Lighthouse Festival a Success Thanks to Volunteers

Posted on October 22, 2014

The 19th Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival welcomed more than 5,000 guests to the Marblehead Peninsula and Lakeside Chautauqua on October 11.

Although several guests were long-time Lakeside families and patrons to the Marblehead Lighthouse, a majority were first-time guests to the area.

Sue McLaughlin, a long-time Lakesider, attended the festival for the first time this year. She shared, “It’s impressive to see all the fun things to do on a fall afternoon.”

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival’s events included a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy.

The festival offered tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse, live entertainment on the steps of Hoover Auditorium, children's crafts, a Pumpkin-Decorating Contest, plein air artists, more than 100 arts & crafts vendors, a farmers' market, hayrides and much more.

Bill and Judy Thompson, attendees of the Lighthouse Festival, commented that “The historic walking tour was interesting, and we had pie for lunch. We also purchased dumplings and baby quilts.”

More than 40 individuals entered the 3rd Annual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest in Lakeside, a record number of entrants. Congratulations to the following winners:

Most Creative Design Overall: Robert Stando, “Night Flight”

Adult Categories:

  • Best Use of Props: Cathy Doughty, “Haunted Cottage Rental”
  • Best Painted Design Adult: Jen Eberly, “Olaf-Warm Hugs”
  • Scariest Design: Becky Jayne, “Freaky Frankenstein”

Teen Category:

Best Teen Design: Jazmyne Sharp, “Punk-in”

Children Categories:

  • Best Use of Props: Blayne Morrow, “Cookie Moster”
  • Best Painted Design Child: Reilly Curtis, “My Dog Hoover”
  • Scariest Child Design: Carsen Pirro, “Hulk”
  • Most Clever Title: Allison Ludwig, “Sp-Eye-der”
  • Best Halloween Theme: Abigail Ludwig
  • Best in Age Group (ages 4 and under): Garrett Neura
  • Best in Age Group (ages 5-8): Mikaila Davala, “Camping at LKSD”
  • Best in Age Group (ages 9-11): Tristyn Morrow, “Black Cat”

Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the more than 25 volunteers that donated their time to help make this community-wide event a success.

“The comments from the guests and volunteers have been overwhelmingly positive,” said Shirley Stary, Lakeside Chautauqua vice president of Programming. “The weather was sunny, and there were lots of fun fall activities to enjoy – a perfect way for the community to experience Lakeside.”

These dedicated volunteers continue to make this annual festival possible each October.

 “I would like to thank all of the Lakeside and Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce volunteers, along with the Danbury High School students who helped us prepare for the festival,” shared Mary Ann Hirsh, Lakeside Chautauqua director of Guest Services. “Without the volunteers, we could not have such a successful event.”

Hirsh, who also serves on the board for the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, would like to thank “all of the guests that came to our peninsula on Saturday and got to experience what we get to enjoy year-round,”  on behalf of the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Lakeside Chautauqua.

It just gets bigger and better every year,” continued Hirsch. “This festival has become a place to gather and spend time with our friends and family before the winter sets in, and for many of us, this is the last time we see each other until spring.”

To view pictures and to share feedback about the festival, visit Lakeside Chautauqua’s Facebook page at