• Fall & Winter Farmer’s Markets in East Lyme

    While the weekly “outdoor” Niantic Farmer’s Market has come to an end, there’s no reason you can’t continue to get great fresh organic produce and more right here in East Lyme at two great Farm Stands through the end of the year, and beyond!!!

    First, White Gate Farm will continue to operate their Farm Stand on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until December 23rd. White Gate Farm specializes in fresh organic produce, poultry, eggs, and flowers. Situated in Southeastern Connecticut on 100 acres of lovely New England landscape, it is a great destination for shopping at our farm stand, visiting the animals and seeing a small family farm that above all values the health of its customers and the environment.
    For additional information, visit White Gate Farm’s website at:

    Second, Smith’s Acres will offer a Fall Indoor Farmer’s Market from Oct 15th to Nov 19th from 11:00 am -2:00 pm. They will have an assortment of local vendors offering breads and baked goods, meat, seafood, and various prepared foods, with an occasional guest vendor offering hand crafted items. The Smith’s Acres Farmer’s Market will take a hiatus during the busy Holiday Season from Thanksgiving until after the New Years, and will open up again in January with an even larger assortment of guest vendors. Smith’s Acres is open 7 days a week, with Sundays being their extra special day because of the market.
    For additional information, visit Smith’s Acres website at:

  • Ladies Night Out – in the Greenhouse!!!

    What’s better than having a fun time with the girls all while helping to raise money for a worthy cause?? Come join the fun, catch up with old friends or even meet new friends this Friday, October 20th beginning at 7:00 pm at Smith’s Acres (4 West Main St, Niantic). The Ladies Night Out event will help raise money for the L&M Cancer Center. We asking for a $10 donation, (cash or check made payable to L&M Cancer Center) and then the fun begins. We will have handsome gentlemen in the greenhouse serving refreshments. There will be lots of different vendors for your shopping pleasure – some new and different ones, as well as some familiar faces. It’s a fun night, and a great time to get your Holiday shopping started. Please be sure to call and get your name on our guest list. We would not want to run out of food or beverages for you Ladies. Don’t forget to extend this invite to all your Lady Friends and relatives.

  • Spirit Voices: Victorian Mourning & Spiritualism

    Smith-Harris House & the Old Stone Church Burial Ground
    Spirit Voices: Victorian Mourning & Spiritualism
    Saturday, October 21st
    3 pm to 6 pm; cemetery tour times: 3:30, 4:30, 5:30
    Admission is a non-perishable food item for East Lyme Care & Share, Inc.
    Extra cost for private reading with Medium

    Discover Victorian-Era rituals of death and dying at our award-winning annual program! 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, sample “funeral cookies” from an historic recipe, and have your tea leaves read for fun! Private readings with a Medium from the Niantic Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp: $10 for a ten-minute session, with all proceeds to the Friends of Smith-Harris House–reservations for private readings highly recommended. You can also take a free 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

  • Fall Open House at the Samuel Smith Farmstead

    Samuel Smith Farmstead – Fall Open House 82 Plants Dam Rd. East Lyme Oct 22nd 11 am – 3 pm. Free Admission. Donations Accepted.
    Join us for a day that includes farm animals, a tour of the circa 1685 farmstead and demonstrations of a bee hive and antique tools. Family “Hands-on” activities include sheep wool carding, cider pressing, and candle dipping while enjoying live music, cider and donuts.
    Fall decorations will be available for a donation. For more information contact: Mark Christensen at Green Acres 860-442-1292 or please leave a message.
  • Slightly-Creepy Tales at Trick or Trunk

    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.
    This is a FREE event.
    For more information contact director Joanie DiMartino at

  • Walk of Horror at the Smith-Harris House

    Sponsored by the East Lyme Police Cadets and Friends, the Walk of Horror will be featured at the Smith-Harris House on Friday and Saturday night (October 27 & 28) from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm.
    Come prepared to be scared—this walk is not for young children or the faint-of-heart! Admission is your choice to benefit local East Lyme community organizations: a non-perishable food item for East Lyme Care & Share; a pet supply donation for WRFD/EL Animal Control; or a cash donation to the Friends of Smith-Harris House. For more information, contact the East Lyme Police Cadets at 860-451-9797.

