Concrete pieces of the old Lesner Bridge are being submerged 18 miles away in the Chesapeake Bay to expand an artificial reef off the Eastern Shore. While the artificial reefs do not replace natural reefs, they are a tool to encourage fish habitats and give anglers better fishing options. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission has had the artificial reef program for 40 years. As their budget shrinks, the program relies more on donations. McLean Contracting is hiring crews to move the concrete to the reef as VMRC monitors the process. Read More on PilotOnline
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Spring in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area brings many annual events to enjoy. Below are just a few you won’t want to miss!
Chic’s Beach Festival
May 6th, 2017 marks HK On The Bay’s 4th Annual Festival with live outdoor music, great food, craft beers. Shop or browse Under The Oaks Market with a highly curated showcase of over 50 artisans featuring the very best in modern handcrafted art and design.
Just a short drive from Point Chesapeake On the Bay is downtown Norfolk’s world-class waterfront and festival site, Waterside District. Opening May 4, 2017, this revitalized waterfront experience in Norfolk offers unique dining and entertainment for the whole family. Dine and relax at Rappahannock Oyster Co, The Harbor Club, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, Stripers Seafood Restaurant, Blue Moon Taphouse, Norfolk Coffee & Tea, Rocky Mountain Grill, PBR Country Bar and more.
Annual wine festivals offer wine lovers a chance to sample new and different flavors including many from Virginia’s own wineries. Adjacent to the Waterside District is the Annual Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival – May 6th and 7th, 2017 at Town Point Park in Norfolk. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the park overlooking the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront and sample over 30 Virginia Wineries at one of the fastest growing events in Hampton Roads.
Neptune’s Spring International Wine Tasting at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 is held at 31st Street Park. Enjoy wines from 9 countries plus delicious food, entertainment and a chance to purchase your favorite wines.
The Annual Virginia Arts Festival brings performers from around the world to Hampton Roads with some of today’s most influential composers, choreographers and playwrights. Enjoy music, dance and theatre performances at venues including Chrysler Hall, Attucks Theatre, TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Sandler Center for The Performing Arts, Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts.
Virginia International PAN Fest is held at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront this year on May 12th and 13th, 2017. Enjoy the unique sounds and style of steel drum music fused with steel bands and international food along the ocean.
Salute to Summer is a “Star Spangled” salute to honor the many military men and women who have sacrificed their lives throughout America’s history. Live performances along the Virginia Beach boardwalk include music from local and regional band across three stages.
The Annual Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show is held May 19-21, 2017 in Virginia Beach. Weekend events include Warbird practice flights, rides, live music, a WWII reenactment in the sky and an evening dance. Get a closer look at history and check out WWII aircraft fully restored.
The Pungo Strawberry Festival takes place every year in Virginia Beach during Memorial Day Weekend in the lush farmland area of Pungo. For the past 33 years, this event highlights the beginning of summer with strawberry pies, bake-offs, pony rides, a parade and entertainment on 3 stages.
In addition to beautiful views, residents at Point Chesapeake on The Bay will enjoy stylish new homes with specially designed floor plans and plenty of light. Thinking about home decor and gift ideas to celebrate your new home on the bay? Here are a few of our top picks:
The bay’s beautiful and scenic views are a favorite for photographers at any time of the year. Order online and choose from several photos taken by local photographer, Albert Butzer. Select as prints to frame yourself or have your favorite image transferred to stretched canvas or metal. http://www.albertgbutzer3.com
This 36″ x 26″ Framed Nautical Chart is the official NOAA Nautical Chart detailing the beautiful waterways of the Chesapeake Bay. Order from Houzz.
Add class and sophistication to any room with this gorgeous Harbor Master Telescope in oil-rubbed bronze and white leather. The glass optic eyepiece provides up to 15x magnification and the white wooden tripod stand let’s you adjust the height and an oil-rubbed bronze chain maintains the scopes position. Order from Houzz
For a wonderful keepsake or gift, capture your loved ones on the bay or beach with photography by local photographer, Glenn Bashaw of Images in Light. Glenn offers photography for family portraits, engagements and weddings in addition to editorial and commercial projects.
Find eclectic shabby chic/patina furniture, unique gifts and local art at Tin Soldiers Forgotten Treasures on Shore Drive. Located just across the Lesner Bridge from Point Chesapeake, the inventory changes daily.
Show your love for the bay with this Map Cuff Bracelet from Etsy. Using a unique dye process, the ink from a vintage map of the Chesapeake Bay is fused to the surface of the aluminum. Hypoallergenic, lead and nickel free. Will not tarnish or oxidize and best of all, it’s extremely lightweight.
