Partners Program

Thanks for showing interest in WEDA’s partners program for the upcoming Dredging Summit & Expo in Norfolk, VA.  We have planned a few outings that hopefully will give you a good introduction to the beautiful city of Norfolk and its surroundings. Whether you want to explore the newly remodeled Waterside District with its many shops and restaurants, spend some leisure time relaxing at Town Point Park or taking a stroll along the Elizabeth River Trail, there is something to do for everyone!

The complete partner program can be added in the “Guest Tickets” section of the registration page for $375 US or you can select the various events, functions and tours listed below a la carte. Here are the events and tours we have planned for the week: 

  • Monday, June 25th
    • Welcome to Norfolk Tour, Naval Station Norfolk Tour & Doumar’s Ice Cream Treat
    • 1:00 – 4:30 pm
    • price –  $60
      • Board the motor coach with your Phillips DMC tour guide and tour the Norfolk Naval Base, which is part of Naval Station Norfolk – the largest naval installation in the world. Home port to 59 ships, ranging in size from aircraft carriers to submarines, 18 aircraft squadrons and headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet, this naval complex occupies over 8,000 acres of land and is home to more than 70,000 military personnel. A Navy personnel will board the coach and take you past the 14 piers, through the Naval Air Station, and the historic homes built for the 1907 Jamestown Exposition on “Admiral’s Row” which now house the flag officers.
      • Next, learn about Norfolk’s colorful history of over three centuries as you ride through the lovely historic district and restored areas. View the stately homes along the Hague, old St. Paul’s Church, the Moses Myers House, the Chrysler Museum of Art, MacArthur Memorial, the historic Freemason District, Nauticus, a maritime center, the Battleship Wisconsin, the restored waterfront area, as well as many other points of interest. Downtown Norfolk has undergone a complete transformation in the last decade and features the beautifully renovated Town Point Park with the Armed Forces memorial, a beautiful $34million cruise terminal, waterfront condos and state of the art shopping area.
      • Enjoy a photo stop at the Pagoda and Garden on the downtown waterfront, just minutes away from the bustling city activity of Norfolk. Enter one of the defining gates embraced with gentle swaying bamboo and experience a serene oasis where East meets West on over an acre of urban space. The naturalistic setting embodies many of the Chinese concepts of harmony and tranquility. Stroll the winding walkways, and enjoy the essential elements of this exquisitely arranged landscape of plants, water, stone, and architectural features. The Pagoda, a gift from Taiwan with Chinese architectural detail and ornamentation, was completed in 1989 at Freemason Harbor on a site recognized in the 1880’s as an integral part of a thriving commercial port. In 2000, the Friends of Pagoda and Oriental Garden Foundation, in partnership with the City of Norfolk, created a unique oasis at the Pagoda which honors trade relations and continues the port legacy.
      • Next, visit old St. Paul’s Church, Norfolk’s oldest standing building, established in 1637. It was the only structure that survived the famous bombardment of Norfolk during the Revolutionary War in 1776 and today a cannonball still remains lodged in its Colonial brick exterior. Guests can walk the cemetery and grounds, and if there is no service being conducted within the church, they are welcome to enter the building to view the beautiful stained glass windows and centuries old wooden pews. 
    • Welcome Reception / Ice Breaker
    • 6:30 to 9:30 pm
    • $50
      • Join us inside the MAIN Ballroom on the 4th floor of the Hilton for WEDA’s signature Ice Breaker Welcome Reception. This is the perfect place and time to meet and greet the other conference attendees. Plenty of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served along with stationary food displays and carving stations. The Welcome Reception is included with all conference & exhibitor registrations.
  • Tuesday June 26th
    • Full day tour of Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Winery
    • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • $95
      • Depart via motor coach with your Phillips DMC Tour guide for the charming town of Williamsburg. A dedicated, licensed tour guide will provide interesting and informative narration during the ride about the historic Virginia Peninsula and the Coastal Virginia area. Upon arrival, step back into the 18th century as a historical interpreter guides guests through the past and the events that helped shape America’s history on a one and one half hour leisurely walking tour through the restored district. (Actual distance is approximately 4-5 blocks, and is appropriate for those in wheelchairs).
      • Following the overview tour, enjoy free time to shop and browse in the many unique specialty shops in Merchants Square. High quality apparel, gifts, jewelry, unusual quilts, beautiful furniture and holiday decorations are but a few of the offerings found in this quaint, picturesque shopping area. Guests may dine on their own in one of the Colonial Taverns or in Merchants Square. Their guide will point out all of the dining options as they pass through town.
      • Next, experience a private tour of the Williamsburg Winery, an 18th century-styled winery surrounded by over 50 acres of vineyards. A guided tour will feature Old World barrel cellars and modern winemaking equipment. Following the tour, guests will enjoy a tasting of available wines, and spend time browsing in the gift shop on premises.
  • Wednesday June 27th
    • Virginia Beach Tour & Lunch
      • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • $100
        • Board the motor coach with your Phillips DMC Tour guide and enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay as you learn about the history of Virginia’s largest city and get the pulse on current day in Virginia Beach.
        • See the First Landing Cross at Cape Henry where the English colonists first came ashore in 1607 prior to settling at nearby Jamestown. Walk out on the overlook to see where the bay and the ocean meet, and where the famous Battle of the Capes took place during the Revolutionary War.
        • Enjoy a stop at the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, built in 1792, this lighthouse was active until the late 1800’s and is currently a Virginia Historic Landmark. Guests may choose to climb to the top of the Lighthouse (small admission fee, pay on own) or shop in the gift shop for all things Lighthouse related.
        • Ride down the resort strip, see the historic Cavalier Hotel as well as the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, a unique structure which pays homage to veterans everywhere.
        • Guests will enjoy lunch at Rockafellers, a local’s favorite restaurant with a casual beach vibe. Here they will enjoy a classic Virginia Beach setting overlooking the picturesque Rudee’s Inlet which sits at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean on Lake Rudee. A delicious three-course meal will be served and a cash bar will be available.
        • Following lunch guests will enjoy free time at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk to dip their toes in the ocean or to shop.
    • WEDA GALA Reception & Dinner
      • 6:30 to 9:30 pm
      • $75
        • The reception will be on the 4th floor of the Hilton in the Main Ballroom foyer area, followed by a plated dinner inside the MAIN Ballroom. The GALA Reception & Dinner are included with all conference and exhibitor registrations.
  • Thursday June 28th
    • Post Conference Tour & Lunch
      • 1:00 to 4:30 pm
      • $25
        • Lunch and refreshments are included. 
        • Enjoy a relaxing 2 1/2 hour tour onboard the 167′ Spirit of Norfolk. This tour is the perfect way to close the conference week and enjoy the beautiful historic scenery of Norfolk.
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Click HERE to register for the full partners program or any of the events, functions or tours separately. 


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