38th Annual Easter Decoy and Art Festival in Chincoteague


♪>>>THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE BROOKLYN BAKING BARONS FOR SITTING IN FOR JIMMY. OF COURSE, YOU ARE DOING DOUBLE DUTY SO I HAD TO GET YOU IN THE KITCHEN TO WORK ON HER HOMEMADE PASTA WHICH WE ARE MAKING REAL SOON.>>YES.>>ARE YOU HAVING FUN YET?>>I THINK JIMMY NEEDS TO WATCH OUT FOR HIS JOB. HE CAN GO ON ALL THE VACATIONS HE NEEDS. JIMMY? WELL, LET’S CONTINUE THE FUN. WE WILL BE BACK IN A MINUTE. THERE ARE PLENTY OF RICH TRADITIONS, MANY CELEBRATING THE TALENTS OF THE PEOPLE WHO CALL THIS HOME. AS WE CAN, CLEAR THE CALENDAR AND GO TO CHINCOTEAGUE WHERE DELMARVALIFE’S MAXINE BENTZEL IS IN THE STUDIO TO TELL US WHY. MAX, WAS GOING ON?>>>IS THE 38 E. A FESTIVAL AND IT GETS BETTER EVERY YEAR. HERE TO TELL US WHAT TO EXPECT IS DONALD LATER. DONNA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US THIS AFTERNOON. YOU HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR THREE DECADES? AND YOU LOVE EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF IT? WHAT DRIVES YOU?>>IT IS JUST THE TALENT OF THE ARTIST THAT COME TO CAPTURE THE NATURAL SURROUNDINGS, THE BIRDS AND DUCKS AND MIGRATIONS. CHINCOTEAGUE IS SO LOVELY. THE ARTIST REALLY CAPTURE IT. THE ARTWORK AND CARVINGS, AND THE PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE BRING YOU BACK.>>THEY DO. SO HOW DID THIS FESTIVAL COME TO BE?>>WELL, CHINCOTEAGUE IS KNOWN FOR CARVERS. THERE ARE MORE CARVERS PER SQUARE INCH ON CHINCOTEAGUE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. SO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WAS IN THERE VERY EARLY STAGES NEEDED A FUNDRAISER, AND THEY WANTED TO HONOR THE TRADITION OF CARVING IN CHINCOTEAGUE, SO THEY GOT THE LOCAL CARVERS TOGETHER AND IT HAS CARRIED ON.>>SO FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN, GIVE US A LITTLE BIT OF AN OVERVIEW. ABOUT 80 EXHIBITORS, MOST OF THEM IN THE ARTS. WE DO HAVE CHOCOLATE IN THE VERY FAMOUS ISLAND CREAMERY ICE CREAM WHICH IS A FAVORITE WITH MANY OF THE PEOPLE. WE ALSO HAVE A LITTLE BIT FOR EVERYBODY, JEWELRY MAKERS AND STAINED GLASS FOLKS WHO COME. BUT FOR THE MOST PART, WE LIKE TO HONOR THE CHINCOTEAGUE CARVERS.>>NOW, YOU’VE BROUGHT A FEW ITEMS THAT WILL BE AT THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR, THESE EASTER EGGS ARE A BIG THING. WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?>>WELL, OUR EXHIBITORS GET VERY CREATIVE. WE GIVE THEM A WOODEN EGG, AND THERE ARE NO RULES. THEY CAN PAINT OR CARVE THEM, SHRED THEM, DO ANYTHING THEY WANT WITH THEM. SO IT IS ALWAYS EXCITING TO SEE WHAT THEY HAVE COME UP WITH. AND WE HAVE THEM AVAILABLE IN A SILENT AUCTION, SOMETIMES, THEY GO UP TO AS HIGH AS $175.>>WOW.>>SO WE HOPE TO BE UP THERE WITH FABERGE ONE DAY WITH HER WOODEN EGGS.>>AND THEY ARE REALLY INTERESTING. WE HAVE A BIRD HERE?>>THAT IS A WOODCOCK.>>THEY ARE SO INTRICATE AND ORNATE, I LOVE THEM. AND YOU HAVE BEEN COLLECTING THEM FOR YEARS, HE SAY?>>THESE ARE PART OF MY COLLECTION.>>YEAH. SO WHAT WE HAVE HERE?