Hometown Holidays continue in Farmville Downtown with the return of Santa Claus to the Farmville North Pole, along with Open ‘Til 8 extended holiday hours for many downtown merchants on Thursday evenings in December.
The 2013 Farmville North Pole is hosted by Accessories, Inc. at Green Front Furniture. Kids of all ages are invited to bring their Christmas wish lists for their visits with Santa in the heart of Farmville Downtown. Hours for the Farmville North Pole are 10 am until 3 pm on Saturdays, December 7, 14, and 21, and Monday, December 23. Families are encouraged to bring their personal cameras to record holiday memories with the Jolly Old Elf. Accessories, Inc. is located at 220 North Main Street. Parking is available in municipal lots located at Second and South Street and Second and North Streets.
On Thursdays in December, many Farmville Downtown merchants and eateries will be open extended evening hours until 8 pm. “Open ‘Til 8 will give people an opportunity to do their shopping locally with people they know,” Farmville Downtown Partnership President Jimmy Johnson said. “We have a lot to offer not only for the holiday season, but year round. With the Open ‘Til 8 extended holiday hours, we hope people will make Thursdays in December part of their holiday traditions.”
According to Hometown Holidays 2013 Coordinator Allison Crews, “The holiday season is an opportunity to bring our community together to celebrate all we have in Farmville. We hope people will come to Farmville Downtown during the Christmas season to celebrate the love they have for each other and our community.”
Farmville North Pole is part of the second annual Hometown Holidays celebration sponsored by Farmville Downtown Partnership. It is made possible with support by local civic group including the Farmville Rotary Club, the Farmville Lions Club and the Farmville Kiwanis Club.
A four-week course designed to instruct new entrepreneurs about doing business in Farmville is being offered on Wednesday nights beginning October 2, 2013.
Co-sponsored by Longwood Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), Farmville Downtown Partnership, the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Farmville, BBC: Business Boot Camp will be presented from 5:30 – 9 pm at the South Street Conference Center in Farmville Downtown. Tuition for the four-week program is $40 per participant and includes all program materials.
“All of the sponsors have had people who want to open a business come into our offices,” explained Town of Farmville Planner Cindy Morris. “Many of them have an idea, but they are often at varying stages of development. We work with them to give them the information, but decided there had to be a better, more efficient way to help new businesses get started.”
According to Linda Yoder, Economic Restructuring Committee chair for Farmville Downtown Partnership, the idea for the BBC: Business Boot Camp came from a similar program implemented last year in the southwest Virginia town of Marion. Town Council members David Whitus and Sally Thompson had both encouraged Morris, the Chamber, and Farmville Downtown Partnership to develop a one-stop business builder document that would streamline the process of planting a new business.
“Marion introduced ‘Pop-Up Marion’ last year,” Yoder explained. “From the program, several new businesses have been planted in their community. Our Economic Restructuring Committee began working in earnest on a Farmville Downtown version during a planning retreat in June and it is becoming a reality next week.”
BBC: Business Boot Camp is the first of a three-phase program that will instruct, encourage, and test new entrepreneurs wanting to open their businesses in Farmville Downtown. Over the four-week BBC schedule, participants will learn about everything from basic business structures and accounting methods to writing a business plan and finding the funds to finance their dreams. Professional panels composed of local accountants, attorneys, bankers, and insurance agents will offer information and suggestions on opening a business, ensuring you have adequate financing, the proper bookkeeping method for your business, and how to work with the banks. Participants will be treated to suppertime samplers from local restaurants with owners available to answer questions about the food service industry.
Following graduation from BBC, participants will be encouraged to submit their business plans to a Business Plan Review Board consisting of local bankers, attorneys, accountants, and business professionals. The plans will be reviewed by the panelists who will offer suggestions and guidance to assist with development of a solid plan that will bring them closer to planting a successful venture.
