July 28, 2014

Intake for Tag Sale at Lyme Public Hall Starts Tomorrow

The Lyme Public Hall Association will hold a Tag Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The sale will feature housewares, furniture, jewelry and unexpected treasures, as well as a bake sale with home-made pies and other tasty treats.

Intake for the Lyme Public Hall sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, through Thursday, July 31.  There will also be evening drop-off on Thursday, July 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The Hall will not accept large appliances, upholstered furniture, consumer electronics or large exercise equipment.  In addition, no records or books will be accepted for sale.

Proceeds will go toward the maintenance of the Lyme Public Hall building, the Lyme Local History Archives, and programs for the public.

For more information on the Lyme Public Hall sale, call (860) 526-8886 or (860) 434-1929 or email wdenow@comcast.net.

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Run (or Walk) for Caroline’s Miracle Foundation This Morning

LymelineAd2013c-01The Lyme-Old Lyme community is coming together Saturday, July 26, to honor the memory of Caroline O’Brien of Old Lyme when the Fifth Annual Caroline’s Miracle Foundation 5K Run, 5K Walk and Kids K are held.  This race attracted more than 500 runners last year, and continues to build in numbers every year.

Caroline was an 11-year-old girl, who passed away July 19, 2010, from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – a rare and inoperable form of brain cancer.

This event is being held to once again honor Caroline’s courage and bravery and also raise funds to support the charity she founded called Caroline’s Miracle Foundation. The mission of CMF is to bring smiles to the faces of children battling brain tumors and other serious illnesses, as well as supporting safety initiatives in Old Lyme.  To see some of the ways the foundation has “brought smiles to the faces” of children visit carolinesmiraclefoundation.org.

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

This year’s race has a Beach Bum theme.  Young friends of Caroline have made posters and decorations to line the race route, including the now familiar ‘smiley face’ logo, which adorns the shirts for the first 200 registered runners.

Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finisher plus the top three male and female finishers of the 5K in each age group.

Registration opens at 6:45 a.m. at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) at 59 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.  There are three separate events; the 5K walk starts at 8:00 am, the 5K run starts at 8:15 am and the Kids’ K starts at 9:00 am.

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

Participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register online at www.carolinesmiraclefoundation.org. On-line registration closesThursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:59pm.  On-site registration at LYSB starts at 6:45 am on the day of the race.

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

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Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival Begins Tonight with Art Openings, Concerts

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Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival is a town-wide celebration of the arts, which this year will be held Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26. Since the early 20th century Old Lyme has been known to artists and art lovers alike as a haven for the arts.

The Festival takes place in the heart of Old Lyme’s historic district, with activities spanning locations along Lyme Street.  Festival sites include the Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Art Association, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, the Old Lyme Inn, the Bee & Thistle Inn, Studio 80 + Sculpture Park, Center School, the Old Lyme – Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, and a variety of Lyme Street merchants.

Visitors to the Festival enjoy art, food, performances, hands-on activities for children, a dog show, a French-styled market, artisan vendors, book signings, and so much more!  For more information visit  www.OldLymeMidsummerFestival.com

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This photograph of a Great Egret by Diana Atwood Johnson taken in Orlando, Fla., is the signature work of the ‘Bird’s Eye View’ exhibition on view during the Festival at Lyme Academy College.

On Friday, July 25, the evening begins with three receptions from 5 to 7 p.m., all with free admission.  At the Lyme Art Association, enjoy a great selection of affordable art by Association members.  At Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, visitors can view the exhibition Bird’s Eye View, Photographs of the Natural World by Diana Atwood Johnson in the Sill House Gallery.  A selection of student work is on view in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery. Most works in both exhibitions is for sale with funds benefiting the College and the students.  Atwood Johnson is generously donating all proceeds from the sale of her photographs to the College.  New York Times best-selling author Luanne Rice will also be visiting the exhibitions during the evening.  Refreshments will be available at both galleries.

At the Florence Griswold Museum, visitors can view the special exhibitions Art of the Everyman: American Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum and Thistles and Crowns: The Painted Chests of the Connecticut Shore.

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The annual free concert from 7 to 9 pm at the Florence Griswold Museum is always a favorite and makes for a perfect summer evening.  This year’s band is The Mighty Soul Drivers.  Find your spot along the Lieutenant River and enjoy classic Southern Soul (think Percy Sledge, Otis Redding).  Folksinger Al Denty performs from 6-8pm. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or let Gourmet Galley prepare a delicious meal.  Reservations can be made at www.Gourmet-Galley.com.

Walk from one free concert to another.  From 9 to 11pm, the Bee & Thistle Inn hosts ***New to the Festival Down by the River Rhythm N’ Blues DJ Dance Party.  Dance under the stars on the banks of the Lieutenant River.  Specialty cocktails and late night nosh are available for purchase.

