The request to conduct tours of The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse was approved by Maj Gen (sel) Armagno, 45 SW commander, pending the lifting of current security restrictions at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. When we are cleared to do so, we will conduct tours on Fridays and Saturdays each week from approximately 8:30 am to 11:00 am. The tours will leave from and return to the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. Guides will be required to conduct a tour of areas from the Exploration Tower to the Lighthouse where docents will conduct the Lighthouse tour.
In preparation, the Foundation needs to recruit at least 12 tour guides trained to conduct the tour from the Tower to the Lighthouse. Attached is an application for you to indicate your interest and availability. Training will be scheduled as soon as we have our first group identified. Please indicate if you are currently badged. After completing the training, tour guides will be badged. Please contact Barbara Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the training.
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Volunteer Tour Guide Application
Save the Date
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation
Annual Membership Meeting
Where: USCG Station Port Canaveral
When: October 24, 2015
10 am to 2 pm
Further Details to Follow
The Annual Descendants Day Recognition event was held at Cape Canaveral Air Force Sta-tion on Saturday, May 2. Dr. Sonny Witt who coordinates the event each year reports that 45 families were represented. They visited the Lighthouse and 4 cemeteries. Lt Col Tony Cole, Commander Det 1/45th Mission Support Group, attended and spent time getting to know the families and hearing their interesting stories of the early days at Cape Canaveral. Bob Mer-rilees welcomed the group and, as always, enjoyed visiting with the families.
Check out the latest Canaveral Beacon newsletter for pictures of this year’s Descendants Day event.
This week marks the 120th anniversary of the relighting of the lighthouse on July 25, 1894. It was fitting to commemorate the anniversary with the inaugural gathering of the Council of Community Leaders. On Saturday, July 19, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation hosted a reception and presentation for civic, community and business leaders of the Space Coast at the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral.
The purpose of the event was to share the plans, progress and goals of the foundation project to restore the Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages. Ginny Davis did an outstanding job leading the Lighthouse Board in engaging the council guests with great food and wonderful conversation about the historical treasure we have in the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Shane Smith gave an outstanding presentation detailing the scope of the Keepers’ Cottages project. The response from our guests was enthusiastic and supportive as active participants toward the cottage restoration.
Hensel Phelps and Architects RZK, two of the project partners, provided valuable support in presenting the ambitious project objectives. Artist renderings of the project design created by Architects RZK can bee seen on our Cottage Project Gallery page. They are available on the Architects RZK Facebook page.
The evening was a great success and the Foundation Board would like to thank Port Canaveral and the Exploration Tower staff for their help hosting this event. The Board would also like to thank Baja Tavern and their excellent catering staff for a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvre and beverages.
Now the task of raising the funds to complete the Cottage Project begins in earnest. The Foundation plans to host our first fund raising event on November 8, 2014. Details for this event will follow, so mark you calender and plan to join us.
New photos have been added to the Cottage Project Gallery page, taken at the Council of Community Leaders gathering.
Lighthouses have long stood at the edges of the world, lonely outposts maintained by devoted souls to ensure the safety of ships at sea. But, only one remarkable beacon was destined to illuminate the path for ships of space! But how did this happen? How did a lighthouse built on a hook of sand jutting out into the Atlantic to protect mariners from dangerous currents become a front row witness to the advent of the Space Age?
Described by Ponce de Leon as the “Cabo de las Corrientes” or “Cape of the Currents”, this area was a navigational landmark long before it had a name. The Ais were the first indians that Ponce de Leon encountered in 1513 when he tried to land at St. Lucie Inlet. Fierce and respected, the Ais fought off Spanish explorers invading the area with their cane arrows and another name endowed by the Spanish, “Cabo de Canaveral” or “Cape of Canes” is the name which has endured. From the age of exploration to now, this landmass has been an important crossroad in man’s inherent need to push the limits of his world!
This post is a brief excerpt courtesy of the Janthina Images Photo Journal. To read the full posting you can go to Cape Canaveral Light – Warden of the Sea, Launchpad to the Stars! While visiting the Photo Journal, be sure to explore some of their adventures including the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse tour and the photo gallery.
This post is reprinted with permission from J A Lovell, author and designer of the Janthina Images Photo Journal.
Photo: Rocket Launch with Canaveral Lighthouse is courtesy NASA