August 5, 2015

Join a ‘Summer Sing’ in Saybrook Tonight

Cappella Cantorum and Con Brio will sponsor a Summer Sing Monday, Monday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Road, Old Saybrook featuring Haydn’s ‘Lord Nelson Mass.’ This session will be conducted by Steve Bruce, Con Brio Chorual Society.

Professional Soloists will perform the solos and all singers are welcome.

An $8 fee covers the cost of the event. Scores will be available, and the church is air-conditioned.

For more information, call (860) 767-9409 or (203) 245-6947 or visit or

LVVS  Comedy Event Features Intercultural Laughs, Aug. 19

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore will sponsor an evening of comedy with Elizabeth Matthis on Aug. 19, at Westbrook Public Library’s Community Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Matthis brings the experiences over 20 years of hosting exchange students, living abroad and building a consulting business to her performance.

For more information or to make a reservation contact 860-399-0280 or email the LVVS office at

Open Auditions for Tri-Town Youth Services’ Production of ‘What Got Me Through,’ Aug. 10

Tri Town Youth Services, in collaboration with Community Performance International, will be holding local auditions for non-union actors for their original production, ‘What Got Me Through,’ on Monday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Chester Meeting House.

‘What Got Me Through’ tells the stories of tri-town’s own residents — their challenges, victories, heartbreaks and resilience — in a one-act play that takes us through the lives of a Vietnam veteran experiencing PTSD, an unwed mother during the tumultuous post-war years of the fifties, survivors of fires — both physical and those that burn from within — as well as the deep, close bonds of friendship and family that hold fast through generations.

What Got Me Through’ is the uplifting tale of Tri-Town’s ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Auditions are open to actors of all ages, children and adults. Final performances will be at Chester Meeting House on Oct. 2, 3 and 4.

Call Gail or Cate at Tri Town Youth Services, 860-526-3600, for more information.

Dr. Paul Spitzer Give Osprey Talk at Essex Library, Aug. 29

'Osprey' by Kristopher Rowe.

‘Osprey’ by Kristopher Rowe.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) will host Dr. Paul Spitzer, a renowned Osprey researcher, for a Fish Hawk Talk. The free event will be held at the Essex, CT Library Association from 1:30-2:30
p .m.

For more information, contact CRWC River Steward, Alicea Charamut at or 860-704-0057.

Spitzer will discuss his work in the Connecticut River Estuary and focus on the relationship between Atlantic Menhaden fish populations and Ospreys. Menhaden (commonly known as bunker) are a forage fish in the same family as herring and shad.

Connecticut’s Long Island Sound (LIS) waters and the Connecticut River Estuary (CRE) are Menhaden sanctuaries. For East Coast ecology and the Osprey, Menhaden restoration is the most important paradigm shift since the banning of DDT in 1972.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council works to protect the watershed from source to sea. As stewards of this heritage, they celebrate the four-state treasure and collaborate, educate, organize, restore and intervene to preserve its health for generations to come.

Their work informs a vision of economic and ecological abundance. To learn more about CRWC, or to join the effort and help protect our rivers, visit

Leif Nilsson Hosts Eric Lichter & Friends at ‘Concert in the Garden,’ Aug. 13

Eric Lichter & friends will play at the Spring Street Stusio Thursday.Photo Courtesy of Caryn B Davis.

Eric Lichter & friends will play at the Spring Street Stusio Thursday.Photo Courtesy of Caryn B Davis.

CHESTER — Leif Nilsson hosts another ‘Concert in the Garden,’ Friday, July 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., this time featuring several musicians from Dirt Floor Studio including James Maple, Christopher Bousquet and Eric and Sandra Lichter. at the Spring Street Studio and Gallery at 1 Spring St, Chester Center. This monthly concert series highlights eclectic international singer/songwriter artists from cool jazz to blue grass.

Gates open half hour before the show — first come first seated. Seating is Bistro Style in the amphitheater. The concert will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

Sorry, no pets allowed.

A $10 donation is appreciated. The event is BYOB – pack a picnic and buy your own wine or beer at the Chester Package Store across the street.

Essex Art Association Hosts Summer Exhibition of ‘Memories,’ Reception Aug. 21

'Irish Splendor' is a featured painting in the upcoming Essex Art Association’s Summer Open Exhibition

‘Irish Splendor’ is a featured painting in the upcoming Essex Art Association’s Summer Open Exhibition

ESSEX — Dr. Seuss said, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” and “Memories” is the theme for the Essex Art Association’s (EAA) 2015 Summer Open Exhibition. This open exhibition is juried for awards only.

