September 2016 Tourism Newsletter

January 25, 2017
Prince George County - Pork Butts and Beefsteak???
What does the Little Pig say? WEE, WEE, WEE, all the way home. No, No! WOW, WOW, WOW Pork Butts in Prince George County.
After 25 years, the Pork Butt Festival is returning to Prince George County, VA, on September 24, 2016.  The original founders were a small group who got together for a "venison cookout in 1986."  Over the years, the event grew into a festival that attracted more than 1,000 people to Flowerdew Hundred Plantation in the year 2000 (year of the last event).  This celebration will include good food and drinks (ID may be required), live music and games for all ages.  In support of Prince George Promise, please bring any used youth sports equipment as a donation.  General Admission Tickets are $12.50 (kids 12 and under are free) and includes a keepsake PG stadium cup; listening to two great, local bands; amusements for kids and adult; and free parking.   No coolers or outside alcohol allowed.  Chairs and blankets are welcome.  For tickets and more information, go to:  Festival location is Temple Recreation Park, 14307 Prince George Drive, Prince George, VA, and time is from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  
Great Beefsteak Raid of the Civil War is quite a story [LOL]. Join the Petersburg National Battlefield Park Ranger, Tracy Chernault, with a showing of "Alvarez Kelly" in analyzing the "The Great Beefsteak Raid" through the eyes of Hollywood. Time and location is 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at the Petersburg National Battlefield, Eastern Front Visitor Center, 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg.  FREE. For more information e-mail Tracy at or call 804 469-4093.
Cows, no.  But, we do have BEEFSTEAKS.  Prince George Regional Heritage Center will celebrate the Great Beefsteak Raid with its 8th Annual Great Beefsteak Raid Commemorative Dinner on September 21, 2016.  This event will feature live music, weapons display and demonstrations, exhibits and re-enactors, auction of period items, and cornhole competition.  The steak dinner, prepared by Disputanta Ruritan Club, will include beverage and special desserts.  Cost is $30 per person and free hotdog meal for ages 12 and under.  Tickets are available at PG Heritage Center, 804 863-0212,; Disputanta Ruritan Club, 536-3407; Sebera's Prince George; Joyner's Paint & Frame, Petersburg; Ligon Jones Insurance, Hopewell; County of Prince George Treasurer's Office.  Time and location is 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Scott Memorial Park, 6680 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA.
With Fall and Winter just around the corner we all want to take advantage of the last few days of summer. Consider a great Virginia Get-A-Way with a day or weekend trip.   For more great ideas visit this website:   Here are just a few suggestions:
Scenic Country Drive - Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive offer not only great scenic drives with fantastic mountain and valley views, but great trails, too. Take a look at this Virginia Tourism website at for more great ideas.
Small Towns - Small towns with an old fashion "Country Store" may just be your cup of tea or java.  Take a drive to one of Virginia's great small towns.  For some ideas check out this website  Here are a few suggestions:
The General Store at Smith Mountain Lake - Specializes in Virginia-made products from food, handmade gifts, candies, snacks to old-fashion toys. Visit the Quilt Shack, a part of the store that retails handmade quilts, made by local artists.  
Yoder's Country Market is about 30 minutes north of Charlottesville.  It is part store and part farm.  It has a deli with over 150 meats and cheese; hand dipped ice cream; Amish-made baked goods, breads, and desserts, and gifts.  Next, head outside to the barnyard and feed the goats and watch them cross a 15-foot high skywalk and more.     
Floyd Country Store in Southwest Virginia not only offers homemade country food, milkshakes, and hand dipped ice cream, but has a Friday Night Jamboree with bluegrass, gospel and country music bands. 
Cozy Get-A-Way -- Book a cabin or reserve a campsite at one of the many Virginia State Park or National Parks.  Adventure and/or quiet solitude awaits you!  Pick up a copy of the State Parks brochure at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 4100 Oaklawn Boulevard, Hopewell, VA, or go to or or for more online information. 
 Virginia State Fair is September 23 through October 2, 2016, Meadows Event Park, Doswell, VA.  More information at
Amelia County Fair is September 5 through September 10, 2016, Amelia County Fairground.  More information at  
Dinwiddie County Fair is September 9 through September 11, 2016, Virginia Motorsports Park, Dinwiddie, VA.  More information can be found at  
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
Lieuenant Fawma is always on "duty" at Fort Lee!  Pay her a visit.  The US Army Women's Museum is dedicated to educating, instructing, and providing the history of military women.  It is the only museum of its kind designed ". . . to preserve, share, and teach the history of all Army Women . . . " as stated by the Friends of the Army Women's Museum Association (FAWMA).  Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Visit their website at for more information.  They are located at 2100 A Avenue, Fort Lee, VA.  (Note: You must have a visitor pass to enter the base.  For information and procedures go to:
Petersburg National Battlefield (PNB) have a number of exciting programs planned for September 2016.  The 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 --
History of Canning, September 3, 2016, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Grants Headquarters at City Point, 1001 Pecan Ave, Hopewell, VA. 
Victorian Cemetery Symbolism, September 10, 2016, 5:00 pm, Blandford Cemetery, 319 S Crater Rd, Petersburg, VA.
Communication via Telegraph During the Civil War, September 11, 2016, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Grants Headquarters at City Point, 1001 Pecan Ave, Hopewell, VA.
Civil War Bugling, September 24, 2016, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, PNB, Eastern Front Visitor Center, 5001 Siege Rd, Petersburg, VA.

