Once again, the holidays of hundreds of USCG personnel and their families were brightened by the arrival of Flying Santa at over 30 New England lighthouses and Coast Guard stations. Thanks to the assistance of numerous individuals we were able to overcome a number of obstacles to the 2001 flights. The increased flight restrictions, due to the events of September 11, had halted all helicopter traffic in the Boston area. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of Wiggins Airways and the Coast Guard, an exception was made to allow clearance for our lighthouse flights. We were also fortunate in the toy department to once again have the generous assistance of Deanna Blackburn of Applause, Inc. with her donation of plush animals and dolls, as well as Debra Dietrich of Arizona and her hand-sewn stockings and dolls. Another popular item was our 2001 Friends of Flying Santa teddy bear, with over two hundred distributed on our holiday rounds. As you may know, our fundraising efforts fell a bit short last year, but thanks to the generous support of our friends over the past few years, we had enough rainy day funds to cover our expenses. We would especially like to thank Bill Wincapaw of Florida, Capt. Wincapaw's grandson, for his annual donation of $500 to the program. Over 70 years later, the Wincapaw family still maintains a role in keeping the Flying Santa tradition in the air.
Flight 1 - 12/8/01 - Newburyport to Cape Cod Canal
On a bright and cold Saturday morning, our Flying Santa crew took to the air from Wiggins Airways in Norwood, MA. On board for the day's flight were our longtime Flying Santa pilot Dale Hardy, CWO Dave Waldrip, one of our Santa's since 1994, and photographer Brian Tague. Heading north to Newburyport, we enjoyed a scenic pass though the heart of downtown Boston. Traveling at an airspeed of 90 MPH, it was not long before we spotted our first stop of the day, the Newburyport Harbor (Plum Island) Light at the mouth of the Merrimac River. We were greeted by an enthusiastic, but chilled crowd as we stepped from the helicopter. On hand were the crewmembers and families of USCG Station Merrimac River as well as a few of Santa Dave's hometown friends.
Next stop was Annisquam Harbor Light, the home of CPO Rob Craighead and his family who have hosted the families of Station Gloucester during our visits the past three years. We would like to extend special thanks to their neighbor, Mrs. Smith, who has graciously allowed us to land on her lawn for all the visits we have made to Annisquam. After handing out our bounty of toys we continued on to Eastern Point for a quick visit with the two resident Coast Guard families before charting a course to Boston Light. We were greeted at Boston for the first time by a small group of children. The crew of the light had made special arrangements to ferry their kids out for Santa's visit. Boston, the last officially manned light station, is known as a "stag" light due to its remote location at the entrance to Boston Harbor and families can not be stationed here. Working in a rotation of two weeks on and one week off, the crews look forward to spending as much time with their families as possible. Also on hand to greet us were new Friends of Flying Santa board member Sally Snowman and her husband, Jay. Active in the Coast Guard auxiliary, they spend a great deal of time filling in at the light.
With a quick hop across the channel to Hull, we were soon at the home of one of our most supportive units, Station Point Allerton. For a number of years now the command and crew have assisted the Friends with the task of wrapping the many toys and gift boxes that we distribute throughout the flights. Their efforts are always appreciated.
We made our way south to Scituate Light, with a slight detour to pass by the magnificent Minot's Ledge Light (Thanks Dale!). At Scituate, keeper Ruth Dowton and the folks of the Cedar Point Association were once again on hand to give us a hearty welcome. We wish to extend our thanks to the Association for their generous donation of $400 in support of the 2001 flights. Also present at the light was "Mrs. Claus", Diane Waldrip, last year's helper on the Cape to NY flight,. With space opening up in the helo as we left our gifts behind, we took on Dave and Diane's son Shaun for the last two legs of our trip.
Moving south past Duxbury Beach and the cliffs of Manomet, we made our way to Station Cape Cod Canal. We were guided in for our landing with a little extra assistance from the specially installed beacon atop the station's volleyball net. We were welcomed inside by the crew and their families as well as some of the best cookies of the trip. After an enjoyable visit, and a quick second helping of cookies, we lifted off for our last visit of the day at the Plymouth (Gurnet) Light.
