Maryland history will come to life next weekend during the 25th anniversary of the Historic Pageant and Blessing of the Fleet at St. Clement's Island. The island was the original landing site of the Maryland colonists in 1634.
The 7th District Optimist Club, sponsor of the event, has planned a big celebration Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can take a free boat ride to the island from St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum at Colton's Point. On the island there will be activities for all ages, including arts and crafts, an amateur decoy carving contest, musical entertainment, Maryland seafood, puppet shows and many other activities for children. The Blessing of the Fleet will take place Sunday at 3 p.m., followed by a re-enactment of the landing. Colonists will disembark from the Maryland Dove, a replica of the original ship that brought the first settlers. Once on the island, the colonists will lead a procession to a 40-foot cross that stands at the southern end of the island to mark the landing site. Colonists and visitors alike will then gather for a celebration of the original Catholic Mass of 1634.
A donation of $7 will be requested. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Call (301) 769-2222.
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