LymeLine.com http://lymeline.net Community News for Lyme and Old Lyme, CT Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:20:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Tag Sale Today http://lymeline.net/2016/04/old-lyme-historical-society-hosts-tag-sale-tomorrow/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/old-lyme-historical-society-hosts-tag-sale-tomorrow/#respond Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:03:57 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=199361 The Old Lyme Historical Society is hosting a Tag Sale tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their building – the former Grange Hall – on Lyme Street in Old Lyme.

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Old Lyme Library’s BookCellar Holds Spring Half Price Book Sale Today http://lymeline.net/2016/04/old-lyme-librarys-bookcellar-to-hold-spring-half-price-book-sale-april-30/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/old-lyme-librarys-bookcellar-to-hold-spring-half-price-book-sale-april-30/#respond Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:03:11 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=194176 BookCellar Co-Managers Ann de Selding (right) and Claudia Condon check entries in the BookCellar's master catalog.

BookCellar Co-Managers Ann de Selding (right) and Claudia Condon check entries in the BookCellar’s master catalog.

The BookCellar at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will be hosting a special Spring Half-Price Sale on all regular items (with the exception of “Collectibles”) on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The BookCellar is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phoebe’s BookCellar is a volunteer-run used bookstore managed by the Friends of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. Besides the special editions, there is a wide range of gently used books in what is now the only remaining general interest bookstore in Old Lyme.

Inside the BookCellar.

There’s room to relax and read inside the BookCellar.

Many best sellers, mysteries, science fiction, History and Biography, general literature, DVDs, audio books and children’s books, as well as special interest areas such as Cooking, Gardening, Art and Photography are to be found on its shelves. Recent hardcover books are generally priced about $4, with children’s books as well as mass market and trade paperbacks at 50 cents to $2.

For further information, including direct inquiries about the Collectibles, contact the BookCellar at phoebesbookcellar@gmail.com

The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme CT 06371. Opening hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 7pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 6pm; Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  The Library is closed on Sunday. For further information, call 860.434.1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org

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Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet, Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Today http://lymeline.net/2016/04/its-time-to-clean-out-your-medicine-cabinet-prescription-drug-take-back-day-is-april-30/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/its-time-to-clean-out-your-medicine-cabinet-prescription-drug-take-back-day-is-april-30/#respond Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:02:58 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=6387 The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Logo - DEA

Since the first Lyme-Old Lyme Drug Take Back event in 2011, citizens have returned more than 500 pounds of medications to prevent misuse.

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lyme Street Fire House, the Community Action for Substance Free Youth (CASFY) Coalition will give residents another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets. Twenty seven percent of seniors at Lyme-Old Lyme High School report it would be “very or sort of easy to obtain a prescription drug without your own prescription.”  (Lyme-Old Lyme Youth Survey, Dec. 2015). You have the opportunity to return unwanted medications at this bi-annual event, so that you don’t inadvertently contribute to someone’s misuse of a drug.

Should you miss this Drug Take Back event on April 30, you can dispose of your medications at Drug Drop Boxes located in area police stations including Troop F in Westbrook and the East Lyme Police Station in Niantic.

The misuse of prescription pain relievers and tranquilizers is more prevalent in the U.S. than use of all types of illicit drugs, except marijuana.  These medications are readily available in many home medicine cabinets and are easily diverted, misused and abused.

According to the Center for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths now kill more Americans than car crashes.  Prescription pain pills are driving the increase in overdoses.  Studies show that the majority of young people who abuse medicines obtain their supply from family and friends.

This event is co-sponsored by CASFY Coalition, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Old Lyme Police Department, Troop F State Police, and Old Lyme Fire Department,

For more information about the Drug Take Back event, or CASFY Coalition, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit www.lysb.org

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‘Shred It’ Fundraiser Today Benefits Class of 2016 http://lymeline.net/2016/04/shred-it-fundraiser-on-april-30-benefits-class-of-2015/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/shred-it-fundraiser-on-april-30-benefits-class-of-2015/#respond Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:02:23 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=3479 Shredded_paperOn Saturday, April 30, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2016 will shred documents for businesses and individuals. Anyone can bring their papers to the Lyme-OId Lyme High School parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to shred for a donation.

Many people have unwanted papers sitting in boxes or on desks around their house.  The papers could be old tax returns, bank statements, bills, credit card statements, newspapers or school ditto sheets.  This fundraiser provides the community an opportunity to securely discard unwanted papers from houses or businesses.

“We are excited to hold this Shred-it Fundraiser because the demand for secure document shredding services is growing.  This fundraiser provides a low cost way to accomplish this community service,” said Mary Beth Schreindorfer, a high school physical education teacher.

Last year, this high school class conducted this same fundraiser.  It collected over 120 bags of unwanted papers and generated over $1,200.

The class used the funds for its class activities. Class activities included three dances and many community service projects throughout town.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women Celebrate Spring at Art-Inspired Fundraiser This Evening http://lymeline.net/2016/04/lyme-old-lyme-junior-women-host-new-fundraiser-april-30/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/lyme-old-lyme-junior-women-host-new-fundraiser-april-30/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:00:18 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=35274 LOLJWC_A_Toast _to_SpringIn ‘A Toast to Spring’, the Lyme Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) are popping the cork and putting a twist on their annual fundraising art show. Club members invite the public to join them for this great event on Saturday, April 30, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme.

The event will feature beer and wine tasting; complimentary hors d’oeuvres; a silent auction; live entertainment by ‘Java Groove’; a photo booth, and, of course, the perennially popular art show.

