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Peter’s Island showing obvious signs of age, wear and tear.
BRIER ISLAND, NS – A group of Brier Island residents has created a calendar to help raise money for their lighthouse restorations.
The group is called Save an Island Lighthouse 2, or SAIL2, and has 15 regular members, including Amy Tudor, who’ve taken on restoring and preserving two Brier Island lighthouses: Peter’s Island Lighthouse and Brier Island Light and Alarm.
Local lighthouse lover Tudor came up with the calendar fundraising idea after repeated comments she should feature her photos in one.
“I’d often thought of doing something like this privately, but then thought of this cause,” she said.
Her photos, along with contributors, Neil Green, Penny Graham and Chris Mills, will make up the 18-month 12-page calendar. All photos are of lighthouses on and around Brier Island.
Rick Foote of Digby Print and Promo is printing the calendar with 100 per cent of profits going towards the Peters Island project.
The calendar will be sold at local businesses and community events over the summer and available online to order.
The mock up of the calendar, which will be larger and stapled, not bound, when finished.
A raffle grand prize for a round trip on the Fundy Rose donated by Bay Ferries, along with bake sales and yard sales, will also be held to raise money.
First on the group’s list is to repair a hole to prevent further damage on Peter’s Island. Second will be to repair and spruce up its exterior, including turning its light on.
Tudor says the group has estimated costs at $80,000.
“It’s a lot of money. We’re looking to raise awareness with these calendars so maybe more lighthouse lovers come on board,” said Tudor.
It’s not only the cost that may surprise people, said Tudor.
“People also don’t appreciate how hard it is to restore something on a protected island,” she said.
Peter Island itself is partially owned by Nature’s Trust Nova Scotia and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and is protected for gulls.
The group entered the two lighthouses in the This Place Matters contest and had good support, but did not win.
They’re hoping this calendar catches the eyes of people further away, who love lighthouses, the island and Nova Scotia.
“People love lighthouses and people love Nova Scotia. This could work,” she said.