As we made our descent to the Gurnet, we could see the earthen walls of the Revolutionary War era Fort Andrew lined with the residents of the Gurnet community. On hand to greet us was the host for our visit, Inga Hanks. Once again, the Hanks family had graciously opened their cottage for Santa and the festive crowd. Santa Dave read each child's name from a long, scrolled list as he passed out the holiday treasures. Making our way back to the fort, the crowd assembled for pictures with Santa in front of the helicopter and lighthouse. Back in the air, all aboard agreed that our first day of flights for 2001 was a rousing success.
Flight 2 - 12/9/01 - Rhode Island to New York
A snowy morning forced us to postpone the Cape and Islands portion of our second day of Santa visits. With assurances from pilot Dale Hardy that the weather would clear by midday, we set out to visit our Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York lighthouses. Joining Dale for the flight were Santa George, Elf Judy Morris and photographer Brian Tague.
As we made our way south from Norwood Airport the 6-9 inches of snow cover began to thin out. By the time we landed at Warwick Light there was hardly a trace of snow on the ground. The Jones family had quite a crowd of Coasties on hand for their first year of hosting the Flying Santa visit. After this thoroughly enjoyable stop, we headed over to Prudence Island for our newly added stop at the island's little lighthouse. Retired CPO Kevin Blount and the Prudence Island volunteer fire brigade greeted us as we stepped from the helicopter. We were taken aback by the enthusiastic turnout of this island community. Santa George became the centerpiece of many a Prudence Island Christmas card as he posed with the many children that were present.
Back in the air after an all too brief visit, we continued on with our stops at Castle Hill Light and Point Judith Light with great receptions from both these CG units. Clearing skies finally upon us, we made our way out over the water to Long Island, New York and the Montauk Point Lighthouse. As we circled the grand tower of Montauk we were treated to the spectacular aerial display of hundreds of Northern Gannets feeding in the waters off the bluff. Once again the folks from the light's museum as well as the Montauk Coast Guard Station were on hand for the Yuletide festivities.
Falling a bit behind schedule, we headed northwest across Long Island Sound to the Lynde Point Light in Connecticut. This light has always been one of the tightest landings of all our stops. Setting his way down between a challenging mix of power lines, trees and a fence, as well as the tower, Dale soon had us safely on the ground. We were welcomed inside for a cheerful visit with the large turnout of Coast Guard families.
Heading west along the Connecticut coast we made our way to Stratford Point Light, home of Group Long Island Sound's Capt. Joseph Coccia and his family. Amongst the many Coast Guard families were the Milmoes, who had been present at our nine previous landings at Eaton's Neck Light across the sound. Ryan and his sister Megan have a perfect attendance record when it comes to our annual visits to the southern New England/NY area. Capt. Coccia had quite a selection of refreshments and after handing out gifts to all the children, Santa's crew took on a bit of fuel for our last stop at Eaton's Neck and the long flight home.
Eaton's Neck Light is a beautiful beacon and towers above the Coast Guard residences that surround it. It overlooks the station and docks located just down the hill. The folks at Eaton's have always been an enthusiastic crowd and the warm shelter of the station's rec room provides for the perfect setting to wind down the day. As we departed the last light of our route, we were treated to a colorful sunset highlighted by the spectacular glow of the tower's 2nd order Fresnel lens. We were all glad that we were able to get at least half of the day's flight in and looked forward to completing the run the following weekend. Once again George, Judy and Dale did an outstanding job of bringing this New England tradition to life.
Flight 3 - 12/15/01 - New Hampshire & Maine
With an optimistic forecast, Santa's crew for the New Hampshire and Maine flights met at Fisher Scientific's Portsmouth hangar on a rainy and gray Saturday morning. On hand were Santa George, pilots Art Godjikian and LaRay Todd and photographer Brian Tague. Although the first few stops were expected to be damp, the clouds were forecast to break by 10:00. Loading up the Agusta 109 helicopter, we were soon on our way to the Portsmouth Harbor CG Station and lighthouse. This was our seventh year of flying with Fisher Scientific International. In all likelihood, we would not be able to make our visits to these northern states without the assistance of the thoughtful and generous employees of this company. Asking nothing in return, the folks at Fisher Scientific have helped make the Christmas holidays of hundreds of Coast Guard personnel and their families extraordinarily special. We at Friends of Flying Santa remain forever grateful.
