The 2nd Annual Elbow Reef Lighthouse Festival was held on June 23, 2015. The celebration was held to help raise money for restorations to the lighthouse to help keep it on and running smoothly. With a combination of music, art, food and history it was a day of fun worth braving the summer sun for.
Built in 1864, the Elbow Reef Lighthouse is the last hand-cranked, kerosene lighthouse in the world. Not always so popular, because it took away the wrecking industry, this lighthouse is now one of the most well known and loved lighthouses in the Bahamas.
A history booth with information, photos and vintage parts from the lighthouse was set up for all to see. You could also get a ride sculling across the harbour on an Abaco dinghy.
Gathered around the base of the lighthouse, the children of Hope Town Primary School had a story time, reading from the book they wrote and illustrated called “Up Keeps the Light On.” They also sang a few Bahamian songs. Summer Aberle, a student at Hope Town Primary read a poem she wrote entitled ‘My Little Light,’
“Call me tall, call me bright, call me anything you dare, but when you see my light be sure to stop and stare.”
For the kids there were lots of fun activities including a bouncy castle, hoopla and a craft table. There was also a silent auction and a raffle, the winners of which got to watch the lighthouse being lit. Artists had a wide variety of art on display, from straw work to paintings and photos to jewelery and purses.
There were fun activities for all ages. The conch salad stand and the drink competition were big hits in helping to beat the heat. Bars from all around Elbow Cay entered their drinks into the contest to be tasted by festival goers. At the end of the day it was Hope Town Inn and Marina that was the crowds chosen favorite.
The Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society and Festival committee was thankful for all those who participated and helped to make the day a success. A song written and performed by Neil Aberle and Elvis, one of the two lighthouse keepers might say it best
“We’re gonna keep the light on, from dusk till dawn, saving ships from the storm.”