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Sun shines on Marina Day

Grosse Pointe Farms

Marina Day means a day at the Pier Park beach for Farms residents, from left, Regan Wright, her husband Robert and sons Griffin and Austin. Photo by Brad Lindberg
June 12, 2008
Regan Wright had a decision to make.

Should she take her family to Pier Park on Sunday because of the good weather, because of all the Marina Day activities or because her two sons wanted to play on the beach?

"A combination of all three," she decided.

The Wrights, including husband, Robert, and sons, Austin, 6, and Griffin, 4, were among residents and guests soaking up the sun during a busy June 8 at the park.

The Rev. Brad Whitacker, rector of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, blesses the fleet at Pier Park. Photo by Brad Lindberg
Marina Day attractions ranged from free hot dogs and scuba demonstrations to tips about fishing and boater safety.

Most activities concluded before a storm blew in during late afternoon.

"It's beautiful weather," said Steve Sicklesteel, 2008 Commodore of Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club, early in the afternoon. "We had a pretty good turnout."

"I think the heat is bringing out lots of folks," added Chris Harrison, last year's commodore.

The club sponsored Marina Day with the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron and Farms recreation department.

A crew of Coast Guardsmen from the Belle Isle station docked one of their 33-foot search and rescue boats for tours.

Petty Officer Jeff Hughes said the boat's three Mercury engines give it a top speed of 50 knots.

"We have two of them at the station and use them pretty much on a daily basis," Hughes said.

At 1 p.m., The Rev. Bradford Whitacker, rector of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, blessed the fleet.

"Bless these boats, the equipment and all who enjoy them," Whitacker said while overlooking the marina from the community center second-floor balcony. "Protect them from the dangers of wind and rain and of the perils of the deep. Bring us all to the harbor of light and peace."

During the Invocation, Whitacker said, "Create and maintain among us cheerfulness and a good ship's spirit in all we do, both ashore and afloat. Grant fair weather in all our voyages and always bring us safely to port."

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