Friday, December 26, 2014




09 | 35th Annual Virginia Duals (Jan. 9-11)

35th Annual Virginia Duals (Jan. 9-11)The Peninsula Wrestling Association hosts the 35th Annual Virginia Duals Wrestling Tournament at the Hampton Coliseum. The team advancement concept started in Hampton, Virginia with the Virginia Duals in 1981 and is now used by Virginia and many other states to determine the best high school team in the state. The National College Wrestling Coaches Association also recognized the value of the Team Advancement concept and now has the National Dual Team Championships to recognize the best college team in the nation. The Virginia Duals Wrestling Tournament is the largest college and high school tournament in the world. Events begin: Friday at 9:00am; Saturday at 8:00am; and Sunday at 9:00am
Hampton Coliseum
All session ticket: $24-$36; One day only: $10-$16; Military discounts available

13 | Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Renowned for their winning combination of charming Kiwi humour, their disarmingly small ukuleles, and sublime musicality, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the world’s great modern ukulele acts. The wildly popular New Zealand ensemble, armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies and outrageous costumes, create instant joy and lasting magic wherever they go. Their comedic banter is spontaneous, and when they burst into song, the sweet sounds can silence a room in a nanosecond, or bring a crowd of thousands to their feet. Delighting audiences of all ages, the orchestra’s signature sound features many types of ukuleles, a double bass and a host of gorgeous voices performing harmonious and hilarious renditions of modern and traditional tunes. The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, and features songs made famous by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers and Kings of Leon, alongside tunes from the South Pacific, packaged into a spectacular, unmissable funfest.
The American Theatre

17 | Company Stefanie Batten Bland

Company Stefanie Batten BlandStefanie Batten Bland, recently named 2014 Joffrey Ballet “Choreographer of Color” recipient, has family roots that are a mix of Creole, African American, Native American and Scots-Irish. She has lived in three countries, speaks four languages and created her dance troupe, Company Stefanie Batten Bland, in 2008 in France so that she might better investigate the human condition and our relationship within the natural world. The troupe has performed live and via dance cinema throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the States. Stefanie’s choreographic vision of contemporary dance - a vision recognized as a 2010 Baryshnikov Arts Center/Jerome Robbins NEW Fellow and 2011/12 Cambridge Who’s Who! of Professionals and Entrepreneurs - redefines community by illustrating the synergy that arises when interdisciplinary artists from varied backgrounds and cultures collide. Her works are based in dance, with a strong installation component which allows futuristic worlds to take place in space and time. Stephanie mixes European subtlety and American ardor to investigate physical notions of community, adding her own layer of dance to Mary Batten and Ed Bland’s artistic legacy of music and writing.
The American Theatre

24 | 7th Annual My Time Women's Show

7th Annual My Time Women's ShowThe Daily Press is pleased to present the 7th Annual MyTime Women’s Show! This event is a great opportunity to browse for local products and services that match your wants and needs. The show will feature health, fashion, beauty, home décor, art, family life, work-life balance, food, and more! Tickets are $5 in advance at select Mole Hole locations and $8 at the door; they will be available for purchase after Thanksgiving.
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Tickets are $5 in advance at select Mole Hole locations and $8 at the door; they will be available for purchase after Thanksgiving.

24 | The Fuzz Band

The Fuzz Band2014 Veer Music Award winners for Best R&B, The Fuzz Band, whose sound is a fusion of Urban & Rock music, met and formed while attending Hampton University. Originally created as the house band for Fuzzy Wednesday, Virginia’s longest running open mic, the band soon began collaborating on original music and developing their own sound. Performing first at local venues and colleges, the band soon released Without Boundaries, followed by Collision, Change, and a Change of the Guards. Several years, albums, and three USO tours later, the band can count Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai, Africa, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Jordan, and England as second homes where they experienced bombings, medical emergencies involving IVs, and pseudo kidnapping & ransom scenarios all in the name of music.
The American Theatre

26 | Hampton University Founder's Day

Hampton University Founder's DayGen. Samuel Armstrong founded Hampton University 145 years ago. Each year, HU’s President Dr. William R. Harvey and other members of the HU community attend a commemorative wreath-placing ceremony at Armstrong’s gravesite, a ceremony featuring a keynote speaker and an awards presentation. Includes performance by the Hampton University choir.
Hampton University


27 | Chris Brown "Between the Sheets Tour" with Trey Songz and Tyga

Chris Brown "Between the Sheets Tour" with Trey Songz and TygaMulti-platinum selling artists Chris Brown and Trey Songz announce their upcoming BETWEEN THE SHEETS TOUR kicking off in 2015. Produced and promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the BETWEEN THE SHEETS TOUR will take the two entertainment heavyweights to 25 cities across North America starting Jan. 27, 2015 in Hampton, Va. at the Hampton Coliseum. Tyga will be a special guest on the tour.
Hampton Coliseum
$25.75-$195.50. Faciliity fee ($4) and additional fees may apply

