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September 5, 2011

Event Schedule for This Week on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront.......

Friday, September 9, 2011: 5pm-9pm; TGIF: TowneBank Fountain Park
Start your weekend off right at Norfolk's largest outdoor waterfront party in TowneBank Fountain Park.  Catch the sun setting over the Elizabeth River with friends and family, sip on a cold drink, grab a bite to eat, and jam out to FREE live music from local favorites from all over Hampton Roads.  Omar's Fountain Café offers a full bar and a freshly prepared menu.
Listen to LIVE Music by Lewis McGehee
Free & Open to the Public

Saturday, September 10, 2011: 6pm-8pm; Park Opens at 4pm; 3rd Annual Opera in the Park Concert: Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Join us in Town Point Park as the sun sparkles over the waterfront and the stars of the Virginia Opera fill the air with beautiful music. Concert goers are invited to arrive early at 4pm for family friendly fun & activities. The 3rd Annual Opera in the Park Concert is free and everyone is welcome!
New for 2011, the 3rd Annual Opera in the Park Concert features a family friendly activities area where kids of all ages can join in the fun from 4pm-6pm.
•         Enjoy  a special performance by Virginia Children's Chorus at 4:30pm.
•     Explore Virginia Opera's four productions for the 2011-2012 season through larger-than-life interactive displays.
•     Learn more about opera, meet directors, singers, and the amazing individuals that make opera happen.
•     Visit the Opera's behind-the-scenes exhibits and the opportunity to capture the best seats on the lawn.
•     Enjoy face painting and other interactive programs conducted by Virginia Symphony, Norfolk Public Library, Virginia Opera, Salem High School, and Soundscapes who are all participating and adding to the fun.
At 6pm the curtains will rise and the melodious sounds of the Virginia Opera will take center stage as beautiful music fills the air along the Elizabeth River. The concert will feature Virginia Opera singers including; soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams, mezzo-soprano Jeniece Golbourne, tenor Gustavo Lopez Manzitti, and other talented singers from Virginia Opera's production of Verdi's AIDA, thirty-six Virginia Opera Choristers and as many as thirty-eight Choristers from The Governor's School of the Arts. The concert will include the world's most popular music ever composed; from Broadway melodies to breathtaking opera arias and ensembles.
Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, September 11, 2011: Ceremony begins at 8:30am and continues throughout the day; September 11th Healing and Remembrance Ceremony;  Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
To mark the 10th anniversary and offer residents a time for reflection, the City of Norfolk is hosting an all-day Healing and Remembrance Ceremony.  Join us as we honor those who died, the heroes who responded and the military who continues the fight to this day.
Beginning at 8:30am in Town Point Park, watch as a flag-filled procession of honor including law enforcement, veterans, community and military honor guards move towards the waterfront, lined with the U.S. military, first responder and maritime vessels and vehicles.   
Four moments of silence will be interlaced with the names of the nearly three thousand people who died that day.  Norfolk residents affected by the tragedy have volunteered their voices for the readings which will also include the names of the sailors who perished on the USS Cole.
Local choirs and the Tidewater Pipes and Drums will fill the park with music throughout the ceremony and members of the public will receive a flower to place at the circle of flags following the ceremony.
The public is invited throughout the day until sunset for personal reflection and enjoy the free Virginia Symphony Sunset Concert "America the Beautiful" at 7pm.
Free & Open to the Public
 
On Deck for Next Week on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront.......
Friday, September 16, 2011: 5pm-9pm; TGIF: TowneBank Fountain Park
Start your weekend off right at Norfolk's largest outdoor waterfront party in TowneBank Fountain Park.  Catch the sun setting over the Elizabeth River with friends and family, sip on a cold drink, grab a bite to eat, and jam out to FREE live music from local favorites from all over Hampton Roads.  Omar's Fountain Café offers a full bar and a freshly prepared menu.
Listen to LIVE Music by Jonathan Rieger and Landon Tucker
Free & Open to the Public

Saturday, September 17, 2011: Noon-4pm;  4th Annual Books in the Park:  TowneBank Fountain Park
Norfolk Festevents in partnership with Barnes and Noble at Tidewater Community College (BNTCC) bring you the 4th Annual Books in the Park on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from noon- 4 pm, in TowneBank Fountain Park at Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. The beloved yearly festival celebrates the joys of books and the wonders of reading.  The 4th Annual Books in the Park will spotlight authors, crafters, local businesses, and entertainers to bring a one-of-a-kind event experience to people of all ages.  Whether you have a little one just starting to learn to read or if you are an avid reader, there is something for everyone in the family to do and see. The festival is Free and everyone is welcome.
Free & Open to the Public

Saturday, September 17, 2011: Noon-10pm;  6th Annual AT&T Acoustic Music Festival; Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
The 6th Annual AT&T Acoustic Music Festival embraces the music of local, regional and national artists on three stages along the Elizabeth River while offering local crafters and artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their own talents. In its 6th year, the AT&T Acoustic Music Festival has become one of the most popular events in the region for local music lovers as well as a valuable opportunity for musicians to be discovered by local promoters and agents. Local music organizations will be on site to promote their upcoming events and membership, including Natchel’ Blues Network and Tidewater Arts Outreach.
Free & Open to the Public
 
Sunday, September 18, 2011: Noon-4pm; The 6th Annual Mid Autumn Moon Festival :TowneBank Fountain Park
The 6th Annual Mid Autumn Moon Festival celebrates a tradition dating back thousands of years in many Asian countries honoring a good harvest, youth, families, and community! The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is often compared to America's Thanksgiving tradition, and is a time honored Asian holiday that marks the end of the summer harvest. 
This festival incorporates a wide range of entertainment and programs that include storytelling, authentic Asian Ceremonial fashion shows, ribbon and dragon dancing, martial arts demonstrations, children's activities, musical and dance performances, children's lantern parade, and special appearances by the Moon Goddess.
This event is produced in partnership with Friends of Pagoda, Oriental Garden Foundation and Local Chinese Organizations
Free & Open to the Public

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