Ledyard Town Wide Yard Sale Deadlines and Details

Registrations are now closed! 

We currently have 120 Sales registered in Gales Ferry and Ledyard.

Start working on your Yard Sale Signs! Like last year,  Merry Cassabria and I will offer a prize or two for best homemade signs so be creative!

Second, one week prior to the events, sellers may post photos, descriptions etc. of their yard sale treasures at my Facebook Community Forum Events Page. This is an open public group making sharing and promotion for your sale much better than in a private group.  If you are holding a sale, be sure to join.

Registration deadline for 06335 was May 15th. REGISTRATION FOR 06335 IS NOW CLOSED.

Registration deadline for 06339 was May 20th. REGISTRATION FOR 06339 IS NOW CLOSED.




Welcome to Simply Ledyard!

Thank you for visiting Simply Ledyard. I started this as a blog in 2005 and I am quite sure I was Ledyard's first blogger. Since I now share most of my Ledyard information on Facebook and Twitter, I have decided to convert this platform to an informal link resource for the Ledyard Community. The Town of Ledyard has a comprehensive website but I believe you will also find some useful information here.

If you came here looking for Ledyard Real Estate information, please feel free to email me at [email protected]. I still serve as a Ledyard Real Estate Resource, having working for over 40 years as a Real Estate Broker primarily in Ledyard. 



Final Week at the Ledyard Winter Market

The very last market of the Ledyard Farmers Market Winter Season is this Saturday. It will be a good day to stock up on your favorite products for your freezer including Turkey and Turkey Pot Pies, Pork, Chicken, Beef and Veal. I use the pork butt at Broad Brook Acres for my pulled pork in the Instant Pot and the skirt steak from Red Head Farm is my substitute for flank steak.  I add my own vegetables to the Turkey Pot Pies from Ekonk Hill farms and their turkey salad is another hit in our home!

We are starting to get applications for the Ledyard Farmers Market Summer Season and we couldn't be more excited. We could use more volunteers so sign up on our website at www.LedyardFarmersMarket.org! 

Ledyard Farmers market

This week at the Ledyard Farmers Market

There are only two weeks left of the Ledyard Farmers Winter Market!  It's been a solid winter market season but we are already gearing up for what is expected to be another very busy summer season. You can visit the Ledyard Farmers Market Webpage to keep up with all of the upcoming activity.

Here is the lineup for this Saturday:

Ledyard Farmers Market

Ledyard Town Wide Yard Sales

The Ledyard Town Wide Yard Sales are still a few months away but people are already planning and have been asking about dates so here is the scoop.  The sale in Gales Ferry (06335) will be held on June 1st and the sale in Ledyard (06339) will be on June 8th. The Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook voted to hold the sales from 9am-3pm on both days. Registration will be announced around April 1st and an online map will be available when registration closes. It is always two fun weekends with yard sales, lemonade stands  and non-profits raising money for charity! 


Ledyard Farmers Market Registration

The Ledyard Farmers Market offers 16 weeks of activities! Registration opens to all vendors on February 15th. If you are interested in being a full time, part time or guest summer vendor in 2019, please let us know. Our well attended summer market is held on Wednesdays from 4-7PM at the Ledyard Fair Grounds in Ledyard Center. You'll find additional information at the Ledyard Farmers Market Website.

2019 Themes

Linda Davis describes herself as a resource of everything Ledyard. She currently serves as Chair of the Ledyard Town Council, Liaison to the Ledyard Farmers Market Committee and as the Inventory Supervisor of the Ledyard Food Pantry. She is a Realtor in Ledyard and available to share her over 40 years of knowledge of the real estate industry. 

Ledyard Storm Preparation

The tropics are heating up so it is a good idea to start paying attention. I have added this Storm Prep document below. It's a long read but is an excellent resource from Ledyard's Emergency Management Director.

Ledyard"We are into the Hurricane season and several storms have formed last week. As such I wanted to put out a bit of information on preparedness. 

Excellent information can be found at:  https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes or the Red Cross site, http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane#About . In addition, I want to pass along some local information and personal tips.

Official messages will be put on the Town’s web site: www.town.ledyard.ct.us/, Everbridge notification system you can sign up at: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736723676#/login and the Town Face Book page: https://www.facebook.com/LedyardNews/ .

Messages are also distributed via radio and TV. When power and communication services are affected by a storm, a hardcopy of the notice or update will be posted at Town Hall, Gales Ferry Library, both fire houses, Gales Ferry School and Gallup Hill School. This sheet, updated daily will have information on what services are available and other helpful information.

