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Family Boatbuilding Week Fish Fry and ‘Great Skiff Race’ are Saturday

Volunteer boatshop director Chuck McGhinnis (middle, back) goes over the day’s work plan  with fellow volunteers during Family Boatbuilding Week at the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

The 11th annual Family Boatbuilding Week at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park will finish with a bang this Saturday, July 20, as the “Great Skiff Race” starts at 10:30 a.m. and the annual fish fry and picnic will follow at 11:30 a.m.

As of today, all those stacks of wood and hardware have taken their “boatshape,” been oiled and painted, and should be awaiting the ceremonial “Painting of the Names” by name painter par excellence, Kaptain Krunch. 

The build families agonize long and hard over the naming. The families, even the ones with absolutely no boatbuilding or carpentry experience, all say the selection of the name is one of the hardest things.

“On our build team, everybody from the youngest to the oldest got a say in the naming. It wasn’t easy,” said a 2011 builder. “Think about it? You have so many options. Cutesy? Rhyming? Traditional? Play on names and words? Early on everybody has one idea, but as the week goes on and the skiff takes shape, ideas tend to change. You finally have to make a decision.”

After the paint has dried, the skiffs all go in the water so the planks can swell and the skiffs will be float ready for the Saturday morning race.

The hotly-contested race around Mill Creek begins at 10:30 a.m. on the museum waterfront. The crews and crowd will assemble afterwards on the shore for emcee Kaptain Krunch to present trophies, kudos, and some kidding around to all. 

At 11:30 a.m. the line opens for the annual fish fry. On the menu are trout fillets, hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, chips and endless tea. Items can be bought a la carte, or a $10 plate that includes your choice of two fillet sandwiches or two hot dogs, or one of each, along with baked beans, chips, cole slaw, and endless tea, sweetened or unsweetened. The plate price is $5 for children under age 12.  The fish fry ends at 1 p.m., or when the food runs out. 

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.

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posted 07.17.2013

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