Summer’s end

Photo by Ann Belcher Revitalize Dunkirk’s Bring Your Own Chair Sunset Watch was held at The Historic Dunkirk Lighthouse Sunday evening. Those in attendance chose to watch from the grounds, or took advantage of the discount tours, watched from atop the lighthouse and kayakers paddled across Lake Erie shoreline.

Friday marked the official last day of summer. It’s been a glorious end of the season.

From the Historical Dunkirk Lighthouse grounds, recorded on the National Historical Record as the site of the first shots fired of The War of 1812, volunteers and area residents Sunday enjoyed one of the most treasured, free gifts of the area — watching the sunset.

Revitalize Dunkirk’s final Bring Your Own Chair Sunset Watch was held on the sprawling grounds, where discounted tours were given, and an additional two hours were opened for guests. The event has been popular through the summer season, starting out at Point Gratiot Beach, then moving to Wright Park, Pangolin Park and finally the Lighthouse grounds.Jim Fisher, of Revitalize Dunkirk noted that much thought and discussion was put into finding locations for the sunset watches, and that the group is already discussing events for upcoming seasons. The volunteers haven’t ruled out a similar event for winter, according to Fisher, and more details of a winter event will be announced as it gets closer.

Dunkirk Lighthouse volunteers gave guided tours of the pristine lighthouse, which was completed in 1876 and houses historic period furnishings and details. Several of the guests Sunday evening made their way to the top of the lighthouse via its winding staircase and viewed the sunset below the Fresnel lamp, imported from France.

For more information about the lighthouse and the adjacent Veterans’ Park, visit or its Facebook page at Dunkirk Lighthouse.

For more information on the events sponsored by Revitalize Dunkirk, visit or via its official Facebook page Revitalize Dunkirk.