The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society invites the entire community to their Fifth Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Summer’s Launch Celebration on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Now five years old, this pairing of events has become an important tradition in Harbor Springs and the unofficial launch of the summer season. The events are also vital fundraisers for the Historical Society, which stewards the unique history of this special place.
The events kick off with the Blessing of the Fleet boat parade on the harbor beginning at 6:00 pm. A celebration of the maritime history of Harbor Springs, this delightful parade is open to the public and free to all watercraft from paddleboards and kayaks to sail and motor craft. Participants are encouraged to register their vessels with the Historical Society prior to the parade to receive important radio and course information.
No boat? No problem! Spectators can watch the parade from the city docks or along Harbor Springs historic waterfront. Enjoy music from the Harbor Springs Community Band at the end of the city docks beginning at 5:30 pm. On your way, be sure to stop by and say hello to Tim Nixon from Lite 96.3 FM at the green space at the foot of the city dock, where you will also be able to purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win a Pedego electric bike from Pedego Petoskey.
After the Blessing, join your friends at the Summer’s Launch Celebration party at the Boathouse of Harbor Springs. Enjoy a strolling supper from Vernales, local beer, wine and cocktails, a silent auction, music, dancing and more. Tickets for the party are $100 each and on sale now at www.HarborSpringsHistory/shop. Be sure to purchase yours before June 24 and save!
Participating in these fun events helps create new memories, celebrate our history and support the work of the Historical Society. For more information please call (231) 526-9771.
The Historical Society is grateful for the support to our premier sponsor, Walstrom Marine and for additional sponsorship support from Pedego Electric Bikes, Toski Sands Market, Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls, Graham Real Estate, Boyne Highlands, Monarch Garden and Floral, Chemical Bank, Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club and media partner Lite 96.3 FM.