Tattoo Tips for Senior Adventures
2017 VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO TIPS
WHERE TO SIT?
Scope Arena offers a lot of choices of seats. Most of our senior audience likes the seats with the fewest numbers of steps to climb, so the Premium Center seats are the best choice, especially for persons with limited mobility. Handrails are located in every section for ease in accessing all seats, and ushers are nearby by to assist you. What is also good about these seats is that they are on the “50-yard line”, so you get to see everything and have a spectacular view.
WHERE TO EAT?
The Hullaballoo offers many choices and a wide selection of food options. There are tables and chairs throughout the area. Some guests with limited mobility prefer to eat prior to coming to the Arena. There are several restaurants within easy distance to the Scope Arena especially on nearby Granby Street and at MacArthur Center Mall. Click here for a list of Virginia Arts Festival restaurant partners: http://www.vafest.org/your-visit/restaurants/
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE SHOW?
Lots of World War I-Era Music
Over There, a patriotic song designed to galvanize young men to enlist in the Army, was written by George Cohan when the US entered WWI and began sending troops to Europe.
Irving Berlin, author of God Bless America and one of the greatest songwriters in U.S. history, felt that Tin Pan Alley should do its duty and support the war with inspirational songs. The Virginia Beach Public Schools Tattoo Chorus will sing a Medley of Berlin’s tunes.
John Philip Sousa wrote Solid Men to the Front, a stirring appeal to enlist was written shortly after the United States declared war on Germany and entered WWI. At the age of 62 and retired from the USMC, he joined the U. S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant and donated most of his naval salary, except a token $1 per month, to the Sailors' and Marines' Relief Fund
In addition to the traditional bugle call Taps you’ll hear the French version, Aux Morts, which means “to the dead” which uses a bugle and a drum. This call was written following World War I.
The lone piper, Andrew Carlisle, will be wearing the Virginia International Tattoo Hixon Tartan. Look closely and you will see his grandfather’s medals from the Battle of Somme pinned to his uniform.
La Musique de l'air, Band of the French Air Force is comprised of conservatory-trained musicians. Your ears will thank you!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR AT HULLABALOO?
Thurs-Sunday, Scope Plaza, free
Profiles of Honor Display
This Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile exhibit will bring to life the state's integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. Visitors are invited to bring their own World War I- and II-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project.
People Watching and Photo Opportunities
Additional musical performances on Hullaballoo stages, meet-the-cast and get your picture taken. The Hullabaloo is the perfect place for some people-watching as there are folks from all over the world.