BARRINGTON - The Seal Island Light Museum in Barrington will be shining purple this week as part of the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign and in honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women and Girls.
The initiative is a joint effort between the Municipality of Barrington and the Cape Sable Historical Society, co-owners and keepers of the Seal Island Light Museum. The Municipality owns the historic lens that tops the museum, while the society owns the lighthouse structure that houses it.
“It is a great honor for the Cape Sable Historical Society to be asked to partner with the Municipality of Barrington in lighting the Seal Island lighthouse to bring awareness to the issue of violence against women,” said society president Stephanie Ilse. “We would love to invite the public to come to the lighthouse grounds as we light up the lighthouse in purple for the Purple Ribbon Campaign.”
The museum light will be lit with a purple glow at dusk on Tuesday, Dec. 5 and will continue to shine purple each evening through to and including Friday Dec. 8.
The Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign was initiated seven years ago by the London (Ont.) Abused Women’s Shelter by encouraging local residents and business owners to decorate with or display the colour purple through the month of November. The campaign, which led into Juniper House’s Purple Ribbon Campaign (Nov. 25 to Dec. 10), has been initiated in the tri-counties for the first time this year by the Tri-Counties Women’s Center, SHYFT Youth Services and Juniper House.
The museum light will be lit again on Saturday, Dec. 9, this time with its regular white light, as the Cape Sable Historical Society celebrates its annual Lighting of the Seal Island Lens and Old Fashioned Christmas Concert at the Old Meeting House Museum. The festivities get underway at 6:45 p.m. Participants are advised to dress warmly. Christmas cheer will be served following the concert at the historic Old Court House. All are welcome to attend.