Program Guide May - August 2022

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CITY OF SUFFOLK FROM THE CITY MANAGER

IN THIS ISSUE MUNICIPAL INFORMATION FROM THE CITY MANAGER DIRECTORY PARKS & RECREATION FACILITIES LIBRARY FACILITIES TOURISM FACILITIES CALENDAR OF EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS PARKS & RECREATION

RENTAL FACILITIES RECREATION CENTERS & EVENTS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE SUMMER CAMPS VOLUNTEERS OUTDOOR RECREATION SPECIAL EVENTS ATHLETICS SENIOR PROGRAMS FITNESS PROGRAMS YOUTH AND TEEN ART & CULTURE LIBRARY SPECIAL EVENTS YOUTH EVENTS TEEN EVENTS ADULT EVENTS TOURISM SPECIAL EVENTS TOURS

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Greetings! As City Manager, I welcome you to review our Program Guide highlighting the wide range of events and activities the entire family can enjoy in Suffolk this spring and summer courtesy of the City’s Library, Parks & Recreation and Tourism teams. With the weather providing ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, the Program Guide reflects our continued return to regular activities by bringing people together to have fun and learn while being active at the same time. Be sure to put our annual National Night Out event on your calendar for Tuesday, August 2, 2022. This Going Away Party for Crime further illustrates the bond between Suffolk citizens and Public Safety personnel to work together for the greater good. Suffolk continues to be a great place where one can live, work and play. The coming months offer the availability of events, tours, and programs to find out more about our City, both right in your own backyard or across our 430 square miles of space. There is something to do for everyone! The phrase “It’s a Good Time to Be in Suffolk” rings true year round but especially at this time of year where Mother Nature helps us reconnect with our environment and treasure all Suffolk has to offer. Albert S. Moor II, P.E. City Manager

SUFFOLK CITY COUNCIL Front Row: Michael D. Duman, Mayor; Leroy Bennett, Vice Mayor Cypress Borough; Shelley Butler Barlow, Chuckatuck Borough; Roger W. Fawcett, Sleepy Hole Borough Back Row: Donald Z. Goldberg, Suffolk Borough; Timothy J. Johnson, Holy Neck Borough; Lue R. Ward, Nansemond Borough; Leotis L. Williams, Whaleyville Borough.

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - MUNICIPAL INFORMATION

DIRECTORY

Animal Control

24 Forest Glen Drive 757-514-7855

MAIN OFFICE ADDRESS AND NUMBER

Fire & Rescue

300 Kings Fork Road 757-514-4550

Magistrate’s Office

2402 Godwin Boulevard 757-514-4300

Suffolk City Hall 442 W Washington Street 757-514-4000

Capital Programs & Buildings

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office

Media & Community Relations

Suffolk Public Schools

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4030

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4100

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4000

Circuit Court Clerk

Health Department

Public Utilities

150 North Main Street 757-514-7800

135 Hall Avenue 757-514-4700

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4000

Suffolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority

City Assessor

Human Resources

Public Works Administration

Suffolk Transit

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4355

139 E Washington Street 757-214-6442

Public Works Mosquito Control

Suffolk Visitor Center & Pavilion

800 Carolina Road 757-514-7609

524 N Main Street 757-514-4130

2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road 757-514-7150

Public Works - Refuse

Treasurer

277 Pine Street 757-514-7630

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4275

Chuckatuck Library

Public Works Roadway Maintenance

Voter Registrar

442 W Washington Street 757-514-7475

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4120

City Attorney

Morgan Memorial Library

442 W Washington Street 757-514-7130

443 W Washington Street 757-514-7323

City Clerk

North Suffolk Library

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4018

City Manager

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4012

Commissioner of the Revenue

5881 Godwin Boulevard 757-514-7310

Parks & Recreation

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4260

134 S 6th Street 757-514-7250

Commonwealth’s Attorney

Planning & Community Development

150 N Main Street 757-514-4365

Economic Development 442 W Washington Street 757-514-4040

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4150

Police Department 111 Henley Place 757-923-2350

800 Carolina Road 757-514-7600

100 N. Main Street 757-925-6750

530 East Pinner Street 757-539-2100

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4000

Sheriff’s Office

150 N Main Street 757-514-7840

Social Services 135 Hall Avenue 757-514-7450

Suffolk Art Gallery 118 Bosley Avenue 757-514-7284

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - PARKS & RECREATION FACILITIES Sleepy Hole Park 4616 Sleepy Hole Road Here you will find 12 picnic shelters, volleyball courts, horseshoe courts, playground, trails, children’s learning garden, and fishing pier with a kayak launch. Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina 110 East Constance Road This park features an 18 slip marina. Reservations for marina slips must be made 24 hours in advance. Call 757-514-7250 to reserve. Bennett’s Creek Park 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road Here you will find boat ramps, picnic shelters, tennis courts, stage, disc golf course, trails, horseshoe pit, fishing pier, and a skate park.

Lake Meade Park 201 Holly Lawn Parkway This park features a dog park, skate park, walking trail that looks over the lake, inclusive playground, and the Howard Mast Tennis Complex which has 10 Tennis Courts for use. Lone Star Lakes Park 401 Kings Highway At this park, find shelters, playground, fishing pier, 4-mile trail, and shoreline fishing areas surrounding 11 lakes. Boats must be registered and can use only an electric motor of 15 Horsepower or less. Boats can have any size gas outboard motor on it, but cannot be used while in the lakes.

Lake Meade Dog Park Registration Information

All dogs must be registered prior to visiting the dog park. Dog owners purchasing membership must be at least 18 years of age. All dogs must be at least 4 months old. Male dogs over 1 must be neutered. Owner must show proof of animal registration with dog tag number from city/county of residency. A current “Certification of Vaccination” with immunizations with expiration dates for rabies, bordetella, distemper, and parvovirus vaccinations. Membership is $10 per year. Register at the following locations:

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Address Address Lincoln Avenue 825825 Lincoln Avenue Constance Road 321321 EastEast Constance Road 2001 Arizona Avenue 2001 Arizona Avenue 6720 Ruritan Boulevard 6720 Ruritan Boulevard Brook Avenue 724724 Brook Avenue 2325 E. Washington Street 2325 E. Washington Street 1235 Kings Road 1235 Kings ForkFork Road 1300 Blythewood 1300 Blythewood LaneLane Maryland Avenue 922922 Maryland Avenue 4600 Magnolia Drive 4600 Magnolia Drive 220 Hunter Street 220 Hunter Street 3731 Sleepy Road 3731 Sleepy HoleHole Road South Saratoga Street 308308 South Saratoga Street Street 515515 YorkYork Street 5041 Townpoint Road 5041 Townpoint Road 3160 Kings Highway 3160 Kings Highway Bentley Drive 620620 Bentley Drive Tynes Street 151151 Tynes Street Pender Street 132132 Pender Street

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For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Administrative Office at 757-514-7250.


CITY OF SUFFOLK - LIBRARY FACILITIES SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY At Suffolk Public Library, discover valuable resources for your business, career, academic and personal needs. In-Library services include complimentary Wi-Fi, public computers, lendable tech, printing services, community information, print materials including over 160,000 books, and friendly Library staff to assist you. eLibrary services allow for 24/7 access to eBooks, eResources, online classes and more. Take one of over 500 online classes with Universal Class, take practice tests, customize legal forms and so much more through the Library’s online portal of resources. In addition to books, SPL offers an entire Library of things available to check out such as mobile hot spots and litter cleanup kits. All SPL classes and events are free and open to the public and you do not need a Library Card to attend.

