Volunteers Needed To Nix the Knotweed in Whalebone Cove Jul. 8; Tend Native-Plant Rain Garden at Reed Landing Jul. 9

The Town of Lyme’s Open Space Coordinator, Friends of Whalebone Cove, the Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Lyme Land Trust will be holding a “Nix the Knotweed” event to remove the invasive plant from Whalebone Cove on Friday, Jul. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and will be tending the native-plant rain garden at Reed Landing on Saturday, Jul. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The rain garden is made possible with a grant from the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee.

To register and for more information on the Jul. 8 Whalebone Cove activity, send an email to trughouse@comcast.net.  To register and for more information on the Jul. 9 Reed Landing activity, send an email to openspace@townlyme.org.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, clippers, cutters or loppers, and bottled water.  The plan is to cut the knotweed down to the ground and bag the plant material using the “method of 3s,” which involves undertaking three chops a year, then repeating the process for three years to eliminate the knotweed for good without herbicide.  A brochure explaining how to eliminate knotweed at home can be found by clicking here.

 

Upcoming Library Programs & Activities in July

The Lyme Public Library is planning to offer the following programs and activities in July. For the complete details on any of these activities, please call the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org

Children’s Programs & Activities

Tuesday, Jul. 5, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at the Library
Afternoon Astronomy Session with Alan Sheiness
As part of the library’s “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” summer reading program, local astronomer Alan Sheiness will host an afternoon astronomy session that includes instructions on using telescopes, discussions of moon phases and observations of the first-quarter moon.

Tuesday, Jul. 12, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Library
Teen Bird House Painting Project with Kristen Thornton – Part 1
As part of the library’s “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” summer reading program, local artist Kristen Thornton will lead a project where teens (in grades 6 to 12) paint bird houses and posts that will be placed around Lyme and Old Lyme by the Lyme Garden Club, the Lyme Parks & Recreation Department and the Lyme Land Trust. This is a two-part event; the second part takes place Tuesday, Jul. 19. The project is cosponsored by the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.

Saturday, Jul. 16, 8:30 a.m., at the Library & Banningwood Preserve
“STEAM Saturday” Geology Lecture & Tour with Ralph Lewis
As part of the library’s “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” summer reading program and STEAM Program, local geologist Ralph Lewis will provide a short lecture, then lead a geological tour through the Banningwood Preserve.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math. The event is for children ages 12 and up and limited to 12 participants.

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Library
Teen Bird House Painting Project with Kristen Thornton – Part 2
As part of the library’s “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” summer reading program, local artist Kristen Thornton will lead a project where teens (in grades 6 to 12) paint bird houses and posts that will be placed around Lyme and Old Lyme by the Lyme Garden Club, the Lyme Parks & Recreation Department and the Lyme Land Trust. The project is cosponsored by the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.

Saturday, Jul. 23, 10:30 a.m., at the Library
Mystic Aquarium Presentation
As part of the library’s “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” summer reading program, instructors from the Mystic Aquarium will present an assortment of live invertebrates such as lobsters, horseshoe crabs, shellfish and sea stars. The event is made possible by a generous donation from local residents.

Friday, Jul. 29, 8:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at Lyme Land Trust Dark Sky Observation Site
Viewing the Dark Sky with Alan Sheiness
As part of the library’s “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” summer reading program, local astronomer Alan Sheiness will lead an evening of instruction that provides closeup looks at stars, constellations, the Milky Way and deep-sky objects. Directions to the site will be distributed to registrants prior to the event.

