July 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cultural and social service organizations partner with local artists and businesses to celebrate the arts in Old Lyme with a mix of music, art exhibitions, and food. In its over 30 years the festival has grown in visitation and offerings — but has always stayed true to its mission of highlighting the culture of the community.
Midsummer Festival at a Glance:
Friday, July 28
Pre-Concert Open House: Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art
Midsummer Concert: Nick Anderson and the Shady Creek Band
This year, Nick Anderson and Shady Creek Band bring traditional bluegrass music with a healthy serving of that “high lonesome sound” to the banks of the Lieutenant River. With high-energy picking and soulful duet, trio, and quartet harmonies, the band will have you dancing in your seat. The free concert is always a favorite and makes for a picnic-perfect summer evening.
Sponsored by All Pro Tire Automotive and the Graybill Family.
Saturday, July 29
Outdoor Marketplace: A Bohemian Street Fair
New this year is the Bohemian Street Fair, evoking the spirit of the original bohemian artists who once lived in the Griswold House, presenting a wide selection of great products from farmers, crafters, and artisans along with a varied offering of prepared food vendors.
Midsummer Special: Reduced Museum Admission
$5 (no further discounts)
Special Event: Parading Paws Dog Show!
9-11:30am; registration from 9-10am
Does your dog have the best smile, longest tail, biggest paws? Registration from 9-10am. Judging begins at 10:30am. Special categories include Best Trick and Best Costume.
Sponsored by Vista Life Innovations
Education Area: Hands-On, M!nds-On
10am – 3pm
Over a dozen art, history, and nature museums gather together for hands-on fun. Participating organizations include the Avery-Copp House Museum, Children’s Museum of Southeast Connecticut, Connecticut Historical Society, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, New Haven Museum, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Museum of Art, Project O, and Submarine Force Museum.
Family Concert: Folk Music for Young Folk with Dave Fry
11:30am and 1:30pm
Fry’s concerts feature both traditional and contemporary folk music, spliced together with guitar, mandolin, banjo, wry and spontaneous commentary on American family life, and plenty of participation on everyone’s part.