Morgan Memorial Library (MML) 443 West Washington Street 757-514-7323 Mon - Thurs: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Fri - Sat: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Sun: Closed 24/7 Library Lockers

Chuckatuck Library (CHK) 5881 Godwin Boulevard 757- 514-7310 Mon: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM 24/7 Library Lockers

North Suffolk Library (NSL)

2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road 757-514-7150 Mon - Thurs: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Fri - Sat: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Sun: Closed

Library2Go

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - TOURISM FACILITIES

Suffolk Visitor Center & Pavilion

524 N Main Street 757-514-4130 visitsuffolkva.com Sun - Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Overlooking the Nansemond River, the provincial Roman Revival style structure with its very tall Tuscan columns was an impressive site for early travelers arriving on the river. The former Nansemond County Courthouse (1840) is the third such structure on this site at the busy intersection of Main Street and Constance Road. Two previous courthouse buildings were destroyed by fires. During the Civil War, the courthouse was reportedly used as barracks for Union soldiers as the neighboring Mills Riddick home on its south side served as Union Army headquarters. The building remained in service as a courthouse until the completion of the Mills Godwin Courts Complex in 1998. Today, the building retains its commanding presence and historical significance as the Suffolk Visitor Center. The first floor provides an exhibit gallery highlighting the history of Suffolk and the Great Dismal Swamp, a greeting and information area, and a gift shop. The second floor houses municipal offices for the Department of Economic Development and Division of Tourism.

Seaboard Station Railroad Museum

326 N Main Street 757-514-4135 suffolktrainstation.com Sun - Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This restored Main Street Station, originally built in 1885, has remained basically unchanged over the years and displays a 2-room HO-scale model of Suffolk in 1907 that was built by the Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association. The Queen Anne style building is reminiscent of the Victorian age and has an interesting tower with a beautiful, walnut, spiral staircase. Many original features were saved and restored such as the doors, windows, coffered ceiling, fireplace and porch. The museum contains a collection of items including bells from steam locomotives, a light from a steam locomotive tender, cast iron and concrete signs, railroad lanterns, railroad tools, as well as a unique collection of smaller items, including silver items used in dining cars, office items used in the agent’s offices, and advertising items. The museum features railroad memorabilia and changing exhibits.

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR Listed below are just a sampling of the events that Suffolk Public Libraries, Tourism, and Parks & Recreation put on for our community. You’ll find something for everyone! Join us for outdoor events, holiday celebrations, and youth activities. Discover more information by navigating to each Department’s section in the Program Guide. PARKS & RECREATION

LIBRARY

TOURISM

MAY

JULY

April 29-June 3 - Spring Exhibit – Threaded An invitational exhibit showcasing fiber and textile art 06 - Mother’s Day Celebration 07 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 07 - Suffolk Farmers’ Market Grand Opening 07 - Bike In Movie Featuring ET 09 - Bridge & Games Luncheon 11 - Scrapbook Mini-Crop 13 - Teen Night In 13-August 19 - Family Fridays @ the Park 14 - Bird Watchers 14 - Annual Holland Ruritan Club’s Custom Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show 14 - Lego Masters Jr. Tournament 14 - Suffolk Handicrafts: Meetup 28 - Adult Ping Pong Tournament

04 - Stars and Stripes Spectacular 08 - TGIF Summer Concert - Good Shot Judy 08-10 - The Cryptid Who Did...?: A Scavenger Hunt Mystery 11 - Anime Paint Night 15 - Rollin’ Down The River – Paddle Trip 15 - TGIF Summer Concert - Tumbao Salsero 16 - Suffolk Handicrafts: Meetup 16-23 - Suffolk Sweets Week 17 - Summer of Adventure at the Center: Jurassic Park 21 - Sip & Spell: Adult Spelling Bee 22 - TGIF Summer Concert - The Deloreans 23 - Summer Dance Soirée: A Mad Affair 23-August 19 - “Mindscapes”: Artwork by John Alan Stock 24 - Parent’s Day Paddle 25 - Get Creative!

JUNE

10 - Creepy Crawlies Night Hike 10 - Senior Prom

29 - TGIF Summer Concert – Buckshot 29 - National Teen Library Lock-in

AUGUST

11 - My First Dance

01-21 - The Cryptid Who Did...?: A Scavenger Hunt Mystery

14-July 15 - STEM Explorers: Black Scientists

02 - National Night Out

17 - Father’s Day Celebration

05 - Day Trip to Edenton, NC

17 - TGIF Summer Concert – Rajazz

05 - TGIF Summer Concert – WOAH

17-20 - The Cryptid Who Did...?: A Scavenger Hunt Mystery

06 - Suffolk Handicrafts: Meetup

19 - Summer of Adventure at the Center: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

12 - TGIF Summer Concert - Rocky 7

21 - Snack and Learn Workshop

16-17 - Family Food Fun

21-August 17 - Family Storytime

19 - TGIF Summer Concert - The Deloreans

23-August 18 - Babies & Tiny Tots Storytime 23-August 18 - Toddler & Preschool Storytime

21 - Summer of Adventure at the Center: Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle

24 - TGIF Summer Concert - The Original Rhondels

24 - Get Creative!

25 - Amazing Peanut Chase: Citywide Scavenger Hunt

30 - Sip & Spell: Adult Spelling Bee

27-August 15 - Camp Monday Funday

30 - Senior Cookout

15 - Anime Paint Night

30 - Back to School Community Day

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PARKS & RECREATION - RENTAL FACILITIES Facility Rentals

Planter’s Club - 4600 Planters Club Road

Suffolk Parks & Recreation offers rental spaces at all of our Recreation Facilities and the beautiful Planter’s Club. For details on spaces available and the reservation process, contact us at our Administrative Office at 757514-7250. A $150 refundable deposit is required for all rentals. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee for processing each application. Application, application fee, and deposit must be received a minimum of 30 business days prior to date requested.

This facility is great for wedding receptions and formal family gatherings. It includes a 2,500 square-foot banquet room with a raised stage, bar, and fully equipped kitchen. There is also a 450 square-foot deck that overlooks the lovely Nansemond River. The facility can hold 144 people. All rentals must be a minimum of four hours and require a refundable $150 deposit. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee for processing each application. Renter is responsible for their own setup.*

Recreation Center Rental Fees: Gymnasium - Non-Commercial Events Resident $65.00 per hour Non-Resident $81.25 per hour Gymnasium - Event with Admission Fee Resident $75.00 per hour Non-Resident $93.75 per hour Multipurpose or Conference Room Minimum 2 hour rental Resident $25.00 per hour Non-Resident $35.00 per hour CMRC Community Room - Minimum 2 Hours Resident $50.00 per hour Non-Resident $70.00 per hour

Planter’s Club Fee Schedule Hourly Rate Monday-Thursday

$125 Resident $200 Non-Resident

Hourly Rate Friday- Sunday

$225 Resident $300 Non-Resident

Shelter Rentals Shelter rentals are available at Bennett’s Creek Park, Lake Meade Park, and Sleepy Hole Park. They are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shelters are $75 per day. To schedule a rental, come by the Administrative Office between 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. For more information, call 757-514-7250.

* Setup fees for the Planter’s Club are $50 per hour with a two-hour minimum, and a four-hour maximum.

Shelter Rental Fees All shelter rentals are $75 per shelter per day except Shelter 8 at Sleepy Hole Park, which is $125 per day. Operating Hours for parks are sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Cancellation of shelter rental constitutes a loss of the reservation fee with the exception of severe weather (ie. Hurricane, northeastern storm), in which case the decision to grant a refund or reschedule will be determined by the Director of Parks & Recreation. Special events may be held in parks only upon obtaining a Special Event Permit. A Special Event Permit is needed when one or more of the following criteria applies to your event or activity: • • • • • • • • 7

100 or more expected at park and/or park shelters. 50 or more people expected other than at a park shelter. Musical entertainment or electricity is needed. Fee collection on City property (donations, admissions, concession, or merchandise sales). Use of temporary structures like tents, shade structures, stages, booths, amusement devices. The general public is invited or notified by the media. Animals on display for show, or for rides. Use of the shelter or park is in a manner other than their specified recreational use.


