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Flying Squirrels, COTU hosting joint retirement party for ballpark’s official beer, Chin Music, on Friday

There will be a taste-testing set up with three new options from COTU, where fans can sample and vote for their favorite to replace Chin Music in 2020. The winner will be announced this fall and a contest will be held to name the new beer.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Center of the Universe Brewing Company (COTU) are hosting a retirement party for Chin Music at The Diamond during Friday night’s game. As part of the event, fans will be able to vote on a new Flying Squirrels beer from COTU that will be introduced in 2020.

The Flying Squirrels and COTU debuted the Chin Music Vienna-style amber lager in March 2014.

“We can’t believe Chin Music is wrapping up its sixth season with the Squirrels,” COTU co-founder Chris Ray said. “It has had a great career and we couldn’t be more proud of the partnership it has formed. But, there are new prospects ready for their shot. We are sad to see Chin Music head into retirement, but we can’t control our excitement for its replacement debut in 2020.”

During Friday’s retirement party in the Funnville Fan Zone, fans 21 and older will be able to purchase Chin Music and can take home free Chin Music koozies (while supplies last).

There will be a taste-testing set up with three new options from COTU, where fans can sample and vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced this fall and a contest will be held to name the new beer.

“We’ve had an All-Star year here in Funnville and are already planning on a great 2020, including the introduction of our new beer with Center of the Universe,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We have appreciated our relationship with COTU over the last six years and we are looking forward to seeing it continue to grow.”

The new beer from COTU and the Flying Squirrels will debut in the spring of 2020.

Chin Music celebrated its fifth anniversary during the 2018 season with a special, limited edition can. This year, Chin Music cans sported a refreshed look to celebrate the Flying Squirrels’ 2019 Eastern League All-Star Week.

The Flying Squirrels open a six-game homestand on Friday night at The Diamond. For tickets or more information, visit SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, call 804-359-FUNN (3866) or stop by the Flying Squirrels offices.

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Buskey Cider founder forgoes salary to keep team employed during crisis

“I took a risk when I started this business. Obviously there’s lots of potential upside, but also the buck stops with me when things are tough and don’t go as planned,” said owner Will Correll.

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Will Correll, the Founder and CEO of Buskey Cider in Richmond, Virginia, is going without pay for the foreseeable future in order to cover the costs to pay for employees during the crisis. Additionally, his wife, Elle, who was also employed by Buskey as the sales and marketing director, has given up her salary to support the team.

“I took a risk when I started this business. Obviously there’s lots of potential upside, but also the buck stops with me when things are tough and don’t go as planned,” said Correll. “Our employees are hard workers and have lots to contribute, especially in a situation like this, and we really care about keeping them employed for as long as possible. Our personal salaries are modest but will buy us valuable time as we dig deep to continue moving forward and keep the dream alive. We have big plans for the company in the future and want our team to be strong for when we’re able to fully reopen.”

Buskey Cider opened in April 2016 in the popular craft alcohol neighborhood of Scott’s Addition in Richmond, Virginia. Due to COVID-19, they are doing deliveries throughout Richmond and select areas around the state of Virginia via their website, www.buskeycider.com, and will subsequently be delivering to other states once the licenses come in.

Their Scott’s Addition tasting room location is open for limited hours to pick up canned cider; Monday-Friday 3 pm-7 and Saturday & Sunday 12 pm-7.

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Restaurant employee fundraisers you can donate to right now

It’s tough out there right now for those in the service industry. With dining rooms closed and restaurants trying to stay afloat by getting creative with takeout, delivery, and other endeavors, employees without much of a safety net are hurting. Below are all of the employee fundraisers we’ve seen floating around that you can donate to right now and make a difference.

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It’s tough out there right now for those in the service industry. With dining rooms closed and restaurants trying to stay afloat by getting creative with takeout, delivery, and other endeavors, employees without much of a safety net are hurting. Below are all of the employee fundraisers we’ve seen floating around that you can donate to right now and make a difference.

Another way you can make a difference is to donate to The Holli Fund. I (Trevor) was one of a handful of folks asked to host a virtual happy hour last week (embedded at the bottom of the post). This is an application- and need-based fund that gives grants to folks in both the front and back of house at restaurants and breweries across the area. The fund has done transformational things like paid folks’ mortgages, car payments, and fulfilled other important needs. You can learn more here and donate by texting “DONATE” and your amount (i.e. DONATE $5) to 805-518-8333.

Also check out our ongoing list of restaurants offering delivery and takeout, the coronavirus support list, and all of our COVID-19 coverage here. While we’re at it, we could use your support right now, too. RVAHub is a labor of love for both Richard Hayes and I, and we’re doing our best to keep the public up to date on important news and updates. With our ad network suspended, we’re running the site at a loss currently. It would mean the world to us if you were able to spare a couple o’ bucks and chip in to our cause. We’d love you for it.




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Henrico County purchasing food for first responders from locally-owned restaurants

It’s a fine example of a public-private partnership to help local businesses get through hard times and provide meals to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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From the Henrico Citizen:

It began as an idea from a Sandston restaurant owner. In less than a week, it became a county initiative.

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced March 24 that the county would begin purchasing meals for county employees from a number of Henrico restaurants, as a way to help those businesses continue in operation and potentially spur a segment of the local economy in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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