BLESSING OF THE FLEET
Each year since 2008, the Women of Fishing Families, in collaboration with St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, have organized and hosted a Blessing of the Fleet at the fish pier on Chatham Harbor. The event, which is generally held on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, brings together fishermen and the broader community to honor the Town of Chatham’s founding industry.
In addition to the reverend of St. Christopher’s officiating the blessing, a symbolic wreath, honoring those who have passed away, is set out to sea by the children of local fishing families while W.O.F.F. members light lanterns. Each blessing is a little different: In past years we’ve had children from the Rocking Unicorn nursery offer a prayer, young sisters sing “Amazing Grace” and local fiddle player Gene Clancy perform his song “Leaving Stage Harbor”.
After the blessing comes the party! There’s food – fresh seafood is a common theme…naturally! – and beer and wine donated by local businesses. The 2016 event will feature live music from the SeaFire Kids whose members include local fisherman and W.O.F.F. member Shannon Eldredge. Kids’ activities include an opportunity to explore marine critters about the Miss Eelgrass dinghy.
Donations are welcome wherever a “pink boot” stands. All proceeds are used to assist local fishing families in a time of need.
Check out photos from last year’s Blessing: http://www.pomeroy-photo-graphics.com/Action/Blessing/Fish-Pier-blessing-fleet-2014/
See the boot. Know the cause.
ANNUAL B LISKA SCAVENGER RACE
The B LISKA Annual Scavenger Race honors Brad Liska whose irresistible spirit touched so many people throughout Chatham. Brad, the son Mark Liska – a Chatham fisherman – and Kate Liska – a founding member of W.O.F.F. – was renowned for his love of Chatham and embracing life to its fullest. Each year, the Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt is designed to include clues and locations which reflect the things Brad loved most about his hometown.
Clues lead each team of up to six people throughout downtown Chatham. The first team to find all the clues, complete the tasks at each stop, and cross the finish line wins the grand prize! Additional prizes are awarded for Most Spirited Team and Best Local Restaurant or Retail Team.
The registration fee is $50 per team. All proceeds benefit the W.O.F.F. scholarship fund. Have fun and feel good knowing your helping the children of Cape Cod fishing families. Most of all “B LISKA”!
GET FRESH DINNERS
The Get Fresh! campaign serves as a fun and interactive component of W.O.F.F.’s mission, which is to provide an active support network and direct assistance for fishing families, and to educate the greater public about the industry.
This program is offered as an opportunity to get to know the real local seafood scene direct from the source. The Women of Fishing Families will throw an epic dinner party in your home for six to eight people. We use the freshest local fish and shellfish to prepare delicious traditional family recipes and innovative fusion dishes. The added bonus? You’ll have an opportunity to get to know the women of W.O.F.F. (we’re a fun bunch and never shy away from showing our true party colors!), and learn about our community’s rich fishing history and current industry news. Cost is $350 and includes wine.