The Lobster Fest was a great success and we sincerely appreciate all the support we received from our vol-unteers, our sponsors, our members and our community. Janey Powell was the Lobster Fest Coordinator and did a superb job. An excellent meal was served by Boston Beef & Seafood in Cape Canaveral. We were honored to have Col Pavelko, his wife Carol, his daughter Hana and Lt Col Tony Cole and his wife, Lori attend. Having our event in Hangar C worked out well and the weather cooperated—all in all a fun day at our Lighthouse! Check out the March issue of the Canaveral Beacon to see photos of this year’s Lobster Fest and find out how you can become a member of the foundation.
The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation (CCLF) window restoration project has been completed and the historic lighthouse is once again protected from inclement weather. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation was awarded a grant by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in the amount of $6,695 in May 2013. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of Philip Perry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Cocoa, Florida.
RADM Bob Merrilees (CCLF President), Past DAR Regent Barbara Moser, Ginny Davis (CCLF Vice President), and DAR regent Anne Schwanda
Seventeen windows were cracked, hinges rusted and latches broken throughout the lighthouse. The cracks in the glass presented a hazard to the visitors. The improperly functioning latches and cracks in the glass allowed water damage to the wooden floors and to the iron walls and beams in the lighthouse structure.
Contractor Russ Allison, Allison QC, RADM Bob Merrilees, DAR Regent Anne Schwanda
The Foundation expresses its gratitude to Barbara Moser who was the Regent of the Philip Perry Chapter during the grant writing process. CCLF matched the DAR grant to fund the complete cost of restoring seventeen windows.
BrigGen Armagno, Commander, 45th Space Wing presented Barbara Moser with the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse plaque in appreciation for her work and support with the DAR grant used to complete the windows restoration project.
Although the full moon was not visible, the view of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse as the afternoon turned to evening and the lamp was lit was spectacular. Brigadier General Nina Armagno, her husband Eddie and her parents joined 104 foundation members for an evening BBQ picnic. The weather had us move indoors in the recently refurbished Hangar C adjacent to the lighthouse.
Dr. Nick Wynne, BrigGen Nina Armagno and RADM Bob Merrilees
After a delicious meal of BBQ chicken and pork, coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad and garlic toast, catered by Sonny’s BBQ, Bob Merrilees welcomed everyone and introduced Gen Armagno, her family and our guest speaker for the evening, Dr. Nick Wynne. Gen Armagno gave a few remarks of encouragement and gratitude for the continued efforts, in the climate of tight budgets and limited resources, of the foundation members’ work in preserving and restoring the “beacon on the Cape.”
Dr. Nick Wynne, retired Executive Director of the Florida Historical Society, offered his insights into the transformation of Florida by events of World War II and the years leading up to the war. You can learn more about Dr. Wynne along with books he has written about Florida history at www.nickwynnebooks.com
The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation board members would especially like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this year’s membership gathering a marvelous success.
Dedicated Lighthouse Docents and Keeper’s Closet Volunteers
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