@thepinkdinghy

We love sharing the best of Tidewater, and sometimes that means sharing the loss of someone who has had an incredible impact on our area. 

Last week Chase D. Pittman, pillar of the local restaurateur and surfing community, passed away suddenly in his sleep at the age of 35. The cause of death is still unknown.  

A Virginia Beach native, he opened Bottlecraft beer shop four years ago and co-founded the eccentrically delightful Logstradamus surfing and music festival, which started as a group of friends who wanted uplifting surf and music event with a food drive and last year raised $2,000 for Green Run High School’s marching band, with Wave Riding Vehicles and Vans as sponsors.

He also co-owned the Pink Dinghy, a Latin-and-Caribbean-inspired eatery in the ViBe District of Virginia Beach, which opened this summer to rave reviews, despite multiple setbacks and the pandemic. 

A Memorial Service and Paddle Out in his honor will occur Saturday at 2 p.m. at 1st Street Virginia Beach. The Pink Dinghy will have limited hours this week and the week after. Flowers and messages of support are welcome, along with photos, videos and stories of Chase to memoriesofchasepittman@gmail.com

Chase, you are sorely missed, and we at Boulevard send our deepest condolences to your family, friends, teammates and fellow surfers.


Social News

For the first time in nearly 60 years, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” will not air on TV (Apple bought the rights), but that doesn’t mean you have to forsake the annual tradition if you don’t have an Apple TV+ subscription. Back Bay at Lago Mar will host a drive-in movie showing of Charles Shultz’ beloved Halloween classic Friday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Tabernacle United Methodist Church Virginia Beach. Sign up for a free ticket so they can plan for treats. 


Bond might be delayed, but you can fly like him from Norfolk to Baltimore starting November 1. Boutique Air now offers one-way tickets from Norfolk to Baltimore starting at just $67 on an eight-seat Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft with leather seats and power outlets. Want a budget option? Southwest has a $59, one-way ticket (and less of a cool factor, in my opinion).


Vote for your favorite local brews across 37 categories for Veer Magazine’s 2020 Golden Tap Awards, From now until November 3. Courtesy of COVID, they included curbside pickup and will not include festivals, events, bottle shops and restaurant categories. However, cider and hard seltzer debut on the list, because what’s 2020 without all the alcoholic choices? May the best brews win!


Speaking of frothy, hoppy perfection, our region has some of the best beer in the country – and has the medals to prove it. Smartmouth Brewing Company, O’Connor Brewing Co., Big Ugly Brewing and Precarious Beer Project all received the distinction of having some of the best beers in the country from the Brewers Association at the Great American Beer Festival last week. Smartmouth’s Safety Dance pilsner and O’Connor’s ODIS stout both won gold, Big Ugly won bronze for its Steady As She Gose and Precarious took home silver for a Bohemian-style pilsner. 


New & Noteworthy

Image Credit: Cam Shull Visuals

The ultimate 2020 Halloween events guide for Hampton Roads

24 scary, fun, and spooky events for an unforgettable All Hallow’s Eve!

Nine local craft beer limited releases we’re stoked about

Regardless of the temps, we’ve got the rundown on nine limited release brews that’ll remind you that it is, in fact, sweater weather. Enjoy before they’re gone for another year!


Save the Date

Now through January 3
Come Together, Right Now: The Art of Gathering

Chrysler Museum of Art, Special Exhibition Gallery

In the wake of the global pandemic and social uprisings, the Chrysler Museum will celebrate the value of community this fall with “Come Together, Right Now: The Art of Gathering.” The exhibition features more than 100 works of art drawn from the Chrysler’s collection and digital photography submitted by members of the community. Four themes–”Together in Celebration,” “Together in Purpose,” “Together in Justice” and “Together in Love” will display the many ways artists explore the joys and complexities of “coming together” and showcase how activities, celebrations, demonstrations, love and family link communities.

TIME: Closed Mondays, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. 
COST: Free, reserve time stamped tickets online


October 23-November 8
Old Point National Bank Wicked 10K

Virtual

2020 did the tricking. Let us do the treating. The Old Point National Bank Wicked 10K Weekend will virtually allow us to deliver wicked good times to your doorstep. Whether you haunt your neighborhood streets or bring your boos to the Virginia Beach oceanfront, our Wicked swag will make you the talk of Halloween. Wear your favorite costume or race shirt, upload your results to our leaderboard, enter our virtual costume contest and share your experience on social media to let people know 2020 didn’t scare you away.

COST: $40, Register with J&A Racing
TIME: Virtual


Now through Oct 31
Haunted Hunt Club

Hunt Club Farm

Join our motley cast of characters as we celebrate, “30 Years of Extreme Halloween” with a scream park of Halloween thrills, terrifying haunts, live entertainment, midway concessions, vendors and more. The Haunted Attraction Association named Haunted Hunt Club Farm’s Halloween Festival as One of the Top-Rated Haunts in America. It has received the 2019 Trip Advisor “Hall of Fame” Certificate of Excellence and the My Base Guide listed it as a 2019 Military Trusted Business.

Come out to experience our newly themed haunted attractions, meet creepy characters and prepare for an all new season of EXTREME HALLOWEEN.

TIME: Weeknights 6:30–11 p.m. Fri./Sat. 6:30–11:30 p.m. Ticket office closes nightly at 9:45 p.m. Check schedule online for changes
COST: General Admission $30, Fast Pass $45, Group rates available


Now through November 14
Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition and Ashley McEwen

The American Theater, Hampton

This much-anticipated, annual juried exhibition showcases many of Virginia’s finest artists and artisans. This year’s exhibition features $4,000 in cash prizes awarded to Best in Show, First, Second and Third Places and several awards of distinction in a variety of media. Artists from all across the commonwealth, who work in all styles, genres and media, may submit artworks for consideration. The current curator of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Diana Blanchard Gross, will serve as the 2020 Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition juror and judge.

Ashley Running concurrently in the Annex Gallery,  2019 Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition Best in Show winner, Ashley McEwen. Ashley McEwen’s paintings “deal with the concept of time as a network of possibilities that are intentionally tampered with, or left alone purely out of the desire to see what happens.”

TIME: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
COST: Free