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SERVING THE FINE COMMUNITIES OF SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT SINCE 1993
Help your neighbors. Please add
Care & Share food and gift items
to your Thanksgiving and
Holiday shopping list.
Matthew Duman presents The Gargoyles of Yale University at
Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. See story on page 38
ELECTIONS OVER
THE YEARS
by Olive Tubbs Chendali
In this National Election year our newspapers, radio, mail and
TV bring news of candidates - informative - speculative and
sometimes, borderline-libelous! By the time the November
Election Day arrives we are generally so confused and unbelieving that we enter our polling place feeling that we must vote
- but with few convictions. It was not always thus!
When the Town of East Lyme was formed on May 25,
1839 and our first Town Meeting and Election was called for
June 1, 1839 (within 10 days of the adoption of the Legislative
Charter creating the Town) I am sure it was with great
enthusiasm that people assembled. It was in the Baptist
Meetinghouse in Flanders on Meeting House Hill - now called
Niantic Hill (for what reason I do not know) that the Election
was held. In addition to 5 Selectmen, Town Clerk, Treasurer
and Tax Collector, Constables and Grad Jurors, there were
elected men to now-obsolete offices: Tithingmen - Hayward Sealer of Weights and Measures - Key Keepers.
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Care & Share of East Lyme is hopeful that once again the generosity
of the community will fill its shelves and freezers with food and gift
items for their holiday gift store. Drop offs can be made every
Saturday from 11am to 1pm at the pantry at 12 Roxbury Road in
Niantic. Turkeys, stuffing mix and instant mashed potatoes as well
as canned fruits and vegetables are needed to fill the more than 100
food baskets that will be distributed to clients in East Lyme, Niantic
and Salem.
With Christmas right around the corner, the gift drive is in full
swing. Their holiday store gives Care & Share clients the ability to
‘shop’ for holiday gifts for family members. All items are given free
of charge. This year there is a special need for new toys, clothing
and toiletry items for children and teens. Event organizer Pam
Kisnneski and a host of volunteers will spend hours creating and
stocking the store ensuring everyone will receive a special gift.
Other upcoming Care and Share events include Angel Trees
located around town, school and organization food drives and our
annual fund appeal.
Care & Share is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit that operates
a year-round food pantry, provides emergency financial, housing
and energy assistance, to residents of East Lyme, Niantic and Salem
and emergency snacks and clothing to local schoolchildren. More
than 93% of the funds they raise go directly to assisting their clients. They are sustained by and for the community.
Donations of unexpired packaged food and household staples
such as detergent, paper towels and shampoo are accepted at the
pantry located at 12 Roxbury Road every Saturday from 11am-1pm.
Monetary or gift card donations made can be sent to P.O. Box 114,
East Lyme, CT 06333. Care & Share of East Lyme, Inc. is a 501(c) 3
and donations may be tax deductible.
For more information about Care & Share and volunteer opportunities please call 860-739-8502.
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The New London Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) in partnership with Hanafin's Pub will conduct a public campaign to assist
homeless veterans as they move into housing.
Beginning November 1 a bushel basket will be available each
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Garde Theater, for public donations of home goods, including:
household items, kitchen and bathroom cleaning products, kitchen
gadgets, clean bedding, clean dishes and utensils, etc..
Our veterans greatly appreciate these baskets as many are coming from shelters or transitional housing and have little to nothing
to set up a household. The goal is to donate a full bushel basket to
the local Veterans Administration each month. This project is expected to continue through 2015.
