Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Suffolk Virginia Mystery Author Festival

by Maggie Sefton


Our Cozy Chicks Blog is read all over the United States and around the world.  Really.  :)  So I thought  I'd give a "heads up" to our readers who happen to live in my home state of Virginia that I will be visiting next weekend in Suffolk, Virginia----very close to the Norfolk and Portsmouth areas of Virginia and the Atlantic Ocean.

I was invited to participate in the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival which will take place next Saturday, November 8th at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in the heart of downtown Suffolk, Virginia.  Several authors are participating, and there will be readings and workshops, as well as a reception and author signings.  There will also be a "Legends of Main Street Suffolk Ghost Walk" on Friday evening November 7th, which will be a guided lantern tour through the historic Cedar Hill Cemetery.  That sounds like a LOT of fun.

Of course, I can't return to Virginia without adding on a family visit.  The photo above shows my 16-year old granddaughter Natale playing volleyball for her James Madison High School volleyball team in Vienna, Virginia (Northern VA).  So-----naturally I will make sure I catch a few volleyball games during this short six-day visit.  I'll arrive in Northern VA in time to watch the end of the season conference Final game before I head south to Suffolk, Virginia.  After the Mystery Festival, I'll head back to Northern Virginia and catch a couple of the next round Regional volleyball sectional games.

Natale's team has an unbroken winning streak to date, so I think it's a good bet they'll play in the regional finals.  So---I made my airline reservations accordingly and will be cheering on the bleachers with my daughter's family.  )   Have any of you ever attended a high school volleyball or basketball game?  Spent an evening sitting on wooden bleachers and eating popcorn?  Or paced back and forth alongside a soccer field?  I've done all three.  Four daughters and now grandchildren.  How about you?