Calendar of Events

May – October

Wheeling City Segway Tours – Harbor Light
Wheeling City Tours
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For an adventurous way to see New London try a Segway Tour. We make learning to glide on a Segway easy and fun for ages 14 and beyond! Our morning tours caravan along Waterfront Park, and downtown New London. Then we head out to Fort Trumbull State Park, the first home of the US Coast Guard Academy and a current US Coast Guard Station and pier. Our afternoon tours cruise along Ocean Beach Park’s boardwalk and New London’s sugar sand beaches. We explore a nature trail and the historic Pequot Colony neighborhood. To top it all off, we’ll head to New London’s Harbor Light, where you may go to the top of Connecticut’s oldest and tallest lighthouse and still operated by the US Coast Guard.

Saturdays and festival days through October 2015

Amistad
Custom House Pier on Waterfront Park
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New London is proud to host the Amistad at Custom House Pier on Waterfront Park through October 2015. The ship is a replica of La Amistad, a Cuban schooner that sailed from Havana in 1839 carrying 52 enslaved Africans including four children. Onboard the ship, the captives staged a successful revolt, took over the ship, and then sailed up the US coast. In late August, La Amistad was intercepted by a Revenue Cutter on loan to the Navy, which brought the ship into New London, CT. It was here the Amistad freedom fighters caught the attention of a local abolitionist. That revolt and the subsequent events gave rise to the famous U.S. Supreme Court case – the first such case to set African captives free. It was in New London where Dwight P. Janes, a local grocer and abolitionist, took that first important step towards setting the captives free: New London is the only American port to which the original La Amistad ever sailed. The ship stayed moored at the Lawrence Pier throughout the trial, and it was at New London’s U.S. Custom House where, ultimately, the ship & its cargo were auctioned after the conclusion of the trial on March 9, 1841. The Amistad will be open for visitors on Saturdays and festival days this summer, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Friday, June 5th – Saturday, August 29th

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit
Studio 33 Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London

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Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit, June 5, 2015 – August 29, 2015, 140 Bank St., New London, CT. The final reception of the summer long exhibit is scheduled for Friday, August 7, 2015, 6:00 to 9:00 PM. A Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer event and benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc., with proceeds from commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, Coast Guard Station New London, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Coast Guard Academy, New London’s application as an official Coast Guard City, and Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Saturday, June 20th – Sunday, October 25th (every Saturday & Sunday)

Sentinels on the Sound:
Summer Lighthouse Weekends
New London Maritime Society

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The New London Maritime Society and Custom House Maritime Museum celebrates Coast Guard Summer 2015 with their 5th annual Sentinels on the Sound celebration. Join us, July through October, as New London hosts 18 weekends of Lighthouse boat tours, events, and special trips to Coast Guard sites. The Coast Guard maintains the lanterns in three lighthouses owned by New London Maritime Society: Harbor ‘Pequot’ Light, Race Rock, and New London Ledge Lighthouse. A special exhibition on the 226 anniversary of US Customs Service (precursor to the USCG) will be on view at the museum, June through October. 2015 also marks the return to New London of La Amistad, the famed replica of the Cuban schooner that sailed from Havana in 1839 carrying 52 enslaved Africans, witnessed a revolt, was intercepted by the U.S. Revenue Service (the forerunner to the Coast Guard) in August 1839, and brought to New London’s custom house for the eventual freedom of the Africans.

July – September

Ledge Light tours
New London City Pier:
Sundays at 1:30 pm in July and August;
Saturdays at 1:30 pm in September

Project Oceanology at Avery Point:
Tuesdays at 4:00 pm and Saturdays
at 1:30 pm in July and August
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The tours run from July through September and depart from either the New London City Pier or the Project Oceanology dock at UConn Avery Point in Groton. Each tour lasts 2.5 hours and includes a narrated boat cruise aboard the Project Oceanology boat, Envirolab II to the lighthouse where visitors are free to explore INSIDE. There are historic and informational exhibit panels and photographs in most rooms, an air-conditioned theater showing the documentary, “Ledge Light,” a furnished keeper’s room, a gift shop, and benches circling the perimeter of the building where folks can enjoy the best views in town. Visitors may even find Ernie, the resident ghost. All tours are hosted by Ledge Light Foundation volunteer tour guides. A portion of the ticket price and all proceeds from the gift shop go toward the restoration and preservation of Ledge Lighthouse, our very own local treasure.

