Chesapeake a port of call during OpSail 2012 Virginia


Posted on May 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

CHESAPEAKE – Planning to attend OpSail 2012 Virginia™ (June 1 – 12)? Consider including Chesapeake, Va., as a port of call. The city is hosting a number of activities and special events during the first two weekends in June as part of OpSail 2012 Virginia™. Events will be held throughout the city and will celebrate Chesapeake’s historic waterways and cultural heritage. Tall ship tours, kayak races and demonstrations are just a few of the many activities awaiting adventurists.

Many of the family-friendly events being held in Chesapeake are free and include:

American Indian Festival – June 2 – 3, 2012
Long before the billowing sails of European explorers appeared in coastal Virginia waterways, the Nansemond tribe of Native Americans lived in what is present-day Chesapeake. The American Indian Festival, now in its 16th year, celebrates traditional storytelling, chanting, dancing and drumming with unforgettable energy and colorful flair. This year’s event will be held at Greenbrier Middle School June 2 – 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

KayaXpedition – June 9 – 10, 2012
Paddling events will be held at various locations throughout the city and will feature an array of activities for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. Participants can take part in the competitive and fun paddle races, observe basic and technical skill demonstrations, learn safety tips and explore Chesapeake’s serene natural beauty during guided kayak tours. Space is limited for some events, and participants are encouraged to register prior to June 4, 2012. Online registration, locations and additional event details are available at

Also this weekend, the state’s iconic and enduring “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign will dock at Great Bridge Lock Park with a L-O-V-E art installation. Don’t miss your chance to take a photo in front of the giant traveling display!

Tall Ship Celebration – June 9 - 10, 2012
This two-day event begins with the grand opening of the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Historic Park’s interpretive trail with a reception to follow.  Also onsite, an authentically restored oyster schooner and official tall ship of New Jersey, the A.J. Meerwald will be docking at the park for a free, family-friendly event that is open to the public.  Activities running throughout the weekend include deck tours of the A.J. Meerwald, live music, guided tours of the Historic Park, local food vendors and more.

OpSail 2012 Virginia™ will be held June 1 – 12, 2012 in Norfolk, Va., with cities throughout the coastal Virginia region, including Chesapeake, Va., supporting the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration through special events and activities that celebrate the region’s rich maritime heritage. The event is a collaboration between Operation Sail Inc. (OpSail), the United States Navy, Norfolk Festevents, and numerous national, state and local organizations. For more information about OpSail 2012 Virginia, visit

About Chesapeake, Va.
Consistently ranked among the country’s top 100 best places to live by Money magazine, Chesapeake, Va., is a unique blend of urban and rural settings with a delightful array of shopping, dining venues and cultural activities mixed seamlessly with historic sites, secluded waterways and scenic natural wonders. Nestled in the heart of Coastal Virginia, Chesapeake’s convenient, mid-Atlantic location is within 750 miles of two-thirds of the U.S. population and just minutes from neighboring destinations including Norfolk’s downtown scene, the Virginia Beach oceanfront and historic Colonial Williamsburg.

Chesapeake’s winning combination of accommodations, meeting venues, attractions and outdoor recreational activities makes it a natural choice among meeting planners, group tour and leisure travelers.

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