Business plans determined to be ready for implementation will be given the opportunity to compete in next spring’s Pop-Up Downtown Farmville program. Owners of available storefronts in Farmville Downtown will work with the sponsors to provide a space for the temporary businesses to operate during April, May and June of 2014. Criteria for inclusion in the Pop-Up Farmville Downtown program will be the desire to permanently plant a new business in Farmville Downtown’s designated Main Street District. The Review Board and popular vote will determine the winner of the Pop-Up Farmville Downtown competition at the end of June, 2014. The winner will receive a start-up grant from Farmville Downtown Partnership to assist with getting the new business started in the Main Street District.
“We are really excited to be involved with this program,” said Rucker Snead, Chairman of the Board of Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce. “The one-stop business document was something we’ve needed for a long time. I really believe the Business Boot Camp will be a great step in the right direction for our community’s business development.”
For more information or to register for Business Boot Camp, please contact the Farmville Downtown Partnership office at 434-392-3060 or e-mail email@example.com. Registration forms are available at the Virginia’s Heartland Regional Visitor Center, 121 E. Third Street, Farmville Downtown, or online at www.facebook.com/DowntownFarmville .
Over 250 runners had registered to compete in the first High Bridge Half Marathon and 5K races. Out of the 254 registered, 247 had finished when timing ceased at Noon on Saturday, September 7th.
Tim Morris, 40, of Richmond, was the Overall Men’s First Place finisher with a time of 1:15:57 (chip) with Alice Kassens, 38, of Fincastle taking the Overall Women’s First Place slot with a time of 1:29:41 (chip). Following Morris in second place and third places for the Overall Men’s race, respectively, were 43-year-old Jeff Harrington of Lynchburg (1:17:30) and Daniel List, 47, of Powhatan with a time of 1:18:34. Overall Women’s second and third place finishers were Vicky Jasparoo, 40, of Fredericksburg (1:30:14) and Emma Johnson, 32, of Alexandria (1:32:13), respectively.
The High Bridge Half Marathon twice took 132 runners over the race’s historic namesake located about four miles east of Farmville. Each finisher received a Half Marathon finisher medal with cash prizes also awarded to the top three finishers in the Men’s and Women’s categories.
The High Bridge race included a 5K that left the start 30 minutes after the Half-Marathon. Overall Men’s and Women’s first, second, and third place finishers received a trophy for their efforts. In the Overall Men’s division, Stephen Ferguson, 21, of Columbia was the winner of the High Bridge 5K with a time of 17:34. In second place for the Men was Aaron Barber, 33, of Farmville (17:54) with Ryan Canoy, 20, of Williamsburg taking third place with a time of 18:18.
Topping the 5K Overall Women’s division with a winning time of 22:02 was Brandy Tharpe, 15, of Drakes Branch. Second place went to LibertadHouser, 36, of Lima (Peru) and Crewe (22:44) with Jayne Thomas, 34, of Crewe in third place with a time of 23:48.
Competitors in both races received a commemorative High Bridge Half Marathon & 5K tee-shirt, along with a personalized runner’s bib equipped with electronic timing chip. Age level winners in both Men’s and Women’s 5K categories received High Bridge 5K first, second, or third place medals.
Top age level finishers for the Half Marathon were as follow: Men’s, Age 20-24: First, Garrek Hojan-Clark, 22, of Fort Lee (1:31:32); Second, Benjamin Thoreson, 20, of Farmville (1:36:03); and Third: David Webster, 24, of Roanoke (2:12:02); Women’s, Age 20-24: First, Rachel Stone, 21, of Winston-Salem, NC (1:52:02); Second, Anna Pitz, 22, of Nashville, TN (1:55:58); and Third: Ella Carroll-Smith, 23, of Henrico (2:00:25).
Half Marathon Finishers in the 25-29 age group were: Men’s First: Jordan Whitlock, 25, of Madison Heights (1:23:30); Andy Rivenbark, 27, of Portsmouth (1:37:52) in Second place; and taking Third: Jeff Gunther, 29, of Henrico (1:45:05). In the Women’s division, age 25-29 winners were: First, Tiffany Gilliam, 29, of Dillwyn (1:35:56); Second, Jessica Conles, 28, of Richmond(1:52:43); and Kate Majeski, 27, of Tenafly, NJ (1:53:14).
