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Nov-Dec '09 Contents

Nov-Dec '09 Cover


Shadows on the Roanoke Part III
("Clarksville Then & Thener")
By Auntie Bellum

Fighter Flight Against Cancer
(Event Coverage)

Fighter Flight Against Cancer
(Photo Gallery)


Special Section
The Southside Equestrian

Blessing of the Hounds
(In the Olde Tradition)

Blessing of the Hounds
(Photo Gallery)

Equestrian Academics
(Academic Programs in SSVA)

Ask Me One Question
(Advice for New Horse Owners)

Just Horsing Around
(Horse Humor & Cartoons)

Horse Ads Explained

No Need To Explain
(Things You Won't Have to Tell a Horse Person)




South Winds

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

Ask Bubba - Advice


Editor's Page
(From The Horse's Mouth)
V & B Comics
(Verrnack & Blupirk)

Farm & Ag Info

Farmers Markets Listing (FMs in or near SSVA)

Festivals & Events
Nov & Dec Events

Press Releases

VCE Master Gardener Course (Course Info)

SVHEC Launches New College for Life Long Learning (Begins December 7th)


Past Issues

Past Issues are available from June 2008 through the current issue.
Select the desired issue from the drop-down box below.


Festivals and Events in Southside Virginia

November-December 2009


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November 6 - December 22 -
Classic Crafts - Works by Studio 107 Artists
   In the Piedmont Arts galleries
   All Work for Sale • Admission Free
   Artist Information | Exhibit Slideshow




November 14th - 15th -
South Boston

   2009 Holiday Living Show
   Halifax County High School
   Old Halifax Road opposite Wal-Mart
   South Boston, Virginia, USA
   Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 9AM to 5PM
   Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 1PM to 5 PM
   For more information
   Or contact Faye Jones: info@tririverabwa.org - PH: 434-489-6407




November 21-22 -
South Hill
28th Annual “Holiday Bazaar”
   Golden Leaf Warehouse Complex off Country Lane
   South Hill, Virginia
   Enjoy the 28th Annual “Holiday Bazaar” 2 Big Days of Arts & Crafts and Gifts for the Holidays. Sponsored by the Friends of the R.T. Arnold Library at the Golden Leaf Warehouse Complex off Country Lane in South Hill.
   Shuttle Busses will be available and there is small admission. Over 100 vendors with lots of holiday crafts, stew, homemade items and good food will be available so shop for your holiday gifts early this year. You can find many unique and wonderful things at this annual event sponsored by The Friends of the R. T. Arnold Library. Come early, enjoy lunch and shop all day.
For more information call 434-447-8320




November 21-22 -
South Hill

   Local artist Gloria Taylor, who is also with the R. T. Arnold Library in South Hill, begins to paint the Holiday Bazaar 2009 story board. She started doing these special drawings depicting the spirit of the Christmas season 5 years ago and she selected The Twelve Days of Christmas to serve as the yearly artwork. She selected the drawings from a colorful book in the library and this year she is working on “Five Golden Rings’” from the holiday song and is thinking to the future of getting to the Twelve Drummers Drumming. She is enjoying every minute of painting and utilizing her talents. The Friends of the R. T. Arnold Library will be hosting the event November 21 and 22 at the Golden Leaf Warehouse and over 100 vendors are expected to be on hand for the shopping extravaganza. Look for Taylor’s completed artwork at the front entrance to the event.

Contributed By:
Lisa E. Clary
The Mecklenburg Sun




November 22 1-5 pm -
Christmas Holiday Open House
   Merchants in Virginia’s only lakeside town proudly host this special Sunday afternoon event. Enjoy the beauty of the season. Specialty, one-of-a-kind shops open their doors…special bargains and homemade refreshments. Come & talk with Santa Claus
   This longtime tradition will mark its 30th anniversary in Downtown Clarksville on the Sunday afternoon prior to Thanksgiving Day. The specialty one-of-a-kind merchants have the flair for beautiful as they decorate their establishments for the holidays and their carefully selected merchandize is most certain to please everyone on your list. Each downtown merchant offers complimentary refreshments that will enhance your shopping experience. Also, Santa Claus will be at the Virginia Avenue Mall and free photographs with him will be offered from 1-5 pm and Mrs. Claus will be at the Clarksville Florist On the Lake with special treats for the children.
   For more info about the Holiday Open House, call the Clarksville Chamber at 434-374-2436.




