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Photos: Folk Festival Saturday & Sunday

Records were broken, beer was drunk, art was created, songs were sung, and the dancing never stopped.

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A stunning weekend for the Richmond Folk Festival wrapped up on Sunday. We’re still recovering which is why these photos are late. We weren’t the only one that thought the Festival was great. According to Venture Richmond, the organizers, a record $136,000 in donations were raised this year, almost $6,000 of that total from the newly launced text message program. Over 200,000 people attended the festival over the three days and they drank a record amount of beverages. 

Even Senator Tim Kaine swung by for a song.



















 

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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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City of Richmond recommends postponement or cancellation of large events within city limits

“Due to the greater health threat COVID-19 poses to the city’s most vulnerable populations, my administration and its partners are taking all necessary precautions to encourage CDC-recommended social distancing,” the Mayor said in a release.

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In the interest of public health and in an abundance of caution, the administration of Mayor Levar Stoney is recommending that organizers of large events postpone or cancel those events within the city limits until further notice. The guidelines did not define what constitutes a “large” event nor revokes permits issued by the city for said events, which would force cancellation.

The recommendation is being made following intensive discussion with public health and public safety officials and is informed by the Centers for Disease Control Interim Guidance designed for those planning large events and mass gatherings. The city generally is also recommending that people practice social distancing.

While 80 percent of those who contract COVID-19 experience mild symptoms, populations such as the elderly, the immunocompromised and those with chronic conditions are at greater risk of more serious symptoms.

“Due to the greater health threat COVID-19 poses to the city’s most vulnerable populations, my administration and its partners are taking all necessary precautions to encourage CDC-recommended social distancing,” the Mayor said in a release.

The administration has also dedicated a web page to provide Richmond’s residents, employees, and visitors with the most recent, reliable updates on the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. It can be found here.

“Public health and public safety are our highest priorities,” said Mayor Stoney. “In order to keep the community safe, we must disseminate the most reliable and current information. This page will serve as a source of official information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health, the local health authority, the regional team, and the city administration.”

Updates will be publicized using the official City of Richmond social media accounts, @CityRichmondVA on Twitter and City of Richmond, VA Government on Facebook. All social media posts will link to the rolling updates on the web page.

“I urge you to share these updates with your family, friends and coworkers,” said Mayor Stoney. “We’re dedicated to ensuring the City of Richmond is as prepared as possible for any escalation, and education is key.”

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Richmond Jewish Food Festival returns to Weinstein JCC this Sunday and Monday

If you’ve got a hankering for some delicious food, the Weinstein JCC is the place to be this weekend. It’s the return of the Richmond Jewish Food Festival, and it runs Sunday through Monday. You’ll find traditional favorites like potato latkes, knishes, brisket, and more over the course of the two-day event.

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If you’ve got a hankering for some delicious food, the Weinstein JCC is the place to be this weekend. It’s the return of the Richmond Jewish Food Festival, and it runs Sunday through Monday. You’ll find traditional favorites like potato latkes, knishes, brisket, and more over the course of the two-day event.

There will also be live music and other entertainment throughout the day. The event is free to attend and all booths are a la carte.

The festival runs Sunday, January 19th through Monday, January 20th from 11:30 AM until 7:30 PM both days. The Weinstein JCC is located at 5403 Monument Avenue.

Here’s a look at this year’s menu.

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Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival returns to Arthur Ashe Boulevard Saturday with music, beer, food, and fun

Expect a day filled with local craft beer, pumpkin-related dishes from area restaurant vendors, and activities for families and kids.

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The Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival returns to the Boulevard this Saturday from noon until 6:00 PM. Expect a day filled with local craft beer, pumpkin-related dishes from area restaurant vendors, and activities for families and kids.

Live music will be provided throughout the day and there will be a kids zone near the festival stage.

There will be costume contests for adults, kids, and even pets. Signups are held at the Project Local Tent near the stage area.

Admission is free and the event is rain or shine. Food ranges in price from $3–6; beers are $6 apiece. Leashed pets are welcome at the festival. Parking is available at several nearby lots, although walking or taking Uber or Lyft is suggested.

Learn more about the festival here.

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