Sightseeing with Maine Day Trip!

I have mentioned before that we have partnered with Maine Day Trip to offer INANE guests the opportunity for sightseeing beyond Portland without the necessity to rent a car. Now that we are getting closer to the date, it’s time to start thinking about putting plans into place! Owner Norm Forgey has some great offerings for us.

  • Sunday, August 3: An excursion to the Boothbay Harbor region and the Maine Botanical Gardens is planned. We have two INANE attendees (Deborah Finfgeld-Connett and her husband Dave) who are tentatively booked for this trip; Norm can accommodate a total of 10 guests. Cost is $90/person. Boothbay Harbor is about an hour from Portland–very scenic, with a lovely harbor and lots of sailboats. If you read my earlier post on Maine movies, you might remember that portions of Carousel were filmed here. The Maine Botanical Gardens are beautiful. This will be a great trip! Contact Norm at (207) 838-5275 or by email at Norm@MaineDayTrip.com to register. Departure time is at 10 am–Norm will pick up guests at the Regency, the Marriott Residence Hotel, the Hampton Inn, and the Portland Harbor Hotel. Just let him know where you are staying.
  • Monday, August 4 or Friday, August 8: Fine art and painting spots on the southern Maine coast which includes a visit to the Winslow Homer Studio on Prout’s Neck. Trust me when I say, this will be an amazing trip! The Portland image001homerMuseum of Art purchased the Homer Studio in 2006 and it has been completely renovated back its true historical significance. Because it is in a very well-to-do residential area, opportunities to visit the studio are limited which makes this an extra-special excursion. For this tour, Norm will pick up guests at their hotel (see above) and provide transportation to the Portland Museum of Art, where you will then travel with Museum staff on their bus to the studio. Visit the studio for about 90 minutes and then back to Portland, where you will rejoin Norm for a tour of lighthouses and other scenic areas where artists such as Edward Hopper painted. Cost is $125/person with a maximum of 10. Departure from the area hotels will be at 9:30-9:45 am for the 10:30 studio tour. Total trip time: ~6 hours. To reserve your spot, contact Norm at (207) 838-5275 or by email at Norm@MaineDayTrip.com. NOTE: If you join this tour on Monday, August 4, you will be back at the Regency in time to join the 4 pm Portland Discovery Tour. It will be a day of fabulous sightseeing and art!

Norm is also holding other days open for INANE attendees (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) so if you have ideas of things you’d like to see and places to visit, get in touch with him today!

Countdown to INANE 2014 and Call for Live Bloggers!

Good evening my friends,

countdownI am sitting on my porch enjoying this beautiful early summer evening and thinking that exactly 8 weeks from now–Sunday, August 3rd–I will be downtown at the Regency Hotel and beginning to welcome my colleagues to INANE 2014! It is hard to believe that after three years of planning, the conference is only 2 months away!

While I know I will have millions of details to take care of between now and then, overall, the conference (planning, registration, and everything else) is in great shape. I am hoping for an event that meets and exceeds everyone’s expectations.

As of this minute, there are 136 people registered for the conference. There are lots of familiar names on the list as well as quite a few newcomers (who won’t be new for long!) but I also know of folks who will not be able to attend, due to travel, family obligations, or other schedule conflicts.

live bloggingWhich brings me to the point of this post–call for live bloggers! If you recall, when we started this blog back in September, one of the intents was to have a cadre of live bloggers who would be posting regular updates from the conference. Last fall (nine months ago), “live blogging” was a vague idea. Now it is time to make it a reality!

If you are interested in participating, send me a message via the Feedback Form. If you are intrigued but want more information–basically, this is a way to communicate what is going on at INANE 2014 to our friends and colleagues who aren’t able to join us in Portland. Live blogging–or reporting–would be via this blog. Posts can be short and frequent. The more live bloggers we have, the more updates we can have each day of the conference. Live bloggers can share their impressions of the sessions they attend, the meals, sights in Portland, friendliness of the hotel staff–really, anything at all. The idea is to make those who are not at the conference feel like they are at the conference.

This blog (and website) are hosted on WordPress so if you are familiar with that platform, you are ready to be a live blogger. If you aren’t–it is easy to learn. You can post from email, a tablet, or a computer–the process is simple. Plus, if you volunteer now, you have two months to learn (and I will provide inservice education!).

