Celebrating 115 Years of Standing Watch
The Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse and Washington State Parks invite the public to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse in Cape Disappointment State Park on Saturday, June 8, from 11AM to 3PM. The celebration will also commemorate the official title transfer of the lighthouse from U.S. Coast Guard ownership to the Washington State Parks System. This is also in conjunction with Centennial 2013, the 100th birthday of Washington’s State Park System. The celebration will kick off with Lt. Scott McGrew, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment and Larry Fairleigh, the Assistant Director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, and others, speaking about the lighthouse and the historic title transfer. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place after the presentation.
June 8 is a “Free Day” at all Washington State Parks – no Discover Pass required in honor of National Get Outdoors Day. Parking near the lighthouse is limited. Additional parking will be available at the Cape Disappointment Campground Store parking lot with a shuttle providing transportation to the lighthouse and back.
Activities for children, a raffle, refreshments, self-guided tours of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Residence, tours of the lighthouse, and a specially designed lighthouse history display will be available for guests. Tours of the lighthouse are $2.50 for adults, with children ages 7-17 free Children must be at least 7 years or old to take the tour of the lighthouse.
Be sure to grab your raffle tickets for a chance to win some great prizes. Raffle tickets will be on sale beginning June 1 at the Picture Attic, Shoalwater Cove Gallery, Campiche Studios, Saturday Market in Ilwaco, and at the stores in the State Park. Tickets will also be available at the celebration. The drawing of winning tickets will be at 11 AM, September 17th, 2013, at the Picture Attic, Long Beach, WA. The top prize includes a two-night-stay for up to 6 people at the historic North Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Residence and one catered gourmet dinner for 6, including fine wine, plus a continental breakfast for 6. The other four prizes are different works of art from local artists such as Don Nisbett and Nancy Campiche.
Grab a delicious pizza pie from Serious Pizza located at the Cape Disappointment State Park Store and head on over to the open-air amphitheater to catch the Waikiki Beach Concert Series performance by Polecat.
Events on the horizon:
- World’s Longest Garage Sale – Peninsula-wide, Memorial Day weekend – May 24-27
- Summer Fest – Long Beach, May 25 – September 2, 2013
- Free Admission to WA State Parks – Statewide, June 8, 2013
- Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Ilwaco June 8, 2013
- Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, June 14-October 11
- Garlic Festival – Ocean Park, June 15-16