Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chester's Cafe in the Town of Halifax

There is a new coffee shop and lunch counter in the Town of Halifax. You may have known and loved Common Grounds in the Centerville section of South Boston, and hated to see them close. The business was actually sold last year, and the new owner, Chester Sherman, changed the name and location. They are now located in what used to be the Velro Church Supply building in Halifax, right across the street from the Halifax County Courthouse. 
Chester's Cafe has the same owners, same staff, and the same decadent coffee drinks, many with rich flavor combinations like the Almond Joy - think chocolate, coconut, and a touch of almond syrup.  

So what's new? The name is now Chester's Cafe. The location is now in Halifax, only a few minutes from its previous location, but more accessible to those working in the Mary Bethune office complex, the Courthouse, or any of the Halifax businesses, and to those out doing business, shopping, or simply enjoying a Main Street stroll.  The delicious coffee menu has been downsized to include customers' favorites, but the lunch menu has been upsized to now include house made sandwiches and hot dogs, which seem to be a hit. Here is a sample of the menu when I was there with my girlfriends recently. 
Just in case you need a reason to visit, I offer you not one, but Five (5) Reasons to Visit Chester's Cafe:
  1. Chester's Cafe is new to the Town of Halifax. Satisfy your curiosity by stepping inside, and welcome the staff to their new location. Be friendly. Who needs a reason for that?  
  2. You're probably still frozen from the -6 degree temps last week. Wrapping your frozen fingers around a steamy cup of molten java will jumpstart the spring thaw.
  3. Have you tasted these coffee drinks? How do I describe them? They are like nectar of the gods. If you don't like yours super sweet, ask for more coffee and less syrup. 
  4. They are convenient, serve lunch foods, are quick, and inexpensive, perfect for a grab and go on your lunch break.
  5. Small, local owned businesses really are valuable assets to our community and a service to their customers. 

I can't imagine the courage it takes to open a new business. If you have any constructive suggestions for them, voice them to the owners. Remember they are new and still learning what works best for the business and the customers. Do you have a favorite menu item? Let me know.  Last week the coffee of the week was Cherry Cordial. I personally love anything with mint. 
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get a chance to taste test the coffee drinks, and please remember to let me know if you pick a favorite. Until then take good care, and try to keep warm. 
xoxo, Erin
Southern Virginia Mom

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Finally Getting it Together for the Danville Kids Consignment Sale, March 2015

Three times. Three times in the past two months I have cleaned out the closet, gathered all of Courtie's dresses to sell at consignment or donate, and three times I have hung them all back in the closet. I am not sentimentally attached to clothes. I do not keep things that I can't use. But this year is different. Courtie has now outgrown her little girl dresses. The Peaches 'N Cream and Strasburg and smocking and pinafores are being replaced by glitter skinny jeans and sequin sweaters and leggings and t-shirts. Wondering if I am really ready for this, I realize that I don't have much of a choice. Maybe if I hold onto those dresses just a little while longer... (from my journal, February 9, 2014)

I wrote those words almost a year ago. It was so hard to let go, so I did hang on just a little while longer to those reminders of what was once a little girl. I realized that it wasn't the clothes I was having a hard time letting go of, it was the precious little girl who was growing up into a beautiful young pre-teenager. After navigating my way through the guest room closet, having to shuffle through outgrown clothing, and having to pry clothes in an out of a too small space, however, I am done with the sentimentality. I have had time to adjust, and am now ready to move on. I want my closet space back! 
Since I have no plans of going out in the cold this afternoon, and since the children will most likely start back to school tomorrow, I am taking advantage of this extra time to sort through those old memories clothes and start tagging them for the Danville Kids Consignment Sale coming up in March. I will save a few things - the pillowcase dresses that I made for her and the Strasburg Easter dress that she can maybe pass down one day. Here are a few of the dresses that I am hoping that someone else will be able to use. We have a few Lilly Pulitzer dresses and skirts, several Peaches 'N Cream dresses, and of course Gymboree
I have both consigned and shopped at the Danville Kids Consignment Sale before, and can't recommend this sale enough, for several reasons:
1. The sale only happens three days at a time, twice a year. It is very fast paced, and what you sell, you sell right away. You don't have to wait months to see if your items sold and then wait or a check to arrive a little at a time, like you would in a traditional store. You leave the items you want to sell, the event happens the same week, you can either pick up or donate to charity the items that don't sell, and receive your payment in the mail the following week or two.
2. You can set your own prices. You know what you paid for your children's clothing and what it is worth. Only you decide what you will accept for each item. 
3. You receive 70% of your sales, minus a $10 consignor fee. If you volunteer to work at the sale, you are eligible to have your consignor fee waived, too, plus you may receive a volunteer pass to shop before the sale is open to the public.
4. The consignor registration is all online now. You enter the items you want to sell online and print the tags out directly from home at your convenience. This makes tagging very simple and easy. Everything is uniform and looks nice. It also makes it easier for the shoppers to read while shopping. Click here for their website and information on how you can register as a consignor. 
5.  I also have a little boy. I don't want to keep his clothes, and you don't want to buy them. Here's why:
Therefore, I go to the Danville Kids Consignment Sale to shop for him. Courtie plays rough and tumble, too, and she has seen her fair share of messes, but Carrington has developed an unparalleled knack for ruining good clothes. I now refuse to pay a lot of money for his clothes, and would rather purchase quality play clothing from the consignment sale and save myself the heartache of seeing him ruin expensive duds. I like to enjoy watching him play in the dirt and have fun making huge messes without worrying about him messing up a nice outfit. Like this for example:
 and this:

