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ampton presents opportunities unique in Coastal Virginia, whether you are interested in history, shopping, recreation, beaches or delicious local cuisine. Learn about Hampton’s history from the sea to the stars through the exhibits and artifacts at the downtown Hampton History Museum. Across the street, launch into the realm of aeronautic exploration at the Virginia Air & Space Center, the visitor center for NASA Langley and Joint Base LangleyEustis. This year Hampton celebrates the 100th anniversary of NASA Langley. We encourage you to join our celebration with a visit to the center. Visit Fort Monroe, a National Monument, to learn how a major blow to slavery was struck with the Contraband Decision at the Union-held fort. A tour of the Casemate Museum inside the moated stone fortress reveals the many significant occurrences that have taken place at Old Point Comfort. Stand beneath the limbs of Emancipation Oak on the campus of Hampton University, the site of the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Booker T. Washington Memorial is located within view of the tree. You can easily visit other African American heritage sites on the campus and around Hampton by following our Family Tree Heritage sites guide available at the Hampton Visitor Center. Complementing Hampton’s heritage are its many cultural opportunities. Hampton University Museum features a collection of more than 9,000 works of multicultural art and artifacts; the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center showcases regional artists through changing exhibits; and the worldclass artists performing at The American Theatre and the Hampton Coliseum dazzle during the evening hours. Water recreation is a major draw, highlighted by Chesapeake Bay beaches at Buckroe, Fort Monroe and Grandview Nature Preserve. Buckroe also features a park, playground and fishing pier. Spend some time on the water during a Miss Hampton II harbor tour or Ocean Eagle fishing excursion. Our creeks and rivers also offer opportunities for paddlers, and there are several hiking and jogging trails to explore on land. Three distinct Hampton districts present shopping opportunities that are unique to their special surroundings. At Peninsula Town Center you’ll find your favorite national retailers, while eclectic boutiques await in Downtown Hampton, and antique, book, and other specialty retailers are located in historic Phoebus. Our dining is just as varied! The calendar of special events inside the pages of this guide along with our visitor information specialists will assist you in making your Hampton visit as exciting or restful as you wish. Thank you for choosing to visit Hampton. Respectfully,

Donnie R. Tuck Mayor, City of Hampton

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The Official Hampton 2017 Visitor Guide WELCOME TO HAMPTON PAGE 3

COLISEUM CENTRAL PAGE 10

SPORTS HAMPTON PAGE 31

100TH ANNIVERSARY OF NASA LANGLEY PAGE 5

PENINSULA TOWN CENTER PAGE 12

CALENDAR OF EVENTS PAGE 33

DOWNTOWN HAMPTON PAGE 6

VIRGINIA AIR & SPACE CENTER PAGE 13

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PHOEBUS PAGE 8 FORT MONROECOASTAL VIRGINIA’S NATIONAL MONUMENT PAGE 9

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ACCOMMODATIONS PAGE 40

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100TH ANNIVERSARY of NASA Langley Research Center

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n the summer of 1917, a cluster of buildings were taking shape on a 1650-acre plot of land in Elizabeth City County, that is today the City of Hampton. These were the first laboratories of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ (NACA) Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, a facility that brought world-class engineers to Hampton to “solve the fundamental problems of flight.” Langley researchers developed the modern airplane wing shapes, and during World War II, tested warplanes in the nation’s first wind tunnel for full-size aircraft – leading to advancements that helped win the war. After NACA became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Langley’s Space Task Group made Hampton the birthplace of the U.S. space program. Here, engineers tackled challenges of spaceflight: training astronauts, managing Project Mercury, and assuming major roles in the Gemini and Apollo programs. Astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, learned to land and walk on the moon using a NASA Langley structure now used to test next-generation spacecraft. NASA Langley is also the home of the Viking project, an initiative that put the first U.S. spacecraft on Mars in 1976. While many Langley researchers have focused on aerospace advancements, others have looked

to better understand the atmosphere and air quality, using satellites and airplanes to monitor climate. Langley engineers and scientists are now working on the innovations of the next hundred years – greener, faster, quieter, safer planes, new Earth-observing systems and rockets that will take humans farther than they have ever gone before. Learn more about NASA Langley Research Center’s official visitor center, The Virginia Air & Space Center, on page 13.

Join the 100th Anniversary Celebration: Maker Faire (Samuel P. Langley Day) May 6 | Hampton Roads Convention Center

Fourth at the Fort Celebration July 4 | Fort Monroe

Langley Centennial Symposium July 12-14 | Hampton Roads Convention Center

Langley Centennial Gala July 14 | Hampton Roads Convention Center

Open House October 21 | NASA Langley Research Center

JANUARY 21 When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA’s Human Computers

In the 1940’s Langley began recruiting African-American women as human computers, but due to segregation laws these “West Area Computers” were kept separate from their white counterparts. This began to change in the 1950s as NACA and later NASA integrated and the women who were “human computers” began to extend out into the broader scientific community at NASA. This exhibit features three of these pioneers: Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, and Hampton native-Mary Jackson. Hampton History Museum. $5 museum admission.

MARCH 10 History of NASA

The museum will open a new exhibit celebrating NACA and NASA’s singular history and immeasurable contribution to the community. This will be the first step in a comprehensive retelling of Hampton’s twentieth century history. July 9, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1917 groundbreaking for construction of the National Advisory Commission on Aeronautics’ (NACA) Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory— now NASA Langley Research Center. Hampton History Museum. $5 museum admission.

Exhibits Presented At: Hampton History Museum 120 Old Hampton Lane Hampton, VA 23669 757/727-1610 www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

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Downtown Hampton

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owntown Hampton is America’s original downtown, where you’ll find the perfect Coastal Virginia lifestyle. Award-winning restaurants, renowned events, history, shopping, and more mix with a close-knit community to create a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors alike. The Hampton River waterfront provides a scenic half-mile walking and paddling trail. There are boat ramps and floating docks that allow easy access to the water for boaters and kayakers. Over nine miles of bike trails connect into downtown for great riding adventures. A growing number of boaters dock in Downtown Hampton while traveling the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Chesapeake Bay. This is an ideal stopping point with five marinas offering a variety of amenities for all types of boaters, from sailboats to luxury yachts.

There are a variety of family-friendly events held yearround. On Saturday nights from April through October, the Block Party features local and national acts performing on outdoor stages under the stars. Popular annual festivals such as the International Children’s Festival in April and Blackbeard Pirate Festival in June have received national acclaim, while 2017 presents exciting new events that will surely become instant favorites!

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Begin your exploration of Downtown Hampton with a visit to the Hampton Visitor Center, located in the Hampton History Museum (120 Old Hampton Lane). The Hampton Visitor Center staff can provide assistance on local attractions and help you purchase your Sea to Stars Ticket, an inclusive discounted ticket that is good for one-time admission to the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside Digital 3D IMAX Theater, Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise, Hampton History Museum and the historic Hampton Carousel. Adult tickets are $39 and tickets for children ages 4-11 are $25. Gracious hospitality is extended at downtown accommodations Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel and the Magnolia House Inn Bed & Breakfast. Both are comfortably located for exploring downtown on foot. Downtown attractions such as the Hampton History Museum, Virginia Air & Space Center, the restored Hampton Carousel, the Miss Hampton II harbor tour boat, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, one of Hampton’s most historically significant landmarks, are all great places to learn more about the area. Take a stroll across the Booker T. Washington Bridge and visit the historic Hampton University campus, where the world-class Hampton University Museum is located. The museum contains a collection of more than 9,000 artifacts and works of art. Pack a picnic from a downtown restaurant and bask in the sun aboard one of our charter boats. Spend an afternoon fishing for striped bass onboard the Ocean Eagle, docked adjacent to the Hampton Maritime Center. Visit www.downtownhampton.com for more detailed information on events, restaurants, stores, and historic downtown.

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Virginia Air & Space Center, Riverside IMAX Theater Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise Hampton History Museum Hampton Carousel

Purchase tickets year-round at the Hampton Visitor Center. (harbor tour available April through October only) Adults $39 • Children (ages 4-11) $25 Call 757-727-1102 or 800-800-2202 for details

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Fun Fact Fort Monroe was a Union-held bastion during the Civil War. The fort helped shelter thousands of slave refugees and became known as Freedom’s Fortress. It is also the site of the first arrival of Africans in English North America in 1619.

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Phoebus

oted for its charming architecture, adventurous culinary establishments and antiquing bargains, Phoebus began as a village named Mill Creek after the body of water that separated the community from Fort Monroe. 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 the Union-held Fort Monroe and Confederate forces. Enslaved people sought and found 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 women, and local watermen, and a thriving community developed. In 1900, the village was incorporated as a town and named after its most prominent citizen and entrepreneur, Harrison Phoebus. Finally in 1952, 27th ANNIVERSARY Phoebus became a part of the city of Hampton. Margo’s Dolls, Greek & Embroidery, In Phoebus, the past and the present come together to provide unique Greek Paraphernalia Embroidery, shopping and dining in a historic, welcoming waterfront community. It is a Monogramming & Logos, Promotional Items, Digitizing place where you can antique by day and enjoy the evening with dinner and a Located in Historic Phoebus 11 E. Mellen Street Hampton, VA 23663 dazzling theatre performance. Buildings that once housed saloons, grocery Hours: TUES. - FRI: 10:30-6:00; SAT: 12-4; we are closed on Mondays (757) 838-8346 • FAX (757) 838-1668 • www.margosgreekshop.com stores and pharmacies are now home to shops that deal in vintage apparel, antiques and collectibles, design and creative businesses, jewelers, an auction house, pet grooming, marine supplies, sail and canvas makers, vintage lighting and other specialty shops. Performances at The American Theatre consistently impress audiences and reviewers alike, and can be decadently Fine Jewelry Made To Order paired with tapas or dessert at nearby restaurants. Custom Remounting Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Jewelry & Watch Repair Landmarks Register, Phoebus continues to maintain its distinct identity. You can experience Phoebus’ charm and historic past with the Discover Hampton 757-722-1575 Smartphone app found at www.visithampton.com. For additional information, 37 E. Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663 contact the Partnership for a New Phoebus at 757-727-0808.

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Explore the Stories of Freedom at Fort Monroe

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Free self-guided tours Guided group tours available ort Monroe National Monument is located at Old Point Comfort where the Hampton Roads harbor by reservation | 757-788-3391 meets the Chesapeake Bay. The site has been a place of strategic importance since before English 20 Bernard Road | Fort Monroe, VA 23651 colonization due to its natural resources and proximity to the deep water channel. English colonists fmauthority.com/casemate explored and named the site in April 1607 prior to the founding of Jamestown. In August 1619, the first documented Africans in Virginia arrived at Old Point Comfort aboard the White Lion, an English privateer based in the Netherlands. Colonial officials traded food for these “20 and odd” Africans, who had been captured from a Portuguese slave ship. This is the first recorded history of the trade of Africans in English North America. A series of fortifications occupied the site between 1609 and 1749, but none would be permanent until construction began on Fort Monroe in 1819. The Old Point Comfort Lighthouse was the only substantial structure on the site during the War of 1812. The lack of coastal defenses here and throughout the nation prompted the young U.S. government to build an interconnected system of forts after the war. The structure was designed by French engineer Simon Bernard and named in honor of President James Monroe. The fort took over 15 years to build and was completed Paradise Ocean Club is Your One-Stop with a combination of enslaved, contract, and military convict labor. The Relaxation & Event Destination! masonry fort covers an area of 63 acres and visitors can still walk the Located on Fort Monroe, Virginia! 1.3-mile loop atop the ramparts. The fort is encircled by a tidal moat that is fed by Mill Creek. During the Civil War, the Union-held fort earned the nickname “Freedom’s Fortress” when thousands of enslaved people sought refuge there and were declared “Contraband of War” by Union Commander • Seafood Restaurant • Olympic-size Pool Major General Benjamin Butler. Fort Monroe served as an active US Army installation until September 15, 2011. • Waterfront Dining • Tiki Bar Programs and events at Fort Monroe are presented through a • Full Service Catering • Cabanas collaboration of the Fort Monroe Authority, the National Park Service • Private Beach • Fast-Serve Food Bar (NPS), and the City of Hampton. Self-guided walking tours of the fort are available as well as the NPS Junior Ranger Program and Passport Stamp. Featuring a giant stage where you will see both Special programs and events are presented throughout the year. For more Local and National Entertainers information, please call 757-722-FORT (3678) or visit www.fmauthority.com or www.nps.gov/fomr. Fort Monroe’s history is interpreted for visitors at the Casemate Museum located on the fort at 20 Bernard Road. The museum is open daily 10:30 490 Fenwick Road, Hampton, VA 23651 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day, and Tues.-Sun. the (757) 828-3620 remainder of the year. Admission is free and self-guided. See page 15 for www.ParadiseOceanClub.com more information or call 757-788-3391.

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Fun Fact The granddaddy of the concert circuit, the Hampton Coliseum has hosted numerous big name acts, including R.E.M, Phish, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Grateful Dead, and many others. The venue is also home to the Hampton Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Coliseum Central Coliseum Central is a 1,900-acre retail, dining and event destination in the heart of Hampton. Conveniently located at the intersection of I-64 and I-664, Coliseum Central is home to more than 600 restaurants, lodging, office, medical and shopping establishments. Its rich history has laid the path for a wonderful present and an even more exciting future. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in Coliseum Central!

