Tickets are now on sale for the 20th Annual Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction to be held on Friday, April 24 at the Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia. The event has raised more than $2 million for countless children and youth with disabilities over the past 20 years.
The 2020 event, presented by The Reinhart Foundation, Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Buick GMC and Synergy Technical, offers guests an opportunity to experience fine imported European and West Coast wines paired with a variety of culinary delights by Mosaic Catering. Guests will also enjoy live jazz from John Conley and craft beer from Midnight Brewery. The highly anticipated silent auction will feature sought-after items like a private wine dinner for 20, an oil painting by local artist Anne Walker and exceptional wines for bid.
Proceeds directly benefit the children and youth in SOAR365 programs.
“This is by far the best annual wine tasting event in Richmond,” Thom Horsey, co-founder of the Ladybug Fund and board member with SOAR365, said. “This is our most impactful fundraising and awareness event each year.”
Horsey has three decades of experience in the wine industry, having worked for Robert Mondavi, Rodney Strong, and Chateau Ste. Michelle. He is personally involved in all food and wine pairings for guests.
“SOAR365 is one of those agencies you couldn’t name if your life depended on it before you need them but can’t possibly imagine your life without when your family member needs them,” Horsey said. “The Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction is a fun way to bring the community together for an important cause. I’m looking forward to celebrating its twentieth year.”
Tickets are $95 through February 14, $100 through April 23 and $110 at the door. Guests can purchase tickets at soar365.org or by contacting Edilia Bendel at 804-665-1240.
Coronavirus Support List
An ongoing list of resources and businesses that are helping the Richmond community in this time of crisis.
- The Virginia Department of Health has a wealth of resources and an ongoing list of those tested and infected.
- COVID-19 Educational Materials from Washington State in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Marshallese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese. From the Washington State Department of Health. via @leahraemullis on Twitter.
- The staff at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences has created an excellent resource directory with reliable information about the outbreak.
- Words matter. Deliberate use of names for COVID-19 like Chinese virus or Chinese Coronavirus is racist and irresponsible—it only spreads stigma and fear, and increases the violent xenophobic attacks on the Asian American community. (Joint statement from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles)
Social distancing is the term used to describe certain actions recommended by health officials to disrupt the chain of contagion in a pandemic. This involves steps such as: keeping 3-6 feet from others, avoiding public gatherings, and limiting face to face contact with others.
- Richmond Public Schools has begun meal distribution for ALL RPS families that starts today, Monday, March 16th. Please visit one of our food distribution sites 9:30 am-12:30 pm to receive shelf sustainable food for your family during the break! Sites will be open Monday-Friday.
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- Tara Casey @legal_lou on Twitter is putting together the wonderful # list. 11 different organizations (including school districts) need help in many different ways. Highlight: donations welcome via drive-thru drop-off or Amazon shipping. Please help if you can. # docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
- Chesterfield Public Schools will provide free meals to students ages 18 years & younger while the division is closed due to COVID-19.
- Ram Pantry will provide pre-packed boxes of food to students in need beginning Wednesday, March 18 at 1 p.m. through Friday, March 20, at 3 p.m. until current supplies last. Ram Pantry will be closed for operations after Friday, March 20, until further notice. More info here.
- Stores with special hours for seniors. (Credit to NBC12 for the updated list)
- Big Lots is reserving the first operating hour of each day for senior citizens and people who are the most vulnerable to the virus.
- BJ’s Wholesale Club is opening one hour early at 8 a.m. for members who are ages 60 and older.
- Dollar General is adjusting operating hours for older customers.
- Fresh Market is opening stores from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors and those most at risk for coronavirus.
- Publix has senior shopping hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Publix pharmacies will open early at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Target will close at 9 p.m. to restock and clean stores. They also announced dedicated shopping hours for team members and their families.
- Whole Foods stores are open an hour early for customers 60+. Customers should check their local store’s website for specific hours.
- The Market at 25th in Richmond will open for senior citizens from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Other customers can shop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Trader Joe’s is reserving the first operating hour of its day for senior citizens. Stores will also have an extra line for seniors outside its front door for a quicker entrance.
