• June 2016 Tourism Newsletter

    June 01, 2016

    What's Ya'll Got That Smells SO GOOD?  "Butts on Broadway" You Say!!!
    "Get Your Butts to Broadway" is a Pork Butt Roast Competition and Festival on East Broadway Avenue in downtown Hopewell, VA, on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Taste the area's best roasted pork butts and vote to choose the "Best Butt of 2016". There will be a people's choice and judges' choice awards. The winners will receive a trophy, cash prize, and bragging rights for the year. This event will also include live music, beer, other food vendors, and more!   The fun begins at 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. More information can be found at Hopewell Downtown Partnership website at  www.hopewelldowntown.com/butts.
    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
    Juneteenth (I can't even pronounce it!), what is it?  It is the day in June when the Petersburg National Battlefield commemorates the announcement of abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865.  Music, lectures, artillery demonstrations, children's activities, and exhibitions are among the features activities at the annual Juneteenth at the City Point Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield on June 18, 2016.  This is a FREE event beginning at 12:00 pm at Grants Headquarters, City Point, 1001 Pecan Ave, Hopewell, VA. Get more details at www.nps.gov/pete or calling 804 732-3531, extension 202.
    Lee and Grant Under Fire, Again? On June 18, 2016, Pamplin Historical Park will continue its Summer Tour Series with a caravan tour visiting the command sites of the last days of the Petersburg Campaign and will examine the different ways that commanding generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee focused their energies, while under enemy fire during the events of the Breakthrough of April 2, 1865. The program will be led by Park Ranger and Historian, Edward Alexander. Fee is included with Park admission. Tour begins at 10:30 am at Pamplin Historical Park, 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA. Visit their website at www.pamplinpark.org or call 804 861-2408 for more information.
    Want more Civil War HISTORY? Petersburg National Battlefield has planned special events from May 8 through August 6, 2016. Visit their website www.nps.gov/pete/planyourvisit for a complete list. Here are just a few on-going tours:  Battle of the Crater Walking Tour and Eastern Front Caravan Tour. Some other special events planned are Chaplaincy During the Civil War; Battle of Old Men and Young Boys Auto Caravan Tour; and much, much more.
    Community Events 

    Hopewell and Historic Churches - Yes, we have those too! Churches within the city of Hopewell have played a major role in the development of cultural life.  In celebrating Hopewell's 100th Anniversary and its religious heritage, Saint John's Episcopal Church, located at 505 Cedar Lane, Hopewell, VA, will have a special spiritual celebration on June 5, 2016, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Everyone throughout the city of Hopewell and the surrounding communities is invited to come and celebrate Hopewell's many religious expressions. Hopewell's history and several churches will be highlighted. Additional information can be found by visiting Hopewell's website at  www.hopewellva.gov.
    SEAFOOD?  Yes!  Where?  Join the Home Builders Association of Southside VA for a "Shrimp and Fish Feast" on June 16, 2016, at their Pavilion. Tickets are $30 per person until June 2 and $35 after this date. Gate opens at 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  The Home Builders Association of Southside VA is located at 10300 Corporate Rd, S Prince George, VA. Call 804 732-2742 for information and tickets.
    Outdoor movies under the stars, no automobile required, and it's FREE!
    Come out for "Movie Night in The Park".  Events are sponsored by Hopewell Recreation and Parks. Concessions will be available for purchase. Bring a chair or blanket. For more information go to www.hopewellva.gov/special-events/ or call, 804 541-2353.
    Jun 24 -- "Shark Tale" (PG), 8:00 pm, Hopewell City Marina
    Jun 25 -- "Field of Dreams" (PG), 8:00 pm, Crystal Lake Park
    A One-Day Outing, oh what fun! Hopewell Recreation and Parks has scheduled an outing to Smithfield Station in Historic Smithfield.  Lunch is planned for Smithfield Station (you must pay your own) followed by a Main Street walk and shop. The artwork shops are fantastic, as well a variety of other quaint shops of unique items. Transportation is provided by Recreation and Parks for a $5.00 fee. You must register by June 21, 2016. Trip is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 2016, with a departure time of 10:30 am and return time of 5:00 pm.  More events and information can be found at www.hopewellva.gov/special-events/ or call 804 541-2353.  
    Mark your calendar for the Ongoing Lecture Series by Historic Hopewell Foundation at Appomattox Regional Library:
    June 1 - Ed Henderson - The Framing of the U.S. Constitution (1787)
    June 8  - Matthew Dodd - Songs and Stories of the American Hobo (costumed interpreter)
    June 15 - Ben Uzel - The Appomattox River
    June 22 - Bob Hicks - New Jamestown Discoveries
    June 29 - Jeff Bateman - Sailing Songs from the Colonial Era (& Pirates) (costumed interpreter)
    Farmers Markets now open:
    June 4, 11, 18, 25 - Prince George Scott Memorial Park, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    June 4, 11, 18, 25 - Hopewell, 206 Appomattox Street, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Music In The Grove with James River Groove (Jazz Music) on June 1, 2016, and Music In The Grove With Smoke & Wine Band (Rock and Rock Music) on June 22, 2016. These are free outdoor concerts at Richard Bland College.  Music, food vendors, beer trucks, and family-friendly environment will be enjoyed by all attendees.  Gate opens at 5:30 pm, Richard Bland College, 11301 Johnson Rd, S. Prince George, VA.  For more information, send e-mail to events@rbc.edu. You surely will not want to miss
    these two events!
    Fresh air, sunset, and music. What a combination!  The Prince George County Recreation and Parks and the GFWC James River Junior Woman's Club invite everyone to join them for the first 2016 Prince George Summer Concert Series on June 4, 2016, featuring Brittany Marie (the 2014 NCMA New Artist of the Year) and Prince George Schools Choirs from Walton Elementary, Moore Middle, and Clements Junior High Schools. Tickets are $5.00 per person; children 4 and under are free. Advance tickets are available at Prince George Parks and Recreation, 11100 Old Stage Road, Prince George, VA. Pre-show begins at 6:00 pm at JEJ Moore Sports Complex, 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta, VA. Go to www.princegeorgecountyva.gov or call 804 458-6164 for additional information.
    Virginia Opera on the lawn!!! The Battersea Foundation will present "Arias and Duets" from favorite operas and broadway musicals on the Battersea lawn on Sunday, June 5, 2016.  Bring a chair or blanket and listen to some beautiful music, while enjoying some beer, wine, sodas, or ice cream from available concessions. Performances begin at 5:30 pm and is FREE to the entire family. Battersea is located at 1289 Upper Appomattox Lane, Petersburg, VA. Go online at www.batterseafound.org or call 804 732-9882 for more information.  
    There is no lack of entertainment at the Swift Creek Mill Theatre. Beginning June 9 through July 23, 2016, the Writers of the "Dixie Swim Club" will bring you -- "The Hallelujah Girls" a Jones, Hope, Wooten Comedy.  Five Southern women lease a dilapidated church and turn it into a special retreat, the "SPA-DEE-DAH" for the ladies of Eden Falls, GA!  There will be secrets in the basement and romance upstairs. This one will make YOU shout "Hallelujah". Swift Creek Mill Theatre is located at 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, S Chesterfield, VA. Theatre tickets are $38+. Dinner and Theatre tickets are $55+. Call 804 748-5203 or go to www.swiftcreekmill.com.  Reservations are recommended, and dining reservations are required. Performance begins at 8:00 pm, and dinner is served at 6:30 pm.
    More GREAT entertainment coming to the Beacon Theatre! Better believe it!  Check these out for June.  For more concerts, visit the Beacon's website at www.thebeacontheatreva.com
    June 2 - The Wailers with guest TBA
    June 23 - David Allan Coe with guest Roosterfoot
    June 24 - Mark Chesnutt with guest TBA
    Music!  Music! Music!  On-going Summer Concert Series continue:
    Weston Plantation, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell, VA, at 4:00 pm:
    June 5 - Magnolia
    June 12 - Flashback
    Harbor Blast at Appomattox Boat Harbor, 1604 Fine Street, Prince George, VA at 5:00 pm:
    June 11 - RMB (Rich Moore Band) / Smoke & Wine
    June 25 - The Here and Now / The Dirty Runaways
    Rockin' the River at Hopewell Marina, 1051 Riverside Avenue, Hopewell, VA, at 6:30 pm:
    June 8 - 4 Play;
    June 22 - Bustin' Loose

