Sector Northern New England, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American
Lighthouse Foundation, will occur on September 18th and
feature the assistance of local lighthouse groups and municipalities
statewide who will once again help roll-out the “red carpet” for visitors
seeking the allure of the lights.
“This event is successful because of the wide-ranging teamwork involved,”
says Bob Trapani, Jr., American Lighthouse Foundation executive director.
“In addition to the yeoman efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maine
Office of Tourism to organize and promote the event respectively, it is the
dedicated efforts of nonprofit lighthouse groups and local governments who
manage many of these historic beacons statewide that makes Maine Open
Lighthouse Day such a memorable experience for the public.”
The one-day event offered the public the opportunity to tour 27 lighthouses
from southern Maine to Downeast, and in all, attracted over 15,000 visitors
Thanks to everyone involved, the event also made lighthouse history by
offering the public the largest number of lighthouses ever to be open
simultaneously in the nation.
Trapani went on to note, “Maine Open Lighthouse Day is a great platform to
honor our lighthouse heritage, recognize the Coast Guard’s longstanding
tradition of ‘keeping a good light,’ raise awareness for lighthouse
preservation and show visitors why Maine is such a cool place to visit, but
the event accomplishes even more.”
“Maine Open Lighthouse Day is a rare example of how volunteers – in this
case our modern lightkeepers throughout Maine, can come together with
Federal and State entities for an important and fun event, and not just make
it work – but make it shine!”
It is this kind of team effort that the public can count on once again to
help make the 2010 Maine Open Lighthouse Day a “must” event for the entire
family. So mark your calendars now – September 18, 2010 beckons YOU!