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Come find out what’s new in solar energy for your farm, residence, or business. Learn about the latest in solar panel technology, ground mount options, REAP grants and federal tax credits. We’re excited to share with you how quickly your initial investment can give you energy independence.

The Center For Rural Culture is excited to offer this class as part of their Homesteading Series.

Saturday November 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063

Click here to Register- $25

The Sustainable Technology Institute is Virginia’s leading solar training center and installation expert. 

For additional information, contact Sam Turner

Center for Rural Culture

804-539-4295
sturner12358@gmail.com

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

Goochland Receives Tourism Marketing Grant Funds

Governor McDonnell Announces $800,000 in Grant Funds to Increase Tourism in Virginia’s Localities

~40 local tourism projects will receive marketing dollars to increase visitation and revenue~

 

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today nearly $800,000 in tourism marketing grant funds for more than 40 local tourism initiatives across the state.  The Virginia Tourism Corporation awards the grants.  Each grant is matched by funds from a minimum of three local organizations and used to support marketing initiatives including advertising, Web development, online marketing and brochures.  The three to one matching funds provided by local partner organizations leverages the $800,000 in grant funds into more than $2 million invested in tourism marketing.  In total, more than 180 public and private partner organizations will work together as a result of the grant program. Governor McDonnell recently increased funding for the program as part of his efforts to increase economic development through tourism.

 

“Tourism is an integral part of the Virginia economy – providing nearly $18 billion in revenue and employing more than 204,000 people,” said Governor McDonnell.  “These grant funds are designed to spur economic development through tourism.  The state’s investment maximizes local marketing funds – allowing for localities to double and sometimes triple their marketing power to attract more visitors to local destinations.”

 

The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing through partnerships and to extend the Virginia is for Lovers brand.  The objective of this program is to leverage limited marketing dollars, resulting in increased visitor spending.  A minimum of three entities must partner financially to apply.  Partners may consist of Virginia towns, cities, counties, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, other local or regional destination marketing organizations, private businesses, museums, attractions, cultural events, and other entities.

 

“Virginia’s tourism marketing has a proven 5:1 return on investment, meaning that every dollar the state invests in marketing provides $5 back in tax revenue alone,” said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the VTC.  “These grants are a tremendous resource for localities that helps get attention for local destinations and generate the revenue and jobs that tourism creates.”

 

Details on grant awards are below. The next round of the Tourism Marketing Leverage Program will open August 8, 2011.  Localities interested in applying should visit www.vatc.org for more information.

 

 

 

VTC Marketing Leverage Grant Awards

Organization

Project

Amount

Artisan Center of Va. Take Home a Piece of Va. $10,000
Shenandoah County Shenandoah County Shines $7322
Richmond CVB Greater Richmond Video Series $50,000
Colonial Athletic Assoc. Va is for Lovers of CAA $10,000
The Crooked Road The Collaborative Crooked Road $28,000
Draper Mercantile Trading Co. Concert Series Marketing $7300

 

Friends of Southwest Virginia Inviting the World to SWVA $50,000
Round the Mountain Digital Online Artisan Maps $40,000
Northampton County Cross the Bay for a Day $37,077
Goochland County Discover Goochland $10,000
Northern Neck Tourism One-Tank Marketing $10,000
Scott County Outdoor Recreation Marketing $9,998
Waterford Foundation Waterford Homes Tour $12,913
Tazewell County Back of the Dragon $10,000
Roanoke River to Trails Tobacco Heritage Trail $878
Roanoke Valley CVB Blue Ridge Mountain Marketing $50,000
Virginia Beach CVB Live, Love, Run the Winter $46,851
Smyth County Tourism Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail $30,000
Virginia for the Arts Minds Wide Open 2012 $24,882
Boydton Historic Renaissance Southern Virginia’s Little Village $2,500
Jamestown Settlement America’s Historic Triangle $50,000
Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce It’s Closer Than You Think Campaign $9,118
Piedmont Arts Assoc. Discover Martinsville’s Museums $9,925
Depot Arts Assoc. Entertain Your Sense of Art $1,655
City of Poquoson Seafood Festival and Recreation $6,142
City of Radford Phase V Tourism Initiative $10,000
Town of Brookneal Brookneal Wine Festival at Red Hill $2,504
City of Waynesboro Rebranding and Marketing $28,211
SoVa Wine Trail Wine Through Southern Va. $7,477
City of Galax/Grayson Co. Bluegrass, Blue Ridge, Blue Skies $23,013
Wilderness Road Brochure and Marketing Plan $42,000
Thomas Jefferson Foundation Greater Charlottesville Marketing $50,000
Visit Loudoun Lansdowne Resort Family Campaign $13,000
Nelson 151 Nelson 151 $10,000
Virginia Golf Vacations Click, Play and Save $15,775
Waynesboro Tourism Assoc. Mobile Marketing $4,642
Waynesboro Parks & Rec. Run the Valley Series $5,000
Shenandoah Valley Art Center River City Fall Foliage $10,000
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Wine Festival $10,000
Hague Winery Good Life Now and Then $8,000
Visit Fairfax Banner Advertising Campaign $30,000
Abingdon CVB Entertain Your Senses $10,198
Out of Woodstock Productions Virginia Renaissance Fair $10,000

 

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia that generates nearly $18 billion in revenue, supports more than 204,000 jobs and provides $1.24 billion in state and local taxes.

