The Wrap: A million Richmond events, Facebook invests in Henrico, and new seats at The Byrd

The Wrap: A million Richmond events, Facebook invests in Henrico, and new seats at The Byrd

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

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The week in brief

Good afternoon Wrappers! We’ve come to the end of another week. Take advantage of this absolutely gorgeous weather today, tonight, and tomorrow. There are so many events going on over the next few days it’s truly incredible. If you’re bored in this town in the summer or fall, you’re just not trying hard enough. We’ve got a lot of great options for you in our Weekend Event Picks below (and another giveaway to one of them, too!).

This weekend we’ve got the 2nd Street Festival, Powhatan Festival of the Grape, RVA MakerFest, the final weekend of the State Fair of Virginia, Barktoberfest, Bark in the Park, Hogtober, the Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival, and I’m sure a few more that I missed both here and in our Weekend Event Picks because my head is spinning. Get out and enjoy it all before we (potentially) get some rain from Hurricane Nate on Sunday.

There are also plenty of beer releases and brewery events this weekend, too–like there always are. Richard’s got you covered with his RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks. What new restaurants should you go check out? We’ve got you covered there, too, in our Weekly Food News.

Facebook and Governor McAuliffe announced plans earlier this week to invest over $750 million into a new data center in Henrico’s East End–specifically the White Oak Technology Park. The deal will see the construction of a 970,000-square-foot facility, the creation of about 100 new jobs, and a $250 million investment in solar energy to power the project. Once online, the data center will be powered by 100% renewable energy, which is great. The data center could also be one of Henrico’s biggest taxpayers, despite the county’s recent 90% reduction in taxes on data centers, meant to lure major players such as Facebook to the technology park. Facebook’s new building will also be one of the county’s largest, if not the largest, single users of water, consuming over 3.5 million gallons of water daily to cool the servers. No word on whether any or all of the water will be reused.

Want to make a difference in the lives of students and teachers in our area? The Museum District Association is seeking a few good eggs willing to deliver treats to teachers at Albert Hill Middle and Thomas Jefferson High Schools three times over the course of the school year. Here’s how you can help!

As the Richmond area grows, leaders in Henrico County are beginning to think about how they should prioritize upgrades and expansions to the county’s transit infrastructure. Want to be part of the conversation? There are two more upcoming meetings you should consider attending. Here’s what’s at stake.

With the recent Equifax breach, cybersecurity and hacking are on the minds of a lot of people–and breaches are happening more and more often in our increasingly digital world. We talked to the folks from the Virginia Bankers Association about some steps you can take to protect yourself–simple ones, at that–during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month right here.

I’ve lived in Richmond my entire life, and I learn new things weekly from the awesome history series we run, written by contributor Steve Smith of RocketWerks. In today’s Must-See RVA feature, he gives us a look at the Manchester Canal. That’s right–we have two! You already know about the Kanawha Canal that runs through Brown’s Island and continues westward, but there’s another on the south side of the river. Check it out!

Photo: BOHO Cycle Studio

Five things to know

  1. Henrico has its own Restaurant Week, and it kicks off Saturday. Here’s where to eat and who it benefits.
  2. Venture Richmond has tapped a current city tourism leader to fill a Deputy Director role left vacant after Lisa Sims became the major local nonprofit’s Executive Director.
  3. The first major portion of new seating has been installed at The Byrd Theatre, and the historic movie palace is celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony tonight.
  4. Local cycling business BOHO Cycle Studio is pedaling up Church Hill for a second location, set to open later this month.
  5. The city is considering implementing an exotic pet registry, and, per usual, Richard’s got jokes about our favorite headline of the week, in LEGO form no less.


We did it last week, and we’re doing it again! We’ve got more tickets to give away to Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape, which returns tomorrow, Saturday, October 7th on the grounds of the historic Powhatan County Courthouse. There will be over 20 wineries represented, along with live entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and more.

Wanna go? We’ve got one more pair of tickets to give away! Just email me here with the subject line “Powhatan Grape” and I’ll randomly select a winner later this afternoon. Good luck!

Until next time,

Trevor Dickerson, Editor



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