30 | Celtic Fiddle Festival

Celtic Fiddle Festival Celtic Fiddle Festival mark twenty years of joyful, compelling, and powerful music with their sixth recording, Live in Brittany. Described as “three sensational fiddlers from three distinct Celtic traditions” by the Boston Herald, the group features Kevin Burke, a giant of Irish music; renowned fiddler Christian Lemaître (Kornog) from Brittany, France; and sensational young Quebecois musician André Brunet (De Temps Antan, La Bottine Souriante). Called “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicolas Quemener from Brittany, the quartet combines their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace. In concert, each artist plays a solo set, showcasing his individual musical styles and traditions, followed by a collaborative set featuring all four musicians. Together, they play with such relentless precision and fire that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers, leaving the audience with a memorable musical experience.
The American Theatre

31 | Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition (January 31 - March 15, 2015)

Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition (January 31 - March 15, 2015) This annual exhibition features the art work by many of the over 350 Hampton Arts League members in all media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, crafts, sculpture and watercolor. Artworks in a wide range of styles, content and sensibilities will be included. Cash awards totaling $850, including $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, and $100 Third Place, five Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mentions will be selected by artist and art educator, Clayton Singleton. Artists who are not currently HAL members, but would like to participate may join before or when they deliver artwork for the exhibition on Sunday, January 26 from 1:00-5:00 pm. Contact CHTAC for prospectus and more information. The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. 757/727-1490.
The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center


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Where to Stay in Hampton Virginia?

Hilton Garden Inn Hampton Coliseum Central

1999 Power Plant Pkwy, Hampton, VA 23666
(757) 310-6323

CLICK HERE to begin your "Happenings in Hampton" at   Hilton Garden Inn Hampton Coliseum Central

SpringHill Suites Hampton

1997 Power Plant Parkway  Hampton  Virginia  23666

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Virginia is for Lovers of Golf

The "Fab Five" Golf Courses of 

Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia features some of the most dynamic golf courses in the entire Mid Atlantic Region.

Embassy Suites Dulles Airport is a favorite of golfers due to its central location to the 5 most popular golf courses in the area.  The farthest course is only 7 miles from the hotel and the closest less than 2 miles away. 

The courses satisfy a wide variety of skill levels and handicaps.  All guests of  Embassy Suites Dulles Airport enjoy:
  • Free cooked to order breakfast
  • Complimentary Evening Reception
  • Two Room Suite
  • Free hotel shuttle in 3 mile radius of hotel
  • Overnight packages that feature Bonus HHonor Points, Free Internet, Gift Cards and more !
Click Here and start planning your next Northern Virginia Golf Getaway 

The "Fab Five": 

 Penderbrook Golf Club

Penderbrook Golf Club Fairfax, VA
3700 Golf Trail Lane
Fairfax, VA 22033
Ph:  703-385-3700

A picturesque 18-hole par 71 championship golf course located within the highly regarded Penderbrook Community.  The course is open to the public and boasts some of the most challenging holes in the metro area.  Club selection is a must as five of the holes require a well placed shot over lakes and ponds.

45120 Waxpool Road
Dulles, VA 20166
Ph: 703.444.0901 

Managed by Billy Casper Golf, 1757's name comes from the  year Loudoun County was founded, 1757 features an 18-hole, par-70, 6,600-yard golf course.

Sterling Golf and Swim Club Sterling, VA
Sterling Golf and Swim Club
333 S. Sterling Boulevard
Sterling, VA 20164
Ph: (703) 430-1400

The Sterling Golf and Swim Club is a non-profit, membership owned non-stock Corporation which has been in existence since 1972. The Club features an 18 hole par 54 golf course.

11875 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston,VA 20191
Ph: 703.620.9333

Reston National Golf Course is among Northern Virginia's favorite classic golf courses. Designed by the legendary Ed Ault and  managed by Virginia-based Billy Casper Golf, Reston National is a great place to learn, practice, and play golf.

Herndon Centennial Golf Club

909 Ferndale Ave
Herndon, VA 20170

The 18-hole "Herndon Centennial" course at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course facility in Herndon, Virginia features 6,445 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 68.7 and it has a slope rating of 116 on Bent grass.  Designed by Edmund B. Ault, ASGCA.

Embassy Suites Dulles Airport is in the center of the "Fab Five" Top Golf courses of Northern Virginia
Experience one or two or create your own Northern Virginia Golf Tour and play all Five.
Miles and minutes from the hotel:

B - Penderbrook Golf Club: 7 miles/14 minutes
C - 1757 Golf Club:              6 miles/11 minutes
D - Sterling Golf Club:         5 miles/9 minutes
E - Reston Golf Club            3 miles/5 minutes
F - Herndon Centennial       1.8 miles/5 minutes
      Golf Club

Map of Top Five Golf Courses in Northern Virginia

Friday, December 27, 2013

Virginia is for Lovers of New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Events in Herndon Virginia

Virginia is for Lovers of New Year's Eve

ArtSpace Herndon New Year's Eve Gala

750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170(703) 956-6590
Art Space Herndon New Year's Eve Gala

ArtSpace Herndon will host a gala on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2013, from 7 12:30 a.m. Historic Herndon’s traditional New Year’s Eve Celebration features family-friendly activities. The celebration begins inside the gallery at 7 p.m. with art activities for kids and music for all.  The celebration moves outside at 9 p.m. for the traditional bonfire. Entertainment begins inside at 10 p.m and continues through a toast at midnight.

