Old Lyme Midsummer Festival Set for July 30

Previous LYME — After a two-year hiatus, the Midsummer Competition will return to the Lyme Road on July 30 with are living concert events, artwork product sales, children’s functions, a typical auto demonstrate, meals, an writer chat showcasing Luanne Rice, and extra. 

“The festival has a great deal of diverse routines — there’s something for everyone. A family could choose their little ones to the “Hands-On/M!nds On” trail at the Florence Griswold Museum. People could go to the Typical Automobile Show or stroll to the Lyme Academy for dwell new music. You could begin the day with the race if you’re a runner or walker,” claimed Cheryl Poirier, a advertising volunteer with the Outdated Lyme Arts District. 

The standard pre-pageant live performance, this calendar year showcasing the Mighty Soul Motorists, will be held on the garden of the Florence Griswold Museum from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 29. 

“The concert on the evening just before the festival has normally been a time when men and women reconnect with neighbors and close friends they haven’t noticed all summer months,” reported Poirier. “People deliver lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic for a exciting night with reside music.”

On Saturday, the competition begins with the 5K Operate/Wander at 8 a.m. and Kids K at 9 a.m., sponsored by the Lyme Youth Support Bureau. Pre-registration for the 5K is available at LYSB.org, or on Saturday commencing at 6:45 a.m.

The Common Motor vehicle Exhibit hosted by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club — showcasing antique, exotic, and warm rod cars from throughout the location — starts at 9 a.m. at 100 Lyme St., property of the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Middle. For $20, participants can register their basic automobiles, possibly in advance at lymeoldlymelions.org or on Saturday. Readers can decide cars and trucks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $5. The club will also operate its grill, serving burgers, hotdogs and fries. 

“Interspersed by means of the festival are art revenue. So lots of men and women like to accumulate artists’ perform and the town’s identity is tied to the Previous Lyme Art Colony. It is a great way to assist today’s artists or to recall your holiday in Aged Lyme,” Poirier mentioned. 

The Midsummer Fence Artists, a team of oil painters, pastelists, photographers and some others, will display their operates for sale “Parisian style” on fencing  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Previous Lyme Inn, at 85 Lyme St. The show includes art demonstrations, and the inn will be open for lunch and evening meal.

Additional than a century aged, the Lyme Art Affiliation, at 90 Lyme St., will hold a sale of its members’ art from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the gallery will be open up right until 5 p.m. The association will also host several meals vendors and regional nonprofit teams on its entrance garden together with its painting confront-cutouts.

The Lyme Academy of Great Arts, at 84 Lyme St., will maintain its Alumni Art Exhibit and Sale less than a lawn tent where by alumni will exhibit cast drawing, plein air portray, and portrait drawing. The “Barn for Inventive Youth” will present arts and crafts for small children, and food solutions will be out there. 

From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m at the academy, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Fiery Band will execute a totally free garden concert, enjoying a mix of Americana, the blues and originals — adopted by John Brown and the Again Porch Pickers — executing a blend of  common country, common rock, and originals — from 1:30 to 4 p.m. 

The Florence Griswold Museum, at 96 Lyme St., will concentrate on art, background, and mother nature in “Hands-On/M!nds On,” showcasing spouse and children things to do along the museum’s outdoor Artists’ Path from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission will be obtainable from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the museum’s historic boarding residence and the exhibition, “Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness.” The museum store will also hold its once-a-year Tremendous Sale and a number of foodstuff vehicles will be established up on the museum grounds. 

The Parading Paws Pet Exhibit will choose position on the museum grounds at 10:45 a.m., hosted by Vista Daily life Innovation. Canine can sign up from 10 to 10:30 a.m. to take part, with prizes for very best smile, greatest costume and ideal trick.

Studio 80 Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme (Sean Flynn)

Studio 80+ Sculpture Backyard, situated at 80-1 Lyme St., characteristics a sculpture set up by resident artist Gil Boro. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., attendees can also pay a visit to the Summertime Sculpture Showcase highlighting huge-scale outdoor sculptural will work from artists across the region.

A new addition this calendar year is an author talk with New York Moments bestselling writer Luanne Rice at 3 p.m. at the Aged Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Library, 2 Library Lane.

“We are extremely fired up to have Luanne Rice – she is these types of a beloved local creator. This is the to start with time she is giving a chat and we’re hunting forward to her participation,” claimed Poirier. 

Rice will discuss about publications, creating, and the inspiration she finds for her novels in Old Lyme. Her newest reserve, “The Shadow Box,” and other titles will be out there for order and signing. Table seats that involve a charcuterie box can be purchased for $50 at oldlymelibrary.org. For typical free admission, attendees are encouraged to deliver a garden chair or blanket. 

The Aged Lyme Library will also host a children’s action, “Wire Strolling with Circus Moves,” from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parents need to pre-sign up at oldlymelibrary.org. The Close friends of the Library’s applied guide shop, Phoebe’s BookCellar, will also be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The annual Patricia Spratt for the Dwelling Midsummer Warehouse Sale will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 60 Lyme St, with up to 80 per cent off of desk linens, pillows and other residence products. The sale will also incorporate clothing by Adore Lilly and accessories by Ellen Raines Martin.

It’s the 35th 12 months for the festival, which has been held every year due to the fact 1986, but not in 2020 and 2021 due to pandemic safety measures, Poirier claimed. 

“We’re just joyful to carry the festival back soon after the two-year hiatus. It’s likely to be great to see everyone yet again,” she mentioned. 


The Midsummer Festival is a manufacturing of the Aged Lyme Arts District, a partnership of a dozen arts and cultural corporations and organizations along Lyme Avenue. Sponsors of the competition include Pasta Vita, Essex Monetary Providers/Essex Price savings Bank, Lymeline, Paul Burdick Oil Organization, Aged Lyme Market, Caliber Computing, and Zelek Electric powered.

Parking is offered at 5 Halls Street, 46 Halls Road, 84 Lyme Road, and in the Superior School/Middle University parking plenty at 69 Lyme Road. A shuttle bus will be readily available from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Functions are subject to improve.

Click on in this article for pageant facts and visit the Old Lyme Arts District Facebook site for updates. 

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