Sunday, September 25, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Art Association 2011 Art Show

The Chesapeake Bay Art Association will be hosting its 49th Annual Art Show on October 8-9. The event is held at in Ocean View Beach Park in Norfolk. Artists from Hampton Roads will be showing their artwork.

In addition, the show will feature live music, demonstrations, food, and more. Proceeds from this show benefit the John B. Tenney Scholarship Fund.

49th Annual Art Show
October 8-9  Saturday and Sunday
10 to 5 (rain or shine)
Ocean View Beach Park
W. Ocean View Ave.
Norfolk, VA

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend Book

The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend,” a full-color book of essays, paintings and photographs about the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was recently published by the conservation organization, Lynnhaven River Now.

The river is home to the famed Lynnhaven oysters and was explored in 1607 by the first English settlers in the New World.  For 10 years, Lynnhaven River Now has been working to clean up pollution in the river and bring back the beloved oysters.

The hard cover coffee table book is a reflection of the group’s efforts and successes and of the community’s love for the river.

Forty people, who share the way the river has shaped and enriched their lives, wrote the essays.  Their essays range from childhood remembrances to present day accounts of kayaking on the river, from the hard work of river clean-ups to the pleasure of eating Lynnhaven oysters once again.

Many color photographs are of ospreys, egrets, herons and other wildlife along the river.  Paintings reflect the scenic beauty of the small, but significant body of water in Virginia Beach.

A Lynnhaven River art and photography exhibit, “The Art of Saving a River,” will be on display Oct. 6 through Dec. 31 at Towne Pavilion Center II, 600 22nd Street in Virginia Beach.  Hosted by The Runnymede Corporation, the exhibit features many of the photographs and art in the book and more.

Books are $50 and are available in the Lynnhaven River Now office at 757-962-5398 or email for more information or to order a copy in the mail for a $5 handling fee.

Monday, September 12, 2011

NPCA Virginia National Parks Study

A new report from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) highlights financial benefits provided by Colonial National Historical Park and the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The report, Making Connections: Colonial National Historical Park Enhances Economic Vitality in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, finds that Colonial National Historical Park is a strong economic driver for the region, providing jobs and highly desired open space and recreational opportunities for the millions of visitors.

According to the report, 363,000 visitors toured the park in 2010, spending an estimated $327 million in the Historic Triangle region. Visitors supported 1,184 local private-sector jobs and 81 National Park Service staff members at the park.

The report also highlights the positive impact a new national park at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia would have on the Historic Triangle and the local economy.

“There is a growing demand for recreational opportunities throughout the state for hiking, birding, boating and other outdoor activities,” said Goddard. “The Old Point Comfort Peninsula offers public access to over two miles of beautiful Chesapeake Bay shoreline, camping facilities and a marina.  Fort Monroe’s rich history and beaches will create a world-class destination and infuse tourist dollars into the regional economy.”

According to NPCA data, 40% of jobs in the area are in tourism-related businesses.  A national study commissioned by NPCA found that every federal dollar invested in national parks generates at least four dollars of economic value to the public.

To view the full report, visit:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Neptune Festival - Boardwalk Weekend - Neptune Art and Craft Show

The Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach includes a sandcastle competition, athletic competitions, art and crafts show, Neptune Grand Parade, and other activities.

The festival peaks on Boardwalk Weekend, beginning the last Friday of September. The 2011 dates for Boardwalk Weekend are September 30 - October 2.

One of the most popular components of the festival is the Neptune Art and Craft Show. The venue features artists, craft displays, food vendors and other specialties. The show is held along Virginia Beach boardwalk.

Monday, September 5, 2011

2011 Newport News Harvest Faire

Harvest Faire will be held in Newport News for 2011. The event will be held at Endview Plantation, 362 Yorktown Rd.

The popular Harvest Faire Renaissance Festival runs from October 7-9, 2011. Times are Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, and Sunday 9am-3pm.

Tickets are $20 for an adult weekend pass, $5 Friday, $15 Saturday and $10 Sunday, and $10 for a youth (6-12) weekend pass or $5 daily for youth.

Come and enjoy medieval combat and crafts, knights on horseback, live music and dance, merchants, food, and period games.

Discount advance weekend tickets are available at  Pre-registered attendees may camp on site for the weekend for an additional $8 per person.

