December 20, 2014

Blood Drive in Old Lyme Today

“It’s not the fanciest accessory, nor the most expensive, but to someone in need of life-saving blood, it’s the most valuable.”

A  Blood Drive is being held today, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall from to 1 to 5:45 p.m.  All are welcome.

To make an appointment to donate your blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org

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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

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Santa & Mrs. Claus, Blumenthal, Courtney in New London Today to Support ‘Toys for Tots’ Campaign

Santa will have gift for every child at Saturday's event.

Santa will have a free gift for every child at Saturday’s event.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride into the new Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson in New London this Saturday, Dec. 13, from 12 to 3 p.m. to join United States Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney in supporting the U.S. Reserve Marine Corps annual ‘Toys for Tots’ campaign.

This free event will include photos with Santa and the whole family … even pets are welcome. Santa will greet visitors in a Harley-Davidson® sidecar set in front of a traditional stone fireplace within the former Coca-Cola® factory. Local sports celebrities including Casey Cochran (UConn football player) and Roger LaFrancois (former Boston Red Sox player and St. Louis Cardinal’s coach) will be on hand to sign autographs.

The brand new showroom not only features motorcycles, ATVs and watercraft, but also boasts an extensive selection of riding gear, accessories, clothing, and toys; there’s something fun for every member of the family at this exciting new venue. Each child will receive a free gift from Santa, and festive refreshments will be offered.

Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson is the New London County collection and staging headquarters for ‘Toys for Tots’, locally sponsored by the Thames River Detachment Marine Corps League. For months, the community has been donating toys and the Marines have been collecting, sorting and staging the gifts inside of Mike’s Famous®. The initiative will provide toys to children represented by dozens of charities and non-profit organizations this holiday season. Additionally, non-perishable food items are being accepted for donation to the Gemma E. Moran United Way Food Center.

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Mike’s Famous Harley Davidson store in New London

“We are thrilled beyond belief to be working with Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson this year on our annual toy drive,” said Jim Reid, Junior Vice Commandant of the Thames River Detachment Marine Corps League. “Mike has gone above and beyond the call of duty and has spent a lot of resources to accommodate our needs. In past years, we have worked in unheated warehouses and other tough conditions. Our very comfortable headquarters at Mike’s Famous is absolutely fantastic, and his staff has been great to work with. We are extremely grateful,” Reid added.

Following the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s positive November jobs report, the 2015 economy looks bright for the region. This bodes well for U.S. businesses like Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson, and its owner, Mike Schwartz, who invested in the City of New London this past year. He purchased the former Coca-Cola® bottling plant on Bank Street in the late summer of 2013, and by soliciting suggestions from the community, transformed the crumbling building into a customer led showroom and retail destination, which opened in the spring of 2014. This adaptive reuse project has created 40 full and part-time jobs in a  unique, authentic environment, which merges two iconic brands, Coca-Cola® and Harley-Davidson®.

Coca-Cola’s® 2014 holiday campaign, “Make Someone Happy,” focuses on the spirit of generosity and togetherness, and encourages small acts of kindness. Coke® is bringing back their original Santa, imagined over 80 years ago by artist Haddon Sundblom, to elicit a feeling of history and nostalgia. In keeping with this theme, elected officials, local celebrities, Boy Scouts, Young Marines, senior Marine officers and military personnel are donating their time on Saturday to participate in the ‘Toys for Tots’ event at Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson, bringing the larger community together to help others.

The objectives of ‘Toys for Tots’ are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson is located at 951 Bank Street in New London, CT. The new dealership opened in March of 2014 in 55,000 square feet within the former Coca-Cola® bottling plant. It also represents the Can-Am® brands of ATVs, Side-by-Sides, Spyders® and Sea-Doo® Watercraft, and carries the full line of Polaris® recreational products.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.
www.musicalmasterworks.org

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.
www.musicalmasterworks.org

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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.

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Lyme Library Hosts ‘Holiday Music & Champagne Punch’ Event This Evening

Braiden Sunshine will performing at the Lyme Library's holiday event Friday night.

Braiden Sunshine will performing at the Lyme Library’s holiday event Friday night.

