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Broadway in Richmond 2012-13 Season Announced

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The recent run of “the Lion King” drew 96,000 people to Richmond’s Landmark Theater. That success is driving the 2012-13 Broadway in Richmond series to bring top-notch productions to Richmond. The season opens in November and includes 5 shows with universal appeal.  The season opens November 27th with Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” which will run through December 2.

Landmark Theater - Home to the 2012-13 Broadway in Richmond Series

“Billy Elliott, the Musical” follows February 1 through 3rd. Elton John provided the musical score for the story about a young boy from a mining community who gives up his boxing gloves to become a ballet dancer – changing his life, his family dynamic, and, even, his community.

“Mary Poppins” opens on February 19 with its new dance numbers and stagecraft – but it ends February 24th.

The 25th anniversary production of “les Miserables” begins March 26 and runs through March 31. This performance will feature new staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by paintings of Victor Hugo.

May 10 and 11th will feature “West Side Story,” one of the greatest love stories of all time.

Five-show subscription tickets are $200 to $335. Individual tickets will go on sale in the fall. All performances will be at the Landmark Theater, 6 N Laurel Street, in the historic Fan District.

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 Richmond Forum, featuring topics to stimulate and inspire.

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. INFO on Broadway in Richmond!

Culinary Walking Tour Visits Fan District Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

To start their 2012 tours, Real Richmond Food Tours and More offered their VCU: Alternative Eats tour to a sold out crowd on a bright, crisp Saturday afternoon January 14th.  Maureen and Susan, tour hosts, take ticket holders on a mile and a half walk through Richmond’s culture, architecture, history – and, naturally Richmond’s food scene.  The tours feature at least seven different areas of the city, seven totally different tours. But, even the same tour experienced several times provides a very different perspective by stopping in different eateries along the way.  Tours are rotated so not all areas are available at the same time.

Today’s tour began at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, in the heart of the Fan, just a block from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus. After a quick briefing about the house, the two guest rooms, and William Miller (the marble carver who built the house in 1869), the group visited the dining room where breakfast is served to guests and the wine room where beverages and hors d’oeuvres are available for guests in the evening as they make their dinner plans.  Pat and Mike explained they began renovations in 1996 (still on-going, an old house is never done!) and opened as an urban inn/bed and breakfast in 2000. Then to the inn’s best feature – the Kitchen, where gourmet breakfasts are prepared for guests!


All Decked Out for Christmas

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

This year instead of trying to decorate all at once, I decided to attempt decorating in layers instead of trying to do it all at once. The tip worked well for me here at the Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast. Thanksgiving weekend was warm, so I started with outside decorations, get them up wearing short-sleeves is the way to go!

Welcome to The Fan's Premier Bed and BreakfastThis year may be the last year for this particular garland around our front door – lights are functioning a little quirky so I added some extra to make sure they would be bright all season. A natural wreath with a bright bow greets guests at the front gate and the garland and wreath at the front door reinforce my preference for slightly nontraditional colors: instead of red – use purple and fuschia, instead of green – use lime, and accent it all with bright gold and lights.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.  Of course, we have candles in the windows – but the ones in our guest rooms’ windows turn off at 9 PM so they don’t disturb our guests.

Come right on in! We're ready for the holidays!


This weekend, December 10 and 11, just happened to be the weekend of the Fan District Association of Richmond’s 49th Annual Holiday House Tour.  Most of the houses were within a short few blocks walk of the William Miller House and we are delighted that guests came from far and wide to enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition that is the sole fundraising event for neighborhood improvement projects. Guests from Easton MD visited tour homes for the third time. The record goes to a mother-daughter team who have been visiting the Fan for eight years now to check out the architecture, the individual interior design, and each homeowner’s interpretation of holiday decorations.


Neighborhood School Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

William F. Fox School, the elementary school, serving the Fan neighborhood, was dedicated in 1911.

Fan's own Fox School Celebrates 100 Years

In honor of its 100th anniversary the school is hosting a Reunion Open House on Sunday, November 6, 2011 between 2 PM and 5 PM. Fox School is located at 2300 Hanover Avenue.  Everyone is invited to the celebration, especially former students, teachers and parents! Photos, autograph books, diplomas, and report cards (some dating to 1911) will be on display. A short program is planned for 3 PM in the auditorium. A slideshow and video will be shown in the school library.  Refreshments will be served in the Fox Cafe in the cafeteria.

The afternoon is sure to be a fun celebration of childhood –  exploring old stompin’ grounds, catching up with former friends and teachers, snacking on refreshments, and reminiscing about the good old days!  So make your plans now and mark the date November 6th on your calendar.  You’re not going to want to miss this!

Kitchen and Garden Tour May 1

Monday, April 18th, 2011

If you can’t catch one of the Richmond tours during Historic Garden Week, there’s always the Fan Woman’s Club Annual Kitchen and Garden Tour.

Kitchen and Garden Tour in Richmond's historic Fan District May 1 2011 1-6 PM

This year’s theme, Urban Delights, offers a diverse selection of homes and gardens in Richmond’s historic Fan District. Discover how urban homeowners maximize every inch of space both inside and outside their homes. See how each home has been personalized by its owners who focus on blending historic architectural details with the functionality required by modern families.  The tour features homes across the length of the Fan District, from the 1400-block of Grove to the Boulevard.

The Fan Woman’s Club organizes this tour each spring as its primary fundraiser to support its grants to neighborhood non-profit organizations and its neighborhood improvement activities.  The woman’s club has upgraded park facilities with new benches and plantings and funded new period-appropriate street litter receptacles.  Houses are staffed by volunteers and neighborhood businesses sponsor the event.

The Historic Fan District is an 85-block turn of the century (19th to 20th, that is) residential neighborhood, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as the largest intact Victorian neighborhood in the United States. It takes its name from its tree-lined avenues and streets that “fan out” from Monroe Park, adjacent to the academic campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Best described as architecturally diverse, the over 2,300 classic town homes feature bay windows, turrets, high ceilings, parquet oak and pine floors, mahogany woodwork, stained and leaded glass, and varied porch and balcony designs. Most homes are brick or brick and brownstone.

At the east end of the Fan, close to Monroe Park, sits a unique clapboard residence on a large corner lot.  Completed before the area gained popularity in 1869, on a parcel purchased in 1862, it is now Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast known for its hearty gourmet breakfasts. A stay in our urban inn is a better way to stay: to experience the Fan neighborhood like a local, to dine in neighborhood eateries, and to enjoy live theater, neighborhood entertainment and nearby museums and attractions.