Category Archives: Americana

Pungo Weekend


Members of the 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, from Ft. Story, marched in the parade at the Pungo Strawberry Festival in Virginia Beach, Va., on Saturday. Photo by John Doucette.

A strawberry field was quiet.

A picked-over field of strawberries.

Rick Clabbers of the Venture Scouts, Crew 502, of Virginia Beach, helps folks park in a field not too far from the fairgrounds.

Winner: best hat.

Runner up: best hat.

A rooster says hello. Or something.

One of the Beach's new traffic cams, Pungo style. Or a crow. It's hard to say.

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Photo: Happy Easter


Easter egg, 2011. This is one I decorated. I meant it to be patriotic, but it just looks like a melting snow cone.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Andre Cousins, 22, works his shift for the Liberty Tax Service branch near Church Street and E. Brambleton Avenue, this morning. Behind him is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Photo by John Doucette.

Around lunchtime today, 22-year-old Andre Cousins waved to passersby near the intersection of E. Brambleton Avenue and Church Street, in the shadow of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the center of the intersection.

Cousins, who grew up in the Bowling Park area, was working for the nearby Liberty Tax Service branch. He said he had watched people march to the memorial that morning to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

He said:

Everybody came marching down. They joined in a circle, started clapping and waving. Some people started crying through. I went over, did a little dance with them. People came over and took pictures.

When the marchers pressed on, Cousins said he stayed behind to keep working.

I wish I could have gone with them. Black, white, Mexican, all of them were mixed together.

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Photo: Patriotic Bench in Cradock


Patriotic bench outside the firehouse in Cradock, a community in Portsmouth, Va. Photo by John Doucette.

I shot this as part of research for a story, but it’s not the sort of thing that would get published. I just like the bench.

Cradock is a neat neighborhood. The streets were designed to resemble an anchor, which makes a lot of sense for our communities within Hampton Roads, Va. Some history is available here.

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Photo: Dugout in Rhode Island


Ball field dugout, Warwick, R.I., December 2009. Photo by John Doucette.

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