Saving Queens' lighthouses through art

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The Lighthouse Art and Craft Show returns once again to Port Mouton and Port Medway.

Cathie Pincombe, an organizer with the show, says that efforts for fundraising are more important than ever.

“The goal as always is to raise funds for the lighthouses but particularly now that we own Medway Head, we have got to really work hard at fundraising because the lighthouse is in need of repairs,” says Pincombe.

Pincombe says much of the siding on the ocean side of the lighthouse is rotten and needs repairing, the windows need to be replaced, parts need painting, and part of the structure needs work.

The Medway Head Lighthouse was officially handed over to the Medway Head Lighthouse Society on June 11 of this year. 

The other lighthouse the show funds is the Spectacle Island Lighthouse, located in Port Mouton Bay.  The Spectacle Island Light Society’s goal is to take possession of their lighthouse, and they are looking to acquire heritage status for the lighthouse.

The opening of the art shows will include a photographic and musical slide show of various lighthouses and live music.

The show opens in Port Medway on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. at Lighthouse Park.  It runs from Aug. 15 – 19.

The show opens in Port Mouton on Aug 22 at 6 p.m. at Coastal Queens Place.  The show runs from Aug. 22 – 28.  Each show opens with a reception. 

In 2010 the federal government declared nearly all lighthouses in Canada surplus. Functional lighthouses in poor repair were to be replaced by smaller structures and non-functional lighthouses were set to be demolished.  The lighthouses were offered up to communities should they wish to take them over.

Pincombe says the show is also about making the public aware of this issue.

“It’s to let people know the lighthouses are in danger in all of Canada,” says Pincombe.  “On the Lighthouse Route it’s important that we save these lighthouses because it’s a part of our heritage.”

For more information visit the art show’s website: www.lighthouseartshow.org

Organizations: Medway Head Lighthouse Society, Spectacle Island Light Society

Geographic location: Port Mouton Bay, Canada, Port Medway Lighthouse Park

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