Topgolf will open the doors to its latest Greater Richmond area location today at 9:00 AM. The new, three-level, 55,000-square-foot venue located in the Westwood area of Henrico is the company’s 57th location worldwide. The complex will feature high-tech entertainment and gaming, climate-controlled hitting bays, a renowned menu, hand-crafted cocktails, local Hardywood craft beer, corporate and social event spaces, music and more.
The new entertainment venue will serve as Topgolf’s first location to have a Topgolf Swing Suite inside its complex, providing an immersive social experience in a comfortable lounge setting to play and enjoy food and beverage. With a massive screen and selection of virtual games (including famous golf courses, baseball, hockey and zombie dodgeball), the Topgolf Swing Suite will provide a one-of-a-kind simulation designed for golfers and non-golfers alike. This winter, Topgolf will also open a mini-golf course on the property.
“The Greater Richmond area is an important community for Topgolf as we continue to create moments that matter at venues throughout Virginia,” said Topgolf Chief Executive Officer Dolf Berle. “Our newest venue represents a bold and purposeful approach to growth in Virginia’s capital and will showcase some of Topgolf’s innovative technology, including Toptracer, which is the same technology seen on TV that traces the flight path of the golf ball.”
Topgolf’s goal is to connect the people and organizations of Greater Richmond in meaningful ways through its special blend of technology, entertainment, food, and beverage. Guests can enjoy point-scoring games using microchipped balls that instantly show performance data, including accuracy and distance, on a TV screen in the bay. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, golf tournaments, lessons, and much more.
Topgolf Richmond will offer a heroes discount (10% off gameplay and 20% off memberships) for military, fire, police and EMS personnel, as well as other initiatives such as Youth Play It Forward, which allows high school golf teams and charities serving youth to practice for free Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The new venue will also work with local schools, teams, and organizations to generate funds for their cause by hosting spirit nights at Topgolf Richmond. In addition to local initiatives, Topgolf Richmond will work with national partners including Make-A-Wish Foundation and Bunkers in Baghdad.
The new Topgolf venue is located at 2308 Westwood Avenue in Henrico County. More than 400 full- and part-time Associates have been hired in advance of the opening.
New VMFA exhibition portrays the majestic beauty of Virginia’s Natural Bridge
The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has announced its upcoming exhibition, Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art, an exploration of the artistic portrayal of this spectacular and seemingly miraculous natural landmark. The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The majesty of the Shenandoah Valley’s Natural Bridge, a 400-year-old geological formation, has inspired artists, writers and explorers over the centuries. It has served as an ethereal example of the American landscape, an icon of natural history and a witness to human civilization. One of the most depicted sites in American 19th-century landscape painting, this formation captured the imaginations of artists like Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks and Caleb Boyle, as well as many decorative artists.
“VMFA is pleased to recognize Virginia’s very own natural landmark through this exhibition,” said VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. “We hope Virginia Arcadia inspires appreciation for and interest in rediscovering the wonderful natural world here in our state, and also recognizing that the environment is a precious source of inspiration.”
“Consider a time when our very landscape sparked wonder and inspired myth,” said the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Christopher C. Oliver, VMFA’s Assistant Curator of American Art. “Artists were moved to not only capture its picturesque splendor and breathtaking sense of place, but also all that the Natural Bridge represented and idealized — the sublime divinity of the natural world, the excitement of discovery, the harmony between nature and civilization and the abundance of pastoral beauty.” The Natural Bridge is also historically relevant to western expansion, slavery, natural history, tourism and ecological conservation.
Virginia Arcadia examines the Natural Bridge through more than 60 paintings, prints, decorative art objects and photographs made between the late 1700s and the early 1900s. Highlights of the exhibition include works from VMFA’s collection including one of the earliest illustrations of the Natural Bridge, an engraving from 1787 by Baron De Turpin, a French engineer sent to document the site, one of three such engravings featured in Volume 1: Travels In North-America in the Years 1780, 1781 and 1782. Joshua Shaw’s oil painting Natural Bridge No. 1 (ca. 1820) captures the view from atop the arch of the bridge looking down into a nearby creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Several works in the exhibition are on loan from institutions across the country including the Chrysler Museum, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as from private collections.
More information about Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art can be found on the museum’s website.
Photos: Preview of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter
November 23rd is when you can check out the lights at Lewis Ginter but last night we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek.
InLight 2020: Safety and Accountability will be Spread About the City
The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond.
Usually, the 1708 Gallery’s 13th annual InLight is held in one location allowing the various exhibits to be within easy walking distance from each other. This year the theme of Safety and Accountability hints to a new setup for InLight. The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond and will address the paired themes of Safety and Accountability. Learn more.
Afrikana Independent Film Festival; Amy Smith; The Anderson; Barry O’Keefe; Black Matter Productions; Caitlin & Misha; Calvin Brown; Carl Patow; Christine Wyatt & Amena Durant; Dustin Klein, Alex Criqui, Miguel Carter-Fisher, & Josh Zarambo; The Kinfolk Effect; LaRissa Rogers; Mariana Parisca & Sandy Williams IV; New Negress Film Society; Performing Statistics; Stephanie J. Woods; Victor Haskins & ImproviStory
You can check out the interactive map here. Of the 18 exhibits only one is on the southside of Richmond and it’s only on Friday night.