The Citizens for Squirrel Point will hold its annual membership meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 pm at the Arrowsic Fire Station, 340 Arrowsic Road (next to the town hall).
- Welcome and introductions
- Review of 2020
- Current restoration projects and next steps
- Election of directors
We welcome all those interested to attend. For more information and to RSVP, please email Caroline at email@example.com.
Thank you! Board of Directors, Citizens for Squirrel Point
Citizens for Squirrel Point is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2002 to preserve the lighthouse property for the benefit of the public. Its purpose is to ensure that Squirrel Point Light is used and maintained in accordance with the terms of Federal, State and local law, and the covenants in its 1998 deed from the U.S. Government to preserve the lighthouse property for the public benefit.
Join us this Saturday, Sept. 18 at noon as we prepare for special guests. One crew will tackle a little fall cleaning in the keeper's house, and another crew will trim the trail, clear debris and mow. FMI and RSVP to info @squirrelpoint.org so that we may plan ahead!
The grounds will be closed Saturday morning* Sept. 25 for a memorial service for the family of Stanley Reynolds, lightkeeper of Squirrel Point from 1950-1955. Thank you for respecting the wishes of the family as they celebrate in private the lives of their loved ones.
We had wonderful visitors (and a few mosquitos) for this year's Maine Open Lighthouse Day! Friends from Chicago, Gloucester Mass, a couple on their honeymoon, a hiking toddler (with her parents!), a young man photographing lighthouses as a pandemic project, intrepid seniors, and neighbors from Georgetown and West Bath and elsewhere. The keeper’s house and boat house were open, Elisabeth made delicious cookies to share, Chris F. kept busy removing invasives and Ed began restoration of the boathouse railway! This critical project, when finished, will allow our work crew to access the property and deliver materials via the Kennebec rather than the mile-long trail from the end of Bald Head Road. We are grateful for all of our visitors Saturday who left a donation to help make this work possible. Keep in touch!
* Previously in the afternoon; now morning.
A beacon in uncertain times
During the early weeks and months of the pandemic, many of us rarely left home. Essential work, curbside pickup or a carefully planned walk outdoors became some of the highlights of our days. We found our way to wild spots along Maine's coast, including our own Squirrel Point Light.
The lighthouse became a beacon in more ways than one, and you let us know with the photos and words that you shared:
“This is our first visit and we’re definitely coming back.”
“Thank you for maintaining a unique and beloved lighthouse.”
“Such a place of tranquility in these confusing times.”
And while we welcomed new visitors, it was a quiet year for restoration. We're eager to return to work on projects that were postponed out of safety concerns and material backlogs. Reconstruction of the railway to the boathouse is scheduled for 2021, as is work on the windows of the keeper's house. The long-awaited restoration of the light tower will follow.
We invite you to make a year-end gift to the Citizens for Squirrel Point so that the important work to maintain, restore and provide public access to this historic maritime landmark may continue. Visit www.squirrelpoint.org to make an online donation, or mail your gift to PO Box 764, Arrowsic, ME 04530. If you've already given, we are grateful for your support.
Be well, and visit soon!
- Citizens for Squirrel Point
The boat shed at the lighthouse is freshly painted and we have been working hard to keep the grounds looking good too!
We're hosting a volunteer work session this Sat. July 11 from 10 AM to 1 PM for up to ten people to help with grounds maintenance. To reserve your spot, please email Elisabeth by Fri., July 10. Rain date is Sun., July 12 - please check the website and Facebook page for last minute changes.
To stay safe, volunteers are asked to register in advance, practice social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering when necessary. BYO water, snack, work gloves and tools such as brush clippers and pruners if you have them.
You'll also want to read about our project to restore the historic railway to the boathouse at Squirrel Point Light, and how you can help.
Thank you for your support of the lighthouse and the Citizens for Squirrel Point. We look forward to hearing from you!