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Experience Chesterfield in Winter 2017-01-11T12:25:16+00:00

EXPERIENCE
CHESTERFIELD
IN WINTER

Winter is a delightful time to experience Chesterfield County! Here you’ll find suggestions for where to take the kids when it’s cold outside, for brisk outdoor hikes and for soaking up details about county history. For more ideas, check out other itineraries at ExperienceChesterfield.com.

Check out the activities and events

The Arts

Indoor Adventures

Winter Scenery

The Arts

Chesterfield County is full of opportunities to appreciate the arts during these cold winter months.

Chesterfield’s Swift Creek Mill Theatre will feature “Deathtrap” this winter, the 1970s comedy-thriller by Ira Levin. The theatre will also show “I Just Gotta Sing,” a celebration of Black History Month showcasing great music: folk, gospel, blues and jazz.

Bowl'd Sojer Band

Bowl’d Sojer Band

Music lovers should also check out the Chesterfield County Public Library’s Acoustic Concerts Series, which this winter features Bowld Sojer Band and Runaway String Band. The series features folk and traditional music from the Richmond region. Families and children are always welcome!

Runaway String Band

Runaway String Band

Talk recipes and food stories with Clare Schapiro, who will share her new book “Stories and Recipes from Clare’s Kitchen” Jan. 27 at the North Courthouse Road Library. The event begins at 7 p.m., and Friends of the Chesterfield County Public Library will have priority seating and are invited to a pre-event reception and book signing at 6 p.m. Everyone can purchase a book and get it signed after the program. Schapiro is a regular contributor to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s food section.

And, experience adventure on the big screen as the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stops in Chesterfield. Experience the world’s last great wild places in this film series set for March 9-11 at James River High School. Movies will be shown from 7-9:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $6 per night or $15 for all three nights; call 804-748-1623 for more information and tickets.

Runaway String Band

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

If murder-mystery is more your style, check out Murder at the Library, a murder mystery theatre event hosted by Clover Hill Library and Sisters in Crime Virginia. Tickets go on sale Jan. 3 for Friends of the Library and Jan. 10 for the general public. Tickets are $35/each or $60 for two.

Finally, if history is your thing, join the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia for the annual Winter Lecture Series beginning on Jan. 13 and continuing every second Friday through March 24.

Indoor Adventures

For younger kids, a trip to the Children’s Museum of Richmond at Chesterfield is a must! Infants and toddlers will love exploring the Enchanted Forest while their older siblings can take a walk down Main Street where they can use their imagination and play grocer, banker, diner owner and vet. Kids of all ages can create masterpieces in the Art Studio.

Runaway String Band

Children’s Museum of Richmond at Chesterfield

Older kids will enjoy visiting Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park where they can fly high at the 3-D play arena. Free jump, ultimate dodgeball and foam zone provide hours of fun. Don’t forget to print out the waiver online to take with you.

Runaway String Band

Sky Zone

Go next door to Thunderbolt Indoor Karting, where you will zip around the track at this all-indoor electric go-kart facility. Race family and friends for 16 laps and take advantage of weekly specials.

Runaway String Band

Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

And, for everyone, check out these adventures:

Richmond Ice Zone: Lace up your skates and ice skate year round at Richmond Ice Zone. Check the website for public skate times and programs for skaters of all levels.

Peak Experiences: Discover the great indoors at the largest indoor rock climbing center in the U.S. Climbers of all skill levels are challenged by more than 125 top-rope routes, lead-climbing and bouldering. All-day passes and climbing gear rentals are available.

Laser Quest: Combine the fun of hide-and-seek with high-tech tools at Laser Quest. This facility specializes in family fun and is a favorite for team outings and youth group events.

Winter Scenery

Chesterfield County has about 40 miles of trails in 13 locations across the county. Check them out! The Dutch Gap Conservation Area is breathtaking this time of year, and Pocahontas State Park is full of places to hike, walk and bike, regardless of the weather.

Runaway String Band

Hike Around Beaver Lake at Pocahontas State Park

Another way to see the sights while staying warm is to take a driving tour around historic Bon Air and Midlothian. These tours feature opportunities to park and get out of the car, but most of the tours can be spent in the car looking at historic sites and architecture.

Runaway String Band

Old Bon Air Hotel Annex

Spend time exploring Bon Air, a Victorian resort town that was established in 1877 as an escape for those living in Richmond and as a summer retreat for vacationers. A drive through the town today will reveal unique architecture and Victorian-style construction.

