Calendar and Events


July 2016

July 19 - 21                Summer Adventure Program - Week 3
                                      Point Allerton Station, Hull

July 26 - 28                Summer Adventure Program - Week 4
                                      Point Allerton Station, Hull
July 30                       Harbor Illumination Festival & Boat Parade
                                      Hull Bay, Hull

August 2016

August 2 - 4               Summer Adventure Program - Week 5
                                      Point Allerton Station, Hull

August 9 - 11             Summer Adventure Program - Week 6
                                      Point Allerton Station, Hull
August 13                  Farm to Table Dinner
                                      Point Allerton Station, Hull

August 16                  Nantasket Beach Lecture Series: Bill Bradford
                                      Hull Yacht Club, Hull

September 2016
September 8              Nantasket Beach Lecture Series: TBA
                                      Nantasket Beach Resort, Hull
September 14             Blue Grass Concert
                                      Point Allerton Station, Hull

October 2016

October 15                Boston Light History Symposium
                                      Nantasket Resort Hotel, Hull
October 29                Head of the Weir River Race
                                      Hull DPW Garage to Windmill Point Boathouse, Hull

November 2016
November 19              The Icebreaker: Northeast Regional Youth Open Water
                                   Rowing Championships
                                      Boston Rowing Center, Boston

December 2016

December                   A Visit from Flying Santa
Point Allerton Station, Hull

January 2017

January                      Lecture: TBA
Nantasket Resort Hotel, Hull

February 2017

February 4                  Boston Indoor Rowing Challenge
Everybody Fights, South Boston, Hull


Special Events



Harbor Illumination Festival

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 3pm - 10pm

Remembering, Honoring, Celebrating

Photo: Brian Tague    

    Be a part of this spectacular Hull tradition of collective celebration and personal remembrance. This annual event begins at 2:00 pm with a memorial service at Hull Cemetery commemorating the heroism of MA Humane Society volunteers, U.S. Lifesaving Servicemen, and the Coast Guard. The tempo picks up at 3:00 pm with the Illumination Festival offering live music, kids activities, food and craft vendors at L-Street Field. At dusk we gather at the shoreline of Hull Bay for a colorful Parade of Boats followed by the awe-inspiring Illumination of 1,000 flares.

Harbor Illumination Festival

Live Music On the Stage at L Street Field

Bring along your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes and enjoy the toe-tapping tunes of these five fabulous bands: Pemberton All Stars, 53 South, Ramshackle, Fred Meltzer & the Free Range BandBack in Session.
Illumination Music Festival Lineup
Presented by Mustard Seed Music & Sports Promotion.

Fun & Games for Children of All Ages
Pirates and Mermaids alike will enjoy crafts, games, face painting, dress-up/imagination station photo-ops (don't forget those cameras), bubbles, and surprises too! Join us at L Street Field from 3-8 pm.

Food !

Make dinner plans with this appetizing array of food vendors in mind:
Chris G's Gourmet Mac & Cheese, Daddy's Dogs, Del's Lemonade , Fresh Mex, Frostbite Ice Cream, Great Cape Baking, L Street Pizza, Old Harbor Catering, Simpson Springs Water, and Smackadoodles.


A dozen fine artisans will participate in this year’s Festival: Amy's Creations, BoHo Soy Candles, DEE and LA Designs Beaded Earrings, Pat Zupkofska Jewelry Design, Peggoty Prints, Seacoast Chic, South Shore Sea Glass,Sportobin ,Staci's Stitches, Susan Fellows, The Rugged Sailor , Wicked Cool Guy Tee Shirts.


Songwriting Contest

Open to aspiring and professional songwriters who are interested in writing a song dedicated to "Boston Light". The winner will perform their song live at the Festival. The song (original music and lyrics) must include the word "Illumination" and make mention of "Boston Light" now celebrating its 300th anniversary. There is no entry fee. Song entries (via CD or MP3) must be received by the Museum no later than July 20, 2016.   ENTRY DETAILS

Harbor Illumination T-Shirts

This award winning t-shirt designed by Hull High School freshman, Erica Thornton, celebrates this year's Harbor Illumination. Available at the museum or ONLINE. In sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL, at $20.00. Get yours today.