The Danville Kids Consignment Sale allows me to do just that. Purchase quality clothing inexpensively, so we can play, have fun, and make messes without a hint of buyer's remorse.
The sale will be held March 26-28, 2015 at Market Square Shopping Center at 3303 US Highway 29 North – business (beside Food Lion), Danville, VA 24540. You may shop, consign, volunteer, or any combination thereof. 
About this post, all words and opinions are true and completely my own. I thank Danville Kids Consignment for being a quality consignment sale beneficial for both shoppers and consignors in our area. I have enjoyed doing business with them in the past, and appreciate their allowing me to help advertise and promote their sale through the Southern Virginia Mom Blog. I am very excited to support this business and can't wait to go shopping! Join me in registering to be a consignor here, and hopefully I'll see you at the sale. 
xoxo, Erin
Southern Virginia Mom




Thursday, February 19, 2015

8 Events Happening Here Next Week (Feb 20-28)

We have enjoyed this beautiful snow and all the fun we've had playing in it, but after being home for four days, I am ready to get back to the land of the living. There is much to do, from live theatre to fundraisers, fashion shows, even fried catfish. I hope you didn't spend your last dollar on milk and bread earlier this week, because there are tickets to be purchased and fun to be had.
1.  February 20-March 1 2015, Halifax County Little Theatre presents “Over the River and Through the Woods” at the Prizery in South Boston, Virginia. This heartwarming, yet funny play is all about quirky family drama, love, and that delicate balance between finding love, finding independence, and finding yourself.  "Over the River and Through the Woods" opens this Friday night at the Prizery, and runs for 7 shows over the next two weekends. Purchase tickets at the Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, Virginia, or by calling the box office at 434.572.8339, or online at www.prizery.com. If you’re feeling lucky, enter here to win two free tickets that you can use at any show of your choice. 


2.  Friday, February 20, Open Mic Night at Spare Times Grill. Come out and support your favorite local artists and the one venue in South Boston that provides that outlet. Friday, February 20 at 8 pm. Here's a list of some of the acts that have committed to play: Brad Young, Moonshine Son, 7 Miles South, Smith & Co., Double Shot Acoustic, Cheap Thrills, Serenity, Copperhead, Chris Fisher, River City Rousers, Safety Meeting, The Temporaries, The Dynamo Humm, Sammy Garcia, Darkside, Meow Mix on Tap. Open jam to finish out the night!