The festival continues on Saturday, July 26, with activities at many locations along Lyme Street. Festivalgoers may park at Old Lyme Marketplace, Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Lyme-Old Lyme Center and Middle Schools, and Old Lyme Library. A shuttle bus runs between these locations from 9am to 3pm.

At the Florence Griswold Museum, the day begins with breakfast at 8:30am.  Gourmet Galley serves breakfast in the morning and lunch in the afternoon until 3pm.  One of the highlights of the day is Market En Plein Air.  This outdoor market features Connecticut-grown flowers, fruits, vegetables, breads, fine cheeses, herbs and specialty foods in a setting modeled after outdoor markets in French villages.  Crafted-by-Hand: An Artisan Fair features noted jewelry designers and other craftsmen.  These events open at 9am and close at 3pm.

At 10am, local cultural organizations provide creative projects for children of all ages at the Hands-On, Minds-On area. Included are activities by the Old Lyme -PGN Library, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, and High Hopes Therapeutic Riding. This event closes at 3pm.

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Four-legged friends can participate in the Parading Paws Dog Show hosted by Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center of Westbrook. Does your dog have the best smile, longest tail, biggest paws?  Registration is from 9- 10am.  Judging begins at 10:30am.  Special categories include Best Trick and Best Costume. The event is sponsored by Vista Vittles ~ 100% Natural Treats for Dogs.

Visitors enjoy a reduced admission of $5 to the Museum from 10am to 5pm, including the historic Florence Griswold House and the special exhibitions Art of the Everyman: American Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum and Thistles and Crowns: The Painted Chests of the Connecticut Shore.

At 11am and 1pm enjoy an interactive, energetic concert by Dave Fry, guaranteed to make all ages smile.

Next door to the Museum, at the Lyme Art Association, activities begin at 8am with the Lyme Garden Club’s exhibition of flowers and design.  Many items are for sale.  This event closes at 4pm.  From 9am to 5pm visitors can enjoy a great selection of affordable art by Association members.

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Once again this year, the Lyme Art Association presents a festival favorite, the Oxen of Cranberry Meadow Farm, from 10am to 2pm. Learn more about these gentle giants, whose ancestors appeared in many original Lyme Art Colony paintings! ***New to the Festival, Tea at the Gallery from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy a respite from the heat of midsummer with tea or lemonade and light fare in our air-conditioned galleries.

At Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, visitors can enjoy two gallery exhibitions, the best current work by students in all the College’s major programs and Bird’s Eye View, Photographs of the Natural World by Diana Atwood Johnson.  For lunch, there is LobsterCraft’s fresh, hot-buttered lobster rolls, lobster kielbasa, macaroni and cheese, and lobster bisque and the College Café will provide a variety of delicious summer salads, along with orange iced tea, ginger lemonade and coffee. Specialty vendors entice visitors with jewelry, art, linens, and more. These events take place from 10am to 3pm.

NYT best-selling author Luanne Rice will discuss her 31st novel, "The Lemon Orchard," and sign copies at Lyme Academy College starting at 11 am.

NYT best-selling author Luanne Rice will discuss her 31st novel, “The Lemon Orchard,” and then sign copies at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts starting at 11 am.

At 11am, New York Times bestselling author of 31 novels, Luanne Rice shares her latest book The Lemon Orchard, an unexpected love story of two people from different worlds.  People Magazine calls the book “Entrancing” while Kirkus Reviews calls it “Lovely and compelling, with quiet yet brave social commentary.”  Books will be sold by R.J. Julia Booksellers and Rice will be signing copies.

From 11am to 3pm, the Midsummer Festival Music Stage offers continuous music on the lawn.  Don’t miss the music stage with a variety of bands provided by Bring Our Music Back, Inc.  At 11am, A Moment of Fearless (Soulful Blues duo), at noon, St. Albans (Youth Folk/Rock), and from 1 to 3pm, School of Rock (Youth All-Star House Band, all genres).

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***New this year, live music by Musicnow Foundation, Inc. from 11am to 3pm at Nightingale’s Cafe and the Bee & Thistle Inn.

Located next to Lyme Academy College, visitors can explore Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds from 9am to 5pm.  Stop in to meet the sculptors and learn about their work.  The outdoor sculpture collection is exhibited on beautifully landscaped grounds adjacent to the Lieutenant River.  Enjoy lectures, music, dance, and refreshments.

From 11am to dark, visit the Old Lyme Inn for Light Bites and Live Music.  Cool your heels and tap your toes to the sounds of funk band, Mass-Conn-Fusion under the big tent on the Old Lyme Inn front lawn.  Light bites and refreshing drinks available for purchase.

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From 9am to 4pm on the Center School lawn, meet the Plein Air Fence Show Artists.  Thirty-six of some of the area’s most accomplished local artists display their works for sale.  All mediums, styles, and prices are available.

