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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

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PARKS & RECREATION RENTAL FACILITIES RECREATION CENTERS & EVENTS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE YOUTH AND TEEN / SPECIAL EVENTS OUTDOOR RECREATION SPECIAL EVENTS ATHLETICS SENIOR FITNESS PROGRAMS ART & CULTURE LIBRARY DIGITAL RESOURCES CHILDREN’S EVENTS TEEN EVENTS ADULT EVENTS

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TOURISM SPECIAL EVENTS TOURS

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SUFFOLK CITY COUNCIL

Greetings! As City Manager, it is a pleasure to share information highlighting the multitude of family friendly events and activities taking place across our City this Fall and Winter, courtesy of our Library, Parks & Recreation, and Tourism Departments. Soon, the crisp autumn air and fall season will be upon us, which provides a welcome opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Suffolk is home to some of the region’s most beautiful parks and glistening waterways, and before long they’ll be ablaze with the color of changing leaves. Suffolk’s four regional parks include Lone Star Lakes Park, Bennett’s Creek Park, Sleepy Hole Park, and Lake Meade Park, with all lending themselves to outdoor fun and exhilarating activities including archery, biking, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf, fishing, hiking, horseshoes, skateboarding, volleyball, and more! The change of season also brings with it several accompanying celebrations and holidays. Downtown’s Taste of Suffolk Street Festival truly provides a “flavor” of what makes our City so special, with independent restaurants presenting their signature menu items in smaller portions at nominal prices, a Beer Garden showcasing local craft brews, eclectic art, live music, and children’s fun area … just to name a few! Our Tour Program features a variety of guided tours, with something for history buffs, nature lovers, adventurers, and even for those folks seeking the “supernatural” side of Suffolk! You can follow a costumed guide through the shadows of historic Main Street discovering legends and “unexplained occurrences” by lantern light, or spooky thrills at Suffolk Library’s Haunting @ Chuckatuck: Curse of Frankenstein. Don’t miss Friday Night Frights, which provides the opportunity to see classic movies on the big screen! Usher in the holidays in style with a horse-drawn carriage ride and experience the magic of the season at the evening Holiday Parade, or create new family traditions at the Festival of Lights. Get all your holiday shopping needs done at the {Re} Stored Pop-Up Event, Artisan Gift Fair, and Farmers’ Market for special, unique gifts and items to create memorable meals including locally grown produce, baked goods, meats and eggs, jellies, jams, honey, and so much more! Cozy up with a good book, or access our digital collections including Hoopla (Movies, Music, Audiobooks, and More), Rocket Languages (Interactive Language Learning), and Universal Class (Access to over 500 Online Courses).

SUFFOLK CITY COUNCIL

If you’d prefer “virtual” events, the creative and talented Library, Parks & Recreation, and Tourism staff have also got you covered, with many offerings and opportunities within these pages. 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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No matter the season, we invite you to discover what makes Suffolk a wonderful place to work, live, play, visit, and CELEBRATE, as together we say, “It’s A Good Time to Be In Suffolk”! Albert S. Moor II, P.E. City Manager


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, a playground, trails, a children’s learning garden, and a 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, a 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, a walking trail that looks over the lake, an 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, a playground, a fishing pier, a 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

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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: Lake Meade Park Ranger Station Monday & Wednesday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Parks & Recreation Administration Office Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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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)

North Suffolk Library (NSL)

443 West Washington Street 757-514-7323

2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road 757-514-7150

Chuckatuck Library (CHK)

Library2Go

Mon - Thurs: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Sun: Closed

5881 Godwin Boulevard 757- 514-7310 Curbside Service Thurs: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Mon - Thurs: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Sun: Closed

To find out where Library2Go will be, check the online Outreach Calendar. suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events 4


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

SEPTEMBER 07 - Creative Corner 09-11 - Suffolk Plein Air Invitational 2021 10 - Moth Night with the Butterfly Society 11 - Taste of Suffolk 13 - Military Mondays 16 - A Season of Historic Romance at the Center: Pride & Prejudice 18 - Super Soaked Saturday Showdown 18 - Glow and Flow Yoga at Bennett’s Creek Park 20 - Battle of the Books Interest Meeting 22 - Battle of the Books Interest Meeting 23 - A Season of Historic Romance at the Center: Emma 25 - Super Soaked Saturday Showdown 28 - Sneaker Session with SNKR Tub 30 - A Season of Historic Romance at the Center: Sense and Sensibility 30 - Totally Tubular Teen Pogs Tournament & Totally Rad Pogs Tournament

NOVEMBER

01 - Military Mondays 02 - Kid Zone Play Day 04 - Poetry Prose and Pizza 06 - Owl Prowls 06 - 13 - Suffolk Restaurant Week - Fall Edition 15 - Military Mondays 19 - Grand Illumination 20 - Suffolk Farmers’ Market Closing Celebration 26 - Dec 30 - Festival of Lights 27 - {Re} Stored Pop-Up Event 29 - Military Mondays

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TOURISM

OCTOBER

02 - The Drifters at the Center 02-03 - Lone Star Lakes Camp Out 04 - Military Mondays 08 - Suffolk Ruritan Club Shrimp Feast 08-10 - Peanut Fest 09 - Owl Prowls 15 - Friday Night Frights at the Center: Scream 16 - Haunting at Chuckatuck Library: Curse of Frankenstein 16 - Wild Mushroom Exploration 16 - Drive-in Movie: The Addams Family at Bennett’s Creek Park 16-17 - 28th Annual Driver Days Fall Festival 18 - Military Mondays 22 - Sunrise to Moonrise Paddle 22 - Friday Night Frights at the Center: The Birds 23 – December 3 - Suffolk Art League’s Annual Juried Exhibition 23 - Busy Babies 23 - Fright Night 26 - Southern Holidays With “The Hamptons” Twist NRGC Luncheon Fundraiser 29 - Jim Newsom & The Cloudless Sky at the Center 29 - Friday Night Frights at the Center: The Shining 30 - Touch a Truck, Train & Trick or Treat!

