By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/29/12
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present a holiday concert with Dailey & Vincent at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. This bluegrass duo, featuring Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, joined forces in 2007. A post-show reception will follow in the Booth Lobby. Tickets are $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 N. Gayton Rd., will present Jazz Nativity, three evenings of classy jazz featuring David Esleck, at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Proceeds from Jazz Nativity, now in its fourth year, will benefit Feed My Starving Children. Gourmet coffee and desserts will be available. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for kids 11 and younger. For details and to reserve tickets, visit http://www.gaytonchurch.org .
The Henrico Theatre Company will present the opening night of “A Christmas Story” at 8 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. All of the elements from the beloved motion picture are here in this joyous celebration of childhood. The production continues through Dec. 16. All performances are at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2:30 p.m. An additional matinee will be held Dec. 15. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse will continue its 12th season with folk singer Mary McCaslin at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Her music ranges from ballads of the old west to her haunting renditions of pop standards and rock classics such as the Beatles’ “Things We Said Today” and the Supremes’ “My World is Empty.” Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half-price and children under 12 are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
The annual Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration will begin at noon at the historic Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd. Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., will hold an open house from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The 14th annual Tree Lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. There will be holiday music, a toasty bonfire, hot chocolate, cookies and Santa, who will make his arrival via fire truck to light the 60-foot cedar tree. The event will conclude with holiday lantern tours from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
My Manakin Market’s Holiday Market will take place in an enclosed Marquee tent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 68 Broad Street Rd. in Manakin Sabot, five minutes west of Short Pump. This family- and dog-friendly farmers market will feature handmade artisan crafts and gifts, seasonal vegetables, meats and cheeses, baked goods, local wine, wine tastings and more. There will also be live music, free kids’ activities and Santa will visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details, visit http://www.mymanakinmarket.com .
Bring your furry friends to take a picture with Santa from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the JC Penney court at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd. All animals must be on a leash or in a cage. For details, call 266-9002 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com.
“Deck the Halls,” a benefit for Henrico-based Hilliard House, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pine Grove Farm, 12438 Elmont Rd. in Ashland. Make your very own wreaths and swags from fresh-cut greenery, enjoy fresh cocoa, home-made goodies and music by Susan Greenbaum. A shuttle will run from Henry Clay School and The Center to the farm. Entry donation is $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-12 and free for kids four and under. For details, call 798-9131 or visit http://www.hilliardhouse.org
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.
The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.
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