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Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 11:41 AM

nicole-edelbrock-509601-unsplashFill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® on select dates through Oct. 28.  

Howl-O-Scream® is included with part admission.

Celebrate 20 years of fears in this special anniversary year, with more haunted houses, Terror-tories™ and scares than ever before. The park brings the spirit of Halloween to life at 5:45 p.m., becoming home to a host of creepy creatures hungry for unsuspecting victims.

This year’s event promises to be the scariest ever with new haunted houses Demented Dimensions™, Dystopia and The Vault: XX™, and new scare zones Garden of the Souls™ and Fools’ Court™.

Please note that all kids attractions close at 5 p.m. as the park prepares for the terror to be unleashed. For more information, please visit www.howloscream.com/va.

Busch Gardens...just another reason why we love where we live!

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An Occasion for the Arts in Colonial Williamsburg

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

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An Occasion for the Arts celebrates 50 years Oct. 5 through 7 in Historic Merchant's Square in Colonial Williamsburg.  The weekend begins Friday evening with the Kickoff pARTy presented by CultureFix. Live performances are held Saturday and Sunday on two stages, and the popular food court provides a wide selection of culinary options from barbecue to street tacos. 

An Occasion for the Arts was founded in 1969 to provide Williamsburg with an arts extravaganza. Since then it has grown, year by year, to become the area’s premier art and music festival. We are especially proud to draw outstanding artists from around the country on the first weekend in October each year.

We are equally proud of having an exceptional youth component to the show. We provide space for talented young people to display their work, but a stage to perform and, in partnership with Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, a place for young people to create their own artwork.

Visit https://aofta.org/ for more information.

An Occasion for the Arts...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

 

 

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Barktoberfest Dog Walk and Festival at Mill Point Park

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

matt-nelson-259365-unsplashBarktoberfest (previously Paws for a Cause), the Peninsula SPCA’a annual fundraiser will take place at Mill Point Park on Saturday, October 20 from 12-5 p.m.

The family- and dog-friendly event will include rescue animals, vendors, exhibitors and community partners, all to benefit homeless animals at the shelter.

The annual Dog Walk is also back!  Guests don’t have to participate in the Dog Walk to attend, but those who do must register in advance. 

Registration fees for the Dog Walk:

  • between September 4-30 – $15
  • between October 1-16 – $20

Barktoberfest includes fun fall activities, live music, and a craft brew beer garden!

Festival admission is $5 per person. A Barktoberfest Package – which includes a Bow-Wow beer tasting ticket, Dog Walk registration, event admission, a souvenir glass and an exclusive Barktoberfest t-shirt – is available for $35.

All proceeds will benefit the Peninsula SPCA’s animals and programs.

Barktoberfest...just another reason why we love where we live!

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$5 Admission to The Mariners' Museum and Park in September

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 @ 01:13 PM

1431191834The Mariners’ Museum and Park is offering $5 admission for anyone who brings in a non-perishable food donation for the Peninsula Food Bank during the month of September in honor of Hunger Action Month. Each person must bring a donated item to receive this special admission price. Offer not valid with other discounts or on movie tickets.

For more information about the Peninsula Food Bank and Hunger Action Month, visit: http://hrfoodbank.org/hunger-action-month/ 

For a list of the most needed items, visit: http://hrfoodbank.org/the-foods-we-encourage/ 

Today, The Mariners’ Museum sits in an urban oasis – the 550 acre park is now home to the 167-acre Lake Maury and the Noland Trail – a five-mile shoreline trail with fourteen bridges. Within the Museum itself you will find 90,000 square feet of exhibition galleries including the prestigious International Small Craft Center, and the award-winning USS Monitor Center. This state-of-the-art exhibition and conservation lab houses 210 tons of artifacts from the Civil War ironclad Monitor, which were recovered from NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

The Mariners’ Museum Library and Archives is home to over 78,000 books; 800,000 photographs, films, and negatives; and over 1 million pieces of archival material, making it the largest maritime library in the Western Hemisphere.

The Mariners’ Museum and Park...just another reason why we love where we live!

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22nd Annual Neptune Wine Festival

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

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3001 Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Join your friends by the oceanfront for an afternoon hosted by Virginia's leading vineyards. A great day trip from Richmond, Williamsburg, or the Peninsula. Taste from over 70 wines while you meet and greet the fascinating people who are forging Virginia's reputation for quality wines. Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment and the opportunity to purchase the wines you like by the bottle and case.
 
