March 6, 2015

Wildcats Face Old Rival, Valley, Tonight in Shoreline Championship

Goal-mouth action in Wednesday night's semi-final.

Will it go in?  Hoop action from Wednesday night’s semi-final.

The Wildcats surged to victory in their Shoreline Conference semi-final game against the Coginchaug Blue Devils Wednesday night, eventually winning by a convincing score of 66-40.

The ‘Cats did not fall behind at any time during the whole game and had built up a dominating  26-10 lead at the half. They advanced to 38-27 at the end of the third quarter.

In a repeat of the 2011 and 2013 finals, Old Lyme will meet Valley Regional on Friday, March 6, at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.  Old Lyme won in 2011, Valley in 2013, so we figure it’s Old Lyme’s turn this time around …

Go Wildcats!

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Presents ‘Carousel’ March 12-14, Tickets on Sale Now

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School and the Old Lyme Players will present Carousel in the high school auditorium on March 12, 13 and 14. Tickets are on sale now and all are welcome.

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Some of the student actors and actresses practice forming a human pyramid in preparation for the upcoming performance of ‘Carousel.’

Prepare to be captivated by one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beautiful and enduring musicals. A tempestuous love story told with heart-breaking tenderness, Carousel follows the passionate romance between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan. After his untimely death, Billy is given one day to return to the wife and daughter he left behind and make things right.

Voted “the greatest musical of the 20th century” by TIME magazine, the score of Carousel includes some of Broadway’s memorable melodies — “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “When the Children are Asleep,” and the classic, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Carousel will star Hugh Cipparone as Billy Bigelow, Campbell Mann as Julie Jordan, Megan Cushman as Carrie Pipperidge, Abigail Cipparone as Nettie Fowler, Jason Feng as Enoch Snow, Ben Jackson as Jigger Craigin and Olivia Angeli as Mrs. Mullin.  The cast also features Ian James (Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon), Jeffrey Zhang (Mr. Bascombe), Braiden Sunshine (Enoch Snow, Jr.), Bailey Nickerson (Louise Bigelow), Tess Hamilton-Ward (First Heavenly Friend/Hanna), and Caeli Rice (Second Heavenly Friend).

Rehearsing a scene from 'Carousel."

Rehearsing a scene from ‘Carousel.”

The ensemble includes Rose Cheney, Megan Cole, Rose Datum, Maria Donato, Lexi Duddy, Sophie Edson, Natalie Golden, Tasha Joshy, Katelyn Judy, Meredith Kegley, Cora Koproski, Callie Kotzan, Caroline LeCour, Heather McGrath, Lauren Mitchell, Shannon Nosal, Emma Paynter, Madeleine Schumacher, Olivia Schumacher, Skyelar Shaw, Marissa Smith, Ava Sullivan, Marieke Warlitz, Caroline Wholean, and Hannah Wilczewski.

Several younger Lyme-Old Lyme students will also be featured in the production:  Hollis and Witt Mann, Emily Nickerson, Luisa Warlitz, and Mary Wholean.

Carousel is directed by Kristine Pekar, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Choral Director.  She previously directed the high school musicals The Pirates of Penzance, Legally Blonde, Footloose, Bye Bye Birdie, Once on This Island, Les Miserables, The Boyfriend, Into the Woods, and Beauty and the Beast.

The creative team for Carousel also includes Lyme-Old Lyme High School teachers Sarah Hylas (assistant director), Will Allik (technical director), and Jacob W. Wilson III (pit orchestra conductor);  choreographer Bethany Haslam of the Dance Center of Old Lyme; costume design and construction by Denise Golden; and high school seniors Kathleen Stedman and Veronica Rollins (Production Stage Managers).

Performances are Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Reserved seating tickets will be available and can be purchased for $16 each via the Old Lyme Players website and Facebook page, or at the door for $17.

For more information about the show, e-mail Kristine Pekar (pekark@region18.org) or Sarah Hylas (hylass@region18.org ).

