The Wrap: Bunnies, Owls, Ospreys, and Eskimo Pies plus Mother’s Day events and more

The Wrap: Bunnies, Owls, Ospreys, and Eskimo Pies plus Mother’s Day events and more

Get caught up on the week’s top headlines, find something fun to do with Mom this weekend, learn the five things you need to know, and more with The Wrap!

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The week in brief

Good rainy afternoon, faithful Wrap subscribers. We’ve made it to the end of yet another wet week, which is good news for the little garden in our tiny Fan backyard, but bad news for our weekend plans. Fret not, though, for multiple reasons! For one, Mother’s Day looks like it’s going to be beautiful. Second of all, Friday Cheers is tonight and it’s rain or shine (break out your galoshes!). Thirdly, we’ve got ideas for things to do with mom both inside and out, so all your bases are covered. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Con Brio and Red Baraat take the stage for week two of Friday Cheers tonight down on Brown’s Island. Yes, you may need those rain boots, but I’ve been to multiple shows (and the Richmond Folk Festival) down there in the rain before and I can tell you it’s still totally worth it. Grab your raincoat and have some beer and you’ll have a blast. These two bands are sure to keep you on your feet all night too–expect lots of funk, soul, electronic elements; a little bit of everything. Check out our preview of tonights performances from contributor Scott Castro and listen to both bands right here.

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and if you haven’t made a lunch or dinner reservation for mom yet, well, you’ll probably be laughed at like the two toy store employees who laugh at Arnold Schwarzenegger looking for the sold out Turbo Man action figure in Jingle All The Way. But I digress. That said, there is so much to do with mom this weekend! Why not take her to the Museum District Garden Tour, or maybe a smooth jazz concert at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden? We have a bunch of ideas in our Weekend Event Picks. Take a look right here.

Did you hear about the massive new indoor rock climbing gym coming to the West End towards the end of the year? Triangle Rock Club (which sounds more like a music venue than a gym) is opening their first location in Virginia in the former Richmond Athletic Club space. It’ll be the second largest of its kind in the Commonwealth once the place builds its second phase in 2018. There will be a gym with cardio equipment and a yoga room, among other things. Sounds pretty cool.

Onto animals! Here’s some news you otter read. Otters are coming back to Maymont! It’s true. Get all the details here. We’ve also got a cool video that was sent into us of barred owls feeding in Woodland Heights. It’s a little gruesome, but way cool. Hey, nature is like that sometimes. Remember that contest to name the pair of ospreys nesting on the James River (and stars of the Richmond Osprey Cam)? The selection has been narrowed down to five finalists. You can vote on a name for the feathery couple over here. Are your pets up to date on their rabies vaccination? If not, you probably know it’s a good idea, but it’s also the law. You can do so for just $10 next weekend. Here’s what you need to know.

In not-so-real animal news, new Fan restaurant Flora is missing their pink bunny mascot. Someone (I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume they were intoxicated) swiped the figure from the restaurant, and the owners are hopping mad. Help them bring it home.

In other restaurant news, a new Mellow Mushroom location has opened in Short Pump, a Greek reboot is on the way to The Fan, and David Shannon is stepping out of the kitchen at L’Opossum. Details on these stories and more in our Weekly Food News roundup. Richard Hayes has all you can drink when it comes to beer news in our RVA Beer Explorer, too.

Did you know all the ties Richmond had to the famous Eskimo Pie? How about the fact that there was an entire Eskimo Pie building? It still exists! Get the scoop in this week’s fascinating edition of Must-See RVA, our look at historic buildings that are still part of our landscape.

Five things to know

  1. Former Richmond musician D.J. Williams is allegedly being detained in the Middle East, and there’s a crowdfunding campaign to lend a hand.
  2. Five RPS schools were named among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Find out which ones.
  3. You can try a beer that was concocted by Randolph Macon microbiology students at Origin Beer Lab in Ashland tonight.
  4. The Richmond Federal Appeals Court heard arguments earlier this week on President Trump’s travel ban, and it was a media (and protest) frenzy.
  5. Bell Biv Devoe is coming to Richmond, y’all!

Make it a great weekend!

Trevor Dickerson, Editor



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