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The Veil Brewing Co. hosting fundraiser for Virginia Supportive Housing this Saturday

Michelle Tarpey, one of the knowledgeable staff behind the bar at Veil, is turning 35. To help her celebrate, the Veil Brewing Company is donating 15 percent of sales from 6:00 – 9:00 PM to Virginia Supportive Housing on September 8th.

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There’s no “Veil” of secrecy surrounding the fact that Richmond’s own The Veil Brewing Company, which concocts some of the country’s most coveted and most eccentric brews, represents a burgeoning philanthropic powerhouse in the Richmond community.

On the third Thursday of every month, the popular brewery hosts a new beer release and donates 15 percent of proceeds to a local non-profit. They’ve recently organized events supporting organizations such as HandsOn Greater Richmond, Family Lifeline, and Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now).

This Saturday’s event represents something a little different, but it’s still rooted in the spirit of philanthropy that flows through the Veil Brewing Company just as plentifully as their tasty IPAs flow through their taps.

Michelle Tarpey, one of the knowledgeable staff behind the bar at Veil, is turning 35. To help her celebrate, the Veil Brewing Company is donating 15 percent of sales from 6:00 – 9:00 PM to Virginia Supportive Housing.

Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH), headquartered in Richmond, manages permanent supportive housing properties across Virginia with residents that formerly experienced chronic homelessness. VSH helps their residents with case management services to help them get health care access, secure income, access skill-building programs, and connect them with recovery and mental health service to help recover from substance abuse and receive necessary treatment.

VSH serves more than 1,000 individuals every year and is currently in the process of renovating the first property it ever opened: New Clay House.

Located in Jackson Ward, New Clay House’s construction will be complete in January 2019. The new building will be able to serve twice as many residents in rooms double their previous size and will feature laundry services, a computer lab, and a courtyard.

Leslee Oliver, President of the Virginia Supportive Housing Junior Board of Directors, is very excited about the new project and grateful to Tarpey and The Veil for their generous support.

“Whenever we have the opportunity to get the mission of Virginia Supportive Housing in front of more people in our City, we are so grateful,” Oliver said. “Virginia Supportive Housing is celebrating 30 years in Richmond this year. That’s 30 years of providing permanent housing to formerly homeless individuals and getting closer to ending homelessness in Virginia. [We’re] looking forward to celebrating that at The Veil on September 8th.”

“I am so excited to host a night that will support VSH, such an important organization in our community,” Tarpey added. “I will also be donating my tips for the evening, so I am hoping for a busy night! Let’s drink some beers and raise funds for the amazing work that VSH does.”

Michelle’s 35th Birthday Happy Hour in support of Virginia Supportive Housing takes place this Saturday, September 8th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Veil Brewing Company in Scott’s Addition.

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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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