Saturday, October 4, 2014

Day 21

Oct. 4, 2014

Today we found 1 more mermaid (courtesy of a comment put on a post of this blog) and we visited the Mermaid Factory!  The boys designed and made their own mermaids - Connor made "Snowflake" and Collin made "Luigi."  What a cool place!  I can't wait to go back to make a mermaid mosaic form my living room!

Here is the mermaid we found:
 Atargatis - inside lobby of Holiday Inn Express in Norfolk by airport
her sign

The newest Norfolk mermaids:
Snowflake and Luigi

Day 20

Sept. 26, 2014

We met some of the nicest people today!  Peggy Beale of Paxton Company contacted us after reading about our quest in the newspaper.  Peggy and her brother Jim are CFO and president of Paxton Company, and the owners of "Liquid Energy" (Connor's favorite mermaid).  Peggy and Jim met us at Paxton Company and gave us a personal tour of the factory as well as the neighboring company Viking Life-Saving Equipment.  We also got to see Liquid Energy again and hear the story of how she came to be - and we got to see her plaque (kept inside).  Thank you to the wonderful people at Paxton Company and Viking for your warm welcome and personal tour!

Here is Liquid Energy and her plaque:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day 19

Sept. 20, 2014

We found 2 more mermaids!  My mom stumbled on one at Rudee Inlet - not sure her name - and a very kind lady saw our article in the paper and let us come see her mermaid (one I thought was missing).  The no longer missing mermaid is the beautiful Spectrum Gold!  I have also learned that I have 2 mermaids to get in Norfolk City Hall - Carousel and a Neighborhood mermaid - and a mermaid inside a downtown BB&T (not sure which one).  Unfortunately, I will probably have to wait until Christmas break to see those due to my work schedule.  I still also have the possible 3 on the Eastern Shore, the 1 on Naval Station Norfolk, Techno Mermaid in InfiNet, and the 2 that are under repair - O'Sullivan's and D'Art.

*update - found Techno Mermaid - see day 26 post

Still "missing" (or that I haven't found) are: 

Angel of Mercy
Aquatic Princess
Beauty Underneath
Beauty of the Sea
Broadway Nights
By the Sea
By the Stars
Catch of the Day
Collection of Stars
Elizabeth formerly Her Favorite Port
Evening Sea Goddess
Fairway Maiden
Fresh From the Sea - update - found her 3/21/15 - see day 23
Golden Tourist
Hats Off to the Navy
Jewel of the Sea
Lady Anne
Lady of the Links
Leading the Way
Low Tide - update - found her 3/28/15 - see day 24
Maid in Voyage
Maid of Lobster
Maid to Cruise
Mer Bones
Mer Max II
Mirror Mosaic I and II
Mishell - update - found her 3/21/15 - see day 23
Mythical Sirena
A New Horizon
the Norfolk Admiralette
Norfolk Gateway to the Sea
Norfolk Sea Goddess and Her Children
Of the Sea
Picture Frame Mermaid
Postcards From Hampton Roads
Press Party/Media Mermaid
Reaching for the Stars
Reaching for a Dream
River View
Sea Shimmer
See Maiden
She’s Every Ocean
Spectrum (there are 2 Spectrum and Spectrum Gold - I did "catch" Spectrum Gold),
Spoken Word
String of Pearls
Sue Nami
Susie the Pink Ribbon Mermaid - update - she is a traveling one -
we met her 7/9/15 - see day 30 - See Susie's travels
Timeless Elegance
Toga (I have found one labeled "Toga" but she is really Flying Spirit with a Toga sign)
USS Wisconsin
Verdi Gris

Reported as "deceased": Sports Under the Sea, Jestacular, Holiday Sands Maiden

Reported as broken: Brass Maiden, Wavey Mermaid

If you know the whereabouts of any of these "missing mermaids. please let us know!  We would love to "catch" them!  Here are the ones we "caught" today:
 Spectrum Gold on Bay Island
Unknown mermaid at Rudee Inlet - can't see her front unless you are in the water as she is right on water's edge


Monday, September 1, 2014

Day 18

Aug 30, 2014

We have come to the end of summer and a wrap of all of the known mermaids I could find.  All in all, we found 87 official mermaids and 10 unofficial mermaids.  There are still 8 I have been unable to get - O'Sullivan's because she is under repair, D'Art because she is also under repair, InfiNet's mermaid because she is under lock and key and I have been unable to reach them to find out how I can see her, Norfolk City Hall lobby because I have been unable to go at a time when they are open, 1 on Naval Station Norfolk that I am unable to see because I cannot get on base, and a reported 3 in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore - I have yet to make it up there.  I have also put in a call to 2 businesses, however they won't return my call - Sherry with Rose & Womble for the Rotunda, and the owner of Lifestyle Motor Group.  Hopefully I will hear from them soon.  I will post again when and if I find them or if I find new ones.  Here are some unofficial mini mermaids we did find:

 mini mermaid 258 W Ocean View Ave.
 up close of mini mermaid 258 W Ocean View Ave.
 mini mermaid 632 W Ocean View Ave.
 up close of mini mermaid 632 W Ocean View Ave.
mermaid replica on wood 760 W Ocean View Ave.
 up close of wood mermaid 760 W Ocean View Ave.
 mermaid sign 748-746 W Ocean View Ave.
mini mermaid 9703 15th View St.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day 17