Community Events
What a BLAST of a good time!  Cato Foundation Shrimp Blast in conjunction with Harbor Blast 2016 - Community Concert Series will feature One Way Ryde and the ElCaminos on September 17, 2016.  Tickets are sold in advance only and are $30.00!  You will feast on seasoned boiled shrimp, baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob, hush puppies, and beverages (beer, wine, soda, iced tea, water).  There will be a Cash bar for mixed drinks.  No coolers.  No pets.  Lawn chairs welcome!  Gate opens at 5:00 pm at the Appomattox Boat Harbor, 1604 Fine Street, Prince George, VA.  For more information go to or
YUM, CRABS FEAST!! - Yes, but you will have to wait -- at least until September 23, 2016, for the 29th Annual Crab Feast, sponsored by Home Builders Association of Southside VA. This event is open to the public. Menu is steamed crabs, fried fish, clam chowder, hot dogs, hush puppies, beverages. Tickets are $35.00 before September 1 and $38:00 after that date. No tickets will be available at gate.  Get your tickets at Home Builders Association of Southside VA; Johnson's Cleaners, 1919 Blvd, Colonial Heights, VA; Banks of Southside VA, 2703 S Crater Rd, Petersburg, VA, 26008 Cox Rd, Petersburg, VA, and 6401 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA. Gate opens at 5:00 at the Home Builders Association, 10300 Corporate Rd, S Prince George, VA.  For more information call 804 732-2742. 
For the Road Lover in You and for a Great Cause, Colonial Harley Davidson is "stepping up to the plate" or should I say "riding to the plate" to help the Hands of Rescue Inc. with a Fall Concert on September 30, 2016. This FREE concert will feature Jackson Ward and Shadows Down. There will be plenty of food, music, demonstrations, and a Cash Beer Garden (must have ID).  Event will be at Colonial Harley Davidson, 1701 Temple Parkway, Prince George, VA.  Call them at
804 497-6893 or visit their website and click on event calendar for more information.


Patsy Cline of Rock & Roll fame is coming to Fort Lee!  Patsy Cline, (played by Shannon Gibson Brown) is known for her memorable classics: "I Fall to Pieces, Leaving On Your Mind, and Sweet Dreams" and were just a few of her successful jukebox hits.  "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" comes to the stage at the Lee Playhouse as it follows Patsy's rise to fame from a young girl from Winchester, VA, to The Grand Ole Opry to Las Vegas to Carnegie Hall.  Show times are Fridays and Saturdays September 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 at 8:00 pm and Sundays, September 11, 18, 25 at 3:00 pm.  Tickets are $13.00 and Youth (16 & under) $7.00.  The Lee Playhouse is located at 4300 Mahone Ave, Fort Lee, VA.  Go to for more information or call 804 734-6629.  (Note all visitors must get a Visitors Pass at Lee Ave Gate, so allow extra time for getting on the base.)

