Continuing the long partnership between the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, the Lighthouse will host its annual Night Fest celebration sponsored by Herbie Wiles Insurance Saturday, in conjunction with the Junior Service League’s Lighthouse 5K and Fun Run.
The light station will open free to all guests from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to explore exhibits in the Keepers’ House and climb the 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a spectacular sunset view of St. Augustine. During the event, kids can enjoy face and hair painting, tattoos, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Hot dogs, sodas, beer and other refreshments will be available for purchase.
Members of the Junior Service League led a massive community effort to restore the St. Augustine Light Station in the 1980s after arson and years of neglect left the grounds in disrepair. Restoration on the keepers’ house was completed in 1990 after $1.2 million was raised and the tower was reopened the following year. The Junior Service League also worked to save the lighthouse’s original first order Fresnel lens which was re-lit during the first lighthouse festival in 1993.
Following the restoration projects, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum transitioned to a private nonprofit organization. Today, the museum spends half a million dollars every five to six years to sustain the Junior Service League’s original restoration work and continue preservation of the historic site.
For information, go to staugustinelighthouse.org.