September 2004

75th Anniversary Dinner
We invite our friends to join us on Saturday evening November 13th for our 75th anniversary dinner celebration at the USCG base in Boston, MA. The evening will include guest speakers, a presentation on the history of the program, a large variety of raffle prizes and the unveiling of a memorial plaque dedicated to the founder of the Flying Santa tradition, Capt. William Wincapaw. In order to comply with base security procedures advance reservations are required. There will be free parking available at the base. Tickets are $30.00 and all proceeds will go towards the continued support of the Flying Santa mission. We look forward to celebrating this event with the many friends and supporters who have helped to make this New England tradition such a success. Tickets may be ordered by phone, mail or through our website. More information about this event will be posted to our website.

Upcoming Lighthouses of Connecticut Bus Tour

This fall we will be offering our first bus tour to lighthouses along the Connecticut coast. This three day tour will include visits to a number of Connecticut's lighthouses as well as the Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium. Some of the lights we will be visiting are Stonington Harbor Light, Mystic Seaport Light, Lynde Point Light, Saybrook Breakwater Light, Stratford Point Light, Avery Point Light, Five Mile Point Light and Warwick Light (Rhode Island).

You will have the unique opportunity to climb most if not all of these towers. We have chartered a luxury tour bus with all the amenities, including a restroom, comfortable wide seating, heat & air conditioning, and a VCR & TV monitors for the viewing of lighthouse videos. Your lodgings for the two nights as well as breakfasts are included. Lunch stops will be scheduled along the way. Lunch and dinner are not included in the tour price. Your evenings will be open for sightseeing, shopping and dining in the Mystic area. Our narrator for the tour will be lighthouse historian and author, Jeremy D'Entremont - There will be an onboard raffle of lighthouse collectibles generously provided by Harbour Lights as well as other lighthouse related items. The cost of this tour is $350.00 per person double occupancy with seating limited to 50 people. As an added bonus, you will be treated to the beautiful fall foliage of the Connecticut coast.

The tour will depart from the Rockland, Massachusetts Park & Ride Lot at 7:00 AM on Friday, October 15th and will return on Sunday evening, October 17th. There is secure, free parking at this site. An additional pick up location may be provided in the eastern Connecticut area. Please contact us for additional information. We hope you can join us for our last fundraising tour of the 2004 season.

Lighthouses of Maine Bus Tour

This past May, Friends of Flying Santa afforded some happy lighthouse buffs the chance to view some of Maine's most famous and beautiful lighthouses on a three-day luxury motor coach tour. They even had the opportunity to tour the interiors of six of the lights, including some that are rarely opened to the public.

The group visited and toured inside Portsmouth Harbor Light (NH), Fort Point Light, Owls Head Light, Rockland Breakwater Light, Bass Harbor Head Light and Pemaquid Point Light. A couple of hours were spent shopping in Bar Harbor, and the bus climbed to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, the highest summit on the eastern seaboard. There was also a great cruise past the lighthouses of the Kennebec River thanks to Long Reach Cruises, a stop at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, and visits to Lighthouse Depot in Wells and the Cape Neddick "Nubble" Lighthouse in York on the way back to Massachusetts.

There are more lighthouses excursions being planned for 2005 to benefit the Flying Santa program. All proceeds from the Friends of Flying Santa fundraising tours go to support the flights, Coast Guard scholarships and other expenses incurred in the continuation of this 75-year-old tradition. Your continued support of our tours is greatly appreciated.

Lighthouses of Rhode Island Bus Tour
On Saturday July 24th, despite somewhat overcast skies, the Friends had an enjoyable day touring four of Rhode Island's popular lighthouses. We visited and were able to climb Warwick Light, Point Judith Light, Beavertail Light and Castle Hill Light. The trip was narrated by our own Jeremy D'Entremont, well-known author and historian. Raffle prizes of Rhode Island lighthouse collectibles were awarded thanks to the generosity of the folks at Harbour Lights.

New Board Trustee
Friends of Flying Santa would like to announce the return of Inga Hanks to our board of trustees. Inga was instrumental in our establishment as a non-profit entity and we look forward to her renewed efforts in support of the program. Welcome back Inga!

Gift Items
We would like to take this opportunity to remind our friends that Friends of Flying Santa offers a fine selection of apparel sporting the Friends logo. Our hats, sweatshirts, polo shirts and T-shirts are available in most popular sizes. If you would like to order one or more of these items for yourself or a friend, please check out our Gift Items page.



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