Schooner Rendezvous docks in Cambridge this weekend
CAMBRIDGE — Schooners and other historic vessels will be docked in Cambridge this weekend at Long Wharf Park and at the Dorchester County Office Building for the 11th annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous.
Lady Maryland, Sultana,
Prom Queen and the Jolly Dolphin, a schooner built by Jim Richardson, will join other vessels in the festivities. While docked, a number of the ships will put out their gangplanks and invite the public aboard for tours and day sails.
The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23. The schooners and other vessels also will be doing educational tours and programs for school students on Thursday and Friday. The Richardson Maritime Museum hosts the event.
The Vigilant Crew, a living history group focused on naval history during the 17th and 18th century, will be setting up their encampment. More than 50 vendors will be on site selling artwork, nautical pieces, jewelry and varied other items.
There will be day sails and dockside tours, walking tours of Cambridge’s historic High Street, live entertainment and familyfriendly activities. Darnell’s Barbeque, Chesapeake Gold Oysters and steamed crabs from Ocean Odyssey will enhance the event with the tastes of the Eastern Shore.
Admission to the event is free; each ship sets admission prices for tours and sails. There’s free parking, and the shops and
restaurants of historic downtown Cambridge are a short walk away.
“Come for an hour, come for the day, this is a unique opportunity to see these majestic ships up close and experience the living history of an encampment,” said Richardson Maritime Museum Executive Director Jane Devlin. “No matter what your age, this event has something for you.”
Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, with a blessing of the fleet and welcome address by Cambridge Mayor VictoriaJackson Stanley. The day features dockside tours and public sails.
The Chorus of Dorchester will be performing at 10:15 a.m. The Compadres, then, take the stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are followed from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. by The Speak Easy Boys.
The Parade of Sail will be held at 3 p.m. The Compadres returns to the stage from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Historic walking tours through Cambridge will be held at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday’s schedule also includes dockside tours and public sails. The Compadres perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cooking With Fire takes the stage from 1 to 3 p.m., and they are followed by The Speak Easy Boys.
For more information, visit www.CambridgeSchoonerRendezvous.com.
The Vigilant Crew, a living history group focused on naval history during the 17th and 18th century, will be setting up their encampment at the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous.
The at a past Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous.