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.

Upcoming Library Programs & Activities in May

The Lyme Public Library has announced the following upcoming programs and activities in May …

Children’s Programs & Activities

Select Tuesdays in May at the Library
“Open Studio” Art Program for Grades 6-12
On select Tuesdays in May, at 5:00 p.m., the library offers its “Open Studio” art program, which instructs students in Grades 6-12 how to create spectacular arts projects.  The program is led by local artist and educator Kristen Thornton. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  (See the library’s website for specific dates.)

Select Wednesdays in May at the Library
“Preschool Visits to the Library” Program for Ages 4 & Under
On Select Wednesdays in May, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., the library offers “Preschool Visits to the Library” in its children’s room for infants and children up to the age of 4, along with their parents or caregivers.  The children will be encouraged to become familiar with the library, enjoy story time and/or a singalong, and make new friends.  Parents and caregivers can check out books to take home.  Space is limited.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  (See the library’s website for specific dates.)


Adult Programs & Activities

Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Racial Equity Book Club
The Lyme Public Library’s Racial Equity Book Club will discuss “The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition” by Linda Gordon, copies of which will be available at the circulation desk.  The event is cosponsored by the Bigelow Library in Clinton, Massachusetts. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org. To register for the program and receive the Zoom link, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m., at the Library
Birding Basics with the Connecticut Audubon Society
The CT Audubon Society presents a family-friendly program for ages 6 and up that teaches how to practice bird-identification skills using sound, field guides and phone apps.  Sponsored by Friends of the Lyme Public Library.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272, send an email to programreg@lymeply.org or visit www.lymepl.org.

Wednesday, May 11, 1:00 p.m., at the Library
Pamper Yourself Week: Make Your Own Organic Lotion Bars
Learn how to make organic lotion bars in this collaborative workshop sponsored by the Lyme Public Library, the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and the Lymes’ Senior Center.  All supplies will be provided.  Space is limited. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org. To register for the program, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Thursday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. on Zoom
A Taste of Ayurveda: The Kapha Dosha with Claire Ragozzino
Author, Ayurvedic counselor and certified yoga instructor Claire Ragozzino hosts part two of a four-part series on the basics of Ayurvedic medicine.  The event is cosponsored by the public libraries in Old Lyme and Mystic/Noank, and the Bigelow Library in Clinton, Massachusetts.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  To register for the program and receive the Zoom link, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Friday, May 13, 1:00 p.m., at the Lymes’ Senior Center
Pamper Yourself Week: Make Your Own Lavender-Scented Bath Bombs
Learn how to make organic, lavender-scented bath bombs in this collaborative workshop sponsored by the Lyme Public Library, the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and the Lymes’ Senior Center.  All supplies will be provided.  Space is limited. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org. To register for the program, send an email to seniorcenter@oldlyme-ct.gov.

Saturday, May 14, 1:00 p.m., at the Library
Library Cookbook Club
This month, club participants will bring in picnic foods from a cookbook chosen at last month’s meeting. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272, email Kathy Varady at kvarady@lymepl.org or visitwww.lymepl.org.

Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Bridging the Partisan Divide: What Can We Do Now To Improve Our Politics?
MaryAnne Borelli leads a discussion on the successes and failings of the American political system.  Borelli is the Susan Eckert Lynch ’62 Professor of Government at Connecticut College. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  To register for the program and receive the Zoom link, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Friday, May 20, 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. This month, club participants are reading “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig, copies of which will be available at the library’s circulation desk.  For more details, contact Library Director Melissa Fournier at 860-434-2272.

Saturday, May 21, 2:00 p.m., at the Library
Meet the Artist/Author Skip Hine
Local professional photographer and book author Skip Hine discusses his latest book, “Memories in Hine Sight: My Life with a Camera.” For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.To register for the program, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

 

Upcoming Land Trust Programs & Activities in April

The Lyme Land Trust has announced the following upcoming programs and activities for the remainder of April …

Tuesdays in April, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday Treks
Weekly walks through different Town preserves will be offered every Tuesday morning in April.  For more information, click on this link.

Friday, Apr. 22, 7:00 p.m., on Zoom
Spring Emergence: An Exploration of Wildflowers in Pleasant Valley & Jewett Preserves
Enjoy a 27-minute video that explores the two preserves with naturalist Mike Zarfos.  Zarfos and Sue Cope, the video’s editor, provide a brief introduction and then a Q&A after the viewing.  This program is cosponsored by the Lyme Public Library.  To register and receive the Zoom link, send an email to sue.cope@lymelandtrust.com.  For more information, click on this link.

Saturday, Apr. 23, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Earth Day Talk & Walk of Johnston Preserve
Join forest ecologist Anthony Irving on a walk through the Johnston Preserve, which has been designated as a future Old Growth Forest.  Registration is required.  To register, send an email to openspace@townlyme.org.  This program is cosponsored with the Town of Lyme.  For more information, click on this link.

