Beacons beckon for lighthouse challenge
ROCKLAND — The Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge, held June 23 and 24, “challenges” participants to visit seven lighthouses — Pemaquid Point, Marshall Point, Owls Head, Rockland Breakwater, Grindle Point, Fort Point and Dice Head — on self-guided tours.
This event offers residents and lighthouse enthusiasts alike the unique opportunity to climb each lighthouse and enjoy a birds-eye view of the Midcoast from atop these towers.
Lighthouse challenge participants will receive a commemorative booklet that contains information about the lighthouses and directions to each site. Registering for the event is free and can be done at any of the lighthouse locations on the challenge. Those who complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a two-night stay for two at one of the four Historic Inns of Rockland. The prize is being donated by the Historic Inns of Rockland.
The U.S. Coast Guard will showcase an array of modern optics that serve in today’s lighthouses and will share an exhibit showing how the Coast Guard keeps the lights at many of Maine’s offshore stations. The display will be available for viewing on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Lighthouse Foundation’s Gift Store & Interpretive Center located in downtown Rockland at 464 Main St.
Author Kevin C. Mills will also be on hand at the American Lighthouse Foundation’s Gift Store & Interpretive Center to sign copies of his latest novel, “Breakwater.” Mills will sign books Saturday, June 23 from noon to 3 p.m.
Maine’s first maritime museum, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, is participating as a bonus challenge site. The museum will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
The Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland is also participating as a bonus site for lighthouse challenge participants. The museum features a display of Fresnel lenses, as well as other lighthouse beacons and artifacts.
The Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge is sponsored by the Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights and its parent organization, the American Lighthouse Foundation. For more information, call the American Lighthouse Foundation at 594-4174 or visit lighthousefoundation.org and rocklandharborlights.org.