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Sandy Hook Light Station, New Jersey. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge this weekend, Oct. 19-20

This weekend you can visit 10 participating lighthouses, three life-saving stations, and one museum, while supporting the ongoing preservation of these historic beacons, during the 20th annual Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20.

All participating sites are open during the challenge from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Information can be found at lhchallengenj.org

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/Lighthouse-Challenge-of-NJ

Click here to learn how you can win a $100 prize

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Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse opens in limited release

The much anticipated film The Lighthouse opens today in limited release. The New York Times calls it a “horror movie about inner and outer darkness.” The Los Angeles Times says that actors Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson “make a mad and mesmerizing duo” in The Lighthouse.

Justin Chang in the Los Angeles Times continues: “The Lighthouse is a ferocious battle of wills, a tour de force of cold, clammy suspense and a protracted descent into cabin-fever madness. It is also a gorgeous piece of film craft, a chance to savor the visual glories of a bygone era of cinematic artisanship: a boxy aspect ratio, a black-and-white palette bathed in expressionist shadows, the rich textures of 35-millimeter celluloid.”

The plot is simple; it’s the story of two keepers at a remote lighthouse on the Maine coast, circa early 1900s. Over the course of a month of foul weather and isolation, the men go mad. That’s about it. Anyone who has studied lighthouse history knows that such things, while the exception to the rule, did happen. Hopefully audiences won’t see this film as instructive of American lighthouse history, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be be fascinating cinematic art.

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California tech executive Steven Broudy buys Superior Entry Lighthouse (WI) through government auction

Superior Entry (Wisconsin Point) Lighthouse. U.S. Lighthouse Society archives.

He knew people thought he was crazy. But he didn’t see it that way. “Life is too short to not take big, bold risks and do something because it feels right,” he said. Steven Broudy has gone to war — five times. And not long ago, his wife was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He wants the lighthouse to be a refuge for her, too.

You can read the rest of this story here

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Split Rock Lighthouse (MN) gets a new site manager

Next month, Hayes Scriven will take over as site manager of Split Rock Light Station, where he’ll oversee all the daily operations of the historic lighthouse on Lake Superior’s North Shore. He replaces Lee Radzak, who retired in April after 36 years in that role. “Lee lived on site with his family — raised two kids there — and so my wife and I are pretty much going to do the same thing,” said Scriven.

Split Rock Light Station. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Mike & Carol McKinney.

“It is really my dream job,” Scriven said.

Click here to read more

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