35-Mile Drive at the Virginia Tourism Summit in Richmond, Virginia
On behalf of 35-Mile Drive and tourism in Goochland County, Jenny Liesfeld and Aynsley Fisher attended the VA-1: LoveWorks Conference. The two-day event offered attendees from the tourism industry around Virginia the chance to network, learn and gain insight into the latest data. Highlights included: electronic marketing workshops, lunch with members of Virginia’s General Assembly, a report on the new statewide tourism plan, how to integrate the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign and your own, latest consumer research and travel trends, tourism and economic development, marketing leverage grant programs and panel discussions on leading with advocacy and supporting tourism when funding is cut, frozen or nonexistent.
The highly anticipated movie “Lincoln” (in theaters November 16, 2012), directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was filmed in Richmond, Petersburg and even Goochland County. Petersburg plays Richmond, Richmond plays Washington, D.C., and the Goochland/Powhatan set from HBO’s award-winning miniseries “John Adams” also played a role. As Rita McClenny, Director of the Virginia Film Office and Interim President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation reported, “when Spielberg saw the Capitol in Richmond, he said, ‘I want that to be the backdrop for my film!'”
Are you looking for a fun, free educational outing that everyone in your family will enjoy? If so, then come join us for the fifth annual Farm Tour. This year’s Farm Tour will highlight local Goochland agri-businesses, including a dairy operation, a sustainably produced beef farm, specialized equestrian facilities, an alpaca farm as well as the Goochland Farmers Market.
The free, self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, when six unique agribusiness sites will be open to the public. Operators will make presentations on the hour and the half-hour.
The following farms will be featured:
Alvis Farms, 1700 Alvis Road, Manakin Sabot
Alvis Farms is a family owned and operated dairy farm in eastern Goochland County. The dairy was started in 1965, and is now home to 750 milking cows, most of which are Registered Holsteins. The milking cows are housed on waterbeds, and are milked three times a day. The family also farms roughly 4,000 acres, which is spread throughout 8 different counties. The crops grown are corn, wheat, soybeans, barley, and alfalfa. The farm tour will showcase both the dairy and crop operations. Additionally, representatives from Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District will be on hand providing educational information.
Applegarth Farm, 1225 Shallow Well Road, Manakin: Applegarth Farm is a horse training and boarding operation established in 2001. The farm currently boards over 25 horses, many of whom are trained in hunter-jumping.
Brookview Farm, 854 Dover Road, Manakin-Sabot: The Fishers have been pioneers in organic, sustainable farming in the mid-Atlantic since establishing Brookview in 1981 as a grass-fed and finished- cattle commercial farming operation. Family-owned and operated, Brookview comprises over 300 acres of pasture on which cattle roam and graze exclusively on grass and clover. Brookview epitomizes the highest standards of environmental stewardship, producing all organic products without the use of pesticides, hormones and commercial fertilizers
Goochland Farmer’s Market, 2955 River Road West (Grace Episcopal Church),
Goochland: Every Saturday morning from May through October, Goochland’s only all volunteer and non-profit Farmer’s Market is open from 8 a.m. until noon. Each week, this genuine country market offers some of the finest produce, meats, breads, wines, cheeses, plants and farm crafts produced in Central Virginia.
Little Hawk Farm, 1625 Cardwell Road, Crozier: Dr. Tom Newton and his wife Jennifer live and work at Little Hawk Farm, a regionally renowned equine reproduction center. Dr. Newton has over thirty years of equine veterinary experience and offers a full range of equine reproductive services—including all three methods of breeding horses. Little Hawk Farm has several barns to accommodate outside mares, stallions, foaling stalls as well as a reproductive lab. There are also a number of award winning stallions on site, along with Sam-Mule, the friendly, resident Sicilian miniature donkey.
Suri Downs Alpacas, 2280 Camelback Road, Maidens: In 2006, a chance encounter with a newspaper article extolling the joys of alpacas prompted the Finchers to consider trading their Hollywood, CA lifestyles for a more rural way of life. Five years later, the couple moved to Maidens, VA and established Suri Downs Alpacas. Together they raise over 30 friendly alpacas on their farm and currently have two crias (babies).
The Center for Rural Culture will offer grilled local, organic, grass-fed beef burgers provided by Brookview Farm as well hot dogs and veggie burgers with sides and a beverage. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 – 1:30 at beautiful Brookview Farm, 854 Dover Road, Manakin-Sabot. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 6 and under. All proceeds will benefit the Center for Rural Culture’s Education and Outreach Programs. Lunch reservations are required. Please call (804) 556-5841 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your meal preferences by Sep 13th. Additionally, the Women of Grace Episcopal Church will have delicious homemade baked goods for sale separately.
Tour sponsors include the Center for Rural Culture, the Goochland Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Goochland County Farm Bureau, the Goochland Chamber of Commerce and the Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District.
For those of you who live in the Richmond, Virginia metro region, please join us Saturday, March 31st at Brookview Farm in Manakin-Sabot, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In celebration of early spring on the farm, we will have cooking demos including how to make your own potato chips and how to cook grass-fed beef. As you may know, Brookview is an organic farm specializing in grass-fed beef.
Learn more about the Local Roots Online Food Co-op, an online year-round farmer’s market with Thursday pickups at Brookview.
We will be serving our famous Brookview Beef Barbecue for lunch. Bring the family for a special day on the farm!
Virginia’s Crooked Road, a heritage music trail in the southwestern part of the state, seems to have taken a detour to Goochland County. Award-winning bluegrass talent and native Goochlander Michelle Nixon and her band Drive are taking the airwaves by storm. Their new CD debuts at #1 on the National BMP Music Chart!
Your Kind of Love is #19 on the hot singles chart
Brand New City is #5 on the Powergrass Gospel top ten.
Here are a few ways to help our hometown girl stay on the charts:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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