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Special Canada 150 theme to art fundraiser: Medway Head Lighthouse major fundraiser set to kick off Aug. 18

Donald Allan and Victoria Fraser are actively involved in trying to save the Medway Head Lighthouse in Port Medway.
Donald Allan and Victoria Fraser are actively involved in trying to save the Medway Head Lighthouse in Port Medway.

PORT MEDWAY, NS - Many volunteers are committed to making sure the Medway Head Lighthouse in Port Medway is around for years to come.

This year will mark the seventh annual Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show. The show is scheduled to kick off with an opening reception in The Warehouse from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18. The show will continue until Aug. 27.

Victoria Fraser, one of the event’s organizers, says this year, in honour of Canada 150, there will be a craft show in Seely Hall. That show will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will also be daily demonstrations from 2 to 4 p.m.

Artists in the show are from across Canada, including Ontario and British Columbia. There will also be quite a few local artists participating.

This is the major fundraiser for the lighthouse. Another fundraiser the group is doing, says Donald Allan, president of the Medway Head Lighthouse Society, is a calendar.

“Every year, we photograph pictures that are in the art show, and then we use them for a calendar that we sell (the) next year,” he said.

Since the lighthouse’s major fundraiser began seven years ago, it’s grown a lot, said Fraser. Cathie Pincombe is a past co-chairperson who has had a lot to do with organizing the event.

“Last year was our most successful year,” said Fraser. “Last year, we had 67 artists.”

Each year, volunteers who are part of the Medway Head Lighthouse Society’s art show committee organize the event.

Victoria Fraser is one of the organizers of the Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show in Port Medway. Donald Allan is the president of the Medway Head Lighthouse Society.

The lighthouse

The Medway Head Lighthouse people see presently is the fourth one on the site, said Allan.

“The first one was built in 1851, and in 1927 they built the second house,” he said.

That second house was moved across the road and up the hill from its original spot.

The present lighthouse was built in 1982.

“It’s a landmark, and it’s still an active light,” said Allan.

Upgrades

Two years ago, some of the structure’s cladding was replaced. Other work included multiple new windows. Last year, the society fixed the site around the lighthouse, including adding a picnic table and memorial bench, and building a path.

Projects the lighthouse society would like to begin in the autumn are fixing some rotten windows and dealing with a leak at the top of the building. When those projects are complete, Allan said volunteers would like to move inside to start work.

Eventually, the society hopes to have some permanent displays and keep the lighthouse open.

“We’re going in the right direction,” said Allan.

Victoria Fraser is one of the organizers of the Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show in Port Medway. Donald Allan is the president of the Medway Head Lighthouse Society.

The society

The Medway Head Lighthouse Society has a mandate to preserve and protect the lighthouse. The society also aims to raise awareness in general about lighthouses. It is a member of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society.

“We’ve just been focusing on trying to fix up the building,” said Allan.

Allan says the lighthouse show is good because it raises money and awareness. It also brings people to Port Medway.

 

Go online: For more information about the Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show, visit https://lighthouseartshow.org/.

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