Celebrate the beginning of this year’s boating season by joining the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for an April 22 Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The ceremony honors the museum’s floating fleet as well as other Chesapeake Bay working vessels and pleasure craft, with prayers offered for a safe and bountiful season. The event is free and open to the public.
On-land participants will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 under the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, which overlooks the Miles River at CBMM. Easton High School’s NJROTC will begin the ceremony with a presentation of the colors, followed by an a capella performance of the Star Spangled Banner and Navy Hymn. The blessing will be performed by the Reverend Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md.
Boaters are invited to pull up near the lighthouse from the Miles River, with marina reservations made through the museum. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved into the Small Boat Shed. For docking and marina information, contact Megan Fisher at [email protected] or at 410-745-4981. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.