 

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.  Visit www.Virginia.org to learn more about vacation destinations in Virginia or call 1-800-VISITVA to receive a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

Colombia: Pictures and Stories Booksigning

Sandy and Rossie Fisher

Join Sandy Fisher for a special booksigning at the New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville Thursday, August 4th at 5:30 p.m. Sandy’s book Colombia: Pictures and Stories is a pictorial narrative, compiled from his time in the Peace Corps in Colombia during the 1960’s and coincides with the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary.

Sandy will talk about his journey- both in the Peace Corps and in the creative process of writing his book.

During his time in Colombia, Sandy worked in community development in Tenjo, outside of Bogota. After a year there, he became a volunteer leader based in Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast overseeing 20 different sites.

Colombia: Pictures and Stories by Sandy Fisher

After finishing his Peace Corps tour, he graduated from Columbia University and then returned to Colombia, South America to run an
experimental cattle ranch in Los Llanos for eight years with his wife Rossie.  He then came back to the United States to become one of the first executive directors of a camp in Virginia for medically handicapped kids.

Sandy and Rossie returned to their farming roots which began in the Peace Corps and founded Brookview Farm in Manakin-Sabot which became one of central Virginia’s first certified organic farms. They raise grass-fed and grass-finished beef which can be purchased through Lulu’s Local Food

For more information, email bviewfarm@gmail.com or visit www.brookviewfarm.com .

New Dominion Bookshop
404 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA  22902
(434)295-2552

My Manakin Market

From the farm to your table!

If you haven’t been to My Manakin Market…you’ve got to go! Located in eastern Goochland County, conveniently near to I-64 and Rte. 288 and Short Pump, this market has got it all!

Over 45 vendors set up under the canopy of mature oaks and sell everything from locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, wine, sorbet, flowers and plants and art….and that was only this week!

With live music nearly every Saturday, the market is a destination for the whole family.

 

Check it out! Every Saturday from 8 am to noon.

68 Broad Street Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

Visit http://www.chiknegg.com for additional information.

 

 

 

Mad City Chickens & My Manakin Market

Mad City Chickens Movie Screening

Jul 17, 2011 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Byrd Theater

2908 West Cary Street Richmond, VA 23221

Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad professor and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

Please join us after the show for a Post-Movie Party and Book Signing by Pat Foreman, Author of City Chicks, Chicken Tractor and numerous other books. 4:30 – 6:00pm Ellwood’s Café 4 N. Thompson Street

Don’t Miss This Week’s My Manakin Market – Manakin-Sabot, VA

Summer produce is here in all it’s abundance!  There is plenty of fresh local food to choose from… this week look for corn on the cob, green beans, lettuce, Swiss chard, collard greens, beets, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, TOMATOES (both slicing & cherries), zucchini, summer squash, cabbage, potatoes, onions (a few left) fresh & potted herbs and BERRIES.

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, focaccia, pies, quiches and GLUTEN FREE products. We also have honey, candy, homemade spices, jams, jellies, local wines, and lots of other delicious Virginia Grown items available at My Manakin Market!

What makes us unique?  We are PRODUCER ONLY and support sustainably raised produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and true artisan crafts!  Check out What’s In Season now!  Come early for best selection!

 

Weekly Art Auction With Robin Caspari

Dallas, 12″x16″, Oil on Canvas Panel, Opening Bid $200.00

  This is Dallas, and he did a great job modeling for us today. He was, however, very disappointed once he realized he was not roping, or getting fed. I would have never thought in my wildest dreams that I would paint an animal “plein-air”, which means from life. It is very difficult, because unlike a human adult, they will not sit still. This takes confidence and patience. What a fun challenge this morning!

No Place for Girls,  12″x16″, Oil on Canvas Panel, Opening Bid $200.00This is my husbands shop… one of his favorite spots on the farm. As far as I can tell, its where the guys stand when it rains instead of going home. I guess it really is no place for girls because I drenched my pink Victoria’s Secret shirt in used motor oil within five minutes of sneaking into his garage.

Robin Caspari is a Goochland County resident and friend of 35 Mile Drive. For over 20 years she has stayed true to her creative goals of painting in an expressive unrestrained style. Her work has been active in galleries, exhibitions, publications and charitable causes (including the United States Humane Society and Corolla Wild Horse Fund to name a few.) She is an active member of Oil Painters of America and the National Impressionist Society.

Robin is currently involved in an intense project, painting a painting a day for a year and unveiling a select few for sale through a weekly painting auction via her facebook, twitter and enewsletter. The weekly auction will only last 6 months.

Here are a few paintings sold in the last week….

           
      Tides Inn Tractor                   Fisherman’s nets                         Fishing Boats   

Visit Robin’s website at www.robincaspari.com for more information.

www.35miledrive.com

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