ST. MICHAELS — Christmas in St. Michaels’ 2013 ornament, now available in local stores, uses an antique lantern swinging from a branch to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of St. Michaels. The lantern represents the popular legend that depicts St. Michaels as “the town that fooled the British.” It is said that on Aug. 10, 1813, townspeople hung lanterns high in the trees above the town, causing the British invaders to overshoot their target.
The 2013 ornament, the 10th in this collectors series, was designed by local artist Joanne Buritsch.
The ornament is gold-plated brass with enameled detailing and costs $20. It can be purchased from Broken Rudder Sportswear, Calico Toys and Games, Charisma, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Store, Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, Chesapeake Trading Company, The Christmas Shop, Frivolous Fibers, The Medicine Shoppe, Reeser’s Pharmacy, St. Michaels Harbour Inn and The Talbot Bank.
Some ornaments from previous years are available at Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, The Christmas Shop, and Reeser’s Pharmacy. Ornaments are also available online at www.christmasinstmichaels.org.
Members of the volunteer committee who worked with Joanne Buritsch to develop this year’s ornament are Lisa Rey and Val Kenn Gray, chairmen; Leila Carlson; Gloria Gibson; Jim Gibson; Judy Krhounek; Joan Mack; Julie McCahill; and Jan Underwood.
Christmas in St. Michaels, the charity fund-raising event for which the ornament was developed, will take place in and around St. Michaels Dec. 13 to 15, and will include a Holiday Gala, Christmas parade, Tour of Homes, Breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Wonderland, Gingerbread House Display, the Marketplace for hand-crafted gifts and foods, special musical events including the Celebration of Choirs, shops decorated for Christmas, meals prepared by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Union United Methodist Church and other holiday festivities.
All proceeds from the sale of the 2013 ornament go directly to support the designated beneficiaries of Christmas in St. Michaels. The 2013 beneficiaries are Character Counts Mid Shore Inc., Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers – St. Michaels Site, Mid-Shore Community Band, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, St. Luke’s School, St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels Community Food Pantry, St. Michaels High School After Prom, St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square, Talbot County Department of Parks and Recreation – Bay Hundred Pool and Tilghman Area Youth Association.