Archive for May, 2010

Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

The ninth season of Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk is well under way.  In fact, there are only 3 First Fridays left in the ninth season; in September 2010 the tenth season launches. This monthly event showcases over 30 diverse small businesses, working studios, and cultural organizations that call Richmond’s downtown home.  Featuring diverse art galleries, unique boutiques, incredible dining, a spot of culture, and independent studios – First Fridays beckon art lovers to experience downtown’s nightlife.   (more…)

Richmond’s Outdoor Concert Series at Lewis Ginter and Maymont

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Groovin’ in the Garden, Richmond’s outdoor concert series at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, has an alternative location for its May concerts.

Crowds enjoying the outdoor concert series Groovin' in the Garden

The May events will take place at Maymont Park (though the May 20th concert has been cancelled) and the 2010 SCHEDULE is varied and exciting. Concerts happen rain or shine, so check the forecast and be prepared. Tickets are discounted if purchased in advance – more information here.  Enjoy live music in a beautiful garden setting: Maymont in May and  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for the rest of the series, including Arlo Gutherie on June 24  and Zappa on June 17.  Food and beverages will be available; and coolers are not permitted.  Tickets for A Prairie Home Companion will go on sale May 22nd.

World Beer Festival Comes to Richmond’s Brown’s Island

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Brown’s Island is the site of June 12th’s World Beer Festival and tickets are on sale now.

Get your ticket for Richmond VA's World Beer Festival June 12 2010

The festival consists of two sessions and each requires a separate ticket. Each four-hour session includes a tasting glass for two-ounce pours and a festival program. There are two levels of admission/tickets: general admission tickets are $40 a session ($50 at the door – but only if there is available capacity); $75 VIP tickets are limited and available on-line.  VIP tickets include a World Beer Festival commemorative glass, complimentary food, and access to the VIP hospitality area where selected beers will only be available. Proceeds of this event benefit FETCH-A-CURE.  Richmond’s World Beer Festival features live music, great food, and beer from great breweries.  The two sessions are  noon to 4 PM and 6 PM to 10 PM.  Don’t miss out on this fun event – tickets are limited, so don’t wait!

If you need a bed and breakfast or inn close to downtown Richmond and Brown’s Island, to complete your weekend package check for availability now! A  weekend stay includes free off-street parking, a hearty gourmet breakfast for two each morning, and a complimentary wine and cheese hour each evening.

Canal Cruise Through Richmond’s Past

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

George Washington’s vision for a canal system in Virginia began in the 18th century to bypass the falls of the James river.  By 1840, the canal was completed from Richmond to Lynchburg and passengers, wheat, and tobacco filled the boats that cruised its waters. The railroad thundered onto the scene by the 1880’s and canal travel was obsolete.  By the turn of the century, the canals were abandoned and fell into disrepair.  Today Richmond’s canal has been restored and flat-bottomed boats steered by your captain offer unmatched views of the city of Richmond as well as the natural beauty of the James River.   (more…)

Friday Night Cheers at Brown’s Island

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The 26th season of Friday Night Cheers at Brown’s Island began Friday May 7 2010 and continues til Friday June 25th (except Friday 14th, when Brown’s Island is the site of Dominion RiverRock). Each concert begins at 6:30PM and the music continues til 9:30PM.

Friday Cheers 2010

Find music and fun on Brown's Island Fridays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM May 7 through June 25

This year Friday Cheers is instituting a $2 admission fee on those 13 years old or older.  Fee may be paid at all three entry points to Brown’s Island in downtown Richmond, Virginia overlooking the James River. Credit and debit cards will only be accepted at the pedestrian bridge at 7th Street and the vehicular bridge past 5th Street.  Venture Richmond, organizer of the event, is celebrating 26 years of music along the river. Thousands relax after the work week on Brown’s Island to meet friends and to hear some of the nation’s hottest touring acts and some of the region’s top bands. Check the schedule and the answers to your FAQ’s.

The William Miller House Bed and Breakfast in Richmond isn’t listed as a downtown place to stay on their website, but we’re less than a mile and a half from Brown’s Island at the most. As a confirmed weekend guest, you can take advantage of free parking at our downtown inn and walk to Brown’s Island or ride the free 2BNB (big green bus stops a block away) to the Bottom and Back to take advantage of this very Richmond series of events.