- Walgreens is open early for seniors on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Customers 55 years and older will receive special discounts on Tuesdays.
- Walmart is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Tuesdays until April 28, stores will have an hour-long senior shopping event for customers aged 60 and older, one hour before the store opens.
- Your local actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc. will also be impacted by the downturn in business. This page is an excellent resource for those freelance workers.
- Artists Resource Page by Studio Two Three.
- Greater Richmond Continuum (GRCoC) is providing emergency shelter alternatives and coordinated plans to aid the homeless in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
The GRCoC partners need donations to meet the needs of the homeless population:
– $10 gift cards for gas stations and food for shelter residents and unsheltered individuals;
– Cleaning supplies, including soap, hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, tissues, trash masks, and disposable face masks;
– Canned food; and
– Bus tickets for residents.
- Richmond Public School Update 3/17/20
- Visual Arts Center is offering a way to nurture your creative spirit without leaving home this week? Our friend Michael-Birch Pierce is this month’s Creative Mornings speaker and registration just opened online! The event will be hosted 100% digitally this Friday, March 20, and it will explore the theme of identity. Michael-Birch Pierce is a fiber artist and fashion designer who has embroidered portraits at the Oscars, the Super Bowl, Design/Miami, SXSW, and even embroidered Christmas decorations for the Obama White House. Read more and shop their work at michaelbirchpierce.com. More info here.
- Scholastic set up a ‘Learn From Home’ website with four categories: PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+. Each section is already equipped with one week of content for students with 15 additional days on the way.
- Comcast is offering free internet for low income families. Go to InternetEssentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English or call 855-765-6995 for Spanish. All new customers will receive “a free self-install kit” with no shipping fee.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (free video series) ✏📚 Join the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home as Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every weekday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing—starting today, March 16th. Learn more kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems
- Compiled list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings amazingeducationalresources.com
- List of coloring books/pages from museums from around the world. Some are experiencing difficulty due to heavy traffic.
- Richmond Public Schools learning resources (English and Spanish) can be found at https://www.rpstech.org/parents.html and https://www.rpstech.org/ell.html.
- Virginia Museum of History & Culture offering FREE Online Resources and Digital Programming
- VPM.org/resources is a hub for news, educational materials and entertainment for our audience. There you’ll find links to:
Continuing local news coverage from VPM News
Access to the VPM PBS KIDS 24/7 channel video stream (also available for free, over the air)
Educational games from PBS KIDS, plus a daily newsletter for parents
VPM PBS Learning Media platform for educators and caregivers of pre-K – 12 students
Plus easy access to the VPM Music stream, Passport video streaming platform and television guide to keep audiences engaged and connected
- Richmond’s LGBTQ Chamber is offering a Relief Fund available in Mid April to members of the Chamber experiencing personal and/or financial hardship. If you find yourself in need please email them at [email protected] Funds are limited so they ask if you can to please donate to the Relief Fund and help other business owners and professionals in the community.
- @ is compiling a running list of livestreams by musicians from around the world, categorized by date and genre trib.al/g5hu23W
- Richmond Grid is hosting Virtual Happy Hour featuring live house performances by RVA’s favorite local musicians. Check on Facebook for next show.
Live Updates: Ongoing list and information on Richmond area institution and event closures, postponements
With new information and cancellations coming in by the hour, the below is our attempt to keep you up to date on the latest Richmond area closures, cancellations, and community information, with links to relevant resources for more. We’ll continue to update this article as we learn more. Feel free to leave your own in the comments or email to [email protected]
Note: We’re attempting to keep this list up to date as often as possible. Please submit any changes, additions, or corrections to [email protected] Want to support our efforts? Please consider making a donation to RVAHub at the link below.
Government & Community Organizations
- Commonwealth of Virginia declared a State of Emergency to enable resources to be activated where and when needed.
- City of Richmond recommends canceling all major events within city limits until further notice.
- Richmond Parks & Recreation is canceling certain activities and classes city-wide.
- Richmond City Council has canceled its March meetings.
- Over 50 Central Virginia localities create a centralized command center to manage virus-related activities and emergency operations.
