April 18, 2014

Inaugural Saybrook Bike/Walk Takes Place Oct. 2

The first annual Saybrook Point Bike Tour and Walk Benefiting LiveStrong and Valley-Shore YMCA will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at historic Fort Saybrook Memorial Park in Old Saybrook.  Registration begins at 9 a.m.  Event goers have three options in which to participate:

◦a 50K bike tour beginning at the Park that passes through the scenic towns of Essex, Deep River and Chester along the Connecticut River, returning to Saybrook Point with spectacular views of Long Island Sound at the finish.
◦a 10K ‘loop’ around Saybrook Point taking in the same wonderful views.
◦a 5K walk that will begin at Fort Saybrook and cross South Cove to the picturesque Borough of Fenwick before returning to the park.
This family-oriented event will provide important cancer awareness information from health professionals as well as highlighting southeastern Connecticut’s first cancer survivors’ fitness program called Hope Is Power.  Hope Is Power is a new program run by Valley-Shore YMCA that is designed to help cancer survivors regain their physical fitness and sense of well being.

A 12-week session is currently underway and a new session will begin in September.  The program includes cardiovascular, strength and relaxation techniques to combat the effects of cancer treatment.  The program is open to all adult cancer survivors, and is free of charge.

Proceeds from this event will benefit The Lance Armstrong Foundation and Valley-Shore YMCA, both 501 (C) (3) charitable organizations.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.  Registration closing date is Sept. 25, at 2 p.m.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Meeting for New Members

The Lower Connecticut Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold an informal meeting for new and prospective members on Wednesday, August 18 from 5 – 7 PM at the Hamburg Cove Yacht Club in Lyme.  This meeting will provide an opportunity to learn more about AAUW’s mission and our local Branch activities.  Light refreshments will be served.  The Lower Connecticut Valley Branch of AAUW draws its membership from Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Essex, Deep River, Chester, Killingworth, Hadlyme, Lyme, and Old Lyme.  For more information, contact Deborah Rie (860) 628-1160

Marshview Gallery Artist Reception

220 Main Street, Old Saybrook
Friday, August 13 from 5-7 pm

Throughout the month of August, the Marshview Gallery in Old Saybrook will be displaying photographs by Jeff Hackett of Woodbridge.

Jeff Hackett studied in Montana with Lee Nye. He enjoys the work of Atget, Fredrick Sommer,
Minor White, Man Ray, and Gary Winogrand. His photography subjects include landscape,
seascape, people, and many more subjects! Jeff’s work has been displayed in several
Universities and businesses throughout Connecticut, and has been published in over
eighty books and calendars throughout the world.
A reception will take place on August 13, from 5:00- 7:00 pm at The Estuary Council, 220 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Call 860-388-1611.

OSFD joins Gov. Rell, CT firefighters to help feed the needy

Press Release
Old Saybrook, CT.  The Old Saybrook Fire Department will join Governor M. Jodi Rell on Saturday, July 31, in the “Day of Caring & Compassion” by collecting donations of non-perishable food to help replenish Connecticut’s two main food pantries that feed those in need.
Old Saybrook volunteer firefighters will be on hand on Saturday, July 31, at fire headquarters at 310 Main St., Old Saybrook from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to accept donations to benefit the Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank pantries.
The Old Saybrook Fire Department, an all-volunteer organization, is one of 12 fire departments across the state to participate in the governor’s Day of Caring & Compassion. Among the items acceptable for drop-off are foods such as: (Sample of non-perishable items): Canned meat, corned beef, spam, 100% Fruit juices: boxes, cans, bottles; powered milk, Pasta & sauce, canned fruit, oatmeal, rice, canned vegetables & beans, breakfast cereal, macaroni and cheese, Regular & low sodium soups and stews.
Firefighters cannot collect cash or non-food items as part of the program to help those in need.
Other fire departments participating in the July 31 event include Danbury
, Enfield, Fairfield, Middletown, North Windham, Norwich, Waterbury, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport and Willimantic.
Contact: Max Sabrin, Fire Policeman – Media Relations/Special Events
Old Saybrook Fire Dept.
Office/Day 860.920.5276
Cell: 860.857.5300

A Steamy Day at Arts & Crafts Festival in Old Saybrook

Despite temperatures approaching 90 degrees and high humidity, thousands of visitors came to see the arts and crafts on display at the Old Saybrook Arts and Crafts Festival on the Town Green on Main Street today, hosted by The Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce.

Crowds Gather to View the Exhibits

The two-day event, sponsored by Liberty Bank, New York Times, Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law, ConnectiCare, Essex Savings Bank, Estuary Council of Seniors, Penny Lane Pub and Shore Publishing ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission and parking are free.

Nearly 150 fine artisans and crafters will be displaying to over 10,000 visitors. As an added plus, local music groups will be offering entertainment throughout the two days.

A Display of Colorful Signs

There were art exhibits of every kind including colorful signs (above) and fishes made from driftwood (below), as well as traditional paintings, jewelry and photographic exhibits.

A Fish Made from Driftwood

Some artists were still finishing their work as visitors arrived!

Artist at Work!

Seascape by Michele L'Heureux

Michele L’Heureux (painting shown above and pictured below) had good reason to look happy as her husband kept them both cool with a combined fan and water spray.

Staying Cool With a Water Fan

Proceeds benefit the multiple programs offered by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce which include college scholarships, business educational breakfast series, after-hours business connection and networking functions, and keynote luncheons with local Connecticut personalities and state dignitaries.

The Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit member organization dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life in the greater Old Saybrook area, including the towns commonly known as the Connecticut River Estuary Region – Westbrook, Essex, Clinton, Deep River, Chester, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook.

Through a core of volunteers and a professional staff, the Chamber provides leadership, support, and networking within the business community.  The Chamber hosts community events and serves as a catalyst to promote tourism, to support educational outreach and to act as an information source