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The Wild Pony Round-Up

by Casey | Posted on July 23rd, 2012

An annual event that occurs only in Virginia is the Chincoteague Pony Swim – a family friendly experience that creates memories for a lifetime.

Eastern Shore PoniesEvery year on the last Wednesday of July the wild ponies from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island make the swim over to Chincoteague as part of the small town’s annual Chincoteague Pony Swim festival and fundraiser. A team of volunteer firemen round-up the ponies and herd them across the channel during “slack tide” (between 7:30 and 10 a.m.). When the ponies emerge from the water, they graze and rest before parading down Main Street to the carnival grounds. The first foal to emerge from the water is named King or Queen Neptune and will be given away via raffle at the carnival that night.

On Thursday the annual auction is held to sell the current years’ foals. The ponies have been cleared by a veterinarian and may be transported via approved horse trailer anywhere in the United States. Arrive as early as 8 a.m. to position yourself for bidding.

Eastern Shore PonyOn Friday the remaining pony herd will swim back to Assateague Island.

If any of this sounds familiar, perhaps you read Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague as a child. Henry traveled from her midwest home to attend the annual pony penning where she was inspired to write the book, based on a real pony named Misty. Misty of Chincoteague was published in 1947, and Misty the pony found a new home with Henry.

Today you’ll find Misty’s ancestors at the Chincoteague Pony Centre. The Centre is the oldest established breeder of Misty family ponies. The kids will enjoy a pony ride while you browse the gift shop.

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Be a VIP at the Richmond Jazz Festival

by Casey | Posted on June 22nd, 2012

August 10-12, 2012 marks the third year for the Richmond Jazz Festival, an event that is quickly becoming the premiere concert festival of its kind. Situated at an ever serene Maymont, the Festival’s smooth, soulful sounds blend sweetly into the laid back summer setting.

Richmond Jazz Festival

Richmond Jazz Festival

Richmond Jazz Festival attendees can expect to enjoy more than 20 local, national and international artists appearing on two stages, including George Benson, Dave Koz, India Arie, Trombone Shorty, and Robert Cray. However, the lucky winner of the Richmond Jazz Festival VIP Weekend Sweepstakes can expect a great deal more.

 

One winner will receive an exclusive VIP experience to include:

  • A two-night stay at The Jefferson Hotel or the Hilton Garden Inn
  • Four Richmond Jazz Festival tickets – two for Saturday and two for Sunday
  • Transportation to and from the Festival
  • Breakfast both Saturday and Sunday
  • Corporate Hospitality VIP Tent Access
  • VIP Artist Meet & Greet (photo and autograph opportunity)
  •  Jazz Festival Care Package

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Official Rules

Sweepstakes ends July 18, 2012 and is open to U.S. residents 21 years of age and older. Travel is required August 10-12, 2012. Each entrant will receive a Virginia Travel Guide.



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Fireworks and Fun!

by Casey | Posted on June 18th, 2012

June is flying by which means that July 4th is approaching quickly. Do you have your Independence Day planned?

Yorktown Independence Day Celebration

Yorktown Independence Day Celebration

Nearly every small town and city in Virginia has a fireworks display, parade, or festival in celebration of our freedom, but here are a few interesting (and FREE) events that you might check out.

You know the Revolutionary War was won in Yorktown, yes? Why not celebrate our independence there? At 9 AM on the 4th you’ll be treated to a parade. Spend the day at the beach and then get ready for the bell-ringing at 7 PM, patriotic entertainment at 8 PM and fabulous fireworks at 9:15 PM.

If you love a picnic, you’ll especially love the 30th Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks in Norfolk. The picnic is free and you don’t have to make the potato salad! Pick a spot at Town Point Park for your family to spread a blanket and then kick back for a great fireworks display. 5 to 10 PM on July 4.

Patriotism will surely bubble up in you as you hear the 1812 Overture performed by the City of Fairfax Band with the fireworks to follow. Spend the evening relaxing on blankets or in chairs; vendors will have food and drinks, and kids’ activities will be plentiful. 7-10 PM on July 4.

Carnival rides attract the kids, but it’s the stars on stage that will attract their parents at the Martinsville Speedway Celebration for the 4th. Country music stars Darryl Worley, Bo Bice and David Lee Murphy will deliver an awesome show prior to the area’s largest fireworks display. And it’s all free!