Give us a hand!

Give us a hand!

INANE members are great at volunteering and helping out so I am counting on you once again to jump in and give us a hand. If you would be interested in posting updates from the conference, let me know via the Feedback Form and I’ll get you started!

Thanks in advance to everyone for your help. I look forward to hearing from you!

Leslie

for the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl and the memory of our friend Suzanne Smith.

Don’t Delay, Today’s the Day…

Today is the last day for the regular registration rate of $495. Registration will increase by $100 tomorrow (May 1st) so if you are planning to attend INANE 2014, register today! Remember, there will be no on-site registration. You must pre-register to attend INANE 2014 in Portland, Maine.

The Casco Bay Cruise and Lobster Bake is not sold out but is getting close: 87 people have registered for an evening of fun on Casco Bay and Peaks Island. This event is limited to 100 so if you want to join in the fun, don’t delay!

Seats for the  Closing Luncheon with Richard Blanco are also available but again, if you want to attend, I would suggest getting your registration in so you are not disappointed. This will be a small, elegant affair with a maximum of 50 participants–right now 32 seats are booked.

RegencyFor Monday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 5th the following room types are still available at the Regency Hotel and Spa. Everything else is booked at this moment.

  • Two Governor Suites ($499/night). These suites include a king bed and queen pull out couch to accommodate four guests. The Governor Suites are on the fourth floor with a double deck.
  • Two Studio Suites ($399/night). Like the Governor suites, these suites include a king bed and queen pull out couch and will accommodate four.
  • One Regency Suite ($399/night). Historic and unique, the Regency Suite is in the turret of the old Armory Building on the front of the hotel. High ceilings, a beautiful view of the Old Port, and a king bed to accommodate two.
  • One Junior Suite ($279/night). With a king bed to accommodate two, this suite has undergone a total renovation, just finished last week! Brand new fixtures in the bathroom, new carpeting, and new furniture make this an elegant retreat.

If you are not able to make the remaining rooms at the Regency work for you, I have negotiated a block of rooms at the Portland Harbor Hotel for INANE attendees. They are offering single king rooms, single queen, and double queen for $259/night (same price as the rooms at the Regency). Contact the hotel directly at 207-775-9090 or 888-798-9090. Tell them you are with INANE 2014 to receive the group rate. It’s about a 3 block walk to the Regency (past lots of fun shops in the Old Port–it’s a nice walk!).

Other nearby hotels (walking distance) include the Hampton Inn, the Residence Inn (Marriott) and the Hilton Garden Inn.

Questions about any of this? Send me a message! I am here to help!

Leslie

for the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall and Jean Proehl.

There’s a New Ship in Town!

A bit of excitement in Portland yesterday, when the Nova Star arrived in Portland Harbor. The ship will be offering round-trip service between Portland, ME and Yarmouth, NS beginning on May 15th. If you are attending INANE, you will very likely see the ship–the dock is just a few blocks from the Regency Hotel. It will leave at 9 pm at night and arrive in Yarmouth, NS at 8 am, then turn around and do the same trip in reverse.

You can read more about the Nova Star, along with viewing some nice pictures by clicking here.

Full House at the Regency

Happy April my friends!

As I have mentioned before, our conference hotel, the Regency, is a small, intimate property with 95 rooms that range from deluxe doubles to swanky suites. When we scheduled INANE we took a gamble to contract all 95 rooms for Monday Aug 4 and Tuesday Aug 5. We’re getting close to filling the place up–a Full House as I call it. As of today, 83 rooms have been booked for those two days. Sunday is also booking up, with 73 rooms reserved.

Bunny-SlippersThe idea of filling the entire hotel with INANE colleagues just makes me happy! The thought of taking over the whole joint for our conference makes me feel like it’s giant slumber party or summer camp. Maybe I’ll have to go buy myself some footy pajamas and bunny slippers to really add to the slumber party ambiance. LOL.

If you haven’t made your room reservation yet, it is getting to the point where you should not procrastinate any longer. Staff at the Regency will work with us to secure overflow bookings at adjacent hotels in the (likely) event that our groups fills the Regency to capacity. The nearby hotels are nice but trust me, it will be more fun to be at INANE Conference Central. The best way to reserve a room is by phone: call 1-800-727-3436 or 1-207-774-4200. Tell them you are attending INANE. If you have any problems at all, send me a message using this link and I will work with my contacts to have the issue quickly resolved.

