Calendar

May 2015

5/01

Great Dismal Swamp Safari

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
9:30am-1:30pm. 
$10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children ages 3-12
757.514.4130
www.Suffolk-Fun.com

The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. The narrated Swamp Safari, one of Suffolk’s most popular attractions, fills up quickly. This four-hour tour is led by a biologist specializing is the unique habitat of the Great Dismal. Learn about the history, lore, vegetation and wildlife with this adventure that includes a brief walk to Lake Drummond. Sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. A small snack and beverage is provided. This tour is not recommended for very small children. Reservations are required and cancellations are expected no less than 48 hours prior to scheduled tour. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to reserve your spot.

 

5/01 to 5/02

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friends of the Library Building
300 Carolina Road
10am-4pm Friday & Saturday. Open to the Public.
757.514.1024
http://www.suffolk.lib.va.us/about-us/friends-of-the-library.html

The Friends of the Library hold a monthly book sale, the revenue of which is used to support library programs. Peruse thousands of used books, magazines, movies and more. Prices: Paperbacks (Fiction) - $0.50 per inch, Softcovers - $0.50, Hardcovers - $1.00, Children's - $0.50 per inch, DVDs - $2.00, Music CDs - $1.00, Audio Books on CD - $2.00, Audio Books on Cassette - $1.00. Other items specially priced.

5/01

Project Luau - Margaritaville

Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront & Suffolk Conference Center
100 East Constance Road
6-11:30pm. $40 per person/$70 per couple
757.514.4545 (Mason Copeland)

Come out and have a good time, while supporting Suffolk Project Lifesaver Search and Rescue! Dinner, Dancing and Fun! Music by "Island Boy." Come dressed in your Best Luau Attire! 

5/01

Black Violin

Suffolk Center for Cukltural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
8pm. Adults $25 / Youth $15 / VIP $35
757.923.0003
www.SuffolkCenter.org  

Classically trained South Florida two-some, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, who go by the name Black Violin, are a welcome revelation for their ability to meld high brow and pop culture, “Brandenburg” and “break-down” into a single genre-busting act. The bands most recent album “Classically Trained” is the followup to their self-titled debut, which is a good introduction to their ground breaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R & B and even bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their crack band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal) and a drummer.

Since starting Black Violin a decade ago Wil B and Kev have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Czech Republic and South Africa.Their groundbreaking collaboration has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, D.C. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to SRO crowds.

“It’s something everyone can enjoy, whether you’re an 80 year old grandmother or a kid in kindergarten” adds Wil B. “It’s classic, hip-hop, rock, R&B…just good music."

Black Violin: "A Flat" Music Video 

5/02

Suffolk Farmers’ Market Season Opening Celebration

Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion
524 North Main Street
9am-1pm. Free and open to the public.
757.514.4130

The Suffolk Farmers’ Market kicks off the 2015 season in the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion, conveniently located behind the Suffolk Visitor Center at the corner of Main Street and Constance Road. Enjoy the best in locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, along with eggs, honey, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, plants and handmade jewelry and crafts. Opening day will include live music, entertainment and kiddie fun!

 REGULAR SCHEDULE: Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

 For more information or to become a vendor, contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757-514-4130 or e-mail VisitSuffolk@suffolkva.us

5/03

7th Annual Mutt Strut Dog Walk & Festival

Arrowhead YMCA Conference & Outdoor Center
275 Kenyon Road
11am-5pm. Free and open to the public.
757.538.3030
www.suffolkhumanesociety.com 

The Suffolk Humane Society is hosting the 7th Annual Mutt Strut Dog Walk & Festival. You can walk with your dog, in memory of a beloved pet, or in honor of your cat! This year promises to be the best yet. The event will include a pledge walk, police dog demonstrations, pet health screenings, canine games and contests, rescue groups, entertainment, food, vendors, and a silent auction. This is a family-friendly event and we hope to see you there!

5/04

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour

Suffolk Visitor Center
524 North Main Street
2pm. $8 Adults / $6 Seniors, Military and Children 9-12
757.514.4130

See Suffolk through the eyes of years gone by.

