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Art & Seafood Festival has something for everyone


Friday and Saturday at maritime park

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

Well folks, here’s the one you’ve been waiting for—the 10th Annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival fires up this Friday, October 11, with the “Artist’s Wine & Cheese Preview Night” from 5-8 p.m. Over 14 artists will display their work in the south events pavilion wing while the wine and cheese fete occupies the north wing.

The festival will continue on Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with all the art and artists, Memory Lane Car Club car show, seafood, creek cruises and all that fun stuff you’ve come to expect, plus some new surprises. The volunteers at the maritime park are always working hard to make this “best little festival” better and better.

Art, in all its forms, brought to the festival by Virginia artists, will line the park’s arbors and paths on Saturday. Over 60 different artists and vendors will bring their best work. Festival-goers will find custom, handmade jewelry, paintings, leather, furniture, pottery, crystals, scarves, clothing, toys, quilts, photography, stained glass, soaps, wood carving, wood decoys, and hillbilly houses. Whether you are looking for that special accent piece, or a gift for the holidays, you can find it here.

But, if you are coming for more than the art, there are plenty of other fun attractions and things to look at and do.

There will, of course, be lots and lots of seafood and other delicious festival food available in the museum’s food court.


There will be free admission to the exhibits in the mini-museum, creek cruises on two classic restored workboats, live crabs in a demonstration shedding tank, tong an oyster station, and rowing excursions on the museum’s own John Smith replica 1600s shallop “Explorer.” Be sure to check out the progress on the new museum building now under construction.

Admission to the festival is free but parking in one of the museum’s convenient, grassy lots is $5 per vehicle on Saturday. There will be a large mobility restricted area and some golf carts and drivers to help those in need.
Follow the “Festival” signs on Route 33 to find the museum and park.

All of the proceeds from this event will go directly into the fund to rebuild the museum better than ever. Let’s show them a crowd.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Shell Station to get there.

To find out everything you need to know about the museum and park, purchase event tickets, donate, volunteer, or become a member with all its many benefits visit, email or call 776-7200. The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.

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posted 10.09.2013

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