Project Updates

Project 30:10 Mission: To provide a fresh perspective for both locals and newbies to the area alike with fair reviews of places of interest, festivals, eateries, historic points, and state parks in the Hampton Roads area and throughout the state of VA.

Hello new and past guests to Project 3010!  Be prepared for a return to the basics, possibly a brand new look, a new crew, and get ready for what could be a return to fun in the 757 area.  My motto: “Let’s take this outside!”

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Project 3,010 Days

Hello Crewmates!

So you might have wondered after searching for the last 20 reviews of the VA Fests, being since time has greatly passed since if you need a clear and candid review I’ll be more than glad to comment and share my thoughts on the event you’re most interested in attending!Also, you may be asking where did the crew go?  Well have no fear at all.  The team has been busy separately doing their own life projects and at the moment I have been consumed with my new PT job.  I’m excited as you can tell, but the new year brings a new beginning!

So what’s on the plate for the upcoming season?

Well we are challenging the team and their friends to come up with providing a fresh outlook on local hangouts , hotspots, and points of interest in the immediate 757 area (yup, our own backyard) and some areas that are through the state of VA!  I’m toying with the idea of doing a YT channel, we’ll see how that goes!?!

Til then take care and have a safe holidays and a beautiful new year!

With all the best in a new year of success!

The Project 30:10 Crew

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A Mission Completed and a New Season begins later in the year!

Dear Project 30:10 Supporters,

 

We want to take a moment amongst the bustle of the end of the year madness to say THANKS!  We are so glad you could follow us and read about our adventures that took us throughout the state to various festivals and local events!   I’m sorry to say that didn’t get to finish up the reviews and post up the event reviews, but that will be completed soon and unlike the previous 2 years, we will be doing a half year since next season’s events won’t need to be that spread out!  So stay tuned in the mean time, check out our FB page for photos of the events, and we’ll see you next year for Season 3 of Project 30:10.

Wishing you all the best no matter where the adventure takes you!

The Project 30:10 Team

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Greek Fest: Time to Dance!

[ 13 | May | 11; Fri]

Dear esteemed adventurer,

We are going to go a little bit out of the country to a little place where families are treasured, the dancing is around, and the desserts are sweeter than ever: Greek Fest

Here’s a rundown review of the event:

  • Annunciation 100th Anniversary

    Event Date(s) & Time: Friday, May 12-15, 2011; 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Event Location: Annunciation GreekOrthodox Cathedral7220 Granby St,Norfolk, VA 23505 Ph: (757) 440-0500
  • Event Description: Per website; The Greek Festival, Tidewater’s oldest and largest ethnic festival, will include the traditional Greek cuisine, exciting Greek entertainment, arts and crafts, beautiful jewelry, tours of the Cathedral, and the very popular Drive-Thru. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Cathedral’s Ministries as well as local community charities.
  • Fee Involved: No entry fee, but to purchase food and gifts prices may vary
  • Held Annually? Yes, May 17-May 20,2012
  • Event Crew Members who Attended: Isaac A
  • Areas Visited: Event Shelter and Food/Dessert Hall, and Agora Marketplace
  • Further Reading:[Greek Church Page] [Greek Fest FB Fan Page]

Event Experience: I’ve always heard about this event and there were a few being hosted in neighboring cities such as Newport News has a big event too as well, but since this event was held over a series of few days and longer times I thought it was worth the try.  Getting to the church was easy and wasn’t hard to find since sooo many people were walking there.  Walking up to the giant gazebo tent felt like you were walking into a family reunion.  There was laughter, dancing, children running about, and stories told all around.  The food smelled great and the event halls were filled with seats of hungry visitors.

I went beyond the main entree lines and went inside the smaller church and found a vendor that was selling handmade jewelry.  Beyond the entryway there was a larger area that had a buffet style of dessert with a laundry list of Greek desserts.  Some that looked more appetizing than the one before.  After standing in line for a few minutes you got up to the server who you told what you wanted and they explained/recommended options if you’d like and then you paid a take away bag.  By the exit doors there were smaller vendor stands.

Going beyond this area there was a marketplace and inside there were plenty of Greek items to display your Greek pride from necklaces, jewelry, flags, hats, whistles, wow just a lot of pride and the people in there were happy to serve you.  This made for a nice family style event surely great for all to enjoy and return time and time again.

* Exit the Event  & Return Home *

Event Website: Norfolk Greek Fest

Here’s what I thought of the event:

1. What was the best part? Watching the dancers and the grand hall where all of the desserts were laid out to pick and choose from!

2. What was the most unique?  The marketplace that was left to feel like you were in the streets shopping for bargains, nice atmosphere!

