May 2017 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

Saturdays through November

9 am – 1 pm

Olde Towne Farmers Market

Location: Court and High Streets outside the Courthouse Galleries Courtyard

Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market held every Saturday, May through November with special markets in April and December (see website for details). Historic district market with locally and organically grown veggies, fruits, nut, herbs, beef, chicken, eggs, seafood, artisanal breads, scones, pastries, cakes, pies, jams, jellies, salsas, fresh, dried and silk flowers, soaps, lotions, pottery, arts/crafts. On Court and High Streets outside the Courthouse Galleries Courtyard. Visit www.portsmoutholdetownefarmersmarket.com for more info.

Starting

May 6

Breaking Barriers: Glass Work by TCC Grads and Chrysler Assistants

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

Artists Brunch: Sunday, June 4 at 11am

This exhibition takes place during the Glass Art Society’s (GAS) annual conference hosted by the Chrysler Museum and thematically titled, Reflections from the Edge: Glass and Art Performance.  In this collaboration with regional venues, the VAC presents works by TCC graduates and Chrysler Museum glass studio assistants that are highly varied and depict current trends in this popular medium.  Joint festivities will take place on June 4 with the adjacent Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. For more information, please call 757- 822-1888 or visit www.tcc.edu/vac/.

Ending

May 14

AN ABSTRACT LOOK: Michele Hemsoth, Jasmine Justice, Leigh Anne Chambers and Vittorio Collaizi 

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

The exhibit An Abstract Look pivots on two meanings.  On its face, the phrase suggests the appearance of abstraction as genuine and authentic, and references practices widely used by artists in the 1980s and 1990s.  Additionally, it references contributions by William DeKooning who in 1951 refers to abstract as a moveable style that destabilized the prevailing modes.

These four artists take a position between the two readings of the phrase, “an abstract look.”  Through installations of paintings on canvas, paper and mixed media, their work knowingly references previous styles and ambitions, while raising awareness to abstraction’s historical call for awareness and continuation to remain relevant.  For more information call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

Now through

June 3

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Crossing the threshold of this exhibit means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaur in Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice!  As visitors move through the exhibit, they encounter unfamiliar landscapes, touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes and opportunities to investigate clues about what the dinosaurs left behind.  The exhibit features three distinct sections:  Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat) and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig component).  When playing in this engaging environment, children experience countless opportunities for showcasing critical thinking skills such as: questioning, reasoning, theorizing, observing, contemplating, planning, executing and synthesizing.  For more information, visit www.childrensmuseumva or call 757-393-5258.

Now through

June 4

EMBRACING NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Contemporary glass artists explore new directions in glass media following the mastery of the glass art movement spawned during the 1970s.  From neon to hot-worked and cold-formed glass, Embracing Narrative features the work by members of the Washington Glass School, located in Washington DC and Virginia Glass Guild, originally founded as the Peninsula Glass Guild.  Together these organizations promote the awareness and advancement of glass through ideas, theory, sculptural design, technology and installation. For more information call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

Monday

May 1

6 – 9 pm

2017 Portsmouth Police Citizen’s Academy

Location: Portsmouth Police Training Academy | 309 Columbia Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Have you ever wondered what a patrol officer, K9 officer, dispatcher, or detective does on a daily basis? Or are you just curious how the police department works behind the scenes?
You’re not alone! Getting the answers to these and other exciting questions about your police department is as easy 1-2-3!

Enroll in our next Citizen’s Academy class by calling (757) 393-8088 or sending an email to jacobsb@portsmouthva.gov

The goal of our Citizen’s Academy is to inform, educate, and help reduce crime in our community by forging lasting and strong partnerships with our citizens.

Friday

May 5

5 – 8 pm

First Friday Concert Series: Lewis McGehee

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Lewis McGehee always brings his “A” game to the Courtyard, and what a big game it is. He writes, sings and plays it all. A courtyard favorite. Exhibits and music are free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com,

Saturday

May 6

9 am – 2 pm

Open Garden Event

Location: Portsmouth Extension Office (105 Utah Street)

Horticultural activities include a plant sale, free gardening lectures, garden tours, Plant Doctor Information booth, and gardening activities for youth. A bee keeping demonstration will be featured and the Portsmouth Hen Keepers will be on site with their live chickens. Free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-5314 or visit www.pmgv.org.

Saturday

May 6

10 am – 2 pm

Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

Location: Middle Street Garage

Great finds of all kinds. With more than 70 dealers and vendors exhibiting, you will enjoy hunting through this eclectic collection of unique and antique wares. Discover a great selection of antique and estate furniture, architectural antiques, china, silverware, art and prints, sporting gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera, handmade crafts and toys, as well as decorative accessories and flea market items of all types and one of a kind items priced to sell. For more information please call 757-405-3500.

