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Holly Point Art & Seafood Fest; bigger and better

imageAll stops have been pulled out to make this year’s 5th Annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival more exciting than ever. The festival will be held at Holly Point Nature Park at the Deltaville Maritime Museum on Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over 70 artists and craftsmen will exhibit paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylics and mixed media, along with clay pottery, jewelry, wood carvings, furniture and glass work.

“Bill’s Bistro,” the museum concession, will be located in the food court. The menu will consist of steamed shrimp, seafood salad sandwiches, handmade crab cake sandwiches, trout filet sandwiches, barbecue, side dishes and soft drinks.

In addition to the museum concessions, the local Moore and Duke families will have hot dogs for the kids (and anybody else), funnel cakes and iced tea, both sweetened and unsweetened.

Coffee Creations of Deltaville will serve its signature coffees as well as selected items from its menu, including the popular seafood gumbo.

Fun For All Ages

Michelle Rother of NAPA is sponsoring a car show for the second year. A large turnout of classic cars is expected.

Visitors can enjoy the new Pierwalk on Mill Creek, which will feature a variety of boats.

To delight the senses, enjoy the expansive garden displays, including the Children’s Garden, the “Bubba” wildflower meadow, the Lindsey Camellia Garden, the Nature Trail, and Azalea Sculpture Garden.

To top it off, there will be over 50 pirates teaching children how to be good little pirates. The pirates will be wandering throughout the festival singing songs and interacting with the enthralled crowds.

In the museum, check out the updated displays of the glory days of boatbuilding in Middlesex County. The museum’s new and improved research library and the new Ship Model Room showcase many of the country’s early naval vessels.

Other displays include authors Larry Chowning and Lizzette Carter, Henry Lackey’s antique motors, the local model train club, and the Middlesex YMCA.

The Lancaster YMCA will raffle off a Wright Skiff built this year during the museum’s popular Family Boatbuilding Week.

The llamas will be back again this year to delight children of all ages.

Don’t forget to pick up a festival program. Also on sale will be festival T-shirts, hats and bags. Anyone joining the museum at the $35 level will receive a free festival hat or bag.

All the funds raised at this event benefit Holly Point Nature Park programs, maintenance and gardens. Community participation and financial support make the continuation of the park’s fun-filled educational events and attractions possible.


Parking has been expanded making it easier for those with mobility problems to park closer to the activities. There will be a $5 per car parking donation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All parking revenue will help restore and maintain the fields used for parking.

To help locate the festival, especially for those coming for the first time, there will be signage on Route 33 to direct motorists to the park.

To find out more about the park, museum and their programs, visit, Google Deltaville Maritime Museum, or call 804-776-7200.

posted 10.08.2008

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