Proceeds from Harvest Faire benefit The FoodBank of the Virginia Peninsula.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Labor Day Festivals in Virginia

The following list includes a few festivals that will be held in Virginia for the 2011 Labor Day weekend.

Herndon Labor Day Festival
Monday, September 5, 2011 (12-6 pm)
Herndon Town Green

Join wine and beer enthusiasts in downtown Herndon for great music, a craft show, food, twelve wineries and micro-brews.

Admission including Wine and Beer Tastings - $15
Entrance Only (no alcohol) - $8

Labor Day at Glen Maury Park
Glen Maury Park
10th Street
Buena Vista, VA 24416 (Shenandoah Valley)
Sunday, September 04, 2011 (10:00 AM-10:00 PM), Monday, September 05, 2011 (10:00 AM-10:00 PM)

Labor Day at Glen Maury Park offers great food, live entertainment all day and lots of family-fun! The festival serves as the kickoff for Virginia's fall political campaigns.

American Music Festival
Virginia Beach Oceanfront

The American Music Festival in Virginia Beach showcases rock, jazz, country, blues, R&B and more. For 2011, the event will be held over Labor Day Weekend along the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

2011 Virginia Earthquake

According to a Preliminary Earthquake Report from the U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred in Virginia on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:03 PM.

The epicenter of the quake was reported to be 37.975°N, 77.969°W, which is approximately 27 miles E of Charlottesville, 34 miles SW of Fredericksburg, 39 miles NW of Richmond and 50 miles NNE of Farmville, Virginia.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Square Dancing in Virginia Beach

The Thalia Thumpers and Riptides Square Dance Clubs will be hosting a fun evening of dance at the Open House Dance on September 10, 2011, at Point of View Elementary School, 5400 Parliament Drive Virginia Beach.

Dancing begins at 7:30. No Square Dancing experience is necessary and there is no charge for this event.

Crown Record recording artists and Square Dance Callers, Bob and Matt Worley, will show the new dancers the steps, and experienced dancers will be on hand to help guide the way.

Also featured will be demonstrations of regular club level square dancing by the more experienced dancers. Dancing is open to everyone from 10 to 100, and the fun starts at 7:30PM. Singles, couples, and families are all invited out to the Open House

For information about square dancing, or the upcoming Open House, contact Dave Hinde at 757 461-7222, or visit:

To learn more about square dancing in the Hampton Roads area and around Virginia, check out and

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Coast Guard Station Open House in Chincoteague Va

The crew of Coast Guard Station Chincoteague is scheduled to hold an open house for the media and the general public, Tuesday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Crews will give lectures and information regarding water safety, survival and safety gear requirements for vessels.

There will also be interactive displays regarding maritime electrical safety and communications as well as aids to navigation.

During the open house, the crew will conduct rescue demonstrations, which may include a helicopter hoist with an MH-60 Jayhawk.

The Coast Guard station is located at 3823 Main Street, Chincoteague, VA., 23336

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Aerial Photography

Highcamera Aerial Photographic Service is offering a new series of Chesapeake Bay aerial photographs.

Aerial photos are available for purchase in a variety of sizes, each signed by the photographer.

The collection of aerial photos includes Smith Island Maryland, the USAS American Mariner, Tangier Island Virginia, and Watts Island.

For more information, visit

2011 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp

Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) will begin selling its 2011 Virginia State Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp on July 1, 2011.

The artwork for the stamp, painted by Ron Louque, depicts a pair of redhead ducks. This is not the first time Mr. Louque's artwork appeared as a winner in Virginia, his painting of flying mallards was depicted on the first voluntary Virginia duck stamp back in 1988.

Last year, 22,682 duck stamps were sold bringing in $225,820. The Department awarded four Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Grants in 2010 for projects to be started in the upcoming year totaling $128,845.

Grantees included Ducks Unlimited, The Fish America Foundation, The Elizabeth River Project and the Nature Conservancy. These projects will restore over 240 acres of wetland habitat from the Eastern Shore to Wakefield.

In addition this past year the Department used duck stamp funds to purchase the Mattaponi WMA in Caroline county which contains over 800 acres of wetland habitat.

The funds generated from sales of the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp are placed in the Department's Game Protection Fund and are accounted for under a separate fund designated as the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Fund.