DECEMBER

04 - Cookies with Santa 04 - Lunch with Santa 04 - Annual Artisan Gift Fair 05 - Meet Santa at the Train Station 11 - Holiday Parade 11 - Family Movie at the Center: Aladdin 13 - Military Mondays 14 - Holiday Jingle Mingle 18 - Busy Babies 19 - Pet Photos with Santa at the Visitor Center 30 - Noon Year’s Eve at Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk Library

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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 514-7250. 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:

Planter’s Club Fee Schedule

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 hours Resident $25.00 per hour Non-Resident $35.00 per hour WRC Community Room - Minimum 2 hours Resident $50.00 per hour Non-Resident $70.00 per hour

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 9 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: • • • • • • • •

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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. Whaleyville Recreation Center (WRC) 132 Robertson Street 757-514-7100

East Suffolk Recreation Center (ESRC) 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

Lunch with Santa Date: December 4 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Cost: Children are free with unwrapped toy; adults $5 Ages: 12 & under Location: Northern Shores Recreation Center Children can play games, win fun prizes, and have a free professional photo taken with Santa.

Teen & Tween Art Meet Up Dates: September 16, October 7, November 4, December 16 Time: 4:00 PM (meet at the Morgan Memorial Library) Ages: 12-18 Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Participants can register by calling 757-514-7323, or online at suffolkpubliclibrary.com.

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 PreK-4 - 5th Grade.

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

Monthly fee $95 $120 $195

Rec’ N Crew After School Program is an After School Program offered at King’s 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.

6:30 - 9:25 AM 3:30 - 6:00 PM

Rec’ N Crew Grade Levels: 6th - 10th Grade Cost: $35 One-Time Registration Fee Location: King’s Fork Recreation Center

Register at any Parks & Recreation facility. 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. Check, credit card, or money order for registration fee and monthly fee (no cash). Four year olds must be enrolled in a PreK-4 program through Suffolk Public Schools.

Program type After Care

Monthly fee $40

Time: After Only

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 - YOUTH AND TEEN Fright Night

Home Away From Home (Homeschool)

Date: October 23 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center, Whaleyville Recreation Center & Creekside Recreation Bring your family and friends to take part in this fun filled event. Costumes are encouraged (no Halloween masks). Come out and enjoy free candy, bounce houses, haunted house, arts & crafts, and more.

Dates: September 28 - October 21, 2021 Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM Ages: 6 - 17 Cost: $10 per child with current annual membership Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Come out to Whaleyville Recreation Center to take a load off from schoolwork and join us for an hour and a half of activities that include arts and crafts, snacks, and more! This program is designed with homeschoolers in mind, as we want to encourage movement, thinking, and new friendships. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Kanesha Jones at 757-5147105 or kjones@suffolkva.us.

Holiday Jingle Mingle Date: December 14 Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM Cost: Children can participate in the event with a donation of one new, unwrapped toy per child; parents/guardians pay $6 for dinner Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center There will be something for the entire family. Come hang out with us, enjoy some hot cocoa or coffee, fun games and crafts as we await the arrival of Saint Nick! Children can participate in the event with a donation of one new, unwrapped toy per child that will be donated to a local charity. Registration deadline is December 6, 2021. For more information, contact Kanesha Jones at 757-514-7105, or kjones@suffolkva.us.

Kid Zone Play Day Date: November 2, 2021 Time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Ages: PreK-4-5th Grade Cost: $20 one time registration fee Location: Creekside Recreation Center & Booker T. Washington Recreation Center Looking for something to keep the kids entertained while school is out? Well, look no further than Parks & Recreation’s Kid Zone Play Day. For more information, please contact Creekside Recreation Center at 757-514-7245 or Booker T. Washington Recreation Center at 757-514-7247.

Cookies with Santa Date: December 4 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 2-10 Cost: Free (pre-registration required and will start on Monday, November 22) Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Join us at the East Suffolk Recreation Center for a morning of fun-filled cookie decorations, holiday crafts, and making cookies with Santa! This event is also free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION 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, Bennet’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!

Wild Mushroom Exploration Date: October 16 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM Ages: All (children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: $5 per class Location: Sleepy Hole Park The program will cover mushrooms common to Hampton Roads, the rewards, perils, and pitfalls of mushroom hunting. Afterwards, attendees will hit the trails of Sleepy Hole Park in search of what fantastical fungi can be found hidden amongst the forest floor.

Moth Night with the Butterfly Society Date: September 10 Time: 8:00 – 11:00 PM Ages: All (children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: Free Location: Sleepy Hole Park Join Suffolk Parks & Recreation and the Butterfly Society for this exclusive nighttime program where we will use special techniques and lighting to attract, observe, and learn about moths found in our area.

Glow and Flow Yoga at Bennett’s Creek Park

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

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Date: September 18 Time: 7:30 – 8:30 PM Ages: 8+ (children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: $15 (children 12 and under free with paying adult) Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Join us and Nuleeu Fitness for Glow and Flow, a creative all levels hatha yoga class, beneath the night sky at Bennett’s Creek Park. We will flow to the beat of music. Glow sticks and glow jewelry will be provided. Feel Free to dress in your White/Neon Gear!

Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION Lone Star Lakes Camp Out Dates: October 2 - 3 Time: 2:00 PM - 11:00 AM Ages: 18+ (children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: $65 Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Want to discover Lone Star Lakes after dark? Spend a night beneath the stars with Suffolk Parks & Recreation for our first community campout! Lone Star Lakes Park is a beautiful, secluded Park located in Suffolk, VA. We will create the space, just bring your tent/camping gear. This campout will include a guided paddle tour, nature hike, hot dogs, chips, and s’mores! Light refreshments will be provided in the morning. This is an outdoor experience you would not want to miss! Every camper must register. Limited spots available.

