It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce our partnership with the American Lighthouse Foundation in their May 16-18 fund raiser, "Spring Spectacular, 2008", taking place in Portsmouth, NH.
The ALF has a fantastic fun and educational weekend planned that has us really excited! Anyone who has even the slightest interest in lighthouses will undoubtedly enjoy the festivities over this weekend!
It all kicks off on Friday, May 16th when, for the first time ever, the ALF will conduct what it hopes to be an annual event, the "Lighthouse Trivia Challenge". Styled after the popular TV game show "Jeopardy" and hosted by ALF's executive director Bob Trapani, Jr and vice-president Jeremy D'Entremont, ALF's resident lighthouse historian, the Trivia Challenge invites players to test their lighthouse knowledge in exchange for great prizes. (Many retailers, including The Cape Cod Store.com, have donated items to the ALF to be given out as prizes.) Prizes for the Trivia Challenge include a stay at The Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis, MA. on Cape Cod. The inn is the site of the historic Bass River Lighthouse.
On Saturday, climb aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's M/V Thomas Laighton for an unforgettable lighthouse viewing cruise. The ship leaves Portsmouth Harbor at 9:25 AM and cruises past Portsmouth Harbor and White Island lighthouses in New Hampshire, and Whaleback, Boon Island, and Cape Neddick (“Nubble”) in Maine. Also on the agenda will be a number of other historic sites around Portsmouth Harbor. Narrated by Jeremy D'Entremont, this cruise is sure to be informative, as well as scenic, providing for numerous great photo opportunities. Numerous items will be raffled off on the cruise as well, (that's where we come in again!).
On Saturday evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner, then join former lighthouse keeper, broadcast journalist, and author Chris Mills in what should be a very fascinating program detailing his life as a lighthouse keeper and preservationist in Nova Scotia. This should be a fantastic evening as Chris is a wonderful, entertaining speaker whose perspective on the world of lighthouses is different from most lighthouse lecturers.
Also included on Saturday evening will be an overview of the American Lighthouse Foundation and its many chapters. The audience will be able to see exactly what the ALF does for lighthouse preservation, including their current efforts on some of the country's best and least known lighthouses.
The festivities wind down on Sunday with a free tour to all who attend the ALF events of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in Newcastle, NH. Tours of the lighthouse will be conducted by volunteers of the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, a chapter of ALF.
For more information, or to purchase tickets for one or more of these events, visit the ALF website at
or call the ALF at 207-594-4174.
Don't miss out on what will be a thoroughly enjoying weekend, as well as a chance to support one of the best lighthouse preservation organizations around! See you there!