The tradition continues just a few miles east of Point Chesapeake with the annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend beginning this Friday, March 18th, 2017 in Virginia Beach at the North End. Over 30,000 runners from all 50 states and several countries participate in this popular event with races for all ages. The races end with a huge finish line celebration on the beach at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Runners enjoy a flat, scenic course and later celebrate with live entertainment and refreshments. Five events are offers for any age and skill level – the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon (26.2 Miles), Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon (13.1 Miles), TowneBank Shamrock 8K (4.97 Miles), Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile (For Elementary School students) and the Leprechaun Dash (26.2 Yards). View Course Map Event Schedule Facebook Page
J&A Racing, located on Shore Drive at the foot of the Lesner Bridge, is the owner and director of the marathon. The company took over the marathon’s management in 2003 and has been successful in the event’s growth from 3000 participants to a record 30,000 in 2015. J&A Racing manages many other local race events including Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon, Corporate 5K, Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon and more. The company also specializes in race training, running clubs and youth fitness programs.
Check out video highlights from last year’s Shamrock Marathon event on J&A Racing’s youtube channel.
Just a few steps away from Point Chesapeake, Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee has opened at 3273 Shore Drive (previously occupied by Starbucks) by early winter. This is the first Virginia Beach location for the Richmond-based chain. Sugar Shack opened its first store in June 2013 and currently has eight locations, plus a food truck.
“We anticipate seating about 20 patrons inside and 24 outside on the deck, pending approval from the city,” according to Ian Kelley, founder and CEO. “We‘re also planning to have a conference room where small groups can meet.”
One of Virginia Beach’s signature gateways is coming down this week. The John A. Lesner bridge is an expansion of Shore Drive that crosses the Lynnhaven Inlet at the intersection of the Chesapeake Bay and Lynnhaven River. Beginning the week of March 5th, 2017, the old John A. Lesner Bridge will begin to be taken down by the same company that built the original bridge in the 1950’s, using some of the same cranes that constructed the bridge under the supervision on McLean Contracting. The new bridge will have two 1,575-foot spans with two traffic lanes each way and a multi-use path on each side. The renovation will improve traffic flow for Shore Drive residents and visitors and allow for safer walking, jogging and cycling along the bridge.
The original bridge was named for the late state Senator, John A. Lesner from Norfolk. The Lesner Bridge replaced an original drawbridge, built in 1928. Once the old bridge has been removed, the girders at the base of the bridge will be sent to Virginia Tech for testing. The school will determine how much weight the girders supported in its deteriorated state. This study will help with many other bridges built around the same time period in the Hampton Roads area.
Read More in the Virginian Pilot
View Historical Photos of The Lesner Bridge (1930-1950)
Read More About the Lesner Bridge Replacement at City of Virginia Beach’s website.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Seashore Art Festival at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. On April 8th, 2017, First Landing State Park will hold this annual event with live demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. A Kickoff Party begins March 3rd at Chick’s Oyster Bar where you can enter a drawing to win an oil painting by nationally renowned artist, Myke Irving, with additional prizes signed by the artist. Proceeds benefiting the Sheriff’s Office Charities and the JCA Foundation. Tickets are sold on Etsy where you can also check out Myke’s additional works.
Locals are proud of southeastern Virginia’s rich history including the New and Old Cape Henry Lighthouses located just a few miles from Point Chesapeake on The Bay. In 1792, the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be commissioned by the U.S. government and stands near the site where the Jamestown Settlers first landed in 1607. Built to guide maritime commerce at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, the original stone lighthouse was authorized by George Washington and construction was overseen by Alexander Hamilton. After concerns about the old lighthouse’s stability, a second, steel-structured lighthouse was built in 1881. Maintained and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, the light in the newer, black and white lighthouse still shines today. It sits at the site of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
While the new lighthouse is not open to the public, you can visit and climb the steps to the top of the original stone tower for spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
On Thursday, December 1st, Point Chesapeake on The Bay hosted their unveiling event at the beautiful Lesner Inn on Shore Drive across from the current site of construction. Guests who have expressed prior interest by joining the VIP list were invited exclusively to the event, and enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while getting the very first view of the newest imagery of the community.
Reservations on these 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath modern beach homes at Point Chesapeake on the Bay were taken at this event. The Terry Companies, LLC which is comprised of the Napolitano Homes and the Terry Peterson families was incredibly well represented at the event. We would like to thank all of those who attended which included many well respected members of our real estate community. Thank you to all of the attendees who came from near and far. We look forward to what this community will be, and the life that it already exhibits.
Reservations are open to the public to own a piece of the Bay at the very unique and upscale community of Point Chesapeake on The Bay. Please contact Jen at 757-474-0888 for more information.