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Updated Shamrock the Block and Church Hill Irish Festival are Postponed

The two largest St. Patrick Day related festivals are taking different approaches to the threat of COVID-19.

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Update 11:00 AM 2/12 Shamrock the Block is throwing in the towel as well. Statement below:

After speaking with the Mayor directly, we have decided that it is in all our interests to postpone Shamrock The Block for now.

For those who support the festival, the jobs it creates, the economic benefit to the neighborhood it brings and the basic joy of being outside with your friends, we say thank you and we will be back once the fear of gathering has subsided. Mayor Stoney and the City of Richmond have pledged their full support for Shamrock’s return, and we are grateful for that.

Once we have a reschedule date, we will post and let the news outlets know.

Cheers!
The Shamrock Team

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Two festivals two different approaches. Shamrock the Block which takes place on Arthur Ashe Boulevard is still planning on hosting their party this Saturday. The Church Hill Irish Festival which was scheduled for next week has decided to postpone its 35th Annual Festival.

From the Church Hill Festival

In the interest of our community health and well being, and after speaking with the Mayors Office and City Officials, we have to postpone the 35th Annual Irish Festival until a later date. It breaks our heart for this to happen, but we must keep in mind that the purpose of the Festival is to benefit our community and to celebrate our heritage. This is the right choice at this time☘️
We are sorry for the inconvenience and we pray for the health of anyone affected by this situation.

Yesterday (Wednesday) Shamrock the Block released this statement:

We want to be thoughtful but not live in fear. We have been monitoring the current news daily and we believe common sense is king here. We are asking people to use their common sense. If you are sick, stay home. If you have concerns, stay home. As event organizers, we always have hand washing stations at the event for health reasons, but we are following the CDC recommendations and are strongly encouraging hand washing throughout the day. We are adding more hand washing stations that can be refilled with soap and water as well as additional hand sanitizing stations inside all of the portalets. To add to that, making it easier for more people to get the 20 seconds recommended and shorten the lines, we have acquired a large water truck that is also equipped with water spigots and soap stations that will be available all day. All of our beer pourers, volunteers and ticket sellers will be provided gloves/disinfectant wipes to use and the kids area will use sanitizing wipes throughout the day on the equipment. Unless we are told otherwise by officials, we are moving forward. We hope for everyone that comes out to have a fun, healthy and enjoyable day.

Cheers,
Shamrock the Block Crew

 

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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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Flower Delivery by GWAR’s JiZMak Da Gusha is Terrifyingly Awesome

Nicola Flora has for a limited time a special delivery person (delivery demon, delivery thing).

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Originally spotted on rva/Reddit is the news that will be sure to brighten that special someone in your life. Sure it will cost you $100 bucks but how many people in this world can say they got flowers from a dog-headed drummer?

ATTENTION SCUMDOGS OF RICHMOND!!!!

Has your quarantine been as pitiful and pathetic as your meaningless existence?

If so, then we have just the thing to add some much-needed excitement (and possibly some terror) to your day!

For a limited time only, GWAR’s infamous dog-headed drummer JiZMak Da Gusha is delivering flowers on behalf of Nicola Flora. (He really needs the money.)

This special delivery service starts at $100 and includes a designer’s choice floral arrangement, delivery and photos with JiZMak.

Please include any messages you would like JiZMak to yell at your unfortunate flower victim on your behalf.

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Halloween Howl Takes the Dogs Online this Year

You have a week to show off your pooch’s best trick and/or costume.

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Halloween Howl has been a long standing annual tradition in Forest Hill Park, bringing our community together with dogs and their people to benefit Friends of Forest Hill Park and Ring Dog Rescue. The Howl has included dog/owner games, best pet trick competition, costume parade and refreshments. Ring Dog Rescue participated with their adoptable dogs, and CritterTown BathHouse provided a Pooch Pad as well as free nail clipping for a donation to Ring Dog Rescue. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior, Middle and High School park volunteers, judged the events and awarded prizes. This year due to COVID health concerns, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Senior Jacob Lee, has created a virtual event page for our event so we can continue to host it this year! We greatly appreciate Jacob’s time and talent!

For more information on Ring Dog Rescue go to ringdogrescue.org.

For more information on Friends of Forest Hill Park and the Junior Group go to friendsofforesthillpark.org

How it Works

Please register for the Halloween Howl event below. We hope you will consider making a donation as well. Half of the donations will go to Ring Dog Rescue and and the other half to Friends of Forest Hill Park.

Upload a picture of your dog in his/her costume or a short video of your pet’s best trick by Saturday, October 24th at Noon. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior will Judge the following categories, and prizes will be awarded:

  • Best Pet Trick
  • Best Dog/Owner Duo
  • Best Costume Overall
  • Cutest Costume
  • Scariest Costume
  • Judges Choice

You will be notified by email Sunday, October 25th, and winners will be posted on this site. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy until we can resume our live event in the park!

Register Here

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Suspect Sought in Theft from Broad Street Building

It’s not stated by RPD but based on Tweets earlier this week we believe this is Mayor Stoney’s re-election headquarters.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is suspected of stealing from a building on West Broad Street on Monday.

During the early morning hours on Monday, October 12, the suspect entered the building in the 2600 block of W. Broad Street and stole a large television from the common area. The suspect was last seen heading west on Broad Street with the TV.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective K.L.  Robinson at (804) 646-6820 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.  The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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