The Pilot reports that at the just-opened 525 Historic Kempsville Apartments, renters will be able to live in rooms that are synthesized with the walls of Kempsville High School, built in 1924. The principal’s office is now a three-bedroom apartment, and lockers still line the apartment halls. Creepy? Maybe. Cool? Totally.
Those who call September “pre-Halloween” will be delighted to know that this year, Busch Gardens is starting Howl-O-Scream on Sept. 23. The annual haunt-fest runs Fridays through Sundays until Oct. 30. Ticket prices were posted this week, and the Gazette reports that they clock in at $85 to $200.
Support your local songwriters this Saturday at VB’s Barry Robinson Theater. Daily Press reports that the fifth annual Acoustic Music Gathering, sponsored by the Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music, will host workshops for the songwriters, culminating in a public concert at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Check here for the local lineup.
The breweries of the 757 serve way more than the standard standbys of bar pretzels. One of the Peninsula’s most seasoned (saison’d?), Alewerks Brewing Company, has a few delicious dishes up their sleeves. Daily Press recommends the mango and ginger chicken salad wrap, chill dog and the Shorty Time IPA.
When football season rolls around, Hampton Roads gets a little maroon. So the Pilot looked into its Lane Stadium crystal ball and posted predictions for the 2016 Virginia Tech football season, and the Daily Press has been covering practices and coach Justin Fuente’s regime changes in depth. (And, oh yeah, the Pilot has been covering U.Va., too.)
The largest outdoor event this side of the Mississippi is happening this weekend. hrScene reports that Friday kicks off the weekend-long American Music Festival in Virginia Beach. The 5th Street beach will host headliners, with smaller stages set up along the boardwalk, but check the festival’s website as some acts have changed due to inclement weather. Get your lineup and tickets now (it’s $25 at the door).
A little byrd told us that the 757 just got a new breakfast spot. Daily Press says that Byrd’s Restaurant of Newport News, the brainchild of two local hospitality workers, will be open Tuesday to Sunday selling their homemade breakfast and lunch fare. The first dish to hype: banana bread french toast.
Sea-level buddies stick together. hrScene reports Smithfield Foods donated 25,000 pounds of meat to the flood victims in Baton Rouge. Operation BBQ Relief, a nonprofit organization that provides hot meals in the wake of a disaster, put together the meals. Want to help? Join the Smithfield-created Helping Hungry Homes.
Jamestown High junior Alexa Halko will be in Rio Sept. 7-18 to compete in the Paralympic games. The Gazette reports that she’ll represent Team USA in wheelchair racing. Halko, who has cerebral palsy, has been wheelchair racing since she was 7. She already broke her own world record this June in Charlotte, N.C.
The last time HRVA filmmaker Nate Parker made headlines, it was because “Birth of a Nation” broke records at Sundance. Today, Parker’s name is everywhere after news stories surfaced that he was acquitted of rape charges in a 1999 incident. The Herald reports that screenings of the film have been cancelled, possibly dashing any Oscar hopes.
hrScene reports that the 46th annual Seawall Art Show will set up its juried showcases along the Portsmouth Waterfront once again this Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 27-28). The volunteer-run show is put on by Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission, and all proceeds benefit the arts of Portsmouth. More info here.
“Pastoral” isn’t anyone’s go-to adjective for a brewery, but Virginia Beach’s in-the-works Farmhouse Brewery is gonna change that. The Pilot reports that plans have been set to renovate the 104-year-old Wood family farmhouse into “something the whole community can enjoy,” versus razing it to make condos. More history here.
If visting Virginia Beach’s Ocean Side Inn was on your bucket list, you’re a little SOL. The Pilot reports the 46-year-old hotel on Rudee Loop hosted its last guest Sunday and is now on the chopping block. Demolition is set for November.
We here in Hampton Roads have a plethora of places to grab some good sushi, but according to the Pilot, Virginia Beach’s Nara Sushi separates itself with its octopus, deep-fried tofu and its mango wanton nachos. Hook yourself up with these delicacies for lunch at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or when Nara reopens for dinner at 4:30 p.m.
“Lost in Williamsburg” is a local podcast run by Phillip Merritt, who moonlights as a landscape architect by day. The Gazette reports that Merritt’s fictional podcasts follow a rock band of W&M students whose lead singer disappears. The series oscillates between now and the 18th century. Find the podcast here.
Moon bounces are getting a makeover when Insane Inflatable 5K comes to Virginia Beach. The massive inflatable obstacle course unfurlin itself at the VB sportsplex next Saturday (Aug. 27) and it intends to Benjamin Button anyone who’s brave enough to bounce. Waivers and tickets are required, so get them here.
This Seussical-sounding brewery is set to open at Fort Monroe on Sept. 3. Daily Press says Oozlefinch takes its name from the mascot of the original Fort Monroe officers’ club. The opening will debut Sergeant Patches, a pineapple-grapefruit IPA, and Stuft food truck will be in attendance. More details here.
Denbigh, dubbed by Daily Press as part of the “melting pot of Newport News,” is a clandestine cultural haven. A quick foray up from Oyster Point yields Jamaican, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Vietnamese and Italian restaurants and food retailers. Check out this DP list for an international food crawl.
New Town confectionaire Alice Cooke represented her Willilamsburg bakery CakeAlicious on the Food Network show “Cake Wars” last week and totally creamed the competition. The Gazette reports that her inverted Eiffel Tower cake won her $10,000. You can catch the episode when it reruns Sunday.
hrScene reports that from now until Oct. 2 Norfolk’s MacArthur Memorial will host “A Better World,” an exhibit of 1,000 paper cranes. The nest of cranes, folded by area high school students, is meant to commemorate the 71st anniversary of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. Click here for the heartwarming story behind the birds.
Not even kidding. Aug. 6 from noon until 10 p.m., O’Connor Brewing will offer discounted brews to anyone who shows up on a bicycle. They’ll have reserved bike parking, a safety-check station and a raffle for a Norfolk Bicycle Works beach cruiser. Just promise not to drink and pedal.