Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pirates Pack the Park at The Mariners' Museum

EXTRA! EXTRA! Calling all Pirates!

On Saturday September 21st, The Mariners Museum in Newport News, Virginia will be attempting to break a world record, and you can help!

Mariners Museum Pirates Pack the Park

In celebration of "Talk Like a Pirate Day", 
The Mariners' Museum wants to break the Guinness World Record for the 
"largest gathering of Pirates"!

Talk Like a Pirate Day Mariners Museum

The Pirates Pack the Park Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 21st, with the official pirate count taking place at 2 p.m.

The Pirate Festival will include:
  • Food and Beverage Vendors
  • Live Music and Entertainment
  • Craft and Pirate Merchandise Vendors
  • Period Encampments
  • A Children’s Area with crafts, games, puppet shows by Rainbow Puppets, and pirate bird show
  • Authentic Pirate Re-enactors
  • And Much More!

Here is your list of pirate gear you will need: a pirate hat or bandana, a white or striped shirt, pirate pants or wench skirt, an accessory such as an eye patch, fake pirate sword, or a parrot.

pirate gear

watch this video for more info:

Click here for all the information you'll need, directions, FAQ, what you can bring to the park and what is a no-no to bring to the park, etc. 

Aaaaarrrrgh matey. 
Be there or I'll make ya swab the deck, 
or worse yet, walk the plank.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A View of West Point, Virignia #2

Yesterday I posted about the Nature Trail in West Point. 
Today we take a drive through the town.

painted lady in West Point, Virginia
There are many beautiful homes in this historic little town. Love this house that Jason photographed.

Main St. West Point, Virginia

West Point even has a public beach. Yes, that's all of it. 

 Home-ownership here has it's privileges.  This is all private property above.

 I love the roof on that house to the left.

Main St. West Point, Virginia

 Saturday morning it was a ghost town. 

We both agree that they need a coffee shop in this town. Anyone want to take care of that? 

Post Office in West Point, Virginia

Everyone that lives in the downtown area has to come here to the Post Office to get their mail.

Water Tower West Point, Virginia

Every town needs a water tower. 

Water Tower and Town Hall West Point, Virginia

And behind the water tower is the Town Hall, Courthouse, and DMV.

Church West Point, Virginia

Church West Point, Virginia

 One thing this small town has an abundance of is churches.

Train Tracks to Paper Mill  West Point, Virginia

The town's main stage.

Not only is the town of West Point quaint, but it's also industrial with a Paper Mill on the west side across route 33 and the downtown area. 

Lots of potential for our photowalk. If you would like to join us on Saturday October 5th  for the 6th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, please visit our page here to sign up for our walk in West Point, Virginia.  If you'd like to join a walk in a city near you, please visit the main photowalk site here

Monday, August 19, 2013

A View of West Point, Virginia #1

I've posted about this place once before, but Saturday morning we took a walk in West Point, down the nature trail, under one of the twin bridges, and across the way to the West Point Farmers Market.

(all photos taken with our camera phones)

At the corner of Lee Street and 14th Street (Route 33) sits the West Point Pharmacy behind which starts the nature walk across this foot bridge/bike path. 

The gravel road also gives access to the water for kayaking/canoeing. 

You can see one of the twin bridges in the background above. 
 Looking back at the parking lots.

Boat access above.

 It was a gray morning, but the clouds give us good drama.

  The footbridge leads back to dry land.

 There are two look outs along the way. The one above is right next to the bridge.

 This is Route 33, which leads East.

 This is the Mattaponi River leading out to the start of the York River.

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Above is a gorgeous panorama Jason took from this spot. 

Now onto the Farmer's Market.

Under the bridge...

...and across the way.

We bought some peppers and potatoes from one vendor and tomatoes from the other. 
It's a small market that day but they both had great pickings. 

  and the walk back to "downtown", if you can call it that. 

Tomorrow I will have some pictures in the town of West Point. 