>>THIS WAS A STORY OR PRODUCED BY THE BOARD MUSEUM OF CHINCOTEAGUE. THEY DID A HOLD MUSEUM LAST YEAR OF CHINCOTEAGUE DECOYS, TIGHT AND TIME. THEY PRODUCED A LOVELY BOOK WITH THE HISTORY OF MANY OF THE CARVERS THAT CHINCOTEAGUE IS FAMOUS FOR. WE ARE FEATURING ALL OF THE STORYBOARDS WHICH ARE ON LOAN TO THE MUSEUM OF CHINCOTEAGUE FROM THE MUSEUM OF SALISBURY.>>SO THAT IS SOME HISTORY THERE?>>LOTS.>>SO ARTIST IN CARVERS WILL BE THERE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD?>>NOT REALLY FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. MOSTLY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.>>MOSTLY HERE?>>AND QUITE A FEW FROM CHINCOTEAGUE A.>>AND TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK HERE. WHAT IS THAT?>>THIS IS A BOOK THAT THE WORLD MUSEUM HAS PRODUCED WITH CHINCOTEAGUE CARVERS IN IT, OF COURSE. THE VERY FAMOUS CIGAR DAISY. MUSEUM IS OFFERING A SPECIAL ON THIS BOOK THIS WEEKEND ONLY. FOUR OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FEATURED IN THE BOOK WILL BE THERE TO AUTOGRAPH THE BOOK, SO YOU CAN REALLY MAKE YOUR COPY A COLLECTORS ITEM.>>THAT IS VERY SPECIAL. VERY NICE. SO WHO BENEFITS FROM ALL OF THIS?>>THIS YEAR, WE HAVE A PRE-LOVED PRESSURE SILENT AUCTION. WE KIND OF REPURPOSE PRESSURE THAT THEY DON’T WANT ANYMORE. ITEMS THAT COME IN ON THE SILENT AUCTION. THIS YEAR, THAT WILL FIT THE CHINCOTEAGUE PONY DRILL TEAM WHICH IS A TROOP OF YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE HORSE LOVERS. THE PONIES WOULD SING LIKE MR. ED IF THEY COULD, BUT THEY DON’T. [LAUGHTER] >>THE DANCE AND GO TO PARADES. THEY GO TO EQUESTRIAN EVENTS AND HORSE SHOWS. THEY TRAVEL QUITE A BIT AND ARE JUST A LOVELY ADDITION TO ANY PARADE. YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN THEM.>>YES.>>MOST OF THE DELMARVALIFE PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THEM.>>AND SO YOU AND TO CHINCOTEAGUE, REALLY. ANYTHING ELSE THAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FESTIVAL?>>WELL, COME SEE US. WE HAVE ICE CREAM, A CROWD FAVORITE. THE PRE-LOVED TREASURES SILENT AUCTION WITH EGGS, A LOT OF GREAT FELLOWSHIP, AND A LOT OF GREAT TALENT.>>AND PEOPLE LOVE THE EGGS.>>YES.>>THEY LOVE THEM. WELL, IT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT EVENT. LET’S GO OVER WHEN AND WHERE IT WILL BE. IT WILL BE AT THE CHINCOTEAGUE COMBINED SCHOOL, APRIL 18 FROM NOON UNTIL 6:00 P.M. , THEN APRIL 18 FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. . THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF FUN AND I HAVE TO COME OUT. DONNA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY AND BRINGING THE BEAUTIFUL ART AND EGGS. ALL OF THE BEAUTIFUL HISTORY WE LOVE TO LEARN ABOUT. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ART FESTIVAL, GO TO OUR WEBSITE, DELMARVALIFE.com. LISA, THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN, DOESN’T IT?>>THAT DOES SOUND LIKE A LOT OF FUN. AND GUYS, I’M NOT THAT GREAT WITH ARTS AND CRAFTS. HOW ABOUT YOU?>>AND WE LOVE THEM.>>WE DO OKAY.>>I’LL HAVE TO GET YOU IN HERE TO DO SOME ARTS AND CRAFTS.

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