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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 6:00 PM
Help the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society launch the summer season at the Second Annual Blessing of the Fleet. Join us for this boat parade and have your boat or watercraft blessed for a safe and fun boating season. From powerboats to sailboats, canoes to kayaks and shoreside spectators, this tradition is for you! The event is open to the public, and boaters wishing to participate are encouraged to register.

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Celebrate traditions old and new with the Second Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Summer White Party in Harbor Springs on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Presented by the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society, these two events highlight our community’s waterfront and resort heritage. Launching the summer season is the Blessing of the Fleet, beginning at 6:00 pm on the harbor. Join us for this boat parade and have your boat or watercraft blessed for a safe and fun boating season. From powerboats to sailboats, canoes to kayaks and shoreside spectators, this tradition is for you! Father Joe Graff of Holy Childhood of Jesus Parish will officiate. Participants are encouraged to decorate their vessels.

The Blessing is free and open to the public and registration is required with a suggested donation to the Historical Society. Registration forms are available on the Historical Society website, HarborSpringsHistory.org, and at various locations around Harbor Springs. Once registered, participants will be given additional information about the water parade route, staging areas and appropriate radio channels.

Following the Blessing of the Fleet, the Historical Society invites you to attend the Summer White Party at the Boathouse of Harbor Springs, 105 W. Bay Street. Beginning at 7:00 pm, you will step into an elegant summer party of yesterday featuring local food, beers and wines. Enjoy a strolling supper prepared by Julienne Tomatoes and complemented with local wines by Harbor Springs Vineyards and Winery and local beers by Petoskey Brewing. Entertainment will include live music with the John Driscoll Trio. Don your best white outfit and celebrate the start of the finest season in northern Michigan. The Summer White Party is open to the public and tickets may be purchased for $75 in advance or $100 the week of the event.

The Historical Society’s mission is to connect learning about the past with appreciating the present by preserving our histories and traditions thereby deepening our shared connection to this special place. These two events strongly connect the past with the present and offer an ideal way for the community at large to celebrate the history and unparalleled beauty of Harbor Springs.

These traditions are brought to you by the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society and sponsored in part by Walstrom Marine and Evening Star Joinery. We thank them for their support.