These funds are used to contract with appropriate nonprofit organizations for cooperative waterfowl habitat improvement projects; to protect, preserve, restore, enhance and develop waterfowl habitat in Virginia through the department's waterfowl program; and to offset the administrative costs associated with production, issuance of, and accounting for the Stamp.

For more information on waterfowl hunting in Virginia, visit

Friday, July 8, 2011

Public Meetings Concerning Fort Monroe National Park

The National Parks Conservation Association is urging Hampton Roads residents to attend either of two public meetings on July 19 at 2 pm and 6:30 pm at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

At stake is the future of Fort Monroe, one of Hampton Roads most well known historic landmarks. Built in the 1800’s, Fort Monroe was dubbed “Freedom’s Fortress” when thousands of enslaved people sought refuge there during the Civil War.

The site includes more than two miles of undeveloped Chesapeake Bay shoreline that could be enjoyed for boating, birding and other outdoor recreation.

In September, the U.S. Army will leave the Fort due to base closures, giving the United States a rare opportunity to make Fort Monroe a national park site.

The NPCA urged residents to attend one or more public meetings concerning the future of the historic site: "We urge Virginia residents to join us to discuss the future of America’s next great urban national park.”

source: National Parks Conservation Association

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Virginia Fisherman Identification Program Enforcement

According to Virginia Marine Police, the agency will begin enforcing the Virginia Fisherman Identification Program registration requirement after the 2011 Fourth of July weekend.

The new registration program went into effect on Jan. 1, and requires adults who fishes in Virginia’s saltwaters, or for saltwater species in tidal freshwater, to register with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission if they are exempt from buying a saltwater fishing license. Anglers who buy a Virginia saltwater fishing license of any type are automatically registered.

Virginia anglers who must register each year with the Fisherman Identification Program include: Those who fish on a boat licensed to cover all anglers; from a commercial pier or private property; who are age 65 and older; and those who fish in tidal freshwater for anadromous species such as striped bass, shad or other marine species.

Anglers may register annually in the Virginia Fisherman Identification Program by going to now or by calling toll-free 800-723-2728 at any time of the day, any day of the week.

Anglers with a valid Virginia saltwater fishing license or a Potomac River Fisheries Sport Fishing License do not have to register with the state FIP. Their contact information will be collected when they buy a license.
Anglers under the age of 16 also are exempt from registering. Also exempt from registration are paying customers of licensed charter boats or head boats.

source: VMRC

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday Night Hoedowns at Virginia Beach Farmers Market

For 2011, Friday Night Hoedowns will be held every Friday night through October 30 at 7 pm at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, located at 3640 Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach. Friday Night Hoedowns are held rain or shine unless storms contain lightning.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2011 Virginia Free Fishing Days

Virginia saltwater anglers may fish without a license during the first weekend in June. The free fishing days (June 3-5, 2011) will allow anglers to fish without having to buy a saltwater license.

No fishing license of any kind will be required for recreational saltwater rod and reel fishing during free fishing days. All fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions, will remain in effect.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has declared the weekend of June 3-5, 2011 to be free fishing days in the state’s freshwaters as well, except in designated stocked trout waters.

source: VMRC

2011 Pungo Strawberry Festival

The 2011 Pungo Strawberry Festival & Parade will be held May 28 - 29 from  9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This annual festival celebrates Virginia strawberries with events for the entire family.

The annual Pungo Strawberry Festival starts off with a parade on Saturday at 9 a.m., and then the fun continues with live entertainment on three stages, a carnival, arts and crafts, and more.

The community of Pungo occupies the southern part of Virginia Beach, Va.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beach Music Weekend in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach's next music festival will be Beach Music Weekend, held Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15. The four day event will be right on the beach at 30th Street.

Top East Coast beach music bands will perform on the oceanfront in a nostalgic salute to the “good old days” of cool cars and hot tunes.

A three-day series of free concerts is presented on a stage built right on the beach at 30th Street. Shows will be held on Thursday and Friday with a full day of entertainment on Saturday and more daytime concerts on Sunday. With the exception of a ticketed show on Thursday, all performances are free to the public.

Scheduled to perform for 2011 are:
The Band of Oz
The Embers
Coolin' Out
The Showmen
The Tams
Bill Deal's Original Rhondels
Main Event
Craig Woodard

For more information please visit

South Fork Shenandoah River Pollution Lawsuit Settled

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), the Virginia State Waterman’s Association (VSWA), Merck & Company, and the Commonwealth of Virginia have agreed to settle a CBF/VSWA lawsuit challenging pollution limits granted to Merck by the State Water Control Board in 2009.

