Blessing of the Fleet, Darien GA (April 2011)

Blessing of the Fleet view of ships

Just a girl (ok, woman) and a dream: to go to as many wacky small-town festivals as possible. And the Blessing of the Fleet seemed perfect.

Which fleet? Well, it’s for the shrimp boats, which isn’t exactly beshert for a someone who keeps kosher, but feh, it’s a FESTIVAL! Go anyway! I don’t have to eat the shrimp, just celebrate someone else’s livelihood.

So high school friend Regina and I loaded up the car and drove to Darien Georgia (an hour South of Savannah). Dad suggested we take the scenic route to avoid the highway. Sage man. Except that apparently even the scenic route to Darien is quite dull.

And sadly, that was foreshadowing; the festival was also dull. Your basic parade (B-), bouncy things for the kids, crafts including hair bows, hand-made miniature shrimp boats (impressive), and an unnecessary number of “artists” painting their perspectives on the landscape. We ate some stomach-ache-inducing lunch, looked at each other, shrugged and said, “I could leave.”

I was guilt-stricken for talking up festivals and then not delivering; Regina was heart-broken on my behalf. That’s what good friends do: wrestle emotionally without cause, play a fun song and get over over it!

We opted not to go back the next afternoon for the actual blessing. Each boat would be blessed individually. One at a time. Not efficiently all together. Plus we had read the blessing already on the website:

“May God in Heaven fulfill abundantly the prayers which are pronounced over you and your boats and equipment on the occasion of the Blessing of the Fleet. God bless your going out and coming in; The Lord be with you at home and on the water. May he accompany you when you start on your many journeys: May he fill your nets abundantly as a reward for your labor; And may he bring you all safely in, when you turn your boats homeward to shore…. Amen”

We turned our boat (AKA crossover vehicle) homeward and were much happier for it!

See you at the next festival – it surely will be better!

7 Responses

04.05.11

What a wonderful idea! My home state of Ohio is rife with weird festivals like Gravelrama (http://www.gravelrama.com/Gravelrama.com/Welcome.html)

04.05.11

Great post- I am looking forward to reading more about your adventures!

04.05.11

Laugh out loud writing; thanks for a great beginning to the day.

04.05.11

Love the photo, and your honesty. Looking forward to the next posting!

04.05.11

It’s always a thrill to read about some vicarious adventure we learn we never need to go ourselves. Thanks for you sacrifice! Lynne

04.05.11

Lynne happy to do your dirty work . Feel free to fund research, too!

04.05.11

This is awesome! Why is it you don’t write for a living?

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