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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse News

On October 11, we hosted Jimmy Buffett at Thomas Point. In a hastily arranged visit, author Dave Gendell joined Lighthouse Manager John Potvin at dawn to open up and greet Mr. Buffett, who arrived with a production crew. Potvin and Gendell (the author of the new Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse book – see video) gave …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Seven Keepers in Mathews County – October 3, 2020

Lighthouse plaque

On a crystal-clear early October day, the Chapter honored seven well-deserving Chesapeake Bay lighthouse keepers who served at 14 different Virginia stations, three in Maryland, and two Coast Guard tenders.  The weather on October 3 in Mathews County was “picture-postcard-perfect”. With a color guard from Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 66 and three Coast Guardsmen from …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Henry C. Sterling – November 7, 2020

Lighthouse plaque

Any questions, email Keeper Grave Dedication Ceremony programs-keepers @cheslights.org  Download the Grave Marker Program Marker and Ceremony Application here.

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Lorenzo Dow Evans – November 8, 2020

Lighthouse plaque

Any questions, email Keeper Grave Dedication Ceremony programs-keepers @cheslights.org  Download the Grave Marker Program Marker and Ceremony Application here.

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Otho M. Bounds – October 24, 2020

Lighthouse plaque

Any questions, email Keeper Grave Dedication Ceremony programs-keepers @cheslights.org  Download the Grave Marker Program Marker and Ceremony Application here.

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2019 – MD Lighthouse Challenge

Chesapeake Chapter’s 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge The 12th Maryland Lighthouse ChallengeSaturday and Sunday, September 21 – 22, 2019. 10 Lighthouses * 1 Lightship * 2 Days! The Lights of the 2019 Maryland Lighthouse ChallengeWe added a NEW mandatory light!The planned line-up of Mandatory Lights around the route includes: Concord Point Seven Foot Knoll Lightship Chesapeake …

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NEW on our website!!

Thomas Point Artist Trading Coin

Latest information on our website!

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Lighthouse Challenge and Festival Dates

Events

Regional Lighthouse Challenge and Festival Dates.

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Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Lighthouses/Lightships/ Lifesaving Station Information

LSS, Lewes, DE

This information was provided by personnel from the various organizations listed below and may be subject to change. Last Update: April 2, 2019

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2020 TPSL Docent Seminar Schedule

Thomas Point after roof work completed.

Volunteers are needed to help conduct tours aboard the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.

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Crossed-the-Bar • Al Smith • 1942 – 2019 & BJ Smith • 1944 – 2020

Al and family

This painting of Al was commissioned by our Chapter Secretary and presented to Al’s wife in appreciation for all the work Al performed for our Chapter. Shortly after he submitted his membership and 40+3 reports for this newsletter, Membership Chairman Al Smith was hospitalized. On January 16, Al lost his battle with brain cancer. He …

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Scouts take the 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

Chapter Scout Patch

This quarter we celebrate the scouts that completed the 12th Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. The Farrell family from Valrico, Florida. Sierra, a Junior and Kayla, a Daisy Girl Scout along with their mom, Jennifer, completed what is the equivalent to the 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge in June to earn the “Keeping the Lights Shining” Scout patch …

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Past Maryland Lighthouse Challenge Souvenirs Available for Purchase

As a Challenge fundraiser, and while supplies last, we are selling previous years’ Challenge souvenirs!  Round out your Challenge memorabilia with any of the following souvenir sets.  Remember, these items also make great gifts and/or stocking stuffers for those lighthouse lovers on your Christmas list! The proceeds from the sale of these items go directly …

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Chapter Receives Maryland Governor’s Citation

Maryland Governor's Citation

Maryland Governor’s Citation conferred to the Chesapeake Chapter “in recognition of the unique and historic role which the Lighthouse has played in helping to build our great Nation…in celebration of the 12th Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

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1st Finishers Results! – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

FIRST OVERALL FINISHERS: Point Lookout Christy & Russ Wnuk-Fink from Laurel, Maryland Saturday at 12:57 pm Saturday, September 21 Piney Point Sarah Jones Kirk and David Lee Kirk from Mechanicsville, Virginia at 4:26 pm Cove Point Brothers, Greg Capel Jr. from Glassboro, New Jersey and Adam Capel from Sewell, New Jersey at 4:35 pm Sunday, …

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After Challenge Survey – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

2019 Pin

We would love to hear from you, whether or not you attended this year’s MD Lighthouse Challenge. If you only visited one or numerous lighthouses, attended previous years or other state challenges, we want your feedback to help us make the event a bigger success! Thank you!

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Last minute Updates for the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

A few last minute updates and pointers: Last update: 9/13/19 Past Maryland Lighthouse Challenge souvenirs available for purchase along the Challenge route. Click here for details. Choptank River Replica – CAMBRIDGE NOTES:• The Choptank Heritage Skipjack Races are on Saturday morning (no street closures). Boat parade 9am, races 10am.• The Groovefest music festival is on Saturday evening 5-10pm in green space …

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Collectible Pin – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

2019 Pin

The 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge Collectible Pin. Available at select stops along the Challenge route. At  this time, it is anticipated that the stops will include Seven Foot Knoll, Concord Point, Drum Point, Hooper Strait and Piney Point. Any change will be noted on the Challenge webpage as the event draws closer.

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Special Edition Newsletter – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

Download the Special Edition – in color! – of the 12th Challenge Newsletter! Featuring  The Artful Lighthouse Challenge The 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge by Lauren & Paula Liebrecht and Karen Rosage 19ChallengeIssue.pdf

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T-Shirt Design – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

2019 T-shirt Challenge

Introducing the 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge T-Shirt Design. Available at select stops along the Challenge route. At  this time, it is anticipated that the stops will include Concord Point, Drum Point, Hooper Strait and Piney Point. Any change will be noted on the Challenge webpage as the event draws closer.

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Discounted Hotel Accommodations – 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

Hotel Accomodations

The Chesapeake Chapter wishes your stay in Maryland to be a wonderful one. For your convenience, listed below are the hotels/inns that are offering discounted accommodations along the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge route. The Chesapeake Chapter does not assume any responsibility for these accommodations, only that they are in close proximity to the lighthouses, and/or have been recommended to us by people who work and/or reside in these areas.

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Our Sponsors – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

WE THANK OUR SPONSORS! Sawyer Chesapeake Bay FishingCharters & Chesapeake Bay Tourswww.sawyercharters.com/ A special thank you to artist Donna Elias for her generous donation of her talent in the form of beautiful watercolors for our souvenirs!

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Honoring Six Keepers in Mathews County, Virginia

by Betty Collins On Saturday, April 13, 2019, for the second consecutive year, the Chapter dedicated six bronze U.S. Lighthouse Service grave markers honoring six Chesapeake Bay lighthouse keepers at four cemeteries in Mathews County, Virginia.  The day was the culmination of approximately six  months of preparatory work by Chapter members Tony Pasek, his wife …

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Passport Stamps – 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

Lighthouse Passport Book

Update: 7/8/2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge and U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport Stamps Attention all U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport Holders! In addition to passport stamps being available for all mandatory lighthouse attractions at their respective locations along the 2019 Challenge route, there will also be a “Maryland Lighthouse Challenge passport stamp”. The Maryland Lighthouse Challenge passport stamp …

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Historical Placard: Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse (Outdoor)

The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse outdoor placard was presented June 28, 2019 .  It is located in Fort Smallwood County Park in Pasadena, MD. Click on photo to enlarge Contact: Programs Director programs@cheslights.org

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Souvenir: Artist Trading Card Coins – 2019 MD Lighthouse Challenge

Sandy Point Shoal Watercolor by Donna Elias

The 2019 souvenirs are trading artist card coins 2.5” round. Beautiful watercolors by artist Donna Elias (DonnaElias.com) depict every lighthouse in the Challenge plus the bonus lights and a special edition one of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. CHALLENGE LIGHTS Earn a Special Edition Maryland Lighthouse Challenge Artist Trading Card Coin. Become a member, renew your …

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Special Edition Maryland Lighthouse Challenge Artist Trading Card Coin

Thomas Point Artist Trading Coin

When you become a member, renew your membership, give a gift membership, OR donate a minimum of $10 to the H.E.L.P. Fund you will receive a special edition souvenir artist trading card coin from the 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, depicting a beautiful watercolor of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse by artist Donna Elias (donnaelias.com/).

This is a limited time offer! Offer ends December 31, 2019

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FAQs – 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge What is the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge? The Challenge is a weekend-long event in which the general public is invited to visit eleven lighthouses in Maryland. Visit one or more of the mandatory lighthouses noted below (in any order) and receive a complimentary souvenir at each. The “challenge”, however for those …

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Federal and State Park Information – 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

National Park Service

Attention Challengers! A Note on Federal and State Parks National Park Service One of our Mandatory Challenge Lights resides in a Federal Park, Fort Washington.  However, Fort Washington is no longer collecting fees. Entrance to the park is free. Please note:  All Federal park passes are honored during the event. Learn more about Federal Park Passes at: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm …

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Bonus Cruise! – ** SOLD OUT ** – 2019 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

Hooper Island Artist Coin

** SOLD OUT ** For those able to spend an extra day touring the great state of Maryland, there will be a 2019 Bonus Cruise to see some of the Bay’s more elusive lighthouses! This all-day excursion will be offered on Thursday, Friday andMonday, September 19, 20, and 23, 2019. Leaves Rippons Harbor on Hoopers …

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