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Anchors Aweigh: OpSail, Swing, and the War of 1812 Bicentennial

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CUAUHTEMOC from Mexico by OpSail 2012

NORFOLK, VA. Several historic U. S. ports are commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the birth of The Star-Spangled Banner during OpSail 2012. The festivities are currently in Norfolk, Virginia, primarily at the Waterside Festival Marketplace.

Previous events were held in New Orleans (April 17-24) when 121,000 people visited nine ships during the week-long commemoration. Seventeen tall ships and 10 warships marked the official beginning of OpSail 2012 during New York City's Fleet Week, May 23-30.

Jamestown Settlement's Godspeed by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Jamestown Settlement's Godspeed, a replica of one of the three vessels that brought America's first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, is participating in OpSail 2012 Virginia, with visits to Yorktown and Norfolk this month.

OpSail logo by OpSail 2012

Norfolk and the Port of Hampton Roads host the OpSail flotilla from June 6-11, 2012, in conjunction with Norfolk's annual Harborfest celebration.

Lindsay Eure, Gabriela Gomez as the Bronoski sisters, with Danny Gardner. by Photo: Mack Johnson for Virginia Stage Company

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During the OpSail events, and continuing through July 8, Nauticus and Virginia Stage Company (VSC) are offering Swingtime Salute: An On-Deck Revue.

USS WISCONSIN, now docked in downtown Norfolk by OpSail 2012

The show recreates the mood of a 1940's USO show on the deck of the Wisconsin, Thursdays through Sundays. An additional show will be offered on Wed., July 4.

Night at the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. by Photo by Keith Lanpher for Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. 2011.

I took my dad, a WW2 veteran, to see the show a couple of nights ago, it was a magical experience under the stars and against the backdrop of a colorful sunset.

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American Rover by OpSail 2012

We even saw the American Rover sailing by. It should be a stunning view from the deck of the Wisconsin this weekend, with the tall ships in the harbor.

Swingtime Salute's Lianne Marie Dobbs as sultry singer, Lorelei Leigh by Virginia Stage Company

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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