Friday, March 28, 2008

April Events going on Around Barclay Cottage B&B

April is NOT all about the flowers! Some upcoming events

April 3 - Opening Day Norfolk Tides AAA Baseball Team plays the Buffalo Bisons

April 11-12 Judo Senior National Championships VirginiaBeach Convention Center

April 14-19 International Azalea Festival featuring Golf, Gardens, Parades and NATO events, with this year's honored country the Netherlands.

April 18-20 Spring Craft Show Virginia Beach Convention Center

April 18-20 Virginia International Tattoo Military music and events, pipers, acrobats, etc.

Saturday, April 19 Skirt Women's Show Virginia Beach Convention Center

Saturday and Sunday April 19-20 Southeast Gun and Knife Show Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Wednesday and Thursday April 23 and 24 14 beautiful gardens and homes may be viewed as Virginia Beach's contribution to Historic Garden Week in Virginia. Eight private residences and six historic homes/museums will be open for touring included in the ticket price of $25.00 Check out all the details at :

Saturday April 26 Cruizin' Virginia Beach Auto and Motorcycle Super Show - Check out all the cars and bikes set up for viewing along the 3 mile Boardwalk.

April 24-27 Smokey Joe's Cafe - Broadway comes to the Beach! Sandler Center for the Arts

These are just some of the events in the area. Call for additional infomation

Friday, March 14, 2008

Barclay Cottage Runners in Shamrock Marathon

This weekend is the Viirginia Beach Shamrock Marathon on March 15 and 16. The race was started in 1973 and many world records have been set during the years. An 8K race is scheduled for Saturday and the 1/2 and full marathons are to be run on Sunday. There are also races for walkers, wheelchairs, and children. Special awards are provided for those entering both the 8K and 1/2 or full marathons and there is a Military Cup and children who have run 25.2 miles at home or school will run the Operation Smile Last Mile. A separate category for team participants is always fun and often runners turn out in some outlandish costumes.

All proceeds of entry fees are donated to various charities including: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training; Operation Smile; The Virginian Pilot Joy Fund providing holiday gifts to needy children; Preston's March for Energy of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation; Mike McGreevy Memorial Scholarship Fund founded in memory of a local Navy Seal killed in Afganistan in 2005; and Soles 4 Souls a worldwide organization that donates footwear to those in need. Various sponsors provide participants with water and energy lifts during the race, and food and beer at the finish.

One guest of Barclay Cottage B&B is running in the 8K on Saturday, and on Sunday five guests are running the 1/2 Marathon and two are running the full Marathon. The innkeepers cheer on their guests, take pictures of them during the race and provide printouts of their official times as soon as results are posted on line. The pictures and times make for interesting discussion during the runners' Mimosa brunch in the Barclay Cottage Great Room after the races.


Steve and Marie-Louise LaFond
Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Virginia Beach, Virginia