Arriving at Portsmouth Harbor we were greeted by a large crowd of Coasties. On hand with Senior Chief Mark Cutter and his crew were Tim Harrison, Kathy Finnegan, Doug Bingham and Jeremy D'Entremont, well known supporters of lighthouse history and traditions. Jeremy and the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse had scheduled one of their open houses to coincide with our Flying Santa visit. Our 8:00 AM arrival made for a few droopy-eyed participants, but the moment that Santa George opened his bag of toys the smiles and eyes began to widen. The gifts were distributed, making sure that no one was forgotten. We bid our good-byes and clambered back aboard the helo. Through the persistent drizzle, we made our way north to Goat Island Light. Circling the island, we spotted the die-hard souls that had ventured out to the island for Santa's visit. Scattered along the keeper's house porch and the tower catwalk, they waived their greetings as Art and LaRay found a secure spot to set us down. Although this is one of our quickest stops, the pilots took the time to treat us to a neat photo-op of the helo hovering next to the tower.
Our next stop at Portland, was the largest gathering of all our lighthouse visits. We distributed gifts to over 75 children from USCG Group Portland. Senior Chief Tom Dutton was our master of ceremonies and did an outstanding job of making sure that all the children in the crowd were accommodated. Our pilot Art had a few special guests on hand for Santa's visit. His nephews, Anthony and Joseph Pirone stopped by to see their very own uncle in his role as one of Santa's official pilots. Santa had a couple of small items for these two proud tykes - toy helicopters, of course. As the crowd began to thin, we spotted Capt. Russ Webster and his family. The Webster's had been stationed at Nobska Point Light during our visits there in past years and were now residing in the Portland area. As a matter of tradition, we could not leave without having them pose with George in front of the lighthouse. At this point, the clouds were finally beginning to break and as we lifted off from the grounds of Fort William Park, we were treated to a brightening view of this infamous Cape Elizabeth beacon.
Flying "downeast", we were off for Burnt Island Light in Boothbay Harbor. This historic property on tiny Burnt Island is managed by Elaine Jones and the Maine Department of Marine Resources. All the folks on hand to greet Santa had been ferried out for the day from the mainland. They were especially glad to see that we were able to make it despite the earlier inclement weather. George visited with the
children inside the keeper's house before heading out to the tower for the traditional hoisting of the lighthouse wreath. With the assistance of a few strong backs, the wreath was raised into position. After a round of Christmas carols and the opening of the traditional gift box we were soon on our way.
We made two more enjoyable stops at the Pemaquid Point and Marshall Point lighthouses before landing at Rockland Airport for fuel, food and the restocking of presents. We enjoyed the hospitality of Bob Stenger of Downeast Air for the seventh year in a row. Bob has been fueling Santa flights for a number of decades and entertained us with stories of Edward Rowe Snow's visits many years before. With renewed energy and a storage compartment full of toys, we made a quick flight over to Owl's Head Light and an expectant crowd of Coasties from the nearby station and cutters. The crew of Station Rockland has been extremely helpful over the years in relaying packages to us at our halfway point. The volume of toys and gift boxes needed for the entire day's flight would never fit in the helo so it is necessary to set up restocking points. We extend our thanks for all their efforts.
Heading north across the entrance to Penobscot Bay we were now on route to Brown's Head Light on the island of Vinalhaven. Circling the small tower tucked away on the island's northwest bluff, we snapped a few photos before making our way just up the road to a field more suitable for helicopter landings. The children of Vinalhaven were out in full force and were as excited to see the sleek Agusta helicopter as they were to see Santa. As an eagle passed overhead on this bright winter afternoon, it was easy to understand why the people of this island community choose to live here. Even in winter, the splendor of the Maine coast is close at hand.
Back in the air, we made our way up the bay to Stockton Springs and the Fort Point Lighthouse, home to Terry and Jeri Cole. Terry was keeper at the light when he was in the Coast Guard and now has the pleasure of living in the light as an employee of the Maine parks department. After an all too short visit with the many families that had turned out to greet Santa, we were off for the short flight over to Dice Head Light. Circling the town of Castine we looked for our landing spot in nearby Fort George. Settling down into the fort, we kicked up a miniature squall with the snow that blanketed our landing area. Our first and only stop of the day with actual snow cover, we were amazed that just a mile or so across the bay the ground had been bare. The covering of snow, although very picturesque, made the stop all the more cold. Just the same, the greetings and spirits of the Castine folks were warm and cheerful.
