Touch A Truck 2019!

Touch A Truck 2019!

East Lyme Touch a Truck just keeps getting Bigger and Better

For East Lyme Touch A Truck 2019, in addition to trucks of every description and to Free activities for children such as Face Painting, Hair Beading, Tattoos, Coloring, Construction activities, and Games, The East Lyme Child and Family Auxiliary has also arranged for many new features.

Of special note is the Shuttle Parking that will be provided by two Laz shuttles.  Patrons will be able to park at Niantic Center School and next door at Telaid, where the combined areas can hold 100 cars.  Then, participants will be driven, free of charge, to McCook Park.  A big thank you to Laz and Telaid for this stress-free parking arrangement.

In addition, LifeStar will be making an appearance this year.  LifeStar will land at Touch A Truck at 1 p.m. and depart at 2 p.m.  Their participation will be dependent on good weather and a lack of emergencies.  Take this opportunity to see the helicopter up close and personal and to talk to the Life Star personnel.  LIFE STAR is a critical care helicopter service that responds to and provides air transport for patients needing care at a tertiary care facility.  Come to explore the helicopter and to meet its crew.

Finally, this year the Auxiliary is adding a Food Truck Festival to delight the hungry children and parents.  People will have the chance to eat under the Pavilion at McCook Park, while enjoying the spectacular view of the Boardwalk and Bay.  Four fabulous Food Trucks will be on site.

The Munchies Food Truck will be manned by personable Amman Saad.  Munchies specializes in both American and Mediterranean fare.  Amman will be serving the usual burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and fries.  However, his Mediterranean dishes of Stuffed Pita Wraps, Garlic Lemon Chicken Skewers, and Falafel Stuffed Pita are not to be missed.  For those who desire a lighter fare, he will be serving Hummus and Pita and Mediterranean Tossed Salad.   As his web-site states, “Munchies is a plural noun meaning the uncontrollable desire to eat!”

The Rolling Tomato Food Truck based in Groton, will be specializing in wood fired pizza. Mathew Burnside will be creating both Red and White Pies with clever names honoring family, friends, and favorite entertainers.  As a sampling of what they create, one can order an “Old Blue Eye”, a “Ms. Bella”, or a “Crazy Joey”.  As their motto says, they are “Fired up, to fuel you up, with some awesome wood”.

To commemorate our Marine past, Flanders Fish Market will be present, serving clam fritters, clam chowder, lobster sliders, fish sandwiches and shrimp cocktail.  Flanders Fish Market was started in 1983 by Senator Paul Formica and his late wife Donna.  In 2018, they were voted by Connecticut Magazine’s Readers Choice, Best Seafood, Best Fish Market, and Best Chowder (runner-up).  Be sure to say hello to Paul’s daughter, Olivia Formica, who is now the kitchen manager.  You will be able to see her cooking next to the Clam Bake Wagon.

You will then be able to finish any of these delicious lunches with ice cream from Mike Powers and his Flavor King Truck or with the incomparable Kettle Corn made by the East Lyme –Niantic Lions Club.

Come early and stay for Lunch; you won’t be disappointed.

This Twelfth Annual Touch-A-Truck, co-sponsored by the East Lyme Auxiliary of  Child and Family Agency and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department, will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCook Point Park in Niantic.

There will be a Horn Free Hour from 9 to 10 a.m. especially for the younger set and for noise-sensitive children.

The requested donation is $5 per person.  Children under age two are admitted free of charge.  Proceeds benefit the work of Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT as it annually meets the needs of over seventeen thousand children and their families in our communities. Touch A Truck keeps getting Bigger and Better!

Additional information can be found on the Agency’s website,;  on Facebook- Touch a Truck East Lyme, CT; or by calling Child and Family-860-443-2896.