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Richmond beards invade Denver

In a clash to prove follicle superiority Richmond is putting its faith in seven competitors at the 2016 Great American Beard and Moustache Championships.

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The RVA Beard League are a group of guys and gals that are dedicated to developing creative and in some cases massive facial hair.

There are  competitions all across the country and these folks devote countless hours not only to grooming but to traveling and competing. It all comes do to this week with the Great American Beard and Moustache Championships.

Richmond will be well represented with the six competitors you see above.

RVA Sends 6 to National Beard Competition

The RVA Beard League is proud to send 6 local competitors to the biggest stage- The 2016 Great American Beard and Moustache Championships.  Chad Roberts, Amy Roberts, Patrick Quinn, Katie Quinn, Josh Black, and Johnathan Wakefield will all be heading to the Centennial State at the end of the month for the largest charity facial hair competition the U.S. has ever seen.  The event will feature 21 categories, including 2 where women can get creative and craft their own designs (competitors recognized as Whiskerinas).

“It’s a great opportunity to compete against ladies from all over the world,” Amy Roberts says “It’s also great that this competition has included women, which has never happened in a National or World level previously.”

Chad Roberts, President of the RVA Beard League, is also the President of the North American Competitive Beard and Moustache Alliance (The Alliance), and will serve as a judge for this event.

“There has been so much work put into this by so many people- it’s great to see it come to fruition,” Chad says. “We are taking the best ideas from clubs all over the Nation and rolling it into one amazing event.”

This event is 5 years in the making, and will draw competitors from all over the world.  Friendly rivalries aside, the charities are the real winners at this event.  The Fisher House (to whom the RVA Beard League donated $15,000 to the local chapter at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Beard and Moustache Championships) as well as the Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance will be the recipients of ALL proceeds of this huge event.

“The local/regional competitions we attend give back, but this is a great way to come together and do something big for a local charity and a national one at the same time,” says League VP Josh Black. “All social and competitive aspects aside, the philanthropic aspect is what really brings it home, and we can’t wait to represent Richmond.”

What: The 2016 Great American Beard and Moustache Championships
When: September 24, 2016
Where: Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
More information for the event: www.greatamericanbmc.org

When they’re not working on their beards they are working with various local charities to raise funds.  Most recently they worked with local businesses to collect massive donation of school supplies. If you’ve got an inclination for increasing your facial hair density and doing some good for the community check them out at RVA Beard League. Who knows maybe next year you’ll be on your way to the championship.

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Josh Black and Patrick Quinn donating supplies to Providence Elementary School. – Photo RVA Beard League

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival Dates Announced

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Two of Virginia’s largest and most beloved events return this fall to Downtown Richmond.

The 2nd Street Festival, in partnership with the City of Richmond, is October 1-2, in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.

The Richmond Folk Festival, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the City of Richmond, is October 7-9, along Downtown Richmond’s riverfront.

“Venture Richmond Events is proud to produce these two festivals that have brought so much attention to two Downtown neighborhoods – Jackson Ward and the Riverfront,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events for Venture Richmond. “Both the 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival are economic drivers bringing a combined 200,000+ people Downtown and generating $39.5 million in economic impact annually. With six stages along the Riverfront and four stages in Jackson Ward, these two events that are only a week apart, showcase world class entertainment, food, arts and culture in Downtown.”

The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored in part by: City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., Atlantic Union Bank, Virginia Union University, Brown Distributing, CoStar Group, and Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.

The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored in part by: City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., CarMax, CoStar Group, Brown Distributing, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, Atlantic Union Bank, Virginia is for Lovers, National Council for the Traditional Arts, Center for Cultural Vibrancy, and the Children’s Museum.

Check out pictures from last year’s Folk Festival here.

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Tonight’s Friday Cheers is Cancelled Due to Weather

For tonight’s Friday Cheers ticket holders, your tickets will automatically be refunded by Tickets-to-Buy for the face value within 14 business days of the cancellation notice.

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This is the first time that I can remember that Friday Cheers has pulled the plug due to weather concerns. Understandable due to the forecast of high winds.

Hot off the press release printing press.

For the safety of our patrons, artists and staff we must unfortunately cancel tonight’s Friday Cheers with Japanese Breakfast and Abby Huston. We understand this is a tremendous disappointment, and we share that sentiment.

“We’ve produced hundreds of outdoor events and have hosted hundreds of thousands of patrons, but I don’t believe that we have ever had a more definitive forecast predicting unsafe weather as we have for this evening,” said Lisa Sims, CEO of Venture Richmond. “We have been advised by several meteorologists that severe weather is certain and, frankly, cancelling is our only choice.”

For tonight’s Friday Cheers ticket holders, your tickets will automatically be refunded by Tickets-to-Buy for the face value within 14 business days of the cancellation notice.

Thank you for understanding this difficult decision.

Website: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/friday-cheers-2022/

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Arts on the Lawn returns to Hermitage Richmond for second year May 14th

Open to all residents, families, team members, and community friends who share a love of art and creating.

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Retirement community Hermitage Richmond is hosting its second annual Arts on the Lawn event on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

The event is free and will be held outdoors on Hermitage Richmond’s front lawn at 1600 Westwood Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talent we have here at Hermitage Richmond,” said Amy Chapman, Hermitage Richmond’s Executive Director. “Our resident artists are excited to share their work with the community and invite other artists to do so as well. We want everyone to know that the fine arts are alive and thriving at Hermitage Richmond. It is such a great way to kick off the summer and have our residents and community come together.”

More than 50 local artists and creators will feature their paintings, photography, pottery, fiber art, handmade jewelry, woodwork, and more. All artists will benefit 100% from their sales.

There will also be three food trucks and live music from Chris and Suzi of Thorp Jenson plus GreenSpring International Academy of Music student performers at the event.

Net proceeds at Arts on the Lawn will benefit Hermitage Richmond’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program, which is an evidence-based intergenerational art-making program benefiting people with dementia.

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