CBF and VSWA sued the Water Board in 2009 for issuing a permit to Merck that allowed the company to dump more pollution into the South Fork Shenandoah River than state law then allowed. Since that time, EPA has issued the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the estuary and its tributaries, including the Shenandoah River system.

Ken Smith, president of the Virginia Waterman’s Association, called the settlement a positive step for Bay restoration and watermen.

"At the end of the day, watermen are among those who suffer most from a polluted Chesapeake Bay," Smith said.

source: CBF

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Great Grapes Wine Tasting - Reston Va

The Great Grapes! wine tasting will be held April 30, May 1, 2011 at the Reston Town Center in Reston Va. This spring wine tasting festival features hundreds of wines available for sampling.

Wine enthusiasts can pick up a souvenir tasting glass when entering the festival and stroll from tent to tent and table to table tasting Virginia vines.

Visitors can bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the live music on the Main Stage. Another popular exhibit will be hands-on demos in the Gourmet Live! tent with wine and food pairings. An activity area for kids will be available at the event.

Virginia Beach Bayside History Day Bike Tour

Biking enthusiasts can enjoy their sport while celebrating Virginia Beach history during the Bayside History Day Bike Tour. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 from 9 am – 2:30 pm.

Lynnhaven River NOW and the Tidewater Bicycle Association are co-sponsoring a guided tour by bicycle of historic homes, farms and churches along the Lynnhaven River in conjunction with the City of Virginia Beach Bayside Heritage Day celebration. Famous landmarks will include Ferry Plantation House, the Thoroughgood House, Church Point wayside and the Old Donation Church.

This is a family-paced ride along an 11 mile loop starting and ending at the Bayside Public Library. The ride includes five stops at historic points along the way. A lunch and drink will be provided. Helmets and bicycles are required. Cost is $20 and includes lunch, drinks and any entrance fees. Pre-registration is required. 

 Participants can park at the BB&T next to Bayside Library and meet in the parking lot of the Bayside Public Library, 936 Independence Boulevard, Virginia Beach. The tour itinerary is subject to change.

To register, please contact Lynnhaven River NOW at 757-962-5398 or visit .

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chincoteague Island Farmer's Market

The Chincoteague Island Farmer's Market will be open Saturdays through September from 8:00-12:00 noon in downtown Chincoteague Island behind Don's Seafood Restaurant.

Opening Day for the 2011 season will be Saturday, April 23.

The Farmer's Market will also open on Wednesdays as soon as summer produce and other foods become available.

Interested participants may contact Cathy at 757-336-2610 for additional information.

Monday, April 11, 2011

2011 Virginia Aquarium Sensible Seafood Fest

The 2011 Virginia Aquarium Sensible Seafood Fest will be held on Thursday, May 26th, from 6-9 pm.

Sponsored by Farm Fresh, this event offers delicious sustainable, local food, plus beer and wine.

At the festival, residents can earn about regional environmental initiatives.

Ticket prices: Members - $35, Non-members - $40

For tickets and information call 385-0262 or 385-0272 or purchase tickets online at

Guests must be 21 or older.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Portsmouth Va Nautical Yard Sale and Flea Market

The annual Nautical Yard Sale and Flea Market presented by Ocean Marine Yacht Center will be held on April 16th, 2011, from 9 am - 3 pm. The event will be held at the end of Wavy Street in Portsmouth, VA (Ocean Marine Yacht Center).

Boaters can call Ocean Marine Yacht Center at (757) 321-7432 to reserve a FREE spot for the nautical yard sale and flea market.

This is a great way to clear out dock boxes, boats, and storage sheds Sell, swap, barter, and buy. Boats, trailers, dive gear, coolers, outboards, fishing rods, reels, tackle, local art, foul weather gear, and other equipment is welcome. Vendors should bring their own tables or tents.

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival will be held on 4/30/2011 in the17th Street Park in Virginia Beach. Admission is free.

During this popular event, kite fliers of all skill levels are invited to take part in the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival’s Best Kite Contest. Also popular are kite building workshops led by Archie Stewart of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

American Kite Association members from throughout the East Coast will provide kite demonstrations, kite routines, and giant kite flights. Kite vendors are also available on site, selling various kinds of kites. 

