Proposed tour offering number 1

Hampton Roads Art Immersion

You will hear brief, artist-approved, narratives on 30 works of art and their creators.

You will be guided on an insightfully coordinated routes in the ViBe Creative District of Virginia Beach and Norfolk's NEON District.

Mr. Frog- Sam Hundley

 The NEON Experience:

 

There are fresh, stoic and high-tech works of art thanks to our family of artists.

 

 Each artist has a story and each piece a spirit.

 Our two-mile explorations each take 2 hours to complete.

Where: Our tour begins in the ViBe District and concludes in Norfolk's NEON District. 

When: Spring and summer tours begin at noon or 4:00 pm. 

How to sign up: Click on the CHECK AVAILABILITY button, select date and click paypal icon.

Duration: We walk 2 miles in 2 hours in both cities, with travel time the tour is 5 hours.

What will we see?  We will encounter next-level and interactive pieces created in high tech mediums and classic street murals.

What will we hear?  You will hear brief, artist-approved, narratives on 26 works of art and their creators.    

 Every artist with a piece featured on our tour was provided with the narrative related to their respective works. Some responded with valuable feedback and others a kind nod. So what we will convey about the art is synced with the creator's visions and is genuine.

Collective Connectivity-Julia Rogers

Mr. Frog- Sam Hundley

The Chase- Ryan Lytle

Upper Blush- Matthew Geller

Ancient Freedom- Cedric Douglass

Happier TimesTroy Summerall

We can create what we imagine- Julia Rogers & Estaban Del Valle

                 

OXOXO- Jacob Eveland

The DanceAmelia Blair-Langford

ReachHeather Bryant 

Blue Skies- John Rudel

New Energy of NorfolkClay McGlamory & Richard Nickel

NFK-ARTS- Elliot Oddesso

Norfolk Nautical- Chris Soria and Misha Tyutyunik

Transparent Seas- Jason Levesque

 and 11 more

About your host, Mike: I have hosted over 700 tours and hikes in and around my hometown of Norfolk, It's been seven years exploring and sharing.

"Thanks to many contributors, large and small, Norfolk’s NEON District public art movement has enhanced the quality of our lives."​

Proposed tour offering number 2

Historical Tour of Hampton Roads

 

Get a glimpse inside Virginia Beach's most enduring landmark. Climb to the top of Americas FIRST public works project. Learn the history of the Cape Henry Lighthouse.

The 266-year-old beacon inspires amazement and pride. Guiding global commerce into the Chesapeake Bay since first lit in 1792.

Our outing includes admission to the lighthouse and a guided tour covering its commission, construction, and significance.


 

USS Gerald Ford exiting the Chesapeake Bay, viewed from the Cape Henry Lighthouse, 2016.

 Some of what you will hear about in Norfolk:

 

1680- 10,000 lbs of tobacco was paid for 50 acres that became the Town of Norfolk.

 

1754- On April 1st, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Robert Dinwiddie presented Norfolk with this silver ceremonial mace.

 

1900- Visionary Peter North drove the first car, a “steamer”, down Norfolk’s Main Street.

 

Points of interest on the in Norfolk:

The Norfolk Mace

Owen B. Pickette US Customs House

The Myers House

The Hunter House Museum

The Pagoda Garden and many more.

Our final stop is in the City of Hampton.

About your host, Mike: I have hosted over 700 tours and hikes in and around my hometown of Norfolk, It's been seven years exploring and sharing.

Emancipation Oak and the Freedom Fort

HISTORY HIKE

Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 pm

Emancipation Drive, Hampton

If you have never seen the Emancipation Oak or heard this part of the story of the African American people it's truly amazing.

The story of this tree and the "Freedom Fort", during our Civil War, conveys a courageous and resilient people who helped to forge our nation despite overwhelming obstacles. 

1861: With courage and bravery, the quest for freedom by Frank Baker, Sheppard Mallory, and James Townsend led to the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the fate of millions of African Americans.

Artists rendition of Baker, Townsend, and Mallory seeking asylum from Union General Benjamin Butler in 1861.

2010: The first African American United States President Barack Obama recalls Mary Smith Peake in his commencement speech at Hampton University.

 "There, beneath its branches by what was then a Union garrison, about twenty students gathered on September 17, 1861, taught by a free citizen in defiance of Virginia law, the students were escaped slaves prior nearby plantations who had fled to the fort, seeking asylum.”