More lighthouses can be seen from the lantern of New London Harbor Light than from any other spot on earth.
Last fall, the New London Maritime Society took on stewardship of New London Harbor Light. Built 251 years ago, it is the oldest lighthouse in Connecticut, the 4th oldest in North America and still an active aid to navigation. The current tower was built in 1801.
This summer, to celebrate New London's lighthouse heritage, we are hosting a Lighthouse Weekend of exhibitions, tours and events. We will add details to the list, at right, as they are announced.
Sentinels on the Sound launches New London's Waterfront Summer, with 2011 SailFest up next, July 8 thru 10.
The lighthouse weekend & our new lighthouse exhibition are made possible by a generous grant from theConnecticut Humanities Council*.
We need VOLUNTEERS to help with all aspects of the lighthouse weekend. To take part, please call 860-447-2501
We have a great opportunity to purchase two large (8' x 18') WPA-era paintings: of Mystic harbor and, right,New London Harbor Light.
Details of the fund-raising campaign to follow.
Please contribute to their purchase!
photo: Todd Gipstein
"Who Built These Beacons?"
Elizabeth Wood, editor of the Stonington Historical Society's newsletter Historical Footnotes, will share newly disovered sources and research about a local contractor, Ch. H. Smith, responsible for more than a dozen lighthouses on Long Island Sound and beyond. His legacy, as told through the many lighthouses and stone structures still standing is significant, but he also left a remarkable collection of documents that illustrate some of the complex negotiations, construction processes, and networks of labor, materials, and contracts unique to the construction of these statuesque stone towers. The research will also shed light on other facets of his business, family, and social networks of the 19th century.
Liz Wood's original research will be presented at the Sentinels on the Sound Symposium - Morning Session, on July 2.
Above: Ch. H. Smith house, Stonington, CT.
from collection of Woolworth Library, Stonington Historical Society
Lighthouse Weekend, July 1-3, Schedule by DateDOWNLOAD
NEW LONDON, Conn--Join us, July 1 through 3, when the City celebrates New London's lighthouse heritage with Sentinels on the Sound, a lively weekend of special exhibitions, tours and events.We are presenting lighthouses in art, in cake, by bike, and now we now have 3 different lighthouse boat trips leaving this weekend from the Custom House pier.
'Three Sisters' Boat Excursions Added
As of Sunday morning: There's a new Three Sisters tour. Call 860-447-2501
'Three Sisters' Harbor Boat Tours (from Custom House Pier): Join Pat Kennedy aboard the Kathleen for a cruise by New London's three lighthouses: New London Harbor, Ledge and Avery Point. Pat's father was Captain of the USCG Point Knoll, which regularly took the Coast Guard lighthouse keepers out & back to their posts every two weeks, and he will relate stories he's heard first-hand about all the lighthouses as you relax on this intimate 45-minute cruise. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 pm. $35 adult, $15 children 14 years and younger. Space limited. Excursions limited to 6 visitors per trip. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations.
Tours inside NL Harbor Light(weather-permitting by boat from Custom House Pier): SOLD OUT
Boat tours to Ledge Light: Ledge Lighthouse can be visited through tours run by Project Oceanology, 860-445-9007, which will run three special 2 1/2-hour trips this weekend leaving from New London's Custom House Pier. (see events 9 below) Trips are on SOLD OUT
Lighthouse Cake-Off Baker-Competors Announced (See event 7 below)
Charlene Lidquest, The Cake Lady, New London Ledge Light
Bruno Mella & Lindsay Kreutter, Chaplin's, Morgan Point Light
Elisa Giommi, Mangetout, LLC, New London Harbor Light
Araminta Poole, Minta's Sweet Treats, LLC, Avery Point Light
Three Area Lighthouse Models by Bob Landryexhibition family
Event 2 • Friday July 1, 2011, 9 am-5 pm • Venue: Fort Trumbull State Park
Three scale models of area lighthouses are on display in the Visitor Center at Fort Trumbull State Park. Crafted by Robert A. Landry of Salem, the lighthouse models include New London Harbor Light, New London Ledge Light and Race Rock Light. On a clear day, two of the actual lighthouses can be seen from the park.