In 2012 this partnership organized a public appeal for winter
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were overwhelmed by the public response. The New London Ancient Order of Hibernians and Hanafin's Pub hope to build upon
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The European Mapping of Early New England Saturday, Nov. 1, 12:30 pm. at Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110
Pequot Trail, Mashantucket - Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in
the History of Cartography, Univ. of Southern Maine, and director of
the History of Cartography Project, Univ. of Wisconsin, lectures
about 16th-18th century maps that Europeans made, discussing the
role of Native people in creating colonial knowledge of the landscape. Examples from the Museum’s rare map collection are on view
after the presentation.www.pequotmuseum.org (800) 411-9671
ROAST BEEF DINNER - Saturday, November 1st. at the Kari-Hill
VFW post 5849, 39 Columbus Ave., Niantic. Doors open at 5:45 PM
Dinner is served promptly at 6:30 PM family style. Only $10 gets you
roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, bread, soft drink/
coffee and dessert. BYOB. Takeouts may be ordered Saturday by
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less than 12 are only $5.
American Legion Auxiliary Breakfast Buffet - All You Can Eat - 811, Sun, 11/2 at the American Legion, Unit 128, 16 York Ave. Niantic.
Omelets and eggs to order, bacon, sausage, homefries, pancakes,
French toast, donuts, bisquits, bagels, fruit cup, juices, coffee, tea,
etc. Donation: Adults: $8.00, Children under 10: $3.00. Proceeds
benefit veteran, children and community programs. 860-739-2107
Trackrat: Memoir Of A Fan 2-4:00 pm Sunday, November 2 at
Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Road - Author and editorial
cartoonist for the Hartford Courant, Bob Englehart will discuss his
new book about his obsession with racecars and local race tracks.
He doesn’t focus on NASCAR but rather on those drivers, teams
and tracks that are our “neighbors” such as the Waterford
Speedbowl, Thompson, Stafford and Lime Rock. A question and
answer period will follow the formal presentation. Copies of the book
will be available for purchase and signing. 860-444-5805
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Learn to shoot and edit video for your nonprofit or business with
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London, 63 Huntington St, New London - Learn best practices on
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SENIORS UKULELE CONCERT 12:15pm. 11/03 at the East Lyme
Senior Center, 37 Society Road, Niantic. 860-739-5859
Supper Book Club: Game of Kings 5:30-7:00 PM 11/3 at The Public
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SENIORS One-on-One INTERNET instruction at 10:15am. 11/4 at
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Homebuyers Seminar 6-7, 11/4 at The Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St, New London - Learn key steps to home purchase and available options, especially for first-time homebuyers,
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Thames River Quilting Meeting - 7:00 p.m. Nov 4th at St. Luke’s
Church Hall, Route 12, Gales Ferry - There will be mini demonstrations of new techniques or patterns presented by members. Guests
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United States Coast Guard Band Woodwind Quintet 7:30 p.m. 11/4 at
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The Natural Beauty and Diversity of Connecticut November 5 at
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“Me and My Shadow” Wednesday, November 5 – 7:00 p.m. at East
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The Estuary Players present: “Fallen Angels”, a comedy by Noel
Coward, at 1:30 p.m. on two Thursdays in November, the 6th and the
13th at the Estuary Council of Seniors, 220 Main Street, Old Saybrook
- This staged reading comedy is the third production of The Estuary
Players. The play is set in London during the 1920’s. A Fluffy, fun
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on a first come-first served basis. Doors open at 1 p.m.
www.ecsenior.org 860.388.1611.
Ghostly Photographs Program 7 pm. Thursday November 6 at Old
Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme - Do
you believe in ghosts? Have you had a paranormal experience you
want to share? Julie Griffin will share her experiences of investigating
the paranormal in recent years illustrated with her photographs on
location. Julie Griffin has investigated locations in Connecticut,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Gettysburg is her favorite location. Her book tells about twelve different investigations and every story has one or more “ghostly”
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Lecture: Native Americans in Lower Connecticut River Valley 7
p.m. 11/6 at Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme - Professor Pfeiffer will
speak about the Native American group of peoples that were here
when European explorers and settlers arrived in the 16th century and
subsequently “set up shop” in the early 17th century. (860) 767-9763
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Science Book Discussion: Global Climate Change/Local Impact Thursday, November 6, 7-8:30 pm at Waterford Public Library, 49
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“Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion after War” at
the Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road Thursday, November 6
at 7 p.m. - Ruth W. Crocker will speak about her memoir which describes her experience following her husband’s death in Vietnam and
how she found resources for healing. For more information call 860441-6750.
