Christmas in Hampton Roads may have kicked off with a bang (re: HollyDazzle in Newport News and Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination), but it can be a little hard to keep track of all the parades, theme park events and light extravaganzas coming our way. hrScene and Daily Press have you covered, though. Anything you’re looking for, you can find on this calendar or this list.
In the wake of the election, the faculty of Christopher Newport University released a letter to their students letting them know that there are people to talk to, and they will do everything in their power to keep CNU a safe place. Read the full letter here.
Under the umbrella of “eat, drink and be tacky,” O’Connor Brewing is celebrating ugly sweaters everywhere. Like really celebrating. They’ll have food trucks, a sweater contest, a new seasonal beer and all the live Weezer covers you could ask for. The event is from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 23. Oh, and it’s free.
After being under construction and riddled with detours since February 2013, the new, redesigned Elizabeth River Trail finally opened last weekend. According to hrScene, the new 10.5-mile trail is open to runners, cyclists and bipeds. The plan is for the trail to eventually connect to the Norfolk bike loop.
Newport News’ first H&M is having its grand opening on Nov. 3 (this Thursday!) at Patrick Henry Mall. The first 100 shoppers get store credit gift cards (which can be up to $300!). The event kicks off at noon and runs until 3 p.m., and you can bring by old clothes to “recycle” and get 15 percent off your purchase.
York County’s Dairy Queen was the first of the chain to open in the 757. On Oct. 30, after 52 years of (soft)serving the community, it will close its doors as a member of the franchise. When it reopens ,it will be an Asian fast-dining rice and ice-cream bar named K-Fresh.
Whether you’re low on funds because you’ve already started saving for Christmas or because all you have is the wad of fives you found in your couch, you can still throw that dough towards a good meal. How? Check out this Daily Press list of $10 Food Finds.
Ready for a scary good deal? If you wear your costume to any Chipotle on Halloween, you’ll get a $3 Boo-rito, salad, bowl or order of tacos. The only guideline is that you can’t show up before 3 p.m.
Some of the biggest names in art have come to the Chrysler. The Pilot reports the new “Agrarian Ideal” exhibit will feature Van Gogh and Monet, the latter of which is on loan from Paris. Chrysler’s chief curator says Monet’s “Haystacks” is “a rare treat for the area,” and the Daily Press touts it as a best bet for fall arts.
Yes, we went there. And so should you. The Mariners’ Museum’s Pirate Run, a 10K on the Noland Trail is slated for Saturday. (And if 10K is a little daunting, there’ll be a 5K and Kids Fun Run, too). The race begins at 9 a.m., and you have to register in advance. Plunder includes a medal and commemorative T-shirt.
Not to be confused with the vodka, this Hampton lunch spot has some spirit of its own. It already hosts wine-tasting and trivia nights, but Daily Press reports that the restaurant just added brunch (pronounced: mimosas) and dinner options and times. Currently, you can find Southern-inspired delicacies on the menu.
An altar of blown-glass tusks surrounded by 12-foot elephant statues perform a silent protest at the Chrysler. They’re part of a new installation: The wildLIFE Project, by Wendy Maruyama. The pieces powerfully advocate against poaching and will be on display until January, according to the Daily Press.
This is not a drill! It’s more like corkscrew. Ingleside Vineyard, Williamsburg Winery and The Dog and Oyster Vineyard were just featured on Buzzfeed’s new winery roundup. Williamsburg is actually first on the list. Now that these fine wineries aren’t exactly a secret, hit ’em up before the crowd starts.
If you’ve recently purchased Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles, ditch ’em, because the Chicago Tribune reports that they could contain listeria, a bacteria known to cause serious and even lethal infections. Check here for full information on the recall, plus tips to identify if you bought an infected batch.
Hosted at the Virginia Zoo this Saturday, Norfolk’s Growl Fest enables guests to sip craft beer while perusing the zoo. The Pilot says tickets cost $25 — $35 at the door — but DDs and people younger than 20 get in for $10. Tickets include a 64-ounce souvenir glass and two beers. Event starts at 5:30 p.m.
O’Connor Brewing is celebrating German festival Oktoberfest on its original date —Saturday. There will be a stein-hoisting competition, German food trucks (legitimate schnitzel, guys), music and the debut of a special “O’Ctoberfest” beer — and if you dress up in lederhosen you’ll get a discounted tab. Bonus: O’Connor offers safe rides.
Brian Bress, one of Norfolk’s own, has designed a costume for Sia and has had his pieces featured on a Pet Shop Boys’ music video. But on Thursday, he’s bringing a little love to his old home. The Chrysler will display two of his monitor-based sculptural forms, the Pilot reports. Intrigued? Click here.