May Events

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129th Memorial Day Parade, May 27, 2013, Olde Towne Portsmouth

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Olde Towne Farmer's Market - Every Saturday

9 AM – 1 PM - 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. Just outside the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard at Court and High Streets. Visit the Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market website for more details

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Olde Towne Living History Tours with Colonel Wm. Crawford

7:30 PM - Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
May 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18 , 21 , 23 , 25 , 28 , 30

Join Portsmouth's founder, Colonel William Crawford, for a stroll through four centuries of maritime history in the home of America's first and largest shipyard.  Hear tales of early growth and expansion, British occupation during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 and Union occupation during the Civil War as you pass one of the largest collections of historic homes on the Eastern Seaboard.

• All tours leave from the Renaissance Hotel, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth
• 60-90 minutes depending of the size of the group
• $10.00 fee collected at the time of the tour
• Groups of five or more may book a tour any day or time throughout the year with advance reservations.

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Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination®

A special welcome gallery and nine unique activity stations invite children and families to use Tinkertoys to explore topics like renewable energy, to experiment with ideas and create their own inventions. Included with museum admission. Portsmouth Museum Members FREE.

Children's Museum of Virginia, 221 High St., Portsmouth | 757-393-5258

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Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Open through October 13 -  in the Courtyard.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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Kayak Season opens

10 AM

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Diversity Career Event 2013

10 AM - 2 PM - A New Career Awaits!
This is a free event and open to the public. Bring copies of your resume and career portfolio. Please wear professional attire.

1701 High Street, 4th Floor. Call 757-405-1800 for more information

Hosted by the Employment Services Program at the Portsmouth Department of Social Services

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Portsmouth Community Concerts Presents: A Far Cry

7:30 PM - One of Boston’s most promising classical music groups, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra performs with the freedom and flexibility of a string quartet – and the power and beauty of an orchestra.  This groundbreaking group of 12 to 13 string musicians transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music, experimenting with how it’s prepared, performed and experienced.  The young musicians operate with rotating leadership and no conductor; all artistic decisions are made by vote.

Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster or at the Willett Hall box office
3701 Willett Drive

FirstEvents - Olde Towne Portsmouth

Held the first Friday through Sunday of each month, Olde Towne Portsmouth's business community opens its doors along High Street between Effingham Street and the riverfront. Events and activities include Arts to Antiques Flea Market, free museum admission, exhibit openings and art afternoons, and a lot more. Sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association | 757-397-7173

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Noon - 6 PM - basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street

3Concert In the Courtyard - Free Music Series

5 - 8 PM - Enjoy music in the courtyard from Modern Funk Jazz Band.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) and PortsEvents | Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

4Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

10 AM - 2 PM - The Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market is conveniently located in the Middle Street Garage at the corner of Middle & London Streets and is held year round, rain or shine on the first Saturday of each month. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. Always Free Admission & Free Parking! Call 757-339-1876 for additional information.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

10 AM - 4 PM - basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street

 

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First Weekend Market & Art

9 AM - 5 PM - First Saturday's offers visitors free admission to the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, as well as an opportunity to meet with featured artists in the exhibit Creative Variations: TAA Artists & Guests.

9 AM to 1 PM - In the courtyard, Bob The Beekeeper will present his beekeeping equipment with honey for sale, and live honeybees encased in a portable honeycomb. Bob will share his knowledge about beekeeping and honeybees, which are facing colony collapse due to environmental changes. At the same times, the weekly Market will take place along the sidewalk surrounding the museum's courtyard, with locally grown produce, home-made baked goods, soaps and more.

10 AM to 1 PM - Michele Barnes works with encaustic paints, a little known material these days despite its ancient origins. It involves heating hot beeswax with oil pigments to paint on translucent layers of colors, creating luminescent effects.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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PIRATES!

10AM - 5 PM - In conjunction with the event Celebrate Kids, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship PORTSMOUTH are offering a day of Pirate fun! Free admission.

Presented by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth Museum | 757-393-8591 | www.portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com

5First Sunday Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch

Call your favorite restaurant for details.
Click here for a list of downtown area retaurants

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Cradock's Annual Spring Fest 13'

9 AM – 3 PM - In Historic Afton Square. There will be Games, Music, Story Time, Flea Market, Art & Literature and much more. Featuring "May the fourth be with you" Jedi Training Course, Farmers Market, Live Music and Giveaways. Don't miss out on the Boy Scouts--BSA Troop 233 Famous Barbeque. So come out to celebrate spring by attending Cradock's Spring Fest 2013!

Low registration fees allow vendors and crafts persons of all types to participate. Vendors, Artist and others interested in participating call (757)515-7790 or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/cradockspringfest/.
POCS: Edwin Street (757) 515-7790

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Port Norfolk Bike Rodeo

10 AM – 2 PM - The Port Norfolk Community is once again having their wildly popular spring event "The Get Off Your Hide and Ride Bike Rodeo" This community event will be an opportunity for friends and family, kids and adults to go out and have some fun. There will be a Live Auction, Bake Sale, Bounce House, Photo Contest, Games, and the Churchin' Chili Championship! Kids can compete in the bike rodeo, costume contest, photo contest, sell or buy toys in a Live Toy Auction! First 100 kids registered get lots of free stuff! Register today at www.PoNoRodeo.com.

