November 2014


“The Mystery of a Masterpiece” Exhibit

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts - Norfolk Foundation Gallery
110 West Finney Avenue
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm.
Free and open to the public.
757.925.1800 or 757.923.0003

The Suffolk Division of Tourism is partnering with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts to present “The Mystery of a Masterpiece,” an eye-popping exhibit featuring artists’ modern interpretation of book covers from iconic texts. Artists will conjure vivid imagery based on a selection of 100 classic texts and contemporary bestsellers. From Jane Eyre and The Great Gatsby to The Hunger Games and Beloved, the potential for diverse artistic impression is limitless. On display at the Suffolk Center’s Norfolk Foundation Gallery, September 12 until November 8, 2014, the exhibit will be free and open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The opening reception is slated for Thursday, September 11, 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The conclusion of this exhibit will be held in conjunction with the Suffolk Mystery Author’s Festival scheduled for Saturday, November 8, at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

For complete details, contact Sandy Hart or Pat Eelman at 757.925.1800 or


"The Mystery in a Portrait": An Exhibition by Phoebe West Brooks

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts - BB&T Gallery
110 West Finney Avenue
September 12-November 8. 11am-4pm. Tuesday-Saturday.
Free and open to the public.


"The Mystery in a Portrait" is an exhibition of artwork by Phoebe West Brooks, in the BB&T Gallery. The opening reception for this exhibit will be Thursday, September 11, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Brooks began to explore painting and sculpture in the 80s, working primarily in oils, mixed media, glass and clay. She received her BA at the University of Richmond, and completed post-graduate studies at VCU. Her exhibitions include: AthFest in Athens, GA; UR Arts Around the Lake; First Unitarian Gallery; Richmond Public Library; MCV; Shockoe Bottom Arts Center; Petersburg Arts Fest; Hill Café; Zeus Gallery; and the Jewish Community Center, among others.

Now living in Petersburg, Virginia, Brooks balances a full-time job as the Assistant to the Deputy Director for Collections and Facilities Management at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the restoration of a house in the historic district (on weekends). On rare but wonderful occasions, she retreats to a cabin in Maryland on the bay to camp out, paint, and swim.


Nansemond River Pilot Club's 9th Annual Fall Fair

Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront
100 East Constance Rd.
9am-3pm. Free and open to the public.
757.621.3736 (Kristi Sutphin)

Get started on your Christmas shopping at the Nansemond River Pilot Club's 9th Annual Fall Fair. We will have approximately 50 craft vendors with items such as handmade jewelry, soaps, clothing, artwork, pottery, purses, home décor and more. We'll also have some direct sales vendors plus baked goods and door prize raffles! Free admission.

This is a fundraising event. All proceeds benefit organizations in our community.


Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk

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

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.


Family Movie Night at the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion: The Lego Movie

North Main Street
6pm. Free.

Join the Suffolk Division of Tourism at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, in the open-air Pavilion behind the Visitor Center for a FREE Family Movie Night, when we show The Lego Movie. The festivities kick off at the Pavilion, located at 524 N. Main Street in Historic Downtown Suffolk. Popcorn, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, in support of The United Way. Seating is also available, but chairs, blankets and jackets are also encouraged as to make it an even more comfortable evening under the stars!

The LEGO Movie is a 3D animated film which follows lead character, Emmet, a completely ordinary LEGO mini-figure who is identified as the most "extraordinary person" and the key to saving the Lego universe. Emmet and his friends go on an epic journey to stop the evil tyrant, Lord Business. Features the vocal talents of Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and many more. This movie is rated PG and has a running time of 100 minutes.

11/07 to 11/08

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friends of the Library Building
300 Carolina Road
10am-4pm Friday & Saturday. Open to the Public.

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.


Mystery Authors Festival

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 W. Finney Avenue
11am-7pm. Free and open to the public.
*RSVP your attendance by November 1 to be entered into drawing for free prizes.

