• April 2016 Tourism Newsletter

    April 01, 2016
    April 2016

    Vietnam Art Exhibit at PGRHC
    If you haven't visited the Prince George Regional Heritage Center, then you will want to soon.  On April 3 through April 30, the Center will open with a "Vietnam Combat Art" Exhibition, showcasing artists' impressions of the Vietnam War.  On display will be "39 artworks in oil, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, pencil, ink and crayon" by professional artists in Vietnam during 1960's era.  The Center hopes the exhibit will pay proper tribute to our "heroes" of yesterday and today.  The Center is located at 6406 Courthouse Road, Prince George, VA.  For more information about this exciting collection on display, go to www.princegeorgevahistoricalsociety.org or e-mail to PGhistory@aol.com or call 804 863-0212.  THANK a Veteran today.
    GARDEN WEEK, when? 
    Historic Garden Week is April 23 through April 30 throughout Virginia.  Some of our most historical and beautiful homes will open their doors and gardens to some of the most fantastic displays of art and beauty.  Weston Plantation at 400 Weston Lane is open daily for tours, and Petersburg Garden Week Tour is April 26.  Garden Week books are available for pick up at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 4100 Oaklawn Boulevard, Hopewell.  For more sites to visit and dates go to http://www.vagardenweek.org.
    LOVE Hopewell/Prince George 
    You are warmly invited to browse this newsletter and please come by or call if we can help you plan an excursion.
    Sincerely yours, 
    Staff of the Certified Virginia Visitor Center located in Hopewell/Prince George at the crossroads of history in the heart of "Made in Virginia."
    4100 Oaklawn Blvd. / PO Box 1297 Hopewell, VA 23860
    804-541-2461 or tourism@hpgchamber.org
    About time!  Prince George will honor our Firemen and EMS personnel with their very own museum.  Plans are in the process to convert the Old Food Bank Buildings at the Courthouse Complex into this special museum dedicated to Prince George Firemen and EMS personnel.  Prince George Regional Heritage Center is working diligently to make this happen.  More information to come soon. 
    Pamplin Park, Museum of the Civil War Soldier has some very exciting events planned for April and throughout the Year.  Join them on April 2 for their 10th Anniversary, Break-Through Anniversary Tour.  Walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers and see the unveiling of new exhibit and other special events throughout the day.  Tickets are $12.50 and include complimentary breakfast.  Bring a flash.  Start time is 5:00 am at Pamplin Park's Civil War Adventure Camp off Duncan Rd, Dinwiddie County.  Park will open at 9:00 am to public for daily events and special activities.  For further information call 804 861-2408 or go to http://www.pamplinpark.org or MemberServices@pamplinpark.org for registration information.
    It's a BIG Day for Sutherland!!  --  Southside Virginia Heritage Days at Historic Fort Inn is being celebrated on April 2.  Historic Fork Inn (also known as Sutherland's Tavern) will be open for tours.  Event also include the Olgers' Store Museum, Civil War reenactors to commemorate the April 2 1865 Battle of Sutherland Station, and open-hearth cooking, crafters, farm animals, children's stories, and delicious food and baked goods for purchase.  Event begins at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Sunday.  
    Historic Fort Inn is located at 19621 Namozine Rd, Sutherland.  FREE. For more information, call (804) 943-2283 or go to http://facebook.com/pages/Southside-VA-Heritage-Days/1410984162547549

