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OpSail 2012

By boats, events, norfolk 4 Comments

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Once every six to twelve years, OpSail comes along to celebrate a special occasion, and what with this year being the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner, Hampton Roads welcomed ships from around the world into its ports for 12 days this June. It was all-out nautical extravaganza in downtown Norfolk a few Saturdays ago with tall ships from all over the world moored next to Waterside and Nauticus, flying colorful flags, and just looking plain awesome.

Many of these photos were taken aboard the Spanish ship Juan Sebastian Elcano — a four-masted topsail, steel-hulled schooner built in 1927. She is a training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy, and at 370 feet long, she is the third-largest tall ship in the world. And drop dead gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

OpSail has been making its way up the Eastern seaboard these last few weeks, and if you happen to be in the area, you can still catch the event in Boston from June 30 through July 5 and/or in New London, Connecticut from July 6 through 8. These magnificent ships from around the world are quite a sight to see, and they only come around once every several years.

This year marks the sixth OpSail event since the very first one, which was held as a tie-in with the New York World’s Fair in 1964. The last time OpSail came through Norfolk was in the year 2000, and while I didn’t live here yet, I was lucky enough to be in town for a few days visiting a friend, and I’ll never forget how fabulous the fireworks were. =)

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Oh, Say Can You See

By airplanes/airports, concerts, events, jet noise, life's a beach, navy, partying like a rock star, virginia beach 3 Comments

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Last weekend, Virginia Beach launched 2012’s series of summer events with the Patriotic Festival — a three-day celebration of our nation’s military featuring concerts on the beach, vendors along the boardwalk, and air shows over the Atlantic Ocean.

Last weekend was nothing short of amazing. I’ve seen air shows before, but never two days in a row over the ocean. =) On Saturday, I managed to finagle an invite from Heather to Sky Bar, which had to have been one of the best vantage points for snapping photos of the Blue Angels as they soared south past the Hilton towards the demonstration area over and over during their performance. Saturday night, J and I leisurely walked up and down the boardwalk, dodging the occasional rain drop and listening to the sounds of Steel Pulse coming from the stage on the sand at 5th Street. Sunday was another perfect beach day, and we biked to the Oceanfront to watch the Blue Angels again — this time at the water’s edge.

This year’s Patriotic Festival also kicked off 12 days of OpSail 2012 Virginia, which coincides this weekend with Norfolk’s annual Harborfest and the bicentennial of the War of 1812. I told you it was going to be a busy summer. =)

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The Wedding

By events, partying like a rock star 4 Comments

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It seems like we’ve been planning and preparing and counting down the days until Tina and Harrison’s wedding for almost a year and half, and now that it’s over, I wish we could just go back and do it all over again. From a bachelorette weekend in Atlantic City to a shower in Richmond and a rehearsal dinner in Croatan, each event leading up to the big day has been even more fun than the last, and I’ve had a blast getting to know so many of Tina’s friends and family members over these last few months.

To Tina and JoAnn, I’m so flattered that you trusted me to be the day-of coordinator and bring your vision to life. To Tina and Harrison, I wish you endless happiness and a fabulous honeymoon in St. John. To all of you ladies I’ve gotten to know over the last few months, I hope you’ll keep in touch! And to whoever controls the weather, thank you for the perfect weekend. It was everything we could have hoped for and more.

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