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News from the Deltaville Maritime Museum

by Nature Girl and Kaptain Krunch


It’s July and we’ll be celebrating all month.  We’ll be at Heritage Day this Saturday at the DCA booth selling tickets for the Stingray Point play and raffle tickets for two beautiful bracelets from Burke’s Jewelers, and  distributing free information about all our activities. 

The Pirates are coming  Saturday, July 12. Bring the kids for a great day exploring Holly Point and the world of pirates. Check out related articles for more information on all the activities.  Support the DCA this weekend and come out to Heritage Day.  Have a safe and happy 4th. 

And here’s Krunch with a few fireworks of his own.

In classic Deltaville fashion, July 4th is being celebrated on the 5th this year. Nevertheless, we’ll see small-town America at its best this Saturday.  Our own Heritage Day will have hamburgers, hot dogs, crab cakes, crab races, a pet parade and my favorite—the regular parade. Watch for our grand marshals, Lavinia Ruark and Raymond Benson, in the big blue Lincoln.

We’ve seen some other float ideas in the sign shop this week, but the museum will have a winner with the Explorer and her crew.

Do you know the story of Stingray Point and Captain John Smith, Middlesex’s first unhappy tourist?  First he went aground and then he got stung by a stingray and nearly died. If you want to know how everything turned out, buy a ticket at the museum booth this Saturday or at the museum, Nauti Nell’s or Papeterie in Urbanna. The Stingray Point Story will be performed with musical accompaniment on Thursday, July 17, (the 400th anniversary of the landing) and again on Saturday, July 19, at 11 a.m. both days on the beach nearest the original event. You must have a ticket and you must park at the museum. Transportation will be provided to the beach. Cold water and fans will be provided by EVB, and bleachers will accommodate an audience of 200. Don’t miss out on this historic event. Tickets are $10.

For you history buffs, I recommend Ed Haile’s Jamestown Narratives, and if you really want the skinny read his new book, “John Smith in the Chesapeake.” Ed is a great guy with a very big brain. He has sailed and rowed Explorer to immerse himself in the experience. Ed would be quick to point out that the Bay was 3 feet lower 400 years ago, so that what is now only a marker was, at that time, an island (Stingray Isle).

And, speaking of markers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will place a “smart” buoy out by Stingray Light on July 19. They also plan a ceremony in conjunction with the second performance of our play that day. (See related articles in this issue of the Sentinel.)

The schooner “Virginia” stopped by this week. “Apprentice,” her lapstrake rowing boat carried on deck and built by the Maritime Museum, has developed a crack in the garboard strake.  Since we are stand-up guys, we’ll replace that plank as part of our extended warranty program. We only have happy customers!

We’ll see you Saturday in town. Stop by our booth and bring yourself up to speed museum wise. Buy a play ticket and a raffle ticket for a beautiful Rivah bracelet donated by Burke’s Jewelers to support the museum. Watch the parade and then get out of the sun and come back for some super baseball and fireworks at the ballpark.

posted 07.02.2008

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