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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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