The Sorting Gap Marina will re-open its doors for some old-fashioned traditions next week as manager Stacey Johnson and her friend, Ruby Douglas, host a special holiday celebration there.
Slated Dec. 3-6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, “Christmas at the Gap” will feature horse-drawn sleigh rides, a local choir performance, apple cider, homemade baking, and a variety of locally-made crafts.
It will mark the first time the “Gap” has opened its doors to the public during the winter months.
“[Ruby] and I wanted to be a little different and open up the place so people could come and see what the waterfront looks like in the winter,” Johnson said last week.
“Come and enjoy!” she enthused.
“I thought it was a cool idea [and] I’ve always said it would be a perfect place to have a Christmas show,” added Douglas, a paper tole artist.
Even Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance at the event although his exact time of arrival hasn’t been confirmed yet given his busy schedule at the North Pole these days, said Douglas.
Devlin resident Harold Kellar is slated to bring his team of horses and a sleigh to the “Gap” on Dec. 5 for rides along the waterfront from 2-4 p.m.
“Attention walkers! Horses on the sidewalk, bring a carrot!” Johnson chuckled.
“Christmas at the Gap” also will be a drop-off location for non-perishable items town residents may wish to donate to the local Salvation Army food bank.