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From the Museum Director: August 2023

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Members and Supporters,

As the days grow shorter and the sun begins to set a little earlier, we find ourselves at that bittersweet moment of the year: the end of summer. The season of warmth, relaxation, and adventure is slowly winding down, leaving behind cherished memories of lazy beach days, vibrant sunsets, and carefree laughter. As the gentle breeze carries a hint of autumn’s approach, we are reminded that all good things must come to an end. Nearing the end of summer brings with it a unique blend of emotions. We reflect on the experiences we’ve had during these precious months, appreciating the moments of joy and the lessons learned. Whether we embarked on grand journeys or simply savored the small delights of everyday life, the summer has left an indelible mark on our hearts.

I am excited and happy to announce the Museum Board of Directors has selected the new director, Emily R. Bodsford. Emily hails from Richmond, Virginia; but, she insists she actually grew up on the docks of Deltaville, VA where she spent her youth sailing on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Environmental Science and Health. She has spent the last 9 plus years working for Lynnhaven River Now in a number of capacities. She currently resides in Chick’s Beach with her son. Please join me in welcoming Emily to the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum.

During the week of August 20-27. 2023 The East Coast Surfing Championship will celebrate its 61st production of this great event. On August 25, 26, and 27, 2023, we will host our local vendors outside on the grounds of the Historic deWitt Cottage. It might be a great opportunity for you to pick up that item you’ve been wanting at a low sale price. Please come and visit with us!

On Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at the deWitt Cottage, we will be hosting our quarterly general membership meeting. The social will start at 6:00pm and will include appetizers and beverage, the business meeting will start at 7:00pm. Following the business meeting we will hear from Art Leonard, Chairman of the Ward Foundation. Please put this meeting on your calendar now, you will not want to miss this meeting.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2023 the museum will host the Shriners with a wine and cheese reception on the grounds of the deWitt cottage to welcome them to Virginia Beach.

Save the date now for the return of our Annual Oyster Roast. This year’s event will take place Sunday, September 24th. Spend a beautiful fall day in the gardens, dancing to the music of the Tiki Bar Band, enjoying Beach Bully BBQ, local wine, beer, cocktails, and Eastern Shore Sewansecott oysters! Tickets are on sale now on Click Here to learn more and to purchase your tickets. Bring your family, friends, and colleagues. This is a major fundraiser for our organization and its success depends on you. I’ll see you there!

Also, save the date, Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at the deWitt Cottage, 1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA. This will be the date of our annual Christmas party. We will continue the tradition of “Pot Luck Supper”. There will be live music, beverages of all types, appetizers, and a silent auction with some fabulous items. Please plan to attend!

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