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New Year’s Eve at the Byrd

No ball drop but there is family fun still to be had.

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From the Byrd:

The ball may not rise over Carytown on Saturday night, but the Byrd will still host a New Year’s celebration.

The theatre will host a countdown to noon, for patrons and families attending the Saturday Morning Family Classic, An American Tail.

The first 100 children to arrive will receive free cookie coupons from Montana Gold Bread Company. Then following the feature presentation, the crowd will countdown and toast the new year with complimentary organic juice provided by Wegman’s. Box Office opens at 9:30 AM.

All Family Classics enjoy an opening tradition including Warner Bros cartoon and prelude concert from the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Now proudly brewing Lamplighter Roasting Co. Coffee.

Byrd Theatre Family Classics is proud to screen An American Tail, coordinated to celebrate Hanukkah. A Spielberg collaboration with former Disney lead animator, Don Bluth (The Secret of NIMH and Land Before Time), the story follows a family of Jewish mice immigrating to the US.

At the time of release, An American Tail was the highest grossing non-Disney animated film. The film won many accolades, most notably its recognized song “Somewhere Out There”, which won two Grammys, an Academy Award nom and Golden Globe nom.

This will be the final performance at $1.99 admission. Tickets forward increase to $4 beginning with Matilda on January 14.

Family Classics are supported by Capital One, Lamplighter Coffee and Hollyport Ventures.

The Saturday morning series has also been scheduled through March. The full winter special event calendar is available to view and download at byrdtheatrefoundation.com.

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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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Carytown Watermelon Festival Officially Canceled for this Year

The yearly event that brought crowds and piles of watermelon to Carytown is canceled this year due to Covid-19.

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From Carytown Facebook:

Hello Watermelon Lovers! It is with tremendous sadness that we are writing today that the 37th Carytown Watermelon Festival is being postponed. Local and State Covid-19 regulations in our current Phase of re-opening are limiting any open-air events to a maximum of 250 people. Obviously, this event is much larger than that. In addition, it will always be our first priority to ensure the safety of our guests, vendors, sponsors and Carytown merchants. Although this decision is a difficult one, it is in all our best interest to remain healthy, safe and cognizant of those around us who may be affected by having such a festival. If a fall option becomes available to us, we will post accordingly. Thanks for your 37 years of support and we truly look forward to the next Carytown event.

**Please note that pages and events titled Carytown Watermelon Festival 2020 (that 2020 is the key word) keep popping up. We have tried to get this removed, these are SCAM pages and events, please do not share or add yourself as a co-host**

 

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Well known local tattoo artist auctioning off mural of George Floyd adorning Carytown shop

“I didn’t really want to board up my business, but it was recommended so we decided to follow suit,” he says. “After we put it up, I thought, there’s a surface that needs to be decorated. I didn’t want to just write ‘Black Lives Matter’ all over everything. I wanted to create something that was more impactful.”

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The City of Richmond has remained an apex of the evolving Black Lives Matter movement. The city is known for its statues and monuments honoring leaders from the Civil War era, but also its prolific and progressive artist community who have come together to deploy a series of creative and uplifting responses during the past month. This includes the owner of Loose Screw Tattoo, Jesse Smith.

When the rest of his Carytown business neighbors boarded up their storefronts in anticipation of predicted riots and looting, Smith followed recommendations and added plywood to the front of his tattoo shop.

“I didn’t really want to board up my business, but it was recommended so we decided to follow suit,” he says. “After we put it up, I thought, there’s a surface that needs to be decorated. I didn’t want to just write ‘Black Lives Matter’ all over everything. I wanted to create something that was more impactful.”

Smith snagged up a couple of cans of spray paint he had laying around in his garage and headed over to his shop. The mural took four hours in total to complete. His George Floyd portrait is one of many new murals related to the Black Lives Matter movement in Richmond. Other mural artists who have added color to the city include Hamilton Glass, Nico Cathcart, Nils Westergard, Emily Herr, and many other artists who have come together to be a part of the Mending Walls Project. Artists around the country have also marked buildings and landmarks with designs, words, and other calls to action.

Smith’s mural will be up for auction to benefit Mutual Aid Disaster Relief – Richmond (MAD RVA) starting July 7. The network launched in 2018 in response to needs associated with public housing.

“We operate collectively and are primarily functioning as a supply delivery for folks who cannot access medicine, food, cleaning supplies, and other life necessities,” says member Tamanna Sohal.

MAD RVA also has a mini-grants program that provides communty members with direct financial aid of up to $125, prioritizing Richmonders who are Black, brown, queer, trans, immuno-compromised, elderly, pregnant, and/or have several people in their household. All funds raised are redistributed through items for their supply drive and mini-grants.

The auction is presented by the Giving Arts Foundation (GAF), founded by Smith. The mission of GAF is to unite the arts community to support urgent and meaningful causes locally and internationally.

Learn more about MAD RVA here.

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Carytown’s Need Supply Co. permanently winding down operations

The retailer was once listed among Richmond’s 25 fastest growing businesses and is yet another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Need Supply Co., a clothier that’s been a fixture of Carytown since the 1990s, will permanently shutter due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The company, which sells both its house-brand items and other brands, has a retail store in Carytown, online operations, and headquarters and warehouse facilities in Scott’s Addition and Sandston.

“Need Supply has made the difficult decision to wind-down its business and operations in an orderly fashion” said attorney Corey Booker of Whiteford, Taylory & Preston, who is representing Need and it’s parent company, NSTO. Booker declined to comment further.

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