Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fire, Sunken Boats in Vinings Landing Marina

As of Wednesday, April 28, 2010 the Coast Guard was continuing to monitor clean-up efforts following a fire at the Vinings Landing Marina in Norfolk in the early morning hours.

Recovery crews have been hired to clean up and recover three sunken vessels. According to the Coast Guard, a majority of the fuel spilled has dissipated or has been absorbed by the absorbent booms.

The Coast Guard warns boaters to take caution when transiting near the marina and obey the no-wake zone as to not hamper clean-up efforts.

Initial reports from responders this morning stated a 45-foot sailing vessel caught fire and spread to adjacent recreational boats. The initial report has not been confirmed. The Norfolk Fire Marshal is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

source: USCG

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hampton Roads-Tidewater Virginia News Portal

The next phase of a Hampton Roads-Tidewater Virginia information site has been completed. features articles, news, events, photo galleries, a business directory, online store and more.

A representative explained the project, saying "Our research shows a strong interest in the Hampton Roads region by online audiences. The project seeks to provide audiences one stop resource for visitors, residents and small businesses of the region."

Small business owners have a variety of free services available on the site. Basic features include press release and article submissions, as well as standard listings in the site's directory. In addition to basic free tools, the site offers paid advertising and an array of other promotional tools.

Features also available for non-profit organizations. The directory has categories for civic groups, charities, government agencies and other non-profit organizations. Another feature of the site is an online store which includes a collection of  books, maps, art, gifts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts and other apparel.

According to the site owner, "Our goal was to provide an easy to use resource that brings together vacationers, local residents, business owners and organizations; the site now offers those tools." serves the Tidewater - Hampton Roads communities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Chesapeake, Hampton, Virginia Beach and Suffolk.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Seafood Festival on Chincoteague Island

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Seafood Festival on May 5, 2010 from noon until 4pm. The festival is always an extremely popular event and a great way for businesses and employees to network while enjoying local seafood at it's finest.

This year the band Midnight Country Express will perform- the band has been around for over 15 years and has performed at many local venues- with a mix of country and a selection from the Eagles to Garth Brooks- it promises to be a fun day for all.

The ticket price is $40 and includes steamed clams, clams and oysters on the half shell, single-fried oysters, oyster fritters, clam fritters, clam chowder, clam strips, grilled chicken tenders, French-fried sweet potatoes, boardwalk fries, hush puppies, spoon bread, bottled water, soda and much, much more. Adult beverages are also available for purchase.. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (757) 787-2460.

For more information on seafood and festivals in the area, visit Virginia Festivals and Virginia Seafood.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Nautilus Road at the Great Machipongo Clam Shack – Nassawadox , Va.

Come to the “Great Machipongo Clam Shack” on Highway 13, Nassawadox, Virginia at 7pm on Thursday, May 13 to hear old and new songs from a group called Nautilus Road .

They are Thelma Jarvis Peterson from the Eastern Shore, Anne Moseley Springston from Truckee, California and Larry Miller from Davisburg, Michigan. This trio met and sang together in the Tidewater area during the early 1970’s.

They appeared at the Chrysler Museum, the old Surf Rider in Virginia Beach, the Cellar Door, the Folk Ghetto, and other venues. They have reunited for the 3rd consecutive year for another concert.

If you enjoy acoustic guitar, bluegrass banjo and close harmonies, you will want to see Nautilus Road for their 2010 reunion concert. Also, as an added attraction, Erika Peterson will be performing with Thelma and with Nautilus Road . Come and enjoy a uniquely diverse evening of acoustic music.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Chincoteague Island YMCA Cooking Class

The Chincoteague Family YMCA is offering a cooking class on April 26, and May 10 instructed by Peter Upricherd. Learn to bake bread on April 26 6pm with this hands on course. Students should bring a large bowl.

On May 10 6pm learn to bake cinnamon rolls hands on. Students should bring a 9x13 baking dish. For more information visit the YMCA or call 757-336-6364.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Pungo Strawberry Festival

The Pungo Strawberry Festival is held in Virginia Beach on Memorial Day weekend. Not only does the Festival have all the strawberries you can eat offered in over 50 different ways, but also a wide variety of events, including a pie eating contest, strawberry bake-off, continuous entertainment on three stages, a parade, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, livestock show and sale, a multi-million dollar military display, pig races, youth art show, and some of the most unique arts and crafts exhibited anywhere. For more information, visit