today - Sunday, September 11 at 2 PM
Arm-of-the-Sea Theater
This free family theater production marks the close of New London Maritime Society's Lighthouse Summer
New London Maritime Society brings Arm-of-the-Sea Theater's charming production about the history of a lighthouse, from ship wrecks to heroic keepers to successful historic preservation campaigns, to New London on Sunday, September 11, at 2 pm.

KEEP THAT LAMP TRIMMED 'N BURNING is an original theater production featuring live music and larger-than-life mask and puppet characters in an archetypal drama about the 1869 Hudson River Lighthouse at Saugerties and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. 
The event is the NL Maritime Society's contribution to the CT Maritime Heritage Festival. It will be performed in the Hygienic Art Park, 79 Bank St, New London, CT, free of charge.
Presented by a cast of three musicians and six puppeteers, the show runs one hour and promises an array of delights and insights for young and old alike. It is best suited for ages 8 and up. A short video of the show is available at
Presented by the New London Maritime Society, the performance is sponsored by the New London Cultural District Commission, with support from the CT Maritime Heritage Festival.
today -- September 11, 3:30 PM

Last Chance to Tour Inside Ledge Lighthouse in 2022
After the play, at 3:30 Sunday, we will have our last public Ledge Lighthouse tour of the season. The trip is for everyone, but special tickets for New London school children & parents are still just $5, thanks to a Veolia/NL Water Authority grant. Sign up now!

These two events -- the play & the Ledge lighthouse excursion - mark the end of an extremely successful Lighthouse Summer for New London & NLMS.
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Photo, Tony Sabilia at FASTSIGN, with one of his two paintings by Ellery Thompson: two draggers and the Queen Mary.
We thank all our sponsors - ARPA - Bodenwein Foundation - Astor Place - Chelsea Groton Foundation - Community Foundation of Eastern CT - CT Humanities - CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts - Eleven+ - Frank Loomis Palmer Fund - John Johnson - Maco Family Fund - New London Cultural District - Robinson+Cole - State of CT - SVOG U.S. Small Business Administration - Veolia / NL Water Authority.
Based on her more than thirty years as a noted thinker and speaker on personal contentment, Alexandra Stoddard shares what she has learned about the small but significant changes you can make to be happier day by day.
Save the Date: October 2, 4 PM

Choosing Happiness

Join Alexandra Stoddard for a convivial conversation celebrating Happiness in our daily lives. This event marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of her book, Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online or at the Custom House. $20, $18 NLMS members.

Happiness is what you make it, where you make it. Happiness is our best choice.
Saturdays & Sundays at 11 & 11:45

We give tours year-round!

Meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room -- all the while learning the 262-year history of Harbor Light, one of the oldest lights in the country, and the tallest on Long Island Sound. The 1865 4th-order fresnel lens remains in the lantern room. Views at the top are spectacular! Photo: Christina Corcoran.
Tours take 40 minutes. Book a tour for up-to five people: click to sign up, or email to schedule a tour during the week. Tickets are $35, $30 for NLMS members, $25 youth through age 18. Come on -- sign up today!

It's an ill wind blows no good. In this case, our 'No Public Access' sign at Harbor Lighthouse was stolen one week ago.

However, on a visit to FASTSIGNS to order a replacement, Tony Sabilia brought out two spectacular paintings by Ellery Thompson. This one is of the Eleanor, a dragger named for Ellery's sister. It was painted in the 1940s. I won't say losing the sign wasn't disturbing, but it was a treat to discover these two fine paintings.
Tuesday, September 20, 1:30 PM

Local author Richard Foye will be the September speaker.
The Jibboom Club is not a ‘club’, but a friendly gathering of people interested in all aspects of the waterfront. Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund, meetings are free. We've got cookies & coffee, and good conversation. Please come and bring a friend.
Sunday, September 25, 6-9 PM

Open Mic meets from 6-9 PM on the last Sunday of the month. It's co-hosted by Doc Frazier and Christina Corcoran.

Our monthly open mic welcomes performers of all kinds. Share your music, poetry, prose, stand-up, or just say what is on your mind. Bring your instruments, perform, or just sit back and enjoy!
Photo: August Open Mic.

Are you a Charter Oak Member?
Please Donate to NLMS!
At this time of year, Charter Oak offers you the unique opportunity to double your donation. Charter Oak will match your donation to NLMS up to $500 (in increments of $25). It's easy to do: (1) fill out a short Charter Oak form (2) donate to NLMS in person, or mail us a check. Forms will be available at the Custom House desk. 
To mail a check address and send it to:
New London Maritime Society
150 Bank Street. 
New London CT 06320

Have fun, find gifts, & support the NL Maritime Society. Our gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, your purchases support museum exhibitions & educational programs.

Photo: We have all things butterflies in the museum Shop!
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Our Salute to the Lighthouse Inn took place Saturday -- it was an evening to remember.

We want to thank Alwyn Christie, Elizabeth Jackson, Robert Duleau, chef Michael Dei Maggi, Amber, and the staff at the Inn for all of their help with this event.

We especially thank NLMS treasurer Alan Lyon for donating the spectacular cake, which was made by his daughter Julie, who decorates cakes in Boston.
Photo: Anhpu Christie and Ned Hammond. Photo below: attendees with ties to the Inn raised their hands.
It was worth the wait.
Whereas the main Dining Rooms will not open until later this fall, the Tavern is open!

Tuesday to Friday
11 am to 2 pm
Tuesday to Sunday
4 to 9 pm
Closed Mondays. Walk-ins welcome. Reservations encouraged. 
Text or Call 860-709-7883.
We're online & on facebook!

  • Facebook New London Maritime Society to learn about our community and issues related to preservation & conservation. (This page currently is not working.)

Photo: The Monsters & Mermaids Parade reviewing stand in front of the CH. Remember, the CT Maritime Heritage Festival runs through Sunday!

  • View Online Exhibitions of New London Maritime History from the Custom House Maritime Museum's Frank L. McGuire Library.

  • Facebook the Custom House SHOP for gifts with an extra feel good factor -- when you shop with us your purchases support our exhibitions, & educational programs.

  • Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse T.A. Scott built this lighthouse in the middle of the Race. Find links to the film, architects' report, clippings.

  • We're on Instagram! nlmaritime

Photo, below: The Harvest moon rises beside Ledge and Harbor Lights.
'It was the worst day we have ever seen, but
it brought out the best in all of us.'
—Senator John Kerry

The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wed.-Sun., 1-5 PM, Sat. from 10 AM- 5PM.
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