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Maritime park’s Holiday Gift Market to feature gift items, music and food

by Bill Powell
Events Director

Time to get out of the house this Saturday and meet your friends at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park as the last maritime park official event of the year takes center stage with lots of special gifts and fun for the holidays. You can bet we are going to finish up in style on Saturday, November 25, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with the 11th Annual Holiday Gift Market. Bypass the crowds at the malls and enjoy lots of great shopping and more! It all happens in the autumn setting of our waterfront and nature park.

Lots of food, gifts, exhibits and attractions will be available.

A full slate of activities starts with Billz Bistro opening for a very special “BistroBenedictBloodyMaryBrunch” at 8 a.m., and the holiday gift-oriented market and museum starting at 9 a.m.

The Bistro turns over the hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue to David’s Snak-Shak on the waterfront as the “BistroBunchers” become the “BistroBrunchers” and concentrate on turning out the ultimate holiday brunch for our fans. Marty will be offering all his popular SwineSkin flavors along with the new funnel cake. Smoothie Steve brings all his fresh fruit flavors.

Other food for the most discerning palate at the Gift Market will be Garner’s Produce with its fresh local produce, and Lover’s Retreat Dairy with its wonderful goat cheese spreads and fresh local eggs. Kathi Ingersoll will offer her popular clam chowder. Whitley’s Peanuts will be on hand offering all their famous peanuts for that perfect holiday gift. For those with a sweet tooth, the Greek Market will bring those tasty Greek pastries and the Honey Lady will have all her flavors. Adam the Soup Man will have his special “soups of the day.”

The market will run until 2 p.m. with all your favorite produce, local cheeses, honeys, breads, pastries, soaps, cookies, local meats, quilts, wooden bowls, leatherwork, jewelry, original artwork, Lions Club brooms, and antiques—all offered by local artisans. All the vendors “under the canopies” will bring their best, including lots of handmade items perfect for that special Christmas gift.

Near the Tea House, well-known historical author Larry Chowning will offer and sign his books on the history of the Bay just in time for Christmas. Larry is “the” noted historian of the Chesapeake Bay and its working watermen and their vessels. He is the author of Bay histories “Chesapeake Bay Buyboats,” “Barcat Skipper,” and “Harvesting the Chesapeake” among others. He has also written a wonderful area Civil War history, “Soldiers at the Doorstep,” and several other definitive area histories.

The museum will open an hour early to let visitors check out the variety of new specialty items at the gift shop and give them a chance to view the new additions to our exhibits.  

There will be the sound of the lively traditional music of the “Cigar Box String Band” starting around 10 a.m. in the South Events Pavilion. The Cigar Box String Band performs a unique mix of American folk, Celtic, blues, old-time, and nautical songs embellished with entertaining stories. These are songs you know by heart! Sing along and join the band!

The Rappahannock Railroaders’ Don Burnett will be running the museum’s own “G” Gauge elevated model railway.

The Nationally Historic Registered “F.D. Crockett” will be back at the dock, returning from her trip taking the Museum’s Mission to Carter’s Creek and the “Taste by the Bay” Festival. John England and his volunteers will be showing off not only the F.D. Crockett but their completed “Hull 101,” the Museum’s first ever deadrise build. At the Boat Shop they will also have the new work in progress “Hull 102,” which will be the prototype for a full size deadrise scheduled for 2018.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take advantage of photo opportunities with the new Waterman’s Boots that celebrate our River Realm. There is also the museum’s own newly built “Love” sign, thanks to members donations and aid from the state’s “LoveWorks” program. It has been reported to be the largest in Virginia.

All the gardens and nature walks are manicured and open for a leisurely stroll or just bench warming. The fall colors are in. Grab a seat next to the new Turner Fountain centered pavilion courtyard, in the Gary Waterfront Pavilion, or on a bench in the nature trails. Watch the market unfold around you.

All craftsmen, artists and vendors who have gift and Christmas oriented items or foodstuffs and wish to be a vendor at the Holiday Market should call the museum office at 804-776-7200. There is plenty of room in Holly Point Nature Park.

This is the last scheduled public event at the maritime park for 2017 so don’t miss it. Check our website for the 2018 schedule as it firms up.

The museum will be closed on Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day, as our volunteers and staff share Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, a volunteer, non-profit organization, is located in Deltaville at 287 Jackson Creek Road, and by water on Mill Creek. To get to the museum and park, follow Route 33 (General Puller Hwy.) through Deltaville and turn right across from the Citgo service station onto Route 660 (Jackson Creek Rd.). The park is open dawn to dusk all year.

To find out more about the museum, its offerings, open hours, events schedule, event tickets, how to become a member, donate or volunteer, visit http://www.deltavillemuseum.com, or Google “Deltaville Maritime Museum.” You may also email the museum office at , write to P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043, or call the office at 804-776-7200.

posted 11.21.2017

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