Price: $6 adult admission, 860-444-7591, 90 Walbach Street, New London,.
1760 LOTTERY TICKET, issued by the Connecticut General Assembly, to raise the funds needed for building the first New London Harbor Light.exhibition
Event 4 • Friday July 1, 2011, 1-4 pm • Venue: New London County Historical Society
Visit the home of Nathaniel Shaw, Jr., who donated the land upon which New London Harbor Light was built and who was its first official keeper, and learn about the colonial trade out of New London that made the lighthouse a necessity. On display is a 1760 LOTTERY TICKET, issued by the Connecticut General Assembly to raise the funds needed for building the first New London Harbor Light. The 1756 Shaw Mansion was the headquarters for Connecticut's navy during the American Revolution and has been the home of the New London County Historical Society since 1907.
Price: $5 adult admission, 860-443-1209, 11 Blinman Street, New London, (near the corner of Bank Street and Tilley Street)
NLart Gallery Openings in New Londonexhibition tour
Event 5 • Friday July 1, 2011, 5-8 pm • Venue: downtown New London
Among the historic buildings of New London, Connecticut are the galleries, art studios, museums, theaters and many creative individuals which give this small city its unique character. On the First Friday of each month, these art organizations welcome you as their guest as you visit and stroll down our colorful streets. Come see the diversity this city has to offer. See the partial list of participating galleries below:
Caruso Music - Exhibition of paintings by Pat Kelbaugh Lighthouses and coastal scenes that tell stories - of the beauty of Nature, the craftsmanship of those who've built lighthouses and classic fishing boats, and the fact that once you fall in love with the ocean, a part of you can never leave it. That, and a ghost ship or two...Pat Kelbaugh Watercolors
Custom House Maritime Museum - Opening of 3 new lighthouse exhibitions: New London-area lighthouses, Sentinels on the Sound; the Frank L. McGuire Libraray will exhibit lighthouse books and manuscripts from the NLMS collection; Pat Kelbaugh Watercolors. 150 Bank Street, New London. New London Maritime Society
Expressiones Rosa Tomatis, Peruvian Painter opens a Solo Exhibit at Expressiones Cultural Center in its new location. The show is named" My Secret Garden, a collection of mixed media artworks. Opening reception July 2nd. 5.00 p.m. 860 501 9278 84 Bank Street, New London. Expressiones
Lyman Allyn Art Museum Exhibitions: Face Off: Portraits by Contemporary Artists; The Subject is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings presents artworks by some of the most skilled contemporary representational artists working today. 860-443-2545. 625 Williams Street, New London. LymanAllyn.org
PINC! Visit Kimberly Petty, a talented designer whose new fabrics (and chocolates) are strewn with sketches of New London's monuments--from the Eagle and Union Station to New London Ledge and Harbor Lights! 860 701 0501, 52 State Street, New London CT 06320 PINC!
Provenance Center 2nd Annual Photograph Exhibition - A World of Woman: Global Images It has been said that women provide the spiritual foundation upon which rests all of human life. Indeed, while historically given a secondary role to males, women have likely been the source of whatever fragile balance humanity is able to maintain. This Provenance Center exhibit seeks to display images of women from across the globe, highlighting strength, character and spirituality as seen and portrayed through the lens of our guest photographers. Come join us as we briefly travel the path of experience in the life of women throughout the world. 860-405-5887, 165 State Street, New London. Provenance Center
Spirit Gallery 2nd annual Skin to Canvas gallery show - Showcasing art in all traditional mediums created by tattoo artists, this exhibition promotes tattooists as artists and gives the public a chance to see what they are creating in their studios when they aren't tattooing. Many tattoo artists are exceptional draftsmen, painters, photographers and sculptors. 860-443-0484, 270 Bank Street, New London. Spirit Gallery.
Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery - Studio 33 is exhibiting a collection of lighthouse paintings, prints and notecards from numerous local artists. Robert Hauschild, New London, award- winning artist will be guest artist July 1 to present watercolor demonstrations from 6-7 pm. Bob has a grand collection of local lighthouses painted on historic bricks available for sale as well as other lighthouse paintings. 140 Bank Street, New London, 860-442-6355, studio33pictureframes.com
The Gallery at Firehousehouse Square: Our Silent Force - A Submarine Art Exhibit by local artist Liz McGee.Honoring our submariners and their families through art. 860-443-8344, 239 Bank Street, New London, The Gallery at Firehouse Square
Event 6 • Friday 1 July 2011, 6:30pm • Venue: Custom House Maritime Museum
Todd Gipstein will sign copies of his new novel “Legacy of the Light.” This historical thriller focuses on two generations of lighthouse keepers serving on Race Rock Lighthouse, off the tip of Fishers Island. The action takes places in 1907 and a generation later, much of it the day of the great Hurricane of 1938.
The book explores the influence of the past on the present, family relationships, mysterious visitors to the lighthouse, love, guilt, redemption and the strange workings of fate. The story takes place in the local area: Race Rock, Groton, New London and even the Custom House. A mix of fact and fiction, the story moves briskly and is full of twists and turns that will keep readers enthralled.
Todd will talk a bit about researching and writing the book, and copies will be available at the signing. More information at: www.Gipstein.com
SENTINELS ON THE SOUND Lighthouse Symposium - Luncheon session discussion
Event 11 • Saturday July 2, 2011, 12 noon-1 pm • Venue: Shaw Mansion, New London County Historical Society
Symposium attendees visit the home of Nathaniel Shaw, Jr., who donated the land upon which New London Harbor Lighthouse was built and who was its first official keeper, and learn about the colonial trade out of New London that made the lighthouse a necessity. On display is a 1760 LOTTERY TICKET, issued by the Connecticut General Assembly to raise the funds needed for building the first New London Harbor Light. Box lunch is porvided for all Morning Session regustrants.
Price: included in Sentinels on the Sound morning session admission, space limited - reservation required:(for tickets: 860-447-2501). 860-443-1209, 11 Blinman Street, New London, (near the corner of Bank Street and Tilley Street)
Event 14 • Saturday July 2, 2011, 4pm • Venue: Custom House Pier
The New London Ledge Lighthouse Foundation has fixed up various rooms at the light and created displays and exhibits in them. These include: a gallery of photographs; exhibit room with displays explaining facets of the light’s operation and history; a theater where documentaries and other films about lighthouses will be shown; a navigation & chart room; a keeper’s room furnished in the style of the 1930s and including a figure of Ernie, the keeper whose ghost is believed to haunt Ledge Light; and other interpretive displays.
The Interpretive Center is an ongoing effort that will change and evolve over time. Ledge Lighthouse can be visited through tours run by Project Oceanology, 860-445-9007, which will run special 2 1/2-hour tours this weekend leaving from the Custom House Pier. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 children. More information at: www.LedgeLighthouse.org
Ocean Beach Park Karoke special family music
Event 15 • Saturday 1 July 2011, 7pm • Venue: Boardwalk, Ocean Beack Park
Much More than just New England’s Finest Beach and Boardwalk.
Event 14 (repeat) • Sunday July 3, 2011, 10am and 1pm • Venue: Custom House Pier
Avery Point Lighthouse tour
Event 10 (repeat) • Sunday July 2, 2011, 11 am-3 pm • Venue: UCONN, Avery Point
Shoreline Lighthouse Bicycle Tour tour special
Event 16 • Sunday, July 3rd, 11 am • Venue: Fort Trumbull State Park Parking Lot.
This fun, educational, and exciting tour will take you to visit historic lighthouses rarely seen or open to the public! Don't miss this weekend event!
The Lighthouse Bicycle Tour will begin at Fort Trumbull State Park. We will visit the New London Harbor Light on Pequot Avenue, just acquired by the New London Maritime Society. Nearby views of New London Ledge Light.
