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GoFundMe to Help Local Musician Ron Curry

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Ron has been a fixture of the Richmond music scene since 1984 and has been a key member of many pioneering bands, including GWAR, Hotel X, the Chiggers, and The Broad Street Ramblers. He’s been working as a
contractor, and recently at Lowe’s. Ron was diagnosed with throat and lymph node cancer in January. While the prognosis is excellent, the treatment is debilitating.

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Ron Curry friend father husband son brother renovator extraordinaire artist musician was diagnosed with throat and lymph node cancer in January. While the prognosis is excellent, the treatment is debilitating.

Ron recently started a new job working for Lowe’s, because the physical demands of home and bathroom renovations were too much for a middle-aged body. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been on the job long enough to have medical leave benefits. His wife Michelle is having to take unpaid leave to help Ron negotiate treatment.

He is receiving radiation treatments five days a week. His first of three chemotherapy treatments wracked his body. He lost seven pounds in the first week. Because of the nature of his cancer and the focus of the radiation, he is having trouble eating and swallowing. He may have to have a feeding tube inserted to get his nutritional needs met. He may have to resign his position at Lowe’s while he continues treatment. There is a good chance that he will be able to return to the company when he is well.

In the meantime, Ron and Michelle need financial help with house payments, living expenses, and added medical costs. Prior to beginning his job with Lowe’s, Ron had minimal income because he was dealing with a prolonged shoulder injury. In the past several years, Ron had to deal with the financial consequences of a garage fire and an accident where he almost severed his finger. Consequently, there is no financial cushion to rely on.

We decided to put out this general appeal to help Ron, Michelle, and their two children. Those of you who know Ron have most likely observed and been the recipient of his generosity. He goes to thrift stores and finds the perfect gift for a friend. If you are down on your luck, Ron is there. He and his wife have helped her brother and his family in the Philippines. If he has three dollars in his pocket and you are hungry, he’ll give them to you. He’s a great guy who volunteers his time. Lots of you know him through the music community in Richmond and beyond. He’s been involved with the public radio community in Richmond.

Now they need our help. Please post this appeal on your page. Please make a donation. Let’s get the support going for Ron. I know many of you love them and have wanted to know what you can do. Every little bit helps. Thanks for helping Ron and Michelle Curry.

So far little over $5,000 has been raised of the $20,000 goal.

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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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InLight Coming to Low Line in 2021

1708 Gallery’s 14th annual InLight will take place November 12-13, 2021 at Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, and nearby sites on the Low Line in Richmond.

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1708 Gallery’s 14th annual InLight will take place November 12-13, 2021 at Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, and nearby sites on the Low Line in Richmond. InLight is 1708’s annual public exhibition of contemporary art. InLight takes place at night and each year is in a different location in Richmond. InLight features multimedia, sculpture, installation, performance, community-based works, and virtual projects that utilize light-based platforms (projections, lighting design, and more) to be experienced in the dark. Past sites include Chimborazo Park, the downtown Arts District, and the sculpture garden and grounds of the VMFA.

1708 invites regional, national, and international artists working in all media and disciplines to submit entries for InLight 2021. Great Shiplock Park is located at a former shiplock constructed as part of the James River and Kanawha Canal system. Artists are invited to propose projects that engage with and expand upon the multiple themes and histories that can be found at these sites such as: trade and labor of then-enslaved peoples of African and Indigenous descent during and following the industrial revolution; the environmental impact—especially concerning water resources—of commerce and infrastructure; and the cultivation of spaces for alternative forms of historical preservation.

The curatorial team is especially interested in proposals that address ideas around movement in air, land, and water; flows of resources; and the redistribution of power within these systems; and future-thinking projects that reflect but are not bound by the histories surrounding Great Shiplock Park to imagine the site’s specificity and potential beyond its past and present. Artists, Collectives, and Community Organizations are encouraged to apply.

For more details and to submit an entry, please visit 1708INLIGHT.ORG.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Midnight (EST), Thursday, July 15, 2021.

1708 will host two virtual meetings via Zoom to provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask direct questions about the application and selection process for InLight 2021. The meetings will be Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm. Please register in advance to attend.

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The Broadberry is F***ing Back or so I Read

Good news for lovers of live music.

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Follow The Broadberry on FB to keep up to date on all the live shows hitting the stage starting in August.

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Richmond Folk Festival and 2nd Street Festival Will Return

Short on details but the good news is the best event in Richmond will be back.

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I was thrilled to see this in my inbox this morning.

Two of Richmond’s largest and most beloved events will return this fall, live and in person. 

Venture Richmond Events plans to produce both the 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk  Festival as live events, while also following state and federal guidelines for outdoor gatherings. 

The 2nd Street Festival, in partnership with the City of Richmond, will take place October 2-3,  2021, in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.

The Richmond Folk Festival, in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts and the  City of Richmond, will take place October 8-10, 2021, along Downtown Richmond’s riverfront. 

“We look forward to getting back to in-person festivals with the 33rd year of the 2nd Street Festival and the 17th year of the Richmond Folk Festival,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events. “Now more than ever we know how important it is for us to come together safely in a shared celebration of culture and experiences, whether they are the rich traditions of the historic Jackson Ward community, or those from around the nation and the world presented on Downtown’s riverfront.  Certainly, the joy we receive from producing these two festivals is immeasurable and we will do  so with everyone’s wellbeing as our utmost priority.” 

More information will follow this summer as we continue to stay informed and aware of CDC and state guidelines for Covid-19 protocol at events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local,  state, and federal ordinances and guidelines is crucial. 

The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored in part by: Dominion Energy, Brown Distributing,  Community Foundation, Virginia Union University, and the City of Richmond.

The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored in part by: Dominion Energy, CoStar Group,  Community Foundation, WestRock, CarMax, City of Richmond, Brown Distributing, National  Council for Traditional Arts, and the Children’s Museum.

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