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  • October 22, 2016

    Spirit Voices: Victorian Mourning and Spiritualism

    Smith-Harris House & the Old Stone Church Burial Ground
    Saturday, October 22nd from 3 pm to 6 pm, admission is a non-perishable food item to benefit East Lyme Care & Share, Inc.
    Old Burial Ground Tour times: 3:30, 4:30, 5:30

    Discover Victorian-Era rituals of death and dying at the Smith-Harris House! From 19th-century funeral traditions such as “widow’s weeds” and “safety coffins,” to the rise of the séance, learn how those who died were remembered and honored by loved ones. View the parlor decorated for a wake, see an actual 19th-century horse-drawn hearse, and have your tea leaves read, and meet a Medium from the Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp, an East Lyme summer tradition for Spiritualists dating from the 1800s! Then, take a 45-minute tour of the Old Burial Ground and encounter former residents of the Smith-Harris House, as they share vignettes of their former lives! For more information, contact director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or
    For more information, visit our website at:

  • October 26, 2016

    Slightly-Creepy Folk Tales at the Smith-Harris House

    Slightly-Creepy Folk Tales at the Smith-Harris House
    Wednesday, October 26th from 6-8 pm, Free
    Come for the treats, stay for the tales--as part of the Town of East Lyme's "Trick or Trunk" Halloween program! The first floor of the Smith-Harris House will be lit by candlelight, while several slightly-creepy--not scary!--local and regional folktales are shared. Perfect for families with young children! The "Trick or Trunk" program, which occurs annually on the grounds of the Smith-Harris House, is a safe Halloween Trick-or-Treat alternative event sponsored by the East Lyme Youth Services Department of Parks & Recreation. For more information contact director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761

  • October 30, 2016

    Niantic Village Halloween Parade

    Come one, come all, to one of the most highly entertaining events in town ~ the annual Niantic Village Halloween Parade.
    The parade will take place on Sunday, October 30th, 2016 beginning at 1:00 p.m., when children are welcome to browse the downtown shops for "Tricks and Treats".
    Among the parade's signature highlights is the always popular Halloween Parade which will begin at 2:00 p.m.. Children should gather at Hole-in-the-Wall beach parking lot (which is where the parade begins). Candy for the kids and costume prizes will be awarded.
    This event is sponsored by the East Lyme Parks & Rec Dept. along with promotional support of the Niantic Main Street organization and the downtown Niantic local businesses who donate candy and snacks for the children. For additional information, contact Terri Smith at 691-0528 or e-mail her at:

  • October 31, 2016

    Happy Halloween

    Halloween 2016 will take place on Monday night.

  • November 6, 2016

    Daylight Savings Time Ends

  • November 6, 2016

    Carelot PTO 9th Annual One Stop Holiday Shopping Event

    The Carelot PTO will present their 9th Annual One Stop Holiday Shopping event on Sunday, Nov. 6th at the East Lyme High School from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. Get all of your holiday shopping done in one stop by shopping from local crafters and small businesses....or treat yourself to some great treasures!!!
    Vendors from our area will be displaying their crafts and goodies! You will find an assortment of knit apparel, Candles and fragrances, yummy treats, homemade craft items, wood crafts, children’s gifts and books, health and beauty and so much more!!!!
    • “The Carelot Café” will offer food & baked goods for purchase!
    • Children’s Activities too! Face painting, tattoos and crafts!
    Know someone who would like to be a vendor? Email us at for registration information! Hope to see you all there!
    Basket Bonanza to benefit The Ronald Vlaun Scholarship Fund!

  • November 11, 2016

    Veterans Day Observation

    Come honor and remember our veterans at a Veterans Day Observance on Friday, November 11, 2016. Festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Liberty Green (downtown Niantic - corner of Main St. and Pennsylvania Ave.). In the event of rain, the vigil will move to the American Legion facility on York Ave.

