July 10 2012

Midsummer Festival 2012, July 27 & 28

Enjoy two art exhibition opening receptions, a diverse book sale, hours of live music, delicious food, and a special Author Talk and book signing at the College during Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28.

To kick off the festivities, there will be opening receptions with light refreshments in both the College’s galleries on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.  The first celebrates a special show, “Finnegan’s Farm Exhibition: Then and Now,” which is being held in the College’s Sill House Gallery and features the work of College alumni and friends over the past 20 years. The second in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery celebrates the exhibition titled, “Selected Student Work,” which highlights the best current work by students in all of the College’s major programs.  Gallery hours on Saturday, July 28, are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Both exhibits are free and open to the public.

Laugh along with nationally known author and University of Connecticut Professor Regina Barreca, known for her humor and insight, as she speaks about her two recent works, “It’s Not That I’m Bitter,” and, “Make Mine A Double.” Barreca, an acclaimed public speaker, has been called the funniest woman writer in America and will be delighting festival attendees at this engaging Author Talk and book signing in the College’s Chauncey Stillman Gallery, on Saturday, July 28, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

From a stage on the College lawn, musical performances sponsored by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and Bring Our Music Back, Inc., will feature young singer-songwriters and talented teen musicians with musical styles ranging from Celtic to folk and jazz to reggae. Whether you’re tapping your foot or just swaying side to side, these young people are set to entertain you. Performances begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.

As you listen to the music, enjoy tasty offerings from the al fresco College Café.  Turkey wraps, homemade chocolate chip cookies and fresh-squeezed lemonade will be offered, as well as the popular College Salad. Come taste the College’s culinary skills between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you prefer hot dogs, hamburgers and the like, check out the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club Food Tent, where they will be cooking up their always popular, traditional fare from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Looking for books? The College library is holding a sale of used books from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books on sale will cover a variety of genres—some will be art-related but all will be at bargain prices. All proceeds benefit the College’s fine arts library.

The College will be hosting an Information Table throughout the event on Saturday with details of our BFA, Certificate and Post-Baccalaureate degrees, and our Continuing Education and Pre-College courses.  Staff will be on hand to answer your questions and provide you with information.
Other events on Saturday will be held at the Lyme Art Association, the Florence Griswold Museum, the Old Lyme Inn, Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds along with a lively Sidewalk Sale hosted by the Shops of Lyme Street. 

For a full schedule of events and more information, visit

The College is pleased to be a partner in the 2012 Midsummer Festival with the Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa, Florence Griswold Museum, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Lyme Art Association, Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, the Old Lyme Inn, Phoebe-Griffin Noyes Library and the Town of Old Lyme.
For more information about the Midsummer Festival or Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, contact Olwen Logan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at 860-434-3571, ext. 135 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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