Public Event 52nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet at the St. Clement's Island Museum; October 5-6

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The 7th District Optimist Club is proud to present the 52nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet, Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2019, at the St. Clement's Island Museum in Colton's Point, MD.

Held the first weekend of October for more than 50 years, the Blessing of the Fleet has become one of the most anticipated family events of the year. This significant occasion celebrates St. Mary's County's ties to the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the watermen who work its waters. This year's event, featuring a revamped format, will showcase fun for all ages.

Activities include tours of St. Clements Island, Blackistone Lighthouse & St. Clement's Island Museum, live performances by popular music acts, free boat excursions, Southern Maryland food, art and craft vendors, boat blessing ceremony, Sunday parade, evening concert, activities on the Island, children's activities, fireworks and more. This year's live performances are by local talent Robbie Boothe and headliner Nathan Osmond and the Cabana Dogs.

Gates are open from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults; children 12 & under are free. To stay up to date on the festivities, please visit

If you are an artist, craft person or non-profit organization and would like to have space at the event, please contact Jayne Walsh at to register.

About the 7th District Optimist Club

The 7th District Optimist Club, the host organization of Blessing of the Fleet, is made up of members of the local community dedicated to reaching out and helping the youth and the community in and around St. Mary's County's 7th District. The Club uses proceeds from the many yearly events and fundraisers, like the Blessing of the Fleet, to provide funding for countless youth events and causes throughout the county, as well as to area elderly programs and local fire and rescue squads. For more information regarding the 7th District Optimist Club and its mission of community service, please visit