Juror David T Wenzel is an illustrator and children’s book artist living in Durham, Conn. He is best known for his visualization of J.R.R.Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”, illustrated in graphic novel format. Award money totaling $1,800 will be given to artists for their work in various media.

'Marshes of the Connecticut River' is a featured painting in the upcoming Essex Art Association’s Summer Open Exhibition.

‘Marshes of the Connecticut River’ is a featured painting in the upcoming Essex Art Association’s Summer Open Exhibition.

Additionally, each season five EAA artists are selected by a juror to show their work in our small “Exit Gallery” — (labeled such because the EXIT sign for the gallery is located directly above the entrance to that small gallery!) The Exit Gallery artist during this exhibition is Jill Beecher Matthew.

She is an oil painter who uses palette knives to create her works of art, enabling her to bring texture, vibrant color, and light into her paintings. Working both en plein air and in the studio, Beecher Matthew especially enjoys painting the landscapes of New England and Florida. Recently she also savored an opportunity to paint on retreat along the northwest coast of Ireland.

Beecher Matthew has mentored with accomplished Connecticut artists and has studied the methods of Henri Hensche at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, Mass. Her works are displayed and sold in galleries in Connecticut and Florida. To view more of Beecher Matthew’s art, visit:

'Catmint on the Wall' is a featured painting in the upcoming Essex Art Association’s Summer Open Exhibition

‘Catmint on the Wall’ is a featured painting in the upcoming Essex Art Association’s Summer Open Exhibition

The exhibition opening will be held Friday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. These exhibits are open at no charge to the public Aug. 22 – Sept. 12 at the Essex Art Association Gallery located in the sunny yellow building in the center of Essex at 10 North Main Street, Essex, Connecticut. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays.

For more information, call 860-767-8996.

Young Artist’s Month Highlighted at Marshview Gallery During August; Reception, Aug. 14

2014 Young Artists (*denotes artist not pictured-just the art) From left to right, (top row) Jack Bransfield, Aliana Castro, Kelsey Christensen, Maggie Czarasty, Mary Beth Czarasty (second row) Emma Fernandes*, Madison Fogg, Samantha Hart, Aleia Hayes, Victoria Jones, Isabel Lacey-Giugno (third row) Grace McLaughlin, India Rose Morin, Jillian Noyes Aubrey Schilke*, Carissa Schilke (bottom row) Emmy Skiles, Samantha Stillman, Sydney Stillman, Lhamo Tsering and Liam Welsh.

2014 Young Artists (*denotes artist not pictured – just the art): from left to right, (top row) Jack Bransfield, Aliana Castro, Kelsey Christensen, Maggie Czarasty, Mary Beth Czarasty, (second row) Emma Fernandes*, Madison Fogg, Samantha Hart, Aleia Hayes, Victoria Jones, Isabel Lacey-Giugno, (third row) Grace McLaughlin, India Rose Morin, Jillian Noyes Aubrey Schilke*, Carissa Schilke (bottom row) Emmy Skiles, Samantha Stillman, Sydney Stillman, Lhamo Tsering and Liam Welsh.

OLD SAYBROOK –The Marshview Gallery features the artwork of young artists brought together by Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services (OSYFS) and Old Saybrook Healthy Communities Healthy Youth (OS HCHY).  Working in a variety of media, these talented youth exhibit their work annually at the local Arts and Crafts Festival.

Since 2005, OSYFS and OS HCHY have provided this unique opportunity for Old Saybrook Youth, age 9 through college age. Over 150 young artists have participated, gaining the experience of exhibiting their artwork, and discussing art with patrons and other artists at the Annual Old Saybrook Arts and Crafts Festival.

The Marshview Gallery at the Estuary Council, 220 Main St. in Old Saybrook is open daily, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Estuary Council is pleased to have the Young Artists and their work featured for the month of August.

An Artist Reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Deep River Congregational Church Hosts Flea Market, Rummage Sale, Aug. 14-16

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DEEP RIVER — The Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St., Deep River, has been preparing for its Annual Flea Market and Rummage Sale which will be held during the third weekend of August.  The Aug. 15 Flea Market is held on Marvin Field and on the grounds around the church with over 80 vendors, who bring a wide variety of items to sell, from antiques to hand crafted pieces.

