The Point Arena Lighthouse Celebrates National Lighthouse Day!

IMG_4361LRThe Point Arena Lighthouse will celebrate National Lighthouse Day on Sunday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All visitors will enjoy free admission to the Grounds, Museum and Tower Tours.  Wind, weather and emergencies permitting this great day will also feature the Berkeley Kite Wranglers flying their amazing kites over the grounds and a static display of a Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter!  Guests can also purchase award-winning clam chowder from the River Grill, and finish it off with Lighthouse Keepers Strawberry Shortcake and home baked brownies.

 

Barring an emergency call, the rescue helicopter will be on display at the Light Station helipad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and visitors will be able to get up close and personal with the aircraft and even sit in the pilot’s seat. The flight crew will be available as part of their public affairs responsibility to explain how it all works.

Photo by Bob Carter

Photo by Bob Carter

Formed at the turn of the Millennium, the Berkeley Kite Wranglers fly a collection of kites that contains nearly 30,000 square feet of giant creature kites—the largest of its kind in the world.  The giant octopus kites have been a particularly popular sight in past years—each one is 20 feet wide and nearly 100 feet long. The pod, or “Octopile” as the team likes to call it, flies in perfect formation. The Wranglers will fly from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Bring your own kite to fly or purchase one from a large selection of kites available in the gift store.

National Lighthouse Day was originally established in 1989 to “honor the beacon of light that, for hundreds of years, symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea,” according to the National Lighthouse Society. Point Arena Lighthouse joins hundreds of lighthouses across America on August 7 in celebrating the day by offering free admission and special events.

 

More information is available by calling the Lighthouse at 877-725-4448 or 707-882-2809.