You're probably still trying to dig yourself out from all the snow that dumped on Hampton Roads last week in the Blizzard of 2018, the first snowstorm of the year.
Unfortunately nearly 90,000 customers were impacted across the Dominion Electric VA system according to several news outlets. Without power and heat you are more susceptible to freezing pipes. Locally more than 50 residents of the Heron’s Landing apartments off of Military Highway in Chesapeake have been displaced due to a sprinkler pipe burst this past Sunday night. All these men and women have been homeless in the past and now have to stay in two Chesapeake hotels before they can return home due to flooding of their units.
Frozen pipes are one of the most common plumbing problems within the home and water pipes burst because the water inside them expands as it gets close to freezing as this causes an increase in pressure inside the pipe. It doesn’t matter how new your house is, everyone is at risk. Frozen water pipes are a problem affecting a quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with PVC, brass iron or copper pipes.
The potential water loss from burst pipes in your house can be as much as 400 litres, that’s 2 full baths an hour. This means if you were away for a full day you could have up to 9,600 litres of water or 48 full baths of water in your house from burst pipes. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can gush up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious...
Today marks the start of the 41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest. This is one of my favorite weekends of the summer for many reasons, but the first being that it features two of my loves...boats and water! It's the largest, longest-running, free maritime festival in the nation and will be taking place in Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. You can also pop over to the brand new Waterside District (which sits right beside the park) and check out what all the talk has been about.
This year’s Harborfest will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the world’s largest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk. Homecoming at Harborfest will honor all active duty service members and veterans who serve or served at Naval Air Station Norfolk. Between aircraft flyovers, the U.S. Navy Fleet Band and a patriotic fireworks display... the Navy's increased participation this year will add a new level of excitement!
For three fun filled days, this historic waterfront festival offers a weekend packed full of thrilling activities on both land and sea. It kicks off with the Parade of Sail (with the world's largest ships coming in to Norfolk on the Elizabeth River) at noon Friday, June 9, 2017. ...
Chesapeake Beach was developed in the early 1900's (somewhere around World War 1) as a beachfront residential community. Current maps have it being bordered on the south by Shore Drive (Shore Drive is one of the corridors leading to the tourist destination of the Virginia Beach oceanfront) and Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base caps the west side of this community. This two mile stretch of beach merges longer stretches of undeveloped, protected beaches which harbor dolphin and other marine life.
Older maps, dating back to the 18th century, identify the area as “Pleasure House”, likely named for The Pleasure House, a tavern that catered to Confederate soldiers. Currently this little stretch is where the longest bay-bridge connects to the Eastern Shore, across the Chesapeake Bay (The Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel).
It’s an established residential neighborhood consisting of beach cottages, condominiums, townhouses, duplexes, apartments, as well as single-family homes. Residents of this eclectic beach community enjoy less public traffic due to restricted parking and it’s relatively less renowned than other area beaches; such as the North End and Sandbridge. Being that four different lakes wind through the area...jet skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding are perfect hobbies for this waterfront village. You’ll also find lots of jogging and biking trails . But probably the most popular neighborhood activities are walking along the beach or sailing the bay. There are also a couple different boat ramps for all you boaters and fisherman.
Nicknamed both Chic's Beach and Chick's Beach there’s an decades-old debate about how Chesapeake Beach got it’s name. The...
Hampton Roads is a wonderful place to raise a family! With the coast on the right and land on the left, there are always numerous fun things to do. We are lucky to live in such a great area to keep kids engaged with kid-friendly family activities. From exploring with toddlers at the Children’s Museum to refreshing water slides at Ocean Breeze, you and your visitors this summer are sure to have a blast over the next few months. You and your kids can do these fun activities listed below indoors and outdoors. I’ve broken it up by city.
• Cannonball Trail
Description: Follow markers through Town Point Park and Downtown Norfolk on the self-guided tour.
Address: Freemason Street Reception Center for the Cannonball Trail
401 E. Freemason St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 441-1526
• Hampton Roads Naval Museum
Description: Museum follows the extensive history of the fleet in Hampton Roads. Free Admission. Seasonal Family Programming.
Address: One Waterside Drive Ste 248, Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 322-2987
• MacArthur Memorial
Description: Memorial to General MacArthur and the millions of American men and women who served in the US Armed Forces from the Civil War through the Korean War.
Address: MacArthur Memorial, MacArthur Square
198 Bank Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 441-2965
• Norfolk Botanical Garden
Description: The 155 acre garden is home to 40 distinctive themed gardens, 95 species of birds and 40 kinds of butterflies. ...
Every year, hundreds of thousands people head to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for the city’s largest and widest attended festival; The Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show. This year marks the 41st Annual. It has been ranked among the top 10 festivals on the East Coast and is one of one of America’s top 100 festivals. As a matter of fact, The Library of Congress lists the Neptune Festival on its America’s Story website.
The Art & Craft Show portion is produced by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and showcases over 275 artists and crafters lined up and down the boardwalk. Daily concerts at festival stages are scattered along 32 blocks of the boardwalk and feature a variety of live music and performers. Great local, as well as national talent will flood the boardwalk to celebrate the city-wide festival. The stages this year will be located on 17th, 24th, and 31st Streets. In addition to live entertainment, the Boardwalk Weekend will consist of an International Sandsculpting Championship (a world-class sandcastle competition), a wine tasting, delectable food, a grand parade, fireworks and numerous athletic competitions (including a 5K and 8K race, a volleyball tournament and Neptune's Atlantic Regatta); among many other things.
The Neptune Festival was created by ...
What the duck? ;-) Have you seen the 40-foot "Rubber Duck" (a giant inflatable sculpture) that has made his long awaited debut by bobbing in The Hague Inlet as of yet? If not, you must check him out. He has already delighted thousands of visitors that have come far & wide (yes, apparently there’s even group of retirees who follow the icon internationally and now here nationally.)
Norfolk is hosting the enchanting artwork to celebrate the Chrysler Museum of Art’s grand re-opening; after being closed for nearly 2 years due to its expansion and renovation.
The adorable and friendly “celebrity” was designed and created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. Mr. Hofman chooses the venues in which his work will appear. And this is the Rubber Duck's first U.S. exhibit since Pittsburgh last fall when he kicked off the month long Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts which attracted more than 1 million visitors to Point State Park. The BIG duck will remain in front of the Chrysler Museum’s entrance, through May 26.
Mr. Hofman dreamed up the floating installment “Rubber Duck” back in 2001 while working on his graduate art degree. He was commissioned to build it for an exhibition in France, and went big — 85 feet. While he has scaled back his inflatable art to now 40 feet, THE “Rubber Duck” has waddled the globe while paying a visit to China, England, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Brazil since 2007.
The Chrysler took a quick survey and estimated that approximately 2,500 pictures were taken of the world’s largest bath toy during just Tuesday's lunch hour alone. I can’t even imagine how many have been snapped since it floated through our harbor this past Saturday, May 17th. When I walked over...