WHERE: Banister River, Dan River, Staunton (Roanoke) River, Kerr Lake, Lake Gaston (Halifax and Mecklenburg Counties)
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.
The 1963 Danville Civil Rights Movement: The Protests, the People, the Stories explores the civil rights protests, violence, and protracted legal struggle that gripped Danville during the summer of 1963, the fall campaign of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the role of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in the city.
The documentary exhibit features portraits by Charlottesville photographer Tom Cogill and text panels by Halifax County native Emma Edmunds, primary researcher for the project. The exhibit also includes text-and-photo panels on teachers in the movement, Dr. King and the SCLC in Virginia, and the white citizens who stood with and supported the Danville protesters.
The Halifax County Department of Tourism continues to offer tours of local attractions. Join us on Friday, October 21 at the historic Woodlawn Plantation for a tour and luncheon. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. with owner Mark Krogh giving a historic perspective while in costume portraying Henry Coleman.
Coleman was one of the first owners of Woodlawn and sat on the treason trial of Aaron Burr. The tour includes the 18th century architecture of Woodlawn, the brick-walled graveyard, and the grounds. A tour of the house will be follwed by lunch served from the dining room sideboard. The menu includes pulled pork barbecue, chicken salad, deviled eggs, baked beans, coleslaw, and desserts.
"This book, An Architectural History of Halifax County, is an amazing piece of deep research and writing that pulls together the narrative of buildings in a Southside county that many people might consider "rural," "out of the way," or deserving of only a "quick drive through." But, as Barbara Bass and members of the Halifax County Historical Society's Architectural Committee have shown, Halifax is a real treasure trove of architecture dating from the eighteenth century to the present, and the book should serve as a model for other counties, not just in Virginia but elsewhere." --Dr. Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor in Architectural History at the University of Virginia
The book is a fascniating read filled with beautiful pictures and histories of bulidings from the grand to the humble that create the history of Halifax County. The history of Halifax County can be traced back to American Indians and their surviving artifacts and the beginnings of English settlements in the mid-eighteenth century.
When you find yourself in Downtown South Boston, make sure you stay for dinner. Deemed 'A Dining Destination with the Standard of Excellence' by Southern Living Magazine, Bistro 1888 offers fine dining in Southern Virginia. The menu features a selection of fresh seafood, aged steaks, chops, handcrafted pasta and vegetarian dishes whose preparations encompass Mediterranean, Pacific Rim, class French, Caribbean, and Northwestern traditions. Everything is made from 'scratch' daily utilizing the freshest and highest-quality ingredients available.
The mastermind behind this award-winning Infused New American Cuisine is Chef Margaret Moorefield. Chef Margaret, voted one of America's best chefs, has been the chef and co-owner of Bistro 1888 since its inception in 2003. Chef Margaret dishes on a few of her favorite things...
The Halifax County Restaurant Week prix-fixe fun is ending on Sunday, so we thought we'd take a walk down memory lane (a short walk) and look at the dishes you all loved.
Halifax County Restaurant Week is in full swing! We hope everyone is enjoying the great food and even better deals across Halifax County. If you have yet to dine out this week, you have until Sunday to try one of special menus at one of the eight participating restaurants. If you're still making plans for the weekend, we have a few suggestions and how you can tie Restaurant Week into those (you have to eat, right?).
Friday, September 16
Eight restaurants join the lineup for the inaugural Halifax County Restaurant Week, an eight-day event of special menus and discounts at participating locations. Here are five good reasons to check it out--not including an opportunity to sample the best that local restaurants have to offer in the form of three-course meals priced at $10 and $20 at participating restaurants.
Need another reason to dine out this week? Here are five. Be sure to let us know where you go and how you liked it using #HalifaxRW on Facebook and Instagram. You can find more information on Restaurant Week at HalifaxCountyRestaurantWeek.com.
Southern Plenty, located in Downtown South Boston, is an eclectic cafe serving fresh and delicious pastries, sandwiches, dinner plates, quiches, soups, salads, and more! The cafe has lots of personalty and is warm and inviting as you enjoy the fine foodstuffs or pick up a few groceries, gourmet and deli items, wine, craft beer, craft pottery, art or handmade jewelry or cards. Looking for a great spot to meet for coffee, Southern Plenty has that too!
Southern Plenty is owned by artist-turned-chef Mary Bagwell, who also serves as pastry chef, inventor of delicious dishes and menus. Mary dishes on Restaurant Week and a few of her favorite things.
We're celebrating Halifax County's Restaurant Week beginning on Sunday, September 11 through Sunday, September 18. There are no special hours or openings for restaurants during this week. They will open during their normal operating hours, which we've listed for you (You're welcome). We encourage you to make reservations as Restaurant Week will be busy, but they are not necessary to participate and enjoy delicious meals at special prices. Here's all you need to know about when and where for the eight participating restaurants.Bistro 1888 | 221 Main Street | South Boston, VA Darby's Tavern | 3105 River Road | South Boston, VA434.572.1888 | Facebook | Website 434.517.7000 | Facebook | WebsiteDINNER ONLY LUNCH & DINNER
Sunday: ClosedMonday: ClosedTuesday: 4:30 – 9 p.m.Wednesday: 4:30 – 9 p.m.Thursday: 4:30 – 9 p.m.Friday: 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.Saturday: 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.
We are only two days away from the kickoff of the inaugural Halifax County Restaurant Week. I can hardly wait! So how does one navigate Restaurant Week? We've put together a cheat sheet, including several ways to hit all eight restaurants (there's a contest for that!). So, sit back and enjoy the notes and tidbits of this handy dandy guide to Halifax County Restaurant Week.
The Dates & Times
Are you salivating yet? We're warning you, the menus will make you hungry as you read through them. The chefs have put together thoughtful selections showcasing old favorites and creative dishes to please the palate. The menus for Darby's Tavern, The Packhouse, and Spare Times Grill have been added to the HalifaxCountyRestaurantWeek.com site. You will also find menus for Molasses Grill, Oak Tree Tavern, and Southern Plenty.
Have you made your reservations yet? What are you waiting on?