Weekend Top 10
Compiled by Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 09/22/11
The Civil War in Henrico County will be the focus of a three-day series of free events as part of the county’s 400th anniversary commemoration. The symposium, “Henrico County: Gateway to Richmond,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Featured speakers are: John Coski, Museum of the Confederacy historian and author of “Capital Navy: The Men, Ships and Operations of the James River Squadron;” Robert E.L. Krick, National Park Service historian and author of “Stuart’s Last Ride: A Confederate View of Sheridan’s Raid;” Frank O’Reilly, National Park Service historian and author of “The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock;” and Jimmy Price, historian and author of the upcoming “The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will be Theirs by the Sword.” The speakers will hold Q&A periods and a book signing session as well. On Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tree Hill Farm, located at 6404 Osborne Tnpk., will host an encampment, exhibits and demonstrations by leading Civil War organizations, as well as a ceremony honoring soldiers who earned Medal of Honor while fighting in Henrico. The three-day event will conclude on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Harrison, 8621 Battlefield Park Rd., where National Park Service rangers will lead tours and present living-history programs to commemorate the 147th anniversary of the Sept. 29-30, 1864 fighting at Fort Harrison. Re-enactors portraying Union and Confederate infantry and artillery units will perform rifle- and cannon-firing demonstrations and historians from the NPS and Henrico’s Division of Recreation and Parks will lead tours of battlefields involved in the nearby Battle of Chaffin’s Farm. To register for the Sept. 23 symposium, call 328-4491. For more information, call 501-1611 or vsit http://www.henrico400th.com .
Stratford University will hold its 1st annual International Food and Cultural Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its West End campus, 11104 W. Broad St. The festival will feature over 30 arts, jewelry and entertainment vendors, as well as 20 food vendors serving dishes from around the world including Greek, Indian, French, Russian, Italian, Ethiopian, Thai and Caribbean. There will also be dancing, singing, Brazilian martial arts and a children’s corner featuring arts and crafts, face painting, henna tattoos, a bounce house and more. Admission is free. For details, call 916-6480.
American Cancer Society’s Cure by Design Survivor Fashion Show will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, 12042 W. Broad St. Cancer survivors of all ages and walks of life will model the latest fashions from designers Alex Garfield, Tommy Hilfiger, Johnathan Kayne and Evelyn Bagala. There will also be items donated by the community to bid on. Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell will serve as honorary chair. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $125. For details, call 527-3700 or visit http://www.curebydesign.org .
David Shea will discuss and sign his new book “When Soldiers Cried: A True Story About Vietnam” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Book People, 536 Granite Ave. The event is free. For details, call 288-4346.
The Kiwanis Club of North Richmond will host a bluegrass/gospel concert at 7 p.m. at Chamberlayne Baptist Church’s Life Center, 215 Wilkinson Rd. Featured performers are Amy Ladd and Friends and Homeward Bound Gospel Group. Tickets are $10 at the door. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarships. For details, call 201-7679.
VA PrideFest 2011, a celebration of the LGBT community, will take place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kanawha Plaza, S. 7th and Canal Streets. There will be live music from local and national performers such as Martha Wash, Amy Henderson and Tom Goss and vendors. The event is pet- and family-friendly. For details, visit http://www.vapride.org .
The 32nd Annual Arts Around the Lake show will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. around the Westhampton Lake at the University of Richmond. Over 100 local artists will be displaying and selling their juried artwork in various mediums. Admission and parking are free. For details, visit http://www.uronline.net/aal .
The Richmond Peace Education Center’s Family Peace Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Byrd Park. The Taters, Seva O Vocals and Instrumentalists and poet/spoken word artist Jorrell Watkins will provide entertainment. There will also be cooperative games, arts and crafts, a children’s interfaith performance, diverse exhibits by community cultural, religious, educational and advocacy groups and food from Chef Khan Indian cuisine, La Milpa Mexican Cuisine, the Ice Cream Connection cart and more. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.familypeacefestival.org .
Varina Episcopal Church, 2385 Mill Rd., will hold its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live music featuring The Velvet Marias, cake walks, children’s games, a dunking booth, face painting, free child IDs, homemade BBQ, a silent auction, craft vendors and more. Admission is free; $5 per child for unlimited games. For details, call 795-5340.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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