“Holiday Gift Market” at Maritime Park Set for Nov 24, Brunch on the Menu and Music in the Park

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!

Join us Saturday, November 24 from 9am-2pm for 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 “Bistro Benedict Bloody Mary Brunch” at 8am, and the holiday gift-oriented market starting at 9am.

The Bistro turns over the hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ to David’s Snak-Shak on the Waterfront as the “Bistro Bunchers” become the “Bistro Brunchers” 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 until 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.

Make sure to bring the kids. Karen Minter and her intrepid volunteers will be set up in the Tea House area with games for kids of all ages and will have games or craft activities depending on the weather

The Nationally Historic Registered F.D.Crockett will be back at the dock. John England and his volunteers will be showing off not only the F.D.Crockett, but also their completed Hull 101, the museum’s first ever deadrise build.

At the new Boat Shop they also have the new “work in progress” Hull 102 which will be the prototype for a full-size deadrise scheduled to start sometime in 2019. Work is still needed to finish the new Boat Shop and Hull 102, donations needed and welcome.

Also in the Boat Shop, Director John England and his volunteers will share the space with well-known historical author, Larry Chowning, who will be offering and signing his books on the history of the Chesapeake 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.

In the Pavilion for the “Bistro Brunch,” Deltaville’s own balladeer and guitarist David Moran will be playing his ever smooth classic collection of songs. As David says, “I am somewhere on the roads and rails, traveling from the Woody Guthrie 1930’s to the Jackson Browne 1970’s, with stops along the way to sing a few Hank Williams and Merle Haggard songs..”

The Rappahannock Railroaders will be running the Museums own “G” Gauge elevated model railway.

Captain Rob and the museum’s John Smith replica shallop, “Explorer,” will be in the water at the Pierwalk for the Gift Market.

At the Pierwalk there will also be creek cruises on the workboat “Only Son” on loan from the Farinholt Brothers of Chesapeake Boat Works, tours on the F.D. Crockett, the chance to try your hand at oyster tonging, and check out  crab shedding tank and crabpots.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take advantage of photo opportunities with the “Waterman’s Boots” that celebrate our “River Realm.” There is also the Museum’s “Love” sign built right in our own maintenece shop thanks to members donations and aid from the State’s “Love Works” 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.

The museum will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day as our volunteers and staff share Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Museums of Middlesex Produces Film on Middlesex Decorated Veterans Film Premiers at Christ Church Veterans Luncheon

The Museums of Middlesex (MOM) has completed the filming and editing of interviews with Middlesex County’s decorated military veterans (and family members) – Raymond W. Burrell and Norton Hurd and daughter of Beryl Newman. The filming, interviews and production were made possible by MOM’s successful grant application to, and funding from, the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

The premier of this film, “Homegrown Heroes: Stories of Middlesex Counties Greatest Generation” was part of the Friday, Nov 9 Veterans Luncheon program hosted by Christ Church. In only its second year, the luncheon was sold out with more than 100 veterans and guests attending.

The Museums of Middlesex (MOM) was formed in 2015 as an umbrella organization to link the three Middlesex County museums together for the purpose of promoting tourism in Middlesex.

The three partnering museums are the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society in Saluda, the Urbanna Museum in Urbanna and the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park in Deltaville.

MOM works closely with Middlesex County Tourism and Director Michelle Brown is a member.

The veterans film is just one of the projects MOM is pursuing in its ongoing mission to promote the three Middlesex Museums, Middlesex  Visitors Centers and our rich 350 years of history.

The short film and its accompanying five hours of in depth interviews by Tom Chillemi and Larry Chowning will be available to be viewed in the libraries and archives of the three museums during open hours.

Click here to read more about the veterans profiled and watch the film.

The film was produced by Stephanie Heinatz of  Consociate Media and filmed and edited by Bruce Nelson.

