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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.   
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Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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