PARKS & RECREATION - RECREATION CENTERS & EVENTS COVID-19 Guidelines/Expectations:

Due to COVID-19, Parks & Recreation is taking extra precautions to make certain our Fitness Centers and Recreation Facilities are safe and clean for our citizens. No one with a fever (100.4 or greater) or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure, is permitted in any Parks & Recreation facility. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Administration Office at 757-514-7250. Thank you for your cooperation. Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center 132 Robertson Street 757-514-7100

East Suffolk Recreation Center 138 South 6th Street 757-514-4500 Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Closed Sunday

Annual Membership

Fitness Membership

Youth 7-17 Adults 18+ Seniors 55+

Must have active Annual Membership Teens 16-17: $7 per month Adults 18+: $10 per month Seniors 55+: $5 per month

$10 per year $20 per year $5 per year

Non-Resident Membership Youth 7-17 Adults 18+ Seniors 55+

$12.50 per year $25 per year $6.75 per year

Non-Resident Fitness Membership Teens 16-17: Adults 18+: Seniors 55+:

$8.75 per month $12.50 per month $6.75 per month

Joint-Use Facilities Suffolk Parks & Recreation has developed a partnership with Suffolk Public Schools with six facilities for before and after care, summer programs, leagues, and other special events. Booker T. Washington Recreation Center Creekside Recreation Center King’s Fork Recreation Center Mack Benn, Jr Recreation Center Northern Shores Recreation Center Oakland Recreation Center

204 Walnut St. 1000 Bennetts Creek Park Rd. 350 Kings Fork Rd. 1253 Nansemond Pkwy. 6701 Respass Beach Rd. 5505 Godwin Blvd.

757-514-7247 757-514-7245 757-514-7244 757-514-7248 757-514-7249 757-514-7246

Planet Recreation Program Dates: June 27 - August 19 Time: 7:00 AM 6:00 PM Cost: $85 per two week session + $35 one-time registration fee Grades: PreK4- Rising 6th Location: Booker T. Washington, Mack Benn, Northern Shores, Oakland, and CRM Recreation Centers. For more information, please call 757-514-7250.

Back to School Community Day Date: August 27 Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Location: East Suffolk Ages: Pre K through 5th grade (for the school supplies) Cost: Free Schoolers will receive book bags and school supplies at different stations throughout the event. Physical activity games will be set up for the children to enjoy. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE Kid Zone Before and After School Program is offered at our Joint Use Facilities. Our trained staff is ready to provide a caring, enriching and safe environment for your child before and after school. Limited spaces are available for children in PreK4-5th Grade.

Kid Zone Grade Levels: PreK-4 - 5th Grade, PreK-4 Participants must be enrolled in Suffolk Public School’s Program Location: Booker T. Washington, Creekside, Mack Benn, Northern Shores and Oakland Recreation Centers. Cost: $35 one-time registration fee Program type Before Care After Care Before + After Care Time: Before Only After Only

Monthly fee $95 $120 $195

(Dec - June) $60 $85 $160

6:30 AM - School Start time After School time - 6:00 PM

The following items are needed at the time of registration: Proof of child’s grade, completed registration form, proof of residency, and two emergency contacts. We accept check, credit card, or money (no cash). Four year olds must be enrolled in a Pre-K4 program through Suffolk Public School.

Rec’ N Crew After School Program is an after school program offered at Kings Fork Joint Use Facility. The Rec’ N Crew After School program is eager to assist your child with building social skills, creating fun interactions and learning the basic principles of trust, caring and respect. Rec’ N Crew Grade Levels: 6th Grade - 10th Grade Location: Kings Fork Recreation Center Cost: $35 One-Time Registration Fee Program type After Care Time: After Only

Monthly fee $40

(Dec - June) $40

School End Time - 6:00 PM

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS • Course Minimums - Each class has a minimum and maximum enrollment. Classes will be canceled a week prior to start if minimum enrollment is not met. • Age Requirements - Age requirements have been established to safely facilitate age appropriate classes. Participants must be of the appropriate age by the first day of class in order to register. Sorry, no exceptions. • Corrections & Updates - There are times when errors or revisions in dates, times, fees, or instructors do occur. We recommend that you check the City’s website for up-to-date information. We appreciate your patience and understanding when these situations occur. • Photo Policy - Please be advised that all participants involved in any Department programs or special events are subject to being photographed. Such photographs may be used by the City of Suffolk without an obligation to provide compensation to those photographed. • Are you a resident? Residents are citizens who live in or own property within the City of Suffolk.

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Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - SUMMER CAMP Hoops For Life Session 1: June 27 - July 8 (ages 12 - 15) Session 1: July 11 - July 22 (ages 12 - 15) Session 1: July 25 - August 5 (ages 8 - 11) Session 1: August 8 - August 19 (ages 8 - 11) Time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $70 Per Two Week Session + $25 One-Time Registration Fee Location: Kings Fork This “Basketball 101” program will improve basketball skills while addressing important life lessons and values. For more information, contact the camp coordinator at 757-514-7270.

Outdoor Explorers Camp - Sleepy Hole Park Session 1: for ages 6-9 August 22nd – 26th Session 2: for ages 10-14 August 29th – September 2nd Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $90 Registration Fee This camp is for kids who enjoy exploring the great outdoors. Activities include hiking, canoeing, swimming, zip lining, and archery! Campers will learn outdoor skills such as natural shelter building; plant and animal identification; and how to start and tend to a fire. All gear is provided for each daily activity. Campers should come dressed in active wear, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen applied! Pack a lunch with an extra snack and water to stay fueled for a day full of adventure! For more information, contact Outdoor Programs at 757-514-4518, ndbridgers@suffolkva.us

Art Camp 2022 Session 1: for ages 10-14 August 22nd – 26th Session 2: for ages 6-9 August 29th – September 2nd Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $90 Registration Fee Registration Begins on March 1st. Registration Ends on August 26th or until the session is full During Art Camp, each day will have a different theme that includes multiple art activities, mediums, programs, and We will go on multiple field trips and hear from speakers in different disciplines that include recycling, animals, art history, popular culture, and more. All campers must bring their own bag lunch and water for each day. For more information, please call the Suffolk Art Gallery at 757-514-7284.

Hook-A-Kid on Golf Dates: July 18 - 22 Cost: $150 Ages: 7-15 Location: Sleepy Hole Golf Course Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Golf can be exciting while learning skill techniques, basic rules, etiquette, and course management. Fee includes golf clubs, golf bag, hat and shirt.

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION Therapeutic Recreation is a treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate the level of functioning and independence in life activities. The goal of TR is to promote health and wellness through recreation, while reducing restrictions of participation in life situations caused by illness or disabling condition.

Discover Your Future Summer Camp Program Dates: June 27 - August 19 Time: 7:00 AM -3:00 PM, Membership required to stay beyond 3:00 pm Cost: $85 Per Two Week Session + $35 One-Time Registration Fee Grades: 7-10 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Teens will enjoy clubs, games, sports, crafts, and field trips. Camp includes breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt. For more information, please call 757-514-4500, or email ctwilliams@suffolkva.us.

Camp Limitless Summer Camp Program Dates: June 27 - August 5, Monday - Friday Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Cost: $50 per week Ages: 6-21 (18+ must be currently enrolled in school) Camp Limitless and Therapeutic Spring Break are designed for children with special needs. For more information, call Jaimie Belch at 757-514-7264.

Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - VOLUNTEERS EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS

VOLUNTEERS AND INTERNSHIPS Are you interested in volunteering or completing and internship with the City of Suffolk? We work to match our volunteers and interns with opportunities that fit their interest, talents, knowledge and skills. Volunteers and interns are a valuable asset to the community and assist us in creating quality programs, activities and events and help our community shine!

Every year Suffolk Parks & Recreation is happy to work with volunteers to enhance services and programs that are offered to the community. Over the past year, the department has been fortunate enough to work with several Eagle Scout candidates on their projects. Ross Roberts, an Eagle Scout, was able to help us transition a picnic area into a more ADA accessible location. Ross was able to help create a parking area, a walkway and pad with a picnic table that increased accessibility to this scenic spot at Lone Star Lakes Park. He worked with our Principal Planner to come up with the design and secured help from several volunteers. The project was completed in June of 2021. Nicholas Newman an Eagle Scout with Troop 259, worked with our team at Sleepy Hole Park to help renovate the horseshoe pit area at the park. Nicolas was able to repaint fencing, benches, backboards and make improvements to the gates and surrounding area. The horseshoe pits are tournament ready and much improved after the enhancements made possible by Nicholas’ project. This project was completed in September of 2021.

