In keeping with the season and tradition, Sea Girt Lighthouse has been festively decorated by its members in garland and lights inside and out. A colorful wreath of fresh evergreens, holly, pine cones and ribbon greets visitors at the front door. Larger wreaths hang from the galley railing atop the tower.
Dusk to dawn, the galley’s iron railing and the wooden railing of the porch sparkle with hundreds of white lights, strung through ropes of garland. And electric lights resembling candles softly glow in each window in every room.
In the parlor stands a Christmas tree adorned with colored lights and ornaments donated over the years. Wreaths, poinsettias and floral baskets are strategically placed in the first-floor meeting room while the banister to the second-floor is draped in garland and pine cones.
The transformation, which stimulates the senses with vivid colors and fragrant scents, is the collaborative effort of many volunteers. Several trustees of Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee spent a Saturday in early December dressing up the lighthouse exterior. The interior, as always, was beautifully arranged by members of the Holly Club, which meets regularly at the lighthouse and helped inaugurate the decorating tradition in 1981.
Welcome and Season’s Greetings
While temperatures outside dropped, the lighthouse was toasty warm, bright with color and alive with activity and fun on a recent Sunday. Some 60 members of the Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee gathered at their favorite lighthouse for the annual lighthouse holiday reception Sunday, December 5.
Jerry Hayward, SGLCC president, greeted and welcomed everyone, thanking them for their attendance and continuing support. He wished the partygoers “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah.”
Lively conversation filled the air. Tasty hors d’oeuvres, prepared by trustee Lauren Behre, were served by Mrs. Behre and fellow trustees Christine Dunn, Katherine Matthews, Marie Muhler and Virginia Zientek, board vice-president. Lighthouse treasurer Walter Jensen doubled as bartender, offering a selection of wine, beer and soft drinks at the two-hour reception, which began at 4:30 p.m.
The capacity turnout was gratifying as partygoers filled the first-floor meeting room, with several more in the parlor and keeper’s office. Among those attending were numerous folks who volunteer as Sunday tour guides, including Jack Ohlweiler and Jude Meehan, who are the newest members of the SGLCC board of trustees.
Back by popular demand, Dr. Dave Swerdlow, an SGLCC member, played a selection of Christmas and holiday standards on the electric keyboard. In the second hour many guests joined a sing-along led by trustee Conrad Yauch, who provided sheet music.
Thanks for Support
The annual event, to which all SGLCC members are invited, is one of the benefits of membership and a thank-you from trustees for continuing support of the group’s mission to preserve the lighthouse and its history and keep it alive with activity.
The decorated lighthouse has become a favorite holiday sight, attracting many to drive or walk by and pause to savor the view. A popular subject for painters and photographers year-round, the lighthouse becomes even more so this time of year.
Sea Girt Lighthouse will remain decorated through early January.