About William Hazel

William Hazel is the Executive Director of the Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum

Keeping Company With John

We talk to him by name. Bid him good morning, good night, and refer to John in everyday, normal conversation. Some days it's kind of like he's right here with us. Still working at the Station he reported for duty at for 34 years. John Woodhouse Sparrow was a local boy from Princess Anne [...]

By |2019-01-25T17:55:34+00:00January 25th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Dresen, Like the Salad

"It's pronounced dress-en, like the salad." Jessica casually puts me at ease during her interview with her simple explanation of how to say her name right. She doesn't know that I've spent the last two weeks interviewing over a dozen candidates for the Assistant Store Manager position. Jessica Dresen established herself as the right [...]

By |2019-01-18T16:27:44+00:00January 18th, 2019|Blog|1 Comment

Committed to Community

The question kept coming up, "What's going to be in this area?" The answer was always the same; People.  This time last year we were laying out plans for the new exhibits while contractors were hard at work on the building renovations. It was a huge task, with more than a dozen new exhibit [...]

By |2019-01-18T16:31:29+00:00January 18th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Fourteen Hours

Fourteen Hours The day is already steaming. It’s just before 8 am and the Virginia Beach Boardwalk has a steady flow of early bird cyclers, walkers and runners making their way through the dense soup of summertime humidity. I assume the tourist position of stopping, crouching, and pointing my phone at the 3 mile concrete [...]

By |2018-08-31T11:25:03+00:00August 31st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments


Rocket-Ships Heather lights up the room. She walks into the space and it becomes naturally brighter. It’s impossible not to notice her confidence. With eyes firm on the horizon, she’s already taking the steps for propelling her promising career in a new direction. In short, Heather knows where she’s going. She hadn’t quite nailed [...]

By |2018-11-24T15:01:14+00:00July 28th, 2018|#GivingTuesday2018, Blog|0 Comments

I Am Not Alone

The sound is distinct. Boots on an old wooden floor. One. Two. Three. Three steps. It is well past 9pm, and I am the last one in the museum cleaning up after an evening tour program, getting ready to lock up and call it a night. The sound comes from directly above me, in the [...]

By |2018-07-21T16:08:05+00:00July 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Community Yoga at the Beach

We just showed up and rolled out our mats. The grassy area sun drenched and filling with an eclectic mix of wellness seekers. A group of strangers, young and old, brought together by one simple idea; Community Yoga. After an hour of practice, we weren't strangers anymore. We lingered together after class had finished. We [...]

By |2018-06-18T13:45:59+00:00June 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Let’s Run With the Sun

My wife gave me running as a gift. She was a runner in the past, having done the Chicago Marathon, and decided one day to bring a running routine back into her life. She kept inviting me to join her, but my workout experience, and my thinking, was still confined to a very basic routine [...]

By |2018-06-08T20:38:42+00:00June 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Shop Local

The retail aspect of our non-profit offers an eye-opening snapshot of how our visitors are shopping with their conscience as well as their wallets. The powerful trend of purchasing locally made products reveals that our visitors have a growing desire to use their money in a way that benefits a smaller community. An informed [...]

By |2018-03-13T20:24:22+00:00March 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Creating A Community Space

Create a community space. That’s our goal. That sounds simple enough. But wait, what makes a great community space? What does that look like, exactly? Perhaps I answer too simplistically, but my definition goes like this; in a vibrant community space, people are talking. My wife and I pop into a great local coffee [...]

By |2018-03-08T22:26:15+00:00March 8th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments