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Issue Date: Chesapeake Bay Magazine - December 2006

Cruiser's Calendar - December


Dec. 2,
Inner Harbor to Fells Point. 410-332-4191.

Magothy River
Dec. 2,
Magothy Seafood Tiki Bar & Restaurant, Arnold, Md. 410-647-5793.

Potomac River
Dec. 2,
Herring Creek to Piney Point gas docks, Tall Timbers, Md. 301-994-1508.

Rock Hall
Dec. 2,
Rock Hall harbor. 410-778-0416.

Tred Avon River
Dec. 2,
Town Creek past the Strand, Oxford, Md. 410-770-8000.

Dec. 7,
Annapolis harbor and Spa Creek.
410-263-0415 or 410-267-9549.

Patuxent River
Dec. 9
Solomons, Md. 410-326-1950 or
888-580-3856; www.sba.solomons.md.us.


Carters Creek
Dec. 2,
The Tides Lodge to Jacks Cove,
Irvington, Va. 804-438-4421.

Colonial Beach
Dec. 2,
Potomac River, Colonial Beach, Va.
804-224-8145; www.colonialbeach.org.

Hampton River
Dec. 2,
Hampton, Va. 757-727-1570.

Potomac River
Dec. 2,
Torpedo Factory to the
Washington Channel, Alexandria, Va.
703-838-5005; www.funside.com.

York River
Dec. 2,
Yorktown, Va. 757-224-4970 or 757-890-4490.


Potomac River
Dec. 3,
Georgetown’s Washington Harbor.
202-789-7000 or 202-328-4748.
December 1-2
Yorktown Christmas 
Main Street, Yorktown, Va.
This annual holiday event features the procession of lights down Main Street, the lighting of the Christmas tree, the annual lighted boat parade, caroling, hot cider and a visit from Santa. Saturday, view historic homes professionally decorated for the holiday season. Friday festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.--7 p.m., boat parade at 7 p.m. 757-890-4970; www.yorkcounty.gov.

December 2
Christmas on the Beach 
North Beach, Md.
This North Beach tradition features caroling, Yule logs, refreshments and decorating the community Christmas tree, and a visit from Santa. North Beach, Md. 1-3 p.m. 301-855-6681; www.nbeachmd.com.

December 2
Blackwater Holiday Open House 
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, Md.
This 10th annual holiday open house will feature demonstrations, book signings, tours, storytelling, refreshments and specially priced items at the bookstore. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-228-2677; www.friendsofblackwater.org.

December 2
Santa Arrives by Boat 
Rock Hall, Md.
This annual Rock Hall tradition showcases Santa arriving by boat, the town’s tree lighting ceremony, caroling, refreshments and other family fun. Rock Hall, Md. Activities start at 6 p.m. 410-778-0416; www.rockhallmd.com.

December 2
Wetlands Restoration 
Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore, Md.
Volunteer with the National Aquarium and help remove debris, maintain trails and reduce shoreline at Fort McHenry. Preregistration required.  9 a.m.-1 p.m. 410-576-3851; www.aqua.org.

December 2
Gloucester Holiday Parade 
Trinity Methodist Church, Prince Frederick, Md.
This community parade will welcome the holiday season with music, floats, animals and Santa. Gloucester, Va. Parade begins at 2 p.m. 804-693-0014; www.gloucesterva.info.

December 2
Winter Festival Ham and Oyster Dinner 
Trinity Methodist Church, Prince Frederick, Md.
This annual winter festival features a feast of ham, oysters and all the trimmings. There will also be a crafts shop, country store and bake shop. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 410-535-1782.

December 2-3
Marine Electrical System Basics 
Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis, Md.
This two-day class, taught by Bob Campbell of Marine Electric Systems and John Martino of the Annapolis School of Seamanship will focus on electrical theory, troubleshooting and repair skills, and system design and maintenance. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseaman

December 7
Pearl Harbor Day 
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Md.
The Baltimore Maritime Museum will commemorate the day that will live in infamy aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney, the last surviving warship still afloat. The memorial service will include an aerial wreath drop, a 21-gun salute, the playing of taps and a bell tolling. 11:45 a.m. 410-396-3453; www.baltomaritimemuseum.org.

December 8-9
Jackson Creek Christmas Tour 
Jackson Creek. Deltaville, Va.
Start your journey at the community center for caroling and refreshments, take a hayride down Lovers Lane to view the thousands of luminaries and then head to the docks for a lighted boat parade on 5-8 p.m. 804-776-9811.

