The Maritime Museum located in Deltaville, Virginia, on Mill Creek just off the Chesapeake Bay will host its Groovin’ in the Park Concerts on the fourth Saturday of each month from 5PM to 8PM through September. Groovin’ is the museum’s casual outdoor music series held on the stage at its waterfront park. Bring your own chair, cooler and picnic to Holly Point Park, and in the case of inclement weather, head inside to the new 300-plus-seat pavilion.
To get there by boat, upon entering Jackson Creek at the entrance of the Piankatank River, follow the Mill Creek entrance to the right just after passing green Day Marker #5. Holly Point Park offers walking paths, a kayak landing, waterfront pier, and picnic areas. The park is dog friendly, but pets should be on a leash.
Music Fest in Annapolis
Eastport a-Rockin’ will return to the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Back Creek, June 20th from 11AM to 8PM. Three stages will host more than 25 bands featuring up-and-coming local bands with a wide range of styles including rock, folk, roots, blues, jazz, bluegrass, and funk. Attendees will also enjoy mouth-watering favorites such as local seafood, BBQ, gyros, shaved ice, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, smoothies, and coffee drinks. A kids’ area will offer moon bounces, face painters, tattoo artists, and other family-friendly activities.
Bryan at the Beach
Due to overwhelming demand, country music fans have two opportunities this year to see Luke Bryan perform at the Farm Bureau Live amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has performances scheduled for June 24th and 25th. The amphitheater is a short distance from transient docking options in the beach town’s inlets.
Sailing on the Elizabeth
The annual Cock Island Race sponsored by the Portsmouth Boat Club offers sailors a fun racing activity—though not a CBYRA-sanctioned event—this month near the mouth of the Chesapeake. This year’s 28th annual race and pre- and post-race parties are scheduled for June 19-20 with registration due by June 17th. There will be “hardcore” monohull racing in Classes A, B, and C as well as PHRF Non-Spinnaker (single headsail) and a “softcore” class for non-rated boats. Race organizers have added a multi-hull class this year. The start/finish line is on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, just off the Portsmouth Seawall near Tidewater Yacht Marina. For more information and an entry form go to portsmouthboatclub.org.
Narrows Fireworks Return
Fireworks return to the Kent Narrows this year for one of many Fourth of July celebrations along Chesapeake Bay waterways. County commissioners voted to reinstate the fireworks after they were cancelled in 2014 due to budget constraints. The Narrows is a boating mecca during the summer months with many dockside eateries in the slice of water that connects the lower Chester River with Eastern Bay. Festivities usually begin around 6PM on the waterfront grounds of Chesapeake Exploration Center, located on the northwest side of Kent Narrows off Piney Narrows Road.
By Christopher Knauss, Southern Boating June 2015