Rassawek Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival This Weekend

It’s finally here! Tomorrow kicks off the first annual Rassawek Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival! The weather looks great, low 80s on Saturday and upper 80s on Sunday! Don’t forget your sunscreen, hats and walking shoes!! Live music, wine tastings, children’s activities and traditional demonstrations and living history all weekend.

The details are in…. Saturday 10-6 and Sunday, 11-5. Rassawek is on the north side of Route 6/ 35 Mile Drive in western Goochland, a few miles before the town of Columbia. Visit www.rassawek.com for further details.

HERITAGE SHOW

 HILL TOP, GAZEBO & MUSIC STAGE

 4-H Club Livestock & Archery, Alpacas, Miniature Horses, Mutton Bustin’, Barnyard Animals, Horses & Carriages, Beekeeping Demonstration, Local Artifacts, Early American Demonstrations, Plein Air Artists Painting Demos

 FOOD

BBQ, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, Homemade Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Pecan Jacks, The Fudge and Sweet Shoppe

 GAZEBO-CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Bird House Project, Old Time Games, Corn Truck, Exchange Hotel Museum, Demonstrations

 MUSIC STAGE

 SATURDAY 21st

11am-12pm Thirteen Generations

12pm-1pm-Studabee

1pm-2pm- Ridge Runners

2pm-3pm-The River City Band

3pm-4pm-Cary Street Ramblers

4pm-5pm-Dixie Ridge

 SUNDAY 22nd

11am-12pm-Statement

12pm-1pm-Grass Eclectic Company

1pm-2pm- Thirteen Generations

2pm-3pm-Good Natured Riot

3pm-5pm-Michelle Nixon and Drive

 TREE HOUSE

The hollow tree found in the Innsbrook area and was erected here this spring.

 SAYLOR CABIN, BUILT IN 1844

 The Saylor cabin was first cabin on the property in 2003, moved from St. Paul’s Chruch Road in Goochland.

 EXHIBITS AROUND SAYLOR CABIN

Hearth Cooking Demonstrations (Louisa Historical Society), Vintage Cook Stoves & Clothes Washing, Blacksmithing Demonstrations, Tobacco Display, Canning & Weaving Demonstrations, Rail Splitting Demonstrations, Rock Splitting Demonstrations, Trapping Exhibit & Demonstrations, Small Steam Engines

 WINE FESTIVAL

 CHEROKEE CABIN & GREENHOUSE

 The Cherokee cabin was second cabin on the property, moved from Cherokee Road in Richmond, VA. The Cabin was originally built in 1910 and moved to Rassawek in 2006. This cabin was obtained from the Brisco Guy family.

 The Greenhouse is from James Madison’s Montpelier, it is a 1910 Lord Burnham Greenhouse. Stories and Tales will be playing periodically throughout the day inside the cabin, a documentary of local people.

 WINERIES

Byrd CellarsWinery, Grayhaven Winery, Saude Creek Winery, Mattaponi Winery, New Kent Winery, First Colony Winery

 FOOD

Chocolates by de Rochennet Chocolatier, The Bakery Farmville, Grapevine Restaurant

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Discover Goochland’s 35 Mile Drive

 

 

 

Discover the 35 Mile Drive Wine Trail
 

What is 35 Mile Drive? Literally 35 Mile Drive is another name for River Road West, a scenic Virginia byway in the Richmond, Virginia area. The stretch of road in question runs 35 miles through Goochland County. Some highlights from the road….things to do, places to see, right in Richmond’s back yard.

Let’s start at the Henrico/Goochland county line and head west.

Tuckahoe Plantation- Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home. He attended the one roomed school house still there and open to visitors. Could it be that  TJ’s appreciation for architecture and domes was inspired by the domed schoolhouse ceiling? Like many a historic property, Tuckahoe is believed to have a few supernatural residents. A popular destination for filmmakers, you could say that Tuckahoe is Goochland’s Little Hollywood. Today, Tuckahoe has a farmer’s market on Sunday afternoons during the summer, selling their grass-few beef, eggs and other seasonal items.

Mother Mary of the Church Abbey- Since 1994, it has been the home of fifteen monks living in the Benedictine tradition. It is also houses the Shroud of Turin Center, a workshop destination for scholars and the faithful. There is a gift shop with monk-made items like sweets, jams, honey, textiles and a bookshop. Also, it is home of Benedictine Academy and the Bobby Ross Field.  Ross (class of ’55) is a famed football coach and inductee into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Thistledown Alpacas- Goochland has a growing alpaca population. Several farms are open to the public.