- Richmond Department of Public Utilities is suspending water disconnections to encourage sanitary habits.
- Richmond Animal Care and Control will be closed March 14-27th. Fosters needed immediately; email [email protected] for details.
- The Richmond Department of Social Services is operating on reduced hours.
- The Office of Community Wealth Building has canceled its March programming.
- The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) is operating on a normal schedule but is taking additional health and safety precautions.
- FeedMore has announced safety precautions and released updates on helping neighbors in need.
- City of Richmond to close through March 31, essential services continue For a list of those essential services, use this link: bit.ly/2Uq64nz For more information on the city’s response to COVID-19, please visit richmondgov.com/covid19
- City of Richmond General District and Juvenile courts will be closed Monday, 3/16.
- Westover Hill United Methodist Tot Lot (Triangle Playground) will be closed to the public from March 13 to March 27.
- State Capitol and Pocohontas legislative office building closing to public starting at 5 PM on March 16th through the end of March, per General Assembly leadership and clerks, in consultation with the Governor. Staff will still have access to both buildings.
- Virginia ABC stores open but asking customers to call before coming in.
- Diversity Richmond closed for two weeks beginning March 16th.
- Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles customer service centers are closed until April 2. Driver and vehicle credentials have been extended 60 days.
Please note that this list is rapidly changing and we’re doing our best to keep it updated but we will at time have some outdated information. Please let us know if there has been a change.
- 23rd & Main Taproom closed. Reopening TBD.
- 3 Monkeys closed. Reopening TBD.
- 821 Cafe dining room closed. Open for curbside and delivery 10-2.
- Abeulita’s dining room closed. Curbside to-go being offered.
- Adarra closed. Reopening TBD.
- Alewife to-go only.
- Answer Brewpub offering carryout only Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 12pm-5pm.
- Ardent Craft Ales tasting room closed. Plan to launch curbside to-go service on March 17th.
- Ashton Creek Vineyardscurrently open for curbside takeout of wine and food. Also doing home delivery of wine with call-in and online ordering. www.ashtoncreekvineyard.com or 804-896-1586.
- Bamboo closed. Reopening TBD.
- Bandito’s closed. Reopening TBD.
- Barrel Thief Cafe closed, the shop remains open.
- Belmont Pizzeria offering pick up and delivery only. All orders placed by phone; calling when order is ready for pickup.
- Bell Cafe closed. Reopening TBD. Curbside to-go and delivery plans being worked on.
- Beauvine Burger Concept dining area closed. Open for takeout, to-go, and delivery.
- Biscuit and Waffles closed. Reopening TBD.
- Blue Bee Cider serving area closed. Curbside to-go bottle for sale.
- Black Hand Coffee Black Hand Coffee open for take out and pre order pick up through prepaid cloosiv app. Home delivery starting next week through eat street.
- Boathouse closed. Reopening TBD.
- Boogaloos closed. Reopening TBD.
- Boychik’s Deli dining room still open and offering delivery.
- Brenner Pass curbside service.
- Brunch closed. Tentative reopen date of March 30th.
Burger Bach Short Pump and Midlothian offering orders by phone or online ordering through our website or app. Offering Pick-Up, Curbside Carryout and Delivery through third parties: Doordash, Grubhub and Ubereats. 804-716-6748 (Short Pump) and 804-594-5525 (Midlothian). Carytown location closed.
- Buskey Cider tasting room closed. To-go and delivery options are being offered.
- Cafe Ole closed. Reopening TBD.
- Can Can Brasserie dining room closed. Limited to-go menu to start March 17th. Planned reopening March 30th.
- Canon and Draw tasting room closed. To-go options available.
- Casa Del Barco all locations closed. Reopening TBD.
- Capital One Cafe closed. Reopening TBD.
- Cary Street Cafe closed. Reopening TBD.
- Center of the Universe Brewing tasting room closed. Reopening TBD. To-go and curbside pick-up offered.
- Chocolates by Kelly closed. Will be offering delivery. Orders and gift certificates can be purchased by emailing [email protected] Reopening TBD.