For more information, please contact recreation@portnorfolk.org or 757-748-9007.

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Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Portsmouth City Park, this two-day event brings performance kite flyers to Virginia Beach on Saturday and Portsmouth on Sunday. Sponsored by the Jackite, Inc., Portsmouth Museums and BeachEvents. Free and open to the public.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) | 393-8543

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Portsmouth Book Group

6:30 - 7:45 pm Are you a voracious reader who loves to talk about books? Come join the Portsmouth Book Group! Our book selections are eclectic, so we hope to attract a wide variety of readers. Try us out and share the titles you would like to discuss.

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-393-8759

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Portsmouth Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

2 pm - St Mark Missionary Baptist Church.  Join us as we honor our fallen brothers and sisters in Portsmouth Law Enforcement. 

For more information please call, 757-393-8752

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Early Bird Walk

8 - 10:30 AM - Celebrating Spring Migrants! : Stroll around Lake Ballard with local bird expert Clark White to identify spring migrants and year-round residents. Be prompt - gates close at 8:15 am; late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Free of charge and no registration necessary. Donations are always appreciated.

*Please note date change - originally scheduled for 4/15/13

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Early Bird Walk

8 - 10:30 AM - Celebrating Spring Migrants! : Stroll around Lake Ballard with local bird expert Clark White to identify spring migrants and year-round residents. Be prompt - gates close at 8:15 am; late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Free of charge and no registration necessary. Donations are always appreciated.

*Please note date change - originally scheduled for 4/15/13

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Steeple-to-Steeple

9 AM - 3 PM - A walking tour of seven historic churches and one synagogue. Col. William Crawford, Rev. John Braidfoot and other costumed guides lead a tour of stunning stained glass and architecture from every period of American history in Olde Towne, Portsmouth. Proceeds benefit the HER Center and other Kiwanis charities. Tickets are $20 and include lunch and a concert.

The houses of worship on this tour include:
Court Street Baptist Church
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
First Presbyterian Church
Monumental Methodist Church
St. John's Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Catholic Church
Trinity Episcopal Church
Chevra Thelim Synagogue

Pre-registration is strongly recommended only 100 tickets are sold. Visit www.steepletosteeple.com or call Dean Burgess at 757-393-0973

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Volunteer Work Day

10 AM - 1 PM - Join us to maintain the preserve's trails and facilities. Sign up through Volunteer Hampton Roads at www.volunteerhr.org.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band at nTelos

A tribute to the troops. Free Admission to any DOD Cardholder and their guests. Doors open at 5 PM; Show time 7 PM

For complete details call 757-222-3990.

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43rd Gosport Arts Festival

Sat - 10 AM - 6 PM / Sun - 10 AM - 5 PM - The show consists of approximately 150 juried artists and artisans displaying both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work.

www.gosportartsfestival.com | 757-488-6908

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Artists Demonstrations

10 AM - 5 PM - In conjunction with the Gosport Arts Festival, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center offers wood-turners, blacksmiths, spinners & weavers, quilters, and potters, all demonstrating their crafts in the courtyard, weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, artists will be moved to the Art Annex, adjacent to PACC. Be sure to visit the exhibits in the Art Center and vote on your favorite sculpture on display in the historic courtyard.

There is a nominal fee for admission to exhibits inside PACC, however courtyard exhibits and programs are free and open to the public.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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Hill House Mother's Day Tea in the Garden

All proceeds benefit the continued restoration of this historic house. Visit them on Facebook and watch the work in progress.

Questions? Call Courtney at 757-397-6773 or email cb4pink@yahoo.com

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Portsmouth City Council Meeting

Public Work Session

6 PM - City Hall Building, 801 Crawford Street

City of Portsmouth | 757-393-8639

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Portsmouth City Council Meeting

Public Work Session - 5 PM

Regular City Council Meeting - 7 PM
Public Hearing: Operating Budget/CIP (Budget Adoption)

 

City of Portsmouth | 757-393-8639
City Hall Building, 801 Crawford Street

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Turtle Time

10 AM - Join turtle enthusiast Garland Butler to learn about these unique reptiles. Free of charge and no registration necessary. Donations are always appreciated.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Maureen's School of Dance Annual Dance Recital
Willett Hall

4:30 PM Awards Ceremony; 5 PM Dance Recital Starts.
Willett Hall – For more information please cal 757-393-5144 or 757-393-5460

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5th Annual Beer, Band & BBQ

4 - 10 PM at North Landing Park. Rain or Shine.
Live music by "More Cowbell" and "The Deloreans". Tickets $25 in advance. $35 at the door. For more information & tickets visit Cherry Carpet, call 757-613-8984, or visit the Portsmouth Service League website.