Connecticut at Work Film Series: at the Groton Public Library, 52
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Internationally Renowned Painter Nelson H. White Presents “Inside My Studio” Friday, Nov. 7 at Lyme Academy College - The
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before White’s presentation at 7 p.m. White received his earliest art
instruction from his grandfather Henry Cooke White (1861-1952) and
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THEWAY WE WORKED OPENING RECEPTION, Friday, November 7, 6-8 at the Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road - Don’t
miss your last chance to see this Smithsonian exhibit at a Connecticut location! The Way We Worked traces historic changes in the
American workforce and explores how work became a central element in American culture. Music provided by the United States
Coast Guard Band Woodwind Quintet. Refreshments provided by
Ella T. Grasso Technical High School Culinary Arts Department. The
exhibit is free and open to the public from November 8 through
December 21. For more information, call 860-441-6750.
CT at Work :On the Job (Historical Songs of American Work)
7:00-8:30 PM 11/7 at The Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St, New London - A musical representation of work in America
presented by musician Rick Spencer. Listen to songs from farming,
canal, railroad, factory, seafaring, mining and other American work
traditions! Sponsored in conjunction with the New London County
Historical Society. (860) 447-1411 www.plnl.org
FREE FALL CONCERT presented by the Noank-Mystic Community Band, 7pm. Friday, Nov. 7 at Groton City Municipal Building,
295 Meridian St. Premiere of Molly’s Suite by George H. Rowe IV.
Other selections include: Amazing Grace, Barber of Seville, and
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SENIORS DANCE 7pm to 10pm. 11/7 at the East Lyme Senior Center, 37 Society Road, Niantic. The Illusions Band will be playing.
Tickets sold at the door at 6:30pm. call 860-739-5859
69th Jack Frost Bazaar 9a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 8th at
Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Avenue, Niantic - In
addition to the usual foods, games, spa packages, personal services
and other unique items, this year an Unofficial NCC Dine Out book
will be offered. It makes sense to be mindful about holiday shopping . Everyone is looking to simplify their lives and the holidays
are no exception. The jewelry at the bazaar is mostly second hand
and flies out the doors. The books are pre-read and fill one room to
overflowing. Fair trade items are offered in the alternative market
section. Home baked goodies are available in the cookie cottage,
and in attic treasures there are antiques and vintage items looking
for a new home. Handmades celebrate the craft of community coming together to make items that might be cherished for years to
come. This is one mindful way to shop for the holidays, but more
than that is an experience that many call a holiday tradition and a
spirit-filled way to simplify the holiday. Visit their website at
www.NianticCommunityChurch.org or call (860)739-6208
St. John’s Basket Bazaar - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 8th
at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 400 Main Street, Niantic - Check out
over fifty quality baskets; peruse Attic Treasures, including gently
used jewelry, china and linens; and select a special treat or two to
take home from the Bake Sale. Finally, relax and recharge at the
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winner even though you need not be present to win! Sponsored by
St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Basket Bazaar is an annual fundraiser
in support of its outreach programs. For more information, contact
the church office at 860-739-2324 or visit www.stjohnsniantic.org
Craft Show, Sat. Nov 8th, 10am - 3pm at the Waterford Community
Center, 24 Rope Ferry Rd. Next to Waterford High School. Free
Admission, Free door prize drawing, Free Pedia Vision Eye Screening for young children. Sponsored by Waterford Regional Lions
Club. For more info call Lion Sandi Neff at 860-443-4402.
