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We’ve Tracked Down the Details on the Next Model Railroad Show

Diverse miniature worlds created and shared but all have a train or two running through them.

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I went to the Model Railroad Show for the first time last year and it was amazing. (Pictures Here) Not only were the displays mindblowing in their scale and detail but seeing the reaction of visitors, especially the younger ones, was worth the price of admission. If you haven’t been you should definitely check it out. While you’re there you’ll also be able to do all the other exciting hands-on fun of the Science Museum.

 

The official announcement:

You’ve heard them all:

  • The Science Museum of Virginia has trained Virginians to attend the Model Railroad Show for more than four decades.
  • Nearly 15,000 Virginians choo-choo-choose to attend the popular train-themed event each post-Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Featuring all the bells and whistles, the Model Railroad Show goes full steam ahead.
  • The Model Railroad Show is a holiday tradition that keeps chugging along. It’s how the Museum rolls.
  • This year’s Model Railroad Show is on track to be the most exciting event yet.
  • The special activities we will conduct throughout the Museum to complement the Model Railroad Show will not derail guests from seeing miniature locomotives riding through iconic landscapes.

We concede: we have run out of train puns to put into a release announcing the 42nd annual Model Railroad Show at the Science Museum of Virginia November 29, 30 and December 1. This year we will just give you the important information without the puns. At least you will not have to roll your eyes reading this!

Who:
The Science Museum of Virginia hosts the 42nd annual Model Railroad Show. Dominion Energy is returning as presenting sponsor of the event.

What:
The three-day post-holiday event is packed with activities, chief among them different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia.

Guests can explore the inside of the Museum’s vintage train cars (which are only open once a year during the Model Railroad Show); take a trackless train ride on the Teddy Bear Express; see Clydesdale horses; watch blacksmiths forge custom metal pieces; enjoy steam engine demos; make a conductor hat or train scene in the Museum’s makerspace, The Forge; and watch “Rocky Mountain Express” on the giant Dome screen.

During the Model Railroad Show, guests can also visit “All Aboard!”, the Museum’s centennial anniversary exhibition featuring photography and artifacts that tell the story of Richmond’s booming train station during its years in operation (1919-1975).

When:
Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

How:
The Model Railroad Show is included with Museum admission, which is $15.50 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors and $10 for preschool-age children. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Dome tickets to see “Rocky Mountain Express” are additional.

A detailed schedule of the activities will be posted at www.smv.org closer to the event.

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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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Businesses Unite to Bring Change to Monument Avenue

“We believe inclusion is integral to the strength of our organizations, and that symbols antithetical to equality, equity, and unity harm our employees and community.”

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The Monument Commitment is a pledge by Richmond employers to work for change not only along Monument Avenue but in the community.

RVAHub is proud to stand with the businesses below.

If you would like to learn how to add your organization to this commitment email: [email protected]

The pledge reads:

Governor Northam, Mayor Stoney, City Council Members:

We are employers of the Richmond community.

We believe inclusion is integral to the strength of our organizations, and that symbols antithetical to equality, equity, and unity harm our employees and community.

We ask that you commit to support the respectful removal of all the confederate monuments on Monument Avenue in coming months, and do not repair – other than for public safety – the monuments as they currently stand.

For our part, we commit to confronting racism in our organizations and supporting you in eradicating systemic racism in our community.

It is time to take them all down.

Sincerely,

Please note we created this post on Friday morning and since businesses are being added constantly some businesses might not be on the list above. This is not a statement against those businesses just an inability to keep up. This link will give you the most current list of those that have made the commitment.

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Editorial: Made more beautiful

“Sometimes, as in a forest, things have to burn to clear away the old, the dead, the decaying, to make room for new life.”

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It’s hard to put into words, but as you can see, I’m trying.

It’s hard to describe to someone who isn’t from Richmond, but I do want to try.

I grew up seeing those statues on a weekly or even daily basis. People from out of town (Yankees, carpetbaggers) don’t realize just how integral they are to this city.

They are not off in some historical park that you visit only on school field trips. Those statues are on a main thoroughfare, a graceful, sun-dappled avenue where many hundred-year old trees have not survived hurricane season and have had to be replanted. And yet the statues remain.

When I woke up Sunday and saw the images of those statues covered in graffiti, my eyes filled. Not in sadness but in pride, love, and hope.

I had to go see them for myself. I had to take my children.

So many different hands transformed them into their new existence. So many different colors of paint. So many perfectly conflicting messages of love, anger, rage, hope, peace . . . all coexisting in a gorgeous cacophony that was somehow utterly perfect.

My heart swelled to see them in person. There were skateboarders doing tricks using the base of the monument as a launch pad. There was a group of Black students protesting peacefully on the steps. There were kids climbing on them, jumping over the felled wrought-iron fences that protected them for a hundred years.

It felt like those statues were being reclaimed by the city that glorified them for too long.

It felt like visiting the Coliseum in Rome. We were there to see an ancient symbol, now in ruins, made more beautiful somehow by their ruining.

I can summon not even one ounce of sadness for the loss of their original state. They are better like this. They finally make sense.

Photos of these statues in their new form may be in history books in 50 years as a symbol of a change, like the Berlin Wall coming down, like protesters pulling over the statue of Saddam Hussein.

Do I exaggerate? That is how momentous it felt to me, a lifelong Richmonder who was raised to revere those statues both as important public art and as symbols of our history. They are new symbols now. They have finally been contextualized.

I grieve for George Floyd. I grieve for Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Marcus David Peters. Trayvon Martin. Philando Castille. Alton Sterling. Sandra Bland. There are too many to name.

But I do not grieve for the statues. I do not grieve for the Daughters of the Confederacy building. I do not grieve for old ideas. My heart swells with hope; my chest fills with pride.

Sometimes, as in a forest, things have to burn to clear away the old, the dead, the decaying, to make room for new life.

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VCU Releases Phased Opening Plans

The fall semester will officially begin on August 17th. Except for Labor Day, there will be no break from August 17th through the last day of classes on November 24th.

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VCU News has announced how the college plans to reopen. Published by Mike Porter’s (VCU University Public Affairs).

In a communication to the university community, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., said efforts to reopen come as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation reacts to the very public killings of African Americans.

“Both of these issues are, of course, top-of-mind as we plan our return to campus. Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and mental — of every member of our community,” Rao said.

Rao outlined plans for the return of the health sciences schools and college and research faculty and staff beginning in June. The fall semester will officially begin on Aug. 17. Rao said the announcement fulfills a commitment to students to inform them of Fall 2020 plans in early June.

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