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A Downton Abbey Evening

6 - 10 PM - The Fort Nelson Chapter, NSDAR Invites you to attend an evening of fine food, drink music and art to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.  The  Patriot Inn , 201 North Street, Portsmouth Virginia.  Period costume or formal attire, silent auction, valet parking.  $60 per ticket / $35 tax deductible.  Please contact Verle Weiss at 757-391-0157

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Maureen's School of Dance Annual Dance Recital
Willett Hall

1:30 PM Awards Ceremony; 2 PM Dance Recital Starts.
Willett Hall – For more information please cal 757-393-5144 or 757-393-5460

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What's Up Doc

10:30 am Senior Station.  Medical talk show hosted by Dr. Bikowski and a team of doctors from EMS and Portsmouth Family Medicine providing discussions of senior health topics.  Free. 757-391-3241

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Family Movie Night

6:00 pm - Enjoy a night out and bring your family to watch a movie on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-686-2538

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COFFEE III - Virginia Arts Festival presents
Miami String Quartet

10:30 AM - Debra Wendells Cross, flute, Barbara Chapman, harp
Beverly Kane Baker, viola
• LARSEN Trio in Four Movements
• BRAHMS String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
The New York Times calls them "everything one wants in a quartet: a rich, precisely balanced sound, a broad coloristic palette, real unity of interpretive purpose and seemingly unflagging energy." Enjoy an intimate chamber recital in a beautiful church setting followed by coffe and conversation with Miami String Quartet and three of the Festival's favorite local musicians.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court Street, 757-393-0431

Virginia Arts Festival | Tickets $20

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DMV2Go - Portsmouth DMV Select

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Can't get to the DMV? Well, the DMV is coimng to you!
Portsmouth City Hall, 801 Crawford Street

Sponsored by Franklin D. Edmondson, MCR, Commissioner of the Revenue

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23rd Annual Umoja Festival

Come celebrate Portsmouth's Annual African-American Culture and Heritage Festival promoting cultural diversity and unity. Live music, vendors, food and much, much more.

Chaka Khan will headline the annual UMOJA Festival on Saturday, May 25 at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Khan is called "The Queen of Soul-Funk." Throughout her career with Rufus and as a solo artist, Chaka Khan has released 22 albums and has earned 10 Grammy Awards (and 22 nominations), including Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female (album), 1992, for "The Woman I Am"; Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, 1990, for "I'll Be Good To You" (with Ray Charles); and "Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female (album), 1983, for "Chaka Khan."

Her music has not only met with critical acclaim, but fan support. She has racked up 10 #1 Billboard songs, seven RIAA certified gold singles and 10 RIAA certified gold and platinum albums, including "Ask Rufus," "I Feel for You" and "Masterjam."

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, March 29 at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion Box Office and all Ticketmaster, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 or purchase online at ticketmaster.com. Orchestra A seats are $57; Orchestra B seats are $47; Gold Circle seats are $37, and general admission lawn tickets are $20, including facility and service fees. There is a $3 discount with military ID and AAA membership card. Part of the Bud Light Concert Series.

www.UmojaFestPortsmouth.com | 757-393-8481

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34th Annual Elizabeth River Run

ERR will be held on the exciting and scenic course in Portsmouth, Virginia. With magnificent views of the Elizabeth River, participants will traverse through Olde Towne with its towering monuments, museums, historical homes and the Portsmouth sea wall. Following the race will be a post race celebration at the spectacular nTelos Pavilion.

Three fun events for all age groups: 
· CSX Elizabeth River Run 10k - Running and Walking divisions - 8:00 am;
· Crawford Street Mile - 7:45 am;
· Children’s Museum Fun Run - 9:45 am. 

For more information, please visit www.tidewaterstriders.com

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My Heart Beats for Peace:  
Portsmouth’s Civil War Homefront

Through August 25 - In commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Drawing from regional history and local collections My Heart Beats for Peace explores the impact of the war on the homefront of Portsmouth, Virginia. The exhibit examines Portsmouth in the early days of the war, when Virginia seceded and became part of the Confederate States of America. The exhibit then concentrates on the Federal occupation of Portsmouth and the area, and how occupation affected the community from 1862 to 1865. Through artifacts such as daguerreotypes, carte-de-visites, letters, camp goods, tools, military equipment, uniforms and dresses the exhibit offers to take you back into wartime Portsmouth. My Heart Beats for Peace also offers a historical glimpse across time into the lives of its people, who despite their differences in race, gender and social status were forever changed by the Civil War.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) | 393-8543

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Crime Lab Detective

Open through August 31 - Visitors use scientific reasoning skills and forensic science to evaluate evidence and solve the burglary at the Johnson’s house. The exhibit offers two solution tracks presenting a challenge to visitors of all ages.

Children's Museum of Virginia, 221 High St., Portsmouth | 757-393-5258

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Memorial Day Parade

11:00 AM - A tradition since 1884, the City's Memorial Day Parade is the nation's oldest. Call for route. (757) 393-5143.

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Teen Book Club

2:45 - 4 pm - Middle and high school teens ages 13 - 18 interested in the monthly teen book club. Participants get their books at the meeting.

Manor Library - For more information, please call 757-465-2916

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