Four years after the almost tragic grass fire at Swallowtail.
April 1, 2007 fire as seen from my deck.
The April 1, 2007 grass fire at Swallowtail almost saw the buildings (light tower and keepers house) burned to the ground if it had not been for the fast action of the Grand Manan Volunteer Fire Department. Their hoses just reached the keepers house but to protect the lighthouse itself, they set back fires and used sheets of plywood to keep these fires from getting out of control. The creeping juniper burned very hotly and were just ashes afterwards. None of the tamarcks survived. Here is a link to some pictures taken that day that I found recently while looking for other information about Swallowtail: http://travel.webshots.com/album/558569230dFBKQw
April 20. Annual Fancy Hat Tea at Covert Hall in North Head, 2-4 pm. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Willa Cathers "O Pioneers". Willa was a regular summer resident of Grand Manan, having a cottage built in Whale Cove. She was a Pulitzer Prize winner.
April 20-21. Earth Day work weekend at Swallowtail. (Postponed until bridge repairs are completed)
July 6. Lobster roll dinner and music (Fund-raiser). Grand Manan Curling Club. 6-9 pm. Music by Before the Mast. Reservations recommended.
July 7. Flag raising at Swallowtail to commemorate the 153th Anniversary. 2 pm weather dependent.
August Musical - Fund-raiser - to be announced, Covert Hall.
August 16, 17, 18. International Lighthouse/Lightship weekend. Amateur radio operators set up at lighthouses and light ships around the world and attempt to communicate with each other via Ham Radio. Come join Sterling, Rick and Art at Swallowtail.