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Something for everyone at maritime park’s season opener this weekend

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Holly Point Nature Park, the wonderful botanical setting for the Deltaville Maritime Museum, is preening and putting its best foot forward as it readies for its first visitors as part of the Middlesex Garden Tour and its official opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. This will be the first year Holly Point Nature Park has been listed on the Garden Tour, which will be held this Friday. (Click the image above to download our Working Wareman’s Weekend pages.)

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

Whether you are interested in shopping, food, show cars, model trains, colonial re-enactors, antique boats, Civil War exhibits, boat building, creek cruises, diesel engines, open air music or just walking around the park, there is something for you at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park’s Working Waterman’s Weekend and season opener this Friday and Saturday, April 27–28, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Admission is free.

On Friday from 5–9 p.m. the annual Barbecue and Shrimp Dinner and Dance will be held under the John’s Events Pavilion and at Billz Bistro.

The park opens for the season on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a full range of activities and offerings for everybody.

With over 40 vendors, the Deltaville Farmers’ Market opens at 9 a.m. with fresh produce, local hand-grown and prepared foodstuffs, original clothing, art work and crafts. If you need that special something, you can find it here.

In the parking lot in front of the museum you’ll find the “Saluda Cruisers” and other car buffs showing off their restored and well-kept “babies.”

The Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department’s antique fire engine will be there along with local marine mechanic Henry Lackey and his unique, antique diesel engines . . . and they all run!

Billz Bistro, the park’s food concession, will be open early with coffee and breakfast sandwiches and stay open until 2 p.m. serving hamburgers, hot dogs and some special menu items just for Working Waterman’s Weekend.

The Maritime Museum opens at 10 a.m. with its many ship models and Chesapeake Bay maritime history displays. The Civil War exhibit is taking shape with the addition of several new subjects. Jere Dennison has added a section about John Taylor Wood at Drewry’s Bluff. Curator Raynell Smith has both a new section about Wood’s role in the Battle of the Ironclads and on black soldiers and sailors, as well as much more information about the Confederate 55th Virginia Infantry. 

The Rappahannock Railroaders will be just across from the Boat Shop’s nautical flea market with their ever popular model trains for young and old alike.

In the Waterfront Park, the Colonial Seaport Foundation’s Colonial re-enactors will be in full period costume, interacting with visitors and displaying and talking about the maritime trades of the 1600s and 1700s.

On the waterfront and Pierwalk from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., the Explorer Society, in period seafaring costume, will offer rowing rides and history aboard the museum’s replica of John Smith’s famous 1608 shallop. Free creek cruises aboard classic restored workboats will also be offered by Chesapeake Marine Railway’s “Only Son,” and with Cap’n Pete Cordozo aboard the museum’s new acquisition, the “Cooper Hill,” during the same time period.

Also on the Pierwalk will be Captain Sparky Lewis’ “Nancie Lee,” Captain Ian Baily’s “Emily Louise,” the Crockett’s new push boat and tender “Ferdinand,” demonstration crab pots and shedding tank, the classic work scow “Miss Ruth,” the skipjack “Pearl,” and Davis Wilson and his pile driver barge.

There is plenty of free and convenient parking in the maritime park’s grass lots.

posted 04.25.2012

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