Friday, May 29, 2015

Next Friday Night, June 5: Fuzz and Mac with DJ Battle in the Town of Halifax

The Town of Halifax is shaking things up and bringing in musicians all the way from Wilmington, NC and Brooklyn, NY for their annual Friday Night Jams live music event on Friday, June 5th.  This year's event features Fuzz and Mac, a soul and hip hop duo, along with DJ Battle.  Tickets are $10, and the gates will open at 7:30 pm.  Beer and food will be available, but proper ID is required for alcoholic purchases.
Hip Hop artist Fuzz Jaxx will perform with acoustic soul artist McClain Sullivan to beats provided by DJ Battle.  Fuzz and Mac have opened for The Roots,  Souls of Mischief, and Talib Kweli.  They have performed up and down the East Coast and West Coast.  They began as part of an 8 piece Hip Hop band, and later branched out together to release two full length albums.  They are individual artists who have learned to blend their unique styles into a jaw dropping performance.
Fuzz Jaxx, a Georgia native now living in Wilmington, NC  is known for commanding the stage.  He has been dubbed, "one of the nicest guys in hip hop", whose freestyle skills have been drawing huge crowds for over 15 years.    Fuzz has opened up for The Roots, Nicolay, Foreign Exchange, Little Brother, Ill Bill, Nonphixion , Camp Lo, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Souls of Mischief, Currenssy, and many more. He is not one to stop moving, and his talent for freestyle that has earned him respect and adoration.  When asked to describe performing with Fuzz, McClain Sullivan told Nu-Soul Magazine, " I love working with Fuzz (....) You should hear him freestyle. It is truly ridiculous. "
McClain Sullivan has a passion for making acoustic soul music.  She attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, while developing her unique style. After living in different states, she has settled into living and performing in Brooklyn, NY.  Line Up Magazine calls McClain 'a bona fide super talent, about to shake the musical community to the bone.'  She has been featured in Rolling Stone Italia, Nu Soul Magazine, and Crankbox. McClain has played the Savannah Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, House of Blues and the Hammerstein Ballroom. 
Fuzz and Mac will be performing to music provided by DJ Battle.  A new Jersey native, DJ Battle has been voted as Wilminton NC's number one DJ for the past seven years, and has opened for Kanye West, Method Man and Redman, John Legend, Little Brother, Big K.R.I.T., and more. 
Event Coordinator, Rebecca Ramey, owes the idea for this year's music genre to sponsor Kajeah Enterprises.  "When I spoke to Kajeah to sponsor last year's event, he mentioned the lack of live hip hop music in our region.  This stuck with me.  The hip hop genre is the second most popular music, behind rock, and is more popular then pop or country.  Yet, I couldn't recall seeing any advertisements for live hip hop in our area in the last 10 years that I have lived here.  So, I wanted to fix that."  She hopes that this year's venue will draw a large crowd.
Additional details about the musicians and the event can be found at, or on the Friday Night Jams Facebook  Email inquiries can be sent to

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Upcoming Events at the Destination Gallery in Downtown South Boston, Virginia

Spring has sprung, and the Destination Gallery invites you to celebrate at a “Spring Fling” this Wednesday, May 13.  The public is invited to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres as you shop the current selection of artwork. The gallery will make your spring decorating a little easier by offering a discount of 25% off most items. Your spring decorating will be a breeze with this special sale opportunity of the current selection, while the Gallery will make room for new pieces coming this June. The sale runs Wednesday, May 13 from 5:30-8pm, and Thursday through Saturday 11am until 5pm.
Following the Spring Fling and sale, the Destination Gallery will kick off summer with its Summer Art Series, beginning June 4. The public is invited to attend a reception honoring featured artist Edna Smith, whose oil paintings will be on display. July 2, a reception will be held for the talented duo of featured artists Michelle Amatto-Topp, painter and potter, and woodworker Stuart Amatto-Topp.  The paintings of local artist Betty Caldwell will be featured in August, with a reception to be held August 6.  
The Destination Gallery is a "friends driven" organization of residents and newcomers dedicated to developing art and culture in our community.  It is located at 217A Main Street in downtown South Boston, and features 40 artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with paintings in all mediums, handcrafted pottery, glass, wood sculptures, photography and jewelry. Regular Gallery hours are:  Wednesday- Saturday 11:00-5:00.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Recap of This Week's Events, and What's Coming Up This Week in Southern Virginia

