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  • May 28, 2016

    Boardwalk Re-Dedication Ceremony

    On Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, in co-operation with The East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department, will sponsor an official
    Re-Dedication of the East Lyme Boardwalk.
    The general public is invited to attend and witness this historic occasion. In addition, the ELPTF would especially like to encourage the 200 people who dedicated benches and the innumerable people who sponsored plaques to also attend.
    Participants should enter the Boardwalk at Hole-in-the Wall, on Baptist Lane, Niantic. Then, there will be a short walk to the area of the monument where the ceremony will take place. At the entrance to Hole-in-the Wall, the Public Trust will have a display of historical information and memorabilia related to the construction and re-construction of the Boardwalk.
    After the ceremony, participants will have the opportunity to visit “their bench” and re-visit “their plaque”. During and after the dedication, music will be provided by Trust member, Bill Rinoski , who is a “D.J. for all occasions”. Bill will feature “Boardwalk related” music and Oldies plus Top Forty selections.
    Come to celebrate this Dream Fulfilled. Additional information may be found on the DiscoverEastLyme.com: Community Bulleting Board page

  • May 29, 2016

    Memorial Day Vigil

    A Memorial Day Vigil to honor and remember the brave men and women who died while serving in our country will be held on Sunday, May 29th at 7:00 p.m. on the Niantic Town Green (corner of Main St. and Pennsylvania Ave.)

  • May 30, 2016

    Memorial Day & Parade

    The annual East Lyme Memorial Day Parade provides an opportunity for patriotic Americans to come together and honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.
    The parade will be held on Monday, May 30th beginning at 2:00 p.m., will begin near St. John's Green (across from the Children's Museum of Southeastern CT.), and will proceed down Niantic's Main St. ending at the East Lyme Town Hall.
    The parade celebrates all those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and will reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

  • June 10, 2016

    Niantic Bay 10k/run & 5k/walk Road Race

    The Annual Niantic Bay 10k/run road race and 5k/walk will be held on Friday, June 10th beginning at 5:30 pm. The 10K course starts just outside McCook's Point Park entrance on Atlantic Street. This 6.2 mile race course is mostly flat with a few small hills and travels through local neighborhoods. The 5K walk is a 3.1 mile fun walk that generally starts about 15 minutes before the 10K Run. Both start and finish at McCook Point Park. For more information call Cathy Robbins at (860) 912-0206 or e-mail her at robbinsct@comcast.net.
    For additional information visit: Niantic Bay 10K Road Race

  • June 11, 2016

    Smith-Harris House - Open-House Museum Day

    Open-House Museum Day
    Smith-Harris House & Barn
    Saturday, June 11
    10 am to 3 pm, Free!
    Enjoy historic games on the lawn, tours of the House, and historic-inspired refreshments. Also, meet and chat with Mrs. Elizabeth Avery Henderson, a setagenarian who lived with her brother, Thomas Avery, during the 1860s, portrayed by East Lyme's own Maggi Prokop. Thomas Avery portrayed by Gary Lakowsky. Get your “Passport to History” stamped at all three East Lyme historic house museums to be entered in a drawing to win a gift basket! For more information, contact director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or director@smithharris.org. www.smithharris.org. Connecticut Open-House Day is a one-day statewide event designed to showcase Connecticut's diverse world of history, art, and tourism, and is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Offices of Culture and Tourism. Connecticut--Still Revolutionary.

  • June 18, 2016

    Smith-Harris House - Let’s Talk About Lace

    Let’s Talk About Lace at the Smith-Harris House & Barn
    Saturday, June 18, 1 pm to 3 pm
    $15 per person
    The Smith-Harris House collaborates with the Avery-Copp House in Groton to feature textile conservator Susan J. Jerome! Ms. Jerome will begin with an illustrated lecture about the history of handmade lace and the development of the machine-made lace industry. Then she will share how to properly care for and store your own heirloom lace. Each person is welcome to bring one item from home to learn about its age and origin. Cost of the program also includes an optional tour of the Smith-Harris House, a free voucher to visit the Avery-Copp House later in the summer, and light refreshments. This program is funded in part with a grant from Chelsea Groton Foundation.

  • June 19, 2016

    Happy Father's Day

    Come treat dad to one of his favorite restaurants here in East Lyme. Here's wishing all you dads out there a wonderful Happy Fathers Day!