Honoring Veterans Powwow Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 am–4 pm at the
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, 110 Pequot
Trail, Mashantucket - This powwow honors those that have served
in the armed forces. Native artists express themselves through traditional arts, regalia, dance, and song. Free with Museum admission,
free to Museum members and to veterans. Veterans, contact Candyce
Testa: (860) 396-6954 or [email protected] For more information call 800-411-9671 or visit pequotmuseum.org
Set-Back/Pitch Tournament on Saturday, November 8th, at a private home in North Franklin, CT, to benefit the children of Nicaragua,
sponsored by the Friends of Kilambe, a local non-profit organization
dedicated to bringing medical help and clean water to impoverished
families in Nicaragua. The Card Tournament is the latest fund-raising
effort by the small, local group, who wanted to have a fun event to
increase awareness of their activities focused on helping the children and their families of this poor country. The Tournament begins
at 6pm with cocktails, registration and lessons on how to play. Included in the event will be 8 rounds of cards, game prizes, a silent
auction, food and beverages, at a cost of $35 per person. Plan to
come with friends and family to have an enjoyable evening to benefit
a good cause. RSVP to Tricia at [email protected]
“Anything Goes” Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Garde
Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London - Cole Porter’s timeless
classic musical theatre masterpiece. “Anything Goes” features music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse &
Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; and new book
by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Tickets may be purchased
by phone during regular box office hours at (860) 444-7373, ext. 1, or
online at www.gardearts.org.
“Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” — Elaine Bromka - 7:30
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 in Evans Hall in the Cummings Arts Center on
the CT College campus - laine Bromka starred as eight First Ladies
opposite Rich Little in the PBS show “The Presidents” and was so
intrigued by their stories that she worked with playwright Eric H.
Weinberger to create this behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird
Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. The New York Times described
the piece as “biography theater,” with Bromka’s skilled performance
weaving the narrative recollections of three great ladies together to
provide a “look at the changing roles of women during dynamic
times.” “Tea for Three” humanizes the political scene with a story
both whimsical and deeply moving, and it’s particularly relevant in
this era of heightened politics. Tickets: $18; Seniors: $16; Students:
$9. Visit http://onstage.conncoll.edu for additional information about
performances and tickets.
Branford Folk Music Society Coffeehouse 8 p.m. 11/8 at the First
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traditional folk music, they create inspired songs that are rooted in
the experience and lives of people. For more information call (203)
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SENIORS UKULELE DEMONSTRATION at Waterford Senior Services at 12:45pm 11/10 for anyone interested in learning how to play.
Contact Waterford at 860-444-5839 if you want to attend.
HOW TO AVOID FINANCIAL ABUSE Seminar 1pm 11/10 at the
East Lyme Senior Center, 37 Society Road, Niantic. 860-739-5859
“Full Speed into the Nuclear Age” Groton at Work 7 p.m. 11/10 at
the Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road - The Library received
a grant from Connecticut Humanities to record and tell the stories of
employees who were at Electric Boat as the Cold War escalated in
the 1960s. To date, more than 20 Electric Boat employees, tradespeople, draftsmen, engineers and managers have been interviewed.
They include Jane Manley of New London, the second woman draftsman to be hired by Electric Boat; and Michael W. Toner, who joined
EB as a test engineer in 1965 and rose through the ranks to become
president. All are invited to meet those who were interviewed and
hear their stories firsthand. A panel discussion will be moderated by
Barbara Nagy. The evening will also feature a display created in
conjunction with the oral history project that will include excerpts
from the interviews and photos of those who took part. The display
will be on view at the Library through December. 860-441-6750.
Program: Holiday Florals - combined Duck River and Lyme Garden
Clubs meeting - 7 p.m. 11/10 at the Lymes Senior Center, 26 Town
Woods Rd., Old Lyme - Gary Zinsmeyer, a trained horticulturalist
and inventive event florist, gives numerous horticulture lectures
and floral arrangement demonstrations to local garden clubs and
organizations nationally. We will see six creative arrangements being made to be raffled off at the end of the presentation.
Veterans Day Observation on Niantic’s Liberty Green - Tuesday,
November 11, 2014. Festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. Honor and
remember our veterans at a Veterans Day Observance. In the event
of rain, the vigil will move to the American Legion facility on York
Ave. www.discovereastlyme.com
Wills vs Trusts Wednesday, November 12, 2014 6-8 pm at Waterford
Community Center - Probate Judge Matthew Greene explains and
highlights the differences between wills and trusts. Please call Senior Services at 860-444-5839 to register.
