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Joni Baker at The Muse Poetry Reading Lisa Cooper, Pete Freas, and others at the Muse Open House

the muse's readings & events

Throughout the year (and usually timed with the completion of our workshop and studio sessions), we hold public readings, open houses, special performances, and special events in the Norfolk, Virginia (VA) area.

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The Ghent Market Shops Holiday Party

Friday, December 8, 5–9 p.m.

2200 Colonial Avenue in Central Ghent
(corner of 22nd St. & Colonial Ave.)
Directions and Maps

Let us know you're coming on Facebook
Family Friendly!

There will be a lot going on that appeals to everyone!

At The Muse Writers Center
2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3


Scholarship Raffle

Enter to win great prizes and support our scholarship & tuition assistance funds.

Live Music from Skye Zentz

At around 5:30 p.m., Skye Zentz will headline a block of great music featuring some special guests at The Muse.

The Muse Neighborhood Jam

At around 7 p.m., The Muse Jam will get into full swing—acoustic, electric, improv, stories, and fun well into the night. All are welcome to listen or participate.

Art Exhibtion

Tour the art exhibition by Hattie Buchholz and meet the artist.

Tours & Open House

Learn about our creative writing classes, workshops, & seminars as well as our events and opportunities for writers.

Holiday Refreshments


Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
in our parking lot


View the Stars & Planets

Telescopes your astonomical pleasure

At Plaza del Sol
2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #1


Posada Party

Featuring music and fun.

Specials

Great specials on food and beverages all night long.

Karaoke After Party

Sing your favorite song starting at 9 p.m.



At Catnip Cat Cafe
2200 Colonial Ave. Suites #19 & 20


Mini Tours & Half price visits

Enjoy the gentle purr.

Holiday Shopping

Discounts on merchandise for holiday shopping.



At Pitbull Tobacco & More
2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #5


Holiday Sale!

10% off from 4-10 p.m., 20% off with a valid student ID (excludes tobacco and sale items).



At Warren J Salon
2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #11


Holiday Open House

Refreshments and tours of the new salon.


Come and Support Central Ghent Businesses
and The Muse's Scholarship Fund



Writers' Happy Hour Every Wednesday

Every week, we'll be visiting a different bar in Norfolk's Ghent!
Join us every Wednesday from 5:15-7 p.m. at a different location in Norfolk's Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and drinks. Come and join us! Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Calendar of Wednesday Writers' Happy Hours:

Wednesday, November 22: Toast (2406 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, 23517, a few blocks from the New Muse), $1 off all drinks.

Wednesday, November 29: Tortilla West (508 Orapax St., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, 440-3777), $1 off drinks, $3.50 well drinks.

Wednesday, December 6: Tap House Grill in Hampton (17 E. Queens Way, Hampton, 224-5829, downtown historic Hampton) $1 off all drinks. Join us for our Happy Hour on the Peninsula!

Wednesday, December 13: Cafe Stella (1907 Colonial Ave., Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 625-0461) $1 off wines by the glass and beer.

Wednesday, December 20: Smartmouth Brewing Company (1309 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, 23507, 624-3939), great beer specials.

Wednesday, December 27: Chow Restaurant & Bar (5103 Colley Ave, Norfolk, 23508, 321-2923); 1/2 price bottles of wine; wine, beer, & cosmo specials.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018: MJ’s Tavern (4019 Granby St., Norfolk, 23504, 648-8942), $1 off all beer and liquor drinks, great wine specials.

More To Be Announced

Teen Open Mic Night

Friday, December 1
7 p.m. (sign-ups)
7:30-9 p.m. (open mic)

at The Muse Writers Center

2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3, Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 818-9880 (Directions and maps).

Open to Teens 12-17. Come read original short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. Approximately 5-minute slots available. The event will be chaperoned, and the teens request the audience be mostly teens beside the chaperones.

Pizza & Refreshments Provided!

More Information: Email Noa Greenspan at noa@the-muse.org or visit our Facebook event page.

Join other 12-17 year olds for a fun night of listening to and reading original writing!

Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) Workshop

Saturday, December 9
1-3:30 p.m.

at The Muse Writers Center

2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3, Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 818-9880 (Directions and maps).

Active-duty military, veterans, and families are welcome to attend this free workshop. More information and registration information will be available soon.

January Reading Series

Please support our restaurant host and have dinner and drinks at the reading. Make a reservation—it guarantees you a space. As these are special events, please be aware that most everyone is arriving and ordering at the same time—patience is a virtue.

Come and support the readers from our Fall Creative Writing classes, including readings of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir.


Monday, January 8
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: to be announced.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Wednesday, January 17
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: to be announced.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Thursday, January 25
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: to be announced.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

NaNoWriMo Open Write

every Tuesday in November, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving), 5-8 p.m.

At The Muse Writers Center (2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3., Ghent, Norfolk, (Directions and maps).

Join us for open writing times at The Muse Writers Center for Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants. Plenty of group and private space will be available, as well as coffee, tea, soda, and refreshments, and special give-a-ways each Thursday. Free and open to the public. Hosted by Sarah Hill, Leslie Entsminger, & Shawn Girvan. Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.

1st Friday Writers' Coffee Break

at Cafe Stella
10:30 a.m.-Noon

1907 Colonial Ave., Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 625-0461

Join us every 1st Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-Noon at Cafe Stella in Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation and camaraderie over a (perhaps much needed) coffee break. Each month will be hosted by different Muse teachers, who will be available to answer questions from current and prospective students about their classes, The Muse, and writing in general in addition to just hanging out over a cup of coffee or tea. Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Friday, November 3: Co-hosted by Robbie Ciara and Michael Khandelwal

More To Be Announced

Come and join us!

