The Open Space Commission will meet Tuesday, Sep. 28, at 7:00 p.m., at Lyme Town Hall. To view the agenda, click here.
Starting Thursday, Sep. 23, Grassy Hill Road will be closed north of Blood Street for two weeks while the Town undertakes repairs necessitated by recent hurricane damage.
The State of Connecticut has informed us that its work on the two Route 82 bridges in Salem will continue through Friday, Oct. 1 – meaning that traffic will continue to rerouted onto Route 156 and Salem Road, impacting traffic through Lyme, through at least that date.
On Saturday, Sep. 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., the Lyme Land Trust is offering a “Walk with Joe Standart,” an award-winning photographer and the creator of “Imagining Lyme,” through the Thach Preserve. “Imagining Lyme” is an amateur photography program that encourages residents to expand their visual awareness while highlighting the beauty of Lyme preserves. To reserve a space on the walk, send an email to email@example.com.
On Saturday, Sep. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., join the Lyme Land Trust and members of the Lyme Pollinator Pathway, Pollinate Old Lyme and the Lymes Youth Services Bureau on a “Wildflower Walk for Families” in the Pleasant Valley Preserve. To reserve a space on the walk, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday mornings in September and October, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Lyme’s Open Space Coordinator Wendy Hill and other local leaders will continue to lead “Tuesday Treks” – weekly walks through different Town preserves. Trek leaders alternate between Sue Cope, Tony Irving, Kristina White and Wendy Hill. (To reserve a spot, contact the appropriate trek leader; see below.) In the event of inclement weather, the treks are canceled.
- Sep. 21 – Beebe Preserve – Sue Cope. Contact: email@example.com
- Sep. 28 – Thach Preserve – Tony Irving. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oct. 5 – Hartman Park – Wendy Hill.Contact: email@example.com
For full details, go here.
On Saturday, Sep. 25, at 2:00 p.m., Debbie Mandel, author of “All Write: How To Start, Structure & Sustain a Writing Group” and member of the Shoreline Writers Group, will discuss her experiences in the group and writing the book. To register for the Friends of the Lyme Public Library program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.lymepl.org.
On Wednesday, Sep. 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Lyme Land Trust (LLT) will offer an “Autumnal Equinox Forest Bathing” excursion in the Banningwood Preserve – a one-mile walk with periods of reflection and guided meditation. “Forest bathing” is a practice that invites people to engage with nature and take in the restorative health benefits of being in the forest. Participation in the walk is limited; registration is required. The cost is $27 per person; LLT members receive a 15% discount with code LLT15. To register, go here.
The deadline for entering photos in the 2021 “Imagining Lyme” contest is Oct. 2. To see a flyer with more details, click here.
The Fall hunting season for turkey and deer begins today, Sep. 15, 2021, in several Lyme preserves. Hikers and other residents are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors on all the preserves during hunting season as adjacent public and private lands allow hunting.
Bow-hunting season for deer and turkey will run from Sep. 15 through Nov. 16 – (and will resume again from Dec. 22, 2021, through Jan. 31, 2022) – with hunting permitted Monday through Thursday, from sunrise to sunset, in the following preserves:
- Beebe Preserve
- Chestnut Hill Preserve
- Eno Preserve
- Jewett Preserve
- Johnston Preserve
- Mount Archer Woods
- Pickwick’s Preserve
- Plimpton Preserve
- Slawson Preserve
The preserves, which are owned by the Town of Lyme or the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, will remain open to everyone during bow-hunting season. Please note that no hunting is allowed on thse preserves Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, but hunting may be allowed on adjacent State and private land every day.
Permits for hunting on these preserves are granted by the Town of Lyme Open Space
Coordinator each year to a limited number of licensed hunters. The hunting program for this year is fully subscribed. (For more information on hunting programs and seasons, go here.)