For more than 50 years, the Club has generously supported local charities and causes throughout the shoreline community. This year, the LOLJWC has selected the ‘Love Your Playground’ project at Town Woods and Cross Lane Parks as their main beneficiary. In addition to the playgrounds, the club will continue to support other local beneficiaries and provide scholarships to graduating Lyme-Old Lyme High School students.

Ticket prices are $50 per person and can be purchased from any LOLJWC member or online at LOLJWC.com. Attendees must be 21 years or older.

For additional information, visit the LOLJWC website at www.loljwc.com

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“Help Stop the Train” on May Day at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme http://lymeline.net/2016/04/help-stop-the-train-on-may-day-at-studio-80-sculpture-grounds-in-old-lyme/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/help-stop-the-train-on-may-day-at-studio-80-sculpture-grounds-in-old-lyme/#respond Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:45:21 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=199150 PosterAll members of the community are invited to attend a May Day event this Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. either indoors in the large studio or outdoors on the lawn at Gil Boro’s Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds at 80-1 Lyme Street in Old Lyme.

Apart from the pleasure of good company and great music, the purpose of the event is to hear the latest information on the proposed high speed rail track routes from Washington DC to Boston, which are currently under discussion.  One of the alternatives being considered, Alternative 1, travels through Old Lyme.

There will be a great line-up of finger-picking musicians with Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, Clayton Allen and friends, the Localmotives with Eleanor Robinson, the Shrivers and friends.

Feel free to come by a little early, the music should be playing by 1:30 p.m. The event will be shutting down at 4 p.m., but the music will carry over afterwards at the Bee and Thistle Inn from 5 to 8 pm, with Stevens and Allen.

Parking is available in Lyme Academy College next door.

For more information about the rail track proposals, visit SECoast’s Facebook page.

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Celebrate Arbor Day! http://lymeline.net/2016/04/celebrate-arbor-day-today/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/celebrate-arbor-day-today/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:04:25 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=199172 Members of the three groups gather around the new oak tree. From left to right are Kathy Burton, Joanne DiCamillo, Joan Flynn. Anne Bing, Emily Griswold and Barbara Rayel.

Members of the three groups gather around the new oak tree. From left to right are Kathy Burton, Joanne DiCamillo, Joan Flynn. Anne Bing, Emily Griswold and Barbara Rayel.

“One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade” – Chinese proverb

The Old Lyme Tree Commission is pleased to announce the partnership of three community groups who combined their energy and experience to organize and implement the planting of five new trees in town to celebrate Arbor Day and to enhance the landscapes at Town Woods Park and Lyme Street.

Offloading a tree.

Offloading a tree.

Two red maple trees and one copper beech tree were planted behind the playground at Town Woods Park with a goal of providing some much needed shade to the area as they mature. The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club ‘Love Your Playground’ Project provided the funding for the trees.

From left to right, Emily Griswold, Joanne DiCamillo and Barbara Rayel shovel soil around the beech tree.

From left to right, Emily Griswold, Joanne DiCamillo and Barbara Rayel shovel soil around the beech tree.

The Duck River Garden Club participated in The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut ‘Plant a Connecticut Native Oak’ project. The oak is our state and national tree and one of the finest for sustaining wildlife. The oak tree is located behind the concession building where it will grow into a large, stately specimen. In addition, a new columnar maple tree was planted in front of Town Hall by the Old Lyme Tree Commission.

River End Nursery crew plants a maple at Old Lyme Town Hall.

River End Nursery crew plants a maple at Old Lyme Town Hall.

After two disappointing postponements due to cold and rain, Mother Nature provided a beautiful, cool, sunny morning last week, perfect for tree planting. There was excitement in the air when the carriers from Millane Nursery and Canterbury Nursery arrived at the park with the trees. River End Landscape was onsite to unload them, remove the shipping materials, prepare the holes and set them into the ground. After the last tree was planted in front of Town Hall, they staked and mulched all of the trees.

The Junior Women’s Club and the Garden Club have established a watering schedule at the park. The Tree Commission will water the tree at Town Hall.

It was wonderful to work together on a noteworthy project that brings beauty and longevity to the landscape. The Old Lyme Tree Commission encourages all community members to celebrate this Arbor Day. Plant a tree!

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Lyme Art Association Hosts Two New Shows Through June 3 http://lymeline.net/2016/04/lyme-art-association-hosts-opening-reception-this-evening-for-two-new-shows/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/lyme-art-association-hosts-opening-reception-this-evening-for-two-new-shows/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:05:36 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=199148 Del-Bourree Bach's 'The Good Life' is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition opening at the LAA tonight.

Del-Bourree Bach’s ‘The Good Life’ is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition opening at the LAA tonight.

The Lyme Art Association (LAA) presents the annual showcase of the best new works of art by Elected Artists Members. These artists are professionals of note and significance whose works are known, collected, and exhibited throughout the country, as well as along the Shoreline.  The LAA hosts an opening reception for this show and Body Language, displaying artwork based on the human figure in all its forms, on Friday, April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and admission is free — come and meet the artists, enjoy the music and celebrate fine art.

The 95th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition and Body Language are both on view through June 3, 2016.

Also on view in The Art Market is an unjuried show featuring an entirely new collection of affordable smaller works.  All artwork on display is for sale.

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt located within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm or by appointment.