2011 Norfolk Academy Gallery Art Show and Sale

The Norfolk Academy Gallery Art Show and Sale will be a great venue or Hampton Roads art enthusiasts to see ceramics, textiles, glass, and sculpture as well as paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor.

Virginia artists will be selling their work with a percentage of the sales going to benefit the school. This juried event is a fantastic way to compare different pieces of work and to enjoy a festive evening with artists and patrons all in one locale.

Norfolk Academy Gallery Art Show and Sale
1585 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

Opening Reception-Free and Open to the Public-Sat. April 30 from 6-8pm
Open House: Sun May 1, from 2-5pm
Show Hours: 11am until 3:30pm (Mon. May 2, to Fri May 6)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

2011 Lake Country Wine Festival

The 2011 Lake Country Wine Festival will be held on April 9, 2011 from Noon-5 pm in Historic Downtown Clarksville, Va.

The Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Lake Country Wine Festival will host 16 Virginia Wineries, live music, fine foods, and nearly 100 varieties of fine Virginia wines. Wine makers will be on hand to discuss Virginia wine making.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chincoteague Inlet Dredging

Dredging of the Chincoteague Inlet federal navigation channel is complete for this year. The Dredge Currituck worked for 21 days to remove potentially hazardous shoals from the inlet bottom.

Norfolk District survey vessels will use SONAR to get a detailed look at the navigation channel to ensure the
sandbars forming on the bottom have been removed.

"We have a pretty good idea that the Currituck got the problem areas removed, but we use the survey vessels as a confirmation; as well as we can determine exactly how much sand was removed and how deep the channel is after dredging," said Gregg Williams, Norfolk District dredging project manager.

The Chincoteague Inlet is a critical channel for commercial fishing vessels. The island has the largest commercial port on the Eastern Shore, handling more than 3,000 vessels a year.

source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Office

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

7th Annual Virginia Beach Cherry Blossom Festival

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation invites the public to celebrate Virginia Beach’s international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 7th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 2 at Red Wing Park (1398 General Booth Blvd) in Virginia Beach from 11 am - 3 pm.

This event will offer the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities by A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, and various demonstrations. Councilman James L. Wood will give the official welcome. The festival is sponsored by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, the Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach, the Japan Education Culture Center Inc., and supported by the Virginia Beach Koto Society, Old Dominion University Martial Arts program and Virginia Beach City Public Schools Japanese programs and clubs.

Featured performances will celebrate all City of Virginia Beach's Sister Cities, including songs from Sons of Norway (representing Sister City Moss, Norway) and key entertainment from the Kempsville Middle School Band representing Sister City North Down County, Ireland.


Food and beverage are available for purchase. Patrons are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. In the event of inclement weather conditions, the event will be postponed until Sunday, April 3 at the same time and place.


Because of the City of Virginia Beach’s sister city relationship with Miyazaki City this year's event will honor the survivors and victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan and will be dedicated to the thousands who perished.

The Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, along with Japan Education Culture Center Inc., also a (c)(3) charitable organization, will be conducting a fundraising campaign for relief efforts for the survivors of this disaster. This fundraiser is also being coordinated with the sister cities groups and volunteer organizations in Miyazaki. Due to the urgency and immediacy of the crisis, only financial donations will be accepted.

If you are unable to attend the Cherry Blossom festivities, but would still like to send a donation, you may make checks payable to: Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach and note on the check “Humanitarian Fund for Japan’s Natural Disaster.”

Donations may be sent to:

Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach
City Hall, Municipal Center
2401 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia   23456-9005

All donations collected will get to the victims for their basic necessities in Sendai city, and nearby towns and villages, through their municipal government offices in Japan.***

Modeled after the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Beach Cherry Blossom Festival held at Red Wing Park celebrates the goodwill friendship between Japan and the United States, marked by the 100 Yoshino Cherry Blossom trees which were all donated as part of the Miyazaki Garden expansion plan and planted by the Japan Educational Cultural Center and the Miyazaki Sister City Committee in 2005.

The City of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki City have benefitted from many fruitful grass-roots exchanges since the early 1980s. For the last 18 years, Miyazaki and Virginia Beach enjoyed exchanges in the promotion and development of community volunteerism. In 2007, Miyazaki’s eco-park Hagino Dai and Mount Trashmore Park officially becoming “Sister Parks.” In addition, through our Sister Cities relationship, Tallwood Elementary and Miyazaki Minami Elementary School became “Sister Schools.”

