• March 2016 Tourism Newsletter

    March 01, 2016
    March 2016
    Flowers Sm
    It's Spring 
    Well almost!!  Time to start thinking about gardening, whether flowers, shrubs, fruits and vegetables, or all.  Well, good news for you!  The Prince George Master Gardener Association and Virginia Cooperative Extension are sponsoring the 14th Annual Good Gardening Symposium on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Richard Bland College Barn Theatre, 11301 Johnson Road, Petersburg, VA.  Presentations will be: 
     -- "Stuck in the Middle, the Shrub Layer" by Peggy Singlemann, Director of Horticulture, Maymont and Co-Host of WCVE's "Virginia Home Grown"
     -- "Native Plants:  Tremendous Trees" and "Home Gardening to Attract Wildlife" by Bryce H. Lane, Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus NC State University, UNC TV PBS show host "In the Garden with Bryce Lane"
     -- "The Directionally Challenged Gardener" by Beth Burrell, Owner of "The Giving Tree Gardens", Garden Designer, Plant Specialist, Speaker, Writer, Horticultural Consultant 
    Registration fee is $12.00 and box lunch is $12.00.  Registration deadline is March 7, 2016.  For more information go to www.pgmga.org or Prince George Extension Office at 804 733-2686 or e-mail m.g.prigeo@gmail.com.  Seating is limited.  Registration forms are available for pick up at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 4100 Oaklawn Blvd, Hopewell, VA, or go online at http://www.pgmga.org/documents/2016%20GGS%20Reg_FINAL.pdf.
     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
    35 years- That's old to a child!  Enjoy $0 .15 Kids' Day in 2016 on the 15th of each month.  Yes, you read that right!.  The Children's Museum of Richmond (CMoR) is celebrating 35 years with special events, including this special day for kids.  The museum began in 1981 when Sara Markham and a group of volunteers converted an elementary school cafeteria in the Richmond's Navy Hill neighborhood, where the museum entertained children for 2 years.  In April 2000, the museum re-opened at its present location at 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.
    Since then, the museum has opened satellite locations at CMorR Short Pump, CMoR Chesterfield, and CMoR Fredericksburg.  For a complete listing of all special events, go to:  www.ChildrensMuseumofRichmond.org.

    Civil War on Wheels!  What next?  Petersburg National Battlefield has a new Mobile Education Trailer.  Staff can now visit schools or community events.  For more information contact their Education Specialist, Leslie McClammy, at 804 732-3531 extension 204 or Leslie_McClammy@nps.gov to schedule a visit or to learn more about this mobile trailer.  The main battlefield is located at 5001, Siege Road, Petersburg, VA. 
    Following are more Park events scheduled for March: 
    March 12.  Lincoln at City Point.  Walk where President Lincoln walked at Grants' Headquarters at City Point, 1001 Pecan Ave, Hopewell, VA.  President Lincoln's visit in March 1865 proved key in the final chapter of the Civil War.  Tour time is:  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  Contact Ann Blumenschine at Ann_Blumenschine@nps.gov or 804 732-3531 ext 203.  This event is FREE.
    March 13.  The Confederate Craters and Countermines.  Visitors will see remains of Confederate countermines and the location of other lesser-known craters.  Tour will include walking through the woods and crossing a creek, so appropriate waterproof shoes and clothing is necessary.  Reservation is required.  Contact Park Ranger, Emmanuel Dabney, at Emmanuel_Dabney@nps.gov or 804 732-3531 ext 222.  There is a $5 park fee per vehicle for entrance to Park. Tour is 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Eastern Front Tour Stop #5. 
    March 17.  The Irish Brigade at Petersburg.  You will get an overview of this unit's participation in the fighting at Petersburg and the unit's St. Patrick's Day celebration.  Presentation is scheduled for 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Ft. Fisher, Western Front Tour Stop #3. Call Tracy Chernault at 804 469-4093 or Tracy_Chernault@nps.gov.  FREE
    -  March 19.  US Colored Troops (USCT) in Winter Camp.  Learn about the lives of the colored troops during the siege of Petersburg.  Tour will be at Eastern Front Tour Stop #3 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am and again at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  Contact Robert Webster at 804 732-3531 ext 223 or Robert_Webster@nps.gov for more information.  A $5 park fee for entrance to Park.
    On March 26 Experience life leading up to Opechancanough's 1622 Offensive at Henricus.  Event will come alive with historical interpretations of the English readiness and how the Citie prepared for the attack; gain insight into the Virginia Indian prowess on the eve of the coordinated military offensive of the famed Powhatan leader, Opechancanough; witness armed colonists on sentry duty; and interact with Virginia Indians to learn about their perspective on that fateful day. Admission is $8 for adults/$6 for children.  Henricus patrons and children ages 3-12 are free.  10:00am - 5:00pm, Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. For more information go to:  http://henricus.org/event/opechancanoughs-1622-offensive-at-henricus/?instance-id+117.  
    Coming soon to the Henricus Historical Park.  
    The Sea Lion is a replica of a late 16th century sailing ship.  Members of the Henricus Citie Militia, Dennis Strawderman and Ron Blackburn, are working tirelessly to make this happen.  The replica, The Sea Lion, was first commissioned and sailed in the waters of Chautauqua Lake in New York in 1985.  At the present time the ship is still in New York.     
    Community Events 