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

 

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Enjoy a Tour of Private Gardens in Essex, June 4 http://lymeline.net/2016/04/enjoy-a-tour-of-private-gardens-in-essex-june-4/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/enjoy-a-tour-of-private-gardens-in-essex-june-4/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:23:10 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=198871
See this beautiful private garden in Essex on June 4.

See this beautiful private garden in Essex on June 4.

ESSEX – On Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., plan to stroll through eight of the loveliest and most unusual private gardens in Essex. Some are in the heart of Essex Village while others are hidden along lanes most visitors never see. While exploring, you will find both formal and informal settings, lovely sweeping lawns and panoramic views of the Connecticut River or its coves. One garden you will visit is considered to be a ‘laboratory’ for cultivation of native plants. Master Gardeners will be available to point out specific features, offer gardening tips, and answer questions.

The garden tour is sponsored by the Friends of the Essex Library. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the Essex Library the day of the event. Cash, checks, Visa or Master Card will be accepted. Tickets can be reserved by visiting the library or by completing the form included in flyers available at the library and throughout Essex beginning May 2. Completed forms can be mailed to the library. Confirmations will be sent to the email addresses on the completed forms.

Your ticket will be a booklet containing a brief description of each garden along with a map of the tour and designated parking. Tickets must be picked up at the library beginning at 9:45 a.m. the day of the event.

Richard Conroy, library director, has said, “The Essex Library receives only about half of its operating revenue from the Town. The financial assistance we receive each year from the Friends is critical. It enables us to provide important resources such as Ancestry.com and museum passes, as well as practical improvements like the automatic front doors that were recently installed. I urge you to help your Library by helping our Friends make this event a success! Thank you for your support.”

The tour will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 860-767-1560. All proceeds will benefit Friends of the Essex Library.

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Presentation of Sound View Improvements Draws Praise, Criticism at Lively Meeting http://lymeline.net/2016/04/presentation-of-sound-view-improvements-draws-praise-criticism-at-lively-meeting/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/presentation-of-sound-view-improvements-draws-praise-criticism-at-lively-meeting/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:29:09 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=198911 From left to right, Selctwoman Mary Jo Nosal, Sound View Improvement Committee member Angelo Faenza, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (standing), SVIC member Pappalardo and a memebr of engineering member BSC listen to a question from the audience at Monday night's meeting.

From left to right, Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal, Sound View Improvement Committee (SVIC) member Angelo Faenza, Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (standing), SVIC member Frank Pappalardo and a member of engineering firm BSC listen to a question from the audience at Monday night’s meeting.

In a boisterous meeting Monday night held at the Shoreline Community Center on Hartford Ave. Old Lyme, more than 60 people gathered to hear the latest information on the Sound View Improvement Project.  With her fellow members of the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, members of the Sound View Improvement Committee (SVIC) and representatives of the engineering firm of BSC of Glastonbury seated behind her, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder made a presentation covering where the project stands currently.

Noting that construction is expected to begin after Labor Day this year and continue through early December 2016, then “shut down [and re-start in early 2017] and finish in early spring [2017],” Reemsnyder noted that the final design is “close to going out to bid.”  She anticipates a town meeting this summer on July 16 to approve the Town of Old Lyme’s 20 percent share of the cost of the improvements estimated at $148,000.  The remaining 80 percent of the cost is being funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT).

The improvements, which originally included a park (named Sound View Green) and upgraded restrooms that have both now been removed from the plan due to budget overruns, comprise the reinstatement of horizontal parking on Hartford Avenue, sidewalks expanded from 3 ft. to 6 ft., lighting, plantings, bike racks and the addition of curbs and bump-outs.  The proposed plans do not include the much discussed bike path on Rte. 156 that is planned to connect the Baldwin Bridge with Sound View because Rte. 156 is a state road and therefore, the state must carry out those upgrades.  Reemsnyder noted, “It is likely the town will finish their portion before the state.”

Question time was lively at Monday's Sound View informational meeting.

There was almost a full house at Monday’s Sound View informational meeting.

Reactions to the project ran the gamut from those who were delighted with the proposals to those who expressed anger and frustration about them. Mary Hyland – a seasonal resident of Portland Ave., which runs parallel to Hartford Avenue, whose family has been in Sound View for 70 years – said, “You’re doing a great job,” adding that she was, “Very, very pleased with what’s going on.” In contrast, Deb Corto, whose son, Lenny, operates, “Lenny’s on the Beach” at the southern end of Hartford Ave., complained she would likely lose $72,000 in business “over the season” due to the reduction in the number of parking spaces  resulting from the proposed plans.  She demanded forcefully, “I want the [eliminated] 22 spaces reinstated.”

Frank Pappalardo, a member of the SVIC, countered Corto’s comments pointing out that the owner of the ‘Lenny’s on the Beach’ property, Frank Noe, had written to the committee in support of the proposals.  Pappalardo quoted from Noe’s letter, saying, “The street is in dire need of new sidewalks, better lighting, … these streetscape improvements are well overdue after many years of neglect.”  Noe concluded in his letter that Pappalardo read, “I urge everyone to strongly support the efforts by the Sound View Improvement Committee.”

In contrast, a town resident opposed to the reduction of parking spots complained that on busy summer days at the beach, even with the current number of parking spots, “I can’t park at my own beach.”  He questioned why the committee had not presented any numbers regarding bike usage at Sound View and stated, “[At} Every meeting, if you don’t like what we say, you shut us down.”

Lenny Corto, who operates “Lenny’s on the beach,” asked Reemsnyder, “How can you maintain a new streetscape when you can’t maintain the current one?” continuing, “It’s clear what you’re doing … it’s totally against all commercial business.”

