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This seems to be a year of anniversaries. The Optimist Club of the Seventh District is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Blessing the Fleet in Coltons Point and in Solomons, Calvert Marine Museum staff are marking the 35th year celebrating Patuxent River Appreciation Days.

“That’s kind of a milestone,” said CMM Deputy Director Sherrod Sturrock.

There will be a few new wrinkles to CMM’s popular two-day event. Despite the Sotterley Winefest across the creek, three Calvert wineries, including Solomons, Cove Point and Perigrin.

“We’ll be having the wine tasting on Saturday,” Sturrock said. “That should be really nice.”

She added that another new event will be local authors doing reading of their works, among them Don Shommette. Free harbor cruises will be offered on board two historic vessels: the 112-year-old bugeye Wm. B. Tennison, and the skipjacks Nathan of Dorchester and Dee of St. Mary's.

“These are three very historic boats,” Sturrock said. “It’s a cool opportunity for people.”

Another point of focus will be a photo exhibit of Chesapeake Bay watermen coinciding with a similar exhibit at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center.

She added there will be music on both stages Saturday and Sunday. The annual PRAD Parade will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 and will be a celebration of the watermen from Calvert County. Tommy Zinn, president of the Calvert County Waterman’s Association, will be master of ceremonies.

jnorris@somdnews.com