The Allure of Lighthouses…
Nine Lighthouses, One Lightship, Two Days—8th Year!
September 17 and 18, 2011: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., rain or shine
One of the missions of the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society is to educate, inform and entertain those who are interested in Chesapeake Bay area lighthouses. On September 17 and 18, 2011, in partnership with the lighthouse organizations across the state, the Chapter will do just that during the 2011 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.
For the eighth year, participants who visit any of the participating lighthouses during the allotted hours will receive a complimentary souvenir depicting that lighthouse. It is not necessary to visit all the lighthouses to participate and they can be visited in any order. Those who score a perfect ten by visiting all the lighthouse attractions will receive an additional souvenir to mark their accomplishment!
For participants’ added viewing pleasure and to really put the “challenge” in the 8th annual event, organizers are again offering two BONUS lights - Sandy Point Shoal (to be viewed off shore from one of Maryland’s most popular state parks), and the Blackistone Lighthouse Replica at the site of Maryland’s birthplace, St. Clement’s Island. There will also be an add-on Bonus Cruise departing from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to see some of the Bay’s more elusive lighthouses, never before viewed in conjunction with this event.
Lighthouses are an important aspect of our state’s maritime heritage and remain treasured keepsakes of a by-gone era. This year’s theme, “Reading Lights the Way”, is being introduced to encourage Challenge participants to read about lighthouse architecture, history and about the dedicated keepers who kept watch over them.
The award-winning driving tour will take participants to some of the most beautiful sites in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary, the Potomac River. Throughout the weekend, enthusiasts are invited to visit Concord Point, Cove Point, Drum Point, Fort Washington, Hooper Strait, Piney Point, Point Lookout, Seven-Foot Knoll, Turkey Point, and the Lightship Chesapeake.
Participants will receive the event brochure at the first lighthouse visited, which includes driving instructions to all the lights. Receive a complimentary souvenir at each lighthouse; lighthouses may be visited in any order and it is not necessary to visit all of them to participate. Enthusiasts visiting all ten lights will receive a special commemorative souvenir to mark their accomplishment!
At the Calvert Marine Museum, see Drum Point Lighthouse and take a shuttle to Cove Point. Free shuttles will run all day long from the Calvert Marine Museum with the last one departing at 5:00 p.m. There is no charge to see the lighthouses during the Challenge. Don’t miss the custom Lighthouse Challenge socks for $10.95, available exclusively at the museum store. Socks may also be purchased by calling the store at 410-326-2750.
Meet special guests, Wendy Brewer and Bill Conway during Lighthouse Challenge at the Calvert Marine Museum. Wendy Brewer, author of Keep Your Glow On, is helping to raise awareness and encourage Americans to help save lighthouses and maritime history. Wendy has traveled along America’s coastlines visiting and photographing over 450 lighthouses. A breast cancer survivor, determination has captured the essence of her passion in this book. Copies of the books are available for sale at the museum store with signings during the weekend.
Local resident, Bill Conway, is an award winning photographer from Lusby, Maryland. Bill’s breathtaking photography is being used on this year’s souvenirs, which deems appropriate that “educating and connecting people through photography,” would be his motto. A collection of photos will on display and for sale in the lobby during Lighthouse Challenge.
Participants will find these magnificent structures and the history surrounding them water’s edge at some of the most beautiful destinations statewide. Lighthouse enthusiasts, start your engines!
The Lighthouses of Maryland are beckoning…
Come September, be prepared to “see the lights!”
For more information about the 2011 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, visit www.cheslights.org.