From 10am to 5pm, the Lyme Street Merchants feature a sidewalk sale.  Follow the yellow balloons down Lyme Street to discover unique shops and galleries.  A musical cafe, designer linens on sale, homemade ice cream, exotic gems and designer jewelry, eclectic mix of galleries and an art studio, topped off with decadent chocolates and confections.

***New this year, offerings at the Old Lyme – Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.  From 10am to 2pm, half price children’s and adult’s books in the Bookceller.  From 10am to 3pm, all ages are welcome to make a paper bag puppet!  Materials provided.  From 11:30 to 2pm, indulge in some delectable mini-cupcakes by Cupcakes and Flying Hearts.

From 1 to 2pm, meet Tony Award winner, trainer, actor and author, Bill Berloni.  Bill will sign his book Broadway Tails and share heartfelt stories of rescue dogs that became showbiz superstars.  Bill was a 20-year-old apprentice at the Goodspeed Opera House when a producer offered him his big break: a chance to act professionally and gain his Equity Card. In return, all Bill had to do was find and train a dog to play Sandy in the original production of Annie.

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The Old Lyme Town Band will strike up at 7:30 pm on the Middle School lawn and then to round off the evening, there will be the usual fabulous fireworks display visible from the same lawn.

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Old Lyme Town Band Gives Sound View Concert Tonight

The Old Lyme Town Band will be entertaining audiences in three different locations in the coming weeks.

The Old Lyme Town Band will be entertaining audiences in three different locations in the coming weeks.

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

The second in the series is this evening with the Old Lyme Town Band playing a little bit of everything from marches, movie-themed medleys, jazz, big band, pop, and classical; something for everyone.  Since 1975, the 40-piece band, whose members represent many area towns, has been entertaining crowds throughout the region.

The free outdoor concerts will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the Flag Pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach.  There is no rain location for this concert.  Should a weather cancellation be necessary it will be posted on the Town Web site “News & Announcements”

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a lovely evening of sunset music.  Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

Several local businesses will be offering discounts and special offers on concert nights.  Look for “Promotion Sponsor” signs at participating area businesses to take advantage of these special deals.

Concert business promotion participants are:

The Carousel Shop Ice Cream

Buy 1 Soft-Serve Ice Cream, Get 1 Free, valid with coupon and only on day of concert

Teddy’s Old Lyme Pizza Palace

10% Discount on Total Order 5:00pm to 9:00 pm concert days

Vecchitto’s Italian Ice

Buy 5 get one small free Italian Ice during concert times

South Lyme Scoop Shop

$1 off any menu item with coupon

The Grille

Buy 2 glasses of wine and 1 appetizer for $15.00 with coupon expires September 7, 2014

Lenny’s on the Beach

20% off your entire food purchase with coupon

The Carousel at Old Lyme

Good for 1 carousel ride, valid with coupon and only on day of concert

Beach Donuts – Sound View Beach Association

Buy 1 Donut, Get 1 Free with coupon

The Carousel Shop Too

$5 off $25.00 or more purchase, valid only with coupon and on day of concert

The Pavilion

Free fries with any sandwich purchase with coupon expires August 31, 2014

Waffle Bar

Choice of 2 free toppings or bottle of water with the purchase of a waffle or 2-scoop sundae cup starting at 3pm till closing on concert days

E.Z. Minimart

1% Gallon Milk $2.99, Red Bull 8.4fl oz 2 for $4.00, 2 Liter Coca-Cola 2 for $3.59 + tax

On Saturday, July 26, enjoy the band’s performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. as you wait for the fireworks to begin behind Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School. The fireworks signify the end of what we hope will be another successful Old Lyme Midsummer Festival.

 

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Enjoy ‘An Evening of Fine Wines’ Tonight

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This evening the Sound View Beach Association, Inc. in association with Seaside Wines, hosts ‘An Evening of Fine Wines’ at the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave., Old Lyme from 4 to 9 p.m.

During the wine tasting, there will be a silent auction that includes a bottle of 15-year-old Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon, which is nearly impossible to find, and a gently used wine refrigerator.

Admission is $15 for the tasting or $25, which includes a 2014 commemorative Sound View wine glass.

For information, call Dan 860-434-3266.

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Attend a Free Lecture Tonight on ‘Health, Vitality with Essential Oils’ at Old Lyme Inn

lymeline150x150EOvitalityDawn Krause Swope CHHC, AADP Holistic Health Coach at Vitality Spa and Lisa Wilson, CHHC and Board Certified Natural Health Practitioner and founder of the Raw Food Institute will be hosting a lecture on, “Health & Vitality with Essential Oils,” at the Old Lyme Inn at 6:30 p.m.  Come and find out more about essential oils and how to use them in your home, your life and to create your own natural medicine cabinet.

