Hello World. Meet Richmond. New Cycling Book Debuts For 2015 UCI Worlds

After a hiatus……drumroll please…..35-Mile Drive Presents Visit Goochland is back! We can’t think of a better way for a grand re-opening than to celebrate at the Manakin Farmer’s Market this Saturday, September 12th 9-1.

2015ORWcoverJoin us for a special book signing of On Richmond’s Wheel by Aynsley Fisher and Tom Houff– our hot-off-the-press new book celebrating cycling in Richmond. The book shares Richmond’s extensive cycling history dating back to the late 1890s and the high wheels and brings us up to the eve of the greatest bike race in the world– the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.

We share the inside scoop on how Richmond came to win the bid for host city, and how, once the dust settles and the 1,000+ cyclists and their teams from 70 countries, 500 international media and nearly half-a-million fans have returned to their corner of the globe, Richmond will continue to emerge as one of the country’s top bike-friendly towns.

The book showcases stunning photography of iconic Richmond cycling scenes by noted photographers Jesse Peters, Chris Johnson and Wayne Dementi.

We believe– not that we are biased, of course– that ORW is a must-read for cycling enthusiasts, history buffs, Richmond natives full of good old RVA pride, our hometown peeps and tourists looking for a timeless souvenir from their experience at the Worlds. BTW, our foreword writer, Virginia native Ben King, will ride for Team USA. Woo hoo! Stay tuned for more info or follow us on FB at 35-Mile Drive Presents Visit Goochland.

Buy the book www.onrichmond’swheel.com

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Can you dig it? Winter farm workshops

Fancy yourself a Farmtrepreneur-in-the-making?

ChicknEGG Productions, who brings us My Manakin Market in central Virginia, will offer a workshop for aspiring or beginning farmers featuring essential resources and tools that will help make your start-up farm enterprise a success. The all-day workshop kicks off on February 9th at the Holiday Inn Kroger Center South Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia and is followed by a farm tour on February 10th.

In Search of Chickens?

Don’t miss the upcoming Master Chicken Keepers Workshop on February 25th. Learn how to integrate chickens into your yard and garden in ways that will benefit you, your neighborhood and community. Learn how the little chicken can empower urban agriculture and help save on local tax payer dollars. Time to think outside the coop and inside your garden.

So you miss the farmer’s market? Not to worry, check out My Manakin Market’s new indoor winter market. Saturday, February 4th at Enzo’s Italian Chophouse on the new heated indoor patio in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia.

For information on the Farm Enterprise Workshop, the Master Chicken Keeper Workshop and the Indoor Market, please visit www.chiknegg.com

The Great Pumpkin

Just as Gus Portokalos declares in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, “give me a word, any word, and I show you how the root of that word is Greek.”  So it is true for our favorite fall squash-like fruit- the pumpkin! The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon which is Greek for “large melon!” The French later changed it to pompon which was later changed by the British to pumpion and finally arrived in North America with the colonists and became widely known as the pumpkin!

With the rains of recent weeks, the pumpkin harvest is plentiful this year. Be sure to check out My Manakin Market this Saturday for locally sourced pumpkins (of course,) apples, pears, butternut squash, winter squash…the produce goes on and on! See the list below.

And what a harvest we are having (if the farmers can manage to get out there and pick in-between storms)!  We were fortunate here in Virginia not to have lost all of our pumpkins in the hurricane…  Speaking of pumpkins – we have baking pumpkins!  This week, we also have butternut squash and lots of other lovely winter squashes, fresh parsley and cilantro, green beans, beets, radishes, Arugula, peppers (including specialty varieties), a few tomatoes (slicing, cherries), zucchini, cabbage, sweet potatoes, potatoes, eggplant,  fresh herbs, heritage apples, fall raspberries

We have one producer who will be bringing in some apples from other Virginia farms, as it is extremely difficult to produce applies in this area.  They will also have Asian pears and plums from the Appalachian Valley.  We have a great selection of meats, including grass-fed beef, pastured pork, lamb and poultry.

We’ll have cheese this week from Night Sky Farm – come and try a sample! Our selection of baked goods includes breads, muffins, specialty cookies, focaccia, pies, quiches, and even pizza crusts!

We also have honey, candy, homemade spices, specialty nuts, jams, jellies, local wines and lots of other delicious Virginia Grown items available at My Manakin Market!

Live music this week is the Willow Creek Band, featuring a variety of bluegrass, gospel and Americana.

Special health fair this week only! Visit the website for more information www.mymanakinmarket.com

My Manakin Market is a member of the 35 Mile Drive Association- www.35miledrive.com

See ya at the market!

Racing Fever at Southern States

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! aynsley.fisher@sscoop.com, (804) 747-9315.

For additional information, visit www.35miledrive.com, www.jamesriverhorses.org, www.southernstates.com

 

 

Secretariat’s Meadow

Today marks a new chapter for the legacy of Secretariat, the famous racehorse that captured the hearts of Americans and put Virginia on the map of Thoroughbred horse racing. A lot has been written about the chesnut Thoroughbred, but for the first time, we get a glimpse into that magical world that was the Meadow racing stable directly from an inside source.

Secretariat’s Meadow- The Land, The Family, The Legend by Kate Chenery Tweedy hits bookstores today! Kate is the daughter of Penny Chenery (who also wrote the foreward) and granddaughter of Christopher Chenery who founded the famous stable. A pictorial history, co-authored by Leeanne Ladin and published by Wayne Dementi of Dementi Milestone Publishing, the beautiful book tells not only Secretariat’s story, but the story of the legendary farm and the “empire built on broodmares.”

The book currently ranks #1 Bestseller in Horses and Racing books on Amazon.com! Frank Mitchell of the Daily Racing Form writes, “it is a lovely book, full of color and character, and of course, there are many photos of His Chesnut Perfection. What more could anyone ask?…It makes a grand and moving story and is told with warmth. Beautifully illustrated and produced, Secretariat’s Meadow is a pleasure for readers and fans of racing.”

Hollywood is a-buzz with the anticipated release of the Secretariat movie starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich and Scott Glenn, which premiers in Richmond on Friday, October 8.

Kate kicks off her Virginia book tour Sunday, October 10 at Southern States West Broad (8718 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294) from noon to 3:00 p.m. Also on hand will be Covert Action (Secretariat’s grandson) ex-racehorse and star of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, James River Chapter. For information on that event, contact aynsley.fisher@sscoop.com

For additional information about the book signing events and appearances, visit www.secretariatsmeadow.com.

For information on Dementi Milestone Publishing, visit www.dementimilestonepublishing.com. Wayne is a founding member of the 35 Mile Drive Association.