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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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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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RVA Fashion Week makes comeback with socially distant events October 5th through 11th

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The people behind Richmond’s growing fashion industry are making their 12th year happen through a combination of virtual and socially distanced events, shining a light on talent across Richmond and throughout Virginia.

RVA Fashion Week, which was held over from the spring, will run October 5-11. Events include runway shows, panel discussions, personal development workshops, and charity support.

Brands, designers, models, and producers have collaborated to showcase a diverse fashion and art community for people of all shapes, sizes, and tastes. Programming covers streetwear, evening wear, artistic expression, and fashion suitable for the workplace.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with such a resilient team under these challenging circumstances,” says Jimmy Budd, executive producer of RVA Fashion Week. “This season shows how tight-knit the Richmond community is.”

Mental health awareness is a topic discussed every fashion week through its partnership with the local nonprofit Runway2Life, which aims to spread awareness and provide support.

This season’s artwork features sketches from Amanda Campbell, of ABLE designs, who is in recovery for a severe eating disorder, Budd says: “Her focusing on sketches is a huge motivator for her to power through these difficult times and we are honored to share her work.”

A small group of students at Virginia Commonwealth University launched what would become RVA Fashion Week in 2008. The shows, all run with volunteer effort, have served as a springboard for new talent through the years. Find complete info at rvafw.com.

The Lineup:

Monday, Oct. 5

Event: RVA Fashion Week Launch Event by POSH PR
When: 6 p.m.
Where: The Doll HQ
What: An invite-only launch party. Featuring designers, entrepreneurs, models, and other creative professionals in Richmond’s fashion industry. Follow RVA Fashion Week and POSH PR via Instagram for an inside look at the evening’s event. For media inquiries, email [email protected]

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Event: Fashion Show Presented by Neechic
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Dillard’s, Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Parkway
What: This show will display timeless and chic comfort for the professional and everyday woman. The looks will showcase women of all shapes and sizes, which is reflective of the real world. This show is in collaboration with Runway2Life to help continue raising awareness around mental health.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Event: A Virtual Fashion Experience (A.V.F.X.)
When: Noon
Where: Broadcast from Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, VA.
What: Fall/Winter Debut by The Dapper Luq Collection, featuring suits, tuxedos, and coats for both men and women, designed by Dapper Luq.

Event: The Versatility of Looks in a Professional Environment
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Gather, Arts District Location, 313 E. Broad St.
What: Gather and 707 Fine Clothing team up for this seminar about the ins and outs of versatile looks suitable for a variety of work environments and business events. Sweets will be provided by Sugar & Twine, and plenty of space will allow for social distancing. RSVP required.

Event: The I.D. Fashion Education Panel at Very Ashley
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Parkway
What: This panel is presented by StitchbyChanel and RVA Fashion Week — a space to view fashion in a different light. Fashion should not only be worn, but also tell a story. Creatives from different walks of the fashion industry will share wisdom, personal experience, and industry knowledge. “It’s not about the dress or pants you wear, it’s about the life you lead in that outfit.” Your I.D. is your story.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Event: Streetwear Designer Shows
When: Throughout the Day
Where: Virtual Event
What: Streetwear designers have created virtual shows that will be on display throughout the day at RVAFashionWeek.com.

Friday, Oct. 9

Event: Runway2Life Virtual Show
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual Event Broadcast on Runway2Life’s YouTube Channel
What: Runway2Life will bring fashion and beauty together while continuing the conversation on mental health and suicide prevention. Runway2life will host smaller shows virtually for 2020 until we can meet up again. Runway2life’s goals are to help save lives during these difficult times. Tune in to our social media platforms and subscribe to Runway2Life’s YouTube channel to support fashion and beauty while furthering our cause.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Event: One Drop Yoga Virtual Session presented by Michelle Lee Landon.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Virtual Event
What: This session focuses on movement, breath, and meditation accessible to everyone. Socially distant (weather permitting) and family-friendly flow. Michelle is a community yoga instructor and high school Family and Consumer Science educator at Varina High School, where she teaches Intro to Fashion, Relationships, and Life Planning. She believes in the healing power of yoga and mindfulness to transform and heal individuals as well as entire communities. Her community yoga and mindfulness offerings are accessible for every experience level, trauma-informed, and family-friendly.