Retail and Restaurants

Coliseum Central Business Improvement District boasts 14 shopping centers and some of the best retail choices in the region. Mixed-use development Peninsula Town Center features more than 70 stores and restaurants. Big Box retailers Walmart and Target provide for everyday needs while Ross Dress for Less and Marshalls present fashionable and affordable apparel and home goods. The district is also home to long-standing, family-owned businesses such as Goodman & Sons Jewelers and Andrea’s Pizza. No matter what is on your shopping list, be it back-to-school apparel at JC Penney, camping and fishing gear at Bass Pro Shops, or the latest bestseller at Barnes & Noble, you can find it here. The area also offers dozens of restaurants to suit your palate and budget. From quick service to fine dining, American fare to Caribbean cuisine, Coliseum Central offers a combination of popular chains and local favorites. Courtyard Hampton features a new state-of-the-art lobby with flexible work spaces, free WiFi and easy access to the latest news, weather & airport conditions via our GoBoard. The Bistro at our Hampton hotel provides a variety of breakfast items in the morning and healthy dinner options with cocktail service in the evenings. Relax in your spacious guest room with luxurious Marriott bedding, free internet access and ergonomic work space, or stay fit in our Hampton hotel fitness center and outdoor pool (open seasonally). The hotel is easily accessible from I-64 and close to the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Peninsula Town Center, Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Busch Gardens. Luxury Bedding For 146 Rooms • Free Wifi • Meeting Room (625 Square Feet) Board Room (Seats 10) • In-Room Coffee • Refrigerator In All Rooms • On-Site Fitness Center Onsite Business Center • Outdoor Pool (Seasonal)

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Entertainment, Sports and Lodging

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Home to the Hampton Roads Convention Center and the iconic Hampton Coliseum, the district welcomes hundreds of thousands of spectators, conventioneers and locals each year to partake in entertainment and convention activities. Musical legends including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis and the Rolling Stones have performed at the Coliseum since it opened its doors in 1970.


For family-friendly entertainment, consider Bluebird Gap Farm — a 60 acre farm and petting zoo that features a playground, picnic tables and an arboretum. Or, unwind at one of the four bowling alleys or movie theaters within the district. Coliseum Central is also proud to host many regional and national sporting competitions such as AAU basketball tournaments and the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon & 5K. With over a dozen great lodging options, you are sure to find a comfortable and affordable place to lay your head.

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Coliseum Central features an array of medical and fitness facilities. The nationally-recognized and award-winning Sentara CarePlex is a 224-bed hospital featuring excellent staff, innovative technology and techniques, and the area’s first dedicated orthopedic hospital. Patient First offers urgent care services, primary care physicians, and x-ray and lab testing. Throughout the district, there are dozens of specialized facilities ranging from behavioral health, dentistry, long-term healthcare and much more. If you’d like to maintain your fitness level or get back in shape, there are options such as Planet Fitness and the Sentara Center for Health & Fitness. You can even stroll along the one mile marked path designed by the American Heart Association located in Peninsula Town Center. If you’d like to learn more about Coliseum Central’s upcoming events, browse our restaurant finder, explore our lodging options and much, much more, visit coliseumcentral.com.

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Fun Fact Hampton’s craft beer scene is booming! St. George Brewing Company is Coastal Virginia’s oldest micro-brewery, established 1996. The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery and Bull Island Brewing Company both opened their doors in 2016.

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visit to Hampton is incomplete without a day spent at Peninsula Town Center. Guests and locals gather in this beautifully landscaped, shopping destination to shop, dine, and enjoy year-round entertainment. Peninsula Town Center features over 70 specialty retailers from The Limited, J.Jill, Clarks, New York & Company, LOFT and Victoria’s Secret to Charming Charlie, H&M, Journeys and Forever 21. When planning a trip to Peninsula Town Center, shoppers can visit www.peninsulatowncenter.com to sign up for the PTC Rewards Program which includes exclusive coupons from retailers and restaurants. If a great meal is what you’re after, Peninsula Town Center has you covered. Choose from a wide variety of restaurants including: Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Greene Turtle, Sushi King and Monsoon Eclectic Indian Cuisine. Bar Louie, Park Lane Tavern and Avenue Blue Piano & Wine Bar offer a fun environment for a night out, offering great drink specials and promotions. Cinebistro, Peninsula Town Center’s state-of-the-art movie theater, features in-theater dining, bowling and billiards. Find something for everyone, no matter the time of year. From live music, family-friendly entertainment and shopping events in the spring and summer months to various festivals and holiday events in the fall and winter, Peninsula Town Center has it all! Conveniently located on Mercury Boulevard, just off I-64, Peninsula Town Center is close to hotels, the Hampton Coliseum, the Hampton Roads Convention Center and other area attractions. Visit www.peninsulatowncenter.com to find information about upcoming events and a full listing of retailers We are located at and restaurants, including their sales and specials. Peninsula Town Center Stop by and see why Peninsula Town Center is one 2150 Allainby Way of the best shopping, dining and entertainment Hampton, VA-23666 experiences in Coastal Virginia!

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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of NASA Langley and 25th Anniversary of the Virginia Air & Space Center

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he Virginia Air & Space Center is celebrating 25 years of being part of the Hampton Roads Community. A visit to the Virginia Air & Space Center is an awe-inspiring celebration of aviation milestones, space exploration, and technological advances. From historic aircraft suspended from the center’s 94-foot ceiling to the unforgettable space capsule display in the main gallery, visitors come face-toface with amazing artifacts and hands-on, minds-on exhibits that will make imaginations soar! Add to that, spectacular giant-screen, digital IMAX films, and amazing programs that bring science, technology, engineering, and math to life, and you have a recipe for adventure for the entire family! The official visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center, the Virginia Air & Space Center is located on Downtown Hampton’s historic waterfront. The center is home to more than

100 historic aeronautic and space exploration exhibits. NASA artifacts include the Lunar Excursion Module Simulator (or LEMS), used by astronauts like Neil Armstrong in training to land on the moon, a threebillion-year-old moon rock, a Mars meteorite, and more. The Virginia Air & Space Center also boasts an extraordinary collection of NASA space capsules, the only place in the world you can see all four capsules, including test flight vehicles from Mercury and Gemini programs, to the Apollo 12 Command Module, and an Orion test flight, NASA’s next step in deep space exploration. The Virginia Air & Space Center recently opened two new permanent exhibits that capture the eye and imagination. The Solarium: Reaching New Heights immerses students, teachers, and life-long learners into the Sun’s atmosphere and provides an up-close and personal look into the world of heliophysics (the study of the sun and its interactions

with Earth). Engineer it! An Imagination Playground is a new and innovative playground that allows families to have fun creating and learning together, learning social development, movement, and above all, FUN! This exhibit helps inspire young builders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), while allowing them to be creative and imaginative. The exhibit features larger-than-life blocks for giant scale buildings and tabletop blocks for smaller hands. From animals to robots, houses to rocket ships, kids are encouraged to think outside the box while playing together. Families can also explore together in our state-of-the-art NASA Robotics Laboratory and during our STEM themed activities on the first and third Saturday of every month. A visit to the Virginia Air & Space Center isn’t complete without experiencing a giant-screen IMAX film in the Riverside Digital 3D IMAX Theater. Digital IMAX 3D delivers the 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. A variety of educational films fill the screen throughout the year. For current films and showtimes visit www.vasc.org. VisitHampton.com  13


Heritage

Discover Hampton

ATTRACTIONS Hampton’s rich tapestry of African-American heritage is presented in the Family Tree Heritage Sites Guide available at the Hampton Visitor Center. Throughout the Hampton Visitor Guide you will see sites with the

Denotes African American Heritage Site

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symbol, denoting their African American heritage significance. The first African arrival in English North America occurred at Point Comfort in 1619, in present-day Hampton, Virginia. In 2019, our nation and the world will commemorate the 400th anniversary of this first arrival. Plan now to participate! To request a copy or view the Family Tree digital file, and to receive commemoration updates, go to www.VisitHampton.com/ Discover/Heritage.

The Hampton Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your city touring. 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 1 p.m.5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. I-64, exit 267. April through Oct., you will find our helpful Visitor Information Specialists at welcome desks in the Hampton Maritime Center and the Virginia Air & Space Center. You’ll also find helpful staff at conventions, events and tournaments at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton Coliseum and the Boo Williams Sportsplex. These passionate locals will point you in the right direction for food, shopping and regional fun.

ABERDEEN GARDENS HISTORIC MUSEUM

55 and 57 N. Mary Peake Boulevard 757-722-2345 • 757-251-2283 www.aberdeengardens.org Aberdeen Gardens The museum celebrates the history, heritage and future of historic Aberdeen Gardens. The community was built for and by African Americans in 1934 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Settlement. For tours, call for an appointment. Free admission. I-664, exit 3.

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AIR POWER PARK

413 W. Mercury Boulevard 757-726-0650 Learn about the vital role Hampton played in America’s early space exploration and aircraft testing. Conduct your own selfguided tour in the park featuring jet planes, missiles, and rockets. Use the back of the brochure as a guide. Children’s playground area. Open year-round: daily 9:00 a.m.4:30 p.m. Free admission. I-64, exit 263B

THE AMERICAN THEATRE 125 E. Mellen Street 757-722-ARTS (2787) 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, jazz and world music to classical, symphony and theater. Visit www.hamptonarts.net for a performance schedule. Admission fee varies per event. I-64, exit 268

BASS PRO SHOPS® OUTDOOR WORLD® 1972 Power Plant Parkway 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 year-round: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. & Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Dec. 25. See store for holiday hours. Free admission. I-664, exit 2 or I-64, exit 263A


BLUEBIRD GAP FARM 60 Pine Chapel Road 757-825-4750 www.hampton.gov/bbgf Bluebird Gap Farm

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 short walking trail on site. Open year-round: Wed-Mon 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Closed Tues and all major holidays. Free admission. I-64, exit 263B or I-664, exit 2

BUCKROE BEACH PARK 100 S. First Street 757-850-5134 www.hampton.gov/parks Buckroe Beach and Park

Enjoy the wide, clean beach and gentle surf of the Chesapeake Bay. Lifeguards on duty during the summer season. Picnic shelters, stage and pier available for rental. Playground on site. Pets are not allowed May 15Sep. 15. Open year-round: Lifeguards present 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free admission. I-64, exit 268, left on Mallory St., right on Pembroke Ave.

CASEMATE MUSEUM AT FORT MONROE

20 Bernard Road Fort Monroe • 757-788-3391 National Park Service • 757-722-FORT (3678) Fort Monroe’s Casemate Museum Located on the 565-acre peninsula known as Old Point Comfort, Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort ever built in the United States. The site was an active US Army post from 1823-2011 and is now operated by the Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service. Exhibits chronicle the history of the site from pre-colonial times to the present. During the Civil War, Fort Monroe was a Union stronghold and attained the nickname “Freedom’s Fortress” as a shelter for thousands of enslaved freedom seekers. Visit the cell where Jefferson Davis was imprisoned. Other must-see sites in the vicinity of the museum are the Chapel of the Centurion, Quarters No. 1, the Lincoln Gun, and the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse. Open year-round 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, Tues.-Sun. the remainder of the year. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31, and Jan. 1. Admission is free and self-guided. For a nominal fee, guided group tours are available by reservation. 757-788-3391 opt 1. I-64, exit 268.

FORT WOOL

Hampton Roads Harbor 800-800-2202 • 757-727-8311 www.hampton.gov/parks Robert E. Lee directed construction of the fort which was built on a man-made island of stone. Dating to 1819, it played important roles in the Civil War and in both World Wars, bearing witness to the Battle of the Ironclads. The fort was also a favorite escape of President Andrew Jackson. Although not accessible by car, it is featured during the Miss Hampton II harbor tour. Private boats are welcome to dock May through Sep. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m

GRANDVIEW NATURE PRESERVE Entrance on State Park Drive 757-727-8311 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 year-round: daily. Free admission. I-64, exit 267 to Woodland Rd. Continue to State Park Drive nearly at end. Turn left on Beach Road. Street parking. continued on page 16

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BULL ISLAND BREWING COMPANY 758 Settlers Landing Road 757-788-9489 www.bullislandbrewing.com Bull Island Brewing Company @bullislandbrewing @BullIslandBrew

Coastal Virginia’s first waterfront brewery, offering five flagship craft beers and rotating seasonals, and a beautiful view of the Hampton River. Open Mon 4p.m.-9p.m. Tues, Wed, Thurs 11 a.m.-9p.m. Fri & Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 11a.m.-7p.m.