School clubs, civic groups, scouts, individuals and interns are welcome. Volunteers and interns receive valuable training and job experience, socialization, a great volunteer environment, career enhancement, recognition, and the opportunity to meet and assist others. For more information contact Jason Pittman, CPRP, Recreation Supervisor by: Email: jpittman@suffolkva.us Fax: 757-514-7275 Phone: 757-514-7268 For list of volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at www.suffolkva.us and follow the “volunteer tab”.

Current Eagle Scout projects include the renovation and replacement of a footbridge at Sleepy Hole Park and the addition of artificial fish habitats that will be deployed at Lone Star Lakes Park this spring and summer. Eagle Scouts work hard to plan, raise funds, provide materials, coordinate volunteers, and implement their projects. These efforts aid staff and offer added enhancements that are a wonderful benefit to the community. We are proud of each of these volunteers and the continued contributions that they make!

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PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION Bird Watchers

Rollin Down the River - Paddle Trip

Date: May 14 Ages: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Time: 8:00 - 10:00 AM Cost: Free Join us as we observe the number and details of birds found at Lone Star Lakes Park, our 1000 acre forested park surrounded 11 lakes. Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes if you own a pair. We will also have a limited supply available for use.

Dates: July 15 Ages: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM Location: Constant’s Wharf Cost: $20 per canoe Come join us as we take you on a relaxing canoe paddle up and down the Nansemond River. This trip will begin and end at Constant’s Wharf, behind The Hilton Garden Inn-Suffolk Riverfront.

Archery Clinic Dates: August 1, 3, 5 Ages: 7 – 11 (9:00 – 11:00 AM); 12 – 17 (1:00 – 3:00 PM) Location: Sleepy Hole Cost: $65 This summer, give your child an opportunity to spend time in the outdoors during this fun-filled three-day archery clinic held at Sleepy Hole Park. Participants will learn the basics of archery and target shooting. Participants should wear weather appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes. Bring a water bottle and small snack.

Parents Day Paddle

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Date: May - August Days: Saturdays Time: 11:00 AM -12:15 PM Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Age: 18+ Cost: $40 per class (Package deal: $140 for 4 classes) This Standup Paddleboard (SUP) yoga class is designed to teach you all the basics of SUP, safety, getting on the water, general SUP practice, and SUP Yoga! All equipment included. To register for classes, visit: http://nuleeu.com/Suffolk.

Dates: July 24 Ages 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Cost: $20 per boat In celebration of Parents Day, treat Mom or Dad to a relaxing paddle within the beautiful lake located at Butler Tract. Boat, life jacket, and paddle included.

Creepy Crawlies Night Hike Date: June 10 Ages: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: $5 Time: 9:00 - 11:00 PM Location: Sleepy Hole Park (4616 Sleepy Hole Road)

Using backlights, we will go in search of bugs and insects that hide in the dark on this nighttime adventure. Dress warmly; flashlights will be provided.

For more information on our outdoor programs, contact Nakiesha Bridgers at 757.514.4518 or nbridgers@suffolkva.us.

Outdoor Adventures- Field Trips You can discover an abundance of adventure in the Great Outdoors here in Suffolk! Our hands-on educational/recreational programs can include activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, archery, and wildlife viewing at venues such as Sleepy Hole, Bennett’s Creek, Lone Star Lakes, and Lake Meade parks. Our park programs will provide unforgettable outdoor experiences and activities that are sure to captivate participants of all ages. Inquire to see if we can create the perfect program for you or your group! Nature interpretation programs are $5 per person per hour. Paddling tours are $10 per person per hour. Archery is $15 per person per hour. This requires a 4 person minimum. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - SPECIAL EVENTS PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION TGIF Summer Concert Series Enjoy live music on Friday’s in Suffolk at two of our parks this summer! All concerts are free and open to the public. Each event is 6:00 - 9:30 PM. Beer is available for purchase for those 21 and older. Constant’s Wharf Park:

June 17, 2022 June 24, 2022 July 8, 2022 July 15, 2022 July 22, 2022

Rajazz The Original Rhondels Good Shot Judy Tumbao Salsero The Deloreans

Bennett’s Creek Park: July 29, 2022 Buckshot August 5, 2022 WOAH August 12, 2022 Rocky 7 August 19, 2022 The Deloreans Stars and Stripes Spectacular

Taste of Suffolk Registration: September 10 Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Beer Garden 5:00 - 8:00 PM Location: Downtown Suffolk Cost: Free Take a bite out of the annual Taste of Suffolk Street Festival. This event site will stretch down Main Street starting on Finney Avenue and cover Washington Street from Commerce to Saratoga Street. Main Street will be lined with Suffolk restaurants presenting their specialty food items, merchandise vendors, and all day entertainment with live music and contests.

Dates: July 4 Time:5:30 - 9:30 PM Cost: Free Location:Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina Enjoy the Stars and Stripes Spectacular on July 4th as the skies of Suffolk light up with a fireworks show over the beautiful Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina. The park will open at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment, children’s activities, merchandise vendors and a variety of food choices. The Fuzz Band will take the stage at 6:00 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at 9:00 p.m. for the entire family to enjoy.

Bike In Movie Featuring ET Date: May 7 Time: Park & Play – 6:00 PM, Movie Time – 8:15 PM Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Bennett’s Creek Park will transform into a Movie Theater with a 30-foot screen. Bring your bike or bike to the park to enjoy a showing of ET. A concessions area will be available with food and treats. Pets are welcome on a leash. This event is free and open to the public.

Active Adult Summer Festival Dates: May 18 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $10 Ages :55+ Location: The Planter’s Club For more information, contact Chelsea Morgan at cmorgan@suffolkva.us

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PARKS & RECREATION - ATHLETICS AQUATICS

Adult Fall COED Softball

Summer will be here before you know it and we have just the spot to beat the heat. Join us at Cypress Park Pool, located at 2001 Arizona Avenue, this season.

Public Open Swim Dates: May 30 - September 4, Tuesdays - Sundays Time: 2:00 - 6:00 PM Cost: Free Location: Cypress Park Pool Ages: All children must be accompanied by an adult You must have a pool pass for open swim.

Registration: July 5 – August 9 Cost: Residents $350 per team Ages: 18+ The season will be 8 weeks long and begins August 26. A tournament will be held at the conclusion of the season.

Adult Basketball Registration: July 5 – August 9 Cost: $320 per team Ages:18 + The season will be 9 weeks long and begins August 31. A tournament will be held at the conclusion of the season.

Swim Beginners Dates: June 27 - August 4 Time: Varies Cost: $30 Location: Cypress Park Pool Ages: 5--17, 18+ To register for swim lessons visit our Administration Office. Bring a swimsuit, towel and goggles.

Party Rentals Times: 5:00 - 7:00 PM on Fridays, 11:00 AM -1:00 PM on Saturdays Age: All Cost: Price reflects the size of the rental party Location: Cypress Park Pool Prepaid Group Swim is available Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 -2:00 PM June 21- September 1. Reservations are required to secure group swim slots and party rentals. For more pool information, call 757-514-7254.

WINTER LEAGUE SPORTS Lil Dribblers, Lil Pom Pom, and Tiny Kickz Ages: 4-5 Cost: $40 for resident, $50 non-resident

Youth Basketball, Cheering, and Indoor Soccer Ages: 6-15 Cost: $60 for resident, $70 non-resident Online registration is open September 1 – October 21. Registration will be held at the Admin Building September 6 – October 28, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Registration will be held at Creekside and Mack Benn Jr Recreation Centers ONLY on Saturdays in October from 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM. Volunteer coaches needed for all sports. For more information, please contact Dominique Cox at ddcox@suffolkva.us or 757-514-7270. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION PARKS & RECREATION - SENIOR PROGRAMS Active Adult Senior Program Dates: Ongoing Monday – Friday Age: 55+ Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: Free with Annual Membership Join us at the East Suffolk or Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center for the Active Adult Senior Program. This program offers an assortment of activities ranging from social, cultural, physical, instructional, health & wellness, and crafts. There is a $5 annual membership fee. Limited transportation is provided by Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. Lunch is served daily to qualified participants 60+ for a $2 donation.

Art & Music Series Dates: May 24, June 28, July 26, and August 23 Age: 55+ Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: Free with Annual Membership Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Come enjoy this exciting arts & music series in partnership with Tidewater Arts Outreach! Pre-registration is required.