  • June 20 - August 19, 2016

    Kids' Summer Tennis Programs

    Lyme Shores Tennis & Conditioning Center, located at 22 Colton Road in East Lyme, offers summer tennis programs for kids ages 5-16. Sessions run Monday through Friday from 9am–4pm (full day) or 9am–12pm (half day). Each day, kids participate in drills that improve their tennis strokes, develop good footwork, and teach smart game play strategy. Kids also get the chance to engage in healthy competition throughout the program, with most sessions culminating in an inter-club tournament on Friday.

    Learn more at by calling 860-739-6281 or visit: Lyme Shores website

  • June 27 - August 4, 2016

    Kids' Summer Swim School

    Lyme Shores Tennis & Conditioning Center, located at 22 Colton Road in East Lyme, offers swimming lessons for kids of various ages and abilities starting at the pre-school level. Classes are 30 minutes in length and meet four days a week for two weeks.

    Learn more by calling 860-739-6281 or visit: Lyme Shores website

  • July 2 - July 3, 2016

    38th Annual LobsterFest and
      56th Annual Juried Arts & Craft Show

    Come support the Niantic Lions Club as they once again sponsor their Annual LobsterFest and Chicken BBQ. Lobsterfest 2016 will be held on July 2nd (Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm) and July 3rd (Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm). Located on the East Lyme Town Hall grounds (Pennsylvania Ave.), this annual Niantic summer tradition is sure to kick start your summer.

    In addition to the above Niantic Lions LobsterFest and Chicken BBQ, the 56th Annual Juried Arts and Craft Show will also be held at the same location, on the same dates and same times. Admission to the Arts & Crafts show is free, and over 180 vendors are expected to be at the show.
    Two great events, one great weekend !
    For additional information, visit: The Niantic Lions Club website

  • July 3, 2016

    Smith-Harris House - 40th Anniversary Celebration

    40th Anniversary Celebration at the Smith-Harris House & Barn
    Sunday, July 3rd, Time TBD
    The Smith-Harris House celebrates its 40th Anniversary! Please join us as we kick off our “$40 for 40 Years” fundraising campaign, and enjoy cake and other celebratory events that day--more details coming soon!
    Visit our website for the most up-to-date information at: www.smithharris.org

  • July 15 - July 17, 2016

    Carnival on Green

    Come One!  Come All!   In conjunction with the Celebrate East Lyme festivities, the Carnival comes to town complete with games and rides for folks of all ages along with delectable Carnival Treats. Tickets for rides and amusements may be purchased on the day(s) you attend the carnival. Sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church, the Carnival is its largest annual fundraiser supporting community outreach programs.
    The Carnival on St. John's Green will take place on:
        Friday (July 15th) from 6 pm till 10 pm
        Saturday (July 16th) from 3 pm till 10 pm
        Sunday (July 17th) from noon pm till 5 pm

  • July 16, 2016

    Celebrate East Lyme 2016

    The 16th Annual Celebrate East Lyme Festival will be held on Saturday, July 16th.
    The Town of East Lyme will once again transform it's waterfront Main Street in the seaside village of Niantic into their annual Bash by the Bay filled with food, music and fun-filled activities for the entire family!
    Niantic's Main St. will close to vehicular traffic (beginning at 3:00 p.m.) which will then be filled by over 200 local vendors offering food from local and regional restaurants, products and services from local businesses and entertainment for everyone!  Festivities include live music performances, cooking demonstrations & tastings, children's areas and so much more!
    Additionally, the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Department will again host a Sand Castle competition and the always popular Great Niantic Bay Raft Races. And last, but not least, the day will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show over the beautiful Niantic Bay.
    Again, the fun takes place on Saturday, July 16th in downtown Niantic.
    Exit # 72 or # 74 off I-95.

    A Schedule of Events will be published once details are made available:

    For additional information and a schedule of the days events, please visit: www.CelebrateEastLyme.com

  • ProTek Auto's Music Feeding Music – Summer Music Series

    Come join the fun on Friday nights beginning July 17th from 7:00 pm till 9:00 at Pro Tek Auto’s Music Feeding Music Summer Music Series. These outdoor concerts are held on the Pro Tek Auto Stage (315 Main St, Niantic) and are open to the public, free to attend and held every Friday night throughout the summer with the last show scheduled for Friday, September 4th.
    For a complete schedule of shows, visit: Music-Feeding-Music Shows Schedule