There will be a variety of fresh baked goods for sale, prepared by church members and friends.   Refreshments may also be purchased throughout the day:  coffee and doughnuts in the morning and hamburgers, hot dogs, and side dishes throughout the day.

There are only a few 20 x 20 foot spaces available for $30, and they can still be reserved by contacting the church office for a reservation form and map.

The Rummage Sale Committee has been collecting items since June for the Rummage Sale during the same weekend as the Flea Market.  It will again be a three day event over August 14, 15 and 16.

Deep River Congregational Church Tag Sale (800x557)

All are invited to a Rummage Pre-Sale on Friday, Aug. 14 from 6to 8 p.m. for a $5 admission fee.  The Main Rummage Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15.   From 2 to 3 pm. there will be a Rummage Bag Sale for $3 per bag.  Then on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 9:15  to 11 a.m., you may fill a large trash bag with items for a donation of your choice.

For further information, contact the church office at 860-526-5045 or or visit the church web site at

Acton Library Hosts Job Search Boot Camp; Third Session Covers Interview Questions, Aug. 31

CTWORKS Job Search Boot Camp will be held at Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook on three dates this summer as follows:

  • Monday, June 29: to discuss interview questions
  • Monday, July 27 : to discuss job search tools
  • Monday, Aug. 31: to discuss questions to ask employers during the interview

Boot Camp brings area people together who are unemployed or in career transition. These programs are free and presented by CTWORKS.

To register, call the Library 860-395-3184 or email or for more information visit the library online at

‘Everyday Beauty’ on View at Essex Art Association Through Aug. 15


A featured work in the ‘Everyday Beauty’ show at Essex Art Association.

ESSEX — “Plants and animals, weathered objects, reflecting light, billowing clouds … Art is everywhere. Look up, look down, look around. We just need to take the time to notice and enjoy.”

‘Everyday Beauty’ is the theme for the Essex Art Association’s (EAA) Summer Juried Exhibition.

The EAA artists juried into this show will be exhibiting some of their finest work. Oil, watercolor, pencil, ink, photography, collage, sculpture, monoprints, mixed media  — attendees will be delighted with the quality, variety and affordability of the exhibited artwork .

In addition, each season five EAA artists are selected by a juror to show their work in our small “Exit Gallery” (labeled such because the EXIT sign for the gallery is located directly above the entrance to that small gallery.) The artist whose work is being shown in the Exit Gallery during “Everyday Beauty” is photographer Leonard Hellerman. A quote from Hellerman explains his love for his medium, “Photography has given me a great amount of pleasure in my lifetime. Ever since the age of twelve, when I was introduced to its magic, it has fascinated me. It has always been my principle means of artistic expression.”

Hellerman served as the president of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts for three years and his work is included in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of Amerian Art and the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Dorie Petrochko, the juror for “Everyday Beauty,” lectures and teaches natural science illustration at the Yale Peabody Museum West Campus in Orange, CT, where she is president of Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators and serves as Membership Chairman of the New York Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

These exhibits are open to the public from July 25  through Aug. 15 at the Essex Art Association Gallery located in the sunny yellow building in the center of Essex at 10 North Main St., Essex. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays.

For more information, call 860-767-8996.

Essex Library’s August Art Exhibit Features Cynthia A. Quinn, Artist Reception Aug. 7

Cynthia Quinn_sunflowersESSEX — The Essex Library’s Art Exhibit in August is by artist Cynthia A. Quinn.  Quinn is a resident of East Haddam, Conn. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, Aug. 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Her art education includes Paier College of Art and a variety of art classes.  She is a former student of the famous watercolor artist Chien Fei Chiang. Quinn is a member of the Essex Art Association as an Elected Artist.

Cynthia Quinn

She was also a member of a women’s painting group.  Her work has been exhibited at the Old Saybrook Estuary and the Essex Art Association Gallery.

Quinn keeps in mind that every artist has their own style and way of expressing themselves.  She is inspired through her love of nature.

Summer Exhibit on View at Maple & Main Through Sept. 20

'Sheep in the Meadow' by Amy Knaggs of Chester is one of the signature paintings in the Summer Exhibit.

‘Sheep in the Meadow’ by Amy Knaggs of Chester is one of the signature paintings in the Summer Exhibit.

