Benefit Premiere: The History of Race Rock Light

Race Rock Light photo by Gail Cypherd

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 invited Fishers Islanders to the Fishers Island Theater to attend the benefit premiere of “The History of Race Rock Light” followed by a Champagne and Oyster reception.

200+ people attended this event, including 35 that came over on a special charter from New London. Fishers Island Conservancy’s Demonstration Garden was the setting for the reception afterward. Fishers Island Oyster Farm generously provided oysters along with champagne that had been gifted by an anonymous donor. It may have been the largest audience in the FI Theater since the World According to Garp premiere in 1982.

This 45-minute video, directed by HLFM Director Pierce Rafferty and Marisela La Grave, chronicles the remarkable story of how a lighthouse came to be erected in the 1870s on a dangerous submerged ledge amidst some of the most unpredictable and swiftest moving tides on the East Coast. The video was funded by a grant from the Jeanann Gray Dunlap Foundation.

To view the video and Learn More, please visit this link on the HLF Museum website.

Video Link: The History of Race Rock Light

Admission to the premiere was free, and there was the “passing the hat” for the benefit of the New London Maritime Society’s restoration and preservation plan for Race Rock Light. Susan Tamulevich, the director of the New London Maritime Society (NLMS), owner of Race Rock Light, and the Preservation Project’s architect, Walter Sedovic of Walter Sedovic Architects, spoke about the restoration project. Click HERE to access the Race Rock Light restoration assessment which outlines the nearly $3M restoration project and details the projected work and why it is both important and necessary.

Any funds raised at the Theater benefit and afterward will go toward “Landing Integrity and Safety,” the first priority in the restoration assessment report. If writing a check, please make it payable to the New London Maritime Society with ‘Race Rock Preservation’ in the memo section. NLMS will also be accepting cash and, Wi-Fi-willing, credit card donations. NLMS is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible. If mailing a check, send to: New London Maritime Society, 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320.

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