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

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.

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!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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.

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We lost a little text in the formatting, but you get the idea! Visit Robin’s website for complete views.

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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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!