Last Tuesday,  art appraiser Ann Marenakos, above , spoke at the Jibboom Club about artist
Reynolds Beal (1866-1951) and in particular about his sketches of New London. She then surprised us by presenting a folio of about a dozen of these sketches to the Maritime Society -- wonderful images of the waterfront, ships, Harbor and Race Rock Lights!  Here, below, is one drawing with Race Rock from that group.
(And, yes, that's Craig Showalter, upper right, son of the museum's founder Lucile Showalter, visiting last week. He was in town for Ocean Beach's Polka Nights.)  
What's Up at the Custom House  - June 24, 2018
New London Maritime Society - telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
Discover the enormous effect the maritime world has on our daily lives at the Custom House Maritime Museum.  
 We're replacing the roof, installing a periscope, and receiving wonderful donations. Grants cover the bulk of these expenses, but not everything. Help support our programs: this week, both the Jibboom Club and Make Music Day were FREE & fun.  Please DONATE.  
Your gift can make all the difference.  
Why not g ive Susan a call: 860-447-2501, or 203-444-2884 
New London Maritime Society, 150 Bank Street, New London, CT  06320   
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors
Robinson + Cole  
     Docko      Cross Sound Ferry 
John Steffian, Jr.,   the  Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, Matt Lynch Water Transit  the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Veolia Water, CDBG

Thursday,  June 28

Untold Tides: the Surprising Influence of the Tides in Human Affairs, with Mark Borton
Thursday, June  28, 6-7 PM

Tides are caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and the sun, and affect everything on earth, not just the oceans.

Mark Borton has been researching the influence of the tides for a decade and will present two illustrated talks on the causes and consequences of the tides.  

In his 2nd talk, on June 28, Mark will reveal some of the hidden consequences of the tides on love, war, money, and more.

Thursday early evening -- 6-7 PM. Talk, wine & cheese, then we suggest you go have dinner in downtown New London! Tickets for youth ages 8-18 $8, NLMS members $10, $12.

Mark sold out his first lecture. Space is limited. Register today 24/7 at
Friday, July 6
Have a great night out while supporting NL Maritime Society 
 An Evening of Song (and Desserts) with MUSTARD'S RETREAT 
Concert & Fundraiser
to Benefit New London Maritime Society
Friday, July 6, 7 PM, beneath the Custom House Big Blue Tent
Concert tickets are $30 each, $25 NLMS members, and are available online 24/7 at or by calling 860-447-2501. Space is limited. (Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.)

The Michigan-based singer/songwriter trio Mustard's Retreat has been delighting audiences for 40 years. They are witty, insightful, fun, and profound, as well as accomplished songwriters and musicians (guitars, dulcimer, electric bass, mandolin, harmonica, pennywhistle). The group: David Tamulevich, Michael Hough, and Libby Glover, is well known in the area to Mystic Sea Music Festival fans and Custom House museum friends. They previously have performed at the Custom House and at Friday Night Folk, and were the opening act for folk legend Peter Yarrow's performance for NLMS, in 2016. Mustard's Retreat will be featuring songs from their new CD 'Make Your Own Luck', to be released in late June.  Following their performance on July 6, Mustard's Retreat will be seen at The New Bedford Folk Festival, New Bedford, MA.  

