August 2016 Tourism Newsletter

January 25, 2017
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT! You mean I can meet my neighbors and local police personnel in one night? YES, and more!
"National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live", as stated by the National Night Out Organization. Neighbors meet neighbors and their families. Neighbors and families meet their local police officers and other members of law enforcement. There is always plenty of food, conversation, special activities and demonstrations, and FUN, FUN, FUN. National Night Out can be as simple as a backyard cookout, whole block party, or locals gathering at a park, church, or community center. Check with your local law enforcement personnel to see what is planned for your neighborhood. 
National Night out for Hopewell, VA, and Prince George County, VA, is August 2, 2016.   Here are just a few:
National Night Out at Burrowsville Community Center and Library at 18701 James River Drive, Disputanta, VA. Join your neighbors in honoring Prince George's finest: police and fire forces. Activities include Ice Cream Social / Games, Free Books and School Supplies for Children / Give A-ways for All / DJ for music, fun and dancing / Fire Trucks. This neighborhood event is hosted by FOBS, Burrowsville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary, and the Appomattox Regional Library at Burrowsville. Festivities are 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm.
Prince George County Police Department already has 23 communities planning to participate in National Night Out, including the Burrowsville Community Center. Send email to for listing and additional information.
Hopewell Police Department will also be out in the communities meeting friends and neighbors and sharing information. Go to their website at  
Fort Lee Fire Department and the Fort Lee Police Department invite friends and neighbors to the Welcome Center located at 1510 Sisisky Boulevard, Fort Lee, VA, for fun and safety education.  Representatives from PMO, ACS, Red Cross and USAG Emergency Services will distribute helpful information.  Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided by Crossroads Ford and Fort Lee Family Housing.  The Fort Lee Army Band will perform.  Event is from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 
Have you seen this --  
Check out our Broadway here in Hopewell, VA.  Antique shops - Bobby's Antiques, The Carousel, and Celia's Antiques; restaurants - Bopper's Malt Shoppe, Lisa's Cafe, and The Greedy Spoon; fitness centers - K & J Fitness; and much, much more.  Don't miss Main Street (just around the corner) - The Beacon Theatre, Old Timers Classic, The Gardner's Gate, Pop's BBQ, LLC.  Take a stroll and enjoy the day (or two)! 
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
Children having fun and learning about History - No surprise here.  Emma and George Days are back at Weston Plantation on August 9-10, 2016.  This is a 2-day learning event named for Emma and George, who lived at Weston Plantation during the last days of the Civil War. Through activities, exploration, crafts and games, children gain an appreciation for history and life in the past. This event is for children ages 8 to 12.  Fee is $10 per child and includes snacks. Space is limited.  Come join the fun at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at Weston Plantation, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell, VA.  For more information and to register call 804 458-4682 or email
Have you heard this one, "I want to be a soldier"? Well, now you can have this experience without signing up with "Uncle Sam". On August 20-21, 2016, Rally Camp at Pamplin Historical Park will be open. This is an educational, hands-on adventure into the world of a Civil War Soldier.  You will experience life as a newly recruited soldier.  Program includes uniform, musket, practice in field medicine, military discipline, and more. Reservation required.   Pamplin Historical Park is located at 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg (Dinwiddie County).  To register or get more information go to or call 804 861-2408.
Petersburg National Battlefield have a number of exciting programs planned for August 2016.  Petersburg National Battlefield, Eastern Front Visitor Center is located at 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg, VA.  Contact PNB at 804 732-3531 or visit website at: and select calendar. Have some fun at one of these events --
 August 7, Civil War Clothing presentation by the Petersburg National Battlefield. This is an overview discussion of how military uniforms were manufactured and distributed to the soldiers. Location is Eastern Front Visitor Center.  This is a 1-hour event that is FREE and begins at 1:30 pm.  More information at
August 13, From Slavery to Freedom Auto-Caravan Tour takes visitors to the streets of Petersburg, where slaves and slave owners walked.  Discussion includes issues faced by citizens when the Civil War ended in 1865.  Tour starts at Eastern Front Visitor Center at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  FREE.  To learn more go to
August 27, Civil War Bugling is a talk and demonstration about the role of buglers in the Civil War.  Location is Eastern Front Visitor Center from 11:00 am to 11:45 am and again at 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm.  FREE.

