Warm Up With Us This February!

A dozen or more ways to make the most of February right here on Lyme Street!

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birds of a feather

Thursday, February 7th, meet the Author Stanley M. Kolber as he discusses and signs his newest book, “Of the Birds, According to their Kinds.” Among the highlights of the book are photos he captured while working at his favorite locations here in Southeastern Connecticut as well as coastal Rhode Island. Taking place at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library at 6:30. Pre-registration required. Image Credit: Stanley M. Kolber, “Fork Tailed Flycatcher: Old Lyme.”

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Transfigured Strings

Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th, the warm and lush sounds of strings fill the beautiful First Congregational Church of Old Lyme in these Musical Masterworks performances.

This fourth weekend in the season features two masterpieces for string sextet: Arnold Schoenberg's uber-romantic Transfigured Night, and Johannes Brahms's exquisite G Major Sextet. The concert begins with a charming and virtuosic duo for two cellos by the French Baroque-era composer, Jean-Baptiste Barrier. Tickets available for sale. Don't miss the pre-concert talks that will be given by Artistic Director Edward Arron one hour before each concert!

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Anything goes!

February 7th, 8th, and 9th, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s thespians present the classic musical, “Anything Goes.” Local residents look forward to the annual musical by the Old Lyme Players, as they are known, and this year is sure to be another blockbuster set of performances. Pictured here, the Old Lyme Players in rehearsal with Director Brian Cheney in the foreground. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time.

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Who is your hero?

Opening February 9th, The Great Americans: Portraits by Jac Lahav, raises the question, “Who do we believe are great Americans and why?” Lahav enchants the viewer with nuanced and complex oil paintings of over 30 iconic figures, including a few who are a part of Old Lyme’s history. A full calendar of special events, including artist lectures by Lahav, creates multiple opportunities to become engaged in the dialogue. The Great Americans in on exhibit through May 12th.

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scared fearless

Wednesday, February 13th, Live Music at the Bee presents Daphne Lee Martin, now on a national tour for her latest CD Scared Fearless. Daphne’s folk-inspired rock will make Wednesday night feel like the weekend. Performance from 6-8pm at the Bee & Thistle Inn, as part of Live Music at the Bee, every Wednesday and Sunday evening (check calendar for changes due to private events).

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Following intuition

Friday, February 22nd, The Sidedoor Jazz Club presents Alicia Olatuja, who is set to release her sophomore album, Intuition, From the Minds of Women. Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. The Sidedoor presents renowned jazz performers Fridays and Saturdays at its venue at The Old Lyme Inn. Tickets available in advance.

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First impressions

Through March 1st, art is on view and for sale at the Lyme Art Association’s exhibitions: First Impressions - Works by Associate Members and Congratulations - Works by Newly Elected Artists. The sun-filled galleries of the Lyme Art Association create a cozy environment for discovering artists both new and long beloved. Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 5pm. (Image: Nicholas Salerno, New Hampshire Morning, oil).

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Sculpture in the park

Daily. Gil Boro, master sculpture and proprietor of the sculpture garden Studio 80+, may have a gallery show in Chester this spring, but his grounds at 80-1 Lyme Street are still open to the public and available to enjoy daily from 9am-5pm. Bring your camera, or just your delight, as you walk the grounds during these winter months and watch the sun bounce off each creation. Parking is available as you follow the long driveway to the studio and garden.

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wee little artists

Regularly Scheduled. Little ones will meet new friends and enjoy fun adventures at one of the many Lyme Youth Service Bureau playgroups. Check out the website for the full array of February activities, that include such artsy fun as Music & Movement, Its Theatertime!, and Make It & Take It.

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Sweet saturday

Saturday, February 23th, its time for the Sweet Saturday Nite Coffeehouse Songwriters' Sessions at Nightingale's Acoustic Cafe. Presented the last Saturday of every month, get ready for an intimate night of original acoustic music performed by talented and diverse singer/songwriters. Desserts and coffees available while taking in a great night of music. $5 donation suggested. 7-9pm. Nightingale’s has a wide range of musical events including blues jams, jazz nights, and ukulele workshops. Follow them on Facebook or watch their website for upcoming entertainment.

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Treasured friends

Wednesdays and Saturdays stop by Phoebe’s Bookcellar (at the Library) to find the perfect book for a cozy afternoon inside. With upwards of 10,000 books, the Bookcellar has just the right find both in price and title. Phoebe’s “gently-loved” treasures can be found in departments including Art, History, Classics, Biographies, Fiction, Science, Religion, Gardening, Cooking, and Children & Young Adults. Run by a dedicated group of volunteers, all proceeds benefit the Library.

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Gallery hopping

Winter hours may vary, but the studios and galleries on Lyme Street are a great way to spend an afternoon shopping for the perfect new find. The Cooley Gallery offers fine American art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, including works by Tonalist master Henry Ward Ranger and contemporary artist Judy Friday. Typically Wednesday-Saturday, 12-5pm. Call to confirm hours, or by appointment. (Image Credit: Beaver by artist Mike McLaughlin)

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They call it the blues

Taking a peek into March! March 16th, the Old Lyme Historical Society Spring Lecture Series presents "Ramblin’ Dan Stevens" with Blues 101, a history of blues music through a performance of various styles, including demonstrations of the three-string cigar box guitar and the one-string diddley bow. Admission: $10, supports Old Lyme Historical Society and Music Now Foundation, Inc.