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Blessing of the Fleet

Saturday, May 20

Sponsored by Baileys Harbor Fish Company, FM106.9 The Lodge & Rewind 97.7,  and the Baileys Harbor Community Association


Schedule of Events:


9am-4pm Arts & Crafts on the Town Hall Lawn
10am-2pm Guided Range Light Tours every 30 minutes. $5 for Non Ridges Members
10am-4pm Lighthouse Society Stamps available at Visitor Center
11:30am  Door County Scottie Rally “Parade of Scots”
12pm Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony with Father Ruby at Town Marina
12:30pm – 5pm
Live Music 1-5pm by The Tommy Bentz Band Sponsored by FM106.9 The Lodge
Food & Drinks
Tour the Charter Boats & Commercial Fishing Boats
Baileys Harbor Fire Department Boat Tours & demonstrations
Boat Silent Auction with the Door County Maritime Museum
Eat WI Fish Informational Tent on the Midway
12:30-3pm Presentations
  • 12:30pm – The Range Lights at Ridges Sanctuary with Executive Director Steve Leonard
  • 1pm Commercial Fishing & The Health of the Fishery in Baileys Harbor – Dennis Hickey of Hickey Bros. Fisheries & Baileys Harbor Fish Company
  • 1:30pm Lake Michigan Commercial Fishing Board – Charlie Henriksen of Henriksen Fisheries
  • 2pmWooden Boats and Iron Men and Through Waves and Gales Come Fishermen’s Tales – Trygvie Jensen, Author
  •  2:30pm Invasive Species & The Clean Water, Clean Boat Campaign – Bob Bultman of Door County Invasive Species Team and Baileys Harbor Marina Committee Chairman & Kari Hagenow – 
    Door County Invasive Species Team Coordinator
  •  3pm at Town Marina – Safe Boating Practices & Fishing Regulations – Mike Neal, Marine Conservation Warden
12:30 – 4:30pm Door County Maritime Museum Silent Auction & Raffles on the Midway
5pm-Close: Lake To Table: A Taste of Baileys Harbor Culinary Event at various local restaurants. See below for details.



  • Sunday Farmers Market at Town Hall
  • Vessel Checks by US Coast Guard Auxillary at Town Marina
  • Kids Activities with US Coast Guard Auxillary – Sturgeon Bay/Algoma’s Mascot”Coastie”
10am-2pm Guided Range Light Tours every 30 minutes. $5 for Non Ridges Members
11am-1pm Live music by Katie Dahl & Rich Higdon at Kendall Park


Baileys Harbor’s rich and vibrant maritime history dating back to the late 1800’s makes it the ideal place to debut the inaugural Blessing of the Fleet Festival. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, our fishing fleet consists of four sport charter fishing companies, two commercial fishing fleets, dozens of seasonal slip holders and hundreds of transient boats.

Dating back to the 1800’s, Baileys Harbor’s maritime industry has thrived on Lake Michigan, located half way between Sturgeon Bay and the infamous Death’s Door on the Door Peninsula. Our harbor offers crystal clear waters, world class salmon & trout fishing, and many water based recreational activities.

The Blessing of the Fleet Festival on May 20-21 begins with the Door County Scottie Rally’s Parade of Scots, followed by a traditional Blessing Ceremony over CB Radio to all vessels wishing to receive it, regardless of denomination, vessel type, or home port.  After the blessing, there will be live music, arts & crafts, food & drinks and activities throughout town. The local sport and commercial fishing boats will be open for touring at the Town Marina so festival goers can meet local captains and crew to ask questions and hear firsthand stories.

Browse through the rare ship model silent auction by the Door County Maritime Museum on the Midway. The Ridges Sanctuary is celebrating the grand opening of the Baileys Harbor Range Lights featuring guided tours of the Upper and Lower Lights. The Baileys Harbor Fire Department will be doing cold water rescue demonstrations with their fire boat just offshore and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting Courtesy Safety Examinations of recreational vessels.