For the Half Marathon in the Men’s 30-34 age group, winners were: First: John Sargent, 33, of Charlottesville (1:19:41); Second: Jason Shorter, 32, of Roanoke (1:32:55);, and Third: Randall Holt, 33, of Scatbaille (1:36:10). Women’s 30-34 winners were: First: Anne Rodriguez, 31, of Richmond with a time of 1:42:27; Second: Jennifer Fraley, 33, of Farmville (1:58:13); and Third: Holly Bisbee, 34, of Frederickburg with a time of 2:06:29.
The 35-39 Men’s Half Marathon finishers were led by: First, Chris Harnish, 39, of Richmond (1:24:10); Second: Chad Houser, 38, of Crewe with a time of 1:35:13; and Third: Eli Clegg, 38, of Mechanicsville (1:37:03). The Women’s 35-39 Half Marathon winners were: Jennifer Janus, 39, of Powhatan (1:43:30) in First place; Bridget Debono, 38, of Chester (1:52:50) taking Second; and Elise Hemmer, 37, of Green Bay placing Third with a time of 1:57:27.
In the 40-44 Men’s Half Marathon category, First Place was captured by Marc Stokes, 41, of Fairfax (1:30:34) followed by Ed Lowry, 42, of Scottsville (1:32:39) taking Second; and Doug Pond, 41, of South Chester in Third with a time of 1:32:48. Melanie Swain, 41, of Richmond took First Place in the Women’s 40-44 category with a Half Marathon time of 1:47:21. Debbie Dust, 42, of Richmond registered a time of 1:58:45 to take Second while Bethany Sanchez, 43, of Virginia Beach took Third with a time of 2:06:20.
Graham Nunnally, 47, of Meherrin took First Place in the 45-49 Men’s Half Marathon category with a time of 1:54:29 while Russell Hepps, 49, of Raleigh, NC, came in Second with a time of 1:56:46. Todd Griffin, 45, of Raleigh, ran the course with time of 2:02:10 to take Third in the category. The Women’s 45-49 Half Marathon category was led by Liz Futrell, 47, of Roanoke (1:51:49) followed by Nelfa McReynolds, 47, of Forest in Second with a time of 2:06:06 and Karen Bayne, 47, of Midlothian in Third with a time of 2:13:03.
The Half Marathon 50-54 Men’s age group was led by Mark Cerney, 53, of Midlothian who registered a time of 1:39:25. Steve Washburn, 50, of Henrico came in Second with a time of 1:45:00 followed by Dickie Beale, 51, of Forest, with a time of 1:48:53. In the Women’s 50-54 Half Marathon group, Cindy Geisinger, 50, of Glen Allen finished first (1:50:58), followed by Kristie Shroyer, 52, of Goode (1:55:09) in Second, and Lisa Rosche, 53, of Halifax (2:14:44) in Third.
Clark Jackson, 57, of Charlottesville was the First Place finisher in the Half Marathon Men’s 55-59 category with a time of 1:41:21. Bill Mims, 56, of Richmond, and Mike Mitchell, 57, of Lynchburg finished Second and Third, respectively, with times of 1:41:21 and 1:46:30. Susan Anderson, 57, of Forest, registered a time of 1:57:05 to take the Women’s First Place slot in the 55-59 age level for the Women in the Half Marathon. Anderson was followed in second by Annie Eide, 59, of Midlothian with a time of 2:22:56. There was no third place finisher in this category.
The Half Marathon Male 60-64 age group was topped by Richard Walton, 60, of Powhatan, who finished the course with a registered time of 1:50:22. In Second place was Don Garber, 61, of Richmond (2:09:02). There was no third place finisher in the Men’s 60-64 Half Marathon. For the Women’s 60-64 category, the sole Half Marathon finisher was Albion Strout, 60, of Lynchburg who finished the race with a time of 2:21:02.