    A one time only deal?  Well, maybe not.  On April 9 the Fort Lee Quartermaster Museum Staff will have a Special Presentation at the Hopewell Library.  Learn about artifacts and research documents housed at the Fort Lee Quartermaster Museum. Staff will share tales of soldiers and sailors with an opportunity for hands-on history. Learn about Fort Lee neighbors and enjoy refreshments. Sponsored by Hopewell/Prince George Friends of the Library at 2:00 pm, Hopewell Library, 209 E Cawson Street, Hopewell. If you want more information, call 804 458-6329 or visit the library's website at www.arls.org
    MORE Civil War presentations are planned to celebrate the 151st Anniversary of the Fall of Petersburg during the month by the Petersburg National Battlefield, 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg, VA.  
     -  April 2  -  Fort Gregg and the Breakthrough, 11:00 am - noon, Western Front Tour Stop #4.  Contact:  Aaron Rowland, 804 732-3531, ext 205 or Aaron_Rowland@nps.gov
     -  April 3  -  Evolution of Cavalry Tactics,11:00 am - noon, Five Forks Visitor Contact Station.  Contact:  Christopher Castle, 804 732-3531, ext 202 or Christopher_Castle@nps.gov
     -  April 3 -  Artillery Demonstrations.  Pegram's Company of Virginia Light Artillery Reenactment Unit will be at the Five Forks Intersection in Dinwiddie County from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Contact:  Anne Blumenschine at 804 732-3531, ext 203 or Anne_Blumenschine@nps.gov
    -  April 3  -  Artifacts of the Battlefield, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Five Forks Visitor Contact Station. Contact:  Tracy Chernault, 804 469-4093 or Tracy_Chernault@nps.gov
     -  April 30  -  Hard Hat Tour of Poplar Grove National Cemetery, 10:00 am - noon.  Contact:  Elizabeth Dinger, 804 732-3531, ext 208 or Elizabeth_Dinger@nps.gov
    Experience and learn about the soldiers who fought in the War for American Independence from England on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17 at the 25th Annual Revolutionary War Reenactment - Battersea.  There will be reenactors, regimental drills, training exercises, skirmishes, and battle demonstrations.  Bring the whole family for fun, history, and lots of excitement!  Events take place on Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at Battersea, 1289 Appomattox Street, Petersburg.  For additional information call, 804 733-2402 or go to www.petersburgarea.org.
    Community Events 
    April 23
    Firemen's Parade?  YES! YES! YES!! 
    One of the best ways Hopewell wants to celebrate its 100th Anniversary is with a Fire Apparatus Parade.  The Hopewell fire on December 9, 1915, which almost destroyed the whole city, was a major time in firemen history.  So, to celebrate Hopewell's history, come and join our firemen, as well as  firemen from the surrounding communities, make a "lot of noise" in this exciting parade.  Parade begins at 6:30 pm at Cavalier Shopping Center, 15th Street, to City Point Road to Main Street, and will at Ashford Plaza, Main Street and Route 10.  For more information call 804 541-2288 or dhunter@hopewellva.gov.  Remember to always support our FIREMEN, and say "Thank You".  They deserve it!

    April 9 
    4th Annual Kite Festival (All Ages) and Kite Festival 1K Fun Run (Ages 5-12). Prince George Parks and Recreation is sponsoring this event, which features fun contests and opportunity to build and fly a kite, as well as the fun run. FREE.  Festivities begin at 11:00 am until 3:00 pm, Prince George Temple Park, 14307 Prince George Drive, Prince George, 804 458-6164, Activity Hotline - 804 458-5186, www.princegeorgeva.org.
    April 13
    The Nathaniel Cawsey Garden Club of Hopewell will hold its 22nd Annual Garden Party, "Tropical Paradise" at the Country Club of Petersburg.  Guest speaker is Mr. Al Brockwell, owner and operator of FloraCulture of N. Chesterfield County.  Carolyn Hoagland from "All Manor of Things" Gift Shop of Historic Weston Manor will be offering exclusive accessories, handbags, clothing, and jewelry before the program and during the break.  The Club is located at 1250 Flank Road, Petersburg.  A $30.00 donation will be appreciated.  Tickets may be purchased from Patt Woodby, 804 458-7108.
      April 16
    "Think Spring" Annual Garage Sale sponsored by the Prince George Regional Heritage Center.  You will be able to find unique collectibles, antiques, and household and garden items. Rent table or bring own for $15.  Sale begins at 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Disputanta Ruritan Hall, 8961 County Drive, Disputanta.  Call for more information: 804 863-0212 or email: pghistory@aol.com.  
    April 16
    Craft Show to Support Super Kids Group Home. You will find handmade crafts, various vendors, including food. Hosted by Prince George Parks and Recreation, show begins at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Prince George Park and Recreation, 11100 Old Stage Road, Prince George.  Go to:  SKGroupHome@gmail.com or www.skmi.org for more information.  
    April 24
    Appomattox Garden Club - Garden Week Tea at Historic Weston Plantation.  Come out, have tea, and enjoy the scents and beautiful sights surrounding Weston Plantation.  The Tea begins at 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 and available from any GardenCclub member or calling Becky Slagle at 804 458-2290.  And, oh yes, you won't want to miss the "All Manor of Things" boutique, which will also be open!  
    April 28
    Poetry, Prose, Pizza at the Prince George Library. Nathan Richardson, published poet and youth mentor, will host this evening event. It is sponsored by the Hopewell/Prince George Friends of the Library and Lucas Restaurant.  Join them at 5 pm - 7:30 pm, Prince George Library, 6605 Courts Drive, Prince George.  For additional information call 804 458-6629 extension 3700, or go to:  http://www.arls.org/locations/princegeorge.   FREE

