The winds of November were blowing strong and cold when volunteers from the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse paid late season visits to Rockland Breakwater (Nov. 7) and Owls Head (Nov. 20) lights.
The goal was to gather up merchandise and other items that needed to be removed for the winter, carry out a few important weather stabilization projects and clean up the towers before volunteers closed the door on another successful year in 2010.
During the 2010 summer season, both Rockland Breakwater and Owls Head lighthouses welcomed 13,565 and 4,326 visitors respectively at each site – an achievement that burns bright for the projects in the areas of education, cultural contributions, preservation awareness and the spirit of volunteerism.
In all, nearly 40 volunteers from the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse (FRBL) gave of their time and talents from Memorial Day to Columbus Day welcoming a total of 17,891 to the two lighthouses. Speaking of FRBL volunteers, a number of them were honored at a year-end volunteer awards gathering in Owls Head, which occurred during mid-November.
Rockland Breakwater and Owls Head lights were also the benefactors of much needed restoration in 2010, with over a combined $100,000 invested into preservation at the sites. In addition, a restored peapod, with U.S. Lighthouse Service connections, was placed inside the boathouse at Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse as new interpretive exhibit.
The Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse once again sponsored the Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge this year – an event that continues to grow in appeal and attendance, participated in the second annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day and sponsored the annual “Light to Light” walk/run event.
So as the FRBL volunteers made sure that Rockland Breakwater and Owls Head lights were ready to weather a long, cold winter with their November close-up efforts, the warm memory of a great season just past will linger until volunteers open the lighthouses once again in spring 2011!