Saturday, January 16 - Atlantic County
ABSECON LIGHTHOUSE TURNS 159 YEARS YOUNG - BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN ATLANTIC CITY; SPECIAL ART CONTEST FOR AC STUDENTS - CASH PRIZES!
Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest, will host a Birthday Celebration to honor the 159th birthday of the Lighthouse on Saturday, January 16th, with free climbs from 11 am to 3:30 pm and birthday cake from The Bake Works in Northfield at 1:00 p.m. To honor "Abby's" birthday, Atlantic City students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to submit poems, paintings, photographs, and drawings in the annual "Abby & the Arts" contest. Cash prize winners will be announced at 1:00 p.m. Entry forms and details are available atwww.abseconlighthouse.org.
The celebration continues Sunday, January 17th, with "Buy One Get One" admissions from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you truly want to "DO AC," then don't miss this opportunity to experience a 360 degree view of Atlantic City's sparkling skyline, and wish a Happy Birthday to Atlantic City's oldest historic structure, as well as the country's third tallest lighthouse.
Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the nonprofit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11 am to 4 pm. Absecon Lighthouse received a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State. For more information about Absecon Lighthouse and its programs call (609) 449-1360 or visit us on the web atwww.abseconlighthouse.org
Faith L Giamboi
The New Jersey Museum of Boating, 1800 Bay Avenue, Johnson Brothers Boat Works Building 13, Point Pleasant, NJ has extended an invitation to stop in and view their new lighthouse exhibit. The display will be available through March. The Museum is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 4 PM. Visiting the museum is free but donations are always welcome. It would be wise to call before heading out to be sure the museum is open. All of their members are volunteers. Their phone number is (732) 606-7605.
A chance phone call connected me with a board member at the museum. She was looking for information about New Jersey Lighthouses. The museum wanted to create a display about the lighthouses and their important service to boating. During “Sandy” they lost one of their 2 buildings and all its contents as well as many other items housed in the second building. They are trying to rebuild but replacing many historic items is proving to be very difficult and expensive.
NJLHS has loaned the museum a set of miniature lighthouses and a diorama currently not in use by our Education Outreach Committee for the display. I was able to provide information about each lighthouse and a number of photographs. The museum is small so the miniatures work well with the space they have currently available. Preserving the rich heritage of the Jersey shore is the goal of the NJ Museum of Boating and NJLHS.
We are saddened to report the Old Orchard Lighthouse off the coast of Great Kills Park in Staten Island was simply blown away by Sandy..right off the shoal. After almost 120 years standing as a strong beacon on the Lower Bay...it is gone. Another loss to Staten Island and the lighthouse community.
The success of any lighthouse group is directly related to its ability to attract volunteers. If you would be interested in volunteering at the Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse in Paulsboro, NJ, please contact Marc Kamp at (856) 423-1554. We need volunteers as tour guides, to help with the newsletter, membership, publicity, research and much more. If you are interested in history and lighthouses or you just love Paulsboro, give us a call. We are also interested in hearing from anyone who has pictures, memorabilia or stories about our lighthouse.
All meetings are held at the Paulsboro Municipal Building, 1121 North Delaware Street, Paulsboro, NJ at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month. All Welcome!
Web site: www.tinicumrearrangelighthouse.org
“Stairway to the Stars” at Cape May Lighthouse
The perfect ending to a
Cape May day—Climb the Cape May Lighthouse
at night and see the sky ablaze with stars.
Tours include a trolley ride
from Cape May to Cape May Point featuring an
entertaining narrated tour. 8:00 p.m. Other
tours available(all tours seasonal). Sponsored
by the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC).
For more information, call 609-884-5404 or
800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.