September 16, 2019

‘Disney’s Aristocats’ at the Ivoryton Playhouse Supports Team Avery

Four year old Old Saybrook resident Avery Rose Leopoldino suffers from CDKL5, a rare genetic mutation that mostly affects girls because it is located on the X chromosome.  About 400 people around the world are diagnosed with this disease and Avery is the only one in Connecticut to have it.  Because of these miniscule numbers, little is known in the medical community about CDKL5.

Avery attends Goodwin School but currently suffers with up to six seizures a day and cannot walk, talk or hold her head up.  She is also visually impaired, cannot use her hands and suffers from gastrointestinal issues.

Avery’s parents Mark and Kristen donate all funds raised to CDKL5 organizations and want to raise public awareness of the this rare disorder.  Avery’s father Mark is the manager of Bill’s Seafood Restaurant in Westbrook.

Madhatters Theatre Company is supporting Team Avery in the their upcoming production of ‘Disney’s Aristocats’ at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  Performances Friday May 18 at 7pm, Saturday May 19 at 2pm & 7pm and Sunday May 20 at 2pm.

Tickets $15 Adults and $8 Children 12 and under.  All concession proceeds to benefit Team Avery.  If you would like to support Avery, please mention Team Avery when you call to purchase tickets and we will donate $1 of the ticket price to them.  For tickets please call (860) 395-1861


Old Saybrook Memorial Day Parade Seeks Veterans to Participate

Old Saybrook, CT – The Town’s 2012 Memorial Day Parade Committee is seeking veterans from the CT shoreline and valley shore area to march (or ride) in this year’s Old Saybrook Memorial Day parade.

Veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces are encouraged to participate in the parade. In addition, the parade committee says that auto convertibles and floats are available for veterans to ride in if they’re unable to march the full parade route.

There will be a waterside naval service at 9 a.m. at the Dock & Dine. The 2012 Memorial Day parade will leave the Stop & Shop parking lot on Elm Street at 10 a.m. The parade will end at Old Saybrook’s Town Green. Marching bands from Old Saybrook’s Middle School and High School will be featured, along with the New London Fire Department Pipes and Drums, Mystic Highland Pipes and Drums, Old Saybrook Fire Department and its Honor Guard as well as the Old Saybrook Police Department’s Honor Guard and squads of marchers.

Veterans interested in participating should contact Max Sabrin, media relations representative for the Old Saybrook Memorial Day Parade Committee, via email at  or via telephone 860.395.5550 by May 21.


Two New Gallery Exhibits at Acton Library

Saybrook Lighthouse: Watercolor by Betsy Evarts

The Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, announces two gallery exhibits for the coming weeks:

The first floor gallery features New England shoreline watercolors by Betsey Evarts through February 18, 2012.

The second floor gallery hosts the photographs and mixed media work of artist Robyn Arrieche through February 6, 2012.

For further information, please call 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10–8:30, Friday and Saturday 9—5, and Sunday 1—5.

Sands of Time: Photograph by Robyn Arrieche


Saint John School to Hold Winter Open House

Fall in front of Saint John School, Old Saybrook.

Old Saybrook, CT – The Saint John School PreK to 8th Grade Open House will be Sunday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.  The school principal, teachers, parents and students will be available to provide tours and answer questions.  The school is now accepting admissions registrations for the 2012-2013 school year.  Personal tours, registration, and classroom visits are also available by appointment.  For more information, please call 860-388-0849, email or visit our website

Saint John School is fully accredited with certified teachers, and is known for its excellent academics.  A comprehensive 6th to 8th grade Middle School program, including science lab and Spanish language instruction, prepares students to excel in high school and beyond.  Full day Pre-K and Kindergarten is offered, including structured academics and creative play.  A secure, modern facility, close-knit family atmosphere, and adherence to Christian values, provides the ideal environment for “educating the whole child.”  In addition to regular classroom instruction, the school offers a before and aftercare program, a tournament-winning sports program, instrument lessons and band, and many clubs and activities for all ages.


Uncommon Fundraising Show Features Hard Times & Hope – and a Chance to Shine!

Leslie Strauss (violin) and Trip Wyeth (guitar) of Moving Target. Photo credit: (c) 2010 John Stack

On Friday, November 18, 2011, at 8:00 p.m., the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center hosts “Songs of Hard Times & Hope: A Tribute to the Music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger and The Roots of Americana Music.”

100% of the proceeds from the show go to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries.