Reemsnyder responded, “I have to disagree with [Corto’s comment about] Public Works’s ability to maintain things,” adding, “This really was an effort to improve the area.”

Dino Dinino questioned why the sidewalk was being increased from 3 ft. to 6 ft. to which Reemsnyder responded that it was a requirement in order to receive the state funding.

Jim Lampos, another member of the SVIC, expressed his support for the proposals saying, “There is incredible potential here.  The Town hasn’t invested here for years. This [the proposal] is going to benefit everybody.” He commented, “Right now, parking is an issue 10 days a year,” adding, “The parking is half empty the rest of the time.”

When Reemsnyder called for a motion to close the meeting, some members of the audience objected with one shouting, “We’re not done,” but the motion was successfully seconded and approved.

After the meeting, Lenny Corto told LymeLine that he agreed, “The street needs work,” but commented, “They’ve cut out the bathrooms, the park, the lighting and they’re still over budget.  All we’re getting is sidewalks, bike paths and trees.”  Meanwhile, Hyland expressed a different opinion to LymeLine about the proposed plans, saying simply, ”It’s about time.”

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Letter From Paris: Madrid and the Incredible Wealth of its Museums http://lymeline.net/2016/04/letter-from-paris-madrid-and-the-incredible-wealth-of-its-museums/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/letter-from-paris-madrid-and-the-incredible-wealth-of-its-museums/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:04:27 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=199013 Nicole Prévost Logan

Nicole Prévost Logan

The silent crowd stands with emotion as it would in a cathedral, keeping respectfully a few feet away from “Guernica” – the huge (11 by 27 ft. ) scene painted by Pablo Picasso in 1937 after the bombings by the Nationalist forces led by General Franco of the Basque village of Guernica.

A weekend spent stomping the art collections of Madrid is mind-boggling.  Spend six hours a day and you will only have a glimpse at the Thyssen museum, the Prado, the house studio of Sorolla and the Reina Sofia modern art museum.

Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son Heinrich had an unusual flair when they selected outstanding works of art in the 1920s and 1930s to create one of the world’s richest private collections at the Thyssen.

Some of the early masterpieces there include, “The portrait of Giovanna degli Albizzi Tornabuoni” (1480), which is a beautiful example of the work of Florence Quattrocento, showing the idealized profile of a woman. “A young man in a landscape” was painted by Vittore Carpaccio, probably from the Venetian school.  Nature is codified with each animal having a symbolic meaning related to good and evil.

In his “Jesus among the doctors” (1506), Albrecht Dürer – the most important representative of the German Renaissance – depicts the 12-year-old Jesus surrounded by a group of old men.  Some of them have been touched by grace while others have sin written all over their ugly faces, hands like claws threatening the child.   In The “Portrait of a lady” (1530?) painted by Hans Baldung Grien – the remarkable disciple of Dürer – the influence of Cranach the Elder is noticeable in the rendering of the decorative elements of the dress, necklaces and large hat with feathers of a supremely elegant model.

Flanders – or modern Belgium and Netherlands – was part of Spain in medieval times and the Prado has many Flemish paintings, which reflect the highly sophisticated culture of trading towns like Ghent or Bruges.  Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Gerard David or Hans Memling are the best representatives the 15th century “Northern Renaissance.”

Contacts were frequent between artists who traveled from the “Low Countries” of Northern Europe to Italy.  Unlike the Italians who painted with tempura and an egg base applied over a thin layer of wet plaster called “gesso,” Flemish painters used oil directly on panels of wood without knots, such as mahogany or oak.

The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

The “Garden of Delights” by Hieronymous Bosch is one of the highlights of the Prado — it is a display of amusing, bawdy or frightening details intended to give a didactic message to the population of his time.  The Flemish landscape painter Joachim Patinir (1480-525) offered panoramic views, with details at some times naturalistic, and at others, fantastic.  Instead of using linear perspective, which Florentine artists had mastered at that time, his way of showing distance was by drowning the landscape in bluish colors.

One room of the Prado is turned into a gallery of family portraits of the Spanish dynasty of the Habsburgs.  An equestrian painting by Titian of Charles V (1500-1558) at the battle of Mulhberg shows the most powerful sovereign in the world.  His kingdom went from the North Sea to the Mediterranean.  Velasquez painted many of his descendants: Philip II, Philip III, Philip IV and his son, the young prince Balthazar Carlos, riding a frisky horse.  His death, at age 17 from smallpox was a tragedy.  And there is poor Charles II, the end of the Habsburg dynasty, who was a total mental and physical disaster because of repeated consanguine marriages.

“Las Meninas”  (ladies in waiting), also by Velasquez, is one the most famous paintings ever.  It is a complex composition, which has puzzled art historians through the centuries.  At the center stands the five-year-old infanta Margareta Teresa, Philip IV’s daughter. Velasquez is looking at us and working on a huge painting, which he never painted.  The infanta’s parents are not far away and we see their reflection in a mirror.  There are two sources of light, which is quite unusual.  In 1957, inspired by the masters of the past, Picasso tackled the deconstruction of “Las Meninas,” particularly of the dog.

Velasquez (1599-1660) was the leading painter of the Spanish “Golden Age,”  during the Baroque age which lasted until 1690.  As a court painter, he had an immense influence living and working in the el-Escorial palace and was not only honored as an artist but also as the curator of the Kings’ art collections.

