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Deltaville Maritime Museum

by Nature Girl and Kaptain Krunch

Looking for something for your 9-13 year old child or grandchild to do?  They are invited to join Holly Point and the Virginia Cooperative Extension for a one day 4-H Nature Day Camp on  August 6, but  you need to reserve the space now by calling the Extension office at 758-4120. The deadline is Friday, July 25, but check with the office for availability.

We are also getting ready for Kids Kraft Day on Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Kids of all ages are welcome to come enjoy a morning of garden and nature activities.

Check out the  NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System display in the Tea House.  The Stingray Buoy is in place, and Deltaville is now part of the nation’s first water-based National Historic Trail. 

We hope to see you this Saturday for the Boatbuilding Fish Fry and boat race. Check out the related article for details. 

It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to our friend Bob Gary.  Bob has given so much to the museum and park over the past years. We have been blessed by his support in so many ways.  We will miss his wonderful smile and attitude and will remember him for his generosity. Thanks, Bob.

As we wind down a very busy time around the museum and park, we’d like to thank all the volunteers for making “The Stingray Point Story” and Family Boatbuilding Week such a success.  Special thanks to Raynell for a great job in bringing to life the story of John Smith and Stingray Point. Even the heat didn’t keep people away.  And  another  huge thanks to Chuck McGhinnis for  organizing Boatbuilding Week.  

And now to Krunch the Chief . . .

Hard on the heels of the production of “The Stingray Point Story” last weekend comes Family Boatbuilding Week, July 20-26.

We have a trove of builders braving the heat to create 12 by 14 foot Wright skiffs.

By the time you read this, these beauties should be taking shape and primping for the big race. Our time line is: completed boats launched Friday; a rowing race on Mill Creek at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday; with awards afterwards—leakiest, fastest, etc.—and a fish fry at noon ($10 for visitors). After all of that, the builders can take home their own dream-boats.

We hope to have the best boats ever for this our sixth year of family boatbuilding. Got to dash! I’m head cheerleader for the teams.

posted 07.25.2008

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