Saturday, August 1st – Sunday, August 9th

New London Lighthouse Festival
i.e. New London Loves Lighthouses Festival
New London Maritime Society/Downtown New London Waterfront
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This summer, New London Maritime Society and the City of New London join to celebrate the storied sentinels that keep our waters safe. Across 19 weeks of lighthouse talks, films, and exhibitions, boat and segway tours, we bring visitors up close and inside of some of the harbor’s most-historic beacons. Then, on August 1 beginning with the Shennecossett Lighthouse Regatta, through August 9 and ending with our People’s Lighthouse Gala and free performances of Nimble Arts Circus, we present a special week dedicated to lighthouses. The highlight of the week is on August 6: the formal ownership conveyance of Ledge Lighthouse to New London Maritime Society and the stewardship of the Ledge Light Foundation from the US Coast Guard and federal government. This act makes the Maritime Society owners of the three major beacons leading into this historic port, an unprecedented achievement. Go to nlmaritimesociety.org to see all the events, take part in special visitor packages, and then get on the water and visit the lighthouses!

Friday, August 7th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Final reception:

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit
Studio 33 Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London

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Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit. The final reception of the summer long exhibit is scheduled for Friday, August 7, 2015, 6:00 to 9:00 PM at 140 Bank St., New London.  A Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer event and benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc., with proceeds from commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Saturday, August 8th, 9 am to 3 pm

Stratford Point Lighthouse Open House
1275 Prospect Dr, Stratford, CT 06615
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Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound will be holding a Stratford Point Lighthouse Open House, rain or shine, on Saturday, 8 Aug 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm. The lighthouse is located at 1275 Prospect Dr, Stratford, CT 06615.

Friday, August 14th – Monday, August 17th

U.S. Coast Guard EAGLE,
America’s tall ship in port
New London City Pier


Saturday, August 15th

Food Truck Festival
New London City Pier
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Tour the The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) (formerly the SSS Horst Wessel) is a 295-foot (90 m) barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned sailing vessel, and one of only two commissioned sailing vessels along with the USS Constitution, in American military service. She is the seventh Coast Guard cutter to bear the name in a line dating back to 1792, including the Revenue Cutter Eagle, which famously fought the British man-of-war Dispatch during the War of 1812. Each summer, Eagle deploys with cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School for periods ranging from a week to two months. These voyages fulfill multiple roles; the primary mission is training the cadets and officer candidates, but the ship also performs a public relations role for the Coast Guard and the United States. Often, Eagle makes calls at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador.

Sunday, August 30th

USCG Dixieland Jazz Band Concert
New London City Pier
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The United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band was organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and rags with a “New Orleans” flavor. The Dixieland Jazz Band has entertained audiences across America, in the former Soviet Union and in England.

Wednesday, September 9th – Saturday, September 12th

3rd Annual Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival
Downtown New London Waterfront
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CT’s Maritime Heritage is being celebrated with our festival and that includes the Coast Guard’s long history in New London.  On board receptions on Coast Guard Cutters at Fort Trumbull will kick off the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival and celebrate the 100 year history with New London and the Coast Guard Academy.

Sunday, September 13

Thames Street Block Party
Thames Street, Groton
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Celebrate the close of a great summer at this community event designed to please everyone! Diversity in the Coast Guard exhibits ‘Women in the Coast Guard’, ‘African American Service in the Coast Guard’, ‘Hispanic Service in the Coast Guard’, display & sales of new Coast Guard book ‘Service Above Self’, live bands, artisan & commercial vendors, food trucks, interactive children’s activities, live radio broadcast, displays and activities by historical, civic & non-profit organizations, historical encampment & activities at adjacent Avery Copp Museum<./em>