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8th Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge


The Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society will host the 8th Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge on September 17 and 18 at all of the Chesapeake Bay area lighthouses from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., rain or shine.
The award-winning driving tour will take participants to some of the most beautiful sites in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary, the Potomac River. Throughout the weekend, enthusiasts are invited to visit Concord Point, Cove Point, Drum Point, Fort Washington, Hooper Strait, Piney Point, Point Lookout, Seven-Foot Knoll, Turkey Point, and the Lightship Chesapeake.
Participants will receive the event brochure at the first lighthouse visited, which includes driving instructions to all the lights. Receive a complimentary souvenir at each lighthouse; lighthouses may be visited in any order and it is not necessary to visit all of them to participate. Enthusiasts visiting all ten lights will receive a special commemorative souvenir to mark their accomplishment!

At the Calvert Marine Museum, see Drum Point Lighthouse and take a shuttle to Cove Point. Free shuttles will run all day long from the Calvert Marine Museum with the last one departing at 5:00 p.m. There is no charge to see the lighthouses during the Challenge. Don’t miss the custom Lighthouse Challenge socks for $10.95, available exclusively at the museum store. Socks may also be purchased by calling the store at 410-326-2750.
Meet special guests, Wendy Brewer and Bill Conway during Lighthouse Challenge at the Calvert Marine Museum. Wendy Brewer, author of Keep Your Glow On, is helping to raise awareness and encourage Americans to help save lighthouses and maritime history. Wendy has traveled along America’s coastlines visiting and photographing over 450 lighthouses. A breast cancer survivor, determination has captured the essence of her passion in this book. Copies of the books are available for sale at the museum store with signings during the weekend.
Local resident, Bill Conway, is an award winning photographer from Lusby, Maryland. Bill’s breathtaking photography is being used on this year’s souvenirs, which deems appropriate that “educating and connecting people through photography,” would be his motto. A collection of photos will on display and for sale in the lobby during Lighthouse Challenge.

Once again, two bonus lights are being offered – offshore Sandy Point Shoal (to be viewed offshore from Annapolis), and the Blackistone Lighthouse Replica at the site of Maryland’s birthplace, St. Clements Island.

For more information about the 2011 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, visit www.cheslights.org <http://www.cheslights.org> .

Photo attached: Drum Point Lighthouse

The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2.00 for children ages 5 – 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com <http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com> or call 410-326-2042. Become a fan on Facebook.

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