Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This past weekend we traveled to Darien, Ga for the Blessing of the Fleet. http://blessingofthefleet.com/ The weather was spectacular, our lodgings quaint and cozy, the food fantastic and the people we met were sincere, friendly and happy. It is hard to have a bad time when you have all that going for you. The entire weekend was devoted to celebrating the shrimpers on the Georgia coast. Friday the festival kicked off with Art in the Park, Vendor Alley and Concerts down by the river and lots of festival food.
http://www.opengatesbnb.com/index.php Jeff was actually waiting at the gates for our arrival (or so we told ourselves)! What a show of true Southern hospitality. Once we settled into our Garden Room we sat on our private back porch and just relaxed and enjoyed the sounds of the festival winding down around us. We slept in the most comfortable beds replete with fine soft linens and fluffy pillows that cradled us right to sleep.
Saturday morning we arose and went down to the main house for breakfast, waffles made to order, sausage patties, fresh fruit and some of the best coffee I have had away from home. After all I am spoiled every morning by my own pot "Joe". Fresh ground beans and a coffee poem written by my husband is a wonderful way to start each day. Any way.....after breakfast we litterly walked across the street into Vernon Square where the fine art displays were set up. Beautifully hand crafted art and crafts in a magnificant setting. The white tents were all over the square nestled under huge oaks dripping with spanish moss. The altamaha river just a mere two blocks away where the shrimp boats were being festooned with streamers and decked out for the blessing on Sunday.
Sunday morning we enjoyed a feast of shrimp and grits and everyone attended the worship service of choice. The Gospel Sing started at the riverside park immediately after church and at 2:00pm the blessing of the fleet comensced. The holy water was flying, poems were read and we learned allot about the history of each boat and the contributions the shrimping industry has made to the local economy and the history of the region. Of course you could still shop to til you dropped and a good time was had by all. The festivities ended around 5pm......until next year!