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Henrico County to host annual Red, White, and Lights again July 4th

A Henrico County 4th of July Celebration has taken place annually since 1981, and this is the third year it has been held later in the day with a finale by the Richmond Symphony accompanied by a laser-light show.

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Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present Red, White, and Lights, taking place at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road, on Wednesday, July 4. The free event begins at 5:00 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, family activities, musical entertainment, and a fireworks and laser-light show finale.

A Henrico County 4th of July Celebration has taken place annually since 1981, and this is the third year it has been held later in the day with a finale by the Richmond Symphony accompanied by a laser-light show.

For 2018, the event is on the move to a new location and will include fireworks in the finale. The symphony will perform under “The Big Tent,” a state-of-the-art mobile stage that allows the orchestra to take its music out into the local communities; and this year they look forward to reaching a new community at Dorey Park.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs and arrive early to fully enjoy the event. Children and their families will enjoy contests and games, inflatables, an obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, Jonathan Austin, Miss Sheri the Clown, and Uncle Sam on Stilts, all in the Family Fun Zone from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The Afro-funk jazz group Plunky & Oneness will perform at 6:00 p.m. Emcee for the evening will be Kelli Lemon, RVA’s “social entrepreneur,” on-air personality for Radio One Richmond’s Kiss FM and iPower Richmond, and podcast host of “Coffee with Strangers.” The Richmond Symphony will begin at 8:00 p.m. Food trucks will also be onsite to provide a meal or snack while guests enjoy the evening performances.

For more information, visit the event webpage here.

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Photos: Preview of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter

November 23rd is when you can check out the lights at Lewis Ginter but last night we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek.

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Full details on Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights can be found here or on the Lewis Ginter website.

 

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InLight 2020: Safety and Accountability will be Spread About the City

The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond.

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Usually, the 1708 Gallery’s 13th annual InLight is held in one location allowing the various exhibits to be within easy walking distance from each other. This year the theme of Safety and Accountability hints to a new setup for InLight. The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond and will address the paired themes of Safety and Accountability. Learn more.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Afrikana Independent Film Festival; Amy Smith; The Anderson; Barry O’Keefe; Black Matter Productions; Caitlin & Misha; Calvin Brown; Carl Patow; Christine Wyatt & Amena Durant; Dustin Klein, Alex Criqui, Miguel Carter-Fisher, & Josh Zarambo; The Kinfolk Effect; LaRissa Rogers; Mariana Parisca & Sandy Williams IV; New Negress Film Society; Performing Statistics; Stephanie J. Woods; Victor Haskins & ImproviStory

 You can check out the interactive map here. Of the 18 exhibits only one is on the southside of Richmond and it’s only on Friday night.

More Photos from last year’s Inlight and from 2018

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Photos: Maymont Garden Glow

We escaped the election for a few hours last night and wandered around Maymont’s Garden Glow. Garden Glow turns off the lights this weekend so get your ticket now.

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Maymont Garden Glow runs through Sunday, November 7th. The fee is $12 and if you take your time takes about 45-60 minutes. It does feel relatively small but still very much worth the trip. The most popular spots were the creatures and plants made with light near the Italian Garden and the music maker (near the mansion), in which you step on panel and are rewarded with sounds and light changing.

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Brighten your autumn nights on a wondrous light-filled journey through Maymont, in a NEW LOCATION this year showcasing the historic architecture and gardens around Maymont Mansion. The scenery will shine with dramatic light displays for an enchanting experience to delight guests of all ages. Marvel at the breathtaking illuminations of the Italian Garden and other landscapes, admire colorful sparkles and shimmers in the splashing fountain, and stroll among historic estate buildings and the nationally treasured arboretum that stand aglow. The event also will include food trucks (see schedule), the Glow Bar and Glow Shop on the Carriage House Lawn. Proceeds benefit Maymont; no refunds. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 322.

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