Richard Stone, 66, of Lynchburg, completed the course in 2:31:57 to take the sole finisher slot in the 65-49 age level for the Men’s Half Marathon. There were no Women’s finishers in the category.
The Men’s Half Marathon 70-99 age group was led by Horace Ellis, 71, of Huddleston with a time of 1:55:09. Jimmy Gates, 71, of Rice, finished second in this category with atime of 1:59:52. There were no female finishers in this category.
There were no Half Marathon finishers in the 1-19 age level for Men or Women.
The top three finishers in the 5K Men’s and Women’s categories are as follow:
Male, 1-19: First: Steve Lapp, 19, of Dillwyn (21:37); Second: Thomas Satterfield, 15, of Scottsburg (23:04); Third: Benjamin Wade, 17, of Farmville (23:42).
Female, 1-19: First: Lydia Brooks, 13, of Farmville (28:07); Second: Lauren Bencick, 17, of Farmville (29:13); and Third: Elizabeth Kocevar (29:36).
Male, 20-29: First: James Goodwillie, 23, of Manakin Sabo (20:05); Eric Tipton, 21, of Farmville (20:44) in Second; Third: Jordan Hudson, 20, of Dillwyn (21:50).
Female, 20-29: First: Rebecca Jayne, 29, of Farmville (24:30); Second: Amanda Tharp, 21, of Farmville (26:06); and Third: Joellen Pederson, 28, of Farmville (26:08).
Male, 30-39: Tom Wears, 31, of Farmville took First (21:48); Second: Jason Milne, 36, of Farmville (26:09); and Third: Blake Hogan, 31, of Midlothian (28:13).
Female, 30-39: Shelby Wears, 31, of Farmville in First (23:58); Second: Kirstyn Lokker, 38, of Rice (25:35); and Third: Emily French, 38, of Cumberland (30:37).
Male, 40-49: Billy Colburn, 44, of Blackstone, First (22:21); Harry Carrion, 44, of Farmville (23:52) in Second; and Christopher Peterson, 46, of Arlington, in Third (25:10).
Female, 40-49: Naomi Tsigaridas, 43, of Farmville (32:37) in First; Christa Fye, 42, of Farmville in Second (34:29); and Tracey Sawyer, 47, of Henrico in Third (36:57).
Male, 50-59: Stan Cheyne, 52, of Farmville (22:55) in First; Mike Kiehl, 55, of Farmville in Second (23:19); and Richard Nucklos, 56, of Cumberland in Third (24:23).
Female, 50-59: First: Lee Bidwell, 50, of Farmville (28:58); Daphne Cole, 59, of Blackstone in Second (30:43); and Colleen Meiser, 50, of Keysville took Third (30:46).
Male, 60-69: Freddie Waterfield Jr., 60, of Farmville in First (27:45); James Fye, 65, of Broadway, in Second (34:10); and Third to Jerry Daniel, 63, of Midlothian (37:09).
Female, 60-69: Anita Fabiszak, 65, of Rice in First (32:55); Second to Regina Schwabe, 63, of Pamplin (36:37); and Third to Vellie Dietrich-Hall, 61, of Charlotte CH (36:45).
Dan Kennedy, 70, of Glen Allen (44:12) was the sole finisher in the Men’s 5K 70-99 age group. Patricia Worley, 70, of Midlothian (44:12) was the sole finisher in the Women’s 70-99 5K group.
Riverside Runners of Lynchburg provided race timing and results. For a complete listing of race results, please visit www.riversiderunners.com.
Watch this website for information on the 2014 2nd Annual High Bridge Half Marathon & 5K and Riverside Festival.