The event will take place this evening, Wednesday, July 16, at the Old Lyme Inn, Lyme Street, Old Lyme.

The Inn will be open for cocktails from 5 p.m. prior to the lecture.  Entrance is free and the event is sponsored by Vitality Spa, The Old Lyme Inn, IFoundFitness and the Raw Food Institute.  If you cannot arrive early, grab some friends and stay for dinner afterwards.

The evening is free, but it would help to get a feel for numbers so readers are requested to express their interest by emailing the spa or sending an RSVP through the Facebook event.

Driven to restore her health and wellness following chemotherapy and radiation treatments for breast cancer, Swope began exploring various food philosophies and diets.  What she learned from her doctors at Yale University Hospital and from her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is that good nutrition is not enough to keep us healthy.  One must strive to be healthy in all areas of life and to be healthy one must find balance.

Lisa Wilson is a Certified Health Coach, Board Certified Natural Health Practitioner and Cancer Researcher and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  She is part of the Nutrition Team at National Integrative Health Associates, NIHAdc.com, Washington, DC’s premier integrative medical center, founded by Holistic MD’s.  As founder of the prestigious Raw Food Institute, Wilson received the award for best, “Raw Vegan Center”, as well as the winner of, “The Medical Awareness for Raw Food.”  As a national speaker, writer and consultant, Wilson’s areas of focus include family health, obesity, ADHD, Lyme and Cancer Nutritional Support, Low Energy and Weight Loss.

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LYSB Beach Dance Cancelled Tonight

Tonight’s Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) Beach Dance for middle schoolers has been cancelled due to anticipated inclement weather.

Upcoming LYSB events include Family Beach Blanket Bingo at White Sand Beach on Thursday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The price is $5 per person or $20 per family with pizza dinner included.  Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Make sure to bring beach blankets and bug spray.

This event will also be postponed in the case of inclement weather.  Check the LYSB website at www.lysb.org prior to event for possible weather cancellation.

 

 

 

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Camp Claire Receives Donation Of Automated External Defibrillator Machine

Surrounded by Camp Claire campers, Russell Sage, center, Michael Sage's father and Director of the MVSDF, stands with James P. Berryman (left in photo in blue shirt), a Director at Suisman Shapiro, which is a major sponsor of MVSDF, after the presentation of an AED to Camp Claire's Director, Beth Owen-Mishou.

Surrounded by Camp Claire campers, Russell Sage, center, Michael Sage’s father and Director of the Michael Vincent Sage Dragonheart Foundation, Inc. (MVSDF), stands with James P. Berryman (left in blue shirt) — a Director at Suisman Shapiro, which is a major sponsor of MVSDF — after the presentation of an AED to Camp Claire’s Director, Beth Owen-Mishou.

Representatives of the Michael Vincent Sage Dragonheart Foundation, Inc. (MVSDF) donated a new automated external defibrillator (AED) machine to Camp Claire last Thursday, July 10, at a group meeting for staff and campers.

An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume in a heart that is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of cardiac related death in the United States; it strikes without warning, and if not treated within minutes, quickly leads to death.

There are 1,900 to 14,200 cases of out-of-hospital SCA in children each year. Early defibrillation with an AED and CPR can more than double chances of survival. The American Heart Association estimates that 20,000 to 100,000 Sudden Cardiac Arrest deaths could be prevented if defibrillation was readily available.

The MVSDF was established in memory of Michael Vincent Sage, who died on February 5, 2010 at the age of 29 from a sudden cardiac arrhythmia (SCA). He was active in sports for most of his life and never exhibited any of the warning signs associated with SCA, such as episodes of dizziness, fainting, or seizures. He arrived at work at the New London offices of Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law on a beautiful February morning, had a cup of coffee with his colleagues, then collapsed and died.

People on the scene attempted to revive Michael using CPR, but there was no AED available, and by the time the paramedics arrived, Michael could not be saved. In a matter of moments, Michael was gone.

The mission of the MVSDF is to raise awareness and support research into the early diagnosis and prevention of sudden cardiac arrest, including bystander awareness education, CPR training, and availability of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools, athletic facilities, and other public forums.

Michael Sage's father, Russell Sage, addresses campers and staff at Camp Claire.

Michael Sage’s father, Russell Sage, addresses campers and staff at Camp Claire during the presentation of an AED.

Camp Claire, a summer camp for children aged 7-14 located in Lyme, Conn., applied to the MVSDF for the donation of an AED defibrillator machine and was selected by the Board of Directors to receive the gift. Organizations must meet various criteria including the required number of CPR-trained employees; the number of persons served and their age groups; current AED status; and overall worthiness/need of the organization.

The cost of an AED defibrillator machine ranges from $1,000 to $2,500. The MVSDF has donated more than 30 machines to organizations in Connecticut over the last two years.