Last of the summer concert series sponsored by for Prince George County Parks and Recreation comes to a close, but not without GREAT entertainment. On September 10, 2016, the Prince George Rockin' Family Summer Concert Series is featuring the Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band - B2B. This Band plays a range of songs in a variety of styles. J.E.J Moore Athletic Complex at 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta, VA, will be "rockin'" beginning at 5:30 pm.  Cost is $5.00 per person, children 3 and under FREE. Contact Prince George Parks and Recreation Department at 804 458-6164 or go to the County website at and click on their facebook page, then scroll to this event for more information.
Hilarity and Love at its best at Swift Creek.  The Playhouse opens its doors on September 15, 2016, with "Almost Maine".  Here is a short description by the Playhouse.  "On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote mythical town of Almost, Maine.  As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often comical ways.  Knees are bruised.  Hearts are broken.  But the bruises heal and the hearts mend - almost - in this midwinter night's dream." Swift Creek Mill Playhouse is located at 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, South Chesterfield, VA.  Tickets for theatre are $38.00 plus service fee.  Tickets for dinner and theatre are $55.00 plus service fee and meal tax.  Doors open 2 hours before show for dinner and show begins at 8:00 pm.  Go to or call 804 748-5208 for more information.
The waves on the Appomattox River are rolling with the Rockin' the River Concert Series at Hopewell City Marina.  Come on out on September 14, 2016, and enjoy the 4 Play Band.  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.  Concert is FREE and begins at 6:30 pm.  The location is Hopewell Marina, 1051 Riverside Ave.  Contact them at 804 541-2353 or  if more information needed.
The Beacon Theatre!!!!!!
More great concerts are coming your way.  Here is what we have lined up for September.  Check us out!
Beacon Theatre, 401 N Main St, Hopewell, VA, 804 446-3457, or  
Sep 3 - Molly Hatchet
Sep 10 - Tri-Cities Best - Featuring: 
               Lyric Ave & The Legacy Band and Hosted by    Comedian, Antoine Scott
Sep 15 - Neal McCoy
Sep 17 - Pure Prairie League
Sep 23 - Tanya Tucker with Guest TBA
Sep 24 - The 3rd Annual Stardom Mega Fest
Sep 29 - Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Sep 30 - Lez Zeppelin - All Girls, All Zepplin


To race or not to race, THAT is the question?   Either way, you are going to have FUN! The FOLAR Paddle or Battle is back.  If you missed this exciting leisure paddle or competitive race event last year, you won't want to miss it this year.  Experience beautiful water features, historic sites, and lots of fun floating on the Appomattox River from Hopewell's Marina to historic Pocahontas Island in Petersburg.  This is a 10-mile stretch of flat water in the tidal section of the Appomattox River.  A continental breakfast or lunch will be available.  There will be a trophy presentation at the finish.  The excitement begins on September 24, 2016, at 8:30 am - 11:00 am at the Hopewell Marina, 1051 Riverside Ave, Hopewell, VA.  For more information call 804 861-1666 or go to online registration at and more information.  
8:30 AM:  Event Opens
9:30 AM:  Paddling Begins

$25: Adult Advance Registration
$10: Under 18 & Active Military Advance Registration
$30: Adult Day of Event Registration
$15: Under 18 & Active Duty Military Day of Event Registration

Special Events
Where's that laughing coming from?  Join the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce staff and friends, old and new, for some chatting and laughter.  Our Perkin' Plus is set for September 9, 2016, and will be hosted by EVB Community Bank at 3012 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA.  The Bank will open their doors to us from 8:00 am - 9:00 am.  Email us at or call us at 804 541-2461 for more information.  Bring a friend.  Registration requested but not required.

 Our next Leadership Development Lunch will be from 12 noon to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, with speaker, Joe Shearin, President and CEO of EVB Community Bank.  Email us at or  
                                          call us at 804 541-2461 for more information.  
October 15 -  Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival. Traditional food and beer,
music, dancing, games, and agricultural exhibits at the Prince George Regional Heritage Center, Prince George, VA.  
October 22 -  "Song, Sausage & Spirit Festival" hosted by Three Brothers Distillery, County Line Road, Disputanta.
October 28  -  Hopewell Haunts and Fall Festival, Crystal Lake Park, Hopewell, VA
Crystal Lake Park, Hopewell, VA.
October 29  -  City Point 5k Fun Run and HEAL Fest. Hopewell, VA
October 8, 15, & 22  -  Old Dominion Railway Scenic Trains Tours, Dillwyn, VA 

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.