Join us for the First Annual Mystery Authors Festival on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Multiple mystery authors will be in attendance, signing their books and participating in a moderated panel discussion. There will also be workshops, light refreshments, musical entertainment and door prizes, as well as readings throughout the day. There is no fee to attend; however, we encourage you to RSVP to by November 1, 2014, in order to be automatically entered into a drawing for free prizes. Authors scheduled to attend include: Ellery Adams, Mollie Cox Bryan, Erika Chase, Vicki Delany, Annie Knox (who also writes as Wendy Lyn Watson), Mary Burton, LynDee Walker, Linda O. Johnston, Amanda Lee (who also writes as Gayle Trent), Joyce & Jim Lavene (who also write as J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant) and Maggie Sefton. Dawn Dowdle, from the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, and Jeni Chepelle, a freelance editor, are also scheduled to attend. Several workshops will be facilitated by the Virginia Chapter of the National Sisters in Crime.

This new event is a partnership between the Suffolk Division of Tourism, the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and the Suffolk Public Library. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4131 or email

11/08 to 11/15

Suffolk Restaurant Week: A Culinary Encore

Eateries Citywide

As Suffolk's premier culinary celebration, Suffolk Restaurant Week was launched by Suffolk Tourism to showcase the array of exceptional dishes prepared by the best chefs in Suffolk. This popular culinary tradition is held twice annually—the spring showcase in March and the fall encore in November, featuring the best restaurants citywide and  offering fixed-price, three-course meals. There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch. Food lovers may simply dine at as many participating restaurants as they like during Suffolk Restaurant Week, explore new dining opportunities or enjoy old favorites.


Preschool Gym Time

East Suffolk Recreation Center
138 S. Sixth Street
9:30-11:00am. Free.
757.514.4502 (Rebecca Skinner) - space is limited.

A time for young children to learn socialization and show creativity through songs, games and crafts.


“Artfully Done: Gifts for All Seasons”

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
Open November 23, 2014 - January 6, 2015
11am-4pm. Tuesday-Saturday. Free and open to the public.


Be sure to visit our “Artfully Done” gallery exhibition to see what our very talented regional artists have produced. Most items in the exhibition are for sale, so you can purchase handmade gifts just in time for the holidays.


A Night of Jazz with the USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
7:30pm. Free.

From the swingin’ sounds of Major Glenn Miller to the best of contemporary big band jazz, the USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble plays with style and sophistication. Made up of outstanding Airman-musicians from around the country, Rhythm in Blue takes great pride in preserving America’s true art form, developing a new generation of listeners, and representing all Airmen. One of the few traveling big bands still in existence, Rhythm in Blue regularly performs for audiences across the eastern seaboard from Maine to South Carolina. Paying homage to the great big bands of Basie, Ellington, Kenton and Goodman, Rhythm in Blue also spotlights the works of modern bands and composers such as the Mingus Big Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and John Fedchock’s New York Big Band. With music dedicated to our veterans and all Airmen serving worldwide, Rhythm in Blue honors our American military heroes for their selfless sacrifice at every performance. Whether presenting the sounds of the great big band era the new sounds of today, Rhythm in Blue has something for audiences of all ages.



11th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

Riverfront Swim Club
5301 Sports Club Run

9:00 a.m.

The Riverfront Swim Club is sponsoring its 11th annual Turkey Trot 5K Run & Walk at 9 a.m. on November 15, 2014. The run/walk will take place rain or shine. The trek begins and ends at the Swim Club, and features seven age divisions, including a gobbler run for children 12 and younger. The fee for adults is $18 advance and $20 on the day of the race. Youth 12 and younger are $15 advance and $17 on race day.

Dogs are allowed to accompany the runners/walkers but must remain leashed, get along with other dogs and strangers and have all their shots.

Each participant will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and an invite to the post-race party that will feature food, fun and awards. Sponsorships are still available by calling event coordinator Pam Sweet at 483.3906 or email Both financial and in-kind donations are being accepted. A sponsorship package can be requested by emailing or calling 583.3030.

