Archive for March, 2011

Mixing Wine and Picasso

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ own Robin Nicholson will provide an exclusive talk and tour of “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso: Paris” followed by a tasting of six Spanish wines Friday March 18th from 6PM to 8PM – and, again on March 25. Robin Nicholson is the Deputy Director of Art and Education and will steer guests through the exhibition and provide insight and commentary.  The wine tasting will be conducted by Harry Tatian of Country Vintners.  Tasting is focusing on Spanish wines as a homage to Picasso’s birthplace: Malaga on the southern coast of Spain and feature both reds and whites.  Tickets are $50 for non-members and only $28 for members. Tickets for this special treat on either March 18 or Friday March 25 are available on line or by calling (804) 340-1400 and ask for the Art of Spanish Wine! Enjoy!

Register NOW for “Full Moon Hike” at Maymont

Monday, March 14th, 2011

March 17 is the last day to register for Maymont’s “Full Moon Hike.”

Maymont "By the Light of the Moon" March 18

The hike is scheduled for Friday March 18, 2011 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and will permit registered attendees to experience Maymont “by the light of the silvery moon!” One of Maymont’s horticulturists will point out selected trees and plants and share horticulture facts at designated stops along the hike. First walk along Dooley CReek to the Japanese Garden, then head up to the Italian Garden and its magical architectural details in the evening light. Then its off to the Stone Barn for refreshments.  The evening ends with a stroll past the Maymont Mansion and then back to the Nature Center.


Tip of the Week – Potatoes

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Potatoes – We all love potatoes, well at least  I do!  However, I try to limit consumption based on calories (168) and carbs (35g.), I found an alternative is to do a 2 to 1 ratio of potatoes to parsnips (114 calories, 27g. carbs and twice the fiber).


Maymont Institutes Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Do you have a smartphone?  If you do, Maymont has started a smartphone scavenger hunt!

Visits to Maymont have a Technology Focus

Maymont is a city park, former home of Major James Dooley and his wife, Sallie.  The house itself is built in the style of the Newport RI “cottages” or mansions, though on a slightly smaller scale.  This scavenger hunt, called the Seven Wonders of Maymont, encourages visitors to explore the entire park.  You’ll have to check in at seven locations: The Nature Center, Children’s Farm, Birds of Prey, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, Carriage House, and yes – even the Mansion itself.  If you visit with your friends, BUMP phones with them to get extra points.  Other additional points can be gained by fulfilling challenges like taking photos like doing yoga in the Japanese Garden, or uploading comments like making animal noises at the farm, or scanning QR codes strategically placed around the grounds and features.

The SCVNGR app also lets you create challenges to share.  So you have to download the SCVNGR app and a bar code scanning app to fully participate.  To begin using SCVNGR, a smartphone application that combines the social media aspects of FourSquare with a scavenger hunt, a barcode is input into your phone at the visitor’s center at the mansion.  So, check in and add an element of technology to your visit to Richmond’s  Gilded Age.

Maymont is just down Meadow Street from the historic Fan District, that turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th, that is) neighborhood with residential uses, shopping, galleries, and neighborhood eateries.  The Fan is also home to Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, home of the hearty gourmet breakfast.  It’s definitely “a better way to stay” that lets you experience local life in Richmond’s foremost neighborhood. And, we’re not the B&B of yesteryear, we have free Wi-Fi and all the amenities today’s travelers have come to expect!

Kodo Drummers of Japan in Richmond

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

On March 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM the Landmark Theater comes alive with the beat of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko. Kodo both preserves and reinterprets traditional Japanese performing arts.

Kodo Drummers of Japan in Richmond March 17

The Kodo Drummers have lived on Sado Island; the source of their inspiration and creativity, since 1971.  This concert at Richmond’s Landmark Theater is part of Kodo’s “One Earth” and 30th anniversary tour.  Through the ‘One Earth Tour,’ the Kodo Drummers continue to bring the sound of the Japanese drum to the ears of the world.  The taiko’s unique ability to transcend the barriers of language and custom reminds listeners that we all are members of that larger community– the world.

Here’s what critics have to say about Kodo

“Traditional rituals recast as theater, and contemporary thoughts about ancient instruments both figure in Kodo’s performance, which includes ancient and modern compositions. Yet with tense, angular postures, with stylized, frozen gestures and, in one playful piece, with animal-like scampering and slithering, Kodo reminds its audience that, above all, its music is a matter of flesh and blood, wood and stretched skin. Kodo can raise the roof, but the group can also show extraordinary finesse.”   The New York Times

“Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world.”  Boston Globe

The Landmark Theater is located at 6 N. Laurel Street, near Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus, and just three blocks from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast inn.