Archive for April, 2011

Richmond’s Easter on Parade April 24

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Easter Sunday brings out that Richmond favorite Easter on Parade.  Not a parade like you would normally expect, where bands and marchers march up the parade route! NO! Here in Richmond Virginia we do it a little differently; you’ll find bands and acts stationary on peoples’ porches along Monument Avenue. Parade go-ers parade up and down Monument Avenue taking part in all the festivities. Instead of an Easter Parade, we call it Easter on Parade – and it’s FREE!.

Monument Avenue's Easter on Parade April 24

Parade site is located on Monument Avenue between Allen and Davis Avenues, between the Robert E Lee and Jefferson Davis monuments.

It’s one of the most beloved of Richmond traditions. Each year more than 25,000 people converge on the four-block site to celebrate the arrival of spring and the beauty of Monument Avenue, taking this once-a-year opportunity to stroll in the streets with cars absent and removed. Music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, food, balloon artistry, a petting zoo, and of course, people and pet watching are all part of the celebration. This is a parade for all Richmonders and visitors to Richmond to come out and participate! Wear a hat or even an entire costume! There’s a hat contest so you better start making yours now.

If you happen to be in town for Easter, take part in this event and remember that the Fan district’s premier bed and breakfast inn is located just a short stroll – a few blocks – from Allen and Monument, giving you the perfect spot to stay and enjoy Easter in Virginia’s capitol city. The William Miller House is known for its hearty gourmet breakfast and it would be a great way to start your day with a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast to power a stroll up and down Monument Avenue!


Neil Young Solo Tour in Richmond April 17

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Legendary rocker Neil Young comes to Richmond’s Landmark Theater on Sunday April 17 as part of his Spring Solo Tour.

Neil Young at the Landmark in Richmond April 17

Young will include songs from his currently acclaimed album, Le Noise, as well as his classic material in both acoustic and electric settings.  Neil recently won his second-ever Grammy for “Best Rock Song” for “Angry World,” a track from Le Noise, which was nominated for Best Rock Album. Neil Young has invited British folk legend Bert Jansch as support for his appearance here in Richmond. Tickets are available from TicketMaster .

Neil Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He then forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 40 years and 34 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

Richmond Forum: David Blaine

Friday, April 15th, 2011

David Blaine is “Pushing the Limits of Human Endurance” as part of Richmond’s Forum on Saturday, April 16 at 8 PM. Blaine will discuss his endurance stunts and love of magic at the Landmark Theater at 6 N Laurel Street in Richmond’s historic Fan District.  Individual tickets are $36 to $70 but are limited so call the Forum office (804) 330-3993 for availability.

David Blaine Magic Endurance Stunts

Originally conceived by members of the First Unitarian Church in Richmond in 1964, the Richmond Public Forum brought internationally and nationally known speakers to Richmond to enlighten, educate, and entertain audiences. Speakers included notables like Henry Kissinger, Shirley Chisholm, and Moshe Dayan – to name a few. In 1980, after 16 years, the Forum ceased operations. In 1986, the Richmond Forum revived as a nonprofit educational organization presenting Ted Koppel, ABC news journalist, as its first program. For over twenty years, The Richmond Forum has presented and produced programs that stimulate, inspire, and inform its patrons.  Many of which have been “one and only” type events – available no where else. Tickets are available on a subscription basis, but often single event tickets are available.

The Landmark Theater opened in 1927 after seven years of planning and two years of construction. The theater was purchased by the City of Richmond from the Shriners in 1940 and the City embarked on a renovation to restore its splendor in 1994/5. Some of America’s greatest entertainers have appeared on stage beneath its towering minarets and desert murals. The Landmark is also home to the Broadway in Richmond series, featuring Broadway plays and musicals.

The Landmark Theater, at 6 N. Laurel Street, is within walking distance, just blocks from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, located in the historic Fan District. When events at the Landmark are on your schedule, make an overnight at our urban inn part of the plans for a very special treat.


Spring is here! It’s Garden Week in Virginia!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Spring is definitely here in Richmond Virginia.  Azaleas, dogwoods, irises and other mid-Spring blooms are evident everywhere in Richmond’s historic Fan District.  Our urban yard is also showing signs of spring.  Here, at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, azaleas, camellia, and even our front-and-center dogwood are in their glory.  The weather is milder and porch-sitting, despite the pollen, is back in season – as is relaxing in the courtyard garden.

Here’s the latest blooms in our garden:

Azaleas show their color

Dogwood welcomes guests at Richmond's premier bed and breakfast

Bottlebrush, anyone?

But, this weekend begins Historic Garden Week in Virginia, with homes and gardens across Virginia open to ticketholders.  Often termed America’s Largest and Grandest Open House, Garden Week features tours in Richmond on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Information. So make your plans and y’all come!


Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Virginia’s First Lady Plants First-Ever Grapevines in the Executive Mansion Garden

First Lady Maureen McDonnell with help

In commemoration of Virginia Wine Week-Love by the Glass, as well as Acte 12 of Jamestown Requiring Settlers to Plant and Tend Grapevines, First Lady Maureen McDonnell planted 10 Chambourcin grapevines in the garden of the Executive Mansion in late March.  She was assisted by Jason Tesauro, Chief Sommelier and National Sales Director and Luca Paschina, General Manager and Winemaker at Barboursville Vineyards; Lucie Morton, nationally renowned viticulturist and vineyard consultant; Mansion Chef Todd Schneider; and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore. (Pictured left to right with First Lady.)

The vines are being planted with the intent that they will be flourishing for the Executive Mansion’s two hundred anniversary in 2013. Completed in 1813, the Virginia Governor’s Mansion is the oldest continually occupied residence in the United States. It is unique beyond its vast history as no other historic house belongs to the people of Virginia; no other has been home to a procession of fifty-four governors and their families; and no other serves as both residence of the Commonwealth’s chief executive and a place of official business. The grapevine planting is among a number of special activities that will commemorate its rich history.

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