The Marblehead Lighthouse

Coming this Summer

In conjunction with the 200th Anniversary Celebration of the Lighting of the Marblehead Lighthouse, there will be many special activities going on at the lighthouse and in the community. 

 

We hope you will join us this summer.

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Our Local Sponsors

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  • All events are FREE as a result of the generosity of the sponsors who donated to our celebration.  We appreciate their support

  • All events are on the lighthouse grounds unless otherwise noted

  • The lighthouse, lifesaving station, keeper's house and gift shop are open daily 12-4 from May 28- September 5. 

  • There may also be extended hours in conjunction with some of the special events.

  • Tickets for climbing the lighthouse are $3 cash.  The last tour begins at 3:40pm. 

  • Please note - We are expecting record crowds this summer.

    • Holiday weekends and some events may require off-site parking. 

    • Plan to purchase your tickets to climb the tower early in the day.  On busy days, tickets sell out early. 

  • We hope you enjoy your visit to our park. 

 

Music

  • June 1 1        Ohio State Alumni Band - 1:30 pm     

  • June 18        Moonlight Serenaders- Big Band Music- 6:00 pm   

  • July 2           Firelands Symphony- 7:30 pm   

  • July 16         Dan May  - Folk Rock Music 7:00 pm   

  • July 30        Island Song Trio  - 6:00 pm   

  • August 6     Moonlight Serenaders- Military themed music 6:00 pm 
  • August 28  Fostoria Lake Plains Chorus - 6:00 pm

Art

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  •  June 6     Plein Air painters - 9:30-11 am
    - Watch or join the painters at the lighthouse. 

    Wet Paint Sale of   their artwork to follow the event.

  • June 8- Paint and Pour Class   11- noon

 - Ages 15 and up (limit of 30 people)

  • June 22 - Lighthouse and Sailboat craft    11- noon

- Ages 5 and up (limit of 30 people)

  • July  6- Lighthouse Light craft  11- noon

- Ages 5 and up (limit of 30 people)

  • July 20   Paint and Pour Class  11-noon

-Ages 15 and up (limit of 30 people)

  • Aug 1    Plein Air painters   9:30-11 9:30-11am

-Watch or join the painters at the lighthouse.  

  Wet Paint Sale of their artwork to follow the event.

  • Aug 3  Watercolor class   11-noon 

- Ages 10 and up (limit of 30 people)

Explore

 

  • June 28   Scavenger Hunt   12-4 pm

- prizes for the first 75 children (under 13)  to complete the hunt 

  • July 16     Keeper Bingo    11- 4 pm
    -bingo prizes will be awarded by the local merchants. 
    Visit a Marblehead merchant for a bingo card

  • July 27  Scavenger Hunt   12 -4 pm
    - prizes for the first 75 children (under 13)  to complete the hunt 

  • August 2  Scavenger Hunt   12 -4 pm
    - prizes for the first 75 children (under 13)  to complete the hunt 

  • August 17   Geocaching at the Lighthouse    12 -3 pm
    -Learn about geocaching, then try your hand at finding several geocaches in the area.  A smartphone that can download the geocaching app is needed. 

  • September 3   Star Party    8:30 - 10:30am  
    -Black River Astronomical Society will host a public viewing event in the park

  • October 8   Fossil Walk  noon- 4pm
    -Join a geologist as he discusses local fossil types and conducts a fossil walk along the shore

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Learn

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  • June 1    Lighthouse Legends  

- Lakeside  -7:30 pm​

  • June 14  Stone Lab Presentation

- Macroinvertebrates  11:30 -12:30 

  • June 15  How Well Do You Know the Great Lakes

-  Hands on activity for all ages 11:00 -12:00  

  • June 17   Dianne Rozak

- Talks about her photography and signs photos  12 -4   

  • June 21  Stone Lab Presentation

- Aquatic Invasives  11:30 - 12:30

  • June 21  James Proffitt - Book discussion and book signing

- James discusses his book - Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie: Ohio's Historic Beacon   2-3pm

  • June 21  Lighting the First Lighthouse in Ohio

Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library  6pm

June 22  I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream

-Thomas deHaas discusses states of matter while helping 30 children under 14 make bag ice cream    1-2pm

  • June 28  Stone Lab Presentation

- Mayflies  11:30 -12:30

  • July 10   Marblehead Lighthouse: Shining Brightly for 200 Years

- Lakeside   1:30pm

  • July 11  Ladies of the Lights on the Great Lakes

- Lakeside 10:30 am

  • July 12   Stone Lab Presentation

- Snakes   11:30- 12:30

  • July 19  Stone Lab Presentation

- Marine Debris  11:30 - 12:30

  • July 23 The Marblehead Lighthouse Builders and Keepers

-Lakeside   10:30am

  • July 26  Stone Lab Presentation

- Fish  11:30 -12:30

Celebrate

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  • June 22   200th Anniversary Party for the lighting of the lighthouse

- join us for cupcakes and ice cream  12 -4 pm

  • August 1-7  Coast Guard Auxiliary displays

- the Coast Guard Auxiliary will have an airboat, displays and information to share throughout the week   12-4 pm

  • August 4   Coast Guard Birthday Party

- join us for cupcakes and ice cream    12- 4 pm

  • August 5  The Guardian   (PG-13)

- bring a blanket and snack and enjoy the movie on the lawn 8:30-11pm

Family Time

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  • May 21  Lighthouse kick off

- Help us kick off our summer of celebration   12 - 4 

  • May 30  Paint a friendship/anniversary rock 

- create a rock to add to our celebration rock garden at the lighthouse  12-4

  • June 19   Mayfly Madness for kids

- learn about mayflies then color a mayfly to cause an invasion on the Keeper's House back porch  12 -4

  • June 23  Storytime at the Lighthouse

-Join Erin for a storytime for children on the lighthouse grounds  10:30am

  • July 28   Storytime at the Lighthouse

- Join Erin for a storytime for children on the lighthouse grounds  10:30am 

  • August 25   Storytime at the Lighthouse

- Join Erin for a storytime for children on the lighthouse grounds  10:30am

  • October 8   Lighthouse Festival

- community wide event - Lakeside, Marblehead, and the Lighthouse all have events planned for the day  9-4

**Scavenger hunt available daily without the prizes

**Silhouettes of the Lighthouse Keepers will be on display in downtown Marblehead this summer.  Stroll through the village to learn more about the 15 keepers.

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