CHESTER – All new art from cutting edge to traditional is featured in the sixth annual Summer Exhibit at Maple and Main Gallery where a gala opening reception will be hosted by the gallery Saturday, July 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition includes paintings and sculptures by 40 Connecticut artists, some showing at Maple and Main for the first time.

'Down the River' by Claudia Van Nes of Chester.

‘Down the River’ by Claudia Van Nes of Chester.

Popular musician Alan James will play during the reception and from 6 to 7 p.m, there will be wine tasting by the Chester Package Store. The gallery will also be serving wine and a selection of hors d’ouevres, including pizza, during the evening.

'Color Jam' by Andy Teran of Essex

‘Color Jam’ by Andy Teran of Essex

Concurrently, the “Hats, Hats, Hats” show of paintings depicting hats in all manners and styles is on view in the Stone Gallery in the lower level of the gallery.

The show opens Wednesday, July 22, and runs through Sept. 20.

Maple and Main, at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;; 860-526-6065. The gallery is also on Facebook and Instagram.

Artist Judith Barbour Osborne’s Text-based Exhibit on Show at Chester Village West Thru Aug. 21

Judith Barbour Osborne sits with samples of her work.

Judith Barbour Osborne sits with samples of her work.

CHESTER – Ivoryton resident and mixed-media abstract artist Judith Barbour Osborne will showcase 14 of her iconic works in a one-woman exhibition titled “Staining the Wind” from July 16 to August 21 at the Chester Village West active retirement community, 317 West Main St., Chester .

The public is invited to attend the exhibit’s opening reception on Friday, July 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., and to visit the exhibit any day through Aug. 21.

Osborne’s creations explore the dynamic relationship of opposites such as chance and intention to generate energies in her works. “As in all my work, the pieces in this show reflect my goal of making aspects of non-visual reality visible, as if staining the wind,” she explains. Her text sources are primarily poetry and spiritual writings.

The works Osborne will display at Chester Village West are created with a host of diverse materials: sumi ink, acrylic, watercolor, gouache and oil sticks; pastels, graphite and colored pencils; shellac, and wax, to name a few.

Osborne received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts). She has exhibited extensively, with solo exhibitions in Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia, Delaware, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Canada. Her works have also been included in group exhibitions at galleries and museums in Paris, Ottawa and New York City; in Korea, China and Thailand; and in Connecticut, from New Canaan to Stonington, among others.

A recipient of a number of awards and grants, Osborne has contributed to regional and international arts publications. She has also served as an art, design and calligraphy lecturer and instructor, guest curator and juror.

For more information on Judith Barbour Osborne’s “Staining the Wind” exhibition at Chester Village West, call 860.526.6800 or email

For more information on Osborne’s work, visit or


About Chester Village West

Located in historic Chester, Connecticut, Chester Village West gives independent-minded people a new way to experience retirement and live their lives to the fullest. Within a small community of private residences that offer convenience, companionship, service and security, Chester Village West enriches lives with a comprehensive program that enhances fitness, nutrition, active life, health and well-being. Find out more Visit the community on Facebook at

Essex Library Offers a Summer Selection of Romance Movies … Plus Dessert, Thursdays

summerfilmsESSEX — Join Essex Library for a six-week film series of romantic movies from around the world and desserts that are inspired by their locations. The films will be shown on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Library’s air-conditioned Program Room. Stop by or call the Library to reserve your seat (and dessert!) at (860) 767-1560.

The full schedule is as follows:

7/16 – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) Rated PG. 122 minutes. Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy.

7/23 – Defending Your Life (1991) Rated PG. 112 minutes. Starring Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep.

7/30 – The Wrong Box (1966) 105 minutes. Starring John Mills, Michael Caine and Ralph Richardson.

8/6 – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg  (original title: “Les parapluies de Cherbourg”) (1964)  91 minutes. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo and Anne Vernon.

8/13 – In The Mood For Love (original title: “Fa yeung nin wa”) (2000) Rated PG. 98 Minutes. Starring Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung and Ping Lam Siu.

8/20 – Il Postino (The Postman) (1994) Rated PG. 108 minutes. Starring Massimo Troisi, Phillippe Noiret and Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

Acton Library Hosts ‘Hotel’ Movie Series; Next Screening is Aug. 17

OLD SAYBROOK — The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a Hotel Film Series on the third Monday in July and August at 6:30 p.m.

