We like the lighthouses.
From the looks of it, a lot of other people did too. You couldn't head into Washington Park on a nice day and not see someone with a camera and a map, photographing the individually-themed and decorated miniature lighthouses displayed throughout town.
Of the 28 lighthouses that decorated Sandusky and its waterfront during the summer, 17 will be auctioned off today. Ten others have been purchased outright by their sponsors and one will be raffled off. The money raised will benefit the American Red Cross, the United Way of Erie County and the Merry-Go-Round Museum -- a worthy end to a summer exhibit that added a little color and variety to downtown.
Individually painted by 28 artists from across northern Ohio, the lighthouses celebrated everything from Sandusky's waterfront heritage to one -- painted with miniature painters and plasters "finishing" the the lighthouses -- celebrating the role of the worker and the labor union.
Online bids started at $500 and a couple lighthouses had attracted bids of $1,500 before online bidding ended.
Many of these lighthouses will decorate private property, and we're sure they'll bring much enjoyment, just as they did while on public display.
In fact, the organizers of the display and the auction hope -- hint hint -- some of the purchasers might donate their lighthouses back to the city or consent to putting them on public display, offering as an example the patriotic-themed lighthouse that was on display in Veterans Memorial Park.
We wouldn't begrudge someone wanting to keep the lighthouse they bought. But if someone wanted to share their new purchase and keep it where people could see it, well, that would be a nice gesture, too.