For more information about the 7th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, call Debbie Vick at 385-2992 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), e-mail or visit

source: Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

Back Bay Music Blast

In Hampton Roads, the Back Bay Music Blast will be held on March 26th, from 1:00-5:00 pm.

The event will feature live music, dancing, local micro-brewed beers and delicious food at this fundraiser for the Back Bay Restoration Foundation.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

For more information, visit or call 757-721-7666.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Virginia Free Fishing Days: June 3-5, 2011

June 3, 4, and 5, 2011 have been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. On these three days, no fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, except in designated stocked trout waters.

Free fishing days are a great time for families in Virginia to try their hand at freshwater and saltwater fishing.

For more information about Virginia fishing regulations, see:

Monday, March 14, 2011

2011-2012 and 2012-2013 Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Proposed

Following discussion at its March 1, 2011, Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries meeting, the Board proposed hunting and trapping regulation amendments for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.

A public comment period on the proposed hunting and trapping regulations runs through 5 p.m. on April 15, 2011.

At their October 2010 meeting, the Board also proposed regulation amendments regarding license fees and that public comment period which has been open since December 15, 2010, will close on April 14, 2011.

The regulation proposals have been posted on the Department website ( or and will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations, and summaries advertised in newspapers.

As part of this process, VDGIF wildlife biologists will be hosting a series of public input meetings across the state. The public is invited to attend to discuss the proposed regulations amendments. A list of the meeting locations has been posted on the agency website (

The public may submit comments in a variety of formats including online through the agency website, by email sent to or forwarded to, by mailed letters addressed to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn: Regulatory Coordinator, 4016 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230, and by public comment at public meetings and at Board meetings.

The Board will take final action on their proposed regulation amendments at their May 3, 2011, meeting.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Chincoteague Island Drawbridge Demolition

This video from VDOT provides time lapse footage of the old Chincoteague Island Drawbridge demolition:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Virginia Birding Festival

The Virginia Birding Festival will be held from Thursday, May 12 - Saturday, May 14 at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Tidewater, Virginia.

During the festival, visitors can enjoy guided bird walks, owl prowls, refuge bus tours, photography seminars, birding workshops, and other activities.

Free event registration begins in mid-March. To register, call 757-986-3705.

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The refuge consists of over 112,000 acres of forested wetlands. Lake Drummond, the largest natural lake in Virginia, is located in the heart of the swamp.

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge refuge headquarters is located at 3100 Desert Road in Suffolk, Virginia, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. The headquarters is closed on weekends and federal holidays, the hiking and biking trails remain open.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Virginia Wildlife Management Area Stakeholder Workshops

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) owns more than 201,000 acres on 39 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) located across the Commonwealth. The land was acquired primarily to conserve wildlife habitat and to provide wildlife-related recreational opportunities for the public.

Virginia Wildlife Management Areas were purchased and are maintained using Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Funds derived from excise taxes assessed on hunting and fishing equipment and supplies; hunting, trapping and fishing license revenues; and a variety of other funding sources including grants from partner organizations.

While WMAs were initially purchased by the agency to be used by hunters and anglers (many WMAs contain public lakes or have access to public waters), these largely undeveloped lands are also used by bird watchers, boaters, hikers, horseback riders, participants in field dog trials, and others.

To gain stakeholder input regarding recreational use and land management of WMAs, VDGIF Bureau of Wildlife Resources staffs and researchers from Virginia Tech's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences will hold public workshop meetings on five evenings in March. At the request of VDGIF, Virginia Tech researchers completed a year-long study in September 2010 that examined recreational use on WMAs in Virginia. The March workshops are the next step in a multi-year process of assessing use of and developing a statewide management plan for Virginia's WMAs.

Five WMA workshop meetings will be held in March.