From there the tour will head to the US Custom House Museum for refreshments, then over the Gold Star Bridge bicycle lane to Groton, where we will visit the UCONN- Avery Point Campus to see the Avery Point Light, then over to Noank by way of Groton's new G&S Trolley bike path to visit the Noank Lighthouse. The tour has permission to ride to this lighthouse, which is privately-owned!
Back on the road, to visit the Stonington Harbor light in Stonington Borough. This is a really unique opportunity for our area, for history buffs, and cycling enthusiasts of all ages. The final stop isf Mystic Seaport Sunday after 5 PM whose Sentinels of the Sea lighthouse exhibition will be open until 8 pm. Lighthouse Bike Tour participants will be allowed to ride their bikes onto the grounds of Mystic Seaport between the hours of 5PM and 6PM.
Lyman Allyn Art Museum - Free First Sundayexhibition family
Event 17 • Sunday July 3, 2011, 1 - 4 pm • Venue: Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Art activities, tours of current exhibitions, snacks and fun! Exhibitions: Face Off: Portraits by Contemporary Artists; The Subject is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings (see left). A great day at the museum for the whole family! 860 443-2545. 625 Williams Street, New London.
Hygienic Art - Sea Shantyman John Roberts music family special
Event 18 • Sunday July 3, 2011, 2 pm • Venue: Hygienic Art Park
John Roberts will play a free concert at 2pm in the beautiful outdoor oasis that is the Hygienic Art Park in downtown New London on Bank Street. Bring a lunch and friends and enjoy this great opportunity to see a true national treasure perform.860-443-8001, 83 Bank Street, New London. Hygienic Arts.
Sunday, July 3 starts Mystic Seaport's Summer Sunday evenings. On Sundays after 5PM the grounds of the Museum are open for free to the public. There is food and drink available for purchase at the Tavern on the grounds with live music. Sentinels of the Sea, the Seaport's lighthouse exhibition will be open at this time.
Event 20 • Sunday July 3, 2011, 6 pm • Venue: Stonington Historical Society
The lighthouse weekend concludes with picnics and an outdoor concert of Opera Favorites, presented by Salt Marsh Opera and the Stonington Historical Society, at 6 pm on the grounds of the Old Lighthouse in Stonington. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Picnic fare and beverages, including wine, will be be available for purchase or guests are welcome to bring their own.
area lighthouses: Avery Point Foundation, Ledge Light Foundation, Morgan Point Lighthouse, Noank Historical Society (Morgan Point), Mystic Seaport, Stonington Historical Society (Stonington Light); and Bike New London, Caruso Music, Densmore Oil Company, Expressiones Cultural Center, Fort Trumbull State Park, Friends of Fort Trumbull, Jennifer Gaudio, Grader Jewelers, Hygienic Art, Marian Krepcio, Lyman Allyn Art Museum,Mangetout, Minta's Sweet Treats, Mystic Market, New London Community Boating, the New London County Historical Society, New London Main Street, NLart, Ocean Beach Park, PINC!, Project Oceanology, Provenance Center, Public Library of New London, Ben & Franklin Rathbun, Sea Scouts Ship Dragon 584, Spirit Gallery, Studio 33, Steve Slosberg, Sunbeam Fleet, The Cake Lady, The Gallery at Firehouse Square, Upper Deck Cafe, the US Coast Guard and the USCG Museum.
photo: Todd Gipstein
* One of the largest humanities councils in the
nation, the Connecticut Humanities Council (CHC)
nurtures thoughtful exploration of history and literature along with the cultural benefits of both.CHC's reading programs benefit Connecticut citizens of all ages by opening up the world of books to children, encouraging reading as a family activity and engaging adults in thought provoking book discussions.
