All ornaments are crafted in 24k gold-plated brass and are delivered in a gift box. Included in each box is a description and historical information pertaining to the theme of the ornament. The cost of each ornament is $20.00 plus $4.00 shipping.
We expect the new 2017 Collectors Ornament to be available in mid-August.
The 2016 Ornament
The thirteenth annual Christmas in St. Michaels collectors ornament celebrates our 30th Anniversary. From its beginning in 1987 our joyful holiday celebration has featured the Parade, a multi-generational spectacle and a highpoint of the weekend for onlookers and participants alike.
This elegant carriage, drawn by a pair of Friesian horses and driven by its owner with his family and friends, led the annual parade along Talbot Street for many years.
Artwork is by local artist Joanne Buritsch, from photographs provided by the owner.
2016 Collectors Ornament
In addition to online purchases, the ornament is available at these local shops:
- Broken Rudder Sportswear
- Candleberry Galleries
- Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Store
- Chesapeake Bay Outfitters
- Chesapeake Trading Company
- The Christmas Shop
- Pemberton Pharmacy & Gifts – St Michaels
- Reeser’s Pharmacy
- Shore United Bank – St Michaels
- St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina and Spa
A limited selection of previous years’ ornaments are available at Reeser’s Pharmacy and The Christmas Shop.
2016 Collectors Ornament
2015 Collectors Ornament
Twelfth Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Local artist Joanne Buritsch has rendered a detailed image of the crab-dredger Old Point, built in 1909 and part of the Museum’s floating fleet for more than thirty years.
2014 Collectors Ornament
Eleventh Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: The gazebo overlooking Church Cove and the Miles River in St. Michaels is the focal point of Muskrat Park, a popular gathering place for summer concerts and other community events. Artwork by local artist Joanne Buritsch.
2013 Collectors Ornament
Tenth Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of St. Michaels is celebrated with this antique lantern swinging from a branch, representing the popular legend that depicts St Michaels as ‘the town that fooled the British’. Artwork is by Joanne Buritsch.
2012 Collectors Ornament
Ninth Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: Illustrator and marine scientist Alice Jane Lippson has captured the distinctive markings of the Rockfish, the state fish of Maryland in this ninth annual Christmas in St. Michaels ornament. The rockfish or “striped bass” gets its name from the 7 or 8 black stripes running from head to tail.
2011 Collectors Ornament
Eighth Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: The Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe, an antique sailboat, was adapted from the dugout canoes made by Native Americans. Artwork by local design artist Joanne Buritsch captures the graceful racing form of this “ballerina of the Bay”.
2010 Collectors Ornament
Seventh Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: The grace and elegance of the Great Blue Heron is captured by local design artist Joanne Buritsch. The habitat of the blue heron includes the area around the Chesapeake Bay.
2009 Collectors Ornament
Sixth Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: Picturesque St. Michaels Harbor with the popular tourist boat The Patriot in a scene rendered by local artist Jack Bockmiller. The campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is in the background.
2008 Collectors Ornament
Fifth Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: Celebrate the oyster with a shell design which includes an adaptation of work by local artist John Moll showing a waterman “tonging” for oysters from the deck of a typical Chesapeake workboat, super-imposed on a classic oyster shell.
2007 Collectors Ornament
Fourth Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: “A Gaggle of Geese” as depicted by design artist Joanne Buritsch. The geese, sporting black, brown and white plumage, grace our fields and shoreline.
2006 Collectors Ornament
Third Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: The frisky Chesapeake Blue Crab is shown crawling out of a basket full of his friends.
2005 Collectors Ornament
Second Christmas in St. Michaels ornament: This ornament depicts the historic Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, a sailing vessel unique to the area and fast disappearing.
2004 ORIGINAL Collectors Ornament
The original Christmas in St. Michaels ornament. The Hooper Strait Lighthouse, preserved and located at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, is featured in this re-issued ornament. The lighthouse is one of the few true Chesapeake Bay screwpile lighthouses.