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Spectral Keepers of the Lights

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse To Be Featured On Ghost Hunters

September 16th, 2008

Got A Ghost Story To Share?

Ghost Hunters will be shooting an episode at the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse ion October October 6 and 7, according to Jeremy D’Entremont, co-chairman of the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. The Sci-Fi channel television show airs weekly on Wednesdays.

A recent communication from Jeremy included the latest sighting of Joshua Card, the keeper alleged to haunt the lighthouse.

I met a woman who swears that, a couple of years ago, she saw the ghost of a lighthouse keeper on the walkway at Portsmouth Harbor Light. She says a friend also saw him (it). She says that later, when she first saw our photo of Keeper Joshua Card, she was sure it was the same man she saw that day.

Gossip Lady Visits Portsmouth Harbor

August 23rd, 2008

Hunting Ghosts With Jeremy D’Entremont

Seacoast Online’s columnist known as The Gossip Lady recently went ghost hunting with ALF historian Jeremy D’Entremont and New England Ghost Project’s Ron Kolek. Here’s the video of the visit.

 


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Penfield Reef Light Goes To Non-Profit Group

August 6th, 2008

City of Fairfield Loses Out

It looks like the GSA has decided to award the Penfield Reef Lighthouse to Beacon Preservation, Inc. of Ansonia. It was thought that Fairfield was a shoe-in for the awarding of the lighthouse, said to be haunted by someone referred to as Ernie, but the GSA decided that the non-profit group had a better plan for its restoration and use.

Ken Flatto, First Selectman, had repeatedly said that the lighthouse would be closed to the public due to liability reasons. Beacon Preservations is planning to use the lighthouse as a marine research center, and will look into opening the light for limited public use in the future.

Lighthouse Tour Inspires Musical

April 24th, 2008

From Playbill News comes a little story that caught my eye. It talks of a reading of a new haunted lighthouse musical, Whisper House, by librettist Kyle Jarrow and Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik. A workshop on it is scheduled in Manhattan, which will culminate in a private presentation in early May. The reason it caught my attention, is that the musical was inspired by Keith Powell — associate artistic director at Stamford Center for the Arts (SCA) and founder of Delaware’s Contemporary Stage Company, who is directing the project. He brought the idea of the show to Sheik. The musical was inspired by a day trip Powell took in Maine a few years ago, when he was acting in New England. He toured some local lighthouses and heard ghost stories about the dwellings.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Hmm, perhaps he visited Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, where I functioned as a docent for several years. If we were busy and people had to wait, I’d regale the visitors with tales of local lore about haunted lighthouses, including Pemaquid, Seguin Island, Owl’s Head, Boon Island and more. If he heard my tales, it certainly inspired what sounds like a promising stage show.

The show focuses on a boy who, after his father dies in World War II, lives with his aunt in a remote, haunted lighthouse in New England. The negative, darkly comic ghosts there tell him that the Japanese lighthouse keeper is an enemy spy.

Visually, “the entire production will be very Edward Gorey-esque. Stark and dark and bare,” Powell said, adding that the music serves the story in an unconventional way, “almost like a soundtrack.”

In spring 2007 Sheik described Whisper House this way: “Basically, it’s [about] a young boy [whose] father’s killed in World War II, and the mother kind of has gone crazy, so he’s sent to live with his aunt on the coast of Connecticut. She lives in a lighthouse. And the ghosts [are] the embodiments of all his fears but also all of his desires and his confused way of making his way in this world, having lost his parents and living in this remote place that feels very haunted. I would leave it to the audience as to whether the ghosts are real or a projection of his own making. There’s a little bit of ambiguity there.

The project is commissioned by the SCA in Stamford, CT, with an eye to a possible production next October. It would certainly be great if a ghost tale I told might have inspired a musical. No way to tell, though.

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