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Richmond Flying Squirrels unveil 2020 season promotional schedule

Fireworks, bobbleheads, celebrity appearances and giveaways highlight the upcoming season in Funnville.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels announced the promotional schedule for the upcoming 2020 season last week, with schedule of 24 fireworks shows, celebrity appearances, bobblehead giveaways, T-shirt giveaways and much more.

The full promotional schedule can be found here. Individual tickets for the 2020 season will go on sale in person at Nutzy’s Block Party on Sat., March 7 at The Diamond at 10 a.m., and online individual-game ticket sales will begin at 11 a.m. at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets.

“My first thought on seeing the 2020 promo schedule was, ‘Wow, there are so many memories to be made from this awesome array of activities, themes and giveaways,’” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We couldn’t be prouder of our staff for thinking inside and outside of the box to come up with what we feel is a FUNN promotional calendar for everybody.”

Fans will be treated to 24 fireworks shows during the upcoming season, including special Dueling Fireworks on Opening Night (April 16) and Independence Day (July 4). There are also three special Sunday-night In-Your-Face Fireworks shows on the schedule, including Father’s Day (June 20) presented by Applegate, July 5 as part of Independence Weekend and on Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 6).

2020 PROMOTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Inclusion Dates

  • Thursday, May 14: Peanut-free game & postgame In-Your-Face Fireworks
  • Sunday, May 31: Disability Inclusion Day
  • Thursday, June 25: Pride Night & postgame In-Your-Face Fireworks

Appearances

Shirt Giveaways

Bobblehead Giveaways

  • Tuesday, June 9: Johnny Cashew bobbleracer giveaway (First 1,000 fans 15 & older) presented by Pepsi
  • Friday, July 10: Fighting Lucha Nutzy bobblehead giveaway (First 1,000 fans 15 & older) presented by PFG
  • Tuesday, July 21: The Almond Brothers double bobbleracers giveaway (First 1,000 fans 15 & older)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18: Peanut bobbleracer giveaway (First 1,000 fans 15 & older)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 1: John Walnut bobbleracer giveaway (First 1,000 fans 15 & older) presented by Richmond Times-Dispatch

Copa de la Diversión Giveaways

Hats/Other Adult Giveaways

Youth Giveaways

The full 2020 promotional schedule can be found here.

Individual game tickets for all 2020 home games will go on sale in person at Nutzy’s Block Party on Sat., March 7 at The Diamond. The first 150 fans to purchase tickets in person at the event will receive an exclusive Nutzy’s Block Party T-shirt. Online ticket sales will begin at 11 a.m. The Flying Squirrels’ home opener will be Thursday, April 16 against the Bowie Baysox, Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, with a Dueling Fireworks show and an appearance by Dwier Brown of the hit film, “Field of Dreams.” Opening Night group packages are available now at SquirrelsBaseball.com or by phone at (804) 359-FUNN (3866).

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Field set for 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic

The 54-hole event will feature 81 players including five-time major champion Phil Mickelson, who will make his second PGA TOUR Champions start after turning 50 in June, as well as fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara and Vijay Singh.  

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The final field is set for this week’s Dominion Energy Charity Classic, returning to The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course, October 16-18.  The 54-hole event will feature 81 players including five-time major champion Phil Mickelson, who will make his second PGA TOUR Champions start after turning 50 in June, as well as fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara and Vijay Singh.  

Defending champion Miguel Ángel Jiménez returns after adding another two titles to his resume this season at the Mitusbishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and last month at the Sanford International. It marks the third straight multi-win season for the native of Spain, who carded a course-record-tying 63 in the final round to post a two-shot victory at last year’s Dominion Energy Charity Classic. Jiménez will be joined by fellow past champions Woody Austin (2018), Langer (2017) and reigning Charles Schwab Cup champion Scott McCarron (2016).  

Seventeen-time PGA TOUR winner Jim Furyk, who turned 50 in May and went on to win his first two PGA TOUR Champions starts, will make his tournament debut in Richmond. It will mark the fourth start for the 2003 U.S. Open champion and 2010 FedEx Cup champion.

A total of 19 players in the field are major championship winners: Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010 Masters; 2005 PGA Championship; 2013 Open Championship), Ernie Els (1994, 1997 U.S. Open; 2002, 2012 Open Championship), Vijay Singh (2000 Masters; 1998, 2004 PGA Championship), John Daly (1991 PGA Championship; 1995 Open Championship), Retief Goosen (2001, 2004 U.S. Open), Lee Janzen (1993, 1998 U.S. Open), Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993 Masters), Mark O’Meara (1998 Masters, Open Championship), Rich Beem (2002 PGA Championship), Mark Calcavecchia (1989 Open Championship), Darren Clarke (2011 Open Championship), Jim Furyk (2003 U.S. Open), Steve Jones (1996 U.S. Open), Tom Lehman (1996 Open Championship), Larry Mize (1987 Masters), Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open), Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Championship), David Toms (2001 PGA Championship) and Mike Weir (2003 Masters).

