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Virginia ABC Marks 19th Consecutive Record-Breaking Year for Sales

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 ABC’s 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 Virginia’s general fund, $15 million above last year’s 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 and treatment.

“ABC’s 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 designs—demonstrate our strategic approach to reinvestment and advancement of the business to ensure continued success,” he added.

The agency’s 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. ABC’s 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 Daniel’s 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 ABC’s employees,” said ABC Chief Operating Ocer Travis Hill.

The Hurrah Players

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 entire family.

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 or 757-627-5437.

Hurrah for the Holidays performances:
The Kimball Theatre, Colonial Williamsburg
Friday December 1 @ 7:00pm.

The T.C.C. Roper Performing Arts Center Downtown Norfolk
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 Norfolk
Saturday December 9 @ 7:00 pm.

New Record

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 Law’s fourth personal current record and the team’s 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 ball in.

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: D’Art 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 D’Art 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 set ups.

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: giftedholidaysale@gmail.com. No phone calls please.


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Jean Dumlao, a Virginia Beach native, has lived a life of service.

November 2017