Fun Facts About KOOZA

July 22nd, 2015 by admin

GenericKoozaImageThe Cirque du Soleil KOOZA village is in town through August 16. Here are some interesting tidbits about our guests:

*KOOZA had its world premiere in April 2007 in Montreal and has played in approximately 47 cities in 12 countries on three different continents.

*More than 4 million people have seen KOOZA.

*The cast and crew of KOOZA represent Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Hungary, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United States and United Kingdom.

*French and English are the main languages spoken on tour; other languages are Chinese, Spanish and Russian.

*About 120 people travel with the tour, including 100 members of the cast and crew, and the rest are spouses and children. Fifty of the employees are performers.

*KOOZA is good business for Virginia Beach. The tour relies on locals for many essentials such as food, bio-diesel fuel, machinery, food and beverages, supplies for patrons, banking services, delivery services, recycling and waste management. KOOZA is injecting a significant amount of money into our local economy.

*During each city engagement, more than 120 locals are hired to help with ticketing, seating, janitorial services, administration, set up and tear down.

*The kitchen employs one kitchen manager and three cooks.

*Two performance medicine specialists travel with the tour.

KOOZA is live under the Big Top at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
Tickets start at $35.
Please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza for details.

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A Fish for Every Angler

July 20th, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Cobia by Duane Raver

Cobia by Duane Raver

Cobia continue to offer a premier angling challenge in the lower Chesapeake Bay and along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Fish ranging from 30- to 60-inches are providing worthy fights coupled with good eating.  For a best bet, try fishing the #13 buoy area near Cape Charles. Use menhaden and be ready to sight-cast a live eel.

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Cirque du Soleil Visits Virginia Beach for the Very First Time!

July 7th, 2015 by Guest Blogger

KOOZA Production Wraps in the Heartland and

Is Beach Bound!

Photo credit: Rene Tanner

Photo credit: René Tanner

KOOZA is a return to Cirque du Soleil’s origins, combining two time-honored circus traditions—acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. Cirque du Soleil will perform for the very first time in Virginia Beach — July 16 to August 16 — under the blue and yellow Big Top at the resort city’s convention center.

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Sandbridge Date Night Itinerary

June 28th, 2015 by Guest Blogger

Sandbridge date nightThe peaceful, secluded vibe of Sandbridge Beaches translates to its dining establishments in the evening.  This island life feel will give you and your loved one an escape from real life with a date night in Sandbridge Beach.  Follow this itinerary for a progressive dinner date that will satiate your taste buds and your need to de-stress.

Start with an appetizer at Margie & Ray’s.  A Sandbridge staple since 1964, Margie and Ray’s has a seafood-centered menu that includes a she crab soup that was voted the best in Tidewater.  The freshly caught seafood and hometown feel of Margie and Ray’s must be experienced by any Sandbridge visitor. Next, head to Blue Seafood and Spirits for the main course.  The head-chef and owner of Blue has worked hard to build a reputation for preparing delicious, fresh seafood.  The elegant, French bistro inspired décor creates an ambiance that complements the extensive menu. Finally, enjoy a cocktail, a sunset and live music at Baja Restaurant.  Baja is known by visitors and locals alike for the back patio which offers beautiful views of the sunset over the bay.  Baja hosts live music acts Wednesday through Sunday, and is always a lively locale for a night out in Sandbridge. Click here for more date night ideas in Sandbridge.

About the author: Katelyn Saks is a summer intern with the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a rising fourth-year Media Studies and English double major candidate at the University of Virginia and enjoys reading, writing and looking for adventure with friends. A proud city ambassador, Katelyn is a Virginia Beach native who “lives the life” spending afternoons on the beach, evenings at local restaurants and cafés and weekends at music venues.


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Parasailing in Virginia Beach: A One-of-a-Kind Adventure

June 26th, 2015 by Guest Blogger

ParasailParasailing in Virginia Beach offers a thrilling adventure for the adrenaline junkie and breathtaking views forthe beach enthusiast.  Virginia Beach’s parasailing trips leave from Rudee Inlet and head out into the AtlanticOcean to unfold the parasail.  Embark on this adventure to experience an amazing bird’s eye view of VirginiaBeach’s Resort Beach and see the Atlantic Ocean in a way you never have before.  As you take your seat 1,000feet in the sky, you will be astonished by views of secluded Croatan, the North End, and the three-mile resortbeach and by the expanse of the glistening blue water below.

Once you’ve taken flight, you will find that this experience is equal parts exhilarating and relaxing.  After thejitters from takeoff have subsided, a peaceful calm takes over as the parachute floats through the sky. Higherfrom even the sound of the boat’s motor, you are free to enjoy the views and flying sensation in a state ofcomplete serenity. The trip, however, does not deny riders their fill of adrenaline. Taking a peak at the tiny boatbelow will give you a stomach-jerking reminder of just how high you are.

The captains at Adventure Parasail, Rudee Inlet Parasail, and Air America Parasail are Coast Guard Certified (CGC) and have impressive safetyrecords. Many with five or more years of experience, these captains are dedicated to creating a safe and fun parasailing environment. Their playfulpersonalities and lighthearted jokes supplement the adventure with a glimpse into the lives of resort beach locals. The parasailing experience istruly one-of-a-kind and will be the highlight of any Virginia Beach vacation. Whether you are staying at Chesapeake Bay Beach, ResortBeach, or Sandbridge Beach, venture down to Rudee Inlet to hop on a parasailing boat and walk away with an adventure you’ll never forget.

About our Guest Blogger: Katelyn Saks is a summer intern with the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a rising fourth-year Media Studies and English double major candidate at the University of Virginia and enjoys reading, writing and looking for adventure with friends. A proud city ambassador, Katelyn is a Virginia Beach native who “lives the life” spending afternoons on the beach, evenings at local restaurants and cafés and weekends at music venues.


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Beautiful Beaches, So Many Fish

June 26th, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Jamal Esfahani & a fabulous 90 lb cobia!

Jamal Esfahani & a fabulous 90 lb cobia!

Cobia, a premier Virginia Beach gamefish – also known as the “man in the brown suit”- are here and feeding! They always give a good fight, yet these often finicky eaters make for a challenging angling target. Cobia ranging to well over 50 lbs. are not unusual as summer progresses with multiple citations already registered in the 60- and 70- lb. ranges. Live eels, live baits and cut baits are cobia favorites. Pair these baits with stout tackle and a chum slick for a recipe for cobia success.

Captain’s Tip: When cobia fishing with live bait, pause several seconds or more before setting the hook. This should allow the fish to swallow the bait or at least start moving away while taking line.

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Lovin’ Life in Virginia Beach

June 25th, 2015 by Katherine Jackson

The first day of summer was a perfect beach day: sunny and breezy. We loaded up the beach cart with umbrellas, chairs and a coolerbike 1 and headed for the ocean. As I watched the blue-green waves roll in, I thought about a conversation I had recently with an out-of-town friend. She asked why I live in Virginia Beach, and in thinking about the answer, I was reminded of all the reasons I choose to live here. Naturally, the beach itself is at the top of the list. So is the Boardwalk, where biking and listening to bands are two of my favorite activities. We’ve got First Landing and False Cape, two of the best parks in the state, both of which are excellent places to walk, bike and paddle. Farm produce stands in “The County” (the rural part of the city) and the burgeoning craft beer industry are amenities. Plus, we have lots of fun events – like the Neptune Festival and the East Coast Surfing Championship. Another thing that came to mind was biking to breakfast. Read the rest of this entry »


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