Old Lyme hosts Midsummer Festival

It's munchies and music on the lawn of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.
It's munchies and music on the lawn of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Day file photo

Let's short-hand this: Old Lyme's Midsummer Festival. Arts. Entertainment. Friday and Saturday. All along Lyme Street in Old Lyme.

And now a little expounding: There is too much going on to list absolutely everything here, but we'll give you some highlights:

The Mighty Soul Drivers play their classic Southern soul from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday outdoors at the Florence Griswold Museum, overlooking the Lieutenant River.

Canines line up for the Parading Paws Dog Show on Saturday at Flo Gris. Registration runs 9 to 10 a.m., with judging at 10:30 in categories ranging from best smile to best trick to best costume.

With "Crafted-by-Hand: The Midsummer Artisan Fair" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for adults, Flo Gris is also the site for the "Hands-On, Minds-On Education Area" for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bestselling author and part-time Old Lyme resident Luanne Rice talks and signs books - her latest is "The Lemon Orchard" - at 11 a.m. at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Tony Award-winning animal trainer Bill Berloni will sign his book, "Broadway Tails," and will talk about rescue dogs that ended up starring on stage from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

The Lyme Garden Club exhibits and sells its wares from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lyme Art Association. Also at the association, the oxen of Cranberry Meadow Farm are on view from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lyme Academy also hosts vendors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday "The Plein Air Fence Show Artists" display their works from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Center School lawn.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

Old Lyme's Midsummer Festival, Friday and Saturday, various locations on Lyme Street, including Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and Lyme Art Association; most Friday events are in evening, and most of Saturday's happen between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; for a complete schedule, visit oldlymemidsummerfestival.com.

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