June 2001


Once again we invite our friends to join us on our annual Massachusetts Bay lighthouse cruise. We set sail Sunday, June 17th for our fundraising excursion to eight Massachusetts Bay lighthouses. This year we have chartered a larger vessel, the MV Freedom with its three spacious decks available for your viewing convenience. The Freedom will be docked at the Hingham Shipyard, located on Route 3A in Hingham, Massachusetts. There is plenty of free parking available. Boarding will start at 11 AM, with the boat departing promptly at noon and returning at 5 PM.

Due to the higher cost of fuel we have been forced to make a small increase in our ticket prices. Tickets this year will be $36.00 per person with a special discounted price of $33.00 for our senior Friends 60 years and older and children 10 and under. All tickets are sold by advanced paid reservations only. Box lunches may be ordered with your tickets for an additional $7.00. You have a choice of three great sandwiches, roast beef, chicken salad or seafood salad. There will also be snacks and beverages for sale on board.

As always, we will feature our very popular raffles with over $1500.00 worth of lighthouse memorabilia and other exciting prizes. Our 50-50 raffle will let one lucky winner go home with half the proceeds from that drawing. For more details on our Father's Day cruise, please check the enclosed order form. All proceeds from the cruise are used to fund our Christmas lighthouse flights.


The Board of Trustees would like to take this opportunity to pass along a word of thanks to the Holiday Inn Express in Rockland, MA. For more than a year now, they have allowed us the use of their facilities for our monthly meetings. This has proved to be a convenient location for the majority of our board members and has allowed our meetings to be all the more productive. We thank them for their continued support

JUNE 2-3, 2001

Come and join the American Lighthouse Foundation for their annual meeting and lighthouse cruise. On Saturday June 2nd there will be a five-hour lighthouse cruise from Portsmouth, NH aboard the MV Thomas Leighton. A dinner meeting will be held at Yokens Restaurant in Portsmouth at 5 PM. The featured speaker will be Bill Younger of Harbour Lights. On Sunday, there will be a 9 AM brunch meeting and a tour of the Portsmouth Harbor Light. Cost per person: Cruise with box lunch: $35.00. Dinner meeting: $27.00. Brunch Meeting: $20.00. Or for all weekend events: $75.00 per person. Tickets may be obtained from the American Lighthouse Foundation, PO Box 889, Wells, ME. E-mail: Tel: 207-646-0515


On April 23, 2001 the United States Coast Guard bestowed the USCG Public Service Commendation Medal on one of our friends and supporters, Mr. Doug Bingham. The ceremony took place at USCG Group Woods Hole. Group Commander, Captain Russell Webster presented the award to Doug for his 11 years of public service as a volunteer in the restoration of many of our New England Lighthouses. Many of you know Doug as one of our lighthouse cruise narrators. He is also the Vice President of the American Lighthouse Foundation where he continues to make the public aware of the Coast Guard's role in preserving our treasured lighthouses. Doug also worked hard for six years as a volunteer helping to save the LV 612 - Nantucket Lightship. Congratulations to Doug from all of us at Friends of Flying Santa.


For those of you anxiously awaiting the appearance of our website's 2000 Flying Santa photo gallery, we ask that you bear with us a little longer as we work out a few formatting problems. It turned into a bit more of a project than we had expected but we hope to have it up and running by the end of May. Having just about figured out all the bugs, we should be all the more ready when the time comes for displaying our 2001 photos. Thanks for being patient.


Here's your chance to win a "Flying Santa's eye view" of some of New England's best known, but least accessible lighthouses. Due to the generous offer of Charles Edgar of Chatham, Massachusetts, we have been able to put together this unique fundraising raffle. Mr. Edgar has offered us the use of his two-seater helicopter and will pilot one lucky winner on a scenic aerial tour of Massachusetts' South Shore from Plymouth Airport to Boston Harbor and back. This flight will be highlighted by spectacular views of six lighthouses including Minot's Ledge Light, considered the most dangerously situated light in America as well as Boston Light on Little Brewster Island, the last officially manned light in the Coast Guard.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the conclusion of our Columbus Day Lighthouse cruise on October 8th. After the lucky winner is notified, arrangements will be made with Mr. Edgar to finalize a weather appropriate date for the flight.

The price is $2.00 per ticket and $10.00 for a book of 6. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your friends. All of the proceeds will be used to fund this year's Christmas flights to New England's lighthouses.


Depending on location, it takes from one to three weeks for our newsletter mailing to reach its destination. This is due to the U.S. Post Office non-profit bulk mailing service that we use. We are in the process of exploring a faster, as well as more economical and environment-friendly option for those of you with e-mail access. If you think you might be interested in receiving a digital edition of our newsletter, please contact us with your preferred e-mail address. We can assure you that this address will be used for sending Friends of Flying Santa news and information only. It will not be provided to any outside sources. It is hoped that by the fall of this year we will have a program in place for transmitting our digital newsletter. This does not mean that we will be discontinuing our printed version. For those of you who prefer it, we will continue to send you our paper edition.


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