Soon after we launched VirginiaRediscovered just six months ago, we were quickly reminded that Virginia offers so many exciting events and places to visit. We are enjoying rediscovering our home state and are looking forward to continuing to explore its nooks and crannies in 2015. Here are six fun things we’d like to do this coming year.
1. Let’s kick-off the year with one of our favorite activities – drinking wine!
The Virginia Wine Expo will be held in Richmond February 17-22. The Expo features 25 different events at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and other nearby venues. This is a great way to not only taste lots of Virginia wines, but also sample many foods from award-winning chefs around Richmond, rapidly becoming a foodie hot-spot. The Expo will also feature wines from its guest region of South Africa. Check it out at virginiawineexpo.com.
2. We’ve been to Floyd, Va before for the Woodstock-like festival, FloydFest. But our broadcasting backgrounds have us fascinated in seeing (and hearing) the Floyd Radio Show, an old-timey variety show with original radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles and music.
The shows are performed once a month, beginning January 3, at the Floyd Country Store, a magnet for some of the best old time country music we have ever heard. You can buy tickets or listen to past shows at floydcountrystore.com.
3. Bill has always been a Civil War buff, so it goes without saying that we want to be part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th) events in Virginia. The first major battle in the Civil War occurred in Virginia at Bull Run, and more importantly, the war ended in Virginia, at Appomattox.
4. Sticking with the history theme, there’s a unique museum in Virginia Beach that is home to one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world.
The coolest part of the Military Aviation Museum is taking a ride in one of these vintage aircraft, wearing goggles, a helmet and a white scarf. Veteran pilots will fly you over Virginia Beach, the Intracoastal waterway and the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. You can book rides at militaryaviationmuseum.org.
5. Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is breathtaking in the Fall, so we’re headed to a landmark we have never seen before – the Humpback Bridge in Covington. The bridge is the only covered, humpback bridge remaining in the United States. The bridge is part of a five-acre wayside park which is great for picnicing. Covington is located in the Allegeny Highlands, home to some of the best mountain biking in the Commonwealth.
6. We’d like to end the year with a visit to Mount Vernon, near Alexandria, at Christmastime. “Mrs. Washington” will host a candlelight tour of Washington’s beautifully restored home – all decked out for the holidays. This year, Mount Vernon offered a holiday-themed fireworks display that we hope will now be an annual event. You can learn more at mountvernon.org.
So much to do in Virginia! 2015, here we come. Happy New Year to all.