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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

September 2, 2015
Food Truck Hump Days on the Great Bridge Waterways
featuring Eat The Streets 757 - "You gotta eat, make it Crave-able!"
Battlefield Park: 1775 Historic Way, Chesapeake, VA 23320
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 4 PM - Dusk, April through October.

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October 10 & 11, 2015
6th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival

Battlefield Park South (120 Reservation Road),
Battlefield & Waterways Park (1775 Historic Way), and
Great Bridge Lock Park (100 Lock Road)
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Sat. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sun. 12:00 – 5:00 PM
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Event Locations & Shuttle Map

Please join us for our 6th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival October 10 & 11, 2015 (click here to view flyer). Located on the Intracoastal Waterways in Chesapeake, VA, the Waterways Heritage Festival is truly a rich celebration of Chesapeake’s waterways and cultural heritage. 

The event features free admittance, parking, and shuttle service provided by
Chesapeake Emergency Response Team and Fire Department.
Also this year, attendees will be able to enjoy free docent-led tours of historic Battlefield Park, the unique experience of traveling through the locks (weather permitting), and learning from Batteau and Canal Society members about the history of transportation through the liquid highways of yesteryear. Children can learn how to make cornhusk dolls from local girl scouts, and elementary and middle school students that participate in a Scavenger Hunt Quiz are entered in a raffle for a chance to win a pizza party for their classroom. Fun for the entire family... we hope that you join us!

2015 Guilds, Vendors, Exhibitors, & Entertainment
View Vendor, Guild, and Exhibitor Rules & Regulations & Application

Battlefield Park South
Historic Battlefield &
Waterways Park
Great Bridge Lock Park
Angels by Aimée
Annie Wade Band
Sun. 3 - 5 PM
Boat Tours through Locks
Annie Wade Band
Sat. 10 AM - 12 PM
Boat Tours through Locks
Chesapeake Bait & Tackle
(Net Casting Demos)
B. & B. Creations (Handbags)
Ed Jaworowski
(Fly Fishing Expert)
Barbara Bloom
(Pottery)
Civil War Encampment
Virginia Coastal Fly Angler's Club (Fly Fishing 101:
Sat. 10 AM & 2 PM; Sun. 2 PM)
(Fly Tying: ongoing)
Baskets by Lynn
Wild River Outfitters
Fly Fishing Kayak Display and Demos; TFO Rods; Fly Casting & Paddling Technique Lectures
Beaded Gypsy (Jewelry)
GBB&WHF Archaeology Dig for Children
Ongoing Activity
Bert Berry (Dulcimers)
GBB&WHF Artifacts
Boat Tours through Locks (Jim Canterbury's
Miss America)
GBB&WHF Docent-led Tours of Historic Interpretive Trail
Bonnie's Bread Basket
GBB&WHF Tree & Trail Tours
 
Hampton Roads Civil War Round Table
Knightingales & Gilson Glassblowers
Slate River Batteau
Tidewater Maritime Living History Assoc. (Cannon)
 
 
   
   
   
   
Edward Nock II
(Shaker Boxes)
   
Gum Tree Farm
(Sheep Shearing
Times TBA)
Hoop & Stick Activity for Children Ongoing
   
JenLiz Jewelry Creations
John's Bowls (Woodworking)
   
KEYS Advanced Strings
Sun. 2 - 2:45 PM
Mandel Maven (Biscotti)
   
   
Oscar Smith Strolling Strings
Sat. 2 - 3 PM (tentative)
   
Roses Ridge Farm
(Soap/ Skincare)
   
Sack Race Activity for Children Ongoing
TCC Visual Arts
(Blown Glass)
   
Tidewater Carvers & Whittlers
Tidewater Distaff Spinners
   
Tidewater Knitting Guild
   
   
   
   
Wildlife Response
   

We are always looking to include new talent! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, guild, or exhibitor or participating as a sponsor or volunteer for this fabulous event, please contact Cindy Mulkey at cindy@gbbattlefield.org or 757-482-4480. Please note that all vendor items must be handcrafted and heritage arts-related and all fiber arts must be 100% natural (no acrylic or nylon). Demonstrations and hands-on workshops are highly encouraged.
View Vendor, Guild, and Exhibitor Rules & Regulations & Application

This event benefits the Great Bridge Battlefield Waterways & History Foundation
and is paid for in part and made possible by our sponsors:

Atlantic Yacht Basin; Jim Canterbury; Chesapeake Fire Department and CERT;
Chesapeake Parks, Recreation & Tourism; Chesapeake Police Department; TowneBank;
Jo-Kell, Inc.; Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office; Stanton Partners; US Army Corps of Engineers; Beekeepers Guild of SE VA; Eure Site Solutions; Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast;
Great Bridge Woman's Club; Gum Tree Farm; Greg & Lin Olsen; Hickory Acres Farm; Homewood Suites by Hilton Chesapeake-Greenbrier; Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier; Virginia Coastal Fly Angler's Club; Virginia Cooperative Extension; Wild River Outfitters;
Zaugg Financial Group, Inc.; and others.


