Over 75 Yelp Elites and friends threw it back as if they were kids to explore the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center last Thursday night. The fun-filled evening began with everyone mixing and mingling in the Promenade room overlooking Lake Rudee. Sodexo provided the drinks and tasty samples while Bobby Reynolds with Colonial DJs entertained us with today's top music hits.
Cocktail hour started the night consisting of refreshments and hors devours that everyone loved. Rory J’s favorite dish was the pork with spicy greens and black eyed peas. For Keith C his “favorite item hands down were the crab cakes.” It was so good that he’s already “figuring out what event in the near future needs catering in order to get down with some of those crab cakes again!” Nikki F “personally loved the seared ahi tuna the best.”
The second hour of the evening was unleashing all these grown up kids to tour the museum. It was like going back to our childhood. Ashlea L hasn’t been to the aquarium since middle school “so it was a real treat to revisit. The sea turtles were my favorite while watching the fish and sharks was so relaxing.” Julia A adds, “the shark tank is the best! I really enjoyed sitting in front of it with a beer in hand and the sound of whale calls in the background. Such a beautiful experience.”
Stephanie S’s boyfriend, James, “the biggest kid I know, was so happy touching and playing with all the exhibits. Debbie T was “especially enchanted by the egg pods with the miniscule baby shark moving inside.” She left the event with her “shirt sleeve half wet from submerging it in the stingray tank.” (Don’t worry! You won’t get stung with these stingrays.)
A special thanks goes out to Linda Candler with the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center for hosting us, to Peter Patane and his staff with Sodexo for the wonderful bites and refreshments and to Bobby Reynolds of Colonial DJs.
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Until our next happy shindig, SYOY!