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Holiday Gift Market is Saturday at maritime park

Well, it’s hard to believe, but here it is—the last scheduled public event of the year at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park. The 2013 events-filled schedule that started at the maritime park last spring with the annual Easter Egg Hunt finishes up in style this Saturday, November 23, with the 7th annual Holiday Gift Market.

A full slate of activities starts at 9 a.m. with the opening of this holiday gift-oriented market. The market will be open until 1 p.m. with all your favorite produce, local cheeses, honeys, soaps, quilts, wooden bowls, half-hull models, leatherwork, jewelry, original artwork, Alpaca wool clothing, oyster floats, books and antiques, all by local crafts persons. All the vendors “under the canopies” will bring their best. Lots of handmade items perfect for that special Christmas gift.

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! “Biscuitmaster” Lynn has promised to make and bake cheese biscuits for this last Bistro of the year. There won’t be a bunch, so get there early.

Billz Bistro will be serving an enhanced lunch menu starting around 10 a.m. All its tasty regular menu items will be served as well as its signature festival crab cakes. The crab cakes will be available as a sandwich for $6 or a “dinner special” of two crab cakes, two buns and side of cole slaw “to go” for $10. Folks wanting to phone in advance crab cake orders for pickup can call the museum office until 4:30 p.m. Friday. Give them your name and pickup time, then just stop by the Bistro Saturday and pick up your order. Orders also can be made in person at the Bistro beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Billz Bistro is located in the north wing of the Events Pavilion. Bistro volunteers will keep the hot coffee and hot cocoa going, and serve lunch until 1 p.m.

On the pier, workboat creek rides along Mill and Jackson creeks will begin at 10 a.m. aboard Chesapeake Boatworks “Only Son,” captained by Jon Farinholt. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the colorful leaves and views along two of the prettiest creeks in Middlesex.

The mini-museum will be open starting at 10 a.m. with free admission, ship models, and the “Civil War in Middlesex” exhibit.

This is also your chance to get a look at the new museum building as it comes together. The Stingray Point Hotel/Old Red Barn style structure is up and weatherproofed, the windows are all installed, and the standing seam roofing is in progress. Make sure to do plenty of kibitzing while you are at the market.

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 new fountain centered pavilion courtyard, in the Gary Waterfront Pavilion, or a bench on the nature trails and watch the market unfold around you.

All craftsmen, artists and vendors who have gift and Christmas oriented items who wish to be a vendor at the Holiday Market should call the museum office. There is plenty of room in Holly Point Nature Park.

This is the last scheduled public event at the Maritime Park for 2013 so don’t miss it. Check our website for the 2014 schedule as it firms up.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profi t 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, email or call 776-7200. The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.

posted 11.20.2013

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