Cape Gazette

Milton hosts 10th Annual Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Fest

Jun 04, 2013
Photos by: Steven Billups

Milton held its 10th Annual Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival May 23-26 at Memorial Park and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, as well as around different venues in Milton. The event was kicked off with an opening of the Art of Nature art show at the Lydia B. Cannon Museum on Union Street. The show features nature images of horseshoe crabs and shorebirds.

On May 24, a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre titled “The Horseshoe Crab Murder Mystery,” sponsored by the Milton Theatre, was held in a big tent at Memorial Park. The actual festival was held May 25 with a children’s theatre performance May 26 in the gazebo at Memorial Park.

Shown at the art opening are (l-r) Aurelio Grisanty, Milton Art Guild president; Georgia Dalzell, Milton Chamber of Commerce executive director; Marie Mayor, festival chair; and Mike Clark, Milton Chamber president.



Discussing this painting titled “Riding the Wind” is artist Keith Steck with Valerie Helgesen.
Taking a paddle on the Broadkill River, in a kayak provided by Quest Kayak, are Mariah Lesko and her grandfather Bill Berault from New Jersey.
Jason Nemec practices his casting with his father Marcus at the Lower Sussex Bassmasters exhibit.
Plaques were presented recognizing the founders of the festival 10 years ago. Shown are (l-r) Marie Mayor, co-chair; Shelly Grabel, founder; Brenda Sims, founder; John Chirta, co-chair; Ellen Passman, founder; and Louise Kotorba, Prime Hook representative standing in for founder Bill Jones. Not shown are Joan Martin-Brown, founder, and Glenn Gauvrey, founder and filmmaker.
Creating a horseshoe crab T-shirt in the kids' activity tent are Max, left, and Charlie Selders of Milton.
Volunteer Alicia Todt, right, gives (l-r) Lily, Tom, Jen and Eden Hynes of New York a close up look at a horseshoe crab.
Evan Ainge shows off a dragonfly he caught in the fields of Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge.
Trying to catch some interesting bugs from a Prime Hook field is Ava Ainge.
Proudly holding the birdhouses they built at Prime Hook are (l-r) Harmony Phillips and India and Vyjmae Johnson.
Volunteer Martha Anne Provins shows Maren, center, and Sloane Buckaloo how gentle the horseshoe crab is.
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