The love for animals is strong in Spanish painting.  Just two examples:  “Agnus Dei”, by Zurbaran (1640) showing a lamb with its  four legs garroted is probably the most heartbreaking sight in the Prado, with the animal accepting his fate.  The other one is a dog by Goya.  In an undefined brownish background of sand and sky, a dog is looking in panic at his master as he is being pulled down by quicksand.

It was not until 1840 that Spanish art began to be known in France.  The Pyrenees constituted an insurmountable barrier separating Spain from the rest of Europe.  In 1835, French King Louis Philippe sent Baron Isidore Taylor to Spain to acquire some Spanish paintings intended for the future Galerie Espagnole or Spanish Gallery at the Louvre.  After his visit to Spain in 1865, Manet said, “the scales fell off my eyes.”  The Spanish influence on Manet and Courbet is clear, especially their use of black.

Beside the works of the well-known artists like Miro, Dali or Juan Gris, the presence of Ignacio Zuloaga (1870-1945), Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), Santiago Rossignol (1861-1931), and Ramon Casas (1866-1933) at the Reina Sofia museum attests to the importance of Spanish contemporary art.

'Guernica' by Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous paintings in the world.

‘Guernica’ by Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It hangs today in the Reine Sofia Museum in Madrid.

In the attic of the old convent of Grands Augustins, near the Seine, Picasso completed  “Guernica” – probably the most important artistic statement of the 20th century against war.  The Spanish civil war from 1936 to 1939 left 500,000 dead.  Dora Maar, his companion, photographed each stage of the work , leaving a unique document on the creative process of the artist.

The composition is a frieze, powerful, fluid, easy to read and devoid of any narrative. The horse and the bull – the main actors of the bullfight about which he was so passionate – are treated like human characters.  The horse underwent many changes from deep suffering to the defiance he shows in raising his head.  The bull is aloof and protective of the population.  The dead warrior lying on the ground has the profile of Marie Therese Walter, his previous companion.  To balance the duo of bull and horse, Picasso created a screaming mother, head thrown back, with a tongue like a dagger, her dead child hanging limp from her arm.

Painted in May and June of 1937, “Guernica”  traveled the world, stayed several years at MOMA at the request of Picasso, then returned to Spain in 1981 and hangs today in the Reina Sofia museum of Madrid, never to be moved again.

Editor’s Note: This is the opinion of Nicole Prévost Logan.

Nicole LoganAbout the author: Nicole Prévost Logan divides her time between Essex and Paris, spending summers in the former and winters in the latter. She writes a regular column for us from her Paris home where her topics will include politics, economy, social unrest — mostly in France — but also in other European countries. She also covers a variety of art exhibits and the performing arts in Europe. Logan is the author of ‘Forever on the Road: A Franco-American Family’s Thirty Years in the Foreign Service,’ an autobiography of her life as the wife of an overseas diplomat, who lived in 10 foreign countries on three continents. Her experiences during her foreign service life included being in Lebanon when civil war erupted, excavating a medieval city in Moscow and spending a week under house arrest in Guinea.

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Musical Masterworks Celebrates Conclusion of its 25th Season This Weekend http://lymeline.net/2016/04/musical-masterworks-celebrates-conclusion-of-its-25th-season-this-weekend/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/musical-masterworks-celebrates-conclusion-of-its-25th-season-this-weekend/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:23:39 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=199145 Violinist Chee-Yun

Violinist Chee-Yun

Musical Masterworks’ 25th Anniversary Season will end with a burst of excitement as eight extraordinary musicians perform works of Richard Strauss, Bartók, Mendelssohn and contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima.  The last concerts of this season, which will feature veteran violinist Chee-Yun, will be held Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. 

The anniversary season will be celebrated with a free 25th Anniversary Party after the final concert on May 1, to which all ticket buyers will be invited.

The finale of each concert will be one of the best-loved works in the chamber music repertoire: the Mendelssohn Octet.  It promises to be a wonderful conclusion to the group’s first quarter century. 

Artistic Director, Edward Arron commented,  “I feel privileged to be the curator of this unique concert series. As the years go by, I continue to be inspired by the beauty of the Congregational Church, the art of chamber music, the artistry of my colleagues, and the warmth of our audience.”

To learn more about Musical Masterworks, visit www.musicalmasterworks.org.  This summer information will be posted about the 26th season, which begins in October 2016.

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Clinton, Trump Win in Both Lyme, Old Lyme http://lymeline.net/2016/04/clinton-trump-win-in-both-lyme-old-lyme/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/clinton-trump-win-in-both-lyme-old-lyme/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:21:05 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=197890 Poll workers tally totals at the Cross Lane FireHouse after voting closed in Tuesday's presidential primary election.

Poll workers tally totals at the Cross Lane FireHouse after voting closed in Tuesday’s presidential primary election.

Reflecting statewide results, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton were the winners in both the Lyme and Old Lyme primaries. Republican Trump’s margin of victory over runner-up John Kasich in Lyme was only seven votes but in Old Lyme, Trump garnered 470 votes to Kasich’s 326. Third-placed Ted Cruz secured 89 votes in Old Lyme and 36 votes in Lyme.

Interestingly, on the Democratic side, using the totals for just Clinton and Bernie Sanders, in a close race again reflecting the state’s position, Clinton secured exactly the same percentage of the vote (52.3 percent) in both towns., defeating Sanders by 18 votes in Old Lyme and seven in Lyme.