3.  Saturday, February 28, The 2015 SoVA Winter Wine Fest. (This was originally to be held February 21, but was rescheduled due to snow and will now be Feb 28.) TheSoVA Winter Wine Fest returns on Saturday, February 21st from 11am - 5pm inside The Danville Community Market at The Crossing on The Dan located at 629 Craghead St. Danville, Virginia. This year's event will include wines from Virginia Farm Wineries including: White Oak Mountain Meadery, Greenwood Vineyards, Hickory Hill Vineyards, Sans Soucy Vineyards, Bright Meadows Farm, Hunting Creek Vineyards, The Homeplace Vineyard, DeVault Family Vineyards, Brooks Mill Winery, and Tomahawk Mill.
Specialty vendors will include Smith Mountain Lake Alpacas, Flash Photo Booth, Bittersweet Herb Farm, Stacy's Sweet Spot,Swan Forge, Honduras Coffee Co., Oma’s Kettle Korn, Bull City Cigars, Engrained in Wood, Hops & Nuts, Silpada, and more! Food will be available for purchase and prepared by local eateries including Chathamooca, BLicous, and Oma's Kettle Korn. Limited Advanced Tickets are available online at: http://www.sovawinetrail.com/festival and at local supporters including ChathaMooCa Main St. Chatham, Drug Store Grill Main St. Brookneal, Ben David Jewelers SOLD OUT, Karen's Hallmark Shop in The Danville Mall, SOLD OUT Virginia Cap & Cork Danville, and 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Co. Danville. General Admission: $20, Designated Drivers: 16 and Up $10, Under 16 Free with accompanying adult admission. In case of inclement weather, tickets will be valid for snow date the following weekend.
4.  Saturday, February 28, Prizery Summer Theatre Auditions It's official! Summer Theatre 2015 is The Wizard of Oz and Anything Goes! Also Aladdin Jr. As a workshop production for students up to 18. Plus a Singer's Showcase! Local auditions for Summer Theatre 2015 are Saturday Feb 28, from 8:30 am until noon for 7 to 18 year olds. College students will audition the same day beginning at 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Please go to the Prizery website for more details. 
5. Saturday, February 28 Burpees for Freedom, hosted by HardTarget Krav Maga and 524 Fitness Community of South Boston. For the second year, Burpees for Freedom will raise awareness and funds, with all proceeds going toward opening a safe house in Halifax County, for girls of all backgrounds and all circumstances that have left them in danger. The Burpees for Freedom event represents everything that its hosts Hard Target Krav Maga and 524 stand for. They invite you to  mark your calendars and join together in a fight for the safety and hope of others who can no longer fight for themselves. 
Last year this event raised over $500, which helped finish building a safe house in India. With the combined efforts of Blessed Hope Halifax and in partnership with Set Them Free International the funds provided for the rescue and care for 26 little girls in that safe house.













6.  Saturday February 28, BAR 119 presents Matt Boswell center stage, DJ J-KRISP in between sets. This weekend come out and join the party with Matt Boswell, a local musician well known for energetic and song packed performances. He will keep the floor filled with all of your favorite country tunes! Some call it traditional country and some say it is more contemporary, but we feel it is somewhere in-between the two. Doors open at 8 pm. Ages 18-20 $20, 21 & Up $10. www.bar119nc.com www.jkrisp.com

7.  Saturday, February 28, A fashion show benefit at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Gibson Girl Vintage is beyond honored to present an exciting new selection of vintage apparel at an upcoming fashion show on Sat. February 28, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History! There will be light refreshments, a door prize, and ticket holders are allowed free access to the museum all day. Please join us, spread the word, and help support a great cause!Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
8. The Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department Support Group is hosting a Catfish Dinner on Saturday, February 28, at 5pm. Fresh Fried Catfish Fillets, Hush Puppies, Baked Beans, Slaw, Dessert and a drink.  Adult plate $13.00, Child plate $6.00. 
There you have it. Eight good reasons to get out out of the house this week. The parking lots should be good and shoveled by this weekend, so trade in your snow shoes for your kitten heels (they're back, you know) and hopefully I'll see you out and about. If you know of an event happening anywhere in Southern Virginia or neighboring area that I left off my list, please leave it in the comments below. Have a great week. Enjoy a glass of local wine for me.   
xoxo, Erin
Southern Virginia Mom

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quite Possibly the Best Place for Sledding in Southern Virginia?

The hilly terrain here in Southern Virginia is certainly conducive to sledding. If there were a contest to determine the best sledding spots, I don't know who would win, but I guarantee Balmoral would be a finalist. It wouldn't be the slopes that put us over the edge, though. It would be the party that ensues when the snowing commences. Here is a recap of the day's events. You be the judge.
 



















I hope you enjoyed the beautiful powdery goodness that graced us with its presence today. While we were out enjoying our neighborhood gathering, others spent their days and evenings at work. They made sure we had power in our homes, served at hospitals caring for our loves ones, cleared the roads to ensure our safety, delivered our mail, and protected our families and communities. We THANK YOU! 
Wishing you the best friends, neighbors, and snow days that life has to offer! 
xoxo, Erin
Southern Virginia Mom


Monday, February 16, 2015

HCLT Ticket Giveaway-Win 2 Free Tickets to see "Over the River and Through The Woods!"

