Christmas Wassail 2019

January 4, 2020
Caroling on Christmas Eve, A Useppa Tradition - Thoughts and pictures by UseppaGin - On Christmas Eve families and friends gather together in the old Collier Inn. Longtime homeowner Steve Kaufman welcomes everyone, and the evening begins. Tor Carlson and his cousin Maggie Merrill grew up visiting Useppa. Once it was their grandfather Paul F. Miller who led the carols. Now they are the ones who get even the shiest Islander singing. They are the ones who bring our littlest ones up front to sing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Finally, Steve Kaufman lifts his baton and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” begin. Some people are geese a laying, calling birds, maids a milking, swans a swimming, and of course, the jubilant five golden rings. It is a triumphant celebration of Christmas on Useppa.