Saturday, July 7, 2012

Wood Island Lighthouse Exhibit at University of New England’s Campus Center

The August exhibit at the University of New England (UNE) Campus Center in Biddeford, Maine, will focus on Wood Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1808 off the coast of Biddeford in Saco Bay. It is visible from the UNE campus.

Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse (FOWIL), a chapter of the nonprofit American Lighthouse Foundation, has been raising money over the past years to restore the lighthouse to its 1906 appearance.  Much restoration has been completed on the tower's exterior and the keeper's house. 

Part of the exhibit at UNE will feature photos of the original lighthouse and its history. Information will also be included about the boat tours that FOWIL provides to the lighthouse in July and August. The biggest part of the exhibit will feature paintings depicting the island and lighthouse. Plein-air artists took a boat trip to the island on Saturday, June 16, 2012, to paint. These works and others by local artists will be showcased and will be for sale, with 25% of the sales going to FOWIL to help with future restoration work.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby. All are welcome to attend. For more information about the exhibit contact Diane Noble at: (207) 284-6394.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Guiding Lights: Nantucket’s Lighthouses, Keepers and Their Families - at the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum features permanent and changing exhibitions that will fascinate both children and adults. Highlights of the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum’s collection of over 5,000 objects include period surfboats, beach carts, Fresnel lenses from Brant Point and Great Point lights, vintage photographs, and more.

The exhibitions are devoted to the history of Nantucket lifesaving, famous shipwrecks and rescues around the island, life-saving equipment, daily routine at life-saving stations, and the United States Coast Guard today.

New for 2012  in the Monaghan Gallery, May 24 – October 8, 2012:  

Guiding Lights: Nantucket’s Lighthouses, Keepers and Their Families  


For centuries, Nantucket’s lighthouses – Brant Point, Great Point and Sankaty Head – housed keepers and families and were the first true guiding lights for all mariners traversing the treacherous shoals surrounding Nantucket.  At that time, when navigational tools were scarce or rudimentary, the welcome sight of these beacons of light was quite often, and most assuredly, all that captains of the sea had to rely on in order to sail their vessels to safety.

This season, you'll want to visit the museum to learn about these historic monuments and their past keepers and families. The photos and stories in this exhibit pay tribute to the strength and greatness of these remarkable lighthouses and the men, women, and children who lived and worked at them.

Come visit the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, and enjoy new exhibits, family-friendly programs and more designed to appeal to all ages. Click here for the museum's website.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Boston Harbor Island Alliance and National Park Service offer guided tours of Boston Light

Summer-long tours of the United States’ first and oldest lighthouse station

Boston MA- The Boston Harbor Island Alliance will once again take visitors on a journey that unleashes the history and splendor that the Boston Harbor Island national park areas have to offer, with summer tours of Boston Light—the oldest lighthouse station in the United States. 

The three hour excursion begins with a boat cruise, taking visitors on a voyage with a 45-minute park ranger-narrated tour of the Boston Harbor Islands.   Sights include the two other historic lighthouses of Boston Harbor – Long Island Head Light and The Graves Light.  Once docking at Little Brewster Island, home of Boston Light, visitors meet with the Lighthouse keeper and get a close up look at Boston Light's Fresnel lens—the only Fresnel lens still in use. 

Visitors also have the option of packing a picnic to eat while taking in the spectacular views of the harbor. By the tour’s end visitors will be left in admiration for the awe inspiring views and unique experience.

WHO:  All are welcome! 

WHAT: A three-hour boat trip to the Boston Harbor Islands and a tour of the Little Brewster Island and Boston Light 

WHEN:   June 30 - September 30, 2012. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Departing at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Boston Harbor Islands; Trip departs from the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion.

COST:  $39 for adults, $35 for college students, military and seniors with valid ID, $29 for children between ages 3 and 11 

TICKETS: Tickets may be purchased online at  Walk up sales available at the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion 60 minutes prior to departure ($5 service fee applies).

For more information and the full schedule of ferry service, visit