The mission of Camp Claire is to provide a natural community environment that encourages curiosity and creativity, and increases self-esteem, while providing a lifetime of memories that prepares children for an active place in a multicultural society. The camp began as a conference retreat for members of the First Congregational Church of Meriden in 1916. It incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1954, and relies on the support of alumni and friends to continue its mission of providing children with an enriching and memorable camping experience.

Major sponsors of the Michael Vincent Sage Dragonheart Foundation include Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law (New London), Defibtech, Inc. (Guilford, CT), The Survival Group (North Haven, CT), and The Ralph L. Rossi Foundation (Hamden, CT).

For more information about the MVSDF, visit the Foundation’s website at www.defibandlive.org

To learn more about Camp Claire, visit www.campclaire.org .

 

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White Elephant Sale Opens at 8am Today, Final Day of Deep Discounts

And they're off!  When the church bell rings at 9 a.m. on July 12, this will again be the scene.

And they’re off! When the church bell rings at 9 a.m. today, this will again be the scene.

The final day of the annual White Elephant Sale (WES) hosted by the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is today from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and most prices are discounted by 50 per cent.

The sale opened yesterday at 9 a.m. precisely — but you can be sure that wasn’t be the same time that the first customers arrive!  People were standing in pole positions around the roped-off lawn outside the church much earlier vying for positions to snap up potential bargains spotted from a distance.

This is the 78th successive year that the sale has been held and it is firmly established as one of the main events on both the town and church calendars.

Garage and rummage sales are regular events, but few can match the size and color of this one.  The sale items are organized into some 20 departments that fill the church buildings and every available space on the lawn.

The sale is sponsored by the Ladies Benevolent Society (LBS) of the church and raises money for missions and good works both locally and through out the world.  Beneficiaries run the gamut from food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, world relief, housing and many many more.

Now so large, the sale has not only become a community event but also one that many visitors plan their vacations around so as to attend or work the WES.  In fact, many donations and a number of workers are from non-church members.  All 200 or so volunteers pitch in for two weeks collecting, sorting, pricing and organizing items awaiting the big day — Friday morning when the crowds anxiously gather outside the ropes surrounding the church.

When the clock in the bell tower strikes nine, the ropes come down and the shoppers run for their favorite departments looking for those hidden treasures.  There is lunch and soda to refresh the shoppers so they can repeat the same process again on Saturday morning, but then the sale starts at 8 a.m. and runs through noon, and most prices are discounted 50 percent.

Click to view a video of a recent sale on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgdr_mumBxo

For further information, call the church office at 860-434-8686, option 5.

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Town of Old Lyme/Sound View Commission Sponsor Family Friendly Concert Series: ‘Funky Dawgz’ Play Tonight

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

The series kicks off tomorrow,Thursday, July 10, with The Funky Dawgz, a 10-piece New Orleans style brass band from UCONN.  The Dawgz play an exciting, high-energy mix of funk, r&b and New Orleans traditional music.

On July 24, the Old Lyme Town Band will entertain with their popular mix of jazz, big band, classical and patriotic music.

On Aug. 14, the Grass Routes Bluegrass Band will play their delightful repertoire of bluegrass, folk and contemporary songs.

The free outdoor concerts will take place from 7 to 8.30 p.m, near the Flag Pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach. Rain location for the Funky Dawgz and Grass Routes will be the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a lovely evening of sunset music.  Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

Several local businesses will be offering discounts and special offers on concert nights.  Look for “promotion sponsor” signs at participating area businesses to take advantage of these special deals.

LymeLine.com plans to be a sponsor of these great concerts.

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Last day to See Ancient Burying Grounds Exhibit at Lyme Public Hall

Historic gravestone in a Lyme cemetery.

Historic gravestone in a Lyme cemetery.

The exhibit Lyme’s Ancient Burying Grounds will be on view at the Lyme Public Hall on July 4, 5, and 6.  This exhibit is part of a year-long initiative by the Lyme Public Hall Association to highlight the historical value and preservation needs of Lyme’s oldest cemeteries.

Exhibit displays will highlight the characteristics of old burying grounds and the stone carvers represented in Lyme cemeteries, as well as the symbols and epitaphs on Lyme stones and what they tell us about 18th and early 19th century beliefs and attitudes.

A special focus of the exhibit will be the preservation and restoration efforts underway in Lyme.  Research and photography for this exhibit will become part of the Lyme Local History Archives, documenting this important part of Lyme’s history.

Exhibit hours are Friday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, July 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The exhibit is open to the public and admission is free.

The Lyme Public Hall Association is dedicated to the appreciation of Lyme’s history, culture, and community through the preservation and use of the historic hall, its archives and historical programs.  The Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Connecticut.  For more information, visit  www.lymepublichall.org

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An Important Holiday Message From Old Lyme Police

Very nice weather is predicted for the weekend of this July 4 holiday.  As a result of this, the Old Lyme Police anticipate that large amounts of people will be heading towards the shoreline and our beaches.   The police are expecting heavy traffic along our roadways and our “Sound View” beach area will most likely reach capacity crowds.

