Celebrate Chesapeake holiday traditions Dec. 8 at CBMM
ST. MICHAELS — The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is inviting the public to celebrate the holidays from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 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, the museum’s campus is decorated in holiday greenery created by CBMM volunteers and staff.
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 p.m.; and “Lighthouse Christmas “by Toni Buzzeo at 5:30 p.m.
Parents, grandparents and all adults are invited to shop in the Museum Store, and enjoy a wine bar and free gift wrapping. During the event, CBMM members will receive a one-day-only, 25 percent discount on their Museum Store purchases.
The evening will conclude with a drawing for three lighted crab pot spheres, donated by the LumberYard of St. Michaels, with tickets on sale at the Museum Store before and during the event.
Starting at 5 p.m., Maureen Curtin and Company will greet participants inside the Museum Store with traditional holiday caroling. At 6 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.
Old Point is a 1909 sevenlog crab dredger built in Poquoson, Va. From the 1910s through the 1960s, it was part of Hampton, Va.’s crab dredging fleet.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cbmm. org or call 410-745-2916.