The Muse Jam

7-10 p.m., the 2nd Friday of each month

At The Muse Writers Center (2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3., Ghent, Norfolk, (Directions and maps). Hosted by Dan Duke. Open to all.

Everyone's the Audience, Everyone Can Play

Join us for an evening where everyone is welcome to make music, sing, read, laugh, or just hang out and listen. This is not an "open-mic" with a sign-up list. The Muse Jam is more fun! We'll alternate between individual-led and collaborative performance and pure unplugged jams. Who's welcome? Anyone from beginners to professionals, whether you like to play an instrument or just listen, sing or be sung to, read your work or hear great stories and poems, practice your standup or improv or laugh yourself silly. Feel free to bring songbooks, sheet music, instruments, and friends. Suggested donation: $2 (goes to our scholarship funds; donation not required to attend).

Write-In: Slover Library

The Slover Library
235 E. Plume St., Norfolk, 23510, 431-7462

2nd Saturdays of each month
2:30 p.m. (come by anytime until 4 p.m.)

Sponsored by: The Slover Library and The Muse Writers Center
Join other writers in a place with no pressure, no critiquing, and no deadlines. Just a place for writing inspiration and practice.

-Beginners and experienced writers welcome; teens and adults; all genres
-Writing exercises and fun prompts led by area authors
-Find library resources designed to help writers
-Share your work (if you want to) and get your creativity flowing

You deserve one hour of writing freedom this month! Join us!.

Saturday, November 18 (NOTE: This is the 3rd Saturday): Muse Teacher presenting writing prompts: Liz Argento

Saturday, December 9: Muse Teacher presenting writing prompts: Alison Schoew

Writers Supporting Writers:
Talk it out, Write it Out

1-3 p.m., the 1st Saturday of each month

at The Muse Writers Center

2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3, Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 818-9880 (Directions and maps). Let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Don't curse your blank screen again—come vent with us, collaborate with us, brainstorm with us, advise us, and get advice from us on the numerous issues related to writing from beginning a short or long project to finding an agent, publisher, mentor. This free writers salon will be a melding of minds, where the wisdom of the group is mightier than the single pen. Hosted by Karen Tatum.

Just Write Saturday

Saturday, November 25
1-8 p.m.

at The Muse Writers Center

2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3, Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 818-9880 (Directions and maps).

Leave your distractions at home, and join us for an open writing day at The Muse Writers Center. How long can you sit down and write? The goal is to bring your laptop or notebook and write all day if you’d like, in a loose and creative environment. Writing prompts will be on every whiteboard in case you need a little extra inspiration. Bring a bag lunch or feel free to order something from one of our many local restaurants. Just Write Saturday is free and open to all writers; you are welcome to come at any time from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Hosted by Kate Copeland and Debra Frech.

757 Comic & Cartoon Creators Meetings

4-7 p.m., the 2nd Saturday of each month
& 1-4 p.m., the 4th Sunday of each month

at The Muse Writers Center

2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3, Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 818-9880 (Directions and maps).

The 757 Comic and Cartoon Creators meet twice a month at The Muse! Come hang with fellow comic artists and writers. Talk. Draw. Be merry. More information on Facebook.





Book Lovers Bash

2nd Annual Book Lovers Bash

was
Saturday, September 23
7-10 p.m.

at The Slover Library


We had a great time at this year's Book Lovers Bash. Thank you to everyone who came and who sponsored the Bash.We hope you had a great time!
Save the Date! Our 2018 Book Lovers Bash will be Saturday, September 29, 2018.
Check out photos from the 2017 Bash on Facebook.
Check out photos from the 2017 Bash's photo booth on Facebook.
Thank you! to our committee: Beth Bilderback, Holly Chacon, Kathryn Copeland, Alicia Wright Dekker, Jen Edwards, Gretchen Gillen, Shawn Girvan, Amanda Gomez, Michael Khandelwal, Kelly Sokol, Ann Sullivan, Jim Verveka, & Jane T. White, Chairperson
Thank you! to our volunteers: Actors from the Push Comedy Theater & the Upright Senior Citizens Brigade, Hank Thompson, Joaquin Chacon, Colley Avenue Copies & Graphics, Lauren Compton, Simon Edwards, Becky Lane, Wyatt Thacker, Chanel Anthony, April Flood, Najah Isreal, Anesia Lawson, Kendall Lewis, Savannah Quanty, Kai Cumberbatch Smith, Keyeria Sutton, Liberty Vanty, Brian Vernon
A special thank you!: Katie Arroyo, Astro Entertainment, Cuisine & Company, Express Valet, Cassie Garrod, Bonnie Shaw, Slover Library, Karla Stead
Thank you! to our sponsors: Colley Avenue Copies & Graphics, MRI & CT Diagnostics, Kelly Sokol, Michael Khandelwal & Stephanie Catherines, Levin's of Virginia, Norfolk Economic Development Authority, Robin & Peter Bernath, Holly & Joaquin Chacon, Kathryn Copeland & Greg Hood, Gretchen & Bill Gillen, MMC Benefits, Southern Bank, Sullivan Law Group, Vessel Craft Coffee, Jim & Mary Veverka, Ellen Bryson & Rick Jones, Cynthia Carlson & Rich Goll, Pat & Greg Casey, Rob & Jennifer Edwards, Leslie & Lee Entsminger, Koehler Books, Anne Meek & Gil Kraine, Katie Petrillo, Priority Pest Services, The Space Above Yoga Center, Barbara Taylor, Grace Tazewell, Jane White, Wilbanks, Smith, & Thomas Asset Management, Yorgo's Bageldashery, Andre Marquez Architects, J.D. Cunegan, Riley Jackson, Gail Kent, Malcom Massey, Bill & Debbie Myers, Marrissa Patterson, Marc & Robin Pessar, Tim Seibles & Jennifer Fish, Smith, by Timothy J. Lockhart



