Catherine Verdier lives in Norfolk with her husband and daughter. She blogs about kid-friendly living in Hampton Roads at Where the Watermelons Grow.
A couple of weeks ago, just before Valentines Day, Anouk and I stopped by the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk for their monthly Stories and Songs program. We are big fans of a good storytime, especially on these chilly winter days. We've been to a good sampling of them around the area, but we think the Hermitage storytime is one of the best around.
For starters, Ms. Sheila, who leads the group, is a pro -- a champion reader and a singer with a lovely voice. Second, she doesn't scrimp on books -- there were at least a half dozen Valentine's-themed stories to hear and see. And the setting (the Hermitage's beautifully panelled main hall) is really beyond compare.
Perhaps best of all, the program is free, and after it ends, visitors are encouraged to walk around and explore the historic Arts-and-Crafts house and surrounding garden. It's a good chance to catch a glimpse of the museum without shelling out for admission. Even on a cloudy day, the view out over the Lafayette River doesn't disappoint and the grounds are the perfect picnic area.
The next Stories and Songs at the Hermitage is on March 11 (just as things are starting to bloom!) This storytime is best suited for infants through children aged five.
Photo Credits: Catherine Verdier