2nd Annual Harbor Day Celebrates Maritime Traditions

OCEAN CITY On Saturday, Oct. 10th, the waterfront docks of West Ocean City will come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the sea.

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

Harbor Day at the Docks is free and open to the public and will feature educational exhibits, music by Opposite Directions and local seafood prepared by The Shark on the Harbor, Crab Alley, Hall’s Restaurant, Submarinas and Barbely’s.

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. A working Coast Guard ship will be available for touring.

There will also be maritime organizations exhibiting their projects, maritime related craft artisans, and Fish Tales “stories at sea” presentations.

Phillips Seafood Restaurants will be demonstrating how to clean, prepare and cook a soft crab. Ending the daylong event will be a “Blessing of the Fleet” beginning at 4 p.m.

Everyone is invited to join in celebrating the unique coastal heritage and traditions. Parking will be limited along Sunset Avenue; however, the Francis Scott Key Motel’s complimentary shuttle bus will be running from the West Ocean City Park-n-Ride lot.   

For additional information, check out, www.ocharborday.com.