Update: The contest to win two free tickets to this play has ended. Thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to Chester S. for winning the tickets. Enjoy! The play runs through March 1, 2015, so there is still time to see it. Our family saw it Friday night, and we were all moved by this heartwarming show. Even the children laughed and were very touched by the sweet story. Purchase tickets by calling 434.572.8339 or at www.prizery.com.
Halifax County LIttle Theatre is at it again! Friday night, the heartwarming family comedy "Over the River and Through the Woods" opens at the Prizery in South Boston, Virginia. Click to enter, and you could win two free tickets to see this show on any evening or matinee performance of your choosing. If it's your first time using this raffle system below, simply click the raffle box to enter. Two options will appear, requesting that you visit a facebook page of HCLT or Southern Virginia Mom. You may visit either page, and will be given an entry for each. After visiting, make sure that you click the button that says, "I visited." That will record your entries. Good luck!   
Win two (2) tickets to see Halifax County Little Theatre's production of the play "Over the River and Through the Woods." Upon winning the tickets, please contact the Prizery to reserve your seats at the performance of your choice.  Show dates: February 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 pm; February 22 and March 1 at 3 pm. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Prizery at 434.572.8339, by visiting the Prizery at 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA, or online at www.prizery.com. Good luck, and see you at the show!

Isn't this a great cast? Can't wait to see them live on stage! 
After all the snow in the forecast, you will be itching to get out of the house by the weekend. I know I will!  My suggestion? Call a few friends and neighbors, get a few couples together, and go out for dinner and a show this weekend.  We plan on being there this weekend and hope to see you there, as well. Until then, embrace this wintry  white weather while it is visiting, and let's pray it doesn't overstay its welcome. 
xoxo, Erin
Southern Virginia Mom
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Which Dress is Best? The RED or the BLACK?

Yesterday was Valentine's Day, and in honor of one pink-cheeked bow and arrow wielding cherub, Mark and I made plans to attend a little Valentine shindig with our neighbors. No matter what's in my closet, I always seem to realize at the very last minute that I have nothing to wear. This past week, I drove past Keep It Classy, which is a great boutique-style consignment shop in downtown South Boston. I wondered if I would have any luck at all, waiting until the week before the holiday to find something party appropriate.  I walked into the store and not only found one great dress I could wear, but two! I soon realized the hard part wasn't finding the perfect dress, but deciding which one to purchase. 
Dress Number 1: I loved this red dress by Limited, $17. It was in perfect condition and fit beautifully. In addition to consigning upscale clothing, proprietor Jeanette Roberts sells her own line of new hats. These are perfect for any occasion, but with Easter and the Kentucky Derby fast approaching, she has been selling out of her one-of-a-kind creations very quickly.  Knowing I would want a Derby-worthy hat, I had to decide not only which dress to purchase, but what hat to take home, as well. I tried the black and red hat, $35, with the red dress. What do you think of these together? Did I choose this one?
Dress Number 2: I loved the way this Talbot's dress, $22, flattered my figure. A classic style and basic black made this one almost irresistible. This aqua blue hat, $40, is gorgeous and very spring-ish! I like the way that the bright blue shows up against my nearly black hair, and color really pops! What do you think? Did I buy this one instead?
Here is a picture of the detail that is typical of one of Jeanette's creations. Aren't they fun?  
Keep It Classy is a wonderful boutique consignment shop owned by Jeannette Roberts. Jeanette accepts upscale, quality name brand consignment adult clothing and accessories, so you don't have to hunt too hard to find a treasure to suit your style and budget. Keep It Classy is open Tuesday through Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-4, and is located at 230 Main Street, South Boston, Virginia.  
Keep it Classy will begin accepting spring and summer clothing at the end of February. Only the highest quality merchandise is accepted. Start taking inventory of your wardrobe now, and take your best spring and summer consignment pieces to Keep It Classy at that time. 
So what did I choose? The RED! It was Valentine's Day, after all.
I also chose the BLACK. It was a practical, yet beautiful dress. I wore it to church this morning with this zebra print  overcoat. I couldn't be more pleased with this dress.  
I also bought the blue hat, and I am saving it hopefully to wear on Derby Day. Now, let's go shopping for a Derby dress!
When you visit Keep It Classy, tell Jeanette I referred you, and good luck picking out the perfect pieces to complement your wardrobe. With all the snow in the  near forecast, I probably should have bought a snowsuit! If you see one, let me know. I'm serious. 
xoxo, Erin
Southern Virginia Mom

ps Thanks so very much to Jeanette at Keep It Classy for allowing me to promote the business. Jeanette, you are always a pleasure to work with! Thank you so much for the opportunity and for always helping me pick the cutest clothing items. xoxo, E 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Southern Virginia Mom!

