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Fourth of July Fireworks Options

Most fireworks displays have been canceled out health concerns but a few communities are throwing the dice and hoping that everyone follows CDC and state guidelines.

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The big show at Dogwood Dell is not happening this year but there are three local events still taking place. Two of these events you can attend in person and the third you can watch on your television.

First up is the safest option. The Flying Squirrels, City of Richmond, CBS 6 have joined forces to present a Fourth of July Fireworks Show at the Diamond. Don’t get excited you won’t be allowed in the stadium to check out the big booms.

CBS 6 will televise the event with a special live broadcast from 9-10 p.m. by the Virginia Lottery. The fireworks show at The Diamond is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

The show will be simulcast live on Big 98.5 FM and 1140 AM WRVA.

“Although we are unable to gather for our traditional Fourth of July game at The Diamond, we are excited to partner with the City of Richmond and CBS 6 to bring fireworks to your TV screen,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While different than past years, we can still celebrate and create new memories together while watching safely through our televisions.”

“It’s hard for us to be apart, but this is one spectacular way we can all be together to celebrate our nation’s independence as a One Richmond community,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said. Thanks to CBS 6, the city and the Flying Squirrels, for keeping some fun in the Fourth of July.”

“Fourth of July at The Diamond is a Richmond tradition,” CBS 6 General Manager Stephen Hayes said. “CBS 6 looks forward to televising the fireworks and celebrating Independence Day with our Central Virginia community.

If you can’t resist the urge to see fireworks in person there are two shows that will be taking place this 4th.

Chesterfield County’s Fourth of July Celebration at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road

Fireworks expected to start at 9:15 PM on July 4th.
This is a free event, but parking is limited and there will be no food or entertainment vendors. Social distancing will be enforced and no alcohol, glass bottles, pets or personal fireworks will be allowed on county property. Read more here.

Powhatan Freedom Festival at Powhatan Fairgrounds, 4042 Anderson Hwy

The event starts 6 PM and expected to wrap up at 11 PM on July 4th.

This is a free event, but they will be accepting donations that will go towards free dental care for kids in the community from the Powhatan Dental Outreach Foundation for Children.

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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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PHOTOS: RVAHub Road Trip to Charles Town West Virginia

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After dropping our only child at college we turned to the mountains and explored. Over the next week or so I’ll be sharing the sights that my wife (Page) and I captured. These won’t be in chronological order because that would make too much sense. Surprisingly these photos are from the first day.

We make it a point to try breweries in towns we visit. There are three reasons for this, one we like beer, two it often takes us into a part of town that we might not otherwise hit, and lastly, brewery staff often have an excellent scoop on other spots to hit that can’t be found with a google search.

Harper’s Ferry was our general destination on the first day of this road trip. We decided to hit Abolitionist Ale Works in Charles Town which is just about 15 minutes past Harper’s Ferry. It was doing this research that I realized that instead of staying a fine but not remodeled since Jimmy Carter was president hotel, we could have stayed in an Airbnb directly above the brewery. Live and learn. The brewery is right on Washington Street your chances of getting lost in Charles Town (population aprox. 6,000) are very slim. The beer and food were all good, nothing mind-blowing but quenched the thirst and filled the belly. The staff were excellent and there were plenty of seating options ranging from a small bar by the front door, dining room, and a nice little patio out back. The Shenandoah Saison  was one of their better beers and they take pride in a variety of sours which I wasn’t up for trying.

Word of warning if you plan to go to Charles Town. Pretty much everything (that we saw) closes early. After drinks and a little food we wandered down Washington Street and took a few photos.

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It’s hard for me to pass up a good sign. There are many more photos of Feagans Jewelers on my hard drive.

Not dissing Grandma but the bartender at our hotel didn’t have high praise for Grandma’s Diner.

In retrospect we should have gone looking for the Old Opera House.

This was part of a giant mosaic taking up most of the side of a building. The jury is still out for me on whether the town is Historically Hip.

Ominous rain clouds ended our Charles Town exploration early. The next time we hit Harper’s Ferry we’ll probably stay at the aforementioned Airbnb and explore the town a bit more.

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Richmond broadcast legends team up to launch new internet radio station “The Breeze”

Bill Bevins, Bud Myers, Adam Stubbs, and Ilyse Jennings will launch the new soft album rock station October 1st.

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Some of Richmond’s best-known radio personalities are coming back to the airwaves – only this time, digitally. Veteran radio host Bill Bevins, who has been heard across Richmond’s radio dial and on TV for a combined five decades, most notably on Lite 98 and WTVR-TV (CBS6) has teamed up with self-described consumer electronics guru and former WTVR-TV reporter Bud Myers to launch internet radio station The Breeze.

The two lifelong friends envision the new station, which will play five decades of soft album rock by national artists and also spotlight Richmond musicians, as a “breath of fresh air” among the landscape of corporate-owned radio in Richmond and across the country that has seen the consolidation of both music playlists and local personalities over the years.

The Breeze, Bevins hopes, will be a reprisal of Richmond radio’s glory days, but with a modern spin.

