Annual Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek House Tour Was a GREAT Weekend!

Annual House Tour was filled with wonderous sights to see – a great start to the 2017 Holiday Season.  Even with the nasty weather, we carried on!

SATURDAY (12/9): Oh the weather outside was FRIGHTFUL (but that didn’t stop anyone from having a terrific day)

At 9am Santa led children over to Bethany United Methodist Church for photos, stories, games, and refreshments. The Grinch made a surprise appearance too! A very special thank you to Santa, the Grinch, and ALL of the folks at BUMC!

At 10am the festivities for grown-ups started when four homes opened their doors to ticketed guests. Decorated by the homeowners and members of the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club, each house was resplended in festive colors and fresh greenery.  Several homes highlighted their owner’s private collections – from antique Christmas mementoes to vintage toys.

Omega Protein graciously agreed to lead tours of their state-of-the-art Health & Science Center (on Menhaden Rd) during the two-day tour; folks who went over to the Center had a great time!  A special thank you to ALL of the folks at the H&SC!

On the Museum’s campus, guests enjoyed tours of the Museum and the Walker House (oldest home in Reedville), shopped at the Museum’s gift shop, and watched the “running of the trains” at our Model Shop.  A special thank you to ALL of the docents, the model shop crew, Gloria Cooper, Janet Ridgely, and Jeri Brewer.

Across the street from the main campus, the annual Artisans’ Christmas Bazaar featured LOTS of wonderful hand-crafted items, including festive foods, books, and one-of-a-kind gifts.  Sales were brisk!  A special thank you to Ernestine Luttrell (Bazaar coordinator) and ALL of her volunteers.  And, a heartfelt thanks to ALL of the venders!

Up the street at Festival Halle, participants warmed themselves with free hot cider and a cookie at our Holiday Cafe, purchased some yummy num nums at the bake sale, and perused the beautiful “Tablescapes” created by nine local non-profits.  A special thank you to Debby Boze, Jennifer Bramblett, Carol Cole, all of the volunteers, and all of the folks who worked so hard on the Tablescapes this year.


A beautiful day – thank goodness!  Guests continued to tour the homes, shopped, watched the trains, and ate Christmas cookies,  At 5pm a small but rowdie group of merry-makers met at the Reedville Christmas tree and sang, drank hot chocolate, and watched as Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Haynie threw the switch to light the tree for the 2017 Holiday Season!   A special thanks to Tom and Judd Kelly for lending us their tree again!


This weekend would not have been possible without the oversight and coordination of a large committee – this year co-chaired by Jennifer Bramblet and Maureen Gilmer. Thank you SO very much for your hard work and dedication!

Friday’s first annual “Mistletoe & Mimosas” fashion show & brunch was a huge success (special thanks to Sherri Mesco, owner of Dream’s Fashion Boutique, and Maureen Gilmer, event chair).  This may become an annual event because of its immense popularity!

The Friday evening gala for homeowners, coordinated by Nadine Leisz, was also a success (despite the awful weather).

Staff and volunteers who assisted with these events are to be commended – we have an amazing network of staff, board members, volunteers, museum members, and community residents who work hard to insure that events like Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek are a BIG success!  We couldn’t do it without you!



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 spectular views of sunrise and sunset over the Creek.

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 was decorated in silver, crystal and white to accentuate the lovely pale blue walls and white built-in cabinetry throughout the main living spaces.

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 amazing gardener.

The Lofland House on Main Street: Cheri Sheridan and her husband bought 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 were on view throughout the home – all four floors were open to guests.