Another reminder: our regular registration rate is in effect for just 29 more days. On May 1st, registration will increase by $100. If you are planning to attend INANE don’t wait any longer to register–do it now while it is on your mind. It only takes a minute or two. Click here to be taken to our secure registration site.

The next deadline that is quickly approaching: April 15 which is the last day to submit nominations for the Margaret Comerford Leadership Award. The online application can be found here. While it will probably take more than 2 minutes to complete, the award committee strove to make the application straightforward and concise. Thanks again to the members of this year’s committee: Shawn Kennedy, Chair and members: Grif Alspach, Joy Don Baker, Kathy Baker, Sean Clarke, Vicki Conn, Margaret Freda, Jan Fulton, Jackie Owens.

Mentoring Brochure Draft 1Last, we have had a surge of donations to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund in the past few weeks. Encouraged by Suzanne’s family, many of her friends and colleagues have donated to the fund. Yesterday, I received a group of donations from the Manatee County Ladies Golf Association! With funds received, we will be able to continue the Mentoring Editors Awards program going forward for several years to come. It makes me happy to be able to keep Suzanne’s memory alive in INANE with this program. All donors are listed at the bottom of every page on this website. We are still gratefully accepting donations–click here to be taken to our secure donation site and thank you in advance for your generosity.

Until the next update,

Leslie

for the planning committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall and Jean Proehl.

 

March 1st Update!

Happy March, INANE Colleagues,

Lots of information for this first-of-the month update. Our biggest news is the announcement of the winners of the Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Awards. This is a new initiative for INANE and I am very pleased with the way the program is evolving. Brief bios and pictures are posted here; consider leaving a comment or word of encouragement to the award winners in the comments!

carol patsdaughter

Carol A. “Pat” Patsdaugher

One idea that came to me after the awardees were selected was to pair each winner with and mentor-editor. Pat Patsdaughter had planned to attend the conference with her student and protégé, Suha Ballout. Pat’s untimely death on January 26 made that an impossibility so I asked Lucy Bradley-Springer to step in in the role. With that in place I thought, “Why not do the same for the others?” Thank you to the mentors who enthusiastically accepted my invitation and congratulations to the winners!

The Mentoring Editors Awards are funded by donations to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund. As of today we have raised $2510 and expended $1980 on this year’s awards, leaving a balance of $530. That’s a start for next year! I believe this is a valuable program that honors a very special colleague and I hope we are able to

Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith

continue it for years to come. If you have been planning on making a donation but haven’t quite gotten around to it, don’t dilly-dally any longer! The average donation is ~$80–a modest amount but looking at the winners you can see it is a worthwhile investment. As a point of information, there were a total of nine applications for the Mentoring Editors Awards this year. The Planning Committee was challenged to select four as all of the applications were of extremely high quality. If you believe in INANE and the value of mentorship to nurture those who will follow in our footsteps, please make a donation today.

Margaret Comerford Freda

While I’m on the subject of awards, a reminder that applications for the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing are now being accepted. Established in 2012, this award recognizes excellence, innovation, and sustained contributions to knowledge dissemination through nursing publication. Previous winners are Margaret Freda, Joyce Fitzpatrick, and Shirley Smoyak. We are looking forward to adding a new name to the list at INANE 2014. Please consider nominating a colleague who you believe exemplifies excellence and is worthy of this award. Applications are due by April 15, 2014. By the way, the winner will not be publicly announced until the presentation of the award on August 5th which is different from last year. Personally, I think this heightens the anticipation and adds to the prestige of the award.

Publisher meetings are being scheduled! Monday, August 4 from 9 am to 1 pm was set aside as dedicated time for Publisher and Editor Meetings. As of today, three publishers: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Elsevier, and Wiley have taken advantage of this opportunity and scheduled a meeting. Details regarding rooms and exact times will be posted when I have this information. I am sure that the publishers will be contacting their editors directly with meeting agendas and so on. c1624Still, I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of these scheduled events so they can keep this in mind when planning travel. Remember, the Regency is offering the discounted room rate to INANE attendees on Sunday August 3rd. Monday will be a full day with meetings, the Discover Portland Trolley Tour, and our Opening Gala and Speaker. Arrive on Sunday, give yourself the evening to unwind, and then plan on diving into a very busy and exciting INANE conference first thing Monday morning. Or–if you arrive early enough, consider booking a tour with Maine Day Trip, another INANE partner!