    April 30 
    Lower Appomattox RiverFest.   Celebrate the river and its connection to our communities. Get out and enjoy youth fishing workshops, canoeing and kayaking with Eco Trek Adventures, canal history ride, stroll the trail and view rare fauna, see and learn about birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and bugs.  WE ARE NOT DONE YET!.  Enjoy more demonstrations and food (vendors or bring your own), and MUSIC by Bowld Sojer Band.  Event will be at Ferndale - Appomattox Riverside Park, Petersburg/Dinwiddie from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  For more information go to:  www.folar-va.org.
    Destination Theater.  Seen a good, top-rated movie lately?  Now, do it for less. Showing First Class Movies (cost starting at $5), 5246 Oaklawn Blvd (The Crossings Shopping Center), N. Prince George.  For show times and latest movies go to www.destinationtheater.com or call 804 415-4000.  FREE popcorn coupons are available at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 4100 Oaklawn Blvd, Hopewell.
    The Beacon Threatre is "starring" celebrities with more shows to entertain you.  Check their website at www.thebeacontheatreva.com for pricing confirmation and tickets or call 804 446-3457.  They are located at 401 N. Main Street, Hopewell.
     -   April 2 - Get the Led Out "An Evening with".  Doors open at 6:30 pm
     -   April 7 - The Time Jumpers Featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, "Ranger Doug" Green and More.  Doors open at 6:00 pm
     -   April 8 - Layne's Chains (a tribute to Alice in Chains).  Doors open at 6:30 pm
     -   April 13 - Average White Band.  Doors open at 6:30 pm
     -   April 15 - Brian Owens Sings Marvin Gaye.  Doors open at 6:30 pm
     -   April 20 - The Drifters.  Doors open at 6:00 pm
     -   April 22 - The Hit Men:  Legendary Performers with Frankie Valli, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and More.  Doors open at 6:00 pm
     -   April 23 - Roger McGuinn.  Doors open 6:30 pm
     -   April 27 - The Mersey Beatles:  "Meet the Cavern Club's former decade-long resident tribute band and it's Director, John Lennon's sister!"  Doors open at 6:30 pm
     -   April 28 - Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.  Doors open 6:00 pm
     -   April 29 - Guitar Army:  Featuring R Ford, Lee Roy Parnell, and Joe Robinson.  Doors open 6:30 pm
    Still not enough ART?  Go see - Little Shop of Horrors at Swift Creek Mill Playhouse
                    April 6, 2016 - April 9, 2016 
    April 14, 2016 - April 16, 2016
    April 21, 2016 - April 24, 2016
    April 28, 2016 - April 30, 2016
    May 4, 2016 - May 8, 2016
    May 12, 2016 - May 14, 2016
    May 19, 2016 - May 21, 2016
    Matinee Dates:  April 6, 16, 24, 30; May 4, 8, 21 - 2:30 pm - Play / 12:30 pm - Buffet Lunch