It is anticipated that the available legal parking areas will reach capacity early each day.  Roads will be closed in the beach areas to prevent hazardous traffic situations.

The town of Old Lyme and the Old Lyme Police would like to remind visitors of the Sound View Beach area rules that will be strictly enforced over the holiday weekend;

  • No alcohol is permitted on the beach or open in public.
  • No littering
  • No fires allowed on the beach
  • There are no lifeguards on duty
  • No fireworks
  • No dogs allowed on the beach
  • No ball playing
  • Illegal parking will result in vehicles being ticketed or towed

The Town of Old Lyme will have extra Police Officers on Duty specifically enforcing D.U.I. and hazardous moving violations throughout the entire holiday weekend.   Additional Police Officers and Beach Rangers will be also be assigned to the beach area over the weekend.

The Old Lyme Police would like to remind drivers of the following;

  • Do not drink and drive
  • Wear your seat belt
  • No cell phone use while driving
  • No texting while driving
  • Obey local speed limits
  • Share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists
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Marching to the Beat of its Very Own Drum, Lyme’s Independence Day Parade Beats the Rain

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Photo by P. Daitch. A group of cheerful young ladies share the message of the day.

Fireworks and parades may been cancelled all over the state, but,  despite threatening skies overhead, Lyme’s Fourth of July Parade – a tradition since 1958 – kicked off at 10 a.m. yesterday morning right on schedule .  Founded by now retired pediatrician Dr. William Irving, this small town parade is big on patriotism. 

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Photo by K. Hogan. A classic take on ‘The Red, White and Blue.’

This year three Lymies added a little British color to the quarter mile event.  The Hogan family’s Red 59 MGA, Dana Evans family’s White 1960 MGA and the Block family’s Blue 1960 MGA rode in sequence thus creating a wonderful tribute to the tradition of red, white and blue.

Grand Marshal George Willauer drives in style in the parade.

Photo by P. Daitch.  Grand Marshal George Willauer drives in style in the parade.

A small crowd of spectators lined Cove Road as marchers, scouts, floats and vehicles passed by, proving yet again that nothing — absolutely nothing – will ever rain on Lyme’s great parade!

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Photo by P. Daitch.

Here are more photos from the parade for readers to enjoy:

Photo by P. Daitch.  View looking up Cove Road of the musketeers leading the parade.

Photo by P. Daitch. View looking up Cove Road of the musketeers leading the parade.

Camp Claire campers and volunteers march proudly in the parade.

Photo by C. Judy. Camp Claire campers and volunteers march proudly in the parade

Photo by C. Judy.  Another view of the Camp Claire participants.

Photo by C. Judy. Another view of the Camp Claire participants.

Photo by C. Judy.  Cub Scout Pack #32 struts its stuff.

Photo by C. Judy. Cub Scout Pack #32 struts its stuff.

Photo by C. Judy.  Traveling on two wheels is always a popular way to ride.

Photo by C. Judy. Traveling on two wheels is always a popular way to ride.

Photo by C. Judy.  Another view of the Grand Marshal in his grand automobile.

Photo by C. Judy. Another view of the Grand Marshal in his grand automobile.

Photo by C. Judy.  Starting things off with a bang!

Photo by C. Judy. Starting things off with a bang!

Photo by C. Judy.  Carl Clement (left) accompanied by George Mooney and other members of Lyme Ambulance Department take to the streets.

Photo by C. Judy. Carl Clement (left) accompanied by George Mooney and other members of Lyme Ambulance Department take to the streets.

Photo by C. Judy.  The Lyme Fire Department does its thing for the parade.

Photo by C. Judy. The Lyme Fire Department does its thing for the parade.

Members of the Lyme Garden Club are in bloom at the parade!

Photo by C. Judy.  Members of the Lyme Garden Club are in bloom at the parade!

Photo by C. Judy.  Patriotism rules ... at the Lyme Parade!

Photo by C. Judy. Patriotism rules … at the Lyme Parade!

And finally ... the band played on!

And finally … as always, the band played on!

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Sound View Hosts Independence Day Parade Today

Leading last year's parade was this cheerful flag-bearer.

Last year’s parade was led by this cheerful flag-bearer.

The Sound View Beach Association (SVBA) hosts its traditional Independence Day parade this coming Saturday, July 5, starting at 10 a.m. from the Shoreline Community Center on Hartford Ave.  in Old Lyme. Described as a true “home town” community parade, children, adults, and civic groups are invited to march or spectate and enjoy this special experience.

