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Getting Patriotic in COVA

Memorial Day is almost here, and COVA has plenty of ways to celebrate. Parades, festivals, and special Military discounts! Here are 4 ways to get patriotic in COVA: Portsmouth   A Portsmouth tradition since 1884, the annual Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and Portsmouth’s proud military heritage.  Enjoy floats, marching bands and lots of excitement.  The parade begins at 10:00

Windsor Castle Parks’ Kayak & Paddleboard Outfitters now open for the season!

Windsor Castle Park’s Outfitter is now open every Saturday & Sunday through October 1st from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Last rentals out at 5 p.m.). Reservations are not required but are suggested. There are three ways to make reservations: Via email to, Online at, Or call 757.359.0846 (Phone reservations available on Saturdays and Sundays only). Single Kayaks and Paddleboards are $10 per hour. Tandem (2 person) kayaks are $20 per person. Rental fee includes paddles and

Cova’s Best Burger Joints

National Burger Day is May 28th, so sit back and sink your teeth into one of these delicious local burgers right here in COVA. Here are two mouth-watering spots to celebrate National Burger Day: Smithfield Of course the award-winning IBX (Inner Banks) Bar at the Smithfield Station (named the 2916 Best Dockside Bar & Grill by Chesapeake Bay Magazine) serves up an award-winning hamburger! Most of the items on the bar’s menu are under

Spring Farmers Markets

Spring is in the air and that means fresh produce, local cheese, eggs, and meat. Bring the whole family along to these Farmers Markets in COVA! Here are 5 Farmers Markets you have to check out this Spring: Williamsburg  Enjoy the heart of Williamsburg in Merchants Square while shopping in the Farmer’s Markets for spring produce, prepared food, fish, artisan cheeses, meats, pasta, cut flowers, and handmade soaps! The market includes live music and

Celebrating Arts & Music in COVA

Calling all art and music lovers! Check out all these fun events going on throughout May in COVA, and don’t forget the Virginia Arts Festival! Here are 5 ways to celebrate music and arts in COVA: Virginia Beach  The family-friendly Sonrise Music Festival, at Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront Resort Beach, will come alive with the sounds of Alternative music May 28-30. Held at the 31st Street Neptune Park, the event will feature Christian artists offering a

A Spa-Like Experience

          Meet Shaen and Rich Goetsch, owners of Perfectly Natural Soap® May 2017     Of course, the shop Perfectly Natural Soap® smells like heaven – a clean, fresh scent, like freshly laundered linens that have hung outside to dry in the sun. You would expect that. Of course, the gorgeous displays and products draw you in. But what you might not be expecting is that these products are like little

Handmade for Mom: Gifts for Mother’s Day

Smithfield Handmade article Victorias Rose Chalk Painting Class
Mother’s day is just around the corner! Celebrate by giving your mom something one-of-a-kind. Here are 5 ways to create a unique Mother’s Day gift in COVA: Smithfield Create a chalk paint masterpiece for Mom! The charming shop Victoria’s Rose, located in the heart of downtown Smithfield will offer a Dixie Belle Chalk Paint Class on Saturday, May 13 from 9 until 11 a.m. This will be an introductory class where attendees will learn

Darden’s Country Store & Smokehouse – a rich culinary tradition & a way of life

Meet Dee Dee & Tommy Darden  ​ April 2017 (Source:  “Not too many people do what we do anymore,” says Dee Dee Darden. “Farming, running the little store, doing the hams, it’s a way of life here – independence, working with family and friends, getting involved in the community, preserving what we have for the future. If you ask Dee Dee’s husband of 32 years, Tommy what the best part of this life is, he’ll tell

Smithfield’s Country Vintage Market & Sidewalk Sale – this weekend

Grab your flip flops and get outside this weekend as Smithfield celebrates Spring with some several very special events. Join us for Smithfield Farmers Market’s Country Vintage Market at the Isle of Wight County Fairgrounds this Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23. The market will be open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. & on Sunday from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. The Spring Vintage Market will be held this year at a NEW LOCATION – the Joel

Smithfield Farmers Market Season begins this Saturday

Smithfield Farmers Market season opens THIS SATURDAY, April 1st and runs weekly through October. The market is open from 9 a.m. until noon each Saturday, with specialty markets throughout the year open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The market is held in the The Bank of Southside Virginia parking lot on Main Street in downtown Smithfield. Named one of the “101 Best Farmers Markets in America” by, Smithfield’s popular market offers tasty foods, baked