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Boston Light: One if by tour, two if by poster…

Posted by Paul Kandarian  August 1, 2012 07:59 AM

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There are a couple unique ways to experience Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse station in the nation: Personally and in a new poster.

The nonprofit Boston Harbor Island Alliance offers summer tours of Boston Light, located in Boston Harbor on Little Brewster Island, a three-hour trip that includes a boat cruise with a 45-minute narrated tour of the harbor islands, with info on two other historic sites, Long Island Head Light and The Graves Light. Docking at Little Brewster Island, tour takers can meet with the Boston Light keeper (it is the last and only lighthouse to have a US Coast Guard light keeper), and get an up close look at the light's Fresnel lens, the only Fresnel still in use. Pack a lunch, enjoy the view of Boston and make an event out of it.

The tour runs through Sept. 30, Friday to Sunday, leaving the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $39 for adults, $29 for children 3 to 11, and $35 for college students, seniors and military personnel with valid ID. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit www.bostonharborislands.org

Alan Claude, a Maine artist best known for his Lighthouse Travel Poster Collection (some of which have appeared on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"), has come out with a new poster, this one of Boston Light, a limited-edition print that shows the lighthouse bathed by a rising sun, the Boston skyline behind it, and a plane flying in the distant sky.

"The city's skyline proclaims its modern present and the soaring airplane signifies its bright future," said Claude, whose posters are evocative of European travel posters of the 1930s. "So it's a lighthouse travel poster but also a poster about Boston and civic pride."boston_light_AlanClaude.jpg

Claude photographed the lighthouse one dawn, setting off from a friend's house in Hull to capture the moment, which he later turned into a work of art via pencil sketching and then redrawing on computer. His Boston Light poster sells for $65 and can be bought at the National Park Service visitors' center in Faneuil hall, or at www.alanclaude.com Claude has donated prints to the American Lighthouse Foundation and other lighthouse preservation groups in New England.

Boston Light is the first and oldest lighthouse in the country, first built in 1716 but destroyed by retreating British soldiers during the siege of Boston in 1776. It was rebuilt in 1783, and still stands.

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