Suffolk’s rich heritage dates back to the early 17th century, when Captain John Smith first encountered the Nansemond Indians on the Nansemond River. Even now, you can trace Suffolk’s legacy through our historic homes and neighborhoods, churches and Virginia Civil War Trails. Guided by a Suffolk historian, you meet the people and places that made Suffolk the city it is today. Highlights of this windshield tour include Cedar Hill Cemetery, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, Constant’s Wharf, College Court and Suffolk’s Historic Lakeside neighborhood.

 

5/06

KidsFest at Bennett's Creek Park

Bennett's Creek Park
3000 Bennett's Creek Park Road
10am-12pm. Free.
757.514.7442

A festival for young children that features arts and crafts, block building, bounce house, playdough tables, petting zoo, and many more fun activities! 

5/09

Suffolk On The Move's 6th Annual 5K Walk/Run

Bennett's Creek Park
3000 Bennett's Creek Park Road
7:30am. Free. 
www.suffolkpartnership.com
757.539.1525

Join us for our 6th Annual 5K Walk/Run! Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the event begins at 7:30 a.m. Free to the public.

Suffolk on the Move is an initiative to: Create a greater awareness of a broader definition of “active living." Include all activity that requires additional movement. Educate community members regarding personal and community health benefits of an “active” lifestyle.

5/09

7th Annual Shake, Rattle & Roll Spring Car Show

Main Street in Historic Downtown
7:30-10am Registration for Show Vehicles
10am-3pm Open to Spectators
Free admission; Vehicle Entry Fee $25.
757.514.4130

Download the 2015 Registration Form: 2015_Shake_Rattle__Roll_Registration_Form.pdf

This festive Main Street event honors the racers, records and fans of the ol' quarter-mile concrete track at Suffolk Airport. Show begins at 10 am with awards presented at 2 pm. Music, food, vendors and hoola-hoop contests. Live music. Pre-1975 vehicles only.

The Shake, Rattle & Roll Spring Car Show is not affiliated with the Suffolk Raceway Reunion "Little Guy Nationals."

5/09

Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo

Bennett's Creek Park
3000 Bennett's Creek Park Road
9am-2pm. Free and open to the public.
757.514.7267
www.suffolkva.us/parks

It's time to get up and get out in Suffolk! Come enjoy a day at the park and join Suffolk Parks & Recreation at the 1st Annual Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo on Saturday, May 9, 2015. This event is being held in conjunction with the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community's annual Suffolk on the Move 5K and 1 Mile Run.

Bennett's Creek Park will open at 6 a.m. for sign-in and warm up for the Suffolk on the Move 5K and 1 Mile Run. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at the park and will take walkers and runners through the beautiul Waterfront at Parkside community. Racers will cross the finish line at Bennett's Creek Park.

The Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at Bennett's Creek Park. This family-oriented event will include seminars, vendors and interactive activities such as fishing, skateboarding, and tennis. Come enjoy the bounce houses and field games.

Although both events are free and open to the public, the 5K and 1 Mile Run requires pre-registration. Visit the Parks & Recreation website at www.suffolkva.us/parks to register.

For more information, contact Suffolk Parks & Recreation Special Events Coordinator Emily Upton at 757-514-7267 or eupton@suffolkva.us.

5/10

Mother's Day Brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn Harbour View

Hilton Garden Inn Harbour View
5921 Harbour View Blvd
11am-2pm.
$19.95 Adults / $17.95 Seniors / $10.95 Children 12 and under
www.chesapeakesuffolk.hgi.com

757.484.9001 x 7153

Treat Mom to Hilton Garden Inn Harbour View's Mother's Day Brunch! Buffet includes: Salad Bar, Baked Tilapia, Chicken Marsala, Prime Rib, Garden Rice Pilaf, Chef's Special Vegetable Blend, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Breakfast Potatoes, Waffle Station, Assortment of Danish Pastries, Muffins, Breakfast Breads, and Dessert Bar. Special Kid's Buffet of: Chicken Strips, Mac & Cheese, Corn. Reservations required.

