‘Sea Lights’ Tour on ‘Sunbeam V’ a Smashing Success

‘Sea Lights’ Tour on ‘Sunbeam V’ a Smashing Success

l-R: Sunbeam V crew – Story King (Engineer), Jillian (Steward), Michael Johnson (Captain), Douglas Cornman (Island Outreach Director)

Sea Lights on Sunbeam a Smashing Success!
December 18, 2018

On Sunday evening, December 15, people from across MDI gathered in Northeast Harbor to hit the water aboard the Sunbeam V. Most people know the Sunbeam as the vessel operated by the Maine Seacoast Mission, providing invaluable services to the outer islands that dot our coastline. On this particular evening, however, the crew of Sunbeam V were charged with a completely new and unique task— offering an on-the-water Christmas Lights tour.

The “Sea Lights” initiative…is an informal grass-roots effort encouraging waterfront property owners to decorate for the holidays. [I]f the property…are not lucky enough to enjoy the decor in person, their efforts can still be appreciated and help brighten the Christmas and holiday season for others.

So…more folks would be able to enjoy the warm glow of the lights, the Seacoast Mission and the Sunbeam’s crew stepped in to offer a shoreline cruise to view the decorations. [I]t only took…48 hours before the trip was booked solid. [T]he Sunbeam V [crew] were gracious enough to offer a second trip that same evening, which [also] filled to capacity.

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See Northeast Harbor, Somes Sound Christmas Lights from Aboard the ‘Sunbeam V’

See Northeast Harbor, Somes Sound Christmas Lights from Aboard the ‘Sunbeam V’

“Sea Lights” Cruise Hits the High Seas

As Christmas and the holiday season approaches, a local group has been working to encourage seasonal residents with shorefront properties around Northeast Harbor and along Somes Sound to add outdoor lights and Christmas decor. The hope is that these displays will brighten up the waterfront (and holidays) as boats return to harbor each day.

Not everyone works on the water and will get to see the displays and enjoy the results of this fun project. In that regard, The Neighborhood House has coordinated with the Maine Seacoast Mission who will generously be offering an evening boat ride aboard the Sunbeam to get a gander of the gorgeous lights.

This free trip will be offered on Sunday, December 16 at 4:45pm, and departing from Northeast Harbor. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 276-5039 to register. We’ll provide cocoa, cookies, and candy canes, and plan on returning by 6:00pm.

Note: If you are a waterfront property owner and want to get involved, you can contact Katie Bell. Lights can be purchased locally at F.T. Brown.

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