THE MAINE LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM INVITES YOU TO A SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY “FRIENDS OF FLYING SANTA”
STARTING AT 10 AM AT THE MUSEUM
(free parking at the TradeWinds Inn across the street).
Friends of Flying Santa, Inc. was formed in 1997 to help ensure the future of the annual Christmas flights to New England lighthouses. The aerial visits of Flying Santa to lighthouses and lifesaving stations have been a New England tradition since 1929. Capt. William Wincapaw of Friendship, Maine - an aviation pioneer - began the flights as a gesture of recognition to the dedicated lighthouse keepers and their families as well as the crews of the lifesaving stations. Capt. Wincapaw and his son, Bill, Jr., continued the flights for close to two decades. The father and son team eventually recruited legendary author and historian Edward Rowe Snow to assist them with their expanding list of lights and boat stations. After Capt. Wincapaw's passing in 1947, the mantle was passed to Mr. Snow, who faithfully carried on the tradition for over four decades. With the help of his wife Anna-Myrle and their daughter, Dolly, the isolated residents of lighthouses throughout North America continued to receive visits from the "Aerial St. Nick."
Coast Guard kids greeting Flying Santa on the rear deck at the museum last year with
MLM Director Dot Black and Chairman Paul Dilger
Today, through fund-raising and public outreach, the Friends work to continue the flights and carry on this gesture of gratitude to the men, women and families of the United States Coast Guard who keep watch over our coastal waters. Thousands of hours are volunteered each year to ensure the success of our helicopter flights which now encompass over 33 stops including 45 Coast Guard units from Maine to New York.
Friends of Flying Santa remains committed to bringing this annual gift of holiday cheer to the families of the United States Coast Guard here in New England. With the establishment of our scholarship program for Coast Guard dependents, our mission continues to grow. As long as there are boat station crews, aids to navigation teams and other units serving to keep our waters safe, we will do our part to remind them of how much their work is appreciated.
If you are a fan of lighthouses and maritime history or just wish to show your appreciation for the work and dedication of the United States Coast Guard, please support the Friends and become a part of a great New England holiday tradition.
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION WE WILL HAVE A BOOK LAUNCH CEREMONY FOR A NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK, “LOVE FROM THE SKY – SEAMOND AND THE FLYING SANTA”WRITTEN BY ANGELI PERROW
ILLUSTRATED BY HEIDI FARROW
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd
11 am to 3 pm
MAINE LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM
One Park Drive, Rockland, ME
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO PICK UP SOME WONDERFUL BOOKS, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
COAST GUARD CITY RE-CERTIFICATION CELEBRATIONSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2013 - 2 TO 4 PM
AT THE MAINE LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM
Signed by Admiral R.J. Papp, Jr. it reads in part “I deeply appreciate the City of Rockland’s continued support of our Coast Guard men and women stationed in the Rockland area. I am pleased to inform you that Rockland has been recertified “A Coast Guard City” in recognition of that support.”
The process to become designated is a long and arduous one and requires renewal every 5 years. “There are only 14 designated Coast Guard Cities in the entire United States, and we are very honored to have achieved this certification.” said Dot Black, co-chair of the Coast Guard City Committee. “We appreciate the continued support of the City of Rockland and their partnership in recognizing the importance of Coast Guard Station Rockland and the men and women who serve.”
“As a Coast Guard City our mission is to reach out to Coast Guard personnel and their families to aid in their transition into their new “home away from home”, making them feel a part of our community. These efforts illustrate a longstanding and enduring relationship with the Coast Guard.”