5 months until the 2020 VAAP Conference


Facts and figures about Newport News, Virginia

  • Newport News is located in the eastern part of Virginia, midway between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.
  • English colonists began settling in what is now Newport News as early  as 1622. Newport News became an independent city in 1896 and in 1958, merged with Warwick County.
  • Newport News is home to one of the largest municipal parks (7,500 acres) in the United States. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, archery and camping are all available in the park.
  • The shipyard, Northrop Grumman Newport News, was chartered in 1886, has built aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy since the 1930s, including the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Enterprise, and is today the sole builder of all the U.S. Navy’s carriers. For the record, the first vessel built by the yard was the tugboat Dorothy!

Newport News Town Center

The 2020 VAAP conference hosted by the Hampton Roads District will be held at the Marriott in Newport News City Center, March 24-27, 2020.  The Marriott is located right in the middle of Newport News Town Center at 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606 Hotel: 757-873-9299, and has many restaurants within walking distance, and attractions just a few miles away such as Busch Gardens theme park, Historic Williamsburg / Jamestown and outlet stores.  (Room rates will be $124. +tax per night).

Registration rates: VAAP Member/$300, NON-VAAP Member $400.  The 3 day conference includes continuing education hours, networking opportunities, breakfast, lunch and much more.  While you do NOT have to be a member to attend, joining VAAP would offer a substantial discount. 

There will also be a PRE conference held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  This plans to be 6 different themed areas of programming to include: intellectual, reminiscing, music, games, men’s activities & gardening. We encourage Directors to send your Activity Assistants to the TUESDAY program, as they are often holding down the fort while the directors attend the three-day (Wed – Friday) event.

Plan now to attend!!!


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