An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University
with Matthew Duman Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 7 pm. at the
Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme Photographer and author Matthew Duman who will talk on the Gargoyles of Yale University. Using original photographs from his book,
Matt explores the artistic, historic, architectural and even humorous
significance of these decorative sculptures and their role in communicating the identity of Yale University as a place of learning and
enlightenment. Everyone from teens to seniors interested in history,
architecture, sculpture or photography will appreciate Matt’s presentation! A book signing will follow his talk. Registration required
by calling 860-434-1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org to register
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“Fast Boats. Mud Notes.”An Evening with Bob Evelyn, 7pm, Wednesday. November 12 at Mystic Yachting Center, 100 Essex Street, Mystic, CT (on the grounds of Mystic Shipyard). Evelyn designed and
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built sailboats that changed a generation of racing sailors. He was
instrumental in creating a world in which Mudheads still play. What
is a Mudhead? The Mudheads formed in 1976 to help promote racing and camaraderie. Mudheads have grown into arguably the most
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Poetry Reading with Sue Ellen Thompson Wednesday, November
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Ted Kooser’s nationally syndicated newspaper column, and have
received numerous awards, including the 1986 Samuel French Morse
Prize, the 2003 Pablo Neruda Prize, and two Individual Artist’s Grants
from the State of Connecticut. Sue Ellen will read from her anthology
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populated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of
governments and now hold all political power. A star-class copywriter in an advertising agency has been assigned the ad campaign
that would attract colonists to Venus, but a lot more is happening
than he knows about. He is soon thrown into a world of danger,
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what they seem, and his loyalties and core beliefs will be put to the
test. For more information call 860-444-5805
Meet Novelist Meredith Sue Willis 4:00pm Thursday, November 13
at The Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton
- Ms. Willis will discuss ways of Starting Your Novel with aspiring
writers, drawing from her book Ten Strategies to Write Your Novel.
hchlibrary.org 860-669-2342
Marshview Gallery Artist of the Month Reception: Sister Joan
Bernard - Thursday, November 13th from 5-7 pm. at the Estuary
Council of Seniors, 220 Main Street, Old Saybrook - Sister Joan
Bernard has been painting since her childhood. Most of her paintings are seascapes and she enjoys watercolor, acrylic and pastel. A
member of both the Clinton and the Madison Art Society, she resides in Clinton. Everyone is welcome and refreshments are provided. 860-388-1611
An Hour with the Novelist Meredith Sue Willis 7pm Thursday,
November 13 at The Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton - Ms. Willis will read excerpts from her books and
answer questions about her process and life in the publishing world.
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Book Discussion - Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization
Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane
Ravitch on November 13, at 7 p.m. at the Groton Public Library, 52
Newtown Road - From one of the foremost authorities on education
in the United States, Reign of Error is an incisive, comprehensive
look at today’s American school system that argues against those
who claim it is broken and beyond repair; it is an impassioned but
reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is draining
students and funding from our public schools. Ravitch argues that
the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country. She makes clear that, contrary to the claims being made, public
school test scores and graduation rates are the highest they’ve
ever been, and dropout rates are at their lowest point. For more
information call 860-441-6750.
Col. Frederick Herbert on The Civilian Air Patrol and Pearl Harbor - Thursday, November 13, 7-8:00 pm at Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Road - Mr. Herbert flew as a CAP mission pilot
for over twenty years on search and rescue, disaster relief, and
counter-narcotics missions, and commanded the Connecticut CAP.
