We have excerpted part of the story here, as it appears in the following URL
Naughty Traveling Claus Clan Shames the Name of Santa
June 25th, 2009
PHOTO REMOVED AT THE DEMAND OF ANDREW CREMATA: although this photo clearly showed Tim Connaghan at the brothel museum.
Summer is clearly not Santa’s season. For the third year in a row the off-season behaviors of a clan of professional Santa Clauses is grabbing headlines and causing jaws to drop. This year, they traveled by cruise ship to Alaska, where they stole headlines everywhere they went — including Skagway, Alaska where this group of Santas posed at a famed brothel museum:
The group, being tutored at a “School4Santa” sponsored by the International University of Santa Claus, were supposed to be learning the delicate art of representing Santa Claus and living up to the industry-wide standards set out in the “Santa Claus Oath”.The schools, led by Santa trainer Tim Connaghan across the United States, teaches professional Santas the history and business of professional Santas.
End of Excerpt. It seems that the International University of Santa Claus, according this article has a 3 year history of trouble.
We have a feeling that having Santas pose at a Brothel Museum may be a new low.
Here is another version of the same story from http://www.skagwaynews.com/;
You can view the archived image and headline here.
A Santa convention showed up on a ship last week and posed with the ladies at the Red Onion Brothel Museum. They also sang “Jingle Bells” in the Christmas Store and generally made themselves noticed everywhere they went.
Photo by Andrew Cremata
We did a little research on the "Red Onion Brothel Museum". The Red Onion Brothel Museum is housed inside the "Red Onion Saloon". This is not a restaurant that happens to serve alcohol, this is a BAR. So even if this Mr. Tim Connaghan can figure out a way to explain why a Brothel Museum is the correct venue for Santa, why would he plan an entire trip around going to a BAR?
Isn't anyone else upset by this?
Tim Connaghan supposedly teaches a Santa School, where one of the subjects of instruction is;
What Qualities do Great Santa's Possess - A Santa of Character
Tim Connaghan, who is standing just to the right side of the woman in the top hat, and has his left hand on the shoulders of the woman in front of him, also teaches to always have both hands showing so there is no accusation possible later on. Now.. Where is his right hand?