Owl Prowls Dates: Saturdays, October 9 and November 6 Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM Ages: All (children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: $5 Location: Sleepy Hole Park, Lone Star Lakes Park Join us as we learn and explore these fascinating birds that hunt during the night. We will take a leisurely hike through the Park in search of these feathery friends.

Sunset to Moonrise Paddle Date: October 22 Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: $15 if you bring your own canoe or kayak and PFD; $25 per single kayak rental, and $35 per tandem kayak rental/canoe rental, which includes kayak, PFD, and paddle. Location: TBA Join Suffolk Parks & Recreation for a guided Sunset to Moonrise kayaking tour at one of our local Parks. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - SPECIAL EVENTS PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION Taste of Suffolk

Grand Illumination

Date: September 11 Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM + Beer Garden, 5:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Main Street Our annual Taste of Suffolk is back in Downtown Suffolk this year! This street festival tradition is filled with specialty food items from local restaurants all over Suffolk, as well as all the goods and services that crafters, vendors, and merchants have to offer. A September 11th 20th Anniversary Memorial Recognition will take place at the Market Street stage at 12:00 Noon. Taste of Suffolk has something for the whole family with a great children’s area and live entertainment. Enjoy contests and games, a beer garden, and a new vehicle exhibition.

Date: November 19 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Market Park at the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum Watch the season light up as we flip the switch to illuminate the beautiful tree in Downtown Suffolk. Enjoy crafts, vendors, music, and see Santa at this event! Don’t forget to bring your camera. Parking will be available at the Suffolk Visitor Center with shuttle service.

Festival Of Lights Dates: November 26 - December 30 Time: 5:30 - 9:30 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Sleepy Hole Park We light up all of Sleepy Hole Park to create a magical experience for the holidays! Celebrate with us by taking a drive through our festive lights!

Drive-In Movie: The Addams Family Date: October 16 Time: Park and Play, 5:00 PM; movie starts at 7:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Come early to get the best parking and enjoy a movie from your car or chair. We will be showing The Addams Family (2019) at this year’s Drive-In. This movie is rated PG and has a running time of 86 minutes. Pets are welcome and must be on a leash. Food vendors will also be available for purchase.

Holiday Parade Date: December 11 Time: 7:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Downtown Suffolk Join us for the downtown Suffolk Holiday Parade! Your group can walk, ride, dance, march, or float down W. Washington and Main St. This year’s theme is “Home For The Holidays.” Applications are due by November 26.

For additional questions about Special Events, contact 757-514-7250.

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PARKS & RECREATION - ATHLETICS Adult Basketball Registration: August 9 - September 2 Ages: 18 + Cost: $320 per team Location: TBD Adult basketball will be played Wednesday nights and the season begins Wednesday, September 8. This is an 8-week league with one (1) game per week. A single elimination tournament will be held after the regular season. Registration must be completed at the Suffolk Parks & Recreation Administration building located at 134 S. 6th Street by August 31.

Fall Adult Softball Winter League Sports Lil Dribblers, Lil Pom Pom & Tiny Kickz Ages: 4-5 Cost: $40 resident, $50 non-resident Youth Basketball, Cheering & Indoor Soccer Ages: 6-15 Cost: $60 resident, $70 non-resident Online Registration: September 1 – October 22 www.suffolkva.us/parks

Registration: August 9 - 31 Ages: 18 + Cost: $350 per team. Location: John F. Kennedy Athletic Field and Peanut Park. Season begins September 10. Games will be played on Friday nights beginning at 6:30 PM. This is an 8-week league with two (2) games per week. A single elimination tournament will be held after the regular season. Registration must be completed at the Suffolk Parks & Recreation Administration building located at 134 S. 6th Street.

In-person Registration: is available during business hours (8:30am-5pm) Monday - Friday at the Administration office located at 134 South 6th Street. Registration will also be held at Creekside and Mack Benn Jr Joint Use Recreation Centers ONLY Saturdays in October (2,9,16,23,) 10:30am1:30pm. *Late Fee: There will be a $15 late fee added October 25th – October 29th. Volunteer Coaches needed for all sports- Contact Dominique Cox at ddcox@suffolkva.us, or 757-5147270, or Meredith Mockler at mmockler@suffolkva.us

For more information regarding Athletics, contact our Athletics Supervisor, Dominique Cox at 757-514-7270, or ddcox@suffolkva.us. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - SENIOR PROGRAMS PARKS & RECREATION - SPECIAL EVENTS “Stay Strong” Senior Aerobics Dates: September 13 - October 13 Days: Mondays and Wednesdays Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Ages: 55+ Cost: FREE with Annual and Fitness Membership Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center “Stay Strong” Senior Aerobics Class is an hour class for mature, active adults that targets not only muscular strength, muscular endurance, but also aids in improving cardiopulmonary and mental health. The class comes free with an annual and fitness membership! For more information, please contact Whaleyville Recreation Center.

Sip and Paint Date: October 26 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: $15 Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Enjoy a fun and trendy 2-hour paint class with a talented and friendly instructor. Paint, easels, and canvas are included with many varieties of mocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. This program is for active adults, 55 years old and older. No experience necessary. For more information, call Whaleyville Recreation Center.

Senior Aerobics Date: September 21 - October 28, November 2 - December 9 Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 10:00 -11:00AM Ages: 50+ Cost: $12 for 6 weeks Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center This is a wonderful and popular class for Seniors of all ability levels. The class can be successfully completed sitting in a chair the full hour. The class has a cardio day which utilizes the body, a theraband (different resistance levels), and a very light weight ball. The strength day utilizes low weight dumbbells, theraband, and the body. This low impact class targets all muscle groups and helps achieve better balance, coordination, strength and endurance over time. Come see what all of the hype is about with the Seniors! For more information on Senior Programs, call 757.514.4500 (East Suffolk), or 757.514.7105 (WRC)

Senior Program Dates: September 7 - December 30 Time: 10:00 AM 2:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: $15 We offer a variety of programs and special events for our Active Adults ages 55 and over. Our members enjoy outings, wellness activities, health screenings, as well as special events and classes. We have been partners with Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia for many years offering nutritious meals, transportation, health screenings, and resource information for this growing population.

