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Halifax ABM Grand Opening

Halifax ABM will hold a grand opening on Monday, July 1st from 11:30-1:30.  Halifax ABM will provide a new way for you to improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.  ABM, the Anat Baniel Method, offers an alternative to other therapies that deal with physical pain, such as back/neck/joint pain, stroke and cerebral palsy as well as mental and emotional concerns.  Through gentle movements of the body.  ABM will create new connections in the brainfor better physical and mental function.. Discounts and more information will be offered.  Chelsea Webber, certified practitioner of the Anat Baniel Method, can be reached on location at 60 S. Main ST., Halifax - down a side road across from Molasses Grill and within the Ohm Yoga Center or contact her via phone 434-471-6821 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cement and Tea on Second Saturday by Laverne Fuller

Where else but at Second Saturdays at the Town of Halifax Farmer's Market can you find a combination of cement and tea?  The answer is nowhere.  The Southside Master Gardener Association will be at the Halifax Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 13, from 8 to 11 am to demonstrate how to make hypertufa pots.  Hypertufa is a combination of Portland cement, perlite, sphagnum peat moss and water which is molded to resemble antique stone troughs from England.  These pots have an advantage over traditional clay pots in that they do not crack if left outside over the winter.  Visitors to the Farmer's Market will be able to make their own pot to take home for $5.00 each.  All supplies will be furnished.  In addition, the Southside Virginia Herb Society will be at the Halifax Farmer's Market with samples of herbal tea for tasting.  Many herbs used for teas are easily grown in our area.  The Herb Society will have handmade jewelry, birdhouses made from gourds and booklets on culinary and Biblical herbs for sale.

come on out to the Market to make a pot and enjoy fresh herbal tea.  For more information about the Master Gardener porgram, contact the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit the website at www.ssmga.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

jewell.jpg - 1.56 Mb     Master Gardener Jewell Giles plants herbs in this hypertufa trough.  Visit the Halifax Farmers Market on July 13th to make your own pot to take home.

Halifax Event - Blues, Brews and BBQ

Halifax Events kicks off the summer at the Farmer's Market in the Town of Halifax on Friday June 14th from 6-11pm with a great night of Blues, Brews and BBQ.  Music from the legendary Steve Bassett Blues Band (co-author of "Sweet Virginia Breeze") and Halifax's own Hot Damn! Band will fill the air along with the aroma of the finest BBQ around.

This Friday marks the debut of the Blue Flame Barbeque Sundae at the "Blues, Brews & BBQ".  It's barbeque like you've never seen it before.  No muss, no fuss, just sweet and spicy signature barbeque beans layered with fresh creamy homemade coleslaw and topped with succulent hand pulled smoked pork.  Just one of the many taste bud adventures that include smoked beef brisket and the tried and true hand pulled barbeque sandwich provided by Whitey Roark & Mark Dickerson's Blue Flame Barbeque.

There will be more of Halifax County's finest BBQ vendors on hand:  "Smokin' Jakes" will be offering free tastings of pulled pork BBQ, their original in house BBQ sauces and mascot "Lucky" will make his debut from 6pm till 7pm.  Eddie Tate "Tater Bug's Bar-B-Que" will be grilling onsite featuring his award winning dry rubbed fresh smoked pork, St. Louis style pork ribs, BBQ chicken and beef briskets.  "Ollies" will be featuring their awesome bone sucking ribs, pulled pork BBQ and chicken.  All vendors will offer a variety of sides to complete your dinner plate.

A great selection of wine and beer will be available from Bright Meadows Vineyards and Blue Ridge Beverage.  Iced tea, water and sodas will also be available.

No parking in Farmers Market parking lot - Handicap parking only will be available (first come, first served) along with a drop off area for the general public.  Parking will be available along S. Main Street and adjacent parking areas.  Tickets ar $15 in advance, $20 at the gate - Available at the Halifax Town Office (along with T-shirts), Peddler's Market Exchange Store, Common Grounds, Halifax Tourism Visitor Center, Molasses Grill and Bistro 1888.

Come join us in the Town of Halifax to eat, drink and dance in the "Sweet Virginia Breeze".  Bring your lawn chair, your appetite and dancing shoes for a great night of "Blues, Brews & BBQ."

