The Beauty of Baseball

The Beauty of Baseball

(THREE GENERATIONS OF FANS: My father's boyhood baseball glove from the 1930s, holding a ball signed by my son's Little League team, which I coached. Photo by Tom Robotham) By Tom Robotham  The one constant through all the years has been baseball. ~ Terence Mann,...

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Legacies of 9/11

Legacies of 9/11

  By Tom Robotham  On the evening of September 10, 2001, I was watching Band of Brothers with my then-8-year-old son. At one point, he asked me if I’d ever been to war. “No,” I told him. “I was lucky. I missed the Vietnam-War draft by just a couple of years. I...

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Monarchs Ready to Roar

Monarchs Ready to Roar

(Head Coach Ricky Rahne stands ready to reestablish ODU’s football program as a winner. Photo by Jeff Maisey)  By Jeff Maisey Faster, stronger, now.  When the Old Dominion University Monarchs return to the football playing field in September, they’ll do so with a new...

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Beach Vacation v. Climate Vocation

Beach Vacation v. Climate Vocation

(An elevated view of the Intercoastal Waterway with Holden Beach barrier island sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean. Writer Skip Stiles and family vacationed here during the summer. Photo credit: NC’s Brunswick Islands) By Skip Stiles Bursting at the seams, back...

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ESSAY: Musical Riches Await

ESSAY: Musical Riches Await

(Virginia Symphony Orchestra's new music director Eric Jacobsen) By Tom Robotham  Recently, for another publication, I wrote a piece about the dawn of a new era for the now 100-year-old Virginia Symphony. As of July, the orchestra has a new music director—cellist and...

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ESSAY: Remembrance and Renewal 

ESSAY: Remembrance and Renewal 

  Words & Photo by Tom Robotham Late last month, I spent a week in New York City. It was my first visit to my hometown since 2018, and in the days leading up to the trip, I had a lot of mixed emotions. On the plus side, I was looking forward to spending time...

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Contemporary Art Museum Rebrands 

Contemporary Art Museum Rebrands 

  By Jeff Maisey Let’s spell this out so there’s no confusion: Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art. After more than a decade, the colorful MOCA logo with a splash of gray paint serving as the letter “o” has been replaced by a more slender design stacking the...

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Cheap Trick or Treat 

Cheap Trick or Treat 

  By Jim Morrison Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick has had his third COVID shot and he's happy to finally be back out on the road. It's not the 300 dates a year the band played back in the day. More like 150 to 175, but then they're not young anymore. The guy who...

THEATER: Fall in Love with Jack and Louise

THEATER: Fall in Love with Jack and Louise

Dear Jack, Dear Louise cast members Jack (Dan Fenaughty) and Louise (Larissa Klinger) during an outdoor rehearsal on the deck of the USS Wisconsin. Photo credit: Crystal Tuxhorn By Jerome Langston Though there will be mask-wearing, and other pandemic related protocols...

ART: To the Moon and Back

ART: To the Moon and Back

(Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon, photo by Carl Milner, Leeds, UK, Light Needs Light, October 2017) By Betsy DiJulio A muse of poets, politicians, artists, athletes, and academics, the moon has infiltrated virtually every aspect of world culture since ancient times. ...

Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope

  By Jeff Maisey If you think about, every classical music performance is a history lesson in some sense.  Generally its because the musical work was written hundreds of years ago, and quite often it expresses something about each composer, whether the point in...

Hunter’s Sunrise Live at The Z

Hunter’s Sunrise Live at The Z

(Blue-rock guitarist/singer Jason Cale (left) in the studio with Hunter Hughes. Photo courtesy of Hunter Hughes.) By Jeff Maisey Hunter Hughes, host of WHRV’s Hunter at Sunrise digital radio program, has teamed with Zeiders American Dream Theater to present the...

Boogie Wonderland

Boogie Wonderland

By Jeff Maisey What could possibly be better than hearing Earth, Wind & Fire perform their essential hit “September” in September?  That’ll happen Friday, September 24 when the supergroup performs at Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion in Portsmouth.  Last year marked...

The New Maestro

The New Maestro

(Maestro Eric Jacobsen on the cover of Veer Magazine. Illustration by Walt Taylor) By Montague Gammon III The newly appointed twelfth Music Director of our Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Eric Jacobsen, flew into town from his current home in Brooklyn late last month,...

VOTE: 2021 Golden Tap Awards Nominees

VOTE: 2021 Golden Tap Awards Nominees

From October 17 through November 3, you may cast your vote in each of the following categories (see below). FYI: Votes cast from duplicate IP addresses are noted and cast out. Each brewery was invited to self-nominate one entry in any 12 categories. We will present...

Get a Taste of Smithfield at Red Point Taphouse

Get a Taste of Smithfield at Red Point Taphouse

A welcoming sign in Smithfield: (L-R) Nick Hess, Julie Hess and Tim Ryan. Photo by Diane Catanzaro    By Chris Jones and Diane Catanzaro Farm-to-table dining AND craft beer brewed on premises in a small-town historic building? Yes, please! If this sounds good to...

Prepare for 757 Battle of the Beers

Prepare for 757 Battle of the Beers

The Garage Brewery won the last Battle of the Beers event. Photo by Eye of the Storm Photography courtesy of Beach Ambassadors.  By Jeremy Bender More than 30 regional breweries will vie for this year’s 757 Battle of the Beers crown. The event is held on the grounds...

Still Tasty After All These Years

Still Tasty After All These Years

TASTE OF SUCCESS: (L-R) Peter and Jon Pruden have enhanced and expanded the specialty gourmet food brand known for its delicious sandwiches, prepared food items, and spot-on wine selection By Marisa Marsey As nightmarish as the past year and a half was, Hampton Roads...

RESTAURANT NEWS: 1608 Crafthouse Rebounds

RESTAURANT NEWS: 1608 Crafthouse Rebounds

(1608 Crafthouse’s Bacon Cheeseburger is a popular menu item.)  By Jeff Maisey Kevin Sharkey was prepping for the fifth anniversary of his 1608 Crafthouse on Pleasure House Road in Virginia Beach when the pandemic struck in March 2020. He’s been battling ever since...

Fountain Flows into 757

Fountain Flows into 757

By Jeff Maisey There’s a new hard seltzer in town — Fountain. Made in New York City, this new, upstart brand is fun — from the well-carbonated bubbles, zesty citrus and berry flavors to the eye-catching packaging — screams fun. After enjoying a few cans over a recent...

RESTAURANTS: Local Brands Expand

RESTAURANTS: Local Brands Expand

(Owner Bob Roberts has Redwood Smoke Shack expanding with a new Virginia Beach location. Photo courtesy of Redwood Smoke Shack.) By Marisa Marsey Some of our favorite homegrown eateries are expanding – opening a new location, introducing a new concept – making us...

A Coterie of Charcuterie

A Coterie of Charcuterie

(Katie Huger, owner of Long Board Charcuterie, curates exquisite, customized boards to celebrate special events as well as every day.) By Marisa Marsey There’s a joke circulating at fromageries: “How do you irritate a cheesemonger? Ask for a charcuterie board with no...