RegencyI have been asked if there are other hotels near the Regency. Yes, there are but word is out that the Regency is “offline” for the days of our conference. As a result, neighboring hotels are raising their prices knowing they can get reservations from guests who would normally select the Regency as their first choice. In doing some informal checking, I have been quoted rates of over $400/night for an average king room at other locations. While the Regency might seem a little spendy, believe me when I say it is best bargain in town for the week of August 3rd. I encourage everyone to make their reservations now to guarantee price and your preferred room selection. Remember, there is no financial penalty to make an advance reservation. You will not be charged until you arrive at the hotel and can cancel anytime up to 48 hours in advance.

The complete, final conference program has been available for a month. I have gotten some great feedback on the variety of sessions and presenters. If you have been waiting for the final program to register, wait no more! Also, just a reminder: all presenters must register to attend INANE 2014. Our modest budget does not allow us to pay honoraria or offer complimentary registrations to the conference. If you are scheduled to present a breakout or poster session and haven’t registered, please do so at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

INANE 2014   Get the appLast but not least, INANE 2014 has gone mobile! We have partnered with Guidebook to create a mobile app for the conference and believe me, it is terrific. This is a benefit to all INANE attendees. When you register, I will send the code to download the INANE guide. Wondering what Guidebook is, or what our INANE guide looks like? Click here for more information.

I think that sums up all the information I wanted to share today. As always, if you have questions or comments, use the Feedback form to get in touch with me directly. I will do my very best to get you the information you need as quickly as I possibly can!

Looking forward to welcoming my colleagues to Maine in August,

Leslie

For the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl

Made in Maine: Movies

Maine is not a great movie making destination but we have had a few films made here that show of the beauty of the state. If you have a few free minutes, consider adding one of this to your “must watch” list in the next few months.

main_postpremiereEmpire Falls (2005). A made-for-TV miniseries that was good, not great (as is so often the case, the book was better). It was filmed primarily in Waterville. There was lots of excitement when Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Helen Hunt and the rest of the cast came to town. Aidan Quinn was arrested for drunk driving, which, given the extent of things to do in Waterville (ie, not much) is not too surprising.

The Preacher’s Wife (1996). This remake of the 1947 The Bishop’s Wife was primarily filmed in New Jersey–but the ice skating scene was shot in Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The cast and crew arrived in mid-February, man_without_a_facenormally ideal ice skating weather but Portland was having an unusual warm spell so no snow or ice anywhere in sight! They improvised but the scene ended up being much shorter than originally intended.

The Man Without a Face (1993). Mel Gibson’s directorial debut was filmed on Deer Isle with additional scenes in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, and on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick. This movie gives very nice views of he state and the story isn’t bad, either.

678_bluffs_1

The Pitkin Cottage on the Bluffs, Cliff Island

The Whales of August (1987). This film was notable for bringing together a number of famous stars for a final reunion: Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, and Harry Carey, Jr. It was notable in my book for being a little…tedious, but maybe if I re-watched it today I would appreciate it more. It was filmed entirely on Cliff Island in the Pitkin House. You can visit Cliff Island and the Pitkin House (view it from the outside, not go in) from Portland. Take the Casco Bay Ferry to Cliff Island (1.5 hours one way) and walk about 30 minutes to the Bluffs. There is a general store on the island which makes sandwiches and serves ice cream, if you wanted to pack a picnic or have a snack.

Scene from Mt. Battie, looking over Camden Harbor with Penobscot Bay in the distance

Scene from Peyton Place on Mt. Battie, looking over Camden Harbor with Penobscot Bay in the distance

Peyton Place (1957). This steamy pot-boiler (although not as steamy as the book) was filmed primarily in Camden with additional scenes shot in Belfast and Rockland. Lana Turner did not come to Maine for filming (who knows why? I don’t) so her scenes were shot on a sound stage at 20th Century-Fox, creating some continuity glitches in the movie. Interestingly, in the book, the fictional town of Peyton Place was based on Gilmanton, NH but the movie was made in Maine. Another movie with a New England flip-flop was On Golden Pond (1981) with Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. In the book, Golden Pond was in Maine but the movie was filmed on Squam Lake in New Hampshire.

