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Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival offers fun for all

The Chesapeake Bay buyboat “55th Virginia” (above) will be a featured vessel at the Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, alongside the museum’s log-hulled buy boat the F.D. Crockett. The 55th Virginia is owned by William C. (Bill) Hight of Urbanna. It is one of the youngest buyboats on the bay. It was built in 1971 at Norton’s Marina in Deltaville by Ed and Billy Norton and Grover Lee Owens. Some of the design work was provided by Captain Harry Bulifant. The boat participated in the annual Buyboat Up the Bay Tour in August, and in September the boat was the featured boat at Harborfest in Onancock. (Photo by Vera England)

The 9th annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival fires up this Friday, October 12, with a brand new event, the “Artists Wine & Cheese Preview Night” from 5-8 p.m.

The festival continues Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with all the art and artists, car show, pirating about, seafood, creek cruises and all that fun festival-goers have come to expect, plus some new surprises.

The volunteers at the maritime park are always working hard to make this “best little festival” better and better.

The new Friday night Artist’s Wine and Cheese Preview will feature Yellowtail Australian wines, gourmet cheese spreads and pâtés, and a silent auction benefiting the museum’s rebuilding fund. Select artists will be on hand to show and talk about their art and media.

Art, in all its forms, brought to the festival by both Virginia and out-of-state artists, will line the park’s arbors and paths on Saturday. Over 70 different artists and vendors bring their best work to the delight of visitors. Whether you are looking for that special accent piece, or a gift for the holidays, you can find it here.

But, if you are coming for more than the art, there are plenty of other fun attractions and things to look at and do.

There will, of course, be lots and lots of seafood and other delicious festival food available in the museum’s food court.

Billz Bistro, the museum’s galley, will offer succulent crab cakes, trout fillet sandwiches, lightly-spiced steamed shrimp, Cap’n Ron’s Kickin’ Chowder, shrimp salad sandwiches, hush puppies, cole slaw and Billz’s signature Eastern Carolina barbecue.

The Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department (LMVFD) Auxiliary will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers as well as offering baked goods and soft drinks. Terry’s ice cream truck also will be on hand.

The popular pirate bands will be there “buckling their swashes” and “hatching their battens.” Or is it the other way around? Lots of “pirating about” and a “Skallawag School” are on their nefarious agenda. The pirates always bring out the kid in us all!

The Classic Car Show featuring the Memory Lane and Saluda Cruisers car clubs will be an extra special treat this year.

The Rappahannock Railroaders will bring the “toot, toot” of their working model trains, the LMVFD will display its antique fire truck and Henry Lackey will demonstrate his antique “clacketa-clacketa” diesels—all up-close and personal.

Need a Halloween costume, mask or decoration to get ready for “Scary Halloween in the Park” on October 31? The Boat Shop Boys will offer a huge selection of all things “Halloween” for sale under the Boat Shop’s shed roof. Most are brand new and still in the original packaging. Stock up, save money, and help out the Museum Rebuilding Fund.

Don’t forget the many nature walks, gardens, sculptures and exhibits that run throughout the 36-acre park.

See a classic Wright Skiff, and register to build your own at Family Boatbuilding Week in July 2013.

Admission to the festival is free but parking in one of the Museum’s convenient, grassy lots is $5 per vehicle on Saturday. There is a large mobility-restricted area and some golf carts and drivers to help those in need.

Follow the “festival” signs on Route 33 to find the museum and park.

Everybody is asking when will “Ray Pittman and the Revival” be back to the museum playing their hot, hot combo of soul, horn and beach music?

Ray and his powerful band will be back at the Museum for a fund-raising show from 6-8 p.m. this Saturday, October 13, after the Art & Seafood Festival. The gates open at 5 p.m. Admission will be $10. Advance tickets are available at Nauti Nell’s and the museum office in Deltaville.

All of the proceeds from this event will go directly into the fund to rebuild the fire-destroyed museum and pavilion better than ever. Let’s show them a crowd.

Waterfront will be abuzz at Saturday’s Holly Point Fest
by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Park


The 9th annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival set for this Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park will sport a full range of exhibits, activities and cruises along its Mill Creek waterfront.

Already offering virtually something for everyone on land, the maritime park’s waterfront will be alive with action.

On the waterfront, festival-goers can enjoy the natural shoreline, stroll down the Pierwalk, practice hand tonging for oysters, watch a working crab shedding tank, and learn how a crab pot catches crabs.

There will be not one, but two buyboats available for tours this year. Not only will “F.D. Crockett,” the museum’s beautifully restored log-hulled buyboat be on the Pierwalk, but Bill Hight of Urbanna is bringing his “55th Virginia” to show off. Bill has been working hard getting his “baby” ready, and we can’t wait to let you see her.

Don’t know what the heck a buyboat is? Don’t miss these beautifully-restored pieces of maritime history and find out from the folks who know.

Also on the Pierwalk from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., “Explorer,” the museum’s John Smith replica shallop, will be ready with Kaptain Krunch and the “Explorer Society” to take folks around Mill Creek for that 1600s rowing experience.

Explorer Society members are proud to man the boat in authentic Colonial seaman garb and use the actual boat handling techniques and commands that John Smith and his intrepid crew used when they made their historic 1608 mapping cruise and, among other things, discovered and named Stingray Point in Deltaville.

Free Jackson Creek Cruises also will be available aboard the lovingly-restored deadrise workboats “Cooper Hill” and “Only Son.” The “Only Son” will be supplied and operated by the Farinholts of Chesapeake Boat Works. 

Cap’n Pete, the museum’s volunteer captain of the “Cooper Hill,” said, “Here’s your chance to get a look at fall colors on pristine Mill and Jackson creeks riding on an historic deadrise. The price is right and the experience priceless.”

Ahh, the sounds of diesels in the morning!

There also are plans for the U.S. Coast Guard to be on hand with one of its patrol boats for “show and tell,” and a “mystery” wooden cruiser to be displayed on the pier.

Both of these boats are subject to weather and last-minute availability issues, but are currently scheduled. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

All of the Waterfront exhibits except the cruises will be available for viewing during the Artist’s Wine and Cheese Preview on Friday from 5-8 p.m. The tours and cruises on Saturday will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with “captain’s choice” after 2 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free but parking in one of the museum’s convenient, grassy lots is $5 per vehicle on Saturday. There is a large mobility-restricted area and some golf carts and drivers to help those in need.

posted 10.10.2012

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