Santi Claws, Truman Capote, and Music from Uganda

What's on in December

Time to break out your ugly Christmas Sweater, grab some hot chocolate, and trample your neighbor in the spirit of peace on earth and good will toward men. Or not. The Holidays are here and there are plenty of activities to get you in the holiday spirit. Don't be a grinch, and if you are, keep it to yourself. I bet your ugly Christmas sweater isn't anywhere near as repulsive as mine.  Click here for the calendar.

Shopping at Potomac Mills

I prefer to shop in my underwear, but, some people like to go hang out with other people and stuff. If that's your thing, Crater Community Hospice have got you covered. They're nice enough to organize a bus trip to Potomac Mills on Dec. 1st. I sure hope that bus has a microphone, cause that's going to be some wicked Christmas Karaoke!  For more information, visit

Watoto Children's Choir of Uganda

The Watoto Children's Choir of Uganda will perform on December 7, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at The Beacon Theater in Hopewell.  For more information, visit

Wonder City Wonderland Breakfast with Santa

What holiday season would be complete for the kiddies without Breakfast with Santa!? The Hopewell Downtown Partnership hosts what we hope will become an annual event. Come on down to Guncotton Coffee & Gallery to enjoy a delicious holiday buffet, music, dancing, and get your photo taken with Santa. I'll be taking the photos, so I sure hope they have mimosas!  Event will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018.  For more information, visit

It's spelled Theatre, not Theater.

In case you didn't know, it's more fancy when you use the British spelling. Finally, we have some quality theatre coming to Hopewell just in time for the Holidays. The immensely talented and vastly experienced players of The Illuminated Stage bring you Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" Dec. 14th through 16th. Capote never fails to disappoint, and this musical set in 1930s rural Alabama is no exception. If you missed my interview with Steve King from The Illuminated Stage, click here. For more info and tickets, visit

Spread the Love

It's easy to remember in all the trampling, spending, singing and stuffing of face that it's not all about ourselves. But, seriously, remember that this is the season of giving. Do your part to help others and participate in our Holiday Helper Toy Drive. In conjunction with Holiday Helper Fort Lee, Clark's Auto Center, and Poplar Springs Hospital, we are accepting new donated toys. Drop them off to us or any of our partners and we'll see them in the hands of service member families. Deadline for donations is Dec. 4th.  For more information, visit