Dedication of Descriptive Panel

Written By: Dick - May• 06•16

The Board of the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum is conducting a Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, May 28, at 10 AM. In light of the many and varied contributions Gene and Joey Haines had made over the past several years, we will be dedicating the Descriptive Panel that was installed llast summer near the entrance to the Lighthouse in memory of Joey. When we lost Joey, we lost a significant contributor in ideas, encouragement, and just plain joy. We invite anyone who wishes to attend the brief ceremony that will be held near the Panel and entrance to the lighthouse.
Dick A

Christmas Bricks

Written By: Dick - Nov• 24•15

This is a reminder that we are still accepting orders for Walkway Bricks. In the past, many of our friends have purchased bricks to be given as Christmas Gifts to friends and family. A suitably engraved brick can be purchased for $75 and you can have up to three lines of engraving with 15 characters per line. When orders for bricks are received, a certificate is sent that can be presented as a gift showing what message will be on the brick. A bonus feature is that the cost of the brick is considered  a donation and the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum is chartered as a not for profit  organization so donations can be tax deductible. Go to the Gift shop on the OOLH web site to order your brick or contact Dick Anderson at dick@oakorchardlighthouse.org.

Time for Light to be turned off.

Written By: Dick - Nov• 01•15

One of our Lighthouse Keepers, Bruce Franklin, took care of making sure the light at the top of the Oak Orchard Lighthouse was off for the season. The U/ S. Coast Guard has issued us a permit to operate the light from April 1st until November 1st each year as a PATN (Private Aide To Navigation). Thank you Bruce (and Marge)

2015 Museum Crawl

Written By: Dick - Sep• 01•15

Last Fall we participated in the Inaugural Rt. 98 Museum Crawl and many folks ended up visiting our Lighthouse as well as the four other Museums involved. This year we hope to be bigger and better. Jeff Donahue, Director of the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, is spearheading the organization and has recruited several additional Museums to participate. Thus far we are hoping to include the following; Alabama Historical Society Museum, Alexander Museum, Attica Museum, Bergen – Harford Livery Museum, Cobblestone Society Museum, Orleans Chapter of the DAR, Elba Historical Society Museum, Holland Land Office Museum, Medina Historical Society Museum, Medina Railroad Museum, Oakfield Museum, Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum, and Stafford Historical Society Museum. This year’s event, Tri-County Museum Crawl Rt. 98 + sst*, will take place over 2 days, Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday, October 4th. The way it works is those wishing to participate will purchase a Crawl Passport at one of the participating museums and will have it stamped at each museum they visit. Passports containing 8 or more stamps will receive a certificate entitling them to a discount or other perk at local restaurants or other merchants. They will also be eligible for a basket drawing provided by the participating museums. Questions, contact Jeff Donahue (director@hollandlandoffice.com) or Dick Anderson (oolhdick@aol.com)

*sst = slight side trips

International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend – 8/15 – 16/2015

Written By: Dick - Aug• 15•15

By Peg Wiley;
The Oak Orchard Lighthouse and Orleans County Amateur Radio Club (OCARC) are partnering up again to participate in the International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend on August 15-16, 8 am – 5 pm at the Orleans County Marine Park at the far north tip of Route 98 at Oak Orchard Harbor, Point Breeze. The event is open to the public and draws together Ham Radio operators who set up their craft at Lighthouses and Lightships around the world to link in with each other for this exclusive event. Both organizations worked hard with the ILLW organizers to accept the Oak Orchard Lighthouse into the annual event, and this is the 5th year of participation. The Oak Orchard light is regulated by the US Coast Guard though not found on nautical charts as the lights on the breakwater at the head of the harbor are the legal nautical lights. The event showcases the plight of lighthouses around the world as modern technology trumps the old way of marking the way for sailors. It also brings attention to the critical importance of Ham Radio operators, whose worldwide communication system is relied on for emergency response. The Oak Orchard Lighthouse was rebuilt to scale in 2010, utilizing information from the National Archives in Washington, DC. The original lighthouse, built in 1871, was located at the end of a pier on the west side of Oak Orchard Harbor. Abandoned by the federal government in the early 1900’s, the pier and structure went into disrepair and the lighthouse was finally taken by Lake Ontario’s fury in a winter storm, December 1916. The full scale replica of the Oak Orchard Lighthouse was built by community determination. Please come, bring the kids to this interesting event, where you’ll listen as our local amateur radio operators make contact with operators at lighthouses around the world. OCARC and the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum are also looking for volunteers for their organization’s efforts. For more info:www.oakorchardlighthouse.org, or 682-4383

9th Annual Fundraising Dinner

Written By: Dick - Aug• 03•15

OAK ORCHARD LIGHTHOUSE DINNER

Once again the Haines Very Big Cottage at Point Breeze will light up for our Ninth Annual Fund Raising Dinner for the OOLH Museum. Friday, August 21st will be a memorable occasion for all those that attend.