On Aug. 17, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ will be shown.

For more information, call the Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct to May on Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. or visit online at

Acton Library Offers Summer Computer Class for Novice Seniors, Aug. 4

OLD SAYBROOK — Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook is offering two introductory computer classes this summer. The second will be on Tuesday, Aug. 4, starting at 6 p.m.

These classes are designed for seniors who have little-to-no computer experience and are looking to start the journey to being computer literate.  The course will cover basic keyboard and mouse and hardware tutorials, as well as an introduction to the Windows OS.

The class will be conducted by the library’s reference librarian, and there will be assistance provided by teen tech tutors provided by the Old Saybrook Rotary Club.

There is limited seating so contact the library at 860-395-3184 or to register or visit in person.

Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market Opens for the Season

Killam and Bassette were founding members of the  market.  At that time,  there were only two vendors.

Killam and Bassette were founding members of the market. At that time, there were only two vendors.  Photo courtesy of the Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market.

Blueberries waiting to ripen for the market.  Photo courtesy of the Old Saybrook Farmer's Market.

Blueberries waiting to ripen for the market. Photo courtesy of the Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market.

OLD SAYBROOK – The Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market is open for the season Saturdays,  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 31, at 210 Main St.

As always, vendors will set up their tents to provide Connecticut grown fresh produce, handmade crafts, baked goods, honey, meat, fish, cheese and more.

Come visit favorite vendors who have been at the market for years, and discover some new soon-to-be favorites, who will join the market for the first time this year.

Wayne's Organics has been with the market for many years. Photo courtesy of Old Saybrook Farmer's Market.

Wayne’s Organics has been with the market for many years. Photo courtesy of Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market.

On Saturdays, there is live music along with educational demonstrations, author book signings and other surprises.

Find out more about the vendors and what they will bring to the market at (sign up for the newsletter while on the site) or visit them on Facebook at

Summer Sculpture Showcase at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds Thru Sept. 13

The signature piece of Gil Boro's Summer Sculpture Showcase, "Queen Anne's Lace" by Gints Grinsberg.

The signature piece of Gil Boro’s Summer Sculpture Showcase, “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsberg.

OLD LYME — Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, has announced an exciting new exhibition on the grounds of his studio featuring examples of his own contemporary work accompanied by a selection of works created by a number of other widely acclaimed sculptors working in contrasting media.  This Summer Sculpture Showcase will be on view through Sunday, Sept. 13, and feature an Opening Reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.  All are welcome to attend the reception at which light refreshments will be served.

Nine sculptors will be exhibiting in Boro’s expansive Sculpture Gardens located on the 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn.  Their works will be interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures along with works by 13 other contributing artists on the beautifully landscaped grounds offering a unique plein air experience combining both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures, many of which are for sale.  The sculptors whose work – and in some cases, more than one piece – was selected for the Showcase are:

Diane Barcelo
Ashby Carlisle
Fay Chin
Gints Grinsberg
Lannie Hart
Deborah Hornbake
Elizabeth Knowles
David Millen
Elizabeth Miller McCue
William Thielen

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsbergs.  It is a large — 144” in height, 56” in diameter — yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure.  Grinsbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is Included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

'Waves' by Fay Chin.

‘Waves’ by Fay Chin.

Fay Chin’s abstract aluminum sculpture in the exhibition titled, “Waves,” explores pyramidal relationships in a large, ground-based structure.  A sculptor and painter, she has exhibited stone and metal sculptures nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces with larger installations.

“Modern Dance,” a multi-colored sculpture utilizing wire fencing wrapped in vinyl surveying tape, is a collaborative work by Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen.  Natural patterns inspire the work of Knowles and Thielen, who live and work respectively in New York City and Carbondale, Ill.  Both have an extensive body of individual work and have received numerous awards, grants and residencies.

'Pipehenge' by Gil Boro.

‘Pipehenge’ by Gil Boro.

Boro has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant.  He explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including stone, wood, metal and fiberglass.  His vast body of work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally, and has also been purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and Europe.  Boro currently has several works being exhibited at off-site locations including the South Carolina-based Art League of Hiltonhead’s Biennale (where he was recently awarded second place in their 24th National Juried Exhibition), the New England Sculptor’s Association’s exhibition in Portsmouth, N.H., and Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

This inaugural Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens.  Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me.  Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a fascinating combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media.  I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.”   Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Admission is free.  Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. The Studio is open by appointment. 

