May is Festival Month

May is Festival Month

May 5-7 | 14th Annual Halifax County Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival | County Fairgrounds | Fri: Noon - 9 p.m.; Sat.  9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun.: 1-5 p.m.

A celebration of the region's antiques, arts and crafts, and food. It features many exhibits, including threshing wheat, working sawmill, beekeeping, quilting, wood carving, and blacksmithing. 

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Weekend Guide

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Halifax County Little Theatre presents...CHICAGO the MusicalApril 28- May 6 | The PrizeryChicago, the critically acclaimed theatrical phenomenon comes to Halifax County for 7 more shows. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago has everything: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz. Tickets on sale now at The Prizery Box Office, the Visitor Center, online, or by calling 434.572.8339. You don't want to miss this show!Tickets are selling fast, don't delay

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"Give me liberty or give me death!"

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It was Patrick Henry’s impassioned plea of “Give me liberty or give me death!” that has endured as the world’s most famous cry for freedom. That cry and the events it inspired attract immigrants and refugees alike who believe in the freedoms on which our nation was formed.

On Friday, May 5, the Patrick Henry National Memorial will host its annual Naturalization Ceremony at 11 a.m. on the beautiful grounds of Red Hill, Henry's last home and burial place, overlooking the Satunton River Valley. 

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Reason #15: African-American Heritage Trail

african American heritage trail

WHEN: Launching in early Spring

WHERE: Online and sites throughout Halifax County

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5 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Ideas

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Tomorrow is the big day -- Valentine's Day! If you've forgotten or just like to live on the edge and wait until the last minute, we have a few Cupid-approved ideas for you. 

1. If your sweetheart loves wine, our sin package is on sale. Three bottles of Hunting Creek Vineyards wines - Temptation, Indulgence, and Repentance.

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Reason #14: Unparalleled

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WHEN: Year-round

WHERE: 3105 River Road, South Boston, VA

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Reason #13: Heritage Festival

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WHEN: May 5-7, 2017

WHERE: Halifax County Fairgrounds, 1188 James D. Hagood Highway, South Boston

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Reason #12: Antiquing Around

Antiquing

WHEN: Year-round

WHERE: Several locations throughout Halifax County

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Reason #11: Virginia Cantaloupe Festival

Virginia Cantaloupe Festival

WHEN: July 28, 2017

WHERE: Berry Hill Resort, 3105 River Road, South Boston, VA

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Reason #10: It really is in our DNA

ROAD RACING 1

WHEN: February through November. Racing: April - November 

WHERE: 1245 Pine Tree Road, Alton, VA 

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Reason #9: Racing is in our DNA

DISCOVER SPEED

WHEN: March through October

WHERE: 1188 James D. Hagood Highway, South Boston, VA 24592

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Reason #8: Enriching Lives

Summer Theatre 1

WHEN: June through July

WHERE: The Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 24592

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Reason #7: A Paddling Experience Unlike Any Other

07 BLUEWAY

WHEN: Year-round

WHERE: Banister River, Dan River, Staunton (Roanoke) River, Kerr Lake, Lake Gaston (Halifax and Mecklenburg Counties)

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Reason: #6 World-Class Horseback Riding

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WHEN: Year-round

WHERE: 3219 Cluster Springs Road, South Boston, VA 24592

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Reason #5: Wine Down at a Vineyard

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WHEN: Check vineyard websites and Facebook pages for tasting room and tour information, including hours and fees.

WHERE: Bright Meadows Farm Winery | Greenwood Vineyards | Hunting Creek Vineyards

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Reason #4: Restaurant Week

restaurant week

When: Sunday, September 10 through Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: Participating restaurants (2017 restaurants TBA)

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Reason #3: Dark Skies

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When: Saturday, March 25 and Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Staunton River State Park, Observation Field

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Reason #2: Distilled Spirits

Reason #2: Distilled Spirits

When: Thursday through Saturday, Noon - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Springfield Distillery, 9040 River Road, Halifax, VA 24558

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Reason #1: The Crossing of the Dan Celebration

Crossing

When: February 18, 2017

Where: Chastain Theatre at The Prizery 

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5 Things to Celebrate in Halifax County

5 Things to Celebrate in Halifax County
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I think we all sometimes forget how special our Halifax County truly is. We get lost in the day-to-day hustle and bustle and forget to take a moment to celebrate the beautiful people, places, and attractions that make this area of Southern Virginia special. Here are five little reminders of what makes us so unique and worthy of celebration (in no particular order).

1. This week, Staunton River State Park plays hosts to a STAR PARTY! (Not an acronym, I'm just excited). No, Hollywood's A-listers are not descending upon Halifax County for the week. Instead, astronomers from across the country and WORLD are headed to Scottsburg for the week to look through powerful telescopes to observe celestial objects and other astronomical objects, learn from other astronomers, and attend lectures. What makes this so extra ordinary? Our very own Staunton River State Park is the site of some of the best observing in the mid-Atlantic, earning its designation as an INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY ASSOCIATION PARK. For an area to become a Dark Sky, it must provide a view of the night sky without the obstruction of light pollution. Strict regulations are in place to make sure our park keeps its status as an international dark sky. The week-long event is for astronomers ONLY, however, on Saturday, October 29, from 8-11 p.m., the park will host a FREE PUBLIC STAR PARTY.  Park staff and astronomers will be on hand to answer questions about stars, planets, galaxies, constellations, and other astronomical objects in a family-friendly environment.

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