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In This Issue

Issue Cover


Confessions of a Pack-Rat
By Gert Slabach

Homecoming at DCC
(Focus on Alumni and Family) By Marie R. Harris

Container Gardening - Part 1
(Building a Raised Bed Garden)

Pun Intended
(Support Your Local SPCA & Win)

Lake Country Wine Festival (Photos)



Editor's Page
(A SpoonOut?)

Southside Gardener
(Monthly Tips & "To Do List")
By William H. McCaleb

Ask Bubba - Advice
Bubba Stuff



Festivals & Events
April - June Events
Relay For Life 2010 Events

Farm & Ag Info

Farmers Markets Listing (FMs in or near SSVA)

Venture Outdoors 2010 (PDF - Info/Flyer)

NRCS, USDA Funding for High Tunnels
(PDF - 63.4KB)

Press Releases


Past Issues

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Festivals and Events in Southside Virginia

April - May - June 2010


Festivals and Events listed are in Southside or Southern Virginia unless otherwise noted.



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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lake Country Wine Festival -
Enjoy a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Virginia's only lakeside town at the 4th annual Lake Country Wine Festival! 15 Wineries from across the Commonwealth will be serving up samples of their finest wines from noon until 5 pm. Location is in Front of Century 21 on the Lake - 412 Virginia Avenue. Tickets are $20 per person; $25 at the gate. Event for those 21 years of age and over only. Live music, specialty artists, raffles and drawings. Cheers from Lake Country--hope you will join us for this wonderful gathering. For more info, call the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce at 434-374-2436.



April 17th 1 - 4:00 pm

Friends of Philpott's 4th Environmental Educational ExpoSaturday -
Philpott Lake Visitor's Center in Bassett, VA. The Expo kicks off Earth Week and increases the educational impact of Earth Day with educational preparation, learning, and activities from area non-profits, government agencies and some local businesses.
By participating you encourage youth and adults to make a difference in their schools, homes, communities and personal lives!
The event is great for the whole family. This years theme: Be Water and Energy Wise.
Admission is free. Food, drinks and plant sale will be available for purchase from Friends of Philpott, Inc.
For more information:
Henry County Director: Linda Drage (276) 681-6805 ldrage@comcast.net


April 17

Midway Volunteer Fire Department Bluegrass Festival -
Hagar’s Mountain Boys, Lawson Creek Grass Band, Johnathan Dillon
Bluegrass Five, Home Grown Bluegrass, Hi Grass, Nowhere Bound

Bring your lawn chairs, some bleachers are available. don’t forget a big appetite, concessions will be served. parking is free.
Gates Open at 11:00am. Music Starts at 1:00 pm
Adults - $10.00, Children under 12 - $5.00, All kids under 5 FREE!!
At the Midway Mud Bog field. Located on hwy 58, 9 miles east from 501 & 58 intersection from South Boston, VA.
More information: 434-738-3175.


April 23rd
Registration Deadline for Venture Ourdoors Halifax County - April 30, 2010

Download Flyer (134k PDF)



Friday, April 23, 2010, 6:30 PM

The Waybacks
with Doug and Telisha Williams -

Shining Star Farm
Martinsville, VA
Tickets go on sale February 20, 2010.


April 24-25th, 2010

CENTURY 21 On The Lake Open House -
Nearly 30 homes in or near Clarksville open for viewing!

For more information:
CENTURY 21 On The Lake
412 Virginia Ave
Clarksville, VA 23927
Office: 434.374.2279
Toll-Free: 888.374.2279
Click to View Open House Listings


April 24th, 2010

Halifax Earth Day Extravaganza -
The Halifax Improvement Council, the Town of Halifax and the Convergence Art Guild will present "Halifax Earth Day Extravaganza" at the Halifax Farmers Market in historic Halifax, Virginia on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 10am-4pm.
8am will be a Community Walk / Fun Run.
From 10:00 - 4:00 The Day will continue with The Convergence Art Guild creating a masterpiece from recycled materials found within our community. Local musicians and food vendors will entertain crowds while they meander through demonstrations from local, Earth-friendly organizations and displays from our area farmers and small businesses. Experts will be on hand to inform the public of how and where to recycle common household items. Hands on activities for children will be available. Posters from the "Dare to be Clean, Dare to be Green" poster contest will be on display and the contest winners will be announced.
The day is sure to be fun, educational and inspiring to all who attend!
For more information call 434.476.2297
or visit the website http://www.halifaxearthday.com



