Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Lighthouse" at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, April 17-18

Don't miss the premiere of "Lighthouse" - 7:30 p.m. April 17 and 18 in the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT. Get your tickets today -- click here or call 860-527-9800.

"Lighthouse" presents the drama of a person, isolated from a sea of others yet longing for authentic connection. The lighthouse, its keeper, and the surrounding slip of jagged land where shipwrecked survivors find refuge become a metaphor for enlightenment in this moving, multi-arts performance.

"Lighthouse" artfully evokes the sense that the audience as witnesses, are actually participants, struggling with the fierce wave patterns and violent storms of the sea juxtaposed with the tranquility of solitude and the downside of loneliness of the keeper. Just as life is ever changing, so too is the sea. For centuries, the lighthouse has been a beacon for those at sea. For those on land, what is our light? NYC based composer/performer Robert Een, poet/novelist and human rights activist Marjorie Agosín, set designer Marcela Otéiza, and lighting designer Blu join the Ensemble as the collaborative team for this exciting new work.

2015 U.S./Canada 17-Lighthouse Grand Slam Tour!

Click here to read all about it!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Book! History of Minot's Ledge Lighthouse

"Lovers' Light: The History of Minot's Ledge Lighthouse" by Jeremy D'Entremont
Paperback, 122 pages, with dozens of illustrations, $12.95 (special pricing on Amazon)

Minot's Ledge Lighthouse, off Boston's South Shore near the towns of Cohasset and Scituate, has a fascinating history replete with heroism, tragedy, and triumph. Widely known as the "I Love You Light" after its famous 1-4-3 flash characteristic, it has sparked the imaginations of lighthouse lovers around the world. The present (1860) tower is one of the classic examples of a granite wave-swept lighthouse and has withstood the battering of countless storms. It stands today as a testament to its designers and builders and as a monument to the brave keepers who stood watch for nearly a century.

This new book brings together a variety of source documents, including correspondence, government documents, log entries, interviews with keepers, and much more to help paint an historic portrait of one of the world's most dramatic lighthouses.

Click here to buy on Amazon.com

New Second Edition of "Everyday Heroes: The True Story of a Lighthouse Family"

I'm happy to announce that a new, revised second edition of "Everyday Heroes: The True Story of a Lighthouse Family" is now available. It features an easier to read font and layout, and has several historic photos that did not appear in the first edition.

"Everyday Heroes: The True Story of a Lighthouse Family" 
 Seamond Ponsart Roberts with Jeremy D'Entremont
414 pages, 30 photos and maps, $18.95 (special pricing on Amazon)
Buy on Amazon.com

"I am, and always will be, a lighthouse keeper's daughter. I had the good fortune to be born to a different kind of childhood. I didn't recognize this fact back when I was small. I thought that everybody lived like we did on our little island of Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts, which in itself was a life apart..."
This is the true story of a family's life at lighthouses on the edge of civilization. It's a story of adventure, devotion to duty, and love. Seamond Ponsart Roberts shares her memories and emotions with good humor, a sharp eye for detail, and above all an appreciation for a way of life that has passed into history.

"If you enjoy reading as much as I do, you will understand what it means to have a book 'grab you' right from its opening pages. This book captured me before I’d even finished the acknowledgements with the author’s simple way of writing and her invitation to share her adventures as if 'we are old friends sitting on the porch telling each other stories.' A pleasant conversation with a treasured friend is exactly what reading this book is like. . . . 'Everyday Heroes' is a wonderful book rich with history and the everyday trials and tribulations of life as lightkeepers. It left this reader feeling nostalgic for a way of life I’ve never experienced –a life both rich and somehow uncomplicated by the hardships faced by those who lived it. The author’s words will enthrall you and by the time you reach the end of the book, you will have a new appreciation for a lost way of life. But just as importantly, you will feel you have a new friend in Seamond Ponsart Roberts." -- Donna Suchomelly, World Lighthouse Society newsletter. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hospital Point Light Station Decorated for the Holidays

The Coast Guard Auxiliary's Division 4 Lighthouse Team has once again been busy decorating Hospital Point Light Station in Beverly, Massachusetts, for the holidays. The Lighthouse team, led by members of the Beverly Flotilla, placed a six-foot diameter wreath along with a star on the tower. This year the team also placed garland on the fence along the front of the property. 
Congratulations to the Lighthouse Team for a job well done! (Photos by Phil Karwowski.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Lighthouse Tours from Portsmouth, NH, in 2015!

This spring will mark the eighth season of "New England Lighthouse Tours," offering minivan tours from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to a variety of picturesque and historic lighthouse locations. Most of the 2015 schedule is now online at www.newenglandlighthousetours.com

New this year will be a number of special "Sunday Drives." On seven selected Sundays, the tours will go to some of Maine's most spectacular lighthouse locations, at Pemaquid Point, Marshall Point, and Doubling Point.

Click here for the details!