757 Rugby Academy Inspires Youths

757 Rugby Academy Inspires Youths

(Francois du Cluzel instills encouraging value of rugby into young player. Photo by Stephanie Davenport.)  By Jim Roberts The 757 has turned into an incubator for world-class athletes, producing famous personalities in football, basketball, baseball, boxing and a...

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OPINION: Rushing to Judgment

OPINION: Rushing to Judgment

      By Tom Robotham As the holidays approach, I find myself thinking about my all-time favorite movie for the season—Holiday Inn (1942), starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, which I’ve loved for nearly 50 years. The movie’s biggest claim to fame is that it...

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Holiday Happenings in the 757

Holiday Happenings in the 757

(Get out and enjoy the spectacular Million Bulb Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden through January 2. ) HOLIDAY LIGHTS & PARADES Million Bulb Walk Norfolk Botanical Garden November 12 through January 2 5-9:30 PM Nightly NBGlights.org  Get out and enjoy the...

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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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OPINION: Rushing to Judgment

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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Scrooge Adaptation is Holiday Highlight 

Scrooge Adaptation is Holiday Highlight 

(Beatty Barnes plays the iconic role of Scrooge.)  By Jerome Langston  “It’s good to be back producing,” says Tom Quaintance, Virginia Stage Company’s Producing Artistic Director. “And I’m excited to go into rehearsal for this show on Tuesday.” The show that Tom is...

Mae’s Everglow Shines Again

Mae’s Everglow Shines Again

(Mae performing live during a recent concert. Photo by Jim Morrison) By Jim Morrison In their nearly 20 years, Mae has managed to navigate the twisting and turning labyrinth of the morphing modern music industry, rebounding from one whiplashing change to another They...

Torggler Fine Arts Center Dazzles

Torggler Fine Arts Center Dazzles

  By Betsy DiJulio A sparkling new gem has taken its rightful place on the jewel box campus of Christopher Newport University (CNU). With its cadences of colonnades, pristine pediments, balustraded balconies, and dynamic domes, the campus is a love song to the...

TRAVEL & DRINK: Sixteen Days in Belgium 

TRAVEL & DRINK: Sixteen Days in Belgium 

(Wife and husband beer writers Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones at Cafe Den Obelix in Hall, Belgium. Photo by Kate Keese.) By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones When you’re sitting there in your silk upholstered chair and thinking about your next beer-focused “Vayca,”...

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...