The St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse was officially illuminated on July 7th, 2019 at approximately 9;30 p.m.
A gathering of about 30 called out multiple Hip! Hip! Hoorays! when the light was turned on!
Check out these photos of the Lighthouse when lit and the wonderful crowd cheering the event. Thanks go out to Bill Morton for an exceptional job at making this happen!
On the photo below, you can see from the glow of the beacon, ( as well as Bill Morton's face ) , that the illumination of the lighthouse is now complete !!!
So as advertised earlier this spring, this bulletin is to confirm a casual beach gathering for SPHLS members and their friends to toast the official illumination this Saturday evening (July 6th) at 9:00 pm. Once a suitable crowd and darkness are achieved, Bill will throw the switch, probably around 9:30 pm.
Things are supposed to warm up by then, but as it is always cooler by the shore, remember to wear warm clothes. And bring a blanket to enjoy the wee bon fire provided. Marshmallows and a few bottles of bubbly will be served to early arrivals.
Remember, walking, biking or car pooling are encouraged to preserve this ecologically sensitive area.
Well May is here and after a bit of delay, the lobster traps are set. As summer is just around the corner, here are the anticipated dates of SPHLS activities for your day timers.
Saturday, July 6th : Lighthouse Illumination
Those who attended the AGM last August will remember the interesting presentation Bill Morton gave on how our lighthouse will be illuminated.
The batteries, lights and solar panels are now all on site and in readiness for hook up. Join us at dusk for a wee celebration on the beach.
Friday, July 19th ; the Morell River Run Parade
The SPHLS joins this great community event for the first time. Our lighthouse float, an 8 ft. tall replica, has been commissioned under the direction of John Flinn. So come out and share the walk!!! Festive attire encouraged ; lighthouse top hats anyone?
Saturday August 4th : The Lighthouse Climb
Another first timer and should be great fun, not only for the kids, but for the kid in all of us! Plan on bringing family and friends to make the climb, just as our light keepers did for so many years...and enjoy the view!!
Monday August 19th : Harbour NIght at the Holy Cow
Our first major fund raiser since the Raffle. This time a special fun filled evening with drinks and dinner at the Holy Cow, and including a live auction and music. Linda Anderson, JoAnne Morton, Paulette Bourgeois and Debbie Barton-Moore are well into the planning. It promises to be a great event. As space will be limited, tickets will be made available in advance.
Thursday August 29th ; the fifth Annual AGM
The AGM has proven to be a most pleasant evening to share information, chili and cheer at the end of the SPHLS season. This year we will have two major items on the agenda - apart from our 2018 financial statements.
The first - what should be the focus of the SPHLS be, now that restoration is completed?
The second - election of a new Board of Directors. The 5 year term of most of the Executive comes to completion with this meeting. All positions are open.
We will be canvassing those interested over the summer!!
The year-end for our 2018 statement concludes at the end of May (this month). So for those individual and family members who have yet to pay their annual dues ($10 and $20 respectively), you can send along a cheque to the SPHLS c/o Ann Doyle, 4 Lakeview Lane, RR#2, Morell, PE, C0A 1S0. You can also make an e-transfer to our account at the Credit Union, email@example.com.
And of course further donations are always welcome. Thanks ahead for your payments!!
Finally, SPHLS T-shrits will be available for purchase in early July.
It will be quite a busy summer!!! Be looking for additional bulletins and further information on all events as their times approach.
"The Road to Havre St Pierre" (Scroll to bottom of Writings Page under Heritage button.
The objective of the project is to preserve our understanding of the history and the lives and times of the old St Peters Harbour and its surrounding community.
The first phase of this long term volunteer project, which is the development of an archive of writings, photos, artifacts, and stories, began last winter. If you click the "History/Heritage" button at the top of this blog you will find some of what has been gathered to date. Some of these have been gathered from publicly available sources on the web, others were handed over by individuals.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank some of those who have already helped us in ways both great and small. Kevin Mosher, Danny Geldart, Adam Drake, Terry and Carol Drake, Mel Anderson, John Cameron, Edward MacDonald, Maria Lythgoe, Maureen Ledwell and Skip and Cookie MacDonald.
We would also take this opportunity to make an appeal to others out there who have documents, photos, and especially stories passed down to them as to what life in the St Peters Harbour and area was like. If you have anything to contribute please contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or our volunteer Syd Freiman 902-961-8920.
I hope you are able to escape to the beach during this incredible heat wave we are having!! Whoosh....the temperature is the talk of the season!!