If you would like to join us on Saturday October 5th  for the 6th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, please visit our page here to sign up for our walk in West Point, Virginia.  If you'd like to join a walk in a city near you, please visit the main photowalk site here

As of this post, there are 5579 walkers signed up in 547 cities across the globe.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

West Point Photowalk is Go!

Jason and I will be leading a walk in West Point, Virginia
for the 6th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk on October 5th, 2013.

Petrina and Jason

I don't know how I convinced Jason to do this, but there's no turning back for him now. ha!

Our photowalk will take place in the quaint town of West Point, Virginia, which is surrounded on three sides by the Pamunkey River, Mattaponi River, and the start of the York River. It just so happens that on this day, the town of West Point will also be having it's Annual Crab Carnival with a parade from 1-2pm, which should offer lots of great photographic opportunities. With it's quaint "Main Street America" downtown and stately old homes, to a nature walk that ambles past the marshes and under one of the town's twin bridges, West Point has a lot to offer the photography enthusiast.

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

I invite anyone interested in the photowalk in West Point, Virginia to join here, where you will find more details and information on what to expect, with regular updates as the photowalk day grows closer. Once you sign up for the walk, you can also join our West Point Photowalk groups at Google+ and Flickr, where our walk members will be able to share their photos of the day with each other and the world.

West Point, Virginia map

Don't forget this is a contest, as well, with one winning picture chosen from each participating city as well as a grand prize winner chose by Scott Kelby. 

And always remember, as Scott Kelby says,

"Gear is good. Vision is better." 

So, whether you are shooting with thousands of dollars worth of equipment or the camera on your smartphone, all are welcome to participate. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hand-Carved Stamp Mermaid Magic

I got this gorgeous mermaid postcard in the mail yesterday from Regina at Creative Kismet
hand-carved mermaid stamp postcard

Regina is a wonderful artist. She hand-carved the stamps to make this postcard, and I was one of three lucky winners in her postcard giveaway recently. 

You should follow her blog. It's inspiring and it just makes me happy. 

Thank you, Regina!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Night At The Virginia Living Museum

Next to the railroad tracks, tucked under an overpass in the city of Newport News, Virginia, there is the Virginia Living Museum, "an open air museum that has many living exhibits of Virginia's indigenous species". It's the place all local school kids go to on yearly field trips, and from what I hear, dreaded by parents who get roped into chaperoning said trips.
I wouldn't know, as I don't have kids, but I'll take their word for it.

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Jason and I have not been there since we were kids, ourselves.

Here are a few pictures from our visit Tuesday night.
(No pictures were allowed in the "Bodies Revealed" exhibit, so all I had was my mobile phone.) 

 There is a loggerhead sea turtle in the bottom left corner who we were very interested in seeing,
but he didn't care to perform.

Virginia Living Museum via

I completely forgot all the stuff I learned last night.

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We had fun watching this turtle as he swam around. 

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The Spotted Turtle. You probably can't tell, but he's in the water.

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Jelly fish. They are nice and pretty in the tank, which is where they should stay.

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Can you spot the seahorse? 

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A lot of the educational stations were closed because the place is not normally open for evening hours. So, we didn't get the full effect, but we still had a good time.

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Lots of snakes. ick.

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This is a copper head. ick.

Oh wait, I did learn one thing about snakes. Water Moccasins, in particular. If you see a snake's whole body while it's in the water, it's a venomous one. If you just see it's head poking out, it is not. But, do not take my word for it and try to cozy up to one, as I will not be held responsible for the outcome. 

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This alligator? He couldn't be bothered. 

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Apparently, dinosaurs walked around our state, but they didn't bother to leave any fossils to be found, just footprints.  

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On the way out, I spotted the sea turtle swimming around, so we had to go back in there and watch him for a while.  I think Jason wants one. I don't think the tub is quite big enough, though.

I enjoyed our evening out, but we definitely have to go again, since the entire outside area was closed for this special evening event
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