Good afternoon! I hope you’re having a great day!
We’re in full on festival mode here at WNZR, so today on the show, I talked about the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, which is right around the corner, and also, lighthouses, because today is lighthouse day!
Here we go!
Lighthouse fun facts….
- A lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses, and to serve as a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.
- Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, and safe entries to harbors, and can assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and use of electronic navigational systems.
- The modern era of lighthouses began at the turn of the 18th century, as lighthouse construction boomed in lockstep with levels of transatlantic commerce.
- Winstanley’s lighthouse at the Eddystone Rocks marked the beginning in a new phase of lighthouse development.
- The Eddystone Rocks were a major shipwreck hazard for mariners sailing through the English Channel. The first lighthouse built there was an octagonal wooden structure, anchored by 12 iron stanchions secured in the rock, and was built by Henry Winstanley from 1696 to 1698. His lighthouse was the first tower in the world to have been fully exposed to the open sea.
- THE OLDEST EXISTING LIGHTHOUSE IN THE WORLD is considered to be La Coruna in Spain that dates from ca. 20 B.C. A Roman lighthouse is located on the Cliffs of Dover in the UK that was constructed in 40 A.D.
- THE ONLY TRIANGULAR-SHAPED LIGHTHOUSE TOWER and THE ONLY LIGHTHOUSE EQUIPPED WITH AN ELEVATOR is Sullivan’s Island in Charleston, SC.
- Lighthouse Keepers did not have uniforms introduced into the service until 1884.
Dan Emmett Facts…
- Of Irish ancestry, Dan Emmett was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, then a frontier region. Growing up with little formal education, he learned popular tunes from his musical mother, and taught himself to play the fiddle.
- At age 13, he became an apprentice printer and enlisted in the United States Army. He became an expert fifer and drummer at Newport Barracks, Newport, Kentucky, and published his own Fifer’s and Drummer’s Guide in 1862 in cooperation with George G. Bruce.
- This year marks the 30th Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival
Our Mystery Monday Question today was Dan Emmett related!
In the 1850’s, Dan Emmett wrote one of the most distinctively American musical products of the 19th century, and it’s this song that he’s still known for.
What is the name of the song?
The answer is ‘Dixie’!
Congratulations to Sandi of Mt. Vernon!
You can find more information and the complete Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival schedule at their website, here!
Thanks for listening!