Thursday, May 27, 2010

"Blessing Of The Fleet" On Chincoteague

CHINCOTEAGUE -- The Chincoteague Island Charterboat Association is planning for the 14th annual Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, May 30, in Robert Reed Downtown Park. The event starts at 4 p.m.
This year's ceremony will feature an introduction of the colors by the U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard. The Rev. Kevin Eley of the Union Baptist Church will lead the group with prayers for those lost at sea and the Blessing of the Fleet.

A. J. Bowden will provide spiritual songs and lead the group in singing "God Bless America."

This year's ceremony will be a joint effort of the Charterboat Association and the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance.At 3 p.m., before the blessing, the alliance will present a concert, "Music At The Dock," featuring Bob Zentz. Zentz is a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard and sings from experience. He has performed on radio, television and concerts all over the United States.

After the Blessing of the Fleet, the participating boats will form a parade down the Chincoteague Channel led by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, ending up in Curtis Merritt Harbor. All boaters, recreational, commercial and others are welcome to bring their boat to the blessing and participate in the parade.

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