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Parking Ban in Effect in Old Lyme Until Further Notice

A parking ban is in effect throughout Old Lyme until further notice. Keep all vehicles off the roads so that they remain open for emergency vehicles and can be safely cleared when the snowstorm ends.

Exercise caution and stay off the roads if possible during the storm.

Residents can still register for Old Lyme Alerts to receive phone/text messages about this storm.

Registration is open round the clock. Click on Emergency Management on the Town website: www.oldlyme-ct.govand follow the simple instructions.

To report a power outage, call 800-286-2000 or text the word “outage,” followed by a space and your zip code to 24612.

Stay away from downed power lines and call 911 to report them.

Call 911 to report all emergency situations.

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Free Learn to Row Classes in Old Lyme

Learn to RowTomorrow, Sunday, March 1, Lizzie Simons is hosting a Free Learn To Row Day from 2 to 3 p.m. at Healthy Addiction, 5-1 Davis Rd. East, Old Lyme. Simons is the only local Concept2 Rowing/UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor.  

In the class tomorrow, Simons will lead you through the basics of the rowing ergometer.

The benefits of rowing are numerous; it is a total-body low-impact cardiovascular exercise which can also build muscular strength and endurance. Check out the following links:

http://www.concept2cts.com/indoorrowers/benefits.asp

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/12/indoor-rowing_n_4421514.html

http://www.details.com/body-health/exercise/201206/why-rowing-is-the-new-spinning-technique-classes-workouts-races

Indoor Rowing is hailed as “The New Spinning” by Harper’s Bazaar: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/health-wellness-articles/rowing-fitness-trend-1014

If you are thinking of attending tomorrow’s class, all you need to take are socks, sneakers, tight-fitting shorts or long athletic pants, a tee-shirt or tank-top and a bottle of water. 

Indoor Rowing classes are half price for this month.

Simons has created a Facebook page for tomorrow’s class at https://www.facebook.com/events/1553769191577756

RSVPs on that page would be appreciated in order to facilitate planning.

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Carney Holds Legislative Update 8 to 9am Today in Old Saybrook

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) invites residents of the district to attend his next legislative update, which is being held today, Feb. 26.

He will be available to answer questions about state government and explain the current status of specific bills and public hearing proceedings.

The session will be at Dunkin Donuts, 1635 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook (across from Benny’s) from 8 to 9 a.m.

The 23rd District includes the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and the southern portion of Westbrook.

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Truck Accident Snarls Lyme Street Intersection

Yesterday's collision between a truck and the Lyme Street tunnel under I-95 resulted in this scene.  All photos by Jaroslav Kosmina.

This was the aftermath of yesterday’s collision between a truck and the I-95 overpass on Lyme Street resulted in this scene.  Photo by Jaroslav Kosmina.

On Tuesday morning, a tractor-trailer attempting to maneuver the Lyme Street overpass experienced damage to the trailer, and the road was temporarily closed from the I- 95 overpass to the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

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View of the damaged tractor-trailer from the rear. Photo by Jaroslav Kosmina.

Traffic could still reach the Exit 70 on-ramp, but severe congestion resulted as traffic built up on Rte. 156 and Halls Rd.

Oh dear ...

Oops!  It seems the tractor-trailer driver misjudged a few things….

Lyme Street was reopened around 1 p.m.

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Lynn Fairfield-Sonn Named Old Lyme’s 2014 Citizen of the Year

Old Lyme's 2014 Citizen of the Year Lynn Fairfield-Sonn stands with Selectman Arthur "Skip" Sibley at yesterday's Town Meeting immediately after the award was announced. All photos by Nigel Logan.

Old Lyme’s 2014 Citizen of the Year Lynn Fairfield-Sonn stands with Selectman Arthur “Skip” Sibley at yesterday’s Town Meeting immediately after the award was announced. All photos by Nigel Logan.

Despite bitterly cold temperatures last night, more than 75 people packed into Old Lyme’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall to hear who would be named the 2014 Citizen of the Year. The Board of Selectmen always keeps the name of the recipient a closely-guarded secret until the announcement is made, but this year that practice was made especially challenging with the cancellation of the first two scheduled dates for the meeting due to the weather.

