Maryland Light­house Chal­lenge set Sept. 16-17

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— 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 pub­li­ca­tions@ches­lights.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.

PHOTO BY JILL JASUTA PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

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