Maryland Lighthouse Challenge set Sept. 16-17
— Nine lighthouses and one lightship of the Chesapeake Bay will be highlighted in this year’s Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, a two-day driving tour throughout the state to celebrate the historic maritime beacons.
Sightseers are encouraged to collect a souvenir at each location, culminating with the 10th to declare, “I’ve seen the lights,” said event organizer Karen Rosage.
The 10 lighthouses from north to south are Concord Point in Havre de Grace, Seven Foot Knoll and the Lightship Chesapeake at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Hooper Strait in St. Michaels, Choptank River Lighthouse Replica in Cambridge, Drum Point and Cove Point in Solomons, Point Lookout at Point Lookout State Park, Piney Point Lighthouse in Piney Point and Fort Washington Light in Fort Washington Park.
“No event in Maryland’s history gives lighthouse enthusiasts the opportunity to explore so many of Maryland’s lighthouses,” Rosage said. “We are proud to have every architectural style of Maryland lighthouse represented.”
The Lighthouse Challenge is sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.
The lighthouses can be visited in any order during the official challenge hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will receive a complimentary souvenir at each location. Driving directions are available at the Chesapeake Chapter’s website.
Any Boy or Girl Scout who completes the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge is eligible to earn the Chesapeake Chapter, USLHS “Keeping the Lights Shining” scout patch.
Three bonus lights also will be featured: Millers Island, visible offshore from the Dock of the Bay Restaurant at Sparrows Point; Blackistone Lighthouse Replica (by boat) at St. Clement’s Island (Maryland’s birthplace) and Sandy Point Shoal, visible offshore from Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.
The Challenge’s Eastern Shore attractions are available as an Early Bird Special. Participants have the opportunity to jump start their challenge weekend by visiting the two Eastern Shore lighthouses on Friday, Sept. 15: Hooper Strait Lighthouse in St. Michaels and the Choptank River Lighthouse Replica in Cambridge.
Participants can reserve an add-on bonus cruise with Capt. Dave Schauber of Sawyer Charters. The cruise departs from Hooper’s Island “to see some of the Bay’s more elusive lighthouses,” Rosage said.
The all-day excursion is available for Thursday, Sept. 14; Friday, Sept. 15; and Monday, Sept. 18. The price is $125 per person and includes a family-style seafood lunch on Smith Island.
The cruise leaves Rippons Harbor on Hooper’s Island at 8:30 a.m. to see six lighthouses: Hooper’s Island, Point No Point, Point Lookout, Smith Point and Solomons Lump lighthouses and Holland Island Bar Light.
For cruise information long onto www.sawyercharters.com or call 410-3973743.
“The cruise and bonus attractions do not count toward event completion, but will earn challengers extra souvenirs and bragging rights,” Rosage said.
Volunteers who work one or two full days receive a complete set of 2017 Challenge souvenirs and a 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge T-shirt. To volunteer, contact coordinators Paula and Lauren Liebrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-351-9845.
The Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society focuses on implementing the society’s goals of restoring and preserving lighthouses in the Chesapeake Bay area, particularly the lighthouses and lightships of Virginia, Maryland and the lower portion of Delaware.
For additional information, email the Chesapeake Chapter at communications@ches lights.org or visit cheslights.org.
The Choptank River Lighthouse in Cambridge is one of 10 Maryland beacons on the itinerary for the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge coming up on the weekend of Sept. 16-17.