Day Trip to Edenton, NC Dates: August 5 Age: 55+ Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Cost: $9 Lace up your walking shoes and join Active Adults 55+ as we spend the day exploring the quaint town of Edenton, NC! You will have the opportunity to visit the Welcome Center, take a guided trolley tour, browse through local shops and enjoy a “Dutch” lunch at one of the local restaurants. This is a day trip you don’t want to miss! Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Learn to Paint with Oils Dates: June 21 + 28 Age: 55+ Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Cultural Arts Center Calling all art enthusiasts! Come join us as we partner with the Tidewater Arts Outreach to offer this two-part art class where participants will have the opportunity to learn basic oil painting techniques. All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

Learn to Paint with Acrylics Dates: May 5 - 12 Age: 55+ Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Cultural Arts Center Calling all art enthusiasts! Come join us as we partner with the Tidewater Arts Outreach to offer this two-part art class where participants will have the opportunity to learn basic acrylic painting techniques. All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

Senior Cookout Date: August 26 Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: $12 Come out and end your summer with us while enjoying all your favorite foods, games and people. Registration will be from July 18 until August 19.

For more information on East Suffolk Active Adult Senior Programs, call 757-514-4500, or email thamlin@suffolkva.us. For more information about Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Senior Programs, contact 757-514-7100.

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PARKS & RECREATION - SENIOR PROGRAMS How to Use your Cell Phone for the Very Best Shots Workshop

Father’s Day Celebration

Dates: May 11 Age: 55+ Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Cultural Arts Center Join us, in partnership with the Tidewater Arts Outreach, for this exciting and informative workshop where participants will learn how to take quality photos using a smartphone. Pre-registration is required.

Date: June 17 Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: $12 We will be hosting a fish fry to celebrate fathers. Come out for loads of laughs and great food. Registration begins May 9 through June 10, 2022.

Active Adult Senior Walking Club

Mother’s Day Celebration

Date: May 4 - August 31 Days: Wednesdays Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Age: 55+ Cost: Free with annual membership Let’s get together and walk laps around different area trails and paths here in Suffolk.

Date: May 6 Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: $12 Let’s celebrate all of your mothers and mother figures with a special brunch and activities. Registration will be from March 28 until April 29, 2022.

Snack and Learn Workshop Dates: July 21 Age: 55+ Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM Cost: Free Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Come join us for this free informational workshop where you will learn that finding resources for seniors and veterans is as simple as a click of a mouse! Participants will learn how to access online resources on healthy aging, financial topics, caregiver support, housing and much more. Healthy snacks will be provided. Registration is required.

Senior Aerobics Date: All year Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Location: East Suffolk Age: 55+ Cost: FREE with Annual and Fitness Membership This class is an hour class that focuses on floor aerobics which may help to increase your mobility, balance, strength & flexibility.

Senior Prom Date: June 10 Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: $12 We would love to see you in your best attire for our Senior Prom. This event will be one you don’t want to miss as it includes music, food, dancing, door prizes, and more! The theme for the Senior Prom is “Masquerade” so feel free to go all out and show us what you’ve got! Pre-registration is required. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - FITNESS PROGRAMS PARKS & RECREATION - SPECIAL EVENTS COMMIT Dance Fitness Class Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays all year round Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Location: East Suffolk Ages: 17+ Cost: $20 for 6 weeks (12 classes) OR $4 drop in rate This class creates community through music, dance and fitness. While listening to a variety of hits, you will dance to choreographed routines, learn, and more!

Smooth Gliding Dates: July 12 - August 4 Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays Time: 10:00 - 10:45 AM Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Ages: 16+ Cost: $10 This is a full body low impact cardio class that burns calories, strengthens upper and lower body, improves stability, and increases balance and core strength.

Saturday Boot Camp Dates: May 7, and 21; June 4,and 18; July 2, and 16; August 6, and 20 Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM Location: East Suffolk Ages: 17+ Cost: Free with membership This class will challenge you mentally and physically so be prepared for anything!

Walk This Weight Dates: August 16 - September 9 Time: Tuesdays Thursdays Fridays, 6:00 - 7:00 PM Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Cost: $15 Ages: 16+ A four-week small group training program intended for both sedentary and already active individuals. For more information on East Suffolk Recreation Fitness Programs, contact Melissa Crook at 757-514-4504 or mcrook@suffolkva.us

Stretch it out! Days and Dates: May 2 - September 2; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM Location: East Suffolk Ages: 17+ Cost: Free with annual recreation membership. This class will address tension in the muscles by using your own body and equipment such as foam rollers, stretch straps, tennis balls, and general yoga poses.

Core Blast Dates: May 2 - September 2; Mondays and Fridays Time: 10:00 - 10:30 AM Location: East Suffolk Ages: 17+ Cost: Free with membership A variety of exercises will be utilized such as calisthenics, isometrics, strength and endurance exercises.

National Exercise Trainer’s Association Certified Personal Trainer 2 Day workshop and certification course Date: June 25 and 26 Age: 18+ Cost: $599 until June 20 (early bird $549; ends May 25) Location: East Suffolk Become a Certified Personal Trainer. Attend a 2-day exam preparation workshop which includes lecture, hands-on learning and practical demonstrations. Workshop participants will gain the knowledge and leadership skills needed to train, motivate and implement safe and effective exercise programming for clients. Exam will be administered at the end of the workshop. Participants interested in the workshop need to register at netafit.org. For more information regarding this program, please contact Melissa Crook, Fitness Specialist at 757-514-4504.

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PARKS &- RECREATION - FITNESS PROGRAMS PARKS & RECREATION SENIOR PROGRAMS Line Dance Class Dates: All year Time: Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 PM; Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: East Suffolk Ages: 17+ Cost: $20 for 6 weeks; $4 drop in rate Come out and learn exciting line dances with us! Our classes are set to the latest R&B music; it’s a great was to relieve stress, exercise and most of all have fun!

Stretch and Balance Dates: August 15 - September 7 Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:45 AM Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Cost: $10 This class leads to greater range of motion, improves balance, increases flexibility, and enhances coordination and strength in your everyday daily activities.

Water Aerobics Dates: June 6 - July 1; July 1 - 29; August 1 - September 2 Time: June session 10:00 - 11:00 AM; July session 8:00 - 9:00 AM; August session 8:00 - 9:00 AM Location: Cypress Park Pool Ages: 17+ Cost: $15 Help us break in our NEW pool this summer at water aerobics! This class is low impact and easy on joints.

Cardio Power Band Dates: May 31 - June 23 Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30 PM Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Ages: 16+ Cost: $12 In this class you will obtain an effective way to strengthen your muscles, tone up your body, improve posture and stability, and enjoy a safe and fun workout.

Go With The Flow Dates: July 11 - August 3 Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:00 PM Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Ages: 16+ Cost: $8 Go With The Flow is perfect for those who need a midday reset to move, stretch, and relax. This class is also the perfect pairing with your regular exercise routine.

Fit Factory Boot Camp Dates: April 25 - May 18 Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Ages: 16+ Cost: Free with annual and fitness memberships This interval training class will keep you encourage, engaged, and moving!

Wake and Workout Dates: June 1 - June 22 Days: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 AM Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Ages: 16+ Cost: $12 Each class will consist of a full body, circuit style workout utilizing a blend of bodyweight and equipment exercises that is sure to spark a good sweat before the day has begun.

Lunch Crunch

For more information on Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Fitness Programs, contact Madison Cutten at 757.514.7100 or mcutten@suffolkva.us.

Dates: May 10 - 26 Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:00 PM Location: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center Ages: 18+ Cost: $8 Lunch Crunch is an intense 30-minute workout designed for maximum effectiveness in minimal time. In this class we have a specific focus on core and cardio training to really fuel the burn!

Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION PARKS - YOUTH & RECREATION AND TEEN - ART & CULTURE Teen Night In Dates: May 13 Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM Location: East Suffolk Gym Ages: 10-17 Cost: $10 Teen Night In is an excellent way to enjoy quality time together, build friendships, and let loose with fellow teens and pre-teens in a safe and fun environment. Refreshments will be served. Pre-Registration is required.

