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Departments Attractions Listings...................................................................................... 14 African American Heritage Sites................................................................... 35 Calendar of Events........................................................................................ 36 Boating & Marinas....................................................................................... 43 Golf, Tennis................................................................................................... 44 Parks & Recreation....................................................................................... 45 Accommodations......................................................................................... 46 Important Phone Numbers.......................................................................... 49 Maps............................................................................................................ 50

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ur charming, multifaceted destination is rich in Civil War history, African American heritage, water recreation, adventures, shopping opportunities and dining that pleases every palette. Hampton is the founding site of NASA, and, during post Civil War Reconstruction, is the place from which Chesapeake Bay seafood was canned and shipped, earning it a reputation as a national delicacy. Since 1868, we have been home to Hampton University and are now home to the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, the largest proton therapy center in the world. Hampton is home to Fort Monroe National Monument, as proclaimed by President Obama in 2011. This year our nation reflects on Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and continues to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Our region will also proudly participate in OpSail Virginia 2012™, a national commemoration of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. This spectacular event will draw tall ships and grey-hulled naval vessels from across the globe. Hampton visitors can enjoy the impressive parade of ships from Fort Monroe’s historic shoreline. You’ll find information on these opportunities and many other adventures, within the pages of this guide, and details on how to make your Hampton visit as restful or exciting as you wish. Thank you for choosing to visit Hampton. Our visitor information specialists are eager to assist you as you plan, and I’m certain the Hampton Visitor Guide will steer your exploration of our lovely 400-year-old city. Sincerely,

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fascinating journey through the history of Fort Monroe and the casemates within the fortress walls. Fort Monroe’s outside walls are 10 feet thick. The casemates in these walls have been used for defense, living quarters, a prison, an officers’ club and a museum. Other must-see sites that can be experienced by walking tour include Lee’s Quarters, where Robert E. Lee resided as a young Lieutenant, the Chapel of the Centurion, Quarters One, the Lincoln Gun on the Parade Ground, Old Point Comfort Light, Battery Parrot, Battery Irwin, and The Chamberlin. You’ll also enjoy the pet cemetery on top of the fort walls.

The Lincoln Gun at Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe

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Over 400 years ago, in 1607, the English explorer Captain John Smith came ashore near here. After surveying the area in 1608, he pronounced this place a “little isle fit for a castle.” On November 1, 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed Fort Monroe a national monument after nearly 180 years of a federal military presence at the moat-encircled stone fortification. Hampton and Virginia continue to celebrate this milestone and invite you to join us in discovering this treasured American site. Located on Old Point Comfort where the Hampton Roads harbor meets the Chesapeake Bay, Fort Monroe served as an Army installation with a rich cultural and military history until September 15, 2011.

On August 20, 1619, the first Africans arrived in the English colonies at Old Point Comfort. Later fortifications would be built here, but none would be permanent structures until construction began on Fort Monroe in 1819. The fort was designed by engineer Simon Bernard under the direction of President James Monroe. Hampton Roads, the body of water just outside the stone fort walls, is a natural deep-water harbor and historically was the key to controlling the Chesapeake Bay and access by water to the capital of the colonies, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The point of land has been a place of strategic importance since Captain John Smith erected Fort Algernourne on the site in 1609. It was affectionately known as Point Comfort because Smith and his weary men found the site brought them “great comfort.” The wooden garrison built by Smith was destroyed by a fire in 1612. But to this day, the name Old Point Comfort is frequently heard in reference to Fort Monroe and this historic area of Virginia.

The fort’s construction was begun by employing the labor of slaves, who were gradually replaced by military convicts. The granite for the walls came from rock quarries in Virginia and Maryland, while the other building materials were supplied by local contractors. The fort covers 63 acres of land with its walls stretching 1.3 miles around. Completed in 1834, the stone fort is the largest ever built in America. The water in the moat ranges from 3 to 5 feet deep and is fed through a gate from Mill Creek. At the time construction was completed only the Point Comfort Light, shown on the cover, existed beyond the moat.

There are many ways to explore the largest stone fort ever built in the U.S. and the 400-year history of the site traced since the first colonists’ arrival in 1607. The Casemate Museum is open daily from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., is free, and is a great showcase of the fort’s history. Take a walking tour with a Civil War Sites guide or walking tour brochure, iPod Tour or Smartphone App, both available at visithampton.com. Both podcast and app provide multimedia interpretation of Fort Monroe with historic images, entertaining interviews, and period music. The Fort Monroe Geocache Hunt is a fun way to familiarize yourself with Old Point Comfort history and you get a prize when you complete the puzzle! Call the Hampton Visitor Center at 800-800-2202, 757-727-1102, or email visitor@hamptoncvb.com for information on the Fort Monroe Hunt. You can also board the Miss Hampton II at the Hampton Public Pier and enjoy a narrated tour that features both Fort Monroe and its companion garrison, Fort Wool. Fort Wool, located on what is actually a man-made island, was built to help defend the harbor from enemy ships. Between these two intimidating fortifications, no enemy ship would want to cross this path. For visitor assistance on-site at Fort Monroe, contact the National Park Service at 757-722-3678. £

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Hampton Commemorates

the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War “All depends upon the action of Virginia…. Save Virginia, and we will save the Union.”-Senator Stephen Douglas, January 1861

Monroe and Fort Wool in the harbor off Hampton’s shore. The battle marked the beginning of the end of the era of wooden warships. The site, seen from Chesapeake Avenue in Hampton’s historic Olde Wythe neighborhood, is interpreted through Civil War Trails and Hampton Heritage markers.

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ampton played an integral role in the conflict that would permanently change our nation. There are a wealth of Hampton sites, landmarks and museums you can visit to gain a greater understanding of this pivotal period in our nation’s, and Virginia’s, history. Much of Hampton’s Civil War history revolves around Fort Monroe, which remained in Union hands for the duration of the War. Construction began on Fort Monroe in 1819. Remarkably, Robert E. Lee, then a young lieutenant in the Army, supervised the completion of the citadel and the building of its moat. With construction complete in 1834, it became North America’s largest moat encircled stone fortification. As Virginia seceded from the Union on April 17, 1861, Fort Monroe was a Union stronghold in the middle of Confederate Virginia and Hampton became a microcosm of the greater conflict. On May 24, 1861, three daring enslaved people, Shepard Mallory, Frank Baker, and James Townsend, sought sanctuary at Fort Monroe with Major General Benjamin Franklin Butler. When Butler determined the men were being treated as property

by the Confederates and held them as contraband, the decision served to escalate the ongoing conflict. Hundreds and then thousands of refugees journeyed to Fort Monroe hoping for their freedom, and the fort became known as “Freedom’s Fortress.”Weeks later, Hampton’s Big Bethel became the site of the first land engagement of the Civil War. On June 10, 1861, Union troops from Fort Monroe were defeated by Confederates. The Battle of Big Bethel, while a minor skirmish in comparison to the coming battles of the war, resulted in the first combat deaths sustained on both sides during the Civil War. That same year on August 7, 1861, Hampton’s homes, businesses and churches were burned by Confederate troops in an attempt to prevent their occupation by Union troops and the Contraband. Carrying torches they fanned into the four quadrants of King and Queen streets. By dawn over 500 buildings were destroyed and at St. John’s Church, only the charred, partially collapsed walls remained. We encourage you to visit St. John’s Church, it’s parish museum and churchyard cemetery. The Battle of the Ironclads, CSS Virginia and USS Monitor, occurred on March 9, 1862, within site of Fort

You can walk in the cell where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was held following the Civil War at the Casemate Museum and see the home where Robert E. Lee lived. When it was not legal to do so, Mary Peake taught enslaved people, beneath the limbs of Emancipation Oak. The tree stands on the campus of Hampton University. Founded on April 6, 1868 as Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute through the efforts of Samuel Chapman Armstrong, the university continues to serve as a beacon of freedom and inspiration for visitors and those who study there today. Hampton Civil War Sites Guide available at the Hampton Visitor Center brings the aspiring Civil War buff even closer to the Battle of Big Bethel, the Peninsula Campaign, Benjamin Butler’s Contraband Decision, and the Battle of the Ironclads. Whether visiting the casemate where Jefferson Davis was confined or standing atop Fort Wool’s ramparts where President Abraham Lincoln once stood, Hampton’s Civil War experience is filled with interpreted historic sites that prompt us to reflect and appreciate our great nation today. £

If you prefer a go-at-your-own-pace walking experience, you may find the Discover Hampton Smartphone app featuring tours of Fort Monroe, Phoebus, Hampton University, Downtown Hampton and Hampton’s Historic Neighborhoods more to your liking. You can access the app and the Discover Hampton iPod tour at visithampton.com. 6

Sesquicentennial Exhibits Hampton History Museum

“An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia” This year, Hampton History Museum welcomes An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia, an interactive two-part exhibition that encourages visitors to consider how a single event, separated from us by 150 years, so fundamentally reshaped American society that its impact is still experienced today. The 3,000 squarefoot exhibition, organized by the Virginia Historical Society in partnership with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will showcase more than 200 objects and utilize 17 state-ofthe-art audio-visual programs to engage visitors and allow them to share the personal experiences of free and enslaved men, women, and children during the Civil War in Virginia. Presenting paintings, photographs, prints, documents, weapons, uniforms, flags, and other objects, the exhibition is showcased in two parts: Waging War shown February 25, 2012June 24, 2012; and Surviving War on display December 29, 2012- April 28, 2013.

Hampton University Museum The Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Series by Jacob Lawrence

Beginning January 27, 2011, this free exhibition highlights the dramatic biographies of two American abolitionists who lived around the time of the Civil War. Together, the paintings have an extraordinary conceptual unity and visual eloquence. In the Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Series, Lawrence pursues mythic subjects who both share the will and determination, in the face of all odds, to free their minds, spirits, and bodies from bondage.

Civil War Vignette: Paintings and Drawings of Freedom Fighters from the Hampton University Museum Collection

On February 25, the museum welcomes an exhibition that includes drawings and prints from artists Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, and John Biggers. All excellent artists, they have portrayed Freedom Fighters Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth, and Phyllis Wheatley as the true abolitionist and fighters for justice. This exhibition will be on display in the second floor Hampton History gallery.

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OpSail 2012 Virginia : The Star Spangled Sail ™

his year Operation Sail and the U.S. Navy will join together to commemorate the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812 with a maritime event that combines for the first time the visit of international tall ships and traditional navy ships.

The concept of Operation Sail, a parade of tall ships representing nations across the globe, began with a vision shared by late maritime historians Frank Braynard and IBMer Nils Hansell to bring the world’s remaining wind-ships together in an effort to foster global goodwill during an era of uncertainty. With dedication to their cause, this initiative received assistance from Sail Training International (then the British Sail Training Association). In the summer of 1964 this vision came to fruition as the first Operation Sail, becoming instantly iconic. Today Operation Sail, or “OpSail,” is a non-profit organization dedicated to self-training and promoting goodwill among nations. Through the production of International tall ship events, OpSail strives to commemorate American maritime history. There have been four Operation Sails since the debut sail, each larger than the last and tied to an American historical event. They include the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976, the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, and the celebration of the Millennium in 2000. In the course of several weeks, tall ships and traditional navy ships will journey to ports along the Atlantic Coast. As the ships parade into Hampton Roads, Hampton will be a prime viewing spot for this international event sure to leave you impressed. On June 6, 2012, Fort Monroe will host a viewing of the “Virginia Sea and Air

Parade,” which will showcase many International Navy warships and grey hulls. On June 8, the International Tall Ships will enter Hampton Roads in the “Virginia Parade of Sail.” Hampton and its surrounding waterfront cities are working together to make sure that visitors receive the full OpSail experience in the days that this event takes place. On June 12, 2012, all warships and tall ships will depart in the “Virginia Parade of Sail up the Chesapeake.” Fort Monroe will again be a prime viewing spot as the ships pass from Hampton Roads through the channel into the Chesapeake Bay and begin their journey up the Chesapeake.

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On June 1-3, the week prior to the ships’ arrival, Hampton will host the Blackbeard Pirate Festival on the downtown Hampton waterfront. This raucous festival was first held during OpSail 2000 as a means to celebrate Hampton’s maritime heritage and relationship with the notorious menace, Blackbeard—aka Edward Teach. Living history and family fun go hand-inhand as Hampton reenacts and celebrates the demise of Blackbeard, one of the fiercest pirates ever known. Visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in early 18th-century Hampton with live entertainment, pirate encampments, children’s activities, sea battles, and fireworks. From the lively Blackbeard Pirate Festival to the awe-inspiring experience of OpSail 2012 Virginia™, visitors are encouraged to plan to stay for the duration of the festivities. Travel packages are available that combine the festivities you won’t want to miss. For more information about Hampton activities, events and celebrations during OpSail 2012 Virginia™ please call 800-800-2202 or visit www.opsail2012virginia.com. £ 2012 Hampton Visitor Guide • VisitHampton.com

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Coliseum Central oliseum Central is home to more than 600 businesses including popular national chains, locally-owned specialty shops, restaurants, entertainment and specialized services. Home to Peninsula Town Center, the Power Plant of Hampton Roads, the Hampton Roads Convention Center and Hampton Coliseum, the district is jumping with exciting shopping, dining and entertainment. Coliseum Central is fast becoming the premier commercial district of Coastal Virginia. New retail and culinary offerings are located within walking distance of many hotels. Home to approximately 70 different restaurants, the choice of food in Coliseum Central is as varied as the eateries are plentiful. Choose from exotic Asian cuisine, down-home Southern cooking, European pub fare, multicultural dishes, steaks and seafood, or the tried-and-true quick service restaurants. You’ll find just what you crave. Themed restaurants such as NASCAR Sports Grille, Joe’s Crab Shack and Luckie’s Dueling Pianos encircle the adjacent lake at the Power Plant of Hampton Roads, hosting outdoor dining and live entertainment. Anchoring the Power Plant, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World features rock-climbing walls, an archery range, a 19,000-gallon aquarium and other fun product-promotional activities serve as magnets to outdoor-sports enthusiasts. Movies and live entertainment are among the other varied leisure-time activities you will find throughout the area. Check out dining, a feature film, bowling and a gaming center at CineBistro. Entertainment options are abundant in the Coliseum Central area. Hampton Coliseum presents a variety of family-oriented productions, major sporting events and national recording artists. Known as a favorite venue for many performers, the Coliseum has been featured on live albums by bands, such as The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band and the jam-band Phish. The Hampton Roads Convention Center presents consumer shows with products from quilts and golf equipment, to boats and SUVs. But it’s not just the ticketed events that are hot draws. Halls of Art, a changing exhibit featuring works by local artists can be viewed at no charge and all of the work is available for purchase. 8

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Coliseum Central oliseum Central is home to more than 600 businesses including popular national chains, locally-owned specialty shops, restaurants, entertainment and specialized services. Home to Peninsula Town Center, the Power Plant of Hampton Roads, the Hampton Roads Convention Center and Hampton Coliseum, the district is jumping with exciting shopping, dining and entertainment. Coliseum Central is fast becoming the premier commercial district of Coastal Virginia. New retail and culinary offerings are located within walking distance of many hotels. Home to approximately 70 different restaurants, the choice of food in Coliseum Central is as varied as the eateries are plentiful. Choose from exotic Asian cuisine, down-home Southern cooking, European pub fare, multicultural dishes, steaks and seafood, or the tried-and-true quick service restaurants. You’ll find just what you crave. Themed restaurants such as NASCAR Sports Grille, Joe’s Crab Shack and Luckie’s Dueling Pianos encircle the adjacent lake at the Power Plant of Hampton Roads, hosting outdoor dining and live entertainment. Anchoring the Power Plant, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World features rock-climbing walls, an archery range, a 19,000-gallon aquarium and other fun product-promotional activities serve as magnets to outdoor-sports enthusiasts. Movies and live entertainment are among the other varied leisure-time activities you will find throughout the area. Check out dining, a feature film, bowling and a gaming center at CineBistro. Entertainment options are abundant in the Coliseum Central area. Hampton Coliseum presents a variety of family-oriented productions, major sporting events and national recording artists. Known as a favorite venue for many performers, the Coliseum has been featured on live albums by bands, such as The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band and the jam-band Phish. The Hampton Roads Convention Center presents consumer shows with products from quilts and golf equipment, to boats and SUVs. But it’s not just the ticketed events that are hot draws. Halls of Art, a changing exhibit featuring works by local artists can be viewed at no charge and all of the work is available for purchase. 8

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The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) in the Hampton Roads Center South business park treats approximately 2,000 patients each year. Hampton University’s proton center is the first in Virginia, the sixth in the nation and the largest of any in existence. The center stands apart from other such facilities across the country by training physicians and scientists in proton therapy. From any of Coliseum Central’s 17 hotel properties, it’s a quick 10 minutes to Hampton’s attractions, including harbor tours, the Hampton Visitor Center, the Hampton History Museum, the Virginia Air & Space Center, The American Theatre with its nationally-known performing arts series, and historic Fort Monroe, dating to the pre-Civil War era. The Hamptons Golf Course is located within five minutes of the district and is pleased to arrange tee times during your visit. No clubs? No worries. They are available for rent in the pro shop. Nearby, Blue Bird Gap Farm delights children with its farm animals, petting zoo and playground. The free attraction is within a stroll of many Coliseum Central hotels. Learn about Hampton’s space and aviation history by touring the outdoor air and spacecraft displays at Air Power Park. It’s your opportunity to have an up-close-and-personal experience with the aircraft of our nation’s past while aircraft of the 21st century soar overhead from nearby Langley Air Force Base. The Boo Williams Sportsplex is located on the district’s perimeter within easy reach of hotels, dining, and attractions. This unique indoor sports competition complex hosts amateur sporting events throughout the year, including the nationally acclaimed Boo Williams NIKE Spring Basketball Invitational drawing the nation’s best men and women basketball players.

