SMSA Oxford Cruise Notice (Kimmel/Freeman)

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Oxford Cruise 

Join Patty & Rich on Friday, 25 July, when cruisers will depart their homeport and head towards the Tred Avon River where we will anchor off The Strand at Oxford (N 38 41.8 W 76 10.3) right after low tide. Happy Hour will begin at 1700 hours aboard Reflections. VHF channel 9 will be monitored though out the cruise, with check in times of 1000 and 1400 hours.

On Saturday, cruisers will take to their dinghies and head for shore to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Town of Oxford. Oxford was officially founded in 1694, making it one of Maryland's oldest towns. Today, Oxford is a quiet town that is enjoyed by visitors who appreciate its history and charm. Oxford has a lovely town park located on Morris Street. The park has a beautiful view of the Tred Avon River. There are picnic tables and swings overlooking the river; a nice place to enjoy a picnic lunch. The tiny Oxford Custom House, located next to the ferry terminal location, is an exact replica of a custom house that served Oxford during its Colonial past. The Custom House is open weekends from April through late autumn. Oxford also has a very nice museum and the historical society is quite active.

Commemorating the 325th Anniversary of the Port of Oxford in 2008, local Oxford artists (founding members of a group called Art Guild of Oxford (AGO)) have been decorating the town with nautical and artistic works -- with support from the Town and sponsors. Visitors are welcomed by white wind-waivers at the Causeway Park and near the Oxford Ferry Dock. A large panoramic painting of the town park is adorning the windows of the historic Oxford Mews building in the middle of town. Burgees are woven through the trees in Town Park, and the entrance ramp to the Oxford/Bellevue ferry sports a welcome banner.

The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States, makes the trip across the Tred Avon River to Bellevue every 25 minutes. The ferry runs from 0700 to 2100 hours, M-F and 0900 to 2100 hours Saturday and Sunday during the summer. So be on the lookout for the ferry when heading to the anchorage.

We will have to jointly decide where happy hour will be on Saturday and where the cruisers will dine in the evening. On Sunday morning, cruisers will depart and head towards their homeports, returning after a fine week-end on the water on a good boat with good friends.

Rich Freeman and Patty Kimmel, Reflections

Email: PKimmel@belvoirfcu.org or freemanr@erols.com

Phone: 703-569-1413 (home) 703.618.0886 (cell).