- Citizen closed permanently. They were looking to sell but that deal fell through for obvious reasons.
- Conch Republic closed. Offering curbside to-go service and UberEats.
- Crossroads Coffee closed two weeks starting March 16th.
- Curbside dining room closed. Offering curbside to-go service.
- Dogtown Brewing closed. Reopening TBD.
- Don’t Look Back (both locations) closed; offering membership club with swag and 10% off food for a year after reopening. Reopening TBD.
- Dot’s Back Inn closed. Reopening TBD.
- Drive Shack is closed. Reopening TBD.
- Dutch and Company dining room closed. Offering to-go meals.
- EAT Restaurant Partners restaurants all closed (Beijing On Grove, Boulevard Burger & Brew, Fatty Smokes: A Barbecue Joint, Fat Dragon, Foo Dog, Hot Chick: A Fried Chicken Story, Osaka, Pizza & Beer Of Richmond, Red Salt Chophouse & Sushi, Wild Ginger, Wong Gonzalez, and Wong’s Tacos). Reopening TBD.
- F.W. Sullivan’s closed. Reopening TBD.
- Final Gravity tasting room closed. To-go only with limited hours 2-7 PM Tuesday-Sunday.
- Forest to-go only.
- Fuzzy Cactus closed. Reopening TBD.
- Garden Grove tasting room closed. To-go options available.
- Garnett’s Cafe dining room closed. To-go Only.
- Galley dining room closed. Galley Pizza to-go only. Galley market open.
- Godfrey’s closed until at least 4/20/20. Reopening TBD.
- Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse dining room closed to-go only.
- The Grill at Libbie & Patterson open for food, beer, and wine curbside pickup daily from 11am-8pm. Call in orders only, credit card by phone only, no cash. 804-285-0002
- Grisette dining room closed. Offering to-go only.
- Groovin’ Gourmets is operating and has created two new menus, one offers pre-packaged fresh meals, and the other is a family meals menu.
- Hang Space Closed but offering free lunches to children in need. Reopening TBD.
- Hardshell both locations dining room closed. Planning on offering to-go service.
- Hardywood tasting rooms closed. Open for t0-go only.
- Helen’s closed. Reopening TBD.
- Heritage closed but offering “take and bake” meals. Reopening TBD.
- Hobnob closed but launching pick up/take out menu that will start on the evening of Tuesday, March 17.
- Hot Diggity Donuts closed. Reopening TBD.
- Hotel Greene closed. Reopening TBD.
- Idle Hands has adjusted their days and hours of operation to take out only from 8-3 Tues, Sat and Sun.
- Ironclad Coffee Roaster to-go only.
- Isley Brewing to-go service only.
- Island Shrimp Company closed. Reopening TBD.
- Izzy’s Kitchen dining room closed. To-go only.
- Kabana closed. Reopening TBD.
- Kitchenette curbside or home delivery only.
- Kreggers at Hand is currently doing take out orders and offering curbside pick up; also available for delivery on GrubHub. Gift cards are available for purchase as well.
- Kuba Kuba & Kuba Kuba Dos closed. Reopening TBD.
- Little Nickel closed. Reopening TBD.
- Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint is offering curbside to-go only. Sister restaurant Billy Jack’s Shack is closed completely. Reopening TBD.
- Jasper closed. Reopening TBD.
- Joe’s Inn dining room closed. Curbside service only. Reopening TBD.
- La Grotta Ristorante will be closed through March 30th.
- L’Opossum closed. Reopening April.
- Lady N’awlins closed. Reopening TBD.
- Laura Lee’s dining room closed. Reopening TBD. Serving dinner rotating menu.
- Legends Grille offering online orders for pick-up. Delivering on UberEats and DoorDash. Contact number: (804) 562-8043
- Level Restaurant & Bar is closed. Reopening TBD.
- Longoven closed. Reopening TBD.
- LuLu’s closed. Reopening TBD.
- Lunch & Supper open for food, beer, and wine curbside pickup daily from 11am-8pm. Call in orders only, credit card by phone only, no cash. 804-353-0111
- Mekong closed. Reopening TBD.
