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CBMM’s Holiday Open House is December 6

CBMM_HooperStraitLight_Carolers(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 3, 2017) On Wednesday, December 6 from 4 to 7:00 p.m., the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is inviting the public to celebrate the holidays with an open house that includes caroling, children’s holiday crafts, light refreshments, store discounts, and more.

Free children’s craft activities will be offered in the Welcome Center throughout the event, with carolers greeting participants inside the Museum Store.CBMM_TreeUpOldPoint_Dec6Event

CBMM_MuseumStore_Dec6EventWhile children are enjoying these activities, parents, grandparents and all adults are invited to shop in the Museum Store, enjoy a wine bar, light refreshments, 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, excluding life memberships, will also be available for purchase.

CBMM_HooperStraitLight_Christmas_Moon CBMM_Holiday2017Each year, CBMM’s historic structures, exhibition buildings, and boats are decorated in holiday greenery, created by CBMM volunteers and staff.  CBMM also lights the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and a small tree set atop the mast of the 1909 seven-log crab dredger, Old Point.

CBMM is currently restoring another historic log-bottomed boat, the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with all work being done in full public view through the re-launch on October 27, 2018 at CBMM’s OysterFest. Updates and more about the project are at ednalockwood.org.

The December 6 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.

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On the evening of Wednesday, December 6, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will host a Holiday Open House that features caroling, children’s craft activities, store discounts, and more. CBMM’s campus will also be lit up for the holidays, including 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.

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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 for a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 6 in CBMM’s store, with caroling, children’s craft activities, store discounts, and more.

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From 4-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s store, as shown here, will be hosting a Holiday Open House. During the event, CBMM volunteers and staff will host free children’s activities in the Welcome Center, while adults shop and enjoy complimentary wine and light refreshments, 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.

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CBMM celebrates Chesapeake holiday traditions December 3

Photo Courtesy Talbot Office of Tourism
Photo Courtesy Talbot Office of Tourism

On Thursday, December 3 from 4 to 7 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, holiday craft activities for kids, store discounts, and the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, which is an icon of St. Michaels, Md. and the 50-year old non-profit museum.

In preparation for the event, museum volunteers 706077_10151323320591212_1882452085_oparticipated in the annual “Making of the Greens,” and along with staff, spent countless hours decorating the museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus and numerous historic structures and boats.

From 4-7 p.m., museum volunteers and staff will host a free children’s activity in the Bay History building, while parents, grandparents and other adults shop in the Museum store, enjoy wine and light refreshments, 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. The evening includes a drawing, with tickets sold at the event for a six-foot crab pot lighted holiday tree, generously donated by the LumberYard of St. Michaels, Md.

imagesBeginning at 5 p.m. Maureen Curtin and Company will greet participants outside the Museum Store with traditional holiday caroling. Participants will stroll along St. Michaels Harbor for the lighting of a tree that has been hoisted atop the mast of Old Point, a 1909 seven-log crab dredger built in Poquoson, Va. and part of the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world. The historic boat is also featured in the 2015 Christmas in St. Michaels ornament that commemorates the museum’s 50th anniversary, and is available in the museum’s store and other locations throughout the Bay Hundred area.

Old Point was one of a fleet of crab dredging boats that operated out of Hampton, Virginia, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay from the 1910s through the 1960s. From December through March, captains and crews lived on their boats so they could leave early every morning and dredge for crabs all day. In the summer and fall, Old Point carried fish and oysters to packing houses or to market. Old Point’s hull was built the old-fashioned way, hewn from seven pine logs. At that time big logs were hard to get, but watermen still preferred a solid log boat if they could get one.

859107_10152053775881212_1626656266_oAt 6:00 p.m., carolers will lead participants through the museum’s waterfront campus to watch the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, which will be decorated for the holidays.

The historic lighthouse—now standing on Navy Point—used to light 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. As a “screwpile” lighthouse, it is built on special iron pilings which were tipped with a screw that could be turned into the muddy bottom for a depth of 10 feet or more.

The event is free and open to the public, with ample parking and no need for reservations. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916

 

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