The organizers suggest residents should decorate their bikes and wagons, build a float, or wear a patriotic costume.   Pets are also welcome to march.  There will be a VFW Honor Guard, child marchers, decorated bikes, floats, balloons, a marching band, police, fire and ambulance trucks, which will all contribute to a unique, small town experience.

Awards are given in categories such as best-decorated bike, most patriotic outfit, best float, and best-dressed pet. Assembly time for the parade is 9:45 a.m. at the Shoreline Community Center and step-off is 10 a.m.  The parade route includes Hartford, Swan, and Portland Avenues.

Entries in the Parade must be in good taste and in conformance with the Mission and family atmosphere of the SVBA. The decision of the board of directors is final. The SVBA is an all volunteer, non-profit, civic organization.  It owns and manages the Shoreline Community Center and also provides the flags in the Sound View area.

Everyone is invited to join or help. Frank Pappalardo, who is the chair of the SVBA, says, “We’re always accepting new members, volunteers and donations.  All donations are tax deductible and we are registered for “matching gift” grants with many companies.

For more information, call Gail at 860.434.6426, email info@soundviewbeach.com or visit www.soundviewbeach.com

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Last Day Today for Donations to White Elephant Sale

And they're off!  The annual White Elephant Sale starts each year on the first strike of 9 a.m. on the designated Friday.

And they’re off! The annual White Elephant Sale starts each year on the first strike of 9 a.m. on the designated Friday.

It’s once again time to start preparing for one of the biggest rummage sales in all of New England — the White Elephant Sale [WES] sponsored by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church, which will take place this year at the church on Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12.  This popular sale raises money for missions and good works both locally and through out the world.  Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, world relief, housing, along with many many more.

Donations are needed.  Look around in the attic for those treasures and bring them to the church starting Thursday, June 26, for eight days through July 5 [closed Sunday and July 4.]  Quality items will be accepted from 9-2 each day. Please visit the church website www.fccol.org and select the White Elephant Sale tab, for a calendar and a list of donations that are (and are not) acceptable. 

For those new to the town or those who have never taken part, this is the 78th successive year and is one of the main events on both the town and church calendars.  Everyone has seen garage and rummage sales but few can match the size and color of this one.

The sale items are organized into more than 20 departments that fill the church buildings and every available space on the lawn.  It has grown so large, it has become a true “community event” as many of the donations and a number of volunteer workers are non-church members.  Many people plan their vacations or family visits to Old Lyme so as to attend or work at the WES.

Some 200+ volunteers pitch in for two weeks collecting, sorting, pricing and organizing items for the big day — Friday morning when the crowds anxiously gather outside the ropes surrounding the church grounds.  When the bell tower clock strikes 9 a.m., the ropes come down and the shoppers run for their favorite departments looking for those bargains.

And if that isn’t enough — there is lunch and soda to refresh the shoppers so they can repeat the same process again on Saturday morning when the prices are discounted by 50 percent.  Check out the pictures on the church website and a Youtube video link of a previous sale.

To donate or to volunteer, call the church office at 860-434-8686.

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Happy 4th! Lyme Celebrates Independence Day with Traditional Parade

A charming 'Lady Liberty' waved gracefully to her fans in last year's parade.

Photo by M. Dickey. A charming ‘Lady Liberty’ waved gracefully to ‘her’ fans in the 2012 parade.

The annual Fourth of July parade in Lyme, which was founded by Dr. William Irving in 1958, will be held today, Friday, July 4, starting — according to information on the Town of Lyme website — “at 10 a.m. or when everyone is ready.”

People wishing to participate should assemble at Camp Claire between 9 and 10 a.m.  No prior registration is required to march.

Tuba player Stu Ingersoll of Essex and his fellow musicians are always a welcome addition to this hometown parade.

Photo by M. Dickey.  Tuba player Stu Ingersoll of Essex and his fellow musicians are always a welcome addition to this hometown parade.

After the parade, Lyme Parks and Recreation will be providing food and fun while hosting a range of activities at the Grange Hall.  Musical entertainment will be provided by ‘Two for the Show.’

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Old Lyme Police to Give ‘Reverse Citations’ to Helmet-Wearing Kids

Ice Cream Flavors

Once again this summer, the Old Lyme Town Police will be issuing “reverse citations” throughout the remainder of the summer.  The police are teaming up with Maegan and Tricia Moriarty of Old Lyme,  two teenagers who conducted a survey of youths wearing bicycle helmets in the Sound View area of Old Lyme in 2012.

Their research found that only 25% of youth were wearing helmets while riding bicycles, scooters, and skateboards. After the reverse citations were given out, helmet use increased to between 31-37%. The higher percentage was at the end of the summer.

The “reverse citation” is a voucher, coupon or token (for free ice cream or slushy, etc.)  that the Old Lyme Town Police will give out to youth that are wearing helmets while riding bicycles, scooters, or skateboards.  Connecticut Law requires that youth under the age of 16 wear a protective helmet while riding bicycles.