Happy birthday, Southern Virginia Mom! My very first blog post was published one year ago today. Surprised at how many of my friends had never heard of snow cream, I posted my Southern Virginia Snow Cream recipe. I am still surprised by how much the blog has grown and how many people are reading. I get a complete kick out of it when someone I don't know introduces themselves as a reader, and lets me know how much they enjoy the posts. I have thoroughly enjoyed this venture, connecting people, and promoting businesses, products, and events in our corner of the world. I hope to celebrate many more blogging birthdays! Thanks so much to all my friends here in Southern Virginia and beyond for your kind words of encouragement, for sharing great times with me, giving me something to blog about, and for reading and engaging with Southern Virginia Mom. You are the best!
xoxo, Erin, Southern Virginia Mom

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Halifax County: Sharing the LOVE



Everyone knows that Virginia is for Lovers, thanks to the Richmond based advertising agency Martin and Woltz, Inc, who created the “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan 46 years ago.   The slogan, which first appeared in the March 1969 issue of Modern Bride Magazine, was considered at the time to be provocative and bold. It has since been called one of the most iconic ad campaigns in the last 50 years by “Advertising Age,” and is considered by many to be one of the most recognizable tourism slogans in the nation.  More recently, the Virginia Tourism Corporation set out to prove, in accordance with their slogan, that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. As a symbol of such, they have created giant artworks in the shape of the word “LOVE,” simply called LOVEworks.  You may have seen or even had your photo taken with the giant letters that spell out the word LOVE, as these signs can, upon request, be transported and displayed at various festivals and events across the Commonwealth.  When Virginia Tourism offered to assist localities in creating their own LOVEworks by awarding grants to qualifying applicants in 2014, Halifax County Department of Tourism gladly applied.  Bursting with local flavor and rich cultural, natural, and recreational opportunities, Halifax County is rich in tourism opportunities.  
Thanks to the Halifax County Tourism Department and a grant awarded by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Halifax County now has its own LOVE sign. Collaboratively designed and built by South Boston resident Jim Luedtke, the sign makes its home in front of the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center, located at 800 Bill Tuck Highway in South Boston at the intersection of Highways 360 and 58, where VDOT estimates 13,000 vehicles pass by every day.  Each letter of the LOVE sign represents a piece of Halifax County, from the arts to agriculture.
Halifax County is for History Lovers.   L is made in the image of a Revolutionary War figure. It was designed in the image of a soldier at the Halifax County Historical Society’s Crossing of the Dan exhibit which is located at the Prizery in South Boston.  Halifax County is rich in history and full of people working hard to promote our history and heritage.
Halifax County is for Land Lovers.  A Halifax County tractor tire was chosen to make the O, as there exists here a tremendous sense of agricultural heritage. Generations old tobacco barns, cantaloupe fields, dairy farms, and family farms turned vineyards are all a part of this heritage. We celebrate this part of our proud heritage from the SoVA Wine Trail to the Cantaloupe Festival to the Harvest Festival and the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival, as we embrace new agri-business trends, organic farming, the farm to table movement, and our local farmers markets.  The tractor tire serves as the common thread among these similar, yet vastly varied farming institutions and represents the richness of the land and those who tend to it.
Halifax County is for Water Lovers. Two kayaks propped together form the shape of the V. Hand in hand with the richness of the land, is the quantity and quality of our natural recreational surroundings. Halifax County boasts four rivers, a lake, and two state parks. The Southern Virginia Wild Blueway, with access points in Halifax and neighboring Mecklenburg Counties, is growing in popularity, and provides an outlet for those in larger surrounding cities to get away and back to nature. Our system of waterways and our two state parks – Staunton River State Park and Staunton River Battlefield State Park - are used for boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, bird watching, camping, hiking, geocaching, photography, star gazing, and more.
Halifax County is for Racing Lovers. A black and white checkered pattern is painted on a large E to represent the history of racing here in Halifax County.  The South Boston Speedway, a NASCAR short track that has attracted visitors to Halifax County since 1957, has given many NASCAR drivers their starts, and entertained the masses for more than 58 years.  More recently, the South Boston Speedway has become home to the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, a nationally recognized fundraising event for the Denny Hamlin Foundation’s cystic fibrosis research fundraiser, which returns to South Boston this April 23. The Virginia International Raceway is another Halifax County racing icon.  Established in 1957 and reopened in 2000, this venue attracts car enthusiasts from around the United States.
Halifax County is for Arts and Entertainment Lovers.  A vibrant arts culture is at the heart of our community, so it seems fitting for the foundation on the LOVE sign to be decorated with laminated theatre production posters from Halifax County Little Theatre and Prizery productions throughout the years. Halifax County Little Theatre celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year, as The Prizery Community Arts Center celebrates its 10th.  Halifax OCunty suffered a great loss this past year, but widely renowned artist Bob Cage’s metal sculptures still grace our presence across the county and in his own sculpture farm, and the Robert F. Cage Gallery continues to house rotating arts exhibits. The Parsons-Bruce Art Association works tirelessly to promote the arts within our community and educate children through its Kids Kollege program. The Destination Gallery promotes both local and regional artists through receptions and art sales. Every public preschool child in Halifax County takes part in arts education courses at the Prizery, and grant funding and private donations make it possibly for school children to attend educational programming, including live theatre, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Richmond Ballet. Whether in the form of dance, drama, painting, sculpture, photography, music, poetry, design , or the culinary arts, there is an unparalleled sense of creative expression and appreciation that keeps Halifax County a lively, fun, and entertaining place to live and to visit. 
The LOVE sign is temporarily on display at the site of the Crossing of the Dan in South Boston, and will be there until after the Crossing of the Dan reenactment and related events on February 14.  Feel free to pose for pictures with the sign, and share the LOVE by posting your photos to facebook, twitter, and instagram using the hashtag #LOVEHalifaxVA.  To find other LOVE signs across Virginia, see the interactive LOVEworks map on the state tourism website at www.virginia.org.
xoxo, Erin
Southern Virginia Mom