Homegrown Heroes: Stories of Middlesex County’s Greatest Generation

The Museums of Middlesex (MOM) 2018 film – Homegrown Heroes: Stories of Middlesex County’s Greatest Generation – profiles Middlesex County decorated veterans Raymond W. Burrell and Norton Hurd and family members of Beryl Newman. The filming, interviews and production were made possible by MOM’s successful grant application to, and funding from, the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

The Museums of Middlesex was formed in 2015 as an umbrella organization to link the three county museums for the purpose of promoting tourism in Middlesex. The three partnering museums are the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society in Saluda, Urbanna Museum, and Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park. MOM works closely with the Middlesex County Tourism Department, and its director, Michelle Brown.

This veteran film is just one of the projects MOM pursued in its ongoing mission, using grants, to promote the county’s rich 350 years of history.

Five hours of in-depth interviews were conducted to produce this short film. Southside Sentinel reporters Tom Chillemi and Larry Chowning assisted.

The decorated veterans in the film are:

• Private Raymond W. Burrell Sr. — During WWII, Raymond Burrell served with the famous 761st Tank Battalion, known as the “Black Panthers,” composed entirely of African American men. On November 4, 1944, General Patton sent the 761st on a deployment of 183 days of continual fighting in very harsh weather. The 761st was outstanding, causing thousands of enemy casualties, capturing or aiding in liberating over 30 major towns, aiding in capturing/ destroying 4 airfields, 3 supply dumps, 461 wheeled vehicles, 34 tanks, 131 large guns and a radio station. In 1978 President Carter awarded the 761st the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism.

• Captain Beryl Richard “Dick” Newman (deceased) — Beryl Newman served in the 133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division of the US Army. Near Cisterna, Italy, on May 26, 1944, Newman single-handedly advanced on two German machine gun nests, destroying three enemy machine gun nests, killing two Germans, wounding two and taking 11 prisoners. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by General Order #5 on January 15, 1945. He is buried in Remlik, Middlesex County.

• Lieutenant Norton Hurd — Norton Hurd was a member of the “Hell Razors” headed to Guam in the legendary aircraft carrier “Wasp.” He flew in the first group of Navy planes to bomb Tokyo. Near Chi-Chi Jima, Lieutenant Hurd’s engine failed after a battle with a Japanese fighter, which he shot down. His plane crashed into the Pacific. As his plane began to sink, he went into the water with only a life preserver and a whistle. Lieutenant Hurd was finally rescued and returned to the Wasp. Lieutenant Hurd was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is given to those who demonstrate heroism.

Visit “Memory Lane” of Classic Cars at Deltaville Art & Seafood Festival

By Bill Powell

Did you know that the upcoming 15th Annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival will have so much more than just delicious eats and beautiful art? We’re delighted to announce that the event this year – held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Nature Park – will also feature some of the finest classic cars this region has to offer.

The classic cars themselves will start rolling into the festival at 10 a.m. thanks to the Memory Lane Car Club, based in Kilmarnock. Memory Lane Car Club formed with the express purpose to encourage the owners of antique, classic and even exotic motor vehicles to get together to operate, work on, exhibit and drive.

Spokesman Jack Ashburn said, “we do this for fun and to help organizations like the Maritime Park with their fundraising. The Museum is there for the community, we want to be there for them, both now and in the future.”

The club will bring more than 40 classic examples of “rollin’ steel.”

Not into cars? That’s ok, too! The festival all centers around the arbors of the Museum’s scenic  “Waterfront Park” on Mill Creek. Starting at 10 a.m., Museum volunteers will offer steamed shrimp, clam chowder, shrimp salad, fish fillets, crab cakes, fries and hush puppies in the Pavilion kitchen and oysters next to the Tea House. Egg sandwiches, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas will also be served in the Pavilion beginning at 8 a.m. BBQ and oysters will be served out of  the new Tea House kitchen.

To complement the Museum’s Seafood operation, David’s Snak-Shak will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers and Marty’s Swineskins will bring all his flavors of crunchy creations along with funnel cakes.

Enjoy leisurely creek cruises with Cap’n Pete.

Deltaville’s own diesel mechanic Henry Lackey  will bring the “clackeda-clackeda” of his burly antique diesel engines.

In the Turner Fountain Courtyard, Museum Education coordinator Karen Minter and her crew will offer a fun mix of children’s games and activities.

