• May 2016 Tourism Newsletter

    May 01, 2016
    May 2016
    "Wonder City" Craft Beer Festival

    Craft Beer!  What a way to celebrate a
    100th Year Anniversary!
    Most everyone probably knows all there is to know about Craft Beer, however, we found this unique description on the Brewers Association website, " . . .  10 minutes of pleasure, pure happiness in a glass, authentic, archetypical, an intellectual beverage that is to be savored not swilled and much, much more.  It is enjoyed for everyday celebrations and is viewed by many as one of the special things in life that makes the day taste and feel a little better." 
    So come and help us celebrate on May 14, 2016, at Festival Park, 403 Appomattox Street (behind the Appomattox Regional Library), Hopewell, VA.  More than 30 craft beers to sample, as well as live music and good food.  Tickets are on sale now at  http://www.wondercitybeerfest.com/.  Taster Tickets are $25 (includes unlimited sampling and a commemorative glass).  VIP Tickets are $50 (includes unlimited sampling, a commemorative glass, all day snacks in the VIP area, private bathrooms in a shaded area and priority parking. There are a limited numbers of ticket and will sell out fast).  Non-Taster Tickets are $10 for the general public.  Children are FREE, but must be accompanied by adult or guardian.  Tickets are $10 for our designated drivers and include complimentary soft drinks.  Tickets are also available at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 4100 Oaklawn Boulevard, Hopewell, and the Hopewell Community Center, 100 W City Point Road, Hopewell.  More information is available at www.hpgchamber.org or e-mail info@hpgchamber.org.
    Remember Mother's Day is May 8, 2016.  Mothers and Grandmothers are very special and deserve all the L O V E we can shower on them.  To help you show your L O V E, here are some suggestions:
     -  Visit the "All Manor of Things Boutique" for a special gift, located at Weston Plantation, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell, VA.  They are open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and can be reached at 804 458-4682.
      -  Take her to Pamplin Historical Park on May 7, 2016, for an afternoon of teas and tasty treats while learning 19th-century etiquette and parlor games.  They are located at 6125 Boydton Plank Road, N. Dinwiddie, VA.  Reservations are required and seating is at 2:00 pm.  Contact information is 804 861-2408 or go to www.pamplinpark.org.
      -  Get a special flower bouquet from Anything Grows, 1516 W. City Point Road, Hopewell, VA.  Fresh flowers and an ever-changing selection of tropical plants await you.  Call them at 804 458-0532 or go to https://www.facebook.com/Anything-Grows-Hopewell-194035680676886/
      -  A afternoon stroll through the Asian Water Garden at Richard Bland College, 11301 Johnson Road, S. Prince George, would be most delightful.  For a visual video, go to http://www.ecampustours.com/tour-home-page-external.aspx?UnitID=&FaFsaCode=003707#.VxvUnVYrLcs.
      -  A night at The Lee Playhouse to see the play, "Once Upon a Mattress," is a great idea.  First show is May 6, 2016.  Tickets are $13.00 per person.  Lee Playhouse is located at 4300 Mahone Ave, Fort Lee.  For more dates call 804 734-6629 or visit website at www.leepayhouse.com. Tickets are Adult $13, Children and Students $7, and show begins at 8:00 pm. 
    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
    Memorial Day Observances:  May 30, 2016  
    Honor our Veterans by attending a special ceremony.  Following is a list of some ceremonies for our area:
    -  City Point Cemetery, 10th Ave and Davis Street, Hopewell, VA
        -- 11:00 am, Wreath Laying Ceremony with Special Guest Speaker sponsored by
            VFW Post 637, Hopewell, VA
    -  Prince George Regional Heritage Center, 6404 Courthouse Road, Prince George, VA,  804 863-0212
        --  10:00 am, Wreath Laying Ceremony with Special Guest Speaker, as well as, ROTC
            Color Guard and music by JEJ Moore School Band.
    -  Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA, www.pamplinpark.org.  (May 18-30 - Special Events All Weekend and FREE with Park admission)
        --  12:00 pm, Walk of Honor, a guided tour focusing on specific soldiers who fought and sacrificed in the area of the Breakthrough Trail.  Event also includes artillery demonstration starting at 1:00 pm, followed by Taps. 
