We are now accepting applications for crafters for the Blessing of the Fleet to be held on October 4th & 5th, 2014. The price for both days is $70. Space is limited and is located under a large tent. Contact . Payment can be made my check or credit cards.
Advertising is available in The Blessing of the Fleet program book in various sizes. To place your ad in the program book please contact Jim Sandberg at
The waterman of the year has been selected and Louis Marshall Thompson, III, better known as "Buddy" is the selection. Delegate Johnny Wood, Jr. will present the Award Sunday morning at 11:45a.m.
We would like to announce J W E Electrical as a new fireworks sponsor. Their business is located at 21726 Great Mill Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Phone 301-882-5550.
A Roman Catholic mass will be offered on St. Clement's Island, on Sunday, October 5 at the Blessing of the Fleet. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will be the celebrant. This will be a reenactment of the original mass celebrated on the island on March 25, 1634 when the English settlers landed at St. Clement's Island. The boat ride to the island is free. The Maryland Dove will be docked at St. Clement's Island pier and open to free tours by Captain Will Gates and crew.
Batman and Spiderman, The Superheroes will be at the Blessing of the Fleet both days. Don't forget the free pony rides for the children available one both days. For adults, the motorcycle poker run will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 3:00p.m. Over 100 bikes will parade to the Blessing o the Fleet and be on display.
    The greatest fireworks display will again be held on Saturday evening at duck on the shores o the St. Clement's Island Museum this is a  must see for children and adults.
New Topic Food
Food will be offered by : Texas Ribs, Clarke's Landing Roasted Corn, McKay's Food stores famous stuffed ham, Third District Optimist, The Mechanicsville Optimist Club, the Bells of St. Mary's ice cream, the 7th District Optimist Club.
There will be wine tasting and sales by Still Creek Vineyard's and Slack Winery. Also Budweiser products and Coca Cola drinks.

2013 Blessing of the Fleet Schedule of Events

posted Aug 9, 2013, 12:02 PM by Mike Barbour

Download the 2013 Blessing of the Fleet Schedule of Events.

Event Announcements

posted Oct 1, 2011, 8:34 AM by Deborah Naugle   [ updated Mar 20, 2014, 12:20 PM by Sarah LaDuca ]

We are pleased to announce that they Sam Grow Band we be returning to play at the blessing of the fleet October 4, 2014.
Sunday has been dedicated to our country music fans. Counrty Memories Band will be playing Sunday.

2012 Blessing of the Fleet Flyer

posted Sep 19, 2011, 8:52 PM by Deborah Naugle   [ updated Apr 24, 2012, 6:43 AM by Mike Barbour ]

Download the current 2012 Blessing of the Fleet Events Flyer (below).

All about the Optimist Club

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:21 PM by Debbie N   [ updated Apr 24, 2012, 7:11 AM by Mike Barbour ]

The 7th District Optimist Club, located in Bushwood, Maryland, currently has 120 members.  We strongly believe in the "Friend of Youth" motto as shown by our strong community involvement and youth-driven activities, scholarships and fundraisers.

Established in 1967 with 41 charter members, the 7th District Optimist Club has since operated to benefit the youth in St. Mary's County and Southern Maryland.  

We participate in all the classic Optimist activities, including the Junior Golf Tournament, Oratorical Contest, College Scholarship, Youth Safety Week, and Respect for Law Week, but also have many of our own youth-friendly activities.

As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on our fund raising events to help manage the costs associated with our youth events. This would include  our annual “Blessing of the Fleet” festival.

For More information about the 7th District Optimist Club visit our website,

Home of The Blackistone Lighthouse

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:20 PM by Debbie N   [ updated Apr 24, 2012, 7:09 AM by Mike Barbour ]

The line was out the door and down the sidewalk for tours of the newly-completed Blackistone Lighthouse replica. Curiosity seekers and lighthouse lovers came out in droves for a look at the new lighthouse.

About the Event

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:20 PM by Debbie N   [ updated Apr 24, 2012, 7:15 AM by Mike Barbour ]

More than 5,000 people were transported to St. Clement's Island to see the new Blackistone Lighthouse for the 2010 Blessing of the Fleet Event.

The Piscataway Indian Nation presented a cultural program to include dancing and drumming with interesting and educational commentary about their history and culture. Piscataway Indian James Edwards performed one of many cultural and colorful dances for the Blessing of the Fleet audience.

updated 2-22-11

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