The Friends of  Lyme Public Library are hosting a ‘Holiday Music & Champagne Punch’ event this evening, Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m featuring music by Lyme resident Braiden Sunshine.

The event will be held in the Library’s Community Room at 482 Hamburg Rd. (Rte. 156), Lyme, CT.

It will be a holiday celebration with good food and music, plenty of socializing and also a fundraiser featuring a silent auction  and gift baskets, including a golf package, a portable generator, restaurant gift certificates and many more items.
Holiday_basketThe proceeds from the event will all benefit the library

RSVP to lymelibraryfriends@gmail.com or call Mary Mazur (860-526-5757).  There is no charge to attend, but space is limited.

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Old Lyme Hosts Solar Program Kick-off Workshop Tonight, All Welcome

solar_panelsThe Town of Old Lyme has been selected to participate in a cutting-edge solar program that makes going solar easy and affordable.   ‘Solarize Old Lyme’ is part of the ground breaking residential solar program administered by the Connecticut Green Bank (formerly known as the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority) through a partnership with SmartPower.

In addition to a robust on-the-ground outreach campaign, ‘Solarize Old Lyme’ will also incorporate a unique on-line “solar marketplace.”  Similar to various travel web sites such as Kayak or Expedia, www.solarizect.com/OldLyme will become a valuable tool for residents to receive bids from local pre-screened solar installers and request site visits from installers that offer the best prices for their homes.

The ‘Solarize Old Lyme’ program will kick off with a workshop on Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Memorial Town Hall at 7 p.m., where residents can learn about the program and be introduced to the new online solar marketplace that makes going solar convenient and affordable.

During the kick off workshop, residents will also have a chance to learn about the many flexible financing options available, including a no-money-down option. The Town of Old Lyme will join 14 other communities in Phase 5 of Solarize ConnecticutSM with a goal to more than double the amount of solar currently in Old Lyme over the 18-week program.  Over 40 communities have already participated in Solarize campaigns, resulting in over 2,000 homeowners signing contracts for solar.

Solarize is an increasingly popular program that increases residential solar through a proven formula.  It relies on an on-the-ground outreach campaign that helps educate consumers while at the same time creating awareness and walks the consumer all the way from awareness about solar to actually purchasing it.

Old Lyme’s First Selectman, Bonnie Reemsnyder comments, “I’m very excited that Old Lyme will be participating in such a worthwhile program as Solarize Connecticut.  It’s a great opportunity for all our residents, but especially those who have always wanted to “go solar”. The online portal allows easy access to information and estimates for individual homes.  Old Lyme has a proud tradition of taking advantage of environmentally friendly programs and I look forward a great partnership with Solarize CT.”

“CT Green Bank is extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve through the Solarize program.  We continue to see our financing tools and the Solarize model bringing down the cost of solar and making it affordable for more and more homeowners throughout Connecticut,” stated Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the CT Green Bank.  “We expect to achieve similar success as we begin the next phase of this innovative program with the participation of Old Lyme’s leaders and their dedicated volunteers.”

Residents who are interested in learning more about ‘Solarize Old Lyme’ are urged to attend the solar workshop on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Town Hall in the large Meeting Hall.  In order to participate in the benefits offered through the program, residents must sign a contract by April 10, 2015.

Old Lyme’s Solarize campaign has a dedicated group of volunteers led by Jean Dailey (jeanedailey@gmail.com or 860.439.2912) and her team comprising John L. Forbis, Suzanne Colten-Carey and George James.  Contact any of the team members to find out more about ‘Solarize Old Lyme’ or to be put in touch with other Old Lyme residents, who have already installed solar on their houses.

More information about Solarize Old Lyme can be found by visiting www.solarizect.com/OldLyme.

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Saturday’s ‘Cookie Walk’ Benefits Child & Family Agency

Cookie_walkCookies, cookies, cookies!  Gingerbread men … sugar cutouts … biscotti … pfefferneuse … snowballs: You want to have beautiful homemade cookies to serve your guests this holiday season, but when will you have time to bake?

Purchase your holiday cookies at the Child & Family Agency’s Cookie Walk, taking place this year on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the holiday festival at the Old Lyme Marketplace.

