Press Office

Press inquiries please contact Lynette James at 757-393-5327 Ext. 5203 or via email at jamesl@portsmouthva.gov.


Fifth annual Happy Birthday Coast Guard! Saturday, August 2nd
The Wonderful World of Oz Comes to The Children's Museum of Virginia July 26
Seventh Annual Patriots Day Saturday, July 5th
The Children’s Museum of Virginia Unveils Folk Art Exhibit Everybody’s Cookies
Celebrate Kids at the four Portsmouth Museums Saturday, June 21st
Children's Museum of Virginia offers Military BIG KIDS Coupon for Month of June
State Tourism Office to Bring LOVE to Olde Towne Portsmouth
Come Sea History! Memorial Day Monday, May 26
Tastes of Appalachia, Saturday May 3rd, Commodore Theatre
Paradise Creek Spring Activities Calendar
First Friday April 4: Opening Reception, Live Music - Free and open to public
Appalachian Ballads and Ballad Books Presentation April 5
Children's Museum Mardi Gras Celebration Saturday, February 15
Tree Houses Exhibit Opens Saturday, February 8 at the Children's Museum

Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 07/14/2014

Fifth annual Happy Birthday Coast Guard! on Saturday, August 2nd

Portsmouth, VA - As a part the First Weekend Series, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth Museum will be celebrating their fifth annual Happy Birthday Coast Guard! on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. Did you know that Portsmouth is the ninth official Coast Guard City in the nation? Join us as we celebrate the 224th birthday of the United States Coast Guard! On August 4, 1790 the Revenue Cutter Service (the precursor to the Coast Guard) was established to watch over the coast of our young republic. Get your hands on craft activities, your eyes into historic scenery and your ears into sweet musical sea shanties as we explore the history of the Coast Guard from the Federal Period through World War II! Admission is free as part of our First Weekends, First Saturdays programming series..

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 07/14/2014

The Wonderful World of Oz Comes to The Children's Museum of Virginia July 26

Portsmouth, VA - Follow the yellow brick road and step into the pages of a new 1500 square foot interactive exhibition opening at The Children's Museum of Virginia on Saturday, July 26th, 2014, featuring the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with the artwork of W.W. Denslow. Perfect for children 2 - 12 years of age, visitors will feel like they're walking through a storybook as they learn about science, art and history against the backdrop of the first American fairy tale.

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 06/24/2014

Seventh Annual Patriots Day Saturday, July 5th

Portsmouth, VA - As a part the First Weekend Series and to celebrate the Independence Day weekend, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth Museum will be celebrating their seventh annual Patriots Day on Saturday, July 5th, 2014. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., step back in time over 200 years. This event is full of historical activities, including craft demonstrations, musical performances, games, military drill, food and fun. Patriots Day is sponsored by the Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum in collaboration with the Portsmouth Museums. As with all First Saturday programs, admission will be FREE to both the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth Museum.

To re-create the spirit of the Revolutionary era, Poison Dwarf, an acclaimed colonial music band, will perform with colonial instruments to celebrate the role that the navy played in the fight for independence from Great Britain.

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 06/12/2014

The Children's Museum of Virginia Unveils Folk Art Exhibit Everybody's Cookies

Portsmouth, VA - TThe Children’s Museum of Virginia recently unveiled an unconventional, new folk art exhibit and children’s book, Everybody’s Cookies, by artist Sissy Cutchen.  The exhibit is comprised of 84 works of art that consists of four themes: food, furniture, fish, and fowl.  Cutchen‘s selection of works and her novel are drawn from her own personal experiences in life that she wanted to impart to her children – she views them as an exploration of openness and willingness to turn life’s struggles into blessings and adventure. Sissy’s work is collected internationally as well as nationally, including former occupants of the White House. It is inspired by the multicultural exposure in the lives of military children and a testament to the ability of military spouses to create a career in spite of multiple tours of duty.  The exhibit runs through July 12th, 2014. 

 

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 06/10/2014

Celebrate Kids at the four Portsmouth Museums Saturday, June 21st

Portsmouth, VA - The Portsmouth Museums are again hosting one of their more popular family fun days to kick off the start of summer on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 05/19/2014

Children's Museum of Virginia offers Military BIG KIDS Coupon for Month of June

Portsmouth, VA – In appreciation of our military families, The Children’s Museum of Virginia is pleased to offer a special discount to all active duty and retired service personnel from now until June 30, 2014. The Military BIG KIDS Coupon entitles the user to buy one Child Admission at the regular price and receive one Adult Admission (with Military I.D.) FREE.

The printable coupon can be accessed here and must be presented to the cashier.

 

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 05/19/2014

State Tourism Office to Bring LOVE to Olde Towne Portsmouth
Extended through Sunday June 1.