The city of Hampton is the heart of Hampton Roads and Coliseum Central Business Improvement District is the pulse that keeps the oldest permanent English speaking settlement in the United States young, ever-growing, and full of the surprises you’d expect in an All-American City. £

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Peninsula Town Center

COASTAL VIRGINIA’S HOTTEST ATTRACTION o visit to Hampton is complete without a stop at the Peninsula Town Center.

It’s where guests and locals are gathering today to eat, shop or just stroll. No wonder. Peninsula Town Center has top retailers, from The Limited, Macy’s, JC Penney, Target, Cache, New York & Company, Chico’s and Victoria’s Secret to H&M, Forever 21, Journeys, Hollister and Shoe Woo. It brims with specialty outlets like Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Build-A-Bear, Finish Line, and Emerson’s Cigars. And it entertains with Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grill, Kenji Fusion, bd’s Mongolian Grill, Bensi Ristorante Italiano, Park Lane Tavern, Five Guys, Chipotle and the CineBistro, a combination bowling alley, lounge and movie theater offering fine dining. The open-air venue is great for families, thanks to Town Square, which boasts a pop jet fountain as well as benches to relax and people watch. Some of the people are students at Bryant & Stratton College, others are

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residents of The Chapman luxury apartments, but most are Peninsula residents and Hampton visitors who have fallen in love with the architecture and downtown-like streets with offices and living quarters above the stores. Free surface and structured parking is available, but if you want to save some steps, you can actually help the community because meter proceeds benefit local charities. Conveniently located on Mercury Boulevard just off Interstate 64, Peninsula Town Center is close to hotels, the Hampton Coliseum and Hampton Roads Convention Center, Fort Monroe, the Virginia Air & Space Center as well as midway between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. Visit the website at www.peninsulatowncenter.com and see what special events might be taking place at PTC while you are in Hampton. Come see why Peninsula Town Center is one of the best shopping, dining & entertainment experiences in Coastal Virginia! £

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Noted for its charming architecture and antiquing bargains, Phoebus began as an isolated fishing village named Mill Creek after the body of water next to the little settlement. Because of its location, the waterfront community played a pivotal role during the early years that defined America. Phoebus has been neighbor to strategically-positioned military encampments guarding the lower Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads since 1609. During the Revolutionary War, area settlements were burned by invading British troops. During the Civil War, residents were situated between Unionheld Fort Monroe and Confederate forces. Slaves sought and found hope for freedom at Fort Monroe, and encampments of refugees and Union forces resulted, known as Slabtown and Camp Hamilton, respectively. After the Civil War, the village became home to former Union soldiers, freed men, and local watermen. By 1900, the village was incorporated as a town and was named after its most prominent citizen and entrepreneur, Harrison Phoebus. Finally in 1952, Phoebus became a part of the city of Hampton. In Phoebus, the past and the present come together to provide unique shopping and dining in a historic, welcoming waterfront community. It is a place where you can antique by day and top it off with afternoon tea, martinis or a dazzling theatre performance. Mellen Street presents a veritable bounty for antique and art collectors. Buildings that once housed saloons, grocery stores and pharmacies are now home to vintage apparel, collectibles, and specialty shops. Performances at The American Theatre impress audiences and can be decadently paired with tapas or dessert at a nearby restaurant. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, Phoebus continues to maintain its distinct identity. You can experience Phoebus’ present charm and historic past by iPod tour and the Discover Hampton Smartphone app found at visithampton.com. For additional Phoebus information, contact the Phoebus Improvement League at 757/727-0808. £

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Victorian Station

36 North Mallory St, Phoebus • 757-723-5663 Jim’s BBQ • Afternoon Tea • Live Music Walk in: Wed - Fri 11a - 2p for Afternoon Tea

Pig in Parlor Wed - Sat 5p - 10p Pub Fare & BBQ

Special Occasion & Formal Tea by Reservations www.victorianstation.net

Jim’s BBQ

at Victorian Station Gourmet Smoked/Fresh Made Daily Pulled Pork BBQ, Ribs, Chicken, Brats, Authentic Muffaletta Sandwiches

Pitmaster Jim Baugh Wed-Sat 11:30 - 10p / Sun 11 - 3p 757-723-5663 http://jimsbarbq.wordpress.com

If the pirate is out front with the BBQ, we are serving! Live Music/Entertainment nightly

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Downtown Hampton owntown Hampton encompasses the site of the original 17th century seaport that served as a port-ofentry for commercial vessels from Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Four centuries later, this lovely area is enhanced with cobblestone streets lined with red brick sidewalks, crepe myrtle trees and eclectic shops. It is dotted with restaurants and eateries presenting a wide variety of cuisine from enticing Creole, Tapas, Fusion and Japanese to gourmet sandwiches, seafood and a Southern tea room. Attractions, pubs, art galleries, shops, marinas and parks also fill this waterfront district with a blend of exciting things to do. Come visit the works of over 65 of the finest local and regional artists. We feature:

Pottery, Jewelry Fiber, Wood, Glass Photography and Paintings.

home • gifts • clothes art • jewelry 757-722-1383 Fax 757-722-1384 40 Wine Street Hampton VA 23669

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A specialty store with unique gifts that are products of Virginia or represent Virginia. We make beautiful gift baskets and carry everything from art, jewelry, and pottery to t-shirts, food and wines. Open Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sun., 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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1 Block from Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton Piers, Hampton History Museum, Virginia Air & Space Center. Close to Fort Monroe, Langley Field/NASA & Hampton University.

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Never ordinary. Always eXtraordinary. Classy Sassy, Funky Spunky, Vintage & On-Trend Fashion Accessories Judaica, Gifts & Special Occasion Keepsakes

22 S King St Downtown Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-0072 • www.BoutiqueSheShe.com Boutique She-She supports fair trade, made in USA and other non-profit suppliers.

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proximate 30-minute loop, picking up and delivering passengers at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel and at the intersection of King Street and Settlers Landing Road. The bus stops in Coliseum Central are located at Embassy Suites and Coliseum Drive in front of Barnes & Noble.

A visit to the Hampton Visitor Center begins your exploration of this 400-year old historic city with one foot planted firmly in the past and another poised to leap into the future. The Hampton Visitor Center staff provides friendly assistance and is point of purchase for the Sea to Stars Ticket, a combination attraction ticket priced at an exceptional value. Information specialists are also available at the Virginia Air & Space Center and Hampton Maritime Center. Gracious hospitality is extended at downtown accommodations Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel, Magnolia House Inn Bed & Breakfast, and the Little England Inn Bed & Breakfast opening this year. All are comfortably located for exploring downtown on foot, perusing shops and visiting points of interest. Attractions such as the Virginia Air & Space Center, the restored Hampton Carousel, and the Miss Hampton II harbor tour lure visitors from far and wide. History buffs are intrigued by Hampton History Museum’s nine permanent galleries showing the 400 years of development of the city. After touring the museum’s galleries, exit onto Queen’s Way and visit one of Hampton’s most historically significant landmarks, St. John’s Episcopal Church. Downtown Hampton is, in a word, eventful! Mill Point Park, Carousel Park and Queen’s Way are host to a variety of family-friendly events year-round. On Saturdays nights from April through October, Street Fest features the hottest local and national acts performing on an outdoor stage under the stars. Festivals such as the International Children’s Festival in April, Blackbeard Pirate Festival in June and Hampton Bay Days in September are just a few events that have received national acclaim. There is convenient transportation between the sites in the Downtown and Coliseum Central districts. The BID Bus provides free transportation during spring and summer on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to midnight. During these seasons, the 27-passenger bus runs on an ap-

From downtown, guests are encouraged to stroll across the Booker T. Washington Bridge and visit the historic Hampton University campus. The world-class Hampton University Museum houses a collection of more than 11,000 artifacts and works of art. Pack a picnic of wine, cheese and freshly baked bread from a downtown restaurant and bask in the sun’s rays aboard one of our charter boats. For the more adventurous type, book a fishing excursion aboard the Ocean Eagle, docked adjacent to the Hampton Maritime Center. £

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Waterfront location provides a backdrop for the perfect vacation or meeting! Enjoy the Bay from one of our newly renovated guestrooms with complimentary wireless and high speed Internet access. A short drive from Norfolk International Airport or Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, Langley AFB and Norfolk Naval station. Centrally located between Busch Gardens, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. Enjoy the covenience of 3 restaurants on the premises offering Fresh Seafood, Chargrilled Steaks, and Seasonal Outdoor Dining on the Marina with live Entertainment. Meeting and banquet facilities to meet your every need.

866-727-9990 • www.hamptonmarinahotel.com 700 Settlers Landing Rd. Hampton, VA 23669

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ampton Convention & Visitor Bureau is eager to help you discover our city and attractions. While the Hampton Visitor Center is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane, there are satellite centers at the Hampton Maritime Center, the Virginia Air & Space Center and the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

HAMPTON VISITOR CENTER Downtown Hampton 120 Old Hampton Lane 800-800-2202 • 757-727-1102 www.visithampton.com The Hampton Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your city tour. There you will find a variety of maps, area attraction brochures, coupons, upcoming events and knowledgeable Information Specialists ready to answer any questions you might have. Purchase your Sea to Stars Ticket at the Visitor Center. This combo ticket offers the best value and includes admission to the Hampton History Museum, the Miss Hampton II Harbor Tour, a spin on the Hampton Carousel and the exhibits and IMAX film at the Virginia Air & Space Center. Open year-round: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun 1p.m.-5p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. • I-64, exit 267.

ABERDEEN GARDENS HISTORIC MUSEUM 55 and 57 N. Mary Peake Boulevard 757-243-3452 • 757-722-2345 www.aberdeengardens.org The museum celebrates the history, heritage and future of historic Aberdeen Gardens. The community was built for and by African Americans in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Settlement. For tours, call for an appointment. Free admission. I-664, exit 3. 14 VisitHampton.com • 2012 Hampton Visitor Guide

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AIR POWER PARK 413 W. Mercury Boulevard 757-727-8311 Learn about the vital role Hampton played in America’s early space exploration and aircraft testing. Conduct your own self-guided tour in the park featuring jet planes, missiles, and rockets. Use the back of the brochure as a guide. Children’s playground area. Open Mon- Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. I-64, exit 263B.

THE AMERICAN THEATRE 125 E. Mellen Street 757-722-ARTS www.HamptonArts.net Dating to 1908, this restored vaudeville house is now a thriving performing arts center presenting year-round live performances ranging from family fun, dance, cabaret, jazz and world music to classical, symphony and theater. Call or visit our website for a performance schedule. Admission fee. I-64, exit 268.

BASS PRO SHOPS® OUTDOOR WORLD® 1972 Power Plant Parkway Located in Coliseum Central in the Power Plant of Hampton Roads 757-262-5200 www.basspro.com Museum-quality wildlife dioramas, huge murals and chandeliers depicting outdoor scenes, massive log and rock work, waterfalls and a 19,000 gallon aquarium stocked with native fish species. Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Dec. 25. Please see store for holiday hours. I-664, exit 2 or I-64, exit 263A.

BLUEBIRD GAP FARM 60 Pine Chapel Road 757-827-2765 • 757-825-4750 www.hampton.gov/bbgf Designed to resemble a working farm, this 60-acre site is home to domesticated and wild animals familiar to traditional Virginia farms. Playground for ages 2-12, picnic tables and shelter, grills, antique barn, garden and arboretum, and a short walking trail are on site. Open Wed-Sun, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Closed all major holidays. Free admission. I-64, exit 263B or I-664, exit 2

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BUCKROE BEACH PARK 100 S. First Street (I-64, exit 268, left on Mallory St., right on Pembroke Ave.) 757-850-5134 www.hampton.gov/ parks Enjoy the wide, clean beach and gentle surf of the Chesapeake Bay. Lifeguards on duty during the summer season. Watercraft available for rent and picnic shelters available for a fee. Playground. Close proximity to Buckroe Fishing Pier. For the convenience of our visitors, pets are not allowed May 15th-September 15th. Open daily year-round. Lifeguards present 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free admission. CASEMATE MUSEUM AND FORT MONROE Casemate 20, Bernard Road, Fort Monroe 757-788-3391 National Park Service 757-722-3678 Fort Monroe, recently designated as a National Monument, is the largest stone fort ever built in the U.S. Within this historic fort’s walls, the Casemate Museum chronicles the history of the fort and the Coast

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From historic air and space craft suspended from the Center’s 94-foot ceiling, to giant- screen, digital IMAX films, your imagination will soar when you visit the award-winning Virginia Air & Space Center, the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. This world-class facility is located on Downtown Hampton’s historic waterfront and holds more than 100 historic, aeronautic and space exhibits – featuring excitement and adventure for the entire family! Marvel at NASA artifacts, including the Apollo 12 Command Module, a three-billionyear-old moon rock, a Mars meteorite, and the Mercury 14. Take an aviation adventure from the origins of flight to the future of flight with a variety of hands-on, one-of-a-kind exhibits and simulators that can transform anyone into a pilot for the day! Come faceto-face with a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer, “wing walk” on a recreated Curtiss Jenny bi-plane, step aboard an AirTran Airways DC-9 and fly a Boeing 717 with the Glass Cockpit Flight Simulator. You can even take a ride in a World War II bomber and fly a fighter jet with the F/A-22 simulator. For an out-of-this world experience, take a journey to the moon, Mars and beyond with Space Quest, an interactive gallery. Travel to the Red Planet with the Mars Transporter, compare Mars Landers, see a Mars meteorite, and program a Mars rover for a mission. Gaze upon a moon rock, land on the moon with the Lunar Landing Simulator and create a crater on a simulated planet surface. The awesome power of IMAX® comes to life in the Riverside Digital 3D IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center. Digital IMAX 3D delivers the greatest brightness, clarity and depth creating unmatched experiences and images that leap off a screen five stories high. The cutting-edge audio technology enhances what you hear helping you to see and feel the IMAX experience. £ 2012 Hampton Visitor Guide • VisitHampton.com

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Artillery Corps. During the Civil War, Fort Monroe was a Union-held bastion and helped shelter thousands of slave refugees. Visit the cell where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned. Other must-see sites to see by walking tour include Lee’s Quarters, Chapel of the Centurrion, Quarters One, Lincoln Gun and Old Point Comfort Light. For additional information on visiting Fort Monroe, see page 5. Open daily year-round. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Free admission. I-64, exit 268.

THE CHARLES H. TAYLOR ARTS CENTER 4205 Victoria Boulevard 757-727-1490 www.HamptonArts.net This neoclassical building, constructed in 1925 was renovated in 1989 as a visual arts center. Ten different art exhibitions hosted each year featuring a variety of media, subjects and styles, by established and emerging regional artists. See the Calendar of Events for exhibition schedules. Open year-round: Tues-Fri, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon and major holidays. Free admission. I-64, exit 267.

FORT WOOL Hampton Roads harbor 800-800-2202 • 757-727-1102 www.hampton.gov/parks Construction of this island fortress was directed by Robert E. Lee. Dating to 1819, it played important roles in the Civil War and in both World Wars, bearing witness to the historic battle of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. The fort was also 16

a favorite escape of President Andrew Jackson. Although not accessible by car, it is featured and accessible during the Miss Hampton II harbor tour. Private boats are welcome to dock from May-September: Mon-Sat. 9 a.m-5 p.m.

GRANDVIEW NATURE PRESERVE Entrance on State Park Drive Left turn at the end of Beach Road 757-850-5134 www.hampton.gov/parks Ideal for observing wildlife, kayaking, hiking and fishing, this 578-acre preserve and estuary on the Chesapeake Bay includes 2 1/2 miles of tranquil bay-front beach. Open daily year-round. Free admission. I-64, exit 267 to Woodland Rd. Turn right onto Fox Hill Road and left onto Beach Road (follow the signs for the marinas and boat ramp) to State Park Dr.

THE HAMPTON CAROUSEL Downtown Hampton 602 Settlers Landing Road 757-727-0900 Built in 1920, the carousel is completely restored to its original beauty and housed in its own weatherprotected pavilion on the city’s downtown waterfront. It is one of only 170 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still existing in the U.S. Seasonal. Call for operating schedule. Rides $2. I-64, exit 267.

