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Farmers’ market, cruises at maritime park Saturday

by Bill Powell

I know that all the Peninsula is now aware of the devastating fire that destroyed the Deltaville Maritime Museum building and Events Pavilion. All of us at the museum are forging ahead.

Many thanks to the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department of Deltaville and all the other area departments that worked so hard in the 100-plus-degree temperatures and prevented the spread of the fire to the other buildings.

All scheduled 2012 events will move forward as planned, including the Deltaville Farmers’ Market and Groovin’ in the Park concert scheduled for this Saturday.

The Peninsula’s “premier” farmers’ market continues from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday, July 28, at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and will feature over 50 exciting vendors under the arbors of Holly Point Nature Park. Billz Bistro, the museum galley, will open at 8 a.m. with coffee and egg sandwiches.

Stroll the avenues, paths and waterfront at Holly Point as you shop the myriad of vendor tents for everything from Alpaca wool products to zinnias.

All the regular vendors will be on hand. Due to the temporary loss of the museum office, a list of new vendors was not available at the time of this writing. The museum office should now be up and running.

Billz Bistro will be open as usual, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. with its full breakfast and lunch menu. Don’t miss their new country ham biscuit.

Tools, tools, tools! Toolman Fred and Toolgirl Charlotte will again be at the Boatshop with antique and other used tools and nautical items. You never know what will show up on the tables and benches!

Don’t miss the waterfront! See our crab shedding tank with live blue crabs. Try your hand at oyster tonging. Check out the wonderful restored buyboat “F.D. Crockett.”

Cap’n Pete will be on the restored workboat “Cooper Hill” offering those easy-going “Discovery Cruises” of Mill and Jackson creeks starting at 10 a.m.

The shallop “Explorer” will be taking an extended History Cruise, leaving the floating dock at 9 a.m. (See related article.)

BJ Leiderman caps the day from 6-8 p.m. on the waterfront stage for a Groovin’ in the Park concert.

There is plenty of convenient, free parking in our spacious grass parking 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 07.25.2012

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