Some Notable Events Around Town
ABC Marks 19th Consecutive Record-Breaking Year
TheVirginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
(ABC) marked its 19th consecutive record-breaking
year for sales in fiscal year 2017, which ended
June 30. Virginia ABCs gross sales increased
to $940.1 million, up $42.5 million over the previous
year, while profits rose to $171 million, a jump
of $6 million. Retail sales grew 4.6 percent and
licensee sales (sales to restaurants) climbed 4.1
percent during the same timeframe. ABC profits combined
with state and general sales taxes as well as wine
and beer taxes resulted in an all-time high of $449
million transferred to Virginias general fund,
$15 million above last years contribution.
A major source of revenue for the commonwealth,
Virginia ABC has now contributed more than $9.9
billion to the general fund since 1934 to support
state services, including substance abuse prevention
ABCs robust growth in sales and service
are directly attributable to our ability to respond
to the needs of the marketplace, said ABC
Chairman Jeffrey Painter. Our fine-tuned online
retail operations, targeted innovative marketing
campaigns, a locally driven product mix and modernized
store designsdemonstrate our strategic approach
to reinvestment and advancement of the business
to ensure continued success, he added.
The agencys financial performance during the
fiscal year can be attributed in part to the opening
of nine new stores across the state, generating
$7.5 million in sales. ABCs strategy to continue
to grow its store portfolio is a major component
of its consistent revenue growth. ABC also oversaw
six store remodels and 13 store relocations to improved
market areas, enhancing customer service and accessibility.
Sunday sales also continue to play a role in the
rising revenue, increasing by $6.9 million or 13.2
percent in fiscal year 2017 to $59 million with
an additional hour of opening.
Liquors that led the best-selling list statewide
were Hennessy Very Special (V.S) cognac in the top
spot, followed by Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Tennessee
whiskey and Tito's Handmade domestic vodka. Jim
Beam Kentucky straight bourbon and Smirnoff (80-proof)
vodka rounded out the top five, respectively.
The excellent fiscal year 2017 results reflect
the continued commitment and hard work of Virginia
ABCs employees, said ABC Chief Operating
Ocer Travis Hill.
The Hurrah Players, Virginia's Leading Family Theatre
Company, present two festive shows to help usher
in the holiday season.
Hurrah for the Holidays is Hurrah's annual musical
revue featuring holiday favorites from yesterday
and today, precision kick line dancers, and a few
seasonal surprises! Like a warm cup of cocoa on
a cold winter day, it's holiday merriment for the
Based on the popular book by Barbara Robinson, The
Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the funny, heartwarming,
and mildly irreverent story of what happens when
a church play is hijacked by six of the 'absolutely
worst kids in the history of the world'. A holiday
tradition in Hampton Roads, this one night only
event is presented with Happy Hanukkah, My Friend;
a short program celebrating the Festival of Lights.
Both productions are official 'Holidays in the City'
events and include special weekday matinees for
local student groups. Tickets for the student matinees
are $7 per person and are available by advance reservation
only via 757-627-5437.
The maximum ticket price to public shows is $25,
with discounts for children (under 18), seniors
(60+), Military (active or retired), large groups
and Hurrah members.
Tickets may be purchased via www.hurrahplayers.com
Hurrah for the Holidays performances:
The Kimball Theatre, Colonial Williamsburg
Friday December 1 @ 7:00pm.
The T.C.C. Roper Performing Arts Center Downtown
Friday December 8 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday December 9 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday December 10 @ 3:00 pm
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever performance:
The T.C.C. Roper Performing Arts Center * Downtown
Saturday December 9 @ 7:00 pm.
New Record -- Always looking up
for the next big thing, the Harlem Globetrotters
took their shot-making skills to new heights recently.
Thunder Law established a new Guinness World Record
title for the highest upwards basketball shot, connecting
from 50 feet, 1 inch to set the new mark. The Globetrotters
attempted the shot as part of the 13th annual Guinness
World Records Day, taking part for the fourth straight
year.The new feat was Laws fourth personal
current record and the teams 17th current
Guinness World Records title overall.
The Globetrotters attempted the record in front
of the grand staircase at the Utah State Capitol
in Salt Lake City. To make the shot possible, a
basketball hoop was hung from a crane high in the
air, as Law stood beneath it ready to throw the
The Globetrotters will tip off their 2018 Amazing
Feats of Basketball World Tour on Dec. 7 and
will play in over 250 North American markets, as
well as 30 countries worldwide. Tickets are now
available at harlemglobetrotters.com.
Gifted: DArt Center Holiday Sale
The dates for the show are
November 28 through December 30, with a reception
on Saturday, December 2 from 2:00-5:00pm.
If you are an artist and are interested in participating
in Gifted, applications (including payments) must
be completed by Friday, November 10th 2017.
This sale is intended to highlight the works of
Hampton Roads artists, but DArt Center will
selectively consider other submissions. All works
included must be original high quality works created
by the artist. For this sale, we prefer works
valued at $200 or under, but will consider high
priced works as well. Functional works like
jewelry or pottery are popular as gifts, and sold
well last year, but all types of art will be considered.
Acceptance is determined by the d'Art Center sta
and all decisions
are final. Accepted artists will receive the equivalent
of a full or half standard table worth of space.
Full tables are 6' x 3' or equivalent sized set
up; half tables are 3' x 3' or equivalent sized
All payments for sales are accepted by the d'Art
Center. The Center retains a 40% commission on all
sales. Artists will receive a payment from the d'Art
Center for works sold after the sale closes.
Questions about displays may be directed to this
Gifted email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls please.