Event · U.S. Coast Guard

Friends of Flying Santa Second Annual Virtual Gala on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 4 p.m. EST

Join the U.S. Lighthouse Society and Friends of Flying Santa on November 20 for an entertaining retrospective on 92 years of a well-loved New England tradition, the Flying Santa to lighthouses and Coast Guard stations.

The Flying Santa plane over Boston Light in the 1930s.

The Flying Santa program was started in 1929 by pioneering Maine pilot Bill Wincapaw as a way of showing gratitude to lighthouse keepers and their families. The flights continue today through the work of the nonprofit Friends of Flying Santa. Helicopters visit Coast Guard stations throughout the Northeast, with more than 1000 children of Coast Guard families receiving gifts from Santa. It’s a perfect way to express appreciation to an under-appreciated branch of our military.

Edward Rowe Snow and his wife, Anna-Myrle Snow, ca. 1940.

There will be a number of special guests in this event, which will feature a presentation on Flying Santa history by USLHS historian Jeremy D’Entremont. Guests will include Brian Tague, president of Friends of Flying Santa; Dolly Snow Bicknell, daughter of longtime Santa and historian Edward Rowe Snow; Sally Snowman, keeper of Boston Light; Bob Trapani, Jr., executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, and more.

The Flying Santa helicopter at Annisquam Light, MA. Photo by Brian Tague.

There is no fee to participate, but you must register in advance for this Zoom event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

When: Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance: https://bit.ly/3owOfm5

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