“We remember when disc jockeys had the freedom to select and talk in depth about the various songs they played,” said Bevins. “That is not the case today. Corporate radio limits the music selection, the programming, and the role of the show’s host, which in our opinion, limits the enjoyment of the listener.”

“So many of the great songwriters have been creating excellent music over the past 50 years, but other than their 1970s hits, you never hear them on today’s radio,” Myers added. “Streaming The Breeze catches you up with their music, which has matured and deals with the things that life has brought to all of us. From album cuts of singer/songwriters to the blues, soft jazz or 60s soul, this is what The Breeze offers our listeners and in full CD quality.”

Bevins pointed out that there also has been little opportunity to hear Richmond musicians on the radio. “Local artists rarely get airtime, but The Breeze will now bring their music to the public every day,” he said.

Once the station officially launches October 1st, Bevins will helm the morning slot. Myers will host a deep cuts show “The Listening Room” in mid-days, and Adam Stubbs, who worked with Bevins at B103.7 and Lite 98 over the years, will helm the afternoon shift, which is familiar territory to him. “It’s a dream to work with people who care equally about the community, great music, and want to give ultimate flexibility for the broadcasters,” said Stubbs.

Ilyse Jennings, who has been heard on former station XL102 since the 1980s, will round out the team and host evenings.

The full lineup is as follows, per station owners:

  • The Morning Show with Bill Bevins 7am- 11am, featuring the best top 40 songs with RVA’s favorite morning personality;
  • The Listening Room with Bud Myers 11am-3pm, showcasing 50 years of soft album rock by America’s and RVA’s favorite artists;
  • Adam in the Afternoon 3pm-7pm, with fan favorite Adam Stubbs coming back to afternoon drive time playing the best of soft album rock with a touch of his island flair;
  • Richmond After Dark 7pm-11pm, hosted by Ilyse Jennings presenting the Great American Songbook of beloved standards performed by today’s artists
  • Evening Soul 11pm-1am with Rhonda, playing the best of the Quiet Storm 80’s soul and smooth jazz from Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Smokey Robinson and the greatest soul ballads ever

There will also be a daily “Richmond Minute” serving up tidbits of Richmond’s past from WTVR’s historian, Don Talley. Other special programs are in the making and will be announced soon.

“We’ve put our hearts into this, and I hope you can hear that coming through your speakers,” Bevins added. “Every song is handpicked and programmed to give you a lift throughout your day.”

“It’s a different vibe that is a bit nostalgic, but for the right reasons,” Myers said. “It’s not an oldies station, but I hope we open your ears a bit with great music regardless of genres. We are not going to be categorized, which pretty much summarizes both Bill and me.”

The Breeze officially launches Saturday, October 1st and can be streamed online at vabreeze.com or on Alexa.

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Richmond Night Market Turns on the Lights for its 4th Season

The Richmond Night Market will kickoff Saturday, April 9th from 5pm to 9pm, featuring 30+ vendors and Grammy-nominated Mad Skillz as the DJ for the evening.

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The Richmond Night Market (RNM) is preparing for its 4th season of fresh and unique experiences for the region. The Richmond Night Market will kickoff Saturday, April 9th from 5pm to 9pm, featuring 30+ vendors and Grammy-nominated Mad Skillz as the DJ for the evening.

The Richmond Night Market was presented the 2020 Attraction Partner of the Year by Richmond Region Tourism because of its pivot to a virtual experience and increasing national exposure to the Richmond Market. Now returning to its in person origin, this monthly open air social gathering held every 2nd Saturday, will highlight creativity, commerce, and community while showcasing the layered and diverse aspects of the artistic scene. Attendees will be able to shop local and visiting artists, participate in interactive stations at the Makerspace and enjoy live music and a DJ to complete the night.

Featured programming on April 9th includes a DJ set and soundtrack for the evening provided by Grammy-nominated artist and DJ, Mad Skillz, a musical performance by jazz band Chan Hall and the featured visual artist in the Makerspace, Justice Dwight. In addition, this season of the Richmond Night Market will feature a new interactive experience for market attendees, courtesy of the Prickly Succulent. In celebration of Earth Day, attendees will have the opportunity to plant their own rare succulents and more in this creative workshop onsite. “We are looking forward to the Richmond Night Market returning to the 17th Street Market to assist with the growing downtown arts and culture scene and continue to provide a platform of commerce for our small business and artisan community,” says Adrienne Cole Johnson, Co-founder of the Richmond Night Market.

Specifically aimed to highlight a curated number of independent artists during each Market, acceptance for artists is rolling and programming for the space is revolving. The goal is to keep the elements unique so that it becomes a natural part of your second saturday routine.

As Richmond continues to reconcile its past and as we necessarily remind ourselves of the 400 year anniversary of the enslavement of Africans on this land, it is no coincidence that the RNM will take place at 17th Street Market. “We have a lot of history to reckon with. My hope is that – at minimum – we add an additional layer and texture to the history of the space by re-programming and recharging the energy of Shockoe Bottom.”, says Adrienne Cole Johnson, co-creator of the Richmond Night Market.

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