HAMPTON HISTORY MUSEUM Downtown Hampton 120 Old Hampton Lane 757- 727-1610 www.hampton.gov/history_museum Discover how Hampton became America’s Gateway and critical to four centuries of national history. Explore the chronicle of man in America through the story of this city by the sea from early Native American culture to man’s reach into space and the United States military’s proud role in Hampton Roads. Ten remarkable galleries share the personal stories of explorers, pirates, and hard working men and women working along the Chesapeake Bay, and illustrate profound changes to our nation. Hampton’s history includes dramatic moments on the world stage including the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War, as well as pivotal events in our culture – such as the “Contraband Decision,” the first step toward freedom for millions of African Americans held in slavery. Learn all this and more at the Hampton History Museum. Open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun 1-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, active military, active NASA, AAA, children 4-12. Under 4 free. I-64, exit 267.

HAMPTON ROADS CHARTERS THE OCEAN EAGLE Hampton Public Piers Docks adjacent to Hampton Maritime Center 710 Settlers Landing Road 757-868-FISH www.hamptonroadscharter.com Go where the fish are with Captain Howard Wainwright and his crew aboard this 65-foot,

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Attractions 70-passenger headboat. $35 per person. Rod, reel, bait and tax are included. Concession on board. Running daily in spring/summer at 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Night-fishing Wed, Fri and Sat from 6:30 -10:30 p.m. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Striped Bass season starts in October. Call for schedule, rates and reservations.

HAMPTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM Hampton University 757-727-5308 www.hamptonu.edu/museum Established in 1868, this is the first museum to operate in Virginia and the oldest African-American museum in the country. The 11,000-piece collection contains examples of traditional and contemporary African, American-Indian, African-American and Pacific Island art. Open year-round: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, noon-4 p.m. Closed Sun. Closed major and campus holidays. Free admission. I-64, exit 267.

LANGLEY SPEEDWAY 11 Dale Lemonds Drive 3165 North Armistead Avenue 757-865-7223 www.langley-speedway.com Voted one of the top five NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks, Langley is the only NASCAR-sanctioned Weekly Racing Series track in Hampton Roads. Late Model, Grand Stocks, Modifieds, Legends, Enduros, Super Trucks, UCARS, Super Street, Pro Wing Champ Karts and Pro 6 racing. Open most Saturdays April-October. Gates open Noon, qualifying for all

divisions 4:30 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m. Admission fee. I-64, exit 261B Eastbound, 262B Westbound.

LITTLE ENGLAND CHAPEL 4100 Kecoughtan Road 757-722-4249 Built circa 1879, this is Virginia’s only known African American missionary chapel. Exhibits interpret the religious lives of post-Civil War African Americans in Virginia and include handwritten Sunday school lessons, photographs, a 12-minute video, and 19th-century religious books. A State and National Historic Landmark. Call for church tour. Open year-round: Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; open Fri-Sat by appointment only. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free admission; donations accepted. I-64, exit 267 or 265

MISS HAMPTON II HARBOR CRUISES Downtown Hampton 710 Settlers Landing Road 888-757-BOAT • 757-722-9102 www.misshamptoncruises.com This double-decked tour boat offers daily narrated cruises of the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, featuring Hampton’s seafaring culture, local fishing boats, mighty commercial cargo ships, Blackbeard’s Point, Fort Monroe (Old Point Comfort), Fort Wool and the awesome gray fleet at the world’s largest naval installation, Norfolk Naval Base. Tour length: 3 hours. Special tours, programs and all-day cruises available. Purchase tickets in the Hampton Maritime Center. Tour schedule: Apr 12-Memorial Day, Tues-Sat 10 a.m.; Memorial Day-

Labor Day, Tues-Sat 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; Labor Day-October 30, Tues-Sat 10 a.m., Sun 2 p.m. Admission: Adults $22.50 + tax, Seniors $20.50 + tax, Children 7-12 $11.50 + tax, Children under 6 Free. I-64, exit 267.

PENINSULA PILOTS War Memorial Stadium 1889 West Pembroke Avenue 757-245-2222 www.peninsulapilots.com Come enjoy a fun and affordable evening at the ballpark with the Peninsula Pilots, as they compete with 14 other teams in the Coastal Plain League from the end of May through the middle of August. All home games begin at 7:05 p.m. Admission fee. I-64, exit 265.

PENINSULA TOWN CENTER Claiborne Building 4410 E. Claiborne Square, Suite 212 Hampton, VA 23666 757-838-1505 • www.peninsulatowncenter.com Located within Hampton’s Coliseum Central Business District, this 75-acre lifestyle center features fashion and specialty retail, restaurants and dining, and anchor retailers Target, Macy’s and JC Penney. Parks, Bryant & Stratton College, residential and office space also share this newly developed landmark. At the Intersection of Mercury Boulevard and Coliseum Drive. I-64, exit 263B.

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With its rich history as the birthplace of America and a strong nautical heritage, Coastal Virginia boasts an abundance of culturally diverse and nationally acclaimed museums and historical attractions. Within one hour’s drive is more history, excitement and family fun than can be found at any other destination. Add to this world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation, and you will see why millions return each year. Our area’s major attractions are presented on the pages that follow in alphabetical order.

AMERICAN ROVER – Norfolk Harbor Sailing Cruises Set Sail with the friendly and experienced crew of this 150 passenger Sailing Schooner. Offering Daytime and Sunset harbor cruises under sail on the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and the Port of Virginia. Help hoist the sails, take a turn at the helm, or just relax as the captain points out the sights of the historic Norfolk Harbor. Sunset cruises feature live entertainment. This elegant ship with her distinctive red sails is Coast Guard inspected for safety. Comfortable seating is available on the shaded upper deck and in our air-conditioned below deck area with ship store, bar and rest rooms. Popular for families, weddings, field trips, group outings and company parties since 1986. Cruises depart April thru October from Waterside Marina in Downtown Norfolk. Call 757-627-7245 for reservations or visit www.americanrover.com.

1 ½ Hour Harbor Cruise (Adults $18, Children $10): 11:30 a.m. (Wed-Sat Summer Only) and 3 p.m. (Daily, except Mondays in Spring and Fall) 2 Hour Sunset Cruise ($25 Adults, $15 Children) Call for availability. 6:30pm Spring, 7pm Summer, 6pm Fall. 1 ½ Hour Moonlight Party Cruise ($12 Adults Only). Call for availability.

BUSCH GARDENS

Busch Gardens will take guests on a new journey in 2012 with the addition of a pulsepounding roller coaster, sensational family attractions and the return of exciting seasonal events. An autobahn touring experience through Germany’s scenic countryside takes a thrilling detour pushing guests to the edge

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Set sail with a tradition of excellence aboard this classic 135’ 3-masted Schooner docked at Norfolk’s Waterside. Smooth Narrated Harbor and Sunset Cruises Depart Daily.

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Explore the Best Kept Secret in Virginia Beach at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.

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of their seats aboard VerboltenSM. Families will twist and turn through the forbidden Black Forest in a harrowing, action-packed adventure on the park’s newest roller coaster that opens in late spring. And that is just the beginning of the excitement at the Williamsburg-area theme park. With the return of the IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore, Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration guests are in for a year full of fun. For more information on Busch Gardens’ exciting offerings, visit www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

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Begin your journey to personal empowerment and healing at all levels - body, mind, spirit Bookstore & Gift Shop • Free Daily Lectures • Holistic Health Center & Spa Meditation Garden • Metaphysical Library • Stone Labyrinth Conferences • Weekend Workshops • ESP Testing • Group Tours 215 67th St. and Atlantic Avenue • Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-428-3588 • EdgarCayce.org

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Research & Enlightenment Our global non-profit organization was founded eighty years ago to help people transform and improve their lives. Come explore the fascinating work of documented psychic Edgar Cayce, the “father of holistic medicine.” Free daily film, tour, and lecture on topics including dreams, intuition, holistic health, and more. Our campus includes a metaphysical Library, Bookstore and Gift Shop, meditation garden, labyrinth, and holistic Health Center & Spa. We also offer ESP testing, interactive, experiential Group Tour Packages, and conferences with world-renowned speakers. Visit EdgarCayce.org.

THIS IS HAMPTON

Hampton is an extraordinary city in the heart of Coastal Virginia. The 400-year old settlement is multi-faceted; rich in Civil War history, African American heritage, water recreation, and abundant shopping and dining opportunities. It is an appealing destination that prompts leisure visitors to return for major industry conventions. The cultural landscape of the nation’s oldest, continuous, English-speaking settlement in North America is dotted with historic attractions that interpret Hampton’s role in pivotal American decisions and milestones. On November 1, 2011 President Obama named Fort Monroe a National Historic Monument. Visitors are encouraged to come to the nation’s largest stone fort ever built, cross the moat and see the sites within firsthand. Climb Fort Monroe’s walls and be amazed at the awesome position Fort Monroe has held overlooking the Hampton Roads harbor throughout its history and learn about it personally at The Casemate Museum. Or perhaps you’d like to see Fort Monroe and Fort Wool from the water aboard the Miss Hampton II. The legacy doesn’t stop there: Hampton University’s historic campus leaves one amazed at the timeless significance of the institution founded in 1868. The Hampton History Museum located in Downtown Hampton provides a glimpse the major moments in Hampton history that helped shape our great nation. From the Native American gallery depicting the lifestyle of the Virginia Indians living at Kecoughtan prior to the first settlers’ arrival, to the colonial and Antebellum galleries, you will experience Hampton during a simpler time. The life-like charred ruins reflecting the burning of Hampton in 1861 in the Civil War gallery illuminate the reconstruction of Hampton and how greatly the seafood industry must have impacted Hampton’s post-war economy. The founding of NACA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, in 1917 in Hampton was the precursor of NASA and the founding site of the American space program. Continue your explorations at the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside Digital 3D IMAX Theater, the result of Hampton’s relationship with NASA. More than 100 flight simulators and hands-on exhibits allow you Continued on page A6

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The World Famous Seafood Buffet When Captain George’s first opened in 1977, people experienced a buffet unlike any they had ever seen. They were treated to an array of freshly prepared dishes and amazing seafood at a remarkable price. For the past 35 years, our commitment to quality and value remains constant and is why Captain George’s is considered the ultimate seafood experience to this day.

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Make Room for the Memories. An adventure of historic proportion is waiting for you—at two livinghistory museums that explore America’s beginnings. Board replicas of colonial ships. Grind corn in a Powhatan Indian village. Try on English armor inside a palisaded fort. Then, join Continental Army soldiers at their encampment for a firsthand look at the Revolution’s end. Don’t forget your camera. Because the history here is life size. And your memories will be even bigger!

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to take the controls and experience air and space innovations of the past, present and future. The Riverside 3D IMAX Theater presents digital feature films and documentaries on a five-story screen. Next door, the Hampton Carousel spins visitors year-round on hand-carved horses and chariots. This Hampton treasure built in 1920 by European artisans is enclosed in a weatherprotective pavilion on the downtown waterfront. Nearby, you’ll find the Hampton Maritime Center where the Miss Hampton II departs daily April – October for tours of the Hampton Roads harbor, and the Ocean Eagle for fishing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. There are many historic churches in downtown Hampton and the surrounding communities. The parish of St. John’s Church, the oldest Anglican parish in North America, was founded in 1610 and celebrated their 400th anniversary along with the city in 2010. You can visit the church sanctuary and hear a recorded introduction. The fascinating cemetery is an amazing adventure in itself, with headstones spanning more than three centuries. The charming streets surrounding St. John’s are lined with small shops, restaurants, art galleries, and parks. The streets come alive with special events from April through October, including the Hampton Street Fest offered on Queen’s Way on Saturday evenings. Citywide events, such as the annual Hampton Jazz Festival, and internationally acclaimed artists draw crowds to Hampton Coliseum and to The American Theatre year-round. You’ll adore the boutique and antique shopping in Downtown Hampton and Phoebus, and the locally-owned dining establishments that receive raves from Hampton residents. National favorites and still more restaurants unique to other parts of Virginia can be found at Peninsula Town Center in the Coliseum Central District. A menu of more than 70 national and regionallyowned shops is presented at Peninsula Town Center, and more than a dozen restaurants, like Bensi, Frank Beamer’s American Grill, and Abuelos, flavor your visit with pleasing variety while “dinner and a movie” has been redefined at Cinebistro to now include upscale dining, feature films, top shelf beverages, bowling, a game room—all complemented by an adult-only policy after 6 p.m. Theme restaurants like NASCAR Sports Grille, Saddle Ridge Rockin’ Country Saloon, and Luckie’s Dueling Pianos can be enjoyed at the Power Plant of Hampton Roads, also within close proximity of concert and meeting venues. Like it spicy? Then Chipotle, bd’s Mongolian, Kenji Fusion, Mary Helen’s and Soya are serving up the cuisine you crave. It’s no secret Virginia and our southern neighbors serve up mouth-watering barbecue. You can experience the best at Q Barbecue and County Grill. And a visit to Hampton is not complete until you savor our decadent Chesapeake Bay seafood. After all, this is where the seafood canning process was perfected. Long known as Crabtown, Hampton’s seafood has been caught, packaged and shipped throughout the world for generations. You can eat your fill at Marker 20, Surfrider, Harpoon Larry’s, Hampton Seafood Kitchen, and Joe’s Crab Shack. The helpful travel counselors at the Hampton Visitor Center are eager to assist

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you in planning an excursion through the city. You’ll find them at our main center located at 120 Old Hampton Lane, but they are also available to you at the Virginia Air & Space Center, in the Hampton Maritime Center where Miss Hampton Harbor Tour tickets are available for purchase. We bet you’d like to sample a little of everything, so we’ve made it easy for you to do it all. Purchase the Hampton Sea to Stars Ticket at the Hampton Visitor Center and at the Virginia Air & Space Center. The Ticket offers admission to the Miss Hampton II, Riverside 3D Digital IMAX Theater, Hampton Carousel, Hampton History Museum and the Virginia Air & Space Center. Tickets are priced at $39 adult and $25 for youth. While you’re there pick up a Hampton Visitor Guide, complete with the Hampton Day Pass Value Card, good for special values and discounts at Hampton shops, restaurants and recreation sites. There’s no shortage of fun and adventure. After all, This is Hampton! For visitor information call 800-800-2202, 757-727-1102 or come to visithampton.com.

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER Living-History Museums Chronicle Nation’s Beginnings A hands-on history experience awaits visitors at two Williamsburg area museums that explore the nation’s beginnings. At Jamestown Settlement, gallery exhibits chronicle 1600s Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures, complementing historical interpretation at outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists in 1607, and the colonial fort. The story of the American Revolution, from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation, unfolds at the Yorktown Victory Center through gallery exhibits and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. The museums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas and New Year’s days. For more information call (888) 593-4682 or visit www.historyisfun.org.

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The Mariners’ Museum, America’s National Maritime Museum, is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world. For more than 75 years, The Mariners’ has illustrated the spirit of seafaring adventure, assembling a renowned and strikingly diverse collection of 35,000 maritime artifacts, including figureheads, ship models, decorative arts, historic paintings and small craft from around the world. The remains of one of the most famous ships in history, the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, have a permanent home in The Mariners’ Museum’s USS Monitor Center. The Wall Street Journal calls the $30 million, 63,500-square-foot facility “An Ironclad Must-See.” Be a part of the action in the high-definition battle theater, walk on the full-scale Monitor replica, see artifacts like the iconic revolving gun turret, experience interactive exhibits and hands-on conservation. The Museum sits on a 550-acre park, the nation’s largest privately maintained park that is free and open to the public. Rolling woodlands, a 167-acre Lake Maury, and five-mile Noland Trail make this a true urban oasis. The Mariners’ Museum is an official site on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, and visitors can take advantage of our interactive backpack program to learn about topics ranging from the history of the park, its plants, and animals, to environmental concerns. Continued on page A10

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Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for AAA and military, $10 for senior citizens, $7 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Take I-64 to exit 258-A. Call (757) 596-2222 or toll free (800) 581-SAIL, www.MarinersMuseum.org.

MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM

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Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest collections of historic military aircraft. These vintage WWI and WWII aircraft, such as our P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, Curtiss P-40, and Spitfire, have been restored to their original flying condition. The aircraft are flown on local demonstration flights and at regional air shows. Visit us at 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach or call (757) 721-7767. www.MilitaryAviationMuseum.org

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This maritime-themed science museum, on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, offers a fun and exciting educational experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to its largest artifact—The Battleship Wisconsin— unique features of this 120,000-square-foot facility includes hands-on exhibits, touch tanks, digital hi-definition films, national-caliber traveling exhibits and more. Plus, experience a self-guided deck tour of the battleship Wisconsin—one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy— and see the newly-opened wardroom and officers’ quarters. Guided tours of additional ship areas are available for an additional fee. While on site at Nauticus, be sure to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Education Resource Center and check out some of NOAA’s engaging exhibits including “Science on a Sphere”—a dynamic six-foot globe that displays 3-D animated images of our oceans and atmosphere. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located on Nauticus’ second floor, examines more than two centuries of naval activity in and around the Hampton Roads harbor. The Naval Museum also presents a chronology of the ship’s history in “Wisky Walk: Fifty years of Service.” Complementing the maritime experience are the Banana Pier Gift Shop and Outtakes Café on site. Call 757-664-1000 or visit www.nauticus.org for hours and admission fees.

