Posts Tagged ‘Hermitage Museum’

Fun times with animals (yours and others’):

Friday, October 9th (Leave Fido at home for this one.)

Art Roar

Pack your blankets & chairs for a classic evening under the stars at the ROARchestra. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform family favorites at this outdoor, kid-friendly concert. Don’t miss out!
GATES OPEN at 6 pm

Non-Members (ages 6+): $5
Zoo Members: FREE


Friday, October 9th (Bring your dog!)

Art Sparky


Celebrate fall with your family and friends tomorrow night at our first outdoor movie  of October! Pizza, treats, lawn games, and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie will delight guests of all ages on the mysterious Hermitage lawn. Each admission also qualifies you to win 2 passes to Adventure Park, courtesy of 96x.

Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to watch the film with their family members.
View more info and the full lineup here.

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Save the date!

On May 8th, Alexandra Whiteside, a local builder and artist — and Dr. Miele’s eldest daughter — will reveal the secrets hidden in the ornate hand-carved woodwork throughout the historic Hermitage Museum. Once the private residence of Florence and William Sloane, the house was designed by the couple to live on as a museum for the benefit of our community.

As a Hermitage docent some years ago, Alexandra took advantage of the opportunity to study the intricate wood carvings up-close. Now, after delving into the museum’s archives — including Mrs. Sloane’s carefully preserved notes, letters, and receipts — Alexandra reveals the secret symbols that are ingrained in the soul of the Hermitage Museum.  

May 8: Ingrained: The Symbolism of Woodwork at the Hermitage

HermitageAlexandra Whiteside, Owner, Chelsea Custom Contracting 
The master woodcarvers who plied their craft at the Hermitage were among the last of their kind. This lecture will explore and rediscover the history and, in some cases, the long-forgotten symbolic meanings behind these ornate carvings.

Suggested donation to the museum is $3.
Details here 

May 8th seems a long way off. Looking for something to do in the meantime?

Lucky you:  The Second Annual World of Pets Expo is right around the corner!


Click to enlarge for details.

Come to the Hampton Roads Convention Center* (Hampton) on Saturday, February 15th or Sunday, February 16th for all kinds of animal fun and learning opportunities. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, and free for kids under 5. You can even bring a well-behaved pet on a leash, if you follow the rules.

Visit the World of Pets Expo website to find out when you can see dog agility demonstrations, cat agility demos (yes, really!), rare exotic birds, and adorable fancy mice. You’ll also see the latest pet products, adoptable pets, and dog shows including the famous Dock Dogs and Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix

For a little extra, treat the kids to a pony ride and petting zoo fun. There’s so much more, we can’t possibly list it all!

*Bonus treat: You can see one of Alexandra Whiteside’s large-scale abstract paintings, titled “Monroe Battery 1,” featured in the HRCC’s Halls of Art!

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Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

The Hermitage Museum & Gardens presents its popular annual concert series, Sunsets on the River.

Coming up:

The Michael Clark Band on May 16th

and Jesse Chong on June 6th.

The fun starts at 6 PM and lasts until 9 PM.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and claim your spot —

or just hit the dance floor!

Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners for fun and socializing.

Admission is FREE for Members and for children 12 and under; Non-members and kids over 12 pay $10 each.

Since it’ll be dinnertime, try some tasty treats from the Hubcap Grill and Twisted Sisters Cupcakes trucks.

Be sure to stroll the grounds between sets and check out the view, like I did. 

Photo by Jen Miele.

Photo by Jen Miele.

Photo by Jen Miele.

Photo by Jen Miele.

Photo by Jen Miele.

Photo by Jen Miele.

Photo by Jen Miele.

Photo by Jen Miele.

Photo by Jen Miele.

Photo by Jen Miele.



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Friday:  Movie on the lawn at the Hermitage Foundation Museum

Friday, June 29

Tonight’s feature: An American in Paris.  Want to go? Get the details here

Saturday:  Zoo Grooves Concert featuring The Deloreans  (80’s Pop)

Saturday, June 30 
Your favorite summer foods, refreshments and beer & wine will be available for purchase until 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the Zoo train, bounce houses and a special animal art auction as you dance to the summer music!  The Zoo re-opens at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Zoo Members receive FREE admission.
  • Members of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and the Portsmouth Museums receive 50% off 
  • General Zoo admission applies for non-members: Adults: $11; Children: $9; Seniors: $10
No outside food or beverages are permitted in the Zoo. No rain dates. No passes or coupons.
Membership cards and photo ID are required. 
  • July 28 — School of Rock (Classic Rock)
  • August 25 — Town Mountain (Bluegrass)
For more information, visit our website or call (757)441-2374. 