August 27, Hard Hat Tour of Poplar Grove National Cemetery.  Location is Poplar Grove National Cemetery from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  This is a behind-the-scene tour of the on-going rehabilitation project.  Reservations are required and limited to 24 visitors.  Visit their website at
August 28, Artillery Demonstrations at Eastern Front Visitor Center from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  FREE.  For more details go to:
Community Events
Come One, Come All and enjoy the fun of a Mediterranean Cuisine Party.  Morris Cardiovascular and Risk Reduction Center is sponsoring this community party for anyone and everyone on August 2, 2016. Come out, enjoy the food and help with the FUN.  There will be a wide array of locally grown and prepared foods and wine tasting, too. Cost is $10 per person or bring a simple dish with your recipe.  Festivities being at 6:00 pm at 228 Johnson Creek Drive, Chester, VA.  Please RSVP to 804 530-1044.
Hopewell Community Center Open House is planned for August 13. 2016.  Tour the facility, talk with staff, and try out what the facility has to offer.  Waiver may be required to actively try out some of the amenities. Free and open to local and surrounding communities.  Doors are open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The address is 100 W City Point Rd, Hopewell, VA.  Call 804 541-2353 or go online at
Car Show, Where?  Oldies But Goodies Car Show is now through September 2016. The Oldies But Goodies Classic Cruizers Club are gathering at Southpark Mall (in the parking lot near Ashley Furniture and Books-A-Million) in Colonial Heights, VA, to display their vintage classic cars.  FREE.  If you'd like to bring your classic "love" and join them, visit their website at for additional information.
Brittany Marie and Prince George County School Choirs will perform on Tuesday, August 2, 2016,as part of the on-going Prince George County Summer Concert Series.  Concerts will be at the J.E.J. Moore Sports Complex at 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta, VA.  Gates open at 5:30 pm. 
Richmond locals, Harley Boone (a country music group) and Bethany Gates (a solo musician and guitarist), continue our Prince George Rockin' Family Summer Concert Series on August 6, 2016. This concert is also a part of the Harbor Blast Concert Series. Cost is $10 per person, 18 and under are FREE if accompanied by an adult.  Gate opens at 5:00 pm at the Appomattox Boat Harbor, 1604 Fine Street, Prince George (off Puddledock Road). Call 804 458-6164.  
The waves on the Appomattox River are rolling with the Rockin' the River Concert Series at Hopewell City Marina.  Bring a lawn chair or hang out, dance, or just enjoy the live music.  Concession stands will be available. Pets are prohibited.  Concert is sponsored by Hopewell Recreation and Parks and Fish Tales II.  All concert are FREE and begin at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.  The location is Hopewell Marina, 1051
Riverside Ave.  Contact them at 804 541-2353 or if more information needed.
                        Aug 3 - Double Clutch
                        Aug 17 - Loose Gravel
                        Aug 31 - Rock Bottom Bridge
Harbor Blast 2016 - Community Concert Series.   Live music by the river, food and beverages, vendors, bounce house, games and activities.  Bring your own lawn chair.  Admission is $10 and parking is free. Children under 18 admitted Free with parent or guardian. Gate opens at 5:00 pm.  Call concerts are at Appomattox Boat Harbor, 1604 Fine Street, Prince George, VA.  More concerts are scheduled for September and October.  For dates and times go to:
  Aug 6 - Harley Boone / Bethany Gates (Cornhole!)
                  Aug 20 - Cedar Creek / Double Clutch (Country Blast)
The Beacon Theatre
Haven't been yet?  You have missed some really, really good concerts.  It's not too late, we have more great performances coming.  Check us out!
Beacon Theatre, 401 N Main St, Hopewell, 804 446-3457, or  
Aug 4   -   Ronnie Milsap
Aug 5   -   John Michael Montgomery
Aug 6   -   Evening With The Stars Featuring: Enchantment, Ray Goodman &
 Brown, The Dynamic Superiors, and Nyce
Aug 11 -   Larry Gatlin (Solo Acoustic)
Aug 12 -   Delbert McClinton with Special Guest, Steve Bassett
Aug 13 -   Comedy and Jazz Concert with Jadace Band, David Winfield, Winston
 Hodges and James Lawson.
Aug 20 -   An Evening with One Way Ryde
Aug 26 -   Robert Cray Band
More summer fun for the kids!  Destination Theater Summer $l.00 Movies are back!!!!!   Movies begin at 10:00 am.  Visit their website, for more information or call 804 415-4000.  Theater is conveniently located in the Crossings Shopping Center, 5246 Oaklawn Blvd, N. Prince George, VA. 
These are playing in AUGUST:
Aug 8 and 10    Hotel Transylvania 2
Aug 15 and 17  The Iron Giant
Top rated movies are still playing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
 FREE popcorn coupons are available at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor / Welcome Center, 4100 Oaklawn Blvd, Hopewell, VA.    

Where's the GAME?   Prince George Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a trip to see the Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox on August 17, 2016.  The cost is $70, which includes ticket and transportation.  Call 804 458-6164 for availability and tickets.
   Virginia Bike Fest.  Harley's INVADE the Virginia Motorsports Park!!!  Added attraction is East Coast Truckin' Nationals.  All of this and more at the Virginia Motorsports Park, 8018 Boydton Plank Road, N Dinwiddie, VA.  For additional details and more events, go to:

Special Events
Tri-Cities Community Night at the Diamond - August 9, 2016.  See the Richmond Flying Squirrels play Trenton Thunder.  Game time is 7:05 pm and gates open at 6:00 pm.  PLUS! Tribute to the Peanut - Presented by VA Peanut Growers Association.  Donate jars of Peanut Butter - Bring to Tri-Cities Night.  Tickets are FREE but limited.  Call 804 458-5536 or go to to reserve your ticket(s).  Tickets will be available for pick up at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 4100 Oaklawn Blvd, Hopewell, VA
Yes, we (The Chamber of Commerce and Visitor / Welcome Center) are having another exciting Perkin' Plus.  The date is August 12, 2016The John Randolph Foundation will host our event and open their doors at 8:00 am - 9:00 am. They are located at 112 N. Main Street, Hopewell, VA.  Email us at or call us at 804 541-2461 for more information. Everyone is welcome.  Registration requested but not required. 

 Our next Leadership Development Lunch will be from 12 noon to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, with Ed Marquez, President, Mark Bric Display.  Email us at or call us at 804 541-2461 for more information.  
September 24
Pork Butt Festival in Prince George.  The infamous Pork Butt gathering is really happening!  This new and improved festival is perfect for all generations to come together and celebrate - lots of good food and drink, amazing live music, and tons of games for all ages!  Check back often for updates on all we have planned for you and your family.  Tickets on sate now at   

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 
Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented in this newsletter, we assume no responsibility for changes, omissions, or errors.