STRATFORD — All of those gaily painted lighthouses that you’ve seen up and down Main Street will be auctioned off Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at a charity event to benefit the Stratford Arts Commission.

The “Light the Way” event will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Vazzano’s Four Seasons restaurant, 337 Kenyon St.

“We seem to have a lot of people from all over interested in getting a lighthouse,” said Richard Fredette, commission chairman.

Artists had to submit their designs, and a jury of their peers selected which artists would get a lighthouse to paint. About 80 artists in all put forth ideas.

The auction event is being organized by Michelle Genuario and Aubrey Booska, who co-chair the Stratford Street Sculpture Committee, a subgroup of the commission.

Two years ago, the sculpture group staged "Share a Chair" in which 20 benches were fancifully painted by local artists and auctioned off. This raised more than $10,000 that funded scholarships for graduating seniors at Stratford and Bunnell high schools and teacher mini-grants.

The 20 fiberglass resin lighthouses are fashioned to look like the Stratford Point Lighthouse, on the eastern tip of Lordship. It was built in 1899 and it's one of many "sparkplug" lighthouses that were constructed in that era and it's one of the earliest prefabricated cylindrical cast-iron lighthouses in the nation.

Fredette said that those who are interested in bidding on a lighthouse should show up at Vazzano’s. Admission is $25 per person.

jburgeson@ctpost.com