You should put together a personalized plan and evacuation kit for your family, remembering you will need to include all pet needs (all shelters take household pets) including leash, food, medication, bowls, carrier or crate. Having a picture of your animal is helpful for identifying your pet if your pet is lost or escapes. Service animals are allowed in the shelter proper, companion animals are kept in a separate location within the shelter building over seen by animal control and volunteers. You are expected to assist in the care and feeding of your pet(s).

Ledyard takes part in a Regional shelter plan with the multiple area towns. Shelters are very manpower intensive to operate, historically have seen limited usage and there are not enough volunteers to open shelters in all towns.

For Ledyard, the designated regional shelter locations are: Groton Senior Center 102 Newtown Rd, Groton, CT, Fitch Senior High School 101 Groton Long Point Rd, Groton, CT and Stonington High School, 176 S. Broad St, Pawcatuck, CT (RT1).

Which location is opening will be publicly announced, generally prior to a hurricane. Location openings are based on a matrix of needed capacity, expected landfall location and estimated need. Ledyard High School at 24 Gallup Hill Rd, Ledyard, CT is an alternate location and would be the designated site if a Ledyard shelter is opened.

Obviously, evacuation orders are very seriously considered before being implemented. Your plan needs to include where you will go if evacuation orders are issued or if you want to leave your home for the storm. Consider going to family or friends in an unaffected area, mini vacation out of the area, or to a shelter.

Determine what is best for your family and situation.  Shelters are there to keep your family safe and alive but are very basic. They include cots, blankets and folding chairs in a large room. When making your plan, be realistic about your medical/ physical needs and your capabilities and plan according.

If Ledyard receives widespread damage, we call for support from the state. This could come in the form of heavy equipment or food and water. Depending on the scope of the issues, distribution point(s) would be set up at a location(s) to be announced. Pre-planned locations are the Gales Ferry/Middle School Complex and Town Hall/Ledyard Center School.

It generally takes 72 hours to get these locations operational. Location(s) will depend on accessibility and extent of need. They may consist of a formalized assembly line for distribution of commodities. Or simply a pallet of water and a pallet of the civilian version of Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) be placed in multiple locations (where the notices are posted), operating on the honor system, (take one of each per family) may be in place.

Now a few personal thoughts. If Ledyard is ever faced with a significant event with widespread destruction, we need to come together as an extended family. While we enjoy a very dedicated group of primarily volunteers that staff our Fire and EMS services, and capable Police and Public works employees, their collective abilities are limited, and after a major storm it will take significant time to get us back to normal.  Neighbors will need to work together to help one another whenever possible. Faith and social groups would be called on for assistance as well. We will all need to work together to bring our community back to normal as quickly as possible.

I personally prepare for a storm so that if it does or does not come, my preparations do not come at high financial cost. I check my emergency equipment to assure that it all operates properly and is in its place.

Once a Storm is in forecast, my family starts planning meals, so prior to the Storm we consume existing perishables in case the power is lost. We put away lawn / patio furniture and any loose yard items- these items can become projectiles in high winds endangering people and structures. We pick up bottled water, dry foods and canned foods /pasta that can be heated on the grill or campfire.

If the storm track looks like it has an eye on us, we fill vehicles with fuel, buy spare fuel for equipment and grill and get cash in various denominations (stores may be open post-storm, but unable to use credit due to communication/power failures, small bills are handier). We double check our medications to make sure we have enough, finalize our evacuation kit, and do last minute securing of our home and property.

If the storm comes, we are prepared.  If it does not, we know we have checked our equipment, food gets rotated out, we can skip the next “can-can” sale, vehicles are fueled for next week and the yard looks nice!"

Russell Shaw

Emergency Management Director

Ledyard Trunk or Treat 2018

Ledyard’s Trunk or Treat is over 6 weeks away but people on Facebook are already asking for the details.  Here is what you need to know:

The event will be held at the Ledyard Fairgrounds on October 26th.

Car set up will be from 4:30 to 5:45. For safety reasons all hosted trunks should be set up by 5:45. Prizes will be awarded for the best trunk decorations!

Sensory sensitive time will be from 5:45 - 6:30pm. (All others 6:30-8:00pm)
Please refrain from using the following during this time:
Strobe Lights
Blinking Lights
Motion Activated Items
Scary or Loud Music, etc.

Contact Parks and Recs for additional info: 860-464-9112

Trunk registration - www.ledyardrec.org

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A Ledyard Iconic Photo

This Ledyard photo has now been seen and shared so many times, it has been described as “Iconic” by more than one person. Mayor Fred and I were doing some judging at Ledyard’s Trunk or Treat last year and Ledyard Photographer Barry Watrous caught us in the Halloween spirit. It showed up last week on the cover of the Parks and Recreation magazine meaning Trunk or Treat can’t be too far away. October 26th this year to be exact.