August 25, Thursday 4 pm - Admirals Cocktail Party
Invitation-only private event for Lifetime Members only. Consider a Lifetime membership. Click here for additional information.
August 18, Thursday 5 pm - Canalside Happy Hour at the Lightship Overfalls
Live entertainment by local musician Bob Crabb. Wine, beer and light snacks. Free and open to the public.
August 17, Wednesday 9:30 am - Overfalls Family Program at the Lightship Overfalls
Simple Machines with guest Suzanne Ketchum. No fee and reservations are not required.
August 9, Tuesday 5 pm - Overfalls Night at Lewes Historical Society
Overfalls Members are invited as guests to the LHS complex for an evening of tours and social interaction. Meet at the Rabbits Ferry House at the Lewes Historical Society Complex. The event is free but reservations are required as the number of tickets is limited.
July 20, 2022 - Secrets of the Big Dipper - 9:30AM at the Lightship Overfalls in Lewes Canalfront Park.
Learn the secrets of simple navigation by using the Big Dipper and the North Star. Children will find their directions, draw their own Big Dipper and discover how it moves in the sky, then make a Big Dipper clock to track its motion through the seasons. Children will take part in an activity to understand the special nature of the North Star and its importance to sailors and will make their own “constellation projectors” to enjoy the constellations at home.

Guest speaker Jim O’Leary will discuss the secrets of simple navigation by using the Big Dipper and the North Star. Children will find their directions, draw their own Big Dipper and discover how it moves in the sky, then make a Big Dipper clock to track its motion through the seasons. Children will take part in an activity to understand the special nature of the North Star and its importance to sailors; they will also make their own constellation projectors to explore with at home.

O’Leary served as chief astronomy specialist for the Maryland Science Center, producing programs for the Davis Planetarium and films for the IMAX 3D Theater, many of which played in theaters worldwide. He also oversaw renovation of the science center’s rooftop observatory and its 1927-era telescope. He has offered dozens of science workshops for educators across the mid-Atlantic region.

O’Leary hosted the radio program “Skywatch” on Baltimore’s NPR station for 12 years and currently produces “Skywatch at the Beach” for Radio Rehoboth.

He has received education grants from NASA, NSF, NOAA and Johns Hopkins University. As part of an NSF-funded program, he traveled to Chile to visit astronomical observatories, and meet with astronomers and educators. He is a recipient of the Excellence in Outreach Award from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

July 16, 2022 - Celebrate Lewes's Maritime Heritage
May 21, 2022 - Annual Maritime Day Celebration Returns Following Two Year Hiatus
Free Public Event to take place at the Lightship Overfalls on the Lewes Canal Waterfront LEWES, Del. – Experience and celebrate maritime history and its impact on the region at the annual Lewes Maritime Day celebration at the Lightship Overfalls and Canalfront Park on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lewes, known as the First Town in the First State, enjoys a heritage that is rich in both its maritime history and its current maritime interests. Co-organized by the Cape May – Lewes Ferry and the Overfalls Foundation and supported by the Zwaanendael Museum, Lewes Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lewes, this celebration – complete with events, displays, boat rides, vessel tours and activities – is free and the public is welcome. Click here for additional details.
April 25, 2022 - Lightship Overfalls 2022 Maritime Scholarships
The Overfalls Foundation offers up to two (2) $2500.00 scholarships to Cape Henlopen High School seniors who are pursing further education in the maritime field of study. Applications are currently being accepted and can be secured through the Foundation’s website or the school counselor’s office. Completed applications should be in the school counselor’s office by April 25, 2022.
April 9, 2022 - 2022 Annual Breakfast With The Mayor
Join the Overfalls Foundation on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:30am for our annual Overfalls Foundation Breakfast with the Mayor. We will hold the breakfast meeting at The Virden Center located at 1155 College Drive in Lewes, DE 19958.

Our honored guest, Mayor Ted Becker, will share his vision for Lewes along with updates on the various Committees he chairs. Mayor Becker has been a member of the City Council since May 2004. He was appointed Deputy Mayor & Treasurer in June 2011 and elected Mayor in May 2014. He is currently a managing partner of Stewart Becker Properties in Lewes. He has worked as a program manager for the US Division of Special Education; the U.S. Department of Education; and served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves from 1978-1996. Mr. Becker has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio State University in occupational therapy and attended George Washington University where he studied public administration.

