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5 Things to Celebrate in Halifax County

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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First, let me say that the Discover Halifax County blog is back up and running after a brief hiatus. (You’re welcome!). We'll share upcoming events each week, tell you about the talented locals who make the items that we sell in our Visitor Center, and share itineraries for visitors and locals alike. We will also keep you informed on all things tourism in our great county. Look for the weekly events each Thursday morning. We’ll delight you with 1-2 other posts throughout the week.

Now that housekeeping is out of the way, I present,  Discover Halifax's Weekend Guide...

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"2015 tiptoed in very quietly while we slept. I awoke early this morning and sat on the edge of Carrington's bed. He whispered, "Will you snuggle with me?" I did. I stole every imaginary sugar-cake that I could find. When my other two rise in their own time, we are heading out into the state park for our first day hike. It is a very happy new year, indeed." -January 1, 2015

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The Virginia Tourism Corporation announced that Halifax County Department of Tourism in partnership with Mecklenburg County and Virginia State Parks has been awarded $10,000 through the state’s Virginia is for Lovers Marketing Leverage Grant Program for their blueway project.

The proposed Halifax-Mecklenburg Blueway is to be comprised of four rivers and one lake spanning the two counties with access points in the counties’ three Virginia State Parks. The goal of the blueway project is to create a water-based trail system that will link the different assets found on the rivers and lake in an effort improve, enhance and preserve the environmental, historic and recreational opportunities on the rivers and lake. Funding was granted for identity development, branding, and marketing of this endeavor, to include logo design, brochures publication, website design and development, and marketing campaigns designed to promote one of the greatest tourism assets of Southern Virginia-outdoor recreation. The blueway, which will include launch points, camping locations, and points of interest, will target a fast growing segment of tourism targeting and provide a more cohesive recreational experience for those visiting.

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