Carousel (1956). In the original plan, most of Carousel was supposed to be filmed in Boothbay Harbor but in the end, only bit and pieces of the original on-location scenes remain. Various theories are offered for why this is although it seems that lighting was a major problem (all the evening and night scenes came out too dark and had to be re-shot on a sound stage) and well as technical difficulties related to the type of film (Cinemascope 55 mm vs. traditional 35 mm film). The famous scene where Gordon MacRae (Billy Bigelow) sings “Soliloquy” was filmed on a beach in Malibu, California. This drives me bananas since beaches in California look nothing like beaches in Maine! Personally, I find watching Carousel to be a bit of a slog (right up there with the original Oklahoma! starring [surprise!] Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones). This video of “June is Busting Out All Over” gives some nice views of Boothbay Harbor as well as some terrific choreography–and it’s 120 minutes shorter than the movie, which means you can do something else with the 2 hours of time you saved not watching the whole movie!

2723907894_c084ffe295Don’t be confused by A Summer Place (1959). This is another pot- boiler and I will admit, one of my guilty pleasures. The story takes place on fictional Pine Island, Maine but the entire movie was filmed in California–Monterey, Carmel, and various sound stages on the Warner Brothers lot. The house at the end, where Ken and Sylvia are living, is the Della summer place posterWalker house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is still extant and can be see at 26333 Scenic Road, Carmel Point. Googling I note that it was open a few years ago as part of a fundraising house tour! I would love to see it someday.

The Program for INANE 2014 is Finalized!

For INANE 2014, the Planning Committee has worked hard to be ahead of the curve for every aspect of this conference. Our latest accomplishment? The conference program has been finalized and published–one month ahead of our initial projected date (which was March 1st). Part of the reason this task was completed early was that we had an excellent pool of abstract submissions to select from, so putting the program together was a relatively easy–and very enjoyable–endeavor.

lectureWe are excited about the program and hope that attendees will be, too. We wanted a variety of presentations and topics with a blend of “seasoned” INANE presenters as well as new faces. We also sought to have international representation and have met that goal, with presenters from Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia (by way of Yale in Connecticut!). In all, there will be a total of nine breakout sessions and thirteen poster presentations.

In addition to the breakouts and poster sessions, the conference is anchored by an exciting group of excellent and diverse keynote speakers: Jessica Nicoll will be speaking on Maine art and artists; Jeffrey Beall and Carolyn Yucha on the controversial subject of Open Access; Diana Mason and Charles Graeber on responsible reporting in healthcare, told in the context of a chilling serial killer on the loose in hospitals for almost 16 years; and a truly memorable closing presentation by poet Richard Blanco. The Planning Committee believes that this year’s INANE really has something for everyone!

If you have been waiting for the full conference program to register, wait no more! Registration is open now–our online credit processing system is safe and secure. If you have problems with registration or need more information, send me a message using our Feedback Form and I’ll get back to you right away.

bender-applause_mediumWhat’s next? All the presenters are interested in what attendees want to know and we are soliciting feedback in advance of the conference. Every session page has a box for comments and questions. Take advantage of this feature so that presenters can incorporate your questions into their presentations. In addition, Geri Pearson and Charon Pierson will be soliciting cases for their COPE Forum. Likewise, Jeffrey Beall and Carolyn Yucha will be seeking attendee input on Open Access issues for their interactive forum. The means to share this information will be posted on the website and details will be posted here–stayed tuned! We hope to have forms for both sessions posted in the next few weeks.

As I said, the Planning Committee is very excited about this program–and I hope you agree. I look forward to welcoming my colleagues to Maine in August for what I am sure will be a dynamic, innovative, and groundbreaking INANE!

Leslie
For the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Comerford Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall and Jean Proehl

In Memory of Carol A. “Pat” Patsdaughter, PhD, RN, ACRN

Photo-2009-Lucy-Pat-Kristen copy

Carol A. “Pat” Patsdaugter

It is with great sadness that we share the news that INANE member Carol “Pat” Patsdaughter, PhD, RN, ACRN, passed away on January 26, 2014.  Pat was a cherished colleague, committed nursing leader, and INANE champion.