- Metro Bar & Grill offering curbside takeout only.
- Metzger’s Bar and Butchery dining room closed offering curbside to-go.
- Mise En Place Cooking School closed. Reopening TBD.
- Mill at MacArthur closed. Reopening April 1st.
- Millie’s closed. Reopening TBD.
- NAMA is offering a $50 curbside carryout meal for four; order online here.
- Nota Bene dining room closed. To-go has now been suspended.
- O’Toole’s Restaurant & Pub closing Forest Hill and Midlothian locations to dine-in; offering curbside takeout.
- Parterre is temporarily closed, reopening TBD.
- Patrick Henry Pub and Grille dining room closed curbside to-go service offered.
- Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen closed. Reopening TBD.
- Perch dining room closed. To-go meals are available.
- Penny Lane Pub closing after St. Patrick’s Day. Reopening TBD.
- PikNikRVA closed. Reopening TBD.
- Pho 95 Hai Ky Mi Gia offering pick-up, order by phone. Delivering on GrubHub and DoorDash. Contact: (804) 728-2919
- Poe’s Pub to-go only.
- Pop’s Market on Grace closed. Reopening TBD.
- Rare Olde Times closed but offering a limited to-go menu. Reopening TBD.
- Richmond Restaurant Group restaurants all closed (The Daily Kitchen & Bar, Barrio Taqueria & Tequila, East Coast Provisions, West Coast Provisions, The Hard Shell Downtown, The Hard Shell Bellgrade, and The Hill Cafe). Reopening TBD.
- Roosevelt closed. Reopening TBD.
- Rosie Connoly’s Pub closed 3/17. Reopening TBD.
- Rostov’s Coffee and Tea starting March 17th, hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick-up orders only. Customers urged to call in their orders and prepay.
- River City Roll closed. Reopening TBD.
- Salt and Forge is open 8-2p M-F, 9-2p on Saturday for to-go pickup or deliveries only.
- Saltbox Oyster Co. offering a fish fry takeaway special on Fridays from 5:30-8 pm. Contact number: (804) 528-5554
- Sam Miller’s Restaurant & Venue is open for dine-in, take out & delivery Monday through Saturday from 11 am until 8 pm.
- Sandston Smokehouse is open and offering pickup/carry out as well as a drive-thru with their food trailer.
- Secco Wine Bar dining room closed. Offering t0-go curbside service. Reopening TBD.
- Sedona Taphouse’s Glen Allen, Midlothian, and Colonial Heights locations are offering half-off beer and wine to go, curbside services, and delivery.
- Sefton Coffee Company closed. Reopening TBD.
- Sidewalk Cafe closed. Reopening TBD.
- Southbound to-go only.
- Social52 to-go only.
- Steam Bell Beer Works tasting room closed. To-go options available.
- Stella’s dining room closed. Reopening TBD. Curbside to-go service being offered.
- Stir Crazy Cafe to-go orders only starting March 16th.
- Sticky Rice to-go, delivery only.
- Stone Brewing to-go only.
- Stoplight Gelato and Cafe closed. Reopening TBD.
- Strangeways Brewing tasting room closed. To-go only.
- Sugar Shack Donuts closes at noon March. Reopening TBD.
- Sweet Frog at Staple Mills t0-go only.
- Sweet Frog in Colonial Heights to-go only.
- Tabol Brewing tasting room closed. To-go and pizza available Friday – Sunday 12-7 PM.
- Tazza Kitchen curbside service.
- The Camel dining room closed. All shows canceled. Delivery, to-go, and curbside pickup offered.
- The Juice Laundry RVA to-go only call ahead by phone or on the Juice Laundry app.
- The Mill on MacArthur open 18th & 19th for curbside service only. Closing on March 20th. Reopening TBD.
- The Treat Shop RVA will be closed until further notice.
- Tio Pablo closed. Reopening TBD.
- Toast’s Village Shopping Center location is open for curbside takeout and delivery.
- Triple Crossing to-go only. Offering cans/crowlers/merchandise to-go in person (card only transactions) or through ordering on their website. Delivering to Greater Richmond area, too. Reopening TBD.
- Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods is offering a drive thru pickup service at their Maywill Street production facility.
- Uptown Alley offering curbside pickup and delivery, plus $5 back for every $20 and family-sized portions.
- Väsen Brewing Company tasting room closed. Delivery and to-go options available.
- Veil Brewing starting Tuesday, March 17th, will be moving to outdoor to-go sales only.
- Westover dining room closed. Working on to-go, curbside options.
- WPA Bakery to-go only.
- ZZQ curbside pickup only. Call to place your order from limited menu.
In the interest of public health and safety, the administration of Mayor Levar Stoney recommends that all restaurants, bars, and other establishments that serve food and drink within city limits eliminate bar seating, move tables at least six feet apart and limit their on-site service to 50 percent of their normal capacity. If 50 percent of capacity exceeds the CDC-recommended limit of 50 people gathered, establishments should limit their service to 50 or fewer patrons. The recommendation does not affect any restaurant’s capacity to offer carryout and delivery. In order to support the residents and businesses of Richmond, the administration will introduce on March 23 an ordinance outlining a city amnesty program for all penalties and interest on most local taxes due between March 13 and June 30, 2020. This proposed program will exclude personal property taxes on vehicles, motor vehicle license taxes, and vehicle license fees, as required by ordinance. The city is also exploring options for a program to issue small, no-interest loans to support small businesses. More information on this will be provided at a later date.
- Bow Tie theaters closing effective Monday, March 16th. Reopening date TBD.
- Fountain Book Store closed. Someone will be in the store from 10-2 and they’ll be offering free delivery and curbside pickup.
- South of the James Farmers Market Closed. Reopening date TBD.
- Kings Dominion has moved its opening date from March 28th to April 4th.
- Most grocery stores are operating on shortened hours to allow for restocking and cleaning. Check their website before heading out.
- World of Mirth closed to customers but if you call them check their Facebook they have delivery options including bringing it out to your car.
- Greenleaf’s Pool Room closed indefinitely.
- Rosie’s Gaming closed until March 30th.
- Stony Point Fashion Park reduced hours Monday – Saturday: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Lewis Ginter Gardens closed but offering virtual with lots of wonderful photos.
- Quirk Hotel closed.
Schools & Daycare
- Richmond Public Schools are closed that means no food for many children. RPS is continuing to provide meals for families impacted at these schools. If you want to help fill out this Google Form so they can follow up with you.
- VCU has announced remote classes for the remainder of the semester and canceled commencement.
- University of Richmond remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester and reschedule Class of 2020 Commencement at a later date this year.
- YMCA of Greater Richmond has canceled child care and is closing all facilities until further notice.
- By order of the Governor on March 23rd, all schools public and private are closed for the remainder of the academic year.
- Richmond Kickers delay the start of the season by two weeks. The first game is scheduled for April 18th.
- Monument 10K postponed until September 26th
- Red Army vs Kickers Front Office game scheduled for 3/14 has been postponed. No new date has been set.
- Richmond Flying Squirrels 4/16 opening delayed. No new date has been set.
- A10 basketball tournament was canceled; our photographer on-site got some photos of VCU practicing just before the tipoff that never was.
- Run For The Hills Forest Hill 5k is postponed; they’re working on a new date.
- FC Richmond has canceled all games and related activities until further notice.
- Sportable is canceling all programming through Sunday, March 29.
- Own Touch has made the decision to cancel all activities scheduled on 3/13/2020 – 3/15/2020.
- Virginia High School League has decided the spring sports season be delayed for two weeks with the first play date now scheduled for March 30th.
- Spring- BadaBing Craft fair postponed. New date TBD.
- Church Hill Irish Festival scheduled for 3/21 has been postponed. No new date has been set.
- St. Patrick’s Day at Hardywood’s West Creek location has been canceled. At this time the brewery remains open.
- RVA Street Art Festival scheduled for April 2020 along the Floodwall on Dock Street, is being moved to September 25-27 due to unexpected logistical conflicts.
- Forest Hill Spring Classic canceled.
- The Richmond SPCA’s 18th annual Dog Jog has been canceled; a virtual event will take place.