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit or email

Historic Waterfront Tours Scheduled During Summer in Deep River

Deep River Historical Society will explain the history of the town's waterfront during walking tours this summer.

Deep River Historical Society will explain the history of the town’s waterfront during walking tours this summer.

DEEP RIVER — Deep River’s commercial connection to the rest of the world started at the end of Kirtland and River Streets in the early 1800’s. What is now known as the Town Landing, was a shipyard and dock, which collectively, were the linchpin to Deep River’s mercantile success. The shipbuilding provided the vessels and the dock provided the point of delivery of raw materials and the shipment of end products, that made Deep River an economic success.

A lecture and tour of Deep River’s Historic Waterfront will be offered every second and fourth Saturday morning, this June, July, August and September. Tours are sponsored by the Deep River Historical  Society. The tour will start at the home of sea captain and ship builder, Calvin Williams, at 131 Kirtland Street, (immediately left of the Mt. Saint John entrance pillars), starting at 10 a.m. SHARP, each tour day. Each tour is expected to be about 1 1/2 hour duration and will start punctually at 10 a.m.

Reservations are recommended and tickets may be acquired at the door, or in advance, from the program’s director: James Hogan, by calling 860-391-2354, or at two convenient store locations: Celebrations, 161 Main Street, Deep River and Old Saybrook Antiques Center, 756 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook.

The costs for tickets is $20 per family; $10 adults; $5 students and senior citizens. 100% of all donations will benefit the Deep River Historical Society. All donations are tax deductable. Program is “rain or shine”.

For more information, call James J. Hogan III  at: 860-391-2354

Tour Dates are:
June: 13 and 27
July: 11 and 25
August: 8 and 22
September: 12 and 26

Lyme Farmers Market Open Saturdays for the Season

Fresh vegetables are always one of the big draws of the market.

Fresh vegetables are always one of the big draws of the market.

LYME — The perennially popular Lyme Farmers Market at Ashlawn Farm in Lyme opens for the season today from around 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
But the sad news accompanying the joy of Opening Day is that the irrepressible, larger-than-life impresario of the market, Chip Dahlke, has announced this will be his last season with the market, “Unless…” and this is Chip’s endearing dry humor rising to the surface, “… a deranged individual or some goody two-shoes organization wants to take on the burden.”
In his ever upbeat, positive spirit, however, Chip urges, “Let’s make this summer one to remember. The field should be full of vendors and the entertainment the best of what we’ve had for the last 12 years,” adding with his usual sharp wit, “There’s still not going to be eggplant carving contests, erotic vegetable displays, or god forbid poodle parades.”
tentsThe big draw of farmers’ markets is, of course, the fresh, local produce. What makes the one in Lyme so special is that it’s held on a real farm. And since this is the Lyme countryside, it’s as a pretty as a picture. In fact, Ashlawn Farm is a magnet for local artists who are attracted by its beauty—the old white homestead, the red barns, and the stone walls crisscrossing the pastures. An original member of the Connecticut Farmers Market Trail, Ashlawn Farm is located at 78 Bill Hill Rd. in Lyme
The farm is celebrating its 126th anniversary this year. Ray Harding, a dairy farmer, bought Ashlawn in 1909. Today his grandson Chip lives there with his wife Carol and their three children. By profession, Chip is a portfolio manager and Carol runs her popular coffee-roasting business in one of the old barns on the property.
As always, Dahlke has lined up a stellar selection of vendors, which includes:
flowersThe vendors change week by week but you can be certain that every Saturday morning from June to October, tents will go up in front of barns and local purveyors will sell vegetables, fruit, breads, cheese, meat, soaps, chicken, fish, fiber, specialty food, crafts, flowers, herbs, eggs, seafood and more. Music will be played — Dogbite are performing on Opening Day –and Chip will surely spring a few Saturday surprises!
Before the Market opens, Ashlawn Farm Yoga will be held at 8 a.m. each Saturday on the grass beyond the parking field for all levels. The class is taught by Lisa Tompkins Nasser. Drop in for only $15, which includes a free Ashlawn Farm cup of Coffee.
And, most of all, follow Chip’s advice to make it a summer to remember at the Market — see you there!

