Here’s a festival where you can get ‘the Best of Everything Local’

NORFOLK — Hope House Foundation will have its 5th Annual Chelsea West Fest on Oct. 6th from noon to 6 p.m. in the Chelsea Business District, 600 Claremont Ave. between Olney Road and Boissevain Ave. in West Ghent.

The free festival celebrates the energy of local offerings with a wide variety of handmade items from local crafters, talented local musicians, local beers, local pop-up food vendors and local products.

Nomarama will organize new pop-up food vendors that are part of their Munchie Markets. These pop-up vendors have been very successful and offer an array of fresh local delicacies, according to a news release from the city.

The entertainment schedule offers something for everyone including the region’s most popular performers.

Here’s the rundown:

  • Noon – 1 p.m.- Narissa Bond and Company
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.- Delirious George
  • 3 – 4 p.m.- The Storyweavers
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m.- Lucky 757

StarFire Festival will provide video game tournaments and cosplay contests, and kids activities include face painting and balloon animals by Bobby the Clown.

Sponsors include Old Point National Bank, TFA Benefits and Smartmouth Brewing Co. The event’s media sponsors are WHRO and VEER.

Proceeds from Chelsea West Fest support the programs of Hope House Foundation.

Since 1964, Hope House Foundation has worked on the frontlines of the battle for independence, community inclusion and true citizenship for people with developmental disabilities.

The organization provides individualized supported-living services for adults exclusively in their own homes or apartments. Currently, the organization is serving more than 120 people in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, according to a news release.

Hope House is known as an innovator and leader in the field, and in 2008, it received the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities national award for full community inclusion. In 2012, it was named ANCOR Foundation’s Service Provider of the Year.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.