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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...

Tripadvisor’s “Top Ten Things To Do” in Downtown Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 350 million average monthly unique visitors, and reached 385 million reviews and opinions covering 6.6 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide. TripAdvisor: Know better, Book better and Go better. Here’s the current list (as of September 2016) of TripAdvisor’s “Top Ten Things to Do” in Downtown Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA, chosen by travelers ratings (from one to five stars) and the number of reviews. The list starts with the number 10 pick to the number one in order. Do you agree or disagree with the list? Be proactive, go to Tripadvisor’s website and add YOUR review! Here’s the link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g58083-Portsmouth_Virginia-Vacations.html Number 10 is the Portsmouth Pavilion– Is a 6,500 capacity outdoor concert venue located in downtown Portsmouth. The Pavilion produces and presents a broad spectrum of concerts and events, connects audiences to the inspirational power of music and helps new generations of listeners discover the wonder of music and live performance. Portsmouth Pavilion invites audiences and artists to celebrate the joy of live music, the power of community, and the magic of the Pavilion. The covered outdoor Pavilion is located on the banks of the Elizabeth River in downtown Portsmouth and provides one of the best live entertainment experiences...

Copper and Oak Craft Spirits, LLC to Open in Downtown Portsmouth

From the Portsmouth Department of Economic Development. Copper and Oak Craft Spirits, LLC will begin renovation on 2,000 square feet of space in The Breeden Company’s Montgomery Square Shoppes located at 725 High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth.  The owners of Copper and Oak, Skyler Pittman, Luke Claverie, and Tim Zimmerman, plan to open a micro distillery and tasting room this winter, providing hand-crafted spirits made from scratch.  Tours and educational classes will be available to the public. “We are very excited to start the build-out and begin the time-honored family tradition of distilling spirits,” said Skyler Pittman, owner and co-founder.  “Although the craft market is gaining popularity, the micro distillery concept is still relatively new in the Hampton Roads area and Portsmouth is an untapped market.” “The Montgomery Square Shoppes is an ideal location for Copper and Oak’s beautifully appointed spirt tasting room. The selection of this location reflects the growing strength of our local economy and how the city continues to attract forward thinking entrepreneurs.” commented Mallory Butler, Director of Portsmouth Economic Development.  “And with the change in the law, distilleries in Virginia can now sell their product directly to restaurants which will only serve to increase the variety for the consumers and sales for the producers.” The new distillery will feature an expansive tasting room and production area.  The distillers will launch with a craft gin and moonshine.  Copper and Oak will also be producing bourbon that will be barrel-aged on site and will be available after it has time to properly...
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