Woodland Ferry Festival Sept. 13 to offer a day of vintage Americana

August 27, 2014

Adults and children alike will find plenty of fun and excitement at the upcoming Woodland Ferry Festival from 9 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, in the historic community of Woodland, west of Seaford. A country breakfast will take place from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Woodland Church Fellowship Hall. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Opening ceremonies for the festival take place at 9 a.m.

Throughout the day, kids can enjoy Duck Train rides, face painting by the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club and Nanticoke Health Services’ Teddy Bear Clinic. Lollipop the clown will make an appearance, and the Seaford Lions Foundation is putting on an old-fashioned carnival game: toss a ping-pong ball in a cup and win a goldfish.

Adults can bid on interesting silent auction items such as a certificate from Dover International Speedway for two $95 tickets to see the Sunday, Sept. 28 AAA 400, an autographed copy of “Dover International Speedway The Monster Mile” by Chad Culver, a framed copy of the new Woodland Ferry pen-and-ink print by Capt. Donald Deputy (remarqued, first printing, No. 1/50), a beautiful framed photo on canvas of “Dawn on the Nanticoke” by local photographer Don Allen, Woodland Ferry collectible plates and much more.

Pedestrian rides on the Woodland Ferry are a hit with all ages and will be available throughout the day. Hot dogs and hamburgers, crab cakes, barbecued chicken and ribs, beef brisket sandwiches, oyster fritter sandwiches, boardwalk fries, chili and cheese nachos, kielbasa and Italian sausage sandwiches and more are on the menu.

Vanderwende’s ice cream will be sold by the Woodland Ferry Association. Also for sale are Sarah’s Italian Ice, funnel cakes, kettle corn by Kramer Enterprises and baked goods for sale by the Woodland Church.

Demonstrations of Colonial woodturning techniques, chair caning and basket weaving will also take place. The Days Gone by Museum on the property of Jack Knowles at 4841 Woodland Ferry Road offers a nostalgic trip back in time.

Entertainment will be provided by The Good News Tour with special guests the Watsons, the Geezers (bluegrass), the Jones Boys Band, the Eager Beavers, and Charlie Paparella and the Olivet Church String Band.

The Woodland Ferry Association thanks 2014 festival sponsors Sussex County Council, Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Media Choice Billboard in a Restaurant (Susan McMullen), Edward Jones Investments (John Rittenhouse - Seaford), Nanticoke Health Services, and Woodland Ferry Association members who wish to remain anonymous.  One donation to the festival was made in honor/memory of the following people: Mary Lee Bradley, Woody Woodruff, Bill and Gertrude (Gert) Royal and the “Nanticoke River rats” like the late Jim Ellet Sr.

For information contact festival coordinator Linda Allen at 302-629-5659 or