As we are half way through the summer, here is an update on the lighthouse restoration and the activities of the SPHLS in general.
Final Lighthouse Restoration
Following the dramatic raise and painting of the lighthouse last year, this year brings conclusion to a few smaller but exciting details.
a. Decorative Wharf Siding
Doug Milligan and his crew have begun the decorative 'wharf' wall around the new crib at the bottom of the building. If you have been out to the lighthouse lately, you may have noticed that the large timbers that were set aside for this work last year have been trimmed to size and stacked by the building. They will be installed as vertical posts on the face of the crib in the manner of a wharf wall.
This attractive treatment is also a safety measure, preventing any critters or small fry from climbing through the crib under the building. As the temperature in the dunes has been stifling, work has been suspended until the heat breaks.
b. Founding Members Plaque
Over the winter we took delivery of the Founding Members Plaque, and we are so pleased with the product!! Fabricated in a Maine workshop, the plaque is a beautiful piece of bronze worthy of its trusting membership!! It will be secured to the wharf wall as part of the completion of that work.
Making the plaque involved a lot of time in design, as well as the gathering of name preferences and checking for accuracy. Thanks to Mel Anderson, Ann Doyle and Katie Sheahan for a job well done. As the years go by, we hope all Founding Members and their families enjoy finding their names on this fine piece of work.
c. Beacon Illumination
You may remember that our illumination guru, Bill Morton, made a successful test of lighting the beacon late last summer. LED strip lights powered by unobtrusive solar panels will be used to give the beacon the warm glow of a lantern. Then in July, resourceful Bill scored 6 lithium batteries on Kijiji at a fraction of their cost. These batteries will store lantern power for decades to come.
The system should be up and running in the next month. What a pleasure it will be to walk the beach in the evenings with the friendly glow of the lighthouse. Thanks, Bill!
Over the last couple of weeks we have enjoyed distributing the Silver Shingles to our lifetime members. Prepared over several test editions since last summer, we are delighted by the reaction to these beauties!!
Congrats to our design and production team of Tim Phelan and Mel Anderson.
Annual Budget : 2018
Since our June meeting, the SPHLS Board has been reviewing our budget needs. With the steady hand of Treasurer Don Roper, we have struck a budget for typical annual requirements. Following the success of last year's Raffle, we are in very good shape fr the next couple of years. More details to follow at our AGM later this month.
Membership Fees are Now Due
Now that our start-up expenses are over, we are pleased to announce that annual SPHLS dues will be reduced to $10 and $20 for our single and family memberships.. The silver shingle membership is retained at $500. And, of course, additional donations are always welcome!!!
Membership fees are now payable for the 2018 season. Payment can be made by cash or cheque payable to the St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse Society Inc. Just pass payment on to one of the Board, or mail it to the SPHLS, c/o Ann Doyle at 4 Lakeview Ln., RR#2, Morell, C0A 1S0. And stay tuned for a separate bulletin on new details for on-line payment direct to our account at the Morell Credit Union.
in 2018 your Board is wrapping up the restoration and getting its house in order for the future. Next year we look forward to two new events currently in the planning stages.
The Lighthouse Climb will be a family event for members (free) and all of the community ($5 a climb / $10 for the family). While a bit of a fundraiser, we think mostly a fun afternoon for all who will enjoy the thrill of seeing the view from the lighthouse for the first time. For late July or early August 2019.
The Lighthouse Dinner will be a fun evening and fundraiser to be held in partnership with Quentin at the Holy Cow. It will be a major fundraiser for the SPHLS, featuring silent and live auctions. At $40/person, a bargain including cocktails with munchies, then wine with dinner. For the middle of August - date and time TBA.
This year's AGM has been moved up one week to Thursday, August 23rd, so we hope all those who head off before the Labour Day Weekend will be able to join us. Once again at the Rossiter Center in Morell, from 6:30 until 8:00. Doors open and close an hour earlier and later so we can socialize. Chili and wine will follow the meeting.
That's all for now. Look for further bulletins and see you at the AGM!!!
St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse Society
The SPHLS is pleased to help get the word out about this terrific summer festival that is taking place in just two weeks time - from July 18-22, 2018. The complete schedule of events is included below!
The Organizing Committee is also looking to recruit volunteers to assist from 12-3 pm on Saturday, July 21st. Help is needed to supervise the bouncy inflatable play areas and/or to help collect entry fees for the Hole-in-One Golf Challenge or Dunk Tank activities.
if you are interested, please contact Paula Sinnott at email@example.com.
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