July 19 2011

Mystery, Music, Books, Food & More at the College During Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival!

Lyme Academy College is back as a participating location of the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival!  The College is participating on both days of the festival, Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30, with a variety of events and exciting happenings.

The event kicks off on Friday evening when the Chauncey Stillman Gallery at the College is open from 5 to 7 p.m. where the 2011 Summer Student Show is on display.  Admission is free.

Our keynote event on Saturday is a book signing by New York Times best-selling author and Old Lyme resident, David Handler. 

Creator of the mismatched crime-fighting duo of New York City film critic Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Resident Trooper Desiree Mitry, Handler has also written eight novels about the witty and dapper celebrity ghostwriter Stewart Hoag and his faithful, neurotic basset hound, Lulu.  The Hoag novels include the Edgar and American Mystery Award-winning The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Meanwhile, Handler’s seventh Berger-Mitry mystery, The Blood Red Indian Summer, is due to be launched in October of this year. 

Always an entertaining speaker, Handler will be giving a short talk starting at 10 a.m. prior to the book signing, at which a number of his novels will be for sale.  Space is anticipated to be at a premium for this event so early arrival is recommended.

Other events at the College include an outdoor performance from 12 to 2 p.m. by the Lyme-based Silver Hammer band, who will play the best of old and new music … but with a twist.  The rock and roll-based band Silver Hammer blends classic, alternative and indie styles to achieve an original sound.  Take a break for lunch and listen to the music!

And talking of lunch, the College’s Café will be going al fresco and serving a selection of its sumptuous offerings from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Turkey wraps, homemade chocolate chip cookies and fresh-squeezed lemonade are just some of the tempting items that will be available.

If you prefer hot dogs, hamburgers and the like, the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will be cooking up their traditional fare from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And still with food matters, the Take a Brake Bakery will be on campus from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. with irresistible cupcakes filled and frosted to order plus a variety of pies in individual cups.

Looking for books?  The College library is holding a sale of used books in a variety of genres from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Some will be art-related, but all will be at bargain prices.

The College will be hosting an Information Table throughout the event on Saturday with details on our BFA, Certificate and Post-Baccalaureate degrees, and our Continuing Education and Pre-College classes.  Staff will be on hand to answer your questions and provide you with information.

Other events during both days will be held at the Lyme Art Association and the Florence Griswold Museum.  For a full schedule of events and more information, visit

The College is pleased to be a partner in the 2011 Midsummer Festival along 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.

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