Year-end Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 12/29/11
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s New Year’s Eve Family Frolic will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. There will be family activities with live entertainment and crafts. GardenFest of Lights will continue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Museum admission required. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
The Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump, 2200 Old Brick Rd. in West Broad Village, will host a New Year’s Eve Bash for children and their families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be games and giveaways and a “countdown to noon” celebration with a special juice box toast. All event activities are included in museum admission; general admission is $8. CMOR will close at 2 p.m. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
ComedySportz Improv Theatre will present two New Year’s Eve shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The earlier show is designed for the younger family and will include a milk toast with Twinkies at 9 p.m. The later show will have a champagne toast at midnight. Both shows include party hats and noisemakers. Tickets are $15 to $22. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Richmond Folk Music Society, featuring Deb Clinton and friends, at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. There will be assorted tunes from the golden years of the American and Yiddish theater, along with old favorites from The Great American Songbook. The concert-only price is $15 in advance and $18 at the door and includes dessert and coffee at intermission. Dinner and concert are $28. Reservations for dinner are needed by Dec. 26. For details, visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
GayRVA.com’s A-List New Year’s Eve Party will begin at 10 p.m. at Aloft Richmond West, 3939 Duckling Dr. in West Broad Village. DJ Ease and Dead Fame will provide entertainment. A $25 ticket includes a dessert and champagne toast. A VIP package is available for those who wish to stay overnight in the hotel. The cost is $150 for two and includes an open bar from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and complimentary breakfast on New Year’s Day. Space is limited; tickets will not be available at the door. For details, visit http://www.gayrva.com/nye.
Theatre IV’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” ends today. The story follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. Along the way they learn life lessons including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. The show lasts approximately two hours with an intermission and is recommended for ages four and older. Performances are held at Barksdale Theatre, located at 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. at the Shops at Willow Lawn. Tickets are $18 to $24. For a complete performance schedule or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.theatreivrichmond.org .
Radio Disney will host a “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. There will be a special countdown to noon balloon drop with an apple juice toast, music, games and prizes. Guests can also experience the Anthem Get Active Get Fit Dance Party and see the premiere of the IMAX film “Born to be Wild.” Noon Year’s Eve is included with museum admission; IMAX is additional. For details, call 864-1400 or visit http://www.smv.org or http://www.radiodisney.com.
Ring in the New Year with comedian Owen Benjamin at 10 p.m. at Richmond Funny Bone, located in the Short Pump Town Center. Admission is $50 and includes chocolate covered strawberries, assorted cheesecakes and chocolates, a souvenir champagne flute, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. All seating is first-come, first-serve. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
Party band Flashback will hold its second annual New Year’s Eve party at 8 p.m. at The Place at Innsbrook, 4036 Cox Rd. Admission is $225 per couple and includes live music and dancing, heavy hors d’oeurves with a variety of food stations, two drinks and a champagne toast at midnight, a cash bar and party favors. Hotel reservations are available at the Hilton Garden Inn; cost is $295 per couple and includes breakfast on New Year’s Day. For details, call 346-2100 or visit http://www.flashbackrva.com .
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space
A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.
Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.
Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.
Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.
“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.
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