Gay Head 10K Registration Opens

2016-edited 10k poster

Join islanders, visitors and an elite group of Boston runners for the fourth annual Gay Head 10K race! Click the image above to go straight to the registration page.

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“Keepers of the Light: The Gay Head Documentary and Historical Exhibit” Opening Celebration is 8/7

Filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth of Film-Truth Productions are excited to announce the launch of the “Keepers of the Light – The Gay Head Lighthouse Documentary and Historical Multi-Media Exhibit” on Sunday, August 7th, 2016, National Lighthouse Day. The Opening Celebration from 6pm to 9pm, will be kicked off with a special lighthouse themed musical performance by Kate Taylor and friends. The filmmakers will also screen selected scenes from the forthcoming documentary and make remarks about the film and the exhibit.

Gay Head Lighthouse exhibit invite

This year’s annual National Lighthouse Day marks a milestone for our nation as we celebrate the 300th year of lighthouses in America. It is also significant for our community, as it comes almost a year to the day since the Gay Head light was re-lit in its new location, and also comes at a time when the community is celebrating the newly formed Aquinnah Cultural District. Come experience the history of one of America’s most storied lighthouses in this state of the art multi-media exhibit. The Keepers of the Light – The Gay Head Lighthouse Documentary & Historical Multi-Media Exhibit, housed in the historic Manning Building in front of the Gay Head Lighthouse, marks the first time this location, recently acquired by the Town of Aquinnah, has been open to the public in over a decade. The exhibit has a screening room where visitors can catch a sneak peek of several scenes from the filmmaker’s forthcoming documentary “Keepers of the Light.” There is a special exhibit room which currently features time lapse photography, architectural renderings, photographs and videos of the recent engineering marvel of the lighthouse relocation, and celebrates this historic milestone for the Gay Head light and the island community. The exhibit also features historic and archival photographs that help bring the history of the light to life.

The exhibit will be open from 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun, through Labor Day, and on the weekends in September. The schedule is subject to change. Please visit http://gayheadlighthousedocumentary.org for the most up to date schedule and details.

The exhibit is offered free to the public by Film-Truth Productions as an extension of the outreach and fundraising campaign for the documentary film.Contact Liz Witham at liz@film-truth.com or 508-645-3030 for more information

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Gay Head Light open 7 days a week, weather permitting

Gay Head Light as the sun goes down

The Gay Head Light is open seven days a week, weather permitting, from 11-4pm with Sunset Tours on Thursdays from 7-9pm in July and 6-8pm in August.
Admission is $5 for Adults and Children under 12 are free.

OPENINGS AVAILABLE:
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK AS A TOUR GUIDE AT GAY HEAD LIGHT, email Betsey Mayhew at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum at bmayhew@mvmuseum.org or call her at 508.627.4441.

Recent News: the beautiful new black powder-coated metal railings on the balcony, at the building entrance, and on the new retaining wall, have been installed.

The temporary fencing will come down on September 1st, and Lighthouse Park will open, marking the completion of the Gay Head Light move effort, begun in 2015.

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Free screening of NOVA episode about the Gay Head Lighthouse move on June 12th, 4 pm

On Sunday, June 12 at 4 pm, The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society will be hosting a free screening of NOVA’s episode “Operation Lighthouse Rescue.” CLICK HERE for more information and to reserve tickets.

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Lighthouse Day Potluck

pot luck invite

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The Gay Head Lighthouse is now open for the season!

Gay Head Light Tour Schedule 2016

ALL Tour Days OPEN 11am-4pm
$5 per Adult
Children Under 12, FREE

Open Sat. June 18 and Sunday June 19 11am-4pm

CLOSED THE WEEKEND of June 24th

Closed for restoration through June 30

Open daily July 1-October 10  11am-4 pm weather permitting

Thursday  evening for sunset, starting July 7, 7-9pm, then 6-8pm in August.

Open Daily 11-4pm from July 1st till October 10th

 

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Work at the Gay Head Lighthouse this summer

LIGHTHOUSE VISITOR SERVICES-SEASONAL
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is hiring seasonal staffing for lighthouse visitor services positions at the Gay Head lighthouse from late May through mid October.
Duties include greeting visitors, handling admission fees and retail transactions, and ensuring the security of the properties. Candidates should enjoy interacting and visiting with the public, be reliable and able to work independently, be able to climb stairs and stand for long periods of time, and be enthusiastic about the lighthouse and Vineyard history. Visit http://www.mvmuseum.org for additional information and application. EOE.

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Popular Mechanics: How to Move a Lighthouse

“One bright, cool day in the spring of 2010, Richard Skidmore walked up a small dirt path that runs along the bluffs in front of the Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard. The lighthouse had stood on the promontory since 1856. Skidmore, the lighthouse keeper, with his wife, Joanie, could walk this path blindfolded, its soft rise from the street toward the cliffs, a north-northwest approach. Each step added to the view of Vineyard Sound, the Elizabeth Islands beyond, and Buzzards Bay in the distance. Richard didn’t live at the lighthouse, the way keepers did in the old days, but he tended it and maintained it and visited every few days. In fact, he had been up at the light just two days before, and everything was as it should be. But now, something was different. There was a split-rail wood fence that ran along the bluffs, a fence Richard had known for the twenty years he had been the keeper of Gay Head Light—the fence was part of his life. As he rose to the top of the path, he stopped abruptly and stared at the fence, or the place where the fence should be. Forty feet of it was gone. He walked over to the bluffs, looked down. The fence was strung like a necklace on the face of the cliffs, dangling beneath the proud lighthouse toward the waves crashing silently into the rocks far below…” READ MORE

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NOVA program Operation Lighthouse Rescue available for online streaming now

Online streaming of Nova’s “Operation Lighthouse Rescue” about the Gay Head Lighthouse move will be available to stream online until 6/1/16. Click here to watch.

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