Hampton’s visual arts center, located in a repurposed 1925 neoclassical building, houses six galleries that display seven different art exhibitions annually, featuring a variety of media, subjects and styles by established and emerging regional artists from Coastal Virginia and beyond. Classes offered quarterly. Open year-round: Tues-Fri 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sat & Sun 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Closed Mon and all major holidays. Free admission. I-64, exit 267

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THE HAMPTON CAROUSEL HAMPTON ROADS 602 Settlers Landing Road CHARTERS – 757-727-1102 THE OCEAN EAGLE Built in 1920, the carousel is completely restored to its original beauty and housed in its own weather-protected pavilion on the city’s downtown waterfront. It is one of only 70 antique wooden carousels still existing in the U.S. Open April through Dec. Tues-Sun 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Closed Mon. Rides $1. I-64, exit 267

HAMPTON HISTORY MUSEUM

120 Old Hampton Lane 757-727-1610 www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

Downtown Public Piers (docks adjacent to Hampton Maritime Center) 720 Settlers Landing Road 757-868-FISH (3474) www.hamptonroadscharter.com Hampton Roads Charters Go where the fish are with Captain Howard Wainwright and his crew aboard this 65-foot, 70-passenger headboat. Concessions on board. Departing daily spring/summer: 6:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Summer sunset night-fishing: Mon-Sun 6:30 p.m. -10 p.m. Striped Bass season (mid-Oct. through Dec. 31): Daily trips 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Night trips on Wed, Fri, & Sat 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25. Admission is $50. Rod, reel, bait and tax are included in price. I-64, exit 267

LANGLEY SPEEDWAY

11 Dale Lemonds Drive (3165 North Armistead Avenue) 757-865-7223 www.langley-speedway.com LangleySpeedway @LangleySpeedway langleyspeedway 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 April-Oct. Sat 12 p.m. gates open, 4:30 p.m. qualifying for all divisions, 7 p.m. racing. Admission fee. I-64, exit 261B Eastbound, 262B Westbound

MISS HAMPTON II HARBOR CRUISES

710 Settlers Landing Road 888-757-BOAT • 757-722-9102 www.misshamptoncruises.com Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruises 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. Purchase tickets in the Hampton Maritime Center. Open MidApril through Oct. 31 Tues-Sat 11 a.m. & Sun 2 p.m. Admission fee. I-64, exit 267

Hampton History Museum @HamptonHistoryM Discover how Hampton became America’s Gateway, critical to four centuries of national history. Explore the chronicle of life in America through the story of this city by the sea, from early Native American culture to man’s reach into space. Ten remarkable galleries share the personal stories of explorers, pirates, and 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, 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. Open year-round: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission is $5 Adults; $4 Seniors, active military, active NASA, AAA, Children 4-12; Free for ages 4 and under. I-64, exit 267

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LITTLE ENGLAND CHAPEL HAMPTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM Hampton University 757-727-5308 www.hamptonu.edu/museum humuseum

Established in 1868, this is the first museum to operate in Virginia and the oldest African-American museum in the country. The more than 9,000-piece collection contains examples of traditional and contemporary African, AmericanIndian, African-American and Pacific Island art. Open year-round: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sat 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sun and major campus holidays. Free admission. I-64, exit 267

4100 Kecoughtan Road 757-660-8646• 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. Built by the freedmen of Hampton Institute, the chapel offers much to discover including a relatively unknown history of documented American-Indian attendance and participation. A State and National Historic Landmark. Call for a tour of the chapel. Free admission; donations accepted. I-64, exit 267 or 265

OOZLEFINCH CRAFT BREWERY

81 Patch Rd. 757-224-7042 www.oozlefinchbeers.com The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery @Oozlefinchbeers @Oozlefinchbeers Rustic meets industrial at this historic Fort Monroe brewery. Enjoy a wide variety of beers while taking in the scenic views of Fort Monroe and Mill Creek. Order from local food trucks or pack a lunch for “picnic and pints.” Corporate and event space available. Open daily, Sun-Thurs 1 p.m.- 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 1 p.m.-11 p.m.


PARADISE OCEAN CLUB

490 Fenwick Road 757-317-1234 www.paradiseoceanclub.com Paradise Ocean Club @ParadiseOC paradiseoceanclub Offering a private beach, Olympic sized pool with water slide and diving board, kids’ pool, tiki bar, cabanas for rent, picnic area, snack bar, tennis courts, special events, live music all weekend on the deck and Paradise Raw Bar & Grill, a full service restaurant. Open May through Labor Day Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m.10 p.m. Admission is $10 Adults, $5 Kids. I-64, exit 268

PENINSULA PILOTS

War Memorial Stadium 1889 West Pembroke Avenue 757-245-2222 www.peninsulapilots.com Peninsula Pilots Baseball @PeninsulaPilots peninsulapilots 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 May to August. All home games begin at 7:05 p.m. Admission fee. I-64, exit 265

SANDY BOTTOM NATURE PARK

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. See the stained-glass window depicting the baptism of Pocahontas. Open by appointment only and guided tours may be scheduled during church office hours (Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Free admission. I-64, exit 267

Parks & Recreation SKATEBOARDING & SKATING

1255 Big Bethel Road 757-825-4657 www.hampton.gov/parks Sandy Bottom Nature Park

WOODLAND SKATE PARK

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: daily sunrisesunset. Closed Dec. 25. Nature center hours: May through Sep. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Oct. through April 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free admission; fees for rental items. I-64, exit 261A

BICYCLING AND BMX

ST. GEORGE BREWING COMPANY

204 Challenger Way 757-865-7781 • 757-865-BEER www.stgbeer.com StGeorgeBrewing @StGeorgeBrewery stgeorgebrewing Coastal Virginia’s first craft brewery. Food trucks onsite Tues & Fri 4 p.m.8 p.m. Open Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues & Fri 10 a.m.8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Closed Sun. I-64, exit 262B

ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 100 West Queens Way 757-722-2567 www.stjohnshampton.org

Established in 1610, St. John’s is the oldest continuous English-

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.

HAMPTON BMX (at Gosnold’s Hope Park)

VIRGINIA AIR & SPACE CENTER AND RIVERSIDE 3D IMAX THEATER

600 Settlers Landing Road 757-727-0900 • 800-296-0800 www.vasc.org VAairandspacecenter VAirandspacectr

Celebrating its 25th year, the Virginia Air & Space Center is the official visitor center for the NASA Langley Research Center. Visitors can immerse themselves into the heartbeat of the sun or embrace their inner child in the Engineer It! Imagination Playground. The Adventures in Flight and Space Quest galleries that feature historic artifacts, such as NASA’s Apollo 12 Command Module, and a three billion-year old moon rock. With more than 100 “hands on exhibits” your trip is sure to be memorable. Before you leave catch a film in the technologically advanced 3D IMAX® Theater on a five-story high screen with 16,000 watts of digital-sound. The center hosts birthday parties, summer camps, and special events! Open yearround: Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 25, and most Mondays during the winter. General Admission includes an IMAX® educational film: $18.50 Adults, $15 Children/Students (ages 3-18), $16.50 Seniors (65+), $15.50 Military/NASA. IMAX® Admission only (45-min films): $8.50 Adults; $7.50 Military, NASA, Seniors (65+); $6.50 Children/Students (ages 3-18). Price for IMAX® admission only is subject to change for Special Feature films. I-64, exit 267

901 Little Back River Road 757-636-2034 • www.hamptonbmx.com

TENNIS

HAMPTON TENNIS CENTER

9 Woodland Road 757-727-1193 A full service municipal tennis facility employing a Managing Pro, Teaching Pro and trained staff to maintain clay courts’ excellent playing condition and to provide playing alternatives to suit your tennis needs. Seven outdoor Har-Tru tennis courts open April through Oct. Mon -Thurs 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.9:30 p.m., Fri & Sat 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Sun 4 p.m.7 p.m. Call first for playing times and availability.

PARKS

BIG BETHEL PARK

123 Saunders Road 757-766-3017 • 757-766-7627 One of Langley’s best-kept secrets! A scenic area surrounded by water, offering pavilions, fishing equipment, paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, john boats, barbecue grills, volleyball and equipment rental, and a Paintball Park. Historic markers interpret the Battle of Big Bethel, which occurred on site.

BRIARFIELD PARK

1560 Briarfield Road 757-850-5116 49-acre athletic park with four lighted softball fields, five lighted tennis courts, four shaded picnic shelters available to reserve, and a large playground.

CONTINENTAL PARK (at Fort Monroe)

Fenwick Drive 757-251-2752 Open sunrise to sunset. Available for special occasions and outdoor celebrations. Call for rental information.

GOSNOLD’S HOPE PARK

901 Little Back River Road 757-850-5116 105 acres with eight picnic facilities complete with tables and grills, restrooms, public boat ramp, fitness trail, athletic fields, and children’s playground. Call for reservations. Hampton features more than 2,250 acres of beautiful park spaces. For more information call 757-727-8311 or visit www.hampton.gov for a complete listing of facilities. VisitHampton.com  17


Golf

Show us how much fun you’re having in Hampton!

Driving Ranges

Peninsula Golf Center 100 S. Seldendale Dr 757-723-9220

The Hamptons 320 Butler Farm Road 757-766-9148

THE HAMPTONS

320 Butler Farm Road • 757-766-9148 www.thehamptonsva.com 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 the Hampton Roads Convention Center, HUPTI, and hotels in Coliseum Central.

THE WOODLANDS

9 Woodland Road • 757-727-1195 www.thewoodlandsva.com 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 to 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.

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SAILING HARBOR CRUISES 2 Hour Narrated Harbor Tours & Sunset Cruises Depart from Waterside Marina.

Since 1986

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NAVAL BASE CRUISES “Your Front Row Seat To The Naval Fleet”

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2 Hour Narrated Cruises Depart from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin.

Coastal Virginia

ATTRACTIONS

The Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance welcomes you to one of America’s most scenic and historic travel destinations. The Coastal Virginia region is comprised of the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield/Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. All are accessible by major interstate highway systems, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and two major airports in Norfolk and Newport News both served by low fare airlines. Coastal Virginia makes a perfect vacation destination for those seeking clean beaches, outdoor recreation, fascinating history, fine arts culture, thrilling events and festivals, exciting theme parks, abundant shopping, world-class fishing and coastal cuisine. We offer an experience for every kind of traveler. Beach lovers revel on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. History buffs are inspired by the past in Williamsburg, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News and Smithfield/Isle of Wight. Chesapeake and Suffolk are both entry points to the vast nature of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Virginia’s Eastern Shore offers pristine coastal plains perfect for bird watching as well as NASA rocket launches. In addition, museums and the arts abound throughout the region and it is home to the world renowned Virginia Arts Festival. You’ll also have a chance to “salute” our military. We are the home to the world’s largest naval base! This just touches on what you can see and do in Coastal Virginia. We hope you get a chance to experience it all. We are glad you are here to “Sea Our History”! Continued on page A4


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Explore-Live-Enlighten at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Association for Research and Enlightenment

Tools for Wellness, Spiritual Growth, and Personal Empowerment for more than 100 years! Metaphysical Library • Bookstore and Gift Shop • Holistic Health Center & Spa Cayce/Miller Café • Free Daily Lecture, Tour, and Film • ESP Testing • Meditation Garden Stone Labyrinth • Conferences • Weekend Workshops • Psychic Fairs

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AMERICAN ROVER

Norfolk Harbor Sailing Cruises Set Sail aboard this 125 passenger Sailing Schooner. Offering daytime and sunset harbor cruises 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 and enjoy the Captain’s tour. Seating is available on the shaded upper deck. Our air-conditioned below deck area has ship store, bar and restrooms. Private charters and special event cruises available. Departing Waterside Marina in Downtown Norfolk. Call (757) 627-7245 or visit www.AmericanRover.com. Sailing April through October.

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Va. Photo by Ed Pollard, CMA Photographer

THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

One Memorial Place • Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 664-6200 | chrysler.org

The Chrysler Museum of Art is the crown jewel of the visual arts in Norfolk, combining a nationally renowned art museum, a state-of-the-art glass studio, and two nearby historic houses. We host a variety of changing exhibitions, and our extensive permanent collection includes 30,000 works that span more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to 21st-century art. We are home to one of America’s finest glass collections, and our adjacent Perry Glass Studio’s daily demos show how these masterpieces were created. We’re open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Best of all, admission is free!

EDGAR CAYCE’S A.R.E.

Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.– Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. Come explore the fascinating work of famed psychic Edgar Cayce, the “sleeping prophet” and “father of holistic medicine.” Free daily film, tour, and lecture on dreams, intuition, holistic health and more. Our campus includes a metaphysical library, Bookstore & Gift Shop, meditation garden, stone labyrinth, Health Center & Spa, and an onsite café. The renovated Health Center & Spa has treatment rooms overlooking the ocean offering holistic services including the Cayce/Reilly® massage, chiropractic services, and hydrotherapy sessions. We also offer ESP testing, astrology charts, psychic fairs, and conferences with world-renowned presenters. Learn more at EdgarCayce.org. Continued on page A6

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THIS IS HAMPTON

Hampton, the 400-year old city located in the heart of Coastal Virginia, is multi-faceted; rich in Civil War history, African American heritage, water recreation, and abundant shopping and dining opportunities. The Hampton History Museum is a great place to begin your explorations. The museum introduces Hampton’s 400-year history in its galleries, interpreting the city’s role in pivotal American decisions and milestones. The Hampton Visitor Center shares this location so you can gather great information on the sites you wish to explore and purchase money-saving admission tickets. The Sea to Stars Ticket combines admission to the Virginia Air & Space Center, an IMAX film, a ride on the Hampton Carousel, a cruise aboard the Miss Hampton II and admission to the Hampton History Museum for one low price. Buy adult tickets for $39 and youth tickets for $25. The Virginia Air & Space Center, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, features a space and aviation gallery, as well as over 100 exhibits, many hands-on. The Riverside 3D IMAX Theater presents space-related digital feature films and documentaries on a five-story screen. Next door, the Hampton Carousel, one of only 70 antique carousels left in the U.S., spins visitors on hand-carved horses and chariots built in 1920 by European artisans. Fort Monroe visitors are encouraged to cross the moat encircling the stone fort to explore the Casemate Museum and many historic landmarks, including The Alegernourne Oak and Quarters 1. See the cell where Jefferson Davis was held at the conclusion of the Civil War. A tour aboard the Miss Hampton II reveals Fort Monroe’s companion fortification, Fort Wool, located across the channel at Hampton Roads’ entrance. The Miss Hampton II harbor tour boat and the Ocean Eagle fishing boat are located nearby along the Hampton waterfront. Hampton University Museum, the oldest African American museum in the country, has a collection of more than 9,000 works of contemporary art and artifacts spanning African, African-American, Native-American cultures, and more. You can explore the campus with one of several Smartphone tours available at VisitHampton.com or learn about the campus’ and city’s remarkable past through interpretive historic markers located on the campus and throughout the city. You are also sure to enjoy the exceptional dining and shopping in Downtown Hampton, Phoebus and Coliseum Central. There’s no shortage of fun and adventure. After all, This is Hampton! For visitor information dial (800) 800-2202, (757) 727-1102 or check out VisitHampton.com.

