Out & About: Lyme festival features ‘full spectrum of wellness’

The Lyme Health & Wellness Fair, which is scheduled to take place on the Lyme Town Common Saturday, features a variety of organizations. (Courtesy Community Care of Lyme)

The Lyme Health & Wellness Fair, which is scheduled to take place on the Lyme Town Common Saturday, features a variety of organizations. (Courtesy Community Care of Lyme) Courtesy photograph—Courtesy photograph

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 09-24-2023 7:12 AM

LYME — Since its start in 2019, the Lyme Health and Wellness Fair has gradually expand its offerings.

This year is no different. The fair is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Lyme Town Common on Main Street. Admission is free, and there will be programs and activities for people of all ages. More information and a full list of the dozens of participants can be found at cclyme.org/lhwf23.

“It includes everything from folks talking about end-of-life planning to early childhood stuff to art and exercise, to yoga and Reiki,” said Martha Tecca, executive director of Community Care of Lyme, the nonprofit organization that is hosting the event. The goal of event and the variety is to include “the full spectrum of wellness.”

That’s one of the reasons Kim Wenger Hall, the founder of Flourishing Art and Yoga studios, wanted to participate in the fair for the first time. Wenger Hall teaches virtual classes in pelvic floor health and chair yoga, among others.

“The community of Lyme is just so proactive, and I’ve seen the event advertised year after year,” Wenger Hall said. In addition to more traditional health offerings, she likes that the event includes dance and music therapy. “I think reconnecting with joy is huge. We’ve gotten away from that. Can we do health and wellness when it’s not in a gym?”

The Upper Valley Humane Society also is participating in the event. The Enfield-based nonprofit organization views the relationships humans can develop with animals as part of wellness.

“Interacting with animals can have significant positive physical and mental health benefits, supporting and even improving a person’s overall wellness,” Executive Director Nikki Grimes wrote in an email. “Humans possess an innate need for connection, and pets play a vital role in fulfilling this desire by offering companionship. Through this unique bond, people can experience an enhanced sense of overall well-being and happiness.”

East Thetford-based Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center will also have a booth at the event to talk about the connection between nutrition and health. “Our choices as consumers have direct impacts on our personal health and the health of our local ecosystems,” Executive Director Eric Tadlock wrote in an email.

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Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.