    Swift Creek Mill Theatre, located at 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, S. Chesterfield, VA, is a long standing playhouse. This Mill original 1986 production was the longest running show in Mill history.  The voracious Audrey II will once again consume the Mill stage with music and mayhem.   8:00 pm - Play  / 6:00 pm - Buffet Dinner Served - $55 + Service Charge & Tax.  Play Only - $38 + Tax.  Military, Senior, Student & Group Rates Available. Call them at 804 748-5203 or visit their website at www.swiftcreekmill.com.
    "Walk" across Virginia".  This got my attention.  How does one "Walk" across Virginia?  Well, Katrina Kirby, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, specializing in Family and Consumer Sciences, can tell you all about FitEx and invites everyone to join her and other teams on this venture to get fit.  FitEx is an 8-week physical activity program developed by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Teams are formed with a Captain to help everyone get fit through exercise and nutrition.  Want to know more?  Call Katrina at her Petersburg Office at 804 733-1880 or email:  kirby2@vt.edu.  Program fee is $2.00.
    April 2
    Rippin' Lips Bass Tourney.  This fishing event supports veterans and is sponsored by Freedom Hunters.  Fees are $60 - Pre-Registration / $75 - Day of Event.  Location is Whippernock Marina & Campground, 2700 Sutherland Road, Sutherland, 303 884-0059, info@freedomhunters.org or www.freedomhunters.org.
    Goflers 2009April 22
    10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in Memory of Roger Drumheller and sponsored by the Hopewell Lions Club. Register by April 10.
    11:00 am Registration; 12:00 pm Lunch; 1:00 pm Start, Dogwood Trace Golf Course, 3108 Homestead Drive, Petersburg, 804 300-0100, Joey McCaffrey
    5K Runs
    April 2
    Appomattox River Regional Park 5K Trail Run sponsored by Prince George County Parks and Recreation, Riverside Regional Jail, and Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR). Registration is $20, TCRR Members $17, Students thru grade 12 $12, Couple $30. Start time is 9:00 am at 800 Folar Trail, N Prince George.  For more details, call 804 458-6164 or go to:  http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=36182
    April 30 
    Run Through The Grove 5K - Richard Bland College. Run or walk through the largest & oldest pecan grove in Virginia. Then enjoy refreshments and music.  Race fee is $20.00.  Race Day Registration and packet pick-up starts at 8 am.  (Pre-registered entrants are responsible for packet pick-up on race day). Race Day Registration ends 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. Register Now at:  http://rbcadmissions.wufoo.com/forms/rbc-run-through-the-grove-5k/  or email Danish Saadat 571 278-7570, dsaadat@rbc.edu.  Start time is 9:30 am - 11:00 am, Richard Bland College (behind Statesman Hall), 8311 Halifax Rd Statesman Hall, Petersburg.
    Special Events

    April 8
    Perkin' Plus - A gathering for coffee, connectivity, and information with local business, government, groups, and friends.  Our April coffee is sponsored by The James House, 6610 Commons Drive, Suite C, Prince George.  FREE.  Guests welcome.  Contact the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center for more information at 804 458-5536 or admin@hpgchamber.org.  Join us at 8:00 am - 9:00 am.
    May 14 - Wonder City Craft Beer Festival (First ever). Tickets are on sale now at http://www.wondercitybeerfest.com/. More than 30 craft beers to sample. Live music, good food. Taster Ticket - $25 (includes unlimited sampling and a commemorative glass), VIP Ticket - $50 (includes unlimited sampling, a commemorative glass, all day snacks in the VIP area, private bathrooms a shaded area and priority parking. This is a very limited ticket and will sell out), Non-Taster Ticket - $10 for our designated drivers, includes complimentary soft drinks). The Beacon Theatre, 401 N. Mains Street, Hopewell.
    Weston Plantation Summer Concert Series (Hopewell) start May 1.
    Community Day (Prince George) May 7.
    Do you have an upcoming event that is open to the public? If you represent a non-profit or community group, we would like to help promote your events.  Please submit event information and your logo or photo four weeks in advance to HPG Chamber at tourism@hpgchamber.org 
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