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PARKS &- RECREATION - FITNESS PROGRAMS PARKS & RECREATION SENIOR PROGRAMS Personal Training Dates: September 7 - December 30 Ages: 17+ Cost: $90 for 10 sessions, or $10 per session Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Get a free fitness assessment, then sign up for training sessions based on a personal program designed around your goals and assessment results. Personal Training sessions are made by appointment only.

Fall Family Fitness Program Dates: September 7 - October 14; October 19 - November 23 Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Ages: All Cost: Free with annual fitness membership, or $20 per family Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center The entire family will be able to workout together and learn exercises that they can do together at home. We will be doing calisthenics and utilizing different pieces of equipment depending on the instructor’s choice for the workout of the day.

Stroller Fit Dates: September 7 - October 14; October 19 November 30 Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free with annual fitness membership, or $5 drop in rate per family Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center You will learn a lot of exercises the family can do together at home, while still being able to get a good workout in and socializing.

Mobility and Stretching

For more information regarding East Suffolk Recreation Fitness Programs, please contact Melissa Crook, Fitness Specialist, at 757-514-4504, or email mcrook@suffolkva.us. For more information on Whaleyville Recreation Center Fitness Programs, contact 757-514-7100.

Dates: September 8 - October 15; October 18 November 29 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 17+ Cost: $20 for 6 weeks Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Let us help you live a more mobile lifestyle with less tight muscles and immobile joints. You will definitely take a lot away from your first class to your last class, and the results will speak for themselves. Please contact Melissa Crook, Fitness Specialist at 757-514-4504 or email mcrook@ suffolkva.us for more information.

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PARKS & RECREATION - FITNESS PROGRAMS

Preschool Play Dates: November 9 - December 2 Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM Ages: 1 - 5 years old Cost: $5 per child with a current annual membership Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Here at Whaleyville Recreation Center, we want to keep your toddlers and youngsters active and engaged as we offer various activities, snacks, games, and more. For more information, contact Kanesha Jones at 757.514.7105, or kjones@suffolkva.us.

Nutrition 101 Dates: September 7 - October 14 Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM Ages: 17+ Cost: $20 for 6 weeks Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center This 6-week course will show you how to make positive decisions during the holidays and travel. Yes, you can enjoy your holidays and still enjoy the food and fun! Let us show you how!

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Kidz in Motion Dates: November 1 - December 1 Days: Mondays and Wednesdays Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Ages: 7-15 Cost: Free with Annual Membership Location: Whaleyville Suffolk Recreation Center We will have a fun environment to help create a lifelong appreciation and respect for fitness. We will include fundamentals of exercise, as well as an introduction to exercise equipment.

For more information regarding East Suffolk Recreation Fitness Programs, please contact Melissa Crook, Fitness Specialist, at 757-514-4504, or email mcrook@suffolkva.us. For more information on Whaleyville Recreation Center Fitness Programs, contact 757.514.7100.

Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - ART & CULTURE Fall Exhibit Visual to Verbal: Capricious Whimsy Dates: September 10 - October 15 Opening Reception: September 10, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery The Suffolk Art Gallery and Suffolk Art League invite you to visit our invitational exhibit, Visual 2 Verbal: Capricious Whimsy. Both visual and literary artists were invited to participate in this exciting exhibit. Each visual work will inspire an accompanying literary work creating a unique exhibit experience.

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

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

Monthly Programming and Themes

Annual Photography Exhibit Call for Entries Dates: November 5 - January 21 Registration Deadline: January 21 Ages: 18+ Cost: $30 Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Be a part of our 38th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit! Open to all professional and amateur photographers. All styles of photography in which traditional and digital processes were integral to the creation of the work will be accepted. Photography must be originals executed and altered by the photographer only. Registrations must include a completed entry form, payment, and submission of digital works. Email areavis@suffolkva.us if you have not received a form. Entry fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee acceptance into the exhibit. The exhibit will run from March 5th through April 15th, 2022. Applicants will be notified of jurors’ decision by February 4th.

Poetry, Prose & Pizza: Date: November 4 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join the Suffolk Art Gallery, the Suffolk Art League, and host Nathan Richardson for this Open Mic event. Poets, writers, musicians, spoken word, and more are welcome. Present your own original works, or favorites by others. Registration is available beginning at 6:00PM at the Gallery before the event.

September 29 - Painting with Nature October 27 - String Art Bats November 17 - Grain Mosaic Art December 15 - Yarn Hat Ornaments January 19 - Picasso Inspired Art

Winter Exhibit Elizabeth River Artists Exhibit Dates: December 9 - January 21 Opening Reception: December 9, from 4:00 - 6:30 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join us at the Suffolk Art Gallery in December for an exhibit from the Elizabeth River Artists. The group meets each Tuesday at the Gallery to paint and socialize while serving the community through yearly lectures and workshops, as well as providing scholarships for aspiring artists.

Event information is subject to change.

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - STUDENT RESOURCES Access to WiFi

WiFi2Go: Check out the Internet with Suffolk Public Library’s Mobile Hotspot Lending Program! Mobile hotspots are completely free to borrow with your Suffolk Public Library card. Visit our website to learn more and place a hold on a hotspot: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/WiFi2Go Pop-Up WiFi: Our WiFi is going on the road! Visit our website to discover where we are bringing WiFi and what you need to do to join our network: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/WiFi. Free WiFi in Suffolk: In addition to Suffolk Public Library locations and parking lots, there are many areas in Suffolk that offer free WiFi. Get connected at many City government buildings, major grocery stores, and fast food restaurants. We’ve compiled a map of locations offering free WiFi for your convenience, which can be found at suffolkpubliclibrary.com/WiFi.