NEWPORT NEWS

What can you do when you visit Newport News? Walk the deck of an iconic Civil War ironclad. Experience world-class performances. Go eye-to-eye with a bald eagle. Stand before a section of the Berlin Wall. Try your hand at painting or pottery. Go hiking, biking and geocaching. Play a round of golf or spend the day fishing. Enjoy a wide variety of dining and shopping opportunities. Let our travel counselors help plan your stay. Don’t forget to ask about our money-saving Combo Ticket and super-affordable hotel packages. For details, call us toll-free at 888-493-7386 or at 757-886-7777 or visit www.newport-news.org.

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NORFOLK

Norfolk, the Heart of the Virginia Waterfront, is a city known for its scenic waterways, lush landscape, thriving port, historic sites, moderate climate and diverse outdoor, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Norfolk’s universal allure is its central location in Virginia, making it easy to take day trips to nearby cities. Visitors can learn to sail, kayak, play a round of golf or hike only minutes from downtown Norfolk. Cruise our beautiful harbor on the tall ship American Rover or tour the city by foot by Segway! While you’re here, sign up for one of Norfolk’s new culinary tours. With many options to choose from, you can taste a sampling of Norfolk’s various culinary delights, plus a chance to see historic sites between stops. Norfolk has become well-known for its wide variety of cuisine and is home to more than 80 chef-owned restaurants in the downtown area, many featuring Virginia wine and Virginia-grown produce and meat. Downtown isn’t the only place to find eclectic entrees. A whole host of restaurants dot the streets of Ghent, the historic Freemason district, Ocean View and other areas of the city. Visitors will be surprised that there is much more here than just the typical Southern cuisine. Norfolk has a variety of international offerings, including Cuban, Irish, Indian, Italian, Moroccan, Japanese, Thai and Brazilian. What could be better than pairing food and wine with music? Norfolk has Continued on page A12

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emerged as the hub of music and performing arts not only for Virginia but the entire Coastal Virginia region and is home to several performing and visual arts companies, including the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Ballet Theater, Virginia Opera, Virginia Chorale and Virginia Arts Festival. Norfolk’s vibrant nightlife comes alive after hours with nightly shows at the NorVa and on stages at local bars & restaurants. Norfolk’s location makes for easy day trips to Virginia Beach’s beautiful oceanfront, Colonial Williamsburg & Busch Gardens or the Outer Banks of North Carolina, among others. For additional information, call 800-368-3097, or visit www.visitnorfolktoday.com. FUN FACTS • The world renowned Chrysler Museum of Art houses 62 galleries for 30,000 works of art from around the world. Recently opened is a studio devoted to the art of glass where you will be able to see daily glass blowing demonstrations in the new Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. • Get around Norfolk the easy way! Visitors can board “The Tide,” Norfolk’s new light rail system that runs through the city with several stops at the areas most popular attractions.

SPIRIT OF NORFOLK

Cruising Year-Round From Downtown Get ready for the time of your life. Step aboard the Spirit of Norfolk and come alive for an afternoon or evening of all-out fun. You’ll dine and dance to

live entertainment while being dazzled by skyline sights and a close-up look at the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. Choose from fun-filled lunches, dinners and midnight cruises. Details and tickets, www.spiritofnorfolk.com or (866) 211-3803. Advance reservations strongly recommended.

NAVAL BASE CRUISES ABOARD THE VICTORY ROVER Your front row seat to the Naval Fleet. 2 Hour Narrated Naval Base Cruises depart daily from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin. The Captain provides a fascinating and entertaining commentary aboard this Coast Guard inspected vessel. Cruising the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River you will see the sights of one of the world’s busiest sea ports including the world’s largest naval base, home of the Atlantic Fleet: Destroyers, Guided Missile Cruisers, Submarines, Aircraft Carriers and more. Up to 150 guests enjoy plenty of comfortable seating, air conditioned enclosed deck, open air shaded upper deck, snack bar and souvenir shop. Call 757-627-7406 for reservations or visit www.navalbasecruises.com $20 Adults, $12 Children. Summer Schedule (June – August): 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily. Spring (April-May) and Fall (September-October): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. 5:30 p.m. available on certain days – call for schedule. March, November and December: 2 p.m. every day but Monday – 9:30 a.m. Inland Waterway Tours on Select Days

SUFFOLK Small town charm and big city amenities converge in Suffolk, Virginia. Our historic downtown blends unique boutiques and shoppes with award-winning restaurants. Anchored by the Suffolk Visitor Center, Main Street is lined with historic homes and churches. Suffolk boasts year-round family friendly events.

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Discover the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge—112,000 acres of untouched wilderness. You’ll love our swamp safaris, canoe excursions, ghost walks and lantern tours. Kayak or fish in 8,000 acres of lakes and rivers. Golf one of our five championship golf courses. Take the plunge and skydive! Explore Riddick’s Folly House Museum where Union Army officers left behind penciled graffiti that is still legible today. Our 1885 passenger station is now Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. Visit the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, a professional performing arts theater. 866.SEE.SUFK. Suffolk-Fun.com

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Come spend your vacation in Virginia Beach, where you can “Live the Beach Life” all year. Enjoy summer’s lazy days lounging on soft beaches, strolling the famous boardwalk, kayaking with dolphins or riding the waves. Spring and fall bring sumptuous, fresh coastal cuisine along with exciting oceanfront festivals and a variety of opportunities for discovering our treasured state parks and wildlife refuge. Year-round, explore the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center or indulge at Town Center, Virginia Beach’s new downtown area, filled with shopping, luxurious dining, and exciting nightlife. For more information, visit www.visitvirginiabeach.com or call 1-800-VA-BEACH.

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VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM –

CONNECT TO NATURE! Enter a world where you can delight in the feel of a spider crab and other famous bay residents. Discover Virginia’s rich natural heritage, from the mountains to the sea. Unearth fossilized dinosaur tracks and enjoy hands-on activities. Experience a cool mountain cove and a steamy cypress swamp. Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave. See spectacular views of the sun from the observatory and marvel at the vastness of the universe in the planetarium theater. Delight in the antics of river otters, observe beavers hard at work or play and absorb the serenity of coastal birds. Discover an extensive collection of native plants and learn how to build, garden and live green in the Living Green House and Conservation Garden. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News (Exit 258A from I-64). 757-595-1900 www.thevlm.org.

THE VIRGINIA ZOO

Journey to mysterious places inhabited by exotic animals from around the world—without leaving Hampton Roads. Just board the Norfolk Southern Express train at The Virginia Zoo for an expedition to Asia - Trail of the Tiger or Africa’s Okavango Delta! Discover lions, tigers, moon bears, elephants, orangutans, giraffes, colorful birds and more! Watch the red panda climb through the trees just above your

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head. Go nose-to-nose with a prairie dog in an underground viewing bubble. Enjoy a stroll among our themed gardens and beautiful landscaping. The Virginia Zoo provides education and entertainment for people of all ages, and the Zoo is home to more than 400 animals on 53 beautifully landscaped acres. Our enriched exhibits encourage the animals’ natural behavior, and provide information about their habitats, what they eat and their worldwide conservation status. Visiting the Virginia Zoo is a fantastic thing to do with family and friends, and it’s a terrific value! Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for children (ages 2–11) and $10 for seniors (62+). Children under two get in FREE! The Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except major winter holidays. For more information, visit www.virginiazoo.org.

a 1950s and 60s surf theme, new resort-style amenities and more than 30 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions including Vanish PointSM, the park’s newest drop slide. The park includes 43 acres of refreshing pools, children’s play areas and lazy rivers, offering hours of fun in the summer sun. Water Country USA now features resort-style amenities to help guests make the most of their day and swim lessons and classes to take their water experience to the next level. Check out www.watercountryusa.com for more details or call (800) 343-7946.

WATER COUNTRY USA

Travel back in time, then savor the present at this year-round destination for history, shopping, outdoor recreation, fine dining and special events. Relive the pivotal battle of the Revolutionary War. Visit historic homes, museums, and battlefields by foot or enjoy a guided Segway tour through town. Set sail on Yorktown’s schooners Alliance and Serenity. Shop in specialty stores, enjoy a wine tasting, play on the riverfront, and dine in one-of-a-kind restaurants. Come for a day, a weekend or longer. 757-890-3300 or www.visityorktown.org.

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SANDY BOTTOM NATURE PARK 1255 Big Bethel Road 757-825-4657 www.hampton.gov/parks This 456-acre recreational facility features two lakes, wetlands areas, trails for hiking and biking, fishing, non-motorized boating, picnic areas, children’s playground, a campground, Yurts for rent, and a beautiful nature center. Call for special nature programs or tours Open year-round, closed Christmas. Free admission; fees for rental items. Open daily Sunrise-Sunset. Nature center hours: May-Sep 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Oct-Apr 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. I-64, exit 261A.

ST. GEORGE BREWING COMPANY 204 Challenger Way, Hampton, VA 23666 757-865-7781 • 757-865-BEER www.stgeorgebrewingco.com An international award-winning microbrewery. Come see how craft beer is made and packaged. Hospitality room and gift shop available. Retail hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tours and Tastings: Sat 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Closed Holidays.

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Established in 1610, St. John’s is the oldest continuous English-speaking parish in the U.S. The parish has been at its present site on lovely Queens Way, the fourth site of worship, since 1728. A recorded message introduces visitors to the church and its history. See the stained-glass window depicting the baptism of Pocahontas. St. John’s parish celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2010. Open year-round: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 9 a.m.- Noon. Guided tours by appointment; no tours Sun or Thurs a.m. Closed on major holidays. Free admission. I-64, exit 267.

VIRGINIA AIR & SPACE CENTER AND RIVERSIDE 3D IMAX THEATER 600 Settlers Landing Road 757-727-0900 • 800-296-0800 www.vasc.org The visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. This world-class facility features the Adventures in Flight and Space Quest galleries and more than 100 “hands-on” exhibits that tell the story of air and space exploration. See the Apollo 12 Command Module, a Mars meteorite and a three-billion year-old moon rock! Make a crater, travel to Mars and fly an airplane. Visit the technologically advanced Digital 3D IMAX® Theater and see a film on a five-story screen with 16,000 watts of digital-sound. Open daily: closed Christmas day. Exhibits Admission: $11.50 adults; $10.50 military, NASA, seniors (65+); $9.50 children/students ages 3-18 IMAX Admission (45-min): $9.00 adults; $8.00 military, NASA, seniors (65+); $7.00 children/students ages 3-18 IMAX Admission (90-min+): $10.00 adults; $9.00 military, NASA, seniors (65+); $8.00 children/ students ages 3-18 Exhibits & One IMAX (45min+): $18.00 adults; $16.00 military, NASA, seniors (65+); $14.00 children/students ages 3-18 Exhibits & One IMAX (90min+): $20.00 adults; $18.00 military, NASA, seniors (65+); $16.00 children/students ages 3-18 £

Sea to Stars Ticket Hampton’s 400-year legacy as the city “First from the Sea, First to the Stars” is captured in this combination ticket that mixes history, adventure, water recreation and pure fun! The special value allows you to explore many Hampton’s attractions at one low price. The ticket is good for one-time admission to the Virginia Air & Space Center, Riverside IMAX Theater, Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise, Hampton History Museum and the Hampton Carousel. Adult tickets, $39, and tickets for youth ages 4-11, $25. Sea to Stars Tickets are sold at the Hampton Visitor Center and the Virginia Air & Space Center. For more information, call 800/800-2202, 757/727-1102 or 757/727-0900. But don’t forget, many other Hampton attractions are free to enjoy—like the Casemate Museum, Hampton University Museum, the Charles H. Taylor Art Center and Hampton parks, like Sandy Bottom and Bluebird Gap Farm! You’ll want to see them too!

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African American Heritage ew cities possess a tapestry of multi-cultural historic sites such as the one to be found in Hampton. Generations of city inhabitants have contributed richly to the Hampton’s 400-year-old story. Hampton’s heritage legacy begins at the present-day site of Fort Monroe. Affectionately named Point Comfort by Capt. John Smith in 1607, the site is a fitting place to begin your heritage tour. John Rolfe recorded that on August 20, 1619, the vessel White Lion arrived at Point Comfort with twenty and odd Africans. The ship was believed to have left one of its African passengers at Point Comfort; a woman by the name of Angela. It is further believed that the captain attempted to barter his cargo for food at the small Kecoughtan settlement. Having no success, he proceeded up the James River where he sold the Africans, likely as indentured servants, at Jamestown. Based on data from trade routes of the time, these first Africans

arriving in America in 1619 are believed to have been from Angola on Africa’s West Coast. In addition to reflecting on the 1619 landing, you will want to explore all of Fort Monroe. Built 1819-1834, the moat-encircled stone fortification remained Union-held during the Civil War and thousands of slaves sought shelter within its walls. Its role as a safe haven began on May 23, 1861, when Major General Benjamin F. Butler accepted three runaway slaves seeking their freedom, declaring them “contraband of war.” The men, Shepard Mallory, Frank Baker, and James Townsend were from the plantation of Col. Charles King Mallory of Hampton. Butler argued that since the slaves were being used as chattel property, they fit the definition of contraband and he had the right to seize them. News of this extraordinary development spread. Hampton’s Fort Monroe quickly earned the nickname “Freedom’s Fortress” and by the end of July 1861, over 900 slaves had escaped to Fort Monroe. Thousands more would follow. This extraordinary occurrence shaped the community that would become the City of Hampton. £

Heritage Sites ABERDEEN GARDENS HISTORIC MUSEUM 55 & 57 N. Mary Peake Boulevard 757-243-3452 • 757-722-2345 • 757-826-7349 Built for and by African Americans in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Settlement. The museum celebrates the neighborhood’s heritage and future.

BAY SHORE BEACH AT BUCKROE During segregation, Hampton’s Bay Shore Beach located on the Chesapeake Bay, was one of the most popular African American resorts on the East Coast. What began in 1898 as a four-room cottage, grew to a three-story beachfront hotel with 70 rooms and long porches facing the water. The hotel and surrounding property were privately redeveloped in 1973.

CASEMATE MUSEUM & FORT MONROE Casemate 20, Bernard Road • 757-788-3391 National Park Service • 757-722-3678 Fort Monroe’s fascinating history is interpreted for visitors through weaponry, uniform and Civil War exhibits at the Casemate Museum, located within the historic walls of the fort. The National Historic Landmark features the cell in which Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned for treason following the Civil War. The museum offers screenings of its African American Heritage film for visitors with advance reservations.

HAMPTON HISTORY MUSEUM 120 Old Hampton Lane 757-727-1610 Galleries recount four centuries from the founding of Hampton to the present, including the burning of Hampton, the establishing of Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute, and the contributions of African Americans throughout Hampton’s history.

HAMPTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND CAMPUS 757-727-5308 The museum features one of the most exceptional collections of African, Native-American and African-American art in the United States. The museum and the school, established as Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, date to

1868 and were found to educate formerly enslaved African Americans. Hampton University’s campus is home to six national historic landmarks. Among them are Emancipation Oak, where Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was read to residents of Hampton, Memorial Chapel, Virginia Cleveland Hall, and Booker T. Washington Memorial Garden and Statue. You are also encouraged to visit the campus cemetery, final resting place for Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, founder, and many other former principals, presidents and students. Pick up a walking tour brochure at Hampton University Museum, the oldest African-American museum in the nation. Experience the campus by iPod Tour. You can download the tour free from visithampton.com.

LITTLE ENGLAND CHAPEL 4100 Kecoughtan Road 757-722-4249 Built circa 1879, Little England Chapel is Virginia’s only known African American missionary chapel. The sanctuary holds a permanent exhibit that helps visitors understand the religious lives of post-Civil War African Americans in Virginia. The chapel is both a state historic landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

PHOEBUS Phoebus Improvement League 757-727-0808 Much of Hampton’s African-American population settled near Camp Hamilton, adjacent to Fort Monroe in the Mill Creek area, following Union-General Benjamin Butler’s decree that slaves were “contraband of war.” A nearby community became known as Slabtown.

RUPPERT L. SARGENT BUILDING 1 Franklin Street Hampton’s newest municipal building was named for First Lieutenant Ruppert Leon Sargent. Born in Hampton January 6, 1938, Lt. Sargent attended Hampton Institute prior to entering the Army in 1959. He was killed on March 15, 1967 in Vietnam when he threw himself over two grenades tossed by Viet Cong soldiers, an effort that saved the lives of others in his unit. A Medal of Honor recipient, and the only one to be

born and raised in Hampton, Sargent is buried in the Hampton National Cemetery. A bronze bust of Sargent and his medal are displayed in the building’s lobby.

