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.