• July 2016 Tourism Newsletter

    July 01, 2016
     
    The Commodores are coming! The Commodores are coming! Wake up the "Nightshift"!!! Wake up EVERYONE!!!
      
    "The Commodores" are coming on July 2, 2016, to celebrate Hopewell's 100th Anniversary. This is a special outdoor, musical concert in Festival Park behind the Beacon Theatre.  "The Commodores" are an American funk/soul band who highlighted the music industry in the late 1970's and 1980's. They won their first Grammy Award in 1986 with "Nightshift". Tickets are available now online at http://thebeacontheatreva.com/shows-2/ or at the Beacon Theatre. Gate opens at 4:00 pm, music begins at 4:30 pm, and "The Commodores" perform at 8:00 pm. Shuttle service will be provided from Hopewell High School to event. Map for shuttle is available at:
    http://www.hopewellva.gov/ai1ec_event/commodores-beacon-theatre/?instance_id=2227.

    Festival Park is located at 205 Appomattox Street. Call the Beacon Theatre at 804 446-3457 or Hopewell Recreation and Parks at 804 541-2353 for more information.  A fireworks display begins at 9:30 pm following the concert.
     
     
     
    4th of July Celebrations and Fireworks:
     
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Fort Lee, Williams Stadium, Fort Lee, VA.   (Must get visitor pass, so allow extra time for getting on the Post) Call 804 734-6005 or visit http://www.lee.army.mil/pao/fort_lee_homepage/events/060916fourthatfort.pdf.  
     
    9:15 pm, Southpark Mall area, near Charles Dimmock Parkway. Viewing off I-95 near Exit 53 and 54 in the Southgate Square and Wal-Mart area. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Contact Colonial Heights Parks and Recreation, 804 520-9390. Rain date is July 5.
    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
    www.visithpg.com

    History
     

     
    July through August -- Historical Exhibit:  Old Hopewell Images Postcard Display.  Visit Old Hopewell and celebrate its 100th anniversary courtesy of two postcard collections recently donated to the Local History and Genealogical Collection at the Hopewell Library.  The postcards depict historical buildings and street scenes from the first half of Hopewell history, 1915 to 1966. Library is open daily, except Sunday.  Location and contact information are:  Appomattox Regional Library, 209 E Cawson St, Hopewell, VA. Call 804 458-6329.  
     
     
    Special Weekend Events at Pamplin Historical Park. Explore the Civil War era as seen through the lens of modern 21st century life. We will discuss and demonstrate a variety of aspects of everyday life in the 19th century America.
    July 3   -  Roll Up Your Sleeves - Laundry Women in Camp
    July 9   -  School of the Soldier - Skills in the Army of the Civil War 
    July 30 -  The Battle of the Crater - History Talk with Will Greene From Sheep to  Shawl - 19th Century Wool Spinning
     Go to website: http://www.pamplinpark.org/events.html.
     
     
    "Colonial Games, Songs, and Dance" sponsored by Henricus Historical Park.  Historical interpreters will present games, music, and dance of 17th century Virginia colonists.
    Participation will involve both children and adults.   Live music and light refreshments will be provided.  Tickets are:  adults $8.00, children (ages 3-12) $6.00. Park is open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Henricus Historical Park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, VA.  Get more information at www.Henricus.org or call 804 748-1611.
     
      
    Petersburg National Battlefield has a full schedule lined up for you "history lovers" during the month of July. Go online at https://www.nps.gov/pete/planyourvisit/calendar.htm for more event listings or call for more information at 804 732-3531. The main Battlefield, Eastern Front, is located at 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg, VA.
     
    --  July 10 - Battle at Fort Stevens, 1:30 pm, Petersburg National Battlefield, Eastern Front. "To divert pressure and resources from Petersburg and Richmond, General Lee dispatched Jubal Early and his Army of the Valley north to terrorize the Maryland country-side and apply pressure on Washington, D.C."
    --  July 17 - Grant's Tmail, 1:30 pm, Petersburg National Battlefield, Eastern Front.
    --  July 27 - Conversations with the Curator: Remembering the Battle of the Crater, 10:00 am and l:00 pm, , Petersburg National Battlefield, Eastern Front.
     
       
    On-going Historic Hopewell Foundation, Lunch & Learn Series.
    If you haven't attended any of the lectures at the Appomattox Regional Library at 209 E. Cawson Street, Hopewell, VA, you have missed some very informative and exciting lectures.  They are FREE.  Bring a bag lunch, and HHF will provide drink and dessert. Time is 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Call 804 458-4682 or go online at www.historichopewell.org for more information.  Lectures scheduled for July are: 
                            
    July 6, Ted Sweetland - Tips from a Talented Photographer
    July 13, Marc Holma - Benedict Arnold: American Patriot, American Traitor
                  (costumed interpreter)
    July 20, Paula McDonough - Mrs. General Lee: Mary Custis Lee (constumed
                  interpreter)
    July 27, Mike Schoenenberger - Fallen Elders of the American Revolution: 
           Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton
    More lectures are scheduled for August and September.
      
