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You’re going to want to bring the kids to this one!

And guess what? You can bring the dog, too!

Get all the details 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!


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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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     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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