The 7th Annual Chatham Blessing of the Fleet will take place on Saturday, May 23rd at 10am, at the Fish Pier on Chatham Harbor, Barcliff Ave. Ext.
The unofficial theme that seems to be shaping up for this year’s blessing is “Family.” Along with Reverend Brian McGurk of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church officiating the blessing, will be children from local fishing families participating in various musical and traditional ceremonies. Sisters Brooke & Kelsie Linnell, who’s father, uncles, cousins and grandfather are all Chatham fishermen, will sing a vocal duet of “Amazing Grace.” Various kids of Chatham fishermen will place a symbolic wreath out to sea, while the Women of Fishing Families light lanterns in honor of those who’ve passed (weather dependent). Local fiddle player Gene Clancy will play his song “Leaving Stage Harbor,” and prayers will be offered by students from Chatham Elementary School and the Rocking Unicorn Nursery School. A “Fish Tale” or two may be told by long time members of our fishing community!
Following the Blessing, folks are welcome to visit the WOFF table for some chowder donated by George’s Fish Market, and hot coffee by Chatham Perk. Kids can explore marine critters in the old Miss Eelgrass Dinghy.