Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
March 29, 2010
Next Cleanup
This Saturday 
 April 3, 9 - Noon

The next cleanup is planned for Saturday, April 3rd, and we are expecting some nice spring weather.  We will be cleaning up behind the Francis Land House at 3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard.  Did you know the LynnhavenRiver was there?  You may discover a new site for a great walk through the marsh and along the river by coming to this cleanup. 

To volunteer, contact Whit Peace at or call 757-613-2828. 

Oyster Roast Raffle
Our raffle item at the Oyster Roast this year is your very own Oyster Roast for 30 people.  A terrific family reunion, special party, neighborhood or business gathering.  Buy a raffle ticket for $10 and you may win your own oyster roast at your location.  Lynnhaven Oyster Company will supply the oysters and Coastal Catering will cater a full menu for you.  The drawing will be held at the Oyster Roast on April 24th but you do not need to be present to win.  Raffle tickets are available from our office or by contacting us at 757-962-5398 or  Only 400 tickets will be sold, so get yours today. 
Call for Oyster Roast Volunteers

Our great volunteers keep everything running smoothly at our Oyster Roast each year.   Most volunteers work half of the Oyster Roast and have an opportunity to enjoy the food and fun the other half.  You can specify whether you would like to work the first half or the second half.  All volunteers receive free admission to the Oyster Roast. 


Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

Set up (10 am - Noon) - 4-6 people

Parking Lot - 4-6 people

Ticket Table and Will Call - 6-8 people

Raffle Ticket Sales - 4-6 people

Merchandise Sales - 8 people

Silent Auction - 4 people

Bar Servers - 8 - 10 people

Stew Servers - 3-4 people

Oyster Shucking Contest --One person to oversee, 4 people to time
Bussing Crew -- 4-6 people
Cleanup -- (3-4 pm) --4-6 people


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Karen at 757-962-5398 or

LRNow's 8th Annual Oyster Roast
Saturday, April 24th, Noon-3 pm
Get Your Tickets Today 
You don't want to miss the 8th Annual LRNow Oyster Roast.  Listen to the bluegrass music as you watch marsh birds take flight along the shores of the beautiful LynnhavenRiver.  Enjoy the freshest Lynnhaven oysters and delicious barbecue while talking with old friends and making some new ones.  There has never been a better time to come out and show your support for a cleaner river.
Buy your tickets today and come and enjoy the great music of More Perfect Jones, savor a bowl of delicious oyster stew, challenge your friends to an oyster shucking competition and toast to a cleaner river with your neighbors.  Who knew that restoring the Lynnhaven could be so much fun? 


Tickets which include all food and beverages are $50 each and can be purchased by calling 757-962-5398 or emailing Laura at


All proceeds from the Oyster Roast support our work to restore and protect the LynnhavenRiver. 



Mark Your Calendar for Two Great Spring LRNow Events
Kayak Tour  from the Narrows, 64th Street, Saturday, May 8th
 9:00 AM- Noon and 2:00-5:00 PM (Two choices for tour)
 Leaving from the beach at the Narrows, 64th Street entrance to FirstLandingState Park, participants will be treated to the beauty of this section of the LynnhavenRiver.  Guides will talk about oyster restoration and we will be able to see an oyster reef as well as a thriving oyster aqua-culture business.  The tour will go into Crystal Lake where participants will learn more about the history of the river and the changes both natural and man-made that have occurred over time.  Kayaks and all needed equipment will be available for rent through Wild River Outfitters.  The registration fee with rental  equipment is $48 and the price if you have your own equipment is $25.  Please register with Andrea at Wild RiverOutfitters by calling 757-431-8566.  This event is co-sponsored by LRNow and Wild River Outfitters. 

Bayside History Day Bicycle Tour, Saturday, May 15, 10 am - 2 pm

This event was such a success last year that we are offering it again.  Enjoy a leisurely seven mile bicycle ride and tour four historic spots spanning two hundred years of Virginia Beach's early history.  Learn more about the prominence of the LynnhavenRiver in our history.  The tour group will visit the Pembroke Manor House, the OldDonationChurch, the Ferry Plantation House and the Lynnhaven House.  Views of the river will be enjoyed at Saw Pen Point Park.  Participants supply their own bicycles, helmets are required and lunch and drinks are provided.  Registration is $15 and this is a family friendly event.  To register, contact Karen at 757-962-5398 or  This event is being co-sponsored by LRNow, Tidewater Bicycle Association and Virginia BeachParks and Recreation.

Other Community Events of Interest:

2010 Spring Soil Savvy Seminar

Wednesday, March 31, 2-5 pm at the Meyera Oberndorf Library, Folio Room

Lecture and Question & Answer period-- free of charge!

Guest Lecturer:  Chris Papada of Fertrell Company, Bainbridge, PA

Topic:  Enriching your soil with products that boost it's health and your own.

Sponsored by:  New Earth Farms, John Wilson


Chris Papada is an avid golfer who developed an interest in maintaining excellent soil systems for golf courses.  He now works with produce growers in Lancaster and neighboring counties in Pennsylvania.  Chris's work with sustainable growing methods and materials has made him admire the resiliency of the soil, especially when given the proper nutrients.



National Park Week, April 17-25

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that all 392 national parks will have free admission during National Park Week, April 17-25. 



FirstLandingState Park Tree Planting

FirstLandingState Park needs your help to plant over 3000 trees. They need over 100 volunteers to help plant tree saplings to help restore natural conditions from heavy erosion in the park. TREE ARMY RESTORATION PROJECT on Saturday, April 24th from 9am - 3pm. Contact Pam Kern, Volunteer Coordinator 412-2308 to volunteer, or to sponsor a tree. $3 sponsors 1 tree to be planted; $5, 2 trees; $10, 3 trees.  You can help at First Landing in the morning and come to our 8th Annual Oyster Roast in the afternoon.