APRIL 2013 – December 2013
The ‘Town Hall 10′ are coming soon! Ten local artists have coordinated with Chesapeake City’s mayor, Dean Geracimos, to showcase fine art paintings and art objects in Town Hall throughout the summer season. The exhibit will open every Saturday 10 am – 4 pm from April through October. One of the ten artists will be present each Saturday to open the doors in the morning, answer questions, demonstrate, and take sales. Chesapeake City and its surrounding area boasts a wealth of artists and artisans. This show is an opportunity for the public to meet the artists, see their work on display and show support through purchases. The ‘Town Hall 10′ includes artists specializing in a variety of mediums and styles. Participating artists are: glass artist, Victoria Buckland; photographer, Dick LeGates; lettering artist, Patti Paulus; and painters, Geraldine McKeown, Donna Winterling, Abigail McBride, Carla Miners, Zing Nafzinger, Nan Furness, and Leyla Diker. Chesapeake City Town Hall is located at 108 Bohemia Avenue. For more ‘Town Hall 10′ INFORMATION please contact Donna Winterling at 301-717-2058 or visit chesapeakecityarts.com.
November 23 @ 12pm PET PARADE: We do an early holiday kick off after Thanksgiving, and our pets really love us for dressing them up and trotting them out for all to enjoy. Prizes are awarded and fun is had by all!
November 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 21st - 1pm CHRISTMAS TEA, Blue Max Inn, 300 Bohemia Ave., Chesapeake City, Md
COME JOIN US FOR A CHRISTMAS HIGH TEA AT THE BLUE MAX INN
Traditional Afternoon Tea Includes a pot of tea, assorted sandwiches, English scones and cream, and a unique assortment of pastries.
$22.50 per person, incl. tax & Gratuity
Please call 410-885-2781 for reservations
Catered by Chesapeake Inn
- Should your party be 3 or less, you may be seated with other guests.
- Unable to seat children under 5 years of age.
- Payment must be made at time of reservation and are non-refundable.
December 1 – HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING in Pell Gardens and the official opening of WINTERFEST – a month long lighting display on both sides of the Canal that can’t be missed. Special Holiday activities all month long including live bands, carolers, holiday teas, and of course, Santa Claus.
December 1 through February 16, 2014 – BRING THE FAMILY TO ICE SKATE BY THE CANAL IN THE AREA’S ONLY “ALWAYS-FROZEN” OUTDOOR RINK!
Imagine packing up your family and heading out to the neighborhood pond, frozen solid for the winter season, for a holiday skating party. Now, you can do that in Chesapeake City!
A 40-ft by 32-ft synthetic ice rink will be installed at Beck’s Landing (the town dock area behind Franklin Hall) and be open for public skating on Saturday, November 30 and available through February 28. Skate rentals are included in the admission price but skaters may also choose to bring their own skates as long as the blades are in good condition.
The Ice Rink will be open for skating beginning Saturday, November 30 from noon until 9pm. On December 1, the rink will be open from 1 until 5pm, closing before the official lighting of Winterfest begins at 6pm. Other skating hours are Monday through Thursdays from 5 until 8pm; Fridays from 5 until 9pm; Saturdays from Noon until 9pm; and Sundays from 1 until 5pm. Christmas week the rink hours are: Monday the 23rd – 3 to 8pm; Tuesday, the 24th – Noon to 5pm; Closed Christmas Day; Thursday, the 26th and 27th – noon to 8pm; anad New Year’s Eve from noon until 5pm. Admission to the rink is $5 per person for 30 minutes skate time, with children five and under free. This special synthetic ice rink has been loaned to Chesapeake City by Priscilla Hill Wampler, John Wampler, and Rob Bricotto. Priscilla Hill, National World competitor and coach to Olympic skaters from all over the world. For more information about the skating rink, contact: 410-920-7018.
December 1 through January 3: The Second Annual Chesapeake City WINTERFEST: Chesapeake City’s month-long Victorian Christmas celebration takes place on both sides of the C&D Canal with a blizzard of holiday lights and spectacular lighted displays along the waterfronts. The boats of summer are tucked away and the basin becomes a Holiday Harbor where Santa will arrive (December 1st) aboard his water-borne sleigh, ready to hear the wishes of good little boys and girls in his workshop in Franklin Hall on Saturday’s 4-7pm throughout the season. Come see the lights. Listen to the carolers. See the beautifully decorated homes and porch decorating competition. Listen to carolers in Pell Gardens. Visit the quaint shops and celebrate the season in world-renowned restaurants while in town. More info: Contact Town Hall: 410-885-5298; www.chesapeakecity.com.