If you’re looking for an educational experience, stop in at the Town Hall for one of the presentations on topics including Door County’s Maritime History, Commercial & Sport Fishing Industry & Legislation, Safe Water Practices, and Invasive Species featuring local experts and authors. We have set up a Meet & Greet session with local maritime historian and Author Trygvie Jensen. It will highlight readings from his novels Wooden Boats and Iron Men and Through Waves and Gales Come Fishermen’s Tales which tell the stories through interviews with local fishing legends dating back to 1850. The next session will be with Dennis Hickey, of Hickey Bros. Fisheries and lifelong Baileys Harbor resident, will be doing a presentation on the types of fishing, health of the fisheries, and how the fishery has changed over the years. Charlie Henriksen of Henriksen Fisheries and a member of the Lake Michigan Commercial Fishing Board will be discussing the politics and policies of commercial fishing, quotas and the purpose and goals of the Board and a Q&A session. Kari Hagenow, Coordinator, and Bob Bultman, a member of the Door County Invasive Species Team and Baileys Harbor Marina Committee Chairman, will be speaking on the threat of aquatic based invasive species including cladophora and how it’s our marina and beaches as well as the Clean Boat, Clean Water Campaign.

Saturday night brings the community wide culinary event – Lake to Table: A Taste of Baileys Harbor featuring a unique locally sourced fish entrée at various restaurants throughout town.


Chef Tony Gorham of Top Deck at Gordon Lodge will be serving this scrumptious meal from 5-9pm.

Stuffed Whitefish: Shrimp and Bay scallop stuffing, wrapped in local Door County Whitefish with lobster Beurre Blanc.

Soup of the Day: Hickey Brothers’ Whitefish Chowder 

Top Deck is located on North Bay at Gordon Lodge Beach Resort.

1420 Pine Dr Baileys Harbor, WI


Located downtown Baileys Harbor, Chives is serving up these specials as well as their full menu until 9pm.

Crispy Perch Stuffed with Lobster Salad

Whitefish  Timgad with Zucchini – Classic Roman Preparation



Chef Dan is preparing this locally sourced special for you while you enjoy waterfront dining. Dinner service starts at 4:30pm.

Fresh Hickey Brothers Lake Michigan whitefish gently oven baked, topped with creamy parmesan artichoke puree, accompanied by wild mushroom risotto and local grilled baby asparagus.

Be sure to try the delicious Homemade Whitefish Chowder!

8080 Hwy 57 Baileys Harbor, WI



Looking for a great relaxed atmosphere with a killer Old Fashioned? The Crew at Cornerstone are doing what they do best, fish fry!

Hand Breaded & Deep Friend Hickey Brothers Whitefish served with your choice of of soup or salad, and potato or seasonal vegetable. .

8123 Hwy 57 Baileys Harbor, WI











Sunday morning brings the Farm Market from 9am-2pm showcasing local vendors selling everything from fresh produce and flowers to canned items or crafts to delicious artisan ready to eat foods.

For more information visit or call 920.839.2366



Baileys Harbor Fish Co & Hickey Bros Fisheries

8096 Ridges Rd Baileys Harbor, WI 54202


Located on Ridges Road, we offer fish caught from Lake Michigan and Green Bay waters. We catch, process, and sell native fish from our historic fish house. Fresh, frozen and smoked Whitefish are available, along with other popular seafood choices. We will process your sport fish catch and professionally vacuum pack. The fish house is open May-September and operates Monday-Saturday, 8am-4pm.



lodge imageFM 106.9 the Lodge WLGE

P O Box 106

Ephraim, WI 54211

Sturgeon Bay Studio  920-746-1069

Ephraim Studio  920-854-3400

Music  for the Door County lifestyle showcasing an adult singer-song writer format. Available on air at 106.9 FM, 93.3 FM, and streaming free online at, it’s world class rock for a world class county.



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Rewind FM 97.7 WQDC

1009 Egg Harbor Road

Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


Playing an amazing variety of Door County’s Greatest Hits from the Rock and Pop world. Listen on air or with our free online audio stream at