Tuesday

May 9

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Gardening in Small Spaces: All types of Containers

Location: Churchland Branch Library

The Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner free gardening lecture Gardening in Small Spaces: All Types of Containers. Their mission is to educate Portsmouth residents about safe, effective and sustainable garden management practices. They are volunteers who have received extensive training under the auspices of Virginia Tech, Virginia State, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office to provide unbiased, research-based horticultural information, tips, techniques and advice to the community. Free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-5314 or visit www.pmgv.org.

Sunday

May 14

2 pm

Mother’s Day Tea in the Gardens

Location: Hill House Mansion

Enjoy a hot or cold cup/glass of tea, scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts, with tours of the gardens and the historic Hill House. $25 for PHA members and $30 for non-members, all proceeds go toward the continued restoration. For more information or to RSVP please call 757-714-3223 or email frog609@cox.net.

Sunday

May 14

7:30 pm

The Temptations and The Four Tops

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

The Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner free gardening lecture Gardening in Small Spaces: All Types of Containers. Their mission is to educate Portsmouth residents about safe, effective and sustainable garden management practices. They are volunteers who have received extensive training under the auspices of Virginia Tech, Virginia State, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office to provide unbiased, research-based horticultural information, tips, techniques and advice to the community. Free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-5314 or visit www.pmgv.org.

Tuesday

May 16

6 pm

Family Movie Night

Location: Churchland Library

Enjoy the latest series of programming at Churchland with our monthly movie night. Movie will be shown on the big screen. Bring a friend and munch on some popcorn! For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Thursday

May 18

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

True Teens Coloring Club

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Why let the kids have all the fun? Teens like to color too! Join our “True Colors” Teen Coloring Group Churchland Branch in the Teen Scene Room. Come and invite a friend! For more information call 757-686-2538.

Thursday

May 18

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Rain Barrel Workshop

Location: Portsmouth Extension Office (105 Utah Street)

The Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner presents water conservation and rain barrel workshop. Participants will make and take home either own rain barrel. For adults 18 and over. Fee for materials $60.00 For more information please call 757-393-5314 or visit www.pmgv.org.

Saturday

May 20

4 – 10 pm 

Beer, Band & BBQ

Location: Portside

Beer, Band & BBQ will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 RAIN OR SHINE. The hours are 4 – 10 pm (dinner 5 – 8 pm). Beer, wine and one large plate of food are included in the ticket price. Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Moscato and Chardonnay will be served as well. For more information please visit http://www.portsmouthserviceleague.org/

Saturday

May 20

1 pm & 2:30 pm

Really Big Dinosaur Show

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

The Rainbow Puppet Productions presents an all new production of their most popular show and it’s not called “The Really Big Dinosaur Show” for nothing…there’s a long necked dinosaur that stretches out over 16-feet from nose to tail, there a nine foot tall T-Rex, and there’s a mountain that comes to life and begins singing a song. And this time, the dinosaurs and their friends will actually be brought out into the audience so that you experience them face-to-face. Included with paid admission into the Children’s Museum of Virginia. For more information please call 757-393-5258 or visit childrensmuseumvirginia.com/

Sunday

May 21

1 pm & 2:30 pm

Really Big Dinosaur Show

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

The Rainbow Puppet Productions presents an all new production of their most popular show and it’s not called “The Really Big Dinosaur Show” for nothing…there’s a long necked dinosaur that stretches out over 16-feet from nose to tail, there a nine foot tall T-Rex, and there’s a mountain that comes to life and begins singing a song. And this time, the dinosaurs and their friends will actually be brought out into the audience so that you experience them face-to-face. Included with paid admission into the Children’s Museum of Virginia. For more information please call 757-393-5258 or visit childrensmuseumvirginia.com/

 

May 26 – 28

 

27th Annual Umoja Festival

Location: Harbor Center Pavilion

Umoja means unity and this three-day festival presents the rich heritage of African cultural and the manner in which it weaves into our national tapestry. Visitors are introduced to the continent through art, music and entertainment, demonstrations and food. From the Opening Ceremonies and The Permission of the Elders Ceremony, to the closing Umoja stage performance, this celebration is a family event that will appeal to all ages. For more information please call 757-393-5111 or visit www.UmojaFestPortsmouth.com.

Friday

May 26

7:30 pm

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band

Location: Churchland High School

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force. It was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by order of the Secretary of War on October 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the band arrived at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, its current home.

Saturday

May 27

7:30 am

36th Annual Elizabeth River Run

Location: Harbor Center Pavilion

Join the Tidewater Striders Club and the Portsmouth Museums Foundation for a 10K race, a one mile race and a fun run on the course that traversers Historic Olde Towne and the Elizabeth River waterfront. Enjoy post-race festivities at nTelos Wireless Pavilion at Harbor Center. For more information visit www.err.TidewaterStriders.com.

Monday

May 29

 

133rd Annual Memorial Day Parade

Location: High Street

A Portsmouth tradition since 1884. Annually, the Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and celebrates Portsmouth’s proud military heritage. This year’s parade will include floats, marching band units, armed forces units, lots of excitement and much more. For more information call the Department of Marketing, Entertainment and Tourism at 757-393-5143.

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