2014 Calendar of Events

APRIL
12: NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PARADE Take your boat up to D.C. and enjoy this long-standing Washington tradition featuring lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and other family entertainment. Visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for more information.

26: 2014 SPRINGFEST FAIRFAX Held at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center and Occoquan Regional Park—artisan demonstrations, games, puppet show, wildlife shows, art center tours, climbing wall, petting zoo, pony rides, farmers market, and much, much more! Call 703/494-7161 or visit www.springfestfairfax.org for more information.

MAY
10: ABOUT BOATING SAFELY 1-DAY CLASS  Taught by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, this beginner boating class will give students the knowledge needed to
obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. Class runs from 9 AM–5 PM. For more information contact Michael Holland at mholland1989@gmail.com or call 703/494-7161.

17: OCCOQUAN RIVERFEST Free festival highlighting the cultural, historical and recreational dynamics of the Occoquan Region. Live music, live painting, free rides on Miss Rivershore, ghost tours, wood carving demonstrations and more. Visit www.nvrpa.org or call 703/690-2121 for more information.

17: BLESSING OF THE FLEET Plan now to captain your vessel and be part of the parade. Festive flags and colors are the display of the day Invite family and friends to participate in a traditional blessing for safe cruising the year ahead for your boat and crew with a “flair for safety”! Sponsored by the members of the Occoquan River Maritime Association (ORMA). Call 703/494-7161 or email ORMA Sec/Treas. Joe Livingston at joseph.livingston@verizon.net for more information.

JUNE
8: RUN FOR THE WOUNDED HALF & 5K RACE Run through the rolling hills of Prince William Forest Park while benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit bishopevents.com for more information.

14: CRABS, COBALTS & COCONUTS (also NATIONAL MARINA DAY!) Rendezvous with us at Tim's Lake Anna for food and fun. Boats on display and demo rides too! Visit timslakeanna.com for more information.

JULY
26: DREAMS FOR KIDS Extreme Recess gives children ages 4-24 with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to participate in adaptive watersports, allowing them to realize a physical potential previously unimagined while having the time of their life! Call 703/494-7161 or visit dreamsforkids.org for more information.

OCTOBER
16-19: ANNAPOLIS BOAT SHOW
Visit us at the nation’s oldest and largest in-water powerboat exhibition. Located in Annapolis, Maryland, the show features everything from luxurious motor yachts and trawlers to high-performance boats and offshore fishing machines. There are family cruisers, center consoles, inflatables and the world’s largest power catamaran section. Attendees will also find a wide selection of marine equipment, high-tech electronics, accessories, gear and related services such as boating lessons, rentals, insurance firms and lending institutions. Visit www.usboat.com for more information.