June 8th - Master Gardeners Are For The Birds

By Laverne Fuller

Birds are an exciting addition to any landscape.  Just sit on your porch sipping a cup of coffee and listen to the different songs our feathered friends provide.  It is amazing.  Are they having conversations or just singing to celebrate the joy of living?  In our area, we are lucky to have a variety of birds to watch and listen to.  Birds also provide a service to homeowners.  They eat flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers and other insects.

To encourage birds in your landscape, there are four basics they require.  These are food, water, shelter and a place to raise young.  There are many commercial bird feeders available.  Homeowners can buy one or more and put them in strategic places in the landscape for optimal viewing from the porch, living room or kitchen window.  Once you have the feeders, it is important to keep them clean.  After a season of use, feeders need a good cleaning.  On June 8, the Southside Master Gardeners will be at the Halifax Farmers Market for the Second Saturday series to clean your bird feeders.  They will be available from 8 to 11am to clean feeders and provide information about birds in your landscape.  The Master Gardener Help Desk will also be available to answer any gardening questions.

To celebrate the Grand Opening of the Halifax Farmers Market on June 15th, the Southside Master Gardeners will have a display on Gardening for a Lifetime.  This will show many ways to grow vegetables in containers or raised beds with ideas to keep harvesting within easy reach.  Example gardens will show how to have herbs and vegetables in small spaces.  Ergonomic tools will also be displayed.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

For more information about the Southside Master Gardener Association or these events, contact Bill McCaleb at the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147.  You can also visit their website at www.ssmga.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday Night Jams 06-14-13 "Blues, Brews & Bar-b-que"

The Halifax Events series kicked off spring with the 4th annual Earth Day Celebration in April.  The summer features our Friday Night Jam, "Blues, Brews and BBQ" on Friday, June 14th, featuring Virginia's own Steve Bassett and his blues band.  According to Columbia Records Producer, John Hammond, Sr., "Steve Bassett's musical style is a synthesis of America's root music; blues, r&b, gospel and rock & roll.  Not only does Steve have a true feeling for the blues, he is a master of the gospel idiom, and in this combination of talents he is just about unique in music.  He is a singer's singer and he communicates with his audience in a soulful front porch manner that crosses markets and generations and leaves his listener feeling like he has sung to them alone."

Steve Bassett has been called one of America's great artists.  His singing moves seamlessly from soft and classic to a soulful gospel/blues shout.  Born in Richmond, Virginia, his professional career began at the age of 13 and has carried him around the country as Hammond B3 player for Delbert McClinton, solosit of over 100 network jingles, songwriter, and recording artist of 20 albums of jazz, blues, soul, and originals recorded in New York, Muscle Shoals, and Nashville.

Steve Bassett has been one of Virginia's favorite singers for decades and is co-author of Virginia's theme song "Sweet Virginia Breeze".  Steve's band performed with Halifax's own Robyn Robbins for the immensely successful Fund Raiser for the Halifax War Memorial.  His most recent appearance in Halifax County was at the 2008 Virginia Cantaloupe Festival with Delbert McClinton.

The Hot Damn Band is Halifax County's very own Blues Band and will kick off the Friday Night Jam from 6pm until 7:30pm.  Steve Bassett Blues Band will perform 8pm until 11pm.

There will be some of Halifax County's finest BBQ vendors at the Friday Night Jam:  Eddie Tate 'Taterbugs Bar-B-Que, new to Halifax, Ollies from South boston will be featuring their awesome ribs, and Whitey Roark and Mark Dickerson knownas 'Blue Flame Chili Cooperative and BQ Benevolent Society'.  Whitey and Mark, certified KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) Judges, will be cooking onsite.  Smokin' Jake's will be offering free barbecue tastings.

Our beverage vendors will be Bright Meadows Vineyards and Blue Ridge Beverage.  Water and sodas will also be available.

Bring your lawn chairs, appetites, dancing shoes and join us in the Town of Halifax for a great night of Blues, Brews and BBQ!

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate and are available at the Halifax Town Office, Peddler's Market Exchange Store, Common Grounds, Halifax Tourism Visitor Center, Molasses Grill and Bistro 1888 for now.

The Grand Opening for the Town of Halifax Farmers Market is the next morning June 15th, from 8am till 12 noon.

The final event of the season is our fall festival, October Halifest, set for Saturday, October 26th, from 9am till 4pm.  Any interested vendors may contact Susi Robbins at 434.470.1602.