Adult Pool Tournament Dates: May 28 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: East Suffolk Gym Ages: 18+ Cost: Free with annual membership Join us for our Adult Pool Tournament on May 28, 2022 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. The first prize and runner up winners will receive a trophy! Pre-registration is required.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Dates: May 7 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $10 Age: 4-11 Location: Booker T Washington Recreation Center Come out for brunch and fun with your girls! Enjoy crafts, guest speakers and other activities. For more information, call 757-514-7247.

First Aid/CPR/AED for the Community Dates: May 14 and August 6 Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: East Suffolk Ages: 18+ Cost: $45 Become American Red Cross certified in First Aid, CPR, & AED! Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of sudden illness as a result of breathing and cardiac emergencies.

My First Dance

Homebuyer’s Class Dates: May 14, June 4, July 9, August 6 Time: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM Location: East Suffolk Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Come learn about the entire home buying process from start to finish, as well as the responsibilities of homeownership. This class covers personal finance, managing credit, the role of the lender, working with a real estate agent, the home inspection and closing day. Class presented by Virginia Housing/Suffolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority (SRHA) Pre-registration is required.

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Dates: June 11 Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM Location: East Suffolk Ages: 4-17 Cost: $8 for adults $5 for kids Join us for an enchanted night to remember! This dance is open to fathers and all father figures to accompany their daughters to this amazing event. Participants can come together dressed in their finest attire to enjoy an evening filled with food, dancing, and endless fun. A parent or guardian must be present during this event. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please call (757)514-4500, or email ctwilliams@suffolkva.us.

Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - ART & CULTURE

Teen & Tween Art Meet Up *New Hybrid Participation Options!* Date and Time: One Thursday a Month at 4pm May 19 June 23 July 14 August 18 September 15 Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Ages: Open to Teens and Tweens ages 12-18 Cost: Free One Thursday a month join Suffolk Public Libraries at the Suffolk Art Gallery for a special tour of the current exhibit on display as well as an interactive craft or activity connected to the exhibit. Participants can choose to either attend in-person, or virtually through Discord. In-person participants will meet at the Gallery at 4pm. For more information, or to register, or call 757-514-7323.

Hours of Operation Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Virtual Art-Day Wednesdays One Wednesday a month join the Suffolk Art Gallery for a virtual workshop we were explore different art techniques and mediums. All virtual workshops will be published at 10:00 am on social media and will include a materials list as well as an instructional video.

Monthly Programming and Themes May 18 – Shibori Dyed Handkerchiefs June 15 - Game on the Go: Sew your own Tic-Tac-Toe July 13 - Silhouette Collage August 10 - Hot Glue and Watercolor Painting

Spring Exhibit: Threaded: An invitational exhibit showcasing fiber and textile art Dates: April 29 - June 3 Opening Reception: April 29 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Ages: All The Suffolk Art Gallery and Suffolk Art League invite you to visit our invitational exhibit, Threaded: An invitational exhibit showcasing fiber and textile art. Fiber techniques including hook rugs, yarn-bombing, natural dyes, and embroidery will be on display from this eclectic group of artists. Artists on display include Cheri Babler, Emily Badalamente, Kelsey Brown, Maizelle Brown, Peggy Earl, Asa Jackson, Tanya Rich, and Katherine Wassink.

Poetry, Prose, & Pizza: Date: July 14 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Ages: All Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join the Suffolk Art Gallery, the Suffolk Art League, and host Nathan Richardson for this spoken word event. Poets, writers, musicians, spoken word, and more are welcome. Present your own original works, or favorites by others.

Event information is subject to change.

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - SPECIAL EVENTS Summer Dance Soiree

Date: Saturday, July 23 Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Planter’s Club Dress in your finest and come out to Suffolk Public Library’s 3rd Annual community dance. Bring your friends and family, or make new connections during this evening of entertainment. Take a dance break and enjoy various activities and light refreshments. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Encore Series

Date: Select Dates and Times Ages: Older Adults Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library, North Suffolk Library Learn new skills and make new friends at Suffolk Public Library’s Encore series. Explore various hands-on activities, from art to healthy living. Encore is a series of classes and events intended for older adults, but all adults are welcome. Registration required for select dates.

Juneteenth

Date: Select Dates and Times in June Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library, North Suffolk Library Celebrate Juneteenth with Suffolk Public Library! Learn about the history of Juneteenth and celebrate the day with activities offered through the month. For all ages.

Pride Month

Date: Select Dates and Times in June Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library, North Suffolk Library Stay tuned during the month of June to take part in a variety of Pride Month events, from crafts to panels! For all ages.

End-of-Summer Celebration

Date: TBA Time: TBA Location: TBA Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Public Library Online End the summer with a celebration hosted by Suffolk Public Library! Fun activities will be available for all ages.

Explore Suffolk Events Amazing Peanut Chase: Citywide Scavenger Hunt Date: Saturday, June 25 Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library, North Suffolk Library (various locations) Think you know every nook and cranny in Suffolk? Come prove it at the Library’s 7th annual Amazing Peanut Chase! This year’s citywide scavenger hunt will start at Morgan Memorial Library and have you road tripping all over Suffolk solving clues. Form your team and prepare for a day full of fun and adventure. All ages welcome. You must provide your own transportation. Registration required. The Cryptid Who Did...?: A Scavenger Hunt Mystery Date/Time: Select dates June 17- August 21 Cost: Free Location: Suffolk (various locations) Mysterious mischief is afoot in Suffolk and locals are pinning the blame on a recent spike in sightings of mythical monsters like Bigfoot, Chessie, Chupacabra, and the Jersey Devil. Collect clues to discover which cryptid is causing all the trouble in this light-hearted scavenger hunt mystery. June 17-19: Intrepid adults are invited to chase the troublesome cryptids from bar to bar in downtown Suffolk. July 8-10: Your whole family can join the cryptid hunt as you drive between sweet shops in North Suffolk. August 1-21: Go at your pace as you look for cryptid clues along the Lake Meade Park nature trail.

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - YOUTH EVENTS Camp Monday Funday

Storytimes Family Storytime [IN-PERSON] Tuesdays, June 21-August 16 from 10:30-11 AM Location: North Suffolk Library An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs and more for littles (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) and their caregivers. Registration is only required for children and is geared toward ages 0-5.

Family Storytime [IN-PERSON + LIVE] Wednesdays, June 22-August 17 from 10:30-11 AM Location: Morgan Memorial Library An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs and more for littles (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) and their caregivers. Registration is only required for children and is geared toward ages 0-5.

Babies & Tiny Tots Storytime [IN-PERSON] Thursdays, June 23-August 18 from 9:30-10 AM Location: North Suffolk Library An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs and more for littles and their caregivers. Registration is only required for children and is geared toward birth through 24 months.

Toddlers & Preschool Storytime [IN-PERSON] Thursdays, June 23-August 18 from 10:15-10:45 AM Location: North Suffolk Library An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs and more for toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers. Registration is only required for children and is geared toward ages 2-5.

Saturday Storytime and Craft Every 2nd and 4th Saturday, June - August from 11 -11:30 AM Location: Online It’s Saturday and time to get crafty! Join Mr. Cory as he reads a fun book and do a fun, related craft. The pre-recorded videos premiere Saturday mornings and will be available on the Suffolk Public Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Registration required.

Don’t have a library card? Visit our website, select My Account and then select Click Here to Register Now. Or call us at 757-514-7323.

Date: Mondays, June 27, July 18, August 1 & 15 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Age: Families Cost: Free Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Date: Mondays, July 11 & 25, August 8 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Age: Families Cost: Free Location: Lake Meade Park Join Suffolk Public Library and a different featured expert each week as we explore topics from art to science with a presentation and hands-on activity!

Family Friday’s @ the Park Date: Fridays, May 27, July 1, 15 & 29, August 12 Time: 11:00 - 12:00 PM (May), 10:00 - 11:00 AM (June-August) Age: Families Cost: Free Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Date: Fridays, May 13, June 24, July 8 & 22, August 5 & 19 Time: 11:00 - 12:00 PM (May), 10:00 - 11:00 AM (June-August) Age: Families Cost: Free Location: Lake Meade Park Bring your family and join Suffolk Public Library for outdoor activities — at the park! Enjoy stories, songs and more hands-on fun!

