Monday, December 2, 2013

Hospital Point Light Ready for the Holidays

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 4 Lighthouse Team has been busy preparing Hospital Point Light in Beverly, Massachusetts, for the holidays. The lighthouse team continued their tradition of placing a holiday wreath and star on the lighthouse tower. 

Left: Hospital Point Light Station, with wreath and star, from just offshore. Photo by Phil Karwowski, made possible by Salem Harbormaster Capt. Bill McHugh and Deputy Harbormaster Patrick Mulligan.

Seventeen members of the team and one volunteer, gathered at Hospital Point on a sunny but chilly morning, to prepare the wreath and star. 

The tasks involved the placement of an oar and boat hook, a large bow, and rope lighting on the six-foot diameter wreath, and of course, hauling the wreath and star up onto the tower.
In the past, the wreath was placed on the water side of the lighthouse tower. This is the second year that the wreath was placed on the street side, to enable people walking or driving by to see it. The star, which is over six feet from point to point, was placed on the water side. Both the wreath and the star have lights on them.

Right: Members of the Hospital Point Lighthouse team that put up the holiday wreath and star. Front row from left: Phil Karwowski, Bob Olenio, John Keyes, and Rich Skryness. Back row from left:  Robert Pierce, Walter Blazewicz, Deanna Karwowski, Bill Ayers, Brenda Martinson, Dick Keating, Barbara Keating, Mike Henderson, Ted Karr, Anne Olenio, Stella Pierce, Rich Perlman, Kevin Meagher, and volunteer Gerry Dangelo. Photo by Judy Dangelo.