It is hoped that the issuing of the “reverse citation” ice cream vouchers will continue to promote and increase the number of youth wearing a protective helmet while riding skateboards, scooters, and bicycles while on vacation and at home.

The following local business are participating and donating to this endeavor:  Garvin’s Store at Hawksnest Beach, The Carousel Shop, Waffle Bar at Sound View and the Old Lyme Police Union.

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New KI Tablets Available for Old Lyme Residents

potassium_iodidePotassium Iodide tablets (known as KI) with an expiration date of January 2020 are now available at the Old Lyme Town Hall for Old Lyme residents. KI is a form of iodine that protects the thyroid gland when there is a chance of exposure to a harmful amount of radioactive iodine.

Connecticut State Health department officials will direct the ingestion of KI if it is warranted.

Boxes containing 20 KI tablets, along with information sheets on the use of the tablets, are available in the Selectman’s Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Atwood Johnson Honored with Community Service Award at Northfield Mount Hermon Reunion

2014 NMH Reunion weekend

Photo by Glenn Minshall/Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Diana Atwood Johnson, Class of 1964, of Old Lyme (pictured center, above), received the Community Service Award at her 50th Reunion at Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) School earlier this month, which recognizes an alumna/us who has been of service to a particular community in either a volunteer or a professional roles, thus acknowledging the value an NMH education places on service to others throughout one’s life.

Atwood Johnson says that she will always remember how compassionate and encouraging the faculty and administration, staff, and housemothers were to a homesick girl at boarding school.  Northfield taught her to add and subtract, wash dishes and make beds.  She attributes her success as an innkeeper and restaurateur to both her education and her senior year dummy working in Dr. and Mrs. Meany’s house.

Recalling that she was not a very good athlete at the school, Atwood Johnson notes, however, that Mrs. Robertson and Ms. Morrow encouraged her to excel—and, in the process, fulfill her sports requirement—as chairman of the Northfield Athletic Association.

Continuing to show her leadership skills, Atwood Johnson helped to found the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and has served on its board since 1980.  She was its chair from 1996 to 2003.  Her involvement with the academy and the Town of Old Lyme gave her the skills she needed to open the Old Lyme Inn, a focal point in town.

She has served as chair of Old Lyme’s Open Space Commission and the state’s Open Space Matching Grant Program. She also joined the board at the Trust for Public Land in 2010.  She is chair of the Connecticut Natural Heritage, Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Review Board, and served for 10 years on the board of the Connecticut chapter of the Nature Conservancy.  She is also a member of the Connecticut Land Conservation Coalition, Old Lyme Conservation Trust, Connecticut Audubon, National Audubon, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

From 1986 to 1992, she served as president of the Connecticut River Museum.  Atwood Johnson also served on the board of the Bank of Southern Connecticut and was a founding director of the Maritime Bank and Trust Company in Essex, Conn., from 1989 to 1999, and later served as its vice chairman.  She served on the Advisory Board of Webster Bank when it acquired Maritime Bank.

Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9–12 and postgraduates, with a mission to provide an exceptional, multidimensional education for the “head, heart, and hand.”

Located in the hills of western Massachusetts, NMH balances academic excellence and a challenging college-preparatory curriculum with opportunities in athletics, the arts, international studies, and service work. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions and discover new ones.  They are empowered by expert faculty and staff to act with humanity and purpose and to understand their potential—in the NMH community, in college, and in the world.  The international alumni population numbers more than 30,000.

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Lyme Library Presents $300K Check to Town Campus Project

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George Willauer, president of Lyme Public Library, Inc. (LPL, Inc.), center in photo, hands a check for $300,000 to Lyme First Selectman Ralph Eno (second from right) in front of the new renovated and expanded Lyme Town Hall last Thursday, June 26, as part of the Library’s contribution to Lyme’s new Town Campus Project.

This photo shows the presentation with some of Town Campus renovation work in background.

This photo shows the presentation with some of Town Campus renovation work in the background.

Lyme Public Library, Inc., the non-profit entity that manages the Lyme Library’s endowment and conducts fundraising to support the Library’s mission and activities, has pledged $380,000 to help fund the $5.1 million Town Campus project, which includes expansion and renovation of the existing town hall (once a local church) and construction of new library building.

The check presented last week represents fulfillment of the lion’s share of the pledge, with the balance to be paid in future installments.

First Selectman Eno said that the Town Campus project could not have been launched without the support from the Lyme Public Library. Inc.

Also attending the presentation were (from left to right) James Benn, vice president of the Library Board of Directors; Jim McFarland, treasurer of the Lyme Public Library, Inc.; Jeanne Rutigliano, secretary of Lyme Public Library, Inc.; and Beverly Crowther, member of the board of Lyme Public Library, Inc.

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