A fun-filled afternoon is planned for November 18, 2017 as California State Parks and Coastside State Parks Association celebrate the 145th anniversary of the first lighting of the Fresnel lens.


Author JoAnn Semones

Guided history walks, live music, a native plant sale and children's activities will be hosted by the Pigeon Point docents. Music will play through the afternoon and Sam's Chowder Food Truck will offer food for purchase.

Throughout the day, local author JoAnn Semones will be onsite to discuss her books and personalize a message inside any copy that is purchased. "Whalers, Wharves and Warfare"  is JoAnn's second volume of stories about the people and events that shaped Pigeon Point, while "Shipwrecks, Scalawags & Scavengers", her original book on Pigeon Point, tells the history of the Lighthouse and the shipwrecks along the coast in her easy to read essay style. Her later books "Hard Luck Coast", "Sea of Troubles" and "Pirates, Pinnacles and Petticoats" explore the stories for other lighthouses along the coast in the same manner.   All five of JoAnn's books will be available.

Then, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Fog Signal Building remained open to show off the magnificent First Order Fresnel lens.  Be sure to bring a flashlight if you plan on remaining at the park until dark.

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying this annual celebration.

History Tour of Grounds (Photo: CA State Parks)
The iconic First Order Fresnel Lens on display in the Fog Signal Building
Native Plant Sales (Photo: CA State Parks)