fresh, vital, relevant  -  Robert Reid, Waterloo Record, ON  
Hear Mustard's Retreat HERE. 
Fabulous desserts, wine, and coffee will be served.  Sign up today!  
exhibition extended through August 5
Bully for Woolies: Victorian Sailors Stitchery + 4 
  The Charles B. Moss Sr. & Paula Moss Collection 
'Victorian Woolies: Sailors Stitchery and Other Pastimes' celebrates a recent gift of 22 'woolies', or Victorian sailor embroideries,  from Charles B. Moss, Jr. plus the loan for four
spectacular woolwork pieces from a private collection. Here's one of the four, below.
Visit inside Ledge Lighthouse
trips begin June 25
We're taking a small boat out to Ledge Lighthouse from City Pier, New London 
This summer we're trying something new. Trips for up-to six passengers, only, leaving daily from downtown.
S ign up for tours at:
Our schedule is dictated by the tides & weather.  (We cannot land at low tide.)  
We'll be scheduling trips most afternoons, times TBD weekly.   
Questions? 203-444-2884.   
Matt Lynch, of Water Transit Services, with whom we've worked  for 6 years on our Sunset and Full-Moon Lighthouse Tours, is the captain for these 90-minute excursions. $60, $50 NLMS members & youth ages  7-18. 
It's the Full Strawberry Moon   
  Sunset &   
Full-Moo n
lighthouse boat tours take place June 26, 27, & 28, that's this Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Please register at least 8 hours in advance of your trip.  
Sunset Lighthouse Boat Tours
July 26, 27, 28 
See three of New London's lighthouses as the sun goes down. 
Twilight is a magical time to be on the water. Explore the harbor's lighthouses: Avery Point, Ledge, & Harbor, with the one who knows them best.  
Local, Personable, Authentic. Just six passengers, max.   
Full-Moon Lighthouse Boat Tours  
July 26, 27, 28 
Here's What's Up in July
■ Hands-On Workshop: Stitch Your Own Woolie workshops with Christina Corcoran, Saturdays July 7 & 21, 11 AM. Learn how to make your own 'woolie' embroidered picture in the style of Victorian sailors! This 2-session workshop will introduce the various tools and techniques used in the handcraft of embroidered maritime pictures (currently on view at CHMM.) $45-55 or call 860-447-2501. Stop in and see the exhibition and examples of Christina's embroidery in the SHOP.

■ Book Talk: The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History, with Joseph Williams, Thursday, July 12, 6 PM. Librarian, archivist and historian Joseph A. Williams brings us the true story of the HMS Laurentic sunk by German mines off the coast of Ireland during the Great War.
It is an  exciting tale of undersea diving and naval operations, exemplifying human persistence, bravery and patriotism ,with Lieutenant Commander Guybon C.C. Damant at the helm. $12, $6 NLMS members. Register at or call 860-447-2501.

■ Talk & Tour: Fishers Island and the Ferguson Museum, with Pierce Rafferty. Thursday, July 19  (also offered Saturday, August 4, Thursday, September 13). Join our excursion to Fishers Island to view the new Photographers of Fishers Island, Part Two, 1940s to Date exhibition, curated by Pierce Rafferty, at the Henry L.Ferguson Museum. A light lunch is provided. We're taking the Fishers Island Ferry from New London. Each trip is limited to 12 attendees. $60. To register call 860-447-2501.

■ Hands-On Workshop: YOKAI MASK Workshops - for kids age 10 and up, with Albert Sussler. Saturdays, July 21 and 28th, 10 AM to 12 noon. Artist Albert Sussler is teaching a two-session Yokai Mask workshop.  Yokai are Japanese spirits ~ monsters that personify forces of nature. Ages 10 and up. All materials included. Register at or call 860-447-2501.  
■ Hands-On Workshop: How to be a  Cartoonist - cartooning classes for kids age 8 and up, with Jon Buller, Four Saturdays - July 21, 28, August 4, 11. 10:45 to noon. Learn the basics of cartooning at this popular four-session workshop taught by kids' book illustator cartoonist Jon Buller. Sign up at or call 860-447-2501.  
■ Performance: 'Ode to the Sea', with Ava Wing and Aymeric Dupré la Tour, Sunday, July 22nd, 5 pm.  Soprano Ava Wing and pianist Aymeric Dupré la Tour will perform art songs dedicated to compelling sea-themed poems set by legendary European Romantic and Impressionistic composers. The event, designed specifically for the New London Custom House Maritime Museum, will feature lyrical, sweeping songs by Brahms, Debussy, Fauré, Strauss and will culminate in the epic song cycle by Ernest Chausson (a friend of Claude Monet): Poème de l'amour et de la mer (Poem of Love and the Sea) which displays raw emotions as the narrator tells of his lilac-scented love and then how he lost her to the amethyst waters, with novel melodies and extended descriptive piano interludes. $20. Register: call 860-447-2501.
Space is limited for all programs, SIGN UP TODAY! 
We loved Make Music Day.
Our thanks to the performers - click links to hear them play: Act 1 - the Frommers - twin songsters Samuel & Rafael , pianist Ariel, singer Daniel; Act 2 - cellist Leah Thomas; and Act 3 - Americana string combo Patina!  Thanks, too, to the CT state office of the arts, & SE-CT cultural coalition, who brought everything together.
Hear them perform on our facebook pages New London Maritime Society, and Custom House Maritime Museum -- you'll be glad you did.  
Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la MusiqueMake Music Day  
 is now held on the same day in more t han 800 cities in 120 countries.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician - young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion - pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public. See you next year! 
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Left, Sometime before the end of June, the last window on the museum's lower level will be replaced. With all the work that's been going on, things have been shifted and shifted, again. Trustee Carolyn Leuze is determined to finish the kitchen and bring order to this region of the Custom House. She was in three days this week. 

