Make a note….The children’s costume contest and party portion of the Monster Mash & Music Fest is from 4 pm to 5 pm. Starting at 5 pm (until close) enjoy live music, wine and beer, coffee, smoothies, cafe food and Halloween festivities. Costumes encouraged! Visit www.whitehawkmusiccafe.com for more information.
Only 12 days until the 35 Mile Drive Courthouse Village Fair! Here’s the latest scoop…
Saturday, October 30- Spend a day in the country, exploring the Goochland Courthouse Village on foot for a day of family fun and adventure! Pick up a map at any location below.
- Find farm fresh produce and products at the nationally ranked Goochland Farmers’ Market (12th in the country and the final market of the season) from 9 a.m. to noon. 2955 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
- Shop for fine arts & crafts at Arts on the Lawn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2938 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
- Visit with Lord General Cornwallis for a special historic-themed children’s program called “General Howe’s Dog.” Meet the famous beagle from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn.
- Experience Oktoberfest at Nadolski’s Butcher Shop from noon to 4 p.m. Wine, beer, food tastings, local producers, live bluegrass music. 2913 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
- Shake a leg at Monster Mash & Music Fest at the White Hawk Music Cafe. Children’s costume contest and party from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Live music, refreshments and Halloween festivities until close.
Saturday, October 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Getaway to Goochland Courthouse Village and spend a day in the country at the 35 Mile Drive Courthouse Village Fair. Driving west from Richmond, enjoy the fall foliage and scenery on River Road West (aka 35 Mile Drive,) one of central Virginia’s most scenic drives through Goochland County.
Bring the kids, the dogs and and explore the Courthouse Village on foot (all .35 miles!) With live music, food, wine, beer, art, history, farm fresh produce, animals, a beautiful outdoor setting and Halloween festivities, the fair offers something for every age and interest.
Courthouse Village Fair highlights include:
- Octoberfest at Nadolski’s Butcher Shop. 2913 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063, (804) 556-4888. Wine, seasonal brews, fine food and live bluegrass music!
- Arts on the Lawn. 2938 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063. Discover unique original art in a variety of mediums including painting, pottery, textiles, photography, glassware, etc. Local businesses and organizations also exhibit.
- Goochland Farmer’s Market. Grace Episcopal Church, 2955 River Road West. Shop for farm fresh produce, meats, flowers, baked goods and other items at the nationally ranked and final market of the season.
- Monster Mash Music Fest. White Hawk Music Cafe, 1940 Sandy Hook Road. Goochland. (804) 556-3388. Costume contest and kids Halloween party from 4:00- 5:00. Live music, wine, beer and food that evening.
Cyclists and motorcycles welcome. Ride the 35 Mile Drive starting at the county line at Henrico through Goochland to the town of Columbia. 70 mile round trip over scenic rolling hills. Points of interest include Tuckahoe Plantation, James River overlook and access at Tucker Park at Maiden’s Crossing (Rte 522,) the Historical Society, Brightly Bed & Breakfast, the Courthouse Village Fair (restaurants, shops, coffee cafe,) Orapax Hunting Preserve, Westview on the James river access and picnic spot, Rapalee Taxidermy, Celebrations Winery, Rassawek, Point of Fork and Columbia. For a complete list of attractions and contact information visit our website at www.35miledrive.com
Interested in being an exhibitor at Arts on the Lawn? Contact email@example.com for an entry form and any additional information about the 35 Mile Drive Courthouse Village Fair.
The White Hawk Music Cafe is the current home of the 35 Mile Drive exhibit. Stop in to see the 18 original features which appeared in the Goochland Courier. www.whitehawkmusiccafe.com
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are underway in Lexington, Kentucky (September 25-October 10.) The games host the world championships for eight different equestrian sports including dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, paradressage, reining and vaulting.
At its highest levels, vaulting is a sport of beauty, elegance and harmony between the athletes and horses. Be sure to check out the current issue of the Virginia Sportsman online at www.vasportsman.com , “Gymnastics on Horseback with Balance Vaulters” by Aynsley Miller Fisher to learn more about vaulting.
Gymnastics requires physical strength, agility, coordination, balance and grace, now imagine a gymnastics routine performed entirely on the back of a cantering horse! After the first day of vaulting competition on Wednesday, the U.S. team emerged with the lead. Check in for updates and information about the games at www.alltechfeigames.com
Aynsley is a member of the 35 Mile Drive Association and an equine specialist at Southern States. Visit www.balancevaulters.org to learn more about Katie Flannagan and her vaulting program featured in the article.
In 1973, Secretariat captured the hearts of the American public and took the racing world by storm when he won the legendary Triple Crown, setting race records in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Owned by Penny Chenery, Big Red was foaled in Virginia at the famous racing stable at the Meadow and forever put Virginia on the map of Thoroughbred horse racing.
Just released is a new book unlike any other on Secretariat. Authored by Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s Meadow- The Land, The Family, The Legend gives readers an inside look at over 200 never-before published pictures from Penny’s private collection and the stories that bring them to life.
Arriving in Richmond Friday for the movie premier, Kate makes the first stop on her Virginia book tour at Southern States West Broad, 8718 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294. (804) 747-9315.
This unique event also celebrates the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF.) On hand will be Covert Action (Secretariat’s grandson, ex-racehorse and star of the TRF) making a rare public appearance.
The TRF rescues racehorses when they can no longer compete at the track due to age, injury or other circumstances. Many of the horses are rehabilitated and available for adoption and a chance at new careers. The TRF has partnered locally with the VDOC in the first program of its kind in Virginia called Second Chances at James River. Based at the James River Work Center, the program matches inmates with horses. The horses are rehabilitated and the inmates gain job skills and a certification allowing them to work in the horse industy on release from prison.
Make plans to attend “Secretariat Day at Southern States” from noon to 3:00. Feeling lucky? Don’t miss your chance to win one of several excellent door prizes including 500 pounds of Legends or Southern States horse grain, a signed copy of Secretariat’s Meadow, a bridle, racing-themed glassware, home accessories and some of your favorite animal health products. Thanks to our sponsors Southern States, Dementi Milestone Publishing and Kate Chenery Tweedy, Toklat, GT Reid and Farnam.
Books will be available for sale on site ($29.99) and Kate will be happy to sign your copy. For every book sold that day, a donation will be made to the TRF.
Contact Equine Specialist Aynsley Fisher to reserve your spot today! firstname.lastname@example.org, (804) 747-9315.