THE HUNTINGTON LIGHTHOUSE
Dear Friends of the Huntington Lighthouse,
This is the letter I was dreading having to write. Like you, we have spent the past several months doing our part
to help flatten the curve and had remained hopeful that we would be able to successfully and safely host our beloved end of summer event. So it is with a very heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Lighthouse Musicfest.
This decision was not made lightly. We have been conferring with New York State on evolving guidelines, and were closely following the lead of other music festivals and outdoor events in the Northeast.
Ultimately, the safety of our crew, musicians and volunteers was at the core of this decision. Limited space on and around the Lighthouse cannot accommodate the number of people it takes to put on the festival. Additionally, the economic impact of this pandemic has affected all of us, including our loyal sponsors.
The Musicfest is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and without it, the ongoing preservation and upkeep of the Lighthouse is facing significant challenges, and we need your help!
One immediate way to help is through the purchase of a new book “Huntington Harbor Lighthouse” outlining the rich history of the lighthouse and its keepers. All proceeds, when purchased directly from the Lighthouse website at: www.huntingtonlighthouse.org/book go toward the Lighthouse.
Now more than ever, I am sure we need to “see the light and feel the sound!” Live music on the water holds great healing powers. We look forward to hosting the Musicfest in 2021 and we are committed to making it the biggest and best yet! Thank you for your understanding, and for your continued support of the Lighthouse during these difficult times. We are all looking forward to brighter days ahead.
Pamela Setchell • President
Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc.
THE HUNTINGTON LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION SOCIETY, INC.
The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society (HLPS) has proudly led the efforts for 12 years to produce the Lighthouse MusicFest, the only music festival in the world held on an offshore lighthouse. This much-loved, end of summer celebration brings together the community like no other event - from sail and power boaters, to kayakers, paddle boarders- all with the shared goal to help preserve our beloved town beacon.
This event has grown to over 1200 boats and raised thousands of dollars to restore and preserve the Huntington Lighthouse. Members of the HLPS volunteer their time for months to organize the event – booking the talent, scheduling supplies to the lighthouse, organizing complicated logistics and staging for the concert and most importantly, working closely with local officials to ensure the safety and security of the boaters, participants, volunteers, and the surrounding community each year.