Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
April 19, 2010
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. 
Rain Barrel Workshop
Sunday, April 23, 2:30-4:30 PM
Rain Barrel
 Cost is $60 (covers the cost of the barrel and all supplies)
Workshop limited to the first 15 people.
A rain barrel is an easy way to reduce stormwater runoff from your property and make the water available for irrigating your garden.
In this workshop, you will be constructing a rain barrel that you can take home with you.
To register, contact Helen Kuhns at or 757-962-5398.
Offered in partnership with Mike's Rain Barrels.
  Last Boat Out
When John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1600s he reported that oysters "lay as thick as stones." Now they are at about 2 percent of their historic population, and in 2008 the federal government  declared the blue crab fishery  fishery a commercial failure.

The Bay has seen much better days, and so have its watermen. Such is this premise of a new documentary by Laura Seltzer, "The Last Boat Out"

This 30 minute documentary about the Chesapeake Bay blue crab industry will air on Hampton Roads Public television this Thursday, April 22.
You Don't Want to Miss the Oyster Roast
Saturday, April 24th, Noon-3 pm
A Few Tickets are Still Available, Call Our Office Today, 757-962-5398
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  The Oyster Roast is at the home of Bob and Eleanor Stanton, 4141 First Court Road, enter Bayville Golf Club and follow the signs.


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.

First Landing State 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.