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.