How to use Library Lockers

Located at Chuckatuck and Morgan Memorial locations

1) Placing a Hold: When placing a hold on an item, select Lockers at Morgan or Lockers at Chuckatuck. 2) Check Out: Library Staff will check out the item to the Library account before being placed in the locker. 3) Notifications & Alerts: When item is available, a notification will be sent by e-mail from support@luxerone.com 4) 24/7 Availability: The item will be held in the locker for 7 Calendar Days with 24/7 accessibility. 5) Picking Up Holds: Visit the designated locker and use the notification QR code or access code to retrieve the item. The locker door will open automatically. Please close the door once you have retrieved all of the items. Contact the Library with any questions about using the lockers, requesting items, or setting up notifications via email. Phone: 757-514-7323 Website: www.suffolkpubliclibrary.com

Print From Anywhere Service

You can send print jobs directly to Morgan Memorial Library and North Suffolk Library to pick up the same day. Instructions on how to print from your laptop, computer, or mobile device can be found online at suffolkpubliclibrary.com/Print. Call 757-514-7323 for details, or if you need assistance.

Virtual Classes

Suffolk Public Library offers many types of virtual classes to engage students and supplement curriculum. Explore previous classes on the Library’s YouTube channel and find all upcoming classes and meetups on the Library’s online calendar. All LIVE virtual classes require registration to receive the invite link. Visit suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events.

Additional Library Services At Home

Suffolk Public Library offers many free services for all ages available in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy these and more! Learn more about each at suffolkpubliclibrary.com/AtHome. • Hoopla • TumbleBooks • Ancestry Library Edition • Ready Reads • Universal Class • Audible • Early Learning

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You do not need to be a Library member to attend. Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - CHILDREN’S EVENTS Early Childhood Programs

Battle of the Books Interest Meeting [IN-PERSON] Date: September 20 & 22 (BOB prep through December 15) Time: 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM Age: Elementary Cost: Free Location: Meeting Room (Morgan Memorial Library & Adult Room (North Suffolk Library) Calling all 4th and 5th grade readers! We are gearing up for this school year’s Battle of the Books (BOB) and we want you to join! BOB is a game-show style reading competition where students are encouraged to read and answer questions based on selected titles. This meeting is a great opportunity to learn more about the books we plan to read this year, the format of the competition, our upcoming BOB programs, and more. We invite school media specialists and teachers interested in coaching, along with students and their parents!

STEM Explorers [IN-PERSON] Busy Babies [IN-PERSON] Date: Saturdays, October 23 & December 18 Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Ages: 0-3 Cost: Free Location: Children’s Area (North Suffolk Library) Come for a morning of busy, messy, sensory, fun at this baby friendly event. Meet other littles in the area! Please dress your baby in clothes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty.

Family Fridays @ the Park [IN-PERSON] Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 3-10 Cost: Free Date and Location: Sept 10 Lake Meade Park Sept 24 Bennett’s Creek Park Oct 8 Lake Meade Park Oct 22 Bennett’s Creek Park Nov 5 Lake Meade Park Nov 19 Bennett’s Creek Park Dec 3 Morgan Memorial Library Dec 17 North Suffolk Library Come join us outside for some socially-distanced fun with activities and stories for the whole family! Please bring your own blanket or chairs. There will be an early literacy-based storytime portion including stories, rhymes, songs, and more. To assist staff in preparing well and to get program updates, registration is required. Please register each participating child. If inclement weather or other circumstances arise, the program will be cancelled. Please check social media for updates @suffolkpubliclibrary.

Date: September 9 & 23, October 14 & 21, November 18, December 2 Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ages: 6 - 12 Cost: Free Location: Meeting Room (Morgan Memorial Library and Lobby (North Suffolk Library) Get ready to explore and learn! Each month we will focus on a different theme with a variety of fun STEM-related activities! The themes will be weather, fort-building, and space! Registration required.

Family Storytime [IN-PERSON] Date: Weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays) beginning September 9 Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Ages: 0 - 5 Cost: Free Location: Adult Room (North Suffolk Library) An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs, and more for littles and their caregivers. Registration required.

Noon Year’s Eve [IN-PERSON] Date: Thursday, December 30 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 0 - 5 Cost: Free Location: Meeting Room (Morgan Memorial) Adult Room (North Suffolk Library) Celebrate the New Year early with a countdown, balloon drop, crafts, and more!

VIRTUAL EVENTS KEY

VIRTUAL: Premieres on Facebook & YouTube LIVE: Uses an online interactive platform KIT: Virtual2Go Pack containing supplies

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 Totally Tubular Teen Pogs Tourney [IN-PERSON] Date: Thursday, September 30 Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Ages: 13+ Cost: Free Location: Offsite Tired of listening to millenials telling their pog glory stories on repeat? Here’s a chance for you Gen Z’ers to claim some of your own pog fame. In this tournament, teen competitors will decorate and personalize their own slammer and pogs before being pitted against each other to battle it out for the championship title. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners, so begin your training regimen now!

Building Websites Using Django and Python Office Hours [IN-PERSON] Sneaker Session with SNKR TUB [IN-PERSON] Date: Tuesday, September 28 Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ages: 13+ Cost: Free Location: Meeting Room (Morgan Memorial) Registration required. Join the SNKR TUB crew as they teach ways to restore, clean, and customize your favorite kicks. SNKR TUB was opened by Daequan Rose in August 2019 in Suffolk, Virginia. SNKR TUB was born a place that could literally be called a One-Stop-Shop housing cleaning services, alongside the buying and trading of shoes! This event is free and open to people of all abilities!

Date: November 3, 10, 17 & December 1, 8, 15 Time: 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM Ages: Teen; Adult Cost: Free Location: Meeting Room (Morgan Memorial) Learn the basics of building a website using Django and Python! The course includes pre-recorded lessons and in person meetings! Registration required.

Super Soaked Saturday Showdown [IN-PERSON] Date: September 18 & 25 Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ages: 13-18 Cost: Free Location: New Library Lot Downtown (corner of Lee and W. Washington Streets) and Bennett’s Creek Park Registration required. School may be back in session, but the fun continues on Super Soaked Saturdays. Join us for a fun outdoor water fight! Dress accordingly. Water blasters and water balloons will be provided, as well as music and light refreshments.