Wow! Thank You! 2017 Give Local 757

Thank you
Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, liked, and/or sent great energy our way during Give Local 757 2017! Our goal was to raise $12,000 (in 2016, we raised $10,000 with 239 donros; in 2015, we raised $8,700 with 156 donors; and in 2014, we raised $3,000 with 48 donors). This year, we raised nearly $14,500 from about 316 generous donors!
And this year, we won the grand prize grant for most overall donors which means we will receive a $5,000 grant from the community foundations! This is all because of your support, and we really, really appreciate it.
Special Prize to Donors: We held a random drawing with the names of everyone who donated to us last week during Give Local 757 and picked three winners. Congratulations to Helen Kuhns & Cheryl Fletcher for winning free 1-meeting seminars at The Muse; and congratulations to Tammie Elliott for winning a ticket to our upcoming Book Lovers Bash and VIP Reception, on Saturday, September 23.
Did you know? The Muse provides tuition assistance and scholarships to more than 130 students each year, and helps send 3 people to college each year. We offer more than 240 classes and serves more than 1,200 students (from age 7 to post-retirement) each year, and The Muse helps give writers a voice, organizing readings, open mics, and writers events that reach for more than 6,000 adults, teens, and kids each year. The Muse is Hampton Roads' only literary center and is ranked in the top-10 in the country! Your donation will help us continue to grow and better serve the community! Thank you for your support!
Give Local 757 was sponsored locally by the Peninsula Community Foundation, The Hampton Roads Community Foundation, and The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. Thank you very much to these three local foundations for their help and support.
Even though this event is concluded, you can always donate to The Muse.


Our 300+ Generous Donors:

