Deltaville’s maritime park fest offers something for everyone
|The 9th annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival in Deltaville will include a visit from the Colonial Seaport pirate crew.|
by Bill Powell
Sometimes called the “Best Little Festival on the Middle Peninsula,” the 9th annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival in Deltaville has expanded by adding a wine and cheese court.
The main festival will be held Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and offers art in all media to tickle the most discerning fancy, but there’s also much, much more at this one-of-a-kind fall festival.
For the first time, on Friday, October 12, from 5-8 p.m. there will be an “Artist’s Preview Night” with a wine and cheese court, courtesy of Deutsch Wines, the folks who create Yellowtail Wines.
The festival is held on the 16 acres of Holly Point Nature Park, which offers natural “art” of its own with nature trails, gardens on scenic Mill Creek, and a pier walk with a crab shedding and oyster tonging exhibits—all right on the property.
In addition to over 70 artists, other activities include a classic car show featuring the Memory Lane Car Club and the Saluda “Cruisers.” The Rappahannock Railroaders Railroad Club will have operating model train displays.
Also on display will be model boats and antique fire engines.
There will be free creek cruises on classic restored workboats, and free rowing excursions aboard the “Explorer,” a replica of the Capt. John Smith shallop.
The Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs and serving drinks and baked goods. Terry’s Ice Cream will be back with your favorite flavors.
Henry Lackey of Deltaville Diesel will sound the “clacketa-clacketa” and “chugeda-chugeda” of his unusual antique engines. Looking more like metal sculptures than actual working engines, folks are always amazed when Henry fires up these spinning marvels.
Got a restored trailerable wooden or unusual watercraft that you’d like to show off at the festival? Give David Moran a call at the museum office (776-7200).
Admission to the festival is free. Parking is a $5 donation per vehicle with plenty of mobility-restricted parking and some golf carts to aid with moving back and forth, if needed.
Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, a volunteer, all-donation, non-profit organization, is located in Deltaville at 287 Jackson Creek Road, and by water on Mill Creek. To get to the museum and park, follow Route 33 through Deltaville and turn right across from the Shell Station, or follow the festival signs.
Other fall park events include a farmers’ market on October 27, and the Holiday Gift Market and “Pierwalk Promenade” on November 24.
To find out more about the museum, its offerings, how to become a member, donate or volunteer, visit http://www.deltavillemuseum.com, or Google “Deltaville Maritime Museum.” You may also email or call 776-7200.
Saturday, October 13 • The main festival will be held, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers art in all media.
Admission: Admission to the festival is free. Parking is a $5 donation per vehicle.