Old Lyme Midsummer Festival


  • Fence Show Artists

    Fence Show Artists

    Come and meet some of the areas most accomplished local artists and enjoy their work. The Fence Show Artists are back at their favorite location on the Old Lyme Inn lawn. All mediums, styles and prices represented, discover a new artist or collect from one of your favorites!

  • Florence Griswold Museum

    Florence Griswold Museum

    Located on an 11-acre site, the Florence Griswold Museum is known as the Home of American Impressionism. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, where the artists of the Lyme Art Colony lived, the Museum features an exhibition gallery, education center, extensive gardens, and a restored artist's studio. This summer, don't miss the special exhibition, All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York.

    Photo credit: Bob Gregson.

  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts was founded in1976 by the distinguished sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler. Accredited as a college since 1996, the College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Illustration, Painting, and Sculpture; Certificates in Painting and Sculpture, a Post-Baccalaureate program; Continuing Education for adults and a Pre-College Program for students aged 15-18. The College continues the academic tradition of figurative and representational fine art while preparing students for a lifetime of contemporary creative practice. Students develop intellect and imagination, intensity of observation, sound craftsmanship, individual initiative and creativity, as well as depth of interpretation of ideas through artistic expression.

    Lyme Academy College is fully accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. The College is located at 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT 06371.

  • Lyme Art Association

    Lyme Art Association

    Opened in 1921 as a permanent exhibition home for the Lyme Art Colony artists, the Lyme Art Association, which is free to the public and open Tuesdays through Sunday, continues to be a vibrant art center. Professional as well as developing artists mount major exhibitions throughout the year and form the heart of the Lyme Art Association which now boasts over 1,000 members.

    With a busy schedule of exhibitions and sales, affordable art classes, workshops, and popular lecture series, the Lyme Art Association welcomes you on your next visit to Old Lyme Connecticut where art lives!

  • Chamber of Commerce Seal

    Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce

    The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to our Lymes. Whether you are here for a season, a weekend or an afternoon you will find plenty to keep you busy. Visit our museums & galleries for exhibitions of American impressionists and contemporary artists. Explore our shops to purchase necessities for yourself and treasures for yourself and others: handcrafts, collectibles, jewelry, chocolates and so much more. Dine at one of our award-winning restaurants.

    Pick up lunch or a snack and picnic by the river or on the beach. Spend the night at one of our famous inns. Here you can meander down a quiet lane or launch your canoe or kayak and glide through the waters of our rivers and lakes. We may tell you to take a hike – but we'll mean it literally, as we have trails and walking paths to suit even the littlest feet.

    Look for faerie princes & princesses in local businesses this fall when Florence Griswold Museum presents Wee Faerie Village “Whimsical Kingdoms.” Help us "Light Up Old Lyme" for the holidays in December. Discover for yourself what makes us special. We’ll welcome you in every season.

  • Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club

    Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club

    The Lyme Old Lyme Lions Club was established in 1972 to provide visual aids and service to sight impaired , support ,high school scholarships, and support local charities that provide service and to the community. Our motto is “We serve.” The Lyme Old Lyme Lions have a pretty impressive record for a local all volunteer organization. We have raised and donated over $350,000 from pancake breakfasts, pasta dinners, various burger and hot dog events and our signature event, the Lyme Old Lyme Lions Car Show.

    This little club was instrumental in establishing the Low Vision Center of Southeastern Connecticut and Yale Eye Research Center as a charter supporter. Many Lyme Old Lyme High School students have benefited from the scholarships presented each year currently four $1500 scholarships. The Lions also support both Lyme and Old Lyme Social Services as well as many other worthwhile charities with in the community. We also participate both Spring and Fall in the Adopt-A-Highway program. The Lions also support the Lyme Old Lyme High School Environmental Club with a Leos group. Lion membership is by invitation only and community service will be required! If you are interested contact and member or Phil Parcak at 860-434-9044.

  • Lyme-Old Lyme Schools graduation

    Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

    Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have created an environment focused on enabling children of all ages to reach their full potential through a commitment to providing exemplary schools, partnering with the community, nurturing a passion for lifelong learning, and fostering global citizenship. In April 2016, Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) was named the eighth best public high school in Connecticut by US News & World Report and ranked nationally at #429. Also in 2016, LOLHS, which offers 17 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, earned the second highest ranking in the state in terms of AP performance and the fifth highest participation rate.

    We offer a picturesque, safe campus with an enrollment of over 1,300 students, where we consistently maintain a low student-teacher ratio that allows for individual attention. We pursue a philosophy based on formal academics with full-day kindergarten setting the foundation for reading, writing, and mathematics in the early grades. Throughout all four years of high school, we provide individual college counseling including free SAT preparation classes for all juniors. Year after year, LOLHS graduates are accepted into a wide range of diverse and highly selective schools across the US and in some cases, internationally.

