Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival, a town-wide celebration of the arts, will be held Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25. Since the early 20th century Old Lyme, Connecticut has been known to artists and art lovers alike as a haven for the arts.
The annual free concert on Friday, July 24 at the Florence Griswold Museum is always a favorite and makes for a perfect summer evening. The Museum is open for free from 5 to 7pm. Visitors can enjoy the summer exhibition, All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York before the concert. Find your spot along the Lieutenant River and enjoy an evening of American music by Manhattan Brass from 7 to 9pm.
The group is known for its dynamic performances and eye-opening repertoire. A Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York magazine, the quintet is intent on taking brass ensemble playing to another level and bringing their audiences with them. The concert is presented by Musical Masterworks, a chamber music series based in Old Lyme. “Musical Masterworks is delighted to be presenting an evening of American music performed by Manhattan Brass”, said Alden Rockwell Murphy, President of Musical Masterworks. “This concert celebrates the beginning of Musical Masterworks’ 25th Anniversary season. It is very fitting that we are celebrating the beginning of our milestone anniversary at the Florence Griswold Museum because this is where we started–several of our very first concerts were held here.”
Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or let Gourmet Galley prepare a delicious meal. Reservations can be made at www.Gourmet-Galley.com.
The Festival continues on Saturday, July 25, with activities spanning locations along Lyme Street, the heart of Old Lyme’s historic district – the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyme Art Association, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, the Old Lyme Inn, Studio 80 + Sculpture Park, Old Lyme Historical Society, Old Lyme Center School, the Old Lyme – Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, and a variety of Lyme Street merchants.
Visitors to the Festival enjoy art, food, musical performances, hands-on activities for children, a dog show, a French-styled market, artisan vendors, book signings, and so much more! Many activities begin at 9am and continue through 4pm
For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.OldLymeMidsummerFestival.com.
Parking is available at Old Lyme Marketplace, Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, and Lyme-Old Lyme Center and Middle Schools. A shuttle bus runs between these locations from 9am to 4pm.