After all the postponements, the time finally came at yesterday’s Annual Town Meeting to make the eagerly anticipated announcement. There were loud cheers and clapping when First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder announced the name of community leader and perennial volunteer Lynn-Fairfield-Sonn.

The moment of truth -- a thrilled Lynn Fairfield-Sonn shows her surprise  at the announcement while husband Jim Fairfield-Sonn (right - who was in on the secret) leaps to his feet in delight.

The moment of truth — a thrilled Lynn Fairfield-Sonn shows her surprise at the announcement while her husband Jim Fairfield-Sonn (right – who was in on the secret) leaps to his feet in delight.

Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal then read from the citation detailing the rationale behind the award saying Fairfield-Sonn’s, “volunteer commitments are testament to her steadfast loyalty and dedication,” and that, “Through her efforts both locally and regionally, our 2014 Citizen of the Year has demonstrated those values time and time again.”

A view of the Meeting Room.

Former Citizens of the Year gather at the front of the Meeting Room to congratulate Lynn Fairfield-Sonn.

Quoting from the citation, Nosal continued, “Jim and Lynn Fairfield-Sonn searched for over a year before moving to Old Lyme in 1984. They chose their Lyme Street location so that the children they would raise here — Anne, Jimmy, and John — could walk to school and get involved.”

Nosal then stated the root cause of why Fairfield-Sonn was so deserving of the award, “Lynn wasted no time getting involved herself.”

Former Old Lyme Citizens of the Year assemble for a group photo.  From left to right, Lynn Fairfield-Sonn (2014), Peter Cable (2013), (2011), George James (2010) and Bob Pearson (2012)

Former Old Lyme Citizens of the Year assemble for a group photo. From left to right, Lynn Fairfield-Sonn (2014), Peter Cable (2013), Jeff Sturges (2011), George James (2010) and Bob Pearson (2012)

Going on to list Fairfield-Sonn’s numerous volunteer commitments, Nosal detailed, “She has served as president of the Junior League of Greater New Haven as well as the Old Lyme Day Care (now Children’s Learning) Center, and served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Connecticut, the Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis, Janus House, and New Haven Habitat for Humanity. Lynn was a Board of Selectmen appointee to the Historic District Commission for eight years.”

Nosal continued, “To support her children’s interests, Lynn was co-president of District 18’s Friends of Music for four years, and President of the Football Booster club for six. She has twice served the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Board as its Treasurer,” and in perhaps what was her most visible role in the local community, “served as Chair of our Board of Education for eight years.”

Lynn's husband Jim congratulates his wife and all the former recipients of the award since 2010.

Lynn’s husband Jim Fairfield-Sonn congratulates his wife and all the former recipients of the award since 2010.

The citation notes, “Fairfield-Sonn’s values have been imprinted on multiple community organizations,” but highlights the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut as the one on which her involvement has made an especially indelible mark. Fairfield-Sonn first volunteered for Child and Family in 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Development and Community Relations.

Refreshments followed the award presentation to celebrate and congratulate Old Lyme's 2014 Citizen of the Year.

Refreshments followed the award presentation to celebrate and congratulate Old Lyme’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.

Nosal summed up the board of selectmen’s reasoning for naming Fairfield-Sonn the 2014 Citizen of the Year in these words, taken from the citation, saying the board, “Honors Lynn Fairfield-Sonn for the loyalty and dedication that have defined her impact on our community.”

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Old Lyme Hosts Annual Town Meeting Today, Citizen of the Year 2014 to be Announced

2103 Citizen of the Year Peter Cable, shown above with his wife Jane, will be on hand next Monday to acknowledge his successor.

Old Lyme’s 2013 Citizen of the Year Peter Cable, shown above with his wife Jane, will be on hand next Monday to acknowledge his successor.