Local troubadour David Moran will play in the Pavilion’s North Wing from roughly 9 to 10:30 a.m. Favorite Ray Pittman will take the Pavilion stage with his very large horn band and rhythm section, the “Revival,” from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The traditional sounds of the “Cigar Box String Band” will also be live at the Park.

The Rappahannock Railroaders will operate the “DMM Line Elevated Railway” at the festival and the “Explorer Society” will showing off the Museum’s own Captain John Smith replica “Explorer.”

Renowned local historian Larry Chowning will be on the waterfront with his popular books on local history.

The Deltaville Maritime Museum is located at 287 Jackson Creek Road, and by water on Mill Creek.

Karen Minter to Spearhead Educational Programs at Maritime Park

By Bill Powell

The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is pleased to announce that local, retired educator Karen Minter will oversee its educational programs with special attention to programs for younger students.

Karen worked for the Prince George’s County schools for 32 years. Under the guidance of Dr. Howard Gardner, she was also involved with the Atlas Program through Harvard and Brown Universities. During this time she was one of the original eight pre-kindergarten teachers in the county. She worked in a public school that had children from 46 different countries speaking 26 different languages.

Karen and the Deltaville Maritime Museum staff will be holding field trips Tuesday through Thursday in support of local schools and pre-kindergarten students. Field trip activities will be designed around the story, “The Mouse and The Apple,” which deals with patience, farm animals and apples as the theme for a variety of early education skills.

“I believe in creating a learning situation that makes children smile while learning,” Karen said. “Offering multiple types of activities using auditory, visual, and kinesthetic opportunities incorporates the use of music, math, movement, linguistics, independent or cooperative activities gives success to every child.”

As to her specific future plans at the Deltaville Maritime Museum, Karen said, “I am working on a several new programs, sea turtle/land turtle, seahorse, crab/horseshoe crab, and a pre-kindergarten/Ppe-school program for the beginning of the school year. I am trying to create some handouts for the museum, a book about what you see in the museum, word searches, and scavenger hunts.”

Karen and her team of volunteers will be organizing the activities for kids for the Deltaville Maritime Park’s 15th Annual Art and Seafood Festival coming, hosted this year on Oct. 20, 2018. Games and fun learning activities will take place at the park’s Pavilion courtyard around the Turner Fountain.

“Karen not only knows education backwards and forwards, but watching her work with the kids is a joy. She obviously loves what she does. The original programs she has put together are both innovative and involving,” Deltaville Maritime Museum leadership said.

The Deltaville Maritime Museum’s educational activities are sponsored by the Turner Education Fund. Donors can further support the fund or get involved with Karen and any of the Museum’s educational programs. Contact the Museum during open office hours.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a volunteer, donor supported non-profit organization located in Deltaville, VA. at 287 Jackson Creek Road, and by water on Mill Creek. 

“Scary Halloween” Coming Up Oct. 31, 2018 at Maritime Park

You’re invited to gather with ghosts, ghouls and goblins at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park’s always popular 12th annual “Scary Halloween in the Park,” happening Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. (conveniently held this year on the actual date of Halloween and the official date to observe Halloween as set by the County of Middlesex).

All area families are welcome.

“Scary Halloween in the Park” offers a safe, spacious park for all to come and enjoy Halloween. You will find plenty of convenient, lit, parking, a less “scary” area in the “Perilous Pavilion” where volunteers and businesses hand out candy to all, hayrides (2 wagons this year) through the ghosts, goblins and holo-illusions of the “Field of Screams,” and the very, verrry, scary  paths through the “Wailin’ Woods” for the stout of heart.

There is always plenty of candy, candy, candy for all.

Hot dogs and hot chocolate available.

All businesses, organizations and individuals are all welcome to come out and staff their own table to hand out candy, either as a promotion or just plain fun. If interested, please call Kristen, Jamie, or Renee at the Museum office at 804-776-7200. Candy tables provided.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is located in Deltaville, Virginia 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 www.deltavillemuseum.com or e-mail the Museum office at office@deltavillemuseum.com.

For more information contact Bill Powell at wdwrks@va.metrocast.net.

Museums of Middlesex Launch 2018-2019 Scavenger Hunt

Explore history across Middlesex County’s three museums with Scavify’s scavenger hunt app.