Aug. 23, 2014

We found several mermaids today:

 Maid of Brass near River Rd.
 up close of Maid of Brass
Shellina on Newport Crescent
 Shellina Newport Crescent mermaid
 Yuma Yah on abandoned Hunton YMCA building 1139 E. Charlotte St.
 Soul Session on Miller Oil building 1000 E. City Hall Ave.
 up close of Soul Session - she is in bad shape with paint peeling
 unknown mermaid (maybe Scales of Justice?) near side of Norfolk World Trade Center 101 W. Main St.
 mini mermaid on balcony of 1 Colley Ave.
 up close of mini mermaid
 Maid on Time at Larchmont Library
 Maid on Time
 Reflections of the Soul in backyard of house on N. Fairwater Dr. only visible from Hampton Blvd. bridge
up close of Reflections of the Soul

Friday, August 22, 2014

Day 16

Aug. 22, 2014

Still only a few mermaid sightings - and a lot of missing mermaids.  Spoke to a WONDERFUL lady, Sandee, at Frank Spicer Restaurant Equipment who was a wealth of information about the Norfolk Mermaids.  She helped design the mermaid "Timeless Elegance."  That mermaid was sold at auction to benefit CHKD and her whereabouts are unknown at this time other than she was to be put in a fountain somewhere.  Sandee was also very generous and gave us a laminated newspaper article from Nov. 13, 2000 detailing the "Norfolk Mermaids on Parade - Mermaid Splash for the Arts."  It talks about the original benefit auction for the Norfolk mermaids.  She also generously gave us a very beautiful Norfolk Mermaid calendar from 2004. Very cool!

Sidenote - I am now thinking Timeless Elegance might be Accidental Tourist at 1838 Ocean View Ave.  They look very similar...

Here are the ones we did find today:

 Jester on bldg of 110 E Olney
 Jester up close - she is really pretty!
 mermaid at Fred Heutte Center 1000 Botetourt Gardens - she is kind of in bad shape in spots with some peeling paint and weathering
 MHI mermaid 502 Claremount Ave.
 MHI mermaid
 mini mermaid 240 W 21st St.
 newspaper article about mermaid auction from Nov. 13, 2000
 up close of newspaper
 another up close
 3rd up close
4th up close
 cover of Mermaids on Parade 2004 calendar
 January 2004 - Broadway Nights - missing
 February 2004 - Flying Spirit - we found her in Berkley - she is now called Toga
 March 2004 - Mythical Sirena - missing
 April 2004 - A New Horizon - missing
 May 2004 - Spectrum - missing
 June 2004 - Sybil - missing
 July 2004 - Hats Off to the Navy - missing
 August 2004 - The Jewel of Norfolk - found her on top of Decker Law Office in Downtown Norfolk
 September 2004 - Seasonal Maid - has been repainted and is at Botanical Gardens
 October 2004 - Jestacular - deceased
 November 2004 - Penny - missing
 December 2004 - Reaching for the Star - missing
 inside back of calendar - Spoken Word - missing
 up close of Jan. 2004 minis - left - unknown; right - She Sells Sea Shells (supposedly in Cape Charles)
 up close of Fe. 2004 minis - left - unknown; right - Catch of the Day - missing
 up close of March 2004 minis - left - Liquid Energy on Ingleside Rd; right unknown
up close of April 2004 minis - left - unknown; right unknown
 up close of May 2004 minis - left - unknown; right unknown
 up close of June 2004 minis - left - Gem of the Sea corner Granby and Monticello; right unknown
 up close of July 2004 minis - Miss NATO at Willard Model School; right USS Wisconsin - missing
 up close of Aug. 2004 minis - left unknown; right unknown
 up close of Sept. 2004 minis - left Timeless Elegance - missing (but perhaps is now Accidental Tourist at 1838 Ocean View Ave?); right - unknown
 up close of Oct. 2004 minis - left - Flower Garden at 201 Tazewell); right - Flight - missing
 up close of Nov. 2004 minis - left - unknown; right - Miss Definitely Downtown on corner of Granby and Monticello
 up close of Dec. 2004 minis - left - unknown; right - unknown
 back cover of calendar
 up close of copyright/contacts left side
up close of information right side