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ceremonial Stonework Hike in North Stonington
This walk through North Stonington preserves, led by documentary photographer Markham Starr, will visit ceremonial stonework left behind by the indigenous population of Connecticut. Registration is required.  To register, send an email to education@lymelandtrust.org. For more information, click on this link.

Friday, Apr. 29, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
April 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, click on this link.

Lyme Recreation Commission Offers Free Swim Lessons in May

The Lyme Recreation Commission is offering free swim lessons for Lyme residents and Lyme School families at the Valley Shore YMCA on the following dates:  Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Monday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 25, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information on the free lessons, click here to see the flyer.  To register for the lessons, click here.

Upcoming Library Programs & Activities

The Lyme Public Library has announced the following upcoming programs and activities for children and adults …


Children’s Programs

Tuesdays in April
“Open Studio with Kristen Thornton” Art Program for Grades 6-12
On Tuesdays in March, from 5:00 p.m. to 5:55 p.m., the library offers its “Open Studio with Kristen Thornton” art program, which instructs students in Grades 6-12 how to create spectacular arts projects.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  (See the library’s website for specific dates.)

Wednesdays in April
“Preschool Visits to the Library” Program for Ages 2-4
On Wednesdays in March, at 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., the library offers “Preschool Visits to the Library” time in its children’s room for children ages 2-4, along with their parents or caregivers.  The children will be encouraged to become familiar with the library, enjoy story time and/or a singalong, and make new friends.  Parents and caregivers can check out books to take home.  Space is limited.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  (See the library’s website for specific dates.)

Tuesday, Apr. 26, 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“After-School Art & Storytime” for Grades K-5
The children’s librarian will read a story to the children; the children will then create an art project based on the story with local artist and educator Kristen Thornton. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org


Adult Programs

Wednesday, Apr. 6, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Racial Equity Book Club
The Lyme Public Library’s Racial Equity Book Club will discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann, copies of which will be available at the circulation desk.  The event is cosponsored by the Bigelow Library in Clinton, Massachusetts. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org. To register for the program and receive the Zoom link, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Thursday, Apr. 7, 6:00 p.m.
Climate Change Communication
Eric Fine, project manager of Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communication, discusses how understanding public perception can enable the country and the county better address climate change. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.

Saturday, Apr. 9, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Library Cookbook Club
This month, club participants will bring in items made with low sodium from a cookbook chosen at last month’s meeting. For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.

Saturday, Apr. 9, 3:00 p.m.
Hidden History of Mystic & Stonington
Local author and historian Gail MacDonald speaks about her new book, “Hidden History of Mystic & Stonington.” For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.

Sunday, Apr. 10, 2:00 p.m.
Old-Growth Forests
Author and professor Joan Maloof discusses efforts to preserve, protect and promote the country’s few remaining strands of old-growth forests.  This event takes place at the Lyme Public Hall.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.

Thursday, Apr. 14, 6:00 p.m. on Zoom
A Taste of Ayurveda
Author, Ayurvedic counselor and certified yoga instructor Claire Ragozzino hosts part one of a four-part series on the basics of Ayurvedic medicine.  The event is cosponsored by the public libraries in Old Lyme and Mystic/Noank, and the Bigelow Library in Clinton, Massachusetts.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  To register for the program and receive the Zoom link, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Saturday, Apr. 16, 12:00 p.m.
Make Your Own Junk Journal Workshop – Part 1
Library director Melissa Fournier shows participants how to make a “junk journal” for the storage of mementos from an old book.  Supplies will be provided.  This two-part series is limited to 12 participants ages 17 and older; participants must attend both parts.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  To register for the workshops, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Saturday, Apr. 23, 12:00 p.m.
Make Your Own Junk Journal Workshop – Part 2
Library director Melissa Fournier shows participants how to make a “junk journal” for the storage of mementos from an old book.  Supplies will be provided.  This two-part series is limited to 12 participants ages 17 and older; participants must attend both parts.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  To register for the workshops, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Saturday, Apr. 30, 3:00 p.m.
Connecticut Tree Identification
Audubon Society conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni presents characteristics that are useful for identifying trees and applies them to common Connecticut species.  For more details, contact the library at 860-434-2272 or visit www.lymepl.org.  To register for the workshops, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

Lyme Roadside Clean-Up Apr. 1-22

In honor of Earth Day, the Town of Lyme and the Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives are sponsoring a town-wide annual clean-up of local roadsides, from Friday, Apr. 1, through Friday, Apr. 22.  Free trash bags, recycling bags and gloves will be available at Town Hall, Lyme Public Library and the Hadlyme Country Store.  Full bags of litter or recyclables may be left by the side of the road; the Lyme Town Crew will pick them up.  For more information, contact Chris McCawley at 860-575-7741.