Adult Programs & Activities

Wednesday, Jul. 6, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., on Zoom
Racial Equity Book Club
The Lyme Public Library’s Racial Equity Book Club will discuss “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley, copies of which will be available at the circulation desk.  The event is cosponsored by the Bigelow Library in Clinton, Massachusetts. To register for the program and receive the Zoom link, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Thursday, Jul. 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Library
Eric Hesselberg’s “Night Boat to New York”
Author Erik Hesselberg, who has been writing about the Connecticut River for more than 20 years, will make a presentation about his new book, “Night Boat to New York: Steamboats on the Connecticut, 1815-1931.” To register for the program, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Thursday, Jul. 14, 6:00 p.m., on Zoom
A Taste of Ayurveda: The Pitta Dosha with Claire Ragozzino
Author, Ayurvedic counselor and certified yoga instructor Claire Ragozzino continues her series on the basics of Ayurvedic medicine.  To register for the program and receive the Zoom link, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Friday, Jul. 15, 1:00 p.m., at the Lymes’ Senior Center
Lyme Public Library/Lymes’ Senior Center Book Club
“As the Page Turns” is the book club sponsored by the Lyme Public Library and Lymes’ Senior Center. The selected book of the month can be picked up at the library’s circulation desk.  For more details, contact Library Director Melissa Fournier at 860-434-2272.

Tuesday, Jul. 26, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at the Library
History of the Blues with Dan Stevens 
Veteran touring bluesman and teacher “Ramblin” Dan Stevens hosts a multimedia presentation of classic blues pieces played on authentic vintage instruments – interspersed with historical images, video and educational material.  To register for the program, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Saturday, Jul. 30, 8:30 a.m., at Pleasant Valley Preserve
Geological Tour of Pleasant Valley Preserve with Ralph Lewis
Local geologist Ralph Lewis leads a walk through the Pleasant Valley Preserve to lecture on and point out some rare geological highlights.

Upcoming Land Trust Programs & Activities in June

The Lyme Land Trust is planning to offer the following programs and activities during the month of June.  For the complete details on any of these activities, please go here.

Tuesdays in June, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday Treks
Weekly walks through different Town preserves will continue to be offered every Tuesday morning in June.  For more information, go here.

Saturday, Jun. 11, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Spring Walk with Photographer Joe Standart from Imagining Lyme
This walk through the Pleasant Valley Preserve, led by photographer Joe Standart, will provide opportunities to take photos for the Spring session of Imagining Lyme.  To register for the walk, send an email to education@lymelandtrust.org. For more information, go here.

Sunday, Jun. 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lyme Pollinator Pathway’s “Afternoon at Ballek’s Garden Center”
The Lyme Pollinator Pathway (LPP) hosts this garden center event where participants can learn about pollinating plants and select native pollinator plants to take home.  The event is limited to 40 participants. Register by emailing lymepollinator@gmail.com.  Participants will receive a coupon for 10 percent off of select items at Ballek’s.  LPP is an initiative of the Town of Lyme’s Sustainable Committee.  For more information, go here.

Friday, Jun. 17, 6:00 p.m.
Lyme Land Trust Annual Meeting
The Land Trust will hold its annual meeting at Clucas Field, which will include a presentation of the Volunteer of the Year award, music by Steve Dedman and light refreshments.  Reservations are required.  To reserve a space, email kristina.white@lymelandtrust.com.  For more information, go here.

Sunday, Jun. 19, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Geology Walk in Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve
Former Connecticut State geologist Ralph Lewis discusses the geological forces that shaped Southeastern Connecticut on this two-hour hike.  Space is limited.  Registration is required.  To register, send an email to education@lymelandtrust.org.  For more information, go here.

Sunday, Jun. 19, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Summer Solstice Forest Bathing Excursion
This forest bathing excursion through the Pleasant Valley Preserve led by Regan Stacey, which includes creating a group mandala and a wild-foraged tea, invites participants to take in the restorative health benefits of being in the forest. Registration is required. The cost is $32 per person; LLT members receive a 15% discount with code LLT15.  For more information or to register, go here.

Friday, Jun. 24, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
June Astronomy Observing Session
Join others at the Lyme Land Trust’s dark sky observing site for an evening of stargazing. Register to learn the location and additional details. To register, send an email to scott.mallory@gmail.com.  For more information, go here. 

 

Upcoming Land Trust Programs & Activities in May

The Lyme Land Trust is planning to offer the following programs and activities for the remainder of May.  For the complete details on any of these activities, please go here.


Children’s Activities

Saturday, May 14, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hiking Club for Middle School-Aged Children
Every month, this hiking group for middle school-aged children explores the natural world at a different preserve.  The club is organized by volunteer environmentalist/artist Regan Stacey.  Register to learn this month’s hike location by sending an email to reganstacey@gmail.com.  For more information, go here.

