Pen Shores launches Enrichment Series

May 09, 2017

Belfast — Dream became reality when Tom and Lee Ann Szelog settled into the keeper’s quarters at the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde in 1989. The public, age 50-plus, is invited to join the Szelogs in the inaugural program of Penobscot Shores Retirement Community’s new monthly Enrichment Series and experience what it’s like to live in an authentic and operating lighthouse on the Maine coast.

The event takes place Thursday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Penobscot Shores Ocean House, 10 Shoreland Drive. The program is free and open to adults 50 and older, with advance registration required at 338-2332.

In a narrated photography presentation based on the Szelogs’ book, "Our Point of View – Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse," the speakers present an ever-changing tide of emotion and drama through stories and extraordinary photographs.

May marks the book’s 10th anniversary of publication by Down East Books. The book has been honored as one of the Best Photo Books by Shutterbug magazine and was the winner of Best Maine-Themed Book in the Maine Literary Awards from the Maine Writers and Publishers Association. The book also is a Gold Medal winner from the Independent Publishers Association.

Thomas Mark Szelog has spent his entire life observing, writing and/or photographing wildlife. He has been a full-time professional photographer for 35 years, specializing in photographing wildlife, nature, and landscapes. He has earned the reputation and is often described as “one of Maine’s most renowned wildlife photographers,” and is a recipient of the Philip Hyde Award, presented annually to a photographer who is working to preserve the condition of the natural environment through the art of photography.

Lee Ann Szelog is president of Simply Put, LLC, specializing in presentations on communication, attitude, and human relations. As passionate wildlife advocates, they also work collaboratively, sharing their words and photographs in narrated photography presentations and books to educate and inspire people about the important role our natural world plays in our lives.

Penobscot Shores

Penobscot Shores is an independent living oceanfront retirement community with cottages and apartments for sale and rent. Residents enjoy maintenance free living, fine dining, transportation, and activities. Penobscot Shores is affiliated with Waldo County General Hospital and a member of the MaineHealth family. To learn more about Penobscot Shores, please call 338-2332, or visit


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