- Innsbrook’s St. Paddy’s Palooza has been postponed to a later date.
- 45th Annual Greek Festival has been postponed until August 27th – 30th.
- Richmond Forum has postponed its March 21st and 24th programs. The April 18th is scheduled to take place at this time.
- Arts in the Park has been canceled.
- The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 scheduled for May has been postponed until May 2021.
- Studio Two Three is canceling all classes and large organizational events until further notice.
- Richmond Public Library will be closed starting March 14th through March 30th. They are asking that you keep your checked out items at home for now. There will be no late fees.
- Firehouse Theatre will cancel all public events through Sun, April 5 to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, and audiences.
- The National will be closed until the date(s) specified by local officials, subject to ongoing reassessment. Their hope is to reschedule as many of the affected events as possible, but at this time there is no information on new dates.
- Visual Arts Center is closing on March 13 and reopening on April 6. The start date of our spring session will be delayed by about two weeks. This is subject to change.
- Friends of the Richmond Public Library are postponing their 2020 Spring Book Sale scheduled for the first weekend in April.
- French Film Festival postponed until March 25-28, 2021.
- VMFA is closed to the general public through Thursday, April 23, 2020. All galleries, special exhibitions, and venues are closed.
- The Virginia Museum of History and Culture is also closed through the 27th.
- Virginia Opera has postponed its production of Aida and other productions until further notice.
- The Valentine Richmond History Center will be closed Through March 30th.
- The Byrd Theatre is closed for the foreseeable future due to virus concerns.
- Virginia Holocaust Museum tentatively closed through March 29th.
- Maymont Mansion will be closed from March 15 to March 30 to slow the spread of COVID-19. Maymont’s 100 acres of parkland remain open.
- Virginia Repertory Theatre has canceled all performances at its venues (Hanover Tavern, Theatre Gym, Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, November Theatre) in March and April.
- Richmond Triangle Players has canceled all spring programming through May.
- RVA/tech has canceled spring programming, speaking events, and conferences through May.
- University of Richmond’s Modlin Center has suspended all its remaining season performances.
Stuck at home? Explore some of Virginia’s most significant historic, cultural sites online for free
Just because you’re social distancing it doesn’t mean you cant explore some of Virginia’s most magnificent cultural and historical sites virtually, online, for free. Here’s a roundup of where you can explore and what you can learn.
By Caroline Logan, Virginia Tourism
With the international crisis regarding COVID-19, also referred to as Coronavirus, visitors may be canceling or rescheduling upcoming travel plans and staying home.
While people are self-isolating and social distancing, many museums, historic sites, and other tourism destinations are offering virtual options for visitors to explore and learn.
Mount Vernon will continue its mission to educate people around the world through its robust digital presence. The historic site will provide digital tours of the mansion through mountvernon.org/virtualtour. The Washington Library has also prepared digital resources for students and their parents will be working with its network of teachers nationwide to support their educational efforts. These resources can be accessed at mountvernon.org/digital. Mount Vernon’s YouTube channel also features a livestream of the estate’s newborn lambs.
Monticello hosts a number of online exhibits including “The Declaration Around the World,” “The Life of Sally Hemings,” and “ Users can also download the Slavery at Monticello: Life and Work on Mulberry Row app for free.
James Madison’s Montpelier has publicly accessible blog posts, websites, podcasts, and social media posts for visitors to enjoy. Access to podcasts and video series can be found on the site’s YouTube page. Those interested in the research, history, archaeology, and collecting at Montpelier can visit the Digital Doorway for a wealth of information at digitaldoorway.montpelier.org.
Colonial Williamsburg is adding content to its Explore From Home website from the people who bring history to life. Resources include guides for teachers, quizzes and puzzles for students, interactive timeline, pages for exploring art collections, and printable coloring sheets from The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, as well as libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world.
