The Norfolk Mermaid
Favorite thing: Based on the idea Bess Decker, the wife of a prominent Norfolk attorney, she was able to gain community support for a parade of mermaids after a visit to Chicago where she was inspired by their Cows on Parade. In 2000, a local bronze sculptor, Kevin Gallup created 130 mermaids to be adopted by local merchants and artist (for $2000) and displayed all over Norfolk.
There is no pattern or map where these mermaids are located but they are everywhere and vary in artistic expression which is refreshing. Keep an eye out for them as you walk around Norfolk.
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Living in Norfolk
Favorite thing: One of the holidays that people with children celebrate is Halloween. When my kids were little I picked out their costumes for them. When children get older, they have more input into what they wear.
The kids go to neighbors on October 31st and say "Trick or Treat", and they get candy or gum or fruit which they put into a goody bag. In the old days, Tricks were a possibility, and if the homeowner didn't give you a treat, you played a trick on him/her. The sanitized version of Halloween doesn't emphasize the Trick part anymore.
Fondest memory: The top picture is of my two girls - I dressed up the older one in a dirndl that my mom sent me from Germany, and a bonnet that I got in Williamsburg. The younger one was in a sleeper or onsie that I pinned a little tail onto. She is wearing a mob cap (also bought in Williamsburg which I have formed into 'ears' so she was Bo Peep's sheep.
In the second picture (taken before the younger child was mobile), the older girls is wearing a dirndl from Austria and I made her a little spider to carry as Miss Muffett. I got that idea from my mom, who sent me out as Miss Muffett and my sister was the spider.
The next picture is a pumpkin carved by the older girl after she became a mother, and the last picture is of her youngest child as Harry Potter.
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The Sign of the Red Castle
Favorite thing: If you see a red castle on a building or installation, you know that's the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps is quite important to boaters, because they maintain the waterways. There is a better picture of the logo in the second picture.
Their main building (pictured) is at:
803 Front Street
Norfolk, Va 23510-1096
From the Corps of Engineers website
F/A-22 Raptors at Langley Air Force Base
Craney Island Expansion
Norfolk Harbor 50-foot Deepening
Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration
Elizabeth River Restoration Project
Embrey Dam Removal
Wind Farm Permit
Virginia Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project
Great Bridge Bridge Replacement Project
Fondest memory: Thier website says "Some 450 civilians and three Army officers work at the Norfolk District’s headquarters on the Norfolk waterfront and at more than 20 field offices .
"... In civil works, Norfolk District oversees the James, Rappahannock, York and Chowan River basins, the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia and the Eastern Shore of Virginia, approximately 23,000 square miles...
"A key mission, the Port of Hampton Roads has steadily grown to become the world’s largest coal port and sixth largest port overall in the U.S. On April 23, 2003, Norfolk District officials and the Virginia Port Authority moved forward with a project to deepen the inbound shipping channel in the Hampton Roads harbor to 50 feet... In addition to Hampton Roads Harbor, Norfolk District maintains some 70 navigation channels, using material dredged from these channels to nourish beaches, re-create habitat, re-establish oyster ground, create marshes and other beneficial uses whenever possible.
"The district's beach erosion and flood protection projects have prevented more than $130 million in damages throughout the state since 1968. During Hurricane Isabel alone, the district’s recently completed hurricane protection and beach erosion control projects in Virginia Beach and Sandbridge prevented $105 million in damages.
"The district’s innovative environmental restoration initiatives have attracted nationwide attention for their success and innovation. The $10 million Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration project is seeing major gains in efforts to restore native oysters to the once thriving Chesapeake Bay. The Elizabeth River Restoration Project was recently cited by the Environmental Protection Agency as a model for the nation in public-private partnership. The district is also working with the Environmental Protection Agency on environmental restoration efforts at contaminated sites throughout the Commonwealth."
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Our first sailboat
Fondest memory: We bought our first sailboat when we lived in Norfolk. It was a homebuilt catamaran on a trailer. I was pregnant. We took it out to sail on a Sunday around my due date and got becalmed in the sea plane landing lane area with no motor and no paddles.
We had to launch the boat and then sail it across to the slip. After I had the baby, a hurricane threatened and my mom had to go help Bob get the boat ready to sail to the other side to haul it. In the picture, Bob is kneeling with his back to us (I was in the car with the baby) and Mom's head is just peeking up over the top of the sail.
We sold the boat and trailer (and the car - a 1949 Plymouth which I now regret geting rid of, but we had three cars at that point -a 1964 (new) Ford station wagon and a 1932 Plymouth 4 door sedan in addition to the 1949 Plymouth) and one of them had to go)when Bob was transferred to Monterey California.
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I like to go to a particular...
Favorite thing: I like to go to a particular club downtown, called Backstage Cafe. Nice. Good music, good pizza, leather couches, and good beer. Expen$ive, though. Cheaper place is Lovely Ladies on Little Creek Rd.
Fondest memory: Leaving.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and...
Favorite thing: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel is a 17 mile bridge across the Chesapeake Bay. It connects the Norfolk area with the Delmarva peninsula. To me, it was like going across the sea. The bridge was very interesting. It certainly made my trip shorter. If you want to see a unique bridge, this is worth the trip. A word of caution, this bridge costs $10 to cross.
A friend and neighbor of mine,...
Favorite thing: A friend and neighbor of mine, Sean Hanrahan, climbing out of the cockpit of his F-14 Tomcat after landing at Oceana Naval Air Base, Virginia. Sean flew off the U.S.S. Saratoga during the Liberation Of Kuwait.
Visit the MacArthrur Museum. ...
Favorite thing: Visit the MacArthrur Museum. It features the military career of one of the greatest generals of America.
Fondest memory: Norfolk's affinity with the sea and how man has tamed the waters for man's s own purposes is exemplified in Norfolk.
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Fondest memory: I participated in a conference on graph grammars in Williamsburg. It was very pleasant stay in the hotel near the conference centre, only several steps from the historical Williamsburg. This is unlike to any museums I've seen, it is a living city where time has been moved far back. You may feel like a time traveller. I also visited a concert of a country group in the hotel, it was an unforgettable memory for me, as I like the country music very much.
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