An event is scheduled for the 140th anniversary for the lighthouse's first lighting which will be held on November 17th, 2012. The free even will include tours, information booths, local authors, life music and refreshments. They will be showing a video of the restoration project.
Unfortunately since the main Fresnel lens was removed last year this years event will not feature it's usual photogenic lighting event. The Fresnel lens is currently housed and on display in the Fog Signal Building next to the lighthouse.
This is an image from the event held two years ago and the original post (below) regarding the event.
As always the lighting of Pigeon Point Lighthouse was a stellar event. The evening was warm and clear with just enough ocean mist to get the brilliant beams of the lighthouse to absolutely glow. Unlike my previous visits to the annual lighting this year we were treated to a mostly clear sky with a half moon which as you can see in this image lit the sea foam below. A few high clouds lit the sky but still allowed you to clearly view the stars above. The waves sparkled in the moonlight as they crashed upon the rocks below my vantage point.
It wasn't looking like I'd make it down to the party this year to see the 138th lighting of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse and though I got a very late start, and had to make a mad dash down the coast, I made it just in time to see the last hour of the celebration. I had expected the place to be packed especially since last year's celebration had been canceled but upon arriving found the grounds had really cleared out. I had no problems finding a good position from which to shoot. I was supposed to hook up with some fellow Flickr pals but upon arriving found out I didn't have cell service.
This was the last shot I took just prior to the main light from the Fresnel lens being doused for another year or perhaps longer. Rumor on the grounds was that the reconstruction on the lighthouse would begin next year and might mean the next celebration could be canceled for the next several years. I do want to see Pigeon Point Lighthouse restored to her original glory but hope they can also find a way to hold this annual event.
© Darvin Atkeson