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Press Release: International Lighthouse Weekend 2015

Issued: 3 August 2015

FAMILIES and foodies will be catered for in heritage style at Cape Otway Lightstation’s International Lighthouse weekend on August 15 and 16.

Lightstation manager Trish Goodlet said the daytime programme on the Saturday and Sunday was a perfect way for families to enjoy a fun day out with pony rides, kids’ art activities, Koori culture workshops, and old fashioned games of tug-o-war, sack races, marbles, plus egg and spoon races.

“These activities are being offered on top of our every-day attractions – the chance to climb the 1848 lighthouse, watch for whales from the lighthouse balcony 90 metres above the Southern Ocean, and watching Characters of the Cape – our resident troupe of performers who bring history alive,” Mrs Goodlet said.

“We’re gearing up for an exciting weekend – we’ve got spinners coming out from Apollo Bay between 11am and 2pm both days to demonstrate how they transform wool.

“Kids will also love to hear radio operators making contact with lighthouse keepers around the world as we join in this worldwide day of celebrating the important lifesaving job of lighthouses and the amazing people who have manned them.”

And for those who love their food there’s a tantalising menu of treats.

Character of the Cape Mary Ann Ford, who was a Lightkeeper’s wife for 30 years, will serve a high tea in the Lightkeeper’s Cottage, on Saturday.

“This will be a real treat, our chef Sue Ladewig and her team will create an amazing array of goodies which will be served in the Lightkeeper’s residence which isn’t usually open to the public,” Mrs Goodlet said.

On Saturday at 2pm families will have the chance to watch cultural guide Brad West create Koori bush tucker which will be cooked in woven baskets.

Irish musicians will play acoustic music to entertain diners at the shipwreck themed dinner on Saturday night which will be include a ghost tour.

“Bookings are required for the three-course country style harvest feast,” Mrs Goodlet said.

Throughout the weekend there will also be free tastings of preserves and jams prepared in the Lightkeeper’s Kitchen.

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