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Norwalk Seaport Association Blesses Ferry To Kick Off Season

Norwalk Seaport Association owns and maintains the lighthouse on Sheffield Island.
Norwalk Seaport Association owns and maintains the lighthouse on Sheffield Island. Photo Credit: Norwalk Seaport Association

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Seaport Association, which owns and maintains the Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Park, will officially open its season with a Commissioning Day event Saturday.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Norwalk Seaport Association Ferry Dock at 10 N. Water St. at the corner of North Water and Washington streets. The event is free and open to the public.

“A spring commissioning ceremony is a centuries old seafaring tradition,” says NSA President Irene Dixon.  “For the Norwalk Seaport Association, it’s when we put the ferry in the water and really gear up for all the great programs we have in the warm weather months on Sheffield Island and around the Norwalk Islands like clambakes, sunset cruises, pirates weekends, the Haunted Lighthouse weekend. Plus, it’s just a whole lot of fun to be by the water and celebrate the long-awaited spring.”

The event will begin with a blessing of the association’s ferry The CJ Toth by the Rev. Artie Kassimis, pastor of World Alive Bible Church in Norwalk. Other festivities will include food, pirates, music by local artists, Tim Currie’s Motown Review, walk-on tours of the ferry and giveaways. The rain date is May 19.

Regular ferry service to Sheffield Island will begin May 25 for weekends and June 24 for weekdays.

Sheffield Island includes the historic Sheffield Lighthouse and the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge.

The Norwalk Seaport Association offers frequent excursions to the island and lighthouse tours via its ferry docked behind the Maritime Aquarium. The association was founded in 1978 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage. It has owned, restored and maintained Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986 and is the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Friends group for the Norwalk Islands.

For more information on the commissioning and other programs and events, contact 203-838-9444 or visit www.seaport.org .

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