TRUSTY HOUSE 76 West County Street William H. Trusty was born in 1862 of freed parents and rose to become a successful businessman and civic leader. Trusty built this 1897 house as a residence for he and his wife. He was one of the first African Americans elected to public office in Virginia, serving on Phoebus Town Council in 1901. He died suddenly in 1902 at the age of 40. The Trusty House is now a private residence and not open to the public.

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN Exhibit at Virginia Air & Space Center 600 Settlers Landing Road 757-727-0900 The controversial Tuskegee Experiment, which cleared the way for African Americans to join ranks of the Army Air Force, was implemented in 1941 to prove blacks could fly combat missions. Dozens of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) students were recruited for their flight training at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama. The first aviation cadet class completed training in March 1942. The Tuskegee pilots never lost an aircraft they protected during their many escort missions.

VMW GUIDED TOURS 757-988-0015 www.vmwguidedtours.com

FAMILY TREE HERITAGE SITE GUIDE Hampton’s rich tapestry of African American heritage is presented in the Family Tree Heritage Site Guide. Please inquire at the Hampton Visitor Center, 120 Old Hampton Lane.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY 2012

29 Hampton University Founder’s Day

16 Bettye LaVette

Guest speaker Edward D. Shames, member of the Easy Company (portrayed by the acclaimed TV series Band of Brothers). Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

Gen. Samuel Armstrong founded Hampton University 143 years ago. Each year, HU’s President Dr. William R. Harvey and other members of the HU community attend a commemorative wreath-placing ceremony at Armstrong’s gravesite, a ceremony featuring a keynote speaker and an awards presentation. Includes performance by the Hampton University choir. 757-727-5402 • www.hamptonu.edu

Often hailed as the Great Lady of Soul, Bettye LaVette is a song stylist par excellence. Her voice is one of richness and depth, naked, raw and visceral emotion and a voice filled with the wisdom and acumen acquired during the course of her more than four decade career. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

21 Hampton Reggae Fest

29 Sunday Hayrides

18 Normandy to Adolph Hitler’s Eagles Nest- Lunch In Time Series

An all-day event that is jam-packed full of positive vibes and great music. Hampton Coliseum. Doors open at Noon. $15, Children (2-12) $5. Tickets $2 more day of show. 757-838-4203 • www.hamptoncoliseum.org

21 Dream Catchers and the Featured Artist Reuben Burrell The theme for the month of January is “Dream Catchers” and featured artist is photographer, Reuben Burrell. Story time session, explore the museum and create a work of art themed “This Is My Dream.” Hampton University Museum. 1 p.m.–3 p.m. 757-727-5980 or email crystalc.johnson@hamptonu.edu

21-22 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks) offer a playful, entertainment and highly polished view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesty (in drag!). The American Theatre. 2:30 p.m. $40. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

24 Chuco Valdes with the Afro-Cuban Messengers Universally recognized as the “dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuoso players”, Chuco Valdez is a multi Grammy Award winner. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

27 Aquila Theatre Company in Macbeth by William Shakespeare “Fair is foul and foul is fair” in Aquila Theatre’s rendering of the chaotic world of Shakespeare’s Macbeth where nothing is as it seems. The pre-performance lecture begins at 7 p.m. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

28 Country Winterblast 2012 Headliner Josh Turner will be joined by five other national recording artists including Gloriana, Andy Gibson, Sunny Sweeney, The Farm, and Kip Moore. Hampton Coliseum. 2 p.m. (Doors Open). $35, $27, and $15. 757-838-4203 • www.hamptoncoliseum.org

28 The Inside-Outside of a Dream: Photo Form Sculpture The theme “Dream Catchers” and the documentary photography of Reuben Burrell are used to create sculpture. Workshop geared for ages 13 and up. Pre-registration required. Materials needed and fee for workshop TBA. Hampton University Museum. Free. 1 p.m.–4 p.m. 757-727-5980 or email crystalc.johnson@hamptonu.edu

28 Survival Training Come to Sandy Bottom and learn, with a ranger, what to do if lost in the woods. You will learn things like how to start a fire, purify water, find food, and build a shelter. Register one day prior by 3:00 p.m. Ages 8 and over. Sandy Bottom Nature Park Nature Center. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. $2. 757-825-4657 • www.hampton.gov/sandybottom

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Come and join in on the hayride fun, where we will offer three separate hayrides for $2 around our wetlands. Rides take 20 minutes. Start times are as follows 1 p.m.-1:20 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m., and finally 2:00 p.m.-2:20 p.m. Sandy Bottom Nature Park Nature Center. $2. 757-825-4657 • www.hampton.gov/sandybottom

FEBRUARY 2012 2 Trio Voronezh These three virtuoso musicians were “discovered” playing for the crowds in the subways in Frankfurt, Germany. Made up of domra, bayan, and the double bass balalaika, the Trio plays Russian tunes and the classics in a fresh, convincing, and fun filled way. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

4 15th Annual Black History Program Celebration Breakfast Celebrate the start of Black History Month with members of the Aberdeen Gardens Historic and Civic Association. This year’s speaker is Dr. Sarah Moten. Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel. 8:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. $25. 757-722-2345

6 Unknown No Longer: Hampton’s Hidden HistoryPort Hampton Lecture Series Guest speaker Lauranett L. Lee, PhD, Curator of African History, Virginia Historical Society. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

8-9 Arlo Guthrie—Boys Night Out with Abe and Krishna Guthrie Longtime American Theatre favorite and legend of American folk music, Arlo Guthrie returns in Boys Night Out—with son Abe and grandson Krishna. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

11 Rockets to Racecars: The Science of Flight - in celebration of Black History Month

17 Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in La Pasion Flamenca La Pasion Flamenca is passion in motion— a journey back to the cultural crossroads of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain and the birthplace of Flamenco. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $30-$35. Also performed on February 19 at 2:30 p.m. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

17-19 Third Annual Hampton, VA Sports Festival Sports include arm wrestling, bikini body building, body building, boxing, chess, cornhole, cross-fit, fitness body building, grappling, gymnastics, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, MMA, K-1, Power Lifting, Soccer, Strongest Man and Woman, and Taekwondo. Hampton Roads Convention Center. $10 per day or $17 for the weekend, 10 and under free admission with paying adult. 757-727-8311 • www.sportshampton.com

18 Mad River Theatre Works in Freedom Bound An original play with music, Freedom Bound tells the story of the most important incident in the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. This is the story of Addison White, a slave who escaped from Kentucky and ended up in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. The American Theatre. 2 p.m. $8. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

21-22 Southeastern Guns & Knives Show Hampton Roads Convention Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. $8. 757-315-1610 www.guns-knives.com/calendar.php

21 Mardi Gras with New Orleans’ Own Hot 8 Brass Band Nothing epitomizes New Orleans Mardi Gras street music more than New Orleans’ Own Hot 8 Brass Band. This is a band that infuses its performance with funk and energy. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

Featuring members of the Tidewater Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen. Explore the science of flight and racing with handson exhibits and programs. Included in regular exhibit admission. Virginia Air & Space Center. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 757-727-0900 • www.vasc.org

13 Yasmin Levy Deep, spiritual singing, passionate vocal delivery. Levy has played more than 80 shows in 19 different countries on her recent tour which coincided with the release of her latest CD, Sentir. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

15 Hampton Dragnet: Evolution of Community Policing- Lunch In Time Series Guest speaker Police Chief Pat. G. Minetti (Ret).Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

23 – 26 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIII Celebrate 23 years of quilt, wearable, and textile art at one of the largest and most anticipated quilt gatherings on the eastern seaboard. The theme of this year’s festival “What If?” gives entrants an opportunity to relate what their quilt would say…if it could talk! Other highlights include a Merchants Mall with over 250 vendor booths. $14 includes re-admission, $12 Sunday only, ages 16 and under free. 757-315-1610 • www.quiltfest.com

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Hampton Event Venues 25 Engineers’ Month 10th Annual Egg Drop Contest Features students from Hampton Roads’ schools competing in this test of engineering prowess. Call for more information or to learn how to register for the competition. Virginia Air & Space Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 757-727-0900 • www.vasc.org

4-11 Good Taste Matters: Downtown Hampton and Coliseum Central Restaurant Week

25 Salute to the Freedom Fighters and the Featured Artist Jacob Lawrence Sponsored by The Biggers’ Circle, visitors are available to watch the Museum come alive as actors become artists and teach you all about their lives in this fun filled afternoon. For children of all ages are invited to learn more about the fight for freedom in this portrayal of American history. Hampton University Museum. Free. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 757-727-5980 or email crystalc.johnson@hamptonu.edu

MARCH 2012 1-30 FREEdom Days (Entire Month of March) In a show of support for our troops and their families, Veterans, retired and active duty military, their spouses and dependents, will receive free exhibit admission with the presentation of their military ID. On Saturdays and Sundays, children can participate in free make-n-take activities. Military families will also receive discounts on IMAX admission and in the Center’s café and gift store. Virginia Air & Space Center. 757-727-0900. www.vasc.org

1 Gretchen Parlato American jazz singer Gretchen Parlato (daughter of Frank Zappa’s bassist, Dave Parlato) creates a seamless, crystalline and with the overall theme of accepting opposition and embracing the ebbs and flows of life. 757-722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

2-4 Second Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival Presented by Folk City Tattoo and Twisted Ink magazine, the event celebrates all aspects of the tattooing industry. Speak with tattoo artists; work performed on-site. Tattoo cost is in addition to the entrance fee price. This year the festival welcomes special guest Ami James of TLC’s  NY Ink and Miami Ink fame. Hampton Roads Convention Center. $25 daily, $45 Weekend Pass, $35 Military Weekend Pass. 757-484-1319 • www.hrtattoofest.com

3 Walnut Street Theatre in PROOF by David Auburn Proof tells the story of Catherine—a young woman who has given up college so that she can take care of her brilliant, yet mentally ill, father. Members of the company lead a master class for the theatre students and actors. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

Enjoy a two-course lunch for $10 and/or a three-course meal for either $20 or $30 at participating restaurants in Downtown Hampton and the Coliseum Central districts. Reservations are recommended. 757-727-1271 www.downtownhampton.com or www.coliseumcentral.com

BOO WILLIAMS SPORTSPLEX 5 Armistead Pointe Parkway Hampton, VA 23666 757-637-7300 www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

5 Cry Havoc: The Crooked Road to Civil War, 1861- Port Hampton Lecture Series Guest speaker Nelson D. Lankford, PhD, Vice President for Programs, Virginia Historical Society. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

6-7 Ballet FolkLorico de Antiquia, Colombia Come discover why dance fans love the impetuous movement of the Mapale, the seductive rhythms of the Cumbia, and the indigenous melodies of the Colombian high plains. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $30-$35. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

HAMPTON COLISEUM 1000 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 757-838-4203 www.hamptoncoliseum.org

13-14 Celtic Nights— Journey of Hope From the creators of Gaelforce Dance comes this brand new show in celebration of song. Featuring the best male and female voices of the Celtic World showcased against a thundering backdrop of expert dancing and musicianship. The American Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $30-$35. 757-722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

16 Zakir Hussain and The Masters of Percussion Zakir Hussain is a multi Grammy Award winner, performer, coproducer, and composer of the highest order. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

17 Theatre IV in Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Co-produced by the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. The American Theatre. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. $8. 757-722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

HAMPTON ROADS CONVENTION CENTER 1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 757-315-1610 www.thehrcc.com

21 Sink Before Surrender: The C.S.S. Virginia- Lunch In Time Series Join author John V. Quarstein for a book signing. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

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Calendar of Events Continued From Page 37 23-25 Nike Elite Youth Basketball Tournament (Boys 13U-14U) Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

24 The Hunt for Hampton History Help solve the mystery of Hampton’s past! Describe over 400 years of culture, entertainment, war, sports, and the legendary people who made Hampton what it is today. The fun includes children’s activities, reenactors, and special exhibits. Hampton History Museum. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

25 Matt Haimovitz, Cellist in Beyond Bach Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Haimovitz made his first recording at the age of 17 with Levine and the Chicago Symphony. He has since gone on to performed with the world’s leading orchestras and on the world’s most prestigious concert stages. The American Theatre. 2:30 p.m. $25-$30. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

28 2012 miLA International Bridal Expo Hampton Roads Convention Center, Admission. 757-315-1610 • www.milabridal.com/calendar-of-events.html

30-31 The Acting Company & The Guthrie Theatre in Julius Casear by William Shakespeare One of the greatest political dramas of all time, Julius Caesar is a classic story of pride and envy, arrogance and honor, opportunity, and tragic strategic errors. Question and Answer session with the cast after the performances. The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

31-April 1 Southeastern Guns & Knives Show Hampton Roads Convention Center, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Sunday. $8. 757-315-1610. www.guns-knives.com/calendar.php

APRIL 2012

9-13 Spring Break Science Camps (Grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5)

27-29 Boo Williams NIKE Spring Boys Basketball Invitational

For detailed camp descriptions visit www.vasc.org. Virginia Air & Space Center. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission Fee. 757-727-0900 • www.vasc.org

Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 • www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

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A commemoration of the first settlers’ landing in 1607 and the peaceful meeting between the Native Americans and the European Settlers. Strawberry Banks, 3 p.m. Free. 757-727-8311 • www.hampton1610.com

Dailey & Vincent is the happy pairing of well known blue-grass performers Jamie Dailey (former lead singer and guitarist with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver) and Darrin Vincent (who was guitar and mandolin player for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder). The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m., $27.50-$32.50. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

18- 22 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Hampton Coliseum. Dates subject to change. 757-838-4203 • www.hamptoncoliseum.org

18 Korean War Battle of Chipyong: The Wartime Experiences of Kingston Winget- Lunch In Time Series

29 Hampton’s Annual Landing Day

MAY 2012 5 That Puppet Guy in Planet Earth, Inc Atlanta-based Lee Bryan (That Puppet Guy) teaches us how to “Go Green” in this fun filled show which combines hand puppets, magic tricks, and live original songs. The American Theatre. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. $8. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

Join speaker Monty Wignet. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

20 Steve Wilson: Alto & Soprano Saxophone and Flutes In celebration of his 50th birthday, Hampton native Steve Wilson returns to our stage with an all- star quartet. Joining Steve in this special concert are: Patrice Rushen, James Genus (from Saturday Night live band—also a Hampton native) and Billy Kilson. The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $27.50- $32.50. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

20-22 Boo Williams NIKE Spring Girls Basketball Invitational Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

21 Theatre IV in A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner Get back to the House at Pooh Corner to spend some tender time with faithful friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo, Rabbit, Christopher Robin and, of course, that lovable bear called Winnie the Pooh. The American Theatre. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. $8. 757-722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

5 International Space Day Celebrate the Year of Mars with liquid nitrogen demonstrations and exciting make-n-take activities. Virginia Air & Space Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is included in regular exhibit admission. 757-727-0900 • www.vasc.org

7 Jamestown Rediscovery Project: New Discoveries- Port Hampton Lecture Series Guest speaker William M. Kelso, PhD, Director of Archaelogy for the Virginia Historical Society. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

16 Hampton Photographs and Artifacts Long Forgotten Brought to Light- Lunch In Time Series Presented by Hampton History Museum Curator Michael Cobb. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

18-20 Hoop Group (Boys 9th, 10th, 11th Grade) Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

2 An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia by Andrew Talkov- Port Hampton Lecture Series Guest speaker Andrew Talkov, Coordinator, Virginia Historical Society. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

2-6 Spring Break Science Camps (Grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5) For detailed camp descriptions visit www.vasc.org. Virginia Air & Space Center. 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. Admission Fee. 757-727-0900 • www.vasc.org

3 Milos Karadaglic, Guitarist Milos Karadaglic is hailed by fans and critics for his brilliant technique and transcendent musicality. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

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21 12th Annual International Children’s Festival Virtually travel around the world enjoying the rich array of sights, sounds, and tastes of distant lands that captivate the senses of children and adults alike. Over 35 countries and cultures showcase their unique heritages. Mill Point Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 757-727-8311 • www.hampton.gov/parks/icf

27-29 Springer Theatre in Honky Tonk Angels A raucous and entertaining juke box musical about three women who step onto a bus. Destination: Nashville, Tennessee. The American Theatre. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m. $25-$30. 757-722-2787 • www.hamptonarts.net

25- 28 2012 Langley Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show Over 1,500 canine friends are hosted by the Gloucester and Langley Kennel Clubs in this highly anticipated event expected to draw over 4,000 spectators within a four day period. Hampton Roads Convention Center. Admission Fee. 757-315-1610 • www.thehrcc.com

26-28 Memorial Day Beach Volleyball Festival All levels of play as amateur and Men’s and Women’s Pro teams compete for cash prizes. Buckroe Beach. Free. 757-773-4386 • www.stopwatchsports.net

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JUNE 2012

16 Aberdeen Gardens Heritage Day Aberdeen Gardens Historic & Civic Association celebrates its unique heritage with entertainment, food, and festivity. Aberdeen Gardens Museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 757-722-2345 • www.aberdeengardens.org

20 Portsmouth and Gosport Navy Yard Through the Civil War- Lunch In Time Series

1-3 13th Annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival Celebrating OpSail 2012! This raucous festival was first held during OpSail 2000 to celebrate Hampton’s maritime heritage and relationship with the notorious menace, Blackbeard—aka Edward Teach. Hampton reenacts and celebrates the demise of Blackbeard, one of the fiercest pirates ever known. Immerse yourself in the early 1700s in Hampton with live entertainment, pirate encampment, children’s activities, sea battles, fireworks, and more. Downtown Hampton. Free. 757-727-0900 • www.blackbeardpiratefestival.com

Presented by Portsmouth Naval Museum Curator Cory Thornton. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

22-24 22nd Annual Afrikan American Festival An outdoor, non-alcoholic, family-oriented event that features nonstop entertainment and a marketplace with over 70 vendors displaying & selling art, crafts, and food. Mill Point Park, $4. 757-727-8311

Buckroe Beach. Free. Cost to participate. 757-969-5716 • www.3dsandsoccer.info

Guest speaker Randall Jones, award winning author and storyteller. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610. • www.hampton1610.com

6 OpSail 2012 Virginia® Sea and Air Parade Enjoy a viewing of a parade of International Navy Vessels at Fort Monroe. Special event parking. Time TBA. 757-727-8311 • www.opsail2012virginia.com/ first-annual-sea-and-air-parade

8 OpSail 2012 Virginia® Parade of Sail International Tall Ships enter Hampton Roads. Fort Monroe. Special event parking. Time TBA. 757-727-8311 • www.opsail2012virginia.com/ first-annual-sea-and-air-parade

22-24 45th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival Celebrating 45 years of music, the Hampton Jazz Festival attracts the nation’s top blues, soul, pop, and jazz performers and fans from across the nation. Hampton Coliseum. Admission Fee. 757-838-4203 • www.hamptoncoliseum.org

30- July 1 Independence Rocks Beach Volleyball Festival

Celebrate Father’s Day by offering dads free exhibit admission with the purchase of a child’s exhibit admission. Virginia Air & Space Center. 757-727-0900 • www.vasc.org

Documentary film with commentary by Hampton History Museum Curator Michael Cobb. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

23-29 AAU Boys Division I National Basketball Championships (6th Grade)

AUGUST 2012 6 The Day Which Will Live in InfamyPort Hampton Lecture Series Pearl Harbor survivors and film. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

JULY 2012 5-8 AAU Boys Division III National Basketball Championships (4th and 5th Grade) Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

9 The Sea and Hampton’s Long Reliance Upon ItPort Hampton Lecture Series

15-17 FREE Admission for Dad!

