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Registration now open for Virginia Senior Games, to be held in Henrico County this May

The games will be held May 10th through the 13th and will feature a wide array of athletic and non-athletic events alike.

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From Henrico Recreation & Parks:

“Life Begins at 50 with Fitness and Gold!” This is what the Virginia Senior Games are all about as they enter their 39th year of promoting healthy lifestyles for Virginia residents! Presented annually by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, the 2017 games, to be held May 10-13, are being hosted by Henrico County Recreation & Parks. Interested participants can register online through April 15. Those who register by February 28 will receive a discounted administration fee!

Virginia Senior Games strive to provide something for everyone 50 and better! From swimming to tennis, events are chosen to include the non-athletic as well as the athletic, to accommodate all skill levels, and to promote an atmosphere of competition and fun. The games attract more than 1,000 senior athletes who compete in Olympic-style events for Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. This year’s events include Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Billiards, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Miniature Golf, Pickleball, Racquetball, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.

The Virginia Senior Games is a qualifying competition for the National Senior Games, which take place every other year. VSG is also an open event, so that no scores or times are required for entry.  Athletes can compete in multiple sports, and out-of-state sportspersons are welcome.  Competition adheres to National Senior Games rules, and medals are awarded in each age category (5-year increments).  Additionally, athletes and their guests are treated to an annual Athletes’ Party and Wellness Fair, based on a new festive theme each year and offering activities, musical entertainment, and snacks, all in keeping with a showcase for services and resources for healthy lifestyles in Virginia.

To learn more about Virginia Senior Games, visit the event website.

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Just in case you haven’t gotten your fill of firework pictures.

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Richmond Folk Festival announces first group of artists for 2022 festival

The Richmond Folk Festival returns October 7-9, 2022, and celebrates its 18th anniversary, having become one of Virginia’s largest events

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The Richmond Folk Festival returns October 7-9, 2022, and celebrates its 18th anniversary, having become one of Virginia’s largest events. The beloved festival draws fans each year to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food.

The free, three-day event hosts 200,000 people over the weekend and is presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program, the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 performing groups from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces eight artists of what will once again be a culturally diverse and impressive program.

“We are looking forward to showcasing downtown Richmond’s ever-changing riverfront once again for a beautiful weekend of music, dance, food, and crafts with the James River and our city skyline as the perfect backdrop,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events at Venture Richmond. “This event holds a special place in the hearts of so many, and year 18 is shaping up to be one of the best.”

Artists to be featured at the 2022 Richmond Folk Festival include:

Beòloach (Cape Breton)
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Black Umfolosi (a cappella imbube singing)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Bnat el Houariyat & Esraa Warda (Moroccan chaabi women’s ensemble)
Marrakech, Morocco, and New York, New York

Cedric Burnside (hill country blues)
Holly Springs, Mississippi

Fran Grace (sacred steel guitar)
Toledo, Ohio

Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago (pungmul and samulnori)
Chicago, Illinois

Sideline (bluegrass)
Raleigh, North Carolina

Son Rompe Pera (Mexican marimba)
Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico

Festival Hours

  • Friday, October 7 — 6:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday, October 8 — 12:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Sunday, October 9 — 12:00pm – 6:00pm

More information on the festival and additional artists performing will follow later this summer.

For more information about the Richmond Folk Festival, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org.

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Field Day RVA event benefiting Higher Achievement returns after two-year hiatus

Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks.

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Field Day RVA, a community fundraising event for the nonprofit organization Higher Achievement, presented by BrownGreer, is set to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. The event took a two-year pause due to the pandemic and has returned to the Richmond community this year.

The day-long event takes place at the Bon Secours Training Center, formerly known as the Washington Redskins Training Camp, located at 2401 West Leigh Street. Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks. Previous years have been in attendance by Mayor Levar Stoney, Dominion Energy, ABC News teams, and community members all throughout Richmond.

“We were disappointed when our 2020 and 2021 events had to be postponed, but could not be more thrilled to be back this year. Higher Achievement Richmond has profound impacts on the middle school scholars within Richmond, and this event is a great way to support our mission,” said Katey Comerford, Executive Director for Higher Achievement Richmond.

To attend Field Day RVA 2022, individuals can register at fielddayrva.eventbrite.com.

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