Around the Hood: The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Ever wonder what the backstory is behind our lovely neighborhood lighthouse?

“In 2010 The Edgewater Community Council (ECC) chose to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary with a ‘Lighting the Way’ Lighthouse Crawl.  Businesses were asked to sponsor over 20 wooden lighthouses built by  the Volini brothers Mike and Dave.  The theme was symbolic of ECC’s lakefront location, warmth of home, safe harbor and its commitment to serve the people of Edgewater.

This  fundraiser would help continue this mission while drawing attention to the many art and community activities in Edgewater. Because Darryl and I love this community we decided to sponsor a lighthouse and were 1 of two private homes that did so.  Each sponsor was to decorate the lighthouse in a unique manner consistent with the mission and theme of ECC. 

We immediately collaborated with Jeanne and John Riley, our resident Hood artists who designed, painted and developed the stained glass waves.  The many colored glass pieces directly under the solar light represent the diversity in the community, the orange slivers the rising sun, the small glass pieces the night stars and the many hues of blue the lake front waters.  At the bottom there are still some remnants of sand from the beach but most has washed away over the years. 

Once all the lighthouses were complete there was a grand parade and viewing of them at Gethsemane.  They also had sponsored 2 10 foot houses which lasted for about 2 years.  Subsequently each business located their lighthouse outside of their business and a map was provided by ECC so folks could walk around and view them at their leisure.  Because of the harsh winter we are beginning to see a decline in the wooden base and do not expect our dear lighthouse to last another.  Jeanne and I are currently  trying to think of a way to save the top portion and continue displaying our beloved lighthouse.”

– Patricia (Hood Avenue Neighbor)

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