Evergreens and wassail brighten winter days

Take time out during the holidays to launch family traditions at Historic St. Mary’s City.   Find the spirit of Christmas past at Colonial Christmas on December 6.  Take a light-hearted guided tour of Town Center. You’ll follow a fool’s progress as he tries to employ the good will of the season to beat the odds and win the girl.  Along the way, discover colonial holiday traditions.  Help hang greens, make a craft to take home, and learn a traditional dance.  Come dressed for the weather and for walking (less than one mile).  Tours depart at 11 a.m., noon; and then 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 adult, $9 senior, $6 student, and free for those under five years and Friends members.

Create a Christmas memory at Breakfast with Santa at The Inn at Brome Howard on December 13. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and a reading of Clement C. Moore’s classic, A Visit from St. Nicholas. Each child will sit for a professional photo with Santa.  Join us at 8:30 or 11 a.m.  Breakfast is $18 ($15 Friends) per person.   Seating is limited, reserve your place at the table by contacting Laurel at the Visitor Center — 240-895-4990 or info@hsmcdigshistory.org.

Also on December 13, join us for a Colonial Life Workshop on evergreen arrangements.  Let us inspire you to deck your halls, beginning with a door swag or centerpiece.  We’ll supply everything you need, including ideas, materials, and light refreshments to fuel your creativity.  This adult workshop will take place in Farthing’s Pub Room from 10 a.m. to noon.  Admission is $30 ($25 for Friends members) and reservations are required — 240-895-4990 or info@hsmcdigshistory.org.

There are still a few seats left for the 43rd year of Holiday Madrigal Dinners on December 5 at 6 p.m. and December 7 at 3 p.m.  Herald the start of the season with feasting by firelight, wassail toasts, and beautiful music by PING, an elite 12-voice a cappella ensemble from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Admission to Madrigal evenings is $85 ($80 for Friends) and reservations are required: contact Muffin at events@stmaryscity.org or 240-895-4991 to insure your place at the feast.  Make a night of it—the museum’s Inn at Brome Howard is offering special post-Madrigals room rates.  Contact innkeeper Tara at 240-)434-3209 or bromehoward@stmaryscity.org  to plan your stay.

Historic St.  Mary’s City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland.  For more information about the museum visit www.hsmcdigshistory.org or contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or info@hsmcdigshistory.org.