The keepers of Sandy Neck Lighthouse are not only a dedicated and resourceful group; they are also keen on making sure their favorite sentinel presides over Cape Cod’s Barnstable Harbor in grand fashion during the holidays.
As has been the case in recent years, volunteers from the Sandy Neck Lighthouse Restoration Committee have once again established a beautiful Christmas wreath on the side of the light tower that faces Barnstable Harbor.
The wreath’s festive appearance not only enhances the charm of the lighthouse at Christmas, its added ornamental flare is fast becoming a welcome Yuletide tradition and a joyful sight for the admiring public at this time of year.
Though the adorning wreath speaks of the holiday spirit in the hearts of its keepers, the decoration represents more than just a community gesture at Christmas. Similar to the circular form of the wreath, the Sandy Neck Lighthouse Restoration Committee (SNLRC) is a team of volunteers with no breaks in its unity for the preservation of the lighthouse.
Over the past few years, this small but energetic group has reestablished a lantern atop the once headless lighthouse, installed a new roof on the oil house, which had been in decrepit condition, and returned the lighthouse itself to faithful service as a functioning private aid to navigation.
The SNLRC volunteers may be showing their Christmas spirit by adorning their lighthouse with a beautiful wreath, but truth be told, it is the lighthouse and Cape Cod community who should be showing their appreciation for the gift of a restored Sandy Neck Lighthouse that its keepers have presented posterity!