Richmond Virginia is THE place to be in February of 2011.
There is plenty to see and do and here are the top five things to put on your calendar as “not-to-be-missed!”
Cupid and lovers are on display everywhere in the weeks leading up to Valentines Day on February 14th, but Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens has a special display called ”The Garden is for Lovers” featuring a luscious Valentines display in the conservatory from February 1 through February 28th, with tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in full bloom. The Conservatory is the “Jewel of the Garden,” with 11,000 square-foot housing exotic and unusual plants from around the world. Crowned by a 63-foot-tall dome, the Conservatory includes a central Palm House and this Valentine-themed display full of seasonal color and interest. Don’t miss the beautiful exotic orchids in the tropical wing. Special Valentine’s dinners and brunches are available February 12 through 14th in the Tea House. Make your arrangements now!
For history buffs, “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia” opens on February 4th at the Virginia Historical Society. Best of all it will run until December 30, 2011, when it will be packed up and sent to seven other museums. This free exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War focusing, not on generals and battlefields, but on the lives of ordinary Virginians who struggled to survive and those who participated in military action. The Virginia Historical Society is devoting a 3,000 square foot gallery with more than 200 objects and 17 state-of-the-art audiovisual programs to this exhibition. Learn More.
Just next door at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the only east coast stop of the widely-acclaimed international tour of “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” opens on February 19th. Works from each of the artist’s major periods are represented in the exhibition including many from his personal collection. This is clearly a once-in-lifetime opportunity to view world-class art right here in Richmond Virginia. Tickets are free for VMFA members, $20 for adults. The exhibition extends until May 15th, 2011.
CNN’s own Anderson Cooper, Emmy-award winning correspondent, who has covered major news events around the world, often on-site, will speak at The Richmond Forum on Saturday evening February 19th, and, due to overwhelming demand, at a special matinee presentation on Sunday, February 20th. His topic: “a 360-Degree Look At World Events.” Information and Tickets. The Richmond Forum is a 501 (c) (3) educational organization dedicated to bringing leaders from around the world to Richmond’s stage to expand horizons, to stimulate conversation, and to inspire our community. Anderson Cooper will speak at Richmond’s Landmark Theater.
The Virginia Wine Expo, a showcase of wines, featuring over 350 Virginia wines from over 60 of Virginia’s top producers, takes over the Greater Richmond Convention Center Friday February 25th through Sunday, February 27th. Friday’s event features the Virginia Governor’s Cup Grand Tasting; Saturday evening features “Sparkling and Sweets” presented by “Richmond Magazine” with sparkling and dessert wines accompanying desserts from Virginia pastry chefs and chocolatiers. Also on Saturday there are seminars covering topics from pairing wine and chocolate to sushi and wine. Sunday there’s even a seminar about Burgers and Wine! Sunday is also open to walk-around tastings. Don’t miss this chance to try so many of Virginia’s finest wines! More Info and Tickets. The Virginia Wine Expo benefits the Virginia Wineries Association, the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.
These are just five of Richmond’s top events for February. From art to wine, gardens to history, and even a little bit of intellectual conversation – it’s all right here in Richmond Virginia!
And, if you’re looking for a place to stay to enjoy these events, look no farther than our historic Fan District bed and breakfast, located right in the middle of it all!