    Have you been to the Destination Theater yet?  Great opportunity to see good,
    top-rated movies that cost $7.50 and under.  Theater is  conveniently located in the Crossings Shopping Center, 5246 Oaklawn Blvd, N. Prince George, VA.  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 / Welcome Center, 4100 Oaklawn Blvd, Hopewell, VA.
    In conjunction with the "National Campaign of Remembrance" to Remember Our Fallen Heroes, the Fort Lee 6th Annual Run for the Fallen will take place on June 11, 2016.  This run is a special tribute to our fallen military members. You are invited to run or walk the 1-mile or 5-mile course. Photographs of fallen soldiers will be placed along the route. If you have a photograph of a fallen military member and would like to display it along the route, send an e-mail to sos@leemwr.com or drop off at the Army Community Services. Event will include guest speaker and survivors' lap led by Virginia Patriot Guard. Participation is free but registration is required. To pre-register online, visit
    www.leemwr.com/runforthefallen or call 804 734-6445 or 734-6446. Check-in starts at 8:30 am at Fort Lee Williams Stadium on day of event.
    Fun Ford Series is set for June 18, 2016. A fun Ford weekend of racing, restoration experts, and Swap Meet will keep you happy. Come on out and meet other Ford enthusiasts for a day of fun, fun, fun!  Virginia Motorsports Park is located at 8018 Boydton Plank Rd, N Dinwiddie. Go to their website at http://www.virginiamotorsports.com/drag/schedule for more information.
    Prince George Parks and Recreation, 11100 Old Stage Rd, Prince George, VA, is hosting the following tournaments at the Prince George County Baseball/Softball Fields. For more information go to www.princegeorgecountyva.gov or call Parks and Recreation at
    804 458-6164.
    June 10-11 - ASA National Gold Qualifier Softball Tournament (16U)
    June 24-26 - ASA National Qualifier Softball Tournament (12U and 18U)
    June 26-30 - Dixie Softball District 3 Tournament (Ages 9-15)
    Want to go to a Major League Ball Game? Here is your chance. The deadline for tickets is June 20 to see the Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, August 4, 2016. This trip is sponsored by Prince George Parks and Recreation. Cost is $70 (includes ticket and transportation). To get more information, call 804 458-6164..

    Special Events
      Perkin' Plus sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth Bank.   Coffee, connectivity, and friendship are the highlights. Join us on June 10, 2016, at 8:00 am - 9:00 am, at VA Commonwealth Bank - Petersburg, 1955 South Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA. Call for more information at 804 541-2461 or info@hpgchamber.org. FREE
    2016 ASA 14U Eastern National Softball Tournament, July 30 - August 4, 2016, hosted by the Prince George Parks and Recreation. More information coming in July.
    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.
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