The goal of the annual Turkey Trot is to raise money to help expand the Suffolk Humane Society’s services. SHS is comprised of volunteers contributing their time, energy, creativity, skills, and passion for animals to the mission of the group. Suffolk does not currently have a shelter for homeless or abandoned animals; so efforts are aimed at helping the animals that end up at the Suffolk Animal Care Center. Efforts are focused on decreasing the euthanasia in Suffolk, spay/neuter programs, adoption events, promoting responsible pet ownership, and recruiting foster families. Suffolk Humane Society does not receive any city, state, or federal funds. All monies received comes from individuals and businesses; people like you, who share the desire for animal welfare.


“Mortimer's Magic Wand” by The Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
11am. $5.

Come along on an epic quest with the magician Mortimer the Magnificent, as he attempts to believe in magic again…and in himself!

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 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.


20th Annual Holiday Open House & Group Show

Shooting Star Gallery
118 North Main Street

Celebrate 20 Years with Shooting Star Gallery! Enjoy a fabulous Holiday Open House, perfect for the early holiday shopper!  The Gallery will feature works by local and regional artists including, jewelry, pottery, ornaments, scarves, handmade soaps, paintings, candles and much more!  Also featured will be a wide selection of artisan books and craft projects; Cavellini Papers & Ephemera, Mary Lake Thompson, Blue Q and Primal Elements, for endless gift possibilities. 

Download event flyer: holiday_flyer2014.pdf


Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk

Suffolk Visitor Center
524 North Main Street
5pm. $10 Adults / $8 Seniors, Military and Children 9-12

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.


Suffolk Grand Illumination

Market Park at Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
326 North Main Street
6pm. Free and open to the public.

A hometown kick-off to the holiday season. Featuring the lighting of the Christmas Tree, horse & carriage rides, arts and crafts for kids, hot cocoa and apple cider and Christmas carols. The tree is illuminated at 6:15pm and Santa arrives at 6:30pm. Bring your camera!



American Girl Program: "Meet Josefina Montoya"

Riddick's Folly House Museum
510 North Main Street
10am, 11:30am, 1pm & 2:30pm. Free.
Reservations required.

Josefina Montoya® is a hopeful, caring, faithful girl. She is growing up in 1824 New Mexico, a place of sweeping big skies and hard work, danger and dreams. In Josefina’s stories, she and her family watch their old ways cross paths with the new as Americano traders arrive from the east. Josefina is lucky to have her family and faith to guide her through all the changes in her life! We will be giving away a Josefina Doll to one of the girls who attend. There will be 4 sittings: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. Donations welcome. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Call for reservations at 757.934.0822 or email


Berenstain Bears LIVE! Family Matters, The Musical

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West Finney Avenue
2pm. Adults $20, Kids $10.

Currently engaged in a critically-acclaimed, sold out off-Broadway run in NYC, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! is hitting the road. Come on down to Bear Country where Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Papa Bear, and Mama Bear sing and dance in this colorful new musical filled with fun for the whole family.

Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! brings everyone’s favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can’t stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! will give boys and girls of all ages the chance to fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.


Shop Small, Shop Local Saturday

Locally Owned & Operated Businesses Citywide
All day.

When you shop small®, It can lead to big things!  November 29 is the official day to spend your dollars locally by supporting your smaller, independently owned and operated businesses. When you spend $100 at an independent business, $68 returns to Suffolk. Spend the same amount at a national chain and it drops to $43. What a great way to start your holiday gift giving! 



Photos with Santa Paws

Magnolia Ruritan Club
1-4pm. Free.

Refreshments will be served. Participants (two- and four-legged children) can have professional photos taken with Santa for a small fee. 100% of the proceeds benefit Suffolk Humane Society. There will also be a drawing for a dog gift basket and a cat gift basket, as well as the opportunity to purchase personalized Christmas ornaments.

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