Event: Emotional Intelligence Workshop
When: 2-5 p.m.
Where: 707 Fine Clothing, 310 E. Broad St.
What: This workshop is presented by Brandon Burho, a graduate of the Ascension Leadership Academy (San Diego, CA). Brandon will hold a motivational and developmental workshop at 707 Fine Clothing from 2-5 p.m. His focus is “Building the Foundation of Powerful Relationships.” The course is designed to help attendees identify core values to know what they stand for, discover and overcome limiting beliefs in all relationships, and master communication and generous listening to empower those around you. Free to attend, RSVP required because of limited seating by emailing [email protected]

Sunday, Oct. 11

Event: Evening Wear and Professional Designer Shows
When: Throughout the Day
Where: Virtual Event
What: Designers have created virtual shows that will be on display throughout the day at RVAFashionWeek.com.

Event: Beauty Has No Limits Fashion Show
When: 4-7 p.m.
Where: James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen
What: Since launching in 2017, EVOLVE has been on a mission to celebrate beauty in all its forms. It works to include women of all different shapes, sizes, ages, races, gender identities, and abilities. EVOLVE holds its second annual Beauty Has No Limits fashion show. Tickets will be released this week.

Event: Cirque De Couture
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Broadcast from Bombshell, 4821 Commonwealth Centre Parkway, Midlothian
What: Bombshell Beauty Lounge is host to an evening of fashion and whimsical fun, opening a vision without limits. Join us on a magical ride for which everyone has a reserved, virtual seat.

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Photos: Take Flight in a B-17

The Sentimental Journey doesn’t take flight until this weekend but we went out the Hanover County Municipal Airport to grab a few shots.

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Sentimental Journey is the nickname of a B-17G Flying Fortress bomber. It is based at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona but it will be staying at the Hanover County Municipal Airport (11152 Air Park Rd, Ashland) through the weekend.

With a crew of 10, a total of 12,731 B-17s flew in World War 2. Designed specifically for daylight precision bombing, B-17s flew unescorted bombing missions over Europe for much of the war. B-17s were legendary for their ability to return home after taking brutal poundings. They dropped over 640,000 tons of bombs over Europe. The Sentimental Journey is one of only five B-17s around the world actively flying today and was built in November 1944. After the war, the Sentimental Journey spent its time fighting forest fires.

When checking it out make sure and read the signatures of veterans that have signed the bomb bay doors. With just a few brief words the experiences of these veterans come alive.

From now until September 20th the plane will be available for viewing and for $10 ($20 for a family) you can step inside and see how truly cramped this plane was for the crew of 10. Starting on Friday the plane will be taking a limited number of passengers on flights. Cost for the flights are $425 per waist compartment seat (6 available), $850 per Bombardier/Navigator Seat (2 available). The Bombardier/Navigator seats are at the nose of the plan and have an unbeatable view.

Schedule

  • Tuesday-Thursday, the grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday-Sunday, the grounds will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Rides can be scheduled online or by calling 480-462-2992.

Technical details on the Sentimental Journey from the owners at the Commemorative Air Force Museum.

General Characteristics
Type: Heavy/Strategic Bomber
Manufacturer: Boeing (later on Vega and Douglas)
Maiden Flight: 28 July 1935
Introduced: April 1938
Theater of War: World War II
Number Produced: 12,731
Status: Retired in 1968
Our B-17G “Sentimental Journey” was built in November, 1944 at the Douglas plant in California

Dimensions
Crew: 10
Wingspan: 103 ft 9 in
Length: 74 ft 4 in
Height: 19 ft 3 in
Empty Weight: 36,134 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 65,500 lbs

Performance
Power Plant: (4) Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone Turbo-Supercharged Radials
Horsepower: 1,200 hp. each
Maximum Speed: 263 knots (302 mph)
Service Ceiling: 36,400 ft
Rate of Climb: 900 ft/min
Range: 3,259 nm (3,750 mi)
Armament: Guns: (13) 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning Machine Guns
Payload: Up to 8,000 lbs ordnance (short range missions of less than 400 mi) and up to 4,500 lbs ordnance (long range missions of up to 800 mi)

 

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