Dates, times, and locations of workshop meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, March 8 (7:00-9:00 PM): John Barton Payne Community Room, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton (former Fauquier County Library Building)

Wednesday, March 9 (6:30-8:30 PM): Virgil I. Grissom Library, 366 DeShazor Drive, Newport News

Thursday, March 10 (7:00-9:00 PM): DGIF Richmond Office, 4010 W. Broad Street, Richmond

Wednesday, March 16 (7:00-9:00 PM): Augusta Co. Government Center (South Board Room), 18 Government Center Lane, Verona

Thursday, March 17 (7:00-9:00 PM): Wytheville Community College (122 Smyth Hall), 1000 East Main Street, Wytheville

The public is invited to attend and to discuss goals and concerns regarding recreational use and land management on the WMAs. To help VDGIF plan, please call or email Amy Carrozzino at Virginia Tech (, 540-231-0961) if you plan to attend one of the meetings.

To learn more about the Department's wildlife management areas, visit

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Offers Visitors Guide

The completely new 2011 Chincoteague Island Visitor’s Guide is now available from the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. The new 46-page full-color publication is an essential source of Chincoteague Island Virginia information for those planning to visit .

The Visitor's guide is distributed as a response piece to inquiries generated by advertising and trade shows, through the ten Virginia Welcome Centers, AAA offices and numerous tourism offices throughout the United States and Canada.

The 8” wide x 9” high page size allows a broader canvas to showcase the scenic beauty and allure of town and islands in picture and words.  The full center spread map, keyed with points of interest, is of great value for the first-time visitor.

The brochure is organized with sections for the main categories of interest to tourists including accommodations, eateries, activities, services, etc. A table listing amenities for hotels, motels, B & B’s and campgrounds is another added feature to help guide the visitor. 

The 2011 Chincoteague Island Visitor’s Guide is free and can be ordered by calling 757-336-6161, FAX: 757-336-1242, or e-mail:

Garden Club of the Eastern Shore to Host 2011 Garden Tour

Historic Garden Week on Virginia’s Eastern Shore will offer the touring public an opportunity to visit an interesting and diverse collection of gracious homes and gardens. Four of the six open houses are situated on Onancock Creek or one of its estuaries.

Classic, traditional, Eastern Shore and modern houses combine to offer the visitor a chance to marvel at past and present works of art and architecture, furnishings and accessories.

A Garden Tour, sponsored by the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore will be held on April 16, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information, visit: (local tour) (Garden Club of Virginia)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Norfolk Walkabouts Food Tours

Norfolk Walkabouts Food Tours dine in locally owned, community rooted restaurants while exploring the tree lined streets filled with diverse architecture and historic homes.  The food tour visits multiple restaurants sampling house specialties and has a “behind the scenes” experience where staff discusses the establishment and cuisine.

A Norfolk Walkabout is a journey for the palate in which it is transformed by various spices and provisions offered by Norfolk's "hidden gems" and culinary visionaries.  In between locations, it also offers an insight to the history of Norfolk and Hampton Roads as well as a present perspective.

There are two food tours to choose from:  Downtown Norfolk and the historic uptown neighborhood of Ghent.  Points of interest and food samplings on the tours include Hampton Roads Seafood Classics, MacArthur Memorial, Coffee and Tea from a West Coast Style Coffeehouse, St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mediterranean cuisine, historic homes in the Freemason neighborhood, Artisan Pizza, the tree-lined streets of Ghent, the Fred Heutte Center, Savory Soup, the Naro Theatre, Colley Avenue, Gourmet Cupcakes,  Peruvian fare, and more.

Norfolk Walkabouts leads weekly food tours on Saturday and Sunday.  Private group tours are available outside of published dates.

For more information, visit

Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011 Virginia Wine Expo

The Fourth Annual Virginia Wine Expo is scheduled for February 25-27 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The event features Virginia's most renowned wine producers, chefs and specialty food purveyors.

Presented by Kroger, the event provides attendees with a great opportunity to sample and buy Virginia wine. Proceeds benefit the Virginia Wineries Association, the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.

Tickets are now on sale at Attendees receive a beautiful crystal wine glass and are invited to sample wine from more than 60 Virginia wineries and gourmet food from some of the region's finest chefs.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Walmart Withdraws Plans for Superstore on Wilderness Battlefield

Tom Kiernan, President of the National Parks Conservation Association has released the following statements regarding Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, Virginia:

“After months of intense debate and a legal challenge led by the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition, we are pleased with Walmart’s decision this morning to abandon its plans to build a Superstore on a privately-owned portion of the Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, Virginia, next to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

“Pulitzer-Prize winning historian James McPherson has said that this site was in the nerve center of the Union Army during the battle of the Wilderness, which was as significant as the battle of Gettysburg.  The Battle resulted in one of the most decisive moments of the U.S. Civil War, involved more than 150,000 soldiers, and resulted in 30,000 casualties.