    Lyme-Old Lyme Schools offer numerous opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in our 21st century laboratories equipped with the latest CAD/CAM technology. Our schools are renowned for their excellence across all areas of the arts with LOLHS students consistently featuring as award winners in major local, state, and sometimes national art contests. We also offer an outstanding athletic program with a wide range of sporting activities for all ages and a student participation rate of over 80 percent. We are pleased to welcome students who are not residents of Lyme or Old Lyme to apply to join us as tuition-paying students.

  • Lymes' Youth Service Bureau

    Lymes' Youth Service Bureau

    The Lymes' Youth Service Bureau, a private, non-profit agency, is dedicated to promoting the positive development of children and families in the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme. Our purpose, as established in 1978, was then and is still to: identify and satisfy unmet youth needs, provide professional guidance designed to promote harmonious family and interpersonal relationships and healthy development, arrange for and provide counseling, educate, encourage and aid the community to recognize its responsibility and role in the alleviation and solution of social problems involving youth, and provide activities and services to youth to aid in their personal growth.

  • Lymes' Youth Service Bureau

    Old Lyme Historical Society

    The mission of the Old Lyme Historical Society, Incorporated, is to collect, preserve, and interpret the rich history of Old Lyme, Connecticut and its environs for the benefit of residents and visitors. Cultural, economic, social, and architectural aspects of life in Old Lyme from the earliest settlements to the present will be shared with the public through the internet, exhibits, walking tours, and original publications.

  • Old Lyme Inn logo

    Old Lyme Inn

    The Old Lyme Inn, fully renovated in 2012, offers a quaint yet modern, New England experience in the heart of historic Old Lyme, CT. All of our guest rooms offer unique touches that afford our visitors with the utmost in comfort and relaxation; including gas fireplaces, fresh baths, and luxurious bedding. The Old Lyme Inn’s restaurant and bar is a meeting place for visitors and locals alike. Sample our ever-changing cocktail and wine list, while dining on some of the most unique comfort food available in the area. Guests can spend their evenings listening to highly acclaimed musicians at The Sidedoor, an intimate Jazz Club opened in May of 2013.

    Join us today to experience a new take on an old favorite.

  • Old Lyme Library

    Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library

    Established as a free public library in 1897, the building construction was funded by the generous gift of Charles H. Ludington in honor of his mother-in-law. Originally organized and operated by the Ladies Library Association, their funds were merged with the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Trust to create the present library association. Subsequent additions were added to the building to meet the developing needs of a growing community.

    The library offers popular reading collections and media, wireless Internet access, a Learning & Homework Center for children, monthly educational and cultural programs for all ages and a community meeting room for local clubs and organizations.

  • Patricia Spratt for the Home

    Fans of Patricia Spratt linen housewares await the annual Midsummer 3-day warehouse sale every year! Thursday through Saturday, you’ll find great bargains with up to 80 percent savings on table linens, pillows and more. A wholesale luxury table linens manufacturer offering the finest and largest selection of table linens, the only time to buy direct is when we open the doors for our warehouse sale!

    Our placemats, napkins, tablecloths and decorative accessories are made from beautiful decorator quality prints and will delight those looking for anything from traditional to “cutting edge” trends. Our 100% cotton and innovative cotton blend fabrics, from the finest mills throughout the world, are sewn at our in-house manufacturing facility on Lyme Street. Most of our linens are machine washable on a cold, delicate setting. Be sure to check our linen labels for other care instructions.

  • Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds

    Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds

    Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is located in the historic art community of Old Lyme, Connecticut. The grounds feature a changing collection of 70 contemporary sculptures, by Gilbert Boro and visiting artists. The outdoor sculpture collection is exhibited on 4.5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds adjacent to The Lieutenant River and The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

    Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is open to the public 7 days a week and has over 3,000 visitors a year. Enjoy artists video and lectures, live music & refreshments. ||

  • Town of Old Lyme logo

    Town of Old Lyme

    Old Lyme is a community of some 8000 permanent residents and an additional several thousand seasonal visitors who occupy a shoreline complex of summer residences. Located on the east bank of the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets Long Island Sound, the town is marked by independence, volunteerism, and a long-standing commitment to the arts. Fine examples of Colonial and Federal architecture line our main streets and winding country roads.

    Lymes' Senior Center
    This year, the Lymes' Senior Center is organizing all the events taking place on the Town Hall lawn. The Lymes' Senior Center serves Seniors 60 and over in the Lyme/Old Lyme community with wonderful programs including trips and cruises, exercise and dance classes, art classes and workshops, educational and historical lectures, musical and entertainment programs, outdoor hiking programs, health lectures, evening PiYo and Yoga classes, lunches and services to help seniors such as tax preparation, financial health checkups, haircuts, free hearing clinics, blood pressure clinics, flu clinics, reflexology, chair massages and much more. Last year the Lymes' Senior Center welcomed over 18,500 through the doors.