April 28th
South Hill

South Hill Chamber of Commerce Annual Beef Festival. -
The event will be held at Centennial Park again this year in downtown South Hill on April 28th, but just after the Festival you can head up the hill and enjoy an “Affair on the Square” event featuring R and B Band Liquid Pleasure. You can come out and enjoy food, beverages, DJ Shep Moss and more from 5- 6:30 p.m. and then dance from 6:30 – 9:30 on the upper field.
Liquid Pleasure will play from 6:30 – 9:30 on the Upper Field and complimentary Beverages will be served 4:30 – 6:00 PM, Food Served from 4:30 – 7:00 PM.
1 Ticket Covers Both Events!
Tickets are $25.00 in Advance thru Friday April 16th. Tickets increase to $30.00 each ~ April 19th -28th.
The menu includes Beef Kabobs, beef bar-b-que, chili, with Brian’s homemade Cole slaw and potato salad, baked beans and complimentary beverages.
Call or stop by the South Hill Chamber of Commerce at 447-4547
or 20l S. Mecklenburg Avenue.


Friday, April 30, 2010

62nd Pittsylvania Caswell County Junior Livestock Show & Sale -
The show is a non-profitable community organization that encourages the youth in our community to learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Help support our youth and contribute to the development of our program.
Show 10 AM - Sale 7 PM
Free Admission
Full Concessions All Day
Danville Pittsylvania County Fairgrounds
Milton Highway (Rt. 62) Ringgold, VA



April 30th, May 1st & 2nd
South Boston,
Halifax County Virginia

Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival 2010 -
Halifax County Fairgrounds – Hwy 360-E
South Boston, Virginia
Exhibitors Welcome !

Antique tractors and machinery, tools
Quarter Scale Tractor Pull
Car Cruz-in
Tractor Pulls
Antiques, Crafts, Flea Market, Parts
Hot Car “Burn Out”
Machinery and Craft Demonstrations

Food all day on the grounds & Homemade Ice Cream
Admission $5.00 per day
No Alcohol allowed on the grounds
No Pets, Please

For more information: www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org
e-mail bobconner@touchva.net or ccole@embarqmail.com
Contacts- 434-572-6879 , 434-349-3349, 434-572-2476



May 1st

Halifax Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Starting at 7:30am on the 'green' in front of the FSA building in the Town of Halifax. The Master Gardeners generally have everything from veggies, herbs, perennials, annuals, as well as shrubs and trees.
The Halifax County Master Gardeners annual sale helps to pay for all the public programming that they do during the year, along with scholarships for youth to go to 4-H Camp each summer.

More information:
Virginia Cooperative Extension
171 Main Street
P.O. Box 757
Halifax, VA 24558-0757


May 7th 10-12 noon

Card-Making & Embossing Class with "Creative Lady" Donna Ratcliff. -
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Petals of Promise team continues their "Learning for a Cure" classes to benefit Relay for Life. Card-Making & Embossing Class with "Creative Lady" Donna Ratcliff. It will be held May 7th 10-12 noon at St. Timothy's Parish Hall.

To register call Mary at 374-0346. All classes will be held at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church Parish Hall.



May 8 - 8 am-3 pm

Big Lake Flea Market, Downtown Clarksville. -
Variety bargain shopping includes antiques, crafts, flowers, spring decorations & fleas! Live auction, too. 8 am-3 pm.
Call 434-374-2436 or 1-800-557-5582


May 8 - 10:00 AM

Native American Heritage Festival -
Gates open at 10:00 AM, Grand Entry 12:00 Noon at Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville, VA.
For more information call 434-374-2210.


Reese's Farm Fresh Produce - Scottsburg, VA


Saturday, May 08, 2010 (10:00 AM-3:00 PM)
Nathalie, VA

Noland Village Days/21st annual Noland Country Fair Day -
  On May 8, 2010, the 21st annual Noland Country Fair Day will be held in the Village of Noland at Providence, in Halifax County. The festival is held at the intersection of Morton's Ferry, Cole's Ferry and Lake Conner Roads. As always, there will be antique machinery, classic vehicles, arts and crafts, and the wonderful Brunswick stew made outside in the ole' black pot along with homemade desserts.
  The time is 10 AM to 3 PM. All vendors are welcomed to come set up displays early and sell their wares at no charge. A reservation is not necessary although it is recommended that you call 434-454-2210 to register and have a spot reserved.
   All proceeds from this event are used for the upkeep and maintenance of Historic Halifax Church, the oldest Presbyterian Church in Halifax County.
   Noland Village is a restoration of an early crossroads community near Clover, VA. Come enjoy a day with Brunswick stew, country music, crafts, antique furniture, antique farm machinery, plant and herb sales, and a house tour. Crafters, artisans, woodworkers, antique dealers, old machinery and antique car collectors are cordially invited to attend. Historic Halifax Church and other buildings will be on tour.

