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.

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