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The community calendar for the Farmville area is filled with entertaining programs and events that reflect the personality and energy of the people who live in and around the area. The Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce is the hub for the online Community Calendar of events. They encourage you to post your event information on the calendar as often as possible to keep the community updated on the many great events in our Community.

The Heart of Virginia Festival, founded in 1979 and held on the first Saturday in May, celebrates the arts, music and culture of the region. The festival is a community wide effort, sustained by the Town of Farmville with many volunteers and participants from throughout the area. The Festival is a day-long event beginning in downtown Farmville and concluding with one of the best fireworks display in Virginia at the Farmville Regional Airport.

In Cumberland Courthouse, Cumberland’s Patriot’s Day is held on the third Saturday of April, and includes vendors with food, games, crafts, an art exhibit and a Civil War Camp exhibit.

Fourth of July brings thousands to Cartersville, in Cumberland County, for bands, games, vendors and incredible fireworks at the end of a busy day. Farmville is also host to the annual Fireworks After Dark, a Fourth of July celebration at the Farmville Regional Airport.

Hampden-Sydney College and Longwood University frequently open their doors to the community for amazing concerts, plays, lectures, public forums and seminars.

The Atkinson Museum at Hampden-Sydney offers a permanent exhibition that highlights the history of the College, from the arrival of the first Presbyterians in this region (ca. 1770), until the 20th century, with a special emphasis on the birth of the College (1775), the Union Theological Seminary (1812), the New College (1820), the Medical Department (1837), and the role of the College during the War years. Visitors can also expect to see a constant variety of changing exhibitions in the East Gallery, which highlight the College curriculum, symposiums, honor faculty achievements, alumni, and supplement other special College events.

Located at the corner of Third and Main streets, the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) is the art museum serving Longwood University and all of South Central Virginia. The LCVA is accredited by the American Association of Museums, an achievement that is attained by fewer than five percent of all museums in the United States. The LCVA offers a wide variety of educational programs for all ages and showcases exhibitions of international, national, and regional renown. The Center’s permanent art collection includes world-class examples of African, Chinese, Folk and American art.

Waterworks Players serve Farmville and the surrounding counties by bringing the magic of live theatre to area residents and providing an artistic outlet for local actors, singer, designers, and technicians. The Players put on four to five shows per year at their theater located on Industrial Park Road in Farmville. For show times and ticket information, call (434) 392-3452.

The Commonwealth Chorale is a group of over 130 performers drawing from fourteen counties in Southside Virginia. There are two major annual productions, which include classical choral music from Bach to modern compositions.

The Summer Garden Opera (SGO) has become an integral part of the summertime fun in Farmville. On a warm night in mid-June each year opera fans of all ages are treated to great music, gourmet food and refreshments. The SGO presents concert style opera in a beautiful outdoor setting. The company hires professional opera singers from all over the country for performances of full-length operas. Just a few of the performances Farmville spectators have enjoyed are: Madama Butterfly by Puccini, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri. The SGO thrives thanks to generous support from Centra, local businesses and private donations.

The Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library offers free Internet services with printing capability, a copy machine, outgoing fax service, videos, audios and over 35,000 books, including the latest bestsellers. A children’s coordinator is on staff and provides regular story hours for preschool children as well as scheduled activities for older children. A meeting room is available by reservation for community groups. Area residents are entitled to free library cards and the use of all services.

The Cumberland County Public Library (CCPL) provides access to information resources, services, and programs to assist the citizens of Cumberland County in fulfilling their civic, cultural, intellectual and recreational endeavors.

STEPS Inc., a nonprofit organization that trains and employs persons with diverse abilities hosts several special events throughout the year, including the Farmville Christmas Show … Shopping With a Cause in November, a two and a half day premier shopping event to kick off the holiday shopping season. This Christmas Show features over 50 crafters and artisans.

First Fridays, a monthly community event held May through October, provides area families the opportunity to meet with friends and enjoy a social evening with live bands and children’s activities at the Riverfront Park in downtown Farmville. There is no charge to attend these monthly concerts, but plenty of food and drink is available for sale, so come hungry.

The annual Farmville Jaycee’s Christmas Parade, held on the first Sunday afternoon in December, is another well attended community holiday tradition. The streets are lined deep on both sides with excited Holiday fans.

The Downtown Film Series Committee presents Stars Under the Stars, a program that welcomes the Farmville and surrounding communities to the grassy venue of the historic Crute Stage to enjoy cinema's classic films. Moviegoers are invited to bring chairs, blankets, and lots of friends on the second Friday of June, July, and August to enjoy popcorn, candy, drinks, and a movie under the stars. More information on the annual series can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/starsunderthestars

Farmville is also fortunate to have Sunchase Cinema 8 for the latest movies and Main Street Lanes for family and league bowling.

Throughout the year, the merchants of the Farmville area provide shoppers with special discount days and other seasonal events. Those with a taste for the nightlife can take advantage of the bands that perform frequently at some of our area restaurants & venues. The area’s one-hour proximity to Richmond, Lynchburg and Charlottesville provides convenient access to other great entertainment, such as cultural and sporting events.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Taste of Farmville

Sponsored by the Rotary Club

Mid-January

Facebook: Rotary Club of Farmville —

Cumberland Patriot Day

3rd Saturday in April

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

www.cumberland-patriotday.org

Farmville Wine Festival

Sponsored by “Meals on Wheels”

Mid-April

Facebook: Farmville Wine Festival

Heart of Virginia Festival

1st Saturday in May

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

www.heartofvirginia.org

Farmville Area Chamber Centra Southside Golf Classic

3rd Thursday in May

http://www.farmvilleareachamber.org/pages/

AnnualEvents

Summer Garden Opera

Mid-June

Facebook: Summer Garden Opera

Small Business Community Showcase

& Expo

Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce

& Longwood SBDC

Late September

Facebook: Small Business Community Showcase

High Bridge Trail Half Marathon & 5K

Farmville Downtown Partnership

& High Bridge Trail State Park

http://farmvilledowntown.com/events/

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Riverside Festival

Farmville Downtown Partnership

& High Bridge Trail State Park

http://farmvilledowntown.com/events/

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Farmville Christmas Show … Shopping with a Cause

2nd Weekend in November

Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

(434) 315-5909

Facebook: Shopping with a Cause

Farmville Jaycee’s Christmas Parade

1st Sunday in December

2 p.m.

Facebook: Farmville Jaycees

MUSEUMS

Hampden-Sydney Atkinson Museum

Tuesday-Friday: 12:30-5 p.m. and Special Event Saturdays.

Closed School Holidays

Please arrange for group tours in advance.

(434) 223-6134 —

www.hsc.edu/museum

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts

129 N. Main St., Farmville

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(434) 395-2206

www.longwood.edu/lcva

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Farmville-Prince Edward

Community Library

1303 W. Third St., Farmville, VA 23901

(434) 392-6924

Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

http://www.CVRL.net or

Facebook: Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library

Cumberland County Public Library

1539 Anderson Hwy., Cumberland, VA 23040

Monday, 1-9 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

(804) 492-5807

http://www.cumberlandcountypubliclibrary.org

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