Todd Talk September 2016

Todd Ballance, Executive Director.

Todd Ballance, Executive Director.

Area schools have welcomed returning students much to the delight of parents and grandparents.  With this bitter sweet transitional time of the year Historic St. Luke’s prepares for the busiest time of our programming year.  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication from our staff and volunteers to pull off these events.  From the depths of my heart I wish to express my appreciation for continuing the hard work to bring the best programming to Genuine Smithfield.  Let us know how much you enjoy our events.  We would love to see you soon.


Wow!  September and October have a lot in-store.    Make sure to visit our calendar for a complete listing.  Below is a brief listing of some of these events.
Education Program Events
Speaker Cohen Adkins

Speaker Cohen Adkins

Saturday and Sunday, September 10 – 11, 2016 General from Whitemarsh:  A celebration of Joseph Bridger:  A 1680s living history weekend  Join us for reenactor demos, educational lectures, period music and vendors, demonstrations, twilight cemetery tours, and a 1680s interpretive church service.  Prevailing admission rates apply.  With membership comes complimentary admissions!  Buy a ticket once and use it all weekend!


Saturday, October 8th, 2016 Anglicans and the Native Peoples of Virginia 1 to 2 p.m.  Join us for another of our educational lectures as we welcome Ms. Cohen Adkins presenting on Native Virginians and their relationship with the Church of England.  Her presentation is $15 to attend and if similar in popularity to our previous programs, tickets will sell-out quickly!  Reserve yours online today (scroll down – located under the map).
Development Department Events
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 Blessing of the Animals 1 to 5 p.m. Join us as we celebrate the tradition of Blessing Animals at the Old Brick Church.  This year’s program includes local vendors and organizations who support our animal community and Connie Gilman, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, presiding over the service.  This is a complimentary event with donations kindly accepted.  Proceeds will benefit installing a commemorative plaque for the “Lilly” monument west of the Administration Building & Visitor Center.
Only through the generous contributions from donors like you can we meet our annual fund goal of $140,000 between now and June 30, 2017.  With gifts up to $1,000 each the following list of contributors made our August a hot month!

Blessing Of The Animals 2016

Mr. Jan Eversen
Ms. Debra Hall
Mr. Michael Hildreth
Mr. Elmer John Godfrey
Mr. Maynard Gwaltney
Mr. Albert Kunze
Mr. David Lenning
Mr. Scott Standfast
Welcome these new and renewing members to our HSL community!


Ms. Cynthia Baker
Mr. and Mrs. Figueroa
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fortier
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Standfast
Mr. and Mrs. Evan Zasoski


See you all again soon!