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Kinsale Day offers history and fun

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

We hope old friends and new will make themselves at home in Kinsale on Kinsale Day, Sept. 15, when a slew of informative exhibits organized by Gail Sigler and discussions led by Master Naturalist Polly Ward will focus on what we can do to help Mother Nature preserve our very special community for future generations.

The Northern Neck Chapter of Virginia's Master Naturalists has spearheaded an award-winning collection of photographs of area flora and fauna that will be on display in the old Ice Cream Parlor.

The Northern Neck Chapter of Virginia’s Master Naturalists has spearheaded an award-winning collection of photographs of area flora and fauna in the old Ice Cream Parlor. Make sure to check out this and other nature-oriented exhibits (including eerie skulls and other artifacts) on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-5 through Kinsale Day.

The Huttons will bring their queen bee and her buzzing coterie. Other stalls include native plants from Turner Waughtel and others, exhibits by the Northern Neck Land Conservancy, Belle Isle and Westmoreland State Parks, boat-builder John Battaile, enginemeister Dave Whittaker and other antique farm machinery.

The Masons will kick off the day with a pancake breakfast and open house at the Masonic Lodge from 8-10 and sponsor a Child-Find ID booth in the Park from 12-2.

A creative group of local crafters and artists will share their elegant efforts, with most being set up by 10 a.m. Vendors, it is not too late to join in – call Betty Bailey at 472-2353 or email museumdirector@gmail.com to reserve your spot! The fee? Donate an item worth $25 or more to our silent auction.

Kinsale Foundation welcomes everyone to the annual meeting starting at 11 a.m.

Enjoy music by Scuffletown at noon during a delicious lunch for sale by Cople District VFD, including Ann Lewis’ famous crabcakes.

The Rubber Duckie Derby follows in early afternoon, schedule depending on the wind and tides. You can adopt your ducklings on Kinsale Day or beforehand. Forms are available at the Kinsale Museum and on the website at www.kinsalefoundation.org.

We are delighted that so many new friends have been making their way to our town and into our little Museum to join our community focus on history brought to life here in the present day. Thank you so much for your generosity and enthusiasm, which result in such wonderful gestures as raising $1,500 for area needy children at Christmas and presenting charming useful presents to senior citizens as well! We look forward to seeing you at our annual celebrations, held in conjunction with Cople District Volunteer Fire Department.

Please come and bring your family and company to visit with us in the Park by the Gazebo, at the Museum and in the old Ice Cream Parlor. The Museum is YOUR Museum, and we value your insights, as well as the way you share your treasures with others. We promise to entertain you and welcome you. We have a very useful collection of books about the Chesapeake, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.