Old Lyme’s Annual Town Business Meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Old Lyme Town Hall at 52 Lyme Street.  This meeting immediately follows the Solarize Lyme,Old Lyme workshop, which starts at 6 p.m. at the same location.  Both meetings have been rescheduled to this date from their original dates since winter weather forced the cancellation of the previously planned meetings.

There are currently only two agenda items for the town meeting.  The first is discussion and acceptance of the Annual Town Report for the fiscal year July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, as submitted by the Board of Finance.

And secondly, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder will announce the currently closely-guarded secret of the recipient of the board of selectmen’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.

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Lyme, Old Lyme Hold Second Solarize Workshop Tomorrow

Dave McCullough stands in front of his solarized home in Old Lyme.

Dave McCullough stands in front of his solarized home in Old Lyme.

Residents of Lyme and Old Lyme are invited to a joint Solarize workshop next Monday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Old Lyme Town Hall auditorium.  The event has been rescheduled from Monday, Feb. 2, when it postponed for the second time due to another winter storm.  It will bring together informed town residents, solar installers, solar finance experts, and representatives of the Connecticut Green Bank.

The Solarize campaigns in the two towns have generated strong interest with over 120 residents registering their properties for a free solar evaluation. This workshop will provide information for both newcomers to the process, as well as those who are already actively involved in evaluating their options.

Computers and solar coaches will be available to help residents sign into the online marketplace platform and get started with their free evaluation.

There are 15 communities in Round 5 of Solarize – with a goal to more than double the amount of solar in each community. Over 40 communities have already participated in Solarize campaigns, resulting in over 2,000 homeowners signing contracts for solar.

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

For those seeking help with the online marketplace platform, call Kimberly Le at 617.302.6523.

In the event of a snow cancellation, the meeting will be held the following week, Monday, March 2, at 6 p.m.

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High Hopes Hosts Volunteer Open House with Special Film Showing

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High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc. at 36 Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme is hosting a Volunteer Open House, today, Saturday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Come and learn more about volunteering at High Hopes assisting children and adults with special needs in their therapeutic riding programs. Volunteers assist with all aspects of the program including: preparing horses for riding classes, leading horses in classes, walking along with riders (sidewalking), or assisting with the daily care and feeding of horses.

No experience with horses? That’s fno problem because training is provided. No RSVP is required to attend this event.

The film, HÅSTDANS PÅ HOVDALA, about a unique creation process will be shown at 1:30 p.m. during the event. In July 2013, the American dance company, The Equus Projects, spent three weeks in a Swedish forest creating an evening length theatre work that brought together four dancers, four horses and a cast of Swedish performers with autism.

Filmmaker David Fishel follows the progression of the creation process, the equine training, and the deepening connection that develops between the human and equine performers. The film premiered at Lincoln Center in February 2013.

Click here to view a trailer for the film.

For more information, visit www.highhopestr.org or call 860.434.1974 ext. 112.

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Tufts ‘Beelzebubs’ Perform at Lyme-Old Lyme High School

The Beelzebubs. Lyme-Old lyme High School alumnus Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn stands first from left.

The 10 members of The Beelzebubs include Lyme-Old Lyme High School alumnus (Class of 2014) Johnny Fairfield-Sonn (first from left.)

The Tufts Beelzebubs (the ‘Bubs’), Tufts University’s oldest all-male a cappella singing group, will appear in concert at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) tonight.  The concert, sponsored by Friends of Music of Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools, takes place this evening, Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to the concert, the singing group will offer LOLHS students a workshop in a cappella singing, during which the students will learn techniques and Beelzebub arrangements; participants in the workshop will be invited onstage during the concert to demonstrate the skills they learned.

First formed in 1963, the Beelzebubs have been entertaining audiences all over the world for more than 50 years. They have sung for President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other luminaries, and have traveled to such far-away locales as Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, and South America. They competed – and were first runners-up – on the first season of NBC’sThe Sing-off; and in season two of Fox’s ‘Glee,’ it was the Beelzebubs who gave voice to the fictional Dalton Academy Warblers.

The Bubs’ diverse repertoire ranges from rock to pop to hip-hop, and they are known for their lively original arrangements of recognizable tunes.