Sunday, November 22, 2009 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
South Boston
23rd Annual Downtown South Boston Christmas Open House
   Stores are open for your holiday shopping pleasure 1 - 5.
   Pictures with Santa at South Boston United Martial Arts, 323 Main Street, 1 - 4 pm. Photos printed on site by David Conner II, C-Action Photography. 4 x 6 for $5; 5 x 7 for $8; 8 x 10 for $15. Various backgrounds available. Or you're welcome to bring your own camera and visit with Santa for free.
   Come listen to the Christmas Caroling by Carlbrook Students starting at 2 and enter to win $100 in Downtown Bucks.
   The trees are twinkling, stores are sparkling, and great gifts abound, so come on to Downtown!

Wednesday, November 25 -
Clarksville Community Thanksgiving Dinner
   Organizers are planning to serve 500 people this year at the Community Center from 5-8 pm.
   The Clarksville Ruritan have contributed a financial gift toward the event and many of their members help at the event; the cooking team at United Country Virginia Realty will be preparing the turkeys and members of ten area churches are assisting with the dinner.
   To make a financial contribution, offer a helping hand or for more information, please contact Connie Torres at 738-3058.





November 27 – 29 -
TheatreWorks - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
   Tickets are now on sale at Piedmont Arts and at the Spencer-Penn Center during regular business hours or on line with a major credit card https://www.twcp.net/tickets.cfm. Adults $10 / Children high school and younger $5




November 28, 2009 - 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM -
Huddleston, VA
Mariners Landing Fall Festival
   Event Description
   Bring the entire family and enjoy a day of all things fun and fall at Mariners Landing Fall Festival. Homemade brunswick stew, apple cider, bonfire with smores, kids facepainting, games are more! Free admission.
   Event Location
   Mariners Landing Reosrt Community and Conference Center
   Contact Information(540) 297-4900




December 1 - 5 -
Festival of Trees
   In the Piedmont Arts galleries December 1 - 5, 2009
   Reception & Tree Auction: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 • $10




December 1st - 4 - 7 p.m.
South Hill
“Tell Santa at the Chamber Depot”
   All aboard the Fun Time Express during "Tell it to Santa at the Chamber Depot" on December 1st for 4 - 7 p.m. Take a ride on this three coach trackless train while you wait to visit Santa and give him your Christmas wish list.

   All Aboard for an evening of fun at the Depot. Santa Claus will be on hand to hear children of all ages give him their wish list at “Tell Santa at the Chamber Depot” on Tuesday, Dec 1 from 4- 7 p.m. as South Hill Rings in Christmas for 2009.
   And this year you can also take a train ride while you wait to get to the jolly old elf himself as the Funtime Express from Danville will be loading passengers in the chamber lot for a ride through the streets. The three coach train holds 12 youngsters and will be new this year at the “Tell Santa” event, Also while you wait, enjoy Toyland as children can visit the train and doll museums as they make their way through the holiday scenes that will create a winter wonderland.
    And what little girl doesn’t dream of getting a doll. Well, the Virginia S. Evans Doll Museum will be a special treat as they view dolls from all over the world.
   Santa will be waiting in the train station area to hear wish lists and have photos taken with the children (courtesy of the South Hill Revitalization Committee at no charge and taken by Occasions Photography.) Children will also receive a small gift bag, candy and a treat from Santa and popcorn provided by the South Hill Rotary Club as they exit the magical land of Toyland (visit all holiday season long) at the Depot this year.
    Moms and dads can register for the Giant Stocking being given away by the SHRC on December 14th. The SHRK would like to see the little ones in the area have a wonderful holiday so please bring them to “Tell Santa at the Chamber Depot” on December 1st from 4 until 7 and then Toyland at the Depot from Dec for the rest of the holiday season. Santa is making his list and checking it twice so bring the little ones to enjoy a train ride, talk to Santa and help them experience the magic and joy that is Christmas.

Lisa E. Clary
The Mecklenburg Sun






Fri., Dec. 4th -
Chamber Christmas Parade
   6:30 PM Call (434) 374-2436




December 4th & 5th 2009 -
4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
   December 4 - 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
   December 5 - 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
   Come find unique gifts for your friends and family at the 4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair!
   The fair will feature local, regional, and visiting artisans.
   Event Location
   Southern Virginia Artisan Center
   54 West Church Street, Martinsville VA 24112
   Contact Information
   Amy Reed




Saturday, December 05, 2009 At 05:00 PM
South Boston
The annual South Boston Christmas Parade
   The theme this year is "Christmas Stories from Books or Films".
   Come and enjoy the floats, musical groups, antique cars, dogs, horses, and marching bands. And of course Santa Claus himself!

   Sponsored by Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc. and Elliott Electric, Inc.


