Event POSTPONED until 2021
Earl Swift, Author: Chesapeake Requiem: A Year With the Waterman of Vanishing Tangier Island
EVENTS and ACTIVITIES FOCUSING ON ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS taking place throughout Suffolk, VA. Chesapeake Requiem Event partners include:
- Suffolk Literary Club
- Nansemond River Preservation Alliance
- Suffolk Art Gallery
- Suffolk Art League
- Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
- Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society
- Suffolk Public Library
- Suffolk Tourism
Chesapeake Requiem Spring 2021: Through the Lens
Dear Chesapeake Requiem Fans,
In the revised words of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” And we had some awesome plans! Due to the on-going pandemic, events related to Chesapeake Requiem: Through the Lens are being postponed. SCCA and city buildings remain closed and, even after they open, people will remain hesitant to venture to public places.
Suffolk Literary Club would still like to offer the author talk and we would welcome the rescheduling of other related programs. We have spoken with Earl Swift and he is willing to postpone until Spring of 2021. While we could opt for a Fall 2020 event, we realize there will be many rescheduled programs and activities during that time. The feeling was that it would be better to give things more time for people and the country to heal, both emotionally and physically. A specific date has not been identified, but we hope you would consider Chesapeake Requiem as you begin to schedule your 2021 programming.
I want to thank each of you for your support of Chesapeake Requiem: Through the Lens. With Barnes and Noble naming the book as March’s Non-Fiction Book of the Month, it seems like a timely selection and set of events. We look forward to working with you over the coming year to bring these enlightening programs to our community.
Maryanne Persons, Suffolk Literary Club
Below please find the original scheduled list of Suffolk EVENTS & ACTIVITIES Focusing on Environmental Awareness. Updates will be shared when Spring 2021 Dates & Times are confirmed.
In honor of its 125th Anniversary, the Suffolk Literary Club—Suffolk’s oldest continually-meeting book club and one of the oldest in the Commonwealth—has partnered with other community organizations for Chesapeake Requiem: Through the Lens, a series of events focusing on environmental awareness and appreciation of coastal communities on the brink. Event partners include the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, Suffolk Art Gallery, Suffolk Art League, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society, Suffolk Public Library, and Suffolk Tourism. See below for related activities and events, all of which are free and open to the public.
Events at the Suffolk Center are highlighted in the color burgundy.
‘Walk on The Wild Side’ WILDLIFE ART EXHIBITION
March 5- May 30 | Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts | 110 W. Finney Avenue
Artists in this exhibit work in a variety of media and focus their work on wildlife. The featured artists, Ryan Dockiewicz and Spencer Tinkham, are young wood carvers that create non-traditional birds and marine wildlife. A Meet the Artists Reception will take place on March 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
HRSD and the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow
March 10 | 2-3 p.m. | Phillips-Dawson House | 137 Bank Street
Jamie Mitchell, Chief of Technical Services for HRSD, will give a presentation on HRSD’s managed aquifer recharge program, Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow. The SWIFT program is designed to reduce nutrient discharge to the Chesapeake Bay, provide fresh water for Southeast Virginia, and has the potential to mitigate land subsidence. Light refreshments provided.
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: TIDEWATER
TBD Spring 2021| Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts | 110 W. Finney Avenue
TBD Spring 2021 | Morgan Memorial Library | 443 W. Washington Street
With the increasing frequency and severity of flooding, how will sea level rise affect Naval Station Norfolk and American military readiness? Filmmaker Roger Sorkin explores the urgency of this problem and how the U.S. Navy and City of Norfolk intend to respond. A representative of the American Resilience Project will introduce the film and lead a Q&A to follow.
OUR CHANGING WORLD: THE CLIMATE-HEALTH NEXUS N HAMPTON ROADS AND BEYOND
TBD Spring 2021 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Suffolk Art Gallery | 118 Bosley Avenue
Michael Allen, Ph.D., will speak on how a changing climate in Hampton Roads could potentially impact the health and wellbeing of its residents. Dr. Allen is Assistant Professor of Geography at Old Dominion University, where his teaching and research focus on bioclimatology. Light refreshments provided.
CLIMATE JUSTICE AND ADAPTATION: THE IMPACTS ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
TBD Spring 2021| Suffolk Art Gallery | 118 Bosley Avenue
Donta Council, Ph.D., will speak on climate justice and how flooding threatens communities of color in Hampton Roads. A native of Newport News, Dr. Council currently serves as Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Administration and Policy at American University, where his research and teaching interests include coastal resilience and social justice. Light refreshments provided.
AFTERNOON CONVERSATIONS: GROWING UP ON TANGIER ISLAND
TBD Spring 2021| Phillips-Dawson House | 137 Bank Street
Learn more about Tangier Island ahead of Earl Swift’s talk on his award-winning book, Chesapeake Requiem. Local resident and retired journalist, John Pruitt, will present on the history of Tangier Island and share some of his experiences growing up on the island. Light refreshments provided.
ADVENTURE BOOK CLUB: CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM
TBD Spring 2021| Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 4510 Twin Pines Road, Portsmouth)
Adventure Book Club combines reading and fun! The April installment will focus on Chesapeake Requiem, by Earl Swift. Join in for hands-on activities at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve. Registration is required on library website.
AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR EARL SWIFT
TBD Spring 2021| Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts | 110 W. Finney Avenue
This intimate look at the island’s past, present, and tenuous future is by Earl Swift, an acclaimed journalist who spent over a year living among Tangier’s people, crabbing and oystering with its watermen, and observing its long traditions and unique ways. What emerges is the poignant tale of a world that has, quite nearly, gone by—and a leading-edge report on the coming fate of countless coastal communities.
TBD | Suffolk Art Gallery | 118 Bosley Avenue
The Suffolk Art Gallery and Suffolk Art League present an exhibit featuring artists highlighting local water industries in the region, including photographs from Glen McClure and paintings from James Warwick Jones.
An Opening Reception will take place on May 2, from 4-6 p.m.
STORIES FROM THE LIARS’ BENCH:
AFRICAN-AMERICAN SEAFOOD WORKERS ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
TBD Spring 2021 | Suffolk Art Gallery | 118 Bosley Avenue
Christopher Loy, Ph.D., will speak on the history and legacy of African American workers in the Chesapeake Bay’s signature industry of seafood. Dr. Loy is associate professor of anthropology at Christopher Newport University, and his talk is based on firsthand interviews conducted around the Bay islands. Light refreshments provided.
‘In Plein Site’ PLEIN AIR EXHIBITION
September 2020| Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts | 110 W. Finney Avenue
Plein Air artists paint on location. This exhibit will include works that were created during the Plein Air Festival on May 1-2, 2020 and other work in the plein air style. An Opening Reception will take place on May 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is FREE and Open to the public.