On Sept. 21 and 22, the Concord Point Lighthouse will participate, in partnership with the lighthouse organizations across the state, in the 9th Maryland Lighthouse Challenge +1.
The challenge is part of the mission of the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society to educate, inform and entertain those who are interested in Chesapeake Bay area lighthouses.
Participants who visit lighthouses during the allotted hours will receive a complimentary souvenir depicting that lighthouse. It is not necessary to visit all the lighthouses to participate and they can be visited in any order. Those who score a perfect 10 by visiting all the lighthouse attractions will receive an additional souvenir proclaiming that "they've seen the lights!"
For participants' added pleasure, and to really put the "challenge" in the event, organizers are offering three bonus lights - Sandy Point Shoal (to be viewed off shore from one of Maryland's most popular state parks), the Blackstone Lighthouse Replica at the site of Maryland's birthplace, St. Clement's Island, and for the first time in challenge history, a Virginia Lighthouse, Jones Point, just across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria. This lighthouse represents the "+1" in the event title.
There will also be an add-on bonus cruise departing from Maryland's Eastern Shore to see some of the Bay's more elusive lighthouses, and an early bird special on Friday, Sept. 20, which includes all of the Eastern Shore attractions, for those who want to jumpstart their challenge adventure.
Lighthouses are an important aspect of our state's maritime heritage and remain treasured keepsakes of a by-gone era. Participants will find these magnificent structures and the history surrounding them water's edge at some of the most scenic destinations statewide.