CAP was created in a time of crisis, when Brigadier General Billy
Mitchell was warning the country of impending attack and less than
a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii coastal patrol and
submarine searching became the prime missions of CAP. During
World War II, Connecticut Wing CAP was heavily involved in coastal
patrol and anti-submarine missions along its section of the Atlantic
coast. The CT. Wing’s 66-year history, also includes carrying out
operations during 9/11, and the Hurricane Katrina disaster. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. For more
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Connecticut at Work Film Series: Friday, November 14 at 2 p.m. at
the Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road - Gregory Peck and
Jennifer Jones star in the award-winning 1956 film based on Sloan
Wilson’s acclaimed 1955 novel about a Westport, CT businessman’s
search for identity in the American Dream. 860-441-6750.
INDEPENDENT FILM - Tim’s Vermeer Friday, November 14, at 7
p.m. at the Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road - Leonard
Maltin says, “An improbable subject has inspired a unique documentary which comes with an unusual pedigree: it was produced
by those inventive magicians Penn and Teller, and directed by
Teller.” The film is rated PG-13 and runs for 80 minutes. Call the
Library at 860-441-6750 for the title and more information. Screenings are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
For more information call 860-441-6750.
Connecticut Lyric Opera Presents: Der Rosenkavalier - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 14 at Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New
London - The bittersweet comic opera by Strauss and librettist
Hugo von Hofmannsthal muses over the passing of time and love,
and contains some of the composer’s most lyrical and enchanting
music. An instant success at its premiere at Dresden in 1911, “Der
Rosenkavalier” (The Knight of the Rose) is set in mid-18th century
Vienna; the plot is a comic intrigue involving the aristocratic
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and partly as a nod to the power of illusion, an important theme in
the opera. Strauss’s frequent collaborator, Hugo von Hofmannsthal,
created a fascinating libretto that deftly combines comedy (of both
the sophisticated and the slapstick varieties), dreamy nostalgic
fantasy, genuine human drama, and light but striking touches of
philosophy and social commentary. Performed by the Connecticut
Lyric Opera, “Der Rosenkavalier” features Connecticut Virtuosi
Chamber Orchestra conducted by Adrian Sylveen, stage direction
by Christopher Browner, and lavish costumes and scenery. Tickets
may be purchased by phone during regular box office hours at
(860) 444-7373, ext. 1, or online at www.gardearts.org.
Holiday Bazaar Saturday, November 15, 9-3 at the St. Agnes Church
Parish Center, 22 Haigh Avenue, Niantic - Held by The St. Agnes
Women’s Club, featured items include theme gift baskets, delicious
baked goods, gently used books, and previously loved jewelry,
scarves and small accessories. For more information contact Margaret at [email protected]
Mystic Arts Center’s Holiday Market 11-3, November 15 at Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water Street, Mystic - The Holiday Gift Show
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During the following year - 1840 - a national census was
made and East Lyme had a count of 1,412 people.
We must realize this included women and children. The
figure for actual voters I have not found. However, we must
realize that at this time only duly-registeredMEN were permitted
to vote. No Absentee voting was permitted. It was not until 1864
that the Connecticut Constitution was amended to permit soldiers
engaged in the Civil War to vote by Absentee Ballot -- and it
should be noted that in that referendum East Lyme voted against
the Amendment!
It was the custom to hold Elections in the morning and Town
Meetings on the same day in the afternoon. This would have been
a practical accommodation for men to take care of both civic
duties on the same day for transportation from the far corners of
the Town was difficult because often-times very cold weather
and possibly snow occurred by October Town Elections and
definitely by November National Elections. As time passed,
Town Meetings were also scheduled in March - mud season!
Men were not anxious to leave their farm chores more often than
necessary.
The first Board of Registration (Selectmen and Town Clerk)
met on March 22, 1840 at the home of Elizabeth Caulkins
(presumably-Caulkins Tavern which stood on the Northeast
corner of Flanders Four Corners - the present site of McDonalds).
That meeting was adjourned to the Baptist Meetinghouse for a
session on April 2, 1840. The Meetinghouse Hill Church was
abandoned as the congregation increased and the present Flanders
Baptist and Community Church was built in 1844, whereupon the
Basement was officially designated as the Town Room.