Balloon Rally & 4th of July Celebration in Lexington

Balloon Rally & 4th of July Celebration in Lexington

Balloon glows are somehow very romantic. Lounge on the VMI parade ground while the giant hot air balloons glow over the course of two nights in Lexington during the 16th Annual Balloon Rally and 4th of July Celebration. Book a morning or evening ride or take a tethered ride, too. The fireworks will captivate around 9 PM on the 4th.

 

 

 

Find more 4th of July events near you:
Fireworks Locator Map * Festivals * Parades * Winery Events

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Covered Bridges for Father’s Day

by Casey | Posted on June 13th, 2012

Woolwine in Patrick County is the site of the official Virginia Covered Bridge Festival that occurs every year at the Bob White and Jack’s Creek covered bridges. The festival is this Saturday, June 16, and includes horse and wagon rides, antique car show, a duck race on the river, arts, crafts, great music at both bridge locations, a petting zoo, bounce houses, and delicious food vendors. It’s a free day of family fun that kicks off at 8 AM with the Covered Bridge 5K Run/Walk.

A great day for family.

A great day for family.

The 5K benefits a variety of local charities including the Patrick County Food Bank, Patrick County Adult Developmental Center, and the Caring Hearts Free Clinic. The route begins near the Bob White Covered Bridge in Woolwine and ends near the Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge. Entrance fee is $25. Register.

If you get into town early and are looking for a cool way to relax, the Reynolds Homestead at Fairy Stone State Park (just a little over 9 miles away from Woolwine) is hosting “Free Range Possums,” a Blacksburg band that has been described as a “musical conundrum” playing everything from Bach on banjo to swing. Friday night at 7:30 PM. $4 park admission.

After the festival winds down and before you depart for home, Chateau Morrisette Winery is hosting a Father’s Day Luncheon on Sunday at 11 AM. Chateau Morrisette is located in Floyd, about 9 miles from Woolwine. Reservations are recommended, but regular tours and tastings will be available at noon, 2 and 4 PM if the luncheon is already booked.

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Tall Ships Pack the Harbor in Norfolk

by Casey | Posted on June 6th, 2012

This is the time to get up close and personal with gigantic ships. Truly, you can’t appreciate their enormity until you’re standing next to them.

Norfolk Harborfest

The USS Wisconsin

Norfolk Harborfest® is a long-loved festival in Virginia and this year is especially impressive as it’s the cornerstone event for the grand OpSail 2012 Virginia™ celebration that began June 1 and contines through June 12.

Harborfest® kicks off this Friday, June 8, and is packed with waterfront activities for the whole family. The Parade of Sail (all the tall ships sailing through with their flags flying), a tremendous fireworks show (the largest on the East Coast), tall ship tours, pirates, Virginia wine sampling, and so much more make this four-day festival worth the drive and long weekend stay. The events are free and you can expect more than 130 hours of live entertainment on several stages, including some national musical acts!

  • Gavin DeGraw – Friday at 6PM
  • Colbie Caillat – Friday at 8:30 PM
  • Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers – Saturday at 8:30 PM
  • Edwin McCain – Sunday at 3:45 PM

~ These performers will be on the Budweiser Main Stage at Town Point Park.

Harborfest face painting

Kids love face painting!

Familes, there is something special in store for you on Sunday! From 10 AM until noon, enjoy a meet-and-greet with Nick Jr’s Foofa™ & Toodee™ from yo! gabba! gabba!™ ©2010. They’ll be at the Main Stage awaiting your arrival along with three nearby bounce houses, a balloon artist and face painting.

Tips for Harborfest®:

  • Welcome Centers are positioned at key points and can offer visitor assistance, as well as comfort stations for infant diaper changing: West Ghent Piers at MHI, Plum Point and Front Street Park at Fort Norfolk, Freemason Green, Harbor Park, Town Point Park & NOAA.
  • Shaded seating is available in the Boathouse and the Tavern within Town Point Park, Freemason Green, Front Street Stage at Front Street Park and MHI Stage at West Ghent Piers. You’ll find bistro tables, chairs, and umbrellas spread throughout the festival area.
  • PROHIBITED: bikes, skateboards, roller skates, scooters, any and all motorized vehicles, glass bottles, and pets that are not for disability assistance.
  • For guests with disabilities, parking is available at all City of Norfolk parking garages and wheelchair accessible portolets are stationed in Town Point Park, West Ghent Piers at MHI, and Front Street Park at Fort Norfolk. Special seating arrangements can be made for stage performances, just inquire with event security or a uniformed staff member.
  • Download the official program for more information regarding parking, free shuttles, the event schedule, and maps of the festival: 1 of 2  *  2 of 2

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