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Holly Point Market, Groovin’ concert to be featured Saturday at maritime park

The “Cigar Box String Band” (above) will perform from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, at the Deltaville Maritime Museum as part of the Groovin’ in the Park concert series. Tom Dikon, Jon Vallett and O.T. Adcock will perform from 6-8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and coolers.

by Bill Powell
President, Deltaville Maritime Museum

It will be a big day this Saturday, August 27, at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park as everyone welcomes back “F.D. Crockett” from her two-week cruise of the Chesapeake Bay. With stops in Cape Charles, Tangier Island, Solomon’s Island, and St. Michaels, Crockett has taken the message of the museum and Middlesex County’s maritime heritage to a host of folks along the Chesapeake. It’s good to have her back! She will be open for tours starting at 10 a.m.

Also on Saturday, the Holly Point Market opens at 9 a.m. for a day of shopping, food and music. Singer/guitarist David Moran will perform starting around 9:30 a.m. in the pavilion. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. restored workboat tours and creek cruises will happen on the Pierwalk. The Groovin’ in the Park concert with the “Cigar Box String Band” will open at 5 p.m. for the crowd-pleasing Tom Dikon, Jon Vallett and the “Bucket” from 6-8 p.m.

Breakfast on Saturday begins at 8 a.m. in the North Pavilion.

Find the Market amongst the trees and gardens of the maritime park events and waterfront areas. Anchored by fresh local produce by Garner’s, and the goat cheese soap and fresh local eggs of Lover’s Retreat Dairy, vendors will line the market lanes offering local crafts, art, jewelry, hand-painted glass, natural soaps, quilts, Captain Tom’s oyster floats, handmade leather goods, Whitley Peanuts, clam chowder, local meats, fiber-silk woven items, beads, and sweets. Steve’s Fruit Smoothies and Marty’s popular Swine Skins will be featured on the waterfront. The Middlesex Lions Club will bring their brooms to Community Row in the Turner Fountain Courtyard.

The museum will open an hour early at 9 a.m. There are new additions to the Fishing Bay Yacht Club and “Lighthouses of the Chesapeake” exhibits, and don’t miss the gift shop.

At 10 a.m. the Pierwalk offers boat tours on the restored buyboat F.D. Crockett.

Free workboat cruises of beautiful Mill and Jackson creeks will be offered on the waterfront’s floating pier aboard the restored diesel Deltaville Deadrise “Only Son” with Captain Pete. Only Son is owned by the Farinholt Brothers of Chesapeake Boat Works. Thanks Farinholts.

“Explorer,” the museum’s own 1608 John Smith shallop replica, will be on display on the floating dock at the waterfront. The Explorer Society will be aboard to answer questions and, if anyone wants to go on a 1600s rowing experience, just ask.

Come back to the park around 4 p.m. as the gates open for a wonderful evening of music from the Cigar Box String Band (5 p.m.) and Tom Dikon, Jon Vallett and O.T. Adcock (6-8 p.m.) at Groovin’ in the Park. This is a “bring your own lawn chair, cooler, and picnic” event. Hot food, fruit smoothies, swine skins and bottled water is available next to the Tea House.

Groovin’ will happen, rain or shine. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door. Get yours at the museum office, on the museum’s website, or at Nauti Nell’s in Deltaville.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is at 287 Jackson Creek Road. To get to the museum and park, follow Route 33 through Deltaville and turn right across from the Citgo Station. Visit or call 776-7200 for more information.

posted 08.24.2016

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