Monday, February 9, 2015

14 Valentine's Day Ideas in Danville, South Boston, Halifax, and Clarksville, Virginia

Valentine's Day is less than a week away and happens to fall on a Saturday this year. Many restaurants and other businesses get really creative offering dining and date night ideas for the occasion, often preparing special meals and offering great special packages. Here is a list of  some of those creative packages for your Valentine's Day. I've taken the guess work out of compiling the list, so all you need to do is decide which one to do.    
1. Monday, February 9, Valentine's Day Makeover Night, featuring Luscious Lips and Sensuous Scents with light refreshments 6:30-8:30 at the Holiday Inn in South Boston. Try out some new lip colors and glosses and sample some scents that may be perfect for your upcoming Valentine's Day plans.
2. Ohm Yoga in Halifax Pre-Valentines Couples Yoga Friday, Febraury 13th at 7pm, $25 per couple. Reconnect with a partner or friend on a deeper level with yoga. No experience necessary; this workshop is for newbies and experienced yogis alike. In this workshop we will learn to support each other in poses aligning our bodies, creating balance and becoming present.
3.  Simple Splendor Salon in South Boston is offering three different Valentine's Day packages in varying price ranges, up to the St. Valentine's Day of Pampering, which includes a one Hour Massage, Mani and Pedi, Hair, and Makeup from $120.00. That would make for a well received gift.
4. Dinner at Bistro 1888 Valentine’s Day only comes once a year. Treat you and your Valentine to a night to remember! When you arrive at the BISTRO, you will receive a beautiful long stem red rose. At your table, your server will greet you with 2 glasses of sparkling wine and fresh Florida strawberries to toast the occasion.  To experience more of what the BISTRO has to offer, we will have for you a special 4 Course Valentine’s Day menu with many of Chef Margaret’s tantalizing combinations. Begin your dining experience by sharing one of 8 wonderful appetizers. Then, each of you will select a delicious soup or salad … followed by your choice of 10 mouth-watering entrees. For the finishing touch, enjoy sharing one of 8 decadent desserts… including a Lovers Sampler of fresh delicious Florida strawberries dipped in Belgium chocolate, a heart shaped Chocolate Decadence and all natural vanilla bean ice cream. The perfect evening awaits you and your Valentine at the BISTRO!  Your Valentine’s Day Menu is on the  website: www.bistro1888.com
5. The Golden Leaf Bistro in Danville is offering a special Valentine's Weekend Menu for February 13 and 14, featuring four courses for $50/guest, with alcohol specials. Call for reservations. 434-791-3191. See image below for special Valentine's Day Menu offerings. I'll have the beet and strawberry salad, the seared scallops, the vegetarian cannelloni, and one of each of the desserts, please and thank you. 
6. Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center is located on River Road in South Boston. The Berry Hill Romance Package for Two sounds like a wonderful overnight getaway. It includes accommodations for two, fruit, cheese and champagne in your room, a three course dinner, and cocktails. This package is expected to sell out, but there may still be time. Call for reservations  434.517.7000  
7. Dinner at Molasses Grill in the Town of Halifax - Dine in or enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day at home with Molasses Grill's special take out package: 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, chocolate dipped strawberries, a bottle of wine and a house made baguette all for just $46 per person! Call today for more information or to place your order. 434.476.6265 
8. Dinner at Cooper's Landing in Clarksville From Wednesday February 11 through Saturday, February 14, you can treat your sweetheart to a night of tantalizing dishes . . . the perfect romantic setting for your Valentine! Chateaubriand for Two, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Mocha Crème Brule, Long Stem Roses and More.  
9. Cooper's Landing in Clarksville is also offering a cooking class following Valentine's Day. The topic of the February 15-16 class is "Valentine's Cooking Class...Food as the Ultimate Aphrodisiac." 6:00 Wine and Cheese Reception, class begins at 6:30.

