Friday, April 4, 2014

Olde Towne FirstEvents Features Opening Reception, Free Music & Much More!

Thank goodness spring has finally arrived and has luck has it, good weather for this weekend’s Olde Towne Portsmouth FirstEvents. Held the first full weekend of each month, Olde Towne Portsmouth's business community and the City of Portsmouth Museums offers free concerts, events and activities including the Olde towne Antiques to Flea Market, free museum admissions, an exhibit opening and a lot more. Here’s a listing of some of the events available to you during April’s Olde Towne Portsmouth FirstEvents weekend!

Friday, April 4
Concert In the Courtyard - Free Music Series
5PM - 8 PM

Celtibillies & Good Foot Dance
Enjoy music in the courtyard from the Celtibillies & Good Foot Dance. Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and PortsEvents. Admission is free as part of our First Weekend programming series. Corner of High & Court St. , 393-8543
Friday, April 4
Changing Appalachia: Custom to Cutting Edge
Opening Reception: 5PM – 8 PM
Drawing from an abundance of natural resources from the Appalachian region, artists and artisans adapt the heritage of mountain culture by assimilating new ideas and innovating on the old to create dynamic craft and visual art.  The exhibit offers maps, photos of the region, paintings, glass, textiles, ceramics and baskets to showcase the diversity of the region.
Admission is free as part of our First Weekend programming series.

Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Mark
Saturday, April 5
Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market
10AM - 2 PM
Held inside the Middle Street Garage, corner of London and Middle Street.
Great finds of all kinds! The Olde Towne Portsmouth Antiques to Flea Market is this Saturday. Antiques to Flea Market Visit the Olde Towne Portsmouth Antiques to Flea Market the first Saturday of each month and hunt through the eclectic collection of unique and antique wares. With over 70 dealers and vendors exhibiting, you will discover a great selection of antique and estate furniture, architectural antiques, china, silverware, art and prints, sporting gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera, hand-made crafts and toys, as well as decorative accessories and flea market items of all types and one-of-a-kind items priced to sell. Free Admission & Free Parking.

Don't forget that Olde Towne has some of the best antique shops, art galleries and specialty stores anywhere in Coastal Virginia and beyond. Great shops and nurseries for your spring gardening too! Top it off with a delicious meal in one of Olde Towne's chef-owned and run restaurants. Make a day or a complete weekend of it and discover what Olde Towne has to offer!

Bank of America MuseumsR on Us
Saturday, April 5th  9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, April  6th  11 AM - 5 PM
The Children's Museum of Virginia is proud to participate in the Museums on Us® program sponsored by Bank of America, which provides cardholders FREE access to some of the nation's finest arts, cultural and educational institutions during the first full weekend of every month. For details, visit

Family Fun and Activities at The Children’s Museum of Virginia:
221 High Street
Saturday, April 5
Noon - 4 PM

Nano Day at the Children's Museum
Participate in experiments check out interactive demonstrations and meet the scientists who bring this cutting-edge technology to our everyday life.  Your eyes will be Huge after seeing these activities about this small-scale science!  Co-hosted by Norfolk State University. Included with museum admission. Free for members.

Treehouses - Look Who's Living In Trees!
On display NOW – May 17 at the Children’s Museum of Virginia
Spend some time hanging out in the trees. Immerse yourself in an indoor tree house and explore first hand who lives in trees. This traveling exhibit is on loan from Sciencenter- Ithaca, New York and was developed by EEC! The Environmental Exhibit Collaborative. Included with admission. Free for members.
Saturday, April 5
2 PM at The Commodore Theatre
421 High Street

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Presents STORIES & SONGS: Appalachian Ballads and Ballad Books
Book-signing and Presentation with Sharyn McCrumb, Katie Hoffman, and Jack Hinshelwood
In coordination with PACC’s Changing Appalachia exhibit, the Commodore Theatre will host award-winning Southern writer, Sharyn McCrumb, who is 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. McCrumb will be joined by Katie Hoffman and Jack Hinshelwood for a discussion on ballads and ballad books. To make reservations or for more information, please visit the Gallery Shop at 420 High Street or call 757-393-8543.

Crackerjacks and Grand Slams
10 AM - 5 PM
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth Museum
2 High Street on the Portsmouth, Virginia Waterfront
Come and discover the history of baseball in Portsmouth!  Did you know Portsmouth had its own Cubs team?  Who were the “Truckers” and how did they get that name?  Come on “in-ning” and enjoy crafts and activities celebrating a true American pastime.  Admission is free as part of our First Weekend programming series.

First Sunday Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch
Enjoy liesure Sunday dining in one of Olde Towne's exceptional restaurants. Olde Towne Portsmouth has become well-known for it's selection of outstanding dining establishments.  Call your favorite Olde Towne Restaurant today for details!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

For Winter Boat Shoppers, It's Still a Buyer's Market

BoatUS predicts boat dealers are in the dealing mood this winter boat show season.
NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304

With the winter boat shows kicking off across America, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says buyers are still in the driver's seat when it comes to buying a boat. And if your qualifications add up - including having good credit - getting a boat loan should not be difficult.
"If you have been holding back for the past few years, now may be the time to pull the trigger," said BoatUS Vice President of Finance, Charm Addington. "Boat loan rates are still low. While there isn't the same level of pre-owned boat inventory as there was at this time last year, there are still plenty of used boats for sale. For those looking at a new boat purchase, manufacturers have increased production and will need to move inventory. We think dealers will be interested in making some deals this winter boat season, and combined with continued low interest rates, the winter boat buying season bodes well for buyers."
To get a boat loan, Addington said boat lenders usually require two years of federal tax returns, a paycheck stub and can also require proof of liquid assets - funds that can be easily converted into cash - for the down payment. The heady days of "no documentation" loans are largely a thing of the past.
Here's some other boat loan tips from BoatUS:

  • Unlike getting a home loan, getting a boat loan doesn't require a "pre-approval." However, before you head to the boat show some boat lenders will offer pre-approvals that include rate offers - just ensure the rate is verified, in writing, and not a teaser rate.
  • Depending on the buyer's credit score and down payment, some banks may be able to offer a rate that's lower than what is initially offered, so be sure to ask your lender.
  • Unlike most lenders, BoatUS Boat Loans posts current loan rates available at "The rate and terms on our website are what we can offer boat buyers today," said Addington. "We hope that gives peace of mind knowing the costs up front.

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