The shadows were lengthening as we made our way out to Mount Desert Island and our stop at Bass Harbor Light. Due to construction at our usual landing site we were looking for a new location that had been set up for us. This last minute logistical problem was solved thanks to the efforts of Karen and Pat Vanzura and the folks at USCG Group Southwest Harbor. Through a series of phone calls, especially by Karen, a safe landing area was secured and all the participants were notified. In the days before, we had scrutinized a variety of maps and satellite photos to make sure we would be able to locate the site. At an altitude of 300-500 feet it can be a little tough to read the road signs. As if they had been landing there for years, Art and LaRay made there way along the trees and set us down in the middle of the Tremont School ball field. We could not have asked for a better site. The crowd from Group Southwest Harbor was in great spirits. We were glad to see the Vanzura family and thanked them again for all their assistance. Also on hand were our friends, Dolly and Harold Cummings, two former Coast Guard lighthouse residents. We had met them by accident on our visit to Bass Harbor Light in 2000. They were driving down the street when they spotted Santa landing in his helicopter and were thrilled to discover that the Flying Santa tradition was still alive. They had been stationed on lights off the coast of Maine when Edward Rowe Snow was making his flights back in the 1950s. We look forward to seeing them again on our next visit. (Thanks for the gift basket Dolly, we polished off the brownies before we were even halfway to our next stop.)
With the sunset bearing down on us, we headed on to our final stop at USCG Station Jonesport. Just about as far downeast as one can go in Maine, Jonesport is the definition of why we make these annual flights. The remote location and the harsh winter conditions that these crews operate in, makes the cheery visits of the Flying Santa a welcome event for them and their families. When Santa George had visited with each of the children and the toy bag was just about empty, we knew it was time to begin the long flight home. Once again, we thank Art and LaRay for safely and professionally (and often times humorously) getting us there and back again, as well as the rest of Fisher Scientific for all there support. There are only a handful of us in the helicopter when we make these flights, but there are hundreds of people behind us that have made this all possible. We at Friends of Flying Santa extend to them our sincerest thanks and appreciation.
Flight 4 - 12/16/01 - Cape Cod & the Islands
Our fourth and final day of flights provided us with our best weather yet. Clear skies and relatively light winds were all we could ask for as we took off before sunrise from Norwood Airport on our way east to the Outer Cape. On board were pilot Dave Adams, Santa Dave Waldrip, Elf Judy Morris and photographer Brian Tague. This was our pilot's first time flying us on our Santa rounds and he did an outstanding job filling in for our usual pilot Dale Hardy. As we flew over Cape Cod Bay it was not long before the outlines of Provincetown came into view. It was here that we began our descent and headed for the tower of Cape Cod (Highland) Light in Truro. We circled the bluff for some dramatic views of the light before setting down on one of the surrounding golf course's fairways. There was a large turnout from the Truro and National Seashore folks. We were guided into the warm quarters of the restored keeper's house under the hospitality of the Highland Museum and Lighthouse staff. Out of the cold, Santa Dave visited with each of the children in attendance, taking any last minute requests that they might have for Christmas. It was not long before a glance at the clock told us that it was time to move on to our next stop down the coast to the town of Chatham.
Shadowing the bluffs of the Outer Cape as we made our way south, we enjoyed the view of the miles and miles of pristine beach that stretched beneath us. We spotted the tower of Chatham Light as we made our way past Pleasant Bay and Chatham Harbor. Standing watch over the infamous Chatham Break, this lighthouse and Coast Guard station offers the resident crew one of the more challenging areas to operate a boat. Coming in over the Break and the popular overlook, pilot Dave skillfully set us down on the station's front lawn, neatly tucking us in between the surrounding flagpole, antenna, fence and tower. We were escorted into the station's mess deck where Santa Dave was given a chair of honor to hold court from. In the crowd once again were young Jeffrey and Tyler Wolcott, veterans of Flying Santa's visits to Chatham. In spite of a request to Santa for a real Harley Davidson, they were content with two smaller scale motorcycle replicas. Before taking to the air again, we directed everyone out for a group photo with Santa and the helicopter.
