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Voice Your Opinion on the Future of Brown’s Island

Last year Venture Richmond created the Brown’s Island Improvement Plan and now they’d like to hear from the folks that use Brown’s Island.

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Rember concerts and festivals? Yeah, they’re pretty awesome but as the recent crisis has shown us they are only one aspect of our parks. The green spaces around us are used for much, much more than hosting massive parties, Brown’s Island is arguably the most well-used green space.

In 2012, Richmond City Council adopted the Richmond Riverfront Plan, which made recommendations to transform Brown’s Island into a daily destination for recreation, exploration, socializing, and experiencing the beauty of the James River.

Venture Richmond today released a survey to help chart the course for this invaluable local spot.

Venture Richmond is committed to seeing through the recommendations found in the 2012 Riverfront Plan, which include river and canal terraces, play spaces for children, more trees and landscaping, more ADA accessibility and other pedestrian improvements, shade, seating, and running water/permanent restrooms among other amenities. We are also committed to raising private funds for design and construction of these projects.

Last year, we created the Brown’s Island Improvement Plan, a conceptual plan which gets us one step closer to the level of detail needed to get improvements made to Brown’s Island that will help transform it into an even more attractive and accessible public space. The plan received conceptual approval from the City Planning Commission in December of 2019, but we still have work to do. That’s why we want you to take the Brown’s Island Improvement Plan Community Survey; to provide feedback on which projects and design elements are most important to you.

Take the Brown’s Island Improvement Plan Community Survey Now

This survey should take you about 30 minutes and is best taken on a laptop or desktop computer rather than your phone. The questions go in-depth into the various areas of Brown’s Island.

In the survey, you’ll be completing exercises like the one below. For the record, I picked River Creature, Slides, and Splash.

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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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Poe at the Pump House

All profits of the event will go to preserve the Pump House.

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Get your $20 ticket on Eventbrite.

Come for a tour of Richmond’s own historic Byrd Park Pump House and listen to Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works being read by an Edgar Allan Poe actor! This historic building, and its open air ballroom, offers the perfect venue and environment to hear Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works.

Details:

From 4:00-7:00 PM on October 23rd we are offering 3 one-hour long sessions, starting on the hour at 4:00, 5:00, & 6:00. Please arrive at the front doors of the Pump House a few minutes early to sign in with an event volunteer.

These one hour sessions will include a history tour of the Pump House and readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s work.

We are limiting tours to 20 people and we will be taking measures to keep visitors safe while inside the building.

  • As always, we require hard hats while inside the building, which will be provided as well as sanitized after each use.
  • As a Covid-19 response this event requires visitors to wear masks at all times, hand sanitizing, and social distancing where possible.
  • The building is not ADA accessible and those with mobility impairments may find some sections of the Pump House difficult to maneuver. Please reach out any further information or questions.
  • Kids are welcome, but are recommended to stay near an adult during the tour.
  • And as much as we love animals, the Pump House is not a safe place for them and they are not permitted, other than service animals.

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Harvestfest Festing it up at Lewis Ginter this Weekend

This two-day event has a festival vibe with live music, food, and adult beverages, plus family-friendly activities.

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Harvestfest at Lewis Ginter is Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and included with regular Garden admission.

Not only do you get all the beauty that is Lewis Ginter you get a mini-festival live music, food, and adult beverages, plus family-friendly activities.

Saturday’s Tunes

  • Ken Kellner Trio –  1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Cochrane Rose Garden ​
  • Hazeltone – 5-8 p.m. outside of Bloemendaal House — Hazeltone is a regional Roots Rock original music band with influences coming from The Doors, John Mayer, Neil Young and others.​

Sunday’s Tunes

  • Ken Kellner Trio –  1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Cochrane Rose Garden ​
  • Gypsy Roots Jazz Duo – 1:30-3:30 p.m. outside of Bloemendaal House

Weekend-long Fun

  • Build a Fairy House: Take inspiration from nature! Use your imagination to construct whimsical structures for woodland creatures, real and imagined. We will use sticks, bark, fallen leaves and other natural materials to build homes for tiny forest friends.
  • Drop-In Gardening: Come by the Jane Saunders Farm Garden and join our educator for hands-on planting, watering and harvesting. We might even spot some caterpillars!
  • Pumpkin Carving Artist by Bloemendaal House at 1 – 4 p.m.
  • “Scary” Storytime in Grace Arents Garden at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.

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Science Museum Debuts Two New Features in The Dome

This fall, the Science Museum of Virginia is featuring two new shows in The Dome that guests may add to their visit: “Birth of Planet Earth” and “Antarctica.”

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This fall, the Science Museum of Virginia is featuring two new shows in The Dome that guests may add to their visit: “Birth of Planet Earth” and “Antarctica.”

At more than 9,000 square feet—or almost a quarter acre—the Science Museum has the only Dome theater in Central Virginia, and the largest Dome screen in the state. Stadium-style seating, a wrap-around screen, the world’s first “8K” digital full-dome system and an ever-changing lineup of features combine to create a thrilling, immersive experience that helps curious-minded guests of all ages connect to the world and beyond.

When:
Released in 2019, the planetarium show “Birth of Planet Earth” debuted Oct. 1. It is currently playing Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon. It has a 25-minute runtime, and is followed by a live guided journey through the cosmos hosted by a Science Museum educator.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, “Antarctica” is a giant-screen film released earlier this year that recently took home Best Cinematography at the Jackson Wild Media Awards. It will begin playing at the Science Museum Nov. 1, and runs approximately 45 minutes.

Why:
“Birth of Planet Earth” uncovers what it took to achieve Earth’s wonder by exploring the formation of our solar system and the origins of our planet that occurred some 5 billion years ago. Guests will learn how the aftershocks of a supernova, the violence of Jupiter, a chance collision with the proto-planet Theia, the gift of a moon and water combined to make life possible. The cosmic journey also examines the possibility that our galaxy is filled with solar systems that have planets similar to our own, both in size and in their ability to sustain human life.

“Antarctica” investigates the mysterious and hostile—but beautiful—continent at the bottom of the world. Virtually untouched by humans because of its extreme conditions, Antarctica is home to an abundance of exciting creatures that thrive. However, climate change is threatening the arctic and the wildlife living there, and it is up to communities around the globe to protect it. Guests explore pristine, frozen mountain peaks to the otherworldly arctic sea floor to learn about how the world plans to preserve Antarctica.

How:
During regular operating hours, admission to “Antarctica” or “Birth of Planet Earth” is available through a combination ticket that includes access Science Museum exhibits. Admission is $20.50 for adults; $18.50 for youth (ages 6–12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3–5). Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and EBT cardholders. Infinite members receive free admission to the Science Museum and all Dome shows.

The Dome show lineup changes monthly. The current schedule with run times is posted on the Science Museum’s website. Tickets are available at smv.org.

Who:

“Antarctica” was created by BBC Earth and distributed by SK Films. It received support from the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey, an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council.

“Birth of Planet Earth” was produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum. The project is supported by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Where:
The Science Museum is located at 2500 West Broad St. in Richmond.

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