Tickets are $25 and will be matched. In addition, as an exciting addition to an already uncommon evening, for a $100 ($200 matched!) donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, audience members are invited to join in onstage at the Kate with the musicians as (a) Special Musical Guest(s) for the final number, “This Land Is Your Land.”

Musical guests include Amalgamated Muck, Moving Target and Ragweed (producers: Small Town Concert Series and the Shoreline Acoustic Underground; underwritten by Wyeth Architects LLC and AcousticMusic.Org)


Obituary: Ruth Elizabeth Byrne 11/6/2011

Ruth Elizabeth Byrne, 53, of Old Lyme, beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend died unexpectedly on Selden Island in Lyme on Sunday, November 6th; the eve of the 25th anniversary of her Selden Island Thanksgiving Celebration.

Ruth was born on January 2, 1958; the daughter of Harriet “Betty” and the late Ross “Bud” L. Byrne of Old Saybrook. She grew up in the Ayers Point neighborhood of Old Saybrook where she enjoyed many outdoor adventures with her friends. Ruth graduated from Old Saybrook High School and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO where she earned a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. Ruth’s love of the river, which was inspired by her father, led her to pursue a lengthy career in hydrographic surveying with her sister Nancy. Ruth’s feisty spirit and generous nature was always present in the community. Her greatest joy in life was sharing travel and adventures with her daughter Lisa whom she adored. Whether it was hiking, biking, dancing, or learning the fiddle Ruth always lived life to the fullest.

Ruth is survived by her loving daughter Lisa Weigle of Old Lyme, her loving partner Mark Benedict of Essex, her mother Harriet Byrne of Old Saybrook, brother Ross Byrne and his wife Gosia Holszanska of Lyme, sister Nancy Byrne and her partner Julie Flagg of Chester, niece Alina Byrne and nephew Devin Byrne of Lyme as well as her beloved dogs Sadie and Daisy. Her loving spirit will continue through her family and many friends.

A memorial service will take place Friday November 11th at 4 PM at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd in Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Lisa Weigle College Fund, c/o Essex Savings Bank, PO Box 529, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or Lisa Weigle c/o First Niagara Bank, 9 Water St., Chester, CT 06412. To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family please visit Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.


Artist Nile Barrett Reception at Marshview Gallery

A reception will be held for the artist Nile Barrett at the Marshview Gallery on November 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

All of Nile Barrett’s life’s upbringing and experiences are reflected in her art.  The history, nature, fabrics, texture, patterns, beach and so on. Nile often uses photos for her paintings.  When she tried water color she discovered she was hooked. She earned her Masters in Art Recreation from Southern CT University and retired about five years ago from teaching art at the CT Juvenile Training School inn Middletown. Nile is currently enjoying the water color classes with Stan Carver at the Westbrook Senior Center.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reception. Refreshments provided.


Artists and Chairs Wanted!

The Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. is planning a “Painted Chair Auction” for spring.  We are looking for artists and creative people to take a chair and paint it.  We will provide the chair or you may use your own. The chairs will be displayed in the 9 town estuary region communities for about two months, and then auctioned at an event to benefit Meals on Wheels in 10 towns along the shoreline! Artists’ name will accompany the chair and will be listed in the program and on our website! (Lot’s of exposure!)  The Painted Chair Auction will be an Spring evening event with wonderful hors d’Oeurves, wine and music!

At this time we are looking for a couple of people who would like to Co-Chair the event. It’s promised to be lot’s of fun!

Anyone wishing to donate a sturdy, wooden chair can drop it off at the Estuary, 220 Main St., Old Saybrook. Call Sandy for more information and if you would like to paint a chair 860 388-1611


‘Sailing Around the World’ with Howard Park

Yachtsman, painter, gallery owner, Howard Park will present the account of his trip around the world at Acton Library, Old Saybrook,  on November 9 at 7.30 p.m.

A resident of Stonington, where he owns and operates the Four Star Fine Art Conservation and Frame Shoppe, Park attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at Tufts University and studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA .He continued his studies in France where he won a   National prize in photography. The love of the sea eventually led him to Connecticut to manage a boatyard and raise a family. After restoring Comet, a 52’ yawl. Howard and his wife Rieta sailed 31000 miles following the ancient Square Rigger route from east to west around the world. They set out from Stonington in November 1997 returning in June 2001. His colorful arrangement of photographs and watercolors includes descriptions of the people and places visited.

The public is invited  – For information Call Dot at 860-388-4021