This week in NFK: Holiday Markets, Redistricting, Gingerbread Houses, Ripped Pants, Pistachios, and more!

by | Dec 10, 2021

2021 Gingerbread House
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Dec 3rd – 19th 
The Deets

Community. 

Catch Norfolk Currents at Crafted: Holiday Market at Reaver Beach on Sunday for last-minute local-themed gifts. Rip it.

Proposed redistricting maps for Virginia’s senate districts could put nearly the entire city of Norfolk into district 21 with no incumbent living in the district. Rip it. 

Proposed redistricting maps for Virginia’s congressional districts could remove all of Norfolk from the 2nd congressional. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Police Department announce reorganized police precincts and patrol districts this week. Rip it. 

Norfolk City Council voted to revoke permits for Oragami nightclub after a string of incidents but delayed a vote on Culture on Granby Street. Rip it.  

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation kicked off construction of the trailhead at Jeff Robertson Park this week. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk is seeking proposals to redevelop the former Greyhound Bus Station. in the NEON District. Rip it. 

The Settlement reached between Norfolk and residents of Tidewater Gardens public housing should increase the resident’s chances of moving back into the neighborhood. Rip it. 

Norfolk State QB Juwan Carter was named the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year. Rip it. 

ODU is now selling beer and wine and basketball games and considering the move for football games. Rip it.

Siren Skate Shop and nearby community members are calling for improved pedestrian infrastructure at Northside Park after a 5-year-old was injured in a hit-and-run. Rip it. 

Governor Northam released a long-awaited “Coastal Resilience Master Plan” with details on the millions that could be affected by climate change in coastal Virginia. Rip it. 

Three months after it was revealed a Virginian-Pilot columnist took payments from Dominion Energy, the paper relieved Gordon Morse of his job. Rip it. 

Columbia Gas Transmission announced plans to replace a 12-inch gas pipeline with a 24-inch gas pipeline to increase supply to Hampton Roads. Rip it. 

Culture.

Visit Hermitage Museum and Gardens to check out the 2021 Gingerbread House Contest on display and free to visit. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Alpha / Beta opens at Offsite Gallery by Norfolk Arts this week. Rip it. 

Norfolk Master Gardeners are hosting 10 classes to help you earn your green thumb. Rip it. 

Shelley fka D.R.A.M. and Gabe Niles takeover Attucks Theater next weekend for a Rated R Christmas event. Rip it. 

Devyn Owen’s Timecampsule, a solo exhibition, comes to Kobro’s on December 17th. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
Life and Limb: Works by Matt Sesow at Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery. Rip it. 
Fence Street Gallery in the NEON District. Rip it.
Pier Luigi Nervi: Art and Science of Building at Chrysler Museum. Rip it. 
If You Thirst for a Homeland: Flame-worked glass at Chrysler Museum. (Last Weekend) Rip it. 
Karen LaMonte: Théâtre de la Mode at Barry Art Museum. Rip it. 
Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Boat People at Chrysler Museum. Rip it. 

Commerce.

Norfolk’s Cohen Investment Group acquired a nearly 400K square foot storage facility in Virginia Beach. Rip it. 

TowneBank re-signed the former Norfolk Southern tower downtown this week. Rip it. 

Norfolk Southern, now headquartered in Atlanta, named a new CEO this week. Rip it. 

757 Angels was recognized as a Top Investor Group by the Angel Capital Association for the 3rd consecutive year. Rip it. 

Citing success in the market, Breeze Airways adds direct flights to Palm Beach and Long Island. Rip it.  

757 Startup Studios added 9 new startup businesses to its roster. Rip it. 

What impact does Zillow’s iBuyer business have on Virginia? Rip it. 

The Port of Virginia largely avoided the slowdowns that plagued the West Coast because of a major difference in operating structures and investments in modernization. Rip it.

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

Historic Freemason District Sticker

Willoughby Tote Bag

Crowds.

This Weekend Crafted decks the halls with double holiday markets at Coalescence and Reaver Beach. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Support cancer research and rock out with this Christmas Eve Eve concert. Rip it.

Catch Demons, Obscure Son, and the Sandtones at Taphouse Grill on the 22nd. Rip it. 

Social Supply and Slowdive Gallery team up for a NYE special. Rip it.

**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**

All Weekend:
Zoolumination at Virginia Zoo. Rip it.
Million Bulb Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Rip it.
Winterfest at Nauticus. Rip it.
MacArthur On Ice at MacArthur Center. Rip it.
Model Train Exhibit at Selden Market. Rip it.