The cost of the breakfast buffet is STILL $17 and includes gratuity (donations are always welcome). The breakfast buffet will include eggs, French toast, breakfast meat, coffee and tea.

March 28, 2022 - Overfalls Foundation 2022 Volunteer Season Kickoff Dinner
Monday, March 28, 2022 at 5:30 p.m
At the Virden Center
1155 College Drive, Lewes, DE 19958
The Overfalls Foundation is looking for energetic volunteers to help maintain the Lightship Overfalls, operate our museum and store and to cover our many operational needs. Volunteers get the opportunity to be part of an organization responsible for preserving a National Historic Landmark, to work with a great team, and to help tell the importance of lightships and the story of the American Lightship Sailor. Volunteers aged 16 to 100 are welcome to join us!!

Areas of assistance include our Dirty Hands Gang, Ship Tour Guides, Welcome Center and Ship’s Store, Communications and Outreach, Social Activities coordination, Website Design and Management, Educational and Developmental Activities, Museum Curator, Membership Management, Financial Management, Advertising and Grant Writing. We are actively recruiting for a Museum Curator.

Why not join us for dinner on Monday, March 28th at 5:30 p.m.? We’ll introduce you to the Overfalls Foundation, our facilities, and our volunteer opportunities. To sign up, please send an email to Mr. John Bolster at so we can be sure to have enough food.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to seeing you!

March 18, 2022 - Lightship Overfalls Hosting Art in Bloom Presentation
On Friday, March 18, 2022 the Lightship Overfalls Foundation will be hosting the Art in Bloom presentation ("Cape Spirit") presented by Ed Zygmonski, Sue Sandmeyer, and Tony Boyd Heron. This free and open to the public presentation will be held at the Lewes Public Library at 7:00 p.m.
  • Ed Zygmonski is a long-time resident of Lewes, a former member of the Lewes City Council, a current member of the Board of Lewes in Bloom (a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Greater Lewes Foundation), and current Co-Chair of the Art in Bloom Committee of Lewes in Bloom.
  • Sue Sandmeyer, the other Co-Chair of the Art in Bloom Committee, has been active in Lewes in Bloom for many years, playing an integral role in organizing the City of Lewes' entry into national America in Bloom competitions and the international Communities in Bloom competition, all of which resulted in first-place awards and recognition for the City of Lewes and for Lewes in Bloom.
  • Tony Boyd-Heron is also a member of the Art in Bloom Committee, as well as a standing member of the Lewes Public Art Committee, which was established more recently by the City to review and vet temporary art projects to be placed on City property. Tony, who with his wife, Carol, owns and operates the Peninsula Gallery on Savannah Road, brings a broad knowledge of art and local artists to Art in Bloom.
Together, Ed, Sue, and Tony have spearheaded efforts by Art in Bloom successfully to place several permanent art installations in the City of Lewes in the past few years. As will be seen, "Cape Spirit" is Art in Bloom's latest and most ambitious art project to date.
January 1, 2022 - Dropping the Anchor
Click here for the Cape Gazette event coverage.
Santa Visits Overfalls - December 4, 2021 Sussex County Beach Magazine interviews Overfalls Foundation President Mike Safina and discovers the Maritime History of Lewes at Lightship Overfalls!
2021 Overfalls Foundation Scholarship Awards 2021 Delaware Maritime Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony WRDE Soaring Over the Shore Weather Station, Webcam Unveiled at Lightship Overfalls
The Overfalls Foundation has awarded scholarships to Cape Henlopen High School graduates Angelica Kusen and Forest Dotterer. Details can be viewed by clicking here. Five people with strong ties to history and the sea were inducted into the Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame on May 21. Click here to read Cape Gazette coverage. During WRDE's February 25, 2021 evening broadcast Madeleine Overturf featured the Lightship. Click here to view. The Cape Gazette covers the August 26, 2021 Overfalls weather station ribbon cutting ceremony. Click here to read the Cape Gazette coverage.
LV118 Christening Cake - June 4, 2021
Learning Navigation

Volunteer Jim O’Leary leads a program on navigation during the Lightship Overfalls family fun day.
Live Video of Lewes Harbor