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iFLY VA BEACH

iFLY Va Beach is an indoor skydiving experience that creates true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. iFLY’s vertical wind tunnel generates 1400 horse power from 4 powerful fans, creating a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you and the air, and it’s the most incredible adrenaline rush. iFLY Va Beach is located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on 25th and Pacific Avenue. Indoor skydiving at iFLY Va Beach is a great activity for entertainment and recreation seekers out for a day of fun with family and friends, corporate customers looking for a unique team outing, educators interested in innovative science field trips for students and competitive skydiving athletes. No experience is necessary. Just about anyone can fly, including those with physical disabilities. Children as young as 3 to adults as young as 103 have flown with us. iFLY offers group rates for 8 or more as well as Student, Senior Citizen, Military & First Responder discounts. Watch our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3c-ak1IjhY iFLY Va Beach Indoor Skydiving is located at 2412 Pacific Ave. Virginia Beach, VA 23451. For more information or to make reservations, call (757) 754-4359 or email info@iflyvabeach.com.

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM AT YORKTOWN

Sphere, a six-foot globe displaying weather phenomena around the world. Don’t leave without a visit to Dockside Café or the Banana Pier Gift Shop for great nautical gifts. Call (757) 664-1000 or visit Nauticus.org for hours and admission fees.

NEWPORT NEWS

Discover the Treasures of Newport News Trendy restaurants, unique shopping opportunities and world-class attractions are just a few of the many reasons to visit Newport News.

The Mariners’ Museum and Park Water Connects Us All The Mariners’ Museum and Park connects people to the world’s waterways through exploration and engaging experiences. The stories we tell through our world class collection are your stories and your history. Discover small craft from around the world. Explore the USS Monitor Center, home of the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret, where the incredible story of her creation, battle, sinking, and recovery are told in vivid detail. View maritime art, handcrafted ship models, and rare figureheads. Experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater. Located in a 550-acre park, guests can hike the award-winning, 5-mile Noland Continued on page A8

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 recreations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists in 1607, and colonial fort. The story of the American Revolution, from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation, unfolds at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown through indoor exhibits and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-period 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.

NAUTICUS

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 include hands-on exhibits, touch tanks, 3D movies, and more. Plus, walk the decks of history with 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 wardroom, and officers’ quarters, berthing units, chapel and other areas. Guided tours of additional ship areas are available for an additional fee. While onsite at Nauticus, be sure to check out Our Mighty Seaport, an exhibit exploring maritime commerce as well as Guns, Sweat, and Gears: Anatomy of a Battleship, with its enormous gun devices, tools, and personal mementos from the Battleship Wisconsin. Step inside the Clelia, an underwater exploration submersible, and control an actual 9-foot long robotic arm to collect samples and artifacts from the seabed and examine Science on a

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Serenity & Alliance

Pirate Adventure Cruises April to September $37 Adults, $22 kids

Trail or picnic at Lions Bridge overlooking the tranquil James River. For information on exhibitions, events, programs, and hours of operation, visit MarinersMuseum.org or call (800) 581-7245.

Virginia Living Museum

Connecting people to nature for more than 50 years! View endangered red wolves. Get close to a loggerhead turtle and jellyfish. Touch live horseshoe crabs. Relive the age of the dinosaurs. Living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Discover animals living in a cypress swamp, mountain cove and beneath the Chesapeake Bay. Touch famous Bay creatures. Travel the

Daily Sightseeing Cruises

Late March thru Early November Morning, Afternoon and Sunset Sails

Departing from Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. Call 888.316.6422 or visit www.sailyorktown.com

galaxies in the planetarium theater. Outdoors, stroll the boardwalk to view animals in naturalized habitats. Explore outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail with 16 life-like dinosaurs, paleo camp, dig pits and dinosaur and ice age fossils. See an extensive collection of native plants and green living exhibits. Young kids enjoy indoor role play as an animal keeper/vet and the outdoor playground. Let the travel counselors at the Newport News Visitor Center help plan your stay. Ask them about our money-saving Combination Ticket! Call (888) 493-7386, (757) 886-7777, or visit www.newport-news.org for more information.

NORFOLK VISITNORFOLK

With 144 miles of shoreline, there’s so much to do while visiting Norfolk, Virginia. Take a tour of the Elizabeth River harbor on a majestic tall ship, sip on some of the best wines around at Mermaid Winery, Virginia’s very first urban winery, try delicious beers at local breweries or watch world-renowned artists blow glass at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. Hungry? 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 host

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SCHOONERS ALLIANCE AND SERENITY Scan to Save!

Join the Yorktown Schooners Alliance and Serenity and step back into history as you sail the York River past the battlefield where our country won its independence. Lend a hand at setting sail, look for dolphins and osprey, or relax with a beverage from our ship’s galley. For families, try the Pirate Adventure Cruise. Kids will join the pirate crew and help raise the sails, steer the schooner, tie a knot and fire the cannon. Both ships also available for private charters and special events. Sailing daily late March to early November. Advance reservations recommended. For schedule and tickets, visit www.sailyorktown.com. (888) 316-6422.

SPIRIT OF NORFOLK Memorable Exhibits. Interactive Fun.

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 cruise on the water. You’ll dine and dance to live DJ entertainment while being dazzled by skyline views and a close-up look at the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. Choose from fun-filled lunches, dinners or midnight party cruises. For reservations, specialty cruise schedule, visit www.spiritofnorfolk.com or (866) 211-3803.

SUFFOLK

Small town charm and big city amenities converge in Suffolk, Virginia. Our historic downtown blends unique shops 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. Discover the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge—112,000 acres of untouched wilderness. You’ll love our swamp safaris, guided cemetery strolls, 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. (757) 514-4130. VisitSuffolkVa.com

VICTORY ROVER

NAVAL BASE CRUISES ABOARD THE VICTORY ROVER Your front row seat to the Naval Fleet. Two Hour Narrated Cruises depart daily from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin in Downtown Norfolk. The Captain provides a fascinating commentary as passengers cruise the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River. See one of the world’s busiest sea ports including the world’s largest naval base, home of the Atlantic Fleet: Destroyers, Cruisers, Submarines, Aircraft Carriers and more. Up to 150 guests enjoy comfortable seating, air conditioned enclosed deck, shaded upper deck, and snack bar. Call (757) 627-7406 or www.navalbasecruises.com. Cruising March - December.

VIRGINIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Whether it is with a large school group or a family visit, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is home to many memorable exhibits and full of interactive fun. A basketball court,

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THE VIRGINIA ZOO

Journey to mysterious places inhabited by exotic animals from around the world–without leaving Hampton Roads! Discover lions, bears, cheetahs, orangutans, giraffes, colorful birds and more! Watch the red panda climb through the trees just above your head. Meet the animals in the ZooFarm. Enjoy a stroll or ride the Zoo train among the 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 500 animals on 53 beautifully landscaped acres. Exhibits encourage the animals’ natural behavior, 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 $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for children (ages 2-11) and $12.95 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.

HISTORIC YORKTOWN

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 or beer dinner, 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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Teams will play in mixed age group on Saturday. Results from Saturday’s play will be used to seed teams into their age group challenge match (for example there will be a 13s challenge that feeds into 13s brackets and there will be a 14s challenge that feeds into a 14s bracket. Seeding will rely primarily on results as found in AES. It is each teams responsibility to maintain their results in AES for seeding purposes. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 757/315-1610. www.vausag.com

21-23 Boo Williams Basketball Exposure Showcase

Boo Williams Sportsplex and Hampton Roads Convention Center. Admission Fee. 757/637-7300. www.boowilliamsbball.org

21-23 Nike Invitational Boys 15U-17U Basketball Tournament

Photo courtesy of EVP Properties

Boo Williams Sportsplex and Hampton Roads Convention Center. Admission Fee. 757/637-7300. www.boowilliamsbball.org

28-30 Nike Invitational Girls 13U-16U Basketball Tournament

Boo Williams Sportsplex & Hampton Roads Convention Center. Admission Fee. 757/637-7300. www.boowilliamsbball.org

MAY 2017

12-14 2017 Showstopper Dance Competition

If you’re looking for the largest, most glamorously fun dance competition in the world, you’ve come to the right place! You can find us at all of the biggest and best venues all across the country — we are in over 50 cities a year! You might leave our competition covered in glitter, but we guarantee you’ll also leave with the best memories you’ll have all year (until your next Showstopper event, that is!). Hampton Roads Convention Center. 757/315-1610. www.goshowstopper.com

19-21 Hoop Group Southern Jamfest 2017

18 *OCB* IFPA PRO QUALIFIER – The Body Sculpting Open (WOMEN)

JANUARY 2017

28-29 Mid-Atlantic Power League Volleyball: Quest for Excellence

MAPL is a power league for elite girls’ volleyball teams along the Mid-Atlantic coast. Boo Williams Sportsplex & Hampton Roads Convention Center. Admission fee. 757/3151610. www.maplvb.com

FEBRUARY 2017

18 *OCB* IFPA PRO QUALIFIER – The Body Sculpting Open (MEN) Men’s Physique and Bodybuilding Championships. Prejudging, Finals & Awards. The American Theatre. 10 a.m. $30, $15 Children. $45 Combo (Both Shows) 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

Women’s Physique and Bodybuilding Championships. Prejudging, Finals & Awards. The American Theatre. 4 p.m. $30, $15 Children. $45 Combo (Both Shows). 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

25 The Great Chocolate Race 10 Miler and 5K

Who doesn’t like chocolate on Valentine’s Day? We’ve got lots of it along with a beautiful course in historic Hampton, VA! Starting in downtown near the iconic Virginia Air & Space Center, the course offers stunning views of the Hampton River, historic homes and Historic Phoebus. After you’ve enjoyed your run, enjoy a chocolate post-race party at Mill Point Park! Admission Fee. www.greatchocolaterace.com /chocolatehampton

MARCH 2017

4 Professional Bull Riders

The Professional Bull Riders Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour is the top expansion series of the PBR featuring some of the best athletes of the sport going head to head with the fiercest bulls in the country. The PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour will bring all the high-energy sound, lighting, special effects and edge of your seat action that fans have come to expect from the World leader in the sport of bull riding. Hampton Coliseum. 7p.m. Tickets start at $15-$65. 757/838-4203. www.hamptoncoliseum.org

APRIL 2017 2 Love Fest 2017

Join over 80 of 757’s wonderful Zumba and dance instructors along with a LIVE musical guest! We are coming together to promote health and fitness in the Hampton Roads area. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 2p.m. – 6 p.m. Admission fee. 757/315-1610.

The Southern Hoop Group Jam Fest is annually one of the best events in the South, and it is held at the finest venue of its kind, the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, VA. In what has been dubbed by some the “Battle of the Brands” tournament, the Southern Jam Fest brings together some of the best AAU programs in the country to see who is the best of the best. Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. www.hoopgroup.com

20-21 Virginia Gymnastics Xcel State Championship

The USA Gymnastics Xcel Program is a program offered as an alternative program for competitive gymnasts. Awards include division age group placement awards and division age group all-around awards. All of the gymnasts participating in the Virginia Xcel State Championship have qualified through a series of local competitions. Gymnasts vary in age, from 5 years-old to 19 years-old. Schedule is tentative. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 757/315-1610. www.vausag.com continued on page 32

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Boo Williams Sportsplex

5 Armistead Pointe Parkway 757-637-7300 www.boowilliamssportsplex.com Boo Williams Sportsplex

JUNE 2017

3-4 Virginia Sand Soccer Championships

Buckroe Beach welcomes the Virginia Sand Soccer Championships June 3-4! The event is open to the public and expected to draw over 500 athletes and thousands of spectators from across the country. Other highlights include live music, food and merchandise vendors, and more. Buckroe Beach. Free fee spectators, fee to participate. www.vasandsoccer.com

10 Life’s a Beach Triathlon

Hampton Coliseum

1000 Coliseum Drive 757-838-4203 www.hamptoncoliseum.org Hampton Coliseum @HamptonColiseum @Hampton.Coliseum

Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Drive 757-315-1610 www.thehrcc.com hamptonroadsconventioncenter

Life’s A Beach encourages people to “catch the new wave of triathlon,” with its unique take on a sport most people often associate with grueling training regimes and expensive, high-tech equipment. The Life’s A Beach swim is 200 yards of “Almost Anything Goes,” with racers allowed to use boogie boards, swim fins, and almost anything to help them feel comfortable and have fun. The bike portion of the race is only five miles and is for fat tire bikes only, as some courses may actually involve stretches of beach riding. The two-mile beach run is laid back and includes obstacles to break up the run in a fun way. Awards will be given to the Top Dudes and Dudettes, Top Slackers, Most Bodacious Bike Decorating, and Coolest Costume. There will be an awards ceremony and Bodacious Beach Bash After-Party following the event. Buckroe Beach. Registration Fee. 727/422-1956. www.lifesabeachtriathlon.com

29-July 2 Div. III AAU Basketball Boys 10th & 11th Grade National Championships

700 Emancipation Drive 757-727-6800 www.hamptonu.edu

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20-23 Division II AAU Basketball Boys 12u National Championships 23-26 Division I AAU Basketball Boys 6th Grade National Championships 23-26 Division III AAU Basketball Boys 14u & 15u/ 9th Grade National Championships Boo Williams Sportsplex. 757/637-7300. Admission Fee. www.aauboysbasketball.org

14 8th Annual Mike Tomlin VIP Meet & Greet

Hampton Roads Convention Center. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Admission Fee. 757/315-1610.