Anonymous Donor (in honor of Bernice Williams),
Anonymous Donor (in honor of Carol McLaughlin),
Anonymous Donor (in honor of Elisabeth Kieran),
Anonymous Donor (in honor of MikeJon),
Anonymous Donor (in honor of Tessa Solee),
19 Other Anonymous Donors,
Abbie McGee,
Adam Greene (in honor of Cliff Parker),
Al Markowitz,
Alice Lee,
Alicia Dekker,
Alisa Landrum (in honor of Marie Antoinette),
Alison Schoew,
Alyssa Hollingsworth,
Amanda Gomez,
Amanda Martin,
Amy L. Harden (in honor of Lillian Onody Fischer--she loved to write),
Amy Thernstrom,
Andrea Bourguignon,
Andrea Canfield,
Andria McClellan,
Angela Wierzbicki,
Angela Winters,
Angelica Zaragoza,
Ann Sullivan,
Anthony Cascio (in honor of David Cascio),
B. L. Deal,
Barbara Taylor,
Benjamin Smith (in memory of Edgar James Smith),
Beth McHose (for Kenna),
Betty Meyer,
Bill Ayres,
Bob Baxter,
Brad McMurran,
Brian Markman,
Brynne Burgess,
C. Gregory Hood,
Cab Spates,
Caitlin Hayes,
Carl Cascio (in honor of David),
Carol Howard,
Catherine Borden,
Catherine Craft,
Catherine Malley (in honor of H.E. Robertson),
Chantal Sexton,
Charles Hecht-Leavitt,
Charles Turnitsa (in honor of Lorrie Turnitsa),
Charles Wilson,
Cheryl Fletcher (in honor of Fredricka Hargrove & in honor of OG Triple OG Pharoah Khufu Anubis),
Cheryl Hornung (in honor of Helen and Alicia Dekker),
Chris Braig,
Christie Davenport,
Christina Birdsong,
Christine Villafana (in honor of Frances Sandelli),
Christopher DeMatteo,
Christopher McCarthy,
Collin Norman,
Constance Rhoton (in honor of Jane White),
Craig Culbertson,
Curtis Hall,
Cynthia Carlson,
Cynthia Cutler,
Dakota Chacon (in honor of Don Haney),
Dan Duke,
Daniel Brame (in honor of Pamela Bergman),
Darlene Ward,
David Cascio (in honor of Lena and Lawrence Denison & in honor of Anthony Cascio),
David Hinshaw,
David Leavitt,
David Seletyn,
Debbie Duncan,
Debbie Eddings,
Deborah Collins,
Deepak Ray,
Derek McNeill (in honor of Michael Virginia),
Diane Fine,
Donna Berg (in honor of Emily Baine),
Donna Conover,
Donna Simmons (in honor of Len Wines),
Doris Gwaltney,
Douglas Carlson,
Eimile Campbell,
Elaine Panneton,
Eleanor Taylor,
Elizabeth Argento (in honor of Eleanor Vera Jose),
Elizabeth Esenberg,
Elizabeth Girvan (in honor of my son the writer),
Elizabeth Kurz,
Ellen Bryson (in honor of Joseph Luksch),
Emily Baine,
Emily Howell,
Erin Baldwin,
Evan Grummell (in honor of Michael Khandelwal),
Evan Perry,
Falon Hyde (in honor of Neil Hyde),
Frank Jordan,
Frederick C. Schoew,
G. E. Hinshaw,
Gabriel Robinson,
Gail Perry,
George Kelley,
Georgie Marquez-Andre,
Gertrude Hinson,
Govind Khandelwal,
Grace Tazewell,
Gretchen Gillen,
Harold Rick Hite,
Harriet Schley,
Heather Paine,
Helen Kuhns,
Henry Thompson Jr.,
Hollie Sessoms,
Holly Chacon (in honor of Pat Whitman),
James Veverka,
Jamilah LeCruise,
Jane Alvarez-Wertz,
Jane White,
Janella Hecker (in honor of Alicia Dekker),
Janice Scott,
Jaonne Davoes,
Jarrod Harrison,
Jason Dietz,
Jay Shurling (in honor of James O. Shurling, Ph.D),
Jean Klein,
Jeannette Rainey,
Jeffrey Becker,
Jeffrey Hecker (in honor of James Tate),
Jeffrey Hutson,
Jen Edwards,
Jennifer Cowherd,
Jennifer Hitchcock (in honor of Rufus T. Firefly),
Jennifer Kohms,
Jennifer McDonald,
Jessica Kelley,
Jim Dekker,
Jim Morrison,
Joan Rhodes-Copeland,
Joanne Robbins (in honor of Shawn Girvan),
Joaquin Chacon (in honor of Jack & Lita Chacon),
Joe Jackson,
John Chappell,
John Deal,
John Girvan (in honor of Shawn Girvan),
John Koehler,
John McCarthy,
Jon Berry,
Jonathan Demme,
Jonathan Leavitt,
Joni Baker,
Joseph Radwich,
Judith Kaplowitz,
Karen Corrigan,
Karen Schiler (in honor of Regina Bennett),
Karen Steele,
Karrie McDaniels,
Katherine Lineker,
Kathleen Renault (in honor of Jane White),
Kathryn Copeland (in honor of Michael Khandelwal),
Kathryn Puerini,
Kathy Brobst,
Kathy Sarosdy,
Katie Hitchcock (in honor of Rufus T. Firefly),
Kelley McGee-Sousa,
Kelly Sokol,
Kent Miller,
Kimberly Urdaneta,
Kindra Greene,
Kristin Mehaffey,
LaKeshia Whitehurst,
Lamar Giles,
Lane Ritter,
LaNeeta Harris (in honor of Me! At age 61 I am finally tapping into my artistic talents),
Laura Beraha (in honor of Frank Kelly Freas),
Laura King (in memory of Julia Hislop),
Lauran Strait,
Lawton Baker,
Lee Entsminger (in honor of Writers),
Leigh Lagoe,
Leslie Entsminger,
Leslie Hecht-Leavitt,
Leslie Renn (in memory of D. R. Smithson),
Leticia Alonso,
Lin Chary (in honor of Barbara Carlson for being such a good friend),
Linda Cobb,
Linda Hansen,
Linda Stoute (in honor of David Cascio & Lee Denison),
Linwood Fisher,
Lisa Vincent,
Lucy Bartamian (in honor of Mike Khandelwal),
Lucy Hall (in honor of Your Mom),
Luisa Igloria,
Maia Peters,
Mandy Pennington,
Marc Pessar,
Marcia DeMatteo,
Margaret Rashti (in honor of Patti Hinson),
Martha Razor (in honor of my mom, Ethel W. Farrow),
Mary B Bartlett,
Mary Bland,
Mary Casey,
Mary Kledzik (in honor of Michael Khandelwal),
Mary Veverka,
Mary Zentz,
MaryAnn Toboz,
Matt Foster,
Matthew Moore,
Megan Frost,
Megan Mann (in honor of Louise Foy Baugus),
Melisa Deutsch (in honor of all who want to be the authors of their own lives),
Michael Khandelwal,
Michael Park,
Michael Rigg,
Michelle Birchard,
Michelle Park,
Mike Booth,
Mike Holtzclaw (in honor of Skye Zentz),
Milt Saunders (in honor of Capt. Herbert C. Rice),
Mirabai Roberts,
Nancy Blumenberg (in honor of Lauran Strait),
Nancy Rhodes,
Nathan Fender,
Nicholas Argento,
Olatokunbo Ajibola-Stott (in honor of Becky Lane Coulson),
Pamela Crenshaw,
Patricia A. Corbus,
Patricia Hinson,
Patricia Reali (in honor of the great young writers teachers!),
Patrick Evans-Hylton,
Peggy Meder,
Penny Pickel (in honor of Elena Pickel),
Peter Jacobs,
Peter Porosky,
Philip Walzer,
Phyllis Stewart-Ruffin,
Purple Inked,
Ramin Fatehi (in honor of Stephen J. Burgess),
Ramona Rice,
Randy Duncan,
Ray Smith,
Rebecca Lane,
Rebecca Myers,
Rebekah Budnikas (in honor of my big bro Shawn who rocks!),
Remica Bingham-Risher,
Renee Olander (in honor of Martha Iredell),
Ricardo Alonso,
Richard Eley,
Richard Levin,
Rick Fischer (in honor of Michael Khandelwal),
Ricks Voight,
Robert Boester,
Robert Edwards,
Robert Vincent,
Robin Curtis Pearson,
Robyn Thomas,
Rona Hyman,
Ruben Igloria (in honor of Ruben B. Igloria),
Ryan Thomas,
Ryoichi Oka,
Samantha Kemmler,
Sandra Wittman,
Sarah Hill,
Sarah Pishko (in honor of Bill and Anne Prince),
Sarah Pringle (In honor of my wonderful students!),
Scott Cramer,
Scott Fales,
Scott Wertz,
Shannon Lesoken,
Sharhonda Woods,
Sharon McDonald,
Shawn Girvan,
Shawn Rockhold,
Sheldon Leavitt,
Sheri Beyrau,
Shirley McDonald,
Shirra Leavitt (in honor of Charles Hecht-Leavitt),
Sonja Barisic (in honor of Kathy Brobst),
Stacy Ortiz,
Stephanie Brannick (in honor of All Writers!),
Stephanie Catherines,
Stephanie Iles,
Stephen Burgess,
Steven Saunders,
Susan Mosier (in honor of Shawn Girvan),
Susan Saunders,
Suzanne Burns,
Suzanne Rhodes,
Sybil Spurgeon,
Tammie Elliott,
Tanya Bartholomew,
Teresa Salvia,
Tessa Solee,
Theresa Parker,
Thom & JoAnn Vourlas,
Timothy Seibles,
Tommy Leeman,
Tracy Jackson,
Treva Taglieri (in honor of Tomato Basil Soup),
Tucker Cassanova,
Vernon Hall (in honor of Ian Curtis),
Wendy Schofer,
William Gillen,
William Sexton,
Zida Ash



