November, kids, that gray and rainy prelude to the
dreadful three-month buzz-kill we call "winter." But we’re
not going to let it get us down, this time, are we?
(Here’s where you say, “No we’re not!”) This time we’re
going to stay focused on all the good things about winter
in Chesapeake, right? (Now say, “Damn right!” or “Hoo-ah!”
or some such.) That’s the spirit! Now follow us to Cruiser’s
Calendar—which you’ll find not only in the
December-January issue of Chesapeake Bay, but also on the
CBM website, ChesapeakeBoating.net.
We keep asking Mom and Dad how Santa can be in so many
places, seemingly at the same time, and they keep just . .
. changing the subject! What’s up with that? Anyway, if
Cruiser’s Calendar is any indication, it’s happening
again this year. Santa will be in St. Michaels and
Cambridge and Onancock and Fell’s Point and Reedville and
Yorktown and . . . oh, pretty much everywhere, especially
in the middle two weekends of December. How can that be?
Mom, Dad? Any thoughts?
December 1-30 Take part in a tradition that
goes back to the 1930s, the annual Christmas train
“garden” at the Cambridge (Md.) Rescue Fire Company.
Volunteers spend weeks setting up this elaborate and very
old-fashioned display, complete with towns, trees, rural
areas and even a few miniature emergency rescues in
progress (it is a fire department, after all). 8
Washington Street, Cambridge, Md. Mon.-Fri. 6–9 p.m.,
weekends 1–4 p.m. and 6–9 p.m. 410-228-1211; www.cambridgemainstreet.com.
December 7 This annual holiday celebration
features the procession of lights down Main Street, the
lighting of the town Christmas tree, a lighted boat
parade, caroling and a visit from Santa. On Saturday enjoy
an oyster roast at the Maritime Museum. Yorktown, Va. 10
a.m.–3 p.m., oyster roast 1–3 p.m., boat parade at 6 p.m.
Williamsburg, December 1-January 5
Enjoy the holiday traditions of the 17th and 18th
centuries through interpretive programs, musical
entertainment, guided tours and more at Jamestown
Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. The parade
takes place Dec. 7. Williamsburg, Va. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Michaels, December 13-15 Celebrate the holidays
in St. Michaels with historic home tours, a Christmas
parade, breakfast with Santa. The festivities begin with
Friday night holiday gala at the Harbourtowne Resort. St.
Michaels, Md. Gala 6:30 p.m. Fri. Parade begins Sat. 10:30
a.m.; 410-745-0745; www.christmasinstmichaels.org.
de Grace, December 15 Visit the historic
homes and buildings of Havre de Grace during the town’s
41st annual candlelight tour, organized by the Susquehanna
Museum at the Lock House. 4–8 p.m. 410-939-5780; www.thelockhousemuseum.org/.
For a complete list of holiday events, including lighted
boat parades visit Cruisers
Marina on Back Creek in Solomons, Md., is
offering a big transient discount for card-carrying BoatUS
members. Only $1.00 per foot, per night, plus electric.
Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.,
offers free day-docking at their members-only marina for
all family-level memberships and above. To join call
410-745-2916 or online at cbmm.org
Beach Resort and Spa in Chesapeake Beach,
Md., is offering a special 50% off Banquet Room Rental
& Complimentary Champagne Toast. Offer valid on
receptions from 12/1/13–1/31/2014. Not applicable on
previously booked events. Must be booked by 1/15/14.
Mention Chesapeake Bay Magazine for discount. To make
reservations call 410-286-2110. cbresortspa.com
View Brokerage of Annapolis is offering
complimentary dockage and weekly professional cleaning for
power and sailing yachts, 20' to 80', until sold!