The Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society (ERLS) gave a big “thank you” to the Bahamian Environment Protection (BEP) Foundation and its Directors Charles & Ariane de La Baume and Camille Rochat for their very kind donation of $5,000. Shown left to right are ERLS team members: Lisa Ballard, Phyllis Drori, Kent …
As we approach the imposing structure, which rises 180 feet above ground, two workmen, Jackson Blanche and his brother Christopher Dean, were stripping the brass astragals that frame all the glass windows. After replacing the glass and caulking it, they will re-install the heated glass in a way that it will be sealed to keep moisture out. The astragals will be screwed back around the glass and seal also.
At the entrance of the Lighthouse, the crowd gathered. Kent LeBoutillier, Lisa Ballard, Lory Kenyon, Annie Potts and Phyllis Drori stood on the top stairs, in front of a red ribbon. Kent LeBoutillier had constructed a wooden stand and had one of the diamond glass panes erected on it for display.
The Abaco Inn turned into SOHO during its limited "Artist and a Lighthouse" gallery opening on the night of November 26. Renowned coastal artist, Kim Rody, was featured at the pop-up gallery opening to launch her limited edition Christmas ornaments, as well as showcase her original paintings, dinnerware and table top accessories.
The Hope Town Lighthouse is undergoing extensive repairs, carried out by Bahamians trained to do the specialized work (above) with oversight from the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society (ERLS). The expensive diamond glass is currently being replaced – it is meticulous work made more strenuous by the dizzying height. ERLS carried …
The Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society (ERLS) is undertaking a major restoration project to replace the diamond weatherglass panes protecting the lanternroom. Abaco was fortunate not feel the full force of the 130+ mile per hour winds of hurricane Joaquin. These hurricane force winds would have completely destroyed many of the weakened diamond shaped panes allowing water to enter the lighthouse and damage our antique first order Fresnel lens, its winding machinery and burner
Family of teens that vandalized the Elbow Reef Lighthouse apologized and assured the Preservation Society that repair expenses will be taken care of.
Historic lighthouses the world over are struggling. When no longer considered critical primary navigational aids, national governments see few reasons to maintain these anachronistic buildings or their systems. So it has now become essential for local communities themselves to find ways to raise the funds for maintaining nearby lighthouses before their structures succumb to the perpetual ravages of weather and time.
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.
The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club (RMHYC) kindly donated $1,000 to the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society in April.