5/13

Art and "Wine-ing" Workshop: White Wine & Wayne Thiebaud

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 W. Finney Avenue
7-9pm. $45 ($35 Early Bird Special)
www.suffolkcenter.org
Registration: 757.923.0003

Create a masterpiece at the Suffolk Center! This is not your typical paint night event. You can breathe in the inspiration of Wayne Thiebaud with a new understanding of their life and their brush. Attendees will receive a bit of perspective with instruction on how to paint using the technique of Thiebaud. Each participant, guided by a local art instructor, chooses their picture, so no two need be alike! Perfect for all skill levels including beginners, and for those who just want a fun night out with friends!

5/16

Suffolk Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church
3488 Godwin Blvd.
9am-2pm.
www.suffolkmastergardener.org

The Suffolk Master Gardeners host two annual plant sales for the Hampton Roads community—one in the spring and one in the fall. The plant selections come from area nurseries and our very own gardens! 

Download event flyerSMGA_Spring_Plant_Sale_2015_.pdf

5/16

Great Dismal Swamp Safari

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
9:30am-1:30pm. 
$10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children ages 3-12
757.514.4130
www.Suffolk-Fun.com

The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. The narrated Swamp Safari, one of Suffolk’s most popular attractions, fills up quickly. This four-hour tour is led by a biologist specializing is the unique habitat of the Great Dismal. Learn about the history, lore, vegetation and wildlife with this adventure that includes a brief walk to Lake Drummond. Sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. A small snack and beverage is provided. This tour is not recommended for very small children. Reservations are required and cancellations are expected no less than 48 hours prior to scheduled tour. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to reserve your spot.

 

5/16

"All the Best Fairytales Ever" by The Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
11am. $5.
757.923.2900
www.SuffolkCenter.org

Come and see a show that you the audience helps create. With our improvisational troupe “Bucket of Monkeys,” you are guaranteed to see a one-of-a-kind performance that is interactive, engaging and hilarious. Great fun for all ages.

Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is a professional theatre troupe of adult actors devoted to creating and presenting original works for all ages. Since they were founded in 2005, they have strived to provide educational and interactive theatre that is accessible and affordable for families, shows that explore different times, places and cultures. Be prepared for a lot of noisy, physical fun and a lot of laughing. These interactive shows are great fun for the whole family! Feel free to dress up and join the fun. Tickets are available at the door before the shows.

5/16

LAVA Music Festival

Suffolk Executive Airport
1410 Airport Road
Gates open at 12 noon.
Ticket prices vary - see website.
www.lavafestival.com

Join us for the First Annual Lava Music Festival! This is a family-friendly music festival and we welcome music lovers of all ages. Scheduled music acts include: Fitz And The Tantrums, Of Montreal, Mutemath, Robert Delong, Kishi Bashi, Cloud Nothings, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Major And The Monbacks, and Wyteshayds. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning on Friday, January 16th at 8 a.m. and will remain on sale until gates open at noon on Saturday, May 16th. There will be a variety of local food trucks and food vendors offering food for sale at the festival; in addition, beer, wine and cider will be available for sale for anyone age 21 & over. Parking is free and lawn chairs are permitted.

This is a rain or shine event. For more information, please visit the festival website.

5/16

National Kids to Parks Day at Sleepy Hole Park

Sleepy Hole Park
4700 Sleepy Hole Road
2-3pm. Free and open to the public.
757.514.7262
www.suffolkva.us/parks

"Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!" Just around the corner from where you live are public parks that are waiting to be enjoyed and explored. Join Suffolk Parks & Recreation on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Sleepy Hole Park from 2-3 p.m. for fun at the park.

Parks & Recreation staf will lead you on a short hike down one of Sleepy Hole Park's trails and tell you about some of the many wild inhabitants along the way. Afterward, join us at the ranger station for a cool nature craft.

This is just the start of a summer full of outdoor adventures! This is a free program for ages 4 and up. Register online at www.suffolkva.us/parks or contact Suzette Vida, Outdoor Recreation Specialist, at 757.514.7262.

