Celebrate Connecticut’s Maritime History Lightkeeper’s Gala in Norwalk

The Norwalk Seaport Association is celebrating a very important milestone, the 150th anniversary of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse.  The public is invited to join in the celebration at this year’s annual Lightkeeper’s Gala on April 28, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the elegant Norwalk Inn & Conference Center. Proceeds from the Gala event will be used to continue to educate and preserve Sheffield Island, Sheffield Island.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse, “The Gateway to Your Harbor” stands proud as members of the Association celebrate its 150 Anniversary in 2018. The Lighthouse is a tribute from those who built this magnificent structure to those that served as guardians and keepers. This Gala event also honors the volunteers, trustees, and the incredible support from the community that gave us the Lighthouse and those that helped to restore it to its pristine condition.  

This year, the Gala’s theme is “Gateway to your Harbor” and attendees can expect a treasure trove of fun while celebrating Sheffield Island Lighthouse, the jewel of the Connecticut coastline.  There will be cocktails, a sumptuous dinner, and dancing.

A highlight of the evening will be both a silent and live auction with more than 100 items that are sure to delight especially when it is to support our Maritime Heritage.  The Grand Auction is live… so get ready to have some “sound” fun!  The prize is a four-day, three-night vacation package for two lucky winners to another island… Barbados!  Winners will be pampered at the luxurious, adult only Treasure Beach, one of the newest properties on Barbados with an award-winning restaurant.

The Lightkeeper’s Gala event celebrates the achievements of the Norwalk Seaport Association and, the generous contributions made by all the philanthropists, businesses, elected officials, supporters and members of the Norwalk Seaport Association. The Gala also provides a time to toast the evening’s honorees, King Industries and The King Family, Carol F. Pote, G & C Marine Services and Gary Wetmore who will be recognized for their longstanding commitment, leadership, and generosity to the Norwalk Seaport Association.

The Sheffield Island Lighthouse belongs to everyone who has touched it in the past and to those that will keep it as it is for the next 150 years.  

The Lightkeeper’s Gala is open to the public, but reservations are required. To purchase tickets online or call (203) 838 – 9444.

About The Norwalk Seaport Association

Formally incorporated in July 1978 the Norwalk Seaport Association works to foster public awareness of Norwalk and Long Island Sound’s maritime resources, environment and heritage through research, education, and preservation. The most important mission of the Association is to foster the preservation and rehabilitation of the historic areas of Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound.

Norwalk Seaport Association Cruises

The Norwalk Seaport Association offers three-hour boat cruises to Sheffield Island from May – September where visitors can enjoy walks on the beach, a stroll along a nature trail at the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge and views of Long Island Sound and NYC on a clear day. 

Norwalk Seaport Association – Events

The Norwalk Seaport Association also hosts a series of themed boat cruises and events including the award-winning Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival, September 7-9, 2018.

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