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1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

President’s Message 10/28/19

The start of October typically marks the end of the “tourist season” at our beloved oceanfront. With the closing of this season, we also start to see the “locals” reclaim what is rightfully theirs. October also signifies the harvest season, when farmers reap their harvest, hoping that their crop will provide to be abundant. I hope all of you had abundant summers and are ready for the winter ahead.

At the deWitt, we are ready for OYSTER SEASON! Our 4th Annual Fall BBQ Oyster Roast will take place on Sunday, October 13th from 1pm – 5pm at the cottage. We are looking to surpass the success of last year’s event, which proved to be a significant fundraising and “friend-raising” event for the museum. Tickets can be purchased at the museum, online at www.covatix.comn, or at the door the day of the event. Cost is $40 per person or $70 per couple. This year will, our friends from H.M. Terry will be providing those savory Sewansecott Oysters and The Beach Bully BBQ will be serving up the beef! Beer and wine selections from Back Bay Brewing and Williamsburg Winery, as well as our friends from Three Brothers’ Distillery with tastings of their Virginia crafted spirits. Enjoy music from the Tiki Bar Band, bid on an item in our silent auction, check out the museum, or visit our partners at Shore Gallery at the deWitt Cottage, plus much more.

On Saturday, October 26th we are fortunate to have world renown artist Mark McNair offer an intimate experience entitled “The Revelation of the Ruddy Decoy” at the deWitt. Mark will offer a lecture and demonstration of his creative process from start to finish of a “Holland Ruddy”. This experience is being limited to 12 tickets to enhance the experience. Tickets are $500 and can be purchased through the museum. The decoy will be raffled at the end of the day for one lucky attendee.

I would like to take an opportunity to thank Lynn Hightower for service and dedication to our organization. Beyond compiling newsletters  (and chasing me down for my message), daily operations of the museum, head fundraiser, and other director duties, what most people don’t see are the hours Lynn spends doing things outside the expectation to elevate our organization and moving the needle forward. Lynn is our backbone. In addition, I would like to thank Mrs. Martha Davenport for her many contributions in serving as special events coordinator for the cottage. As you will see, Martha is developing a robust schedule of special events that are sure to attract visitors, locals, families, carvers, collectors, and more. We are quickly becoming a premiere wedding destination for Virginia Beach and the “Bride’s Suite” located on the second floor is simply stunning.
Happy fall to everyone. As always, I thank you for your continued support and unwavering dedication. If you would like to get involved more, please contact Lynn for volunteer opportunities at various levels.

Jason W. Seward