The unofficial results in detail were as follows:

Lyme Democrats:

Rocky De La Fuente: 0
Hilary Clinton: 206
Bernie Sanders: 188
Uncommitted: 1

Old Lyme Democrats:

Rocky De La Fuente: 0
Hilary Clinton: 476
Bernie Sanders: 434
Uncommitted: 14

Lyme Republicans:

Ted Cruz: 36
Ben Carson: 4
Donald Trump: 137
John Kasich: 124
Uncommitted: 7

Old Lyme Republicans:

Ted Cruz: 89
Ben Carson: 5
Donald Trump: 470
John Kasich: 326
Uncommitted: 13

 

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It’s Presidential Primary Day in Connecticut — Don’t Forget to Vote! http://lymeline.net/2016/04/its-presidential-primary-day-in-connecticut-dont-forget-to-vote/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/its-presidential-primary-day-in-connecticut-dont-forget-to-vote/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:59:40 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=197869 All registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in today’s Presidential Primary election. Unaffiliated registered voters must wait until the November election to cast their ballots.

Voting locations in Lyme and Old Lyme are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. as follows:

Lyme residents:

Hamburg Fire House

Old Lyme residents:

Cross Lane Fire House

We will report the results of the election in both towns here on LymeLine.com shortly after they have been announced at the respective polling stations.

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Lyme Library Board President Steps Down After 31 Years http://lymeline.net/2016/04/lyme-library-board-president-steps-down-after-31-years/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/lyme-library-board-president-steps-down-after-31-years/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:50:16 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=194582 Lyme Library Board President Judith Lightfoot is retiring after more than 30 years service.

Lyme Library Board President Judith Lightfoot is retiring after more than 30 years service.

After more than three decades of service to the Lyme Public Library, Judith Lightfoot has announced her intention to resign as board president this spring. Jack Sulger, a library trustee, will take over from Lightfoot.

Lightfoot’s resignation comes a year and a half after the opening of the library’s new, 6,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art building near Lyme Town Hall, an undertaking she first championed and then helped shepherd through construction and completion.

“Under Judy’s leadership, the library has evolved into a dynamic and modern institution that still retains its small-town charm, and the new library building for which she advocated so passionately for so many years is now a reality,” said Theresa Conley, Lyme Public Library Director. “It has been a privilege to work with and learn from her.”

Lightfoot was first appointed to the Lyme Public Library Board in April 1985 and was elected board president in 1989. During her 31 years of service, the library has won the Award of Excellence for Small Libraries, Excellence in Public Library Service Award, and the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge Award.

In addition to moving into its new, larger, and more modern headquarters, the library has grown in ways that Lightfoot finds particularly important, becoming a busy, popular destination and gathering space for patrons of all ages. It has also become a community center where the unique qualities of Lyme and its residents can be adequately celebrated and honored.

The new building has several meeting rooms, including a large program room where large-scale events are regularly held, from author talks, poetry readings, and book groups for adults to reading, art, and science programs for children. The library also has a designated archive room, where the Lyme Local History Archives and the town archivist are now headquartered.

Lightfoot, a quintessential people person, was instrumental in inspiring others to support the library, its programs, and its mission. She and her husband, Richard, helped create a series of community-building and fund-raising initiatives for the library, including a popular concert and Mystery Dinner event, a centennial lecture series, panel discussions with local authors, and a tour of Lyme artists’ studios. 

In part through her efforts to promote and honor local talents, the library became the beneficiary of several important donations and collections. The late author Dominick Dunne, a Lyme resident and patron of the library, donated all the videos he had reviewed for the Oscars to the library, and the Jewett family donated 500 gardening books from the collection of the late Tucky Jewett.

The library has also received several important works of art, adding to its impressive collection of paintings by Lyme artists. Recent donations include a Lyme landscape by the late painter Barbara Eckhardt Goodwin and a collection of four collages by Judy Friday, two of the artists featured in the first Lyme Artist Studio Tour. This winter, Elizabeth Enders, featured in the second Lyme Artist Studio Tour, donated a contemporary landscape.

Lightfoot, who moved to Lyme with her husband and four children in 1976, has also served the local and broader community through her work with High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, where she served for many years as president and trustee. In addition, she served as president and trustee of North American Riding for the Handicapped of Denver, President and trustee of Horses and Humans Foundation of Cleveland, President and member of the Westchester, N.Y., Council of Junior Leagues, Secretary and trustee of the Hopkins School, New Haven, and Secretary and director of the Lyme Public Library Foundation.

For her many volunteer efforts, Lightfoot has received several awards, including the James Brady Award from North American Riding for the Handicapped and the Hartford Courant Volunteer of the Year Award. In 1990, she was invited to attend the White House signing of the American with Disabilities Act 1990.

Lightfoot, who has four children and 13 grandchildren, said she feels this is the right time to step down from her position on the library Board. “It has been a pleasure to serve the library for three decades,” she said. “I have so enjoyed watching it grow and thrive, and I am thrilled to be leaving it in the capable hands of my colleagues, Library Director Theresa Conley and incoming Board President Jack Sulger.”

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World-Renowned Egyptologist to Speak at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Sunday http://lymeline.net/2016/04/egyptologist-to-present-lecture-in-old-lyme-may-1/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/egyptologist-to-present-lecture-in-old-lyme-may-1/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:57:16 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=179553 Kent Weeks (photo from www.ancient.co.uk)

Kent Weeks (Photo from www.ancient.co.uk)

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Luxor Library Student Ambassadors and the Friends of Luxor Library will present a lecture by world-leading Egyptologist Kent R. Weeks at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. The lecture is free, open to the public, and appropriate for both children and adults.

