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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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The Valentine’s popular Controversy/History series returns to address 2020’s impact

The Valentine’s popular conversation series will return virtually on Tuesday, October 6, co-hosted by Valentine Director Bill Martin and Coffee with Strangers host Kelli Lemon. The free, five-event series will focus on the evolving impacts of 2020, a year full of unexpected challenges and uncomfortable conversations, all amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic and massive social change.

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The Valentine’s popular conversation series will return virtually on Tuesday, October 6, co-hosted by Valentine Director Bill Martin and Coffee with Strangers host Kelli Lemon. The free, five-event series will focus on the evolving impacts of 2020, a year full of unexpected challenges and uncomfortable conversations, all amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic and massive social change.

“The Richmond community that entered 2020 is not the same community we find ourselves a part of today,” Valentine Director Martin said. “2020 has truly been a year of historic change, and it only makes sense to use our conversation series Controversy/History to examine those changes, how they have impacted the people of the Richmond Region and what we can do as a community to move forward together.”

Each virtual event will include an exciting lineup of guest speakers discussing contemporary issues and how 2020 has either upended or reinforced Richmond’s history, followed by questions from the audience and action steps for those inspired to get involved.

Here is a complete list of dates and topics:

October 6, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2020 and Voting

November 3, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2020 and Mental Health

December 1, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2020 and Business

January 5, 2021, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2021 and Education

February 2, 2021, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2021 and Activism

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2nd Street Festival releases full schedule for virtual event October 3-4

Venture Richmond Events will present new musical performances, favorite artists from past festivals, cooking demonstrations, virtual tours, neighborhood remembrances, fun family activities, and so much more.

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The 2nd Street Festival marks its 32nd anniversary October 3-4 with a virtual event celebrating downtown’s Jackson Ward community. Venture Richmond Events will present new musical performances, favorite artists from past festivals, cooking demonstrations, virtual tours, neighborhood remembrances, fun family activities, and so much more.

Featured Festival Artists

Saturday, October 3 from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Legacy Band – Don’t miss this new festival performance by one of Richmond’s favorite bands playing top hits with a mix of soul, R&B, funk and jazz. The band was originally formed by guitarist Jose Pomier and vocalist Kaila Valdez.

EU (Experience Unlimited) – A favorite past performance from the 2019 festival headliner. EU is one of the original Washington, DC Go-Go bands, fronted by founding member Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott.

Sports Backers Fitness Warriors and D & G Line Dancing – Let’s get up and move with fun new dance workouts with our friends at Sports Backers and D&G Line Dancing. Learn along with great instructors!

Sunday, October 4 from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

Desirée Roots – Hear Desirée perform some of her new jazz favorites. As a theater and jazz sensation, she has been the opening act for several internationally acclaimed jazz music entertainers throughout her career. Her repertoire includes R&B and gospel.

Remembrance of Debo Dabney – Listen in as local musicians and friends including J. Plunky Branch, Glennroy Bailey, Desirée Roots, and more share their reflections of Herbert A. Dabney, III, a dynamic and animated pianist who passed away earlier this year. Affectionately known as “Debo,” he was a beloved friend of the festival and an all-around fan favorite. His repertoire ranged from jazz, gospel, R&B, swing, blues and children’s classics. Debo performed for 31 of the festival’s 32 years.

Virginia Union University Gospel Choir – Sing, clap or hum along with the university’s gospel choir as they perform two new selections. This choir recently performed on ABC’s Good Morning America with Latin musician Jose Feliciano.

Virtual Festival Activities

Cooking Demonstrations

Chefs from popular 2nd Street Festival vendors, Croaker’s Spot and Chef MaMusu of Africanne on Main, will both prepare and share dishes through culinary demonstrations live-streamed directly into homes to capture the same delicious foods that we’ve all come to expect from the 2nd Street Festival.

Kidz Zone Fun

Young viewers will enjoy story time with Candice Smith of NBC12 News and with the Children’s Museum, and a balloon twisting demonstration by festival favorite Eddie Cook with Balloons By Extreme.

