Vol­un­teers sup­port­ing Maryland Light­house Chal­lenge

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— More than 20 com­mu­nity vol­un­teers have signed on to staff the Chop­tank River Light­house to en­hance the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence there for more than 500 light­house afi­ciona­dos ex­pected to stop at the light­house dur­ing the week­end of the Maryland Light­house Chal­lenge.

The Chop­tank River Light­house is one of 10 Mar yland bea­cons on the core itin­er­ary in this year’s edi­tion of the Light­house Chal­lenge, a project that the Ch­e­sa­peake Chap­ter of the non­profit U.S. Light­house So­ci­ety or­ga­nizes once ev­ery two years. Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants in the Chal­lenge will try and visit all 10 light­houses over the week­end, trav­el­ing from the banks of the Potomac River in the far reaches of South­ern Maryland up through the Bal­ti­more and over to the Eastern Shore.

“Dur­ing this event two years ago, more than 500 peo­ple came to visit our light­house, and they were from all over the United States and quite a few

for­eign coun­tries as well,” said Va­lerie Goff, a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors of the non­profit Cam­bridge Light­house Foun­da­tion and the co­or­di­na­tor of vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties at the Light­house. “Our vol­un­teers will be try­ing to make sure that all those vis­i­tors go back home with great things to say about Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County.”

In ad­di­tion to telling vis­i­tors about the Light­house and its con­nec­tions to the mar­itime heritage of Dorch­ester County, vol­un­teers will be tasked with help­ing to con­nect Maryland Light­house Chal­lenge par­tic­i­pants with other things to see and do in the area, such as hav­ing meals at lo­cal restau­rants; go­ing shop­ping in area stores; and vis­it­ing other mu­se­ums and at­trac­tions.

“That’s a big part of the mis­sion of our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Cassie Burton, pres­i­dent of the Cam­bridge Light­house Foun­da­tion. “We try to take the big-pic­ture view and think of dif­fer­ent ways the light­house can do its part to help boost eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in the area.”

The Chop­tank River Light­house, which is cel­e­brat­ing its fifth birth­day this year, is one of two Eastern Shore bea­cons on the itin­er­ary, along with Hooper Strait Light­house at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum. Some Light­house Chal­lenge par­tic­i­pants will also be headed into South Dorch­ester County to take part in one of the three cruises be­ing of­fered that week­end by a lo­cal busi­ness, Sawyer Char­ters. Sail­ing out of Hoop­ers Island, those cruises will take vis­i­tors past six ad­di­tional light­houses lo­cated out in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay or along its rivers, in­clud­ing Dorch­ester County’s Hooper Island Light and Hol­land Island Bar Light.

By regis­ter­ing for the Maryland Light­house Chal­lenge, par­tic­i­pants will be­come el­i­gi­ble to pick up sou­venir coast­ers as they move from one light­house to another. Here in Cam­bridge, they will also have the op­por­tu­nity dur­ing their visit to fill out and mail a free com­mem­o­ra­tive post­card and let friends or fam­ily mem­bers know about their visit to Long Wharf and Cam­bridge.

• In­for­ma­tion about par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Mar yland Light­house Chal­lenge is avail­able at Ches­Lights.org/Mary­landLight­house-Chal­lenge and Chal­lenge@ Ches­Lights.org.

• In­for­ma­tion about the Chop­tank River Light­house is avail­able at Chop­tankRiverLight­house.org and 410.463.2653.

• In­for­ma­tion about the Sawyer Char­ters cruises on Maryland Light­house Chal­lenge week­end is avail­able at Sawyer­Char­ters.com/Ch­e­sa­peake-Bay-Light­house-Cruises and 410.397.3743.

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