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Henricus to host ‘Colonial Trade and Tobacco’ event

Henricus Historical Park will continue its 400th commemoration with the fifth major event in a series called “The Year of Henricus” with “Colonial Trade & Tobacco – America’s First Successful Commercial Export” on July 23 and 24. Colonial trades such as tobacco, metal, woodworking, silk, grapes, fur and sassafras will be explored through family-friendly historical interpretations and educational activities. Visitors will learn about John Rolfe, who introduced Spanish tobacco at Henricus, and the cultural and economic factors which impacted colonial trade and resulted in tobacco becoming America’s first cash crop.
 
Virginia Indian activities will feature Powhatan trading procedures and the commodities they valued from colonists. English venues will explore attempts to make a profit from new commodities when gold and other precious metals were not found in Virginia. Interpreters will demonstrate how the successful cultivation of tobacco finally made the colony thrive economically.
 
Park educators will provide programming for children both days of the event. Trading with Virginia Indians provided colonists with goods such as furs, wood and sassafras to send back to England. Other colonial commercial experiments included grape and silk farming which will be demonstrated through hands-on activities. Children of all ages will be able to make-and-take crafts related to early English trade. 
 
 “We invite you to attend this event and learn how the Virginia colony became profitable at the Citie of Henricus,” said Charles Lewis Grant, acting executive director of Henricus Historical Park. “A successful commercial export contributed to the permanent colonization of America and the eventual establishment of the United States of America.”
 
“The Year of Henricus” began with Publick Days 2010 and will continue to lead up to the site’s 400th anniversary which will be commemorated in September 2011. Events will culminate with the arrival of 17th-century ship replica, Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement, at Publick Days this September. For more information about all events during “The Year of Henricus”, visit http://www.henricus.org or call (804) 748-1613.

Admission for Colonial Trade & Tobacco, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, is free for gift club patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. Henricus Historical Park is located on 32 acres along the James River and is surrounded by the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area. The park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, Va. 23836.   


Community

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.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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