June 2002


Once again we invite our friends to join us on our annual Massachusetts Bay lighthouse cruise. We set sail on Father's Day June 16th for our fundraising excursion to the following lighthouses: Long Island Head, Graves, Marblehead, Fort Point, Hospital Point, Baker's Island, Eastern Point, Minot's Ledge and Boston Light. This year we have chartered the MV Massachusetts, which will be docked at the Hingham Shipyard, located on Route 3A in Hingham, MA. 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.

Tickets are $36.00 per person with a special discounted price of $33.00 for our senior friends 60 years and older as well as 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 award one lucky winner half the proceeds from that drawing. All proceeds from the cruise are used to fund our Christmas lighthouse flights. So grab a friend and come aboard for an enjoyable afternoon of lighthouse cruising along Massachusetts' historic coast. Your continued support of the Flying Santa tradition will be greatly appreciated.

Story and photos by Jeremy D'Entremont

"If we weren't lighthouse fanatics before, we are now!" raved Carol Barrett at the conclusion of the second annual Friends of Flying Santa Lighthouses of Maine Bus Tour in May. With passengers from as far away as Nashville, Tennessee, this year's tour visited ten light stations along with the Shore Village Museum and Lighthouse Depot, the world's largest lighthouse gift store. It was my privilege to serve as tour guide for the three-day trip.

On the first day, which started out cloudy but turned out beautiful and sunny, we drove to Portland Breakwater Light on the South Portland waterfront. Also known as "Bug" Light, this unusual tower, modeled after a fourth century B.C. monument, is about to be restored and relighted. We then traveled a short distance to Spring Point Ledge Light. Rusty Nelson and other volunteers of the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust were cordial and knowledgeable hosts as the lighthouse was opened for our tour, along with the neighboring Portland Harbor Museum. Spring Point Ledge Light is a rare case of a "sparkplug" style lighthouse that is open on occasion to the public, and it was a treat for those of us who walked across the 900-foot breakwater and up the ladder into the structure.

After lunch at Newick's in South Portland, we journeyed on to Portland Head Light, one of the most photographed lighthouses in New England. Coast Guardsmen from the nearby South Portland station were on hand to open the tower for us, and many on the tour also visited the Museum at Portland Head Light in the former keeper's house. The lighthouse is not open to the general public and is only opened on rare occasions. We then visited the Cape Elizabeth Two Lights before ending our day at the Days Inn in South Portland.

The second day was mostly a washout weatherwise, but our spirits weren't dampened as we visited the Doubling Point Range Lights near Bath on the Kennebec River. Representatives of the nonprofit Range Light Keepers gave us some background of this unique station. And a few in our group got the bonus of an impromptu ride over to Doubling Point Light, courtesy of one of the volunteers. And our driver Rick impressed all with his expert maneuvering on the narrow dirt roads near the range lights!

Our next stop was Pemaquid Point Light, where enthusiastic volunteers were waiting at the Fishermen's Museum. The Coast Guard staff opened the tower, which is now leased to the American Lighthouse Foundation. In this tower we got to see the original Fresnel lens still in operation. After lunch at Moody's Diner we visited Marshall Point Light in Port Clyde and the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, where we again were greeted by helpful and friendly volunteers.

The rain slowed to an intermittent drizzle by the time we arrived at Rockland Breakwater Light. A few intrepid souls (including three-year-old Gregory!) ventured out on the 3/4-mile breakwater to see the lighthouse up close, while the rest waited in the warm comfort of the bus.

After a night at the Trade Winds Inn in Rockland, we visited Owl's Head Light. A Coast Guard representative gave us an unexpected tour of the keeper's house, which is unoccupied at present. The sun had returned by now (two out of three nice days isn't bad!) and we all enjoyed our leisurely visit to beautiful Owls Head. Our nest stop was the Shore Village Museum in Rockland, home of the nation's largest collection of lighthouse lenses and other artifacts. "Mr. Lighthouse" himself, Ken Black, demonstrated many of the items, as did volunteer Bob Flint.

