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2017 News Releases
10-16-17 Special Events: Week of October 16

For Immediate Release

Special Events: Week of October 16

October 16, 2017
Communications and Media

October 2017

Wings of Freedom Tour
What: The Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom” tour will enable visitors to visit, explore and learn more about WWII aircraft, including the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 Mustang. The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the U.S. and the B-24 is the only remaining example of its type in the world.
When: Monday, Oct. 16-Thursday, Oct. 19
Ground tour times: Monday – noon-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday – 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursday – 9 a.m.-noon
Where: Chesterfield County Airport, 7511 Airfield Drive, Chesterfield
Information: Tour the aircraft - $15/adults and $5/children under 12. Discounted rates for school children. Unique opportunities to fly in these aircraft also are available, including 30-minute flights aboard the B-17 or B-24 - $450/person. B-25 flights are $400/person. P-51 flight training is $2,200 for 30 minutes or $3,200 for an hour. The flights are schedule before and after the ground tour times. For more information, visit http://www.collingsfoundation.org/event/richmond-va/
Contact: Jeremy Wilkinson, 768-7722.
Hunter Chaney, 800-568-8924 or hchaney@collingsfoundation.org  

Mid-Lothian Mines Day
What: Come to Midlothian Mines and Rail Road Park and learn about the vast coal mining history that abounded in Midlothian. Activities include living-history demonstrations, coal mining displays, period music, children’s games and guided walking tours. View a reproduction of the headstock that was part of the coal mining operations, and enjoy musical performances by the Press Gang, Virginia Folk Music Association and Scottish bagpipe performances at the amphitheater. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on site. Trolley rides will shuttle visitors from the Midlothian Village Festival to the park. This event is offered in conjunction with Midlothian Village Day.
When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13286 N. Woolridge Road, Midlothian
Contact: Call 751-4946 or http://visitchesterfieldva.com 

Historic 1917 Courthouse Centennial
What: This October, Chesterfield County will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Historic 1917 Courthouse. A special event is planned to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the day the cornerstone for the courthouse was laid in 1917. The original 1749 bell, which is three years older than the Liberty Bell, will be on permanent display in the Chesterfield County Museum, along with a special exhibit about the history of the 1917 courthouse. A replacement courthouse bell will be rung to open the ceremony. The celebration will include the unveiling of a new interpretive sign on the courthouse green, a reenactment of the first court case in 1918 on the lawn outside the courthouse. Fort Lee personnel will participate with soldiers representing the WWI draftees from 1917, the Fort Lee 392nd Band will perform and there will be displays of tactical vehicles from the 502nd Transportation Company, as well as additional displays about Fort Lee’s 100 years of history. Tours will be available at the 1917 Courthouse, County Museum and Historic 1892 Jail.
When: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m.
Where: 10011 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield
Information: http://www.chesterfield.gov/1917courthouse/ The courthouse is a Chesterfield County Historic Landmark, a Virginia Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.
Contact: Chris Ruth, 768-7498 or ruthc@chesterfield.gov 

Haunted Henricus, Jr. Things That Go Bump in the Afternoon
What: Children, ages 3-8, can join staff from our Education Department for stories, a treats tour and a make-and-take 17th century craft. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Friday, Oct. 27, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
Information: The cost is $5/child and $5/adult. Henricus Patrons pay $3/child and adults are free.
Contact: Registration required by Oct. 26. Call 318-8797.

Haunted Henricus: Things that Go Bump In the Night
What: Experience an evening of spellbinding accounts and legendary tales as storytellers relive old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore. Join us by the fireside and listen to the European stories that early colonists recounted from their homeland. Capture how early colonists felt in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and peril. Light refreshments served. Tours are not appropriate for children under the age of 6.
When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where:Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
Information: The cost is $8/adults and $6/children ages 6-12. Henricus Patrons are free.
Contact: Registration is required. Call 748-1611.

November 2017

Rumble in Richmond
What: The Fall Rumble in Richmond is one of five events organized and run by Corrigan Sports Enterprises. It features youth as well as high school boys lacrosse players from fourth grade to high school juniors. The high school division will be a showcase-style event while the youth division will compete for the chance to be named tournament champions. We expect more than 90 teams and up to 5,000 attendees to come to Chesterfield County’s River City Sportsplex.
When: Saturday, Nov. 4-Sunday, Nov. 5
Complete game schedule will be released on the tournament website.
Where: River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian
Information: Website: http://www.cselax.com/fall-rumble/
Contact: Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov 

Chesterfield County Annual Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony
What: Celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who have served. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia presents this annual event in which representatives of veteran organizations throughout the region are invited to lay wreaths along the Veterans Memorial wall in front of the 1917 Historic Courthouse. Commander Heather H. Quilenderino, USN, Operations Officer, Fleet Weather Center, will be the guest speaker. Music will be performed by the Thomas Dale High School band and the L.C. Bird High School chorus.
When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Where: Chesterfield County Historic 1917 Courthouse Green, 10011 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield,
Information: After the ceremony, see the Chesterfield County Museum exhibit, “Ringing in the Centennial of Chesterfield’s 1917 Courthouse.” The exhibit commemorates the last months of Chesterfield’s 1749 Courthouse, the building of the new 1917 Courthouse and its preservation over the last 100 years. At the Historic 1892 Jail, Fort Lee’s Centennial Exhibit, “Mobilizing for War,” displays war posters to commemorate the establishment of Camp Lee, later Fort Lee, as part of the effort to train and equip the U.S. Army for WWI. These exhibits will be open at no charge during this event.
Contact: For more information, call 796-7156 or email chsvexecutivemanager@gmail.com.

