Our Old Make Out Places
 Newport News and Hampton, VA

02/06/16 Huntington Park

9285 Warwick Boulevard (Exit 263A from I-64), Newport News, VA

06/10/06 Merry Point South Madison Lane, Newport News, VA
06/10/06 Peterson's Yacht Basin 16th Street, Adjacent to Stuart Homes, East End, Newport News, VA 23607
02/28/09 Scenic Overlook

Chesapeake Avenue at Manteo, Overlooking the Hampton Roads,
Hampton, VA 23661

02/28/09 Skeeter Beach Chesapeake Avenue between Wythe Parkway and Chesterfield Road, Hampton, VA 23661
02/28/09 Beer Can Alley The very south end of Chesapeke (correct spelling) Avenue in Merrimac Shores, Hampton, VA
09/28/05 Unnamed Near Beechmont and Moyer Road, Newport News, VA

There was another 'location' I knew of, probably at the end of Beechmont Road ( If that's it.. I sure haven't
been there in a l-o-n-g time ).  Whatever the street is, it's past Ferguson High, on the left.. There was a
shopping center and a twin screen movie theatre.  A ways down the road, was a turn top the left onto a dirt
road, leading up a hill, and  if you stayed real quiet... and Bruce Barry played a
Johnny Mathis tune
WTAR ("...Seven-Nine-Oh Radio, the Voice of Tidewater. One of America's Great Radio Stations.."  you
might see a series of lights flickering through the trees to the right... Sometimes white.. sometimes red...
Little did I know until I went there during daylight hours that the flickering lights were headlights and taillights
of the other cars that continued on the paved road as it curved below the hill.
But, maybe I wasn't paying attention.

  - Bill Black ('66) of GA - 09/23/05

Wait a minute!  Are you saying that in addition to the Scenic Overlook, and Peterson's Yacht Basin and
Huntington Park
Merry Point that there was another popular, ahem, uh, late-night drive-in attraction?!?

   Let's ask Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA).  He's a super-genius.  Oh, Da-vid!


Wellllll, this one is a bit confusing. The only Beechmont I could find is off of Denbigh
Boulevard, which a way further up Warwick Boulevard than is Shoe Lane, where Ferguson
HS and CNC were located. Moreover, Merrie Point was off of Hiden Boulevard, which is just a
little north of Shoe Lane.

Also, I am not so familiar with a shopping center with the twin screens.

Also. Merrie Point overlooked the James River and was not on a dirt road; I don't think there
would have been mysterious lights around there.

So, this one will remain a mystery, unless he provides more landmark clues.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/22/05

   (Grrrrr.)  Okay, Sweetie-Pies.  You heard the captain; we need more clues.  Perhaps we'll have a new page!
Thank you, David!

I'll go with the Hiden Boulevard street name.  Maybe there was a Hidenwood Shopping Center?  And
in hindsight, the 'dirt road' might have been a driveway to a construction site?   I may have mistakenly
thought my granddaddy's white 65 Chrysler New Yorker was actually an off-road vehicle.  Merrie Point /
Merry Point rings a bell. 

- Bill Black ('66) of GA - 09/23/05


Bill Black's memory is correct. When you turned left onto Beechmont Drive from Warwick Boulevard, 
there was a shopping center on the right that held the cleverly named Beechmont Twin Cinema.
When that was built, two movies in one building was a big deal. If you follow Beechmont Drive to the
end you come to Moyer Road which roughly parallels the Warwick River. By going down some of the
streets that were being cut in during the late 60's you could end up on a river overlook.

Of course, I only know that by having been a telephone installer in the area at that time.

- Dave Arnold ('65) of VA -09/23/05

   Of course!  GIGGLES!  Thanks, Dave!



Here is some information. The Beechmont subdivision touches Denbigh Boulevard, but Beechmont Drive does
not touch Denbigh Boulevard. At the end of Beechmont Drive where it intersects Warwick Boulevard, there is a
shopping center. There was a movie theatre there at one time, but now that building is used for a church.
I hope this helps.