Bon Air Driving Tour with Map

bon-air-map

Runaway String Band

The Sycamores

Some of Chesterfield County’s oldest history can be found in Midlothian, which boasts the country’s first industrial coal mines, the site of the settlement of the French Huguenots and the location of the first railroad in Virginia.

Midlothian Driving Tour with Map

midlo-map

Runaway String Band
Runaway String Band

PLAN YOUR VISIT

“British Shipwrecks” Lecture

Saturday, Jan. 14, 12-1 p.m.

Magnolia Grange House Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

The lecture will explore the 16th century British ship Tyger that was temporarily stranded on Ocracoke in 1585. Learn how to spot British shipwrecks and why so many early colony vessels were lost. Free. For details and reservations, call 804-748-1498


Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-2p.m.

Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester

Bushwhack and explore the 500-acre conservation area along the James River. Have lunch in the hollow, and then trek to the bluff that overlooks the James River. This will be an adventurous 3-mile hike involving lots of bushwhacking and some stream crossings. Minimum age is 10. The fee is $3; call 804-318-8735 to register.


Time for Stories at the County Museum

Saturday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

The January theme is trees. Children will visit the 200-year-old oak tree outside the museum. Time for Stories is intended for preschool age children and their parents/guardians. For reservations, call 804-768-7311.


Wild Tour of Chesterfield County

Thursday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road

Hike and explore some of the county’s newest parks, some of which are still closed to the public. Explore the Stratton property, a bottomland, Falling Creek and Trampling Run, as well as the newest section of the Appomattox River Trail. Stop for lunch at the Ettrick Deli, then explore the new James River Conservation Area. The hiking distance will be between three and four miles, and some bushwhacking is involved. The fee is $15, call 804-745-7020 for more information.


Pine Cone Animals

Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-noon

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road

Make small woodland creatures out of pine cones. Supplies are included. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $6, call 804-745-7020 for more information.


Winter Bird Hike

Saturday, Jan. 28, 1-2:30 p.m.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road

Take a guided hike around Rockwood Park looking for yellow-bellied sapsuckers, creepers, purple finches, juncos and others. Bring binoculars if you have them; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $5, call 804-745-7020 for more information.


History and Hauntings of Historic Trinity Church

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8-10 p.m.

Historic Trinity Church, 10111 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield

Hear spine-tingling tales and the history of this treasured site. The cost to attend is $15.


Woodland Snowman

Sunday, Jan. 29, noon-2 p.m.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Make snowmen that won’t melt after the snow is gone – out of natural materials. Supplies are included. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $25, call 804-745-7020 for more information.


Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?

Sunday, Jan. 29, 3-4 p.m.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Learn about shadows and groundhogs during this activity for children 3-5 years old. Listen to a story and make a groundhog craft. The fee is $5, call 804-745-7020 for more information.


Ban Caribe *

Thursday, Feb. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard, North Chesterfield

Enjoy an evening of soulful singing and Latin rhythms with Ban Caribe, who will play a blend of music based on the Afro-Clave.


Mad Science: Dry Ice-Capades

Saturday, Feb. 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Clover Hill Library, 6701 Deer Run Drive, Midlothian

Explore the properties of matter at extreme temperatures with dry ice. For children in grades K-5. Registration is required for children and begins Jan. 21.


“Tokens of Love” Lecture

Saturday, Feb. 4, 12-1 p.m.

Magnolia Grange House Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

Speaker LeeAnne Ball. For details and reservations, call 804-748-1498.


Sukey: Life with Dolley Madison *

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2-2:45 p.m., Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road,South Chesterfield

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7-7:45 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, North Chesterfield

Monday, Feb. 27, 7-7:45 p.m., Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard, North Chesterfield

This one-woman presentation focuses on slave life on the Montpelier plantation and in the White House when James and Dolley Madison lived there. Charmaine Crowell-White presents. Registration is required and begins two weeks before each program.


Beginning African-American Genealogy *

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7-8 p.m.

Chester Library, 1180 Centre Street, Chester

Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Clover Hill Library

Jody Raab of the Richmond Family History Center will introduce techniques and resources to help conduct African-American genealogical research.


The RVA Environmental Film Festival

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30-9 p.m.

North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Attend a screening of the award-winning documentary “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and a Skype interview with journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun. Registration is required and begins Jan. 25.