LEGO MASTERS JR. TOURNAMENT Date: Saturday, May 14 Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM Age: All Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Compete in a family-friendly Lego competition! For families. Registration required.

COOKIES & CANVAS Date: Fridays, May 20, June 24, July 15, August 19 Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM Age: 2-5 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library, North Suffolk Library Create small masterpieces on canvas with your little Picasso! Cookies and light refreshments served. All supplies provided. Registration required.

FAMILY FOOD FUN Date: June 21 & 22, July 19 & 20, August 16 & 17 Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM Age: All Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library, North Suffolk Library Summer cooking can be challenging! Join Suffolk Public Library and try out fun, new recipes that won’t turn up the heat. For families. Registration required.

View the Library’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - TEEN EVENTS Teen Art Gallery Tour + Craft Date: Thursdays, May 19, June 23, July 14, August 18 Time: 4:00 PM Ages: Teen Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Public Library Online Suffolk Public Library and Suffolk Art Gallery are coming together for teen gallery tours. Join us each month for a tour of the gallery, learn about different types of art, and do a related art activity or craft. For ages 12-17. Registration required.

Friday Teen Art Fun with Suffolk Art Gallery Date: Friday, May 20 Time: 6:00 AM Ages: Teen Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Public Library Online Can’t make it to May’s Teen Art Gallery Tour? Join us virtually to see the tour and do the art activity from home! All materials are provided. For ages 12-17. Registration required to reserve your kit.

Anime Paint Night Date: Mondays, June 27, July 11, August 15 Time: 6:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Public Library Online Like anime? Like painting? Sign up for Anime Paint Night, get a painting kit, and create a masterpiece based on a popular anime! The pre-recorded instructional video will be uploaded to the Suffolk Public Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages the day of the program. For ages 12-17. Registration required.

National Teen Library Lock-In Date: Friday, July 29 Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM Ages: Teen Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Join Suffolk Public Library and libraries across the country for a night of games, crafts, online author visits, and more at the annual National Teen Library Lock-In! For ages 13-17.

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - ADULT EVENTS Scan the QR code to learn more about our 24/7 Library Lockers!

Suffolk Handicrafts: Meetup Date: Saturdays, May 14, June 4, July 16, August 6 Time: 10:30 AM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library, North Suffolk Library Share your handicrafts and knowledge, and work on your crafts at this in-person meetup! All handicrafters welcome, from sewists, knitters, quilters, weavers, and more! Sip & Spell: Adult Spelling Bee Date: Thursdays, June 23, July 21, August 25 Time: 7:00 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Nansemond Brewing Station Join the Suffolk Public Library and Nansemond Brewing Station for a fun-filled adult spelling bee! There will be something for everyone to enjoy from learning new words to enjoying spelling flubs with friends. For adults 21+.

Suffolk Sewing Circle: Make a Baby Bib Date: Friday, May 13 Time: 4:00 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Public Library Online Join the Suffolk Sewing Circle and learn how to sew! In this video tutorial, you will learn how to make baby bibs designed for ages 6-12 months. This beginner-level program requires the use of a sewing machine. Use your own or check out one from the library! The pre-recorded Suffolk Sewing Circle videos premiere at 4:00 PM on Suffolk Public Library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. All participants will receive the supplies needed for the class (while supplies last). Registration required to reserve a kit. Scrapbook Mini-Crop Date: Wednesday, May 11 Time: 5:30 PM Ages: Adult, Teen Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Scrap, chat, create! Tools, a make-and-take, and scrap-friendly snacks will be provided.For teens and adults. Registration required. Get Creative! Date: Mondays, June 27, July 25, August 22 Time: 5:00 PM Ages: Adults Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Join us at the library for Get Creative! Each month we try our hand at creating art or a craft. All materials are provided. Registration required. For adults.

English as a Second Language Basics and Beyond Date: Wednesdays, June 22 - August 17 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library + Suffolk Public Library Online Improve your language skills with the library! Join us for virtual and in-person English as a Second Language lessons and games in a fun and welcoming environment. No registration required for in-person attendance. Registration required to attend virtually. ¡Mejora tu inglés con la biblioteca! Únase a nosotros para clases y juegos en inglés en un ambiente divertido y acogedor. No es necesario registrarse para asistir en persona. Se requiere registro para asistir virtualmente.

Online Resources Suffolk Public Library offers many tools for ESL students to get ahead of the game. Check out services available through the library’s website: Visit suffolkpubliclibrary.com/ESL to get started.

View the Library’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events

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SUFFOLK TOURISM

Storytime at the Station Date: May - August (check website) Time: 10:30 AM Ages: 8 & Under Cost: Free Location: Seaboard Station Railroad Museum Join Suffolk Tourism for a “Storytime at the Station” series! This fun interactive storytelling program is geared toward children ages three to seven. Blankets or beach towels for comfortable seating are welcome. Each month a different book will be read, followed by the opportunity to explore the museum. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, visit SuffolkTrainStation.com.

Annual Holland Ruritan Club’s Custom Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

Date: June 14 - July 15 Time: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery at 118 Bosley Avenue This show features artwork by current members of the Suffolk Art League. These artists from the Hampton Roads region (and beyond) work in many different styles, including traditional still life, landscape paintings, and nonrepresentational/abstract works, in a wide variety of art mediums. In addition to the two-dimensional works on display, there are glass, clay, and wood sculptures, mixed media sculptures, and jewelry.

Suffolk Sweets Week 2022

Date: Saturday, May 14 Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Holland Village Ball Field 3 Join the Holland Ruritan Club for their Annual Custom Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. On-site registration will be from 8:00 - 10:00 AM, and awards will be presented at 1:30 PM. Thirty-five trophies awarded; complimentary dash plaque for first 100 show vehicles. Enjoy door prizes, concessions, and DJ music. $25 for show vehicles. FREE for spectators! For more information, visit the Holland Ruritan Club Facebook page.

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Suffolk Art League’s Open Members’ Show

Date: July 16 - 23 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Prices vary Location: Suffolk Eateries This annual promotion showcases the tastiest desserts that Suffolk has to offer. From simply sweet to deliciously decadent, Suffolk Sweets Week highlights our best local culinary temptations. No coupons, vouchers or tickets are needed—simply order from the Suffolk Sweets Week menu at each participating eatery. For more information, visit DiningInSuffolkVa.com.

Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK TOURISM Suffolk Farmers’ Market Since 2005, the Suffolk Farmers’ Market has been a popular outlet for locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, organically raised poultry, fresh eggs and milk, honey and a variety of artisan-crafted goods. The Suffolk Farmers’ Market is founded on the concept of preserving the City’s agricultural heritage through wholesome family activities. Our mission is to support local family farms and artisans by creating a place of connectivity between producers and consumers. Market participation is open to regional producers within a 100-mile radius of Suffolk.

The 2022 Market kicks off a new season in the open air special event pavilion behind the Suffolk Visitor Center on May 7. Free and open to the public, the Market also showcases live music, exhibits, petting zoos, book signings, workshops, crafts, and more. The current Farmers’ Market Season will conclude on Saturday, November 19. Regular market hours are Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, weather permitting. For information about becoming a Suffolk Farmers’ Market vendor, contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757-514-4130. To stay up-to-date, visit SuffolkVaFarmersMarket.com or follow us on Facebook @SuffolkVaFarmersMarket.

View Suffolk Tourism’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: VisitSuffolkVa.com

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SUFFOLK TOURISM Movie Series: Summer of Adventure at the Center Join Suffolk Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, as they proudly present Summer of Adventure at the Center, a series of three blockbuster adventure films. Shows begin at 2:00 PM and admission is $2 per person. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center’s box office at 757-923-2900, or visit SuffolkCenter.org.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Date: Sunday, June 19 Intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones risks life and limb to rescue his missing father in the search for the Holy Grail. Racing across the globe, Indy must venture deep into Nazi territory to rescue his father AND the holy artifact in another death-defying adventure. The cast includes Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, and John Rhys-Davies. This 1989 film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 127 minutes.

