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Re-imagined kitchen to rise at maritime park

The new events pavilion at the Deltaville Maritime Museum awaits its roof truss, which was expected to be installed on Tuesday, February 19.

As the new events pavilion rises out of the ground at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, a re-invented “Billz Bistro” food service facility will be incorporated into the north wing.

“Our beloved old kitchen survived the fire, thanks to our firemen, and did yeoman’s service keeping the food for all the events going last year,” said Bill Powell, bistro volunteer manager. “Our original plan was to design and build the new pavilion around and over it, but existing infrastructure setback restraints made that impossible, so we went back to the drawing board.

“However, we now have this wonderful opportunity to upgrade our new kitchen, address a bunch of service and preparation bottlenecks, flow issues, and equipment inadequacies,” continued Powell. “Our ultimate goal is to bring the kitchen ‘up to snuff’ as a fully-operational catering and temporary-event kitchen for the museum and the community. Despite its nod to functionality, the Bistrobunch volunteers are of a single mind that it is important that the new Bistro also retain as much of her original charm as possible. We are working hard to make this happen.”

Three local benefactors have already donated dedicated money for the new kitchen to include fire-resistant walls and wiring. The money in hand also will allow the facility to get the dedicated bathroom and hand-washing station installed, a non-porous floor and wall finish, a three-compartment dishwashing sink, and walk-in refrigerator.

Anyone who would like to help with the Bistro project either by donating a piece of equipment, helping with the plumbing or painting, or giving money, please call the museum office or send your check to the museum indicating its designation for the “Bistro project.”

“As the Bistro and events at the museum grow, there is always need for more folks to help out at the Bistro for the various functions,” said Powell. “Becoming a member of the ‘Bistrobunch’ is a wonderful way to help out at the museum occasionally and work with a great group of folks. Anyone interested in helping can email me at ,” said Powell.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Shell Station to get there.

To find out more, visit, email or call 776-7200. The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.

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posted 02.20.2013

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