Cel­e­brate Ch­e­sa­peake hol­i­day tra­di­tions Dec. 8 at CBMM

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

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.

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