Book Lovers Bash 2016

Thank you
The Book Lovers Bash was a great success!
Thank you to everyone who attended! We hope you had a great time!
Check out our photos on Facebook.
Thank you! to our committee: Beth Bilderback, Holly Chacon, Kathryn Copeland, Alicia Wright Dekker (Chairperson), Jen Edwards, Gretchen Gillen, Michael Khandelwal, Kelly Sokol, Ann Sullivan, Jane T. White
Thank you! to our volunteers: Eli Bilderback, Lin Kaatz Chary, Helen Dekker, Emmy Demmin, Sean Devereux, Jack DuBeau, Zach Earnest, Evan Hartley, Omar Haro-Perez, Wesley Harper, Janel Bailey Keen (Vivid Expressions Consulting), Eli Kohn, Brad McMurran, Sophia Moskowitz, Bryon Ramos, Justin Savino, Hank Thompson, Alba Woolard
A special thank you!: Katie Arroyo, Astro Entertainment, Cuisine & Company, Express Valet, Luisa Igloria, Tim Seibles, Bonnie Shaw, Slover Library, Stage Right Lighting, Karla Stead
Thank you! to our sponsors: Colley Avenue Copies & Graphics, Astro Entertainment, Kim & Andrew Fink, Michael Khandelwal & Stephanie Catherines, Levin Family Properties, MRI & CT Diagnostics, Kelly Sokol, Stage Right Lighting, The Unprotected, Robin & Peter Bernath, Corrigan Partners, Pamela McWhorter Hurley & Charlotte Hurley, Tommy & Meg Leeman, The Space Above Yoga Center, Grace Tazewell, Yorgo's Bageldashery, Ellen Bryson, Cynthia Carlson, Holly & Joaquin Chacon, Henry & Cynthia Conde, Christina & Bruce Dalcher, Dekker Psychological Center, Melissa Page Deutsch, Jennifer & Robert Edwards, Lee Entsminger, Leslie Entsminger, Gretchen Gillen, Matt and Tracy Jackson, Dominic & Carolina Johnson, Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio, MMC Benefits, Southern Bank, Sullivan Law Group, Jane White, Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas Asset Management, Mary & Jim Veverka, Margaret Libby Davis, Kim Engebrigtsen, Paul Engebrigtsen, Margaret Libby Davis, Rebecca Burcher Jones, Stephen Jones, Victoria Kelly, Alisa Landrum, Rochelle McKoy, Marc Pessar, Angela Winters, Konrad Winters



Wow! Thank You! 2016 Give Local 757

Thank you
Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, liked, and/or sent great energy our way during Give Local 757 2016! Our goal was to raise $10,000 (in 2015, we raised $8,700 with 156 donors; and in 2014, we raised $3,000 with 48 donors). This year, we raised more than $12,800 from about 239 generous donors!
In 24-ish hours, we raised $8,610.75 online, $700 in offline donations (when the national server got picked for jury duty), $1,514 in bonus donations, and then, among 223 other nonprofits, we won a $2,000 donation prize for having the third highest number (225) of online donors. That means you, and we really, really appreciate it.
Special Prize to Donors: We three names from our list of donors to win one of three gift certificates for a free Muse seminar. The winners are: Sarah Hill, Mary Wilt, and Michael Shaw.
Did you know? The Muse provides tuition assistance and scholarships to more than 100 students each year, and helps send 3 people to college each year. We just moved into a beautiful new 2,700 sq. ft. facility, complete with a library and an auditorium, and we offer more than 200 classes and serve more than 1,100 students (from age 8 to post-retirement) each year, and The Muse helps give writers a voice, organizing readings and open mics for more than 300 adults, teens, and kids each year. Your donations will help us continue to grow and better serve the community! Thank you for your support!
Give Local 757 is sponsored locally by the Peninsula Community Foundation, The Southeast Virginia Community Foundation, and The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and was part of a nationwide 24-hour giving event. Thank you very much to these three local foundations for their help and support.
Even though this event is concluded, you can always donate to The Muse.


