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Deltaville offers variety of events for Memorial Day

Saturday, May 26, promises to be event-filled at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park in Deltaville.

Billz Bistro opens at 8 a.m.; the Deltaville Farmers’ Market kicks off at 9 a.m.; free creek cruises and boat tours begin on the waterfront at 10 a.m.; and “Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys” take the Waterfront Stage for a Groovin in the Park concert from 6-8 p.m.

“Everybody will be in town for the long Memorial Day weekend and the volunteers and staff at the museum have been hard at work to give folks plenty of fun stuff to do, all in one convenient place,” said museum events director Bill Powell. “Whether you are a shopper, stroller, sculpture fan, history buff, boat buff, music fan, nature lover or just plain hungry, the museum and park is the place for you on Memorial Day Saturday.”

Billz Bistro will kick off the day at 8 a.m. with hot coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and bowls. Bill will be on the griddle frying fresh eggs to order from Middlesex’s own Lover’s Retreat Dairy. Eggs will be served until they are gone. The new country ham on homemade biscuits also will also be served. 

Somewhere around 10 a.m. Billz Bistro will add in its lunch menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, Eastern Carolina barbecue, “blastburgers,” pineapple cheeseburgers, luau pork and build-your-own sandwiches.” Billz Bistro serves until 1 p.m.

The Deltaville Farmers’ Market opens for business at 9 a.m. Stroll the vendor tents under the trees of Holly Point and find fresh produce, honey, goat cheese, Greek pastries, artisan bread, handmade clothing, and just that “unique something.” The market vendors are open until 1 p.m.

Museum volunteer and antique tool club member Fred Jones will be at the Boat Shop with his trailer full of antique hand tools and nautical items from the Boat Shop.

Opening at 10 a.m., the Maritime Museum itself offers many exhibits of interest to not only history and boat buffs, but a wonderful collection of painstakingly built ship models to fascinate all ages.

The continuing “Civil War in Middlesex” exhibit is constantly adding displays and information to acquaint all visitors with how this watershed event affected Middlesex. Visit the museum often to check out the new information as it is added.

Cap’n Pete Cardozo and the museum’s newly-acquired exhibit workboat, “Cooper Hill,” will be on the floating pier offering scenic cruises along picturesque Mill and Jackson creeks. If you have never experienced a ride on a Deltaville-built deadrise, these cruises are a must!

Saturday caps off in style with music at “Groovin’ in the Park” from 6-8 p.m. with “Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys.” This area band has won the Pleasant Living Magazine’s “best musicians” category for five years.

“Groovin’ is the maritime park’s casual music series held in its Waterfront Park. This is a “bring your own lawn chair, cooler and picnic” event. Groovin’ will be under the acoustically perfect John’s Events Pavilion in case of inclement weather. 

There is plenty of free and convenient parking in the maritime park’s grass lots.

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.

Holly Point Nature Park, the Pierwalk and all other outside exhibits, gardens and facilities are open dawn to dusk throughout the year, except during pre-announced private events.

To find out more, visit, email or call 776-7200. The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.

posted 05.16.2012

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