10. New City Dance Space in Danville is hosting a Valentine's Dance. Come dance with your special sweetheart or any of the fabulous family members of New City Dance Space this Saturday, February 14, from 7:30 until 9 pm. The cost is only $10 per person, and promises to be fun! There will be finger foods and a champagne toast. Please call for more information 434.799.5521.
11. The Riverview Rotary Club  is also hosting a Valentine Dance this Friday, February 13 from 8pm until midnight at the Stratford Conference Center in Danville. Tickets are $25 each, with all proceeds going toward Rotary's goal of ridding polio worldwide. What an incredibly worthwhile fundraiser, and a  fun event, too! Call 434-713.0177 or visit www.riverviewrotary.net for more info, and see their flier below. 
12. You've heard it said that laughter is the closest distance between two people. See if it's true while you take in a comedy show at The Historic North Theatre in Danville this Friday, February 13 at 8pm, tickets $15 each. Or let Elvis set the mood on Saturday.  Elvis will be in concert at the Historic North Theatre this Saturday, February 14 at 8 pm, reserved orchestra seating $20, general admission $15.   
13. If you love to run, the Valentine's Day 14K is for you. Start February 14 off on the right foot with a run beginning at 10am on the Ringgold Trail, beginning at the Ringgold Depot. This is described as a "low key event," and will have a donation box and hot and cold beverages waiting for you. See the Danville Runner link here for more information, and enjoy the run. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous that day.
14.  Southern Virginia is for History Lovers! The 234th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan Revolutionary War Historical Event will occur this February 14 at the Prizery in South Boston. Numerous events are planned for more than a week leading up to the big event. On February 14, there will be a keynote speaker at 10am, a wreath laying ceremony at 11 am at the site on the Dan River, followed by a reenactment of the Crossing of the Dan River. Please see the schedule of events and additional information here.  While you are at the Crossing of the Dan, find Halifax County's LOVE sign at its temporary location between the Prizery and the Dan River. Be sure to show your love by posting your pics using the hashtag #LOVEHalifaxVa.    
This is my friend Karen with the LOVE sign. She sent a message last week with the sign and a caption that read, "I finally found LOVE!" Too cute, Karen. I love it! 
There is so much to do this coming weekend, and these are just a few of the ideas. If you have ideas or know of an event, dinner, or something fun to do that I haven't thought of, please let me know so that I can help get the word out. Let's support our local businesses and help keep each other in the know. Whether you have a romantic weekend planned, are spending time with your friends, are staying in by yourself, or hanging out with the kids, I wish you a weekend that's super sweet.  I hope you have all the indulgence, pampering, food, fun, rest, relaxation, or adventure that your heart desires. 
xoxo, Erin
Southern Virginia Mom