#1 New York Times best-selling author Sherryl Woods has been selected to be the grand marshal of this year’s Festival Boat Parade on Sunday, June 8 at 1 p.m., the final big event of the town’s annual Potomac River Festival weekend.
The best viewing is front and center on the Town Pier where each vessel and its captain will be introduced. This year’s theme is Potomac River Party Palooza. So, be prepared to hear and see some fun in the sun. Parade leaders include the US Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Police, Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Grand Marshal will ride aboard the Colonial Yacht Club Commodore’s GEDDES V, and after passing the Town Pier, will take the position to watch the parade pass in her honor.
Woods, author of more than 125 women’s fiction, romance and mystery novels, has spent summers in Colonial Beach since her family bought property there when she was four. “I’ve seen a lot of festival parades over the years,” Woods says. “I even have very grainy home movies of a few. I’m honored to have been chosen as grand marshal for this one, though there’s a certain irony since I very rarely leave dry land.”
Colonial Beach has, in fact, served as a model for many of Woods books, quite a few of which are set in small, waterfront towns. “I love being around the water, be it with my river view of the Potomac or my ocean view in Florida. There’s something soothing about water that feeds my soul.”