2nd Annual October Halifest 2013

     Halifax Events is preparing for their final event of the 2013 season, the October Halifest, to be held on Saturday, October 26, from 9:00am till 4:00pm.  The Halifax Farmers Market will be buzzing with a fun filled day of fall activities for the whole family to enjoy.  This year's activities will include Scarecrow making, hosted by the Mentor Role Model Program and Abbotts Farm Supply.  There will be a pumpkin painting contest, hosted by United Way, and face painting and costume dress up provided by Halifax County Little Theater.  There will be many more fun activities for the family to enjoy.  Live music will feature The Barn Yard Pimps with Dennis Roller and Robyn Robbins, bluegrass with Big Cedar Drive, Kirsten Wellons, and Shakedown Street.  Essence of Movement will perform dance demos in the morning and afternoon.  Art and craft vendors will offer great selections of one of a kind items to get your holiday gift list started.  The Lions Club will provide free children's eye screening, collect old eyeglasses for recycling and take orders for their annual fruit sale.  Food concessions will be available and the Farmers Market will be selling stew.  Limited Vendor space is still available.  For more information, vendor applications, or to support your community by being a volunteer, come by the Halifax Town Office at 70 South Main Street or call Susi Robbins at 434.470.1602.  Don't forget to return on Thursday, October 31, for the Halifax Village Association Children's Halloween Trick or Treat and costume contest from 5:30pm till 7:30pm.  Mark your calendars and come join us in the Town of Halifax to celebrate this fall at the 2nd Annual October Halifest.

Garden Author coming to Halifax County-South Boston Museum

     There is poetry in gardening.  Each day, we watchpetals open to the sun, hummingbirds probing for sweet juices, the blush rising on a tomato and we file these images away in memory, maybe in a garden journal.  Anne Bethel Spencer (1882 - 1975) often put the love of her garden into words, caught on scraps of paper scattered around her house.  Eventually these scraps and her remarkable story were captured in a book, Lessons Learned from a Poet's Garden.

     As part of the Master Gardener Fall Garden Forum on August 2nd, author Jane Baber White will discuss her book, which details the 28-year restoration of Anne Spencer's Lynchburg home and gardens.  Anne's husband, Edward, built her a lovely small house out in the garden and together they named the sanctuary Edankraal ("Ed" for Edward, "an" for Anne and "kraal," an African word meaning "place").  Anne then went to work planting many exotic varieties of flowers and crafting garden-themed metaphors.  Her works inspired other writers and gardeners, especially during the years of the Harlem Renaissance.  Her gardens continue to inspire poets and gardeners today.

     Anne developed her way wwith words at an early age.  She graduated from the Virginia Seminary in 1899 and married in 1901.  Always a strong, independent thinker who advocated equality and education for everyone, she gravitated toward people like herself.  She became involved in her community and in the early NAACP and welcomed many notable people of the era to her home, including Langston Hughes, Marian Anderson, George Washington Carver, Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B. Dubois and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Spencer property is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

     Jane Baber White is also a life-long resident of Lynchburg and shares Anne's love of gardens.  Her book draws on the steps that she and the members of the Hillside Garden Club took over almost three decades to restore the Spencer garden.  Along with her garden club, White discovered links between Randolph (Macon) College and the Spencers.  White served as Director for the Old City Cemetery for 27 years and has been active in many other restoration projects.  She is also the author of Once Upon a Time...A Cemetery Story and The Book of Attributes for the Living Horticultural Collections of the Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum, Lynchburg, Virginia.

     An exhibit on Lessons Learned from a Poet's Garden and Anne Spencer will be on loan from Lynchburg to our county Museum.  This exhibit will be open September 11th through November 2nd.  Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     The November 2nd Garden Forum is scheduled for 9 am to 1 pm.  The first presenter is Kevin Conrad, speaking on the preservation of rare plants and an overview of the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.  Jane Baber White is our second forum speaker.  Ms. White will discuss the life, house and gardens of Anne Spencer and sign copies of Lessons Learned from a Poet's Garden, which will be available for $45.  To register for the Forum, call (434) 476-2147 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Indoor Holiday Market - December 7th, 14th & 21st

The Town of Halifax Farmers Market is hosting its first Indoor Holiday Market for the holiday shopping season on Saturdays, December 7th, 14th, and 21st.  The Indoor Market will be open 8am - Noon.  The Holiday Market will be open for our local farmers, as well as any local artisans, crafters, and product/home based businesses' who have products they would like to showcase during the Holiday Season!  This is a great place to market your products for the Holiday Shoppers!  The fee for the Holiday Market is $15 for all three Saturday's if paid in advance or $7 per Saturday with advance registration required.

For more information or to register to become a Holiday Market Vendor please call 434-476-2343 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Clock Project Open House on August 7th

Community Clock Project Open House

The Town of Halifax and the Halifax Village Association will host an "open house" in the Halifax Town Hall, 70 South Main Street, starting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday August 7th to share with the community the design and plans for the new town clock purchased by the Halifax Village Association as part of the town's ongoing revitalization efforts

Hill studio planners and designers have been working with the Halifax Community Clock Committee and town staff to develop a phased design for a plaza at front of the Halifax Marketplace at 209 South Main Street to host a vintage-style clock acquired by the Halifa Village Association through their various fund-raising efforts.  The clock and surrounding plaza will be a wonderful new focal point on Main Street for the town, and will eventually serve as a multifunctional gathering spot.

Come learn about the process, see the most recent depictions of the town clock plaza design, and find out what next steps will be involved to construct this new centerpiece in historic downtown Halifax, the County Seat for over 230 years!

For more information, contact Halifax Town Hall, at 434-476-2343.

Halifax Clock Committee members:  Marsha Hite - HVA President, Karen Schopen - HVA Clock Committee, Tom Brown - Town Council (former), Kristy Johnson - Town Council/Planning Commission, Mike Sexton - Planning Commission, Denise Barksdale - Assistant Manager/Town of Halifax Farmer's Market Manager, Carl Espy - Halifax Town Manager/Zoning Administrator.