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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
Events Director
Maritime Park

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.

The Colonial Seaport pirate crew promises plenty of pirate hi-jinks as well as a “Skallawag School” to hone such needed pirate skills as singing sea chanteys, a tug-o’-war and how to talk like a pirate, “Aaaargh!” The pirates always bring smiles to the faces of young and old alike.

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.

Billz Bistro
On Saturday, there will be plenty of culinary diversity on the food court with seafood as well as all your favorite festival foods. The food court is anchored by the museum’s own galley, Billz Bistro. The Bistro turns out succulent hand-patted crab cakes, Cap’n Ron’s Kickin’ chowder, trout fillets, lightly-spiced steamed shrimp, the crowd-pleasing shrimp salad, hush puppies, cole slaw and its signature eastern Carolina barbecue, all served with panache and a smile by the wonderful Bistro volunteers.

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, or Google “Deltaville Maritime Museum.” You may also email or call 776-7200.

Things to know:
Friday, October 12 • From 5-8 p.m. there will be an “Artist’s Preview Night” with a wine and cheese court.
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.

posted 09.27.2012

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