15 8th Annual Freaky Kon-Tiki River Raft Race The river raft race, presented by Bay Days, allows a team of five people to build a raft on-site and race other contestants around a course in the Hampton River. Mill Point Park. Admission Fee. 757/727-8314. www.baydaysevents.com

AUGUST 2017 11-12 2017 EVP Beach Volleyball World Championships

Admission Fee. www.aauboysbasketball.org Boo Williams Sportsplex

EVP is the largest beach volleyball tour in the United States with over 18 events and 5,000 athletes competing each summer. Paradise Ocean Club. Registration Fee. www.evptour.com

JULY 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017

9-13 Division I, II, III AAU Basketball Girls 6th Grade National Championships

North America’s oldest continuouslyrun hydroplane boat race is back for its 92nd year! Enjoy a children’s area, food vendors, Bay Education, and environmental exhibits. East Mercury Bridge at Fort Monroe. Free Admission. 757/727-8311. www.hamptoncupregatta.com

6-9 Division III AAU Basketball Boys 10u & 11u National Championships

Hampton University Convocation Center

20-23 Division I AAU Basketball Boys 12u National Championships

14-17 Division III AAU Basketball Boys 12u & 13u National Championships

23-24 92nd Annual Hampton Cup Regatta

Presented by Bon Secours In Motion. All Half Marathon runners “crawl” past the beautiful waterfront in downtown Hampton Roads making their way down the historic Chesapeake Ave. and back to the Hampton Convention Center for a crawlin’ fun time at the post-race party. The Crawlin’ Crab 5K starts and finishes in front of the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The Shell Yeah Challenge is for participants who wish to run both the 5k and half marathon. All runners are invited to a post-race party with live music, food and a craft brew festival. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Expo & Packet Pickup Friday; 8 a.m. 5k start, 9:30 a.m. Kids Kilometer start, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Post Race Party, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Expo & Packet Pickup Saturday; 7:30 a.m.- 8 a.m. Packet Pickup, 8 a.m. Half Marathon start, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. J&A Post Race Party Sunday. Participation Fee, Free Admission for spectators. 757/412-1056. www.crawlincrabhalf.com

12-15 Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous

Cruisers from across the Eastern Seaboard will head to Hampton for the fourth year! The event will feature cruising-related educational seminars, entertainment by local bands, tours of area attractions, food from Hampton’s finest restaurants, and more. Discounted dockage will be provided for seminar attendees. Hampton Public Piers. www.hamptonrendezvous.com

24- November 1 Salty Dawg Rally

Departing from Hampton on the last day to sail to the British Virgin Islands or the Bahamas, the group will gather prior to the Rally, prepare their boats for the passage, and meet their fellow Dawgs! The “Dawg House” (The Bluewater Yachting Center Pavilion) will be the meeting center for daily weather briefings, various seminars, a Pig Roast, a Chicken Barbecue, a Chili Cook-Off and Potluck Dinners. Bluewater Yachting Center. www.saltydawgrally.org

DECEMBER 2017

9 Virginia High School League (VHSL) 5A/6A State Football Championships

ONGOING EVENTS Saturdays April – October

Racing at Langley Speedway Nearly every Saturday, satisfy your need for speed at this historic NASCAR home track. The only weekly racing series in Coastal Virginia. Langley Speedway. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Admission Fee. 757/865-7223. www.langley-speedway.com

May 31 – Aug. 5 Peninsula Pilots Baseball

Cheer on the Pilots during the 2017 season! War Memorial Stadium. All home games start at 7:05 p.m. 757/254-2222. www.peninsulapilots.com


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OF EVENTS JANUARY 2017

21 NEW EXHIBIT!! When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA’s Human Computers

In the 1940’s Langley began recruiting African-American women as human computers, but due to segregation laws these “West Area Computers” were kept separate from their white counterparts. This began to change in the 1950s as NACA and later NASA integrated and the women who were “human computers” began to extend out into the broader scientific community at NASA. This exhibit features three of these pioneers: Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, and Hampton nativeMary Jackson. Hampton History Museum. $5 museum admission. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

FEBRUARY 2017

3 Michael Lington & Jonathan Fritzén

9 A Ballerina’s Tale: The Misty Copeland Story

11 18th Annual Country for Kids Concert

Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first AfricanAmerican woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $8. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

Sara Evans and Alec Edmonds headline Country For Kids 2017 with proceeds benefiting the Center for Child & Family Services. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 6 p.m. $25 General Admission, $60 VIP. www.countryforkids.com

4 I Have a Dream

11 Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey

11 20th Annual Black History Month Breakfast

Coming from Denmark and Sweden, respectively, Lington and Fritzén pay tribute to the music they fell in love with as teens inspired by the music of Sam Cooke, Paul Taylor, Nils Lundgren and King Curtis. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $45/$40. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the American Century. The American Theatre. 2:30 p.m. $10. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

Starring the award winning actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy, Raisin’ Cane celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement, and imagery. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $50/$45. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

Celebrate the start of Black History Month with members of the Aberdeen Gardens Historic and Civic Association at the 20th annual breakfast. Queen Street North Worship Center. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. $30. 757/722-2345. www.aberdeengardens.org continued on page 34

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11-12 Hampton Roads Home Show

Shop, compare and save from experts in remodeling, landscaping, decorating and building. Leisurely stroll through wall-to-wall displays showcasing the latest trends and unveiling the newest products. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $10 adults, free for individuals 18 and younger. 757/222-2945 www.hamptonvahomeshow.com

17-19 World of Pets

A shopper’s paradise for pet products & services! Continuous entertainment and demonstrations by nationally known pet entertainers, adoptable pets, and more! Hampton Roads Convention Center. 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. $9 Adults; $5 Children (ages 5-12); Children under 5 are free. 800/882-9894. www.worldofpets.org

19 Cirque Zuma Zuma

A dazzling ensemble of African dancers, acrobats, contortionists and jugglers, Cirque Zuma Zuma is often described as the African-style Cirque du Soleil. The American Theatre. 2:30 p.m. $45/$40. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

21 Black History Month Celebration

Come celebrate black pioneers in Aviation, Space and Science. Virginia Air & Space Center. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Included in regular exhibit admission. 757/727-0900. www.vasc.org

23-26 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXVIII Celebrate 66 years of quilt at this year’s festival, offering a compilation of quilting, fiber arts, and wearable arts. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. $15 includes readmission, $13 Sunday only, Ages 16 and under free. 757/315-1610. www.quiltfest.com

24 Fly Dance Company

FLY is an all-male contemporary dance company from Houston, Texas known for its high-energy performances with clever staging to a variety of music, including classical, jazz, pop, hip-hop, and more. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $35/$30. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

24 NEW EXHIBIT! Give Me Liberty: Fugitive Slaves and the Long Revolution Against Slavery

This exhibition explores the stories of fugitive slaves from Hampton and put their experiences in the context of slave resistance between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The exhibition explores

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three themes: The complex relationship between slavery and liberty; Resistance as a revolutionary act; Waterways as routes to freedom. Hampton History Museum. $5 museum admission. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

25 Yesterday and Today: Interactive Beatles Tribute

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience is the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of the Beatles. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $40/$35. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

MARCH 2017

3-5 7th Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Festival

This is the largest tattoo event in Virginia. Hundreds of tattoo artists, vendors, and live music all weekend! Interested attendees have the option of speaking with tattoo artists and having work performed on-site. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m. 12 a.m. Saturday; 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday. $25 daily, $45 Weekend Pass, $35 Military Weekend Pass. 757/484-1319. www.hrtattoofest.com

4 Professional Bull Riders

The Professional Bull Riders Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour is the top expansion series of the PBR featuring some of the best athletes going head to head with the fiercest bulls in the country. Hampton Coliseum. 7 p.m. Tix $15-$65. 757/838-4203. www.hamptoncoliseum.org

4 The Hurrah Players: Disney’s Aladdin

Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. The American Theatre. 2:30 p.m. $15. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

5-11 Hampton Restaurant Week

Enjoy a 2-course lunch for $10 and/or a 3-course meal for either $20 or $30 at participating restaurants. www.visithampton.com

10 NEW EXHIBIT! History of NASA

The museum will open a new exhibit celebrating NACA and NASA’s singular history and immeasurable contribution to the community. This will be the first

step in a comprehensive retelling of Hampton’s twentieth century history. July 9, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1917 groundbreaking for construction of the National Advisory Commission on Aeronautics’ (NACA) Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory—now NASA Langley Research Center. Hampton History Museum. $5 museum admission. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

10-12 Virginia RV Show

The Virginia RV Show is back for with great deals on motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels! Stock up on all the essentials and gather great ideas for your next RV vacation. Hampton Roads Convention Center. Friday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 5p.m. $10 at the door (Cash only); 16 and under free. 757/315-1610. www.virginiarvshow.com

11 Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $35/$30. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

12 Hampton Roads Philharmonic

Don’t miss the chance to hear Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, a masterpiece of passion, conflict, and triumph. In addition, the HRP is proud to present the first annual Young Artist Showcase Performance. The American Theatre. 2:30 p.m. $20. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

16 Bat Kid Begins

The incredible and touching true story of Miles Scott, a five-year-old cancer patient whose wish to be Batman’s sidekick for a day became one of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s most memorable moments. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $8. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

18-19 Southeastern Guns & Knives Show

Showcasing the best assortment of firearms and related products together for home defense, collecting, and sport shooting. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 Adults, $7 Ages 13 17, Free admission for children 12 & under accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. 757/315-1610. www.guns-knives.com

24-25 2017 Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference

Each session is unique and will include a powerful message from Joyce. Musical guests are to be determined. Hampton Coliseum. 7 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Free Admission. 757/838-4203. www.hamptoncoliseum.org

25 Our Town

For 75 years Thornton Wilder’s play has played a profound role in American culture. Audiences will watch the citizens of Grover’s Corners as they fall in love, marry and live out their lives. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $35/$30. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

29 – April 2 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Hampton Coliseum. March 29, 7:30 p.m. March 30, 7:30 p.m. March 31, 7:30 p.m. April 1 11a.m., 3 p.m., & 7 p.m. April 2, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. $20-$65. 757/838-4203. www.hamptoncoliseum.org

31 Cindy Bradley & Alex Bugnon

In 2007, trumpeter Cindy Bradley burst onto the contemporary jazz scene with her debut CD ‘Just A Little Bit’. Alex Bugnon grew up going to the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland. For two decades he has been a romantic yet energetic force on the contemporary jazz scene - an ambassador from the last days of the Quiet Storm. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $45/$40. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

APRIL 2017

1 Lovesick Blues: a Tribute to Hank Williams, Sr. & Patsy Cline

We welcome Robbie Limon back to the stage with his guest, the talented Tracey Wygal. Lovesick Blues brings together two powerful musical icons, Hank Williams, Sr. and Patsy Cline. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $45/$40. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

1-2 National Park Service Garrison Days- American Civil War Encampment The event will include: Morning Colors, Infantry and Artillery drill, Black Powder firing demonstrations, Pay Call, a period Church Call and more. Public parking is available at Outlook Beach. Weather Permitting. Fort Monroe. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Saturday; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com


8 The Wright Brothers – Those Daring Young Men & Their Flying Machine Orville and Wilbur Wright, decide that it is indeed their destiny to make this dream real and begin in earnest to build a machine that can fly. Witness the historic flight in this Wright Brothers musical. The American Theatre. 2:30 p.m. $10. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

15 Hampton Heritage Day

Join in commemorating the melding of the Native American, European and African cultures that have come together to shape our community. Enjoy presentations and performances that will take place on a stage throughout the day. Carousel Park. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

15 International Children’s Festival

Experience the beauty and wonder of exotic places as over 35 countries and cultures showcase their unique heritages and again this year there will be animals from around the world with a chance to ride a camel. Eaton & Queen Streets. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-8311. www.hampton.gov/parks

16 Easter Sunrise Service

The Chapel of the Centurion invites you to join them in worship at 6:30 a.m. as they joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord! The service will be held at Continental Park, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Weather Permitting. Fort Monroe. Episcopal – 8:30 a.m.; Interdenominational Church – 10 a.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

21 Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

Sing along with Julie, wave your edelweiss, dance in the gazebo with Liesl, snuggle up with Gretel and join in earnest choruses of “My Favorite Things” and go home happier than you’ve been in weeks. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $15. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

22 Phoebus Spring Fling

Craft Brews, Free Child ID, bounce houses, games for kids, community info booths, local artists, handmade crafts, vendors, pet adoptions and more! Monitor Lodge. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Admission. 757/826-1862. www.phoebusvaevents.com

22 Riddick Dance: Phoenix

Phoenix is a story of a young boy who faces many trials in his life. Throughout his growing process the boy realizes how pain helps him become an anchor for others who grieve in silence. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $25/$15 for Seniors & Students. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

23 National Park Service Kite Day

April is National Kite Month. Join us for a fun day of kite flying and recreation at Fort Monroe. Weather Permitting. Continental Park (location subject change). 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

29 The Bumper Jacksons

Boldly paying homage to the musical traditions of yesteryear, The Bumper Jacksons’ romp through musical history incorporates 1930s-style hot jazz, country swing, Americana hits, and big blues. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $35/$30. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

MAY 2017

6 Pete Seeger: The Storm King

Pete Seeger: The Storm King brings audiences a multi-media presentation of Pete Seeger’s spoken words—in his own recorded voice—set to live music and video. The American Theatre. 8 p.m. $45/$40. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net

12 Freedom Concert

Weather Permitting. Continental Park (location subject change). 7 p.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

12-14 2017 Showstopper Dance Competition

If you’re looking for the largest, most glamorously fun dance competition in the world, you’ve come to the right place! Hampton Roads Convention Center. www.goshowstopper.com