Dr. Weeks will share highlights from his remarkable career searching for, excavating, and mapping the tombs, monuments, and temples of ancient Egypt. He will talk about his major discovery – the unearthing of the tomb belonging to the sons of Ramses II, considered the most significant find in the Valley of the Kings since Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. He will also share the latest news about the hidden chamber that archaeologists believe they will find behind the walls of King Tut’s tomb.

Dr. Weeks, who lives in Old Lyme when he is not in Egypt, will discuss how a teacher first sparked his interest in ancient Egypt and why he believes education is the key to preserving Egypt’s heritage. To that end, he has created the Theban Mapping Project Library in Luxor, where each week hundreds of local children engage in activities designed to teach them about the importance of protecting the monuments of ancient Egypt.

A fundraising reception to benefit the library will follow the lecture at a private home on Lyme Street ($50 per person).

For information about the reception, email friendsofluxorlibrary@gmail.com.

For more information about the lecture, visit friendsofluxorlibrary.blogspot.com.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School is located at 69 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.

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Registration for ‘Tour de Lyme’ Now Open; Event Benefits Lyme Land Trust, Bikes For Kids http://lymeline.net/2016/04/tour-de-lyme-may-18-benefits-lyme-land-trust-bikes-for-kids/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/tour-de-lyme-may-18-benefits-lyme-land-trust-bikes-for-kids/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:19:01 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=8574 SiloSmile Small Web viewThe Lyme Land Conservation Trust announced it is pleased to again host used bike drop offs along with Reynolds Subaru for Bikes for Kids, Old Saybrook, CT.  Any sized donated bike is welcome.

Reynolds Subaru, 286 Hamburg Road (Rte. 156), Lyme, Conn., is accepting used bike donations from May 9 to May 21, 2016.

Registered riders for the Tour de Lyme can drop off used bikes for donation on May 15, 2016 on arrival at Ashlawn Farm’s parking lot prior to signing in for their cycling event.

Bikes for Kids is a charity organization that collects, refurbishes and distributes bikes primarily to kids, teenagers and some adults to CT families in need.  All refurbished bikes are distributed with new cycling helmets.

Bikes for Kids since its founding in 1989 has collected, refurbished and distributed 18,000 bikes to  families primarily in the inner cities of New Haven, New London, Middletown and Hartford.  Bikes for Kids efforts extend beyond CT and include deliveries to Bell Harbor, New York, Haiti and 30 mountain bikes to Tanzania.

John Pritchard, President of the Lyme Land Trust the organizer of the Tour de Lyme, said “Bikes for Kids is one of our area’s outstanding outreach organizations.  We’re delighted again to serve as a host site along with Reynolds Subaru for  used bike donations.”

David Fowler, President of Bikes for Kids, and a former science teacher in Lyme Old Lyme’s Middle School, indicated we put people on wheels who would either be walking or not really going anywhere at all.  “Last year we delivered almost 1,400 bikes and with the help of the Tour de Lyme collected 150 bikes in the last two years.  We hope to deliver and collect more this year.”

The motivating factor of Bikes for Kids’ Founder was “every kid needs a bike”.

For Early Bird home pick-up contact: Dave Fowler, 860-388-2453 or davefowler05@gmail.com

Or drop offs can be made from May 9 to May 21, at Reynolds Subaru, 286 Hamburg Road ( Rte 156), Lyme, CT 06371.

For additional information on the Tour de Lyme go to www.tourdelyme.org; for Bikes for Kids, www.bikesforkidsct.org

 

The Lyme Land Trust inaugurated Tour de Lyme in 2013 as an annual bike ride to raise funds to support its mission of preserving and protecting environmentally important land in Lyme.  More than 725 riders participated last year.

The Tour de Lyme is intended for all to enjoy. It is not competitive (there are no “races” or timed finishes), but rather is designed as a way to showcase and celebrate the preservation of Lyme’s spectacular natural beauty. While some of the courses will be challenging, there are others intended for casual cyclists, and there is even a family ride.

Departure times are designed so that all riders will return to Ashlawn Farm for lunch at about the same time.

Details of the ride options are as follows:

The Challenge– 60 miles – The name says it all.  Changes we have made are sure to please returning riders. A few more beautiful miles, a hill or two eliminated but still a challenge. Detailed cue sheet here and a map of the Challenge Ride 2016. Ride departs at 8:00am. Follow red arrows.

The Valley35 – 35 miles –The popular Valley rides are less hilly than the Classic. The Valley35 is a longer version of the original with the northern loop of 9 added miles along beautiful roads. Detailed cue sheet here and a map of the  Valley 26&35 Rides. Ride departs at 9:00am. Follow green arrows.

The Valley26 – 26 miles – A scenic fun ride. Detailed cue sheet here and a map of the Valley 26&35 Rides. Ride departs at 9:30am. Follow green arrows.

The Classic – 25 miles – Shorter than The Challenge but still challenging. Ride departs at 9:30am. Detailed cue sheet here and a map of the Classic Ride 2016. Follow blue arrows.

The Family – 8 miles – ideal for families riding with children. For returning riders, please note we have reversed the route direction to avoid confusion at some turns.  Ride departs at 10:15am. The Family Ride cue sheet here and a map of the Family Ride. Follow purple arrows.

