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A Message From Director Jane Shelhorse
Ahh Spring! There were times this winter that I didn’t think it was ever going to get here! With the weather getting nice, I’m sure everyone wants to get outside, start moving and doing things. And we have lots of things planned for you this spring and summer. Our parks are open and ready for you to enjoy. Let the children climb on the playground at the Betty Queen Center while you use the outdoor fitness equipment or walk the fitness loop to get a workout in while they play. Perhaps the whole family will enjoy a round of disc golf or at least a walk through the woods on the course. As always, we encourage everyone to take time to play - it helps you stay balanced, refreshed and creative.
The pool will open over Memorial Day weekend, which gives families another great option for some good, clean fun. Our admission prices are very reasonable, the staff is friendly, and we have a concession stand. Besides swim lessons, Aqua Fit, Aqua Zumba, swim team, and general open swim times, this year we are adding some “Dive In” movies for after hours entertainment.
Once again we will be holding our “It’s Finally Friday” concert series at Walton Park in Mineral. Join us on May 30th, June 27th, and July 25th as we celebrate the end of the work week with some great Beach Music and MoTown sounds in a lovely park setting. The children can run and play while parents and grandparents can sit back and relax with an adult beverage or a cold Pepsi. Bring your lawn chair.
We will be hosting three “Saturday In The Square” concerts this summer, so mark your calendar now for July 12th, August 9th, and September 13th. The bands for these concerts are a more eclectic mix of rock and roll and rhythm and blues. So grab some friends and a chair and head over to the square at the Courthouse in downtown Louisa. You might not spend much time in that chair though - you’ll be dancing in the streets!
If you’re looking for a full weekend of entertainment, make plans to attend the Battle of Trevilian Station Reenactment at Bracketts Farm (1117 Nolting Road, Louisa) on June 21st and 22nd. We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the battle this year, with more of everything...more horses, more battles, more living history! Watch as history comes alive with lots of demonstrations throughout the day; see the blacksmiths as they make their metal creations, smell the food cooking in the hearth kitchen, watch as they care for the wounded, listen to the music of the Bullrushes, and learn to dance the way they did back then. You may even get a chance to chat with “Abe Lincoln” as he wanders by. Stop by the website www.TrevBattleVa.com for ticket information. There’s something for everyone, and it only comes around every 150 years!
More information on all of these can be found inside this issue of the Leisure Times. As usual, you will find a wide variety of camps for children and teens, exercise classes, and programs like Cheese Making, CPR, Sewing, Ballroom Dance and Guitar lessons. We offer over 85 programs; make sure you check them all out! You will also find all the program information at www.LCPRT.info and you can register and pay online for our classes.
So, remember to enjoy your family and friends and the warm summer weather. We encourage you to get out and Play Local, and enjoy all the wonderful things our county has to offer!
Louisa County Parks, Recreation & Tourism
P.O. Box 864 / 522 Industrial Drive - Suite A,
Louisa, Virginia 23093
(540) 967-4420 / Fax (540) 967-4450
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.