    The Petersburg National Battlefield continues to amaze our Civil War enthusiasts with special programs and events. Visit their website for more events at www.nps.gov/pete.  Here are some of the programs planned for this month:
    --  We all love propaganda.  It is a very effective tool during times of war.  There was no exception during the Civil War.  Propaganda in the Civil War will be presented on May 7, 2016.  See examples of Civil War propaganda and learn about the people who practiced this form of psychological warfare.  Program is 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Petersburg National Battlefield, 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg, VA.  Go to their website at www.nps.gov/pete or call or visit Ann Blumehschine at Ann_Blumenschine@nps.gov or call 804 732-3531, extension 203 for more information. 
    --  Discover the roles women performed on the battle front and the home front.  The Role of Women in the Civil War on May 8, 2016. Program is 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Petersburg National Battlefield, 5001 Siege Rd, Petersburg.  Contact Aaron_Rowland@nps.gov, or 804 732-3531 ext 205, for more information.
    --  Visit locations where African-American soldiers fighting for the Union army served during the Siege of Petersburg and learn their contributions to the Union's victory.  This special program, United States Colored Troops at the Siege of Petersburg, will be given on May 14, 2016.  Time is 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Petersburg National Battlefield, 5001 Siege Rd, Petersburg, VA.  For more information, contact Robert_Webster@nps.gov or  804 732-3532 ext 223
    --  Learn about men and women of the US Sanitary Commission, US Christian Commission, and Northern state relief agents.  Program coincides with an exhibition about these organizations.  Conversations with the Curator: Union Aid Organizations During the Petersburg Campaign, a 1-hour lecture, will be presented by Curator, Emmanuel Dabney, on May 29, 2016.  Lecture time is 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at  Grant's Headquarters at City Point, 1001 Pecan Ave, Hopewell, VA.  Contact Emmanuel_Dabney@nps.gov, or 804 732-3531 ext 222, for more information. 
    Hooray, Lunch & Learn Series is back again this year.  The Historic Hopewell Foundation (HHF) sponsors these FREE lectures.  Bring a bag lunch and HHF will provide drink and dessert.  All lectures begin at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, at the Appomattox Regional Library, 209 E Cawson Street, Hopewell, VA.
       May 18 - Jean Langford - When Gun Cotton was King
       May 25 - Henry Kidd - History through the Eyes of an Artist
       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)
    More lectures are scheduled for July thru September.  For additional information go to www.historichopewell.org or call 804 458-4682.
    Remember the Susan Constant and Godspeed who brought the English colonists to Jamestown in 1607.  Well, they will be celebrated again as the replicas turn 25 and 10 years of age.  Their milestone will be recognized during Jamestown Day on May 14, 2016, as well as Jamestown's legacy through interpretive programs; i.e, Powhatan Indians and English interactions, archaeology, and military and maritime displays and traditional entertainment.  (Note:  There may be separate admission fees.  For more on-going events and information, go to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation at www.historyisfun.org or call 888 593-4682. 
    Community Events 
    It's back and it's FREE!  Weston's Plantation "Sounds of Summer" Concerts on the Appomattox and presented by the Historic Hopewell Foundation begins on Sunday afternoons from May 1 thru - June 12.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks or picnic. "All Manor of Things Boutique" will be open during concerts.  Concerts begin at
    4:00 pm, at Weston Plantation, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell, VA.  For more information call the Weston Plantation at 804 458-4682.
                            May 1              FasTrac
                            May 8              Koinonia Jazz
                            May 15            Chesterfield Community Concert Band
                            May 22            Heart of Country
                            May 29            Jay Turner and the Swinging Doors
                            June 5             Magnolia
                            June 12           Flashback
    Beginning on May 11 - Wednesday Concerts are back at the Hopewell Marina!!!
    Rockin' on the River Concert Series. For all ages. Enjoy live music on the Appomattox River with Hopewell Recreation and Parks and Fish Tales II! This fun summer concert series is back for its second year with more shows and extended times! Bring a lawn chair or just hang out with friends and enjoy the music. Concessions will be available for purchase. Outside food/drink and pets are prohibited in the concert area.  All shows 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.  For more information go to www.hopewellva.gov/special-events/.   