20 Contraband Living History Tour

Tours starting every 30 minutes. Tours will interpret the landmark “Contraband Decision” of 1861 and the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States. Weather Permitting. Continental Park (location subject change). 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

20-21 Chesapeake Bay Reggae Festival

More than 12 reggae performers take the stage for a weekend of music, food, vendors, and more. Mill Point Park. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Admission Fee. 757/490-5425 www.cbreggaefest.com/home.html

24 Contraband Commemoration Ceremony

A moving and thought-provoking ceremony will recall the events that happened on this date 156 years earlier when three enslaved men, Frank Baker, James Townsend, and Sheppard Mallory took action seeking freedom behind Union lines at Fort

Monroe. Weather Permitting. Cannon Park. Time TBA. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

27-30 2017 Langley Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show

The Hampton Roads Convention Center will once again welcome over 1,000 canine friends to The Virginia Memorial Day Cluster. Vendors will be onsite offering unique pet merchandise, jewelry, books and more. Hampton Roads Convention Center. Admission Fee. 757/315-1610. www.langleykennelclub.org

29 Flag Retirement Ceremony

In Partnership with the Boy Scouts of America we will honor those military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States. A joint ceremony will also properly retire any US flags no longer in usable condition. Weather Permitting. Colonies and RV Travel Park. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

JUNE 2017 2 Blackbeard Grand Pirate Ball

We encourage you to come in “period attire” for a Pirate Party featuring a bounty of food, adult beverages, live music and more. Crowne Plaza Hampton. 8 p.m. Midnight. $35 in advance; $40 at door. 757/727-8314. www.hampton.gov/parks

2 Music By The Bay Summer Kickoff Concert- Welcome Back TRADOC Band

This evening’s performers will be the US Army Training and Doctrine Command Band–Concert Band. In case of inclement weather, concert will be at the Fort Monroe Theatre. Continental Park. 7 p.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

2-4 Bodacious Bazaar & Wine Festival

Over 200 vendors, artists, crafters, several of Virginia’s finest wineries and beer garden under three impressive large tents. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Sunday. $7 Adults; $4 Children; $10 two day tickets. Wine tasting additional $20. www.bodaciousbazaar.com/spring

2 Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past Opening Celebration

Celebrate in a fantastical style the sights and sounds of an alternative steampowered past with music, side-show demonstrations, belly dancing and other exotic amusements. Hampton History Museum. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. $5. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

3-4 18th Annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Pillage and plunder your way through the coastal seaport city of Hampton when the annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns for another year of swashbuckling excitement! Saturday night concludes with a dazzling fireworks display. Downtown Hampton. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday; 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday. Free Admission. 757/727-0900. www.hampton.gov/parks

3-4 Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past

Experience the fantastical craftsmanship, conveyances and contraptions from an alternative Victorian era and Wild West. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hampton History Museum. Free. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

7 Halls of Art XVIIII

Opening reception for Halls of Art XVIIII. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. 757/315-1610. www.visithampton.com

10 6th Annual International Day of Remembrance

Remembrance is part of a 28-year tradition which honors the millions of African men, women and children who perished during the Middle Passage of the Transatlantic Enslavement Trade. Hampton History Museum. Free. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

23-25 50th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival

Celebrating 50 years of music, the Hampton Jazz Festival attracts the nation’s top blues, soul, pop, and jazz performers. Hampton Coliseum. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission Fee. 757/838-4203. www.hamptonjazzfestival.com

24 Aberdeen Gardens Heritage Day Celebration

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

24 Venture Kitchen & Bar presents the Annual Pride Week Drag Races

Cheer for your favorite charity team as they battle it out on Queens Way!! Open to public to run for their favorite charity! Downtown Hampton. Free Admission. 757/727-1271. www.hamptonblockparty.com continued on page 36

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JULY 2017

1 Bob Ross Paint Night

Celebrate Bob Ross Paint Night and enjoy the totally awesome sounds of the 80’s. Downtown Hampton. Free Admission for Block Party. $35 to paint. 757/727-1271. www.hamptonblockparty.com

4 Fourth at the Fort/ Flag Ceremony at Flag Bastion

Enjoy a full day of activities and entertainment for the entire family. This year we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the NASA Langley Research Center. Organizations will provide hands on activities and exhibits from 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Fireworks show at sun down. Weather permitting. Fort Monroe. Beginning 10 a.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

8 Rolling of the Bulls 2017

Inspired by the Running of the Bulls, the event will feature participants running from Dominion Derby Girls on skates with whiffle ball bats. Downtown Hampton. Free Admission. 757/727-1271. www.hamptonblockparty.com

15-16 Southeastern Guns & Knives Show

Showcasing the best assortment of firearms and related products together for home defense, collecting, and sport shooting. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 Adults, $7 Ages 13 17, Free admission for children 12 & under accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. 757/315-1610. www.guns-knives.com

29 Waiters Race presented by Sysco!

11-12 2017 EVP Beach Volleyball World Championships

EVP is the largest beach volleyball tour in the United States with over 18 events and 5,000 athletes competing each summer. Paradise Ocean Club. Registration Fee. www.evptour.com

26 Annual Aberdeen Gardens Fish Fry Sponsored by the Historical Foundation of Aberdeen Gardens. Offering fish sandwiches and dinner platters served with sides, dessert and a drink. Aberdeen Gardens Museum. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4.50-$7. 757/722-2345. www.aberdeengardens.org

SEPTEMBER 2017 23-24 92nd Annual Hampton Cup Regatta

North America’s oldest continuously-run hydroplane boat race is back for its 92nd year! Enjoy a children’s area, food vendors, Bay Education, and environmental exhibits. East Mercury Bridge at Fort Monroe. Free Admission. 757/727-8311. www.hamptoncupregatta.com

23-24 Southeastern Guns & Knives Show

Showcasing the best assortment of firearms and related products together for home defense, collecting, and sport shooting. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 Adults, $7 Ages 13 17, Free admission for children 12 & under accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. 757/315-1610. www.guns-knives.com

29 7th Annual Shag at the Foodbank

Foodservice professionals race through a series of obstacles holding a loaded tray of Stella Artois, without spilling a drop! Also an Owner’s Division. Downtown Hampton. 2 p.m. Live music at 7 p.m. Free for spectators, Registration $10 in advance, $15 at door. 757/727-1271. www.hamptonblockparty.com

Dance, dine, and donate at Shag at the Foodbank! Nixon Catering be serving delicious all-you-can-eat seafood. Bill Deal’s Original Rhondels will provide live music for a “shagadelic” good time! Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula. 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $35 in advance or $45 at the door. 757/696-1793. www.shagatthefoodbank.com.

AUGUST 2017

OCTOBER 2017

The Coliseum Central Neighborhood Night Out Health & Safety Fair is a free day of family fun! The day will feature Hampton Police, inflatables, a rock climbing wall and area businesses providing information related to health and safety. Free Admission. 757/826-6351. www.coliseumcentral.com

Runners “crawl” past the beautiful waterfront in downtown Hampton making their way down the historic Chesapeake Ave. and back to the Hampton Roads Convention Center for a crawlin’ fun time at the post-race party. The Crawlin’ Crab 5K starts and finishes in front of the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The Shell Yeah

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6-8 Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon, 5k, Kids Kilometer & Shell Yeah Challenge

Challenge is for participants who wish to run both the 5k and half marathon. All runners are invited to a post-race party with live music, food and a craft brew festival. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Expo & Packet Pickup Friday; 8 a.m. 5k start, 9:30 a.m. Kids Kilometer start, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Post Race Party, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Expo & Packet Pickup Saturday; 7:30 a.m.- 8 a.m. Packet Pickup, 8 a.m. Half Marathon start, 9 a.m.1 p.m. J&A Post Race Party Sunday. Participation Fee, Free Admission for spectators. 757/412-1056. www.crawlincrabhalf.com

for the passage, and meet their fellow Dawgs! Bluewater Yachting Center Pavilion will be the meeting center for daily weather briefings, various seminars, and dinners. Bluewater Yachting Center. www.saltydawgrally.org

6 Annual Harvest Fest Gala

27-29 Bluebird Gap Farm Festival

Presented by the Historical Foundation of Aberdeen Gardens, this annual event celebrates its tenth year with dinner, a guest speaker, awards, door prizes, and music. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission Fee. 757/722-2345. www.aberdeengardens.org

12-15 Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous

The event will feature cruising-related educational seminars, entertainment by local bands, tours of area attractions, food from Hampton’s finest restaurants, and more. Discounted dockage will be provided for seminar attendees. Hampton Public Piers. www.hamptonrendezvous.com

14 Phoebus Fall Festival

Presented by the community of Phoebus, this event features local craft beers, vendors, music, dancers, pie eating contest, doggie costume parade, and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Admission. 757/826-1862. www.phoebusvaevents.com

20-21 Fort Monroe Ghost Walk

Learn the hidden secrets of Fort Monroe’s rich 400-year history during our guided ghost walks. Tours are rain or shine. Fort Monroe. 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 night of tour. 757/690-8061. www.fmauthority.com

23-31 Hampton Horror Tours

These 60-minute tours include eerie tales of Old Hampton and the Coastal Virginia area. Each tour will include the grisly side of Hampton history; special surprises and a spooky lantern tour of the St. John’s Church graveyard, and other points of fright. Hampton History Museum. 6:15 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Admission Fee. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

24- November 1 Salty Dawg Rally

Departing from Hampton on the last day to sail to BVI or the Bahamas, the group will gather prior to the Rally, prepare their boats

28 Downtown Hampton Halloween Block Party

Hampton takes to the streets on Halloween night for a fun-filled street fair including music by a DJ, cold refreshments, and plenty of activities for the young and old. Downtown Hampton. 6 p.m. -11 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-1271 www.hamptonblockparty.com Includes awesome activities and events like a pumpkin patch, punkin’ chunkin, live entertainment, hay rides, and more! Bluebird Gap Farm. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily. Free. www.hampton.gov/bbgf

NOVEMBER 2017 3-5 NekoCon 20: Catpocalypse

The Hampton Roads Convention Center welcomes back over 3,000 otakau (fanboys and fangirls) to NekoCon20, a Japanese anime convention featuring everything from cosplay (a combination of the words costume and play) to L.A.R.P. (Live Action Role Playing). Members are welcome to 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 more. Hampton Roads Convention Center. Admission Fee. 757/727-8311. www.nekocon.com

10-12 Bodacious Bazaar

The Bodacious Bazaar’s mission is to fund our local nonprofits through quality shopping opportunities and to promote our communities talented artists. Vendors, artists, and shoppers alike can’t afford to miss this amazing show! Hampton Roads Convention Center. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Adults $7, Two Day $10, Children $4, and Children in strollers are free. 757/315-1610. www.bodaciousbazaar.com

11 Veterans Day Ceremony

In partnership with the Boy Scouts of America we will honor those who have served in the United States military. Attendees will be invited to place US flags in the field for a week-long observance. Fort Monroe. 9 a.m. Free. 757/690-8061. www.fmauthority.com/calendar/


(Third Wednesday of every month) Lunch In Time Lecture

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. 12 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

(Third Wednesday of every month) Front Porch Music Series

Some of the area’s best blues, bluegrass, gospel, jazz and folk musicians share music that has shaped the nation’s soundscape. Hampton History Museum. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free Admission for members, Non-members, $5.00. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

(Quarterly throughout the year) Our Stories, Our Time Series

18 19th Annual Coliseum Central Holiday Parade

You won’t want to miss the marching bands, floats, helium balloons and more as they take center stage in the festivities; Santa Claus is also sure to stop by! Peninsula Town Center. 9:30 a.m. Free Admission. 757/826-6351. www.coliseumcentral.com

25-26 Southeastern Guns & Knives Show

Showcasing the best assortment of firearms and related products together for home defense, collecting, and sport shooting. Hampton Roads Convention Center. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 Adults, $7 Ages 13 17, Free admission for children 12 & under accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. 757/315-1610. www.guns-knives.com

DECEMBER 2017

1 Phoebus Annual Illumination

Shop with Phoebus merchants for special deals, and more. There will be special performances and Santa will even stop by! Mallory Street, Mellen Street and Hope Street in Phoebus. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free Admission. 757/826-1862. www.phoebusevents.com

8 29th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade

Cruise into the spirit of the holiday season at the 29th annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade. This parade of illuminated power and sail boats will be visible from anywhere along the Hampton River. Downtown Hampton waterfront. 7 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-1276. www.downtownhampton.com

9 Virginia High School League (VHSL) 5A/6A State Football Championships Armstrong Stadium. Hampton University.

9 Hampton Holiday Market

The market features heritage foods, arts and traditional crafts, demonstrations, roasted chestnuts, hot cider, entertainment, and more. Hampton History Museum. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free Admission. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

9 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. And don’t forget Santa! Downtown Hampton. 7 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-8311. www.hampton.gov/parks

9 Fort Monroe Mistletoe Homes Tour

Celebrate the season with a walking tour of several of the most beautiful, historic homes, and other points of interests, all decorated for the holidays. Fort Monroe. Time TBA. Admission Fee. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

10 Holly Days Concert and Tree Lighting Join us for our free Holiday Concert with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic as well as a tree lighting of the largest Holly Tree on the Post. Cannon Park. 5:30 p.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

31 New Year’s Eve Downtown Hampton Block Party

At Midnight, for the fourth year, we will be dropping a lit, oversized, crab pot from the top of the Old Point National Bank. Downtown Hampton has over eight restaurants and bars open with no cover charge during this New Year’s Eve celebration. Downtown Hampton. 9 p.m. -12:30 a.m. Free Admission. www.hamptonblockparty.com