Brookview Farm- A certified organic farm. 2007 Stewards of the Land, a national award by the American Farmland Trust! They sell their organic grass-fed beef through Lulu’s Local Food Co-op.

James River Work Center- The state farm. Home to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Greener Pastures Program. Rescued racehorses are given a second chance at life when their racing careers are over due to age, injury or performance. Horses are matched with offenders in a training program. Offenders graduate with a Groom Elite certification, giving them job skills to work in the horse industry. Many of the horses are available for adoption. It’s the only program of its kind in Virginia. Now home to 30 horses with 30 Groom Elite graduates! The TRF National President , Robin Williams, started the program and lives in Goochland.

You could say the state farm is Little Hollywood West. HBO’s John Adams was filmed here. Boston harbor and Braintree still sit waiting for a sequel perhaps on the Powhatan side.

Tanglewood Ordinary- A historic property family-dining Southern style! Fried chicken, anyone? Don’t miss their collection of Post magazines.

Tucker Park at Maiden’s Crossing- Goochland’s newest river park in development. Will be the site of a music ampitheater, birding platforms, trails, fields and primitive boat launch.

Brightly Bed & Breakfast- Historic B&B, one of only two in Goochland. Beautiful gardens.

Nadolski’s Butcher Shop- Specialty boutique butcher with locally sourced meats, specialty items, sausages, wine, beer and cheese. Home of many special events.

Goochland Courthouse- Built in 1826 by Cumberland builder Valentine Parrish and Dabney Cosby (a Staunton brickmason who had worked for Thomas Jefferson at UVA.) TJ’s influence is seen in the architectural details including the Tuscan portico, full Tuscan entablature, temple form and color scheme of red brick and white trim. Did you know, the brick wall was built around the complex to keep out wandering cattle!

White Hawk Music Cafe- Goochland’s musical metropolis! Combines music education (over 100 students in guitar, piano, voice, banjo, mandolin) with live performances and cafe food. A gathering spot with pickin’ parties every Thursday night, open mic on Tuesdays, and live music on the weekends.

Orapax- 700 acre hunting preserve for quail and pheasant. Customers come from over 39 states and six countries!!

Rapalee Taxidermy- Showroom open to the public, see dynamic mounts of over 100 animals from around the world.

Byrd Cellars Tasting Room- Sample wine from three local vineyards. Part of the 35 Mile Drive Wine Trail which includes Grayhaven Winery, Windsong Winery & Byrd Cellars.

Rassawek- Stunning property, home to the Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival May 21-22. Vineyard (Byrd Cellars) and village of reclaimed structures with historical value. Available for private rentals. Can see three counties and the James River corridor from the gazebo (formerly of 6th Street Marketplace!) Two restored log cabins, James Madison’s Montpelier greenhouse (now the wine tasting room,) music pavilion, ponds and trails. Named for the original Monacan Indian settlement along the river nearby.

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Clue #1

In honor of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow….our twitter ticket treasure hunt is up and running! Go to the White Hawk Music Cafe in Goochland and look for Secretariat. Did you know Secretariat was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby in under 2 minutes? He still holds the track record today! Check out page 121 and you will see Big Red blazing across the finish line! You also might find the tickets you seek.

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Spring Jubilee Twitter Ticket Treasure Hunt Is On!!

The Rassawek Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival is coming May 21-22! You won’t want to miss Goochland’s new festival. With six Virginia wineries (including host Byrd Cellars) on hand for tastings and tours, several music stages, kid’s activities, antique cars and farm equipment, steamboats, fishing rodeo, early homesteading demonstrations, arts and crafts, home-cooked food….there is truly something for everyone!!

Perhaps the biggest draw is the location itself. Perched high on a hill overlooking the James River, with views of Goochland, Fluvanna and Cumberland, Rassawek is home to a vineyard and a village of salvaged structures that create a beautiful rustic atmosphere unlike any other.

Leading up to the big event, 35 Mile Drive is giving away tickets via a Twitter treasure hunt. Follow us on Twitter @35miledrive and look for the clues as they are posted. Follow the clues to the hidden tickets ($40 value!) We are hiding these tickets all over Goochland…so stay tuned!

Tickets are $20 per adult (couples are $35) for admission to the Wine festival and Heritage show. Heritage show only is $10. So…put on your thinking cap!

First clue is coming today!

Go Green with Local Food- Co-ops, Markets, Boutique Butcher

Happy Earth Day!