The past week has been pretty eventful here in Southern Virginia. Here's a brief recap of some fun things I have had a chance to enjoy this week, followed by a list of a few upcoming events here in the next week.
1. Last Wednesday night, country due Joey+Rory played to a sold out crowd at The Prizery and made a big announcement while there. Rory Feek is directing a new movie entitled Josephine, and that movie is being filmed right here in Halifax County. (Photo Credit James Edmunds)
2. Film crews, reenactors, and actors have since set up arrived in Halifax County and are taking up temporary residence at Berry Hill Plantation. Filming began April 27, and is expected to go until May 16th. I am still hoping to get an insider's view of filming, and if so will be sure to share.
3. Thursday night, Denny Hamlin brought the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to the South Boston Speedway, and he brought numerous other NASCAR drivers, crews, family members, friends, and more than 6,000 visitors to this fundraising event for the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports Cystic Fibrosis awareness and research. This area thanks Denny Hamlin for again choosing the South Boston Speedway as the location for this big event, and thanks the Denny Hamlin Foundation for its continued efforts and good will.
4. On Friday, a crowd of supporters gathered together in the Town of Halifax for the bell ringing signifying the official opening of the Kings Bridge Landing at the Banister River on the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. I am so looking forward to putting my kayak in the water here this spring. 
5. I mentioned earlier in the week that I helped host a party at the Prizery this past Saturday night. I do plan to share pictures. It is a great facility perfect for hosting reunions, receptions, and events, and I am looking forward to sharing my committee's experience in working with this organization. 
6. The Virginia Association of Conference and Visitor Bureaus arrived in South Boston this week. 60 or so people from around the state, as far as Fairfax County and Abingdon, were here with us this week. I attended his event in Loudon County last year, and the local tourism department here in Halifax County won the Visitor Center of the Year award, and the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival won the Heritage Tourism Event of the Year. It seemed only fitting that Halifax County help host and organize this year's event. The group stayed at Berry Hill resort, where they had a wonderful lunch Wednesday, then headed to Hudson Heritage Farms for a cheese making class, hayrides, and dinner prepared in the outdoor kitchen by Chef Steven Schopen of Molasses Grill and served on the patio. 
The following day, workshops and meetings were held, and the event concluded with lunch in the Berry Hill main dining room and the awards ceremony. We appreciate the VACVB selecting Halifax County to hold this event, and truly hope the group enjoyed their stay enough to return!
7. I was so proud of my little guy Wednesday afternoon. He has been going to youth choir on Wednesdays at Main Street United Methodist church, and this performance was the culmination of the youth choir's efforts throughout the year. The sweet ladies of the church provided refreshments afterward, and each child was give a certificate and a medal. It was really precious. The children, the pianist Ben Woosley, and choir master Denise Ferrell have done a beautiful job. Thanks to you all for your hard work and dedication to teaching music to the children and helping them to learn how to use it for worship.
8.Last night SoVA Dad and I took SoVA Belle and SoVA Beau to see Wayne Henderson and Helen White at the Prizery. He has played from Carnegie Hall to MerleFest, so it was pretty awesome to see him in our own Halifax County last night. They played for nearly three hours, telling story after story in between songs. My favorite was the story he told about being asked to play when the Queen of England visited Virginia for the 400th Anniversary of the settling of Jamestown, which happened to take place on his birthday. During the special performance, he thanked the Queen for coming to his birthday party, and of all the beautiful music that was made that day, the clip of that one-liner was what made national news. You gotta love it.
8. The Garnier-Thiebaut Warehouse Sale is back in town this Thursday, April 30-May 2! I love this sale! I had a sneak peek earlier this week, which I shared on the blog here. I came home from shopping trip number 1 with wash cloths, lotions, bathrobes, and new sheets for Carrington. My eight year old son is sleeping on 800 thread county Egyptian cotton sheets. I didn't have anything that nice until I was...well, last year. For more information about this sale read this blog post.
9. Tonight we have plans to visit the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival at the Fairgrounds. SoVA Dad is going to take the children around while I volunteer at the Halifax County Historical Society's table, so come see me. We will have books and other items for sale, and I would love to see you there. 
Upcoming events are listed below. Read more detailed information, such as dates, times, and locations here. 

  • The Garnier-Thiebaut Warehouse Sale
  • The Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival
  • Master Gardener Plant Sale
  • HyperFest at VIR
  • Downtown South Boston Farmers' Market is hosting a "Plant a Pot for Mom for Mother's Day" event
  • Longwood University Jazz Ensemble FREE Concert at the Prizery
  • Molasses Grill in the Town of Halifax will host its first of three Decade Dinners in conjunction with their 10th Anniversary this year.
  • Mentor Role Model Program's Annual Fundraising Gala

If I have inadvertently omitted an event that you would like to see on the list, please feel free to leave it in the comments for all to see. Whatever you chose, may you enjoy the week to come! 
xoxo, Erin

Southern Virginia Mom
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