Rockport Navy Weekend 2015
The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS), aboard four NA-44 foot sailboats, will drop anchor on Friday July 10th in Rockport Harbor to take part in the Rockport Navy Weekend 2015. The midshipmen and their advisors will be joined for the weekend by sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, the USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts and the Navy Band in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Rockport Navy Weekend is hosted by the Rockport Navy Committee, which is comprised of volunteers who have worked to bring the U.S. Navy to Rockport since 2007. The enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport helps make the Rockport Navy Weekend a success. Activities are planned to encourage the entire community to interact with and learn about the US Navy.
The US Navy and USNA will play kickball with pre-registered Rockport children 6-16 years old on Saturday. The children and sailors/midshipmen will be mixed together on the teams, no rivalries. Children must be able to be photographed. The game will be held at Green Field (behind Rockport Elementary School) at 10:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided for the players after the game at 12:15 p.m. Registraion is full.
Long Gun Demonstrations
A master gun team from the USS Constitution, in 1813 period uniforms, will be giving hourly demonstrations using a replica of an 1812 USS Constitution gun deck complete with a 5,800 pound late 18th century long gun on Bearskin Neck. Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
One of the USNA’s 44 foot sailboats will be open for free public tours on T-wharf from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Midshipmen will be on hand to answer questions.
USN/USNA vs Rockport, Green Field (behind Rockport Elementary School). Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Live DJ. Refreshments available. Will Navy beat Rockport for a second year? Public is welcome.
Sunday morning there will be a benefit pancake breakfast at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Enjoy breakfast seated with, whenever possible, visiting midshipmen and sailors while overlooking beautiful Sandy Bay! $5.00 donation at the door, the proceeds will benefit the Rockport Navy Committee.
Navy Band Concert
Sunday the Northeast Navy Pops Ensemble will perform a free concert at the Rockport High School, 24 Jerdens Lane at 3:00 p.m. The Northeast Navy Pops Ensemble is comprised of talented musicians from around the country and provides musical entertainment for audiences of all ages. The versatility of this group allows it to play a wide variety of musical styles, including modern and traditional concert band, patriotic favorites, and popular hits of today. To reserve tickets, call Roger at 978-618-3548.
The success of the Navy visits is dependent on the enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport. To help defer the costs of the Navy Weekend the RocNavCom will be holding a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available from committee. The drawing will be held during the USN/USNA vs. a Rockport town softball game at Green Field on Saturday night July 11th. The game starts at 6:30 pm. Public is welcome.