Monday, January 21, 2013


Hampton is a Hampton Roads community.
Hampton is a Hampton Roads community. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
HAMPTON, Va. – (January 2013) – The Hampton Roads Home & Garden Show is an exciting new three-day event featuring 300 exhibits of products and services for inside and outside the home on February 8-10 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton. The show is open Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

  American Picker Mike Wolfe Meet one of the country’s most famous “pickers” as Mike Wolfe from The History Channel’s hit series American Pickers joins us at 1 p.m., Saturday to share his tales from the trails. Viewers know Wolfe from his back-road journeys with fellow picker Frank Fritz to find forgotten relics from bygone days.

   Mike has been combing through junk since age four. Over the years, he's earned a reputation as one of the country's foremost foragers, traveling coast to coast in search of forgotten treasures. Where other people see dilapidated barns and overgrown yards, Mike sees potential goldmines packed with rare finds and sensational stories.

   Dr. Lori’s Antique Appraisals An art historian and certified antiques appraiser, Dr. Lori, (Lori Verderame, Ph.D.) reveals insider tips about art, antiques, museums and yard sale finds. All this while offering up appraisals for shows guests in her unique, informative and entertaining style twice a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come early to register for treasured item (only one per guest).

   Dr. Lori is an award-winning TV personality and talk show host with a Ph.D. in art history. She appears on the Discovery channel's Auction Kings, and has appeared on Anderson Cooper's talk show, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NBC TV’s The Tonight Show, and Lifetime Television. Her nationally syndicated columns are carried in 110 publications reaching more than 8.2 million readers monthly and millions more online, including her blog for Lifetime Television. A certified fine art and antiques appraiser, Dr. Lori is the director of

   The Green Thumb Theater Whether you’re a novice or a certified green thumb, you’re sure to pick up something new from a three-day line-up of horticulture experts. The featured program at noon each day is “Landscapes in Miniature” by Pam Shank of Harrisonburg, Va. Pam designs indoor and outdoor landscapes, including fairy gardens that enable you to enjoy gardening anywhere and everywhere. Learn more about her landscapes at Other topics range from taking care of houseplants to exotic plants, using biochar for natural fertilizer, growing azaleas and more.

   Gardening and home prizes will be given away at the conclusion of each program. The grand prize, valued at $435, includes accommodations for two nights at the historic Natural Bridge Hotel & Conference Center and tickets to area attractions.

   Free kids activities noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Volunteers with the Virginia Living Museum, John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society and Gardening Goodness help kids with gardening- and nature-related crafts. Each child takes home a pack of seeds.

   Habitat for Humanity ReStoration Challenge Four well-known local interior designer professionals and one amateur, recruited by Janet Green and Suzy Kennerly of Habitat for Humanity, will create four living spaces using furniture and decor available from the Habitat for Humanity ReStores on the Peninsula/Williamsburg. Working on a $1000 budget, the designers will take their “finds” from shabby to chic. All the items in the rooms will be for sale at the end of the show. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.

   Team Up With Tysinger to Drive Out Hunger: Food Drive to benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank – win FREE bread from Panera Bread After the holidays, area Foodbanks desperately need to refill the shelves. Tysinger will host a food drive to benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. Food donors become eligible to win loaf of Panera Bread, awarded throughout the show. 

    Display Gardens – lush green oasis to relax and perhaps recreate at your home Walk through three feature display gardens/outdoor spaces from the area’s leading landscaping companies for inspiration and ideas for your home. Participating companies are Jesse Dunlap, DSD Landscaping; Stephen Orlando, Orlando's Landscaping; and Aaron Williams, Williams Landscaping.

   Cooking demonstrations The Culinary Institute of Virginia chefs will conduct three cooking demonstrations each day in a gourmet kitchen built by The Roofing and Remodeling Company. The audience will get free recipe cards at each session.

   The event is presented by Bud’s Heating and Air Conditioning. Official sponsors are Cox Communications, Total Home Improvement, Grigg’s Lumber, Tysinger, Anderson’s Home & Garden Showcase, Habitat for Humanity, Panera Bread and PHBA.

   The 2013 Hampton Roads Home & Garden Show is presented by Bud’s Heating and Air Conditioning and the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association. The event will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, in Hampton on February 8 to 10. This showcase features 300 exhibits of products and services for inside and outside the home, celebrity headliners, home and garden experts, children’s activities, Habitat for Humanity's ReStoration Challenge and a home and garden marketplace. It is produced by Big Home Shows, a subsidiary of Tidewater Builders Association, which also produces The Mid-Atlantic Home & Garden Show and Homearama. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Active-duty and retired military and senior citizens (ages 62 or better) get a $2 discount. Parking is free. Learn more about the three-day show at

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