Sunday:  Swingtime

Salute on the Battleship Wisconsin

Sunday, July 1 

Time is running out to see this special performance!

For six weeks this summer, Swingtime Salute, An On-Deck Revue will re-create a touring variety show on deck of the Battleship Wisconsin in an evening of star-lit entertainment.  

Produced by Nauticus and Virginia Stage Company (VSC), the show will “entertain the troops” with singers, dancers and a side helping of all the excitement and adventure you’d expect aboard a warship at sea.  

Dashing sailors and dishy dames, accompanied by a live, on-stage band, expertly belt out the era’s popular tunes from the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and more.  This retro celebration of the Swing Era is one for the boys, the gals, and the whole family!

Show starts at 8 PM.  Get tickets here.


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This Friday night — “The Secret Garden,” on the lawn at
The Hermitage Museum.

Save the dates – and bring a date!

Members: FREE         Non-members: $5

Gates open at 6:30 PM        Film starts at 8:30 PM

Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

Visit the snack and wine bar before the movie starts!

The Hermitage Museum & Gardens
7637 North Shore Road
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-423-2052 ext.205

Pet-related content will appear on this blog on Friday – I promise!  ~~  Jen

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     Well, my Fourth fizzled.  I went to Williamsburg for fireworks and got lightning and torrential downpours, instead.  So, taking my own advice from yesterday, I headed to the Virginia Living Museum and caught an encore presentation of the Laser Spirit show.  So all was not lost.

     The good news is, the fun can continue this week.  Here are some local events you can mark on your calendar:

  • Catch the Tidewater Winds in concert in Virginia Beach at one of two venues – Tuesday at First Colonial High School or Wednesday at the Oceanfront’s 24th Street Park.  Visit for details.

  • Attend Thursday’s opening reception for “Her Mini-Metropolitan,” a timeline exhibit detailing the Hermitage Museum’s evolution from private home to a landmark repository of art and artifacts hidden in one of Norfolk’s most beautiful neighborhoods.  Go to for more information.

  • Go see Mr. Popper’s Penguins at a local theater this Friday.  Find out what happens when six penguins take up residence in a posh New York apartment.  Starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, and Angela Lansbury.

     Whatever you choose to do, have fun and hug your pets on the way out!  ~~ Jen
Penguin photo by Stan Shebs, via Wikimedia Commons.

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     Leash your dogs, pack a picnic, grab a couple of lawn chairs and head to the Hermitage Museum & Gardens for Sunsets on the River – the popular live music series at one of the most beautiful outdoor settings in Norfolk.  The grounds of the Hermitage are like an oasis in the city – and you’re welcome to bring your well-behaved dogs to enjoy the fun.

     Admission is FREE for museum members and just $5 for non-members over 12.  Kids 12 and under can attend free.  Bring your dinner with you – but please leave beverages at home.  The Hermitage will have a cash bar as well as non-alcohol drinks available for purchase.

     Tonight’s performer is local legend Lewis McGehee.  You must see Lewis McGehee perform live if you’d like to call yourself a “local” of Hampton Roads or any of the individual Seven Cities.  In fact, it’s written in the articles of incorporation of Princess Anne County.  Don’t check; just take my word for it.

     And remember to mark your calendars for performances from other area musicians on May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16, and June 30.  See you there!  ~~  Jen

     P.S.  The Hermitage offers discounted membership opportunities during special events.  If you’ve thought about joining and supporting this one-of-a-kind landmark, tonight is the night to sign up!

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     If your pet has separation anxiety, hire a pet sitter – because you’re going to want to get a jump on the holiday fun with these events in Norfolk this month.  Bonus:  it’s all free!

Saturday December 4 – Studio Artists’ Holiday Open House at the Hermitage Museum.  4-7 PM.

Friday December 10 – Virginia Handbell Consort (with dessert reception) at Blessed Sacrament Church.  7 PM.

Saturday December 11 – 2nd Saturday Family Fest “London Calling” at the Chrysler Museum. 12-3 PM.

Wednesday December 15 – Todd Rosenlieb Dancers – Emerging Artists at Ocean View Senior Center.  7 PM.  Information here

Friday December 17 – Strolling Silver Strings (with dessert reception) at Blessed Sacrament Church.  7 PM.

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