 

December 5, 2015
SAR/DAR Commemoration of Battle of Great Bridge

 

December 5 & 6, 2015
21st Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment

 

 

Past Events

20th Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment hosted by 
Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism
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View the 2014 Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment Album


4th Annual Commemoration by the NSSAR and the 
61st Annual Wreath Laying by the Great Bridge Chapter NSDAR.


View the 2014 SAR/DAR Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge Album

For the over 10,000 boaters who travel our Intracoastal Waterways yearly, we recently replaced our docking pier thanks in part to a generous donation from the Virginia Port Authority. View the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Album.



*Will return April 1, 2015*
This quickly became a “don't miss” community event! Exquisite cuisine offered by avarietyof mobile urban eateries that provide fresh quality food, prepared by talented chefs in Hampton Roads. Mark your calendars for next year and bring your family, chairs, and appetites to historic Battlefield Park for dinner and fun!!

 

 

The 5th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival featured two days of cultural heritage, fine arts, music, and more.
Please visit our Facebook page to view the many event pictures:
2014 Waterways Heritage Festival Album


 

 

The 7th Annual Valentine's Wine Tasting was an elegant and truly enjoyable evening. Special thanks to our host Domes Audio Video Enviroments, Rev & Evie Guill of Traditions Revolutionary Catering & Events, and Ian Honaker of Let's Talk Wine.

 



The 19th Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment featured re-enactments of two pivotal Revolutionary War battles: the Battle at Kemps Landing and the Battle of Great Bridge. The event also features Revolutionary War encampments, demonstrations, character portrayals, camp life, historical displays and lectures, skilled artisans demonstrating early American trades, and children's crafts and activities.

 

60th Annual Great Bridge NSDAR Wreath Laying &
3rd Annual National Society Sons of the American Revolution Celebration

 

 

Attendees were treated to an extraordinary evening with "Colonial Williamsburg’s Patrick Henry” at "TRADITIONS” Revolutionary Catering & Events December 6, 2013.

 

Even the rain did not put a damper on the 4th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival!  As one of the City of Chesapeake’s 50th Anniversary Signature Events, families gathered to learn about Chesapeake’s rich waterways heritage and the many skills, arts and crafts needed to survive and flourish during the 18th century. Families came out to enjoy the many vendors and artisans fromall different parts of the Commonwealth showcasing their traditional skill sets. This year the Foundation was honored to host two historic Batteaus on static displaywhile the Batteau and Canal Society members taught children the history of water transportation. Captain Jim Canterbury provided free boat rides through the locks, and docents provided guided tours of Battlefield Historic Park. The Chesapeake Fire Department, along with CERT, again provided our free shuttle service.  New this year was our Pink Fire Truck and Fire Boat for display and demonstrations. Children learned how to make cornhusk dolls from local girl scouts, and elementary and middle school students participated in a Scavenger Hunt Quiz to enter a raffle to win a pizza party for their classroom courtesy of Spaghetti Eddie’s. Those in attendance were entertained by Dulcimer expert Bert Berry; Charles Murla on the fiddle; Oscar Smith High School’s Strolling Strings, directed by their teacher musician Deanna Kringel; and the amazing Bob Zentz. Mark your calendar to join us at next year’s festival October 11 & 12, 2014!!

 

The 10th Annual Patriot’s Challenge Golf Tournament turned out to be another great event full of fun thanks to our great sponsors and volunteers. …They lined up, the musket fired, and they were off…

 

The 18th Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment was once again an amazing recreation of our history. The Reenactment itself was an enthralling portrayal of the thirty minute battle that played a critical role in the Revolutionary War and the subsequent creation of our great nation.
Also this weekend the SAR and DAR co-hosted the Battle of Great Bridge Celebration 2012 at Battlefield Historic Park.

 

There was much to celebrate in Chesapeake at the 3rd Annual Waterways Heritage Festival October 13th & 14th, 2012. Families joined together to participate and learn about the breathtaking intracoastal waterways and rich heritage. They enjoyed two days of cultural heritage fine arts, and music, and they were able to visit the many guilds and learn firsthand how things are made.

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Marked the 17th anniversary of the Reenactment of the Battles of Kemps Landing & Great Bridge. This annual event is held the first weekend in December.

 

 

 

The 2011 Waterways Heritage Festival was a great success! A celebration of the heritage arts, fine arts, and music, the festival brought together vendors and exhibitors from around the Commonwealth with trades varying from knitting to painting, and woodcarving to soapmaking.

 

 

On December 4, 2009 the City of Chesapeake, in partnership with Open Roads Consulting and the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation, honored an American hero, William "Billy" Flora with a street as a Dedication to Billy Flora. Billy Flora, a freed slave that fought on the side of the Patriots, is widely considered a hero of the Battle of Great Bridge.

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Special thanks to the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office & Sheriff John Newhart
for their lead sponsorship of our
2009 Great Bridge Waterways Festival on October 24, 2009!
We are so grateful for their continued support of our cause!

 

 

 

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Events

September 2nd
Food Truck Hump Days on the Great Bridge Waterways, 4 PM - Dusk, Battlefield Park

October 10 & 11, 2015
6th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival

Construction Progress

The construction of the Battlefield Historic Park & Visitor Center will assure that generations to come will be able to learn about the rich history of both the Battle of Great Bridge and the waterways of our region.

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