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‘Memory Lane’ of classic cars to be at Art & Seafood Festival

Members of the Memory Lane Car Club will be displaying their beauties at the Art & Seafood Festival on October 20 at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park.

by Bill Powell

Yes, the 15th Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival has lots of food—sea and otherwise—but that’s just part of the fun.

There’s also original art, classic cars, restored workboats, creek cruises, model trains, and live music. Held at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, this great little festival has something for all ages and every member of the family.

The classic cars and festival will start rollin’ at 10 a.m. in the park.

The Memory Lane Car Club, based in Kilmarnock, will bring their classic and antique cars to the festival. Memory Lane is a club formed with the express purpose of encouraging the owners of antique, classic and even exotic motor vehicles to get together, enjoy operating, working on, exhibiting and, go figure, actually driving their cars. Check out their website by Googling “Memory Lane Car Club in Kilmarnock.”

Club spokesman Jack Ashburn said, “We do this for fun and to help organizations like the maritime park with their fundraising. The museum is there for the community. We want to be there for them, both now and in the future.”

The club will bring over 40 classic examples of “rollin’ steel” and their owners to show off their pride and joys. There will be a little bit of everything for car lovers.

The festival offers much more than classic cars. Enjoy our leisurely creek cruises with Cap’n Pete, art in all media, seafood, Rappahannock Railroaders model trains, classic boat tours, live music, and diesel engines.

Deltaville’s own diesel mechanic Henry Lackey brings the “clackeda-clackeda” of his burly antique diesel engines. Folks are always amazed when Henry fires up one of these mechanical sculptures.

In the Turner Fountain Courtyard, museum education coordinator Karen Minter and her crew will be setting up a fun mix of children’s games and activities. Be sure to bring the whole family.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. with its new exhibits and the temporary classic hydroplane exhibit. You need to see this beautiful antique speedboat and engine while they are on display.

Lots of gifts for the holidays are in the gift shop.

The festival all centers around the arbors of the museum’s scenic Waterfront Park on Mill Creek. Starting at 10 a.m., the museum volunteers will offer steamed shrimp, clam chowder, shrimp salad, fish fillets, crab cakes, fries and hush puppies in the Pavilion kitchen and oysters next to the Tea House. Egg sandwiches, Bloody Marys and mimosas will also be served in the Pavilion beginning at 8 a.m. Barbecue and oysters will be served out of the new Tea House kitchen.

To complement the museum’s seafood operation, David’s Snak-Shak will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers, and Marty’s Swineskins will bring all his flavors of these crunchy creations along with his new funnel cake to the waterfront.

Some of the best original artists will be showing their favorite media, paintings, photography, hand-sewn clothing, custom furniture and some surprises. There’s something for everyone.

Local troubadour David Moran will be playing in the Pavilion’s North Wing from around 9-10:30 a.m. He has a wonderful selection of train songs and other classics.

Favorite Ray Pittman brings his very large horn band and rhythm section, the “Revival,” live on the Pavilion stage from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a cash wine and beer bar in the South Pavilion, and Tom Lively will run his Bloody Mary and mimosa bar in the North Pavilion during the show.

The traditional sounds of the “Cigar Box String Band” will also be live at the park. Time will be announced later.

Did I mention model trains! You like model trains? The Rappahannock Railroaders will be operating the “DMM Line Elevated Railway” at the festival in the Children’s Garden. The folks from the Rappahannock Railroaders always run the trains on time. Check out the new additions to the model town. For kids of all ages.

The Explorer Society will be showing off the museum’s own Captain John Smith replica “Explorer” either at the floating pier or on the Exhibit Walk. “F.D. Crockett” will be offering tours of this Nationally Historic Registered, beautifully restored buyboat and Captain Pete will be offering short tours of Jackson and Mill creeks aboard the Deltaville Deadrise, “Only Son,” on loan from the Farinholt Brothers of Chesapeake Boat Works.

Larry Chowning will be at the waterfront with his popular books on local history. Yes he will have his updated edition of the Civil War history “Soldiers at the Doorstep.”

There is plenty of convenient parking in our spacious lots. Golf carts are available to help those in need. To defray costs, there is a $5 donation fee for festival parking. Fill up that car and come on out.

Some vendor spaces may still be available. Call the museum office.

The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, a volunteer, non-profit organization, is in Deltaville at 287 Jackson Creek Road, and by water on Mill Creek. To get to the museum and park, follow Route 33 (General Puller Hwy.) through Deltaville and turn right across from the Citgo service station onto Route 660 (Jackson Creek Rd.). The park is open dawn to dusk all year.

To find out more about the museum, visit You may also email the museum office at , write to P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043, or call the office at 804-776-7200.

posted 10.11.2018

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