Portsmouth, VA - The Virginia Tourism Corporation will bring an oversized LOVE public art exhibit to the City of Portsmouth on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 as part of a state and local partnership to promote tourism. The exhibit, which is 16 feet long and more than six feet high, is part of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and promotes the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visitors can come see the LOVE when it arrives Saturday, May 24th, 2014 and it will be on display on the grassy area at High Street Landing (on the Portsmouth waterfront/in front of Fresnel Lens) through Sunday, June 1st, 2014. Visitors are encouraged to use it as a photo opportunity, and share it on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter, using the special hashtag #LOVEVA.

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 05/19/2014

Come Sea History! Memroial Day Monday, May 26

Portsmouth, VA - Commemorate Memorial Day by delving into history. Come Sea History, May 26th, 2014 offers Civil War period U.S. Navy living history displays, demonstrations and military drills with the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association. Journey into history within the museum's walls and discover over 250 years of the history Portsmouth & the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

From 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. come and enjoy historical displays courtesy of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, including the large parade float of the USS Alabama. Come and see a U.S. Coast Guard fast boat on display outside the museum, 1:00-5:00 p.m. And walk the decks of the Lightship Portsmouth and learn about life aboard the former Coast Guard vessel.

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 04/08/2014

Tastes of Appalachia, Saturday May 3rd, Commodore Theatre

Portsmouth, VA - As part of its ongoing goal of providing quality, educational programming for visitors the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center invites you to attend Tastes of Appalachia, Saturday May 3rd, 2014 from 12:45 – 2:30 p.m. at the Commodore Movie Theater located at 421 High Street in downtown Portsmouth. The event, second of a three-series program, is being held in conjunction with the Changing Appalachia: Custom To Cutting Edge exhibition currently on display at the art center. It combines both food and music from Appalachia, featuring two outstanding chefs and several musicians. Farmer and Chef Dale Hawkins, owner of Fish Hawk Acres in Rock Cave, West Virginia, and Appalachian-born French-trained Chef Susi Gott Séguret, director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, will prepare a multi-course luncheon that showcases the region's food traditions and creative innovations on those traditions.

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 03/27/2014

Paradise Creek Spring Activities Calendar

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 03/18/2014

First Friday April 4: Opening Reception for Changing Appalachia Exhibit, Live music from the Celtibillies at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center - Free and Open to the Public.

Portsmouth, VA -The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center will present a free opening of its newest exhibit Changing Appalachia: Custom to Cutting Edge featuring original tools, art and crafts from collections from the Appalachian regions. Through programs offered throughout the three-month exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops and presentations that introduce Appalachian music, food, authors, artists and their crafts.

This reception will include live performances in the Courtyard by the Celtibillies, & Good Foot Dance, featuring traditional Celtic and Old-Time Appalachian music and song accompanied by Appalachian clogging, Irish Step and Scottish Highland Dance. The First Friday project is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Thomas Family Trust of Minnesota, the National Endowment for the Arts, and PortsEvents.

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 03/14/2014

Appalachian Ballads and Ballad Books Presentation April 5

Portsmouth, VA - In coordination with our Changing Appalachia exhibit, the Commodore Theatre will host award-winning Southern writer, Sharyn McCrumb, best known for her Appalachian Ballad novels including many New York Times Best-Sellers such as The Ballad of Frankie Silver, She Walks These Hills, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, and St. Dale, winner of a Library of Virginia Award. Her newest novel is King's Mountain.

McCrumb will be joined by Katie Hoffman and Jack Hinshelwood for a discussion on ballads and ballad books 

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 02/07/2014

Children's Museum Mardi Gras Celebration Saturday, February 15

Portsmouth, VA - On Saturday, February 15th, 2014 the Children’s Museum of Virginia unveils a new Mardi Gras celebration as part of its Family Fun Day series. Visitors will be able to make festive Mardi Gras crafts and explore the sights and sounds of New Orleans without leaving Hampton Roads. 

Strut your stuff with the 504 Supreme Band swinging Dixie Land Jazz parade.  See and touch slithering snakes and gators from JB’s Rattles. Play music along with Atumpan- The Talking Drums the New Orleans’ Congo Square is recreated, or visit a pirate paradise as the Moody Crew Pirates spin the yarn with stories of Jean Lafitte. Explore the Mississippi Delta and sing the Blues with Black Hat Walters. Make your own masks and other Mardi Gras creations throughout the day.  

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 01/23/2014

Get out of your house and into the trees at the Children's Museum of Virginia's
newest exhibit, opening February 8

Portsmouth, VA - This winter families can spend some quality time hanging out in the trees with a visit to the Children's Museum of Virginia's newest exhibit Tree Houses: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

Tree Houses includes fun, hands-on ways to explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild things (including people!). Incorporating all of the senses, this popular exhibit engages forest explorers young and old in indoor nature explorations and the ecology of sustainable harvesting of this important natural resource.

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