Posted by: mlapgrants | April 17, 2013

Michigan’s West Coast Lighthouse Festival

2nd Annual Michigan’s West Coast Lighthouse Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2013
Muskegon to Manistee, MICHIGAN—
Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) invites you to attend their 2nd Annual Michigan’s West Coast Lighthouse Festival, held annually the first weekend of June, Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2013. SPLKA is a nonprofit that seeks to preserve, promote, educate the public and make their four lighthouses more accessible to visitors. Over the course of this weekend, festivalgoers can visit six lighthouses along 90 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, including the only annual openings of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light and the Manistee Pierhead Light. In addition to these rarely open lighthouses, visitors can climb SPLKA’s four lights. Experience the storybook charm of the White River Light Station, the rolling sand dunes where Little Sable Point resides, the stout four stories of the pyramidal, steel encased Ludington North Breakwater, and the Queen of the North, Big Sable Point Lighthouse, which has recently been honored as 2013 Featured Lighthouse of the Year for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival. The sable sister lights are two of the tallest in the state of Michigan, with both towers standing over one hundred feet tall! Docents will be onsite to share history of the local lights.
If you enjoy free special events, take in the live music of Ted Malt and his West Shore Community College Brass Ensemble or the Michigan folk-duo, Max and Ruth Bloomquist. Join beachside audiences for an original theatre performance based upon the real life of Michigan’s last female Lighthouse Keeper, Francis Marshall, portrayed by local Ludington actress and playwright Anesa Beilfuss, or take in the history of White Pine Village, receive free lighthouse coloring books for children, or join SPLKA for an old fashioned ice cream social fundraiser. Stop off along coastline towns for maritime-themed artisan craft shows at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, author signings by the Trumans, writers of the Big Sable Point book, released in 2013, STORMS AND SAND.
Participate in the Chalk Art Day and Concert at the Little Sable Point Pathway to Illumination or view the historic Big Sable Point Fresnel lenses for free at the Historic White Pine Village. Pick up a children’s Passport to Culture and have them stamped at participating venues: Sandcastles Children’s Museum, White Pine Village and the Mason County library for lighthouse themed entertainment and activities. Once the passport has been filled at these partner venues, children receive a free climb to the top of a SPLKA lighthouse tower.
To see the full schedule of events for the Festival, please visit
Admission charged ($1-$4) for tower climbs and museum entrance (231/845-7417; What a great way to usher in the summer season and celebrate the beauty and history of our lighthouses. Great family fun awaits at SPLKA’s 2nd Annual Michigan’s West Coast Lighthouse Festival.


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