ST. MICHAELS — Bright, shiny and glimmering in the winter sunshine, 55 pristine classic and antique cars proclaimed that the holiday season is just around the corner on Saturday.
It was time for the 4th annual Thanksgiving Classic Car Parade, sponsored by the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels. The parade has a decidedly turkey-loving theme, and is always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Talbot Street was a spectacle of brilliance, in between a few horn blasts and ooh-gahs. Not a drop of rain dared to fall on the polished vehicles.
Jamie Atkinson and Sam duPont acted as narrators from the corner of Talbot Street and Railroad Avenue, giving the crowd details about make, year and specialties through a loudspeaker.
The street was blocked off for the hour, but a house fire in Wittman forced the parade to pause several times for emergency vehicles and fire engines to roar through town.
The beautiful automobiles ended up at the Classic Motor Museum on Marengo Street, and crowds celebrated the day by getting to see the newly completed Education Building and exhibits of rare automobiles in the main building, as well as peruse the parade cars up close.
Cars in the parade ranged in age from a 1924 Rolls Royce that had been bullet-proofed during the Prohibition Era to a 2007 BMW and a 2007 Mustang muscle car.
There was a car for every memory — whether you jitterbugged in the ‘50s, ran around with a hippie crowd in the ‘60s, or had just come back from Vietnam in the ‘70s, there was something for everybody.
Participants were from all over Maryland, many from the Mid-Shore, and parts of Delaware. There were also entries from Arlington, Va., and Berlin, New Jersey. A large contingent was from the South Jersey Region AACA.
The Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels specializes in an eclectic collection of all types of vehicles on exhibit that rotate constantly, so there is always something new to see.
They also sponsor robust education programs for young people to learn the complex business of classic car restoration.
Most recently, the museum helped host and create one of the few student chapters of the National Antique Automobile Club of America nationwide.
“Cars and Coffee” is a regular Saturday morning event from 9 to 11, hosted by Blue Heron Coffee of St. Michaels. The museum is located at 102 E. Marengo Street.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays or by appointment. For information, visit https://www.classicmotormuseum.org.