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 American Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 565

Rockland, Maine 04841

Phone: 207-594-4174


The American Lighthouse  Foundation is a  Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated  to the preservation of America's historic lighthouses.








3 hours and 41 minutes after he began his

"Icy Swim for Lighthouses" across Rockland Harbor and a brief stop at Rockland Breakwater

 Lighthouse, Gary arrived at Middle Pier

completing a 3.3 mile journey.


PHOTO ALBUM: Icy Swim for Lighthouses - Dec. 10, 2011




THANK YOU to Swim Sponsors & Donors!


The American Lighthouse Foundation would like to thank our business and individual donors who are helping to make this event a success!

 Click for a list of donors.


  Enjoy video highlights from Gary's swim!  

On December 10, 2011, Gary will once again undertake an Icy Swim for Lighthouses...this time he will swim 3.3 miles across Rockland Harbor, Maine!


Gary Needs YOUR Help:

Donate Now...

Support Gary in this chilly, unique, but absolutely amazing venture...

Be there to welcome him ashore, and...

Join us as Gary dazzles us with his musical talents at a

Post-Swim Celebration!


Gary’s Challenge:

Swim 3.3 miles in water averaging

39 °F -- 44 °F






December 10, 2011



Departing at 9 am from Owls Head

Light Beach...

to Rockland Breakwater Light...

ending at Middle Pier in Rockland Harbor

(See map below)


Fundraising Goal:






Post Swim Celebration...

Join us at the Owls Head Community Center for a post swim celebration...enjoy live, musical entertainment by Gary himself as we recap his swim and highlight local lighthouse preservation projects!


When: December 10, 2011 at 6:30pm

Where: Owls Head Community Center

            224 Ash Point Dr., Owls Head, ME 04854




A little bit about Gary...

Gary Sredzienski, known affectionately in his southern Maine hometown and beyond as the “Creek Man”, will take to Rockland Harbor's frigid waters in December to raise funds for the nonprofit American Lighthouse Foundation, located at 464 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, and the foundation’s local chapter, the Friends of Rockland Breakwater  Lighthouse.



For his part in the upcoming “Icy Swim for Lighthouses” event, Sredzienski will swim a total of 3.3 miles, from Owls Head Light Beach, across the harbor to the Rockland Breakwater, before ending at Middle Pier in Rockland.


Gary is an accomplished accordionist, who has played for over 40 years with an expanding repertoire encompassing music from a wide range of world and American traditions. Gary also plays 1960’s surf rock, traditional ethnic, and his own accordion 


compositions with his Portsmouth based group, the 'Serfs.'


An avid swimmer, Gary has raised thousands of dollars for local Maine and New Hampshire charities. Earlier this year, Gary raised nearly $10,000 for the American Lighthouse Foundation and our Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses chapter by swimming 4 miles across the entrance of the Piscataqua River, tackling one of the strongest tides.



“Hundreds of times I’ve been out in a boat and admired lighthouses, but you really feel the connection when you are in the water swimming to them. You can’t really feel this from a boat…well you can, but there is something about being in the water approaching them..."

- Gary Sredzienski, Feb. 2011





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