5/16

C.E. & H. Ruritan's 15th Annual Beer Bands and BBQ

The Ruritan Hall in Eclipse
8881 Eclipse Drive
3-7pm. $25 advance/$30 door
757.803.8487

Join us for our annual fundraising event in beautiful Eclipse Va. Enjoy great local barbecue, beer and bands! Great times.

5/16

Balsam Range Bluegrass

Suffolk Center for Cukltural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
8pm. Adults $25 / VIP $35
757.923.0003
www.SuffolkCenter.org

This group of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County, North Carolina, thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county…where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge…the BALSAM RANGE.

Tim Surrett delivers entertaining MC work as well as seasoned lead and harmony singing. Tim also plays bass most of the time, and he will occasionally move his talents to the resonator guitar. Buddy Melton is one of the most gifted tenor voices in bluegrass and Americana today. His range and tones largely give BALSAM RANGE its identifying sound, and his stellar fiddle playing supports the band’s programs equally. Caleb Smith has been called “one of the top young guns of guitar.” His envied unique guitar style pairs perfectly with his energetic power singing. Caleb also delivers ballads with a perfectly toned, believable tenderness. Darren Nicholson is one of the most gifted mandolins players and harmony singers ever to come from the Southern Mountains. Darren’s studied, energetic performances rival those of the classic old guard performers, and his enthusiasm for American heritage music styles has no bounds. Marc Pruett plays traditional three finger banjo in intuitive and powerful ways that blend and compliment the influences in the band of jazz and bluegrass…country and gospel…and swing and old-time.

Share an enjoyable evening of fabulous American acoustic music with these five men…BALSAM RANGE, winners of the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year!

5/18

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour

Suffolk Visitor Center
524 North Main Street
2pm. $8 Adults / $6 Seniors, Military and Children 9-12
757.514.4130

See Suffolk through the eyes of years gone by.

Suffolk’s rich heritage dates back to the early 17th century, when Captain John Smith first encountered the Nansemond Indians on the Nansemond River. Even now, you can trace Suffolk’s legacy through our historic homes and neighborhoods, churches and Virginia Civil War Trails. Guided by a Suffolk historian, you meet the people and places that made Suffolk the city it is today. Highlights of this windshield tour include Cedar Hill Cemetery, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, Constant’s Wharf, College Court and Suffolk’s Historic Lakeside neighborhood.

 

5/20

KidsFest at KidsZone

KidsZone Park
201 Holly Lawn Parkway
10am-12pm. Free.
757.514.7442.

A festival for young children that features arts and crafts, block building, bounce house, playdough tables, petting zoo, and many more fun activities! 

5/21

3rd Thursday at Jesters Gallery Shop: Featuring Linda Bunch

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 W. Finney Avenue
5:30-7:30pm. Free.
www.suffolkcenter.org
Registration: 757.923.0003

Join us in the Jester's Gallery Shop at the Suffolk Center to meet our resident artist, Linda Bunch.

5/22

Great Dismal Swamp Safari

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
9:30am-1:30pm. 
$10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children ages 3-12
757.514.4130
www.Suffolk-Fun.com

The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. The narrated Swamp Safari, one of Suffolk’s most popular attractions, fills up quickly. This four-hour tour is led by a biologist specializing is the unique habitat of the Great Dismal. Learn about the history, lore, vegetation and wildlife with this adventure that includes a brief walk to Lake Drummond. Sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. A small snack and beverage is provided. This tour is not recommended for very small children. Reservations are required and cancellations are expected no less than 48 hours prior to scheduled tour. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to reserve your spot.