Our 239 Generous Donors:

12 Anonymous Donors,
Timothy Seibles,
Barbara Taylor,
Peter Schulman,
Govind Khandelwal,
Lisa Vincent,
Charles Hecht-Leavitt,
Ellen Bryson,
Mary Jean Kledzik,
Ronald Kledzik,
Kimberly Engebrigtsen,
Lewis Foster,
Daniel Brame,
Sheri Beyrau,
Lisa Barr,
Kathryn Copeland,
Cynthia Carlson,
Sarah Hill,
Evan Grummell,
Mary Veverka,
Kelly Sokol,
Noah and Leslie Renn (in Memory of D. R. Smithson),
Marilyn Barton,
Shawn & Jennifer Girvan,
Robert Edwards,
Christopher De Matteo,
Leslie & Lee Entsminger,
Evans Poston,
Patricia Corbus (in honor of Michael Khandelwal),
Patrick Evans-Hylton (In Memory of Wayne K. Hylton),
Al Markowitz,
Lamar Giles,
Suzanne Rhodes (In memory of Eve Shelnutt),
Peter Porosky,
Christopher McCarthy,
Lisa Grimes,
Alicia Dekker (with thanks to all the wonderfully talented instructors at The Muse),
Laura Beraha (in memory of Frank Kelly Freas),
Dixie Dickinson (in honor of the Naro Theater),
Debra Frech,
Wendy Schofer,
Michael Frost,
Anne Marie Lyons,
Jane White,
Michael Khandelwal,
Karla Martin,
Kelley McGee-Sousa,
Gretchen Gillen,
Richard Levin,
Renee Olander (in honor of Martha Iredell),
Kindra McDonald,
Debbie Duncan,
Randy Duncan,
Joni Baker,
Gail Perry,
Angela Schlein,
Tim Sterken,
Gillian Durham,
Christie Davenport,
Kathryn Puerini,
Scott Fales,
Sarah Pringle,
David Cascio,
Matt Jackson,
Sally Hartman (in honor of Stephanie Calway),
Charles Wilson,
Rhonda Adkins,
Sheldon Leavitt (in honor of David),
Alison Schoew,
Mary Wilt,
Susan VanHecke,
Sherene Silverberg,
Millicent Accardi,
Cheryl Hornung,
Erin Beaty,
Michael Park,
William Ballard,
William & Anagene Loebick (in honor of Celina Santana),
Bennie & Annie Barnes,
Lynn Clements (in honor of Muse instructor Leslie Clements),
Bob Baxter,
Carla Earnest,
Victoria Kelly,
William Ayres,
Mark Hunter,
Michael Knepler,
Jon Van Laarhoven,
Ruben Igloria,
Caswell Richardson,
Janet & David Berry (in honor of Sarah Berry),
Austin Rankin,
Milt Saunders,
Rusty Cullen,
Marian Leavitt (in honor of David),
Ann Burrows,
Elaine Panneton,
Meghan Maki,
Emily Howell,
Phyllis Fedele,
Sheila Sheppard (in honor of Patti Hinson!),
Christina Dalcher,
David Wilhelm,
Pamela McWhorter Hurley (in honor of Robert L. McWhorter III),
Stephanie Catherines,
Nicki Toy,
Marc Leon Pessar (in honor of Luisa Igloria and Tim Seibles),
Elizabeth Bilderback,
Harriet S Buchholz,
Cecelia A Hagen,
Celina Santana,
Kim Lewandowski,
Gareth Trollope,
Lisa Booth,
Mandy Pennington,
Linda Unseth (in honor of The First Look Film Forum at the Naro Theater),
Tucker L Casanova,
Cab Calloway Spates,
George Kelley,
Ginny Werner,
Doris H Gwaltney,
Harold Rick Hite,
Kat Lineker,
Karla Loebick (in honor of Keith Mincey),
Barbara Carlson,
Dennis Andrews,
Mandy Martin,
Ann Sullivan,
Danielle Leibovici,
Kelley McGee-Sousa,
Jennifer Hitchcock (in honor of Bernard Sanders),
Stephen Burgess,
Joan Rhodes-Copeland,
Brynne Burgess,
Kelly Burgess,
Scott Wertz,
Lauran Strait (in honor of all the board members of Hampton Roads Writers),
Tessa Solee,
Liz Philpott (in thanks to the wonderful teen workshop instructors!),
Sarah Pishko,
Emily Melnitchouk,
Nathan Richardson (in honor of Hollis Pruitt),
Janella Hecker (Mad props to my sister Alicia Dekker!),
Helen Dekker (in memory of Miss Julia (Dr. Julia Hislop)),
Kristina Malleck,
Laura King (in memory of Julia Hislop),
Archie Whitehill,
Patrick West,
Taniki Richard,
Jason Dietz,
Bob Vincent,
Meg Leeman,
Konrad Winters,
Denise Cassella (in honor of my brother, David Cascio, who currently attends The Muse),
Melissa Deutsch,
Heather Paine,
John Chappell,
Dan Duke,
Nicole Carry,
Karl and Nancy Blumenberg,
Katie Glick,
Stephanie Becker,
Greg and Beth Murphy & Family (in honor of Scott Wertz),
Jeffrey Becker,
Loraine Schroeder,
Erin Lindstrom,
Kim Crowley,
Norinda Rodney,
Robert Sawyer,
Terry Lyle,
Judy Kaplowitz,
Cheryl Hornung,
Stephanie Brannick,
Pamela Crenshaw,
Eimile Campbell,
Karen Corrigan,
Simon Hounslow,
Patricia Hinson,
Trudy Hinson,
Reeves Mahoney,
Kathy Brobst (in honor of Michael Khandelwal),
Lily Hecht-Leavitt (in honor of Charles Hecht-Leavitt),
James Dekker,
Anthony Schober,
Jacqueline Hixson,
Donna Simmons (in Memory of Len Wines),
Holly Dekker,
M. Alyssa ONeal,
Courtney Dyer,
Susan Larson (in honor of Michael Khandelwal),
Kathy Sarosdy (in honor of Mary and Doug Weaver),
Katie Hitchcock,
Lucy Bartamian (in honor of Michael Khandelwal),
Amy Hartley,
Rosemary Ayres,
Anonymous Donors,
Jason Gunning (in memory of Afeni Shakur gone 4 days before Mothers Day, Dear Momma!),
Delona Southerland,
Jim Roberts,
Push Comedy Theater,
Dennis B McMurran,
Joy R Dean,
Zida Ash,
Jennifer Pattison,
Gustavo Mastrapa,
Steven Blythe,
Sylvia Liu,
Collin Norman,
Sherrie Pilkington,
Linda Cobb (in honor of Treva & Charles Cobb),
Kent Miller,
Hollie Sessoms,
Andria McClellan,
Christine Neikirk,
Lane Ritter,
Scott Cramer,
Amanda Huynh (in honor of Cheryl Kutcher),
Dominic Johnson,
Deepak Ray,
Chap Percival,
Michael Shaw,
Andrea Dicarlo,
Dalbe Markman,
Remica Bingham-Risher,
Kasee Renshaw,
Bettye Potts,
Brian Markman (in honor of Jeff Markman),
Lee Bachas



