Archive for March, 2011

Music from James Bond Movies

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Who can forget the theme from Goldfinger? or Casino Royale? or any of those highly action-packed movies featuring the fictional James Bond, 007, his bevy of beautiful women. and their adventures?

Music from James Bond Movies March 12 Richmond Virginia

The Richmond Symphony will perform music from the James Bond movies on Saturday March 12 at the Carpenter Theater of Richmond’s CenterStage starting at 8 PM.  It’s all part of the Symphony Pops series sponsored by Genworth Financial.  You’ll be “shaken and stirred” by the powerful music that is the signature of the James Bond movies and the leading character 007.  Tickets are available on line through Ticketmaster or can be purchased at the box office at 600 E Grace Street. Discounts are available to seniors over 65, patrons under 18, and a special college student at-the-door ticket with a valid college id.

Don’t miss it!  Make it an evening by making a reservation for dinner at any of Richmond’s downtown restaurants!

Automotive Sizzle and Technology Meet at Richmond Auto Show

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

The Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show takes over the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Friday March 11 and extends through Sunday March 13th.

Ferraris take center stage at 2011 Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show

Sizzle comes in the form of a collection of Ferrari’s complete with their snazzy looks, high speed, and high price tag.  The Ferrari’s are being shown by Ferraris on the Vine.  And, there’s the opportunity to explore the new or redesigned 2011 models of  Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, Dodge Durango, Ford F-150, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia Denali, Honda CR-Z Hybrid, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Equus, Hyundai Sonta Hybrid, Jaguar XJ, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus LS, Mazda2, Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet, Scion tC, Subaru WRX, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Sienna, Volvo C70, and Volvo S60. 2012 Pre-Production models of Ford’s Focus and Mustang Boss, Buick LaCrosse eAssist and Verano, and Chevrolet’s Sonic and Camaro Convertible will be on display.

If ever-escalating gasoline prices have you looking for a vehicle with alternative fuel options, the Plug-In Volt and an assortment of Gas/Electric hybrids will be on the floor including those by Cadillac, Ford, GMC, Honda, Lexus, Mercedes, and Toyota.  Best of all, they are all in one place so you can compare without driving from dealer to dealer.


Spring is here at the inn

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The gardens around the inn are starting to spring to life! On Friday morning the daffodils started blooming.  Signs of spring are all around, the daffodils joined the Cornelian Cherry that had been showing its yellow buds and blooms for several days.  The star magnolias have started showing their white blooms as well, particularly those branches that are in the sun.  There are two of these trees in the garden at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast and they are among the early bloomers – blooms which will be followed by bright green leaves.  The blooms generally last only a few days; the spring rains drive the petals to the ground.  So, we relish in the days we can enjoy their splendor!

The daphne odoro just outside the kitchen door are in bloom and their lovely fragrance fills the air in the west garden near the wellhouse.  And, of course, the warm days and cool nights have perked up the pansies in the planting beds.  So plan a spring visit to Richmond, enjoy the gardens at Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast and take advantage of pleasant weather and all the cultural and historical activities and events in central Virginia!

Leather Leaf Mahonia sets its blooms, soon they will be berries! Not edible, of course!

Catch them while you can! Star Magnolia in bloom!

Daphne Odoro in bloom by the kitchen door!

Daffodils SPRING to life in the garden

March is the Month of the Irish

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Shamrocks, shillelaghs, and Celtic music are on tap for March in Richmond, Virginia.  St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are on the calendar, and, if you happen to be in Richmond, you might want to check these out!

Irish on Tap in Richmond VA in March

On Tuesday March 29th at 7:30 PM, Celtic Woman, a musical ensemble consisting of five Irish female artists: vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lynn Hilary, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt, will appear at the Landmark Theater in Richmond’s historic Fan District as part of their international Songs from the Heart Tour.  The group’s repertoire ranges from traditional Celtic tunes to modern songs.  Celtic Woman has won over its fans from viewers of their PBS shows and from word-of-mouth of excited fans. They have sold over 6 million CDs/DVDs and performed for over 1.2 million people.  It may be later in the month than St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s worth catching!  Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

Shillelaghs and  bagpipes are bound to be on hand for the Church Hill Irish Festival on Saturday March 26 and Sunday March 27, celebrating 26 years of Irish Heritage.  The band schedule hasn’t been posted yet but includes local favorites and Irish favorites as well. Other entertainment and family fun is in the works, as well as Irish vendors with their crafts and wares. INFO.  You might want to save the weekend!

Shockoe Bottom hosts Shamrock the Block on Saturday March 12 between noon and 6 PM at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market. There is no admission fee to attend the festival which features great food and live music all day – along with green beverages so be safe and designate a driver!  This is the first outdoor event of the season and last year 25,000 folks attended!  The LATEST!

The 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party takes place March 19 & 20 at Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant between 11:30 AM and 1:00 AM.  Sine is located at 1327 East Cary Street in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip and will feature live music and DJ James spinning tunes in the Patio Pub!

On Thursday March 17th, the real St. Patrick’s Day, O’Toole’s Restaurant and Pub at 4800 Forest Hill Avenue will offer live bagpipers, traditional Irish dishes, dinner and beverage specials, and five live Celtic Bands.

Also in Thursday, March 17th, world-class Celtic rock band, Enter the Haggis, performs at Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond at 623 E Main Street.  Experience the Irish!


Richmond Symphony Masterworks March 5 and 6

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 is on the program for the Richmond Symphony on Saturday March 5 at 8PM and Sunday March 6 at 3PM at Richmond’s Center Stage Carpenter Theatre, 600 East Grace Street.

Richmond Symphony's Masterworks Series Continues March 5 and 6

This concert is part of the Masterworks series sponsored by Altria.  Symphony No. 6 is the last symphony by the famed composer written between February and the end of August 1893.  Tchaikovsky led the first performance of the piece in St Petersburg October 28, 1893 just nine days before his death.  The second performance, as a memorial concert, was conducted by Eduard Napravnik in November, 21 days later.  The second performance included some corrections that Tchaikovsky had made after the premiere – the work as it is known and heard today.

The Richmond Symphony’s Masterworks Series has been crafted with the classical music explorer in mind, featuring works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Brahms.  One hour before the curtain raises on the concert, there will be a Pre-Concert Talk to discuss Tchaikovsky’s work and the message of his music. The concert will feature Tom Hooten on trumpet and Steven Smith as conductor. Attending the performance also permits you to see the 1,800 seat Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage as it has been restored but in keeping with its Old World feel.   Don’t miss the tile murals of the parrots and the handmade parrot that has perched in the lobby since the theater first opened in 1928 – or the repainted midnight sky ceiling (an element of the original theater design.) TICKETS.

Downtown Richmond has events and happenings to entertain and to educate residents and visitors alike.  When your plans include a visit to Richmond or central Virginia, take advantage of all the area has to offer! And, to stay “in the middle of it all,” check out Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast – truly “a better way to stay.”