Persistent fog may have obscured clear views of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse of late, but that didn’t stop volunteers from the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse from preparing for the 2011 tour season at the site.
Before the lighthouse opens on Saturdays and Sundays, starting Memorial Day weekend, there was much that needed to be accomplished.
On the morning of Saturday, May 21st, the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse (FRBL) volunteers assembled at the breakwater to carry cleaning supplies, merchandise and items like a cash register out over the stone wall – a trek of nearly one mile.
Once at the lighthouse, the volunteers went off in different directions – some sweeping and cleaning the structure, while others were busy reestablishing the light’s popular gift shop inside the station’s engine room.
As the clean-up work was in full swing, Eric Davis, FRBL chairman, presented a site orientation to a couple of new volunteers. The orientation is vital to help the volunteers understand the many aspects and responsibilities of opening a lighthouse like Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse to the public.
With Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse set to open on May 28th, you might say that thanks to the efforts of FRBL volunteers, the light’s interior has been “polished” and the welcome mat tidied and “placed out” in preparation for another banner year of sharing Maine’s rich lighthouse heritage.
To learn more about the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, visit: www.rocklandlighthouse.com