Thursday, November 12, 2009

2010 Virginia Blog Fest

Stay tuned for details on another fiddler-crab-filled event in Mathews County open to anyone brave enough to endure the boredom mosquitoes and Amazon Jungle humidity horse flies.

We're looking at a summer gathering but haven't set the date yet.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Blog Fest is Here (I Think)

Blog Fest 2009 begins Thursday, July 16th, which as I write this is tomorrow.Come over to my other blog Life in Mathews if you want up-to-the-minute information on what's going on. Maintaining two blogs while juggling preparations for Woodstock Blog Fest is daunting but I'll do the best I can.

The agenda, which may change depending on Mother Nature and Human Nature, is as follows:

Bloggers arrive and meet at CBW's House
Wine and cheese, snacks and beverages for early arrivals
Dinner starting at 6:00

Meet at CBW's house late morning
Caravan to county beaches and court house for a tour of Mathews
Lunch at the court house (TBD)
Afternoon TBD - either free time or Gwynn's Island Museum
Dinner at Sandpiper Reef in Hallieford

Boat ride around New Point Comfort
Lunch at Sea Breeze (TBD)
Free Time
Sunning, swimming, cookout on the beach

Nothing scheduled except a nap.

Below are the folks who are coming and links to their blogs, if applicable. Please be sure to visit them --there is an overwhelming amount of talent represented in this short little list.

Big Hair Envy - Who celebrated a birthday last week. From VA
Grandma J. From Texas. Make sure you're within close proximity to a paramedic if she decides to make a prank phone call. She's good, this Grandma J.
Foolery - Who celebrated a birthday last Saturday. Coming from California.
Meg/Soup is not a Finger Food From the DC metro region.
Mental P Mamma - CT
TS Annie - CT
Daryl - NYC
AsthmaGirl- Washington State (You have to say it like that around here otherwise people think it's Washington DC.)
The Baroness -CANADA
Living on the Spit - VA
Country Girl - MD
Pleasing Procrastinator - IN
Noe Noe Girl a Queen of All Trades - A little house in the big woods.
Momx2 - Celebrated a birthday on Sunday
Auds at Iambarkingmad -MAINE
A Gloucester blogger and his wife
Anonymous Mathews Native -Who will bring delicious ham biscuits
The Waterman's Wife -Whose birthday is on Saturday and who is arranging our boat ride.
MsSeabreeze -Lifelong friend
Baby Sis (only for Saturday night)
Dr. Phil - For obvious reasons
Emeril - For obvious reasons
Carol Burnett - Just because I want to see if you're still reading.

Friday, June 26, 2009

2009 Virginia Blog Fest

It's hard to believe the Blog Fest is right around the corner.

We have an exciting several days planned. Below is our agenda as of this moment, much of this is dependent upon the weather:

JULY 16-19, 2009

Objective: Our goal is to meet the bloggers and commenters we've come to know as friends; to share the beauty of Mathews and Virginia; to perhaps share some blogging tips; and most of all to have fun.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 16

3:00 - 5:00 Bloggers arrive at Chesapeake Bay Woman's house (Directions will be e-mailed to those who are traveling from out of town.)

5:00 - 6:00 Wine and Cheese Welcome
Wine, sodas, water, fruit, cheese, crackers, etc. outside if heat and humidity weather permits.

6:00 - 8:00 Cookout in CBW's back yard overlooking Queens Creek. Menu, subject to change, will include shrimp; ham biscuits; deviled eggs; baked beans; potato salad; something on the grill, either chicken, beef, burgers/dogs/ TBD.

8:00 - Whenever: Bonfire

Friday, July 17
Whenever we get up: Breakfast - Breakfast casserole; coffee; juice; pastries; fruit.

Late morning - Tour of Mathews to include New Point Lighhouse; Bethel Beach; Aaron's Beach; Haven Beach; downtown Mathews, including visitors center.

Lunch - Downtown Mathews, Location TBD.

After Lunch - Gwynn's Island Museum (This is not yet confirmed, I need to contact the museum to arrange a tour.)

Free Time

Dinner at Sandpiper Reef Restaurant in Hallieford - Enjoy fresh local seafood on the screened porch.

Saturday, July 18
Whenever we get up: Breakfast - Breakfast casserole; coffee; juice; pastries; fruit.

Late Morning - Boat Ride. Details and logistics still need to be worked out, but a Mathews resident will provide a brief boat ride because you haven't seen Mathews until you've seen it from the water.

Lunch - Sea Breeze Restaurant on Gwynn's Island

Afternoon- Free Time/Nap/Whatever

3:00 (possibly earlier) - Gwynn's Island Beach - swimming, sunning, possibly a jet ski ride followed by a cookout and hopefully a spectacular sunset. There is a shady/grassy area for those who do not wish to swim.

Sunday, July 29
Bloggers depart.

