Boats will be blessed at annual St. Clement’s Island event
A Roman Catholic Mass will be said on St. Clement’s Island — the site of Maryland first colonial landing in 1634 and the birthplace of religious freedom in America — at the 50th annual Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. A blessing of the boats will be held after Mass, celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Lickteig, pastor of Holy Angels and Sacred Heart churches. Join them for a special celebration.
Other activities, including live music, will be held at the annual event throughout the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a fireworks display Saturday night. Admission is $10 for one day, $15 for both days, or free for children 12 and younger. There will be boat rides to St. Clement’s Island from the museum on the mainland.
For more information, contact Richard Lord at 301-769- 3125 or visit www.blessingofthefleetsomd.net and click on the schedule tab.
The annual Margaret Brent High School Alumni dinner and dance will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. Admission is by ticket only, and the cost is $35 per person. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of a group of eight tickets.
Social time will start at 5 p.m. and dinner, at 5:30 p.m., will include baked chicken, fried chicken, ham and all the fixings. Music will be by B&B Express from 7 to 11 p.m., and there will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Clarence Bowles at 301-769-2630 or 240-587-4180, or Delores Cusic at 301-8844812 or 240-538-4297. The doors have been closed for 52 years, but they still remember.
Camp Maria Retreat Center in Leonardtown will hold its sixth annual oyster scald on Sunday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine. They will have fried oyster baskets, fried chicken baskets, scalded oysters, stuffed ham sandwiches, a bake sale, live music, vendors and crafters. Come out and help support the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Call 301-475-8330, email director@ campmaria.org or visit www. campmaria.org.
The community was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Christopher Moran Wilson Sr., who passed away recently at the age of 92. Born Aug. 6, 1925, in Nashville, he grew up in White Plains, N.Y. Wilson served in WWII with the 86th Infantry and was in Germany on VE Day. He began a life of service and friendship in St. Mary’s County in 1971, when he moved here to head the science division of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and later joined the Bendix Field Engineering Corp. He was active not only with his career, but with family and charitable outreach. He served many yyears and roles with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rotary, the Pastoral Counseling Center as well as with one of his greatest accomplishments, helping to found the Three Oaks Center in Lexington Park. He was also an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Wilson, and he was truly a fine man and a very devote Catholic. Sympathy is extended to his devoted wife of many years, Dr. Patricia Ann Wilson, as well as their sons and other family members. In lieu of flowers, people can make donations in Dr. Wilson’s name to the Three Oaks Center.
Margaret Brent High School Alumni Association will host a chartered bus trip for a day of fun to Harrington Raceway and Casino on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Price is $40 per person, and payment is due on Oct. 11. To make reservations or for more information, call Clarence Bowles at 301-769-2630 or 240587-4180 or email cljennyb@ verizon.net.
The Archangel Scholarship Foundation, in support of St. Michael’s School in Ridge, will be holding its 2017 Rhythm and Riches fundraising event on Oct. 20 at the Hollywood firehouse. Doors open at 5 p.m. This is a concert featuring Robbie Boothe and the Amish Outlaws, plus a raffle for cash prizes totaling $20,000. For more, call 240-287-7111 or visit www. rhythmandriches.com.
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