ONGOING EVENTS 2017 (Tuesdays) Taco Tuesday

With STUFT-Not Your Average Street Food. St. George Brewing Company. 4 p.m. 8 p.m. 757/865-7781. www.stgbeer.com

(Fridays) Live Music Friday

St. George Brewing Company. 4 p.m. 8 p.m. 757/865-7781. www.stgbeer.com

(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. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free Admission for members; Nonmembers, $5.00. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

(Second Saturday of every month) Hampton History Museum 2nd Saturday Family Event Family friendly activities and creative experiences relating to exhibitions and history themes each month. Hampton History Museum. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

Each quarter featured speakers open up a new topic for attendees to share their personal stories that are recorded for posterity. Hampton History Museum. 7 p.m. Free. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

(Ongoing through January 22) Miniatures and Small Works by Tidewater Artists

Over 250 artists living in Coastal Virginia were invited to create miniature or small artworks in any media for the Arts Center. The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. 757/727-1490. www.hamptonarts.net

January 27- March 25 Contemporary Ceramics by Akiko Tanaka

The exhibition, Hello Japan: Contemporary Ceramics by Akiko Tanaka is the first exhibition at the Hampton University Museum featuring a Contemporary Japanese artist. Akiko Tanaka is an award winning ceramic artist who divides her time between Tokyo, Japan and Hampton. Free Admission. 757/727-5508. museum.hamptonu.edu/

January 27-March 25 Hampton’s Japanese Connections and Collections, 2nd Floor, Hampton History Gallery

The exhibition is the first of a series of exhibitions that celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Hampton University and the University Museum. Free Admission. 757/727-5508. museum. hamptonu.edu

January 28 – March 12 Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition

This annual Hampton Arts League exhibition features artwork by many of the over 400 Hampton Arts League members in all media and a wide range of styles. The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. 757/727-1490. www.hamptonarts.net

(Saturdays April – October) Racing at Langley Speedway

Nearly every Saturday, satisfy your need for speed at this historic NASCAR home track. The only weekly racing series in Coastal Virginia. Langley Speedway. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Admission Fee. 757/865-7223. www.langley-speedway.com

April 22-November 18 Acquisitions from the New Millennium

Works ranging from artists like Henry O. Tanner, Meta Warrick Fuller, Lois Mailou Jones, as well as contemporary artists like Chakia Booker and Ampofo-Anti. Free Admission. 757/727-5508. museum.hamptonu.edu/

May 6 – June 18 NOW: African-American Artists in Tidewater

Coastal Virginia is rich in African-American artists, working in a wide range of styles, content, perspectives and media. This survey exhibition features about 100 of these artists. The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. 757/727-1490. www.hamptonarts.net

(May 6- August 26, Saturdays, Some Saturdays no Block Party due to special events) Downtown Hampton Block Party

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 Admission. 757/727-1271. www.hamptonblockparty.com

June 24 – August 13 A Focus on Photography: Photograph Series by Glen McClure

Hardhat Heroes – Shipyard workers of Hampton Roads Visually stunning, Glen McClure’s Hardhat Heroes introduces the viewer to a key subset of regional citizens in monumental but intimate black-andwhite images. Artists as Photographers- This small group exhibition offers a glimpse of photographs by mostly regional artists who are best or exclusively known for their artwork in another media. The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. 757/727-1490. www.hamptonarts.net

(May 31 – August 5) Peninsula Pilots Baseball

Cheer on the Pilots during the 2016 season! War Memorial Stadium. All home games start at 7:05 p.m. 757/254-2222. www.peninsulapilots.com

(Thursdays) June 8- August 31 Music By the Bay Concert Series

March 18 – April 30 Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition

Bring your own picnic, chairs and Frisbees and enjoy summer sunsets by the Chesapeake Bay, along with great regional military bands—US Navy Fleet Forces Bands, US Air Force Heritage of America Bands and other musical groups. Continental Park. 7 p.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

March 18 – April 30 The Rest is Silence: Drawings by Barbara Hennig-Loomis

(Fridays) June 16- September 15 Campfire Talks

This juried exhibition will feature over 115 artworks including drawing, watercolor, painting, crafts, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. 757/727-1490. www.hamptonarts.net

“The Rest is Silence” offers drawings that address the interstices between figure and ground, mark and space. The majority of the work is rendered in silverpoint. The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. 757/727-1490. www.hamptonarts.net

Join us around the campfire at Picnic Shelter 5 for free educational programs that the entire family will enjoy. Weather Permitting. Picnic Shelter 5, 501. 7:30 p.m. Free. 757/637-7778. www.fmauthority.com

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Fun Fact Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in Hampton! Whether its kayaking, fishing, canoeing, paddle boarding, sailing or motor boating, there is plenty of water access available throughout the city. Enjoy one of our many outdoor parks, including Grandview, Sandy Bottom, and Big Bethel. Beach lovers can relax along the gentle surf of the Chesapeake Bay at Buckroe Beach, Outlook Beach, and Paradise Ocean Club. Buckroe Beach offers picnic shelters, a stage, and even a fishing pier, while Paradise Ocean Club offers a more “beach club” experience with live music, special events, and several outdoor bars. Interested in a more secluded beach experience? Try Grandview Nature Preserve, a 578-acre estuary.

4 HIDDEN BEACHES in Hampton We know your summer vacation plans don’t include sitting on Interstate I-64… Say no to traffic, expensive parking fees, and crowded beaches by discovering Hampton’s hidden gems along the Chesapeake Bay. Hampton’s sandy beaches are just minutes from Hampton accommodations and each beach offers a unique setting to enjoy some rays. BUCKROE BEACH 100 S. First Street 757-850-5134 www.hampton.gov/parks Buckroe Beach and Park Just under a mile long, spotted with vintage cottages and newly constructed townhomes and bay front estates, Buckroe Beach offers a concrete promenade encouraging strolls to enjoy the breezes and sunshine, a fully enclosed playground, fishing pier, and endless fun. On Sunday evenings during the summer months, the beach’s waterfront pavilion presents live music and dancing. You’ll also find many special events to keep your interest, ranging from volleyball tournaments to lifeguard competitions. Lifeguards on duty during the summer season. Picnic shelters, stage and pier available for rental. Pets are not allowed May 15-Sep. 15. Lifeguards present 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free on-site parking and admission

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PARADISE OCEAN CLUB 490 Fenwick Road 757-317-1234 www.paradiseoceanclub.com Paradise Ocean Club @ParadiseOC paradiseoceanclub Paradise Ocean Club, located on historic Fort Monroe, features a private beach, Olympic sized outdoor pool equipped with a water slide and diving board, and kids’ pool. Paradise Raw Bar & Grill, a tiki bar, and snack bar offer dining options appropriate for any occasion. Private cabanas for rent, a picnic area, beach service, and tennis courts are also featured amenities. Weekly special events and live music all weekend on the deck complete the “paradise” experience. While the club offers seasonal memberships, daily per person admission rates are available. Open May through Labor Day SunThurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m.10 p.m. $10 Adults, $5 Kids

GRANDVIEW NATURE PRESERVE Entrance on State Park Drive Left turn at the end of Beach Road 757-727-8311 www.hampton.gov/parks Grandview Nature Preserve, presenting a serene setting, requires a brief hike from on-street parking. 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 bayfront beach. Free admission

OUTLOOK BEACH Fenwick Road www.fmauthority.com/visit/beaches/ Surrounded by water on all sides, the Fort Monroe beaches extend for miles and offer some of the best views of all the Chesapeake Bay. Outlook Beach, Fort Monroe’s public beach, is the perfect place for swimming, sunning, and relaxing, open sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards present 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Pets are not allowed on the beach from May 15-Sep. 15. Free admission


BOATING

& MARINAS PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS DANDY POINT BOAT RAMP End of Dandy Point Road 757-727-6348

GOSNOLD’S HOPE PARK

901 E. Little Back River Road 757-850-5116 • 757-727-6348 Downtown Hampton www.hampton.gov/parks

OLD POINT COMFORT MARINA

100 McNair Drive, Bldg 207 Fort Monroe Mailing Address: PO Box 3071, Hampton, VA 23663 757-788-4308 • Fax 757-788-4354 www.oldpointcomfortmarina.com oldpointcomfortmarina

SUNSET CREEK BOAT RAMP (Access from Ivy Home Road. Located adjacent to Bluewater Yachting Center) 15 Marina Road Downtown Hampton 757-727-6348

MARINA SERVICES BELL ISLE MARINA

2 Bells Island Drive Fox Hill 757-850-0466 www.bellislemarina.com Repair yard, 55-ton Travelift, 37,000 pound fork lift, trailer-able boat storage, wet and dry slips, repair store, restrooms, beach club, hydrobikes, and kayaks.

BLUEWATER MARINA

15 Marina Road Downtown Hampton 757-723-6774 • 757-723-0793 www.bluewateryachtsales.com info@bluewateryachtcenter.com 200-slip marina accommodating larger craft up to 120’, two full-service boat yards, 100-ton and 50-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 Downtown Hampton 757-636-7772 Showers, fuel nearby, transient and permanent dockage, downtown conveniences.

DOWNTOWN HAMPTON PUBLIC PIER

710 Settlers Landing Road Downtown Hampton 757-727-1276 www.downtownhampton.com dockmaster@ downtownhampton.com Showers, water, electricity, laundry, gym facilities, outdoor pool available from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year, free public Wi-Fi, and complimentary bicycles for our boater guests. Marina is in walking distance of local restaurants and shops. Marine supply store nearby. Virginia Clean Marina

OLD POINT COMFORT MARINA

100 McNair Drive, Bldg 207 Fort Monroe Mailing Address: PO Box 3071 Hampton, VA 23663 757-788-4308 Fax 757-788-4354 www.oldpointcomfortmarina.com oldpointcomfortmarina 300 slip full service marina open to the public! All slips are floating. Ship store, laundry, shower, restaurant, gas/diesel, boat ramp, pump outs, shore power, dockside water, and Wi-Fi. Virginia Clean Marina

SALT PONDS MARINA RESORT

11 Ivory Gull Crescent 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, two swimming pools, citation station, sandy beach, additional amenities. Virginia Clean Marina

SOUTHALL LANDINGS MARINA

333 Mainsail Drive 757-850-9929 www.southallmarina.com 188 deep-water slips (30–50 feet), dingy docks, 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 Downtown Hampton 757-722-3325 www.sunsetboatingcenter.com 500 dry-storage slips to 44’/30,000 lbs., haul-out available for sailboats up to about 32’ depending on weight, bottom painting, shrink wrap, long-term storage, monthly rates, floating docks, gas and diesel, detailing, on-site mechanics, on-site security, and Wi-Fi. Discounts for active duty military, senior citizens, and first responders. Boat US Cooperating Marina

WALLACE’S BAIT & TACKLE

365 Dandy Point Road Downtown Hampton 757-851-5451 www.wallacesbaitandtackle.com Specialize in live bait, East Coast Cobia Capital, official weigh station, Valv Tect marina fuel, 12 in-water slips, 12 dry, open seven days a week. Virginia Clean Marina

CHARTER SERVICES CAPTAIN HOGG’S CHARTER SERVICES

Docked at the foot of King Street 757-876-1590 www.captainhoggscharters.com

FOUR WINDS CHARTERING

374 Dandy Haven Road 757-713-2275 www.fourwindschartering.com

JONES CHARTER SERVICE & BOAT RENTAL Downtown Hampton 757-714-0121

MISS HAMPTON II HARBOR CRUISES

Docked at Downtown Hampton Public Pier 757-722-9102 www.misshamptoncruises.com M  iss Hampton II Harbor Cruises

OCEAN EAGLE/ HAMPTON ROADS CHARTERS

Docked at Downtown Hampton Public Pier 757-868-FISH www.hamptonroadscharter.com Hampton Roads Charters

SEADUCTION CHARTERS

Docked at Southhall Landings Marina 757-329-5137 www.seaductionfishing.com mike@averys.net

CAST A LINE IN

HAMPTON

JAMES T. WILSON FISHING PIER Buckroe Beach

757-727-1486 www.hampton.gov/buckroe/ gofish@hampton.gov BuckroeFishingPier James T. Wilson Fishing Pier, located just down from Buckroe Beach’s bay-front 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, snack bar, and bait and tackle shop, the well-lit James T. Wilson Fishing Pier has everything you will 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 Saltwater Fishing License then you will receive $2 off adult admission. Children are encouraged to join in the fun, but youth ages 14 & under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Pier admission fees per 24-hour period from 6 a.m.-6 a.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 & under) $6. Monthly pass $60; Seasonal pass for April through Oct. is $250; Non-fishing visitor $4; Sightseeing adult $1; Sightseeing child 50 cents. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted, nor are styrofoam coolers or glass items. James T. Wilson Fishing Pier reserves the right to check all coolers.

ENGINEER WHARF FISHING PIER Fort Monroe

757-727-8311 Located on Fenwick Road and adjacent to Continental Park, Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier is operated by the City of Hampton. 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. VisitHampton.com  39


ACCOMMODATIONS Virginia Green /

Pet-Friendly / * Connected by covered walkway / Complimentary Wi-Fi * = High speed internet available / * Hampton Roads Convention Center (HRCC)

= Complimentary high speed internet /

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401 Butler Farm Road 757-766-8976 • 888-226-3539

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1551 Hardy Cash Drive 757-224-9994 • FAX 757-224-9989

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1917 Coliseum Drive 757-838-3300 • 800-321-2211

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1915 Commerce Drive 757-896-3600 • 800-398-7829

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ACCOMMODATIONS Rooms

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BED & BREAKFAST MAGNOLIA HOUSE INN 5-Star Hospitality Since 2006

232 S. Armistead Avenue, Downtown Hampton Reservations 757-722-2888 www.maghousehampton.com This historic inn welcomes guests to downtown Hampton, close to Hampton University, the Hampton Yacht Club, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads Convention Center, Langley Air Force Base, and Langley Speedway. This premier bed & breakfast features exquisite lodging, private baths, delicious breakfasts, a wellstocked guest pantry, off-street parking, business services, Wi-Fi, and incomparable hospitality. GSA/Per Diem/Corporate rates SunThurs. Packages and discounts available. Formal Wedding Chapel with on-site officiant, flexible hours.

