By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 12/06/2016 Features
The crowds thronged roads and walkways leading to their destination. Some visitors pushed strollers; many brought multiple children; others came singly or in couples. But all shared the same singlemindedness and eagerness to achieve their goals.
No, it wasn't Black Friday.
These visitors came seeking history, family fun – and beer.
The second annual Hops In The Park Harvest Festival, held Nov. 12 at Henricus Historical Park, showcased Virginia craft beverages of all kinds and had representatives from 21 breweries, cideries and meaderies on hand, in addition to hops farmers from around the commonwealth.
When the Institute for Contemporary Art opens its doors on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in 2016, there will no doubt be fanfare and a crowd of excited supporters on hand.
But perhaps no one will be more excited than a couple of Henrico County nine-year-olds who recently broke onto the ICA’s supporter list as the youngest of its founding donors.
Their donation grew out of a brainstorming session in which the two Nuckols Farm Elementary third-graders, Tess Freiman and Aly Betz, were casting about for ideas for their latest money-making project.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/21/2015 Features
The Seventh Annual American Legion Post 242 and Battlefield Post 144 Sandston Memorial Day Parade will take place on Memorial Day, May 25, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The parade will begin at Seven Pines Elementary School on Beulah Road and proceed down Williamsburg Road through Sandston to Confederate Avenue.It will be preceded at noon by a veterans’ recognition ceremony at Seven Pines National Cemetery in Sandston.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/27/2015 Features
The Varina Ruritan Club annually sponsors an environmental poster and essay contest for Varina Elementary School students each March. The club recently invited winners of this year's contest and their families to attend its monthly meeting, at which the students were honored and recognized.
Pictured are the winning students and Varina Elementary School Assistant Principal Terry Larkin.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/27/2015 Features
Sometimes being wrong isn’t such a bad thing. When Charles Bibbs discovered he’d matched the first five numbers in the April 21 Mega
Millions drawing, he figured he’d won $250,000, and he was excited about it.
“I had to look at the ticket 20 or 30 times,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
It turns out the Henrico man was wrong. He hadn’t won $250,000. His ticket was actually worth $1 million.
Photos by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 04/21/2015 Features
A sunny spring day was the perfect opportunity for Meadow Farm visitors to learn about sheep and wool and to witness the methods used to process the fiber through hands-on activities. At four separate "stations," visitors watched as sheep were herded by dogs, then sheared with scissors and machines to remove their wool, which then was weaved and spun on site by members of Clotho's Spinning Guild.
Pictured at top, Guild member Mary Frances Mays demonstrates the spinning process from wool sheared off the sheep.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/13/2015 Features
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen (CACGA) and GrowRVA have partnered to introduce a new market that will launch in May. The Sunday Brunch Markets will premier on Sunday, May 3 at The Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.
Each Sunday, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at the center's outdoor location, the Sunday Brunch Markets will welcome art and market enthusiasts with art vendors, kids’ markets and activities, food trucks, art experiences, and more. Followers of GrowRVA’s South of the James Markets and the Center’s surrounding communities will now have access to a healthy open-air Sunday Brunch alternative to include market vendors such as Bella Grove, Mosaic, Wandering Cow Farm, among others. The center’s art programs, four on-site art galleries and Atack Family Gift Shop will be available and open to the public.
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 04/06/2015 Features
A growing number of families in the Henrico area are opening up their homes to individuals with mental and/or developmental disabilities through a service called sponsored residential living, an alternative to group homes that offers disabled citizens an opportunity to live more normal lives.
Wall Residences was the first organization in the state to offer a sponsored residential living program. It works with more than 10 local human rights committees and serves more than 434 people throughout the state to provide services for those who have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and/or developmental disabilities.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 04/03/2015 Features
A Henrico resident received some long-deserved recognition March 24 as Hermena “Hermie” Powell was honored with the 2015 Royal-Green Award at a gathering of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.
Held at the Virginia War Memorial, the “Red Feather Hoopla” brought together more than one hundred members of the council, a group dedicated to the mission of preparing children for their roles as tomorrow’s leaders. Members symbolically accented their outfits with red feathers and boas to celebrate the impact of women who give, advocate and volunteer to strengthen the community.
In her keynote address, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe spoke of her twin initiatives of improving childhood nutrition and remedying food insecurity, and of the challenges facing child advocates across the Commonwealth in helping youth whose most basic needs are not met.
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