As usual the Social Hour will be from 6 – 7 PM with guests enjoying hors de ‘Oeuvres prepared by Penna Catering. Cold punch and water will also be available. Hopefully we can enjoy socializing on Gene’s patio with the beautiful view of the Lake and the Lighthouse.

The call to dinner, prepared by Chef Penna, will be around 7 PM. Wine from our local wineries will be available at each table. During the serving of dessert Marcy Downey, our own local vocalist, will entertain us described as “unforgettable”.

Museums are places where we go to learn about and remember the past. They help us understand our rich heritage. The evening program is a series of short presentations by representatives of three of our local museums, giving us a glimpse of what each has to offer. Matt Ballard – Orleans County Historian and acting Director of the Cobblestone Museum, Jeff Donahue – Director of the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, Marty Phelps – Curator of the Medina Railroad Museum, and Dick Anderson – President of the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum will all make brief presentations. Wrapping up the presentations will be C. W. (Bill) Lattin – Orleans County Historian Emeritus whose vast knowledge of local history will surely provide some interesting anecdotes.

This event is by reservation only and seating is limited to 100 guests. Contact your friends to have a fun, informative and enjoyable evening Friday, August 21, starting at 6 PM. To reserve your seats, go to the Gift Shop page on this web site or contact Dick Anderson – 585-682-4383 or email (oolhdick@aol.com)

Reservations are $65 per person of which $30 is a deductible donation.

Don’t miss this great event!

Donna Anderson

Being A Lighthouse Docent

Written By: Dick - Aug• 03•15

Being A Lighthouse Docent (Guide) – 8/2/15

It is always great to see the reactions of folks who come to visit the Oak Orchard Lighthouse. The younger visitors make a beeline for the ship’s ladder leading to the upper floors, wanting to go up to see out the top. Parents are usually attentive to make sure their kids don’t do anything wrong. Older folks bring their perspective and questions about how the lighthouse came to be located at the Point and what life was like for the Lighthouse Keeper. Some peek in the door and want to know if it costs anything to come in. I guess we should post a sign that says, “No Admission Charge.”

I usually start by asking where they are from. The answers range from a few miles away to one of the western or southern states or perhaps Japan or Germany. Regardless of where they come from I try to welcome them to the Lighthouse and give them a brief history of the life of the original Oak Orchard Lighthouse and Keeper(s) and tell them how our current historically accurate replica was built. I answer questions if they have any.

Then I instruct them on the proper way to climb the ship’s ladders to the top and warn them of the dangers of bumping their heads when they go through the openings if they don’t keep their heads and body close to the ladder. I remind them to be careful and to take a moment or two to look at our displays on the second floor. Only about 4 can go up at a time, as there isn’t much room in the lantern room up top. When they come down, I ask them if they would please sign our guestbook and possibly put something in the donation box. Sometimes visitors purchase lighthouse items so writing out a receipt for them and our records is important. I thank them for coming to visit and encourage them to tell their friends about our Lighthouse.

That doesn’t seem too difficult does it? Actually, it is fun once you get the hang of it. We usually ask our docents to take a two-hour shift, which is not a long time. I only wish we had more volunteers. If you think this might be something you would like to try, please give me a call (585) 682-4383. If you get the answering service, please leave a message and your phone number so I can call you back. I’m pretty sure you would find the experience rewarding.

Dick Anderson – Docent & President, Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum

Oak Orchard Lighthouse Closing for the season.

Written By: Dick - Oct• 13•13

Our fourth season of greeting guests at the Oak Orchard Lighthouse (Replica) is drawing to a close. Those of us fortunate enough to serve as docents have enjoyed the experience of sharing the history of the Lighthouse, Point Breeze and the Bridges with visitors. We have welcomed people from all over the United States and some from other countries. We will close for this season October 15th and open for next year’s season the first weekend of May, weather permitting. In the meantime, keep checking our website for information on upcoming events and our continuing efforts to acquire a building near Point Breeze to serve as our Museum. As always, your memberships and purchase of bricks on line are welcomed.