The 2014–15 Beelzebubs are made up of 10 Tufts students, including LOLHS alumnus John Fairfield-Sonn, a freshman at the school.

Admission to the Beelzebubs concert at LOLHS is $5 plus a nonperishable food item for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.  Tickets will be available at the door, which will open at 7 p.m.  All are welcome.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School is located at 69 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. The auditorium is handicapped accessible.

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‘Healthy Addiction’ in Old Lyme Offers Variety of New Indoor Rowing Classes, All Levels Welcome

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Healthy Addiction, located at  5 – 1 Davis Rd. East in Old Lyme, has announced the opening of four, new indoor rowing classes each week.   These classes are run by Lizzie Simons, a certified “rowing” and “learn-to-row” instructor, as well as a personal trainer.

Monday and Thursday classes are for advanced rowers, meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with “Long and Strong” rowing on Mondays, and “Strength and Speed” on Wednesdays.  Tuesday and Thursday classes take place between 5:30 and 7 p.m., with an emphasis on “Heart Health”.

Lizzie Simon in action

Lizzie Simons in action

Rod Clingman, a Tuesday-Thursday rower, comments, “Staying true to my New Year’s resolution of keeping in shape, I was very happy to learn about the offerings of Healthy Addiction … I took advantage of a free learn to row seminar on a Sunday afternoon and was quickly brought up to speed by the instructor, Lizzie Simons.  I was now ready to row!  He continues, “We run through different drills which include rowing and stretching.  Lizzie has a new lesson plan for each session to keep your workout fresh.  Healthy Addiction really is a hidden gem.”

For more information, visit HealthyAddiction.net or call 860.237.3707.

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High Hopes Hosts Volunteer Enrichment Conference Today, All Welcome

HorsesHigh Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is hosting a Volunteer Enrichment Conference today, Monday, Feb. 16, which is also President’s Day.  The event, which runs from run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a one-day conference offering sessions on a variety of topics related to the High Hopes’ volunteer experience.

A small registration fee gives you the choice of four sessions during the day and lunch is also included.  Sign up now and spend an interesting and fun day at High Hopes.

Choose from topics offered during three different sessions and hear experts talk about equine care, people care, great High Hopes stories from our past (did a horse really fall into a swimming pool?) and more.

Presenters include experts like Jane Strong, certified Equine Experiential Learning Instructor, Marty Whittle, a certified Yoga Alliance RYT instructor, Tim Hayes, a nationally recognized natural horsemanship clinician and Carolyn Jagielski, Physical Therapist.

Registration is just $10 and includes a lunch from Coffee’s Country Market and Deep River Snacks.

All are welcome.  

Click here to view detailed information on the presentations from which to choose and/or register.

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District 18 to Host Public Forum Tonight on 2015-16 Budget

The Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools Board of Education will host a Public Forum on the 2015-16 budget on Wednesday evening, Feb. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Media Center.  The location for this meeting has been changed due a band concert being held in the LOLHS auditorium.

All are welcome to attend this meeting, which will include a presentation on the budget proposal to spend a total of just over $32.5 million ($32,547,409) in the next finical year, which represents a 1.83 percent increase over the 2014-15 budget.

The date currently anticipated for a referendum to be held in both Lyme and Old Lyme on the budget is Tuesday, May 5.

Click to read a more detailed report on the budget proposals by Kimberly Drelich and published in The Day, Feb. 7.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Host Kindergarten Registration Today

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Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools for the fall of 2015 is being held today, Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Jan. 1, 2016 are eligible to register for Kindergarten for September 2015.

While you may complete the registration process at either school, your child’s school placement will depend on District attendance zones.

Please bring to registration your child’s

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization/Health Records
  • Three forms of proof of residency

If you cannot register on these days, call the school at these numbers to place your child’s name on the Kindergarten list:

Lyme Consolidated: 860-434-1233

Mile Creek: 860-434-2209

 

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More Cancellations Announced by Town of Old Lyme

The Town of Old Lyme has announced that the following meetings have been cancelled due to the inclement weather:

Tonight’s Zoning Commission Meeting.

