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    Add a Little Art or Music to Your Weekends

    by Casey | Posted on April 5th, 2013

    Take a break from your Saturday yard work and find an art or music festival to LOVE in Virginia.

    Dayton Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival

    This Weekend - The Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Crafts Faire takes over the Expo & Conference Center Saturday and Sunday to bring you any and every thing that can be classified as art or craft: jewelry, photography,  foods and sauces, candles, wood turnings, paintings,  scarves … The admission is $6/adult, $4/senior and kids 12 and under are free.

     

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    Isaac Gay, winner of the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival Emerging Artist Contest 2010

    This Weekend – The 6th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival hit the streets of Norfolk as of yesterday and offers great music opportunities through Saturday night. From 4 p.m. to midnight music lovers can hit up a variety of venues to enjoy the performances for free. The fun kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 7 p.m. with the Emerging Artist Contest at Attucks Theatre ($10).

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    There are many more festivals this spring and summer in Virginia. Find one close to you, that appeals to you, that has a long history or is brand new. You’re sure to find one to love!

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    Spring Festivals in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on March 29th, 2013

    Spring is officially here with the trees budding and flowers blooming. Festivals are one thing we LOVE about Spring in Virginia.

    Daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom and Gloucester has them by the thousands for their 27th annual Daffodil Festival, April 6 and 7. Take a tour of Brent & Becky’s Bulbs in between the parade, entertainment and vendors. It’s the perfect event to draw you out of the house and into the Spring season. There are plenty of activities for the kids – pony rides, clowns, face painting and games. The fun is from 9 to 5 Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday.

    Burnside Farms Festival of Tulips - the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country!

    Burnside Farms Festival of Tulips – the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country!

    Tulip lovers will want to head to Haymarket anytime between April 10 and 28 for the Festival of Tulips: Holland in Haymarket at Burnside Farms. Walk through the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country – 90,000 blooms from 50 varieties at only $1 per stem. It’s a beautiful opportunity for kids’ portraits, so bring your camera. $3 per person to enter the tulip field. NOTE: Due to the cold weather the opening date was pushed back from April 5 to April 10. Weekday visits are suggested.

    Spring is also the time Virginia wineries pop their corks and take the fun outside of the tasting room.

    April 13 is a good day for wine lovers. Choose from two festivals – Beaverdam Wine Festival or Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest.

    The Beaverdam Wine Festival will be held at Pop’s Country Store Museum, just 30 minutes north of Richmond. The festival will include four wineries – James River Cellars, Lake Anna, Grayhaven and Mattaponi. Live music will set the atmosphere and up to 50 food, arts and crafts vendors will round out your day. Festival organizers state the fees as “$10 for designated drivers; $20 for imbibers.” Have fun and drink responsibly.

    Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest

    Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest

    The Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest will be held at Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield. Participating wineries include Lake Anna, Cooper, Naked Mountain, Belle Mount, Horton, Rosemont and Saudé Creek. Virginia craft breweries include O’Connor, Smartmouth, St. George, Legend, Star Hill, Williamsburg AleWerks, Bold Rock and Devil’s Backbone.

    The day is quite an extravaganza. The 2012 inaugural Wine & Brew Fest sold out and this one appears to be on its way. Tickets are $35 in advance for tasters with both wine and beer available for purchase by the glass, and Virginia wine available by the bottle. Designated drivers are $15, but tickets are available at the gate only. Ages 21 and older. Get your tickets now.

    Ready to fly a kite? March 30 through May 5 is “National Kite Month,” and several fields of green are awaiting your lift-off.

    The annual Kite Flying Festival in Stephens City is April 6. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kite because free kites will be given away while supplies last. The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. Expect to see members of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club discussing the science of kite flying and demonstrating some awesome kite tricks.

    The Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Flying Festival is held in Nellysford, just 30 miles west of Charlottesville, on April 14. This fifth annual event includes instructions, demonstrations by the Richmond Air Force Kite Club, a Duck Race, games, and a free kite to the first 150 children. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from the vendors on site. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    See more upcoming festivals at Virginia.org/SpringFestivals.

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    8 Reasons to LOVE Historic Garden Week

    by Casey | Posted on March 27th, 2013

    New blooms and fresh, sparkling homes and historic sites are on display for one week only, beginning April 20 for the 80th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

    Garden Week is a time when local garden clubs put away their trowels, gloves and wheelbarrows to welcome aficionados of beauty and sweet smells. If the mere idea of touring beautiful historic – as well as private – homes and gardens isn’t enough to get you out for a stroll, here are eight distinct reasons you’re going to LOVE Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

    1. Dubbed “America’s Largest Open House,” the 8-day event includes various tours highlighting more than 200 homes and gardens.

    2. The tours are spread across 32 Virginia locations reaching from Cape Charles to Staunton and Alexandria to Danville, so there’s probably a tour not too far from you.

