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Gifts, produce, and more featured at maritime park Saturday

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

It’s Thanksgiving, the turkey is ready for the table, football games on TV, Black Friday coming, and by Saturday wouldn’t it be nice to get out of the house, but not have to go too far. Well, Saturday, November 24, the Holiday Gift & Farmer’s Market and Pierwalk Promenade at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is the place for you. Come on out and stroll or cruise off that turkey!

A full slate of activities starts at 9 a.m. with the opening of the gift-oriented market. The market will run until 2 p.m. If you’re hungry, come early at 8 a.m. and get your motor running with hot coffee, hot cocoa and egg sandwiches or breakfast bowls at Billz Bistro. The country ham biscuit is a big hit! 

The Pierwalk Promenade begins with “Crockett” tours and free workboat creek rides at 10 a.m. All the gardens and nature walks are manicured and open for a leisurely stroll or bench warming. The fall colors are in. Grab a seat in the Gary Waterfront Pavilion, or a bench on the nature trails, and watch it all unfold around you.

Guess what? November 24 is also Small Business Saturday, honoring small businesses across the nation. I don’t know anything that typifies the entrepreneurism and energy of small businesses any more than the cottage craftsmen and other vendors at our markets. Come on out and show them your support on their day of days!

Can’t wait to get your personally signed copy of the new definitive history of Middlesex County, “Signatures in Time”? Middlesex’s own local author/historian, Larry Chowning, will be at the Tea House signing and selling this “hot off the presses” full-color history of Middlesex from the original colonists to the near present. Also Larry has promised to bring a selection of his books on bay watermen. They make wonderful gifts!

On the Pierwalk at 10 a.m., the crew of the F.D. Crockett will be aboard showing off the beautifully-restored buyboat and all her recently completed work.

If you’ve never been aboard a buyboat, the Crockett can really give you a sense and feel of what it must have been like to work and live on this Bay workhorse.

Down on the floating pier, the newly-formed John Smith’s “Explorer Society,” in period costume, will offer intrepid visitors a chance to grab that oar and take a row back into the 1600s with the Explorer as it recreates a little slice of what it was like for John Smith and his crew on their historic 1608 voyage mapping the bay. All cruises on the pier will begin at 10 a.m.

Also on the floating pier will be at least two classic restored workboats offering free cruises on Mill and Jackson creeks. The “Jacqui Ann,” on loan from Keith Ruse of Deltaville Boatyard, and the “Cooper Hill,” operated by the museum’s own volunteer captain, Pete Cardozo, will run until 2 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the colorful leaves and views along two of the prettiest creeks in Middlesex.

Billz Bistro will serve an enhanced lunch menu starting around 10 a.m. All its tasty regular menu items will be served as well as its signature Art & Seafood Festival crab cakes. The crab cakes can be had as a sandwich for $8, or a “dinner special” of two crab cakes, two buns and side of cole slaw “to go” for $14.

Check out a “sneak preview” of the design of the exciting new museum building and events pavilion.

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.

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

posted 11.20.2012

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