Five past PLAYERS Championship winners are in the field: Stephen Ames (2006), K.J. Choi (2011), Fred Funk (2005), Lee Janzen (1995) and Phil Mickelson (2008).

In addition to the United States, the field features players hailing from 12 other countries including Australia (Stephen Leaney, David McKenzie, Rod Pampling), Canada (Stephen Ames, Mike Weir), England (Paul Broadhurst), Fiji (Vijay Singh), Germany (Bernhard Langer), Esteban Toledo (Mexico), Northern Ireland (Darren Clarke), Scotland (Colin Montgomerie), South Africa (Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, David Frost), Spain (Miguel Angel Jiménez), South Korea (K.J. Choi) and Sweden (Robert Karlsson, Jesper Parnevik).

“We are excited to welcome to Richmond all of the players that will comprise what is arguably the best field in the short history of this event,” said Steve Schoenfeld, Executive Director of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. “Equally as important, the tournament will continue to make a significant, positive charitable impact in the local community, even in a year when we are unable to host spectators on site.”

Richmond native Bobby Wadkins, who grew up playing The Country Club of Virginia with older brother Lanny Wadkins – a World Golf Hall of Fame member and lead analyst for Golf Channel – received a sponsor exemption and will make his first start at the event. Wadkins owns four PGA TOUR Champions titles, including a senior major at the 2006 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

The Dominion Energy Charity Classic is typically the first of three Charles Schwab Cup Playoff events at the conclusion of the PGA TOUR Champions season. Following the onset of COVID-19 and event cancelations stemming from the global pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 seasons were combined to form a singular 2020-21 season, in turn reverting the three events back to full-field, 81-player tournaments. 

While the 2020 tournament will be held without spectators on-site, the three-round event will broadcast live on Golf Channel, Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday and 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.ET on Saturday and Sunday.  

Since the tournament’s inception in 2016, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic has helped to generate more than $3.5 million for Greater Richmond area charities with a focus on organizations benefiting military veterans. In three out of four years, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic has been voted by PGA TOUR Champions players as their favorite event, among all PGA TOUR Champions tournaments throughout the year. The Players Award represents recognition for a tournament that goes above and beyond in the experience they provide to PGA TOUR Champions players.  

To view the entire 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic field, visit the this link.

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Richmond authors Tressie McMillan Cottom, Erik Nielson, and Katherine Wintsch are finalists for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards

The event, streamed live, is an excellent opportunity for anyone who loves the written word to interact with amazing Virginia authors through a lively and informative online format.

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The Library of Virginia Literary Awards will be celebrated virtually this year with a week of author conversations and special events beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Anchoring the week is the Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration on Saturday, October 17, with author finalists, presenters, special guests, and featured speaker Douglas Brinkley, a U.S. presidential historian, and best-selling author.

This annual event, sponsored by Dominion Energy, is an excellent opportunity for anyone who loves the written word to interact with amazing Virginia authors through a lively and informative online format. Each virtual event begins at 6:00 PM and is accessible to the public, free of charge, through the Library of Virginia’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

  • Tressie McMillan Cottom is a finalist for the Nonfiction Award and the People’s Choice Nonfiction Award finalist for Thick: And Other Essays.
  • Erik Nielson is a Nonfiction Award finalist for Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America (co-authored with Andrea Dennis).
  • Katherine Wintsch is a People’s Choice Nonfiction Award finalist for Slay Like a Mother.

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Dominion Energy Christmas Parade Marching Online this Year

The 37th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will shift to a television-only Christmas special.

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Due to the unprecedented circumstances this year and the responsibility to make the safest decision for our community, the 37th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will shift to a television-only Christmas special! While we will miss seeing everyone on streets this year, we are so excited about the opportunity to bring Richmond’s favorite holiday tradition to you in the comfort of your own home!

Tune in to WTVR CBS 6 News on Saturday, December 5 at 10 am to watch all-new performances from your favorite entertainment groups, heart-warming stories focused on celebrating our Richmond community, “best of” clips from past parades featuring giant helium balloons and colorful floats, and even a special appearance by Legendary Santa himself! You will not want to miss the must-see television event of the holiday season! #RVAparade2020

NOTE TO PARADE PARTICIPANTS: Spots in this year’s Christmas special are limited. Please stay tuned for more information via email next week.

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