Deltaville Maritime Museum Announces March/April Schedule

Maritime Park Announces March/April Events
Lecture Series Announced, Opening Day Moves Up

By bill Powell

The staff and volunteers at the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park are busily getting ready for the 2019 events season. This year Opening Day festivities will move forward to Easter Weekend and the Maritime Park will kick off its new "Turner Lecture Series."

As most of you know, in memory of founding Member Andy Turner, his wife Evelyn and family established the Turner Education Fund for the Museum to fund educational activities of all types and for all ages to continue the Maritime & Parks role as not only an archive but a "Living" Museum and learning center. The first two lectures in this series will happen in March and April. Suggested donation is $5.

Although we have had various lectures and seminars in the past the Museum has wanted to establish a ongoing lecture series to bring speakers to the Museum on subjects of interest to both our e membership and community. .

To that end, Board Vice-President Richard Rodgers has taken the reins and scheduled our first two lectures of this fledgling series. The plan is for the series lectures to be on Sunday afternoons with a lecture, question and answer time and refreshments. The lectures will usually be in the Events Pavilion's North wing unless one of our other buildings or outside (weather permitting) would be more appropriate to the subject matter. Sunday's have the least conflict with other events at the Museum & Park.

These first two Turner Lecture Series lectures are coming up soon and will be:on
Sunday March 10th 2pm, Rick and Julie Palm- The Circumnavigation of the "Sojourner".
Sunday April 14th 2pm , Jack Yunker-The Story the Liberty Ship.

We reach out to our members and friends to not only make them aware of these dates but get their help as we move forward. We need input from all on possible subjects of interest, or, if you have heard someone speak that you believe would be a good fit for the series, please let us know. We want to make the series diverse, relevant, and interesting.

We would also like to know how you feel about the timing and frequency of the lectures. Should they be primarily scheduled in the cold weather or should they be year round? Is 2pm a good time on a Sunday? How often should we have them? Your input will help us plan.

We again have a change-up on our Opening Weekend date. Due to a scheduling conflict we are moving Opening Weekend forward, this year only, to coincide with our Easter activities. Opening Weekend will be Friday and Saturday: April 19th and 20th.The Dinner/Dance happens on the Friday night from 5-9pm. We are offering a menu modified for the Lenten season. Opening Weekend will be moved to the first weekend in May starting in 2020.

Chef Jane Hatch and her crew will be preparing, along with our Shrimp from J & W seafood, Egg Crepes w/Bechamel Sauce, Potatoes au Gratin, cheeses, cut fruit, Cole Slaw, and Apple Cobbler. Bottled Water and Sweet Tea will also be available along with beer and wine at our cash bar.

We are all excited about our music this year as the big band sound of the "Flat-tones" takes the Pavilion stage. This musically talented group of area performers play all the standards of the Sinatra and Bennett era with talent, class and a hint of nostalgia. Everybody loves the "Flat-tones"! David Moran will perform his songs of the "roads and rails" during social hour.

Continuing "Opening Weekend", our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on the next day, Saturday April 20th 1-3pm. The Easter Bunny plenty of elusive eggs, hayrides and ponies will all be part of our 11th Annual Hunt which begins promptly at 2pm.We need volunteers to help hide eggs and with setup. Please call the office.

That evening we welcome our own internationally famous blues great Sherman Holmes with the "Legendary Ingramettes" gospel choir and band as our opening show of the "Groovin' in the Park" outdoor concert series from 5-8pm that evening . Check out our website for the entire Groovin' 2019 schedule

We encourage you to come out and attend these lectures and get your tickets for" Groovin' in the Park". Call the Museum office at 804-776-7200 to RSVP. For suggestions and support for the lectures you can e-mail me directly at wdwrks@va.metrocast.net or Richard at sloopless@gmail.com directly or the museum staff at office@deltavillemuseum.com. Museum hours are 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 12-4pm Sunday.

To find out everything you need to know about the Museum and Park, donate, volunteer, or become a Member with all its many benefits visit our website at deltavillemuseum.com or Google "Deltaville Maritime Museum". You may also e-mail the Museum office, open daily at: office@deltavillemusuem.com, write to Box 466, Deltaville, VA or call the office at 804- 776-7200.

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For more information, photos, details or questions, contact:
Bill Powell at wdwrks@va.metrocast.net, or call cell 804-695-4678

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