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Cedar Keys’ Holiday Light(house)

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 By PAM DARTY

Refuge Ranger

   With winter on the way, Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge wants to make your holidays a little brighter by hosting the Holiday Light(house) on Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m.  Photo opportunities will be boundless. 

   Two period-dress volunteers will interpret the history of the lighthouse and the rugged lifestyle of the lightkeepers. Toni Collins, author of the Cedar Key Light Station will dress the part of Catherine Hobday, mother of lightkeeper Andrew Hobday; John Lohde will dress as Andrew, and from the Cedar Key Historical Society, Ken Young and George Serevoich will be assistant lightkeepers.

   For the first time, holiday decorations will afford exceptional photos of the historic light station.  If you’ve not sent out your holiday cards by then, you’ll have a perfect backdrop at the lighthouse, so don’t forget your camera - or your coat. 

The wonderful Cedar Key Historical Society wants to keep you warm, so Julie Stephens and Helen Addison will be serving up hot cocoa. Our good neighbors from LARC will be baking lighthouse cookies for everyone, too.

   Transportation to the Gulf island is not provided, but tour shuttles will be leaving Cedar Key docks throughout the day; special-value holiday tickets are available. There will be no access to the tower, but you’ll hear more history about the light than you knew possible. If the sky appears rainy or rain is predicted, the event will be cancelled with no rain date.

   For more information, call the Refuge Ranger at (352) 493-0238.