    Community Events 
     
    "Come one, come all, and enjoy the ride (or have some fun).  2d Annual "Spirit of Freedom Ride" hosted by Hands of Rescue and Colonial Harley Davidson to benefit "Missing in American Project" on July 2, 2016. A 120-mile ride begins and ends at Colonial Harley Davidson. Activities planned at Colonial Harley Davidson throughout the day are: canned food drive; Red Cross Blood Drive; family activities; vendors; exhibits; and raffles.  Evening bands are: Hedley Lamar and Josh Duncan Bands.  Radio broadcast by Classic Rock 96.5 and K95 #1 for New Country. 9:00 am - 9:00pm, Colonial Harley Davidson, 1701 Temple Ave, Prince George, VA. http://www.colonialhd.com/default.asp?page=xcalendar&CalendarIDs=148&id=230045# or 804 861-4700.  (This event was canceled in June due to weather.)  
      
         
    Virginia State Parks are still celebrating 80 YEARS!. Check out the
     following events at Pocahontas State Park:  Park entrance fee applies. Pocahontas State Park is located at 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA.  For additional events and park information, call 804 796-4255, e-mail Pocahontas@dcr.virginia.gov or visit the website:  
    http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/pocahontas#general_information
       
    No way! "Fireworks" Without the Explosive Display? Join a Pocahontas State Park Ranger and prepare to get a bit messy, as you make your own firework display without the use of fire or other explosives on July 3, 2016.  All materials will be provided.  Event begins at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
      
    "Frisbee Frolic" sounds fun! Join a Park Ranger in a little friendly competition.  Frisbees will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes, prepare to be active, and to get dirty. Park entrance fee applies. Event takes place July 4, 2016, at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  
      
    WOW!  "I Spy . . . Scavenger Hunt" at Pocahontas State Park on July 5, 2016.  See what the Ranger's see -- "signs of summer".  Event begins at 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
      
      
       
    Nathan Richardson is back and FREE pizza at the library!!!   When?  July 28, 2016.
    Poetry, Prose, and Pizza at the Prince George Library. Nathan Richardson, published poet and youth mentor, will share original and favorite poetry or prose.  Pizza provided by Luca Italian Restaurant.  Event begins at 6:00 pm at the Prince George Library, 6605 Courts Drive, Prince George, VA.  Call 804 458-6329, ext. 3700, for additional information.



    Weston Plantation is doing it again!  They are having a "Reverse Raffle on the River" event on July 30, 2016, that will also include BBQ picnic, tea, beer, wine, Margaritas, and live music, and lots of fun.  Only 200 tickets at $100 each (includes admission for two adults) will be sold.  The last number drawn will receive $5,000.  Proceeds will
    benefit Historic Hopewell Foundation.  For tickets see any Historic Hopewell Foundation Trustee or call 804 458-4682 or send e-mail to admin@historichopewell.org
    Event begins at 4:00 pm.  Address is 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell, VA.
      
     
      
    Farmers' Market - Bigger and Better -
    July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
      
    Prince George Farmers Market at Scott Park Pavilion. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Prince George, 6380 Scott Memorial Park, 804 722-8624, FarmersMarket@princegeorgecountyva.gov 
      
    Hopewell Farmer's Market, Festival Park, 205 Appomattox Street, behind the Appomattox Regional Library. Special activities planned to include live music.  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Hopewell Downtown Partnership, www.hopewelldowntown.com/market.
          
    Entertainment
     
    "An Evening with The Embers featuring Craig Woolard" at Pocahontas State Park on July 8, 2016, and sponsored by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation.  Known for their hit, "I Love Beach Music",  The Embers will entertain with celebrated beach music.  Adult beverages available for purchase (bring ID).  No pets or coolers permitted.  FREE except for $7.00 Park entrance fee. Concert begins at 7:00 pm -  10:00 pm (gates open at 6:00 pm). at Pocahontas State Park, Heritage Ampitheater,10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA, 804 796-4255, e-mail: Pocahontas@dcr.virginia.gov or website at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/pocahontas.
     
     
    "Can you dig it".   Music In The Grove with Mills Family Band (Bluegrass).  A free, outdoor concert at Richard Bland College on July 20, 2016.  Music, food vendors, beer trucks, and family- friendly environment.  Event begins at 5:30 pm, Richard Bland College, 11301 Johnson Rd, S. Prince George, VA.  For more information send email to events@rbc.edu.
     
     
         
    BEACON THEATRE is just getting better and BETTER! Check out these upcoming performances.  Beacon Theatre is located at 401 N Main St, Hopewell, VA.  Go to their website for cost and additional information at www.thebeacontheatreva.com or call 804 446-3457.
     
