Support Public Art in Portsmouth!
I love Portsmouth and I’m not afraid to say it! We rented a house in Portsmouth when we moved here from Detroit two years ago. It was a beautiful home with a stunning view on the James River. We discovered Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation, a gem of a nature center with kayaks on the river, the Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market, the Children’s Museum of Virginia, a huge hit with the grandchildren, the Portsmouth Community Concert Series, lots of great restaurants, a ferry ‘cross the river for a hassle free way to go to Norfolk, and much more. We were happy to be so close to a riverfront town that had so much going on.
Then I found out that some people in Hampton Roads (I’m talking to you Norfolk and Virginia Beach), look down their collective noses at Portsmouth and think of the city as a poor second cousin who showed up at your door for dinner on a Tuesday. I started reading about the politics, the schools, the tolls and the taxes. Then I went to the Gosport Arts Festival, Gospelrama on the river on a warm summer night, visited the Portmouth Arts and Cultural Center, and made up my mind that someone, maybe a lot of people, are doing something right in Portsmouth.