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Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival is this weekend


This Saturday in Deltaville

by Bill Powell
Special Events Director
Deltaville Maritime Museum

Do they come for the handcrafted paintings, jewelry, sculpture and other art? Or do they come for the seafood, barbecue, chowder, funnel cakes and other offerings of the museum’s food court?

“I actually come to see the boat exhibits on the pierwalk and the cars, but it’s always fun to have a look around the artists’ tents and grab a sandwich at the food court,” said Fred Jones of Deltaville.

This year the 6th annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival is spreading out in all directions to make room for more artisans, more food, more boats, and a larger NAPA-sponsored car show than ever before. The festival will be this Saturday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park.

This is a rain or shine event. Over 4,000 feet of tentage and covered space has been added in case of rain.

Over 80 artists and craftsmen will exhibit their work, including paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylics and mixed media. Returning this year are well-known artists Jerry Spangler, Kathleen Noffsinger and Jacquie Colligan to name but a few. Artists working in clay include Gayle Wilson, Bill and Martha Hayes, Dona Baker, Brenda Finley and Dixie Doerr.  Jewelry makers include Bev Hardin, Karen Burke and Wanda Hollberg.

Woodcarvers Ben Richardson, Harry Croswell and Ron Holden will be on hand. On display will be unusual works in glass by Rita Cutler, Linda Armistead and Lynn Abrams. Art from the past will be presented by David Weller.

New this year are Jay White, silversmith, Yandong Wang’s unusual metal jewelry and wall art, glass windows by Mary Umphlett, Steve and Janer Ludlow’s heavenly chocolates, pottery by Shiroko Lifer, glass and intricate “ships in a bottle” by Heather Rogers, bluejean quilts by Cookie Atkinson and Jenny McMurtrie’s dog art.

Garner’s Produce, a favorite of the Farmer’s Market, will be on hand with the freshest of vegetables.

In the museum, check out the updated displays of the glory days of boatbuilding in Middlesex County. The new and improved research library and ship model room showcasing many of the country’s early naval vessels will be open. The Deltaville 100th Anniversary Exhibit has now been moved to the museum from the DCA and is on display.

On “Specialty Row” this year will be Heather Wickens of the National Park Service with information on the new “John Smith Trail” and Middlesex’s own “Habitat for Humanity” will have a 1982 Cadillac on display to raffle off at its booth. All proceeds go toward the next Habitat house.

Authors Larry Chowning and Jean Hornsby will be on hand. Henry Lackey, well-known Deltaville character and diesel mechanic, will again display his unusual collection of working antique diesel engines.

The Rappahannock River Railroaders will display their wonderful layout of model trains for kids of all ages.

The Wonder Horses, with rides, will be on hand.

Pirates will have Scalawag Schools at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sea chanteys and the boom of the cannon are the order of the day.

Mike Steen, well-know local Colonial era re-enactor, will man an exhibit of Native Americana.

All food and drinks this year will again be in the food court and Museum “Galley” area with something for everyone. Billz Bistro will serve its ever-popular menu of steamed shrimp, seafood salad, handmade crab cake sandwiches and trout filet sandwiches. Side dishes will be cole slaw and hush puppies. An Eastern Carolina barbecue plate or sandwich plate with cole slaw and hush puppies, which gets rave reviews, will again be on the menu. A big addition to the Bistro menu this year will be “Campbell’s Kickin’ Chowder,” which was a hit at the museum’s recent oyster roast. 
In addition to the museum concessions, soft drinks and cookies this year will be handled by the LMVFD Ladies Auxiliary. The Moore and Duke families will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids (and anybody else), and there will be funnel cakes for those with a sweet tooth, iced tea, both sweetened and unsweetened, will be on sale, and Coffee Creations of Deltaville will again be serving their signature coffees as well as selected items from their menu, including its popular seafood gumbo.

New additions to the food offerings will be Terry Reed’s soft-serve ice cream, and the Ludlow family’s handmade chocolates.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, an all-volunteer, all-donation non-profit organization, is in Deltaville at 287 Jackson Creek Road, and on Mill Creek. Signs on Route 33 direct motorists to the museum, or just turn right across from NAPA.

Take a walk down memory lane at NAPA Car Show

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imageMichelle Rother of Deltaville NAPA is busy organizing her popular vintage car show for the Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park in Deltaville. Spaces are still available for cars.

“Owners of these antique and vintage cars always come out of the woodwork for this annual event,” said Rother. “With over 4,000 attending the festival, the many visitors love to look over the cars and talk to their owners, and the owners love to show off their cars.”

There will be an expanded area for the show this year, so car buffs and owners are encouraged to either call Rother at Deltaville NAPA at 776-9020, email her at , or come to the park between 8 and 9 a.m. on October 10 to ensure a space. The entry fee is $15 per car. There are awards for different classes, and the “most popular” car. All proceeds benefit children’s programs.

“Michelle always assembles a unique collection of nostalgic, restored and well cared for vintage autos for visitors and car buffs alike,” said museum special events director Bill Powell. “When you visit the car show, you take a walk down memory lane.”

The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park are at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Signs on Route 33 direct motorists to the museum, or just turn right off Route 33 across from the NAPA store.

To find out more about the museum and its events, or to become a member, visit

posted 10.07.2009

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