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MARKER 20
21 East Queens Way
Downtown Hampton
Virginia 23669
 
Ph & Fax: (757) 726-9410
 
Open 11am-2am daily.
Saturday Breakfast 10am-1pm
Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm.
 
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SATURDAY JULY 12th 2014, IT'S... ROLLING OF THE BULLS!
Click here for more info!

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SATURDAY NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN, IT'S... SCARYOKE!
Part karaoke contest, part costume contest.
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
 
Pics from Scaryoke 2007

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Yet Another Oddball Idea Brought to You by MARKER 20..
 
It's The Rolling of the Bulls!

Thanks to the Dominion Derby Girls and all the participants. Can't wait until next year! See a video of the blessing of the bull run.
 
Run a half mile through the streets of Downtown Hampton while being chased by roller derby girls with whiffle ball bats!
 
Blessing of the Bulls at 12:45pm
Run Starts at 1pm
 
Must wear white with a red scarf & sash. Be creative! Run at your own risk. Ages 18 and up.
 
Party on the Deck at Marker 20, 1pm-3pm to benefit the Dominion Derby Girls. Listen to Come in Tokyo & get a custom red scarf, paella, & drinks for just $15. Ages 21 & Up.
 
Good artists borrow, great artists steal... Here's a link to our inspiration.

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The Freaky Kon-Tiki Lives On!

The Freaky Kon-Tiki has hit the big time! It's now being sposored by New Belgium Brewery and the money raised will help support Hampton Bay Days.
 
It will be held in Mill Point Park on Sunday August 26th. Float building begins at 9:30am with the first heat at 1:30pm. There will be live music in the park from noon to 6:00pm with food and drinks available for purchase. Click here for all the details and to register your team.
 
And don't worry, we'll still have a big after party at Marker 20. See pics of the previous races here!  

 

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Cornhole is back to it's normal summertime groove with the beginning of Daylight Savings Time!
 
Signup at 3:30pm...
Play Starts at 4:00pm

Marker 20 Cornhole in the News
 
Join the craze that's sweeping the nation!  Cornhole is a cross between horseshoes and bean bag toss.  It's REALLY big in Ohio, so you know it must be fun! :)
 
Cornhole is played on the back deck at Marker 20 every Sunday. Signup starts at 3:30pm. Play starts at 4pm.  Each Sunday that we have eight teams participating, we'll up the competition by giving away a cash prize!
 
So grab your friends, come on down, and shoot for the hole at Marker 20!

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The Kentucky Derby Day Party is, as always, the 1st Saturday in May. It's the day we dust off the ice crusher, pick some fresh mint, and break out the bourbon.
 
Ladies! Grab your guns... your glue guns that is. The Derby hat contest winner will be picked at 5:30pm. We've had some really inventive entries in past years. Star with her birds and nests, Stephanie with her screws and beer caps, and my personal favorite -- Mary Anne whose hat resembled a mini-bar! 
 

 
 
 

This Year's Tournament Will Be
Sunday, September 4th, 2011
(Labor Day Weekend)

Prizes are TBD, but in past years the prize categories have included... Heaviest Fish, Prettiest Fish, Ugliest Fish, and Highest Total Weight of Three Fish Caught by an Individual
 
Your $40 Entrance Fee Includes...
Your Very Own Popeil Pocket Fisherman
Fishing License for the Day
Fish-tabulous Deck Party at Marker 20
Entrance fee is only $25 if you BYOPPF!

Stop by Marker 20 to sign up or
send email to

 
You Will Need:
 
1. Bait
2. Lures
3. A (legal) place or boat to fish from on the Hampton River north of channel marker 20.
 
 
The Rules:
 
1. All fish must be caught that day on the Hampton River, north of channel marker 20.
2. They must be caught with a Ronco Popeil Pocket Fisherman.
3. You must use the line already installed on the Pocket Fisherman.
4. No eels or skate.
5. You must attend the Captains Meeting at 10:00am and the Weigh-In at 4:00pm Sunday, September 4th on the deck at Marker 20.
6. Only one prize per person.
7. If you are not going to eat them, try to keep them alive so you can throw them back.

On Sunday of Labor Day Weekend 2008, we had our first ever Pocket Fisherman Tournament. (Possibly the first ever Pocket Fisherman Tournament.) The plan was easy... Meet up at Marker 20 at 10am for the Captains' Meeting where you'd receive your Pocket Fisherman and fishing license. Then go forth and catch fish. All fish must be caught with the Pocket Fisherman in the mighty Hampton River north of channel marker 20. Fish from a boat, a dock, or even a hovercraft full of eels for all we care. Just get back to the deck at Marker 20 with your catch by 4pm for the weigh-in.
 
If you participated in or heard anything about our Freaky Kon-Tiki on Memorial Day Weekend, you'll understand that our sporting events are part competition, part wacky, and mostly an excuse to hang out with friends and drink beer. So don't worry too much about your fishing skills!


 
 
 

 
"Why the Pocket Fisherman?" you ask? Well here's the deal... Every few years, Carlyle would bring up the Ron Popeil Pocket Fisherman... how cool they were and how he wishes he could find one. I (Chrisi) got really sick of hearing about it. I finally went to my local Walgreens and picked one up for him, thinking that would be the last of it. But nooooo! Now he's made a whole fishing tournament out of it!
 

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There was a whole lotta shakin' goin' on at our fourth guest bartender night. This time Sam McDonald from the Daily Press and Andy Cohen from Abbitt Realty were whipping up Blue Hawaiians (complete with the little umbrella) to raise money for the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.
 
A big thanks to everyone who participated, especially the folks from the Foodbank who sang their hearts out! We had a great time.

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Hurricane Hanna cancelled Bay Days 2008, but the party kept going at Marker 20 as Heather's favorite band dada rocked out a three hour set right in our back room! It was sweaty and gritty and a whole lot of fun! Thanks guys for giving your fans what they came for!!

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For three quarters of a century, it has been illegal for restaurants in Virginia to serve Sangria, that great Summertime refresher.  You see Sangria is wine mixed with various fruits and that demon brandy.  I guess the prohibitionists thought slipping the brandy in there would cause otherwise upstanding wine drinkers to be subverted into drinking the hard stuff, the first slippery step to moral depravity!
 
But after an Alexandria restaurant was ordered to pour ten gallons of Sangria down the drain and then fined $2,000, the law was challeged and repealed!
 
The new law goes into effect July 1st, 2008.  In honor of this momentous event, Marker 20 is celebrating with Sangria Week July 1st through 7th, 2008.  We'll be serving up our house made Sangria and other south of the border specials all week!

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Ten teams competed in the 1st Annual Memorial Day Weekend Marker 20 Freaky Kon-Tiki Hampton River Raft Race on May 25th, 2008!
 
Rafts were built on site for under $100, paddled down the river, then run overland to the finish line (and one heck of an after party) at Marker 20.
 
Thanks to Sandie and J.D. for the great idea! And MUCH thanks to Sandie for her fantastic organizational skills!
 

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We had another great Guest Bartender Night! This time to benefit our local YMCA.
 
Thanks to Bruce and J. D. for bartending on one of the busiest bar holidays of the year!
 

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Thanks to everyone who came out for our second guest bartender night! While celebrating Fat Tuesday, we raised just over $1,000 to benefit Brad Pitt's Make It Right project for rebuilding the Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina.
 
Thanks to Frank and Rebecca for putting up with the craziness!
 

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At our first guest bartender night, to benefit the Peninsula SPCA, we raised just over $2,000 and got three animals adopted!
 
Thanks to Randy and Judy for slinging the drinks!
 

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