During our ride back south toward Lighthouse Depot, Norm Rogers regaled us with interesting tales of his days as a lightship commander. When we arrived at Lighthouse Depot, owners Tim Harrison and Kathy Finnegan greeted us. After an intense hour or so of serious lighthouse shopping, we got back on the bus and headed to our final lighthouse, Cape Neddick "Nubble" Light in York. It was a clear, crisp day that provided perfect postcard-like photos at the Nubble. Before we left the parking lot, a number of items, many of which were donated by Lighthouse Depot, were raffled to benefit the Friends of Flying Santa.

All in all, we had mostly good weather, a wonderful selection of lighthouses, great company and hospitable hosts along the way. We couldn't have asked for more.

Editor's note: For more on New England lighthouses, check out Jeremy's website -



Once again we are sponsoring an exciting raffle to help raise funds for the Flying Santa flights. This year we are offering four wonderful prizes for lighthouse enthusiasts:

1st Prize: Boston to Cape Ann Lighthouse Cruise. The winner and 5 of their guests will enjoy a private charter cruise on board the 31' RELENTLESS to 9 lighthouses from Boston Harbor to Gloucester.

Courtesy of Nautical Adventure Charters -


2nd Prize: A lighthouse helicopter tour for one of Boston Harbor & the South Shore.

Courtesy of pilot Charles Edgar


3rd Prize: An overnight stay including dinner & breakfast for two at Cape Cod's Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis, MA.

Courtesy of the Lighthouse Inn -


4th Prize: An overnight stay for two at the Race Point Lighthouse in Provincetown, MA.

Courtesy of the American Lighthouse Foundation -


Tickets are only $2.00 each and you may purchase a book of six for $10.00. Tickets may be ordered by using the enclosed order form or through our website. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your friends. Additional information can be found on our website at 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.

Click here for ticket ordering info


August 17, 2002

In response to many requests, the Friends will once again be hosting a fundraising bus tour to the lighthouses of Cape Cod. This daylong event will feature a visit to four of the Cape's most magnificent lighthouses - Nobska Light, Chatham Light, Nauset Light and the Cape Cod (Highland) Light & museum in Truro. We will be greeted at each lighthouse by the resident "keepers" and caretakers. The towers will be open to anyone wishing to climb the steps of each of these historic beacons. A lunch stop will be scheduled at the Lobster Shack in Eastham. Please note that the cost of lunch is not included in the ticket price.

Norm Rogers, CWO USCG (ret) and Vice President of the Friends, will be our on board narrator. Norm will entertain you with his vast knowledge of the legends and lore of the Cape's lighthouses. The tour will leave from the Rockland, MA Park and Ride lot at 7:30 AM. Parking is free. Ticket prices are $40 per person and seating is limited to 50 guests. If you are planning to join us please get your ticket order in early. We expect the tickets to sell out quickly. For your convenience, credit card ordering is available through our website


Massachusetts Bay Lighthouse Cruise - Fathers Day June16

Lighthouses of Cape Cod Bus Tour - August 17

Narragansett Bay Lighthouse Cruise - October 12

We invite our friends to come along on our variety of fundraising excursions taking place in the months ahead. For more information, please refer to our

Fundraising Cruises & Tours Page


For the past three years, Friends of Flying Santa and Yankee Magazine have joined together in a unique partnership. Through their very popular Community Partnership program, we have been able to offer our friends subscriptions to the magazine at the discounted rate of $20 per year. Their regular rate is $24 per year. With each subscription order placed through the Friends, Yankee donates $10 to the Friends of Flying Santa Endowment Fund. To date the endowment has been enriched by almost $1500. If you are interested in receiving or renewing Yankee Magazine please click on the following link for ordering information:

Yankee Magazine's Commmunity Partners

This makes a great gift for your friends or family. Thanks for your support!

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