Each tasting ticket includes a commemorative wine glass and tastings throughout the event. You must purchase a ticket to enter the event. Saturday Tasting Ticket: Advance Tickets: $40 | Until September 9 Week of Event Tickets: $45 | Until Sold Out Saturday VIP Ticket:$50 advance purchase only, includes exclusive access to the event one hour prior to standard ticket holder access. Click to purchase tickets.
 
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Saturday 12:00-2:00pm - Joe Gosman Band 2:30-5:00pm - Cheap Thrills Sunday 12:00-2:00pm - Mike Proffitt Trio 2:30-5:00pm - Borderline Crazy
 
The Neptune Wine Festival...just another reason why we love where we live!
 

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Let's See Those Photos of Your Favorite Places This Month!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

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The Liz Moore Love Where You Live Photo Contest is highlighting photos in the "Special Places" category during the month of August.  Submit your photos at www.lizmoore.com/love and we'll select winners from that category at the end of the month.

Remember, this year's overall photo contest will run through October 15, 2018, and at that time we will select the grand prize winners.  We will be awarding prizes such as an iPad, Busch Gardens Season Passes, cash, and more!  

Thank you for showcasing why you love where you live!
                                                                                       
                                                                                            (Icy James River, Photo Credit: Amber Krug)

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The Love Where You Live Photo Contest is Back!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 @ 02:45 PM

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We had so much fun a few years ago with the Liz Moore Love Where You Live Photo Contest that we've decided to do it again! 

Who doesn’t love to take photos of the things that make them smile?  Whether you know your way around a sophisticated camera, or you just enjoying taking photos of your cat with your iPhone, we’d love for you to enter!  

Enter photos in categories such as Recreation, Community, Pets, Special Places, and more. 

The photo contest will run through October 15, 2018, and at that time we will select the grand prize winners.  Over $4,000 in prizes will be awarded including an iPad, Busch Gardens Season Passes, cash, and more!  We will also be running “mini contests” each month – stay tuned for details.

Enter as many times as you’d like!  Visit lizmoore.com/love to enter and to view our photos entries so far.

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Northern Neck: Escape to the Tranquil Coastline of the Chesapeake Bay

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 03:23 PM

A short drive away, the beautiful Northern Neck invites you to escape to the tranquil land by the Chesapeake Bay. The Northern Neck is a great place to get away from it all while enjoying Virginia's beautiful coastline.

The Northern Neck is comprised of five historic counties including King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Lancaster, and Northumberland Counties. This region abounds with natural beauty, history, wildlife, local
seafood and wine, recreation, shopping, hospitality, and more.
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The waterfront is the biggest attraction in the Northern Neck and there are so many ways to enjoy the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay! Enjoy a cruise across the Chesapeake Bay from historic Reedville at the tip of Virginia's Northern Neck to quaint Smith Island, only 13 miles away, yet a world apart. You'll see the crabbers and the fascinating soft-shell crab "farms" as you come into Smith Island. Rent a kayak or paddle boat or charter a boat for the day to enjoy the area's pristine waters and beaches.

Want to try something new? Learn to sail at Premier Sailing in Irvington, or learn to row at sculling camp at Calm Waters Rowing in Lancaster.

The Northern Neck boasts 21 sites on the Coastal portion of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. The trail is a driving trail with loops off the main trail, linking some of Virginia's best wildlife-watching areas with walking and biking trails. Visitors can drive, bike, hike, walk, and kayak through breathtaking state parks, rivers, or wetland marshes and enjoy the abounding natural wildlife.

The Northern Neck is full of opportunities to sample the local seafood, especially oysters. Oysters take on the flavor of the waters in which they are harvested and the salinity levels of the Chesapeake Bay and its major
tributaries are ideal for sustaining great tasting oysters. The Virginia Oyster Trail is a visitor-directed experiential "journey of discovery" program featuring Virginia's Oyster regions. The Northern Neck comprises Region Four of the Virginia Oyster Trail where you'll find sweetwater oysters with a light cream taste. You can visit www.virginiaoystertrail.com to learn more.

If sampling local wine is more your taste, visit the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. The Northern Neck's seven wineries invite visitors to sample award winning varietals, learn pairing tips, and enjoy tours of winemaking facilities. The vineyards often participate in events like oyster crawls, wine festivals, and other events.
Visit www.chesapeakebaywinetrail.com to learn more.

Along with beautiful vistas, history, and outdoor activities, the Northern Neck offers a wide variety of fun shops, art galleries, and antiques stores to explore. Wander through Irvington's unique shops and enjoy all the fun of their farmer's markets. Or stop by the Westmoreland Berry Farm to stock up on fresh fruit and produce in season and the farm's own line of gourmet fruit preserves, after shopping enjoy a fresh fruit sundae on their deck overlooking the Rappahannock River.