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

toll free: 888-838-1590 ph. 757-838-1400 fax. 757-838-1990

www.hamptonnewportnews.hamptoninn.com

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LADY NEPTUNE BED & BREAKFAST 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 • Flatscreen/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

507 North First Street, Buckroe Beach The Inn 757-325-2385 • Cell 757-870-0569 www.ladyneptuneinn.com Located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Lady Neptune sits on Buckroe Beach offering three beautiful rooms, full breakfast, a kitchen, fire pit, hot tub, outdoor shower and spectacular views! Check out the website for fantastic specials and promotions to enhance your stay.

SIMPLY PANACHE PLACE

34 E Mellen Street 1-800-313-5613 Simply Panache Place is a brand new boutique hotel located in the heart of historic Phoebus. The 900-square-foot property features two bedrooms with a queen-sized bed, a full kitchen, bathroom, dining room, living room, and an adjacent sun room called the “adventure room,” with a full bed and trundle. Folding beds are also available along with a plethora of luxury amenities. Daily breakfast from the Mango Mangeaux restaurant included. Perfect for retreats, getaways, wedding parties, business, and vacation rental. Call for information on spa packages and more.


CAMPING THE COLONIES RV TRAVEL PARK

GOSNOLD’S HOPE PARK

501 Fenwick Road Fort Monroe 757-722-2200 • 757-635-0471 www.thecoloniesrvandtravelpark.com

901 E. Little Back River Road 757-850-5116

SANDY BOTTOM NATURE PARK

PET FRIENDLY HAMPTON To many, taking the family on the road means grabbing a leash and making room for the dog or cat. Many of our entertaining options and Hampton hotels are accessible to your furry friends. Look for the symbol on the hotel grid to easily identify pet friendly properties. There are also several pet friendly merchants in Hampton. Remember, it is always wise to travel with your animal’s shot records.

RV or tow behind camper

1255 Big Bethel Road 757-825-4657

use only; tent camping is not

Nine individual camping sites are

permitted in the park. Campsites

available on a first-come, first-

Located on the beautiful

are available on a first come, first

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Chesapeake Bay and historic

served basis—no reservations

two four-person tents. No electricity,

Fort Monroe, providing access to

accepted. Campers can stay up

running water or adjacent parking.

beach, boating, fishing, bicycling

to 14 consecutive days. Electrical

Fire pits, barbecue grills and picnic

and historic sites. Thirteen sites

and water hook-up, access to

tables on each site. The park

Ridgway Bark Park

have hard pads, electricity,

a shower and bathroom facility,

also maintains two large group

85 E. Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, 23669

water and sewage. Ten sites

and on-site sewer dump. Park

sites which can support up to 10

have electricity and water only.

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

features eight picnic facilities,

four-person tents. “Yurts” (tent

1255 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, 23666

Convenience store on site. Located

16 RV/camper sites, restrooms,

cabins) are permanently installed

adjacent to the Paradise Ocean

a public boat ramp with kayak

on wooden platforms overlooking

Club, offering a swimming pool,

launch area, a fitness trail, athletic

Crystal Lake. No pets are allowed

beach cabanas, tiki bar, food and

fields that support football,

in the yurts or on the yurt decks,

live music in season.

baseball and soccer, and a multi

but pets are welcome at the other

age group children’s playground

sites and the park has a Bark Park

A Great Place To Walk The Dog

and fitness area with special

on-site (shot records required to

needs accommodations.

register your dog).

The 1.2 mile paved Fort Monroe Seawall runs along the Chesapeake Bay, extending from the Chamberlin to the Paradise Ocean Club. The seawall is open for walking, jogging, and dog-walking. Dogs must be on a leash, and owners should clean up after their furry friends.

Important Phone Numbers EMERGENCY

Ambulance, Fire, Police - 911

Travelex at Norfolk International Airport - 757/855-9785

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

American Red Cross 757/838-7320

CXI Currency Exchange International (MacArthur Center) - 757/216-3500

NEWPORT NEWS WILLIAMSBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PHF)

Poison Control - 800/222-1222

TRAIN

Hampton Roads Sector Command Center (Search & Rescue) 757/638-6641 option 1

BUSES

Sentara Careplex Hospital 757/736-1000 The Up Center - 757/622-7017 (formerly Family Services of Tidewater)

INFORMATIONAL NUMBERS

City of Hampton Customer Call Center - 757/727-8311 or in-town,dial 311

Amtrak - 800/872-7245 The Hampton Transit Center is located at 2 W. Pembroke Avenue (near Downtown). Hampton Roads Transit (H.R.T.) local route information and crossroads service throughout Hampton Roads 757/222-6100 Greyhound - 800/231-2222 Mega Bus - 877/462-6342

TAXICABS/SHUTTLE & LINE SERVICE

Hampton Fire Department 757/727-6111 non-emergency

Yellow Cab - 757/855-0000

Hampton Police Department 757/727-6111 non-emergency

SHUTTLE & LIMO SERVICE

Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 757/262-2000 AAA Tidewater - 757/826-1061

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch 800/523-7860

Orange Cab - 757/369-8977 Airport Express Shuttle and LPR Limousine 757-858-1234 • 757/857-5950 James River Transportation 757/853-5466 • 757/220-5466

757/877-0221 • FlyPHF.com PHF CARRIERS American Airlines - 800/433-7300

Hampton Bark Parks

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.

These pet-friendly practices are eager to assist you during your visit. Armistead Animal Inn & Veterinary Hospital

Delta - 800/221-1212

531 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, 23666 757-723-8571 • www.armisteadavevet.com armisteadvet@gmail.com

Elite Airways- 877/393-2510

Banfield Pet Hospital

NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ORF)

3670 Von Schilling Drive, Hampton, 23666 757-825-1429 • www.banfield.com

757/857-3351 • NorfolkAirport.com ORF CARRIERS American Airlines - 800/433-7300 Delta - 800/221-1212 Southwest - 800/435-9792 United - 800/241-6522

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (RIC)

804/226-3000 • FlyRichmond.com RIC CARRIERS American Airlines - 800/433-7300 Delta - 800/221-1212

Oleta Coach Lines, Inc. - 757/253-1008

Jet Blue - 800/538-2583

Superior Executive Transportation 757/567-0353

Southwest - 800/435-9792

Mercury Animal Hospital 2500 W. Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, 23666 757-826-4951 • Fax 757-826-4957 www.mercuryanimal.com

Pembroke Animal Hospital 1316 E. Pembroke Avenue, Hampton, 23669 757-722-2883 www.pembrokeanimalcare.com

Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital 1309 Todds Lane, Hampton, 23666 757-826-7602 • Fax 757-838-5714 www.toddslanevet.com

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ACCOMMODATIONS 1. Ambassador Inn & Suites 2. Arrow Inn 3. Belmont Inn & Suites 4. Best Western Coliseum Inn 5. Candlewood Suites 6. Country Inn & Suites 7. Courtyard by Marriott 8. Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina 9. Days Inn Hampton 10. Embassy Suites Hampton Roads 11. Extended Stay America 12. Hampton Inn 13. Hilton Garden Inn 14. Holiday Inn Express 15. In Town Suites Extended Stay 16. Lady Neptune Bed & Breakfast 17. Magnolia House Inn 18. Quality Inn & Conference Center 19. Red Roof Inn 20. Relax Inn 21. Simply Panache Place 22. Springhill Suites 23. Suburban Extended Stay 24. Super 8 Motel

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CAMPGROUNDS 1. Gosnold’s Hope Park 2. Sandy Bottom Nature Park 3. The Colonies RV Park at Fort Monroe GOLF 1. The Woodlands Golf Course 2. The Hamptons Golf Course 3. Peninsula Golf Center ATTRACTIONS A. Hampton Visitor Center & Hampton History Museum B. Bull Island Brewery C. Charles H. Taylor Arts Center D. The Hampton Carousel E. Hampton Maritime Center F. Mill Point Park G. Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruises H. Ocean Eagle Charters I. St. John’s Church J. Virginia Air & Space Center K. Emancipation Oak L. Hampton University Museum M. Darling Stadium

N. Little England Chapel O. Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum P. Air Power Park Q. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World R. Big Bethel Park & Recreation Area S. Bluebird Gap Farm T. Boo Williams Sportsplex U. Briarfield Park V. Hampton BMX Super Track W. Hampton Coliseum X. Hampton Roads Convention Center Y. Langley Speedway Z. Peninsula Pilots/War Memorial Stadium AA. Peninsula Town Center BB. Sandy Bottom Nature Park CC. St. George Brewing Company DD. Thomas Nelson Community College EE. The American Theatre FF. Buckroe Beach GG. Casemate Museum/Fort Monroe HH. Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier II. Fort Wool JJ. Grandview Nature Preserve

KK. J ames T. Wilson Fishing Pier LL. Oozlefinch Craft Brewery MM. O  utlook Beach NN. P  aradise Ocean Club OO. Woodland Skateboard Park 1. 2. 3. 4.

BOAT RAMPS Dandy Point Boat Ramp Gosnold’s Hope Park Old Point Comfort Marina Sunset Boat Ramp

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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

DINING Please see pages 45 & 46 for district listings


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GOLF COURSES 1. The Woodlands Golf Course MARINAS 1. Bluewater Marina 2. Downtown Public Pier 3. Sunset Boating Center 4. Customs House Marina

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FORT MONROE ATTRACTIONS Casemate Museum Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier Oozlefinch Craft Brewery Outlook Beach Paradise Ocean Club

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F FORT MONROE DINING 10. The Chamberlin 11. The Deadrise 12. Paradise Raw Bar & Grill

MARINAS 1. Old Point Comfort Marina CAMPGROUNDS 1. The Colonies RV Park

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8. Boston Market 29. The Greene Turtle* W Que en StCorral 9. Buffalo Wild Wings* 30. Golden 10. Buffet Star 31. Hooters 11. Candy Land Confections* 32. IHOP 12. Chick Fil-A (2 Locations) 33. Jason’s Deli 13. Chili’s Bar & Grill 34. Jimmy John’s Subs* 14. Chipotle* 35. Joe’s Crab Shack 15. CiCi’s Pizza 36. Krispy Kreme 16. CineBistro* 37. Lonestar Steakhouse 17. Cinema Café 38. Long Horn Steak House 18. Cold Stone Creamery 39. Love in a Cup Frozen Yogurt Bar 19. Comfort Zone 40. Mission BBQ* 20. Cookout 41. Moe’s Southwest Grill 21. Cracker Barrel 42. Monsoon* 22. Cyrus Grille at Embassy Suites 43. Mooyah Burgers & Fries 23. Denny’s 44. My Pi* 24. El Azteca 45. Noodles & Company* 25. Ethereal Cupcakes & Coffee* 46. Olive Garden 26. Firehouse Subs 47. Outback Steakhouse* 27. First Watch* 48. Panda Express* 28. Five Guys Burgers* 49. Panera Bread

50. Park Lane Tavern* t 51. Pho 79 n S Inc e e 52. Professional BullRiding, u (PBR Tapps)W Q 53. Red Lobster 54. Rita’s Italian Ice 55. Smashburger* 56. Sonic 57. Soya Sushi Bar 58. Starbucks 59. Steak ‘n Shake 60. Subway 61. Sushi King* 62. Sweet Teas* 63. Teavanna* 64. Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse 65. Tropical Smoothie 66. Waffle House 67. Williams O’Delicious 68. Wing Bistro 69. Zaxby’s

* Please See Peninsula Town Center Inset

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757-310-6333

• Located in the business, retail and entertainment district

• Complimentary internet access in all guest rooms

• Close to Shopping, Dining and entertainment

• Meeting & Event Space for groups of 10-130 people

• 1 mile from Hampton Coliseum and Hampton Roads Convention Center

• Garden Grille & Bar restaurant serving breakfast and dinner

• Fitness center and indoor pool

• 24-hour business center

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IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN HAMPTON

Enjoy a peaceful stay coupled with exemplary service at our Hampton hotel.

Convenient On the Water Location:

Our outstanding amenities places everything you will need at your fingertips.

Shopping, Dining, Art, History Flexible Event Space Complimentary High Speed Internet Access Garage Parking and On-Site Car Rental

Enjoy a delicious meal while enjoying a marina view, workout in our fitness center, relax at the roof top pool or finalize a presentation in the 24 hour business center. A collection of features are available for your total comfort. Our location is ideal for effortless travel. • 173 Guest Rooms offering peaceful views of the Hampton Marina or Downtown City Views • 24-Hour Business Center and Fitness Center • 11,000 square feet of Versatile Event Space for your Virginia Wedding, Corporate Event or Social Function • On-site Restaurants, with seasonal marina side dining, Bar and Lounge featuring Fresh Seafood and Regional Favorites • IHG Rewards Club, Frequent Guest Program ®

Just moments from top attractions including: The Virginia Air & Space Center Hampton University • Langley Air Force Base Fort Monroe Authority • Hampton Roads Convention Center Christopher Newport University • Buckroe Beach Peninsula Town Center • Hampton Coliseum Newport News-Williamsburg and Norfolk International Airports Virginia Beach and Williamsburg are only a short drive away

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

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