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Deltaville Maritime Museum

by Nature Girl and Kaptain Krunch

Twenty-three children made a variety of fun things at the museum’s Kid’s Kraft Day on Saturday.

I’ll give you 23 good reasons we are “krazy” at Holly Point. Twenty-three kids came out for Kid’s Kraft Day and they painted boats, flower pots, each other, and a grandparent or two. They ate dirt and took a scavenger hunt around the park. 

The event was free with funding provided by funds raised at the Holly Point Art and Seafood Festival. This year’s festival is October 11, so please mark your calendars and come out. Better yet, call 776-7200 to volunteer to help out, set up, serve food, or clean up. It takes many hands to put on events; we can use more. 

Speaking of hands, a great big hand to McClain Powell for a fine job this summer as park intern. Festival proceeds also support this scholarship. McClain is off to William & Mary soon and we wish her the best!

The new plant labels are out at the Living Shoreline garden. Funding for the project  came from a grant through the purchase of The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund’s state license plates. The demonstration garden offers native alternatives that are becoming very popular in the landscape industry as an environmentally-sound way to help the bay. Check out the new kiosk on the boat shed for more information.

And here’s Krunch, back from the islands.

The Krunches returned from paradise just in time to see Nellie’s play, “The Stingray Point Story,” on TV at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. this week on Cable Channel 24. Betty Welsh is featuring the play. Next week will be interviews with the cast and crew and the following week a program about the NOAA interactive buoy just placed at Stingray Point.

You can buy a DVD of The Stingray Point Story, professionally edited by Taylor Adams. Taylor, a media studies major at UNC, combined the best of both performances into one and added his own artistic touch. Contact the museum to purchase a copy.

There are no fireballs chasing down the hall after the stars or body parts flying through the air, but the production is historically significant, nonetheless. Even Shakespeare didn’t go on location, so I think if we do this again next year, we will move to a more controllable location. And, besides, Deltaville is 100 years old next year. How about it Nellie?

Captain Bill Powell made many new friends for the museum with the “Iva W” last weekend at the buyboat rendezvous at Tangier. They have a dandy new museum there and we could do worse than to ally ourselves with these unique and fascinating watermen. They even talk funny!

Next up for the boatshop is Wings & Wheels & Keels, a curious mix of priceless classics, “run what you brung,” and other displays. We’ve decided to take our little skipjack, “Virginia,” hull #1 in the Joe Gregory design series of workboats for pleasure. A little powder and paint, some wax toilet bowl rings for the leaks, and she’ll be ready to dazzle the show goers. For a theme, I’m personally a spokesman for the mermaid fishery, but maybe oysters would be more appropriate. You’ll just have to come to Wings & Wheels at Hummel Field on September 27 and see for yourself.

Annual Meeting
On September 14 at 3 p.m., the museum will hold its annual meeting and vote on new board members.

I can only tell you what a life-changing experience it has been to be a part of this organization. If you are interested in being considered for a position on the board, please contact Raynell Smith at 815-3102 or Gene Ruark at 337-7913. This is an experience you will never regret.

Shameless commerce division—we have a 14-foot Wright skiff built by our intrepid volunteers during Family Boatbuilding Week this year for sale. It is a brand new 2008, 14-foot white cedar skiff for only $1,600. How can you resist it?

posted 08.18.2008

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