On this Thanksgiving week, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the generosity this community has shown towards the Burnt Island Lighthouse. I am extremely grateful to the many unsung heroes who donated their time, places, services and money to maintain and preserve the grounds, gardens and buildings of the historic site.
The reignition celebration on November 9 was the perfect night in every sense of the word! The perfect weather made it possible for the dedicated âScorched Island Lightkeepersâ to organize an exceptional outdoor gathering at Spruce Point Inn. Special thanks to them, the hostel and the elementary school children of the Southport and Boothbay area who adorned the bridge railings and a Christmas tree with beautiful artwork.
The outpouring of community pride and support for the lighthouse’s monumental moment came after sunset when a large crowd gathered to provide the all-important countdown. With one hand on the switch, three of the former guards happily rekindled the âpeople’s lightâ on the night of his 200th birthday. Then in celebration, the sky above the tower lit up with fireworks of all shapes and colors, ending with a heart that symbolized the region’s love for this lighthouse.
My sincere thanks go to all of the caring people who helped save and celebrate a very special place. The past 23 years have been an incredible journey and I am sincerely grateful to the people of the peninsula who joined me along the way. Now let’s keep this light on for future generations!