Monday, August 20, 2012

Lighthouse Enthusiasts to Spend Weekend on Star Island

White Island Lighthouse in the Isles of Shoals
PORTSMOUTH, NH—Lighthouse enthusiasts have a chance to spend a September weekend on Star Island in the Isles of Shoals, six miles off the New Hampshire coast. Open to the public, the September 7-9 weekend program is entitled “New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them.”

American Lighthouse Foundation historian Jeremy D’Entremont will be the featured speaker. The author of nine books and hundreds of articles, D’Entremont also edited the works of legendary lighthouse historian Edward Rowe Snow and is the founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. 

Participants will leave Portsmouth mid-afternoon Friday, September 7, aboard the Thomas Laighton and return Sunday afternoon, September 9. Casual social events, island strolls and a candlelit service in 212-year-old Gosport Chapel will round out the weekend’s activities.

Attendees will stay in rustic yet comfortable accommodations in the historic Oceanic Hotel and surrounding buildings on Star Island. Registration is $60 per person. Room and board, including all meals and round-trip boat transportation from Portsmouth, is $260 per person and up, depending on type of accommodations, with reduced rates for children under 18. The nonprofit Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association (ISHRA) is the event sponsor.

Reservations are now being accepted as long as places remain available. For information visit, email or call 617-334-5675.

Ghost Hunt at Wood Island Lighthouse!

Have you ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt?
Now is your chance! This September 8 – 9, join author, radio personality, and paranormal investigator Ron Kolek, with other members of the New England Ghost Project, for an overnight investigation of Wood Island Lighthouse off the coast of Biddeford Pool, Maine. 

The lighthouse was featured in the book Ghost Chronicles and has a history of unusual occurrences. Former keepers, Coast Guard personnel, and others have witnessed strange events associated with the island and lighthouse.  

In 1896, a tragic murder-suicide took place on the island. Do their spirits still inhabit the island? Or is it that of a former lighthouse keeper? Or is it something more sinister? Join Ron the rest of the NEGP crew for an unbelievable night as they attempt to unravel the mystery of Wood Island.

The price of this overnight investigation is only $150. The Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse will be providing free transportation to the island. Space is extremely limited. So sign up today.

All funds will be donated to The Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse (a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation) for preservation of the lighthouse.

Do you have what it takes to become a ghost hunter? Sign up and find out!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Maine Windjammer Lighthouse Cruises

There is no better way to see what lighthouses were built to do than from the sea, and Maine Windjammer cruises are a wonderful and unique way to do just that. Windjammer Lighthouse Cruises visit as many a dozen lights or more and are captained and crewed by people with great knowledge of the histories of the various lights.
There are still several Lighthouse Cruises planned for the 2012 sailing season. Here is a list of the vessel and dates:
* Angelique: August 19-23.
* Isaac H. Evans: September 9-12.
* Mary Day: September 5-9
* Nathaniel: September 23-27.
Visit for more information.