WEEKEND: Schooner Virginia Visiting Cape Charles

(Photo:Mark Krasnow)


May 30, 2014 Weekend Edition

The 126-foot Virginia, a re-creation of the last Virginia pilot schooner that sailed the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1900s, calls at Cape Charles Town Harbor this weekend. The Virginia sails as an educational vessel, conducting programs  along the East Coast. The schooner will host free deck tours on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 31-June 2. Crew members will conduct tours and answer questions about the Virginia’s construction, sailing schedules and life aboard the ship.

Free deck tours do not require a reservation.  There will also be Sunset Sails Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. CLICK for reservations. [Read more…]

Chuckletown Productions Opens in ‘Hotel Cape Chuck’

Charlene Dix and Laurie Klingle, creators of Chuckletown Co. unique mementoes (Wave photo)

Charlene Dix and Laurie Klingle, creators of Chuckletown Productions unique mementos (Wave photo)

Cape Charles Wave

May 29, 2014

What is Chuckletown Productions? Everyone seemed to be asking this question before the store’s grand opening the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.

What is Chuckletown’s mission? Create cool stuff. Walking into Charlene Dix and Laurie Klingle’s shop on Mason Avenue you can see they created plenty of cool stuff. And I don’t mean created as a loose term — Charlene and Laurie came up with nearly all of the designs sold on their items.

“Every other design here comes out of our heads. All of the ideas and layouts and little phrases and such are Chuckletown Designs,” explained Laurie. When asked about the essence of Chuckeltown, employee Staige Goffigon answered, “It’s really cool how they came up with the sayings on all the t-shirts and everything themselves. Everything is really original and casual.” [Read more…]


Saturday Service for Waterman “Al” Heath, 51

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Curtis Albert “Al” Heath Jr., 51, a resident of Townsend, died unexpectedly Monday, May 26, at his residence. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Lower Northampton Baptist Church with Reverend Jeff Conrow officiating.

Born November 26, 1962, in Salem, MA, Mr. Heath was the son of the late Curtis Albert Heath Sr. and Vera Theus Heath Miller of Cheriton. A life-long waterman, he was a loving father who extended his generosity and heart to everyone he encountered. His jovial, laid-back nature promised that he never met a stranger.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Heath is survived by four children, Curtis Earl Heath and his wife, Carla, of Townsend, Lauren Kate Heath of Cheriton, Jon Drea Heath and Isabella Soleil Heath, both of the Eastern Shore; two brothers, Brian Clark Heath and his wife, Kim, of Fawn Grove, PA, Mark Russell Heath of Anthem, AZ; one sister, Kimberly Heath Horn and her husband, Randy, of Anthem. [Read more…]

SATURDAY 5/31: Benefit by the Bay Arts Fundraiser

Celebrate the Arts in Cape Charles this weekend at the 17th annual Benefit by the Bay, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, complete with champagne, a big band, dancing, dinner prepared by Tim Brown from Hook U Up, oysters and shrimp, an auction — and paparazzi! Our guests will be celebrities, even if for just one evening, and everyone will be encouraged to have fun dressing the part. [Read more…]

NMA Scholarship Recipients Attending ESCC, ODU

Local recipients of NMA Federal Credit Union Memorial Scholarships are Kristen Kelly, Kalyn Allums, and Koren Satchell. [Read more…]

1933 Hurricane, Rowing to the Post Office

Cape Charles Post Office in 1933, the year it opened and the year of the hurricanes. (Kirk C. Mariner Collection)

Cape Charles Post Office in 1933, the year it opened and the year of the hurricanes. (Kirk C. Mariner Collection)

May 27, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Cape Charles Historical Society has for more than a decade been recording oral histories of the area’s earlier days.  A grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities enabled 15 interviews to be transcribed, and the Historical Society has made this one available for readers of the Wave.  All the transcriptions may be read at the Cape Charles Museum.)

1990 Interview of Virginia Fitzhugh conducted by Virginia Savage


VIRGINIA SAVAGE:  I am talking to Virginia Fitzhugh, who was born and raised in Cape Charles.  Virginia, Who was May Beth’s mother and father?

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor.  They had the drugstore down on Front Street where Jack MacMath later had a drugstore.  Mallory Taylor, that was her mother and father.  She was much older than me. She would have been in her hundreds.

The house next to the Miller house, coming east, was built by Mr. Wilkins and that’s Elliott Wilkins’ grandfather?

Yes.  He was Tucker Wilkins’ father.  Old Man Wilkins lived there and Mandy Tate, because we rented from them.  I lived where Joe Restein lived for five or six years [1 Randolph Ave].  After we were married.  We wanted to buy it, but Old Man Wilkins wouldn’t sell it to us.

Now let’s come down this side of the street and that side, too.  There was another Wilkins built that house and the next house, the Leatherburys were living in it when I came over here.  And then Ray Hickman bought it, and Bonny owns that now.  Did Leatherburys build that house, do you know?


Cross over the street, and the house that you are talking about, Joe Restein’s, the Aubrey Nottinghams lived there before that.  Now take me back in that house.

We lived there.  Now, who lived there in the beginning, I can’t say.

Now, somewhere along the line Edna Bounds’ mother lived there because Edna told me her mother built that house.  Elliott said no way.

No, ma’am.  Elliott’s grandfather built that house. He built that house, the house next door to it. Ruth Kerr lived in it.  And when we wanted to buy that from Mr. Wilkins, he said that he had made a house for each one of his children.  And he was leaving the houses to his children.  And what they did after he passed away, that was up to them.  But that was the only legacy that he had to leave to them.  So this house was to go to one of his children and the one next door and, of course, the one they lived in.

We lived there for five or six years, and I guess we would have kept on living there if it hadn’t been that Daddy died.  And Mother, she didn’t know how to do one thing, so we had to move back in with Mother.  But we did want to buy that house real bad, because we had done a lot of things to it.  We loved the beach and where it was.  We lived there when the first hurricane came.  We went to bed that night and we thought it was a Nor’easter.  We slept like babies!  And slept through it.  Edie Jean was small and they were in a room facing the beach and they had twin beds in there.  And I always went in to look at them before I went downstairs to get breakfast.  And I looked out the window and I said, “Everybody get up quick!  We’re in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay!”  See that’s when the water went all the way up to the Post Office.  And there was a man named Sterling and he rowed a rowboat from his house right up to the Post Office. [Read more…]

Summer Recreation Programs at Town Civic Center

May 27, 2014

Cape Charles Recreation Department Summer Programs will take place at the Town Civic Center (the old library), 500 Tazewell Avenue, unless otherwise noted. For more information call Recreation Director Jen Lewis at 757-331-3259 x18.

Summer Rec Pgms

Harold Richardson, 68, Oyster Native, Waterman

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Harold Clayton Richardson, 68, husband of the late Arlene A. Richardson and a resident of Eastville, passed away Sunday, May 25, at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Capeville Masonic Cemetery with Reverend Jack D. Pruitt officiating. Family will join friends at Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

A native of Oyster, Mr. Richardson was the son of the late David Richardson and the late Irene Wilgus Richardson. He was a retired waterman and loved fishing and working on boats.

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