Field Day of the Past This Weekend

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Ever been to Field Day of the Past? Located just off the Rockville/ Manakin exit on I-64, near the Rte 288 interchange, is  a festival unlike any other. Part country fair, complete with carnival rides and fair food, and part historical heritage event with antique cars, tractors and machinery, Field Day takes place in a village setting with paths for easy strolling. How will you know you are near? Just look for the American flag flying high over the tree tops. Don’t miss out on this great family event!
Friday 9/16,  Saturday 9/17, Sunday 9/18 from 8 am to 6 pm, www.fielddayofthepast.net 

Field Day of the Past mixes the warm, down-home atmosphere of the county fairs of yesteryear with exhibits and displays of museum quality.  Historical displays and exhibits, re-enactments, tractor and truck pulls, small engine displays, arts and crafts, flea market, antique and modern construction equipment demonstrations, a log cabin with ongoing heritage craft demonstrations can be experienced throughout the weekend. Volunteers demonstrate the daily routines of the life of a family surviving in early rural Virginia which include wheat and peanut threshing, meat smoking, the making of sorghum molasses, washing clothes, canning, saw milling and other chores.

Permanent exhibits and structures include a working United States post office, a 1930’s grocery store and garage, fire lookout tower, blacksmith shop, wood wright shop, ice house, gold mining equipment, Pullman railroad car and engine buildings.
Field Day of the Past is a member of the 35 Mile Drive Association www.35miledrive.com

South African Food & Wine Festival at Grayhaven

South African Food & Wine Festival
Only a few more days left until the South African Food & Wine Festival!  South African wine makers Tyrell Myburgh of Joostenberg Wines and MAN Vintners and Gordon Newton Johnson of Newton Johnson Wines will be here to represent their wines.  We have amazing entertainement, great food and a Market Tent filled with wonderful South African spices, arts & crafts.  Even the good weather we ordered is on it’s way!
Join us!

For a celebration of South African culture, wine, food & music!

Date: September 10th & 11th 2011

 

Time:  11 am – 6 pm

 

Location: Grayhaven Winery, Gum Spring, VA  

Information:  South African Food Fest or call (804) 556-3917

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  • Taste and purchase South African wines, from rare finds to iconic blends
  •  Live South African music and dance performances by JuxtaPower and friends
  • Discover the exotic, multi-cultural cuisine of South Africa
  • Shop The Market for spices, arts & crafts imported from South Afirca
  • Enter for a chance to win two round trip tickets to South Africa, compliments of South African Airways!

David Jenkins
Artist Spotlight:  David Jenkins
David Jenkins – musician, singer, songwriter. Called the “White Zulu” from Empangeni, South Africa, David is an acknowledged master of traditional Zulu maskandi music. Read more on our festival Web site!
 

Nomsa Mazwai
Artist Spotlight:  Nomsa Mazwai
A SAMA award winning artist, Nomsa weaves the rhythms and melodies of jazz, afrocentric, drum ‘n bass, electronic and neo soul music into her own unique style.  Visit Nomsa’s Web site and take a listen (we love them all, especially “Nguwe.”)
What about the weather?
So far, it looks good!  Mostly sunny Saturday with only 10% chance of rain – a little higher for Sunday.  Check weather.com with our Gum Spring zip code 23065 or look for weather updates on Grayhaven’s Web site.  Remember Gum Spring weather can be quite different from D.C., Richmond or Charlottesville.  The event is on rain or shine!

Purchase Tickets
Save $5 per ticket by ordering in advance (ends Thursday.)  Visit our festival Web site to purchase:
 

South African Food & Wine Festival

 
Grayhaven Winery

Grayhaven Winery

Grayhaven Winery

4675 East Grey Fox Circle
Gum Spring, Virginia 23065
(804) 556-3917

*Tickets to the festival are for one day only.  You may choose either day to attend.

Sponsored By:

South African Airways
Grayhaven Winery is a member of 35 Mile Drive. Visit our website at www.35miledrive.com. Follow us on Twitter @35miledrive.

