The Seagull Sou’wester
What’s with the hat?
If you’ve caught a few moments of our annual Telethon at any point over the last 30-plus years, you’ve probably noticed a rather distinctive chapeau: The “Seagull Sou’wester”. Although the history of the hat is usually mentioned (a few times!) during the broadcast, we think it’s past due for some formal recognition here.
1982 – The black sou’wester was given to Dr. Garth Vaughan, well-known artist, doctor and philanthropist, by Jack Campbell (formerly of Curry’s Corner), owner/operator of the Peggy’s Cove “Sou’wester Restaurant”. Vaughan wore the souvenir hat while playing accordion in the Newfie Bullet Show Band.
1983 – The seagull was made and sewn on the hat by Mrs. Marion Reading, who worked at Family and Children’s Services.
1982-2001 – The Newfie Bullet Show Band played on the Christmas Angels show for 18 years and raised $17,000 auctioning the hat during those years.
32 Years and counting
Our 2014 Telethon marks the 32nd ANNIVERSARY of the “SEAGULL SOU’WESTER”. The Seagull Sou’Wester and the beautiful paintings by Garth Vaughan have raised well over $35,000 over the past 31 years. These funds have directly benefited local children and families of Hants County.
1985 – Hantsport Concerned Action Group, $550
1986 – Dewar Lindsay and Jim Landry, $500 each
1987 – Stephen Allen (Allen Beverages), $750
1988 – Ernie Smith Construction, $775
1989 – J.P Construction, $1025
1990 – Tracey Landscaping, $1000
1991-present – records being compiled