History buffs will enjoy visiting historic homes such as Stratford Hall Plantation - the home of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, and birthplace of Confederate General Robert E. Lee; Pope Creek farm- George Washington's Birthplace National Monument; and Historic Christ Church, built in 1670.

If you'd like to extend your day trip, there are many different lodging options including camping at the Chesapeake Bay Camp Resort, renowned Bed and Breakfasts like Belle Grove Plantation and the Hope and Glory Inn, and decadent escapes like the spa at The Tide's Inn.

The region abounds in nature, waterfront recreation, historic villages and towns, antiques, classic B&Bs, local
seafood, great golf, boutique shopping, and friendly folks. Plan your day trip today!

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Best Places to Catch Fireworks this 4th of July

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 @ 11:49 AM

stephanie-mccabe-24620-unsplashFrom the Virginia Beach to Richmond, we are lucky to have so many great options for catching those 4th of July fireworks this holiday!

Hampton
Spend the day on Outlook Beach and check out the Casemate Museum with free admission. Enjoy music from the U.S. Fleet Forces Four Star Edition Ensemble (7:30 p.m.) and then watch the fireworks over Fort Monroe starting at 9:15 p.m. Food and drinks will be for sale onsite. Event is free. Fort Monroe, Hampton.  757-637-7778

Newport News
Spend the evening on the James River with a free concert and fireworks display at Victory Landing Park. Enjoy food and drinks for sale, plus rides and crafts for kids. Free. Victory Landing Park, Newport News. 757-962-1400

Suffolk
See the fireworks in Suffolk at Constant’s Wharf Park! Event starts at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. Hear music by Affirmative Groove and enjoy food and drinks for sale onsite. Event is free. Constant’s Wharf Park, Suffolk.  757-514-7250

Virginia Beach
After your barbecue, head over to Mount Trashmore from 4–10 p.m. for food, live music and fireworks. There is a $5 parking fee to park onsite. Event is free. Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach.  757-385-2990

Watch fireworks on the beach at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Enjoy live music by the Virginia Beach Chorale, Chester B’s Motown Tribute Show, the Doorway Singers, Symphonicity, and a tribute to Billy Joel. A fireworks show over the Atlantic starts at 9:30 p.m. Free. Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Virginia Beach.  757-491-7866

Williamsburg
Celebrate Independence Day in historic Colonial Williamsburg. Start the day with a salute to the states at 10 a.m. and stay to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy colonial-themed activities throughout the day, such as three-legged-races, crafts and tomahawk throwing. Hear performances by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and The Jangling Reinharts. There will be sumptuous food as guests feast on a come-and-go as you please buffet dinner at the Williamsburg Lodge. Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m., and reserved seating is included. Tickets available online, $85 for adults and $55 for children ages 6–12. Free parking available. Colonial Williamsburg.  888-965-7254

Yorktown
Come salute America along the Yorktown Waterfront with a patriotic parade on Water Street at 9 a.m. Evening activities feature a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m., live musical entertainment at 8 p.m. and spectacular fireworks on the York River at 9:15 p.m. Free. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. 757-890-3500. YorkCounty.gov

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RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS GAME & INDEPENDENCE DAY DUELING FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
What’s better than watching baseball while eating peanuts and cracker jacks? How about all of that AND fireworks! Come out and root, root, root for the home team as the Richmond Flying Squirrels take on the Akron RubberDucks at The Diamond at 6:35 p.m. It's a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day in RVA with your family or friends while enjoying America's favorite pastime! This game usually sells out, so we recommend ordering your tickets in advance. 


DOGWOOD DELL (BYRD PARK)
Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and head over to Dogwood Dell to celebrate our nation’s independence with a free night of music and fireworks! The Richmond Jazz Band kicks things off with a pre-concert at 6:30 p.m. Then the main concert begins at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Richmond Concert Band and fireworks at dusk. Arrive early to get a seat within the Dell. Free. 

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
Celebrate the festive occasion with a spectacular firework display at dark! This event, held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds (across from L.C. Bird High School), includes an activity area for children, food vendors and special entertainment. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks begin at dark. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy an evening that’s fun for everyone! Admission is free, but children's wristbands will be available for $5.00 for access to children's amusements and inflatables.

DOREY PARK
Head to Henrico County for a spectacular evening celebrating independence and honoring America’s veterans. Wear your red, white and blue and enjoy the holiday at the park with live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities in the Family Fun Zone, and a concert by the Richmond Symphony, accompanied by fireworks and a laser light show finale! Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the entertainment. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Free admission.

LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN
Celebrate your Fourth of July with FREE admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, thanks to the generosity of CarMax! Show off your red, white, and blue pride and decorate your wagons and strollers for a parade in the Children’s Garden. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, Butterflies LIVE! and Origami in the Garden exhibits. Listen to live music by the Happy Lucky Combo. The kids can cool off in WaterPlay. There will be water stations at key locations, food for purchase at the Garden Café, and the library will be open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. as a place to take a break from the fun and sun! Rain or shine.

Local fireworks...just another reason why we love where we live!

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A Trip to the Waterpark Makes for a Perfect Summer Day

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Jun 07, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

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With temperatures heating up, we’re all looking for places to cool down.  Waterparks are the perfect place for the whole family to cool off together and have some fun.  Luckily, there are many options just a short drive away, making a trip to the waterpark the perfect summer day trip!

The largest and best-known water park in Virginia is Water Country USA.  The 43-acre park has state-of-the-art water rides and resort-style amenities. From water thrill rides and giant slides, to lazy rivers, a giant wave pool, and multiple children’s splash areas, there is truly something for everyone at Water Country.  Live entertainment, restaurants, souvenirs, cabanas, and locker rentals are available for guests.  Admission is $60 for guests over 3 years old.  

Kings Dominion is a theme park just north of Richmond in Doswell featuring thrill rides and roller coasters as well as a water park called Soak City, all included with your admission ticket.  Soak City is a 20-acre water park featuring two wave pools, a lazy river, thrilling water slides, an interactive splash pad for children, and more.  Cabana and locker rentals are available, along with several food choices and souvenir shops.  Admission for guests over 48 inches tall is $68.00 and junior/senior prices for those under 48 inches is $46.00. 

Ocean Breeze Waterpark is located in Virginia Beach and features over 30 rides, slides and attractions.  Features include a one million-gallon wave pool, a lazy river, many body and float slides, and many slides and areas for small children including two water play structures.  Cabanas, lockers, four eateries and three snack spots offering treats like slushies and dippin’ dots.  Cabanas and sunbrellas are available as well as locker rentals and souvenirs. 

Cobblestone Park (formerly known as Overhill Lake) in Glen Allen is a large pool/waterpark with over one million gallons of water, fun water slides, anchored floats, waterfall mushrooms, and sand beaches with 20-foot-wide umbrellas and picnic tables. Admission is $15 per person for a day pass, and children 32 inches and under are free.  

Hadad’s Lake, located in Richmond, is a swimming lake and picnic ground that offers something for everyone.  The water is filtered and chlorinated with a sandy bottom. There are two shallow 0-4 ft. deep and one large 15 ft. deep swimming areas that include rope swings and the super launch, “The Blob.”  There is also a three-acre lake for fishing and row boating, seven pavilions, 12 gazebos, several hundred picnic tables with umbrellas around the swimming and lake areas, a basketball court, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, 18 hole mini-golf, two children’s playground areas, and a clubhouse.  Guests are asked to bring their own life jackets if they have them as the Lake only carries a limited number and they are required when using the inflatables.  Children one and under are free, all others are $14.00 per day.

H2OBX covers 80 acres and is located three miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge, the northern gateway to the Outer Banks.  Resort style amenities are available including 50 private cabanas with luxury service. Four food and beverage outlets, lockers, and Wi-Fi are also among the conveniences.  The waterpark has more than 30 waterslides, pools, and attractions for visitors to enjoy.  Guests can ride the waves on a FlowRider, float along an adventure river, body surf in two wave pools, and experience a 1,000-gallon bucket dump, in addition to an array of traditional rides and attractions. A large younger children’s area is also available featuring a pirate-themed aqua play structure with over seven slides including the Champagne Bowl body slide, and five other kid’s body and tube slides.  Admission for those over 42 inches is $41.99, children under 42 inches are $29.99, and children age 2 and under are free.  

Maui Jack’s Waterpark just opened in May 2018 in Chincoteague. Visitors can enjoy brand new waterslides and floating on the lazy river.   Cabanas, locker rentals, concessions, and souvenirs are available.  Full and late day passes are available.  Full day rates for children under 47 inches are $17.99, $22.99 for adults and those over 48 inches, and seniors 65 and older are $19.99.  

Many parks offer online discounts, military discounts, group rates, coupons, and season passes.  To learn more, visit each park’s website for detailed information.

Waterparks...just another reason why we love where we live!

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