SCHEDULE OF WINTERFEST EVENTS December 1: The lights are officially turned on at dusk, on both sides of the Canal, heralding the start of Winterfest Celebrations. Lighting displays include: A Victorian Ice Skating Scene with eight skaters and a Victorian fountain. Two Victorian figures and their Royal Carriage (28-ft x 15-ft!) will be on display; the largest of all the displays, a Christmas Galleon(26-ft x 20-ft), an animated Holiday Dragon (40-ft x 12-ft) and Santa in a Fishing Boat (24-ft x 19-ft) and a Rockfish (6-ft x 4-ft) will be displayed along the canal and basin.The North side of Chesapeake City will host a bushel of animated bigger than life crabs along Lock Street and at the North side’s town dock.
EVERY NIGHT: These exciting Christmas Scenes will be visible every night from December 1 until January 3. All displays are illuminated with LED bulbs. The collections of large lighted figures and scenes are designed and created by Mosca Designs of Richmond, Virginia. Lighting and decorating enthusiasts can also tour the town on both sides to see the local homes vying for prizes in the outdoor decorating and porch decorating competition. Participating restaurants are offering Winterfest Specials.
EVERY SATURDAY until Christmas: Santa Claus will be in his workshop in Franklin Hall to talk with visiting children and believers of all ages from 4 PM until 7PM. Bring a non perishable food item to Franklin Hall for the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association as you visit Santa. Shops will be open late. A Dickens-style afternoon Victorian Tea is offered at The Blue Max on Bohemia Avenue (410-885-2781).
Schaefer’s Restaurant & Canal Bar
Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina • Ship Watch Inn Bed & Breakfast
Bayard House Restaurant • Carter Family • Chick’s • Walls Family • Wells Family
Carpenter’s Auto • Chesapeake City Civic Association • D3 Corp. • Geracimos Family
Old Gray Mare • Zach Phipps Electric • Blue Max Inn • Brantwood Liquors
Serenity Salon & Spa • Howard & Dean, Inc. • Hutton Builders • Inn at the Canal
Ron Francis Family • Law Offices of Thomas Yeager • Cecil Guardian *
Town of Chesapeake CityPhotos by Richard LeGates
December 7 – Dickens of a Christmas - Dickens themed day on the banks of the C&D Canal. Carolers, Cyldesdale Cart rides, Dickens stories, Santa’s Workshop, Skating demonstrations, and other Dickens themed events throughout town.
December 14 – CANDLELIGHT TOUR - See this Victorian town come alive with the spirit of the season as private houses and historic inns share their holiday decorative treats and joys of the season. Tours begin at 6 pm at Town Hall.
January 1st – New Year’s Day 5k - For more information go to www.chesapeakecity-md.gov. run/walk which supports our local recycling program. The race, which is open to athletes and recreational walkers alike, follow the fun course through Historic South Chesapeake City. www.facebook.com/chesapeake.city.races.
Make February a month of romance with special offerings to EAT, DRINK, SHOP AND LOVE all month long. Shops will be offering up to 50% off merchandise, while restaurants and bed and breakfasts will also be hosting special dinners and deals on overnight accommodations.
March 15: ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE AND PUB CRAWL – Welcome early spring with a small town parade, $100 cash prize for best float, with bagpipers, Mummers Band, antique vehicles, floats and more, followed by our infamous PUB CRAWL. Parade begins at 12pm on Bohemia Avenue, ending in Pell Gardens. Rain date is 3/22
June 14 BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Best of the regional bluegrass bands will perform in the bandstand in Pell Gardens from 12-8pm. Pickers will be jamming outdoors at area businesses and private residences. Bring your banjo, guitar or fiddle and join in with one of the groups. Food vendors and more, right on the banks of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.
June 28: 5K Run/Walk Fifth annual run/walk which supports our local recycling program. The race, which is open to athletes and recreational walkers alike, follows a straightforward and picturesque course. www.facebook.com/chesapeake.city.races.
July 4: Independence Day Celebration: Parade begins at 6:30 pm followed by music, food and fun in Pell Gardens. Fireworks at dusk are an awesome show of lights over the Canal, viewable from the North and the South sides of the Canal. Click here for more information.
August 23 – CAR SHOW 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Sponsored by the Lion’s Club -Collectible Cars, Street Rods, Trucks, Woodies, Wooden Boats and Antique Cars, fourth annual event gets bigger and better every year. Details at www.ronfrancis.com/carshow.asp
September 13: Craft Beer & Restaurant 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Come sample over 20 craft beers, sample food from area restaurants, and enjoy music on the C&D Canal.
September TBA – PAINT THE TOWN – Painters of all stripes will set up around town all through the weekend to paint the picturesque waterfront, gardens, historic architecture and fantastic views of the canal and bridge. The weekend culminates in a wet paint exhibit and wine tasting, where the completed works will be available to view and to purchase. This is the third year for this event, which has grown in number and in stature ever year.
October 24 and 25th ANNUAL GHOST WALK Hooded Ghouls guide visitors who become a part of a murder mystery, performed by a professional acting troupe, unfolding on the porches and other hallowed locations in the historic district of this 19th-century canal town. Tours begin at 5pm, last tour departs Town Hall at 9 pm.