  • 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 fun will start on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 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:

  • Happy Halloween


  • Daylight Savings Time Ends

    Good-bye daylight at 4:30 pm ;-(

  • Carelot’s PTO – 10th Annual One Stop Holiday Shopping Event

    Carelot PTO presents their 10th Annual One Stop Holiday Shopping Event on Sunday, November 5th at the East Lyme High School from 10:00 am to 3:00 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 Carlot PTO a at for registration information!
    Hope to see you all there!

    Basket Bonanza to benefit The Ronald Vlaun Scholarship Fund!


    For additional information, contact Heidi
    c/o Carelot Children’s Center PTO at (860) 739-1993

  • Veterans Day Observance & Vigil

    Come honor and remember our veterans at a Veterans Day Observance on Friday, November 10, 2017. 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.

  • Veterans Day

    Veterans Day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany back in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. Today we honor and thank all veterans for their service to our country.

  • 72nd Annual Jack Frost Bazaar

    The 72nd annual Jack Frost Bazaar will once again be hosted by the Niantic Community Church and take place on Saturday, November 11th from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  This annual community holiday event will offer Gift baskets featuring Wisconsin cheese, summer sausage and the traditional turkey luncheon including take-out service.  The NCC Children’s Center will be represented with face painting and children’s craft activities and a video of the program’s highlights will be available for parents to view.  Mrs. Santa Clause will have a present for the children and in honor of Veteran’s Day, the Cookie Cottage will be giving free cookies to Veterans seeking a sweet treat. A Tool Tent will be added as well as previously enjoyed furniture which is new this year. A Jewelry Room, Book Shop, Silent Auction, Precious Past, Toy Tent, Attic Treasures, Handmades and Fair Trade will still be highlights of the event. This is an all-inclusive event for folks where there is something for everyone.  For additional information, visit or call (860) 739-6208.

  • Cheers for the Community – Beer & Wine Tasting Event

    Come celebrate the community of East Lyme at Niantic Main Street’s Cheers for the Community – Beer & Wine Tasting Event which will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm at Smith’s Acres (4 West Main St, Niantic). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at either Mermaid Liquors or Smith’s Acres. There will be approximately 20 beer, wine and liquor vendors sampling their adult beverages, and food will be available. Proceeds from this Niantic Main Street event will benefit local charities and causes. So come and enjoy a nice night out, meet new neighbors and friends, and toast our community of East Lyme – Cheers!!!

  • Happy Thanksgiving

  • 14th Annual Holiday Stroll

    Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 14th Annual Niantic Main Street Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features:

    • horse-drawn carriage rides,
    • shops & restaurant specials,
    • holiday music and complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the town green,
    • children’s arts, crafts and games,
    • the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off,
    • a Smore Station,
    • a “Snow-Flake Drop” featuring discounts and giveaways to local shops and restaurants, and last, but not least,
    • the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck just in time for the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village.

    So come early, and stay late. The fun takes place on Saturday, November 25th beginning at 3:00 p.m. .
    Hope to see you there!!!

    For additional details, visit the Niantic Main Street Facebook Page

  • Niantic Jingle Bell 5K

    Come join the fun at the scenic McCook Point Beach and Park on Saturday, December 9th for a scenic, festive Niantic Jingle Bell 5K walk/run in support of the Brian T. Dagle Memorial Foundation.

    8:45 – Race Day Check-in/Registration
    10:00 – 5K Walk & Run will begin
    11:00 – Overall & Age Group awards

    T-Shirts are available to the first 350 registrants – sizes are not guaranteed. Please arrive early to ensure you get the size you want.

    For registration and additional information, visit: Niantic Jingle Bell 5k

  • Niantic / East Lyme Light Parade

    SAVE THE DATE as New England’s largest and brightest Light Parade returns for 2017.
    Celebrating its 29th anniversary in 2017, 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 2017 Niantic/East Lyme Light Parade will be held on Saturday night December 9th beginning at 6:00 p.m. (with a Rain Date of Sunday, December 10th at 5:00 p.m.)
    Additional details will be provided as they become available.

  • Hanukkah Begins at Sundown

  • Winter Begins

  • Merry Christmas

  • Happy New Year 2018