As Kermit the Frog famously said, “it’s not easy being green!”  Or is it? Challenge your GREEN IQ with the following quizzes at National Geographic–

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/green-guide/quizzes

How green are you? Test your knowledge and learn about: sustainable food, green gardening, organic foodie, seasonal food, plastics, water conservation, green kitchen, green laundry room, green bedroom, green bathroon, home insulation, saving gas, energy conservation, energy IQ, going green, air conditioning and home heating.

So how can you green up your food choices? To quote Mr. Peanut this time, “you are what you eat from your head down to your feet.” As someone who grew up in the late 70’s and 80’s with the likes of  Wonder Bread and Little Debbies in my diet, that’s something to ponder for sure!

In today’s complicated world, the best way to green up our diet is to simplify. Eat organic when possible, buy local and/or grow your own fruits and vegetables.  Eat unprocessed, unpackaged food when possible. If you eat meat, choose free-range organic grass-fed options. When possible, avoid genetically modified crops (GMO) like wheat, soy, corn and cotton. But that is a topic for another day. In short, get the chemicals, hormones and antibiotics out of your food.

Did you know? Each pound of local food you purchase prevents a quarter pound of climate change (CO2 emissions.)

Here in Goochland County, in central Virginia, we are fortunate to have a vibrant local food community. As you think about making smart food choices, remember to buy fresh, buy local and get the good stuff on your table.

Brookview Farm is a family owned and operated grass-fed and finished cattle farm located in Manakin-Sabot, VA. The Fisher family has owned and operated Brookview Farm for over 25 years. Our animals’ diet of grass and clover, coupled with the fact that they are fit and active, produces meat that is high in protein and anti-oxidants. This creates meat that is as low in fat and cholesterol as boneless skinless chicken. www.brookviewfarm.com

Brookview Farm has been a participant of Lulu’s Local Food along with many other farms. The co-op offers a wide variety of meats, produce, and other local grown and handmade products and is dedicated to connecting family-owned and operated farms serving the Richmond area with local customers in search of fresh food all year long. Weekly pick up in convenient locations in Goochland, Powhatan and eastern Hanover. www.luluslocalfood.com

 The Tuckahoe Farm Market is open each Sunday from Noon-4pm.  Stop by to visit and take home our delicious meats and eggs. Tuckahoe Plantation Livestock offers grass fed beef, pasture raised lamb, free range eggs,  pasture raised rabbit, pasture raised chicken, wool and yarn. www.tuckahoeplantationlivestock.com

ChiknEGG Productions promotes Sustainable Agriculture & FOOD – growing, selling, cooking, preserving, eating & celebrating with a farmer’s market in Manakin-Sabot. Visit their website at  www.chiknegg.com

Nadolski’s Butcher Shop in Goochland serves as a broker of small Virginia Farms that produce artisanal breed Cattle, Hogs, Lamb and Game Birds, we specialize in being able to link Premium Breeds of livestock to the community and offer certain cuts from entire animals. www.nadolskisbutchershop.com

Be Green. Be good to each other. Be good to yourself.

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Spring Jubilee Ticket Treasure Hunt

The Spring Jubilee Heritage & Wine Festival at Rassawek in Goochland County will be May 21-22.  Enjoy Byrd Cellars and six other Virginia wineries, a variety of music stages including bluegrass, old time, blues and country, traditional arts and crafts, antique cars and farm equipment, fishing derby, wholesome food, early American homesteading demonstrations including hearth cooking, canning, spinning and bee keeping, 4H livestock show and children’s activites.

Tickets for the wine festival and heritage festival are $20 for adults/ $35 a couple. Tickets to the heritage festival only are $10. Children 12& under are free.

Follow us on Twitter (@35miledrive) to join in the ticket treasure hunt! Follow the clues to find your own tickets to the event compliments of the 35 Mile Drive Association! Stay tuned for the first clue.

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Rockabilly and Elvis at White Hawk Music Cafe Tonight

 Put on your blue suede shoes and head out to the White Hawk Music Cafe for an evening of rockabilly and Elvis with Wrenn Mangum tonight!

Tonight, Friday, 4/8

Where: White Hawk Music Cafe, 1940 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland, Va 23063 (804) 556-3388

Time: 8 pm to 10 pm, $5 cover

Wrenn Mangum celebrates the music of the 50’s- commanding the stage with only a guitar, microphone and amp, he takes you back when life seemed innocent and cars were cool. www.wrennmangum.com

The White Hawk Music Cafe is a member of 35 Mile Drive. Visit our website at www.35miledrive.com