Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 46 – Swimming for lighthouses: Alison Richardson, Gary Sredzienski

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There are many creative ways to raise money for lighthouse preservation, and the two interview subjects in this episode of Light Hearted have found one of the most creative. Alison Richardson, a summer resident of Isle au Haut in Maine, and Molly Siegel, an Island Institute fellow on the island, decided to do something special to help raise funds for the island’s lighthouse – they swam all the way around the island in the summer of 2019. The island is 18 miles around, and they raised more than $33,000.

Molly Siegel and Alison Richardson at Isle Au Haut Lighthouse

GoFundMe page for Isle Au Haut Lighthouse

Friends of the Isle Au Haut Lighthouse

Gary Sredzienski

Gary Sredzienski, in addition to being an amazing swimmer, is an accomplished musician and composer who has been playing the piano accordion for more than 40 years. Always an avid swimmer, Gary started experimenting with special gear so that he could swim in winter. In January 2008 he swam about six miles to the island group known as the Isles of Shoals, raising $17,000 for the Krempels Brain Injury Foundation and Stepping Stones of Portsmouth.

Since then, he has completed several more winter swims for various charities, raising more than $80,000, including three swims to raise funds for lighthouse preservation. His first swim for lighthouses was in February 2011, and it raised about $10,000 for Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery, Maine. The air temperature was about 27F, and the water was about 38F.

This 2012 solo CD by Gary Sredzienski was recorded inside Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, New Hampshire. Click here for more info.

Gary Sredzienski’s web site

Gary’s radio show, “Polka Party,” on WUNH-FM

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