Spotlight on Jackson Ward

Gary Flowers of Walking the Ward Tours visits two popular community sites, the Maggie L. Walker statue and Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church. Also, hear remembrances from longtime residents and business owners of Jackson Ward during the live stream event. 

Get 2nd Street Ready!
Show your support before, during and after the virtual festival.

Festival Marketplace

Visit Venture Richmond’s website for a full list of your favorite 2019 2nd Street Festival Marketplace vendors to shop online before, during and after the festival weekend! 

Official Festival Poster

Purchase an official 2020 2nd Street Festival poster designed by local quilter and artist, Unicia Buster. Learn more about the artist and her festival poster design. The new poster will be unveiled on September 23, watch on Facebook Live for your chance to win a signed print! Posters will be available for sale at Plan 9 Music in Carytown or at Plan 9 Online here starting on September 24.

Radio One “2nd Street MIX” Weekend

Get ready for the festival by listening to Radio One’s “2nd Street MIX” weekend on Saturday, September 26 from 1:00pm-10:00pm and Sunday, September 27 from 12:00pm-7:00pm. Enjoy a very special MIX weekend on 99.3/105.7 KISS FM featuring your favorite artists that have played at the 2nd Street Festival over the years and your favorite DJs too! The MIX lineup will feature DJ King Tutt, DJ Drake, and DJ Lonnie B. Listen for songs by Morris Day and the Time, Average White Band, SOS Band, and many other great R & B groups!

“Show us your 2nd Street Smile” Photo Contest

From September 28 to October 4, use the #2Street hashtag to “Show us your 2nd Street Smile” and win prizes! On Facebook and Instagram, post photos of where and how you plan to watch the virtual 2nd Street Festival. Are you watching with your best friend, your furry friends, or your family? Show us your 2nd Street smile! On October 5, we’ll choose 10 winners to win $50-$100 gift cards to your favorite spots in the Jackson Ward neighborhood! Don’t forget to label your photos with #2Street to be entered to win.

Historic Jackson Ward Neighborhood

Even though we can’t be together in Jackson Ward this year, be sure to shop the Jackson Ward businesses and restaurants and tour the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site on 2nd Street to show your support for downtown Richmond and the 2nd Street Festival. Don’t forget to wear your mask!

Ways to Watch This Year’s Virtual Festival

This year’s virtual festival is a great opportunity for families to plan gatherings and watch parties at home in a safe, fun and responsible way.

For up-to-date information, visit https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2020

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Sports Backers announces new Pumpkin Spice 5K to celebrate fall

Registration is $17 and includes a Pumpkin Spice 5k short-sleeve shirt, printable Pumpkin Spice race bib, and a virtual event badge to share online.

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Sports Backers is launching a new ‘Pumpkin Spice 5k’ virtual event to celebrate fall and all the fun seasonal items that it brings, and the event will take place from now through Friday, October 30.

Registration is now open at www.sportsbackers.org. “The Pumpkin Spice 5k is the perfect virtual event for anyone who looks forward to fall and all that it brings,” Sports Backers’ Pete Woody said in a release. “If you think the spice is nice then you’re going to want to celebrate it by wearing your new Pumpkin Spice 5k shirt and running or walking 3.1 miles. Get your squash-loving crew to join you and then celebrate with a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin beer, pumpkin cake, pumpkin doughnut, pumpkin pie…the options are endless.”

Registration is $17 and includes a Pumpkin Spice 5k short-sleeve shirt, printable Pumpkin Spice race bib, and a virtual event badge to share online. Participants can register now through October 30, 2020, then run or walk a 5k (3.1 miles) wherever they like (remembering to follow social-distancing guidelines). Sports Backers will start shipping participant shirts in early October.

Participants can also snap a photo and send it to Sports Backers, or tag @sportsbackers on social media. Use #pumpkinspice and #spiceisnice.

“We are continually striving to create fun and innovative ways to enjoy active living, and the Pumpkin Spice 5k a great way to do that,” said Meghan Keogh, Director of Events for Sports Backers. “We know that people love to get creative with their fall festivities and this provides a chance to celebrate in a unique and active way.”

Learn more and register here.

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