Photographs from the High Bridge Half Marathon and 5K have been posted on our Facebook page and include the photographs from the finish line. You can now download photos from Facebook instead of having to go to SnapFish. Visit the photo album on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.644423288909623.1073741842.158471454171478
Photographs from the Riverside Festival have also been posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.644690592216226.1073741843.158471454171478
Farmville Downtown Partnership and High Bridge Trail State Park have teamed to present the High Bridge Half Marathon & 5K race scheduled for Saturday, September 7th
The first ever race of this type in Farmville, the High Bridge Half & 5K will also have a companion event, the Riverside Festival at Riverside Park in Farmville Downtown.
“We are really excited about the High Bridge Half,” said Eric Hougland of High Bridge Trail State Park. “This is something we’ve wanted to do for some time, so seeing it come to fruition is like a dream come true.”The Half Marathon will take runners on the out-and-back course from the starting point at High Bridge Trail on the east side of North Main Street in Farmville Downtown. The race will commence at 7:30 am with the 5K start slated for 8 am.
Riverside Runners, Lynchburg, is handling the online registration and timing for the races, according to coorganizer Sarah Miller. “We are anticipating a total of 500 runners between the two races,” Miller said.
Early registration is open online until August 17th with all online registration ending September 1. Paper registration can be accepted up until race time with onsite registration from 6:45—7:15 am the morning High Bridge Half & 5K with Riverside Festival September 7thof the race.
Onsite registration will be at Virginia’s Heartland Visitor Center at 121 E. Third Street in Farmville Downtown. Race day parking courtesy of the Town of Farmville will be in the lots at the South Street Conference Center.
Riverside Festival will be from 9 am-3 pm. It will feature an arts show & sale, a children’s area by Awesome Party Supplies, food, music, and county fair-type games sponsored by local civic groups.
The music of a singer/songwriter, a blues duo and a blues and jazz ensemble will be featured in a free concert from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Crute Stage in downtown Farmville.
The concert is part of the Main Street Music Series, which will take place on the third Thursday of each month through September.
Performing this Thursday is singer/songwriter Justin Golden, a talented and well-known student at Longwood University who cut his teeth playing at the Buffalo Creek Guitar Company Open Mic Nights. Local favorites Tray and Jo Ann Eppes will perform their “rockin’ acoustic blues.” Rounding out the night is Marcus Pendergrass and Friends, whose upbeat blues and jazz—complete with lead vocals and all the trimmings—will have listeners dancing and singing.
Concertgoers can bring blankets and chairs to sit on the grass in front of the stage. The Step up to the Plate food truck will be available on site to sell snacks, meals and beverages. There will also be fresh-squeezed lemonade and iced tea for sale.
The High Bridge Railroad Club will also be open for tours of their model railroad layout at 106 Fourth Street.
The Main Street Music Series is presented by the Downtown Farmville Partnership and Buffalo Creek Guitar Company. The series is also made possible by Caryn’s Bridals, Formals, and Tuxedos, Centra Southside Community Hospital, The Town of Farmville, Prince Edward County, The Farmville Jaycees, Walk2Campus Properties, El Patron Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, and Fourth Street Motor Company.
The Music Series is a successor to the Buffalo Creek Guitar Company’s Open Mic night that occurred during the past two summers at Crute Stage. Performers who are interested in playing this summer’s music series should contact Spencer Conover at firstname.lastname@example.org. All genres are welcome.
Buffalo Creek Guitar Company will continue to have their in-house open mic night the first Wednesday of each month at their store location at 401 East Third Street, Farmville.
Singers from the Summer Garden Opera will perform selections from Don Giovannifrom 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Crute Stage in Downtown Farmville.
The lunchtime concert is free and open to the public. The inclement weather location will be in Wygal Hall on the campus of Longwood University.
One of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most famous operas and one of the world’s most frequently produced performances since its debut in 1787, Don Giovanni alternates between comedy and tragedy in its narrative of the title character’s romantic conquests, narrow escapes and ultimate fate.
This year’s performers include Kevin Wetzel (baritone, Don Giovanni), Kyle Ferrill (bass, Leporello), Scott MacLeod (bass, Il Commendatore), Katy Wolfe Zahn (soprano, Donna Anna), Chris Swanson (tenor, Don Ottavia), Lisa Edwards-Burrs (soprano, Donna Elvira), Kevin Doherty (bass, Masetto) and Lexa Ferrill (soprano, Zerlina).
