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Weather holds for Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival

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Scalawag Jock Collamore screams commands to his army of young pirates who are learning how to use a rifle at the Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival in Deltaville last Saturday. Over 80 vendors and about 4,000 people attended the festival. (Photo by Larry Chowning)
Despite a gloomy forecast, the weather could not have turned out better for the 6th annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival last Saturday at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park.
Join the pirates’ boot camp and visit with local artist Kathleen Noffsinger at the Art & Seafood Festival. Just press play!  (by Mike Kucera)
“It rained just enough to knock down the dust just before the vendors started arriving, and then held off all the rest of the day. I think the forecast kept some folks home, but we still bettered the 4,000 count from last year. I couldn’t have been happier,” said a smiling park director Bill Cawthorn.

The exhibits inside the museum, with the new Deltaville Heritage Exhibit and the popular “model room” also had its best-ever festival attendance.

“The flow through the museum was steady all day with a real influx between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., said museum director Richard Urban. “Especially popular was the new F.D. Crockett PowerPoint slideshow depicting the many stages of the boat’s restoration. Lots of folks watched the show end-to-end, then went down to the “Pierwalk” to take a look at the actual boat in her current phase. There was lots of ‘oohing and aahing’ going on.”

“We had a good crowd all day on the Pierwalk, with lots of them stopping by for a look or tour of the Crockett,” said project director John England. “They were all asking questions and many of them had followed our progress over the last four years. They are amazed at how far she’s come. Folks aren’t asking ‘Why?’ any more. Now they’re asking ‘When?’ ”

The Food Court and Billz Bistro served over 3,000 people with many items selling out, including the new favorite, “Campbell’s Kickin’ Chowder.”

“I guess we’ll have to change the name next year to Captain Ron’s Rockin’ Chowder,” said chowder chef Ron Campbell, shaking his head. “Folks kept coming up to me and asking if it was Campbell’s Soup out of can. Go figure! Those that had some didn’t have to ask.”

Upcoming events at the museum and park will be the first Autumn Farmers’ Market on October 24, “Halloween at the Park” on October 31, and the “Pierwalk Promenade” and Autumn Farmers’ Market on November 28.

For more information, visit http://deltavilleva.com/museumpark/default.aspx The park is open from dawn to dusk daily.

posted 10.14.2009

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