Editor’s Note:
Extracts of this article are taken from one written by Linda Ahnert that was originally published on in June 2009.

Weekly Bingo at The Estuary Through Summer

The new Bingo board at the Estuary Seniors Center.

Proudly displaying the new Bingo board at the Estuary Senior Center.

OLD SAYBROOK – The Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. (ECSI) has announced the Grand Opening of BINGO at their facility, located at 220 Main Street on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Join in on the fun for this weekly event. Admission, including game package, is $12 per player. All are welcome. Cash prizes.

The Estuary Council of Seniors Inc. (ECSI) is a non-profit regional senior center located in the M. Monica Eggert Senior Center on the Connecticut River Estuary at 220 Main Street in Old Saybrook. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people 50 years and older.

The ECSI is a community resource for the nine-town Estuary region’s residents over 50-years-old providing nutrition, transportation, health support services, education opportunities, and socialization.

For more information, call 860-388-1611 or visit our website at

Artists of Gallery One Exhibit at ELLE Design Studio in Chester Through Aug. 30

Forced Narcissus, by Catherine Christiano, on linen, 14 x 8 inches, 2005.

Forced Narcissus, by Catherine Christiano, on linen, 14 x 8 inches, 2005.

CHESTER — Gallery One, a cooperative of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works on paper, will exhibit at the ELLE Design Studio from June 2 through Aug. 30, with a reception on Friday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to exhibit our artists’ work in Chester,” says Judith Barbour Osborne, “and particularly at ELLE Design Studio, both of which are art destinations.”

Gallery One artists include David Brown, Old Saybrook; Ashby Carlisle, Old Lyme; Catherine Christiano, Old Lyme; Bette Ellsworth, Madison; Mary Fussell, Clinton; Gray Jacobik, Deep River; Judith Barbour Osborne, Ivoryton; T. Willie Raney, Ivoryton; Diana Rogers, Clinton; Victoria Sivigny, Meriden; and Jill Vaughn, Ivoryton.

The Artists of Gallery One, whose vision is to provide southeastern Connecticut with a stimulating resource and to support one another artists, exhibit in various locations along the Connecticut shoreline from Stonington to New Haven. The Artists will be showing at the Mystic Arts Center Sept. 25 through Nov. 7 (in the Leibig Gallery). Additional information, the artists and any upcoming exhibitions can be found at

ELLE Design Studio is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm, Sunday from 10am until 4pm, and by appointment.

For more information, visit Gallery One online at and the ELLE Design Studio at

Harbor Nights pARTies at Artisan’s Harbor Thursday, Friday Evenings

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Harbor Nights pARTies are hosted every Thursday and Friday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Artisan’s Harbor at 188 Main St. in Old Saybrook.  Reservations 48 hours prior to evening of your choice are required.

Come into the studio and paint your own masterpiece. No experience necessary. BYOB – wine or beverage of your choice – the studio provides appetizers, set-ups and all your art supplies.

Private parties may be arranged any day or time based on availability.

Check for details on class times and Harbor Nights pARTies calendar at

To register, call Cheryl Powell at 860-608-5749 or e-mail

Enjoy ‘Discovery Sundays’ at Florence Griswold Museum

A family enjoys ‘Discovery Sunday’ at the Florence Griswold Museum.

On Sunday, April 12, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme invites visitors to shake off any leftover winter blues and celebrate the beginning of Discovery Sundays. In addition to the popular “Make-A-Painting” activities, where visitors of all ages use the Museum’s supplies to create their own masterpieces, Discovery Sundays now include a new outdoor Art Cart that guides families to explore the grounds and its connection to the artists who famously painted there.

To celebrate the start of the season, the Co-Co Beaux, an all male a cappella group from Connecticut College, performs in the art gallery from 2 to 4 p.m.. In addition, seasonal buildings including the Chadwick Studio and the Rafal Landscape Center open for the season. And with any luck you’ll find some pops of color starting in the garden!

The Museum is open every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and all activities are included with admission. Children 12 and under are always free. The Museum is closed Easter Sunday.

The Florence Griswold Museum is known as the Home of American Impressionism. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, where the artists of the Lyme Art Colony lived, the Museum features a modern exhibition gallery, education center, landscape center, extensive gardens, and a restored artist’s studio.

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95 and is open year round Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 students, and free to children 12 and under.

For more information, visit the Museum’s website or call 860-434-5542 x 111.