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2015 Olde Towne Scottish Walk. Happy Hogmanay!

2015 Olde Towne Scottish Walk. Happy Hogmanay!

Each New Year’s Eve, people from all around eastern Virginia, come to Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia for the annual Scottish Walk. Modeled after Scotland’s Hogmanay Festival, a day when townspeople honor their community and merchants and offer blessings for prosperity in the coming year. The procession includes locals, family, friends and visitors led by pipe-and-drum bands. The participants gather at the corner of Queen and Washington streets and march through the historic streets of Olde Towne ending at the High Street Landing where all join hands and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Gather at Queen and Washington Street’s.  Assemble at 4 p.m. and step off at 4:30. The Scottish Walk is free to all–rain or shine.  Contact Susan Cocke for more information (757) 650-3052. The Story Behind the Music: ‘Auld Lang Syne’   Many people are familiar with ‘Auld Lang Syne’ yet few may actually know what ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is all about.  Of course, many people will instantly associate the words with “Scotland” or perhaps ‘New Year’.  Some people consider it to be an international expression of friendship, fellowship and hope.  Others perceive it to be a simple song, presented at the conclusion of a social gathering, remembering the past and re-affirming the importance of our future, and those important to us.  Of course ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is ALL of these things! “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish poem that was written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.  It is well known in many English-speaking (and other) countries and is often sung to celebrate the start of the New Year...
Olde Towne Portsmouth Merchants Holiday Open House

Olde Towne Portsmouth Merchants Holiday Open House

Please join these Olde Towne Portsmouth merchants for a special pre-holiday event featuring products and gifts for the home, garden as well as men’s and ladies apparel and accessories. Shop our unique stores and boutiques for that special person on your Christmas list and for year-round giving too! Friday, November 20, 2015 from 5 pm til 8:30 pm. Some stores serving light refreshments.           Bowman’s Garden Center & Cafe 315 Green Street 757-393-2070 Featuring one of the region’s best collections of Christmas ornaments, home decorations and unique gift items. Bowman’s famous holiday potato bar is simply not to be missed!   Anderson Wright Rooms & Gardens 622 High Street 757-398-0990 Best known for their collection of garden urns, fountains and statuary, Anderson Wright will feature Christmas ornaments, home decor and holiday gifts for that special loved one.   Kitchen Koop 638 High Street 757-399-4475 The total gourmet kitchen shop for all seasons!   Paulette Joseph 614 High Street 757-553-0586 Exquisite fashion accessories and beautiful home furnishings is Paulette Joseph. Great holiday gifts too!   Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery 620 High Street 757-399-5012 Visit the worlds most unique and diverse nautical store now in it’s new Olde Towne location. Find the perfect nautical gift for the salty dog in your family. Featuring new marine bronze and metal castings by Norfolk artist Larry Bage. Serving light refreshments.   Way Back Yonder Antiques 462 Washington Street 757-398-2700 Now in their new Washington Street location, Way Back Yonder offers fine antique furnishings and accessories for those seeking quality vintage and antique items. Great collection of estate jewelry...
Chris Milam Performs at the Coffee Shoppe

Chris Milam Performs at the Coffee Shoppe

Chris Milam performs his original music this Friday, October 16 with Jonah Grinkewitz at the Coffee Shoppe located at 300 High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Performances begin at 5:30 through 8:00 pm. For more information, call 757-391-9191 or visit their website at...
45th Annual Seawall Art Show August 22nd & 23rd

45th Annual Seawall Art Show August 22nd & 23rd

Sat – 10 AM – 6 PM | Sun – 10 AM – 5 PM  This juried fine arts and fine crafts show on Portsmouth’s waterfront in Historic Olde Towne features the works of nearly 100 talented artists working in oil paintings, wood-carving, hand woven clothing, art glass, fine jewelry, pottery and more. Includes a student art show, food and entertainment....
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