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Maritime Heritage Day Saturday

A Maritime Heritage Day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to celebrate Mathews County’s long, rich relationship with the sea.

The festival is sponsored by the Mathews Maritime Foundation and will be held at both of its facilities—the Mathews Maritime Museum, 482 Main Street, Mathews and the Gwynn’s Island Boat Shop, 616 Old Ferry Road, Gwynn.

On the grounds of the museum, there will be exhibits, entertainment, food by Backwoods BBQ, a variety of activities, and a bounty of information available about maritime history, said a press release. At the boat shop, there will be boats on display, exhibits, oyster shucking and grilling, and information about boat building and restoration.

At the museum

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on hand to share information about boat safety in boats large and small, and the “Green Heron,” the last boat built by Gilbert Klingel in the late 1970s, will be on display. Klingel’s daughter, Marcy Benouameur, will be nearb...

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