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St. Benedict Oktoberfest Begins Festing this Friday

Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen it’s time for giant pretzels, wiener schnitzel, and of course beer.

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The original Oktoberfest is in Munich, Germany. It’s 16-18 days of fun and considered the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Traditionally it runs the last two weeks of September leading to the first Sunday in October. One possible origin of the festival date back to October of 1810 when the country was invited to a party thrown to celebrate the marriage of Kronprinz Ludwig, later King Ludwig I (reign: 1825–1848), to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. This information was gathered from Wikipedia and there is some debate about the exact origins of the festival. What isn’t debatable is that the festival took off and has been repeated (except during WWII) ever since.

Our local Oktoberfest is put on by St. Benedict at the St. Benedict Catholic Church N. Sheppard Street and last 3 days with activities kicking off this Friday at 4 PM.

Non-liquid consumption options include what you’d expect for a German Festival. You’ll find bratwurst, knockwurst, weisswurst, sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, wiener schnitzel, and just a plain hot dog for the little ones but it sounds fancy when called a kinderdog.

When it comes to your liquid consumption the focus is beer. Lots and lots of beer. I’ve been to beer festivals with less options. There will be 53 different beers to select. Begin your beer planning by checking out the full list here.

Only official St. Benedict Oktoberfest tickets are accepted for food and drinks at the event. The main ticket booths can be found at the Belmont entrances of Oktoberfest (at Grove, Hanover, and Stuart Avenues), and a small kiosk is located between the Weingarten and the main food tent. The other non-food/drink vendors in the Christkindlmarkt, with the exception of our Oktoberfest Kaufhaus and Lebkuchenherzen booths, will not accept Oktoberfest tickets.

In my excitement about the beer I almost forgot about the second best part of Oktoberfest, the bands. You’ll be able to get down to the chicken dance to your heart’s content. Traditional polka and oompah band will also be entertaining the masses throughout the fest.

Lastly, don’t forget to train your biceps for stein holding contests. See ya at the Fest.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels opening single-game ticket sales April 19th

Individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 Richmond Flying Squirrels season will go on sale on Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m., the team announced. Fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season will have first access to redeem them through Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m.

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Individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 Richmond Flying Squirrels season will go on sale on Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m., the team announced. Fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season will have first access to redeem them through Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m.

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase online at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 804-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket offices at The Diamond.

Tickets for the Flying Squirrels’ first four homestands will be available, including the May 4-9 series against the Hartford Yard Goats, the May 18-23 series against the Bowie Baysox, the June 1-6 series against the Altoona Curve and the June 8-13 series against the Harrisburg Senators.

The full 2021 Flying Squirrels schedule can be found here. Tickets for the remaining 2021 home games will be available at a later date.

Under current guidelines from Major League Baseball of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Flying Squirrels will have limited capacity, socially distanced seating available at The Diamond. Commonwealth of Virginia health and safety guidelines currently allow for outdoor venues to open at 30 percent total capacity, which for The Diamond is 2,943 fans. All fans will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times except while actively eating or if a health condition precludes you from doing so.

“We are so excited to be back, even though we never left and were a big part of the community over the last year,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “The Squirrels taking the field again on May 4 will be a big step for community healing. We are not through COVID yet, and we will be enacting protocols to allow for a safe environment for everyone at The Diamond. With limited capacity, tickets will be more sought after than ever. We ask fans for their patience as we work through this unusual process.”

Fans who previously received vouchers or credits for tickets purchased for the 2020 season, including individual game tickets, will have priority access to redeem their vouchers or credits for 2021 tickets. Priority redemptions will begin on Monday, April 12 at 9 a.m. and run through Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m. and can be completed by phone at 804-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket offices at The Diamond.

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Library of Virginia’s Weinstein Author Series celebrates Poetry Month in April

The Library of Virginia’s 2021 Carole Weinstein Author Series celebrates April as Poetry Month with a free virtual talk by poet, literary historian, and editor Kim Roberts on April 15 at 6:00 pm.

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The Library of Virginia’s 2021 Carole Weinstein Author Series celebrates April as Poetry Month with a free virtual talk by poet, literary historian, and editor Kim Roberts on April 15 at 6:00 pm. Her book By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital uncovers great but hidden literature from lesser-known poets, including women, writers of color, LGBTQ+ writers, working-class writers, and those who were born enslaved.

The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres.

2021 schedule:

April 15, 2021 (Virtual) KIM ROBERTS

By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital

June 10, 2021 (In Person/Virtual as pandemic restrictions allow) VANESSA M. HOLDEN

Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community

September 14, 2021 (In Person/Virtual as pandemic restrictions allow)  KAREN L. COX 

No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice

November 17, 2021 (In Person/Virtual as pandemic restrictions allow)  ALEXIS COE 

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

To learn more, visit the Library of Virginia website here.

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After Hours Concerts Heading to Doswell

Venues are starting to dip their toes back into the concert business. For the After Hours organizers, this means moving the long-running concert series from Innsbrook to The Meadow Event Park.

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After Hours Concerts is moving its concert series to Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Five new shows were added today to the season lineup:

  • Kip Moore FRI June 18th
  • Sublime w/ Rome SUN July 18th
  • Foreigner FRI Aug 20th
  • Brad Paisley THURS Sept 23rd!
The new shows go on sale FRI APRIL 2nd at 10am. For tickets visit our website: https://www.afterhoursconcertseries.com/
Previously Announced Shows:
  • Jamey Johnson FRI MAY 14th
  • Matt Stell & Jimmie Allen FRI MAY 21st
  • Chase Rice SAT MAY 22nd
  • Aaron Lewis FRI JUNE 4th
  • Kip Moore FRI JUNE 18th
  • Indigo Girls SAT JUNE 19th
  • Blues Traveler & JJ Grey And Mofro FRI JUNE 25th
  • Hanson SAT JUNE 26th
  • Toby Keith SAT JULY 17th
  • Sublime with Rome & Dirty Heads SUN JULY 18th
  • Lee Brice FRI AUG 6th
  • Get The Led Out THURS AUG 12th
  • Train with special guest Vertical Horizon FRI AUG 13th
  • Jon Pardi with special guest Larry Fleet SAT AUG 14th
  • Tower of Power WED AUG 18th
  • Foreigner FRI AUG 20th
  • The Commodores THURS AUG 26th
  • Steve Earle & Los Lobos FRI AUG 27th
  • Scotty McCreery SAT AUG 28th
  • Ludacris FRI SEPT 17th
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd SAT SEPT 18th
  • Brad Paisley THURS SEPT 23rd
All tickets previously purchased for shows which were moved to 2021 from 2020 will be honored. For questions regarding our COVID-19 safety policy, refunds and postponements visit our FAQS page.

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