The Cookie Walk offers a delectable array of beautiful, homemade holiday cookies for purchase.  Visitors browse the display and choose which cookies they want to buy; volunteers then weigh the cookies and package them for purchase.
Also available for sale will be sets of note cards depicting local scenes of Lyme and Old Lyme, and the Agency’s popular holiday ornaments.
Proceeds from the Cookie Walk benefit the many programs and capital projects of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.
Child & Family Agency is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being and development of all children and their families, with emphasis on the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional, and intellectual care and nurturing.  With offices in New London, Essex, and Groton, and programs dealing with children’s health care, child abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, parent education, and child guidance, Child & Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in Southeastern Connecticut.
For more information, see www.childandfamilyagency.org.
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Old Lyme Library Hosts Annual Holiday Book Sale & Artist/Artisan Boutique

stack_o_books_563x862Start your holiday shopping early at the Friends of the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library (PGN Library) annual Holiday Book Sale in the Community Room at the Library on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 to 2 p.m.

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 an excellent opportunity to purchase like-new books at reasonable prices for everyone on your holiday list.  All proceeds benefit the library.

Upstairs in the Ludington Gallery, local artists and artisans will showcase their works for gift giving: paintings, prints, cards and collages, sterling silver jewelry, small quilts, wine bags and delicious holiday treats by Cupcakes & Flying Hearts for your enjoyment. Free mulled cider and hot chocolate will be available in the lobby to keep you refreshed for a strenuous day of gift-buying.

Shopping at the Friends Holiday Book Sale or Boutique?  Need a little something for the kids to do while you shop? The Children’s Room will host Drop-In Crafts for your little ones. Stop by for music, fun, and some special winter crafts.  Create a beautiful paper snowflake or make an edible snowperson.  This activity is perfect for kids of all ages and all materials will be provided.  No need to register, just drop in.

All programs are free and open to the public.  Support the Library by patronizing the Friends.

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A Historical Perspective on ‘Giving Thanks’

We are pleased to celebrate this Thanksgiving season by republishing an article written for LymeLine.com by Linda Ahnert to honor Thanksgiving 2007.

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter to the Editor: A Thanksgiving Thank You to Townspeople for Help Finding Lost Dog

To the Editor:

I wanted to post a thank you to all the residents in your town for their help finding my lost dog Lily.  Moreover, I want to let everyone know she has been found and is doing well.

I saw so many people, but didn’t know their name, or where they live.  There were police officers, town highway workers etc.

I want to let them know how much they touched our hearts.

Sincerely,

Cathleen Andrew,
Clinton.

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Artisan Fair This Saturday at Florence Griswold Museum Celebrates ‘Small Business Saturday’

Absinthine jewelry by Michaelle Pearson will be on sale in the Museum Shop on Saturday.

Absinthine jewelry by Michaelle Pearson will be on sale in the Museum Shop on Saturday.

It’s ‘Small Business Saturday’ this coming Saturday, Nov. 29, and the Florence Griswold Museum is celebrating by hosting an Artisan Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. i the Museum Shop.  All the items for sale are “Crafted in Connecticut.”  

Click here to see information on some of the vendors.

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Christ the King Hosts Annual, Ecumenical, Community Thanksgiving Service

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The annual Community Service of Thanksgiving, sponsored by the churches of Lyme and Old Lyme, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Christ the King Church.
All are welcome to attend this ecumenical service of prayer and song, which will feature music by the choirs of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, St. Ann Episcopal Church, and Christ the King Church. Clergy from the various faith communities will participate, as will lay members and community leaders.
Fr. Joseph Ashe, pastor of Christ the King Church, said that there are two reasons to hold this service: “At this time of year, as we gather with family and friends to share meals and joyous times together, we should take a moment to reflect and give thanks for all the gifts that have been bestowed on us.” But at the same time, he added, “We also need to keep in mind the many people in our world, and right here in southeastern Connecticut, who have no family, no job, no food on the table, or even a roof over their heads. It’s our reality check.”
An offering will be taken up during the service to benefit the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for the Shoreline Food Pantry, to help our neighbors in need.
The 2014 Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service takes place at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25.  Everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is welcome to attend.
For more information, visit www.christthekingchurch.net.
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Last Day to Donate to Old Lyme PD Holiday Food Drive

food_drive_clipartThe Old Lyme Town Police Officers will still receive non-perishable donations to their annual Holiday Food Drive through Nov. 25 at the Old Lyme Police Department, 294 Shore Rd.  All food donated will be forwarded to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Lymes’ Senior Center and the Town of Old Lyme Social Services.

