Ironically, the final – and therefore youngest – town of the five to be created out of the lands originally identified in the ‘Loving Parting’ was the one called Old Lyme.

Lander said that in 1854-1855, the town of South Lyme on the shoreline at the mouth of the river was separated from part of the original settlement of Lyme to the north. Noting that there must have been, “Some sort of a disagreement between Lyme and Old Lyme,” Lander said that the residents of the southern area had petitioned for the separation and because the Town of Lyme was the aggrieved party, it was allowed to retain the name of ‘Lyme.’

Although the residents of the new southern portion originally accepted the name of South Lyme for their town, they soon felt, in Lander’s words, that, “It didn’t seem quite right,” and requested – and were approved to make – a change of town name to Old Lyme.

Some local folklore sources say that the choice of the ‘Old Lyme’ name by its residents was a final act of spite against their neighbors to the north in Lyme, who unquestionably lived in the older town!  But in 2015, all five towns will come together again as friends to celebrate the ‘Loving Parting.’  The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme will also be hosting a series of events to celebrate 350 years of continuous worship on its site this year.

All in all, 2015 promises to be quite a year for Lyme and Old Lyme!




Holiday Services in Old Lyme

Christmas Eve candles

Holiday candles

There are numerous services in Old Lyme during this holiday week, so to assist our readers, here is a listing of all those about which we have information:

Christ The King Church

Wednesday, Dec. 31 

Mass at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015  –  Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Special Holy Day schedule: 9 a.m.




Old Lyme Fire Department Hosts Toy, Giving Drive Today

Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder was out collecting in last year's Toy Drive.

Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (right) was out collecting donations with this appropriately dressed elf in the 2011 Toy Drive.

The Old Lyme Fire Department (OLFD) is holding a Toy and Giving Drive on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Old Lyme firefighters will be collecting monetary donations, food and toys at both the Lyme St. Fire Department and on Hall’s Rd. near Big Y.

All donations will be distributed to Lyme/Old Lyme families in need.  This event is sponsored by OLFD with assistance from the Old Lyme Police Department and Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau (LYSB).

The Youth Services Bureau wishes to thank their friends in the OLFD for supporting our youth and families during the holiday season and throughout the year.

To learn more about the Holiday Giving Program, visit the LYSB website at www.lysb.org


Tree Lighting Ceremony in Old Lyme Today

christmastreeThe Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Old Lyme will host a Christmas tree lighting ceremony this afternoon at 4 p.m. outside Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall at 52 Lyme Street.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School band conducted by Carrie Wind will play carols and seasonal music to accompany the ceremony.

Hot chocolate and cookies provided by Essex Savings Bank will be offered after the event.

A collection of non-perishable food donations to support local families will be taken.

All are welcome.


You Have Been Warned! Old Lyme PD Participating in ‘Click It or Ticket’ This Holiday Season

With the 2014 holiday travel period fast approaching, Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies intend to promote safe driving and increase the protection of all motorists.

Law enforcement officials are out on Connecticut’s roads enforcing the State Occupant Protection laws and issuing citations to those who are unbuckled.  The Old Lyme Town Police are participating in this “Click it or Ticket” campaign.


‘Elephants in Winter’ Open Today at OL Church

xmas_sale_compressedThe annual ‘Elephants in Winter’ Sale at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme at 2 Ferry Road will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  Christmas decorations and gifts along with handmade items from the Sewing Group will be on sale.

International and Tribal Craft items will also be for sale plus coffee and doughnuts will be offered.

Enjoy some holiday shopping for a great cause at this event.


Event Listing for ‘Light Up Old Lyme’ This Weekend

Delicious cookies will be on sale to benefit Child and Family on Saturday at the famed Cookie Walk.

Delicious cookies will be on sale to benefit Child and Family on Saturday morning at the famed Cookie Walk.

It’s time to ‘Light up Old Lyme!’

This weekend, there are numerous events to celebrate the season.  Here’s a selection from which you can take your choice …

Saturday, Dec. 6

Elephants in Winter
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (also after services on Sunday, Dec. 8)
First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Assorted Christmas decorations and gifts. Handmade items by the Sewing Group. Tribal Crafts. International items, coffee and donuts.

OLPGN Library Friends’ Annual Holiday Book Sale & Artist/Artisan Boutique
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community Room of the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library

The Friends of the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library (PGN Library) will hold its annual Holiday Book Sale at the Library on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10- 2 pm in the Community Room. Start your holiday shopping early at The Friends of Library Annual Holiday Book Sale!    Prices are below retail on excellent copies of the latest best sellers, classics, a wide array of children’s’ books, music CDs and a broad selection of nonfiction titles. A limited number of signed copies of Bill Berloni’s Broadway Tails will be for sale. This is a wonderful chance to purchase like-new books at reasonable prices for everyone on your holiday list. All proceeds go to benefit the library.

Child and Family Cookie Walk
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Amity Construction in the Old Lyme Marketplace

Purchase your holiday cookies at the Child & Family Agency’s Cookie Walk, taking place this year  at  during the holiday festival.

Photos with Santa
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Amity Construction in the Old Lyme Marketplace

Hosted by Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau.  Santa’s Elves will be on hand as well to help you write a note to the North Pole.

Donations to benefit LYSB appreciated.

Tax Free Day at A Woman’s Exchange
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Old Lyme Marketplace

Home for the Holidays House Tour

Holiday Boutique
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old Lyme Town Hall.

Self-guided House Tour
12 to 4 p.m.

Hosted by the Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center (OLCLC) presents “Homes for the Holidays” House Tour of Old Lyme.

The self-guided House Tour 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 www.olclc.com/home-tour 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 www.olclc.com or call (860) 434-1728 ext. 1.

Musical Masterworks
5 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Violinist Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Edward Arron will perform an arrangement of Bach’sGoldberg Variations and other works.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Elephants in Winter
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Assorted Christmas decorations and gifts. Handmade items by the Sewing Group. Tribal Crafts. International items, coffee and donuts.

Musical Masterworks
3 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Violinist Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Edward Arron will perform an arrangement of Bach’sGoldberg Variations and other works.


Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center Hosts Holiday Homes Tour Today

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 www.olclc.com/home-tour 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 www.olclc.com or call (860) 434-1728 ext. 1.