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Fish Fry caps Boatbuilding Week

A fish fry this Saturday, July 26, from noon to 2 p.m. will round off the activities and festivities that make up the Deltaville Maritime Museum’s annual “Family Boatbuilding Week.”  

This event brings families from all over the country together, at the museum, to build their own “Wright” skiffs. Starting with nothing but pieces of wood, some fasteners, glue and paint, novice boatbuilders are taught the skills to create their own craft. The results are well worth seeing.

The public is invited to come out at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to watch as the newly-built skiffs are raced by their builders around a course on Mill Creek. The newly built “Pierwalk”—8 feet wide and over 300 feet long—will allow everyone to get a close-up view of all the antics as the new “waterman” row, scull, paddle and otherwise propel their newly-built treasures around the course. For most of these craft, it will be the first time in the water.

Will they float? Will slow and steady win? Will fast and furious? Who will cheat at the turn buoy? Come on out and see for yourself!

Fish fry serving will begin at noon and continue until 2 p.m., guaranteeing that all will eat, even if it takes a while to finish the race. Items available on the menu will be trout fillets with bread, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, cole slaw and baked beans. Unsweetened tea(sweeteners available), lemonade and ice water will be served. The price will be $10 for a choice of two sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans and drink. A la carte is available on request.

Museum events chef Bill Powell said, “These are the same great fillets I fry and serve for the October Seafood Festival. Ya’ can’t beat ‘em. I’ve ordered plenty, so come on out and enjoy!”

The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a facility for all Middlesex County residents, their friends and others. It is located at 287 Jackson Creek Road in Deltaville.  

The park, with a Children’s Garden, nature and walking trails, Sculpture Garden and open fields, is open dawn to dusk. Picnic tables are available. Private events may be scheduled.  

The museum, exhibiting Virginia work craft, history, and ships models is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most summer days. Call 776-7200 for current hours. For event schedules and all museum/park information, Google “Deltaville Maritime Museum” or access and click Museum/Park.

posted 07.25.2008

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