Lighted Boat Parade

Processing from A Street Pier to Spinnaker Island spit on Hull Bay. Entries will decorate and illuminate their power or sail vessels (boat must be a minimum of 24 feet or a maximum of 60 feet) for a chance to win the title of "Best Illuminated Vessel".

Harpoon Pub Tent

Join us in celebrating this year's Illumination at the Pub Tent on the L Street tennis courts with a bit of refreshment sponsored by Harpoon Brewery. Wine and beer will be served from 7:00 - 10:00 pm.

Illumination of the Harbor

At sunset, flares are lit along the lovely crescent of Hull Bay from A Street Pier to James Landing as a bagpiper plays from a boat rowed alongshore. The flares are lit in remembrance, celebration, or honor. Some flares hone a beloved family member, others a place of great meaning, and some just to say thanks for life itself.


Sponsor a Flare

Remember a loved one or special moment in your life by sponsoring a flare to be lit along Hull Bay at twilight at this summer's Harbor Illumination. SPONSOR A FLARE


Remember your loved one with a "Forever Flare"

Remember your loved one with a "Forever Flare" to be lit this year and every year in their memory.  SPONSOR A "FOREVER FLARE"

View the Harbor Illumination On Board
Schooner "America"

Enjoy this year's Boat Parade and Harbor Illumination on board the Schooner "America". and help raise funds for the Hull Lifesaving Museum and Sail Nantasket. Learn more.



3:00 - 7:00 pm    
Kids Activities
4:00 - 10:00 pm   Music Festival with Food Stalls and Artisans
7:00 - 10:00 pm   Harpoon Pub Tent Open
8:00 -   8:30 pm   Boat Parade of Lights
8:30 PM               ILLUMINATION!

Shuttle Bus Service/Parking

Ride the free shuttle bus from the DCR lot, corner of George Washington Boulevard and Rockland House Circle to the Music Festival at L Street Field.

Volunteer Opportunities

Every year more than 150 volunteers help set-up, light flares, clean-up, greet visitors, pass out programs, booth sit for weary artisans, staff booths, and more. The Festival is a great way to get together with friends, be part of a treasured community event and make new friends. For more information contact us at .









Presented in Partnership With


Sumptuous Summer

Farm to Table Dinner Celebrating the Bounty of the Season

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:00 pm

e a part of this spectacular Hull tradition of collective celebration and personal remembrance.



Past Events:

USCG Cutter James Commissioning this August in Boston

Excitement is certainly growing for the upcoming commissioning of the USCGC JAMES in August. We are delighted to report that the impressive new National Security Cutter has successfully passed sea trials and been accepted by the United States Coast Guard. Captain Andrew Tiongson and the cutter's new crew will spend much of the next two months training and becoming acquainted with their new ship.

The JAMES, is named for Hull's own legendary lifesaver Joshua James. James is credited with saving more than 540 lives from shipwrecks during his 60 year career as both a Massachusetts Humane Society volunteer lifesaver and the first Keeper of the historic Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station, now the Hull Lifesaving Museum.

This impressive new cutter, the fifth of eight Legend Class National Security Cutters is the most technologically advanced cutters in the Coast Guard fleet. They are designed to perform a variety of missions and operations at sea including: national defense, port security, alien migrant interdiction, maritime law enforcement, environmental defense, search and rescue, and drug interdiction.

Rear Admiral John Korn, Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions said of USCGC James, "It seems only fitting for a cutter that will protect the lives of millions of Americans to bear the name James." The USCGC James was christened on August 16, 2014 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi and will commissioned August 8 in Boston.

~"Christening of the James", August 16, 2014, by LTJG William Pie, Assistant Engineer Officer, USCG James (WHSL 754)
~National Security Cutter Fact Sheet
~Learn more about the USCGC James and the new Legend Class National Security Cutters

In the News:

February 2015: Interview with Executive Director, Peter Wild, NewTV, Newton Media
March 2011: Snow Row 2011 Photos

May 30, 2012: HLM gets young people rowing, Patriot Ledger

August 25, 2012: Fresh air, fabulous view, and great company, Boston Globe


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