OLD LYME – The Lyme Art Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Saturday August 7 with a full day of activities, including the Centennial Frolic, a 1920s-themed fundraising night for the Second Century Skylight Project.
The skylights are 100 years old – the same age as the building – and are in desperate need of replacement, said Laurie Pavlos, executive director of the Lyme Art Association.
âThe skylights are leaking. And, they are single glazed skylights and have no insulating value. It’s almost like having a giant hole in our roof through which all of our heat rises. And in summer it’s like having a giant greenhouse above the [building] that heats up space, âshe said.
The “frolics,” as the parties were called in the 1920s, will begin at 5 p.m. and will require a donation to the skylight project, Pavlos said. The event will feature cold drinks and hot appetizers on the lawn, and 1920s costumes are encouraged.
The theme of the whole day will be the 1920s, with in particular the âTea Dayâ from 1 pm to 4 pm, a tradition in the minds of the founding artists of the association who raised funds by organizing teas on the lawn. The event will feature children’s crafts and games, a photo booth with costume options, and refreshments.
âWe’re going to have sort of historical performers here – people telling stories with characters from the early days of the Lyme Impressionists and our early members. And there will be baked goods and tea like there was in the 1920s when they raised money to build this place and continue over the years, âPavlos said.
Throughout the day, artists from the Lyme Art Association will paint outside on Lyme Street for âWet Paint on Lyme Street,â culminating in a 4:30 pm paintings auction on the Lyme Art Association lawn.
Space in the Centennial Frolic is limited and a minimum donation of $ 25 per person is required to attend the event. To RSVP for Centennial Frolic, click here.