July in Appomattox

 History Music Recreation Theater

The year is somehow half over! How did this happen so quickly? Probably because we were all busy with work, family, hobbies and well...life! And here in Appomattox- that’s especially easy to do. There’s live music every week at Baines, delicious new special meals at The Babcock house, daily events at the Evergreen Lavender Farm, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, American Civil War Museum, and Patrick Henry’s Red Hill and amazing productions from Wolfbane! When you look at the calendar, it’s just amazing that we have so many chances to get out and live here in this little town.

July is no exception! Starting with the Independence Day Celebration at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill on July 4th and ending with the newest theatrical presentation by Wolfbane, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” opening July 26th.

Yes, it’s hot. And there’s gnats. BUT stop by the Evergreen Lavender Farm or any local shop that sells their products for an all natural assistant at keeping the bugs away. Stop into Baines for a refreshing ice tea or milkshake and head out to the local parks for some fun! Hike the trails at the James River State Park, or rent a kayak or canoe and explore the river!

On July 14th, the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park will play its annual Civil War Base Ball games at 10&1. In addition, the Appomattox 1865 Foundation will provide lemonade and have a genealogy station and blacksmith demonstrations from 10-2. The park will have it’s usual living history and ranger programs and be open 9-5. That evening, Wolfbane is pairing up with the Falling River Country club for a Murder Mystery Dinner! THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY SOLD OUT. 

The Appomattox 1865 Sweeney Summer Concert Series continues this month on July 24th with the great local band- Farm Use Old Time String band at 6 pm on the porch o the historic McLean House inside Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the show until sundown! No alcohol allowed but food is welcome. No charge for the show but donations are appreciated and will support the efforts to restore the Sweeney Cabin and Banjo Festival.  

If you make plans to come to Appomattox mid week and catch that show-you may as well stay for the Whiskey Dinner at The Babcock House on July 25th, a five course dinner with whiskey pairings will be sure to please! And at that point, you should probably add another day to catch the opening night of Wolfbane Productions’ Hedwig and the Angry inch-opening July 26th. 

If you’re just passing through the area-be sure to begin your visit to Appomattox at the Visitor’s Center on Main Street in the Old Depot. The ladies there will help point you to the best food, fun, and excitement in the are! Plenty of maps and brochures to guide you through your stay. The Appomattox Inn and Suites is a great place to rest your head-after a dip in the beautiful pool of course! The beautiful historic downtown is only a few minutes from Highway 460 and it’s definietlu worth the extr few minutes to check us out.  

Please check out our calendar of “Upcoming Experiences” and let me know if you need more information! Follow the links to all our members on this page to see what’s happening this month on the heart of Virginia- Appomattox. I’m here to help you decide how to spend your spare time when you have it! 

 

 

Thank y’all! 

Shea Klein

 

June 2018 -Arts and Heritage Month in Appomattox

 Civil War Era letter writing at the June 2 Arts and Heritage Festival    photo credit Shea Klein  

Civil War Era letter writing at the June 2 Arts and Heritage Festival  

photo credit Shea Klein  

This month started off with the Appomattox 1865 Foundation’s Arts and Heritage Festival at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park on June 2, 2018, which featured art, music, letters, genealogy, and living history. This event hosted a variety of events that will be repeated individually in the future! Keep your eyes peeled this summer and fall for Art in the Park Days and Heritage Days that will feature genealogical assistance, plein air painting sessions and more! 

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The Appomattox County Historical Society is open Friday-Sunday from 9am-4pm to explore your heritage and the history of Appomattox County at the museum or Clover Hill Village. Visit www.appomattoxhistoricalsociety.org for more details!

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The opening night of Wolfbane’s Romeo and Juliet is Thursday, June 7. The show will run Thursday through Sunday through June and tickets can be obtained via Wolfbane.org. Friday night shows are preceded by Happy Hour at the American Civil War Museum. Contact them at acwm.org for details. You can also have dinner and a show with The Babcock House on show nights!

