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7th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival (DATE CHANGE)

10/15/2016 - 10/15/2016
  • Day: Saturday
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Battlefield Park South
  • Recurrence:
  • Address: 120 Reservation Road, Chesapeake, VA 23320
  • Phone: (757) 482-4480
  • Admission: Free Admittance, Parking, and Shuttle Service
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The Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation (GBB&WHF) invites you to the 7th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival. Please note that this event has been rescheduled to October 15, 2016 due to inclement weather.

Located on the Intracoastal Waterways in Chesapeake, VA, the Waterways Heritage Festival is truly a rich celebration of Chesapeake's waterways and cultural heritage. Last year's festival hosted several guilds, exhibitors, and vendors from across the Commonwealth showcasing the skills, talents, and craftiness of people and their trades that have contributed to the establishment and development of this unique region. Exhibitors and vendors display, demonstrate, and sell handmade crafts including baked goods, basketry, beekeeping, doll making, fiber arts, fine art, fly fishing, fly tying, glassblowing, handbags, jams, jewelry, knitting, lamb cuisine, live music, living history and musket firing demonstrations, pottery, quilting, sewing, shaker boxes, sheep shearing, soap making, spinning, storytelling, weaving, wood-carving, and more.

The Waterways Heritage Festival features free admittance, parking, and shuttle service provided by Chesapeake Emergency Response Team and Fire Department. This year we are honored to feature world renowned Fly Fishing Legend Lefty Kreh on Saturday, October 8 and Virginia Coastal Fly Angler's (VCFA) joining us both days with Fly Fishing 101 and ongoing Fly Tying. 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!