Traveling Life’s Goat Paths-On and Off the Boardwalk

East Lyme Public Trust Foundation Our History, Uncategorized

On the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation Web-Site, this diagram of the original Boardwalk is one of my favorites.  Although it is hard to imagine now, when the Boardwalk was first proposed, there were a flurry of objections.  History buffs will find it interesting to read the two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings on the topic which are now at the …

“In the Eye of the Beholder”-The Niantic Bay Boardwalk

East Lyme Public Trust Foundation Our History, Uncategorized

In 2020, during the corona virus pandemic, as people eagerly seek respite on the Niantic Bay Boardwalk from being “sheltered in place”, it is hard to imagine that when the Boardwalk was first proposed, the idea was met with fierce opposition.  Once the East Lyme Library opens again, the history lovers can consult two scrapbooks of newspaper articles from that …

Boardwalk Benches- Silent Sentinels

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During May 2020, as you walk the Boardwalk to get some release from being home based, take note of the dedications on each bench. The unique story behind every dedication is captivating as they express loss, sorrow, laughter and contentment, celebrating weddings, anniversaries, births, and graduations. Tell us the ones that move you or make you smile.  Two hundred benches …

The E.L. Boardwalk Plaques –Stories of the Soul of a Small Town

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As people walk the 1.1 miles of the East Lyme Boardwalk, they are able to ponder this gem of vintage Americana. One can see families strolling together, couples- old and new- holding hands, even people rehabbing from injuries as they welcome the waterside hand-hold and the many benches to rest and appreciate the view. On clear days one can hear …

Two Generations of Volunteers who have made a difference

East Lyme Public Trust Foundation Our History, Uncategorized

East Lyme has always prided itself on being a community of volunteers.  There is no greater example of that spirit than the creation of the boardwalk that has become an integral part of our community.  We have acknowledged the importance of Andy Pappas and Jay Gionet, the two men who first proposed this idea.  However, their vision could not have …