Flying south over the Monomoy Islands on our way to Nantucket, we were treated to views of the multitude of seals and bird life that winter over in these waters. As we passed these remote beaches, the harbor and gray seals could be seen basking on the sand and swimming in the shallow waters offshore. In the open water between Monomoy Point and Great Point, we saw thousands of eider ducks and surf scoters drifting and diving. Setting a course for Nantucket Harbor, we easily beat the high-speed ferry making its way across the Sound. We circled the small light at Brant Point before setting down at the nearby CG station. SCPO Bob Tallman along with his crew and the families of Station Brant Point escorted us into the historic structure, which had been cheerfully decorated for the holidays. After finding a place next to the mess deck's Christmas tree, Santa Dave and Judy set about their task of distributing gifts to all the excited kids. Always wishing that we had more time to spend at this island outpost, we reluctantly made our good-byes and headed out to the helo.
Back in the air, we made our way west over the islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget bound for West Chop Light on Martha's Vineyard. Enjoying views of more seals scattered along our route, it was a short 15 minutes before we found ourselves circling the beacon that guards the harbor of Vineyard Haven. The two keeper's houses at West Chop Light serve as residences for the island's Station Menemsha personnel. Although there were only a few children present, the smiles and enthusiasm of those on hand made for a merry visit. Looking towards the mainland, as we walked back to the helicopter, we could make out the tower of Nobska Point off in the distance. A five-minute flight would take us to our last Flying Santa stop of the year.
Nobska Point Light is home to Group Woods Hole's Capt. James Murray and his family. This was not their first time hosting a Flying Santa visit. Capt. Murray was previously in command of Southwest Harbor in Maine and was on hand for Santa's landings at Bass Harbor Light. As we drew closer to this picturesque point, we could see quite a large crowd gathered around the base of the tower. It was apparent that our one-week delay had not caused much of a loss in the number of attendees. Finding a spot at the base of the hill, Dave settled the Jet Ranger down for its final lawn landing of the day. We made our way up to the house and into the dining room/kitchen. To accommodate the volume of people, Capt. Murray and his wife had removed most of the furniture. Even then, the crowd was fairly well packed into these cozy quarters. Santa Dave and Elf Judy took their place in front of the large bay window overlooking Vineyard Sound and began to distribute gifts to the 50+ children that had gathered around. Our visit at Nobska was the perfect end of another year of Flying Santa flights to the lighthouses and Coast Guard stations of New England. As we boarded the helicopter for the last time, we all breathed a sigh of relief that our mission had been completed. George, Dave and Judy had played their roles well over these four days of flights. Another generation of kids would be enjoying, along with their parents, the exciting memories of their own personal Christmas visit with the "Santa of the lighthouses".
Although this elf had gone into a "semi retirement" mode this past year I was more than thrilled to receive the telephone call that Friends of Flying Santa needed a helper to assist them on this year's trip from Cape Cod to New York. I jubilantly accepted the offer and immediately began preparing for my elfin duties. Off to the attic I dashed and out came the green and red tunic top, green pointed hat, red leggings, Santa socks, green pointed toe "shoes", red mittens, my bell necklace, earrings and all the rest of the trimmings that were necessary for the perfect costume. With less than five days to prepare it didn't take long for this elf to get ready to fly!!
Our journey was to begin at 7:00am on Sunday, December 9th, however, mother nature had blessed us with the season's first snow the night before and the early morning of the flight so unfortunately we were off to a late start. The Cape Cod & Islands portion of our trip had been postponed until the following weekend.
I was so nervous all morning that the trip was going to be completely postponed, however, by 8:30am I received a telephone call from George Morgan that we were to meet at the airport as soon as possible. I hastily got into my costume and could hardly wait to get to the airport. It was such an enjoyable and memorable moment to meet Santa George, photographer Brian Tague, and pilot Dale Hardy at the airport. Brian had the helicopter filled to the top with musical teddy bears and toys to be delivered to the children. Santa got into his handsome new suit and before too long we were off. We got off the ground at 10:30am and found ourselves down at Warwick Light in no time. The flight down to Warwick was so picturesque due to the fresh snowfall. It really felt like we were flying in a winter wonderland!!
