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132nd Annual Memorial Day Parade

May 30th, 2016 Along High Street starting at Effingham Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA. Parade starts at 10:00 am A Portsmouth tradition since 1884. Annually, the Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and celebrates Portsmouth’s proud military heritage.  This year’s parade will include floats, marching band units, armed forces units, lots of excitement and much more. For more information call the Department of Marketing, Entertainment and Tourism at...

PORTSMOUTH SQUARE(D) Inaugural Installation of Olde Towne Cornerstones

Portsmouth, VA – The Portsmouth Heritage Initiative will lay the inaugural stone in the Portsmouth Squared project on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:30AM.  The ceremony will be held at Golden Square – 200 High Street, at the intersection of High & Crawford Streets. Portsmouth, the first city in Hampton Roads, was well planned from its inception in 1752. Much like its British port counterpart in Savannah, Georgia, Portsmouth was laid out in a series of squares.  Many squares were labeled to designate the desired use for the property (i.e. CHURCH, MARKET, PRISON).  With help from the writings of many Portsmouth historians and a found portion of an 1851 map, we were able to identify the square names used throughout the original boundaries of the city.  The Portsmouth Heritage Initiative plans to place granite footers at the corner of each Olde Towne intersection to commemorate each square’s historical significance. Our hope is to bring the community together to celebrate and market our old world charm while restoring a sense of place to this seaport city.   Portsmouth Heritage Initiative was formed by Aaron Kelley to illuminate and enhance the rich history of the City of Portsmouth through education, marketing, and tourism promotion. We believe that our history is one of the city’s greatest competitive advantages. # # # If you would like more information about the Portsmouth Heritage Initiative, a donor-funded non-profit organization, or the Portsmouth Squared Project, please contact Aaron Kelley at 757-478-3888 or email...

Marine Sculptures by Virginia Artist Larry Bage

Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery presents the collection of marine bronze and mixed media art sculptures by Norfolk, Virginia artist Larry Bage. The collection features marine life in various forms from sculptures to vases of swirling fish, even a metal and driftwood sea monster. The collection varies in size and scope including the large metal sculpture of a wing-spanned heron with his catch gripped tightly in its beak titled “The Catch.” The collection will be available for viewing at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery will be on exhibit through August 30, 2016 during regular gallery hours and also by appointment.  For more information, please visit our web store at www.skipjackmarinegallery.com or give us a call at 757-399-5012. You can email us at www.skipjacknauticalwares@gmail.com.    ...

Portsmouth to get L-O-V-E statue in June

By Johanna Somers,  The Virginian Pilot The city is scheduled to get its very own L-O-V-E statue in June, thanks to the community organization Support Portsmouth Public Art. The L-O-V-E art, seen in many forms throughout Virginia, is designed to show that “love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation,” according to the state’s tourism website.   “Hopefully, it will create a joyful place for families and visitors to congregate and snap photos of Portsmouth’s waterfront,” said Barbara Vincent, the organization’s secretary. The 5½-foot-tall, 16-foot-wide statue will be made of aluminum, steel and concrete, among other materials, she said. The statue includes the sun, a wave and a sailboat, a rendering of the statue shows. Local artist Orlen Stauffer designed it; he and local artist Irving Wolff will build it, she said. The statue will be built next to the Crawford Bay seawall and near the marina on Crawford Bay, Vincent said. The organization got a city-funded grant of nearly $6,000 and a $1,500 grant from the state . The organization anticipates spending a total of $10,000. The remaining funding will come from private donors. Support Portsmouth Public Art also had the I’ve Been Kissed statue outside the Children’s Museum of Virginia built, along with some murals in downtown ....

Great Finds of All Kinds- The Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

Located at 441 Middle Street inside the Middle Street Parking Garage The popular “Antiques to Flea Market’ is held the first Saturday of each month, in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia. Browse through an eclectic collection of unique and antique wares. With over 60 dealers and vendors exhibiting, bargain hunters and serious collectors will discover a great selection of antique and estate furniture, architectural antiques, china, silverware, art and prints, sporting gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera. There are even hand-made crafts and toys, as well as decorative accessories and flea market items of all types and one-of-a-kind items priced to sell. Held inside the Middle Street garage located on the corner of Middle and London. The Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market is held rain or shine from 10 am to 2 pm the first Saturday of each month inside the Middle Street Garage. Free admission- free parking- lot’s of finds and fun for all. Be sure to come early for best bargains! For more information, call Victoria at 757-339-1876....
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