“Today’s decision is a victory for protecting our priceless historic landscapes that tell our shared story.  All involved now have the opportunity to work together to preserve this site so that it remains compatible with the national park's meaning and character.  As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, I urge Americans to work together to protect these sacred places for our children and grandchildren to experience and enjoy in the future.”

Friday, January 21, 2011

2011 Chincoteague Island Seafood Festival

The 2011 Chincoteague Island Seafood Festival will be held on on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Tom’s Cove Park.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale February 1 at $40 each. Seafood enthusiasts will have the opportunity to purchase tickets at $35 each if purchased on or before February 28.

The festival will provide a venue to sample oysters, clams, fish and other Virginia seafood. The annual event also offers opportunities for Shore businesses to promote their products and services and an arena for political leaders to meet and greet their constituents.

For updated information, visit: or call 757-336-6161.

Kopek Coming to the Norva

Irish rock trio Kopek are bringing their brand of rock to the USA and will be in Norfolk at The Norva on Sunday, Jan 30.

Kopek is on the road through February with Hinder, My Darkest Days and Saving Abel. This tour will lead up to the release of their debut album White Collar Lies, due out March 1 on Religion Music via Sony Independent Network.

Kopek is already making waves stateside; Inside Heavy calls the album "Genius through and through." Kopek's video for the album's lead single "Cocaine Chest Pains" is available at:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series Coming to Virginia

The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will bring its DelMarVa edition to Va Beach on Saturday, January 22. The Virginia Beach Convention Center will host the all day presentation inside Ballroom One.

George Povermo, Editor at Large for Salt Water Sportsman Magazine will headline the program, along with Ric Burnley, Regional Editor for SWS.

Local speakers are to include Captain Jorj Head,John Oughton, Chris Newsome, Blake Hayden, Capt.Chandler Hogg, Dr. Ken Neill III, and Harry Vernon III.

Tickets for the seminar cost $55 which includes a comprehensive textbook, one year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman magazine, plus many prizes.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Eastern Shore of Virginia Receives New Weather Radio Transmitter

NOAA’s National Weather Service has completed the testing phase for a new 1000-watt NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards transmitter, increasing service to areas that had limited or no coverage along the Virginia and Lower Maryland Eastern Shores. Now life-saving watch and warning services will be available to recreational and commercial mariners navigating the Atlantic coastal waters in this area.

This transmitter will serve Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia, including the cities of Wachapreague and Chincoteague. It will also serve Somerset and Worcester Counties in Maryland, including Pocomoke City and the Atlantic coastal waters between Ocean City, Md., and Oyster, Va. The transmitter will broadcast on a frequency of 162.525 MHz, usually Channel 6 on most NOAA Weather Radio receivers.

“NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is vitally important for both recreational and commercial boaters navigating the Atlantic coastal waters,” said William Sammler, warning coordination meteorologist at the forecast office in Wakefield, Va. “Weather can change quickly and now everyone will be able to keep tuned to the latest forecasts and watches and warnings ─ and take appropriate action.”

source: National Weather Service

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Riptides Square Dance Club Open House Dance in Virginia Beach

Are you looking for something fun to do?

The Riptides Square Dance Club will be hosting an Open House Dance on February 4, 2011, at Bayside Presbyterian Church, in Virginia Beach. No Square Dancing experience is necessary and there is no charge for this event.

Crown Record recording artist and Square Dance Caller, Matt Worley, will instruct the new dancers on the steps and experienced dancers will be on hand to help guide the way.  The evening will also feature demos of regular club level square dancing by the more experienced dancers.  Dancing is open to everyone from 10 to 100, and the fun starts at 7:30PM.  Need a partner?  Single dancers are also welcome.

Bayside Presbyterian Church is located at 1400 Ewell Rd., Virginia Beach, VA.  (at the corner of Ewell Rd. and Independence Blvd.)  The Riptides Square and Round Dance Club is a non-profit club that was formed in Virginia Beach in 1963.  2011 will be the club's 48th year of hosting dances in Virginia Beach.

For more information on the Open House, or the Riptides, contact Dave Hinde at 757 461-7222, visit, or visit Facebook (search for Open House, or search for Riptides).