The 118th Hamburg Fair – hosted by the Lyme Grange – takes place Friday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 18, at 1 Sterling City Road (at the intersection of Route 156 and across from Reynolds’ Subaru). Please be aware of pedestrians when driving to or through this area. General admission to the fair is $7 per person; kids up to age 12 are free. Tickets for senior citizens and active service men and women are $5/person (ID required). Tickets are available for purchase at the entrance and $5 parking is offered on and nearby the site. Proceeds from the fair are used to fund the Grange Association, the Lyme Fire Company and the Lyme Ambulance Association. For more information, visit the fair website at www.hamburgfair.org.
The Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives will hold an old-fashioned Pie & Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the hall at 249 Hamburg Road. Admission is $5; children 6 and under are free. Homemade pies of all kinds will be available to enjoy; pies will also be available for sale while they last. Entertainment will be provided by the Eight Mile River Band.
The Lyme Public Hall will offer a free concert and dance featuring the George Manstan Big Band on Friday, July 19, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Founded in 1968 by George Manstan, the 14-member band is now under the direction of Cathy Stewart, lead trombone. The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road. For more information, go here.
The Lyme Ambulance Association will hold a fund-raising barbeque and dance on Saturday, July 20, from 5:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Hamburg Station. The evening will include raffles and a silent auction. Advance tickets are $20; at-the-door tickets are $25. Tickets for children under 10 are $10. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lymeambulanceassociation.org or by calling 860-434-5667. To see the event flyer, click here.
The Town of Lyme would like to advise residents that the traditional Cove Road July 4th Parade will be held Thursday, July 4, at approximately 10:00 a.m., in celebration of Independence Day. The parade will begin near Camp Claire on Cove Road, cross Route 156 and end at the Lyme Grange.
The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be Don Gerber, in recognition of his long history of volunteer service to the Town. Gerber served on the Lyme Volunteer Fire Company for 15 years as a member, engineer or assistant chief. He has served as chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission for nearly 10 years; as chairman of the Conservation Commission (acting as the Inland Wetland and Watercourse Agency) for 10 years; and as chairman of the Building Committee for the Lyme Public Safety Complex. Gerber was a member of the Camp Claire Board of Directors for nearly 10 years and has been a member of the Lyme Republican Town Committee for 35 years. He also played an important role in the Town’s recent acquisition of the Johnston Property.
Gerber will ride as grand marshal in the parade in a 1948 Ford Deluxe convertible owned by Manon Zumbaum.
The Town advises residents that temporary street closings will be in effect during the parade, travel delays are possible and parking may be limited in some areas. Route 156 will be closed from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. between Sterling City Road North and South with a detour along Sterling City Road.
The Lyme Town Hall, Public Library and Transfer Station will all be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
The Trailblazers Walk of the Ravine Trail – which had been originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 25 – has been postponed until Tuesday, July 2, and will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. that morning. Participants should gather for the approximately 2.5-mile walk in the Selden Creek Preserve parking lot on Joshuatown Road, about four miles from Route 156. The event will be canceled in the event of rain. Walk updates will be posted here.
On Saturday, Jun. 29, 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 Watershed Management Workshop in the Community Room of the Lyme Public Library at 482 Hamburg Road in Lyme. The free workshop will feature Pat Young and/or Anthony Irving speaking on watershed-friendly habitat management that can provide support for a wide variety of birds all year long. Both speakers are members of the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Watershed Coordinating Committee. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, Jun. 23, at 1:00 p.m., the Lyme Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) will celebrate the opening of the LLCT’s beautiful new Riverside Preserve, a six-acre property that borders the newly restored portion of the Eightmile River by the former Ed Bill’s dam. Steve Gephard, a CT DEEP fisheries biologist, will talk about the effect the removal of Ed Bill’s dam has had on the health of the river ecosystem, including the migrating fish population that now has unrestricted passage to ancestral spawning areas. The preserve was donated to the LLCT by conservationist Barbara O. David. Riverside Preserve is located on Salem Road in Lyme, about ¼ mile from Route 156. (This event will be canceled in the event of rain.) For more information, contact email@example.com.
On Thursday, Jun. 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Lyme Public Library offers “Music by the Meadow” – a free concert featuring Plywood Cowboy. For complete details on this event, go here.
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.)