"Holiday Gift Market" at Maritime Park Nov 24th
Brunch on the Menu, Music in the Park
By Bill Powell
Time to get out of the house this Saturday and meet your friends at the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park as the last Maritime Park official event of the year takes center stage with lots of special gifts at the vendor tents and fun for the holidays. You can bet we are going to finish up in style on Saturday 9am-2pm, Nov 24rd with the 13th Annual Holiday Gift Market. Bypass the crowds at the Malls and enjoy lots of great shopping and more! It all happens in the autumn setting of our waterfront and nature park.
Lots of food, gifts, exhibits and attractions.
A full slate of activities starts with Billz Bistro opening for a very special "BistroBenedictBloodyMaryBrunch" at 8am, and the holiday gift-oriented Market & Museum starting at 9.
The Bistro turns over the hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ to David's Snak-Shak on the Waterfront as the "BistroBunchers" become the "BistroBrunchers" and concentrate on turning out the ultimate holiday brunch from 8am-1pm for our fans. Marty will be offering all his popular SwineSkin flavors along with the new funnel cake.
The Market will run til 2pm with all your favorite produce, local cheeses, honeys, breads, pastries, soaps, cookies, , local meats, quilts, wooden bowls, leatherwork, jewelry, original artwork, ,Lions Club brooms, , and antiques, all offered by local artisans. All the vendors "under the canopies" will be bringing their best! Lots of hand-made items perfect for that special Christmas gift.
In the new Boat Shop , well-known historical author, Larry Chowning will be offering and signing his books on the history of the Bay just in time for Christmas. Larry is "the" noted historian of the Chesapeake Bay and its working watermen and their vessels. He is the author of Bay histories "Chesapeake Bay Buyboats", "Barcat Skipper", and "Harvesting the Chesapeake" among others. He has also written a wonderful area Civil War history, "Soldiers at the Doorstep" and several other definitive area histories.
The Museum will open an hour early to let visitors check out the variety of new specialty items at the gift shop and give them a chance to view the new additions to our exhibits.
There will be the sound of the lively traditional music of the "Cigar Box String Band" starting around 10am.. The Cigar Box String Band performs a unique mix of American folk, Celtic, Blues, Old-Time, and Nautical songs embellished with entertaining stories. These are songs you know by heart! Sing along and join the band!
The Rappahannock Railroaders Don Burnett will be running the Museums own "G" Gauge elevated model railway. Toot,Toot!
The Nationally Historic Registered F.D.Crockett will be back at the dock, returning from her trip taking the Museum's Mission to Carter's Creek and the "Taste by the Bay" Festival. John England and his volunteers will be showing off not only the F.D.Crockett but their completed "Hull 101",the Museum's first ever deadrise build. At the Boat Shop they also have the new "work in progress" Hull 102 which will be the prototype for a full size deadrise scheduled to be begun sometime in 2019. Donations needed and welcome.
Don't forget to bring your camera and take advantage of photo opportunities with the new "Waterman's Boots" that celebrate our "River Realm". There is also the Museum's "Love" sign built rightin our own maintenece shop thanks to members donations and aid from the State's "LoveWorks" program. It has been reported to be the largest in Virginia.
All the gardens and nature walks are manicured and open for a leisurely stroll or just bench warming. The Fall colors are in. Grab a seat next to the new Turner fountain centered Pavilion courtyard, in the Gary Waterfront Pavilion, or on a bench in the Nature Trails. Watch the market unfold around you.
All craftsmen, artists and vendors who have gift and Christmas oriented items or foodstuffs and wish to be a vendor at the Holiday Market, call the Museum office at 804-776-7200.. There is plenty of room in Holly Point Nature Park.
This is the last scheduled official public event at the Maritime Park for 2018 so don't miss it. Check our website for the 2019 schedule as it firms up.
The Museum will be closed on Thursday Nov 22th, Thanksgiving Day as our volunteers and staff share Thanksgiving with family and friends..
Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, a volunteer, all donation, non-profit organization,
is located in Deltaville, VA. at 287 Jackson Creek Road. To get to the Museum and Park, follow Route 33
through Deltaville and turn right across from the Citgo Station.
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 www.deltavillemuseum.com , or Google "Deltaville Maritime Museum". You may also e-mail the Museum office at email@example.com ,write to Box 466, Deltaville, VA or call the office at 804- 776-7200.
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