SPL Arcade [IN-PERSON]

Teen Chill Night: Discord Edition [LIVE] Date: September 22, October 20, November 17, December 15 Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM Ages: 12 - 17 Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Come chill with other teens at a laid back LIVE virtual hangout every Thursday with SPL! This is a safe place where teens can talk about their week and connect with other teens. We will learn mindfulness techniques and chat about what’s going on in our lives. Being that we will be using Discord, teens will need a device that can connect to the internet and has a microphone, but do not need a webcam. Registration required.

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Date: November 8 & 29 Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Ages: 13-18 Cost: Free Location: Meeting Room (Morgan Memorial) Adult Room (North Suffolk Library) Like games and tech? Come to the SPL Arcade to game and hangout with other teens. From Switch and XBox, to retro consoles like SNES and Sega Genesis, to iPad and Osmos. No quarters or tokens required!

Teen Art Gallery Hangout [IN-PERSON] Date: September 16, October 7, November 4, December 16 Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ages: 12 - 18 Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery: 118 Bosley Ave, Suffolk One Thursday a month, join Suffolk Public Library and other teens and tweens at the Suffolk Art Gallery for a special tour of the current exhibit on display. Participate in an interactive craft or activity connected to the exhibit. Each month will have a new theme and a new special topic. Registration required.

You do not need to be a Library member to attend. Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - ADULT EVENTS Haunting @ Chuckatuck: Curse of Frankenstein [IN-PERSON] Date: Saturday, October 16 Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Activity Room (Chuckatuck)Registration required. Something horrible has befallen Chuckatuck! Frankenstein’s Monster has taken residency inside the Chuckatuck Library! Join us at Chuckatuck to celebrate one of literature’s best monsters! Come before sunset for family friendly activities outside and spooky thrills inside. After dark, the terror rises and scares get more intense. This event is sure to be fun for the whole family!

Sip & Spell: Adult Spelling Bee [IN-PERSON] Date: Wednesday, September 1 Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ages: 21+ Cost: Free Location: Nansemond Brewing Station. Registration required. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, from learning new words, to enjoying some spelling flubs with friends!

Paint & Pints: Adult Paint Night [IN-PERSON] Date: Thursday, September 9 Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ages: 21+ Cost: Free Location: Nansemond Brewing Station. Registration required. Calling all tipsy and sober talents for a fun evening of socializing and painting as you are guided through creating your own work of art with the Suffolk Public Library. Paints and supplies will be provided for those registered. Alcohol and smocks are not included.

Pub Trivia Night: Etiquette, Elegance, and Bridgerton Babes[IN-PERSON] Date: Thursday, September 23 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: Knotts Coffee Company Join us for this Regency-era themed pub trivia night. There will be prizes for the winner!

Military Mondays [IN-PERSON] Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ages: Varies Cost: Free Date and Location: Sept 13 Bennett’s Creek Park Oct 4 Nansemond Brewing Station Oct 18 PourFavor Coffee Shop Nov 1 North Suffolk Library Nov 15 Lake Meade Park Nov 29 Morgan Memorial Library Dec 13 Gather Cafe Join us for an opportunity to connect with significant others and family members of military personnel while learning more about your local community. Throughout this series we will meet at various locations in Suffolk at different times of the day to offer a range of opportunities to participate. Registration required.

People Powered Science for Explorers of All Abilities [IN-PERSON] Date: September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Sleepy Hole Park This group is for anyone who is curious about their community, enjoys spending time outside, and has an interest in science. This series is geared towards adults of all abilities.

Adaptive Programming [IN-PERSON] Time: 10:30 - 11:30 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial, North Suffolk Date and Program: Sept 7 & Oct 19 Bingo Boogie Join us for bingo and music! Win prizes and enjoy light refreshments! Adaptive version of bingo for all abilities. Sept 21 & Oct 5 Just Duet: Karaoke with Friends Come prepared to belt out your favorite tunes and cheer on your friends while they serenade you!

Food Programming [VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON] Delicious Mess Date: September 10 Time: 7:30 - 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Join us for a virtual cooking demo!

Eat Your Books Date: September 24 Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Lobby (Morgan Memorial) Make food from a popular work of fiction, pot luck style!

Older Adults Programming [IN-PERSON] Date: Fridays Time: 10:00 AM Ages: Adults Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk Sept 17 Festive Fall Wreath Oct 1 Spooky Painting Oct 15 Mini-Terrarium Oct 29 Blankets for a Cause Nov 19 Colorful Luminaires

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

Suffolk Restaurant Week: Fall 2021 Date: November 6 - 13 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $10 Lunch/$20 Dinner; $15 Lunch/$30 Dinner; $20 Lunch/$40 Dinner Location: Various Suffolk Eateries From Suffolk’s best-kept culinary secrets to national award-winning restaurants, Suffolk Restaurant Week promises a savory blend of the City’s signature flavors. During this culinary showcase, participating eateries offer chef-created delicacies and simple three-course, price fixed menus. No coupons, vouchers, or tickets! For more information, visit DiningInSuffolkVa.com.

{Re} Stored Pop-Up Event Date: Saturday, November 27 Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Downtown Suffolk Join merchants and food vendors throughout Suffolk’s Historic Downtown district, as they offer artisan-quality gifts, crafts, fine art, ceramics, holiday ornaments, baked goods, home décor, and more. Shoppers will also find discounts and holiday specials from Downtown’s established retailers and restaurateurs, as well. For more information, contact Suffolk Economic Development at 757.514.4040, or visit YesSuffolk.com.

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Annual Artisan Gift Fair Date: Saturday, December 4 Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion at 524 N. Main Street, Downtown Suffolk This traditional outdoor holiday market features artisan-quality crafts, jewelry, soaps, fine art, candles, woodcrafts, crocheted items, jams and jellies, holiday ornaments, wreaths, baked goods, seasonal produce, meats, and more. Live music and light refreshments included. For more information, visit SuffolkVaFarmersMarket.com.

