Archive for March, 2011

Activity-packed Weekend Coming Up

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The first weekend in April promises a wide variety of events and activities in Richmond Virginia for both visitors and residents alike.

Virginia Commonwealth University makes it to the Final Four!

First Friday Art Walk is on – with galleries, boutiques, and restaurants supporting Richmond’s fabulous art scene. Now in its tenth season, first Friday plays a vital role in downtown Richmond, with opening receptions at downtown galleries making the event a cultural destination.  Event takes place rain or shine and features nearly 40 diverse galleries, cultural organizations, shops and restaurants — along historic Broad Street, east of Belvidere and into Jackson and Monroe Wards.  INFO.

Saturday, April 2 is the annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, providing the opportunity to run Richmond’s most beautiful boulevard.  Registration is now closed for the 10K; it has reached its capacity of 40,000 participants.  But you can still enjoy the music along the route, party with the other spectators, watch the costumed runners competing in the Dress-Up and Run, and join the runners and spectators in Monroe Park for the awesome post race party.  Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K was named one of the best running races in the country by USA Today!  INFO.

Saturday afternoon, Real Richmond Food Tours and More, navigate the culture and cuisine of “The Wards: The Art and Soul of Richmond” beginning at 2 PM.  Tickets are limited and sell out quickly – so make your plans immediately.   The 2 1/2 hour tour will stop at local eateries to sample delicious treats and meet the owners and chefs. In between a leisurely 1 1/2 mile stroll/walk will acquaint you with the best of both sides of Broad Street in the heart of Jackson Ward and Monroe Ward. INFO.

Studio 3 of the Richmond Ballet’s Studio Series continues at the Richmond Ballet Canal Street Studio with a ballet honoring the trio of muses who inspired Marcel Marceau: French mime Debureau, Charlie Chaplin, and Arthur Marx.  Its light-hearted and refreshing, just an enjoyable way to spend an evening. INFO.

And, of course, “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” continues at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. If you haven’t seen it yet, you better catch it before it’s gone! VMFA.  The is the only east coast venue for this special exhibition of 176 of the famed artist’s works. TIP: Download the audio file FREE to your smartphone, take your earbuds, and skip the audioguide.  Save $5 and be guaranteed the tour.  Download INFO.

And, next weekend Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rams will play in the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Though the game is in Houston, VCU fans will be gathering at eateries and neighborhood bars all over the historic Fan District to watch the outcome. You, too, could be in the middle of it all in Richmond’s liveliest neighborhood.  And, if you’d rather walk than drive, there’s always the Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast for an in-town getaway!

We Switch to Mighty Leaf Tea

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Breakfast is a big part of being a bed and breakfast and, for us, breakfast is a big deal. Here at Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast inn we strive to serve our guests the very best hearty gourmet breakfast, including local, farm-fresh ingredients and organic products that meet our standards of quality and taste.

A Mighty Leaf Tea Pouch: handcrafted quality to maximize the tea experience

We have now selected Mighty Leaf Tea Company’s artisan teas as our house tea.   Tea connoisseurs know that freshly brewed tea with whole tea leaves has the richest character and Mighty Leaf has created a tea pouch filled with the world’s finest whole tea leaves, herbs, fruits and flavor too big for ordinary tea bags. The pouches themselves are a work of art: handcrafted, silken and biodegradable – stitched with unbleached cotton, no glue or staples.

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America’s Largest and Grandest Open House

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

The Garden Club of Virginia has organized the 78th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia from April 16th through April 23rd, presenting house and garden tours all across the state of Virginia.

Virginians from north, south, in the mountains, and by the sea are opening their doors and gates to welcome visitors to their unforgettable gardens and delightful homes dressed for Spring with fabulous flower arrangements provided by local garden clubs.  Most of the properties welcoming visitors on specific days are privately owned, but the proceeds from this tour support the preservation and restoration of the grounds of more than three dozen of Virginia’s historic landmarks.

Richmond is proud to host tours on Tuesday April 19th, Wednesday April 20th, and Thursday April 21st. Schedule.

78th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia Special in Richmond April 18 - 20. Book today!

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Byrd Theatre hosts 19th Annual French Film Festival

Friday, March 18th, 2011

March 24 – 27, 2011 finds French films at the Byrd Theater in Richmond’s Carytown.

French Film Festival in Richmond VA March 24 - 27

A festival pass is the only way to guarantee you don’t miss anything! Co-Academic sponsors of this festival are the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University designed to promote French language cinema and culture in the US, to bring international attention to Richmond by hosting an internationally recognized French cultural event, and to encourage the study of the French language.

The festival has, over the years, been the medium for numerous North American premiere screenings and even a growing number of world premieres.  The festival showcases a diverse collection of France’s newest films by established, award-winning directors — with the addition of short films by France’s next generation.  The films are followed by a question-and-answer session with those directors and actors present for the screening. For wannabee Francophiles, all films are provided with English subtitles.  It’s a great way to increase your French vocabulary. Here’s the SCHEDULE.

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Blooms Galore and even Orchids at Lewis Ginter

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Early spring blooms are bountiful in Richmond, Virginia: hellebores or Lenten Rose announce the season; star magnolia, redbud, pink “tulip” magnolia, tulips, daffodils, daphne odoro among others dot central Virginia’s best loved gardens with the promise of Spring at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

Magnolia Blooms

Lewis GInter’s Orchids Galore opened at Lewis Ginter on March 12th. More than 2,000 orchids, including 500 museum-quality specimens will be on display until April 10, 2011.  in addition to latest break-throughs like red orchids, visitors will see one of the largest collections on public display in the mid-Atlantic region.  Interpretive signage on loan from the U. S. Botanic Garden will make this a learning opportunity by sharing facts about orchids.  The display includes over-sized alphabet letters decorated with orchids – providing a photo opportunity to get your photo taken with the first letter of your name! (more…)