“We are thrilled to bring these world-class singers to Farmville,” said Dr. Christopher Swanson, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Summer Garden Opera, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this year. “The beauty of their voices and of the music itself is simply amazing.”
For more information about Don Giovanni and the Summer Garden Opera, please visit www.summergardenopera.com.
Farmville Downtown and Buffalo Creek Guitar Company present Thursday, May 23, 6 to 9 p.m. -
Neil Perry (Singer/Songwriter)
Sean Fír (Irish-American Folk)
Southside Jazz Quintet
Ken & Neal Townsend (Father/Son Blues & Jazz)
In concert at Crute Stage in Downtown Farmville as part of the Main Street Music Series, every 3rd Thursday, May – September
Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a night of free music
Food truck on site!
New this year for the 2013 Heart of Virginia festival there will be a sidewalk sale downtown from 4th street to the river and everything in between. Many of your favorite Downtown Farmville merchants will have special items for sale!
For three hours on November 2nd, Mainly Clay’s Pam Butler hosted close to 100 people in her store. Of that number, 12 were members of a pottery class. The rest were shoppers enticed to come to Downtown Farmville on a Friday night for Holiday Open House.
A tradition in Farmville, the Holiday Open House is an evening of extended operating hours for many of the downtown merchants and services. Typical hours for many downtown merchants is 10 am—5 pm. Most downtown service provider hours are 9 am—5 pm.
Jimmy Johnson of Sleeping Bee was thrilled about the response to the extended hours for Holiday Open House. “We had a great day for Christmas sales on Friday,” Johnson said. “Many of the shoppers that came in our store were first timers who had heard about our down- town stores. They were excited about what they found and were grateful that the stores were open after five.”
The Bakery’s regular monthly wine tasting coincided with the Holiday Open House. Shoppers at the store were intrigued by the selection of wines, craft beers, cheeses, and specialty foods available in Farmville.
Navona Hart of Real Living Cornerstone hosted an open house in her offices on the corner of Main and Second Streets. An annual event for Hart, the Open House provides her with an opportunity to welcome guests to Farmville, show them true hospitality, and showcase the services her brokerage provides.
“Farmville has so much to offer,” Hart said. “This is my home and I want to share that with others looking for a new place to live or bring their business. If we aren’t here to welcome them, they’ll keep on looking. The Open House is a chance for everyone downtown to show what we have to offer.
Live music returns to historic downtown Farmville as The Buffalo Creek Guitar Open Mic Night Series presented by Downtown Farmville takes place at the Crute Stage on the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m.
A kickoff event celebrating Farmville’s designation as an official Virginia Main Street (VMS) community was held Monday evening at the j. fergeson gallery in downtown Farmville.
At the event, sponsored by Centra Southside Community Hospital, VMS staff presented the town with road signs signifying its designation as a Main Street Community and joined with local officials in discussing the community’s past and future revitalization efforts.
Downtown Farmville is proud to present the third Buffalo Creek Guitar Open Mic Night. This free event will take place on Wednesday, June 1 from 6.30-9 p.m. on the Crute Stage located at the corner of Main and Fourth Streets in Farmville. Sponsors for the event are Buffalo Creek Guitar Company and Real Living Cornerstone.
Downtown Farmville is proud to present the second Buffalo Creek Guitar Open Mic Night. This free event will take place on Wednesday, May 4 from 6.30-9 p.m. on the Crute Stage located at the corner of Main and Fourth Streets in Farmville. Sponsors for the event are Buffalo Creek Guitar Company and Real Living Cornerstone.
This free event will take place on Wednesday, April 6 from 7-9 p.m. on the Crute Stage located at the corner of Main and Fourth Streets in Farmville. Sponsors for the event are Buffalo Creek Guitar Company and Real Living Cornerstone.