Art Sale at Lymes’ Senior Center on Sep. 27-28

The Shoreline Artists’ Workshop will sell original artwork at bargain prices during the Bargain Beauties Art Sale being held at the Lymes’ Senior Center on Friday, Sep. 27, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and on Saturday, Sep. 28, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Art supplies, cards, frames and books will also be offered for sale. A portion of the event’s sales will benefit the Lymes’ Senior Center.

Elm Tree Work Party at Czikowsky Hill Preserve on Sep. 26.

On Thursday, Sep. 26, at 10:00 a.m., help the Nature Conservancy plant 20 disease-resistant elm trees in the Czikowsky Hill Preserve as part of the organization’s ongoing effort to reestablish the iconic American elm along our riverbanks and in our floodplain forests.  The Czikowsky Hill Preserve is owned by the Town of Lyme and the Nature Conservancy, with a Lyme Land Conservation Trust easement.  Residents who plan to attend should contact Wendy Hill, Lyme’s open space coordinator, at; and plan to bring heavy-duty work gloves, sturdy shoes, bottled water and, if possible, a shovel.  Parking for the outing is at Hemlocks Preserve on Joshuatown Road, just across from the end of Old Hamburg Road.

Invasive Plant Work Party at Hartman Park on Sep. 21

On Saturday, Sep. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., learn from an Audubon Connecticut expert how to identify and remove invasive plant species along the trail at Hartman Park. Participants will learn how to enhance local wildlife habitat by controlling invasive plants in your own backyard or as a volunteer in our nature preserves. Participants in this free event should bring their own heavy-duty work gloves, protective clothes, water, shovels, pruning shears, etc.  The event is part of the Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project – an initiative launched by Audubon Connecticut, in partnership with the Town of Lyme and the Lyme Land Trust. Space is limited. Residents who plan to attend should fill out this RSVP form in Google Docs.

Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise on Sep. 20

On Friday, Sep. 20, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., take a river cruise onboard the RiverQuest to view the miraculous display as thousands of swallows congregate above an island in the Connecticut River – as they suddenly descend as one to roost as the sun sets.  The cruise departs from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam at 5:00 p.m. sharp and returns about three hours later. Expert birders and naturalists onboard will share insightful observations about the swallows and other wildlife, including bald eagles. If the trip is canceled due to inclement weather, refunds will be provided. The cruise is open to Lyme Land Trust members and friends. The cost is $50 per person, which includes wine, cheese and light refreshments. No children under 10. Preregistration and prepayment is required.  For complete information, go here.

Lyme Land Trust Family Fun Day on Sep. 15

On Sunday, Sep. 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., enjoy the “Lyme Land Trust Family Fun Day” at Banningwood Preserve. There will be ongoing, family-friendly activities in Diana’s Field, a half-mile walk from the parking lot, including nature crafts and games, marshmallows at the bonfire, a scavenger hunt and goodie bags.  At 11:00 a.m., a geology walk will leave from the parking lot and, at 12:30 p.m., a forest walk will leave from the bonfire. Please bring your own water to drink. For complete information, go here.

Lyme Public Hall Tag & Bake Sale on Sep. 21

The Lyme Public Hall will hold a Tag & Bake Sale on Saturday, Sep. 21, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., featuring housewares, furniture, jewelry and unexpected treasures, as well as homemade pies and other tasty treats. All proceeds will help support Lyme Public Hall building maintenance, the Lyme Local History Archives and programs for the public. 

Intake for the sale will take place at the following dates and times:

  • Monday, Sep. 16 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sep. 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sep. 18 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sep. 19 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Hall welcomes donations of furniture, tools, small appliances, jewelry, housewares, linens, toys, sporting goods and gift items. It will not accept clothing, books, records, large appliances, upholstered or particle-board furniture, consumer electronics (TVs, computers, fax machines, etc.) or large exercise equipment.

For more information, call 860-574-4143 or email

Book Signing at Public Library on Sep. 7

On Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2:00 p.m., at the Lyme Public Library:  James R. Benn, author of the popular Billy Boyle World War II mystery novels which the New York Times Book Review has called “spirited wartime storytelling,” will be on hand to sign and sell copies of the latest book in the series, “When Hell Struck Twelve: The 14th Billy Boyle Mystery.”  Free.

Hamburg Fair Takes Place This Weekend

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

Lyme Public Hall Pie & Ice Cream Social on Aug. 18

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.