Shelton residents collaborate for annual Festival of Lighthouses contest

Charlie Kestler and Roy Glover are neighbors turned teammates.

Kestler and Glover teamed up to create a 5’ 7” tall model of the Peck’s Ledge lighthouse located in Norwalk for the 14th annual Festival of Lighthouses contest.

Rules are kept to a minimum to allow builders maximum creativity. Lighthouses must be three to six feet tall and have a working light, and may not include animal remains, such as shells or bones.

Glover is 94 years old but played an active role in the completion of the model lighthouse made out of sheet metal and plywood, according to Kessler.

“He has big shop that I usually use to build the lighthouses in; I’ve done this for the past few years,” said Kestler. “This year I told him I was entering the competition again, but this time around he asked if he could help. I told him it would be nice if he could help me and I went to his house the next day and he had all the circles cut out already.”

“It was a lot of fun,” said Glover. “Charlie always has some sort of project going on, so I was glad I got the chance to help him out with one.”

His age might lead one to believe otherwise, but Glover remains as active as possible. At age 90, he said, he climbed his roof to check for leaks.

The contest showcases 22 large model lighthouses, built by local artists, families, individuals, and students from around Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y., according to the aquarium’s website. The display of lighthouses may be seen from now until Jan. 18 at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.

The winners of the contest are decided by aquarium visitors who decide to vote. Viewing the display is free and the first-place prize is $1,500. There are also cash prizes for second through sixth places. The results of the competition will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the aquarium and then posted on its website,