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Museum opening will focus on the environment

Visitors attending the Morattico Waterfront Museum’s “It’s a Shore Thing” opening day celebration on Saturday, April 27, will encounter a range of presenters and activities related to marshland/shoreline conservation and natural landscaping.

Opening day events are scheduled from noon-4 p.m. at the museum, 6584 Morattico Road, Morattico. All activities are free, with a $5 grilled hot dog lunch available in the pavilion, reported museum contact Mary Byrd Martin.

Waterfront homeowners and others interested in the health of the river and the bay will find a wealth of information at booths manned by the Northern Neck Master Gardeners’ Shoreline Evaluation Program, the Northern Neck Native Plant Society, and a shoreline engineer from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service, said Martin. Project coordinator Patricia Wilson will be available for “walk and talks” outlining long-term plans for the museum’s Tidal Marsh Enhancement Project.

The first 36 guests to sign up also will enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of the Morattico shoreline aboard an authentic roundstern deadrise. Boat tours will be provided by Richard Moncure, owner of Rappahannock Roundstern, and will include commentary on shoreline vegetation and the state of the river, she continued. Boat passengers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Inside the museum, maps will be available for walking tours of historic sites in Morattico village. Tours of the museum are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. All visitors will have a chance at a door prize basket of museum merchandise, including tickets to an upcoming fundraising event.

 Following April 27 activities, the museum will be open noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays May through October.

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