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Deltaville Farmers’ Market is Saturday

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

Over 50 vendors will gather at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, for the monthly 4th Saturday Deltaville Farmers’ Market. The Peninsula’s “premier” Farmers’ Market continues until 1 p.m. Plenty of convenient parking is available in the maritime park’s spacious grass lots.

Fresh local produce, free-range eggs, cheeses, breads, artisan breads, Greek pastries, and fresh and flavored honeys are all available to enhance that perfect Rivah dinner. Roam the vendor tents under the Holly Point trees to find wearable art, paintings, handmade clothing, alpaca goods, photographs, wooden bowls and custom signs, potted plants, Christmas toys, oyster floats, glass art, quilts, artisan jewelry, and lots more!

Billz Bistro will open at 8 a.m. with coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, and both free-range egg sandwiches and homemade country ham biscuits. Follow the “pointing porkers.” The luncheon menu with all your Bistro favorites starts about 10 a.m. Make sure to stop by for a look as the brand new Bistro kitchen and events pavilion continue to take shape. Souvenir “Billz Bistro” hats are now available.

Now, to the “undiscovered country.”

“What,” you say, “is the undiscovered country?” Well, it’s our waterfront!

The reality is, after all the years of events and various functions at the maritime park, there are still folks who come and have not been down to the park’s beautiful water access on pristine Mill Creek, but there are still folks who aren’t even aware the museum is on the water.

We want to encourage all the folks who come to the market and visit the Mini-Museum and Bistro to allow a little extra time: slip down to the waterfront, have a seat in the Gary Waterfront Pavilion, enjoy the view, take a tour on the restored buyboat “F.D. Crockett,” take a creek cruise aboard the deadrise “Cooper Hill,” and check out the John Smith replica shallop “Explorer.” Watch a crab shed its shell, try your hand at oyster tonging, check out the crab pots, or just take a pleasant walk along the pier and admire the plantings along the “natural shoreline” project. It’s a pleasant way to spend your day!

Hot off the presses—the “Explorer Society,” in period costume, will be manning and offering that 1600s “yachting” experience aboard Explorer on the floating pier this Saturday.

Speaking of the Mini-Museum, curator Raynell Smith has been hard at work adding to the “Civil War in Middlesex” and the “Ambush at Wilton Creek” exhibits.

The Mini-Museum has now been moved along the south tree line to open up space for the developing gardens in front of the events pavilion, but you can’t miss it.

Auditions for performers for parts in the August production of the historical drama “Ambush on Wilton Creek” will be held June 20 at 6 p.m., and during the Saturday market at 10 a.m. Both auditions will be held in the Tea House.

Don’t forget, Groovin’ in the Park with the “Robbin Steel Blues Band” will in the Waterfront Park at 6 p.m. Saturday. See related article in this week’s paper.

The museum volunteers and staff remind all attendees to be mindful and alert for the new traffic patterns and restrictions in the evolving park.

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. Visit or call 776-7200 for more information.

posted 06.19.2013

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