August 16, 2022

Pomham Santa Arrives December 11

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Santa doesn’t always come on a sleigh. In Riverside, he comes by boat! Families are invited to see Santa take a boat ride around Riverside and conclude his journey with a trip around Pomham Rocks Lighthouse on Saturday, December 11. Santa will leave the dock at Rhode Island Yacht Club on the Lady Pomham II, weather permitting, and will motor around the Terrace, arriving at Sabin Point Park at about 2:00 p.m., before continuing to the lighthouse.

Members of Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse will accompany Santa and his elves on their boat. Local residents of all ages are invited to wave to him from the shore at Sabin Point Park. To celebrate Santa’s arrival, members of the Friends will greet guests at Sabin Point Park with wrapped refreshments. Biz E. Dawg, the mascot for the East Providence Chamber of Commerce, will join in the fun and share holiday good wishes.

Just in time for holiday gift giving, Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse will have available for sale at Sabin Point a new commemorative ornament that is a replica of the antique Fresnel lens recently returned to the lighthouse. It is made exclusively for Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse by Beacon Design, a division of ChemArt. A card describing the history of this New England landmark and the lens accompanies the ornament.

Priced at $20, these also make great gifts for family and friends. If you are unable to attend Pomham Santa, the ornaments can be ordered by mail at Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, c/o 81 Harris Street, Riverside, RI 02915. For further information and the cost of postage for areas outside of East Providence, call 401-433-3463 or email lighthouse1871@cox.net.

Built in 1871, Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is the last surviving lighthouse in upper Narragansett Bay. It still serves as an aid to navigation and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments will be used to maintain the lighthouse.

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