Annual House Tour is filled with wonderous sights to see – a great start to the 2017 Holiday Season.
Santa arrives via the Elva C at the Museum’s dock at 9am. He’ll then lead children over to Bethany United Methodist Church for photos, stories, games, and refreshments.
At 10am the festivities for grown-ups starts with four homes opening their doors (and docks) to ticketed guests. Decorated by the homeowners and members of the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club, each house will be resplended in festive colors and fresh greenery. Several homes will highlight their owner’s private collections – from antique Christmas mementos to vintage toys.
Omega Protein has graciously agreed to lead tours of their state-of-the-art Health & Science Center (on Menhaden Rd) during the two-day tour.
On the Museum’s campus, enjoy tours of the Museum and Walker House (oldest home in Reedville), shop at the Museum’s gift shop, and watch the “running of the trains” at our Model Shop. From the Museum’s dock you can catch a ride on a local vessel to tour the Creek and stop at 2 of the 4 homes (see the details for the houses below).
Across the street from the main campus, the annual Artisans’ Christmas Bazaar will be featuring LOTS of wonderful hand-crafted items, including festiv foods, books, and one-of-a-kind gifts.
Up the street at Festival Halle, participants can warm themselves with free cider and a cookie at our Holiday Cafe, purchase some yummy num nums at the bake sale, and peruse the beautiful “Tablescapes” created by nine local non-profits.
At 5:30pm, join your friends and neighbors outside of Tommy’s Restaurant for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. This year our honorary marshalls will be Wendell and Ann Winter Haynie. A very special thanks to Tom and Judd Kelly, owners of the tree!
Continue to tour the homes, take a boat ride along Cockrell’s Creek, and shop to your heart’s content! 11-4pm are the hours today.
The Scholtes Home on Pine Drive: Brett and Ann Scholtes, Houston, TX. Brett, the CEO of Omega Protein, and his wife, Ann, purchased the home in 2014. Originally built by Warner and Ann Rice in 1955, it was later enlarged in the 1970s. The home boasts spectacular views of sunrise and sunset over the Creek. The boat shuttle will stop here.
The Ames’ Home on Sutton Avenue: Sue and Ben Ames, of Wichita KS, purchased this lovely frame Colonial in 2016 and have been working to make it their home ever since. Ben, an avid fisherman, is in residence ten months of the year; Sue will follow soon. The house will be decorated in silver, crystal and white to accentuate the lovely pale blue walls and white built-in cabinetry throughout the main living spaces. The boat shuttle will stop here.
The Ebb Tide B&B on Main Street: Retired Captain Tom Briggs and his wife Donna own this lovely Victorian, and over the last year have made it into a bed and breakfast for veterans. The home is filled with personal mementos from the couple’s travels. Donna, an accomplished artist, paints, creates one-of-a-kind crafts, and is an amzing gardener.
The Lofland House on Main Street: Cheri Sheridan and her husband baught this lovely Victorian 15 years ago, and for the first time in its 90 year history, raised chidren here. Precious pieces from Cheri’s extensive collection of vintage toys will be on view throughout the home – all four floors will be open to guests.
Tickets are $25 per person, and are available now at the Museum (main office at the Butler House, 504 Main Street) between 9-4 daily; or, call for tickets at 804-453-6529. Will call for ticket pick up will be in the Museum (474 Main Street)
No high heels, strollers, cameras or back-packs in the homes, please. Rain or Shine – though if the weather is horrid, the boat tours will not be held.
Please note: tickets the days of the tour are $30 per person, and available at the Museum proper.
This is a fund-raiser for the Museum – we thank you for your continued support and participation! SEASONS GREETINGS TO ALL!