    May 11 -  Rock Bottom Bridge
    May 25 -  Monkey Fist
    June 8  -  4Play
    June 22-  Bustin' Loose
    July 6 thru September 28 - TBD
    May 7-8
    Fort Clifton Annual Festival features art, music, crafts, inflatable games, Civil War
    re-enactors, pony rides, and petting zoo.  Festival begins at 10:30 am - 5:30 pm at Fort Clifton Park, 100 Brockwell Lane, Colonial Heights, VA.  Cedar Creek Band to perform on Sunday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Event is FREE.
    May 7  
    Free Comic Book Day!   A free comic book (1 per person, while supplies last).  These libraries:  Hopewell Library, Prince George Library, Burrowsville Library, Carson Depot Library, and Dinwiddie Library have partnered with The Time Capsule comic book store for this special event.  Come to one of these libraries and enjoy this fun-filled, all day event.  For more information, call 804 458-6329 or go to www.arls.org.
    May 7   
    5th Annual Prince George Community Day sponsored by the Womans' Club of Prince George. Food vendors, Spring plant sale, and activities for kids. Craft and Specialty vendors, civic organizations and businesses can reserve an Event Tent. If interested contact thewomansclubofpg@gmail.com.  Events begin at 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, at Scott Memorial Park, 6680 Courthouse Road, Prince George, VA 
    May 7    
    BIG COMMUNITY YARD SALE sponsored by and located at the Burrowsville Ruritan Club, 17410 James River Drive, Burrowsville, VA . Opening at 7:00 am until Noon. For more information call 804.586.3129 or 804.512.6681.  Also, contact friendsofburrowsville@gmail.com
    May 7  
    22nd Annual Wonder City Garden Club Plant Sale. New spring plantings for sale and Prince George Master Gardeners available to answer your gardening questions. Additionally, vendors with hand painted items, small quilts and purses, stoneware pottery, and silver and beaded jewelry. "All Manor of Things Boutique" will be open.  Begins at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Weston Plantation, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell, VA, 804 458-4682.

    May 14, 21, & 28
    Prince George Farmers Market at Scott Park Pavilion. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Prince George, 6380 Scott Memorial Park, Prince George, VA, 804 722-8624, FarmersMarket@princegeorgecountyva.gov.
    May 21 and 28
    Hopewell Farmer's Market (new location, 1 block over, 206 Appomattox Street, Hopewell, VA, behind the Appomattox Regional Library). Grassy area, overlooking river. Special activities planned to include live music, and special activities.  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Hopewell Downtown Partnership, www.hopewelldowntown.com/market.        
    Also, in Petersburg.  Go to www.petersburgarea.org.  
    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 FREE parking.  Children under 18 Free with parent or guardian.  Gates opens at 5:00 pm at the Appomattox Boat Harbor, 1604 Fine Street, Prince George, VA.  For more information, go to www.harborblast.com.
                            May 14 - 4 PLAY / Full Throttle
                            May 28 - Monkey Fist / Fair Game (Seanopalooza)
                            Jun 11- RMB (Rich Moore Band) / Smoke & Wine
                            Jun 25 - The Here and Now / The Dirty Runaways
                            Jul 9 - Off the Record / Mama-Juana
                            Jul 23 - Red Light Romeo / Sinister Secrets & Prone to Rage
                            More scheduled for Aug thru Oct 8
    New at The Lee Playhouse!.  In the mood for a good play, then come to The Lee Payhouse and enjoy "Once Upon a Mattress."  Based on "The Princess and the Pea," this fun musical spins the story of an overbearing queen who is searching the kingdom to find a suitable wife for her son, the young prince.  Will the royal court ever find a princess good enough for her boy?  Dates for this whimsical farce: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21, at 8 p.m.; and May 8, 15 & 22, at 3 p.m. Tickets: adults $13; youth 16 & under $7; Military E1 - E4 $5.  Group rates available.  For more information, call (804) 734-6629, or go to their website site at leeplayhouse@leemwr.com.  Theatre is located at 4300 Mahone Avenue, Fort Lee, VA. 