Thank You!
New Muse Grand (Re-)Opening

We have many, many people to thank for making our Grand Opening a huge success! The shining success we had on Saturday, January 30 wouldn’t have happened without the help of these kind people. Thank you: Jennifer Adams, John Aguiar, Ernesto Alonso, Ernie Alonso, Leticia Alonso, Rickey Alonso, Alt Daily, Dena Bage, Steve Burgess, Ellen Bryson, Barbara Carlson, Cindy Carlson, Stephanie Catherines, Dakota Chacon, Holly Chacon, Jack Chacon, Joaquin Chacon, Robbie Ciara, Colley Avenue Copies and Graphics, Kathryn Copeland, Karen Corrigan, Vanessa Crump, Shannon Curtin, Bruce Dalcher, Christina Dalcher, Maggie Libby Davis, Alicia Dekker, Christopher De Matteo, Andrea DiCarlo, Dan Duke, Rob Edwards, Rick Eley, The First Look Film Forum, Rick Fischer, Matt Foster, Jake Fowler, Eric Frankenberg, Michael Frost, Gretchen Gillen, Shawn Girvan, Dexter Gore, Alexandria Guster, Alyssa Guster, The Handsome Biscuit, Evan Hartley, David Hausmann, Lori Hendricks, Home Depot, Simon Hounslow, Emily Howell, Greg Hues, Charlotte Hurley, Pamela Hurley, Lauren Hurston, Jeff Hux, Amanda Huynh, Luisa Igloria, Dennis Kelley, Michael Khandelwal, La Bella in Ghent, Rebecca Lane, Alice Lee, Greg Lee, Anna Lehman, Richard Levin, Angee Loebick, Bill Loebick, Michal Mahgerefteh, Luna Maya, Sarah McCall, Ann McCarthy, John McCarthy, Kindra McDonald, Brad McMurran, Karla Montano, Vivian Montano, Sarah Munford, Romi Musni, The Naro Expanded Cinema, Lydia Netzer, The New Leaf, Norfolk Plumbing, Alyssa O’Neal, Joy Pabst, Greg Peterman, Tench Phillips, Plaza del Sol, Susan Pollock, Sarah Pringle, Printcraft Engraving, Laurel Quarberg, Leslye Reaves, The Reliable Remodeler, Noah Renn, Sharifa Reynolds, Charles Rhodes, Suzanne Rhodes, Celina Santana, Hector Santana, Jesse Scaccia, Alison Schoew, Kelly Sokol, Emilio Sousa, Johannes Speckheuer, Ann Sullivan, Karen Tatum, Phyllis Thompson, Kenny Tomasits, Pablo Torres, The Virginian-Pilot, Denise Watson, Sean Wiggins, Heather Wiggs, Carter Williams, Konrad Winters, Donna Wynn, Yorgo's Bageldashery, Skye Zentz.



Thank You! 2015 Give Local 757

Thank you
Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, liked, and/or sent great energy our way during Give Local 757 2015! Our goal was to raise $5,000 (in 2014, we raised $3,000 with 48 donors). This year, we raised more than $8,700 from about 156 generous donors! That's way above our goal, and nearly three times what we raised last year with more than three times the number of donors! We are still waiting on final numbers and matching funds, but we'll announce that when we know it.
The Muse provides tuition assistance and scholarships to more than 100 students each year, and helps send 3 people to college each year. We offer more than 180 classes and serves more than 1,000 students (from age 9 to post-retirement) each year, and The Muse helps give writers a voice, organizing readings and open mics for more than 200 adults, teens, and kids each year. The Muse is Hampton Roads' only literary center and is ranked in the top-10 in the country! Your donations will help us continue to grow and better serve the community! Thank you for your support!
Even though this event is concluded, you can always donate to The Muse.

