How do you go about moving a 400-ton lighthouse? Very slowly, according to Joe Jakubik of International Chimney Corporation, the company that hopes to relocate the Gay Head Light in Aquinnah next year.
Len Butler has mostly stayed out of politics during his 43 years as a Gay Header. But as Aquinnah convenes its annual town meeting tonight, he stands out as a quiet leader in the ongoing effort to move the Gay Head Light.
Tickets have gone on sale for a July concert featuring Rosanne Cash that will benefit the Gay Head Light relocation.
Ms. Cash, a Grammy award winning artist and the daughter of musician Johnny Cash, will appear in a July 1 concert at Flatbread Company, which donated the venue for the event, according to a press release sent this week. Actor and Vineyard resident Tony Shalhoub will auction off items throughout the evening.
A level-funded budget, a possible name change for State Road and a major spending request for the relocation of the Gay Head Light will come before Aquinnah voters at their annual town meeting Tuesday night.
It will mark the last annual town meeting on the Vineyard this year.
The Aquinnah selectmen voted to hire International Chimney to relocate the lighthouse. The Buffalo, N.Y., company was the sole bidder and is already known on the Island, where it moved the Schifter home on Chappaquiddick last summer
With erosion eating away at the Gay Head Cliffs, a historian for the National Park Service recognized the urgency in transferring ownership to the town. The lighthouse will be moved sometime in the next year.