3. What would you commend to come back and see?  The dancing and try some more food, unfortunately when I went I came just for the dessert!

4. What would you leave out?  The long lines, but it was worth the wait!

5. What should someone know before going?  Be ready to try new desserts, parking is a battle so get ready to walk, and there are a lot of people celebrating!

Definitely Check out these things: the dessert buffet and the marketplace

If you liked what you read and would like to learn more and join us so you can be apart of the next adventures check out our VA Festivals Schedule and write us! No membership fee, just fun, laughter, and friendship!  Find out more info in our FAQ section and/or meet the crew at the Crew Members section.

Want to see more and stay on top of what we’re up to?  Join us on Facebook by clicking the profile badge to the right and “Like” us.  You can find out up to date news on our wall and  see pictures of what we experienced at each of the events in the photo albums section! So until then stay locked in, comment, subscribe, and join us next time for our next adventure on May 14-15th as we return to our state park roots and go to West VA and visit Blackwater Falls & Hawks Nest SP, Spruce Knob & Seneca Rocks Trail.

[Smashing plates over our head with delight!]

The Project 30:10 Crew

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Smokey the Bear Day: Backwoods Bonanza

[ 7 | May | 11; Sat]

Dear esteemed adventurer,

We are out to prevent the matches from flying and forests from burning with Smokey the Bear Day.

Here’s a rundown review of the event:

  • Event Date(s) & Time: Saturday, May 7, 2011; 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Event Location: First Landing SP 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451; Phone: (757) 412-2300
  • Event Description: Learn about forest fire prevention, protecting the wildlife, and see local parks and live animal demonstrations.
  • Fee Involved: No
  • Held Annually? Yes
  • Event Crew Members who Attended: Isaac A
  • Areas Visited: Event Shelter and The Cape Henry Trail
  • Further Reading:[Smokey the Bear's Page] [Smokey the Bear's FB Fan Page]

Event Experience: This was a neat and simple event day honoring Smokey the Bear’s advocacy for the prevention of forest fires.  At the event shelter there were booths that were available to display several things such as state parks like False Cape SP that had animal skeletons to touch and learn about, York River SP that has animal skins and track prints to identify, the Oyster Farming Organization, a station to try an electric bike demo, VB Outdoor Educators that showed line animals like owls and snakes and displayed some in cages. Smokey came out several times throughout the day for photo opportunities and there were also arts and crafts available for children to take home camp journals, nature stamped drawstring bags, or even smokey the bear story books.

* Exit the Event  & Return Home *

Event Website: None

Here’s what I thought of the event:

1. What was the best part?  I would have to say seeing Smokey the Bear and the children’s reaction when he came out and they were taking pictures with him.

2. What was the most unique? Getting to demo the two different styles of electric bikes.  I liked the dual switch ones that was manufactured for use.  The homemade style one was a bit more tough to ride, but either way it was neat to just rev up the electric power and zoom off with little effort. 

3. What would you commend to come back and see? The line animals, the electric bikes, and Smokey!

4. What would you leave out? The few crafts that were abandoned and left falling off the table into the leaves on the ground for clean up.

5. What should someone know before going? Be prepared to learn about the great outdoors and local VA state parks.

Definitely Check out these things: Weather appropriate attire and a love for the outdoors

If you liked what you read and would like to learn more and join us so you can be apart of the next adventures check out our VA Festivals Schedule and write us! No membership fee, just fun, laughter, and friendship!  Find out more info in our FAQ section and/or meet the crew at the Crew Members section.

Want to see more and stay on top of what we’re up to?  Join us on Facebook by clicking the profile badge to the right and “Like” us.  You can find out up to date news on our wall and  see pictures of what we experienced at each of the events in the photo albums section! So until then stay locked in, comment, subscribe, and join us next time for our next adventure on May 13th for the Greek Fest.

[Preventing one forest fire at a time]

The Project 30:10 Crew

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Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

[ 1 | May | 11; Sun]

Dear esteemed adventurer,

As spring blooms into a full view, we take a bite out of the season with the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

Here’s a rundown review of the event:

  • Event Date(s) & Time: Monday, April 25 – Sunday, May 1, 2011; Times varied from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. depending on event day
  • Event Location: Various Locations throughout Winchester, VA. Fest day we attended was at Jim Barnett Park, 1001 East Cork St
  • Event Description: Per the Fest website; A series of more than thirty events includes: band competitions, dances, parades, the Clyde Beatty – Cole Bros Circus, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, Firefighters’ events, and celebrities. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. The Festival is held in Winchester – Frederick County Virginia, in the beautiful and historic Northern Shenandoah Valley, just 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. A small city with a rural atmosphere, Winchester is within easy driving time from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA. Crowds in excess of 250,000 attend the Festival each year. Read the history here.
  • Fee Involved: Varies, entr was about $10 cash only accepted
  • Held Annually? Yes, April 27-M ay 26. 2012
  • Event Crew Members who Attended: Isaac A & Andy G
  • Areas Visited:Vendor Hall, Antique Show, Kid’s Play Area, & Carnival Midway Area