The Church Goers Ride – 7.6 to 8.8 miles – After services, approximately 11:45am riders leave Old Lyme Congregational and Christ the King and meet up with other riders at Saint Ann’s and then ride to Ashlawn Farm. Follow purple arrows.  Detailed cue sheet and map coming soon.

To register for any of the rides listed above, visit http://www.tourdelyme.org/register/

For additional information about the Tour de Lyme, visit http://www.tourdelyme.org/

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Sound View Improvements Committee to Give Informational Presentation This Evening http://lymeline.net/2016/04/sound-view-improvements-committee-to-give-informational-presentation-monday-evening/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/sound-view-improvements-committee-to-give-informational-presentation-monday-evening/#respond Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:38:39 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=196146 The Rte. 156/Sound View Improvements Committee will make another in a series of informational presentations on the Sound View Improvements Project on Monday, April 25, at the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave., at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome.

This meeting will highlight the final design plans for the Hartford Ave. streetscape improvements.  Some of these improvements include wider, ADA compliant sidewalks for pedestrian safety, an on-road bike-way, attractive bump-outs with plantings, benches and bike racks. These improvements are eligible for 80 percent reimbursement through a federal transportation grant.

The project committee will be joined by the engineering consultant team to provide a presentation and answer questions.

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It’s 400 Years Since The Bard Died: ‘The New Consort’ Remembers Him This Evening in Word, Song at St. Ann’s http://lymeline.net/2016/04/its-400-years-since-the-bard-died-the-new-consort-remembers-him-in-word-song/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/its-400-years-since-the-bard-died-the-new-consort-remembers-him-in-word-song/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:53:47 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=193219 'The New Consort' will present a concert Saturday, April 23, at St. Ann's in Old Lyme.

‘The New Consort’ will present a concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on Saturday, April 23, at St. Ann’s Church in Old Lyme.

William Shakespeare, 4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616

William Shakespeare, 4/23/1564 – 4/23/1616

Today, April 23, St. Ann’s of Old Lyme presents a special musical program, Much Ado About Music: 400 Years of Shakespeare Set to Song.

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 1616, this musical celebration of the Bard’s enduring legacy will be performed by The New Consort, a project-based vocal ensemble directed by baritone and Old Lyme native Brian Mummert. The evening’s hour-long program will include music written by English composers of Shakespeare’s time, settings of Shakespeare’s texts by a variety of more recent composers, and readings from some of his greatest plays and sonnets.

Another view of 'The New Consort' singing.

Another view of ‘The New Consort’ singing.

St. Ann’s is particularly excited to present the world premiere of When He Shall Die, composed specifically for The New Consort on this occasion by Lyme resident and Wesleyan emeritus faculty member Sarah Meneely-Kyder. The concert aims to celebrate the life and work of this great artist, whose characters and stories continue to wield influence across our culture to this day.

The_New_ConsortWinners of the 2015 American Prize in Chamber Music, The New Consort was founded in 2014 and has quickly made embracing stylistic contrasts one of its hallmarks: from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary and non-classical works, nothing is off limits. Members of The New Consort come together in shoreline CT for an intensive week of rehearsals leading up to each set of concerts.

The group’s singers have appeared in venues including Washington’s Kennedy Center and New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and have performed in ensembles ranging from the Choirs of Trinity Wall Street and the National Cathedral to Chanticleer, but relish the opportunity that The New Consort presents to collaborate with each other as chamber musicians.

Admission is a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $5 for children aged 12 and under. The performance will begin at 5 p.m. and doors open at 4:30 p.m. Audience members are invited to meet members of The New Consort at a reception following the concert.

Saint Ann’s is an Episcopal parish in Old Lyme, Conn., where the rector The Reverend Canon Mark Robinson and the temporary assistant rector The Reverend Patricia Hames invite and welcome all visitors to this family-friendly event.

Saint Ann’s is located at 82 Shore Rd. (Rte. 156), two miles off I-95, Exit 70. Parking is adjacent to the church.

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

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Child and Family Agency Collecting Donations for Annual Sale in Old Lyme, Tuesday http://lymeline.net/2016/04/child-and-family-agency-collecting-donations-for-annual-sale-in-old-lyme-tuesday/ http://lymeline.net/2016/04/child-and-family-agency-collecting-donations-for-annual-sale-in-old-lyme-tuesday/#respond Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:32:50 +0000 http://lymeline.net/?p=196699 How does it look? Intake for Child & Family's Annual Sale is Tuesday in Old Lyme.

How does it look? Intake for Child & Family’s Annual Sale is Tuesday in Old Lyme.

The Lyme/Old Lyme Auxiliary of the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut has scheduled its Intake for donations to the Agency’s 62nd Annual Sale. Donations will be accepted for one day only in Old Lyme on Tuesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, in the Sheffield Auditorium on Ferry Rd. This will be the only day to bring items for donation in Old Lyme.

Items accepted include furniture, art work, men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; books, records, CDs and DVDs; toys and sporting goods; small appliances; household items; linens; jewelry; tools; and more. All items must be in very good condition, i.e., clothes and linens must be clean with no holes or stains, and appliances must be working. If you require assistance with donating large items, contact the agency at 860-443-2896.

Child and Family Agency’s 62nd Annual Sale will be held at the New London Armory on Bayonet St. in New London, May 5–7.  For more information on the sale, call 860-443-2896 or visit http://www.childandfamilyagency.org

Child and 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 and Essex, and programs in children’s health care, child abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, parent education, and child guidance, the Child and Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in Southeastern Connecticut.

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