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    Wednesday, August 17, 2022

    Let’s Go: Storybook Trail depicts colorful historical legend at Bride Brook

    The storybook trail that is currently posted around the perimeter of William Peretz Park at Bridebook in East Lyme.

    East Lyme Public Library presents Puzzling Solutions, the Legend of Bride Brook, a storybook for all ages, within feet of where the actual event occurred.

    In 1647, Jonathan Rudd and his bride were married at Sunkapung Brook, which at the time was the border between Old Saybrook, and Pequot (New London). There were legal complications that nearly prevented the nuptials. The puzzling solutions story encourages walkers to try and solve the dilemma while it colorfully depicts the tale, told through both historical characters, and comical encouraging fish. Since then, the borders have changed, including the introduction of Waterford. Sunkapung’s name was changed to Bride Brook, and The Legend of Bridebrook has been affectionately shared for 375 years.

    The storybook trail that is currently posted around the perimeter of William Peretz Park at Bridebook, was written by Carol Glynn, local author and artist in residence. She has been presenting The Legend of Bride Brook for many years in one of her school assemblies, Connecticut Legends and Lore. Marisa Glynn Kouroyen, her daughter, who grew up in Niantic, helped illustrate the story, along with Jessica Rizkallah, an artist and poet from Boston.

    Puzzling Solutions, the Legend of Bride Brook, also encourages walking readers to rearrange the pieces in their own challenges to help them reach their goals. This installment for the library’s Storybook Trail at Bridebrook Park was funded by a Quick grant of $1,912, from CT Humanities. The library will match these funds for this project using annual fund drive money raised through private donations.

    The legendary story will be displayed through Nov. 30.

    Let’s Go is a regular feature. To submit email times@theday.com.

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