August: Lighthouse Month on Isle au Haut (from Jeff Burke)

This month marks the beginning of the second year of our campaign to correct major structural issues threatening our lighthouse and to restore some of the historic characteristics that made it the most advanced lighthouse station in Maine, including the huge fog bell that hung from the tower on its seaward side. Last fall over one hundred islanders, summer folks, and lovers of the island launched this effort with generous cash donations. This month, our activities will be focused on fun! Please mark your calendars and come join us for these most enjoyable events:

Sunday, August 9 – Open Lighthouse Tower from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Come and learn about the history of the lighthouse and the serious structural problems we must rectify. Old photographs showing the tower at its turn-of-the-century prime will be on display. Please walk in from the Town Road, as there is no parking space at the station, although folks unable to traverse the distance on foot may be dropped off and picked up. If you like, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the inn grounds, courtesy of the Keeper’s House.

Tuesday, August 11 – Fourth Annual IAH Triathlon. Meet at the pond to register at 9:00 AM. The race organizers are donating this year’s proceeds to The Lighthouse Fund and the Tri-Tee shirt this year is emblazoned with a full-color image of the lighthouse. Sign up at the Shore Shop or the store.

Saturday, August 15 – The Lighthouse Benefit Auction. This is the big event, folks! During the Silent Auction preview from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, enjoy an hors d’oeuvres feast and punch while Kristin entertains with concert harp. Tim Sawyer will be calling out your bids during the Live Auction from 7:00 to 8:00. You could walk home with anything from a spanking new Westmac 20 HP skiff to a tote of legendary Ralph Chapin’s gnarly old wood pot buoys. There’s still time for you to join the cause! To donate an item for the auction, contact Rosie (335-2301), Bernie (335-5111) or Diane (616-915-0200).

Keep the Light Shining!

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