After the advent of the Railroad along the shore in 1851,
population gradually moved to the Niantic area (then known as
"The Bank"). With that event, a 2nd Voting District was established and Luce Hall - later to be known as Odd Fellows Hall,
which today is the site of Citizens Bank on Pennsylvania Avenue,
was rented by the Town at the rate of $50 per year. By 1885
people voted to hold Town Meetings alternating between Flanders
and Niantic - to appease the intense rivalry between the two
villages. Finally with the opening of the East Lyme High School
in 1965 the large Auditorium became the designated arena for
such meetings.
Voting was by written ballot -- and sometimes, by prewritten ballots passed out to voters arriving at the polls. So much
for a secret ballot! Ballot boxes gave way to the Automatic Voting
Machine in our Town in 1924 when we rented them and finally
bought them a year later -- among the first towns in the State. By
1939 - just 100 years after the first vote - Flanders Polls moved
from the Church Basement to the Flanders School.
By 1893 women were finally recognized as worthy to make
decisions and were listed on separate Voting Lists, entitled to vote
on EDUCATIONAL MATTERS ONLY! It was not until the 19th
Amendment to the US Constitution was passed in 1919 that
women were accorded the full vote. It is interesting to note that
in East Lyme, the next year a woman - Miss Effie Haynes- was
elected as an official - Registrar of Voters in the 2nd Voting
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cheese boards, jewelry, upcycled mirrors, chalkboards and frames,
sailor bracelets, paper trees, wooden bowls, stoneware pottery,
notecards, fiber items, natural soaps/balms, stained glass, hats, silk
and wool scarves, neckties, ceramics and fine art. Support local artists and artisans and give something special to your loved ones this
holiday. Take advantage of their tax free weekend and support local
artists. (860) 536-7601 mysticarts.org
Holiday Show Opening Reception 12-4, Saturday November 15th at
the Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative, 4 Water Street, Chester
- Stop in, enjoy the refreshments, chat with their artists and and do
some Holiday Shopping! They are located in Chester, a well known
haven for art and a “Shopper’s Destination.” (860-526-5575)
Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims’ First Year in America - Author talk
with Glenn Cheney Saturday, November 15 – 2:00 p.m. at East Lyme
Public Library, 39 Society Rd., Niantic - Thanksgiving is not a book
about a holiday. It is about something that a few dozen survivors did
after a year of suffering, death, struggle, and courage. They bowed
their heads to give thanks. Glenn Cheney will discuss the Pilgrims
journey, how it began as a joint venture of business and religion, but
soon it became a matter of survival. With 102 men, women, and children packed into a dim, wet space below the main deck, the Mayflower set out on a terrifying 66-day crossing of the Atlantic. Books
will be available for purchase and signing. 860-739-6926
“Understanding Your Senses- Learning to Connect with the Afterlife” with acclaimed author and medium Sydney Sherman on Saturday, November 15 at 2:00pm. at The Henry Carter Hull Library, 10
Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton - Join Ms. Sherman as she discusses
your connection with the afterlife and using your senses to recognize signs around you in everyday life. hchlibrary.org 860-669-2342
Paula Poundstone returns to the Garde - 8 p.m. 11/15 - Over twentyfive years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and
traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at
comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to
become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her
through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal
of a weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.” She tours
regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing
Bob Zany with the “Boston Globe” to write: “Poundstone can regale
an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” Audience members may put it a little less
elegantly: “I peed my pants.” For tickets or for more information call
860 444-7373 or visit www.gardearts.org.
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New Basic Manners starts:
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Mystic - Mondays 11/10 at 5 pm, Mondays 11/17 at 7:15 pm
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Vienna; the plot is a comic intrigue involving the aristocratic
Marschallin, her much younger lover Octavian, her vulgar cousin
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the opera, Marschallin is forced to confront and ultimately accept
the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress.
Marschallin's lover, Octavian, the “Knight of the Rose” of the
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theme in the opera. Strauss’s frequent collaborator, Hugo von
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nostalgic fantasy, genuine human drama, and light but striking
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