Make the best of it

Published 9:34 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The calendar shows more than a month remaining, but for most Suffolk families, summer is almost over. For many, in fact, this weekend will be their last free weekend before school starts again next week.

Families looking for a nice event that will help their kids transition from lazy summer fun to academic responsibilities have a lot to choose from right at home this weekend. Beach trips, camping and other late-summer out-of-town vacations might not give the kids enough time to settle back down before school starts, but a nice weekend spent at home enjoying some of the things that make Suffolk unique could be just what they need to ease back into the world of schedules and responsibilities.

Topping a busy list of activities this weekend would have to be the Nansemond Indian Tribe’s annual powwow at the end of Pembroke Lane on Saturday and Sunday. The powwow is set to make history this year, as Nansemond tribal leaders are expected to receive a deed for a portion of their ancestral land from the city of Suffolk during a ceremony to kick off the event.

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This will be the 25th anniversary of the powwow, which is always a popular event in Suffolk, even when history isn’t being made in the process. The event is part family reunion, part homecoming and part cultural celebration, and the public is welcome. Admission is free, though donations are accepted at the gate.

Those attending the powwow will enjoy seeing ceremonial dances and traditional regalia, craft and cultural displays and food concessions, along with a special and renowned drum group, Stony Creek, from North Carolina. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Grand entry of the dancers is at noon on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Just a stone’s throw from the powwow, members of the Hampton Roads Radio Control Club will be holding a fly-in to support the Wounded Warriors program on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The club’s airstrip is located on a corner of Lone Star Lakes Park that abuts Pembroke Lane between Godwin Boulevard and the Nansemond lodge.

There will be plenty of beautifully detailed radio-controlled airplanes on the ground and in the sky, and visitors can learn to fly one using a nifty gadget called a “buddy-box.” There will also be a raffle and other attractions available, as the club celebrates National Model Aviation Day.

Also on Saturday, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a celebration of the ‘80s, complete with a band, big hair, board games and that 1980s favorite, “Back to the Future.” The fun is all outside and starts at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 8:30 in the downtown area.

Time is running out to drain the last drops of fun from the summer. Fortunately for folks in Suffolk, though, there’s at least one good weekend remaining. Make the best of it.