Henricus to celebrate 400th anniversary during Publick Days

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its 400th anniversary during Publick Days, Sept. 17-18, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the “New World.”

In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus.  Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Days will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle.
 
Visitors to Henricus will be experience encounters with more than 100 period-dressed historical interpreters portraying 17th-century life in re-created English and Virginia Indian settlements.

Activities planned for Publick Days include living history re-enactments; English and Virginia Indian weapons demonstrations; craftsmen and blacksmiths;17th-century medicinal demonstrations; Virginia Indian and colonial songs and dance; hands-on educational activities and crafts for families; storytelling; food and craft vendors.

On the bluff overlooking the James River, re-enactments will explore the military history of Dutch Gap from 1781 to 1917.
 
At 9 a.m. on Saturday a ceremony will take place, “Unity on the James—A Ceremony of Remembrance, Reconciliation and Recognition by Virginia Indians.”
 
On both days of the event 17th-century ship replica, Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement, will be docked at Henricus. Godspeed is a re-creation of one of three ships which transported America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607. The ship’s crew will demonstrate colonial maritime skills and examine the historic significance of Godspeed. On Sept. 19-20, the English and Virginia Indian sites and Godspeed will have grade-level appropriate activities available for school group tours by reservation: (804) 318-8797.
 
On Sept. 16, Henricus Historical Park will host a casual reception for Patrons to recognize the arrival of Godspeed from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a re-enactment of Sir Thomas Dale’s landing in 1611 by the all-volunteer Henricus Militia commanded by Dennis Strawderman prior to Godspeed’s arrival.
 
“Four hundred years ago the Citie of Henricus was founded and went on to become an essential cultural landmark in the heritage of the United States of America,” said Charles Lewis Grant, acting executive director. “As a living history museum, our mission is to educate the public about the significant historic milestones which took place at Henricus.”
 
Throughout the year, general park admission is free for Patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children aged 3-12. Henricus Historical Park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, Va. 23836. 
 
For a complete itinerary for the Publick Days weekend, visit http://www.henricus.org.
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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The Weinstein Jewish Community Center will present the sixth annual ReelAbilities Film Festival March 16 and 18-19. The festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The schedule includes: March 16 at 7:30 p.m. – “Shameless: The Art of Disability;” March 18 at 7:30 p.m. – “Margarita with a Straw;” March 19 at 12 p.m. – “Mimi and Dona;” and March 19 at 2 p.m. – “Gabriel.” Talk Backs follow each film. Tickets per film are $8 for JCC members and $12 for nonmembers. For details, visit http://www.richmond.reelabilities.org. Full text

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