The first Custom House Soiree takes place this coming Wednesday, June 2, when NL's Eat in the Street features the theme: candy. Sit back and enjoy the mini-concert in a COVID-safe environment, all the while sipping wine & coffee, and sampling delicious bonbons.

There will be two 45-minute concert seatings, scheduled at 7 & 8 PM on Wed., June 2.

NB: The 8 o'clock concert ends just in time to catch the fireworks at 9!

Tickets are $35 each.
Space is strictly limited.
Sign up online by June 1 at
'Eat in the Street' then come to the Custom House Soiree
for Aymeric Dupré la Tour's Musical Confections
Inspired by the idea of addictive musical sweetness, pianist Aymeric Dupré la Tour is offering us a small plate of most scrumptious piano favorites. You will be able savor Liszt's "Liebestraum," Debussy's "Clair de Lune," Kreisler's indulging "Caprice Viennois," Gottschalk's delicious "Pensée Poétique," Scott Joplin's transporting "Mexican Serenade," and a spring evocation of the world's favorite "little sparrow" Edith Piaf with an improvisation on Guglielmi (Louiguy) "La vie en Rose."

In addition to an active career performing and recording on the harpsichord as a soloist or continuo player with ensembles such as Chamber Orchestra of New York and Connecticut Virtuosi, Dupré la Tour also works as an organist, choir director, pianist, vocal coach, and music director/arranger.

The new
provides free admission for New London students & their families
to the Custom House Maritime Museum

NLMS VP Christina Corcoran invites New London students and their families to visit the Custom House for free! Support the fund! DONATE today.

On Friday, Tamara Singer, son Brodie, and friend John Haskell delivered five magnificent models to NLMS from Florida.

John was at the museum several years ago, when his grandson visited with the Third Grade Local History Program, right. A friend of past president Ed Cubanki, John recommended the Custom House to Tammi.

The models will go on display at the Custom House later this summer.
photo: Brodie and Tamara Singer at the Custom House on Friday. by Christina Corcoran

Sean Elliot, of the Day, was on the scene to document the models' arrival!
His photos can be seen here. Sean wrote:
When Edward Singer passed away in February, his daughter Tamara went to work finding homes for the 25 scale ship models her father had crafted over the last two-plus decades since he settled into retirement in Florida.
On Friday, Singer and her son Brodie arrived with John Haskell to deliver five of her father's models to the Custom House Maritime Museum in New London.
The five models, depicting the ice breaker USCGC Eastwind, the cutter Spenser, a 44-foot motor life boat and 41-foot utility boat, and the Navy tug Kiowa, will be stored in the ship model gallery on the museum's lower level until they can be moved to a large glass display case on the main level this summer.
Edward Singer retired from the U.S. Navy submarine service as a master chief petty officer, and also served in the Coast Guard Auxillary, and worked as an engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat after his Navy career.
Other models from Edward Singer's collection have been donated to museums around the country and a few have gone to private collectors.
The Custom House Maritime Museum & SHOP
OPEN Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.
All of our docents are fully vaccinated! Read about our safety measures.
In everything we do, we work to support our community. NLMS was formed by citizens who stopped an impending federal sale and kept NL's US Custom House intact & accessible.
That's still who we are.

We believe in preserving our community's maritime history. We believe in defending access to our local landmarks. We believe in free museum admission for New London students & their families!

Today we run a local maritime history museum, provide a free education program in NL Public Schools, and preserve three lighthouses. Join us.

Donate today to the New London Maritime Society -- Custom House Maritime Museum!

Telling the stories of the waterfront and preserving three lighthouses!
NB: NLMS does not own the ship's log.
Can you Help?
A New London Whaling Family Investigation
We were intrigued by a call from Shelby Langevin, who just inherited a family trunk.
A note inside the trunk, above, reveals it belonged to Chelsea Smith Dart, born aboard the ship Chelsea, (seen in the painting of brother Jimmy, right). Captain Smith was her father and Mary Chappel, also aboard ship, her mother.
Shelby emailed: I’ve attached the pictures of the trunk along with the note inside. I also attached a screenshot from (Aunt) Marcia on her memory of the trunk. Marcia is the direct descendant. Her grandmother Mamie was my grandfather’s sister. Mamie’s husband George Goddard was Chelsea’s grandson. 
So the story goes. Definitely need to do some genealogy on this. 
Portrait of James Francis Smith, (in a penguin skin coat, in Antarctica), 1837, Lyman Allyn Museum. The ship Chelsea is in the background.
Below, Grown up Commodore James Francis Smith of Jibboom Club #1. Smith and his brother, both whaling captains, built the house next door to the Custom House, now the Waterhouse Salon.
What's Up at the Custom House - May 30, 2021
New London Maritime Society - local friendly authentic
Telling the stories of New London's waterfront
& preserving four historic maritime sites
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors 
Anonymous, Christina Corcoran, Nick Korstad, The Maco Family Fund, DOCKO, the State of Connecticut, CtHumanties, USLHS, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank, the City of New London , IMLS, PPP, & CDBG.
Visit inside New London Harbor Lighthouse.
Registration is now online.
Take the tour. The views at the top are spectacular! We meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room -- all the while learning about the 260-year history of Harbor Light, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country and the tallest on Long Island Sound. photo: Saturday's visitors, by C. Corcoran
The visit takes around 45 minutes. Everyone must be vaccinated. We all use hand sanitizer and wear masks. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to-18 years old.

***We still are looking to hire a captain w/boat to handle our trips out to Ledge Lighthouse this summer. If that's you, please give us a shout!
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We are a little short on docents at the Custom House. Would you like to try -- maybe pairing with a friend? It's a pleasant way to spend 4 hours a week while learning about NL's maritime heritage and greeting visitors to our town! Email Susan.

Regan started with us last week!
Heading Here
from our friends at the Connecticut Early Music Festival

Save the date
June 11,12 13
Thursday, May4, 7 PM: A new documentary captures 10 years of New London Talent Show
The premiere of "Those People," a new documentary about the New London Talent Show, followed by a conversation with the creative team hosted by Tiffani Gavin, executive director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, takes place at the Garde.

NL HarborCam Image of the Full Flower Super
Moon rising on May 25, 2021 at 8:29 PM.

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