 

5/22

4th Annual Caffeine Commandos Golf Tournament

Nansemond River Golf Club, 1000 Hillpoint Boulevard
Registration: JMS Food Service,
LLC.1368 Progress Rd. Suffolk, VA 23434
Download Registration Form Here

Registration Fees:
Before 4/30/15 - Individual, $90; Team of 4, $360
After 4/30/15 - Individual, $105; Team of 4, $420

chanel.king@jmsmucker.com
757.538.5631 Fax
Call 757-538-5664 for further information

The Caffeine Commandos is a group of dedicated Smucker’s employees that have formed a long standing team that supports the American Cancer Society’s yearly Relay for Life Event. Each year fundraising is done in support of the 12 hour walk. The Smucker’s Caffeine Commandos strive to provide support for the local American Cancer Society. We give physical representation around the area to provide knowledge and bring awareness to a serious illness that affects many. The Caffeine Commandos fight the fight against cancer by fundraising, promoting awareness, and by donating their time and efforts at sponsored events throughout the community. This tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event in Suffolk.

 

 

5/30

American Girl Program: "Meet Kit"

Riddick's Folly House Museum
510 North Main Street
10am, 11:30am, 1pm. Free.
Reservations required.
757.934.0822
www.riddicksfolly.org

Kit Kittredge® has a nose for news, but having to give up her bedroom and move to the attic isn’t the best news she has ever heard! How will Kit make the most of her new location? Then, with chores piling up, Kit starts to feel a little grumbly, but she soon realizes just how fortunate her family really is. She even comes up with an idea to help her family earn more money. And helping her uncle makes it possible for Kit to save a little money, too. Will Kit’s savings be enough to pay for something important? There will be 4 sittings: 10am, 11:30am and 1pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. Donations welcome. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Call for reservations at 757.934.0822 or email riddicksfolly@verizon.net.

5/30

Culinary Crawl in Downtown Suffolk

Tours Depart from the Suffolk Visitor Center
524 North Main Street
2-4:30pm. $30 per person.
757.514.4130

Attention Food Lovers!

Join us for a Suffolk Culinary Crawl, a guided food tour and tastings at some of Suffolk’s unique eateries. Attendees experience some of the city’s best independently owned restaurants and enjoy interaction with the chefs and owners, learning about their commitment and passion for great food.

UPCOMING CULINARY CRAWL:
Saturday, May 30, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Downtown Suffolk featuring tastes from Stillwater House Tea Room, Simply Susan’s, Cosmic Pizza, East Coast Taco and Amici’s.

The guided tour will commence at the Suffolk Visitors Center (524 North Main Street) where participants will be transported to the first destination. Tours are limited to 12 attendees and will be on a first come, first service basis for those who purchase the tickets in advance.

Culinary Crawl Details:
When: Saturday, May 30 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm (arrive 15 min. before - promptness encouraged)
Who: Adults over 21, limited to ten people per tour 
How Much: $30 per person, includes tastings at five restaurants 
Weather: Tours operate rain or shine. 
What's it like: Delicious, fun and informative 
What to wear: Comfortable clothes and walking shoes

Where to meet: 15 minutes before departure at the Suffolk Visitor Center located at 524 North Main Street, Suffolk, Virginia
Where to buy tickets: Contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 to purchase your tickets.



5/30

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour

Suffolk Visitor Center
524 North Main Street
2pm. $8 Adults / $6 Seniors, Military and Children 9-12
757.514.4130

See Suffolk through the eyes of years gone by.

Suffolk’s rich heritage dates back to the early 17th century, when Captain John Smith first encountered the Nansemond Indians on the Nansemond River. Even now, you can trace Suffolk’s legacy through our historic homes and neighborhoods, churches and Virginia Civil War Trails. Guided by a Suffolk historian, you meet the people and places that made Suffolk the city it is today. Highlights of this windshield tour include Cedar Hill Cemetery, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, Constant’s Wharf, College Court and Suffolk’s Historic Lakeside neighborhood.

 

5/30

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk

Suffolk Visitor Center
524 North Main Street
7pm. $10 Adults / $8 Seniors, Military and Children 9-12
757.514.4130

A hair-raising encounter with the spirited side of Suffolk. Follow a costumed guide through the shadows of historic Main Street discovering stories, legends and "unexplained occurrences" by lantern light. Tales of unsolved mysteries and unresolved affairs abound throughout Suffolk's historically hip Ghost Walk. Reservations Required.

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