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President’s Message: October

President's Message

Greetings to all!

We have a number of events coming as shown below which, I hope you will attend. I also want to pass along a congratulatory note to our expert volunteers who have made our gardens beautiful.

For the past 4 years, Jacky Richards, Martha Davenport and the deWitt Cottage Garden Club have earned Awards of Merit from the Virginia Beach Council of Garden Clubs for their efforts in maintaining and beautifying the deWitt Gardens, and now they have done it again. Five years in a row! Congratulations ladies.

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, we hosted our first general membership meeting since before the pandemic. We had about 25 people attend and we had an old favorite guest speaker, Billy Crockett. The picture to the right is of Billy with Mark and Margie Cromwell and some of his carvings, Thank you to everyone who attended.

Get your tickets now for the return of our annual oyster roast. This year’s event will take place Sunday, October 16th. Spend a beautiful fall day in the gardens, enjoying cocktails, wine, beer, BBQ, Beef Brisket and Eastern Shore Sewansecott oysters! Sweet and salty these oysters are always a big hit! Then close out the afternoon dancing to the tunes of the Tiki Bar Band. Comprised of lead singer Billy Kendra and his partner Mike Binetti, their music is fun and energetic. Tickets available by clicking here, buy today to save $5 per ticket!

December 2, 2022 Kicks off our annual Gingerbread Extravaganza. Visit the museum to see gingerbread houses made by restaurants, businesses, bakeries, culinary students, and volunteers from around the city. It will be a sweet treat; I promise.

Our Christmas party this year will be at the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum in deWitt Cottage, December 6, 2022 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Come and revisit the museum, enjoy an evening of food, beverage and fellowship Everyone brings an hors d’oeuvres or desert. Come and enjoy an old fashion Christmas evening.

On December 10, 2022, Santa will be at the deWitt Cottage from 11:00am -2:00pm to allow you to take pictures with Santa Claus and his big red truck. There will also be several craft vendors present for your shopping pleasure.

On Saturday August 27, 2022, Jim Brockman our friend and member of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, suffered a devastating fire to his home and workshop. Jim was able to escape the fire but was unable to save anything else and at 75 years old he must now, in his words, “start over from scratch”. Sadly, he had no insurance. Our Director, Lynn Hightower, and Board Member Aimee Rhodes established a GOFUNDME Account for Jim. The picture on the left is of Lynn giving Jim the first of what we hope will be many checks. If you would like to help Jim, you can contribute at this Link: Fundraiser by Charles Hightower : Jim Brockman’s Recovery Fund. Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far.


Phil Davenport

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