Tomorrow’s WPCA Meeting — the next meeting will be Tuesday, March 10.

Ethics Commission — the next meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m.

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CANCELLED: Old Lyme’s 2014 Citizen of the Year to be Announced Tonight at Annual Town Meeting

2103 Citizen of the Year Peter Cable, shown above with his wife Jane, will be on hand next Monday to acknowledge his successor.

Old Lyme’s 2013 Citizen of the Year Peter Cable, shown above with his wife Jane, will be on hand next Monday to acknowledge his successor.

11:15am Update:  This meeting has been cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.  We will announce the new date when it has been rescheduled.
Old Lyme’s Annual Town Business Meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School at 18 Lyme Street.  This meeting immediately follows the Solarize Lyme,Old Lyme workshop, which starts at 6 p.m. at the same location.  Both meetings have been rescheduled to this date from their original date(s) since winter weather forced the cancellation of the previously planned meetings.

There are currently only two agenda items for the town meeting.  The first is discussion and acceptance of the Annual Town Report for the fiscal year July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, as submitted by the Board of Finance.

And secondly, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder will announce the currently closely-guarded secret of the recipient of the board of selectmen’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.

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Old Lyme Church Launches 350th Celebrations Today with Organ Recital by Simon Holt

Music Director  Simon Holt sits at the church organ.

Gifted professional organist Simon Holt, pictured above, will give the recital on Sunday. He is not only the Church’s Director of Music but also the Artistic Director & GM of Salt Marsh Opera and Executive Director of United Theatre in Westerly, R.I.

Throughout 2015, the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is celebrating 350 years of history. A series of concerts and a talk on the historic landscape of Lyme Street will commemorate the rich legacy of the past and ongoing connections that link the church and the larger community.

On Sunday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m., the church’s Director of Music Simon Holt will give an organ recital titled, “Spanning 350 Years of Organ Music.”  The concert includes works by seven composers originating from five European countries and written in three different centuries.

In a remarkable program demonstrating the versatility and musical complexity of the majestic instrument, the concert opens with J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E minor (BWV 548), features Léon Boëllman’s Suite Gothique for organ and Edward Elgar’s Imperial March, and concludes with Charles-Marie Widor’s Toccata in F Major.

Holt comments, “The program not only reflects differing styles of organ music written over the last 350 years, but also features great organ composers, who themselves were musical giants blazing compositional trails, much like the numerous inspirational leaders over the years at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.”

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A special feature of the concert will be the installation of a camera to project the image of Holt’s hands and feet, while he is playing, onto large screens at the front of the church.

There will be a reception following the concert in the church’s Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome.

Holt began his musical training at St. Michael’s College, Tenbury Wells, a choir school in the heart of England.  In 1979, he moved to Malvern College (an independent high school) and by 17 years of age had obtained his performing diploma (ARCM).

He began a graduate degree course at the Royal College of Music in London in 1984, as well as becoming a scholar at the Royal College of Organists.  At the end of the three-year-course, he graduated with a teaching diploma (Dip. RCM) and his graduate degree (GRSM, Hons.)  The following year he studied at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, for his Postgraduate Teaching Certificate, which he obtained in 1988.

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While living in the United Kingdom (UK), Simon gave organ recitals in Westminster Abbey, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, numerous Cathedrals and the Royal Albert Hall, London.  His discography includes a cassette of solo organ music and three CDs, two as an accompanist and the third conducting the Bristol Cathedral School orchestra.

He has also performed several times on national UK radio and television, including a live performance in the Albert Hall, London, while still at The Royal College of Music.  He has also toured Europe widely and his performances have included recitals in Notre-Dame and Sacré Coeur in Paris, France, as well as St. Mark’s in Venice, Italy.  He has also performed in Holland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland.

In May 1999, Holt and his family moved to Stonington, Conn., where he became Director of Music at Calvary Church.  In September 2000, he collaborated with Calvary Church in founding Calvary Music School and, in the same year, he founded Salt Marsh Opera Company and is now its Artistic Director and General Manager.