December 8-9
Solomons Christmas Walk 
Solomons, Md.
Thanks to the Solomons area businesses, the streets of town will be decorated in holiday lights, plus there will be entertainment, a boat parade, candlelight tours, the lighting of the decorated Drum Point Lighthouse and more. Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 410-326-1950; www.sba.solomons.md.us.

December 8-10
Christmas in St. Michaels 
St. Michaels, Md.
This annual winter celebration features historic home tours, a Christmas parade, breakfast with Santa, an old-fashioned Christmas dinner and holiday gala. Fri. Benefit gala 7 p.m.-midnight; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; home tours noon-5 p.m. 410-745-0745; www.christmasinstmichaels.org.

December 9
Candlelight Tours 
Alexandria, Va.
Enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments as you tour historic Alexandria homes and sites. 5-9 p.m. 703-858-4242; www.gadsbystavern.org.

December 9
Christmas Home Tour 
Onancock, Va.
Experience a true small-town Christmas as you tour Onancock’s historic homes decorated for the holidays, plus check out the floating Christmas tree in the harbor and the lighted bridge. Tours 2-6 p.m. 757-787-7600; www.onancock.org.

December 9
Holiday House Tour 
Kent County-wide.
Tour centuries-old homes and public buildings decorated for the holidays throughout Chestertown and Kent County. 1-5 p.m. 410-778-6890; www.kentcounty.com.

December 9
Prince William Marina Dock Lighting Ceremony 
Prince William Marina, Woodbridge, Va.
The creative slipholders at Prince William Marina get together each year to decorate the docks and their boats for prizes. Festivities start at dark. 703-550-9808; www.pwmarina.com.

December 9
Santa Swim 
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge, Md.
It’s just like it sounds, folks. Watch or join the crowd diving into the chilly waters of the Choptank River for charity. There will be trophies, prizes, and a “survivors” party following the swim with music, fun and of course, hot chocolate. Proceeds benefit the Care and Share Fund. Swim starts at 10 a.m. 410-901-4131; www.careandsharefund.org.

December 9
Dare Marina and CCA Rockfish Tournament 
Dare Marina, Yorktown, Va.
This annual rockfish tournament features big money prizes for top fish, youth prizes and other special awards presented at the after-tournament fish fry. Fishing starts at 6 a.m.; weigh-ins close at 3 p.m.; fish fry at 4 p.m. 757-898-3000; www.daremarina.com.

December 9
Waterfowl Watch 
Eastern Neck Island, Rock Hall, Md.
This annual tour of the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge will show visitors goldeneyes, ruddy ducks, canvasbacks and buffleheads galore. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 410-639-2108; www.kentcounty.com.

December 9-10
Christmas on Cockrell Creek 
Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Reedville, Va.
Visit Reedville, Va., to see historic homes and boats decorated for the holidays and open for tours. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. 804-453-6529; www.rfmuseum.org.

December 10
Mari*Time Christmas 
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Havre de Grace, Md.
This annual maritime holiday celebration will feature music, holiday treats, storytelling, nautical crafts and ornaments, and more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 410-939-4800; www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org.

December 10
Candlelight Tour and Carver Celebration 
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Havre de Grace, Md.
The “Duck Head” Christmas tree, decoy carver demonstrations and exhibits, special gift sales and the annual candlelight tour through town mark this annual holiday event. 4-8 p.m. 410-939-3739; www.decoymuseum.com.

December 24
Santa Water-Ski 
Lady Bird Johnson Park, Potomac River
Catch a glimpse of a water-skiing Santa and his wakeboarding reindeer and elves, who will grace the Potomac with their stunts, all while avoiding the Grinch on his Jet Ski. Best seen from Lady Bird Johnson Park; free parking at Columbia Island Marina. 1 p.m. 703-354-9181; www.waterskiingsanta.com.

December 27-31
Winter Whale and Wildlife Watching 
Virginia Beach, Va.
Knowledgeable guides from the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center accompany each tour off the Virginia Beach coast to search for migrating whales. Reservations required. Virginia Beach. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 757-437-FISH; www.vmsm.com.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Deck Party 
U.S.S. Constellation, Baltimore
Ring in the new year aboard the U.S.S. Constellation and get a great view of Baltimore’s fireworks display, a special catered dinner, behind-the-scenes tours, cannon firing demonstrations and giveaways. Call for tickets.. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. 410-539-1797; www.constellation.org.

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