ILWACO — Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse invite the public to help celebrate the 119th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco.
Numerous events will take place to celebrate the Lighthouse’s birthday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 3 at Cape Disappointment State Park, 244 Robert Gray Drive, Ilwaco (Directions: goo.gl/maps/YNNqc9176WT2. Parking and a free shuttle to the Lighthouse will be available at the Cape D Café. Parking is also available at the North Head Lighthouse parking area. A Discover Pass will not be needed for vehicle access to the park that day because June 3 is a State Parks “Free Day,” in recognition of National Trails Day.
This fun family event will feature music, Sonshine the Clown, an open house at a lighthouse keeper’s residence, a store, a small museum with exhibits related to the lighthouse and surrounding area, guided historical hikes at noon and 1 p.m., cake and refreshments. A special offering will be tours of the Maya Lin-designed art installations in Cape Disappointment at 3 p.m. Installations will include the cedar grove, the Confluence Boardwalk and the Fish Cleaning Table.
The lighthouse is undergoing restoration and is closed for tours at this time. But event participants may take an easy walk to the lighthouse and enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the coast. The lighthouse is now sheathed with scaffolding. By the end of summer, State Parks expects the current phase of restoration to be completed, with more exterior work scheduled to be done — including stonework and stucco on the base of the tower and the workroom. The estimated time for completion of the lighthouse renovation is late 2018.
The celebration kicks off the North Head Lighthouse raffle, which will directly benefit lighthouse restoration. The prize for the raffle is a two nights stay at a keeper’s residence for six, plus dinner for six at the Depot Restaurant in Seaview during their stay. This offer must be used between October 2017 and March 2018.
For more information, contact Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse representative Janet Easley via firstname.lastname@example.org, at 360-665-5580 or Lona Niemi, at email@example.com or 360-642-2502 or call Cape Disappointment at 360-642-3029.