American Lighthouse Foundation and Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights will present a program titled Memories & Songs of Owls Head Light Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at the Owls Head Community Center, 224 Ash Point Drive.

The program will appeal to anyone who has ever imagined what it would be like to grow up at a lighthouse or has been inspired by the allure and romance of our coastal sentinels. Memories & Songs of Owls Head Light promises to entertain throughout as Marla Rogers and Meg Gaunce team up to shine a light on the keen sense of place that Owls Head Lighthouse has in the lives of so many locals and visitors.

Rogers will recount many of her childhood memories of living at Owls Head Light Station during the time her father was keeper, from 1947 to 1953. Attendees will delight in learning about what real life was like for a family at the lighthouse, as recalled through the eyes of a child. She will talk about her lightkeeping father’s duties at Owls Head and share memories from her mother, as well as the types of fun things she and her siblings did to entertain themselves as youngsters.

Singer/songwriter Gaunce will perform a selection of songs, creatively blending the charm of the Owls Head community and time-honored stories of the light station’s past, from her new CD titled “Songs of Owls Head.” The CD will be available for sale during the program, with proceeds benefiting Owls Head Light Station, new home for the American Lighthouse Foundation.

“This whole project began when my husband suggested a CD of songs of our hometown,” said Gaunce. “Then because volunteering at the light is so near and dear to our hearts, he kept suggesting songs to write like the ‘Owl's Head Light,’ the ‘Frozen Lovers,’ ‘Spot’ and many more.”

The evening also will feature a silent auction with some attractive items, one being a chance to take a sail aboard the iconic windjammer Victory Chimes. The silent auction benefits the preservation and education mission of the nonprofit American Lighthouse Foundation and its chapter, Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights. The silent auction also has tickets for a Cape Air flight, great collectibles from local artists, gift certificates and more; and there will be  homemade desserts to enjoy.

No reservations are required; there is a suggested $5 donation. The Owls Head Community Center is located across the street from the Knox County Airport. For more information, visit or call the American Lighthouse Foundation at 594-4174.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or