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Down Home Day

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Down Home Day is a family day full of heritage activities for everyone. Check out the petting zoo and sheep shearing or watch logs being sawn on a 1928 sawmill. Take a peek at corn being ground into fresh cornmeal on a replica grist mill. Taste a fresh cornbread patty or purchase your own cornmeal. Local printers will demonstrate the 1880s printing press. Visitors will get to take home a souvenir bookmark made on the press that day. If you like blue grass music, there's none better than Shiloh Grass. Get there early and get your seat! Hot dogs, chips, drinks for sale. All other activities included in the admissions price. For directions or further information call 757-375-2523.  Read More

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Franklin-Southampton Concert Series Presents: Four by Four

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Be sure not to miss Four by Four, a tribute to the legendary music of: The Beach Boys The Beatles The Bee Gees Motown all in one show!  Read More

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Franklin Cruise In Kick Off

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Blackwater Community Events is proud to announce this years' Franklin Cruise-In will start the season with a big Kick off! Cruise-In & Car Swap meet & Vintage festival, all on Main Street in downtown Franklin! Also happening on April 27th Farmers Market on Main and the Franklin Garden Club home tour.  Read More

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Virginia’s Historic Garden Week in Franklin

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Contact Co-Chairmen Patti Rabil Phone: 757-651-9241 Email: Marcella Brummett Email: Johanna Perakes Email: Tickets: $40 per person. Available on day of tour at headquarters. Advance Tickets: $30 per person. Available online at or locally at The Cat’s Meow (Franklin), Fred’s Restaurant (Franklin), Aesthetics by Naomi (Franklin), The Peanut Patch, (Courtland), Bowman’s Gardens (Portsmouth), 18th Century Merchant (Chesapeake), Lake Prince Retirement Center (Suffolk), A. Dodson’s (Suffolk, Norfolk, Virginia Beach). All tickets purchased online, as well as statewide passes must be validated at Headquarters before beginning the tour. On the day of the tour, tickets are available at tour headquarters only, not at individual properties. Please visit for updated information. Headquarters, Facilities and Special Events: Franklin Baptist Church 208 North High Street Franklin, Virginia 23851 Parking and Shuttles: Parking is available at Franklin Baptist Church. Shuttles are REQUIRED to all tour sites except 139 Crescent Drive. This service is included in the tour ticket. 139 Crescent Drive has adequate neighborhood, on-street parking. Lunch: $15 per person. Available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Headquarters. Reservations required by April 17th. Contact Brucie Standahl at for reservations and menu information. Please specify if you would like to eat-in or take-out. Light Refreshments: Complimentary light refreshments will be served at the home of Bobby and Diana Cutchins, 139 Crescent Drive, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. On-site Painting: Plein Air artists from the Blackwater/Nottoway River Art League will be painting at tour locations. Straw Bale Gardening: A straw bale gardening demonstration will be given from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Headquarters. Gardening and home decorating vendors will be available at Headquarters to answer questions. All special events are included in the tour ticket. Addresses: 1. 1312 Clay Street 2. 1412 Clay Street 3. 1401 Clay Street 4. 307 Meadow Lane 5. 204 Meadow Lane 6. 139 Crescent Drive Headquarters: 208 North High Street  Read More

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The 11th Annual Southampton Renaissance Faire

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM to Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM

General Information Faire Name: The 11th Annual Southampton Renaissance Faire Website: Admission Fee: $0.00 (donations gratefully accepted) Re-entry: Yes, Free Village Name: Coureading Description: Southampton County’s Premier Medieval Festival! Held annually each spring in the town of Courtland Virginia. Our faire seeks to provide a magical experience that is both fun, as well as educational. It is our mission: To educate and entertain the public by offering a unique look into a chapter of human history that is not often discussed. Through a colorful mixture of period merchants, props and decorations, live entertainment, and living history demonstrations, we bring the Middle Ages and European Renaissance to life in an exciting two day period of magic and medieval merriment. See the website for a look at previous faire village maps. Number of Booths: approx 30 Merchant Shops Number of Stages: 3 stages King’s Court and Royal Stage (events scheduled prior to faire) Thespian Square - Stage performances (events scheduled prior to fare) Public House - with open performance format Sells Food: Yes Sells Alchohol: No, not permitted on site during faire hours. Contact info: Main Contact: Heather Volunteer Contact: Heather Vendor Contact: Renee Diaz Performer Contact: Renee Diaz Rules Costumes: Optional, must maintain public rules of decency. Weapons: Allowed, must be period appropriate, and peace tied. Alcohol. Not permitted on site. Picnics: Picnic tables available for eating on grounds, outside food NOT permitted in the park. Pets: Allowed, Must keep their owner on a leash! There are live prey and predator animals as a part of our event! It is important, even for small pets, to keep their owner under control at all times! Exit & Reentry: Yes, Free Other Notes: This is a public area, entrance into the park constitutes your permission to be photographed. People can be photographed if they are in public (without their consent) unless they have secluded themselves (i.e. the privy, etc.) and can expect a reasonable degree of privacy. Kids swimming in a fountain? Okay. Someone entering their PIN at the ATM? Not okay. Vendors, Merchants, Entertainers & Volunteers (The Crew) Crew FAQ's and .pdf downloads and instructions will soon be available upon login to our website For login instructions, email Renee Diaz Free Camping for The Crew Free Saturday Evening Feast (after gates close) for The Crew Please provide a covered dish to share. *Note: all vendors and entertainers must seek prior approval before appearing at faire. Volunteer Contact: Heather Vendor Contact: Renee Diaz Performer Contact: Renee Diaz Nearby Lodging Days Inn (757)562-2225 -- 1660 Armory Drive, Franklin, VA 23851 Super 8 (757)562-2888 -- 1599 Armory Drive, Franklin, VA 23851 Quality Inn & Suites (757)569-0018 -- 1620 Armory Drive, Franklin, VA 23851 Palm Tree Inn (757)-653-9890 -- 28070 Southampton Pkwy, Courtland, VA 23837  Read More

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