Season's Greetings from Eastham

December 2008

We have had a very busy fall at Nauset Light. With the new slate roof completed on the oil house, work continued on the restoration of the exterior. The brick was re-pointed and painted white and the trim its original gray. Replicas of the cupola and door were reproduced and installed. A new threshold completed the restoration. A sub-committee is meeting to investigate ways to set up a small museum inside.

The full moon tour on October 12 brought 127 enthusiastic visitors to the light. The weather and moon cooperated to make it a very successful event.

On December 5, under the direction of Richard Ryder along with several helpers, the 1984 era 1,000 watt, $280 incandescent bulbs in the DCB 2-24 aero beacons in the lighthouse were converted to 400 watt metal halide bulbs. The new bulbs are readily available, cost $20 or so each, and put out 30,000 lumens. They give off a brighter light than the bulbs we have been using and are rated to last at least two years. There will be a significant savings in electricity and bulb replacement costs.

On December 6, the annual wreath hanging was held, enhancing the light for the holidays. Season's Greetings to all and best wishes in the New Year.