Michelle Nixon- A Place I Belong (Just Released)

You could say the bluegrass world has been singing the blues since Michelle Nixon took a hiatus a few years back.

The veteran singer, who has been a perennial winner in the bluegrass world for her work on the award-winning project, Daughters of Bluegrass and as the top Female Vocalist for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America in 2006 took a break after the devastating loss of her father to cancer.

Nobody’s singing the blues now…Nixon and her band Drive are back with a new album, A Place I Belong, already ranked #3 on Airplay Direct’s Top 50 albums. She returns to the spotlight with a new lineup including husband Nick Nixon on guitar and vocals, Patrick Robertson on guitar and vocals, Tim Newcomb on banjo, Mike Sharp on dobro, Jonathan Dillon on mandolin and Tracy Burcham on bass. Six of the thirteen tracks were co-written by the husband-wife duo.

When Tom T. Hall was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nixon was invited to perform his legendary song “Harper Valley PTA” at the Grand Ol’ Opry. In honor of that special musical highpoint, Nixon includes her own rendition of the song on the new album, released by Mountain Fever Records. For tour dates and information visit http://www.michellenixon.com or http://www.mountainfever.com.

Track Listing:

1.  Your Kind Of Love Listen Now!

2.  Small Town Way Listen Now!

3.  Last Road Listen Now!

4.  Too Blue Listen Now!

5.  Making Memories Without You Listen Now!

6.  Brand New City Listen Now!

7.  Top Of The World Listen Now!

8.  A Place I Belong Listen Now!

9.  Better Days Listen Now!

10. Is It Still Over Listen Now!

11. Muddy Waters Listen Now!

12. Where do we go from here Listen Now!

13. Harper Valley P.T.A. Listen Now!

A friend of 35-Mile Drive, and Goochland native, Nixon makes special appearances at select venues in Goochland County including White Hawk Music Cafe and Rassawek Spring Jubilee Heritage Show & Wine Festival.

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.

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.

 

 

 

Colombia, Pictures and Stories by Sandy Fisher- Booksigning Tomorrow!

Join us for a special event at the Page Bond Gallery for the release of Colombia, Pictures and Stories by Sandy Fisher. Wine reception and booksigning. Tuesday, June 21, 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Please RSVP to bviewfarm@gmail.com or 784-3131.

The book features photographs from Sandy’s time in Colombia while in the Peace Corps in the 1960s and afterwards. This year the Peace Corps celebrates their 50th anniversary.

Page Bond Gallery, 1625 West Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220 (804) 359-3633

The book will also be available for purchase at the Fountain Bookstore, 1312 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 788-1594

 

 

A Snapshot… A Closer Look at 35 Mile Drive

Tucker Park at Maiden’s Crossing

After months of blogging on various topics, it makes sense to revisit our roots, to redefine exactly what 35 Mile Drive is all about!

Truth be told, the 35 Mile Drive Association is many things. We are artists, musicians, restaurants, farmers, bed & breakfasts, wineries, tours, living history, historic sites, parks, river adventures, museums, realtors, gourmet food providers, hunt clubs, taxidermists, farmers markets, special events, publishers, designers, writers, photographers, landowners. The best thing about such a thing is we are a sum of our parts…offering a unique snapshot of the destinations, activities and culture that best represent Goochland County, Virginia.

 
We celebrate the hospitality and tourism industry in Goochland and promote our region as a getaway-for-the-day destination for the surrounding Richmond area.
 
Want to know more about our businesses and destinations? You can visit our website at www.35miledrive.com , subscribe to this blog, follow  us on twitter @35miledrive and soon will be able to find us on facebook. We have logo decals available for purchase, details coming soon.
 
We have many artist friends who have embarked on a “painting-a-day.” We thought that sounded like a good challenge… so coming soon, we will be doing a “blog-a-week!” Each blog will feature one of our members. Be sure to check in regularly to see what’s new on the 35 Mile Drive!