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Independence Day events begin Friday

Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, July 3, and continuing until late Saturday, July 4th, Middlesex County will offer a variety of Independence Day activities for all ages.

The celebration gets started at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with food, music, a boat parade and fireworks display (see pages A8-9 for details).
The fun continues Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Annual Deltaville Heritage Day with a pet parade, children’s parade, crab races, food, music, centennial display, 2 p.m. general parade and more.

Meanwhile, back in Urbanna on Saturday, a “Family 4th of July” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Taber Park with numerous activities for young and old.

Shifting to Water View, activities begin at 5 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the firehouse and will feature a variety of food, music, parade and fireworks display (see page A3 for details).
Back at Deltaville Ballpark, the Deltas semi-pro baseball team will play the York Cannons at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Annual Old-Timers Game and fireworks.

Urbanna heats back up from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday when “Sweet Justice” gives a free concert at Taber Park.

There’s certainly plenty to entertain one and all this weekend in Middlesex County—and a lot of red, white and blue to please the patriotic eye, and to remind us all of the real reason we are celebrating.

Urbanna boat parade, fireworks are Friday
The Town of Urbanna and Urbanna Business Association will host a variety of events over July 4th weekend.

On Friday, July 3, the town will celebrate Independence Day with several activities at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point on Urbanna Creek. At 5 p.m., the Sheriff’s Auxiliary will begin selling food and music will be by DJ Charlie Culley. The Annual Boat Parade will be at 6:30 p.m. on Urbanna Creek, and fireworks over the creek will follow.

Those who want to enter a decorated boat in the parade, register and receive your boat’s number by seeing Connie at the Urbanna Pool or Dianne at the town marina. For more information, call Connie at 815-0062.

Virginia Street from the corner of Cross Street down the hill to the town marina, including Oyster Road, will be closed from 5 p.m. until after the fireworks on July 3. 

Handicapped persons should notify the deputies at the top of the hill for arrangements.

Town plans ‘Family 4th’ Saturday at Taber Park
A “Family 4th of July” in Taber Park, sponsored by the Town of Urbanna and the Urbanna Business Association Special Events Committee, will be held on Saturday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities include a dunking booth, sack races, face painting, 3-legged races, water balloon toss, watermelon eating contest, square dancing and tie-dying (bring your own solid color t-shirt, shorts, etc.).

Bring a picnic lunch; a door prize will be awarded for the most creative set-up. Food and drinks will be on sale.

Entertainment will feature performances by “No Strings Attached” puppets from Urbanna Baptist Church and “The Stepping Stones” square dancers.

The band “Sweet Justice” will perform at Taber Park from 7 to 10 p.m. that night. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

For additional information, contact Joanie Ward at 758-5993

Heritage Day
With the theme “Our Community Unites,” the Deltaville Community Association (DCA) will hold its Annual Heritage Day on Saturday, July 4.

Events will be on the Deltaville Community Center grounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art, craft and food vendors will be set up all day.

The Pet Parade will be at 9 a.m. on the tennis courts. The parade is being organized by Theresa Linn, Thyra Harris and Cassie Brill. Middlesex Animal Control Officer Ricky Warren will assist. There will be a display of CPR for animals.

The Children’s Parade will be at 9:45 a.m. The parade is being organized by Elizabeth Johnson with assistance from Grayson Johnson.

A Moonwalk will be available, donated by EVB, with proceeds going to the DCA Playground Fund.

At 10:30 a.m. crab races (16 races with a free T-shirt for every winner) will begin. The races are being organized by Onna and Lew Grimm, assisted by Bob Walker and Jimmy Mackey. 
Robbin Thompson will perform songs of local interest on the main stage at 11:30 a.m.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the DCA’s main building, old photos and memorabilia will be on display celebrating Deltaville’s 100-year history. On sale will be a pictorial postmark and photo stamp commemorating the community’s name change from Sandy Bottom to Deltaville in December of 1909.

The main parade begins at 2 p.m. at the rescue squad building and will proceed past the DCA grounds. The 2009 grand marshals are Elaine Miller, Cathleen Norton, Dr. David G. Brown Jr. and Raymond Burrell.

All past grand marshals are invited to attend as special guests. They should come to the Deltaville Community Association building to be honored, and then sit at the judges viewing stand during the parade.

Parade participants include the Richmond Acca Shriners, Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat contestants, numerous floats by local businesses, new and antique cars, and local and visiting fire trucks and rescue units.

The Deltaville Community Pool will be open at no charge all day.

The Deltaville Deltas will host the York Cannons at 5 p.m. at the ballpark. Oran Johnson will throw out the first pitch. Ashley Moore will sing the National Anthem.

The Deltas game will be followed by Annual Old-Timers Baseball Game at about 7:30 p.m. Former longtime Deltas player Tony Jackson will throw out the first ball. A special musical salute in remembrance of Deltas who have passed on will be performed after the Old-Timers Game.

The fireworks display will begin at about 9:15 p.m. The display is supported by the DCA and set off by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, contact Kris Scherrer at 776-7117 or Bob Walker at 776-6461.

Deltaville July 4th exhibit extended
The Deltaville Centennial Exhibit, opening July 4th in the Deltaville Community Association (DCA) building on Heritage Day, also will be open the following week, July 6-11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the DCA building to allow more visitors to see and to contribute to the collection.

On July 4th, many of Deltaville’s old-timers will be on hand to talk about life in Deltaville when they were growing up, and to answer questions about events portrayed in the exhibit. Larry Chowning will also be gathering information for his upcoming “History of Middlesex County” book. A special guest will be Captain John Smith narrating his adventures at Stingray Point and talking about the really old days.

Robbin Thompson will sing about Jackson Creek and Chesapeake Bay at 11:30 a.m.

Throughout the day, the DCA will be selling envelopes with the special deadrise stamp. A Sandy Bottom replica postmark also will be available. Centennial T-shirts (to benefit the playground), “Portrait of Deltaville” books, magnets, flags and Coat of Charm prints will be on sale. The Deltaville Maritime Museum will sell raffle tickets for a workboat quilt.

Only a portion of all the information collected by the Centennial Committee will be on display, but Raynell Smith, chairman of the committee, notes that the DCA hopes to have a yearly exhibit on Deltaville Heritage Day.

After July 11, the Centennial Exhibit will move to the Maritime Museum where visitors can see it until the end of the year.

“On Saturday, and really throughout the duration of the exhibit, the committee will continue to add missing information and to correct any mistakes in the current display,” said Smith. “I guarantee that you will be surprised and amazed at some of the things we have uncovered.”

posted 07.02.2009

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