Midsummer Festival 2017
Did you see the pull-out guide in the July 20 Lyme Times? The pull-out guide was generously provided by the Day Publishing Company.
Events and activities are also available at www.OldLymeMidsummerFestival.com and you can “Like” the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival on Facebook for up to the minute notifications and information.
A “quintessential New England” weekend, this year’s Old Lyme Midsummer Festival kicks off July 28 with a toe-tapping Friday night concert on the lawn of the FloGris, and continues Saturday, July 29 up and down Lyme Street with new offerings and old favorites throughout the day.
This year’s 31st annual festival again takes place in the heart of Old Lyme's historic district. The mission of the festival partners is to celebrate the arts history of Old Lyme, with Art, Music, Food & Family Fun.
The festivities kick-off Friday night with a free lawn concert beginning at 7pm. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, and picnic basket and enjoy the traditional bluegrass sounds of Nick and the Shady Creek. This great evening for family and friends is sponsored by All Pro Automotive and the Graybill Family.
Before the concert the Museum will host an open house, with free admission to the special exhibition~Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art from 5pm – 7pm.
LYSB's Midsummer 5K Walk, 5K Run, Kids K
Saturday, July 29th
to benefit the Timothy P. Buckley Memorial Fund
The Saturday Festival continues with arts exhibitions, kid’s activities, music, food and shopping along Lyme Street. With 13 partner organizations this year, the Festival will be chock-full of something for everyone. Shuttle buses again will be available for the length of the festival, and take participants from designated parking lots to stops along Lyme Street.
Partner activities and events on Saturday include the following (from the north end to south end of Lyme Street):
Florence Griswold Museum: a new Bohemian Street Fair, Hands-on/Minds-on Activities, Parading Paws Dog Show, Food trucks, Folk Musician Dave Fry, The Shop Super Sale, and reduced admission to historic house and exhibitions
Lyme Art Association: Art Sales and exhibitions, savory pies and LAA’s famous Ice Tea and Lemonade, and a fun and interactive “Masterpiece Photo Op”
Old Lyme Inn: Music and refreshments under the tent, air-conditioned table service inside the historic inn
Fence Show Painters: Now at the Old Lyme Inn! Art sale and demonstrations
Bee & Thistle Inn: hosting the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club Antique Car Show
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts: Art demonstrations, student/alumni exhibition, music and refreshments
Chamber of Commerce: vendor fair and youth music tent
Studio 80: summer sculpture showcase, fashion show, dance performance, live music and artist talk
Patricia Spratt for the Home: the always highly-anticipated warehouse sale of specialty linens
Lymes Youth Services Bureau: morning Midsummer 5K
Old Lyme Historical Society: Handweavers’ demonstration and community loom, troubadour Jim Lampos, Historical Society publications for sale.
Lyme-Old Lyme Schools: Try your skill in a rowing machine, sit in a rowing shell with oars, and learn about the many available enrichment activities through L-OL Schools!
Town of Old Lyme/Senior Center: Music & Movement yoga for families, Magician “Mr. Magic,” caricature drawings, King Arthur Flour Cookie Truck
Old Lyme-PGN Library: Phoebe’s Bookcellar Midsummer Sale, hourly story times, Young Adult’s screenprinting, History Press authors, hands-on learning on e-books and more
In addition to The Day Publishing, other key sponsors include Essex Savings Bank/Essex Financial Services, Pasta Vita, Lymeline/Valley News Now, and Essex Printing. Additional financial support comes from Paul Burdick Oil Company, Old Lyme Marketplace, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Florence Griswold Museum, Zelek Electric, and Caliber Computing.