    March 4
    Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Hopewell High School Band Students in Concert.  
    Come on out and help Hopewell Celebrate its 100th Year Anniversary at The Beacon Theatre!!!!  The Hopewell High School Band students will play alongside the PSO for this event. There will be a wide range of musical genres performed from Carmen Suites 1 & 2 by George Bizet and Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin to Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson.  The PSO, under the direction of Mr. Ulysses Kirksey, was founded in 1978 by the late Dr. F. Nathaniel Gatlin, a retired music professor at Virginia State University and is now in its 38th season serving the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties.  Admission is FREE, however, you must have a TICKET.  Tickets are available by visiting The Beacon website, www.thebeacontheatreva.com, or their office at 401 Main Street, Hopewell, VA.  For more information contact the PSO office at 804 732-0999 or visit their website at  www.petersburgsymphony.org.  This concert will being at 7:30 pm.
    March 8
    The Titantic Connection. Would you believe Prince George County has a connection to the Titantic Cruise Ship?  Jeanie Langford, Assistant Librarian and Archivist, with the Appomattox Regional Library System, will tell you how The Titantic, Brandon Plantation, and the Daniel Family are connected.  Come and join Jeanie at 7:00 pm at the Burrowsville Community Center Library, 18701 James River Drive, Burrowsville, Disputanta, VA.  Event is FREE and hosted by the Friends of Burowsville School, Inc.  Call the Burrowsville Library at 757 866-0659 for more information. 
    March 12
    2016 Oyster Feast Anchor Point Yacht Club. Live music provided by Bustin Loose. Tickets: $25 in advance/$30 at gate/$5 cover charge after 5 pm for music only.  Get tickets online at Anchor Point Yacht Club Facebook or call 804 651-8777/804 541-6200. Limited number of tickets are available.  Feast is 5:30 - 9:00 pm, Anchor Point Yacht Club, 303-B Beacon Ridge Dr, Hopewell.  Visit their website at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/805536126236012/.   
    March 19 (Rain Date:  April 9)
    Prince George High School PTA Car Show is presented by The After Prom Committee to benefit After Prom Party.  There will be Goodie Bags, 50/50 Drawing, Silent Auction, Judging of Cars.  Additionally, there will be a People's Choice Award by $1 donation, and Best in Show Award, and $100 Prize drawing for Early Registration.  Registration is $20 day of show, $15 for early registration (by March 14); and $10 Student Vehicles.  Show begins at 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Registration begins at 8:00 and closes at 11:00 am.  Location of the High School is 7801 Laurel Springs Road, Prince George.  Concessions and restrooms available on site.  Spectators are FREE.   Contact information is 804 720-2643 or email:  pghspta@gmail.com, Come out, bring your car, and have some fun!!!!!!. 
    March 19
    20th Annual Family Resource Gala and Hopewell Public Schools Fine Arts Festival. A fun-filled day to enjoy the arts and get viable information about services offered in the community. Lots of information, entertainment, door prizes, and goodies. FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Opening at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Hopewell High School (Gym), 400 S Mesa Dr, Hopewell. Contact info: 804 541-6400 or 804 541-6414, lcbrown@hopewell.k12.va.us.
    March 19
