Friday, August 16, 2019
Join Us To Awaken The Dragons!
Dotting of the Eye -A traditional ceremony to celebrate the opening of the festival during which the pupil of each dragon's eye is painted in so the dragons can see. With another stroke of a brush, paint is added to their tongues so the dragons can breathe, now the dragons are ready to race for us!
Blessing of the Boats - A blessing from Rev. Monsignor Michael Wilson, pastor at Our Lady Star of the Sea, for a safe and jubilant festival.
Wish and a Prayer Celebration - Join us for a new addition to our opening ceremony when we'll float a hundred lighted miniature boats on Solomons Island Back Creek.
For $10 per boat you can write your own personal message of good wishes, in memoriam, congratulations, or a blessing or prayer.
All donations benefit SMCR's programs for individuals with developmental differences.
All events listed above will take place at: Our Lady Star of the Sea Historic Church, 14400 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, Maryland.
Free Admission - Accessible Parking will be located in lot behing OLSS Historic Church
National Anthem & Color Guard at 8:30am - We'll start off the day with the National Anthem, followed by presentation of the colors.
First Race Starts At 9:00am
Please remind family and friends that the best place to view the races is from the riverwalk.
An important note to those who may choose to view the races from the water.
You must remain anchored when the dragon boats are on the race course.
The race area is a no wake zone.
THANK YOU FOR KEEPING OUR ATHLETES SAFE!
Other Important Notes:
The Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival is a fun place to bring the whole family!
PO Box 560
Solomons, MD 20688