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.

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