Lighthouse festooned for holiday season Featured

Tom Hartman, Barb Mowry, Cheryl Gildenmeister, and Sue Hartman weathered bitter cold and winds to string garland and tie bows on Marblehead Lighthouse November 23.  (Photo by K Salzgeber)

The Marblehead Lighthouse and Keeper’s House are festively decked out in pine garlands and red bows, ready for the holiday season. The Lady on the Lake sports two LED circles, having had her 150-watt halogen bulb and green lens cover replaced late last spring. Sighted from more than seven miles away, her new light is also green but only uses 20-watts of electricity.  It has a battery backup in case of power failure. 

While walking the Lighthouse grounds, visitors are encouraged to visit the Compass Rose, a centerpiece of commemorative bricks. Over 123 bricks were laid this year by Dick Frederick, Bob Hartman, Ron Kochensparger and Alan Salzgeber. Memorial bricks may be purchased by downloading and completing the Brick Order Form on the website: Brick purchases and their placement about the Compass Rose are kept on file at East Harbor State Park office or the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society (MLHS) Museum when it is open to the public.

Eighty-seven business members supported the Marblehead Lighthouse Society this season. Businesses as well as regular memberships maintain the museum and the imminent construction of the Marblehead Life Saving Station Museum and Education Center. Dan Fredericks, a Milan architect, is designing the reconstruction of the original Marblehead Life Saving Station. Dennis Kennedy, a retired graphics art entrepreneur and a MLHS trustee, is coordinating the project behind the scenes.  

The MLHS wishes to extend a special thanks to all MLHS’ business members: 1812 Food & Spirits, The Ala Carte Café’, Anchors Away Marine Corporation, Arby’s Port Clinton, Barnes Nursery Inc., Bass Haven, Bassett’s Market, Bauman Auto Center, Bayside Comfort Inc., Bell Heating & Electric, Bennett Enterprises, Bergman’s Market, Big Boppers Restaurant, Bolte Real Estate, Brandy’s Steak House, Brown’s Dairy Dock, Carter Lumber, Casa Las Palmas, Catawba Island Marina South, Catawba Island Brewing Company, Catawba Island Club, Cheesehaven Corporation, Ciao Bella LLC, Cleats Club Seat Grill, Common Grounds Café & Catering, Diana’s Deli & Restaurant, Donna  Schoonmaker-Realtor, Don’s Body Shop, Frederick Insurance Inc., Danchisen Marathon Service, Gordon Lumber Company, Great Lakes Publishing Company,  The Hair Hut, Holmes Auto, Howard Hanna Real Estate, Howard’s Auto Service,  Hy-Way Bait, Jamestown Tavern, The Jet Express, John Tracy Produce, Key Bank, The Kroger Company,  LaFarge Quarry, Lake Breese Cabins, Lake Point Motel, Lakeside Association, Lighthouse Resort, Majestic Motel, Marblehead Bank, Marblehead Market, Marblehead Galley, Marilyn’s, Marine Tech Concepts, Mar-Lu Motel-Cottages-Marina, Martha & Molly’s, McDonald’s of Catawba, Mickey Mart Foodstores Inc., Mike’s Dockside Service, Inc., Miller Boat Line Inc., Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, Newport Clothing & Gear, Ohio Custom Products, Peninsula Motel & RV Park, Pizza Hut, Port Clinton Ford Inc., Reef Runner Tackle Company Inc., Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Shore Nuf Charters, Shrock’s Marina Inc., Skipper Bud’s, Starcher Enterprises, State Farm Insurance, Surf Bait & Tackle, Sypherd Cycles, Taylor’s Resort, Tibbels Marina, Toft Dairy Inc., Twisted Sisters Gallery LLC, U.S. Bank, The Village Clipper Barber Shop, Waldo Pepper’s Bar & Grill, Walmart, Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers, and Young’s Carpet One.

Neither rain nor winds could keep the MLHS Museum closed this past season; however the Lighthouse was shuttered under these extreme weather conditions. Record-breaking crowds visited the area and grounds at the October 2013 Lighthouse Festival. Overall, more than 18,415 people climbed the 77 Lighthouse steps this past season. Special visitors this year included illustrator Jodie McCallum, author Nelda Knauff Adcock, and, on Sept. 15, fifty members of the U.S. Lighthouse Historical Society originating in Washington. During the area’s Bicentennial of 1812 festivities, a nine-piece U.S. Navy jazz ensemble entertained a large audience at the base of the Lighthouse. Aside from visitors from 45 U.S. states, world citizens came from four Canadian provinces, Austria, Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland and Vietnam.

For 2014, the Marblehead Lighthouse and Museum opens Tuesday, May 27; the Nature & Nautical Sale in the Museum barn is Saturday, July 12 (call 419-798-4877 with donations); and the Lighthouse Festival is Saturday, Oct.11.  

In the meantime, Marblehead’s Lighthouse will be in her holiday attire, snow and icicles until Jan. 11.

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