(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 11, 2016) On Thursday, December 8 from 4 to 7:00 p.m., the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is inviting the public to celebrate the holidays with a ceremony that includes caroling, the lighting of a tree atop the mast of a traditional Chesapeake workboat, children’s story time and holiday crafts, store discounts, and the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.
Each year, CBMM’s campus is decorated in holiday greenery—created by CBMM volunteers and staff—and can be seen among the museum’s historic structures, exhibitions buildings, and boats along the St. Michaels Harbor and Miles River.
Free children’s craft activities will be offered in the Welcome Center throughout the event, with CBMM volunteers and staff helping to create holiday and bird seed ornaments, candles, and popcorn stringing.
Three children’s story times will be hosted in the Welcome Center. Santa Claws, The Christmas Crab by Priscilla Cummings will be read at 4:30 p.m.; Santa and the Skipjack by Janie Meneely at 5:00 p.m.; and Lighthouse Christmas by Toni Buzzeo at 5:30 p.m. All books relate to the Chesapeake Bay and are available at the Museum Store, with proceeds supporting CBMM.
While children enjoy these activities, parents, grandparents and all adults are invited to shop in the Museum Store, enjoy a wine bar, and free gift wrapping. During the event, CBMM members will receive a one-day-only, 25% total member discount on their total Museum Store purchases. Half-priced gift memberships to the museum will also be available for purchase. The evening concludes with a drawing for three lighted crab pot spheres, generously donated by the LumberYard of St. Michaels, Md., with tickets sold at the Museum Store before and during the event.
Beginning at 5:00 p.m., Maureen Curtin and Company will greet participants inside the Museum Store with traditional holiday caroling. At 6:00 p.m., participants will gather near the Crab Claw for the lighting of the tree atop the mast of Old Point, followed by a procession to the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Caroling will continue in the Museum Store.
The historic lighthouse once lit the way for boats passing through the shallow, dangerous shoals of Hooper Strait, a thoroughfare for boats bound from the Chesapeake Bay across Tangier Sound to Deals Island or places along the Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers.
Old Point is a 1909 seven-log crab dredger built in Poquoson, Va. From the 1910s through the 1960s, she was part of Hampton, Va.’s crab dredging fleet. Old Point’s hull was built the old-fashioned way, hewn from seven pine logs.
CBMM is currently restoring another historic log-bottomed boat, the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with all work now being done in full public view through 2018. Updates and more about the project are at ednalockwood.org.
The December 8 event is free and open to the public, with ample parking and no need for reservations. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.
On the evening of Thursday, December 8, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will be celebrating Chesapeake holiday traditions with a special event that features caroling, children’s craft activities and story times, store discounts, and the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, as shown here, along with a tree atop the mast of Old Point. The event takes place from 4-7:00 p.m. in the Museum Store, and is free and open to the public, with more information at cbmm.org.
CBMM’s shipwrights and apprentices take part in the annual Chesapeake tradition of hoisting a Christmas tree up a boat’s mast. This year, the tree will be placed on the 1909 crab dredger Old Point, part of CBMM’s historic fleet of Chesapeake boats. The tree will be lit at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, when carolers and other participants gather outside CBMM’s store as part of a 4-7:00 p.m. special event that also includes caroling, children’s craft activities and story times, store discounts, and the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.
From 4-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s store, as shown here, will be hosting an event that celebrates the Chesapeake’s holiday traditions. During the event, CBMM volunteers and staff will host free children’s activities and story times in the Welcome Center, while adults shop and enjoy complimentary wine along with free gift wrapping. CBMM members will receive a one-day-only, 25% total member discount on their total Museum Store purchases, with half-priced gift memberships also available.
CBMM’s December 8 Chesapeake holidays event includes a drawing for three lighted crab pot spheres, shown here, which have been generously donated by the LumberYard of St. Michaels, Md. Tickets will be sold before and at the event in the Museum Store, with more information at cbmm.org.