A view of the interior of the church in 1887.

A view of the interior of the church in 1887.

Holt was appointed Director of Music in School at St. Thomas Choir School in New York City in September 2007,  He was subsequently named Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Head of Music at Saint James School in Hagerstown, Md., (the oldest Episcopal boarding school in North America), where he spent two years.  Holt returned to Connecticut in 2012 and is currently Executive Director of The United Theatre in Westerly, R.I. and Director of Music at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

Since moving to the United States, Holt has given many concerts including organ recitals at St. Ann’s in Old Lyme, Harkness Chapel at Connecticut College, Park Church in Norwich, Christ Church in Westerly, R.I., Peacedale Congregational Church in Peacedale, R.I., the Pequot Chapel and St. James Church in New London, and Christ Church in Charlotte, N.C.

A donation of $10 per person is suggested.  All proceeds will benefit church programs and missions.

For more information, visit www.fccol.org or call the church office at (860)-434-8686.

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is located at the intersection of Ferry Road and Lyme Street in Old Lyme, CT.

PROGRAM DETAILS;

Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 The Wedge
Johann Sebastian Bach  (German) 1685-1750

Largo, Allegro, Aria & Two Variations 
Michael Christian Festing (English) 1705-1752

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Hendrik Andriessen (Dutch) 1892-1981

Suite Gothique for Organ                                            

  •             Introduction-Chorale
  •             Menuet Gothique
  •             Prière à Notre-Dame
  •             Toccata
    Léon Boëllman (French) 1862-1897


Adagio in E major                                           

Frederick Bridge (English) 1844-1924

Imperial March
Edward Elgar (English) 1857-1934

Humoresque” LOrgano Primitivo
Pietro Yon (Italian)  1886-1943

Toccata in F major
Charles-Marie Widor (French) 1844-1937

A Brief History of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

FCCOL_exterior_Photo_by_Nigel_Logan_122KBPublic worship began on the east side of the Connecticut River in 1664 when the Court acknowledged that there were “thymes and seasons” when inhabitants could not attend Sabbath meetings in Saybrook and ordered them to agree on a house where they would gather on the Lord’s Day.

A year later, Articles of Agreement defined a “loving parting” that created a separate “plantation” on the river’s east side, which would soon be named Lyme.

The first three meetinghouses stood on a hill overlooking Long Island Sound. After a lightning strike destroyed the third of those structures in 1815, the church was relocated to its present site closer to the village.

Master builder Samuel Belcher from Ellington was hired to design a fourth meetinghouse beside the town green and the cornerstone was laid on June 10, 1816. That stately white church with its graceful steeple and columned façade, painted repeatedly by the country’s most prominent landscape artists, burned to the ground on July 5, 1907, in what was almost certainly an act of arson.

Rebuilt to replicate Belcher’s design after a community-wide, fund-raising campaign, the fifth meetinghouse, dedicated in 1910, remains today as both a vibrant center of faith and fellowship and the town’s most important historic landmark.

 

 

 

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation Hosts Trivia Bee Tonight, Spectator Admission Free

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 will be held this coming 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.
Trophy
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 non-profit 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 organization 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!
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While Living Through Linus, Enjoy a Post-Juno Video of Lyme Street!

Lyme Street's iconic First Congregational Church

Lyme Street’s iconic First Congregational Church

We were thrilled to open our mailbox over the weekend and find that the incredible musician and Old Lyme resident (and LymeLine reader!) Dan Stevens had sent us a link to a wonderful video he made the day after Winter Storm Juno had hit.  It depicts a walk down Lyme Street before most residents had begun digging themselves out from the two feet of snow, which had fallen overnight.

As we currently live through Winter Storm Linus, we thought many of our readers might also enjoy Dan’s video, which is accompanied by an excellent — and, oh, so appropriate — soundtrack by the Old Crow Medicine Show.

Here’s the link to Dan’s video: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=926065094092702&pnref=story

With many thanks to Dan .. enjoy!

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