 

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Do You Know Who Owns This Cat?

172A kind reader has told us that he has become aware of a cat (see photo at left) hanging around his home at 382 Hamburg Rd. in Lyme for the past few days.

The cat is a black and gray tabby, friendly, and looks healthy.

Contact robkan@sbcglobal.net for more information.

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High Hopes Hosts Annual Holiday Market Today

Last year's Holiday Market at High Hopes drew huge crowds.

Last year’s Holiday Market at High Hopes drew huge crowds.

High Hopes hosts its annual Holiday Market this Sunday, Nov. 16, from 12 to 4 p.m. at their location at 36 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme.  For one afternoon, the High Hopes arena in Old Lyme will be transformed into a marketplace with something for everyone.  Start your holiday shopping at more than 50 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, gourmet foods and more, perfect for starting off your holiday shopping.

Hungry?  Stroll outside and visit the “hottest” area food trucks including the Whey StationRolling TomatoTaco PacificoFour Mile River FarmMunchies Food TruckFlanders Fish MarketFryborg,and Meriano’s Bakery and Cannoli Truck.   Meanwhile, keep the family entertained with games, arts and crafts and face painting.

To observe Veteran’s Day, High Hopes will be offering showings of a new short documentary Riding My Way Back, the heartwarming story of a veteran and the relationship with a horse that changed his life.  This half hour documentary chronicles the powerful healing of therapeutic riding for one soldier after he returns from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  High Hopes is one of 110 screenings that will be held around the country during Veteran’s Week.

Activities for the kids, hay rides by Fox Glove Farm for all ages to enjoy and live music by The Brazen Youth (Nick Lussier and Charles Dahlke) round out this afternoon of fun.  Prior albums by The Brazen Youth (under their former name The Company) titled Elysiumand Something About Broken Records  have ranked in the top 200 Singer/Songwrtier albums on iTunes and have placed the group in the top 100 Rock Artists on Reverbnation.  Their new album, New Life, is due out this Winter.

Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens. At last year’s Holiday Market, over 2,300 pounds of food were collected just in time for Thanksgiving.

And don’t forget to try your luck with great raffle and door prizes including a durable John Deere Gator, a Samsung 60′ HDTV with wifi, two tickets to the hit Broadway play, Kinky Boots with an overnight stay at NYC’s Penn Club, and a pair of Justin cowboy books from Southern Exposure.

For more information and a full listing of vendors, call (860) 434-1974 or visit www.highhopestr.org

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Sunshine, Spineti Sing at ‘Nightingale’ Tonight, Benefits NL Homeless Hospitality Center

Braiden Sunshine will performing with Lauren Spineti at Nightingale Cafe on Lyme St. Friday night.

Braiden Sunshine will performing with Lauren Spineti at the Nightingale Cafe on Lyme St. on Friday night.

Last Saturday, Braiden Sunshine of Lyme was one of 16 high school students to sleep outside in cardboard boxes on the lawn of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to try and gain an understanding of what it might be like to be homeless. He said that just one night — knowing he had a warm home and comfortable bed at home — could never give him a real understanding of homelessness.

But nevertheless, it was cold and lonely, and Braiden is now turning that experience into action to help the homeless.  As the nights turn colder, he hopes to raise money to keep the homeless of New London warmer.

Braiden and his friend Laura Spineti are performing at The Nightingale Cafe on Lyme Street this Friday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. to raise money for the Homeless Hospitality Center in New London.

Any donations for the Homeless Hospitality Center will be graciously accepted.

Come out and enjoy some great acoustic music with terrific harmonies and help support a worthy cause.

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