Movies at the Center: Aladdin (Sponsored by Suffolk Tourism) Date: Saturday, December 11 Time: 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $1 Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts The kind-hearted street urchin Aladdin vies for the love of the beautiful princess Jasmine. When he finds a magic lamp, he uses the genie’s magic power to make himself a prince in order to marry her, all while fending off the powerful Jafar, who plots to steal the lamp that could make his deepest wishes come true. The cast includes Will Smith, Mena Massoud, and Naomi Scott. This 2019 film is rated PG and has a running time of 128 minutes.

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SUFFOLK TOURISM 43rd Annual Suffolk Peanut Festival

28th Annual Driver Days Fall Festival Date: Saturday, October 16 Sunday, October 17 Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Sat); 11:00 AM-5:00 PM (Sun) Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Driver Village (Kings Hwy) Enjoy lots of activities for the kids, great entertainment, good food, the Sherri Parker Memorial Poker Run, and great shopping with the different vendors and local businesses. For more information, visit DriverEvents.com.

Suffolk Art League’s Annual Juried Exhibition Date: Friday, October 8 - Sunday, October 10 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Fri); 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Sat); 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Sun) Ages: All Cost: $10 per person, per entry; ages 10 and under free. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day: $5 Admission Location: Suffolk Executive Airport This year marks the 43rd Anniversary of Suffolk’s premier festival. As with most large public events, the 2020 Suffolk Peanut Fest was canceled due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, so organizers are happy to be bringing back this family-friendly event that honors the City’s agricultural heritage and devotion to peanuts, our favorite legumes. Known for its fun family activities, Suffolk Peanut Fest offers concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions, a demolition derby, motorcycle rally, fireworks, and much more. Combine all these great activities with local and national entertainment and you have a weekend full of good times! For the latest information, visit SuffolkPeanutFest.com, or call Suffolk Festivals at 757-539-6751.

Suffolk Ruritan Club Shrimp Feast Date: Friday, October 8 Time: 3:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 Location: Suffolk Executive Airport One of the kick-off activities traditionally held at the Suffolk Peanut Fest site and a social gathering of large proportion. Enjoy shrimp, BBQ, coleslaw, iced tea, and adult beverages. Dine-in or take-out. Live entertainment by Island Boy. Limit of 2,500 tickets sold. No tickets will be sold at the gate. For more information, visit SuffolkPeanutFest.com.

Date: Saturday, October 23 Friday, December 3 Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Tues - Sat); 1:00 - 5:00 PM (Sunday) Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery at 118 Bosley Avenue The exhibition will include artworks in a variety of mediums by artists from throughout the Hampton Roads region and beyond. For more information and a full prospectus, visit SuffolkArtLeague.com.

Southern Holidays With “The Hamptons” Twist: Nansemond River Garden Club Luncheon Fundraiser Date: Tuesday, October 26 Time: 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $60 Location: Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront at 100 E. Constance Road Enjoy a demonstration of outstanding floral designs with Anastasia Casale, Owner and Creative Director of Sag Harbor Florist. All proceeds from the event will benefit local community projects sponsored by NRGC. Tickets may be purchased at GcVirginia.org/Nansemond-River.

Touch A Truck, Train & Trick or Treat Date: Saturday, October 30 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $5 each, or 4 for $15 Location: Seaboard Station Railroad Museum Bring your little goblins and ghouls to the Train Station to enjoy food, candy, games, trucks, trains, and more! Children can see, touch, and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles, as well as get the opportunity to meet the men and women that serve, protect, and build our community. Please wear costumes! Call 757-539-2781 for more information.

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: “A Season of Historic Romance” The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, proudly presents a series of three popular Jane Austen novels that found huge success on the big screen. Shows begin at 7:00 PM and admission is $3 per person. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center’s box office at 757-923-2900, or visit SuffolkCenter.org.

Pride & Prejudice Date: Thursday, September 16 Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennett meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. Can Lizzie and Mr. Darcy overcome their own pride and prejudice to find their soul mates? The cast includes Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Donald Sutherland, Rosamund Pike, and Brenda Blethyn. This 2005 film is rated PG and has a running time of 129 minutes.

Emma Date: Thursday, September 23 In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, restless queen bee Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that’s been there all along. The cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Josh O’Connor, Miranda Hart, and Johnny Flynn. This 2020 film is rated PG and has a running time of 124 minutes.

Sense and Sensibility Date: Thursday, September 30 Penniless Elinor and Marianne Dashwood—two sisters with very different perspectives on life and love—keep one another in line and give support through death, hardship, love, and friendship in regency-era England. The cast includes Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman. This 1995 film is rated PG and has a running time of 163 minutes.

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Plein Air Invitational Date: September 9-11 Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Center For three days, featured artist Thomas Bradshaw of Blackstone, Virginia, and talented artists from all over the area will be inspired to paint Suffolk’s Historic Downtown, beautiful farmland, and pristine waterfront. This event is presented by the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk Art League, and Suffolk Tourism.

The Drifters Date: Saturday, October 2 Time: 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $32$48 Location: Suffolk Center The Drifters are the second most successful recording artists of all time according to Billboard Magazine. Through a historical journey, which included no less than five legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King, the group’s ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll. Their classic tune “Under The Boardwalk” is the most played R & B record of all time, and they had 17 Top 40 songs, with five Top 10 songs.

Disney’s Moana Jr. Date: Saturday, October 23 Time: 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $25 Adult; $20 Youth 18 and Under Location: Suffolk Center The Hurrah Players are once again thrilled to be one of the first companies to perform a new Disney Jr. show onstage with the support of Disney Theatrical Productions. Disney’s Moana Jr. is a musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Moana Jr. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.”

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SUFFOLK TOURISM Della Mae

Friday Night Frights The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, wants to give you the fright of your life as they present a series of classic horror films. Shows begin at 8:00 PM, and admission is $3 per person. No children under 17 will be permitted without a parent or guardian. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center’s box office at 757-923-2900, or visit SuffolkCenter.org.

