Tattoo Tips for Senior Adventures
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. The Accessible ramps are located at the corner of St. Paul’s Blvd and Charlotte Street.
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 SEE IN THE SHOW
The Theme: Courage & Commitment - A Salute to Women in the Military
Generations after generation of women have shown not only the courage to protect the nation in times of war, but the commitment to change the nation for the better from within.
With music, historic photos and video, tributes from U.S. military bands, and special appearances by groundbreaking women, the Tattoo will inspire us to celebrate the extraordinary courage and commitment of the women who serve in uniform today and the women whose service blazed the trail before them.
March of the Women Marines
“March of the Women Marines was written for the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve Band which formed at Camp Lejeune to release male musicians for field duty during WWII. In August 1945 when the band director announced that the Japanese was surrendering the women kicked off the victory celebration and for three hours zigzagged through-out the base, playing until their lips were sore, and blisters formed on their fingers and heels. Thousands of Marines danced in and out of their ranks. The women played every march they knew by heart because they couldn't read their music in the pandemonium that followed them. And, when entire sections couldn't play because of their tears, the drums just beat out the cadence. What an amazing celebration!
The Theme Dream Team
Extraordinary women who as Honorary Chairs of the theme are helping the Virginia International Tattoo honor the remarkable service of women in the military.
Unless otherwise noted, all of them will be joining us in person: Major General Donna Barbisch, Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer, Captain Diane Carlson Evans, Colonel Jane Carson, Captain Lauran Glover, Captain Dawn Halfaker (video only), Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson, Congresswoman Elaine Luria, Major General Dee Ann McWilliams, Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, Dr. Condoleezza Rice (video only), General Lori Robinson & Lieutenant General Frances Wilson
LT Elizabeth Elliott, Executive Officer of the U.S.A TRADOC Band is one of only 5 female band officers in the U.S. Army and she will conduct the downbeat of the Tattoo.
Superstar singers from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps will join forces for a spectacular rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and also a unique arrangement of “Fight Song” in the Tattoo Finale.
The Tattoo Virtual Choir is a first ever at the Tattoo, and will include U.S. Service women via video from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps deployed around the world, including one Marine singing from Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima.
Dazzling Drumming by female drummers from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps who will battle in a special arrangement of Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” for the unofficial crown of world’s greatest female military drummer.
The Jordanian Armed Forces Women’s Pipe Band, the only band of its kind in the Middle East, will participate in the Tattoo’s massed Pipes and Drums and also perform a mesmerizing suite of traditional Jordanian Folk music.
Captain Sandra Ansanay-Alex, the first and only woman to ever lead a French Military Band, will conduct the French Army Signals Band in their first ever appearance at the Tattoo. She may look familiar because she was here in 2013 as the Executive Officer of the French Army Paratroopers Band.
The Pipers Lament and Taps will be performed by women of the Canadian 8 Wing Pipes and Drums and the USMC Band Quantico respectively. The piper is the first women to ever be named a Pipe Major of a Canadian Military Band.
The Honorary Salute at each performance will be received by at least one woman of Flag Rank. One such dignitary will be General Lori Robinson, an honorary chair of the Tattoo theme and a retired four-star General. As the lone women to ever lead a combatant command, she is technically the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Military.
FUN & FREE OUTDOOR EVENTS
Thursday-Saturday 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM- 2:30 PM
Lots of great activities 3 hours prior to Tattoo, Scope Plaza, Free
Performances - Daily
Many of the performers who are in the Tattoo also perform at the Hullabaloo. It’s a bonus opportunity to see them provide a less formal performance. Expect lots of music, dance and drill!
DrumLine Battle - Daily
Drumlines battle in a head-to-head competition to see who will win based on a combination of drumming skills, movement, visuals, stick tricks, stunts and overall showmanship. Expect the unexpected! Hula-hoopers and dancers have participated in the past.
Profiles of Honor Traveling Museum - Daily
The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour brings to life Virginia’s integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, visitors are invited to bring their own WWI and WWII-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project.
NATO FLAG RAISING
Thursday 5:00 PM Scope Plaza, Free
Enjoy a cultural sampling of music and a colorful display of NATO Member Nation flags, uniforms and anthems in this military presentation representing all 29 NATO Member Nations.
NATO PARADE OF NATIONS
Saturday 10:30 AM Downtown Norfolk, Free
The oldest continuously-held parade in the region and the only one in the United States honoring NATO features floats representing each of the 29 NATO Nations in addition to U.S. and International Military and high school bands.
NORFOLK NATO FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE
Saturday 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Free
Immediately following the Parade of Nations, join in a celebration and appreciation of our local NATO Headquarters. Interact with NATO Representatives and visit their 29 Member Nation tents in the NATO Village. Explore international heritage with cultural performances, international art, cuisine and craft beers. Come celebrate with the whole family in a European Street fair atmosphere in Downtown Norfolk. Kids can get stamps in their NATO Explorer Passport.
VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO AMERICAN PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Competition; 6:00 PM Massed Bands & Awards
Scope Plaza, Norfolk, Free
The 3rd Annual Virginia International Tattoo American Pipe Band Championship will feature Grade 2 and Grade 3 pipe bands from around the world.
HIGHLAND HEAVY ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Green Space across from Scope Plaza, Norfolk, Free
Yep, they will be flipping logs! The Virginia International Tattoo is partnering with Brute Strength Gym for a Heavy Athletic Championship, Highland-style, with a caber toss, keg toss and more.
NORFOLK NATO FESTIVAL’S RUGBY EXHIBITION MATCH
XV du Pacifique French Army Rugby Team vs. Norfolk Blues
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 6:00 PM Powhatan Field, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Free
In the NATO spirit of international friendship, join friends and family at a thrilling rugby match between the French Army Rugby Team and our hometown team, the Norfolk Blues! The French Army’s XV du Pacifique team includes a proud cohort of Pacific Islanders and as part of the event, they will perform the haka, a ceremonial dance in Maori culture. A fascinating day of rough and tumble fun!
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