    Morven, Charlottesville

    Morven, Charlottesville

    3. Visit a billionaire’s home. Morven, circa 1820, was on the inaugural Historic Garden Week tour. The original gardens were restored in the 1930s and one can expect to see unusual Osage orange trees, the state champion Chinese Chestnut tree and a dove tree. The brick manor home is situated on a 7,378-acre estate that was given to the University of Virginia Foundation by the late billionaire John Kluge. Morven is located less than two miles from President James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland in Charlottesville.

    4. Tour the first federal war-housing project established during World War I when you embark on the Newport News-Hampton tour on April 24. The beautifully manicured neighborhoods featured on this tour make for an enjoyable walk.

    5. Warrenton has supreme appeal. Walk in the footsteps of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall as you tour the property he acquired and the home he had built for his son. Also on this tour is the 1833 stagecoach stop for Wells Fargo at Glen Gordon Manor, as well as gardens in the midst of restoration and those professionally landscaped. See them all – open for the very first time – on April 25.

    6. Hit a wide swath of homes and gardens by spending a few days in Richmond. April 23-25 offers a different set of Richmond area neighborhoods to tour each day, with more than 20 sites for your viewing pleasure. Included are ornate gardens, sweeping lawns and mature trees. It is said that some of these neighborhoods are so well hidden, they defy their urban address. You be the judge.

    One of the homes on the Richmond Garden Tour.

    One of the homes on the Richmond Garden Tour.

    7. Get the best of two worlds with the Virginia Beach tour on April 24. Opening the doors of mansions, duplexes and beach cottages, this tour displays both oceanside and landside properties for a “formal to flip-flop” appeal.

    8. If you only have one day to tour and it happens to be Saturday, April 27, consider the Gloucester-Mathews tour where the largest one-day concentration of sites is available – nine. The oldest home on this tour is circa 1800, but also included is Rosewell Ruins, dating from 1725.

    Walking shoes are requested to avoid damage to the floors of the homes you’re touring. Boxed lunches may be available with some tours. Purchase tickets per tour, of if you plan to participate in multiple tours across the state, a $175 statewide pass is available for one person or $300 for two. Individual tours vary from $15 to $40.

    A few policies …

    • No smoking
    • No pets
    • No photography inside the homes
    • Children 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult

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    Motorsports Heat Up Spring in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on March 25th, 2013

    For those who have the need to feel the heat of stock cars rushing past them and the surface beneath their feet rumble, Virginia is the perfect destination. You’re going to LOVE the dirt tracks, road course, NASCAR Home Tracks and two of NASCAR’s toughest Sprint Cup Series venues this spring.

    Introduce your little one to the love of NASCAR.

    Introduce your little one to the love of NASCAR.

    With a racing history that actually pre-dates NASCAR, Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia, hosts two races each year. The spring race – STP Gas Booster 500 – is the highlight of a weekend full of events that kick off April 6 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 race.

    Martinsville Speedway’s claim to fame is that it’s the shortest of all the tracks NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series runs. Dubbed “the paperclip,” Martinsville’s straightaways are only 800′ long and the turns are a shallow 12 degrees. Fans who turn out for races here are treated to plenty of beating and banging, which tends to result in terse words and fisticuffs.

    Richmond International Raceway is located in Richmond, Virginia. Since its first NASCAR race in 1953 the track has operated under three names, five configurations and two surfaces. RIR is the only track to host all of its major events “under the lights,” and it’s the only track that all three Petty drivers – Lee, Richard (The King) and Kyle – have won.

    Racing at RIR reconvenes April 26 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in the ToyotaCare 250. Kids 12 and under are free for this race and the Kroger 250 at Martinsville, making it easy to introduce your child to motorsports. The following night at RIR the big boys of NASCAR take to the 3/4-mile “D” shaped track for the Toyota Owners 400. A night race under the lights is an experience you won’t want to miss.

    Both Martinsville and RIR host NASCAR’s top echelon of drivers twice each year giving Virginia four races total. Within no other state can Sprint Cup fans choose from four races at two tracks just 180 miles apart. If you include Bristol Motor Speedway, as we  often do thanks to the VA/TN border splitting the downtown, that’s six races with Bristol just 170 miles from Martinsville. Yep, Virginia is a haven for NASCAR fans.

    For a down-home race feel, check Virginia’s dirt tracks and NASCAR Home Tracks:

    Learn more about NASCAR in Virginia and Virginia motorsports.

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    On Stage in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on March 5th, 2013

    Plan now to enjoy a fantastic performance at a Virginia venue you won’t soon forget. Whether it’s Broadway, Shakespeare, opera, ballet or music that brings a smile to your face, you’ll find your favorite performing arts right here in Virginia.

    American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse

    American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

    Running several titles concurrently, the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton brings big drama to Blackfriars Playhouse nearly every day of the week.

    The Virginia Opera performs at a variety of venues. See something fun while you’re in one of these destinations.

    Lovers of music will find a wide variety of genres rifting across Virginia.

    Richmond Ballet

    Richmond Ballet

    Drama, comedy, tears and laughter. Experience all of it with powerful acting and dance.

    That’s not all! See our full calendar of performances to plan ahead.

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