Nightfall at Point Wilson is usually a quiet affair. Visitors disappear from the path to the lighthouse. The breeze and the surf blur the day's footprints. The sky behind the lighthouse shifts to a deeper blue, increasing the contrast with the setting sun on the tower.
Not so on a recent Friday evening. August 11 was the first annual Night for the Light — an open house at the lighthouse and a free concert on the grounds of the lightstation.
Docents and concert volunteers arrived at 4:30 to help set up and to ready the lighthouse to open for tours. Doors opened for lighthouse tours at 5:30 and the concert featuring Sweet Mary Farr and Kevin from the Easport Oyster Boys began at 6:30.
We had no idea what to expect in terms of attendance, but as Kevin, echoing Laozi, reminded the crowd, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." And we certainly took more than a single step that evening. We're looking forward to many more steps in the years to come.