Christmas in St. Michaels has announced the introduction of its 18th annual collector’s Christmas ornament, available now in local shops and online.
This year’s ornament features Maggie the Fire Truck, a local living legend. Her image was rendered by area designer and artist Scott Sullivan. Maggie is the symbol of the St Michaels Fire Department (SMFD), originally organized on Feb 11, 1901 and celebrating 120 years of service
In 1926, 103 citizens contributed $1.00 each to formally charter the St. Michaels Fire Department and received a Certificate of Incorporation from the state tax commission. In that same year, the town purchased a 1926 REO Speed Wagon truck chassis which was sent to Wilmington, Delaware to be re-fitted as a fire truck. “The REO” as she was called then, was the first motorized fire truck in St. Michaels. She was equipped with a fire pump and 2 large chemical extinguisher systems and was sent to all town fires until the 1950s.
Maggie still operates today, showing the SMFD flag at parades and local festivals. She is a much-loved part of the annual Christmas in St. Michaels parade.
The Christmas in St. Michaels ornament was first produced in 2004 and a unique image has followed every year since. Previous year’s ornaments are available online at christmasinstmichaels.org. Ornaments are gold-plated brass and presented in a gift box. All ornaments are priced at $20.00
The 2021 ornament is available at these local St. Michaels shops:
• All Pets Veterinary Hospital
• American Holiday
• Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Store
• Chesapeake Trading Company
• Pemberton Pharmacy & Gifts
• Shore United Bank – St. Michaels
• St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina and Spa
• The Christmas Shop
• The Preppy Redneck
• Trade Whims – Easton
These local businesses generously sell our ornament and receive no profit from it. All proceeds from Christmas in St. Michaels collector’s ornaments support local nonprofit organizations whose work enriches the community.
Christmas in St. Michaels is held annually on the second weekend in December. Many fun-filled events are planned for December 10-12 this year, including the much-loved parade and a festive, illuminated boat parade. Please visit www.christmasinstmichaels.org to see a full schedule of activities and items for sale.
The mission of Christmas in St. Michaels is to provide resources to help local non-profit groups enhance the quality of life for residents of the Bay Hundred community. In 1987 a group of energetic volunteers recognized the need for day care services in the community. A daycare center was established and, since that time, this annual fund-raising weekend event has raised more than $1,400,000 for local, non-profit organizations. For 34 years, funds raised have benefited local citizens of all ages.