Pat’s work as the Associate Editor for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC) demonstrated a commitment not only to JANAC, but also to nursing and nursing publication.  She was a respected Professor of Nursing at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University, where she was known for her ability to mentor students.  Pat was an INANE member for more than a decade, and she was always a presence at INANE Conferences, which she thoroughly enjoyed and where she always made friends. Pat will be remembered fondly and missed deeply.

If you would like to honor Pat’s memory, consider a donation to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund in her honor. This fund was established to support the Mentoring Editors Awards, of which the inaugural four will be awarded next month. These awards provide support for four nurses with an emerging interest in the editorial role–as well as those new to an editorial role–to attend INANE with registration deferred. While the awards and the fund are named after our colleague Suzanne Smith who died in 2013, serving as an editor and mentoring others were also core values and a true part of Pat’s spirit. Honor her work with a donation to the development fund and help her memory and legacy live on through INANE.

A memorial is planned in Fort Lauderdale, FL for Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Lighthouses in Greater Portland

Today is an interesting anniversary: 222 years ago, on January 10, 1791, the light at Portland Head Light was lit for the first time. It is the oldest lighthouse in Maine and was commissioned by President George Washington. He never slept there, though–I read that on a travel blog once and had a good chuckle! Portland Head Light is a rubble stone lighthouse.

Everyone attending INANE 2014 will have a visit to Portland Head Light as part of the Discover Portland Trolley Tour on Monday August 4th. I was determined that everyone have a chance to see the lighthouse. I consider it an essential sight for any trip to Maine.

Here’s an interesting video–it shows a visit to the inside of the lighthouse. I’ve never been inside and to the top–it certainly is a nice view. However I hope August 4th is a little sunnier than the day this guy visited.

240px-PortlandHeadLightLens

2nd Order Fresnel Lens

In the video, he misspeaks–he says the rotating light is a Fresnel (pronounced “fray-nel”) lens but it is not. The light is an aero beacon which replaced the 2nd order Fresnel lens in 1958. (The present aero beacon was installed in 1991.) The old Fresnel lens is on display in the lighthouse museum.

Portlandbkwtr1855

Portland Breakwater Light in 1855–this is the wooden structure

In the video he looks north towards Spring Point Ledge Light, although I can’t see it. This caisson lighthouse was built 106 years later–it went into operation in 1897. You can read the history of Spring Point Ledge Light here. At little further south, at the entrance to Portland Harbor is the Portland Breakwater Light, more commonly known by its nickname, Bug Light. Portland Breakwater Light was first built as a wooden lighthouse in 1855; the present structure (also a caisson lighthouse, sometimes called a sparkplug light) was built in 1875. Bug Light is visible from Portland; those going to the lobster bake will get a nice view of it en route to Peaks Island.

Cape Elizabeth Light

Cape Elizabeth Light

After looking north, the videographer looks in the other direction (south) towards Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth but again, I can’t see the lighthouse in the video. The official name is Cape Elizabeth Light but everyone calls it Two Lights which is a misnomer as there is only one active light at present. Two cast iron towers were built in 1874, replacing two rubble stone towers that were built in 1828. The west tower was de-activated in 1924 and is now part of a private residence. The east tower is still active. Cape Elizabeth Light marks the entrance to Casco Bay. Cape Elizabeth Light also had a 2nd order Fresnel lens which was replaced in 1994. The original lens is on display in the Cape Elizabeth Town Hall.

Ram Island Ledge Light

Ram Island Ledge Light

At the very end of the video you get a quick glimpse of the Ram Island Ledge Light. It is made of granite that was quarried on Vinalhaven. As lighthouses go, I don’t think it’s all that attractive–my preference is for white, or striped. Ram Island Ledge Light is privately owned by a neurosurgeon from Windham, who paid $190,000 for it at auction in 2010. Ram Island Ledge Light is a “twin” of the Graves Light at the entrance to Boston Harbor. Graves Light is also privately owned and came with a higher price tag: $933,888, the most ever paid for a US lighthouse. It was bought by a Massachusetts couple in 2013. Here’s a bit of trivia: in the 1948 movie, Portrait of Jennie, the climactic storm and tidal wave scene was filmed at Graves Light. As far as I can tell, no movies were ever filmed at any of the other lighthouses I have discussed in this post.