Want to explore history with technology, experiencing 350 years in a day? There’s an app for that.

The Museums of Middlesex in Saluda, Deltaville and Urbanna, Va. are pleased to announce that the Scavify app-driven scavenger hunt is available for residents and visitors to explore now through April 2019.

The Scavify app, which can be downloaded on a smart phone or tablet, allows visitors to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, Middlesex Museum and Urbanna Museum to get hands on while exploring history and exhibits through scanning QR codes, snapping photos and answering trivia questions. Challenges earn players points along the way, and ultimately bragging rights when completed.

Players are encouraged to start the scavenger hunt at any of the three museums, where there are roughly 10 questions to answer per location.

To complete the scavenger hunt, players need to visit all three locations:

To download and participate, players should follow these directions:

  • -Go to Google Play or App Store.
  • -In the Search bar type “Scavify” and install. SKIP if asks for account set-up or a credit card.
  • -Wait for it to install.
  • -OPEN Scavify app and create a personal account, which will require a user name, email address and password.
  • -Under “hunts” search for and select “MOM Scavenger Hunt.”
  • -Start playing.

The password is “history” to the scavenger hunt instructions. Each participant will receive a gift (a Museums of Middlesex aluminum water  bottle) for participating and will be entered into a drawing on May 1, 2019 for cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25.

Good luck exploring history in Middlesex!

Questions? Contact Michelle Brown for more information: m.brown@co.middlesex.va.us or (804) 654-1363

The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia

The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia

Join us for a screening of a documentary film on Virginia culinary legend John Dabney – “The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia.”

A chef and bartender in 19th century Richmond, he was a fixture of sophisticated gatherings and a connoisseur of the era’s delicacies (terrapin stew, canvasback duck, “hail-storm” mint juleps).

Remarkably, he spent the first 41 years of his life enslaved — yet he was able to save enough from tips to buy the freedom of his wife and infant son when they were threatened to be sold away.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

3 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

Historic Courthouse
877 General Puller Highway, Saluda, Virginia

Post-screening Discussion

Refreshments and display will follow at the Middlesex Museum Visitor Center at 777 General Puller Highway in Saluda.

Refreshments by African-American Caterers: Rere’s Home Cooking, Scott’s Catering, and Susie’s Heart and Soul.

Post-screening display will include African-American cookbooks and photographs of local African-American culinary figures.

Film Produced by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren of Field Studio, Richmond and funded by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and WCVE.

Screening Sponsored by:
Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society, Inc.
Middlesex NAACP Unit 7901
Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society

Call 804-758-5163 by March 6 to submit pictures of chefs, caterers, or other culinary figures.

Save the Date: Deltaville Maritime Museum’s Official 2018 Opening Weekend

Nothing says the welcoming of spring and summer like the official opening weekend of the Deltaville Maritime Museum! Join the Deltaville Maritime Museum May 11-12!

A Shrimp & BBQ Dinner and Dance will be held Friday, May 11 from 5 to 9 pm and feature baby-back ribs, steamed shrimp and BBQ! Listen to THE TATERS on the bandstand.

For more information about this and other events at the Deltaville Maritime Museum visit them online here.

The Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park was established in 2003 through the efforts of a dedicated and visionary group of local volunteers. The museum and park flourished and rapidly became a center of activity in lower Middlesex County. In 2012, fire destroyed the existing museum and events pavilion. Through a combination of insurance payments, grants, incredibly generous community support and countless hours of volunteer labor, the museum and events pavilion were totally rebuilt in their current configuration. The new events pavilion opened in 2013. The museum, built in the style of Deltaville’s old Stingray Point Hotel (also known as the Old Red Barn), opened in 2014 with John M. Barber’s very popular exhibition “​Chesapeake – 50 Years of Maritime Art.” Development of the museum, pavilion, and the park continue.

You’re Invited! Christmas House Tour at Lansdowne Will Benefit Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society

A Christmas House Tour of historic Lansdowne in Urbanna takes place on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society. Lansdowne, which is today the home of Col. (USA-ret.) and Mrs. A.B. Gravatt, was built circa 1740 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at 271 Virginia Street in Urbanna. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online at middlesexmuseum@va.metrocast.net.