Friday, June 14, 2024

Norfolk to host series of events to celebrate naval base centennial

NORFOLK — To celebrate the centennial of the worlds largest naval base, the Norfolk Navy Centennial Commission has organized a series of events for people to enjoy from August to September.

The city is expected to commemorate the history of Naval Station Norfolk with activities like opera in the park and naval base cruises. The events are meant to highlight the contributions the base has made since it was established in 1917.

Throughout both months, narrated tour cruises will be offered at Nauticus in Downtown Norfolk. Patrons will be able to take cruises along the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor and around Naval Station Norfolk where they can view various ships and destroyers docked at the base. Admission rates and cruise times will vary.

The first event is set to for Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The venue will host a free discussion on the role artists played during World War IRobert Cozzolino of the Minneapolis Institute of Art will lead the discussion.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will then hold a “Salute to America” concert the following evening at Town Point Park. The free musical performance will begin at 8 p.m. and will feature musical selections like “God Bless America” and “Victory at Sea.”

The next scheduled performance will be on Sept. 9 at Town Point Park. Virginia opera artists will perform Broadway music in the park at 7:30 p.m. Admission for the performance under the stars will be $6 per person. Food will also be sold at the concert.

Celebrations and events for the Naval Station Norfolk’s centennial will take place throughout the remainder of the year. More details can be found on the city’s website.

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