September 28, 2008

Retirement is No Pipe Dream

James E. Derr has announced his "Last Organ Recital" at Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court St., at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Derr will retire as the church organist and choirmaster following the 11 a.m. service at Trinity on Nov. 2.

Before he goes, however, he'll shake the rafters of the historic church with the annual Gothic Halloween Recitals during the Olde Towne Ghostwalk on Oct. 24. The walk begins at Trinity's graveyard and recitals begin 45 minutes before walks scheduled at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Seafood Outing gets another chance on Oct. 15

The 55th annual Seafood Outing of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce was canceled for this past Thursday because of forecasts of inclement weather .

It has been rescheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15.

But only the day and time have been changed. It'll still be held at the Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College, 7000 College Drive, just over the Suffolk city line. Roger Brown's Restaurant and Sports Bar will serve seafood, barbecue and chicken wings. Beer will be plentiful. And the Island Boy Band will play.

Started by the old Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce in 1953, it is a favorite regional party. Tickets are $30 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers. Call Lisa Johnson at the Portsmouth Chamber office, 664-2561.

House party David and Mary Hester will celebrate the 200th birthday of their house at 220 North St. this afternoon.

They recently sent out invitations to neighbors to come for a cake-cutting and blessing of the house at 1:15 p.m.

Boom news "50+: The Next Big Downtown Housing and Retail Market" will be a topic at a conference of the Virginia Downtown Development Association in Portsmouth, Wednesday through Friday.

Managers, planners, economic development professionals, preservationists and other downtown stakeholders will receive information on how to prepare their communities for the oncoming boom of baby boomers.

At the meeting, Portsmouth will receive awards of excellence for the Path of History throughout the downtown area and also for Fort Nelson Park at Crawford Parkway and Effingham Street.

For more information about the conference contact [email protected] or call Landon Wellford at the city's Planning Department, 393-8836.

Eat and help Another chance to eat out and raise money for a good project is scheduled for Tuesday at Roger Brown's Restaurant and Sports Bar, 316 High St.

Part of the sale proceeds from 5 to 10 p.m. will be donated to the Portsmouth Self-Sufficiency Project, a coalition of five local agencies offering training and housing for persons motivated to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Call 397-5424.

World connection Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene will join with 18,000 Nazarene congregations in 151 locations around the world on Oct. 5 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the denomination.

The celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue with a concert a 2 p.m. by New Journey.

The Portsmouth church, established in 1942, is located at 2512 Barclay Ave. Ken Rice is the pastor. For information, call 646-6863 or e-mail [email protected] .

New connection Just in time for the 27th annual Olde Towne Ghostwalk, scheduled for Oct. 24, the Olde Towne Civic League has added a special telephone line for all of the league's events.

For information about any Olde Towne events, call 234-1416.

Ida Kay Jordan, 399-3845

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