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Holly Point Nature Park Oct.10 Art and Seafood Fest

“Bubba,” the wildflower garden at Holly Point Nature Park in Deltaville, is a colorful delight. (Photo by Bill Powell)
Holly Point Nature Park, the 36-acre botanical setting for the Deltaville Maritime Museum, is dressing up for fall visitors and the park’s biggest annual event, the Art and Seafood Festival on Saturday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Park director Bill Cawthorn, Becky Ferrell and the Gardenerds are all hard at work to make the Nature Park’s trails and attractions put their best foot forward.

The new Marty Hawksworth Greenhouse has been completed in the Children’s Garden and promises to be a major asset to both the park’s plantings and its visual impact.

“Bubba,” the park’s wildflower meadow, is in full bloom and still busting out all over. Shaped like a “Pisces” symbol, this evolving meadow has been enhanced with trees and flowering bush to give the plantings dimension. Plans are in the works to add a covered shelter/pavilion to the area in 2010 to allow visitors a place for rest and reflection.

The Camellia Garden, Azalea Garden, Sculpture Garden and nature trails with their overlooks and benches are all currently in flower. Visitors to the festival will be able to take “time out” and relax on a bench or walk through the many scenic trails. All the trails are designed with switchbacks and walkouts to make one’s meander long or short. Extra golf carts are being arranged for the festival to allow the mobility restricted to enjoy all the trails and their attractions.

The Art and Seafood Festival, in addition to the park offerings, will feature the Maritime Museum with its new exhibits and the “Deltaville Centennial History Exhibit,” arts and crafts by local artisans, and the food court with a variety of choices including seafood, soups, soft drinks, hot dogs, hamburgers, deli sandwiches, funnel cakes, cookies, chocolate and ice cream.

Blackbeard’s Crew and the Colonial Seaport Foundation also will be out in full force.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park are all-donation, all-volunteer facilities at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek in Deltaville. Signage on Route 33 directs motorists to the park, or just turn right at NAPA.

To find out more about the museum and its offerings, visit and click “museumpark,” or Google Deltaville Maritime Museum. The park is open from dawn to dusk daily.

posted 09.23.2009

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