18 When the Twenties Roared: The Charleston, Babe Ruth, and Speakeasies- Lunch In Time Series

All levels of play as amateur and Men’s and Women’s Pro teams compete for cash prizes. Buckroe Beach. Free. 757-773-4386 • www.stopwatchsports.net

Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

All warships and tall ships depart Hampton Roads. Enjoy viewing the ships as they pass through the channel into the Chesapeake Bay and begin their journey Up the Chesapeake. Fort Monroe. Special event parking. Time TBA. 757-727-8311 • www.opsail2012virginia.com/ first-annual-sea-and-air-parade

Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 • www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

5-8 USJN-Nike Tournament (Girls 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U)

12 OpSail 2012 Virginia® Parade of Sail Up the Chesapeake

16- 22 AAU Boys Division II National Basketball Championships (6th Grade)

28- 31 AAU Boys Division III National Basketball Championships (8th and 9th Grade)

3-9 Hampton University Ministers’ Conference

4 The Heroic Campaign to the Battle of King’s Mountain- Port Hampton Lecture Series

Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 • www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

2-3 Fifth Annual 3D Sand Soccer shootout

98th Annual conference held for ministers and religious leaders. Hampton University Convocation Center. 757-727-5340 • www.hamptonu.edu

12- 15 AAU Boys Division III National Basketball Championships (6th and 7th Grade)

Panel Discussion. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free Admission for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

11-12 87th Annual Hampton Cup Regatta North America’s oldest continuously-run hydroplane boat race! Enjoy a children’s area, food vendors, Bay Education, and environmental exhibits. East Mercury Bridge at Fort Monroe. Free. 757-727-8311 • www.hamptoncupregatta.org

15 My Wife Just Blew Away, She Just Blew Away: The Great Dust Bowl- Lunch In Time Series Documentary film with commentary by Hampton History Museum Curator Michael Cobb. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

9-13 2012 Virginia High School Coaches Association Coaches Clinic and All-Star Games Hampton Roads Convention Center. 757-315-1610 • www.thehrcc.com

11- 13 Boo Williams Sportsplex Invitational (9th, 10th, 11th Grade) Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757-637-7300 • www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

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6 Five Alarm & Festival Chili Cook-Off

Enter your own famous chili recipe or bring your friends and sample some of the best tasting chili in the area. With food vendors, fire safety demonstrations, children’s activities, and more. Carousel Park. Noon- 4 p.m. Free, fee for chili samples. 757-727-1212

6 Harvest Fest Gala Golf Tournament

25 Dog Days of Summer Bark Park Extravaganza Fun with your family and canine companionship. Dog Bathing Suit Contest, entertainment, K-9 demonstrations, and much more. Ridgeway Bark Park. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free. 757-727-8311 • www.hampton.gov/parks

SEPTEMBER 2012 1-3 Labor Day Beach Volleyball Festival All levels of play as amateur and Men’s and Women’s Pro teams compete for cash prizes. Buckroe Beach. Free. 757-773-4386 • www.stopwatchsports.net

7-9 30th Annual Hampton Bay Days Celebrating its 30th year, this annual festival is a combination of free entertainment on multiple stages, a family friendly area with a children’s stage, 100 Arts & Crafts booths, 35 food vendors, and one of the longest fireworks displays in the area. Downtown Hampton. Fri. Noon-11 p.m.; Sat.10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. Noon-6 p.m. Free. 757-727-1641 • www.baydays.com

10 Hampton, My Hometown: Hamptonians Tell Their Stories-Port Hampton Lecture Series Hamptonians tell their fond memories of Hampton. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

15 Neighborhood Night Out

Presented by the Historical Foundation of Aberdeen Gardens at the Hampton Golf Club, this event includes trophies, food, and fun. 9:30 a.m. Participation fee. 757-243-3452 to register. www.aberdeengardens.org

13 45th Annual Phoebus Days Celebrate a return to simpler times and American values at Phoebus Day!  The festival includes parade, vendors, live music and more. Mellen Street, 10 a.m. Free. 757-727-0808. www.phoebusdays.com

17 The Second War with Great Britain: The Pillaging of Hampton- Lunch In Time Series Panel Discussion. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610. www.hampton1610.com

Hampton Roads Convention Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. $8. 757-315-1610 www.guns-knives.com/calendar.php

26-30 Disney on Ice! Hampton Coliseum. Dates subject to change. 757-838-4203 • www.hamptoncoliseum.org.

OCTOBER 2012 1 Fort Wool: The Island of Stone and SurprisePort Hampton Lecture Series Presentation by Hampton History Museum Curator Michael Cobb. Hampton History Museum. 7:00 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3.00. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

Hampton Roads Convention Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. $8. 757-315-1610 www.guns-knives.com/calendar.php

29-30 Santa’s Attic Craft Show An array of original, handmade items perfect for that one-ofa-kind holiday gift. Noon.-5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday. Hampton City Hall. Free. 757-727-8311 • www.hampton.gov/parks

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NOVEMBER 2012 2-4 NekoCon 15 Attendees dress up as their favorite anime characters and become part of the action. Attend various panels and workshops, purchase merchandise in the dealer’s room, and be a part of main attractions like karaoke contests, art shows, and nightly dances. Hampton Roads Convention Center. Admission Fee. 757-727-8311 • www.thehrcc.com

1 24th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade Cruise into the spirit of the holiday season as more than 20 boats parade along the Hampton River. Spectators wanting to hear the narration will want to find a spot near the Hampton Maritime Center. Downtown Hampton waterfront, 7:15 p.m. Free. 757-727-1276 • www.downtownhampton.com

7-8 17th Annual Holiday and Kwanzaa Marketplace

4 Caribbean 1500 Cup The Caribbean 1500 commences in Hampton and sails to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The fleet will gather at the Hampton Public Piers and Bluewater Yachting Center for several days of briefings and final preparations leading up to the start. The fleet will depart the shores of Fort Monroe. Participation fee, free for spectators. www.carib1500.com

5 Myths and Realities of the J.F.K. Legacy- Port Hampton Lecture Series Join Conover Hunt, co-founder of the 6th floor J.F.K. Museum in Dallas, Texas. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

9-11 Veteran’s Day Our military veterans and retired military receive free exhibit admission. ID must be presented. Virginia Air & Space Center. 757-727-0900 • www.vasc.org

5 Eighth Annual Harvest Fest Gala

17 Coliseum Central Holiday Parade presented by Peninsula Town Center

Presented by the Historical Foundation of Aberdeen Gardens, this event includes a silent auction, fashion show, vendors and more. Langley Air Force Base. 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. $50. 757-243-3452 • www.aberdeengardens.org

Marching bands, floats, helium balloons and more take center stage in the festivities; Santa Claus is also sure to stop by. Peninsula Town Center, 9:30 a.m. Free. 757-826-6351 • www.coliseumcentral.com

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24-25 Southeastern Guns & Knives Show

Enjoy safe trick-or-treating, costume contests, the wacky wizard’s castle, spooky make-n-takes, Child Identification from the Hampton Sheriff’s Department, and more! Virginia Air & Space Center. 4 p.m. -7 p.m. Admission Fee. 757-727-0900 • www.vasc.org

19 Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men: The Shadow Knows- Lunch In Time Series

22-23 Southeastern Guns & Knives Show

Citizens are invited to share their tales. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

27 Annual Halloween Bash

The day will feature inflatables, a rock climbing wall and area businesses providing information related to health and safety. Location TBD. 3-6 p.m. Free. 757-826-6351 • www.coliseumcentral.com

Experience Radio Classics in our 1930’s living room. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

21 Come One, Come All: Come and Tell Your Hampton and Phoebus Stories- Lunch In Time Series

Purchase your holiday and Kwanzaa gifts from the museum shop, specializing in African, African-American, and other multicultural items. Enjoy special holiday music, sales, and activities. Contact Vanessa Thaxton-Ward for more information at 757-727-5508 or vanessa.thaxton-ward@hamptonu.edu. Hampton University Museum. Free. 757-727-5508 • www.museum.hamptonu.edu

8 Fifth Annual First Light Celebration Commemorate the first recorded English Christmas in America—which took place in Hampton! The fun includes Olde English caroling, children’s activities, ginger cakes, wassail, corn cakes, and more. Enjoy a reenactment of the story of Captain John Smith and the Kecoughtan natives. The event concludes with the blue star lighting atop the museum. Hampton History Museum. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

8 Hampton Holly Days Parade Join us for an evening of enchantment as you view the creative floats, listen to the high school bands, salute the military marching units and exciting drill teams, and wave at the beauty queens. Plus, everyone’s favorite…. Santa Claus. Televised live on WVEC-TV13. Downtown Hampton. 7 p.m. Free. 757-727-8311 • www.hampton.gov/parks

19 It’s a Wonderful Life: Great Enterprises that have Come and Gone in Hampton and Phoebus- Lunch In Time Series Panel Discussion. Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

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On Going Events ONGOING 2012

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS (First Monday of every month) Port Hampton Lecture Series Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor. Memberships available at the door. Hampton History Museum. 7:00 p.m. Free for members. Non-members, $3. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

and Phyllis Wheatley as true abolitionists and fighters for justice. This exhibition will be on display on the second floor, Hampton History gallery. Hampton University Museum. Free 757-727-5308 • museum.hamptonu.edu

February 25- June 24 An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia-Waging War

Come on down to Bluebird Gap Farm for a good old-fashioned country hayride. Load up near the Bluebird Amphitheatre and take a leisurely ride in a tractor-drawn hay wagon. Bluebird Gap Farm. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 757-825-4750 • www.hampton.gov/bbgf

An interactive two-part exhibition that encourages visitors to consider how a single event—separated from us by 150 years—fundamentally reshaped American society and continues to impact us today. The 3,000 square-foot exhibition, organized by the Virginia Historical Society in partnership with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will showcase more than 200 objects and utilize 17 state-of-the-art audio-visual programs to engage visitors and allow them to share the personal experiences of free and enslaved men, women, and children during the Civil War in Virginia. The exhibition, presenting paintings, photographs, prints, documents, weapons, uniforms, flags, and other objects, is broken down into two parts: Surviving War and Waging War. The Hampton History Museum will host Surviving War December 29, 2012- April 28, 2013. Hampton History Museum. $5 for admission into museum. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

Dec. 10, 2011 – Jan. 22, 2012 Peninsula Glass Guild 24th Annual Juried Exhibition

March 2 – April 8 Artists Who Teach Annual Juried Exhibition

(Third Wednesday of every month) Lunch In Time This is a fun and informative series, you’ll never know who may attend! Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. Noon. Free. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

(Second Saturday of every month) Bluebird Country Hayride

The annual juried exhibition represents the finest in contemporary glass created by artists from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. A wide range of creative processes are featured including blown, cast, carved, painted, flame-worked, fused, leaded, neon, sandblasted and, of course stained glass. The Charles H. Taylor Art Center. Free. 757-727-1490 • www.hamptonarts.net

Dec. 10, 2011 – January 22, 2012 Ali Rogan: Allegorical Stories in Glass (Peninsula Glass Guild Juried Exhibition 2010 First Place Award Winner) As a result of her capturing the coveted Best in Show Award last year, Newport News based Ali Rogan offers an intriguing and challenging body of work in a remarkable solo exhibition. The Charles H. Taylor Art Center. Free. 757-727-1490 • www.hamptonarts.net

January 27- September 8 Freedom Fighters: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Series by Jacob Lawrence The dramatic biographies of two American abolitionists who lived around the time of the Civil War. Together the paintings have an extraordinary conceptual unity and visual eloquence. In the Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman series, Lawrence pursues mythic subjects who both share the will and determination, in the face of all odds, to free their minds and spirits as well as their bodies from bondage. These two Freedom Fighters story comes to life in this exhibition. Hampton University Museum. Free. 757-727-5308 • museum.hamptonu.edu

January 28 – February 26 The Hampton Arts League’s Annual Open Members Exhibition One of the few non-juried shows in the region, this annual exhibition features recent works by many of the 250 artist members of the Hampton Arts League. Included are paintings, drawings, portraits, prints, photographs, crafts, sculpture and watercolors. The Charles H. Taylor Art Center. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. 757-727-1490 • www.hamptonarts.net

February 25- December 2012 Civil War Vignette: Paintings and Drawings of Freedom Fighters from the Hampton University Museum Collection Drawings and prints from artists Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, and John Biggers. All excellent artists, they have portrayed Freedom Fighters Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth,

Artists teaching in four regional colleges and universities as well as artists who teach in the public, private and parochial schools are featured in this juried exhibition which will include more than 115 works. All media are featured. The Charles H. Taylor Art Center. Free. 7:30 p.m.-9:30p.m. 757-727-1490 • www.hamptonarts.net

March 2 – April 8 Kristin Skees: Recent Works As a result of her winning the Best in Show Award last year, Kristin Skees has created a provocative solo exhibition of recent work. The Charles H. Taylor Art Center. Free. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 757-727-1490 • www.hamptonarts.net

March 14- April 12 Roots and Wings: An exhibition of student and faculty work from Hampton Roads In conjunction with the Hampton University Black Family Conference, the Hampton University Museum and the Hampton University Department of Art, Roots and Wings, is an exhibition of fine art celebrating the themes of family and heritage featuring the works of students and academic professionals from throughout Hampton Roads. Hampton University Museum. Free. 757-727-5313 • museum.hamptonu.edu

April 7- October 27 Racing at Langley Speedway (Saturdays Only) Nearly every Saturday, satisfy your need for speed at this historic NASCAR home track. The only weekly racing series in Hampton Roads. Late Model, Grand Stocks, Modifieds, Legends, Wolf Trucks, Super Trucks, U-Cars, Super Street, Pro Wing Champ, Karts and Pro 6 racing. Langley Speedway, Gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Admission Fee. 757-865-7223

April 14 – May 27 Virginia Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition This annual exhibition showcases more than 100 works of art by many of Virginia’s finest watercolor painters. Work in every style from photo realism to abstraction expressed through traditional transparent, opaque gouaches and mixed media and collage with water media are featured. The Charles H. Taylor Art Center. 757-727-1490 • www.hamptonarts.net

April 21- September 1 Saturday Summer Street Fest Hampton takes to the streets every Saturday night for a fun-filled street fair including live musical entertainment, cold refreshments and plenty of activities for the young and old. Downtown Hampton, 6 p.m. -11 p.m. Free. 757-727-8311

June 2 – July 8 Paintings by Hampton Roads Artists Artists from the region working in oils or acrylics were selected to create this group exhibition of 120 pieces that explore the diversity of media, content and style and run the gamut from small to large scale works that range from representational, realist, abstract and non-objective. Subject matter will include traditional content such as still life, landscape, portrait and the human figure as well as the more contemporary themes prevalent in contemporary art. The Charles H. Taylor Art Center. Free. 757-727-1490 • www.hamptonarts.net

June 17 - August 5 Groovin’ by the Bay (Sundays only) Sunday evenings will be rocking at the beach this summer with a musical mix including everything from beach, pop, oldies, Motown and swing. Whether listening or dancing, you’ll enjoy this evening of music on the Chesapeake Bay! Food is available for purchase. Buckroe Beach Park, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. 757-727-8311 • www.hampton.gov/parks

June 19 - July 31 Pomoco Family Movie Series (Tuesdays only) Bring your friends, family, folding chairs, and blankets to Bluebird Gap Farm on Tuesday nights this summer to enjoy free movies. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m., followed by our feature presentation at sunset. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For information or inquiries about weather cancellations, visit website. Bluebird Gap Farm, 7 p.m. Free. 757-727-8311 • www.hampton.gov/parks

June 22-August 3 Wynne Ford/Volvo Storytelling in the Park (Fridays only) Experience the art of storytelling through magic, music, puppetry and prose. Come early and bring your picnic basket or stay after to greet the animals and enjoy the playground. Bluebird Gap Farm. (Rain Site: West Hampton Community Center 1636 Briarfield Road) 11 a.m.-Noon. Free. 757-727-8311 • www.hampton.gov/parks

November 21-March 3 Downtown Hampton on Ice! Put on your skates and enjoy outdoor fun in downtown Hampton at the Virginia Air & Space Center rink. Admission is for two-hour skate sessions. Admission and skate rental fee. 757-727-0900 • www.vasc.org

December 29- April 28, 2013 An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia- Surviving War This 3,000 square-foot exhibition, organized by the Virginia Historical Society in partnership with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will showcase more than 200 objects and utilize 17 state-of-the-art audio-visual programs to engage visitors and allow them to share the personal experiences of free and enslaved men, women, and children during the Civil War in Virginia. This is the second part of a two-part exhibition. Hampton History Museum. $5 for admission into museum. 757-727-1610 • www.hampton1610.com

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Step Outside And Enjoy Hampton Outdoors

Hampton presents miles of beachfront, parks and waterways to explore on foot, bike, by boat and with furry friends. Whether your preference is sunbathing or sailing, fishing or paddling, biking or golf, Hampton’s recreation sites and services round out your vacation with everything you need for fun in the sun.