Our 156 Generous Donors:

5 Anonymous Donations
Jennifer Adams
Diane Adams-Donatoni
Rhonda Adkins
Jeff Andrews
Dennis Andrews
Bill Ayres
Emily Baine
Joni Baker
Bill Ballard
Bob Baxter
Jeffrey Becker
Laura Beraha
(in honor of Frank Kelly Freas)
Jon Berry
Sheri Beyrau
Remica Bingham-Risher
Damon Booth
Lisa Booth
Catherine Borden
Andrea Bourguignon
Kathy Brobst
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Eileen Bryant
Harriet S Buchholz
Eimile Campbell
Ed Carden
Sandy Carden
Cynthia Carlson
Sarah Carter
Stephanie Catherines
John Chappell
Gregory Cina
Leslie Clements
Lynn Clements
(in honor of Leslie Clements)
Kathryn Copeland
Pat & Burt Corbus
Karen Corrigan
Kathleen Damiani
Christie Davenport
Chris De Matteo
Leona Defreitas
Alicia Dekker
(in honor of Julia Hislop)
Shawn Drew
Dan Duke
Carla, David. & Zach Earnest
Debbie Eddings
Robert Edwards
Laine Elliott
Nicole Emmelhainz
Kimberly Engebrigtsen
Leslie Entsminger
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Patrick Evans-Hylton
Scott Fales
Phyllis Fedele
Kim Fink
Tammy Flynn
Selina Foreman
Michael Frost
Donna Fuhrmann
Barbara Gardner
Donald Garrett
Lamar Giles
Lisa Grimes
Channing Guvernator
Kathryn Jane Harper
Sally Hartman
Virginia Harvey
Caitlin Hayes
Charles Hecht-Leavitt
Trudy Hinson
Patti Hinson
Jennifer Hitchcock
Jacqueline Hixson
Cheryl Hornung
(in honor of my daughter and granddaughter—Alicia and Helen Dekker)
Jason Huff
Mark Hunter
Pamela McWhorter Hurley
Jeff Hutson
Luisa Igloria
Matt Jackson
Lynn Jacobs
Dominic Johnson
Michael Jones
Victoria Kelly
Michael Khandelwal
Govind Khandelwal
Laura King
(in honor of Julia Hislop who loved the Muse and all who gathered there to write and laugh together)
Mary Jean Kledzik
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Ronald Kledzik
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Sara Kooij
Divya Kumar
Alice Lee
Susan Lilly
Sylvia Liu
Sheila Lovelady
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Kristina Malleck
Mandy Martin
Sarah McCall
Kindra McDonald
Brad McMurran
Emily Melnitchouk
Paula Miller
Theresa Odello
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Renee Olander
(in honor of Virginia Armstrong)
Elaine Panneton
Michael Park
Jennifer Pattison
Mandy Pennington
Gail Perry
Marc Pessar
Shannah Plutchak
Stella Pomianek
Komala Ponniah
Sarah Pringle
Kathryn Puerini
Margaret Rashti
Leslye Reaves
Shawn Rockhold
Angela Schlein
Wendy Schofer
Christine Schonrock
Loraine Schroeder
Timothy Seibles
Hollie Sessoms
Brittany Shearer
Donna M Simmons
(in honor of Len Wines)
Melissa Sipin
Timothy Siverd
Kelly Sokol Avery
Tessa Solee
Kelley Sousa
(in honor of Myrna)
Cab Spates
Lisa Speckheuer
Chris Stone
Lauran and Bob Strait
Ann Sullivan
Barbara Taylor
Paul Tschiderer
Mary Veverka
Marc Villaflor
Lisa Vincent
Rick Voight
Ava Vollbrecht
Thom Vourlas
Ted Warren
Harold Weaver
Rich Werber
David Wilhelm
Rodney Williamson
(in honor of Keyser Soze)
Chuck Wilson
Mary Wilt
Konrad Winters
Hilary Wriggers
Donna Wynn
James Young
(in honor of Michael and Barbara)



Thank You! 2014 Give Local 757

The Muse
Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, liked, and/or sent great energy our way for our first online fundraiser! We raised more than $3,000 and also received $600 in two bonus donations!
Give Local 757 was part of a 24-hour online nationwide event, featuring hundreds of communities and thousands of nonprofits and sponsored locally by the Peninsula Community Foundation.
This money will go a long way toward helping us maintain our community and provide great classes and seminars, great teachers, and great scholarships at The Muse.
Thank You for a great day!
Even though this event is concluded, you can always donate to The Muse.

Our 48 Generous Donors:

Five Anonymous Donors
Kelly Avery
Jeffrey Becker
Jon Berry
Andrea Bourguignon
Cindy Carlson
Stephanie Catherines
Monica Cetrone
John Chappell
Gregory Cina
Shawn Drew
Courtney Dyer
Robert Edwards
Kimberly Engebrigtsen
Scott Fales
Selina Foreman
Albert Hartley
Caitlin Hayes
Charles Hecht-Leavitt
Leslie Hecht-Leavitt
Lily Hecht-Leavitt
Janella Hecker (In recognition
of the hard work and dedication
of Alicia Dekker)

Patti Hinson
Jennifer Hitchcock
Cheryl Hornung (a tribute to
all the writers in her family,
especially her father)

Pamela McWhorter Hurley
Stella Jones
Govind Khandelwal
Michael Khandelwal
Frank Kozusko
Mandy Martin
Patrick McCarthy
Kent Miller
Lori Pennington
Marc Pessar
Shawn Rockhold
Loraine Schroeder
Barbara Scout
Kelley Sousa
Karen and Chris Steele
Barbara J. Taylor
Rick Voight
David Wilhelm
Valerie Wilkinson