Edna Whitcomb Harrison
('65) of VA -09/23/05

Thanks, Edna!  That does help!

OK, I buy all of that. But the river which is being overlooked (looked over) would be the
Warwick River, not the James. Perhaps I read "James" into Bill Black's original recollection.
Anyway, we have verified that it is not Merrie Point.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/24/05

Thank you, David!

Soooo - does anyone remember calling this place by any particular name?!?

In reference to "Passion Pits" in the September 24th newsletter - does anyone remember "Skeeter Beach"?
This also was on Chesapeake Boulevard in Hampton. It was a little road that ran beside the Wilks home,
(Karen Wilks '64).
- Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL - 09/24/05

AHA!  Thank you, Donna!  I knew there was one more on Chesapeake Boulevard!

Re: those “observation” places off Beechmont & Moyer Road – Yes! They were there – we lived off Moyer
Road – on Stevens Road in the mid-seventies – our house was about ten years old – so that would have put it
about right (1965) – as someone mentioned about roads going in off Moyer Road for new subdivisions – go
look up Stevens Road on your favorite online map or perhaps one of those new satellite maps – on Mapquest
it looks as though the Warwick River is much farther away from where Stevens Road (and the other roads)
dead end (not so)  –  actually there are a couple of short dirt roads at the end of Stevens that lead to several
private drives to homes right on the river – I know because we walked back there all the time and across
Moyer to the that part of the river  as well – and I know for a fact couples were still coming back there to park
– also to the end of Moyer.

- Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 09/27/05

AHHHH - so, it's true!  Thanks, Cheryl!

You made mention of Skeeter Beach. As I recall it was located between Wythe Parkway and Chesterfield Road
on Chesapeake Avenue and of course, on the water side. A dirt/sand road went down to the beach, there were
two or three small trees and a old shack. Boy, that was a long time ago!

AT LAST!!!  We have pinpointed the exact location!  Thanks so much, Tim!

Also, does anyone remember Beer Can Alley? Located at the very south end of Chesapeke (correct spelling)
Avenue in Merrimac Shores.

- Tim Rogers (HHS - '66) of VA - 06/11/06

Anyone? Anyone?


December 1963 - Oh, What a Night

- Bob Gaudio and Judy Parker

(The Four Seasons)

Oh, what a night
Late December back in sixty-three
What a very special time for me
As I remember what a night.

Oh, what a night
You know I didn't even know her name
But I was never gonna be the same
What a lady, what a night.

Oh I, I got a funny feelin' when she walked in the room
Yeah my, as I recall it ended much too soon.

Oh, what a night
Hypnotizin', mesmerizing me
She was ev'rything I dreamed she'd be
Sweet surrender, what a night.

I felt a rush like a rollin' ball of thunder
Spinnin' my head around 'n' takin' my body under
Oh what a night.

Oh I, I got a funny feelin' when she walked in the room
Yeah my, as I recall it ended much too soon.

Oh what a night, why'd it take so long to see the light
Seemed so wrong, but now it seems so right
What a lady, what a night.

Oh, I felt a rush like a rollin' ball of thunder
Spinnin' my head around 'n' takin' my body under
Oh what a night (do do do do do, do do do do do)

Oh what a night (do do do do do, do do do do do)
Oh what a night (do do do do do, do do do do do)
Oh what a night (do do do do do, do do do do do).

(This page was created 09/24/05 at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs - '64 - of VA.
Thanks, Dave!)

"December 1963 - Oh, What a Night" midi courtesy of http://www.hamienet.com/midi4213.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/24/05
Thanks, Dave!

"December 1963 - Oh, What a Night" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsdownload.com/valli-frankie---four-seasons-december-1963-oh-what-a-night-lyrics.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/24/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Animated Kissing Couple clip art courtesy of http://www.jograham.com/valoverk.htm - 03/29/05(re-saved 02/28/09)

Animated Pulsing Hearts clip art courtesy of http://www.animation-station.com/ - 05/03/03

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