7 – 9 p.m. – Chihuly Art Activities for kids in the style of the artist Dale Chihuly
8 – 9 p.m. – Music by The Music Loft’s Jumbo Shrimp youth band.
9 – 10 p.m. – Bonfire with drum circle.
10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.  Herndon Tonight Show with jazz by the Al Robertson Quartet featuring Frank Lombardi. Light refreshments, champagne toast at midnight.

The event is free and open to the public.  Due to seating limitations, passes are required for the 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. post-bonfire celebration.  Friends of ArtSpace Herndon at the Enthusiast level and above will receive tickets according to their sponsorship plan.  A limited number of complimentary passes will be distributed the night of the event.

New Years Eve at the Russia House Restaurant 

790 Station Street
Herndon, VA 20170

Russia House Restaurant

Special New Year's Eve Reservations
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Join us New Year's Eve at Russia House Restaurant offering a special New Year's Eve menu.
Set in historic Herndon, the Russia House Restaurant offers Russian hospitality and culinary excellence in all its details.

Breakers Sky Lounge NYE 2014

2445 Centreville Rd., Herndon, VA, 20171
Tuesday, Dec 31 8:00p

Dance Manifesto NYE at Mahalo Cove 46300 McClellan Way, Sterling, VA, 20165(703) 421-3776

Tuesday, Dec 31 9:00p

Dance Manifesto, the hottest pop cover band in the Nation's Capital, is playing new year's eve at Mahalo Cove in Sterling, VA.

Make your Herndon New Year's Eve Party complete with this exclusive offer:
Virginia is for Lover's of New Year's Eve Package from Embassy Suites Dulles Airport
13341 Woodland Park DriveHerndon, VA  20171703-464-0200

"Virginia is for Lovers of New Year's Eve" Package includes:

  • Bottle of Sparkling Wine
  • Chefs Plate of choice cheeses and fruit
  • 2pm checkout on 1/1/14
  • Free cooked to order breakfast
  • Two Room Suite
  • Complimentary Evening Reception
  • Package available 12/30/14, 12/31/14

Click Here to reserve your "Virginia is for Lovers of New Year's Eve" Package at Embassy Suites Dulles Airport

Happy New Year from all of us at
 Embassy Suites Dulles Airport!

Virginia is for Lover's of New Year's Eve Package

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Travel Tips from

Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday Travel Tips


These simple steps can save you time and headaches with air travel, baggage and crowds
by: Alexis Flippin, Frommer’s Travel, from:

'Tis the season to be traveling, whether you're jetting off to far-flung places or taking a road trip to see family. Crowded airports and gridlocked roads — not to mention free-floating anxiety — can make holiday travel a headache. With our holiday travel tips, though, it doesn't have to be.

picture of Santa asleep on plane

These holiday travel tips will make your journey a breeze.

1. Avoid Flying at Peak Times
If your travel schedule is flexible, avoid flying on the busiest days of the season: the day before Thanksgiving and the two days immediately preceding and following Christmas and New Year's. Also, book flights at off-peak times, such as early morning. If at all possible, fly on the holiday itself, when airports have an almost empty, tumbleweed-blowing-in-the-desert feel.

2. Hit the Road With Technology by Your Side
Portable GPS navigators are wondrous things, providing the fastest and most direct routes to your destination — and voice auto-commands help keep your eyes on the road. Upgraded models offer real-time traffic information, but unless your car has built-in GPS capability, these can be pricey. A much more economical alternative — as infree — is Google Maps, available on most smartphones. It not only provides driving directions but also has color-coded lines indicating the severity of traffic ahead: green lines indicate good conditions, yellow means fair, and red or red/black signal poor conditions.

3. Travel Light
Don't be weighed down with packages. Order gifts online, and have them sent directly to the recipient, or mail your packages ahead of time. If you're a procrastinator, you can take advantage of the annual Free Shipping Day on December 17, when some 1,500 merchants guarantee free delivery by Christmas Eve. And, if you're flying, don't wrap the gifts you bring — airlines have the right to open any wrapped package.

4. Don't Check Your Bags
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are traditionally the busiest times to fly, which means the odds of losing your luggage rise exponentially with the increased air traffic. Not to mention the expense of paying $25 or more per bag. (Consider shipping your luggage ahead of time with these tips from AARP money expert Sid Kirchheimer.) Be on the safe side: carry on your luggage.

5. Take the Back Roads
Driving the interstates can be dull at any time, but holiday travel often adds big-time gridlock to the mix. If you have some time on your hands, why not leave the major highways behind, and hit the back roads for serendipitous pleasures? (These 7 iconic drives are some of the best in the U.S. any time of year.) Of all the holiday travel tips, this one will help you to focus on the joys of the season most of all.

5 Holiday Travel Tips from AARP