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Art & Seafood Festival Oct. 11-12 at maritime park

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

Here comes October and with it the 10th Annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival (A&SF) on Friday, October 11, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The festival offers something of fun and interest for each and every member of the family.

Often called the “Best Little Festival on the Peninsula,” the A&SF offers art by artists working in all media, guaranteed to tickle the most discerning fancy, but there’s also much, much more at this one-of-a-kind fall festival.

The “Best Little Festival” just gets bigger and better by expanding to a two-day event. On Friday night, October 11, from 5-8 p.m. there will be an Artist’s Wine and Cheese Preview featuring pates and cheese spreads by local chefs Rob Covill and Jane Hatch. Yellowtail Australian wines will be featured, brought to you courtesy of Deusch Distributors.

The festival happens on Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

What makes this festival so special? Location, location and diversity! Held on the acres of Holly Point Nature Park, the festival offers a “natural art” of its own with nature trails, the new gardens, arbors, fountain, fall colors, flowers, benches, picnic tables, natural waterfront, scenic Mill Creek, the Pierwalk and grassy, manicured parking areas. Perfect for strollin’ or smoozin’, the nature park and waterfront make an easygoing counterpoint to the many artists and other exhibits and activities.

Admission to the festival is free as is museum admission on all event days. Parking in our very convenient grass lots is only a $5 donation per vehicle with plenty of mobility restricted parking and some golf carts to aid with moving back and forth if needed.

The weekend action continues in the Waterfront Park from 4-9 p.m. with the Raise the Roof Music Festival featuring musicians donating their time toward the museum rebuilding. Local artist Gary Archer; Richmond based Eileen Edmonds, Jay Gillespie, and Jake Moore; New York City’s “Loose Canyons”; and Richmond-band “Recklessly Abandoned” will all take the Waterfront Stage overlooking Mill Creek. Tickets are $20 in advance and available at the museum office, Nauti-Nell’s in Deltaville or at the door. 

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.

posted 10.02.2013

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