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Fire Island Lighthouse, NY’s Robert Moses State Park to Reopen after ‘Sandy’

May 21, 2013

The Fire Island Lighthouse, closed since “Super Storm Sandy” along with Robert Moses State Park, is expected to reopen May 25, if the state park also opens.

Upcoming events

May                      25           The Lighthouse re-opens after the “Super Storm”

                                             Reduced Tower Tours on Memorial Day Weekend

June

Saturday         15        Sunset & Starlight Lighthouse Cruise

                                    Special Fundraiser – 6 pm – 10 pm aboard the Lauren Kristy.

The Lauren Kristy is a 65 foot turn-of-the-century style riverboat.  It sails from the Bay Shore Marina located at the end of Clinton Avenue in Bay Shore.  Cruise around the Bay while dancing and dining.   Reservations required-limited to 100 people.  $65 for FILPS members and $75 for the general public.

Friday              28        12th Annual Benefit Art Show-through July 19

Local artists display their nautical artwork in the Keepers Quarters at the Lighthouse.  Opening reception will be held on June 27- 6pm9pm (take a shuttle bus from Field #5 RMSP).  All artwork is for sale with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Lighthouse by the artist.  Admission free.

July

All Saturdays              Lighthouse is open late – 8 pm

Enjoy the early evening at the Lighthouse.  Beat the parking fee after 6pm. Tower tours are available until 7:30 pm at regular fee. Weather permitting please call ahead

(631) 661-4876.   Every Saturday in July.

Wednesday    10        “Jr. Lighthouse Rangers” Summer Program

Six week program that meets Wednesday mornings from 10am until noon, July 10 through August 14, 2013.  A fun & informative experience of children ages 7 – 14 years old.  Learn about life on a barrier beach in the days of sailing ships.  Climb the lighthouse!  Participate in a mock US Life Saving Service rescue.  Seining in the Great South Bay offers children an opportunity to explore the myriad of marine life.  Nautical crafts round out the program.  Call for an application.  $85 per child.

Saturday         13        Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour

9 am – Follow one of our present day Lighthouse Keepers on his rounds.  This bottom to top tour takes you from the auxiliary generator and the Light Keepers workshop in the basement of the Keeper’s Quarters to the beacon in the lantern room of the lighthouse tower. Learn how lighthouse Keepers in the 1860’s to 2013 maintained the light.   Includes a tour of the Lens Building which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens.  $20 per person – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.

The Lighthouse and museum is open all year round.  Tower tours 10am to 5pm.  All parking is in Field #5 of the Robert Moses State Park. Tower tours are $7 adults, $4 seniors & Children under 12 (children must be 42” tall to climb).  Foot ware is required to climb.

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, 4640 Captree Island, Captree Island, NY 11702,  www.fireislandlighthouse.com, 631-661-4876.

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