It was certainly an adventurous morning and afternoon. There were loads of children awaiting our arrival at all the lighthouses. My favorites were all the little girls who were all dressed up in their special red velvet dresses just to see Santa. Each lighthouse had a special area set up for Santa and me to distribute our gifts and candy canes. I would take each gift out of Santa's red bag and hand it to Santa and he'd call out the child's name. We didn't have too many shy children this year. Most kids were so excited to come up for their gift they'd jump right up onto Santa's lap. Santa would have as big a smile on his face as the children would! Brian was always part of the crowd taking numerous pictures at each stop. It was a day filled with bright smiles and true holiday spirit being had by one and all. I tried to take a minute or two at each stop to capture the magical wonder of the moment. From the festive wreaths hanging on the outside (and inside) of the lighthouses to Marge's homemade nautical decorations on the mantle and windowsills at Montauk and to the largest yummy table I have ever seen at Stratford, I just wanted to hang on to these moments forever. The day ended all too soon. Santa and his elves departed Eaton's Neck and were headed back to Norwood. I was so excited when Santa and Brian asked me to assist them on next Sunday's flight. I just couldn't believe I was going to be able to do this all over again in another week!
I'm not one for wishing my life away, however, I could hardly wait for my work week to end. All week long all I could think about was flying again. Sunday just couldn't get here fast enough. It was a sunny and very crisp morning on Sunday, December 16 as we set out for our trip to the Cape & Islands. USCG CWO Dave Waldrip was Santa on this flight and it was such a pleasure to assist him as his elf. Upon arrival of the pilot we all hastily worked as a team to ready the helicopter for its very busy morning. Filled to the brim with toys we all strapped in and we were off by 7:00am. As we arrived at Highland Light we were actually ahead of schedule. We took a little extra time for Brian to get some great pictures as we hovered over the bluffs. Once on the ground we were greeted by such great kids. They invited us in for present giving and breakfast goodies. It felt so good to go inside where it was so nice and warm. Upon our departure we headed down the coast to Chatham then over to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Surprisingly enough, there were many people out and about this morning waving to us from the ferries and along the waterfront as we flew over them. Brian pointed out to us all the seals sunning themselves on the small islands and all the different varieties of birds off the shoreline of Chatham and the Vineyard.
As we left West Chop on the Vineyard and headed back across the bay we could see the crowds of people waiting for us at Nobska. The grounds were covered with people. This was the largest group I had ever seen. Once we landed we were greeted by Coast Guard Capt. James Murray who was just as excited about us being there as all the children were. After making it through the crowds of people we made our way inside to where there was an area all set up for Santa and me. We had bags and bags of gifts for one and all. After handing out gifts it was picture-taking time outside at the tower. Santa even led this festive group to the tune of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. He was everyone's hero! The ride back to the airport was so much fun. The pilot pointed out so many different sights to us all the way from Buzzards Bay to Norwood. I had never made this flight back in daylight before. As I sat in my seat in the back of the helicopter I reflected back on last week's adventures and today's. I felt such a great sense of accomplishment and happiness at having been part of this team once again.
Once again we are sponsoring an exciting raffle to help raise funds for the Flying Santa flights. This year we are offering three wonderful prizes for lighthouse enthusiasts:
1st Prize: Lighthouse cruise on board Nautical Adventure Charters 31' Relentless. The winner and five friends will enjoy a private charter cruise to nine lighthouses from Boston Harbor to Gloucester, including close up views of the famous Minot's Ledge Light.
Courtesy of Nautical Adventure Charters - www.nauticaladventure.net
2nd Prize: Helicopter lighthouse tour to view lighthouses on Boston Harbor and the South Shore.
Courtesy of pilot Charles Edgar
3rd Prize: Overnight stay and dinner for two at the Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis on Cape Cod.
Courtesy of the Lighthouse Inn - www.lighthouseinn.com
4th Prize: Overnight stay for two at the Race Point Light keeper's house in Provincetown, MA.
Courtesy of the American Lighthouse Foundation - www.lighthousefoundation.org
The tickets are only $2.00 each and you may purchase a whole book of six for $10.00. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your friends. Additional information will be posted in future newsletters as well as our website at www.flyingsanta.com. The winners will be drawn on our October 12, 2002 Columbus Day Cruise on Narragansett Bay. Order your tickets today and help support Friends of Flying Santa.
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