    July 16  -   Artimus Pyle Band, Honoring the music of Ronnie Van Zant's Lynyrd Skynyrd.  6:30 pm doors open
    Jul 21  -  Terri Clark with Guest TBA.  6:30 pm doors open
    Jul 30  -   Marshall Tucker Band with Guest TBA.  6:30 pm doors open
     
     
     
    Harbor Blast 2016 - Community Concert Series.  Live music by the river, food and beverages, vendors, bounce house, games and activities.  Bring own lawn chair. $10 admission/free parking.  Children under 18 free with parent or guardian.  Gate opens at 5:00 pm, Appomattox Boat Harbor, 1604 Fine Street, Prince George, VA.  For additional information go to www.harborblast.com.
     
                  Jul 9 - Off the Record / Mama-Juana
                  Jul 23 - Red Light Romeo / Sinister Secrets & Prone to Rage
      More concerts are scheduled for August thru October 8, 2016.
     
     
    Rockin' the River Concert Series at Hopewell City Marina.  Live music on the Appomattox River.  Bring lawn chair or hang out.  Concessions will be available.  Pets prohibited.  Sponsored by Hopewell Recreation and Parks and Fish Tales II.  Concerts are FREE and begin at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at  Hopewell Marina, 1051 Riverside Ave, Hopewell, VA.  More information at 804 541-2353 or www.hopewellva.gov/special-events/ 
     
                            Jul 6 - Carlisle
                            Jul 20   Old Dogs New Tricks
      More concerts are scheduled for August
      
      
    What to do with the kids?  Destination Theater Summer $l.00 Movies are back!!!!!  Movies begin at 10:00 am.  Visit their website, www.destinationtheater.com for more information or call 804 415-4000.  Theater is conveniently located in the Crossings Shopping Center, 5246 Oaklawn Blvd, N. Prince George, VA. 
     FREE popcorn coupons are available at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor / Welcome Center, 4100 Oaklawn Blvd, Hopewell, VA.

    RECREATION
    I can do this all summer long, are you kidding me???!!!.  Sign me up!  Bald Eagles History Tours, Gourmet Paddling Adventures, Twilight Paddles and DIY Self-Guided Tours.  Fun for all ages, great family fun, and flat calm water.  Eco Trek Adventures provide kayaks, paddles, and training.  Rental fees apply for hour, half-day, or full-day.  Week-ends / week-days by appointment, Eco Trek Adventures, 1604 Fine street, Prince George, VA , 804 504-1165 or www.EcoTrekAdv.com.
     
        
    GAME TIME FINALS! July 1, 2016 -- Dixie Youth Softball District 3 Tournament (Ages 9-15) Finals.  Game times vary.  All games played at various Prince George County Baseball/ Softball Fields. For schedule, visit http://www.princegeorgecountyva.gov/news_detail_T6_R195.php or call 804 458-6164 for playing fields and game times.
     
     
     
    " What'cha goin' do when they come for you". Well, guess what, now you can come for them at their 2nd Annual Guns 'N' Hoses Softball Game on July 14, 2016. This is an on-going competition between Prince George Fire and EMS versus Prince George Police Department.  Some good old fashion fun! Concessions will be available. T-Shirts will be on sale. This event benefits Prince George County Parks & Recreation Summer Youth Programs.  FREE.  Game time is 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Prince George Scott Memorial Park, 6380 Scott Memorial
    Park, Prince George, VA.  July 17 is rain date at 3:00 pm.

      

    July 30 thru August 4  --  Amateur Softball Association's, ASA Girls Fast Pitch (14-Under) Eastern Regional Tournament is coming to Prince George County.  50+ teams from the Eastern US States are coming here to compete for title.  Event will be at JEJ Moore Sport Complex, 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta, VA.  For additional information call 804 458-6164 or visit http://www.princegeorgecountyva.gov/visitors/tourism_information/sports_tourism.php. Bring the whole family for some great, competitive ball games!!!
     
     
    Have you wanted to go SKYDIVING?  Why haven't you?  Virginia Skydiving Center in Dinwiddie County gives you that opportunity.  A staff certified by the US Parachute Association will teach you how, then take you on a skydiving adventure you will want to experience again and again.  Enjoy the skies over Virginia or see the Richmond skyline from another view.  Just have fun!  Virginia Skydiving Center is located at 23301 Airport Road, Petersburg (Dinwiddie County), VA.  Call them at 804 466-0215 or e-mail:  jump@virginiaskydivingcenter.com or visit their website:  www.VirginiaSkydivingCenter.com.

    Special Events
     
     
    Yes, we (The Chamber of Commerce and Visitor / Welcome Center) are still having a Perkin' Plus in July. The date is July 15, 2016Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union will host our event and open their doors at 8:00 am - 9:00 am. They are located at 110 Wagner Rd, Petersburg, VA.  Email us at info@hpgchamber.org 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, July 26,with Dave Delguercio, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Evonik.  Email us at info@hpgchamber.org or call us at 804 541-2461 for more information.  
     
    COMING IN AUGUST  
     
    August 2
    National Night Out 
        
    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 
    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.