  • August 1 - August 31, 2016

    McCook's Beach Summer Concert Series

    Come and enjoy music on the McCook’s Beach performed by some great local musicians on Wednesday evenings in August from 6-8 PM. Bring a picnic dinner, watch the sun set and enjoy some great tunes all while relaxing on the beach with family and friends. No beach pass is required after 5:00 PM to enter the park!
    Details of performers will be posted as they become available.
    The concerts are weather dependent, and cancellations will be posted by 3:00 PM on the day of the performance on the East Lyme Park and Recreation Facebook page: www.facebook.com/eastlymeparks

  • August 7, 2016

    Niantic Bay Triathlon

    East Lyme will once again serve as host site for the 2016 Niantic Bay Triathlon. The triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 7th beginning at 07:30 a.m. and features a 1/2 mile swim, 12-mile bike, and a 3.5 mile run through scenic East Lyme with water views and shaded streets. The Niantic Bay Triathlon is a flat, sprint distance race. Come support the athletes, shop for that special gift and dine at one of our many great shoreline restaurants in town.
    For additional information about the triathlon, call
    Beth Shluger at (860) 652-8866 or visit: Hartford Marathon website

  • August 11 - August 14, 2016

    12th Annual Bargains By The Bay ~ Annual Sales Event

    Niantic Main Street is happy to once again sponsor their Annual Bargains by the Bay Tent and Sidewalk Sale August 11-14, 2016. This always popular four-day event features a collaborative tent and sidewalk sales by various downtown merchants in the quaint seaside town of Niantic. Bargains on Antiques, Apparel, Beach Gear, Books, Bikes, Cards, Childrens, Clocks, Collectables, Garden, Gifts, Golf, Jewelry, Music, Pets, Skate, Sweets, Women's Accessories and much, much more. So, come experience shopping at its best in the beautiful and scenic Connecticut shoreline village of Niantic at this annual Bargains By The Bay sales event. Again, this special sales event starts Thursday, August 11th and continues through Sunday, August 14th.
    Come see why Niantic and East Lyme is a great place to visit, play, live AND SHOP!!!
    Hope to see you here!

  • August 14, 2016

    Smith-Harris House - Antique & Classic Motorcycle Show Fundraiser

    Antique & Classic Motorcycle Show Fundraiser at the Smith-Harris House & Barn
    Sunday, August 14, Time & Cost TBD
    Come and enjoy the history of coolness on two wheels! View antique and classic motorcycles, then vote for your favorite to receive the People's Choice Award! Tours of the house and music concerts included. Cycle equipment, enthusiast, and food vendors will be on-site to sell their wares. Rain or shine. For more information, contact director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or director@smithharris.org or visit www.smithharris.org

  • Smith-Harris House - House Tours (June thru August)

    Historic House Tours
    Smith-Harris House & Outbuildings
    June through August, Friday through Sundays
    12 pm to 4 pm, tours every hour on the half-hour
    *Closed July 4th Weekend
    suggested donation: $5
    The Smith-Harris House is open for visitors for the summer season! Tours are every hour on the half-hour, starting at 12:30 pm; last tour at 3:30 pm. A 45-minute guided tour of the Greek-Revival farmhouse demonstrates the family and agricultural lives of the Avery, Smith, and Harris families through the 1840s and into the mid-20th century! Discover what East Lyme was like around the time of the Civil War and afterwards! For more information, contact director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or director@smithharris.org. www.smithharris.org.

  • September 2 - September 30, 2016

    Family Movie Night @ McCooks Park

    The East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department will once again host "Family Movie Nights at McCook's Park" on Friday nights during the month of September. Movies will take place at the top of McCook's beginning at sunset. So bring a picnic dinner, meet your new school friends and enjoy some great movies with family and friends. No beach passes will be required.
    Details of movies will be posted as they become available.
    Lastly, Family Movie Nights are weather dependent, and cancellations will be posted by 3:00 PM on the day of the movies on the East Lyme Park and Recreation Facebook page: www.facebook.com/eastlymeparks

  • September 5, 2016

    Happy Labor Day

  • 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: jsmith5@snet.net

  • October 31, 2016

    Happy Halloween

    Halloween 2016 will take place on Monday night.

  • November 6, 2016

    Daylight Savings Time Ends

  • 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.

    SCHEDULE of EVENTS and ACTIVITIES:
    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: www.ELLightParade.com or contact
    the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Dept at: (860) 739-5828.