Letters: Rockin’ the (Light)house!

Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival 2014Sun, Sea and Sound highlight the Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival! On Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, the boating community gathered from many ports of call on Long Island Sound to enjoy the live music on the water at this fundraiser presented by the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society in Huntington, NY.

The 8th Annual Huntington Lighthouse Music Fest was a true celebration that captured summer fun on the water. Looking upon the hundreds of boats gathered, there was no signal that summer was ending anytime soon! Various watercraft including stand-up paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, dinghies, “floaty-lounges” and thousands of people soaked up the sounds of eight bands playing at the top of the lighthouse. Young folks and older folks sporting bikinis and surf shorts rafted up, floated, paddled, foot-tapped and sang along to the non-stop music. Kudos to the organizing committee who provided a seamless transition between bands, acknowledged sponsors and community support and volunteers who came together to raise funds to provide much-needed repairs to the lighthouse to keep the beacon lighting the way for all boaters!

The vibe was chill, the acoustics were great, and there was no shortage of good people-watching. Combined with mild temperatures, it was a great way to spend Labor Day weekend. There are plenty of moorings available in Huntington Harbor. From the quiet, protected anchorage, you can reach town by a short walk to find shops, a weekend market, plenty of restaurants and a very active downtown community. Thank you for promoting this event – I am looking forward to next summer’s Lighthouse Music Fest!

Sharon Benton, Milford, CT

Congratulations to the organizers and volunteers of this great event, which raised over $36,000 this year for the preservation of this historic landmark.To learn more about this cause, visit

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