Capital Fall Classic
What: The Richmond Strikers will host two weekends of the Capital Fall Classic, which is regarded as one of the top end-of-season soccer tournaments in Virginia. The first weekend of the tournament will bring all boys’ teams while the second weekend will see all girls’ teams, all of whom will compete for the chance to be accepted into next spring’s Jefferson Cup, one of the nation’s top ranked soccer tournaments.
When: Saturday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 12 (Boys Weekend)
Saturday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 19 (Girls Weekend)
Complete game schedule will be released on the tournament website.
Where: River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian
Information: This year’s event will attract more than 50 different soccer clubs from eight different states, which is sure to bring some outstanding competition.
Website: http://fallclassic.strikerstournaments.com/index.html
Contact: Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov 

Hops in the Park
What: In collaboration with Capital Ale House, the Henricus Foundation presents the third annual Hops in the Park festival at Henricus Historical Park. This one-of-a-kind premiere harvest festival features Virginia craft beer, Virginia hops farmers, a Virginia farmer’s market, and of course, Virginia history. Representatives from breweries will be on site to discuss their beer and the Virginia-grown ingredients in their harvest beers and ales. Headlining the musical entertainment, local favorites Jackass Flats will take the main stage at 3 p.m., and Markiss Blowfish and Rick Hollowell will perform during the day. Children’s activities available.
When: Saturday, Nov. 11, noon-6 p.m.
Where: Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
Information: There is no admission for Hops in the Park. Food and beverages will be sold on per-item basis. Families with children are welcome to attend and participate in our children’s activities. Visitors can purchase VIP passes for $55 from Capital Ale House to enjoy benefits such as VIP parking, private bathrooms, an expanded outdoor and indoor VIP space, a limited-edition mug, six beer tickets, special limited craft beers, a hearty rustic food platter and an artisan appetizer buffet.
Contact: Visit www.HopsInThePark.com for more information and check out the Henricus Historical Park Facebook page and www.Henricus.org for updates.

Affairs of the Hearth at Henricus
What: Explore 17th-century cooking in the daily life of English soldiers, middle-class colonists and Virginia Indians. Demonstrations at the Virginia Indian site will feature the smoking of meat and making of harvest stew and corn cakes. Historical interpreters will demonstrate how soldiers made small rations of salted bacon, peas and oatmeal appealing through additives of bread, cheese and yard vegetables. Middle-class cooking will be featured at the re-created plantation of John and Alice Proctor to highlight a typical English autumn meal.
When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester

Information: The cost is $8/adults and $6/children ages 6-12. Henricus Patrons are free, and foster children and their families are free with coupon.
Contact: 748-1611 or visitwww.henricus.org  

Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament
What: The Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament is returning for the third year to River City Sportsplex. This event holds the title as the largest field hockey tournament to ever take place in Chesterfield County. This year’s showcase event, run by College Connection, will see a full slate of 186 teams competing in front of 170+ college coaches over Thanksgiving weekend.
When: Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Nov. 26
Complete game schedule can be found on the tournament website.
Where: River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian
Information: River City Sportsplex will be home to this event through 2022. A recently signed contract made this the largest multi-year contract signed with the facility.
Website: http://collegeconnectionathletics.com/shooting-star-tournament/
Contact: Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov 

Friendship, Trade & Feast at Henricus
What: Come join the English and Virginia Indian historical interpreters at Henricus for the autumn harvest feasts and fun common to all people in 17th-century Virginia. Visitors will have a chance to be immersed in the cooking, games and songs that were common to the homes in 1611-1622 Virginia. This event will further interpret the history of the first “Thanksgiving” in English America - the one which happened in 1619 in Virginia! Join us for smells, sounds and frolic of the 17th century past.
When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
Information: Cost: $8/adults, $6/children ages 6-12. Henricus Patrons free.
Contact: 748-1611 or visitwww.henricus.org 

December 2017

Christmas Toy Airlift Collects Toys for Military Families
What: Pilots from the Virginia Chapter of the Ninety-Nines collect toys donated at other airports throughout the state and fly them to Richmond Executive – Chesterfield County Airport. Residents are encouraged to bring gifts to the airport now through Dec. 9 and leave them in a donation box located in the lobby. Santa also will be flying in to visit with children on Dec. 9 at noon. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day, and King’s Corner restaurant will be open for lunch. After the event, soldiers from Fort Lee pick them up and transport them to the Holiday Helper Association for distribution.

In addition to toys, gifts and gift cards (Visa or MasterCard preferred, or cards to Target, Wal-Mart, local restaurants or stores), items are needed for the veterans at McGuire Veterans Hospital. They need clothing (larger sizes of men’s and women’s underwear, socks, sweat pants and shirts) and toiletries (8-12 oz. containers of deodorant, body wash, lotion, alcohol-free mouthwash, toothpaste and denture cleanser and adhesive).
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Richmond Executive – Chesterfield County Airport, 7427 Airfield Drive, Chesterfield
Information: Since 2009, the Virginia Chapter of the Ninety-Nines has sponsored a Christmas Toy Airlift to collect toys for military families who need help in providing for their children, many of whom are injured, ill or struggling financially. Gifts are needed for children of all ages.
Contact: For more information, contact Barbara Headley, 580-4624 or barbaraheadley@va.metrocast.net, or Joyce Meier, 932-3641 or joyce.meier@n4mw.com.

Contact Person:  Chris Ruth
Contact Email: RuthC@chesterfield.gov
Contact Phone: (804) 748-1161
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