Make History! Rent the Custom House for your special event.  Call Susan  860-447-2501 to find out more. 

Facebook New London Maritime Society to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation . We also post community news and conservation / preservation articles.  
Russ Carr is our new man behind-the-scenes figuring out the logistics of installing a 48-foot WW ll-era periscope at the Custom House.
We hope to do the installation before the end of the year. 
Custom House Maritime Museum   is on Facebook. 'Like' us to keep up with our events, as well as with news of interest about museums.     
 Custom House MUSEUM SHOP  offers all kinds of unique gifts.
Everybody is welcome in the shop, you don't need a  museum ticket to come in. MUSEUM SHOP gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, all your purchases go towards supporting the museum, exhibitions, & educational programs.  
Right, silk-screened note cards of Ledge and Race Rock Lights.    
Faceboo New London Ledge Light  reports the latest news about the lighthouse at the center of our harbor.   

Facebook the  Ledge Light Foundation to follow ongoing restoration efforts. LLF president Bruce Buckley reports:
We now have, over the last year (with a matching grant from the CT Trust For Historic Preservation), replaced all 28 windows on the first and second floors.  This will eliminate water damage that we consistently experienced.
On Monday (6/25) we will apply a commercial roofing sealant in the hopes of eliminating the leak/damage to the ceiling of large 3rd floor gallery.  In addition, we have a work crew that will stain/polyurethane all of the 11 new windows installed this year. Bravo LLF!
Facebook New London Harbor Light   reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation. It is sad to realize that another year has gone by when we have not been allowed to bring New London's third graders -- nor anyone else --to visit the lighthouse. Photo, left, is from 2010.       

  We continue our work to re-establish public access  
to New London Harbor Light, a beloved local historic landmark.  
F acebook Race Rock Lighthouse posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tou rism and preservation efforts. 
Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the Inn's restoration.   
Right, here is another of the Beal New London sketches,  this one showing ships passing Harbor Light.     
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway
  to learn news of other area  lighthouses.   
Find your lighthouse is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news.    
We met up with Paul Farrell, author/illustrator of Tugboats Illustrated  in Essex on Saturday, where he gave the Keynote speech at the Essex Summer Solstice GAM of the Seven Seas Cruising Association. Paul will be contributing to the Art of the Tugboat exhibition opening in early August. 
Facebook Sentinels on the Sound posts special events, boat tours, and dates to watch. The popular Sunset and Full-Moon lighthouse boat tours start on June 26th.
 Below, Patina performs at the Custom House on Make Music Day.
  Have a Sparkling Day!
Thank you for your support of New London Maritime Society!
Your membership provides annual operating funds for our Museum & Lighthouses.  
New London Maritime Society | 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 | 860-447-2501
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