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First autumn market due Saturday at maritime park

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

Amid the first of the “Foliage of Fall,” the Deltaville Maritime Museum at Holly Point Nature Park will host its first Autumn Farmers’ Market at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 22. This market will open the museum’s fall market season of two Autumn Markets, which lead into the extremely popular seasonal gift-oriented “Holiday Market” and “Pierwalk Promenade,” both held on Thanksgiving Saturday.

All three markets will be on fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with the Holiday Market open until 2 p.m.

The Autumn Markets specialize in the colors, produce, food, arts, crafts and handmades of the fall season. The turning of the trees and plantings in Holly Point Nature Park and along its trails make for a colorful market day!

Plenty of good festival food is always “hot to go” at Billz Bistro. The bistro, as always, opens at 8 a.m. with hot coffee and breakfast sandwiches. The lunch menu begins around 10 a.m.  Grab a table or a bench, enjoy the sights, and picnic. The new tents are great!

Featured at this Saturday’s market are: Jim and Linda Harrison with handcrafted jewelry using sterling silver, gemstones and crystals, Tina McCloud of “Karma Artwear” offering handcrafted and vintage jewelry, and scarves hand-dyed by Mathews High School special education students.

You can also find original and patented paper mache folk art by “Mama Girl,” shown by Mary Onley.

Tony Slavnik brings fine art prints with nautical themes and wildlife. He also has graphic design items and greeting cards.

If you’ve never visited Bobby and Cindy Wilson’s Lover’s Retreat Dairy booth, you are in for a treat! Not only do they sell the same wonderful fresh “free range” eggs we serve to order at the Bistro, but also “Chesapeake” Chevre and “York” Feta cheeses as well. They also offer their wonderful goat cheese spreads of “Rappahannock Fromage”—chipotle, garlic-chive and tomato-basil. And, speaking of spreading, no one spreads “it” on thicker than Bobby. You can be sure to get a healthy serving of blarney and smiles with your favorite cheese.

If you get a little tired and sore from carrying around all those “goodies,” just slip on over to Maryanna Fisher’s booth, take a seat in her massage chair, and let her knead those sore muscles. You’ll feel like a totally new person. Shop on!

Be sure to check out the market’s regular community folks, Cate Ogden of the Animal Welfare League, and Sue Yeargain of the Middlesex County Library.

Don’t miss the Pierwalk with the “F.D. Crockett” and creek rides on the deadrise “Cooper Hill” and John Smith’s “Explorer.”

Remember, last Groovin’ of the year with Steve Bassett and Robbin Thompson from 6-8 p.m. that evening, a starburst ending to a stellar year. Don’t forget that cooler and lawn chair.
To find out more, visit http://www.deltavillemuseum.com.

posted 09.19.2012

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