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Tastes of Appalachia, Saturday May 3rd, Commodore Theatre
Paradise Creek Spring Activities Calendar
First Friday April 4: Opening Reception, Live Music - Free and open to public
Appalachian Ballads and Ballad Books Presentation April 5
Children's Museum Mardi Gras Celebration Saturday, February 15
Tree Houses Exhibit Opens Saturday, February 8 at the Children's Museum

Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 04/08/2014

Tastes of Appalachia, Saturday May 3rd, Commodore Theatre

Portsmouth, VA - As part of its ongoing goal of providing quality, educational programming for visitors the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center invites you to attend Tastes of Appalachia, Saturday May 3rd, 2014 from 12:45 – 2:30 p.m. at the Commodore Movie Theater located at 421 High Street in downtown Portsmouth. The event, second of a three-series program, is being held in conjunction with the Changing Appalachia: Custom To Cutting Edge exhibition currently on display at the art center. It combines both food and music from Appalachia, featuring two outstanding chefs and several musicians. Farmer and Chef Dale Hawkins, owner of Fish Hawk Acres in Rock Cave, West Virginia, and Appalachian-born French-trained Chef Susi Gott Séguret, director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, will prepare a multi-course luncheon that showcases the region's food traditions and creative innovations on those traditions.

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 03/27/2014

Paradise Creek Spring Activities Calendar

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 03/18/2014

First Friday April 4: Opening Reception for Changing Appalachia Exhibit, Live music from the Celtibillies at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center - Free and Open to the Public.

Portsmouth, VA -The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center will present a free opening of its newest exhibit Changing Appalachia: Custom to Cutting Edge featuring original tools, art and crafts from collections from the Appalachian regions. Through programs offered throughout the three-month exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops and presentations that introduce Appalachian music, food, authors, artists and their crafts.

This reception will include live performances in the Courtyard by the Celtibillies, & Good Foot Dance, featuring traditional Celtic and Old-Time Appalachian music and song accompanied by Appalachian clogging, Irish Step and Scottish Highland Dance. The First Friday project is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Thomas Family Trust of Minnesota, the National Endowment for the Arts, and PortsEvents.

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 03/14/2014

Appalachian Ballads and Ballad Books Presentation April 5

Portsmouth, VA - In coordination with our Changing Appalachia exhibit, the Commodore Theatre will host award-winning Southern writer, Sharyn McCrumb, best known for her Appalachian Ballad novels including many New York Times Best-Sellers such as The Ballad of Frankie Silver, She Walks These Hills, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, and St. Dale, winner of a Library of Virginia Award. Her newest novel is King's Mountain.

McCrumb will be joined by Katie Hoffman and Jack Hinshelwood for a discussion on ballads and ballad books 

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 02/07/2014

Children's Museum Mardi Gras Celebration Saturday, February 15

Portsmouth, VA - On Saturday, February 15th, 2014 the Children’s Museum of Virginia unveils a new Mardi Gras celebration as part of its Family Fun Day series. Visitors will be able to make festive Mardi Gras crafts and explore the sights and sounds of New Orleans without leaving Hampton Roads. 

Strut your stuff with the 504 Supreme Band swinging Dixie Land Jazz parade.  See and touch slithering snakes and gators from JB’s Rattles. Play music along with Atumpan- The Talking Drums the New Orleans’ Congo Square is recreated, or visit a pirate paradise as the Moody Crew Pirates spin the yarn with stories of Jean Lafitte. Explore the Mississippi Delta and sing the Blues with Black Hat Walters. Make your own masks and other Mardi Gras creations throughout the day.  

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Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 01/23/2014

Get out of your house and into the trees at the Children's Museum of Virginia's
newest exhibit, opening February 8

Portsmouth, VA - This winter families can spend some quality time hanging out in the trees with a visit to the Children's Museum of Virginia's newest exhibit Tree Houses: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

Tree Houses includes fun, hands-on ways to explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild things (including people!). Incorporating all of the senses, this popular exhibit engages forest explorers young and old in indoor nature explorations and the ecology of sustainable harvesting of this important natural resource.

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