Great 2018 Christmas Homes Tour – despite the snow!

Annual House Tour was filled with wonderous sights to see – a great start to the 2018 Holiday Season



At 9am Santa led children over to Bethany United Methodist Church for photos, stories, games, and refreshments.

At 10am the festivities for grown-ups started when select homes open their doors to ticketed guests. Decorated by the homeowners and members of the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club, each house was dressed in festive colors and fresh greenery.  Several homes highlighted their owner’s private collections – including antique Christmas mementos.

Omega Protein graciously agreed to lead tours of their newly-restored SMITH BUILDING (an old fish factory next to the iconic Reedville Stack) during the two-day tour. A special thank you to ALL of the folks at Omega!

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.  Hot cider and cookies were available in the Walker House (along with other surprises).

On Friday afternoon (1-5) and Saturday (10-5), across the side street from Festival Halle (177 Main Street), 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 vendors!

On Saturday and Sunday, at Festival Halle, participants warmed themselves with free hot cider and a cookie at our Holiday Cafe, purchased yummy num nums at the bake sale, and viewed the beautiful “Tablescapes” created by nine local non-profits. Our thanks to Carol Cole, Debbie Boze, Nadine Leisz and the countless volunteers for making this a truly magical place during our “CCC” weekend!

From the Museum’s dock guests climbed aboard one of the boats for a tour of the Creek and the harbor!

At the end of this beautiful day guests participated in the annual Christmas tree lighting – merry-makers met at the Reedville Community Gazebo (on the Bethany United Methodist Church lot) to light the tree and sing, drank hot chocolate, and watch as Mr. and Mrs. “Mate” Swift throw the switch to light the tree for the 2018 Holiday Season!

Sunday: A snowy winterland

Tours continued – from 11-4!  All activities on-going at Festival Halle, the homes, and the Museum.


  1.  The Steamboat House at 532 Main Street – new home of Stacey Stickley and Mark Roy… wonderful, light-filled house sitting on the Creek
  2. The Carroll House at 560 Main Street – new home of Michele Ginnerty and Dan Carroll. Terrific American four-square with an interesting blend of modern and antique!
  3. The Pittman Cottage at 1126 Fleeton Rd – home of Sally & John Baffa. This sweet cottage is filled with photography that honors their family and their love of nature.
  4. The Red Cottage at 217 Roseland Rd – home of Charley & Maureen Gillmer. A lovely home filled with family treasures and a sense of whimsy!
  5. The Smith Building – Omega Protein’s newly renovated fish factory sitting next the Reedville’s iconic Stack.  This amazing building is now the corporate offices for Omega- and filled with wonderful c1950 images of the water and local fishermen.

Friday’s 2nd annual “Mistletoe & Mimosas” fashion show & brunch was a huge success (special thanks to Sherri Mesco, owner of Dream’s Fashion Boutique, and Maureen Gillmer, event chair). This has become an annual event because of its immense popularity!

The Friday evening gala to thanks the homeowners, coordinated by Nadine Leisz, was at Festival Halle.


Santa and some very happy kids!


Reedville Fishermen's Museum