Tuesday, June 21, 12 noon to 8 PM

We love
Make Music Day!
You're invited to Make Music Day, a free global celebration of music that takes place on the summer solstice every year.

Please stop in and help us celebrate the first day of SUMMER. It's free! We'll have cookies and coffee. Come and go as you please. Among other NL venues, there also will be performances across the street at Right Path Organic Cafe, and on Parade Plaza.
Photo, top: Double the Dial; NL Community Orchestra.

Here's the lineup at the Custom House.

Nickelodeon barbershop quartet -- 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Nickelodeon is a registered quartet of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Those Guys -- 1:00 - 1:45 PM
Those Guys, raised in the folk, rock, and blues music of the 60's and 70's, have fun sharing songs including classic acoustic rock and folk, in addition to more recent folk and pop.

Wild Irish Spirit -- 1:45 - 2:30 PM
Wild Irish Spirit plays Celtic folk songs and sea shanty's. Lynne McCullough-Guitar Banjo, tin whistle, vocals Mike LaFleur- Guitar, vocals Vicky Nelson- Guitar, vocals John McCullough- Octave Mandolin, vocals.

Byrd StayLow -- 2:30 - 3:00 PM
Byrd StayLow AKA Byrd AKA Mr. Low Key, as known by most of his peers, is an American Hip Hop artist, songwriter, and business entrepreneur. He and his closest friends started their own record label during the COVID -19 quarantine and have been working hard since!

New London Community Orchestra (youth) -- 3:00 - 4:00 PM
The New London Community Orchestra is an organization with a dual mission: We seek to provide a supportive environment for community musicians of all levels to play and perform orchestral music, and we also seek to create the next generation of music lovers by providing free string instrument lessons to local students.

Double the Dial -- 4:00 - 4:45 PM
Double the Dial is an original rock band and has been featured on 104.1fm, 102.3 the wolf, and 99.1 WPLR. The band has played at many major venues and festivals including the Beatles’ Fab4fest at Oakdale Theatre

Coalition Jazz Band featuring Kirk Edwards -- 5:00 - 6:30 PM
The Coalition Jazz Band started as a few like minded musicians playing music for the fun of it but soon turned into a working group playing area venues like Daddy Jacks.

New London Community Orchestra (adults) -- 7:00 - 8:00 PM
The New London Community Orchestra.

Come on -- let's celebrate SUMMER !
What's Up at the
Custom House
June 19, 2022

Happy Juneteenth!
Happy Fathers' Day!

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The Custom House Maritime Museum & Shop are open 1-5 PM, Wednesday - Sunday, and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM.

Photo, this week Patrick Bibeau planted grass seed at Harbor Light.
We thank our sponsors - Bodenwein Foundation - Chelsea Groton Foundation - Community Foundation of Eastern CT - CT Humanities - Eleven+ - Frank Loomis Palmer Fund - Maco Family Fund - Robinson+Cole - State of CT - SVOG U.S. Small Business Administration - Veolia / NL Water Authority.

Hooray to CT Humanities for renewing our CT Summer at the Museum grant.
This award allows for free admission for all CT children aged 18 and under and one adult caregiver to the Custom House Maritime Museum between July 1, 2022 and September 5, 2022.

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 top, nearby neighbors visited the lighthouse on Saturday. Christina Corcoran.
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Tours take 40 minutes. Everyone uses hand sanitizer and we all wear masks. Book a tour for up-to five people: click to sign up, or email to schedule a tour during the week.
Saturdays & Sundays in July & August


We'll be announcing the details later this week, but first wanted to give our faithful e-blast readers a sneak peak at Ledge lighthouse tours for July & August .


Volunteer to get Ledge ready for summer! The Ledge Light Foundation is looking for help. The commitment is a full day, 8 AM to 4 PM. Email Bruce to learn more.
TV reporter Jim Altman was back with us again on Wednesday to tape the first of five Day Tripper segments, scheduled to air in July. These local travel features have not run for two years due to COVID-19.
Jim got a preview of our new weekend trips to visit inside Ledge Lighthouse. We're extremely proud he chose Ledge to be his first segment! In addition to NLMS's Christina & Sebastien, Jim also interviewed Bruce Buckley of the Ledge Light Foundation.
We'll release full tour details next week!
photo: Christina, Sebastian, & Jim land at Ledge.
next Sunday, June 26, 6-9 PM

OpenMic at the Museum

Our monthly open mic welcomes performers of all kinds. Share your original music, poetry, prose, stand-up, or just say what is on your mind. Bring your bongos, perform, or just sit back & enjoy. Everyone wears masks!

​OpenMic meets from 6-9 PM on the last Sunday of the month.

This month's OpenMic will be in memory of our dear friend Aymeric Dupré la Tour.  Please come down to enjoy the music and remember our friend who left us too soon. Photo, Christina Corcoran.

June 28, 1:30 PM

JIBBOOM CLUB

On June 28, the JIBBOOM CLUB presents Steven A. Ricard, who will talk about two organizations that he supports, United States Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI), Groton Base and New London Veterans Affairs Committee.

A native of Belmont, NH, Steve joined the U.S. Navy in 1971 and retired from the Naval Reserves in 2005. As a civilian, he worked as a defense contractor for over 40 years, retiring in December 2018. He is a member of several Veterans organizations. He has lived in New London with his wife Elaine for over 40 years.

Jibboom is not a 'club' but an open, friendly gathering, with a speaker, refreshments, and good conversation. Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund. Please come and bring a friend.


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 the museum exhibitions & educational programs.

We're got delicious chocolate sailboats.

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NL HarborCam is Back!
HarborCam has such a great following -- over 2,800,000 viewers to date -- that it took just two months to raise the $6,500 needed to replace the camera we lost in mid February (along with the 189-year-old flagpole, to which it was attached)! -- thank you all for your contributions!

Once we got the camera, it then took another two months to get it installed and working correctly. Last Thursday, we got the camera back online, thanks to our tech whiz, Sebastien, and HarborCam trouble shooter Adesola. Hooray!

While we are still learning the ins and outs of all the camera can do, we absolutely love it and know you will too! See for yourself!
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We have a spate of musical happenings at the Custom House, beginning last Sunday, when we hosted a piano recital. Next up is Make Music Day on Tuesday, and OpenMic next Sunday. See you there! Photo, Kate Wells.
NB: the museum is available for nonprofit functions and private rental.

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

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

The grass borders are growing at Harbor Light.



  • Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse T.A. Scott built this lighthouse in the middle of the Race. Watch for our upcoming campaign to restore Race Rock, to launch in July.


  • We're on Instagram! nlmaritime


You never know what you'll receive in an email. This one came Friday.
Photo, above, 1:59pm, 72°F, 6/17/22, Beautiful sailboat passing by Race Rock Light on this hazy, warm day. Sincerely, Marlin Bloethe, FI, NY.

And here's what we learned about the ship after posting Marlin's photo on the Race Rock facebook page. The ship is the 'SV Alvei to be based in Noank for awhile.' Writes Hansina Wright: she was rescued in Fiji in 2019 and, after repairs and inspections, sailed to NZ and was in NZ for two years, weathering the worldwide COVID lockdowns and travel restrictions until the all-clear to embark on this voyage in Oct 2021. Yesterday they were on way to Noank after leaving Auckland NZ in Oct 2021, crossed the Pacific by sail, then through the Panama Canal, across the Caribbean and up the east coast with destination Noank (the captain’s hometown) and will be going up river sometime today to berth in Mystic for awhile. Approx 12,000 mile voyage with all well. amazing journey.

Welcome Summer!

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