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond will be offering free online video content, webinars, student learning resources, and virtual tours at VirginiaHistory.org/AtHome.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle has a virtual tour and numerous distance learning opportunities. The rich, interactive virtual environment will serve as the gateway for Marines and visitors to see the museum from the comfort of their homes. The museum’s online distance learning programs engage audiences with the history of the United States Marine Corps. Programs include a plethora of virtual learning experiences and subject matter for people to learn important and interesting topics related to the Marine Corps. Take the virtual tour at virtualusmcmuseum.com and access the distance learning programs at usmcmuseum.com/distance-learning.html.
The Chrysler Museum of Art located in Norfolk’s NEON Arts District features 50 galleries, 30,000 objects, and a world-renowned glass collection. Viewers can take a virtual tour through the galleries as well as explore the museum’s Digital Collections featuring European and American paintings, sculptures and decorative arts and works from African, ancient Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures.
Join the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk for a Virtual Voyage every day at 2 p.m. (March 16 – 30, 2020) on its Facebook page. Visitors can go behind the scenes, tour the zoo, and check in on their favorite animals. The zoo’s Virtual Voyage website also offers augmented reality tours, printable activity sheets, a YouTube video series, and more.
Take a virtual walking tour of historic Fincastle in Botetourt County with over 50 individual “stops,” each complete with a picture and background about the location.
The Kids Square Children’s Museum in Roanoke will go live on Facebook at least once a day during the week until reopening. They’ll be doing everything from science experiments to book reading. Visitors joining the livestream have the chance to win one of the items that Kids Square is playing with that day.
The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum in Ferrum offers the following online exhibits for individuals to learn more about folk heritage in the Blue Ridge region.
- Full Throttle: Racing and Rodding in Southwest and Central Virginia
- Moonshine: Blue Ridge Style
- Deathly Lyrics: Songs of Virginia Tragedies
- Earthenware Along the Great Road in Virginia and Tennessee
The Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke has images and background information on nearly every item in the rail, road, air, and ship collections. Collections are separated by category and can be accessed here.
The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon will be broadcasting live via Facebook every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. Videos will include tours of the galleries, insider looks at collections, family-friendly art projects, and live art demos.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond is sharing “Virtual Visits” on its Facebook page as well as putting resources for learning (including activities for kids) and ideas for relaxation and mental health on its website lewisginter.org.
Take a virtual tour around Virginia Beach’s cultural enclave by using this Google Mural Map to explore the ViBe Creative District on a virtual, self-guided mural tour. Click on the map icons to find information about the artists, artworks and locations, along with multiple images of the artwork and video links of murals created during the last two years of the ViBe Mural Festival.
The Barter Theatre in Abingdon is working to offer its patrons the ability to stream productions from home. The production of “Peter Pan” that was originally scheduled to open on April 7 will be online to patrons as well as access special bonus features. The theatre will also be providing coordinating educator resources, including lesson plans and a study guide. More information can be found here: bartertheatre.com/barter-theatre-on-demand
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach will provide entertaining, educational content to fans including live streams, video footage, crafts for kids, and behind the scenes peeks on its website and social media channels.
The City of Alexandria created a new web hub called ALX at Home, which brings residents and nearby visitors their favorite Alexandria restaurants, shops and attractions to the comfort of their own home. Features include:
- 50+ restaurant and 15 retail deals and offerings
- Attraction offerings such as virtual tours and a “Ride it Out” bike rental program from Unlimited Biking.
- Cocktail Corner for Happy Hour at home with instructional videos from The Hour boutique.
- Puppy Love, bringing a daily dose of cuteness from Alexandria’s four-legged friends.
The Omni Homestead Resort’s podcast, Beyond the Tower offers an insider’s look into one of America’s most iconic resorts. From historical anecdotes to one-of-a-kind experiences, Beyond the Tower includes topics from the history of the resort and golf to the Garth Newel Music Center and the resort’s partnership with a local farmer. Each episode begins and ends with “Welcome to My Homestead,” an original composition from David Hill, a native of Roanoke, Virginia and one of the resort’s most popular musicians.
For those interested in historic moments of Virginia, listen to the Following Harriet podcast. Following Harriet takes a closer look at the life of one of the bravest and most extraordinary women in our country’s history. It also puts Harriet in a broader context, examining the 19th Century experience of African Americans, especially in Virginia.
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