My Wish List, Sung to the Tune of "My Favorite Things"


Last year I sat down to write my Christmas wish list at just the time I was awaiting the new Sound of Music television movie. What resulted was the first part of a holiday wish list, sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things." I posted my list on facebook last year, and at the urging of several friends, wrote the second verse, which included even more local shopping ideas. If you have a business you'd like to see included on the list, please let me know. If I have enough, I may just write a third part. Let's always remember our local businesses and friends when knocking out that holiday shopping! 

Cheers! Erin

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BYUtv's Story Trek with Todd Hansen Makes its Way to Halifax County, Virginia






 

Todd Hansen is a master story-teller who believes that every person has something important to say, and he's on a mission, traveling the country searching for a story. He happens to be the host of BYUtv's reality tv show entitled, "The Story Trek," and his cross country searching led him right here to Halifax County, Virginia.

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Best Places for Picking Strawberries in Halifax County, Virginia


There are many reasons we are so fortunate to live in rural America, in such a beautiful and fertile part of the world, in the midst of such a rich agricultural community.  One of those reasons is our access to so many fresh off the vine fruits, from berries in the spring and into the summer, to autumn apples and pumpkins, and even Christmas trees at winter's brink.  Some of my earliest and favorite memories involve picking blackberries with my great grandparents on their rural Virginia farm.  What is about picking fresh berries that we love? Is it the feeling of warmth so early in the year, sunshine on our cheeks and necks, the strangely sweet and earthy smell of freshly plowed fields? Maybe it is the instant gratification of enjoying the literal fruits of your labor. Maybe it is the sweet strawberries themselves. For me, it is all those things, plus the faces of my children studying each berry to make sure it is ripe enough, carefully making their selections, and the looks of delight on their smiling faces as they fill up each berry basket, sweet as strawberry pie.

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Top Ten Wine-Tastic Gift Ideas of 2013!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!   At the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center, it is also the Most Wine-Tastic Time of the Year! For the month of December, we are offering a special opportunity for our local wine lovers and gift givers. Purchase 3 bottles of wine and receive a 10% discount, or purchase 6 bottles of wine or more, and receive a 15% discount. Currently available in the Visitor Center's gift shop are wines from Halifax County's own Bright Meadows, Greenwood, Hunting Creek, and Molliver Vineyards, as well as neighboring Rosemont, Sans Soucy, The Homeplace, and Annefield Vineyards and Wineries, all of which are part of the greater Southern Virginia Wine Trail.

Are you looking for fresh and fun gift giving ideas? Do you want to be prepared for the unexpected and handle last minute holiday stress with grace and style? Do you want to support your local friends and neighbors? If you answered "Yes!" to any of these, I present to you my "Top Ten Wine-Tastic Gift Giving Ideas for 2013."

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Did you know about these upcoming events? You do now!

Whenever travelers make an unplanned stop at the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center, operated by the Halifax County tourism Department, they often ask with a smile and a question mark on their face, “What is there to do in…South Boston, Virginia?”  Without hesitation, I confidently answer that for a county and town as small as we are, one would be surprised at how much there is to do here!

One way for locals and visitors, alike, to find out what is happening in our community is to view the community calendar at the Halifax County Tourism Department’s  website at www.gohalifaxva.com.  My goal at work today was to add ten events to our calendar for the remainder of November and upcoming December 2013. Within two hours, I had easily surpassed my goal, adding 13 events to the items already on the calendar. Whether you are a local looking for something fun to do or ways to support your local neighbors, or you are visiting the area and in search of local flavor, you might be interested in the following:

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Welcome to South Boston and Halifax County, Virginia! We're so glad you're here!

Welcome to our community, and welcome to the South Boston and Halifax County Tourism Blog.  Feel free to make yourself at home.

From behind the desk of the South Boston-Halifax Visitor Center, a gift shop full of local history books, local wines, and local arts and jewelry is to my left, brochures for restaurants, lodging, attractions and events are to my right, and iconic agriculture, racing, and state park memorabilia are all around.  On the other side of the glass front double doors, cars of locals and visitors cross the intersection of Highway 58 and Route 360.  It is from this point of view that I witness a kaleidoscope of who and what makes up South Boston and Halifax County in this region we call Southside Virginia: the residents, visitors, passersby, the stories,  history, families, and, of course, the friendships.

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