Scream Date: Friday, October 15 A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl in small-town Woodsboro is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. The all-star cast includes Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, and Rose McGowan. This 1996 film is rated R and has a running time of 111 minutes.

The Birds Date: Friday, October 22 A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. The cast includes Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, and Charles McGraw. This 1963 film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 119 minutes.

The Shining Date: Friday, October 29 Writer and former teacher Jack Torrance agrees to be the caretaker of a hotel that has a long, violent past. When Jack slowly loses his grip on sanity due to the supernatural forces that inhabit the hotel, he places his son Danny—who has psychic abilities known as “the shining”—and his wife Wendy in grave danger. The cast includes Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. This 1980 film is rated R and has a running time of 146 minutes.

Date: Saturday, November 13 Time: 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $27-$40 Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Della Mae, a Nashville-based, all-female string band, has a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys an expansive musical vision.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Holiday Brass Date: Friday, December 17 Time: 7:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $28$37 Location: Suffolk Center Experience the festive sounds of the season in a concert filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the holidays—featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion sections in an all-new program. You’ll enjoy music from a variety of styles that have made this concert a new holiday tradition! This year the Suffolk Center will add special seasonal surprises, too!

Suffolk Farmers’ Market Free and open to the public, the 2021 Suffolk Farmers’ Market Season will conclude on Saturday, November 20. Regular market hours are every Saturday, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, weather permitting. The 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 artisancrafted goods. For more information about the market, visit the website at SuffolkVaFarmersMarket.com, or contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757-514-4130. To stay upto-date with all upcoming market activities, 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 Riddick’s Folly House Museum Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Wed, Thurs, & Fri); 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 Location: 510 N. Main Street, Downtown 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.

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Meet Santa Date: December 4, 5, 18, & 19** Time: varies (see below) Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Visitor Center and Seaboard Station Railroad Museum Bring the kiddos to meet jolly ol’ St. Nick this holiday season! Suffolk Tourism has two convenient locations for you to catch the big guy: the Suffolk Visitor Center and the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. Beautiful holiday décor makes these the ideal places to snap a photo with Santa. Be sure to bring your cameras! Visits with Santa at the Artisan Gift Fair Saturday, December 4 • 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM Meet Santa at the Train Station Sunday, December 5 • 1:00 - 4:00 PM Meet Santa at the Visitor Center Saturday, December 18 • 1:00 - 4:00 PM Pet Photos with Santa at the Visitor Center** Sunday, December 19 • 1:00 - 4:00 PM **We welcome all friendly, well-behaved critters. Dogs must be leashed. Pet owners are encouraged to bring a donation for the homeless and adoptable pets at the Suffolk Animal Care Center. Suggested donation items can be found on our website at VisitSuffolkVa.com.

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SUFFOLK TOURISM - TOURS Suffolk Tour Program The Suffolk Division of 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. All Suffolk Tourism tours depart from the Suffolk Visitor Center (with a few exceptions 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.

Cedar Hill Cemetery Guided Stroll Dates: September 13 & 25; October 30; and November 13 Time: 4:00 - 5:30 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 dress are recommended.

Historic Cedar Hill Cemetery Hometown Heroes Walking Tour

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.

Dates: September 18; October 16; and November 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 dress are recommended.

Kayak Excursions

BRAND NEW TOUR!

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

Victorian Suffolk: Dying To Be There, A Guided Discovery of Cedar Hill Cemetery

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.)

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

Headlines and Footnotes: A Downtown Suffolk Walking Tour Please check the website for departure time. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Departs from Nansemond Brewing Station (212 E. Washington Street)

Great Dismal Swamp Guided Nature Walk Meet at Washington Ditch, located off of White Marsh Road: 3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434. Tour departs at 10:00 AM.

Victorian Suffolk: Dying To Be There, A Guided Discovery of Cedar Hill Cemetery Dates: September 18; October 30; and November 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. The tour will feature Victorian-era symbolism, burial practices, funerary industries, and mourning rituals, and highlights how the residents of Suffolk both lived and died in the 19th century. With keen eyes and curious minds, this intriguing and educational excursion will bring into focus the fascinating world of Victorian America, their obsession with death, dying, and living beyond the grave. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate dress are recommended.

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 BRAND NEW TOUR!

Headlines and Footnotes: A Downtown Suffolk Walking Tour Dates: September 3 & 25; October 9 & 23; and November 6 & 20 Time: Check website 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.

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk Dates: September 25; October 22 & 30; and November 13 Time: Check website 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 Time: 10:00 AM Ages: 10+ Cost: $40 per person; equipment included. 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. Participants must be 10 years of age or older; ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Bennett’s Creek: September 18 Lone Star Lakes: October 16

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SUFFOLK TOURISM - TOURS 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 111,000 acres where visitors enjoy wildlife observation, history, mystery and lore. 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. Lake Drummond, a 3,108-acre lake located near the center of the swamp, is the largest of only two naturally occurring lakes in Virginia. It stands only 18 feet above sea level, and though it is three miles wide, it is only five to six feet deep, allowing great cypresses to rise from its still, shallow waters. Tannic acid from forest vegetation stains the water.

Great Dismal Swamp Guided Nature Walk Dates: October 7, 16, & 23; November 3, 13, & 20; December 1, 18, & 29 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM Ages: 8+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 3-12). Meet the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in a new way—up close and personal! Enjoy a 90-minute biologist-led nature walk as you learn about the flora, fauna, wildlife and history that abound in the 112,000-acre wilderness. This boardwalk tour meanders almost a mile through a representative portion of swamp habitats. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate dress are recommended.

Despite its impressive size and age, the Great Dismal Swamp remains a mystery to most people; its foreboding forests protect its wildlife and ward off intruders. For those who venture in, the Dismal Swamp shelters a wealth of history and lore, flora and fauna. Visitors may participate in biking, fishing and boating, hiking, hunting, nature photography, and wildlife observation.

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

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