Children Welcome
Region: Southern Virginia
Locality: Halifax County
5020 Morton's Ferry Road
Nathalie, VA 24577

Contact Info:
Home of Director: (434) 454-2210
(434)454.6962. - (434)454-6673
Email: carolyns@gcronline.com
Website: http://www.gcronline.com/noland/
Download Noland Village Brochure (124k PDF)
Download Noland Day 2010 Flyer (800k PDF)


May 8 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
South Hill

Annual SpringFest -
Arts & Crafts, Food & Fun. Sponsored by South Hill Revitalization Committee. Call 434-447-4547 for more information.


May 9 - All Day

Mothers Day -


May 15 - 16

Jazz by the Lake -
Presented by Occoneechee State Park from 4:00 PM until dark. While you relax and enjoy the beauty of Buggs Island Lake, a variety of professional and student musicians bring you the smooth sounds of jazz.
Contact the park at 434-374-2210 for more information.


May 15th
South Boston

EAA Fly-In -
15 May 2010 - All Day
Tuck Airport Halifax/South Boston


May 15 -
South Hill

Relay For Life, for the American Cancer Society -
Centennial Park in South Hill, 12:00 Noon.
Call 434-447-4391 for more information.
More Relay For Life Events >>


May 15 - 16 -
South Hill

South Hill Ruritan Club's Antique Car & Tractor Show -
Held at Dixie Warehouse, just off Country Lane in South Hill, VA.
Over 200 units of farm equipment, cars and more have signed up to display so far and more are expected. Food will be available on site and there will be vendors of all types.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.
Call 434-917-9119 or 434-447-4212 for more information.


May 22, 2010 At 08:00 AM
South Boston

Motorsports Academy Car Show -
Come Out For A Fun Day!!!!
Halifax County Middle School
Tuck Dillard Stadium
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2010 At 08:00 AM
Contact Info: Brian Seate
HCMS Motorsports Academy (434)572-4100
Email: bseate@halifax.k12.va.us


May 29th, 2010
South Boston

South Boston Faith Fest 2010 -
Halifax County High Football Stadium, South Boston, Virginia
  Faith Fest ’10 will be held on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 at the Halifax County High Football Stadium from 12 noon until 9:00 pm. The organizers are preparing for a non-denominational day of family, fellowship, and Christian music in the bandstand performed by local bands and musical groups.
  There will be lots of free activities, music, entertainment, concessions, & fellowship throughout the day! The evening will be capped-off with a FREE concert featuring Rush of Fools, one of Christian music's top rated bands in the nation.


May 31 - All Day

Memorial Day -


May 31 -

Memorial Day Observance at Mecklenburg Co. Veterans Memorial Monument -
Ceremony, 11 am; BBQ to follow.
Memorializing men & women who died for their country.
(434) 372-3466, (434) 374-8442 or (434) 374-4664.


May 31 -
South Hill

Memorial Day Program in South Hill at the Veterans Memorial Park -
starting at 11:00 AM.


June 3 -
South Hill

Affair on the Square -
Market Square Parking Lot in South Hill, featuring Leggz Band, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.


June 5 & 6

4th Annual Lake Country Soccer Splash Tournament -
Clarksville. U8 to U16 age group teams participating at the J. H. Yancey Soccer Complex on Noblin Farm Road, starts at 8 am each day. For more information call 434-372-5259.


June 9 - 20th
South Hill

Anniversary of the Chamber in the Depot -


June 12
South Boston

3rd Annual "Ducks on the Dan" -
June 12, 2010, 3rd Annual Ducks on the Dan Derby Duck Race, in Downtown South Boston
There will be a family fun day with music, food, kids games, and activities in Constitution Square Downtown from 11 am until 5 pm.
The Duck Drop is at 3 pm. You do not have to be present to win. Come have fun and dance to Disco Duck with Quacky, our mascot!
To adopt a duck, see a list of prizes, get directions, or for more information, call
The Quackline at 1-877-80-QUACK or 434-575-6246
or visit http://www.ducksonthedan.com


June 20 - All Day

Fathers Day -




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