Join us on Facebook live for a virtual full moon climb to celebrate the last full moon of 2020 and the last full moon of the decade (weather permitting, if it’s not too cloudy or rainy). The December full moon is often referred to as the Cold Moon. This full moon is called the Cold Moon for obvious reasons – winter is about to arrive and temperatures are dropping. Full Moon names are attributable to native American tribes, most notably the Algonquin, who named the moons to mark the changing seasons.
In October members of the St. George Lighthouse Association attended the Florida Lighthouse Association meeting in Pensacola. It was so nice to meet new friends and to tour the Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
The St. George Lighthouse Association is pleased to have received a $24,000 grant from the Florida Lighthouse Association to assist in some much-needed repairs needed to our lighthouse. Our lighthouse has several broken glass panes and significant rust on the bird cage of the lantern room and the masonry tower also requires some cleaning and painting. We’ve contracted with Razorback, LLC out of Tarpon Springs to handle the specialized repairs and the work is scheduled to begin in January. The scope of work includes removing all of the glass and sandblasting and painting the bird cage with a special three paint process. After the rust mitigation and sandblasting of the bird cage is complete all new glass will be installed with enhanced window glazing and new rubber gasketing systems. The masonry tower will also be cleaned and painted during this timeframe. The lighthouse will be closed for the month of January and potentially into the beginning of February to complete these repairs but our museum and gift shop will remain open. The total cost for the repairs is $94,000.
The $24,000 grant comes from the Florida Lighthouse Association’s Gene Oakes License Plate Fund. This grant program is funded entirely by the Visit Our Lights license plate and used only for the preservation of Florida’s historic lighthouse stations. Over $180,000 in grants were awarded to Florida lighthouses through this program in 2020.
The Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to promote and preserve Florida’s historic lighthouses. FLA’s mission is to safeguard Florida’s remaining lighthouses for future generations by supporting community-based restoration, preservation, and education efforts. Financial support comes from charitable gifts, membership dues, and Florida state specialty license plate sales. FLA does not receive government funding. To learn more about FLA, visit www.FloridaLighthouses.org
We can’t thank the Florida Lighthouse Association enough for their continued support in helping to keep Florida’s lights shining!
Here at the Cape St. George Lighthouse we have navigated a very challenging year and are ready for 2021 to be upon us. Through COVID and closures we have remained steadfast in our mission in educating the public about the history and importance of our lighthouse and by creating a positive experience for all those who visit us.
We appreciate all who have visited us over the last few months and supported us through their climbing fees, donations, memberships, and purchases from our gift shop. You have kept us going in this very trying time and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support.
St. George Lighthouse Association
Get your holiday shopping done early at our annual Sip ‘n Shop on Sunday, 11/22 from Noon-7:00pm. This year we’ve extended the hours in order to accommodate more shoppers. We have all sorts of new holiday items and gifts for every member of your family. Cold drinks and cookies will be served on the porch all day and wine tasting begins at 4:00pm. Everything will be on sale and featured items include:
– Several unique styles of jewelry
– Holiday cards, ornaments, and décor
– Toys, games, puzzles
– Fun socks and other stocking stuffers
– Nature, nautical and lighthouse themed décor
– A variety of crafts from local artists
Come by, enjoy light refreshments and lemonade from noon-4:00pm and wine beginning at 4:00pm and “Shop Small” to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping.
The Cape St. George Lighthouse Gift Shop is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island, where Island Drive (the road off the bridge) ends at Gulf Beach Drive. Parking is available in lots at either side of the park.
The Gift Shop is part of the St. George Lighthouse Association, a non-profit organization. Monies earned are retained by the organization and used for Lighthouse expenses, operations, and programs.
For more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.
Join us on Facebook live for a virtual sunset/full moon climb (weather permitting – if it’s not too cloudy or rainy). The sun will set at 5:40pm and the Beaver moon will rise at 5:22pm on November 29th. The November full moon is called the Beaver moon because at this time of year beavers are preparing for winter, and it is the time to set beaver traps to ensure a supply of warm winter furs before the swamps freeze over. Full Moon names are attributable to Native American tribes, most notably the Algonquin, who named the moons to mark the changing seasons.
Virtual sunset/full moon climb – Tuesday, 9/1 from 7:45pm-8:15pm (weather permitting – if it’s not too cloudy or rainy) we’ll be going live from the top of the lighthouse for a virtual sunset/full moon climb. We hope you’ll join us on Facebook to view the Harvest Moon. The September full moon is called the Harvest moon because Native American tribes began harvesting their staple foods, such as corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and rice at this time. Full Moon names are attributable to native American tribes, most notably the Algonquin, who named the moons to mark the changing seasons.