Wednesday, September 30, 2009

NEPTUNE FESTIVAL BOARDWALK WEEKEND

Barclay Cottage had a full house this past weekend. Guests enjoyed cooler weather and strong ocean breezes as they played in the water, goofed off at the beach, and took in the sights and sounds of Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend. Our location at 16th Street let our guests walk a couple of blocks to be right in the middle of the Boardwalk activities. After taking in the festivities, they returned to the Cottage for a little peace and tranquility before heading out to dinner at one of our fine locally owned restaurants.

Boardwalk Weekend is the final event of Neptune Festival which consists of year round activities which raise money for several local and national charities. In March, a prominent business person is elected "King Neptune" who is surrounded by his court of "Tridents", similarly elected from the business community. The results are announced and the honors bestowed at a Gala held for the purpose. May brings: Spring Wine Tasting at the Oceanfront; an Art and Wine festival at Towne Center; and the Neptune Golf Tournament. In April, the Neptune Tennis Tournament is held, and then Neptune and his Tridents knock off for vacation until September when there is a flurry of activities.

The early part of September features: "Endless Summer Beach Bash" with dancing under the stars at the Cavalier Beach Club; followed the next weekend with a Seniors' Gala and Fall Wine Tasting at the Hilton and 31st St. Park; then the Sandman Triathlon is held at the 24th Street Park.

Boardwalk Weekend, which falls on the last weekend of September, has many activities. The North American Sandsculpting competition is held which brings artists from all over the world to compete for a top prize of $9,000. (Yes, there are Professional Sandsculptors!)

Zen Garden & Sculptors - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Dancing with the Stars

The Atlantic Regatta pits many different types of sailboats in a handicapped race along the shore from Cape Henry to Rudee Inlet. Sand Soccer and Beach Volleyball Tournaments and the Neptune Surfing Classic all take place on the beach from Rudee Inlet to 10th Street, and the Neptune 8K/5K foot races start and finish at the 24th Street Park providing hours of excitement for participants and spectators.


Racing sailboats & Surfer in wave - - - - - - - - - - - -Beach Volleyball


Daughter Danielle, Tim & kids - - - - - - - - - - - - Hometown Hereos Float

A Grand Parade is held Saturday morning on Atlantic Avenue from 16th Street to 40th Street led by King Neptune and his court, and features floats, marching bands, military units, service organizations, and plenty of clowns, and characters.
NOT a Marching Band! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Band - Marching Type

The largest draw is the Boarwalk, itself, where artists, craftspersons, food vendors, and carneys provide two miles of booths to sample, enjoy, and purchase fine art, jewelry, or kitsch. The juried arts and crafts show was located from 16th to 33rd Streets and the carnival rides and games were from 16th Street to Rudee Inlet. Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast is pleased to support the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia , which runs the art show portion of the weekend.



One of many artists' booths - - - - - - - - - - - -- - Food Vendors, too!




- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -The OBLIGATORY Corn Dog! - - - - - - - - - - -

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Virginia Beach Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon once again came to Virginia Beach over Labor Day Weekend.

On Sunday, September 6, over 20,000 ran/walked/rolled from our Convention Center south along Pacific Avenue, over the Rudy Inlet Bridge to General Booth Boulevard, through Camp Pendalton and the surrounding area, and finished on the Boardwalk at 13th Street.

We welcomed back 5 rooms of runners and supporters (Dan, Pat & Meg) - all knew one another from previous visits - and had a wonderful weekend, with glorious weather. Of course, the American Music Festival also took place this weekend, and the stages at 7th, 17th, 24th, and 31st Streets along the Boardwalk featured free concerts of Blues, Rock n Roll, and Beach music every night. The Main Stage was set up on the beach at 5th Street, where "Boyz to Men" , "Heart", and "The Black Crows" were the headliners. There were fireworks on Saturday and Sunday nights, and Beach Street USA (free street entertainment along Atlantic Avenue) completed its final nights of 2009.



As usual, we served a 5:00 am wake up of bagels, bananas, other fruit and fruit juices, coffee and tea to help our crew "carb up" and load some potassium to ward off muscle cramps. Steve took pictures of the race and returned to the Cottage to print the pictures and download official times with splits/pace/etc. for each of our runners. After everyone returned, a big brunch with mimosas was served and everyone told race stories and shared the pictures.


BARCLAY COTTAGE RUNNERS :
MARSHALL 1st 1/2 Marathon

MOLLY - HER FIRST RACE! Just took up running 9mos ago


SORITA & MICHAEL (NEWLYWEDS!)
LESLIE

BROOKE (5:00 AM before race - note bird!)


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