Exploring Mary B. Stratton Park

Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road

Hike along old trails and bushwhack through forested uplands, meadows, floodplains and along Falling Creek in this park which is not yet open to the public. The minimum age for this hike is 8. The fee is $5, call 804-745-7020 for more information.


A Rich History: First Baptist Church of Midlothian and the African American Community Lecture

Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

Speaker Audrey Ross. For reservations, call 804-768-7311.


Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies *

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-2:45 p.m.

Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard, North Chesterfield

Children 8 years old and older will love learning about Buffalo Soldiers in the American west and the Tuskegee Airmen who helped win World War II and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. Registration is required and begins Jan. 28.


Meet Dr. King *

Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Introduce children to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. This program is for children ages 4-10. Registration is required and begins Jan. 28.


All About Chocolate

Saturday, Feb. 11, 1-3 p.m.

Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, North Chesterfield

Taste fine chocolate, learn how to melt and temper it and get tips on how to dip fruit and decorate truffles. Make a Valentine treat for your sweetheart! Registration is required and begins Jan. 28.


Evergreens in Winter

Sunday, Feb. 12, 3-4 p.m.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Explore evergreens – paint with pine needles, make cereal garland and play a sorting game. For children ages 3-5. The fee is $5, call 804-745-7020 for more information.


Virginia Untold *

Monday, Feb. 13, 7-8 p.m.

Chester Library, 1180 Centre Street, Chester

Learn about the new digital collection at the Library of Virginia, “Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative.”

Registration is required and begins Jan. 30.


Highlights of Midlothian Van Tour

Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Midlothian Mines Park, 13286 North Woolridge Road, Midlothian

Take a guided van tour and experience the unique historical sites within the village of Midlothian. The fee is $8 per person. Call 748-1623 to register.


Paranormal Workshop: Haunted Objects

Saturday, Feb. 18, 7-9 p.m.

Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

Join LeeAnne Ball, director of Spirited History, as she delves into the world of haunted or cursed objects. At the end of the workshop, participants can take photos, record for EVPS and investigate with paranormal investigators through Magnolia Grange House Museum. The cost is $10 per person; register at chesterfieldhistory.com.


Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles *

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-8 p.m.

LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield

Join Dr. Bert Ashe as he discusses the history of dreadlocks and the questions they raise about black identity. Dr. Ashe will also sell and sign his book, “Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles.” Registration is required and begins Feb. 9.


Explore Post-Modern African American Art

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-8 p.m.

Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard, North Chesterfield

Learn how to discover new things when looking at a work of art. This workshop will feature the work of Kehinde Wiley, Julie Mehretu, Martin Puryear, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Allison Saar, Renee Stout and Robert Pruitt. Registration is required and begins Feb. 9.


The Story Lady: Winter Animals

Thursday, Feb. 23, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Ali Pfauz will take children on an imaginary walk through the woods using stories, songs and poems. Children will learn why some animals hibernate and others don’t. For children 2-5 years old. Registration is required for parents and children and begins Feb. 9.


Historic Architecture Tour

Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-noon

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield

The guided tour of the historic courthouse complex will showcase several historic buildings on the Courthouse Green.  The fee is $8 per person. Call 748-1623 to register.


“Chesterfield’s Picture Postcard Past”

Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

Join us for the opening of a new exhibit by the Old Dominion Postcard Club.


History of the Imprisoned Baptist Ministers & Historic Courthouse Green

Saturday, March 11, 8-10 p.m.

Historic 1892 Jail, 6819 Mimms Loop

Spirited History members will share the history of the imprisoned Baptist ministers in Chesterfield County, and how their struggle became an important facet in the religious freedom act. Then go on a mini paranormal investigation, and take photos and record for EVPS. The fee is $15 per person; register at chesterfieldhistory.com.


“Tin Type Photography” Lecture

Saturday, March 11, 12-1 p.m.

Magnolia Grange House Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

Speaker Harry Taylor. For details and reservations, call 804-748-1498.


Let’s Go On a Shamrock Hunt!

Sunday, March 12, 3-4 p.m.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Kids ages 3-5 will enjoy this program, in which they will make their own shamrock and listen to a leprechaun story before going on a shamrock hunt in the forest. Follow the Shamrock Trail to the leprechaun’s surprise pot where everyone will get a special surprise! The fee is $5, call 804-745-7020 for more information.


“Virginia Roots Music” presented by the Broad Street Ramblers

Saturday, April 1, 12-1 p.m.

Magnolia Grange House Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

For details and reservations, call 804-748-1498.


* Black History Month events