Saturday, May 14, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sapling Club for Elementary School-Aged Children
Every month, this hiking group for elementary school-aged children engages in outside play in the forest.  Parents are welcome to stay and participate, or drop off their children.  The club is organized by volunteer environmentalist/artist Regan Stacey.  Registration is required.  Parents can register their children by sending an email to reganstacey@gmail.com.  For more information, go here. 


Adult Activities

Tuesdays in May, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday Treks
Weekly walks through different Town preserves will be offered every Tuesday morning in May.  For more information, go here.

Friday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Nix the Knotweed in Whalebone Cove
The Town of Lyme’s Open Space Coordinator, together with Friends of Whalebone Cove, the Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Lyme Land Trust, is holding another “Nix the Knotweed Day” to remove the invasive plant from Whalebone Cove.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, clippers, cutters or loppers, and bottled water.  The plan is to cut the knotweed down to the ground and bag the plant material using the “method of 3s,” which involves undertaking three chops a year, then repeating the process for three years to eliminate the knotweed for good without herbicide. The cuttings must be carefully disposed of since each little piece will regrow into a new plant.  Interested volunteers should send an email to trughouse@comcast.net to register. For more information, go here.  A brochure explaining how to eliminate knotweed at home can be found by clicking here.

Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Nix the Knotweed at Reeds Landing
For the details of this special volunteer project, go here.

Sunday, May 22, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“May Flowers” Forest Bathing Excursion
This forest bathing excursion along the forest and streams of Hartman Park, which ends with a flower blossom tea, will invite participants to engage with nature and take in the restorative health benefits of being in the forest. Registration is required. The cost is $32 per person; LLT members receive a 15% discount with code LLT15.  For more information or to register, go here.

Friday, May 27, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
May Astronomy Observing Session
Join others at the Lyme Land Trust’s dark sky observing site for an evening of stargazing. Register to learn the location. To register, send an email to scott.mallory@gmail.com.  For more information, go here. 

Volunteers Needed To Install Rain Garden at Reed Landing May 14

The Town of Lyme is looking for volunteers on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., to help install a dry swale rain garden at Reed Landing – the small, open space property owned by the Town on the bank of the Eightmile River, at the corner of Joshuatown Road and Old Hamburg Road. To volunteer to help, send an email to openspace@townlyme.org.

Dry swale rain gardens slow the velocity of stormwater runoff from roads and other impermeable surfaces, filter pollution and help control erosion. The native plantings in such gardens not only protect water quality, but also provide a habitat for a variety of pollinators, including bees, birds, butterflies and their larva, wasps and other wildlife. Many native insects depend upon specific native plants for survival; and birds depend upon these insects for food.

The staff of New England Pollinator Gardens will be on hand to direct the planting of the garden and teach volunteers how to create a native plant garden.  After planting the garden, volunteers will help remove Japanese knotweed and other invasive plants from Reed Landing.

The project is sponsored by the Town of Lyme, the Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Lyme Land Trust.  Funding for the project is being provided by the Eightmile Wild & Scenic Committee. For more information on this volunteer project, go here.

Senior Center Offers Free Poetry Writing Class

Starting Thursday, May 12, the Lymes’ Senior Center is offering a free, five-week-long, poetry-writing class for area seniors taught by Old Lyme’s Poet Laureate, Dr. Roger Singer.  The class will meet for five consecutive Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the center.  For more information or to register for the class, send an email to sgould@oldlyme-ct.gov or call the center at 860-434-4127.

Volunteers Needed for May 7 Hadlyme Roadside Clean-Up

On Saturday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m., volunteers will meet at the Hadlyme Country Market to pick up litter along Route 82 in the Hadlyme area of East Haddam and Lyme.  The annual clean-up is sponsored by Hadlyme Public Hall.  Volunteers are requested to wear a bright orange jacket or vest, and to anticipate spending an hour of their time clearing the litter along a specific section of Route 82.  For more information, contact Humphrey Tyler at hstyler45@yahoo.com.