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On the trail of history

Local students create path at Civil War site

Cameron Hopkins did not grow up in a typical neighborhood.

Sure, it may have seemed like an everyday community at times, but the ground beneath his feet was too significant to call “normal.”

Hopkins, a rising senior at Varina High School, spent his childhood at home in the Fort Harrison section of Richmond National Battlefield Park, a national park commemorating Richmond’s copious Civil War history.

Tribal rhythm

This young dancer was one of many who participated in the 23rd annual Great American Indian Exposition and Pow-Wow at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Henrico Nov. 15-16. The event also included a number of other activities and demonstrations.

A time for wine

More than 200 fashionistas gathered with friends at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump last month to shop for designer shoes and accessories while enjoying wine tastings from several regional wineries, as part of “Wine, Women and Shoes.”

Local media celebrities and businessmen took to the runway as "Shoe Guys," offering wine-and-shoe pairings on silver platters. The fundraiser benefited Bon Secours for Women and the Bon Secours Forensic Nursing program, which offers compassionate health care services to victims of violence and abuse, including sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse and elder abuse.

Celtic Festival showcases culture, competition

The Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games returned to the Richmond Raceway Complex Oct. 25-26, showcasing Celtic heritage, food and fun, as well as unique athletic competitions, such as the caber toss, sheaf toss, stone put and Scottish hammer throw.

Miles of smiles


On Friday nights, a group of about 15 Henrico girls can be found sitting in a circle with balls of variously colored yarn sprawled around them. This designated knitting night has become a tradition for the girls known as Miles of Scarves, a group created in 2009 that knits scarves to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The group recently was named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Group by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“When I started this group, I had no idea that this would grow this much,” said Meredith Polk, the founder of Miles of Scarves.

Goshorn named Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Rebecca "Becky" M. Goshorn, a retired math teacher from Henrico County Public Schools, has been chosen as the 2014 Henrico Christmas Mother.

A Norfolk native and a resident of Henrico County for 38 years, Goshorn began teaching mathematics and computer science at Hermitage High School in 1977 and retired in 2000.

She is currently a mathematics education consultant, an adjunct mathematics teacher at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and an adjunct university supervisor for mathematics graduate Interns at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Quidditch invades Dorey Park

Twenty college quidditch teams totaling more than 400 players participated in the U.S. Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Nov. 1-2 at Varina's Dorey Park. A team from the University of Maryland won the tournament, while VCU's entry (pictured above) won the consolation bracket to qualify for the world championships. The game is inspired by one played by characters in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Quidditch tournament coming to Dorey Park on Nov. 1-2


Henrico County will host 20 college quidditch teams and almost 400 players from seven states and Washington, D.C., as they compete for the United States Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2 at Dorey Park.

In conjunction with the tournament, the Division of Recreation and Parks will present Quidditch Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road. The family-friendly event will feature hands-on quidditch demonstrations, broom-making, food and other fun inspired by the “Harry Potter” book series by J.K. Rowling.

‘Scouting for Food’ collections to be picked up Saturday

The Boy Scouts of America Heart of Virginia Council's annual "Scouting for Food" food drive concludes this weekend, and scouts who dropped off grocery bags last weekend at thousands of area homes will return Nov. 1 to collect those bags that have been filled with groceries.

Residents who miss the pick-up but who still wish to donate food may take their bags of food to the purple drop boxes at any Martin's Food Market locations in the region.

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