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Henrico Opens New Tourism Center

Kicking off "a year of 16 months," Henrico County officials this morning officially opened the Henrico County Tourist Information Center, located at the Dabbs House Museum at the Eastern Government Center on Nine Mile Road.

The center, which is one of 61 certified visitors center statewide, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The county intends to highlight its 2011 quadricentennial activities through the center and hopes to boost tourism as a result. Henrico is planning 11 featured events as part of its celebration, beginning with this year with the Oct. 16 Harvest Festival at Meadow Farm. {{more}}

"It's our anniversary, and it's our party, and we wanted to get excited," Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Pat O'Bannon said during today's ceremony. O'Bannon, who also serves as the chairwoman of the county's 2011 advisory committee, said she hopes the center will spur increased visitor traffic to Henrico.

"Tourism is our first stop on this journey," she said.

The center features multi-media information about the county's history, historical sites, cultural opportunities and local attractions. A new display highlights four centuries of Henrico history on a timeline. Tours of the facility, which also includes rooms redecorated as they would have looked during the Civil War, also are available.

The Dabbs House facility was built in 1820 and known as High Meadow. It later served as a Confederate hospital and as a military headquarters for General Robert E. Lee and then was purchased by the county in 1883 for use as an alms house for the poor.

The Henrico Division of Police occupied the building from 1941 to 2005, before the county renovated it and reopened it in November 2008 as a museum.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Get up and dance – square dance, that is – with the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club tonight! More musical events this weekend include family-friendly karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert and the Henrico Teen Theatre Company’s production of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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