Henrico County VA

Civil War history comes to life

Mike Powell discusses various types of cannon munitions used during the Civil War, at a living history presentation at Fort Harrison in Varina Sept. 25. The event concluded three days of Civil War commemoration as part of Henrico’s 400th anniversary.

Mike Epperly, Derek Lyons, Dan Peterson, Mike Hallinen portray Civil War soldiers.

Bob Hill of the 12th Virginia Infantry re-enactment unit.

Chuck Wood, a re-enactor with the 3rd Virginia Company, and horse Cheeseburger

Re-enactors Howard Helmer, Bill Brown and Charlie Helmer (Pegram's Battery, Petersburg Artillery)

Re-enactor Nancy Hallinen of the 59th Va.

Re-enactor Joseph W. Colby, Sr. (chaplain, 23rd Va., Infantry Co. H) displays an ear trumpet, an early hearing aide device used during the Civil War era.

Bill Edwards discussed different flags of the Civil War.

Dr. Patrick J. Fetta (44th Va.) entertains with stories and songs from the Civil War.

(Left to right) Mike Powell, Denny King, Gregg Harris, Sam Watkins and Michael White (1st Co. Richmond Howitzers) at the living history event Sept. 25 at Varina's Fort Harrison.

Mike Powell (1st Co. Richmond Howitzers) discusses cannon munitions with Bill Lipsett (right)
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band to perform Oct. 15

Henrico County Recreation and Parks is hosting a concert by The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. This free concert will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature Soldier-Musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band.

Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq. This group tours more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small. > Read more.


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