CHC's new $1.7 million Heritage Revitalization Initiative seeks to stabilize Connecticut's heritage organizations and position them for success while bringing the state's past directly to the public through an online encyclopedia of Connecticut history, the infusion of Connecticut history topics in the social studies curriculum and the creation of new media materials on our past. This year, CHC will provide more than $3 million in cultural programming and enrich the lives of residents and visitors statewide.
Thank you, CHC!
Morgan Point Light, in Noank, will be a stop on the Shoreline Bicycle Tour.
On Friday, June 10, the local Sea Scout troop cleaned up New London Harbor Light. The crew of the USS submarine Toledo cleaned Ledge Light.
New in the Custom House Museum Shop: Gold-plated lighthouse ornaments of the 11 lights closest to New London from Grader Jewelers.
the little pinc lighthouse contest
PINC! wants you to create the next print for its next handbag and pillow designs!
To enter the contest, children ages 5-15 must draw a picture of one of the New London area's lighthouses on 8.5"x11" paper and submit it to Pinc! by Saturday, June 18.
Thanks to Mark Densmore and Ben and Franklin Rathbun for loaning us painting by Ellery Thompson and others which include local lighthouses. These paintings will be on exhibit at the Custom House Maritime Museum through July, 2011.
Thank you to Jennifer Gaudio, at the USCG Museum, for the gift of a chart which lights up showing the location of area lighthouses.
NEW LONDON, Conn--Two new challengers have joined the line-up for this Friday evening, July 1, when six local bakers vie for top honors in the 1st Lighthouse Cake-off Competition at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London.
Just added are:
Bruno Mella & Lindsay Kreutter, Chaplin's, presenting Morgan Point Light
The bakers were commissioned by the New London Maritime Society (NLMS) to create cakes representing different local lighthouses (lighthouse selection was made by drawing names out of a hat). Two awards will be presented: one for artistic merit, a second for taste. The event is free and open to the public.
On Friday at 7:30 PM, artist and friend-to-area-lighthouses Louise Pittaway will select a winning cake, based on aesthetic merit and overall presentation. At the end of the evening, a second award will be made based solely upon taste--and visitors to the Custom House Friday night will get the opportunity to both taste and vote for the Lighthouse Cake-Off taste champion. In addition to the two mentioned above the Lighthouse Cake-Off Competitors are:
Charlene Lidquest, The Cake Lady,New London Ledge Light
Elisa Giommi, Mangetout, LLC,New London Harbor Light
Araminta Poole, Minta's Sweet Treats, LLC,Avery Point Light
A Celebration of New London's Lighthouse Heritage Saturday & Sunday, July 2 & 3
NEW LONDON, Conn--Join us, July 1 through 3, when the City celebrates New London's lighthouse heritage with Sentinels on the Sound, a lively weekend of special exhibitions, tours and events. We are presenting lighthouses in art, in cake, by bike, and now we now have 3 different lighthouse boat trips leaving this weekend from the Custom House pier:
just added: 'Three Sisters' Harbor Boat Tours (from Custom House Pier): Join Pat Kennedy aboard the Kathleen for a cruise by New London's three lighthouses: New London Harbor, Ledge and Avery Point. Pat's father was Captain of the USCG Point Knoll, which regularly took the Coast Guard lighthouse keepers out & back to their posts every two weeks, and he will relate stories he's heard first-hand about all the lighthouses as you relax on this intimate 45-minute cruise. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 pm. $35 adult, $15 children 14 years and younger. Space limited.
Excursions limited to 6 visitors per trip. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations.
Tours inside NL Harbor Light (weather-permitting by boat from Custom House Pier to the beach beside the lighthouse): Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 1 and 3 pm. $35 adult, $15 children 14 years and younger. Space limited. Wear sturdy shoes & be prepared to get your feet wet!
Excursions limited to 6 visitors per trip. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations.
Boat tours to Ledge Light: Ledge Lighthouse can be visited through tours run by Project Oceanology, 860-445-9007, which will run three special 2 1/2-hour trips this weekend leaving from New London's Custom House Pier. (see events 9 below) Trips are on Saturday at 4 pm, and Sunday at 10:00 am and 1 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children.