UPCOMING EVENTS - 2013
Sea Girt Lighthouse is alive with activity of community groups that regularly meet at the lighthouse. The 2013 calendar is also filled with these interesting events and opportunities to visit and enjoy the shore landmark.
Guided Sunday Tours
Guided tours, led by lighthouse docents, are conducted Sundays, 2-4 p.m. from April 7 through November 24, except holiday weekends. Visitors have access to every room, from the keeper’s office, throughout the living quarters and up to the top of the tower.
On display are a Fresnel lens, keepers’ letters and a 1903 log book and other artifacts that capture the history of the lighthouse and keepers and later Coast Guardsmen who operated the lighthouse. Bygone Sea Girt is recalled in rare photos and documents. There are many artifacts from the Morro Castle, the cruise ship that burned offshore in 1934 and prompted a heroic rescue effort.
Note: There are no tours on these holiday Sundays: Mother’s Day (May 12), Memorial Day weekend (Sunday: May 26), Father’s Day (June 16), Independence Day (Sunday after: July 7), Labor Day weekend (Sunday: September 1), Columbus Day weekend (Sunday: October 13).
Group tours, especially popular with schools and Scouts, are conducted year-round by prior arrangement.
To arrange a group tour, please submit your request through the website's Contact page, or call the lighthouse, 732-974-0514, or write Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee, P.O. Box 83, Sea Girt, NJ 08750.
The Manasquan River Group of Artists, which meets weekly at the lighthouse for art classes and to paint and share techniques, display their creations at their annual summer art show and sale on the lighthouse north lawn. The popular show, which was first held in the mid-1980s, is one of the oldest recurring events at the lighthouse.
Some 15-20 artists exhibit watercolors, pastels, oils, ink and pencil as well as prints. Many of the images capture seascapes, beach scenes, beach wildflowers, shore homes, and local landmarks, including the lighthouse. The show runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 13. The rain date is Sunday, July 14.
The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20. The challenge is to visit 11 New Jersey lighthouses, including Sea Girt. Also participating are two museums with lighthouse artifacts and two life-saving stations.
In addition to Sea Girt, the other Challenge lighthouses are: Absecon, Barnegat, Cape May, East Point, Finns Point, Hereford Inlet, Navesink Twin Lights, Sandy Hook, Tinicum and Tuckerton. Also open for visitors are the Tatham Life-Saving Station No. 35 in Stone Harbor and U.S. Life-Saving Station No. 30 in Ocean City.
Museums in Barnegat and Cape May are bonus stops. The two museums, as well as Sea Girt Lighthouse and a few other lighthouses have rare Fresnel lens on display.
In the 2012 Challenge, Sea Girt Lighthouse had 1,131 visitors. They came from more than a dozen states, some as far away as Colorado, Idaho and Montana.