Inaugural Harbor Day This Weekend

BERLIN – On Saturday, Oct. 11, the waterfront docks of West Ocean City will come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the sea.

The inaugural Harbor Day at the Docks will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is being held along the working harbor docks adjacent to Sunset Avenue. This new event will celebrate the history and heritage of local maritime traditions, including both commercial fishing and sport fishing.

The Harbor Day At The Docks event is free and open to the public and will feature educational exhibits, the Fisherman’s Challenge, the Lauren Glick Band, and local seafood prepared by The Shark on the Harbor.

Highlights of the program will include fish cleaning and seafood cooking demonstrations, commercial fish harvesting techniques and handling, deep sea fishing techniques, net mending, seafaring competitions, touch tanks, children’s games, and much more.

Various fishing vessels will be located along the dock and local fishermen will be available to interact with visitors (though no ship boarding’s will take place). There will also be maritime organizations exhibiting their projects, maritime related craft artisans, and Fish Tales “stories at sea” presentations. Ending the daylong event will be a “Blessing of the Fleet” beginning at 4:00p.m.

The public is invited. Parking will be limited along Sunset Ave. Complimentary shuttle buses will be running from the West Ocean City Park-n-Ride lot.

Event Schedule

(BOLD)Fish Scales & Tales Tent

10 a.m.: Opening ceremony

10:15 a.m.: Stories of rescues at sea

11 a.m.: Fish cleaning demo

11:30 a.m.: Seafood cooking demo

12:15 p.m.: Sea stories of Ocean City fishing

1 p.m.: Fish cleaning demo

1:30 p.m.: Seafood cooking demo

2:15 p.m.: Fish cleaning demo

2:45 p.m.: Seafood cooking demo

3:30 p.m.: Sea stories-Martin family

4 p.m. Blessing of the Harbor

(BOLD)Entertainment Stage

Noon-4 p.m.: Live music by the Lauren Glick Band


10:30 a.m.: Fishing gear demo

11 a.m.: Oyster farming demo

Noon: Scallop shucking

12:15 p.m. Phillips Crabhouse clam shucking

1:15 p.m.: Gill net mending

1:30-2:45 p.m.: Fisherman’s Challenge featuring blindfolded knot tying, survival suit races, line toss competition and splicing

(BOLD)Kids Area

10:30-11:15 a.m.: Moon bounce

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Scavenger hunt

12:45-4 p.m.: Kids games and moon bounce