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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....

Portsmouth Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

A recent food blog written by Spencer McKee for Motovo titled “15 Portsmouth Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth,” has chosen some of Portsmouth’s BEST dining establishments definitely worth a visit. Spencer also writes that there’s no excuse to eat a bad meal with these restaurants around.” Well there’s no argument on my behalf and I can happily state that I have had the privilege of dining at most of them and a good excuse to get out and try the others. Another “no brainer” here is that the majority of the restaurants chosen for this blog are located in our beloved Olde Towne! So, here’s the OT restaurants that were included: Green Bean Café Bowmans Garden Center 315 Green St Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 393-2070 Yelp: 5 Stars; 55 Reviews. Homegrown 455 Court St Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 399-1490 Yelp: 4 Stars; 19 Reviews. Café Europa 319 High St Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 399-6652 Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 13 Reviews. The Bier Garden 438 High St Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 393-6022 Yelp: 4 Stars; 194 Reviews. Gosport Tavern 702 High St Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 606-2666 Yelp: 4 Stars; 78 Reviews. 619 Cantina 619 High St Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 967-9607 Yelp: 4 Stars; 52 Reviews. Mannino’s Italian Bistro 606 High St Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 966-7522 Yelp: 4 Stars; 51 Reviews. Still 450 Court St Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 332-7222 Yelp: 4 Stars, 162 Reviews. Want to try them all? Here’s the link to the Motovo blog and read about all 15 of the selected restaurants....

Marketing firm finds success in Portsmouth

By Emily Morman The Virginian-Pilot PORTSMOUTH Max Greenhood decided to paint his business’s walls mustard yellow so people wouldn’t mistake it for an antique shop. In a juxtaposition of the old, the new and the empty, RocketBike sits on High Street in Olde Towne, amid the vintage shops and vacant storefronts. The digital marketing firm, which joined the neighborhood in August 2014, has seen rapid growth since it moved in, even as the city has faced challenges. RocketBike has a typical startup story. Greenhood, a graduate of James Madison University, began freelancing in his sister’s basement in Harrisonburg. After working abroad for a few months, he moved to Charlottesville, where his freelance career went “terribly,” he said. So, in 2013, he moved to Portsmouth, where he has lifelong connections. Greenhood, 27, was born and raised in a house on Washington Street, and his father owned Brutti’s restaurant on Court Street before it closed in June. Although he started using the RocketBike name in 2012, it wasn’t until the move back home that the company really took off. “That was when the floodgates opened,” he said. And where does the name come from? “There’s the good answer, and then there’s the true answer,” he said. The good: It matches the vision he has for his company, a marketing firm that’s sleek, fast and high-tech. The true: Every other name that made sense had already been claimed. Soon, he had more work than he could handle by himself, so he hired a developer. They worked out of Greenhood’s spare bedroom. Eventually, they decided, they needed a real office. That led them...
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