A collaboration between Nauticus and the Virginia Stage Company, the Dickens' Christmas Towne promises to transform the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center into a holiday wonderland.
Rally up a group of friends from Willoughby to stroll through the brand-new, 15,000-square-foot display, which will likely transport you back to Victorian times. Meander through the festive Victorian street scenes, perhaps pausing to listen to a passing caroler or to shop one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Be sure to bring the kids to this one: They'll enjoy meeting Father Christmas, nibbling seasonal sweets, and marveling at the indoor lighted train display. A kids' scavenger hunt is also on the docket.
Dickens' Christmas Village will be open weekends between Nov. 21 and Dec. 14. The village will be open daily between Dec. 18 and Dec. 28, closing only on Dec. 25. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for kids between the ages of 4 and 12. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Also note that two-hour metered parking will be free at select times.
Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center
Norfolk, VA 23510
4 large sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
1 cup crumbled pork or turkey sausage (fully cooked & drained)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 chopped green onions
1/2 cup butter
10 eggs, lightly beaten
In a skillet, saute the mushrooms and onions in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Set aside.
In same skillet brown and crumble the sausage. Drain well on paper towels.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, combine eggs and cheeses.
Melt remaining butter; add to egg mixture. Stir into dry ingredients along with sausage crumbles and mushroom mixture.
Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Carefully run a knife around the edge of each muffin cup before removing.