Saturday, October 24– Sunday, October 25
Long Wharf, Cambridge
Beginning Thursday, October 22nd, the participating ships in this year’s 4th Annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous are scheduled to start arriving at Long Wharf Park and will stay throughout the weekend of October 24th & 25th. These beautiful vessels will line the docks as a reminder of Cambridge’s maritime legacy, providing the opportunity to view – and even sail- these handsome ships. Friday night will provide the public with the opportunity to support the Rendezvous by attending a special music fundraiser, performed by D’vibe & Conga at Jimmie & Sook’s restaurant.
The dockside festivities will begin at 10 am sharp on Saturday, Oct 24th, with bagpipers and the official kick-off by Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley. The Parade of Sail immediately follows at 11:00 am, with many of the vessels offering the ability for visitors to participate in this newly- created event. Photo opportunities will abound as the boats sail in and around Cambridge harbor. There will also be a deadrise shuttle available, courtesy of Phillips Crab House, to provide you with a unique perspective of the festival from the water.
Many new vessels are participating this year, including Liberty Clipper from Massachusetts and Lady Maryland from Baltimore’s Living Classrooms Foundation, along with many returning favorites as well as other special vessels of character from around the Chesapeake region and beyond. Now in its 4th year of operation, this non-profit festival is run in conjunction with the Richardson Maritime Museum, the City of Cambridge, the American Schooner Association/Mid-Atlantic Chapter and is supported by a special grant from the Heart of Chesapeake Heritage Area.
As always, this event has free admission and plentiful parking both Saturday and Sunday, October 24th & 25th. Food, sailing tickets and other vendors will be on hand. There will also be live performances by Schoonertime and the Slow Boat Captains for Truth and Justice, among others. There are still tickets available for the traditional Eastern Shore Dinner on Saturday night which will be followed by a free movie in the park. Come nightfall, the festival will take on a new perspective as the ships will be illuminated.