“Opening Weekend” at Paradise Ocean Club in Hampton

Warmer weather has finally arrived! What better way to celebrate than to enjoy great music by the bay? Friday, May 4th Slapnation will kick off Opening Weekend at Paradise Ocean Club.

Slapnation will take the stage at 6:30pm and rock the beach until 10:30pm. This highly popular band features nine of the most talented musicians around. You’ll enjoy an incredible four piece rhythm section, a three piece horn section and two outstanding vocalists.

Saturday, the celebration continues with a Cinco de Mayo party featuring live music. Brian Sewell will perform from 12pm-3pm and Aaron Firestone will take the stage from 3pm-7pm. Sunday, enjoy live music by Kevin Brinson and Snackbar Jones.

Paradise Ocean Club is your one-stop destination for summer fun and relaxation. The beach club offers full service catering, a private beach, Olympic-size pool, Tiki Bar, cabanas, a fast-serve food bar and a massive stage for local and national music.

Private cabanas are available for rent Monday-Friday (except Holidays) for $100. Weekend rentals are $250. Annual family memberships are available for $500 and single annual memberships are $250. Daily entry is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 18 and under. Membership discounts are offered for Fort Monroe residents and retired or active-duty military.

For detailed info on all of the summer fun, click here.

“Fall Festival of Folklife” in Newport News

The 44th Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife will be held on Saturday, October 7th & Sunday, October 8th, each day from 10am to 5pm. This family friendly event will take place in Newport News Park. The festival will feature over 150 exhibitors showcasing traditional crafts, heritage trade demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities, and food.

An exciting new addition to this year’s festival is the Virginia Beer and Cheer area featuring Virginia beers and ciders. New entertainment includes Latin Ballet of Virginia, Fado Nosso, The Rhythm of Ireland School of Dance, Drunken Weasels Border Morris, and Lady Beatricethe Gypsy Fortune Teller.

Don’t forget about all of the fabulous festival food! Enjoy options from seafood, barbeque, pork rinds, funnel cakes, and lots of other favorites.

For more info, visit nngov.com/820/Fall-Festival-of-Folklife.

“Sly Clyde Ciderworks” Coming to Hampton

More big news for the city of Hampton! The town of Phoebus is excited to welcome Hampton Roads’ first hard cidery. Two brothers with deep roots in the community plan to invest more than half a million dollars to open the cidery.

Tim and Doug Smith will launch Sly Clyde Ciderworks on 1.3 acres of family-owned property with plans to turn the two-story historic house next to the closed Smith Floragift building into a tasting room. There will also be a small apple orchard on the property.

The new establishment will create seven new jobs and purchase all of its apples from Virginia farmers. Sly Clyde Ciderworks plans to distribute their cider to restaurants throughout the region. The brothers are optimistic for a November opening.

For more info, visit Sly Clyde Facebook Page.

Alewerks Announces Second Location in Williamsburg

Big news in the city of Williamsburg! Alewerks Brewing Company is excited to announce a second location and satellite tasting room in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. The new venture will be an open-concept retail store and micro-brewing facility.

This location will offer visitors a completely new experience. Guests can sample the many craft beers Alewerks has to offer and learn about the brewery’s eleven year history and brewing process. The 3,000 square foot space will feature ten Alewerks beers on tap and more in bottles, high-top seating and a three barrel system for on-site brewing.

Fellas, now you can actually go shopping at the outlets and have something fun to do. The new location is scheduled to open later this summer.

For more info, visit alewerks.com.

“Revolution Golf and Grille” Coming to Williamsburg

A virtual reality revolution will be coming to Williamsburg on Memorial Day Weekend. Coming soon to The Shops at High Street, this one of a kind sports bar will feature Virginia’s first indoor high-definition golf center with six simulation golf bays which will be built into the grille. The bays will allow guests to play nine or eighteen holes at digital courses from 26 world-class golf resorts, including Pebble Beach.

The grille will feature steak, seafood, burgers, and wraps along with appetizers that are tailored specifically to bars. A variety of beer, wine, and cocktails will also be available to enjoy. All levels are welcome, novice to professional.

