Archive for the ‘Richmond Museum Exhibits and Shows’ Category

Edgar Allan Poe and Detective Fiction In Richmond VA

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

One of today’s most popular literary and cinematic genres, Detective Fiction was born 170 years ago. It is hard to believe but “Detective Fiction” first appeared in the April 1841 issue of Graham’s Magazine, with the publication of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” This was the first of three of Poe’s tales to feature C. Auguste Dupin, the very first fictional sleuth. What to call this new literary genre? Poe called these stories “Tales of Ratiocination” after all, the word “detective” had not yet entered the English language,

Poe: The Birth of Mystery through June 23, 2011

The impact of Poe’s development of the idea of a story with a plot that revolves around a highly intelligent character’s ingenious solution to a mystery can be found in Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Adrian Monk, and even Scooby Doo. We might never have heard of these characters if it were not for Poe! Poe developed a number of popular detective story subgenres as well, including True Crime (“The Mystery of Marie Roget”), the “Locked-Door” mystery (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”), the treasure hunt mystery (“The Gold-Bug”), and the comic detective story (“Thou Art the Man”). Poe was so acclaimed for his inventive contributions to the genre that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, wrote, “Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?”

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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…)

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.

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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!