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The Keepers' Weekend October 13-15th, 2006 gave many opportunities to rekindle many friendships. The weather was perfect and the photos below will show that we all were kept very busy!

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Friday's 3 hour bus ride to the U.S. Coast Guard National Aids to Navigation Museum (NATON) allowed for many to get a little extra 'shut-eye'!

4th order clamshell design Fresnel Lens
4th order Fresnel Lens
Demonstration from Senior Chief Boatswains Mate, Bill Wier of how a lens works
First order Fresnel Lens. It is so large that one's handspan will not reach the inside. height is ~ 8 feet tall!









Saturday's activities at Currituck Heritage Park brought many to view the Whalehead Club from the INSIDE. Many have seen
the former hunting club from atop the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, but never visited the site. The newly opened Outer Banks
Center for Wildlife Education was also a high point!

cblh whalehead-water whalehead

Currituck Beach Lighthouse taken
from Whalehead Club

Whalehead Club from atop Currituck
Beach Lighthouse
Whalehead Club from the lighthouse
wildlife-center bridge  
OBX Center for Wildlife Education from
the lighthouse
This old wooden footbridge is on the
National Register of Historic Places
above photos courtesy of Charles Sheaman    

group pic

It was magnificent to see the light flash. The first order Fresnel Lens is visible when the light is on.

bodie light
Many of us gathered on the front porch of the Keepers' Quarters at Bodie Island Lighthouse. With us were John Gaskill and Marilyn Austin Meads whose fathers were the two last keepers of the light.  
above photos courtesy of Ed Rosson

Saturday evening's Awards Dinner was followed by a prentation from Chicamacomico Life Saving Station 'keepers'
James Charlet and Linda Malloy, dressed in full 19th century garb, and then a wonderful talk by Sandra Clunies,
certified genealogist about the "Lesser Known Luminaries" in the lighthouse world, and then by our lively auction and raffle winners.


Richard Meissner presents Margaret Ann Gilliken of Harkers Island with the Cape Lookout Award
Bett Padgett presents a Presidents' Award to Julia Hollenbeck from Tennessee
above photos courtesy of Diana Chappell  









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