Compiled by Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 09/15/11
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., will host a causal reception for patrons to recognize the arrival of Godspeed from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a re-enactment of Sir Thomas Dale’s dramatic landing in 1611 by the all-volunteer Henricus Militia commanded by Dennis Strawderman prior to Godspeed’s arrival. A barbeque buffet will be served, accompanied by popular bluegrass and English ballads featuring Kelly Kennedy & Friends. The cost is $50 per person and includes a membership to the Historic Citie Patron’s Club. For details, call 748-1613 or visit http://www.henricus.org .
The Patriot’s Day 2011 Memorial Celebration will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine at the Lakeside Moose Family Center #1714, 1207 Hilliard Rd. Active and retired military, national guard and reservists, fire fighters, police officers, EMS and other volunteer and career first responders will be in attendance. “Hurricane Base” will provide entertainment and there will be food and beverages for purchase from Roma Ristorante Italiano and Nader’s Bistro and Grill. There will also be vendors, raffles, kids’ activities and a poker run. Admission is free. For details, call 266-4193.
The 7th Annual Free-For-All High School Marching Band Demonstration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at J.R. Tucker High School, 2910 N. Parham Rd. The Free-For-All is a non-competitive show that includes a workshop with actual judges. It is designed to be engaging for the students, but with an eye towards the VBODA Marching Band Assessment. Admission is free to both bands and the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. For details, visit http://www.jrtuckerband.org/freeforall7 .
Montrose Presbyterian Church, 4800 Brittles Ln., will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located between Williamsburg Road and Nine Mile Road in the county’s East End. For details, call 222-3427.
The McShin Foundation’s 7th Annual Recovery Fest and 2nd Annual BBQ Cook Off will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd. National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske will be in attendance. There will be live music, a cornhole tournament, community organization informational tables, vendors, a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned BBQ cook off, kids’ activities and more. For details, call 249-1845 or visit http://www.mcshin.org .
The 15th annual Glen Allen Day will begin with a parade at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of John Cussons and Mountain Roads. The celebration will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Rd. There will be live music on two stages, a food court, a classic/custom auto show, train rides, inflatables, a petting zoo and dozens of arts/crafts and business exhibitors. A rain date is scheduled for Sept. 24. Admission is free. For details, call Glen Allen Ruritans at 257-9605 or visit http://www.glenallenday.org .
The 24th Annual Richmond Home Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. The show will feature the Clever Cleaver Brothers, an indoor farmer’s market and exhibitors showcasing everything from kitchen designs, countertops, blinds, shutters and home theaters to custom cabinets, closets, additions, energy efficient lighting and more. Six local interior decorators will also vie for “Best in Show” in the 3rd Annual Holiday Table Scapes competition by creating and displaying a holiday-themed table setting. Tickets are $7. For details, visit http://www.richmondhomeshow.com .
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., will host “Publick Days and the Godspeed” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17-18. To commemorate its 400th anniversary, this special event will feature 100 living history interpreters portraying both English colonists and native inhabitants of circa 1611 Virginia. Interpreters will occupy the English city, the Indian site Arrohateck, and 17th-century ship replica Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement, and will demonstrate the commercial, mechanical, agricultural, domestic, and military skills of both cultures as would have been observed between the years 1611-1622. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. For a daily itinerary, visit http://www.henricus.org .
DiggityFest, a family music festival, will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Westchester Commons, off Rt. 288 in Midlothian. Three of Richmond’s biggest family entertainers, The Diggity Dudes, Silly Bus and Hope Harris & The Cousins Jamboree, will perform with Grammy award-winning artist Dan Zanes. There will also be hands-on activities provided by Romp ‘n Roll and the Primrose School, as well as roving entertainment and food and drink for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Connor’s Heroes, a local nonprofit helping to ease the burdens of childhood cancer. Tickets for ages 13 and older are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets for ages 12 and under are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. For details, visit http://www.diggityfest.com .
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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