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4Arts Festival to Replace Gosport Arts Festival Mother’s Day Weekend

Do you love the arts? Music? Autographed books? Have you ever wanted to meet the author who wrote your book? Here is your opportunity! Come watch art being created and enjoy great local music and entertainment. We hope you will come enjoy all that Olde Towne has to offer! Events ListingVisual Arts: * Orzo Studio will have Raku firing and kiln demonstrations in their courtyard * Urban Sketchers and local Plein-air artists will be demonstating their art in various locations throughout the Olde Towne Business district * Support Portsmouth Public Art will have their annual “Gently Viewed” Art Sale at 304 High Street * The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center is showing “Embracing Narrative: Artwork of the Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild” as well as presenting “Market Music & Art” featuring the Who We Are Not Trio and lampwork glass demonstrations by Emily Williams from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm * Visual Arts Center at TCC Gallery features “Breaking Barriers: Glass Work by TCC Grads and Chrysler Assistants” * Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery will be featuring its 12th Annual Marine Folk Art Show, presenting a folksy collection of mermaids, whales, fish, fowl, carvings, trade signs, sailor art, nautical and scrimshaw * Local historian Dean Burgess will give tours of Trinity Episcopal Church, the oldest church in Portsmouth * Sidewalk chalk art contest * Face Painting Literary Arts: * A wide range of local authors and genres including children’s authors, historic fiction set in Olde Towne, a mother-daughter team and best selling author Denise Jeffries will be signing books Music: * Bennett Wales & The Relief...

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2017

Class of 2017 will be honored in Portsmouth on April 29, 2017 PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2017 on Wednesday, as chosen by the statewide Honors Court committee. The Class of 2017 features: Beth Anders, a former field hockey coach who spent 30 years at Old Dominion University and led them to 28 NCAA tournament appearances. Dre Bly, a three-time All-American football player at the University of North Carolina, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Jack Bogaczyk, a writer who spent 28 years in the sports media business in Roanoke. Bimbo Coles, a former Virginia Tech basketball standout who enjoyed a 14-year NBA career. Kim Hamilton Anthony, a former gymnast on the U.S. National Team, who was a six-time All-America selection at UCLA. Claudio Reyna, a three-time All-American soccer player at the University of Virginia and captain of the U.S. National Team. C.J. Woollum, a former Director of Athletics at Christopher Newport University and basketball coach who transformed CNU into a Division III powerhouse.   The 46th Annual Induction Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Renaissance Portsmouth- Norfolk Waterfront Hotel in Portsmouth, VA as the headline event of Hall of Fame weekend. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, call (757) 393-8031 or visit www.vshfm.com. More on the Class of 2017: Beth Anders started her coaching career at Old Dominion University in 1980 after being a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey teams. The team won the bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics and Anders finished with...

The 1st Annual Olde Towne Book Stroll

Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm Do you love to own autographed books? Do you like to support local authors? Have you ever wanted to meet the author who wrote the book? Here’s your opportunity! Please join us Saturday, December 3rd for the 1st Annual Olde Towne Book Stroll. Over 20 local authors will be located inside Olde Towne stores along High Street from Middle to Green Streets for you to meet and talk about their books, and at the same time, enjoy Olde Towne decked out for the holidays. You can also have a chance to win great prizes! This is your opportunity to find that perfect gift for the book lover on your holiday shopping list. Saturday will also be the Book Release Event for Portsmouth’s newest published author, Dr. John Joyce, President of Support Portsmouth Public Art. His first children’s book, entitled I’ve Been Kissed was inspired by the bronze toad statue in front of the Children’s Museum of Virginia. In this heartwarming story, a toad named Bufo, born alone in a dangerous, watery world, learns that a kiss can be magical. Bufo finds friends in a dog, a little girl, and finally his true love. Along the way he learns to be proud of being himself. This story is a must read for children of all ages. (All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Support Portsmouth Public Art to assist with one of the 4 upcoming projects planned for 2017.) The Olde Towne historic district is also the setting for The True Colors Series by local author...

Olde Towne’s Mermaids’ Porch Bed & Breakfast Receives “Loved by Guests” Gold Award

Looking for a wonderful romantic getaway weekend or maybe just a relaxing overnight stay in one of Virginia’s most historic seaport towns? Maybe you prefer the “more cozy” environment compared to the typical hotel experience. If this sounds attractive to you, then the Mermaids’ Porch Bed & Breakfast would be the perfect choice. Now celebrating their second anniversary, this beautiful bed and breakfast located in the heart of historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia, has already shown it’s value to customers, and now has a few awards to prove it. The Mermaid’s Porch was recently selected by Hotels.com to receive the “Loved by Guests” gold award. To be selected as a Hotels.com gold award, properties must have received an average customer review score of 4.7 or higher, based on a minimum of 50 reviews as of December 31, 2015. The Mermaids’ Porch is a lovely Queen Anne Victorian home built by Dr. Parrish in 1898. Inside, the Victorian living room includes a piano and fireplace to accommodate the musically inclined or those that just want to cozy up. The game room includes cable television, but also chess, cards and other board games to entertain yourselves in case of inclement weather or need of a respite. The courtyard includes areas to sit a spell and enjoy nature with the option to relax in our hot tub. Finally, the dining room is where you’ll dine on a full breakfast made from locally procured items from our Farmers Market or other Virginia grown items. This bed and breakfast has three cozy rooms to choose from for the world weary traveler to tuck in...

The Olde Towne Merchants Holiday Open House, Friday, November 18, 5pm- 8:30pm

Friday, November 18th from 5 pm to 8:30 pm Enjoy a little pre-season Christmas cheer at the Annual Olde Towne Merchants Holiday Open House. Our Olde Towne shops will be decked out for the holidays and open late with holiday music performed by Susan Heely. Preview Olde Towne’s latest additions of unique shops and dine out “on the towne” in one of our 17 chef and family owned restaurants! This is also the opening of the 47th Annual Tidewater Community College Faculty Exhibit with reception at 6 pm. Participating Olde Towne Merchants Holiday Open House shops: The Bier Garden Gift Shop (new) Bowman’s Garden Center David Chance Gallery (new) Fabulous Finds House of Glam (new) The Kitchen Koop Little Shoppes on High (new) Mr. Vintage & Collectibles Olde Towne Arts & Music (new) Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery Sole Right The Finer Things Way Back Yonder Antiques We need to preserve our neighborhoods, our small businesses, our local economy. Shop small this Christmas season. Shop Olde Towne...
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