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uckroe Pier, located just down from the bayfront park, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the fishing season. The helpful pier staff is eager to share info about the fish that are biting and the best bait to use. With on-site parking, two covered shelters midway, two fish-cleaning stations, clean restrooms, a snack bar, and bait and tackle shop, the well-lit Buckroe Pier has everything you’ll need for a fantastic day of fishing. If you’re without a rod and reel you can rent tackle for $10 per day ($40 deposit required) and ice is available for your catch. A license is not needed to fish the pier, but if you have a current Virginia Salt Water Fishing License, you will receive $2 off adult admission, $10 off the monthly pass and $25 off of the yearly pass. The daily pass is valid anytime between 6 a.m. – 6 a.m. in a 24 hour period. Children are encouraged, but youth ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Pier admission fees per 24-hour period from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (if paid at 3 p.m. your admission fee is good until 6 a.m. the next day) are Adult $8, Senior (62+) $6, Children (10 and under) $6. A monthly pass costs $60 and the cost for a seasonal pass for April-October is $250. If you prefer not to fish but to visit with anglers or simply enjoy the view, the non-fishing visitor with fisherman pays $4, a sightseeing adult is charged $1 and a sightseeing child pays 50 cents. A monthly pass costs $60 and the cost for a seasonal pass for April-October is $250. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at the Buckroe Pier, nor are styrofoam coolers or glass items. Buckroe Pier reserves the right to check all coolers. For additional information call 757/727-1486, e-mail gofish@hampton.gov or visit www.hampton.gov/buckroe/ £

Engineers Fishing Pier at Fort Monroe Fenwick Road, adjacent to Continental Park Fort Monroe • 757-850-5134 Operated by the City of Hampton, Engineers Pier is open daily from sunrise to sunset. There is no fee to fish from the pier, but a Virginia Saltwater Fishing License is required. Licenses can be purchased online at www.dgif.virginia.gov or by phone at 1-866-721-6911. 42

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uckroe Beach, just minutes from downtown, is an uncrowded, unspoiled beach with easy-access parking. Lapped by the gentle waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Buckroe Beach presents vintage beach cottages and newly constructed town homes and bay front estates. A concrete promenade offers the modern equivalent of a stroll down the boardwalk where visitors enjoy bay breezes and sunshine. An expansive, fully enclosed playground will entertain your kids. The beach front is manned during the summer by lifeguards. Beach rentals are available, including umbrellas, chairs and small watercraft. Larger craft may be rented or purchased from businesses just blocks away. Hampton Parks & Recreation offers yearlong educational programs and guided beach adventures for locals and visitors alike. On Sunday evenings during the summer months, the beach’s waterfront pavilion beach presents live music and dancing. Depending on the weekend, you’ll find many special events to cheer about ranging from volleyball tournaments to lifeguard competitions. So beat the heat, the traffic, and the crowds and relax on the beach at Buckroe. £

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Boating & Marinas PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS FOX HILL LANDING End of Dandy Point Road Hampton, VA 23664 757-727-6348 • 757-850-5116 GOSNOLD’S HOPE PARK 901 E. Little Back River Road Hampton, VA 23669 757-850-5116 • 757-727-6348 www.hampton.gov/parks OLD POINT COMFORT MARINA Bldg. 207 McNair Road P.O. Box 51106 Fort Monroe, VA 23651 757-788-4308 • Fax 757-788-4354 www.oldpointcomfortmarina.com SUNSET BOAT RAMP MARINA ROAD Access from Ivy Home Road. Located adjacent to Bluewater Yachting Center 15 Marina Road Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-6348 • 757-850-5116 MARINA SERVICES BELL ISLE MARINA 2 Bells Island Drive (Fox Hill) Hampton, VA 23664 757-850-0466 www.bellislemarina.com Repair yard, 55-ton Travelift, 27,000 pound fork lift, trailer-able boat storage, wet and dry slips, repair store, restrooms. BLUEWATER MARINA 15 Marina Road • Hampton, VA 23669 757-723-6774 • 757-723-0793 www.bluewateryachtsales.com Ben@BluewaterYachtingCenter.com 200-slip marina accommodating larger craft, full-service boat yard, 100-ton and 37-ton Travelifts, diesel and gas, award-winning Surfrider restaurant, swimming pool on site, pump out facility, additional amenities. Virginia Clean Marina

CUSTOMS HOUSE MARINA 714 Settlers Landing Road Hampton, VA 23669 757-868-9375 Showers, fuel nearby, transient and permanent dockage, downtown conveniences. DOWNTOWN HAMPTON PUBLIC PIERS 710 Settlers Landing Road Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-1276 • 866-556-9631 dockmaster@downtownhampton.com www.hamptonpublicpiers.com Showers, water, electricity, new docks, additional amenities, complimentary bicycles, Wi-Fi. Walking distance from local restaurants and shops. Virginia Clean Marina JOY’S MARINA 424 East Queen Street Hampton, VA 23669 757-723-1022 www.JoysMarina.com Wi-Fi, clean water and bathing facilities, dockside parking, and deep-water slips. No bridges. OLD POINT COMFORT MARINA Bldg. 207, McNair Road P.O. Box 51106 Fort Monroe, VA 23651 757-788-4308 • FAX 757-788-4354 www.oldpointcomfortmarina.com 300 slip full service marina now open to the public! All slips are floating. Ship store, laundry, shower, restaurant, gas/diesel, boat ramp, pump outs, shore power and dockside water. Virginia Clean Marina SALT PONDS MARINA RESORT 11 Ivory Gull Crescent Hampton, VA 23664 757-850-4300 www.saltpondsmarinaresort.com Direct access to Bay, 254 slips, floating docks, fuel dock with gas and diesel, showers, pump out, restaurant & cabana bar, swimming pool, citation station, sandy beach, additional amenities. Virginia Clean Marina

SOUTHALL LANDINGS MARINA 333 Mainsail Drive Hampton, VA 23664 757-850-9929 www.southallmarina.com 188 deep-water slips, 30–50 feet, pump-out, weigh station, Wi-Fi, clean bathing facility, swimming pool, tennis courts, and additional amenities. Boat US Cooperating Marina. SUNSET BOATING CENTER 800 S. Armistead Avenue Hampton, VA 23669 757-722-3325 www.sunsetboatingcenter.com 500 dry-storage slips to 44’/20,000 lbs., long-term storage, monthly rates, floating docks, gas and diesel, detailing and on-site mechanics, on-site security, Wi-Fi. Boat US Cooperating Marina. CHARTER SERVICES BLACK MAGIC SPORT FISHING Docked at Old Point Comfort Marina, Ft. Monroe (Phoebus) 757-617-8422 Captainbob@blackmagicsportfishing.com

www.blackmagicsportfishing.com CAPTAIN HOGG’S CHARTER SERVICES Docked at the foot of King Street downtown 757-876-1590 www.captainhoggscharters.com C R RYAN MARINE CHARTERS LLC 333 Mainsail Drive Hampton, VA 23664 804-317-2423 JONES CHARTER SERVICE & BOAT RENTAL 27 Red Robin Turn Hampton, VA 23669 757-714-0121 MATTY J FLY & LIGHT TACKLE CHARTERS Docked at Sunset Boating Center 804-314-2672 www.matty-j.com

MISS HAMPTON HARBOR CRUISES Docked at Downtown Hampton Public Piers 757-722-9102 www.misshamptoncruises.com NEVAQUIT CHARTERS LLC Docked at Bell Isle Marina 804-441-3523 nevaquitcharters@gmail.com www.nevaquitcharters.com OCEAN EAGLE/ HAMPTON ROADS CHARTERS Docked at Downtown Hampton Public Piers 757-868-FISH www.hamptonroadscharter.com PRIDE CHARTERS Docked in Poquoson, VA and various Hampton locations 757-675-5010 bob@fishwithpride.com www.fishwithpride.com PURSUIT SPORTFISHING CHARTERS LLC 5059 Chestnut Fork Road Hampton, VA 23601 757-329-1372 ROCK HOUND CHARTERS End of Dandy Point Road Hampton, VA 23669 757-256-6305 www.rockhoundcharters.com SALLY T FISHING 4330 Kecoughtan Road Hampton, VA 23669 757-515-3051 SELLFISH Docks at South King Street in Hampton 757-288-1081 www.jerryscharterfishing.com

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Pet Friendly Hampton

Golf And Tennis GOLF

The Hamptons 320 Butler Farm Road • 757-766-9148 www.hampton.gov/thehamptons Always meticulously maintained, the course boasts three distinctive nines each with its own unique qualities: varied elevations, gently rolling terrain, expansive fairways, inviting par threes and Bentgrass greens along with ornamental grasses, lakes, wildflowers and waterfalls. The Woods, The Lakes and The Links, each offer their unique feel, scenery, and challenges. You can practice at the range or on the putting green, play 9, play 18, or even golf all 27 holes. The course is in close proximity to Hampton hotels located in Coliseum Central, the Hampton Roads Convention Center, and HUPTI.

The Woodlands 9 Woodland Road • 757-727-1195 www.hampton.gov/thewoodlands This regulation par 69, 18-hole layout with Bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways and rough provide a challenge for any skill level. The Hampton River winds its way through the 5,400-yard course, bringing water into play on 11 of the holes. The course is in close proximity of Downtown Hampton and Hampton University. The course offers four sets of tee markers and is friendly to men, women and children of all ages. The Woodlands is a very affordable, public golf course that is always a favorite with locals. Tee times are strongly recommended.

DRIVING RANGES Peninsula Golf Center

Northampton Driving Range

The Hamptons

100 S. Seldendale Drive 757-723-9220

223 N. Park Lane 757-766-7550

320 Butler Farm Road 757-766-9148

TENNIS Hampton Tennis Center • 9 Woodland Road • 757-727-1193 Seven outdoor Har-Tru tennis courts open April through October, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon; Sunday from 3:00 p.m.-6:00p.m. Call first for playing times and availability. 44

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Hampton Bark Parks Two parks are designed just for dogs to romp and roam. The Ridgway Bark Park is located at 85 E. Mercury Blvd., and Sandy Bottom Nature Park is located at 1255 Big Bethel Road. Both are in convenient proximity to Hampton hotels. Membership is required for each. Please call Hampton Parks & Recreation at 757-727-8311 for information on Bark Park membership for your visiting pet, or go to www.hampton.gov/parks to download an application.

A Great Place To Walk The Dog The 1.2-mile paved Fort Monroe Promenade runs along the Chesapeake Bay, extending from The Chamberlin to the Bay Breeze Community Center parking area. The promenade is open for walking, jogging and dog-walking. People using this area are encouraged to park at the upper end in the Bay Breeze parking lot. Dogs must be on a leash, and owners should clean up after their furry friends. These pet-friendly practices are eager to assist you during your visit. ARMISTEAD ANIMAL INN & VETERINARY HOSPITAL 531 North Armistead Avenue Hampton, 23666 757-723-8571 www.armisteadvet.com Info@armisteadvet.com MERCURY ANIMAL HOSPITAL 2500 W. Mercury Boulevard Hampton, 23666 757-826-4951 (F) 757-826-4957

PEMBROKE ANIMAL HOSPITAL 1316 E. Pembroke Avenue Hampton, 23669 757-722-2883 TODDS LANE VETERINARY HOSPITAL 1309 Todds Lane Hampton, 23666 757-826-7602 757-838-5714

WAGGING TAILS ACADEMY & INN 30 Sargeant St. Hampton, 23663 757-817-8337 waggingtailsclub@aol.com

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KAYAKING & CANOEING Hampton Parks & Recreation offers guided paddling tours of Hampton’s waterways, providing everything you may need for a safe and very enjoyable trip. If you have your own kayak or canoe and are just wondering where to begin, here are a few Hampton water trails offering spectacular flora and fauna. For more information, call 757/850-5134 or visit the website at www.hampton.gov/parks

HAMPTON RIVER Depart Pasture Point Neighborhood Park or Mill Point Boat Ramp and enjoy views along the Hampton River

BACK RIVER Depart from the dock at Gosnold’s Hope Park and follow the Back River.

PLAZA ROLLER RINK 1924 E. Pembroke Avenue 757/723-7993

LONG CREEK Begin at the entrance of Grandview Nature Preserve and paddle to the northern tip of the preserve to a sandy island, known as Factory Point. This is a good place to rest before you paddle back. NEW MARKET Depart from the floating dock at Air Power Park and continue along New Market Creek toward the Hampton Coliseum. Only by appointment.

SKATEBOARDING & SKATING WOODLAND SKATEBOARD PARK 9 Woodland Road Open year-round, sunrise to sunset. Skateboarders, in-line skaters and bikers of all experience levels use this facility. Use of this facility is at your own risk. I-64, exit 267.

ICE SKATING AT VIRGINIA AIR & SPACE CENTER 600 Settlers Landing Road 757-727-0900 Welcoming skaters from late November through early March. Call for dates, hours of operation and rates. BICYCLING AND BMX HAMPTON SUPERTRACK AT GOSNOLD’S HOPE PARK 901 Little Back River Road 757/850-5116 www.hamptonsupertrack.com I-64, exit 264.

HORSE RACING COLONIAL DOWNS OFF-TRACK Racing Center 1909 Commerce Drive 757/838-7762 Located in Coliseum Central convenient to hotels and restaurants, provides all the excitement of being at the track. I-64, exit 263B. PARKS Hampton features more than 2,250 acres of beautiful park spaces. From boating, swimming, sunbathing, nature walks, hiking, fishing and biking to playgrounds, picnic shelters and outdoor concerts, Hampton offers opportunities for all ages. For more information call 757/727-8311. BRIARFIELD PARK 1560 Briarfield Road • 757/850-5116 49-acre athletic park including four lighted softball fields, five lighted tennis courts, four large, reservable picnic shelters, a fitness trail and a large playground. I-64 exit 263-A onto Mercury Boulevard, take left onto Big Bethel Road, follow to Briarfield Road.

