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1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

President’s Message 11/28/20

I trust everyone had a wonderful and warm Halloween. This morning’s weather is quite a ways away from the 80 degrees we experienced yesterday. For me, November is the start to one of my favorite times of the year. It is a time for us to reflect and celebrate all we have in our lives to be thankful for.

I am thankful for another successful Barbecue and Oyster Roast on the cottage grounds. Once all numbers have been finalized, we anticipate that event raising north of $6,000 for our organization. This was made possible in large part through the generosity of our wonderful sponsors. The museum was bustling with activity throughout the day as old friends and new were able to experience our beloved cottage. Thanks to Lynn, our board volunteers, vendors, guild members, sponsors, guests, Shore Gallery at the de Witt Cottage, and all others that made the event a success. Mark your calendars; October 11, 2020 for our 5th annual Oyster Roast and 125th Anniversary Celebration of de Witt Cottage!

I am thankful for Lynn’s leadership, moving our organization into a new era. Lynn’s passion and love for carving, hunting, the de Witt family and their cottage, history in general, and his community are evident in every interaction. Martha Davenport has quickly established the cottage as a premier destination for weddings and special events in Virginia Beach. Her creative vision and attention to detail has enhanced our presence in the community. In addition to this presence, our “curb appeal” has elevated to premiere status through the hard work and dedication of Jacky Richards and other members of our garden club. The beautiful grounds surrounding the museum reflect the love and hard work that their caring hands have provided. Simply put, we are the most beautiful venue at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

I am thankful for our cravers who share their incredible talents with our guests who visit the museum and the many events which we showcase the museum. Thank you to Susan Moritz, Ed Morrison, Roy Carlson, Hank Grigolite, Pete Dipietro, Jamie Champe, Pete Taylor, John Mazach, and Al Brandtner.

I am thankful for our relationship with Shore Gallery at de Witt Cottage; Seaside Gifts and the enhancements made to the gift shop operations of the museum. Their proven record of success in Hampton Roads is evident through not only the design of their space but also the coastal themed items they offer, and the clientele they serve. I look forward to their Christmas open house, as well as pictures with Santa and his red pick-up on December 7th.

My cup runneth over; we all as friends of the de Witt Cottage, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, and Back Bay Wildfowl Guild have much to be thankful for. Each of you plays a vital role in our success and I thank you. I’m looking forward to celebrating more with everyone on December 3rd at our annual Christmas Party. As always, I welcome your questions, comments, and feedback.

Jason W. Seward