    2016 Taste of Home Cooking School.  YUM! Cooking and Fun!!  The Home Builders Association of Southside Virginia is again bringing the Taste of Home Cooking School, a one-day event, to the Colonial Heights High School at 3600 Conduit Road, Colonial Heights.  Jamie Dunn, Taste of Home Culinary Specialist, attended Oklahoma State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics Education and Community Serve.  She will demonstrate seasonal recipes, provide kitchen tips and techniques, while entertaining and interacting with attendees.  Everyone will receive goody bags and a 1-year digital magazine subscription.  Additionally, there will be door prizes GALORE!.  Vendors are welcome to set up booths.  Call 804 732-2742, if interested. Vendor show begins at 3:00 pm and Cooking School begins at 6:30 pm. General admission is $12.00 in advance and $14.00 at the door.  VIP Tickets are $30.  Tickets are available through Home Builders  Association of SSVA, 10300 Corporate Road, S. Prince George, 804 732-2742 or at Bank of Southside Virginia Branches in Petersburg, Prince George, Chester, and Dinwiddie and ReVintage, 2229 Boulevard, Colonial Heights.
    March 26
    FOLAR Annual Spring Clean-Up. Meet at sites all along the river to help keep it clean.  Contact information: 804 861-1666 or GetInvolved@folar-va.org.
    March 26
    "Hoppin' Happenings".  Enjoy the largest Egg Hunt in the City of Hopewell.  Bring the kids (young or old) to the Atwater Soccer Complex and Atwater Park, 200 Atwater Drive, Hopewell, for an afternoon of fun with family and friends.  Event features a variety of activities, including music, games, and, of course, egg hunt.  Expect a special guest with long, floppy ears and a cotton tail. Activities begin at 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm,  sponsored by Hopewell Recreation and Parks. Need more information, call 804 541-2353 or visit website at www.hopewellva.gov/special-events. FREE
    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" bright 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.
     -   March 3 - Avery*Sunshine.  Doors open at 6:00 pm
     -   March 5 - Doug Church (The True Voice of  Elvis).  
            Doors open at 6:30 pm
     -   March 6 - Clint Black.  Doors open at 6:00 pm
     -   March 13 - Al Stewart.  Doors open at 6:30 pm
     -   March 25 - Jackson Ward, Honky Tonk Heroes &
         Pat Russell.  Doors open at 6:30 pm
    Looking for some St. Patrick's Day fun?  Then "Shamrock the Block" is for you.  The 13th Annual Shamrock the Block is March 12 and begins at 11:00 am at 1200 North Boulevard off Broad Street, Richmond.  The event is FREE and features great food, live music all day, and o'green beverages (bring designated driver).   Need more information, call 804 647-5433 or http://www.shamrocktheblock.com.
    March 4-5
    Richard Bland Invitational Softball Tournament, Richard Bland College of William & Mary, will be played at the Dinwiddie County Sports Complex, 5850 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland. College teams traveling to the Petersburg Area will be:
     -  Cuyahoga Community College - OH
     -  Pitt Community College - PA
     -  Louisburg College - NC
     -  Potomac State College - WVA
     -  CCBC Catonsville College - MD
     -  Southern Maryland College - MD
    For more information, call 804 732-4257 or go to www.petersburgarea.org/events/richard-bland-college-invitational-softball-tournament-at-the-dinwiddie-cou
    March 5
    1st Annual Dunlop Dash - 2K/5K. Race is sponsored by Dunlop House Assisted Living and Memory Care to benefit the Tri-Cities Alzheimer's Association.  Fees - Individual $25, after Feb 29 $30; TCRR Members $22 after Feb 29 $27.  Rain or shine.  Registration begins at 9:00 am; race begins at 10:00 am at Dunlop House Assisted Living 235 Dunlop Farms Blvd, Colonial Heights. For more information contact Brenda Beck at 804 691-6672 or brendaebeck@yahoo.com or Gina Wiles at gwiles@dunlophouse.com or 804 520-0050.
    March 19
    Leprecheun Run 5K Dash, sponsored by the Hopewell Kiwanis Club, will begin at 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Race will take place at the Hopewell High School, 400 S. Mesa Drive, Hopewell.  For additional information go to hopewell-va.kiwanisone.org/Page/10276?event=76810

    Special Events

    March 11
    Perkin' Plus
    sponsored by The Progress Index and hosted by Independence Place Apartments, 5000 Owens Way, Prince George, VA.   FREE.  Guests welcome.  8:00 am - 9:00 am, 804 458-5536 or admin@hpgchamber.org  
    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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