Dick Anderson, President, Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum

Casino Night at the Pillars, June 1st!

Written By: Peg - May• 02•13

Join us on June 1, from 5 – 10:30 pm for a lavish evening of Las Vegas style gaming!  Dinner and live entertainment by Ann Mitchell Jazz is included in this 1950′s style exclusive event, with tickets limited to only 100 guests.  Gaming chips to be cashed in for raffle tickets for a chance to bid on fabulous prizes, including a one hour flying excursion in a 1957 Champ aeroplane, an overnight stay for two at Braddock Point Lighthouse B & B, a one-on-one stream fishing expedition and more.  This will be an ‘open-air’ event at the Pillars on West Countyhouse Road in Albion with the completion of the portico adjoining the ballroom.  Proceeds from this marvelous event will benefit the Oak Orchard Lighthouse project.  Era attire encouraged.

Professional style gaming by Upstate Vegas Events.  Purchase your tickets through the gift shop using PayPal, call 585-682-0090 or from OOLH Board Members.

Casino tables generously sponsored by: Albion Ace Hardware,  Brigden Memorials, Black North Inn,  Lighthouse Restaurant, Pawlak’s Save-A-Lot, Wiley’s Marina, Dick & Donna Anderson, Larry Albanese Family, Jamie Kowalski Family, Connie Archbald, Dave & Robin Tufts, The Barlow Family.

Exciting Raffle Items donated are:

  • Stream Fishing Expedition by Orleans Outdoor
  • Flight Excursion by Pilot Ed Ball
  • Overnight at Braddock Point Lighthouse by Oak Orchard Lighthouse; upgrade donated by Braddock Point Lighthouse
  • Flat Screen TV by Oak Orchard Lighthouse
  • Wine Basket by Schwenk Wine Cellars
  • Gift Certificates by Apple Blossom Florist, Crooked Door, Tillman’s Village Inn & more.

Spring 2012 News & Notes, Upcoming Events for 2012

Written By: Peg - Apr• 23•12

Personalized bricks at the Oak Orchard LighthouseSpring 2012 has been exciting, as the Memorial Walkway has been completed at the Oak Orchard Lighthouse site. Almost 500 personalized bricks were installed among the more than 5000 bricks making up the circular walkway, installed by Monarch Lawn & Landscape LLC, Brockport NY.

The Memorial Walkway reminds us of the circle of life, and how important the footsteps we leave are to history and to our future.

If you missed out on having a personalized brick installed, it’s not too late. You can still order your brick to be engraved with a name, special thought or memory. Click “gift shop” at the top of the page, or “shop” at the bottom.

Planning is in progress for the Children’s Peace Garden at the site. The garden will feature native derived plant varieties beneficial to wildlife, especially migratory birds who make their way to our shores each spring and fall.

Coming in the near future will be the Compass Rose, integrated into the Memorial Walkway and crafted of Medina Sandstone and blue and white granite. Four Medina Sandstone benches crafted by George Graham, an internationally known stone crafter who resides in Oakfield, NY, will surround the compass rose. Further encompassing the compass rose will be the following line, engraved:

“The Silent Sea Was All Aflame, The Day Was All But Done, And Resting On The Western Shore, The Perfect Setting Sun.”

…a popular version of a line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.

The Compass Rose is estimated to cost $25,000-$35,000. If you are interested in sponsorship of this stand-out element at the Oak Orchard Lighthouse site, please contact Dick Anderson at dick@oakorchardlighthouse.org.

Oak Orchard Lighthouse Day will be held this year on August 4th, in conjunction with International Lighthouse Weekend. Food, crafts, visiting and fun will highlight the day. More to come on that.

The Annual Oak Orchard Lighthouse Dinner will be held on August 18th, at the Haines ‘Very Big Cottage’ right next to the lighthouse site. The theme this year will be Summer Swing, commemorating the ‘Fabulous 40′s’. Frank Penna will again be catering the event, and swing music will be provided by the “Sophisticats”. If you would like an invitation to this event, please contact dick@oakorchardlighthouse.org.