Bridge and Games Luncheon Date: Monday, May 9 Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: $25 each / $100 table of 4 Location: Suffolk Art Gallery at 118 Bosley Avenue Play cards? Bridge, Canasta, Hearts? How about board games? MahJong, Cribbage, Monopoly? Join the Suffolk Art League for a fun day of cards, games, and food! Ticket includes lunch, beverages and snacks, tables, playing cards, and talleys. Bring your own board games! Reservations must be made by April 29. Proceeds benefit summer art education programs.

Jurassic Park Date: Sunday, July 17 Pragmatic paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant visits an almost complete theme park filled with cloned dinosaurs…and things don’t go according to plan. After a power failure causes the park’s star attractions to go on a rampage, Dr. Grant must protect the grandchildren of the park’s founder and find his way off the dangerous island. The cast includes Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldlum. This 1993 film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 127 minutes.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Date: Sunday, August 21 Four high school kids discover an old video-game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting…discovering you don’t just play Jumanji: you survive it. The cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. This 2017 film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 119 minutes.

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“Mindscapes”: Artwork by John Alan Stock Date: July 23 - August 19 Time: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM Ages: All Location: Suffolk Art Gallery One-person show by John Alan Stock, the winner of the 2021 Annual Juried Exhibition. This exhibit will include works from four series: ““Mindstorms,” “Neuroplasticity,” “Man as Façade,” and “Conspiracy Theories.” John Alan Stock is an American artist currently residing in Virginia. He has been included in multiple major juried exhibitions; after a hiatus from exhibiting art between 2007 and 2016, he has returned to a full-time focus on art.

Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK TOURISM Riddick’s Folly House Museum Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Wednesday - Friday); 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Saturday); and 1:00 - 5:00 PM (Sun). Closed on major holidays. Cost: $7 Adults; $6 military and seniors 55+; $3 students 18 and under; free for children 5 and under; $4 for partial tours. Group tours are available. Location: 510 North Main Street. For more information, please contact 757-934-0822 or visit RiddicksFolly.org. While Mills Riddick’s contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home when it was built in 1837, the house now stands as a beautiful reminder of the past and is one of Suffolk’s most popular attractions. The impressive structure features striking architectural details. The five frieze band windows across the front of the house are rarely seen in eastern Virginia. The front of the mansion is bricked in Flemish bond, and double chimneys rise from both ends of the stately historic landmark. Slender columns of the Greek Revival period frame the main entrance. The interior showcases intricately carved moldings and elaborate ceiling medallions throughout the house. Riddick’s Folly has four floors, 21 rooms, and 16 fireplaces. All four floors are open to the public. The building features elegantly furnished double parlors, a gentleman’s library, and adult and children’s bed chambers. Also open are the laundry, dining rooms, and kitchen. Registered with the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. During the Civil War, Riddick’s Folly served as headquarters for the Union Army.

View Suffolk Tourism’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: VisitSuffolkVa.com

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SUFFOLK TOURISM - TOURS Suffolk Tour Program Suffolk Tourism offers a variety of guided tours, with something for history buffs, nature lovers, adventurers, and even for those folks who are seeking the “supernatural’ side of Suffolk. Suffolk Tourism tours depart from the Suffolk Visitor Center (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required. Custom group tours are available and may require a partial deposit. To reserve your space, please contact the Suffolk Visitor Center.

Cedar Hill Cemetery Guided Stroll Departs at 4:00 PM; please arrive by 3:45 PM.

Historic Cedar Hill Cemetery Hometown Heroes Walking Tour Departs from Train Station at 11:00 AM; please arrive by 10:45 AM.

Victorian Suffolk: Dying To Be There, A Guided Discovery of Cedar Hill Cemetery Please check the website for departure time. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Departs from Cedar Hill Cemetery gate adjacent to Train Station parking lot.

Headlines and Footnotes: A Downtown Suffolk Walking Tour Departs from Nansemond Brewing Station (212 E. Washington Street). Plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour Bus board at 1:45 PM and departs at 2:00 PM.

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk Please check the website for departure time. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

Kayak Excursions Bus boards at 9:15 AM (transportation for the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf and Bennett’s Creek Excursions are not available. Participants must meet on site for these particular tours.)

Great Dismal “Swamp Safari” Bus boards at 9:15 AM and departs at 9:30 AM.

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Cedar Hill Cemetery Guided Stroll Dates: May 2 & 21; June 6 & 25; July 30; August 1 & 27 Time: 4:00 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children. Not recommended for children under 12. Enjoy a 60-minute stroll of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s 32 acres of hilly terrain and ancient cedar trees. Home to one of Suffolk’s official Virginia Civil War Trail sites. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire are recommended.

Historic Cedar Hill Cemetery Hometown Heroes Walking Tour Dates: May 14; June 11; July 9; August 20 Time: 11:00 AM Ages: 8+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children. Not recommended for children under 12. This 60-minute walking tour highlights and honors the graves and memorials of soldiers from Suffolk and old Nansemond County who died in combat during the two World Wars, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire are recommended.

Victorian Suffolk: Dying To Be There, A Guided Discovery of Cedar Hill Cemetery Dates: June 4; July 16; August 13 Time: Check website Ages: All Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children ages 12 and under. This 75-minute walking tour explores the hidden meanings buried in Suffolk’s Historic Cedar Hill Cemetery and features Victorian-era symbolism, burial practices, funerary industries, and mourning rituals. Highlights include how the residents of Suffolk both lived and died in the 19th century. This intriguing and educational excursion brings into focus the fascinating world of Victorian America, the obsession with death, dying, and living beyond the grave. Comfortable shoes and weatherappropriate attire are recommended.

Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK TOURISM - TOURS Headlines and Footnotes: A Downtown Suffolk Walking Tour Dates: July 23 Time: 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+) and military; $5 children age 12 and under. Downtown Suffolk contains a multitude of antique buildings, new businesses, old stories, and fresh food! This tour explores the streets of downtown Suffolk’s historic district, complete with revived century-old mansions, re-purposed schools and warehouses, forgotten architectural gems, and a glimpse into future developments. Tour departs from Nansemond Brewing Station at 212 E. Washington Street.

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour Dates: May 21, June 25, July 30, and August 27 Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $8 adults; $6 seniors (60+) and military; $5 children (ages 8-12). Trace Suffolk’s legacy through our historic homes and neighborhoods, churches, and Virginia Civil War Trails. This windshield tour’s highlights include Cedar Hill Cemetery, Constant’s Wharf, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, and the historic Lakeside neighborhood.

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Hours: Daily, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; headquarters closed on weekends and federal holidays; the hiking and biking trails remain open. Location: 3100 Desert Road For more info: fws.gov/refuge/great_dismal_swamp The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. Despite its foreboding moniker, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of few remaining American wildernesses and the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. This nature preserve encompasses over 112,000 acres where visitors enjoy wildlife observation, history, mystery, and lore. Visitors may participate in biking, fishing and boating, hiking, hunting, and nature photography. Because of its geographic location and climate, the Great Dismal is known for its unique blending of northern and southern species, and is a haven for black bear, bobcats, rare plants, rattlesnakes, and river otters. Less fearsome creatures include 200 species of birds, frogs, lizards, salamanders, toads, and yellow-bellied and spotted turtles.

Dates: May 21, June 25, July 30, and August 13 Time: 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 9-12). Not recommended for children under 9. Follow a costumed guide through the shadows of historic Main Street, discovering stories, legends, and “unexplained occurrences” by lantern light.

Kayak Excursions: Various Locations Date: May 29, June 26, July 31, and August 28 Time: 10:00 AM Ages: 10+ Cost: $40 per person Guided kayak excursions are facilitated by a water adventures outfitter with years of experience. All equipment is included with registration fee. Sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothing, and snack and/ or bottled water recommended. 250 lb. weight limit. Participants must be 10 years of age or older; ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Great Dismal “Swamp Safari” Dates: May 21 & 25; June 8, 22, & 25; July 6, 16, 20, & 30; August 3, 13, & 17 Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 8-12). Not recommended for children under 8. This three-hour tour, which fills up quickly, is led by a biologist specializing in the unique habitat of the Great Dismal. A small snack and beverage provided; sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

View Suffolk Tourism’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: VisitSuffolkVa.com

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