What People May Contribute If They Wish (All available locally so do not have to travel with the stuff.)
-bottled water
-good coffee
-desserts (store bought = fine)
-morning pastries
-wine, beer, beverage of their choice. I will have very limited liquor/mixed drink ingredients (very, very limited)

What People Should Bring or Purchase Upon Arrival
-Mosquito repellant
-Bathing suit
-Beach Towel
-Beach Chair/umbrella (Locals only - I have some spares for those traveling)
-Flip flops - everything is casual around here.
-Cool casual clothing - everything is casual around here.
-Hat for sun protection
-Small cooler (optional)

Spending Money, as follows:
-Lunch on Friday -TBD depending on where we go, but anywhere from $5 - 15.
Dinner on Friday at Sandpiper Reef Restaurant - will run anywhere from $10 - $25 for food, plus cost of beverages
-Lunch at Sea Breeze on Saturday - Very inexpensive - anywhere from $5 - $10.
-$5 contribution from those who take the boat tour
-Money for souvenir Tervis Tumbler if you wish to purchase - $20
-If I secure a van for the Mathews tour, that will cost us something, TBD. I'll post info as soon as possible.

I have a tentative guest list, but for planning purposes would like to get a more definite headcount. Please e-mail me at and tell me which of the events you will attend:

1. Wine and Cheese Thursday night
2. Cookout Thursday night
3. Lunch at Mathews Court House (TBD)Friday
4. Dinner at Sandpiper Friday night
5. Lunch at Sea Breeze on Saturday
6. Cookout at Beach on Saturday

We look forward to seeing you!

Love, CBW

Sunday, February 1, 2009

2009 Virginia Blog Fest Overview

Welcome to the 2009 Virginia Blogfest informational site. Please note: This site is still under construction and some of the information here will likely change and/or be updated, particularly the schedule of events. The dates, July 16-19, will not change, nor will the location, Mathews County, Virginia.

Chesapeake Bay Woman and Big Hair Envy invite you to attend a blogging get-together, open to any blogger, commenter or reader of our blogs.

The goal of our gathering is to have fun, to meet people we've come to call our friends, perhaps learn something new about blogging, and tour Mathews County, Virginia.

Below is a tenative agenda, subject to change:

Thursday, July 16
Bloggers arrive
5:00 p.m. - Cookout at Chesapeake Bay Woman's House, which overlooks Queens Creek.

Friday, July 17
Late morning - Tour of Mathews
Lunch - Location TBD
Afternoon - Free time (I will be researching the possibility of a boat trip.)
Dinner - TBD

Saturday, July 18
Free Time
Afternoon - Travel to beach on Gwynn's Island for swimming, possibly jet skiing, sunning. There is a large grassy area available for anyone not wanting to get sandy.
Dinner - Cookout at the beach. Guest appearances from local Mathews residents.

Sunday, July 19
Bloggers depart.


If you are interested in attending the 2009 Virginia Blog Fest in Mathews County from July 16 - 19, please answer a few questions to get started. You may e-mail your answers to and Big Hair Envy (I need to get her e-mail address; in the interim send to the ChesapeakeBayWoman account.)

1. Will you be attending Thursday - Sunday (all days)?

2. If you are only attending certain days, please indicate which ones:

3. Are you bringing anyone with you? (Guests are welcome, however, depending on number of interested participants we may have to limit attendees at some point. For now, the Blog Fest is open to you and your guests.)

4. How will you be traveling? (I.e. personal car, airplane, train, etc.)

5. Will you require transportation to/from the airport/train station?

6. Will you require overnight accommodations? If so, please indicate which of the following you'd prefer:

a) Camping in Chesapeake Bay Woman's yard overlooking the water
b) Staying at Chesapeake Bay Woman's house (inside, not camping)
c) Hotel (the closest one is 15 miles away in Gloucester County)
d) B&B (there are a few in Mathews)
e) Cottage rental (some are available for short term)
f) Local campground (there are 2 in Mathews, both on the bay)
g) I've made my own arrangements and don't require any assistance

Note: For a link to local accommodations, please click here or see separate post on lodging.

7. Please provide an e-mail address where we can contact you with additional information.

Thanks and we look forward to your arrival.

Blog Fest Guests

Below is a list of bloggers who are planning to attend the 2009 Blogfest. As I receive registration forms, and as time permits, I will update this list.

Also, if you have already told me you're coming and I don't have your name up here, just remind me. I have the organizational skills and memory of a glazed doughnut.

Grandma J





Big Hair Envy

Chesapeake Bay Woman

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of All Trades

Pleasing Procrastinator

Well Read Hostess

Meg from Soup is not a Finger Food

Asthma Girl

River Poet

The Baroness


Ann Marie

Auds at Barking Mad - YAY!

Living on the Spit

Commenter Mathews Mountain Man + Family + Pookie

Commenter Bayman

Commenter Anonymous Mathews Native


The following are still thinking about it and need to be encouraged to just say YES:



There is space at Chesapeake Bay Woman's house for guests, and she also has ample yard available for those who want to camp. If you are interested in commercial lodging, a detailed listing is available at - click on the Lodging section. There are no hotels in Mathews, but there are B&B's and rental cottages available.

Below are some of the options:

Bed and Breakfasts

Buckley Hall Inn
(804) 725-1900

Kingston Plantation Inn
(804) 725-5831

Sycamore Haven House
(804) 725-0147


New Point Comfort RV Resort
(804) 725-5120

Gwynn's Island RV Resort
(804) 725-5700

Hotels - Located in Gloucester County, approximately 15 miles away

Comfort Inn
(804) 695-1900

Hampton Inn

Directions and Local Information

This post is still under construction.

Directions: (forthcoming)

Questions? Please ask them here.

If you have questions that have not been addressed already, please leave a comment here and let me know what you need. Thanks!