Lighthouse ready to open for season

ROGERS CITY – The Forty Mile Point Lighthouse will open for another season of tours Friday, with an arts and crafts show and concert to follow on the weekend.

Starting at 10 a.m., the lighthouse will be open for tours, as will the pilot house of the S.S. Calcite, Forty Mile Point Lighthouse Society Researcher Barb Stone said. It’ll be open until 4 p.m., and for the rest of the summer it’ll be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 12-4 p.m. on Sundays. The lighthouse is closed on Mondays.

Forty Mile Point Lighthouse is located around seven miles north of Rogers City along US-23.

As always, there’s no charge to tour the lighthouse and Calcite pilot house, Stone said. There also will be free refreshments.

“Each year it gets better and better,” she said. “We have more people come out all the time and everybody seems to enjoy it. We’ve lucked out with the weather so far, so knock on wood we have another good year.”

This year, there are new ship models in the shipping room, and better displays for the others, Stone said.

On Saturday, the 10th annual “Afternoon of Arts and Crafts” starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., event coordinator Deb Stiller said. There are 35 vendors signed up this year, with many new ones joining.

Dan Hall will play two sets Sunday, with one from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and another from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Stiller said. He’s a maritime singer and songwriter, and sings about lighthouses, ships that sail the Great Lakes and the storms that threaten them. He also does an entire set for the kids.

“He even has a song he wrote about Forty Mile Point,” she said.

Russ Franzen also will be there Saturday and Sunday, playing from his booth throughout the arts and crafts show, Stiller said. He’s also a maritime singer and just moved to Alpena from Ohio this winter.

Also new this year is a group from Hillman, who will be there in period costumes to demonstrate the art of spinning, Stiller said.

One old standby will be the Rogers City Kiwanis Club’s fish shack, set to sell its whitefish sandwiches Saturday and Sunday, Stone said.

The Glawe one-room school house will be open for the weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Joyce Foster said. It’ll be open on weekends June through August and Memorial Day weekend. The school is sporting a new roof built with grants Foster secured. Ocqueoc Township, where the school was located until 1999, pitched in with what the grants didn’t cover.

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