On Tuesday, June 18, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., volunteers will be gathering to prepare the Riverside Preserve for its June 23rd opening. Local residents will be clearing brush, invasive plants and sapling growth, as well as cleaning up the field. Participants are encouraged to bring loppers, clippers, work gloves, rakes, weed whackers and bottled water. Snacks will be provided. The Riverside Preserve is located on Salem Road about 0.4 miles from Route 156. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend. (Rain date for this event is Wednesday, June 19.)
The Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives will offer a free exhibit called “Vanishing & Enduring Lyme” that runs from July 4th through July 6th, featuring photographs and documents highlighting the mills, farms, one-room schoolhouses, rural post offices and other town institutions throughout the 19thand 20thcenturies. Exhibit hours will be Thursday, July 4, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.; Friday, July 5, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, July 6, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road.
On Saturday, Jun. 15, at 11:00 a.m., the Lyme Land Conservation Trust will offer a free presentation on bats for residents of all ages at NaturePlace in the Banningwood Preserve. Maureen Heidtmann, a local librarian and bat expert, will speak on the bat populations in Connecticut, the threats they face and how residents can help protect them. NaturePlace is an outdoor education space inspired by the vision of Diana and Parker Lord. The Banningwood Preserve is located off Town Street in Lyme. Reservations for the free event would be appreciated at email@example.com. (This event will be canceled in the event of rain.)
The Lyme Public Hall Association and Local History Archives will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. The evening will consist of a potluck dinner and business meeting, followed by a presentation called “Lyme Roads: What’s in a Name” that examines the history surrounding local road names. The program is free and open to the public. (Residents who plan to attend the dinner portion of the meeting should bring a dish to share.)
On Saturday, Jun. 8, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., the Town of Lyme and the Lyme Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) will offer “Spring in the Thach Preserve,” a walk and talk with Anthony Irving, a forest ecologist and LLCT board member. Irving will discuss the natural features of this vibrant environment which centers around a beaver pond and discuss their connections to the local ecology. The Thach Preserve is located at 131 Brush Hill Road in Lyme; the walk is about one mile. Reservations for the free event would be appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org. (This event will be canceled in the event of rain.)
On Sunday, Jun. 2, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., the Town of Lyme, the Lyme Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) and Audubon Connecticut will offer a Restoration Ecology Workshop at the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center at 90 Halls Road in Old Lyme. The free workshop will explain how restoring native habitat in your backyard can help area wildlife. Pam Hine, a senior lecturer in Botany at Connecticut College, will share her knowledge and insight on restoring ecosystems. This free event is part of a Bird Workshop Series offered by the Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project—an initiative launched by Audubon Connecticut in partnership with the Town of Lyme, the LLCT, the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Watershed Coordinating Committee, the Nature Conservancy, and other local land trusts and municipalities. Space is limited. Please fill out this RSVP form if you plan to attend. For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
On Thursday, Jun. 6, at 7:00 p.m., the Lyme Public Library presents “Tick-Borne Diseases” – a free presentation by Dr. Kirby Stafford, one of the world’s leading tick experts. For more information on the event, go here.
On Saturday, Jun. 1, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., the Lyme Land Conservation Trust will celebrate CT Trails Day by opening the NaturePlace Self-Guided Trail, which highlights fascinating ecology, history and geology in the Banningwood Preserve. The interpretive trail, which will be available as a new map and brochure, is designed to engage curious hikers of all ages and interests. NaturePlace is an outdoor education space inspired by the vision of Diana and Parker Lord. The Banningwood Preserve is located off Town Street in Lyme. Reservations for the free event would be appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org. (This event will be canceled in the event of rain.)
On Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, Lyme Public Hall will host a staged production of “Crossing: A Musical Journey” – based on a true story of love, loss and redemption, involving the reunion of a Scottish father and his son in America in the 1800s.
The show, which plays Saturday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 2, at 2:00 p.m., features 18 original songs as well as local actors and musicians, including Braiden Sunshine of The Voice, Mike Bailey of Maggie’s Guitar, Julia Helal, Galen Donovan, John Lamar and Mike Johnson.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students; and can be purchased online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4240460 or by cash or check only at the door. Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road.
The Lymes’ Senior Center will be holding its “Summer Sounds” concert series on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., from July 11 through August 1, on the lawn at the senior center. Residents are encouraged to bring their chairs, blankets, food and refreshments to enjoy the free outdoor concerts. (In the event of rain, the concerts will move indoors.) A free ice cream social will follow each concert. The Lions Club will sell hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks before the July 18 concert to raise money for its scholarship fund. The concert line-up is as follows:
- July 11 – The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue
- July 18 – The Cartells
- July 25 – Rock Solid Alibi
- August 1 – Ticket To Ride