    Have you been to the Destination Theater yet?  Great opportunity to see good, top-rated movies that cost $7.50 and under.  They are 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 Center, 4100 Oaklawn Blvd, Hopewell, VA.
    The Beacon Threatre is growing in popularity with more celebrity groups 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, VA.
    May 1  -   Queensryche with special guest TBA              
    May 6  -  The Kentucky Head Hunters   
    May 12 -  Members of THE BAND and THE LEVON HELM BAND performing the music of THE BAND                        
    May 14 -  The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told:  An Interactive, Improvised Musical 
    May 20 -  John Anderson 
    May 27 -  Diamond Rio
    Whatever you L O V E, we have your information here!!!!
    Super Chevy Show, May 13-15, 2016.  A national event for all Chevrolet lovers.  Virginia Motorsports Park, 8018 Boydton Plank Rd, N Dinwiddie, VA.  More information at http://superchevyshow.com.
    5K Run       
    May 14, 2016Prince George Hometown Hero 5k. This 5k will benefit County citizens looking to pursue careers in Military, Law Enforcement, and Fire & EMS. Additionally, elementary students are challenged to get fit to participate in Little Hero Feet Meet Fun Run (1 mile), which is part of the Hometown Hero event.  Start time is 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at  Scott Memorial Park, 6380 Scott Memorial Park, Prince George, VA. Register at www.raceit.com.  
    Football -- Petersburg Lions vs. Woodland Tigers from Washington DC on May 14, 2016.  Final game of season. (A new semi-professional football team). Tickets: $12 adults / $6 children.  Starting time is 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm at Cameron Field, Graham Road, Petersburg.  Go to www.petersburglionsfootball.com for more information. l.com 
                  May 20, 2016 - Golf
    15th Annual Golf Open President's Cup Tournament. Sponsored by the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce. Register by May 13 online at www.hpgchamber.org.  Start time is 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm at the Prince George Golf Course, 8399 Golf Course Drive, Disputanta.  Call 804 458-5536 or e-mail info@hpgchamber.org for more information or visit our website at www.hpgchamber.org. 
    On May 21, 2016 a "Spirit of Freedom Ride" hosted by Hands of Rescue motorcycle club will gather at Colonial Harley Davidson, 1701 Temple Ave, Prince George, VA, for a 120-mile round trip ride and followed by special events and concerts.  Event to benefit MIAP - Missing in America Project. Activities will include a scavenger hunt along the motorcycle route; canned food drive; the Red Cross for blood donations; the Hank FM radio van to broadcast between 11:00 am -1:00 pm with radio personality Bill West; military equipment display; door prizes; raffle items; and concerts by Josh Misner throughout the day and singing the National Anthem at 4:00 pm.  Beginning at 5:00 pm, concert performances will begin with bands Shadows Down and Jackson Ward.  For more information go to Colonial Harley Davidson website at www.colonialhd.com or call 804 861-4700.  Events begin at 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Bugout 78 Volkswagen Race & Show on May 29.  This is one of the largest Volkswagen events in the country.  Come join us at the Virginia Motorsports Park, 8018 Boydton Plank Rd, N Dinwiddie, VA.  Visit our website for more information at

    Special Events
    May 13
    Perkin' Plus - A gathering for coffee, connectivity, and information with local business, government, groups, and friends.  Our May  coffee is sponsored by ITAC Engineers & Constructors at 13141 N. Enon Church Rd, Chester.  Contact Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 4100 Oaklawn Blvd, Hopewell, VA, 804 458-5536 or info@hpgchamber.org. FREE.  Join us at 8:00 am - 9:00 am.
    June 4 - Rockin' Family Summer Concert Series, Prince George, VA.  For information go to www.princegeorgecountyva.gov or email recreation@princegeorgecountyva.gov
    Jun 25 - Get Your Butts to Broadway. BBQ competition on E. Broadway, includes barbecue, beer, and music.  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Hopewell Downtown Partnership, 804 446-4847 or www.hopewelldowntown.com/butts
    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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