Saturday June 9 is the Handmade Appomattox craft and artisan vendor fair at the American Civil War Museum from 10-3 with music and food from the Taco Wagon.https://www.facebook.com/events/592993304368919/?ti=icl

Friday June 15th is Virginia State Parks History and Culture Day! Celebrate at James River State Park, Holliday Lake State Park or High Bridge Trail State Park. 

 Evergreen Lavender Farm

Evergreen Lavender Farm

Saturday June 16th is the annual Lavender Festival at Evergreen Lavender Farm from 11-5, they also have a plein air painting session the following week on June 23. More information at evergreenlavender.com.

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The month wraps up with the Dynamic Dulcimers on June 26th at 6 pm, part of the Sweeney Summer Concert Series at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  This is the second of four free monthly concerts arranged by the Appomattox 1865 Foundation to help raise funds for the restoration of the Sweeney Cabin and the annual Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival in September. Please bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music! No alcohol is allowed on park grounds.

Routes of Rhythm Music Trail presents Dixie Road Bluegrass at Holliday Lake State Park on June 30 from 6-8pm. http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=HL180015-00

Not to mention the live music weekly at Baines Coffee and Books located at 205 Main Street in Historic Downtown Appomattox. https://m.facebook.com/Baines-Books-and-Coffee-109001548629/ For details!

Central Virginia, and Appomattox especially is an area rich in history, but also an area with a lot to offer in the arts, including theatre, music, and nature galore- what else do you need?

Shea Klein

 

May we tell you about May?

by Shea Klein

 

May has started off with a bang! The Appomattox Vintage and Artisans Market on May 5th saw over 350 shoppers! The event was not dampened by the grey skies and threat of rain, and I for one enjoyed the breeze! 

Below is just a small list of the things to do for the rest of this month! Check out the Facebook page for other events to be shared daily. Not into crowds? Grab a good book and find a bench at one of the parks! Take a hike or have a picnic. Or just stroll through our beautiful town and take in the flowering trees and beautiful homes.  

 

 

May 2018 Experiences

Please see Upcoming Experiences Page 

Or email info@experienceappomattox.com for more details!

May 12

10amDog Walk at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Lee’s Headquarters Pulloff

11am Butterflies and Pollinators High Bridge Trail State Park (River Road)

2pm Snake-y Saturday at High Bridge April State Park (Camp Paradise)

All day-National to Parks Day at James River State Park

7pm-Ken and Bonnie Swanson’s Living Room at Baines Coffee and Books

May 13

12&3pm seating for Mother’s Day Buffet at The Babcock House

May 19

10am A Stone’s Throw: The Atlatl and the Spear at Holliday Lake State Park (Event runs through September)

May 19-20

RE Lee Invitational Golf Tournament at Falling River Country Club

May 20

11am Rainbow Hike at High Bridge Trail State Park (Camp Paradise)

May 20

9-12 An Herbal Faire at Evergreen Lavender Farm

May 22

6pm Appomattox 1865 Foundation Sweeney Music Series Concert featuring Good Question

May 24

6:30pmCivil War Conversations “When did the Civil War End?” at the American Civil War Museum Appomattox

May 25

7pm David Haught at Baines Coffee and Books

May 26

1pm Guided Canoe Trip at James River State Park

7pm Farm Use Old Time String Band at Baines Coffee and Books

May 28

Memorial Day

May 29

11am Patrick Henry’s Birthday and Naturalization Ceremony at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill

May 31

Appomattox Lions Club ProAm Golf Tournament at Falling River Country Club

Save the Date:

June 2

10-4 Appomattox 1865 Foundations 2nd Annual Arts and Heritage Festival at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

June 7-30

8pm Thursday-Sunday Wolfbane Production’s Romeo and Juliet in the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

5:30-6:30Friday and Saturday- Pre-show Happy Hour at the American Civil War Museum (21+ only)

 Our table at the Appomattox Vintage and Artisans Marketvin Courtland Festival Park

Our table at the Appomattox Vintage and Artisans Marketvin Courtland Festival Park