Boats will be blessed at an­nual St. Clement’s Is­land event

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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.

Well, that’s about it for this week, friends. Con­tinue send­ing signed news by mail­ing it to Au­drey Ridgell, P.O. Box 457, Leonard­town, MD 20650. Thank you for your news. Do have a good week, and bye bye for now.

Au­drey Ridgell

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