Friday, June 7 2013 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The 20th Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 throughout much of the peninsula. The event is filled with special land-based tours, boat excursions and a Friday evening Keeper’s Kin event featuring a performance by American Folklore Theatre.
The Keeper’s Kin event at the Maritime Museum features a traditional dessert buffet. After having been a part of a boat excursion the past few years, the event returns to its original location. Relatives of Door County lighthouse keepers will attend and share the spotlight with the famed American Folklore Theatre which will offer a program of maritime music.
While some of the tours have sold out, many still have room. Included in those are excursions to Plum Island and Chambers Island lights which are offered only once a year on festival weekend. The Plum Island trip, held in conjunction with the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands as well as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, has very limited capacity with just two tours each on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s day-long Island Clipper tour remains one of the weekend’s most popular trips. It will take visitors past a couple of Michigan lights before stopping at Rock Island.
Other popular weekend tours will be leaving to circle Plum and Pilot islands from Gills Rock as well as a shipwreck trip to Cana Island from Baileys Harbor.
A new boat trip on which tickets have been going fast features Sail Door County’s Edith M. Becker excursions out of Sturgeon Bay throughout the weekend. These special excursions on the 65-ft. schooner will offer lighthouse views that harkens to the day of sail.
Three of the daytime land-based tours incorporate the five mainland accessible lights with evening Ghost/Mystery tours leaving from the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay on Friday and Saturday. Again, those tours are filling fast.
Eagle Bluff and Cana Island lighthouses which maintain regular seasonal hours in the county will continue those through the weekend. Both the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Canal Station light in Sturgeon Bay are operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and offer free admission over the weekend. However, the Saturday and Sunday of Lighthouse Festival weekend are the only days the property and lighthouse are open to the public at Sherwood Point. The range lights in The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, with its newly restored lower light, will also welcome visitors both Friday and Saturday between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a donation appreciated.
A fun silent auction has been added to this year’s event with more than 20 Harbour Lights collectibles up for bid at the Maritime Museum beginning in early May through Lighthouse Festival weekend.
For more information on schedules and pricing or to view a brochure, visit www.dcmm.org. Tickets can be ordered on the Website or by calling 920-743-5958.
Jon Gast, Event Coordinator