  • November 24, 2016

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • November 26, 2016

    13th Annual Holiday Stroll

    Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 13th Annual Niantic Main Street Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the green, a "Snow-Flake Drop" featuring discounts and giveaways at local shops and restaurants, and last, but not least, the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck just in time for a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village.
    The fun takes place on Saturday, November 26th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

    3-7 p.m. Complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides
    3-7 p.m. Store and restaurant specials
    3-7 p.m. Heritage Properties’ Toys for Tots Drive on Liberty Green
    3-7 p.m. Children’s arts & crafts @ the Police Dept w/ EL Youth Services
    3-4:30 p.m. S’more stations
    3-4:30 p.m. Letter writing to Santa at the Children's Museum of SE CT
    3-5 p.m. April’s Balloon Creations at Weichert Realtors
    3-5 p.m. Kids games on the Liberty Green with DJ WJR
    4-4:30 p.m. Giuliano's Donut & Bake Shop’s Donut Eating Contest
    4-5:30 p.m. Meet ‘n’ Greet with Eastern Connecticut’s Ballet’s Nutcracker and Clara from “The Nutcracker” at Sage & Sandalwood
    5:10 p.m. Countdown to the tree lighting
    5:15 p.m. Snowflake Drop
    5:20 p.m. Arrival of Santa
    5:30 p.m. Visits with Santa and letter delivery
    Children can bring their yearly letters and wish lists to Santa for bringing back to the North Pole, or they can stop in to the Children's Museum to craft their letter. Visits with Santa are free; parents are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the moment.

    The day also provides a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping as many of the local businesses will be open offering holiday sales and discounts. So, come early and escape the big box malls and crowed parking lots and help support the small and local merchants who make shopping small ~ BIG! Join us and support small business!
    Volunteers and local merchants will once again join forces to capture the spirit of the season in this picturesque small-town celebration. Stroll organizers will again provide the local merchant “Snowball Drop” which provides snow ball recipients to special doscounts and offers at local businesses.
    Additional details will be published as they become available, so please revist this event listing for future Holday Stroll updates.
    It’s a rare occasion when almost everyone gets to be a ‘winner’ and it’s just a lot of fun for the strollers and the retailers. Throughout the evening, local businesses and restaurants will offer refreshments and special discounts and giveaways. Additional children’s activities and crafts will be coordinated by East Lyme Youth Services.

  • December 10, 2016

    Niantic / East Lyme Light Parade (Saturday night)

    SAVE THE DATE as New England's largest and brightest Light Parade will return for 2016.
    Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2016, the Annual East Lyme / Niantic Light Parade is the largest holiday light parade in all of New England, and maybe one of the most unique events you will find anywhere.
    The 2016 Niantic/East Lyme Light Parade will be held on
    Saturday night December 10th at 6:00 p.m.
    (with a Rain Date of Sunday, December 11th at 5:00 p.m.)
    Additional details will be provided as they become available. For additional information or to obtain a downloadable application to enter a float
    visit: or contact
    the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Dept at: (860) 739-5828.

  • May 20, 2017

    10th Annual Touch-A-Truck Event

    On Saturday, May 20, 2017 (rain date Sunday), the East Lyme Auxiliary of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department will again co-sponsor the 10th annual Touch-A-Truck event. This is a family event that will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at McCook Point Park in Niantic, CT.
    An event not to be missed, the Touch-A-Truck experience is for one and all, big and small, spend some time with us and have yourself a ball. It’s an educational experience that will make you a “hero” with your child/grandchild. Children can climb various vehicles, sit in the driver’s seat and discover the world of trucks. They will be able to reach the sky in a cherry picker, see, touch, and interact with big trucks and learn their functions. This unique event will feature large trucks and heavy equipment from law enforcement, fire departments, commercial companies, industrial companies and rental companies.

    In addition to the above, face painting for the children will be offered. The can paint their faces to be, a Clown, a Pirate, or a Fairy Princess, and then adorn your hair with feathers or beads! There will also be hair painting for the adventurous including Hair Beads and Colored Hair Spray Painting. Children will also be able to participate in the favorite activities of Ring Toss, Bean Bag Toss, Hula Hoops, and Bubbles. There will also be coloring of puzzle trucks and wooden pieces.

    Vehicle demonstrations will be conducted and we never know just who might make an appearance. In addition there will be face painting and craft activities for the children as well as a free photo-op. Refreshments will be available for sale.
    There will be a $4.00 per person donation (ages 3 and up) to benefit the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.
    For more information call C&FA at 860-443-2896, Ext. 910 or visit their website at: