Day started early with baking. Practise makes master, our cinnamon buns were succesful and almost everything got eaten at the party. But before anniversary guests we had interesting action as well because group of men from Ålands Vidkraft Andelslag came with Tuomas, Ari and Petri to build up windpower tower for electricity. They worked hard to execute the dream of getting wind power in the island. Unfortunately though lady fortuna was not on our side today and the dream did not come true yet. What a shame, but the work will go on this autumn.
Wind power nearly came true today, but finally the lifting was stopped because of too small lifting power. The work goes on.
The press has been and actually is still well represented, we had during the day a radio reporter from Radio Åland, one reporter and a photographer from newspaper Nya Åland as well as from Helsingin Sanomat.
One special group arrived as a surprise during the day. Divers from Finland took a stop here at Märket after diving in swedish waters looking for several shipwrecks. They were surprised about all the people here but also delighted of the idea of 125th anniversary.
Finnish divers of the boat "Eva" from Kaarina visited Märket today. Minna guided.
Party guests arrived in the afternoon with the Finnish Coast Guard vessel Tursas. A smaller patrol boat took then few trips to bring everybody on the island near north harbour. Among visitors there were a lot of Märket's supporters and co-operative partners with Lighthouse Society. Party started with speaches from our chairman Pekka Väisänen and vice chairman Gun-Mari Lindholm from Lagtinget Åland.
Guests for the 125th anniversary party of Märket came by patrol boat from the big ship Tursas.
The Holmberg family gave a big lantern as a gift to Märket on its birthday. Mother Tiina with Tia and Tim handed the gift to chairman Pekka.
The guests on the lighthouse yard seconds before the revealing of the memory plaque on the ground wall.
Then the top secret project was revieled. It is a beautiful plaque of Märket's history and a map of the unusual bordeline. Coffee and buns were welcomed in a sunny but quite windy day. Other servings for making people warm were also presented, a cognac (a greeting from our new supporter Pernod Richard) is always nice bonus as in this anniversary party as well.
Vice chairman Gun-Mari Lindholm and commander Henrik Wärnhjelm revealed the memory plaque on the wall.
Old lighthouse keeper Karl-Erik Eriksson told stories how thigs were in his time and guests took a look around lighthouse and interiors which are now in quite good shape. Some of the guests remembered that this situation has not been for long period of time, Lighthouse Society has done remarkable job. Anniversary atmosphere was perfect with accordian music and enthusiastic spirit along the guests and the crew.
So happy and tired! Good party, everybody enjoyed themselves and now back to business. Tonight is free and we will relax, enjoy the company and start a new day tomorrow!
Outi, Minna, Päivi with Pekka, Tuomas, Ari, Petri, Katja, Teija, Jon and Ragnar