Yesterday, August 27th, two boats each carrying 30 guests, left front Brandt’s Landing on Orcas Island heading to Patos Island for our 124th Birthday Party. Imagine our little lighthouse with 70+ visitors inside (some guests were already visiting Patos) and you can imagine it was quite a crowd!
Speeches were made, memories were shared and our own Patos Bill LaVergne (who was stationed on the island in the early 1950s) made a plea for the funds necessary to replace the flag and pole on Patos Island. We were even led in a lovely lighthouse song by two of our guests, everyone harmonizing along…what next, the Patos Island Lighthouse Choir?
Next we all went outside to share cakes and lemonade (thanks Denise and Dawn!) and to pose for a group “photo” set up by aerial photographer, Chris Teren….but this year our photo was taken by a drone!!! What would residents of 100 years ago made of that!?!
Now everyone had time to explore the new displays in the lighthouse. A LOT of hard work has gone into producing the displays and it sure shows. They are absolutely gorgeous! The team that put this together consisted of KOPL members, Board members, our fearless leader Victoria, historian, Edrie, and designer, Jill. The results are out of this world.
All wonderful things must come to an end as as all the guests said goodbye to the lighthouse and walked down the trail back to the boats, we all agreed that this had been the best birthday celebration ever….but who knows what next year…the 125th….will bring????
Patos Bill does a little flag waving…
Patos Lighthouse will be opened by docents:
Come by for a visit!
On Sunday, August 27th, the Birthday Boat will depart from Orcas Island to Patos at 7:45 AM! We will celebrate the 124th Lighthouse Birthday Party, this time in the AM…returning to Orcas by noon. Cost will be $50 per person for the boat.
Send us an email at: email@example.com to reserve a space!!!!
Thanks to all our wonderful, hard working volunteers, the boats going out are full for the rest of the season!
Our intrepid docents have found backup rides out to Patos Island since State Park boats will not be able to take them out due to a potential state government shutdown.
Our docents will open the Lighthouse from Sunday July 2nd to the afternoon of July 4th
Thanks KOPL Lighthouse docents!!!!!!
Gov. Jay Inslee asked state parks to remain open Friday, as legislators have told the governor they will deliver a budget for him to sign that night.
State lawmakers and the governor are confident they will get a budget deal passed by the Friday night deadline in time to avoid a partial state government shutdown Saturday morning.
If legislators do not deliver a budget, state agencies will need to initiate a partial government shutdown. In that case, state parks will begin closing Saturday.
About 32,000 state employees would be laid off, effective Saturday morning, if the deal is not signed into law by midnight Friday.
Mike Sternback, assistant director of Washington State Parks, said closing the parks at 12:01 Saturday morning is not feasible.
All of the agency’s 850 employees would be laid off if the shutdown happens.
He said arriving campers would need to be turned away Friday and those already in the park would likely be told to leave Friday afternoon.
© 2017 KING-TV
We won’t know until Friday June 30th whether State Parks will be closing down due to lack of a budget decision in Olympia. We depend completely on State parks and employees to take our docent volunteers out to docent at the Patos Lighthouse. So no State Parks, no open lighthouse. How far the ripple effect of decisions or non-decisions of govt officials go.
Patos Island Lighthouse will be open for visitors this weekend…June 23/24/25! Drop in say “Hi” to our volunteer docents, hear the stories and climb the tower!
Docents will not be on duty this weekend, June 17th and 18th. ……..Sorry for the inconvenience!
There are still a couple spaces on the State Parks boat going out to Patos Island early on June 22nd. To sign up and/or if you have questions, please contact Sandy Evans, Work Party leader, at: firstname.lastname@example.org