Revolution Golf and Grille is locally owned and operated by longtime friends and Air Force veterans Jim Hartney, Jeff Leeper, and Ken Terry who all share a passion for good food and great golf.

For more info and further details, visit revolutiongolfandgrille.com.

“Escape Rooms” Coming to Newport News

Start gathering your fun friends now for the two new “Escape Rooms” heading to the Peninsula. The ‘Lock In’ plans to open October 7th next to Wine & Design in City Center. The puzzle-style, clue-solving, social game provides a very different experience for this area. Groups of two to eight people will try to solve clues to escape from a room. (Participants are never actually locked in). The Lock In plans to have five rooms in the 1,564 sqft building. One room will change every six months, and as we get closer to Halloween, two of the rooms will become scary with live actors. Themes include an insane asylum, house of horror, mad science, jail and granny’s attic.

The other escape room coming to Village Square at Kiln Creek is called ‘Escape Newport News’. With plans to open by Thanksgiving weekend, this 2,000 sqft space will also have five rooms. This one will feature one room for kids with an underwater adventure. The owner hopes to have a niche for team-building. He would like to incorporate the escape room experience for a full-day of training for clients who are interested.

They both sound like a lot of fun, and we can’t wait to try them out!

Ironclad Distillery Plans for Tasting Room and More – Newport News

From the moment you approach this beautifully rustic building, you’re greeted with a very warm welcome and a great sense of comfort.

Exterior sign of Ironclad Distillery Co; 124 23rd St. Newport News, VA 23607

Located on the James River at the very end of Downtown Newport News, The Ironclad Distillery is definitely something to look forward to. We had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Kara King, who has an undeniable pride and appreciation for the fine craft of bourbon. Along with her brother Owen (the bourbon brain), these two are on a mission to create and distribute a four-grain bourbon from the great city of Newport News.

Ironclad’s Barrel Room, currently located on first floor.

With 3-stories and 30,000 sqft of the historic brick structure, Ironclad has some stellar plans in place. The first floor will feature a Tasting Room with the feel of an old-school gentleman’s sitting room. The King’s already have the plans and some of the furnishings for the Tasting Room. They have pending proposal’s with the city and hope to have it ready for patrons later this year or early 2017.

The second floor will be utilized for special events, creating an awesome ambience for anything from corporate events to a pop-up art gallery. Because the Virginia heat is crucial in opening the oak barrels that age the bourbon, there are talks of the third floor being reserved for storing barrels.

Inside front entrance of Ironclad; future Tasting Room

Ironclad is partnering with Anderson’s Showplace in order to create the “Cocktail Garden,” a specifically dedicated area out-back where you can enjoy a hand-crafted bourbon concoction. In the garden, you will be able to find an array of herbs and spices that will be used to enhance the cocktails along with outside seating. Mixologist Robert Gregory of Fin Seafood is assisting to develop incredibly enticing cocktails that will be served.

A really cool feature is the Barreltag Program. Each and every bottle of Ironclad has a carefully hand-written barrel number on the label. You can register the barrel number at www.ironcladdistillery.com and follow the barrel’s journey after it helped produce the bourbon from your specific bottle. Destinations can range from a cidery, to a brewery, or even made into furniture or home decor. In any case, you will receive an email informing you of your barrel’s voyage. Some of the very first barrels are currently being used to create a Porter beer at Oozlefinch, a brewery located in Hampton.

Ironclad Bourbon is now being sold in your local ABC stores in Newport News, soon to hit shelves in about 40 others any day now. We look forward to the official grand opening date later this year or early next!

To stay updated on Ironclad, be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Peninsula Restaurateurs to Buy Six Bistro in Hampton

Well, they’re at it again! Deadrise, Kismet owners will takeover Six Little Bar Bistro in Phoebus. The new owners say they will close Six in about a month and reopen a completely new restaurant in the next two months. This time, it’s a bit of a change for the trio. ‘El Diablo Loco’ will open with a “Mexi-centric” vibe featuring many different Latin American influences.

The revamped business will be new and exciting to the quaint, little town of Phoebus. This will be the fifth restaurant on the Peninsula for Pepe and McIntyre and the fourth for Illes.

We look forward to hearing more about this and are excited for the city of Hampton!