CONTINENTAL PARK Fenwick Drive Fort Monroe 757-251-2752 Open sunrise to sunset. Available for special occasions and outdoor celebrations. Call for rental information. FORT MONROE NATIONAL MONUMENT National Park Service 41 Bernard Road Fort Monroe, VA 23651 757/722-3678 nps.gov/fomr GOSNOLD’S HOPE PARK 901 Little Back River Road 757/850-5116 105 acres with eight picnic facilities complete with tables and grills, RV’s (only), restrooms, public boat ramp, fitness trail, athletic fields, children’s playground, and BMX track. Call for reservations. I-64, exit 264. SANDY BOTTOM NATURE PARK 1255 Big Bethel Road 757/825-4657

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STAY Hampton’s hotels are located at the geographic center of Coastal Virginia near more than 100 exciting attractions Hampton Inn 3101 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA. 23666

we love having you here. • 32" Flat Screen TV • Complimentary Wired and Wireless Internet Access • Complimentary On-The-House Hot Breakfast • All rooms feature refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker • Indoor Heated Swimming Pool • Fitness Center • 24-Hr. Business Center • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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COLISEUM CENTRAL AMERICA’S BEST VALUE INN— HAMPTON COLISEUM 2708 W. Mercury Boulevard Hampton, VA 23666 757-826-8970 • 888-315-2378 www.americasbestvalueinn.com Offering 62 rooms; King and Jacuzzi rooms available. Outdoor pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi.

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1918 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 757-826-4810 www. daysinn.com Offering 144 standard guest rooms. Meeting/banquet facilities for up to 50. On site laundry facility, ATM and outdoor pool. Free continental breakfast, local calls, and USA Today newspaper. Military/Government and AARP discount. Weekly rates. Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, voicemail, microwave & refrigerator.

3101 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 757-838-1400 • Fax 757-838-1990 www.hamptonnewportnews. hamptoninn.com This 109-room hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast daily and On the Run Breakfast Bags® Mon-Fri, 32” televisions, high-speed Internet in rooms and Wi-Fi in lobby and meeting rooms. Refrigerator, microwave. Indoor pool, business center, fitness facility, guest laundry and 1150 sq. ft of divisible meeting space.

1809 W. Mercury Boulevard Hampton, VA 23666 757-838-5011 bestwesternhampton.com With 189 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites. Indoor pool and exercise facilities. Restaurant and lounge. Meeting/banquet facilities with capacity of 300. High speed Internet. AARP discount.

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breakfast. All interior corridors with complimentary high-speed Internet. Walking distance to HRCC and dining.

757-896-3600 • 800-398-7829 Offering 104 rooms including efficiencies and kitchenettes. Laundry facility. Handicap accessible. AARP discount.

1700 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 757-827-8200 www.embassysuiteshampton.com Presenting 295 suites. Full service day spa. Indoor pool and exercise facility. Restaurant and lounge. Full cooked toob order breakfast included. Ch db hC ho ht nb nbmP nenC nf nn oCrG oC obCr obvACGuide COMFORT vbs vhtA WGdC Ws (menu) bimG CCmG obmG oCmG tsmG vbmG INN es Nightly manager’s reception. 1916 Coliseum Drivesheet. High-speed Internet available. MeeteCk the APProPriAte boX, siGn And return this Ad Proof Hampton, VA 23666 ing/Banquet facilities for up to 2,000. s CorreCt. Ad APProved With CorreCtions noted. submit neW Proof. 757-827-5052 • 800-835-7629 Connected to convention center by ort). Ad APProved — no CorreCtions. www.comfortinnhampton.com covered walkway. Artist initials ______ ________________________________________________________ Offering 66 rooms, all equipped with A.e. initials ______ _______________________ Date ______________________ microwaves and fridges. Enjoy our P.r. initials ______ STAY AMERICA p EXTENDED outdoor and sunby deck. Exercise Artwork, Composites, speCulAtive Advertising etC.pool produCed vistAgrAphiCs, inC. the sole Drive 1915isCommerce s, iNC. 2007-2009 property of vistAgrAphiCs inC. Andfacilities. mAy notFree be reproduCed under Any CirCumstAnCes. deluxe continental Hampton, VA 23666 Next to Langley Air Force Base Conveniently located minutes from: Hampton Roads Convention Center, Air and Space Center, Busch Gardens, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and 3 miles from Hampton University Room with Jacuzzi • Cable TV with HBO Commercial & Military Rates In-Room Coffee, Hairdryers, Iron & Ironing Boards All Rooms: Refrigerator & Microwave FREE Wireless Internet FREE Continental Breakfast

1781 N. King St. Hampton, VA 23669 (757) 723-0741 www.travelodge.com/hotel/11897

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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT 1917 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 757-838-3300 • 800-321-2211 Offering 146 rooms and suites. Walking distance to HRCC. New 37” HDTV. Outdoor pool and exercise facilities. Restaurant and lounge on site. Meeting/banquet facilities with maximum capacity of 50. Complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and public spaces.

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2000 W. Mercury Boulevard Hampton, VA 23666 757-825-3398 • 800-360-7157 Offering 142 rooms, including suites with micro-fridges. Outdoor pool, meeting room. Data ports, highspeed Internet in all rooms.

HILTON GARDEN INN HAMPTON COLISEUM CENTRAL 1999 Power Plant Parkway Hampton, VA 23666 757-310-6323 • 877-STAYHGI (reservations)

Fax 757-310-6324 www.stayhgi.com This 149-room hotel offers Great American Grill restaurant serving full cooked-to-order breakfast, dinner. Lobby bar with flat screen TVs. Room service from dinner menu. 24-hour Pavilion Pantry. 1300 sq. ft. of combined meeting space. Fitness facility with Precor equipment, indoor heated pool and whirlpool. Stay Fit Kits available at front desk. Complimentary Business center. Free wireless high-speed Internet throughout hotel.

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2138 W. Mercury Boulevard Hampton, VA 23666 757-827-8680 • 800-753-3757 Free Brightside breakfast. Complimentary high speed Internet. Outdoor pool (seasonal). Pets welcome

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS (Opens May 2012)

1813 W. Mercury Boulevard Hampton, VA 23666 757-838-8484 • 757-826-0725 Fax Located within walking distance of the Hampton Coliseum, Convention Center and Peninsula Town Center. Minutes to Boo Williams Sportsplex, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton University and Langley Speedway. Complimentary hot deluxe breakfast and high-speed Internet. Exercise facility and a small conference room available. An indoor pool will be available upon completion on renovations in early 2012.

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1925 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 757-838-1870 • Fax 757-838-1737 www.RedRoof.com Offering 103 rooms. Pet friendly. All inclusive King Rooms with free wireless Internet, microwave, refrigerator and large work station. Flat screen televisions and free local and long distance calls in rooms. Within walking distance of the Hampton Coliseum & Convention Center.

SAVANNAH SUITES 2134 W. Mercury Boulevard Hampton, VA 23666 757-951-1050 • 866-367-2766 www.savannahsuites.com Offering 124 suites. All rooms equipped with full kitchens and hi-speed Internet access. 24-hour exercise and laundry facilities. Interior corridors.

SPRINGHILL SUITES 1997 Power Plant Parkway Hampton, VA 23666 757-310-6333 • Fax 757-310-6334 www.springhillsuiteshampton.com 124 guest rooms. Suites with pantry area, small refrigerator, sink and microwave. Free high-speed Internet in lobby and guest rooms. Sofa beds in all rooms. Complimentary continental Suite Seasons Breakfast Buffet. Exercise room with Life Fitness™ equipment. Indoor heated pool and hot tub. Two meeting rooms with 2,660 square feet of flexible space. Business center with fax, print and copying services.

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401 Butler Farm Road Hampton, VA 23666 757-766-8976 • 888-226-3539 www.candlewoodsuites.com/ hamptonva Renovation of entire property complete in March 2012! Reasonably priced, conveniently located. Offers 98 suites featuring fully-equipped kitchens, smoke-free environment, and all “comforts of home” for short-term and extended-stay. Free high-speed wireless and wired Internet. Free guest laundry with new front-loading washers. Expanded 24-hour exercise facility. Easy access to I-64, I-664, and all major arteries. Pet-friendly.  Government rate with complimentary breakfast credit available year-round for military, government travelers and contractors. Discounts for 7 or more consecutive nights. Priority Club Rewards program. AAA, AARP, group discounts available

COUNTRY INN & SUITES 1551 Hardy Cash Drive Hampton, VA 23666 757-224-9994 • Fax 757-224-9989 Features 96 guest rooms and suites with 27’’ televisions, telephones with data ports, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and hairdryer. Select suites offer Jacuzzi. Wi-Fi in guest rooms and public areas. Includes full, hot breakfast. 24-hour business center, fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool/spa. Meeting facilities for up to 50.

24-hour business and fitness centers. 6,000 square feet of flexible function space, perfect for weddings, meetings and social events. Latitude 37 lounge, Regatta Grill, Oyster Alley waterfront dining and room service from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Rooftop swimming pool with sun deck; on-site salon.

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DOWNTOWN HAMPTON CROWNE PLAZA HAMPTON MARINA 700 Settlers Landing Road Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-9700 • 866-727-9990 www.hamptonmarinahotel.com Waterfront hotel featuring 173 guest rooms and suites with complimentary high-speed Internet and inspiring views of the Hampton River, Hampton Roads harbor and historic downtown Hampton.

1330 Thomas Street Hampton, VA 23669 757-723-2888 • 800-800-8000 Offering 65 rooms. Continental breakfast. Coffeemaker and hairdryer in all rooms. Free high-speed Internet. 1781 N. King Street Hampton, VA 23669 757-723-0741 Offering renovated rooms. Microwave/ refrigerator in all rooms. Continental breakfast. Four miles from Hampton Coliseum and Convention Center and three miles from Hampton University. Travelodge is located adjacent to Langley Air Force Base gate.

BUCKROE BEACH SAN SOUCI MOTEL 312 South Resort Boulevard Hampton, VA 23664 757-851-9300 • 757-851-9181 Fax 757-838-9759 Offering 30 rooms. Seasonal: Mid-May through Mid-Sept. Outdoor pool. On the beach of the lovely Chesapeake Bay. Continued With Bed & Breakfasts Page 48

Just minutes to beach, golf, fishing and attractions! • Pets allowed (fee) • Weekly rates • Refrigerators & Microwaves in all rooms • FREE Wired & Wireless Internet Access • FREE Local Phone Calls

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1616 Hardy Cash Drive Hampton, VA 23666 757-951-2000 Featuring 141 all-studio accommodations with kitchens. Free wireless high-speed Internet. Free local calls. Pets welcomed (fee).

(no longer pet-friendly!!!)

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3361 Commander Shepard Boulevard (Formerly 7 Semple Farm Road) Hampton, VA 23666 757-865-0300 • 800-833-2520 www.arrowinn.com Offering 58 rooms including efficiencies and kitchenettes. All rooms with microwaves and refrigerators. Weekly rates available. Free high-speed wireless and wired internet. Free local calls. Government, military and AARP discounts. Restaurants next door. Pets welcome (fee). I-64E, Exit 261B or I-64W, Exit 262B, US 134 North (Magruder Blvd.); 2 miles turn right.

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turn right hotel next door to McDonalds.

From I-64 West - Exit 262B on US 134 N (Magruder Blvd) 3 miles 5th traffic light turn right hotel next door to McDonalds.

3361 Cmdr. Shepard Blvd (Formerly 7 Semple Farm Rd)

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Bed & Breakfasts

MAGNOLIA HOUSE INN

LADY NEPTUNE BED & BREAKFAST

232 S. Armistead Avenue • Hampton, VA 23669 757-722-2888 Reservations www.maghousehampton.com This historic Inn welcomes you to nearby Hampton University, Langley Air Force Base, NASA, the Hampton Roads Convention Center and Hampton Coliseum. Within walking distance of downtown restaurants and shops, Hampton’s premier bed & breakfast features exquisite, comfortable lodging with private baths, delicious breakfasts, a well stocked guest pantry, off-street parking, business services. Wi-Fi and incomparable hospitality. GSA Per Diem/Corporate Rates Sunday-Thursday. Packages and specials available. Wedding Officiates on site.

507 North First Street • Hampton, VA 23664 The Inn 757-325-2385 • Cell 757-870-0569 www.ladyneptuneinn.com

Built in 1930, the home originally sat on Hampton Point. In 1988 the home was relocated by barge on the Chesapeake Bay to her present location. Enjoy our magnificent Buckroe Beach and views of Salt Ponds. The Inn presents four rooms and one suite, with breakfast each morning of your stay.

Spectacular Spas Throughout the city of Hampton, there are plenty of day spas that provide a welcome dosage of stress relief. Avoid the pressures of a jam packed vacation and spend an hour or day filled with wellness and “me time.” See visithampton.com for a complete listing of Hampton spa services and treatments.

CENTER4MASSAGETHERAPY.COM 16th Anniversary! Hampton & Newport News

(757) 723-3829

The Most Authentic And Original Sushi & Japanese Cuisine

Hayashi

We are proud of our staff and chefs for all they put into making each visit enjoyable and all our dishes tastefully prepared.

Offering a menu of the freshest ingredients and an atmosphere the whole family can enjoy. www.hayashisushigrill.com 757-223-5783 • Oyster Point City Center, Newport News 757-253-0282 • Premium Outlet Center, Williamsburg 757-848-5873 • Peninsula Town Center, Hampton 48

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Important Phone Numbers EMERGENCY

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Ambulance, Fire, Police 911 American Red Cross 757/838-7320 Poison Control 800/222-1222 Hampton Roads Sector Command Center (Search & Rescue) 757/638-6641 option 1 Sentara Careplex Hospital 757/736-1000 Travelers Aid (United Way) & Up Center (formerly Family Services of Tidewater) 757/622-7017

Connecting Downtown Hampton, Coliseum Central, Peninsula Town Center & Hampton Roads Convention Center 757/727-1271, 757/826-6351

BUSES The Hampton Transit Center is located at 2 W. Pembroke Avenue near Downtown. Hampton Roads Transit (H.R.T.) local route information & crossroads service throughout Hampton Roads 757/222-6100 Greyhound 800/231-2222 Mega Bus 877/462-6342

INFORMATIONAL NUMBERS City of Hampton Customer Call Center 757/727-8311 or in-town, dial 311 Hampton Fire Department 757/727-6111 non-emergency Hampton Police Department 757/727-6111 non-emergency Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 757/262-2000 AAA Tidewater 757/826-1061

TAXICABS/SHUTTLE & LINE SERVICE Yellow Cab 757/855-1111 Orange Cab 757/369-8977

SHUTTLE & LIMO SERVICE Affordable Dave’s Limousine Service 757/342-9144, 757/826-9144 Airport Express Shuttle and LPR Limousine 757-858-1234 • 757/857-5950

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

Carey/VIP & Celebrity 757/853-5466 • 757/220-5466

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch 800/523-7860 Travelex at Norfolk International Airport 757/855-9785 CXI Currency Exchange International (MacArthur Center) 757/216-3500

Oleta Coach Lines, Inc. 757/253-1008 Superior Executive Transportation 757/567-0353

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757/877-0221, FlyPHF.com PHF CARRIERS Allegiant 702/505-8888 Delta 800/221-1212 Frontier Airlines 800/432-1359 US Airways 800/428-4322

NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ORF) 757/857-3351, NorfolkAirport.com ORF CARRIERS American 800/433-7300 Continental 800/523-3273 Delta 800/221-1212 Southwest 800/435-9792 United 800/864-8331 US Airways 480/693-2341

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (RIC) 804/226-3000, FlyRichmond.com RIC CARRIERS Airtran 800/247-8726 American 800/433-7300 Continental 800/525-0280 Delta 800/221-1212 Jet Blue 800/538-2583 United 800/241-6522 US Airways 800/428-4322 Air Canada 888-247-2262 Vision Airlines 877/359-2538

Tidewater Coach (Serves both airports) 757/218-9539

Amtrak 800/872-7245

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Get around town FREE on the BID Bus

You can easily move between your Coliseum Central hotel to the downtown waterfront or from your Downtown accommodations to Peninsula Town Center. Simply hop aboard the BID Bus! The complimentary shuttle runs on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to midnight from April 21 through Labor Day. Downtown shuttle stops include the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel and the corner of Kings Way at Settlers Landing Road, and in Coliseum Central, stops include the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads Convention Center and the Coliseum Drive side of Barnes & Noble at Peninsula Town Center. The loop time takes approximately 30 minutes. For additional details call Downtown Hampton, 757-727-1271 or Coliseum Central at 757-826-8251. The BID Bus is presented by Downtown Hampton Development Partnership and Coliseum Central Business Improvement District.

INTERSTATE ACCESS TO VISITOR CENTER Intersected by Interstates 64 and 664, Hampton is located in the geographic center of the Hampton Roads area just a 3-hour drive south of Washington, D.C. and 30 minutes from both Colonial Williamsburg and Virginia Beach (traffic pending). To reach the Hampton Visitor Center from I-64, take Exit 267 to downtown Hampton, following Settlers Landing Road. Turn right on History Museum Way; Visitor Center is located where History Museum Way meets Old Hampton Lane. There are also satellite center at the Virginia Air & Space Center and the Hampton Maritime Museum. 2012 Hampton Visitor Guide • VisitHampton.com

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Fox Hill Boat Landing Gosnold’s Hope Park Old Point Comfort Marina Sunset Boat Ramp

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Wallace’s Marina Bell Isle Marina Old Point Comfort Marina Bluewater Marina Downtown Hampton Public Pier Sunset Boating Center Joy’s Marina Customs House Marina Salt Ponds Marina Southall Marina

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