Friday: 
Norfolk Run Club Meetup at Yogros. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga + Coffee with Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co at Cafe Mudita. 6:30 am. Rip it.
U-NITE: Theater and Film at Barry Art Museum. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Joe Gosman performs live at Blue Moon Taphouse. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Vince Kornegay performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Season Special Slab Ornaments at 757 Makerspace. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
PBR Bucking Birthday Bash at Waterside District. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
The Great Hermitage Holiday Party (sold out). 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Hurrah for the Holidays at MacArthur Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Dahna Rowe and Jon Friedman perform live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Marie-Claire performs live at Elation Brewing Company. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Admirals v Florida Everblades at Scope Arena. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Amy Brown and Matt English Standup Comedy at Reaver Beach NFK. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Va Stage Company presents a Merry Little Christmas Carol at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Tales from the Campfire at Push Comedy. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Goth Night at 37th and Zen. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Pride Yuletide at Cure Coffeehouse. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Mossy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Soulsations – It’s A Vibe at Jessy’s Taco Bistro. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Zay the Ruler performs live at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Home Alone showing at the Naro. 9:15 pm. Rip it.
Vinyl Headlights perform live at Waterside District. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
DJ SDOT performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Teacher’s Pet Improv show at Push Comedy. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Floyd Vader performs live at Thank You Thank You Bar. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Saturday: 
Breakfast with Santa at Harbor Park. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga + Coffee at Coalescence with Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Pictures with Satna and Baby Goat Elves at Cova Brewing Co. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Eviction Resource Clinic at Attucks Theater. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Brunch with Santa at CommuneXCROP. 10:00 am. Rip it.
The Muse Book Sale at Muse Writer’s Center. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Train Rides with Santa at the Virginia Zoo. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Guided Mindfulness Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Panties in a Twist Auditions at Push Comedy. 11:00 am. Rip it.
BigForestFire Solo performing live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Crafted Monthly Market at Coalescence Coffee. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
NEON Holiday Market at the Plot. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
COVA Winter Market at Cova Brewing Co. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Krampusnacht Festival at Smartmouth Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Christmas Carols with the Doorway Singers at Cova Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Hurrah for the Holidays at MacArthur Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Christmas at the Kroc Center. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
5th Annual Santa Bike Party with Local Bike Shop. 5:45 pm. Rip it.
UFC 269 Fight Watch Party at Waterside District. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Sail Nauticus Holiday Parade of Sails at Nauticus. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Jacob Vanko performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The Black and Gold Scholarship Ball at the Hilton Main. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Fox and the Bear perform live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Hurrah for the Holidays at MacArthur Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Madelaine Germain performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Admirals vs Florida Everblades at Scope Arena. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Holiday Pops! at Harrison Opera House. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
A Merry Little Christmas Carol at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Rewilder & Friends perform live at 37th & Zen. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Circle Jerks, Municipal Waste, Negative Approach perform live at The Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Unusual Suspect: Improvised Murder Myster at Push Comedy. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Mossy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Karaoke Night at Cogans Pizza Ghent. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Krampus Holiday Karaoke at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Kyle Smith and full band perform live at Chicho’s Backstage. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Wizard and DJ Supladies perform live at Thank You Thank You Bar. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation At Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it.
Kaboom Box performs live at Waterside District. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
DJ Joe Fu performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Second Saturday Stand-Up at Push Comedy. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Kinky Klaus Toy Drive at MJ’s Tavern. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Sunday:

Sunday Dog Days at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Abstract Art Brunch at Starving Artist Cafe. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Brewed to Run at Smartmouth Brewing. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Introduction to Glassblowing at Chrysler Glass Studio. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Slow Mo Sunday Ride with Local Bike Shop. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Second Sunday’s Jazz Brunch at Smartmouth Brewing. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Vintage Sunday -Holiday Edition at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Rob White performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Crafted Holiday Market with Nate Sacks and Paper Aliens at Reaver Beach. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Hurrah for the Holidays at MacArthur Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Troy Breslow performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Copeland Queen presents Peter Pan at Harrison Opera House. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Hurrah for the Holidays at MacArthur Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Sullivan King performs live at The Norva. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Va Stage Company presents a Merry Little Christmas Carol at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
DJ Silver performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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Chow.

Holiday Spirits: Toast is dropping 12 nights of Old Fashioneds. Rip it.

‘Tis the season of the lowly Shepard’s manger so grab a Shepard’s Pie Bowl from The Blackdog Cafe. Rip it.

Benchtop Brewing took home the top spot in the 2021 Golden Tap Awards. Rip it.

The snack that smiles back: a whole fried snapper at Saltine. Rip it.

Streats might not specialize in tacos, but their tacos are definitely special. Rip it.

Waffletina returns with sweet Liege Waffles for New Years Day brunch at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.

Spice it up local style  – catch Nuland Hot Stuff with hot sauces galore at lots of local markets. Rip it.

Codex at the Veil is slinging Bahn Mis like they’re going out of style. Rip it.

Class up your NYE with a four-course wine tasting and vegetarian dinner at Grandiflora Wine Garden. Rip it.

Smartmouth is dropping a Bikini Bottom-inspired ‘Ripped Pants’ Fruited Gose. Rip it.

This Pistachio Ganache Tart alongside fresh coffee or red wine at Press 626 is *mwah*. Rip it.

Coconut Shrimp are already amazing, but 411 York added in the pistachio and an apricot sweet chili sauce to turn it up to 11. Rip it.

Thank You Thank You Bar is now open for lunch. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Friday:
Sour Street Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Burrito Perdido at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Luva Bowls at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Lumpia King at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.

Saturday:
Sense’s Vegan Comfort Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Weng’s Kitchen at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Big Belly and DC Smoothies at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Avocargo at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.

Sunday:
Pitt County BBQ at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ooni Fanz and Unami Dogs at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Bumbling Bee at Cova Brewing. Rip it.

Paul Stetson Rice

Chelsea, NFK

Paul is the creator of NFKVA.com. He was born and raised in Norfolk, graduated from Virginia Tech, and narrowly avoided law school. Chat with him about economics, entrepreneurship, hip-hop, and hiking. When he's not working on five different projects, you'll catch him sharing a beer with friends at a local brewery. Go Hokies!