Make it cold and dark. Throw in some hot chocolate and caroling. Then, light up a Christmas tree and there’s no question about what the season is and that it has started.
They did that in Reedville Saturday night as a crowd gathered around the gazebo at Bethany United Methodist Church to light the town’s Christmas tree. The tree lighting was part of Reedville’s two-day “Christmas on Cockrells Creek” that included Santa Claus arriving on the Reedville Fishermens Museum’s deck boat, the “Elva C” and tours of homes and, in one case a business, in Reedville and along Cockrells Creek.
In addition to the house tour, Festival Hall was open with free hot cider and cookies and a bake sale. Next door, the American Legion hosted an Artisans Christmas Bazaar. The museum was also open.
Although the snow storm that rolled in Sunday morning held down attendance on the second day of the celebration, Museum Director Lee Langston-Harrison said the annual museum fund raiser was a success. She noted that the refurbished Smith Building, a former menhaden factory updated as offices for Omega Protein, was gorgeous.
The Chesapeake Bay Garden Club decorated the stops along the tour.
During the tree lighting, Barbara Hays led the carolling and played the keyboard. The crowd joined in favorites such as “White Christmas” and “Deck the Halls.”
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Smith, who donated the “Elva C” to the museum, turned on the tree’s lights.
Carolers gather and sing to
spread Christmas cheer.