  • Entries include 9 high school marching bands, 23 floats, musical groups, fire trucks, antique cars, dune buggies, equestrian entries, & more!
  • Dog parade (supports Halifax County Humane Society)
  • Hot chocolate and cookies available on Main Street for sale by Social Services to support the Angel Tree.
  • Candy for the kids
  • Sponsors:
    • Title Sponsor - Elliott Electric, Inc.
    • Gold Bells Sponsors - Old Dominion Electric Cooperative & Carlbrook School
    • Santa Float Sponsor - Halifax Co./South Boston Retail Merchants Association
    • Silver Bells Sponsor - ABB
    • Communications Partner - Professional Communications
    • Media Partner - 95.3 WHLF-FM

   Bands coming to the South Boston Christmas Parade

- Bluestone High School Marching Barons -
   Band Director Ricky Allgood
- Dan River High School Marching Wildcats -
   Band Director Maxtan Artis
- Prince Edward County High School Marching Eagles -
   Band Director Karl Willke
- Brunswick High School Marching Bulldogs -
   Band Director Allen Green
- J.F. Webb High School Marching Warrior -
   Band Director Clint McCaskill
- Cumberland County High School Marching Dukes -
   Band Director Stephen Harmon
- Bartlett Yancey High School Buccaneer -
   Band Director Parker Kiser
- Park View High School Marching Dragons -
   Band Director Chris McDilda
- Host Halifax County High School Blue Comets Marching Band -
   Band Director Domonic Stephens

   Contact Info:
   434-575-4208 Sara Davis -- Parade Coordinator Email: sdavis@southbostonva.us
   URL: www.downtownsouthboston.com




December 5, 2009 - beginning at 7pm
Moneta, VA
Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys Christmas Boat Parade
   An evening event, with a parade of boats 'decked out' for the holiday season with lights and displays. The boats leave port from the Virginia Dare Marina at 7pm, travel to Halesford Bridge at Bridgewater Plaza, circle past the SML State Park and return to the Virginia Dare Marina.
   This event is a local toy drive with all gifts distributed by the Lake Christian Ministries
   Event will begin and end at the Virginia Dare Marina
   More information
   Contact Chamber 800-676-8203
   or www.visitsmithmountainlake.com




Sunday, Dec. 6th -
South Hill
Chamber Christmas Parade
   South Hill 2:00 PM Call (434) 447-4547

   The South Hill Chamber of Commerce and Peebles Christmas Parade committee has announced that Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron will serve as it’s grand marshal this year and she will available for a meet and greet at the R. T. Arnold Library from about 12:45 until 1:30 p.m. and will greet customers at Peebles Department Store following the parade.
   The Parade will be held December 6th at 2 p.m. and will feature numerous bands, floats, Amran Hillbillies and, of course, Santa.
   Caressa’s mother Lavern Cameron (former Lavern Whisonant ) is a 1978 Park View graduate and Caressa also has several other family members living in the area. Her aunts are Brenda Whisonant Merlin, Margaret Whisonant Talley and Marjorie Whisonant Boyd and an uncle Roy Whisonant. She also has a second Jason Baskerville that is currently attending Park View and is a starting running back for the Dragons. Her brother Brian also attended Park View.

Lisa E. Clary
The Mecklenburg Sun




Sunday, Dec. 6th -
Chase City
Chamber Christmas Parade
   Chase City 6:00 PM Call (434) 372-0379




Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 7:00 PM -
Roanoke Symphony Performs Holiday Concert in Martinsville
   Over 100 musicians and vocalists from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform seasonal favorites at Martinsville High School as part of Piedmont Arts’ On Stage! performing arts series.
   Don't miss conductor David “Santa” Wiley’s famous antics as he leads the orchestra through holiday classics and a carol sing–along that is sure to delight all. This year, guest soloist George Dyer will return to the stage to perform holiday favorites in his "maddeningly charming" tenor voice.
   This marks the fourth year that the Roanoke Symphony has visited Martinsville with their Holiday Pops Spectacular as part of Piedmont Arts On Stage! series.

   In the spirit of the season, and in partnership with Grace Network, Piedmont Arts is conducting a food drive and will be accepting non–perishable food items the night of the show. Doors will open at 6:00 PM for donations. Celebrate the season of giving and extend a helping hand to those less fortunate.
   Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at Piedmont Arts, online at PiedmontArts.org or by calling 276.632.3221. Prices as follows: Student $5, Adults $10, Reserved $20.




Thursday, December 31 -
Clarksville Countdown — A Community Celebration.
   This New Year’s Eve event will be fun for to the entire family at the Clarksville Community Center, 8 pm to midnight.
   Games, live music, clowns and balloons, fantastic food, door prize drawings, ballroom dancing and a new year celebration featuring a “large fishing bobber” that will drop at midnight.
   Two dollars per person; children two and younger are free. Tickets are available at the House of Prayer or at the door.
   For more information, contact the church at 434-374-2007.


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