Event Experience: The day we arrived we stayed overnight at a local lodging area near the main downtown area in Winchester we will not name the place for now), but the hotel was quite aged with their butterscotch walls and their shifty security.  What got us was when we were grabbing our things from the car I decided to walk upstairs to cross the floor and walk back down to the bottom floor where we were at rather than walk around the main building. It was funny to see how one room had their door open and people were lounging in there like “what’s up” it was pretty odd.  The stay overnight was good and the next day we stopped for breakfast at Denny’s next door and saw the lobby decorated in the festival colors as they celebrated their Bacon plate meals – I had to get the cracked pepper bacon.  The service was pretty good, the people in there well let’s just say mulletfest could have been started and we were on our way to the fest.

We rode into town and parked in the downtown area and across the street I found the headquarters building which was open at the time.  We walked up the street and I got a stop at the Red Fox creamery to get some ice cream and wander up the walkway of shoppes and see the window decorations in honor of the fest.  After looking up the location of the park we walked several blocks to the park and found the crowds swarming to the entrance of the fest area.  We paid our way in and walked into the event hall that was filled with local vendors selling Blossom Fest merchandise, pet toys, vintage jewelry, lighthouse candle holders, food dip samples, and a variety of other neat things.

We walked out the exhibit hall to find to our immediate left a stage where live entertainment was going on and we turned right into the food court area and there were about 80+ tents filled with a tonload of vendors selling other unique items like glass bead jewelry (the lady there was quite personable and the staff were making new designs behind her at the craft table), fresh kettle korn being made by a family, metal designs to display on the wall, gel candles, and lots of neat things to gaze over.  At the end of the vendor tent area was a variety of antique cars, but by the time we got there the show was wrapping up so most of them were leaving.

I stopped to get some grilled corn and then we walked back out of the event vendor area to see that the entertainment was going hardcore “Ride Sally Ride!” although it was misty rain those Blossom Festers were dancing in good spirits and one old lady was just singing her hear t out under her umbrella from her lawn chair.  Awesomeness +10!   We then walked through the carnival area and walked over to the kids area where the were giving out free samples of water and snacks, much to our surprise that’s where we found a few high school students middle school maybe giving out the performance of their lives, it was epically amazing!  We stopped by the petting animal area and saw some bugs and a few farm animals andcalled it a day to return back to the car.

Being that we were ready to go bathroom call made it’s whistle and we stopped into Kay’s Antiques and the staff at the counter was very nice letting us know about some of the great antique shops that were in town.  She gave us the name of Past & Present antique shop and we stopped at the second store that they had in town.  We spent about an hour, but they had lots of great finds just to look over and some that made you wonder why would someone have it?  We finally ate at Thai Winchester Restaurant and had a good meal to finish off the day and finally make our way back home.

* Exit the Event  & Return Home*

Event Website: Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival | Facebook Page: Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival FB Fanpage

Here’s what we thought of the event:

1. What was the best part? The best part was the vendor hall and booths with all the unique artisan crafts and watching the live entertainment.

2. What was the most unique? The school play that they presented it was so random, but fun and entertaining from just a few kids trying to put on the most presentable Shakespearean play of MacBeth.

3. What would you commend to come back and see? The local shops dressed for the blossom fest, antique cars, the vendors, and the entertainment.

4. What would you leave out? The rain at the end of the day.

5. What should someone know before going? Bring money there will be lots of unique things to buy, but there isn’t many apple related products I was thinking there would be apple bobbing, apple pie eating, things like that, but I truly wasn’t sure what to expect!

Definitely Check out these things: Red Fox Creamery, Past & Present II Antique Shop, & Kay’s Furniture & Jewelry.

If you liked what you read and would like to learn more and join us so you can be apart of the next adventures check out our VA Festivals Schedule and write us! No membership fee, just fun, laughter, and friendship!  Find out more info in our FAQ section and/or meet the crew at the Crew Members section.

Want to see more and stay on top of what we’re up to?  Join us on Facebook by clicking the profile badge to the right and “Like” us.  You can find out up to date news on our wall and  see pictures of what we experienced at each of the events in the photo albums section! So until then stay locked in, comment, subscribe, and join us next time for our next adventure on May 7th as we help with the  Smokey the Bear Day held at First Landing SP.

[Picked from the tree of Isaac Newton..]

The Project 30:10 Crew

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