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The return of the 4th of July Fireworks at Dogwood Dell did not disappoint.

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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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Riverfront Canal Cruises are back, with historically-narrated tours Fridays through Sundays

After stopping during the pandemic, a downtown tradition is back. On Friday, July 2nd, Riverfront Canal Cruises began hourly historic tours on weekends only – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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After stopping during the pandemic, a downtown tradition is back. On Friday, July 2nd, Riverfront Canal Cruises began hourly historic tours on weekends only – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The 40-minute, historically-narrated tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal will be open to the public Fridays to Sundays, noon to 7:00 p.m. each day. The boat tours travel along downtown Richmond’s historic Canal Walk and review centuries of Richmond’s history, from Powhatan’s Chiefdom to the first commercially successful electric streetcar in the world, all while traveling in authentically-styled, flat-bottomed boats. Travelers can see the unique Triple Crossing railroad, tobacco warehouses that have been converted into trendy lofts, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens and James River wildlife.

The historic tours depart every hour on the hour and accommodate up to 28 passengers. They operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November. Tours depart from the canal’s Turning Basin at 139 Virginia Street. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis at the Turning Basin’s ticket kiosk or online 24 hours in advance at VentureRichmond.com. All boats are handicap accessible.

Adults are $10.00; Children (5 – 12 years old) are $6.00; Children 4 and under are Free; Seniors (65 years and up) are $6.00.

Private charters are also available and may be scheduled for any day and time during the season. Private charters must be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance. All reservations must be made online. To book a private charter for your group, please visit https://venturerichmond.com/our-services/riverfront-canal-cruises and click on “Buy Tickets.”

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Richmond Night Market returns for third season July 10th

Featured programming on July 10th includes a musical performance by Testiphy, a DJ set for the evening provided by DJ Prolific and the featured visual artist in the Makerspace, Sone-Seere.

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The Richmond Night Market (RNM) is preparing for its 3rd season of fresh and unique experiences for the region. Kicking off Saturday, July 10th from 4pm to 9pm, RNM is curating 6 exciting night markets this year in the heart of the City at 17th Street Market.

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 July 10th includes a musical performance by Testiphy, a DJ set for the evening provided by DJ Prolific and the featured visual artist in the Makerspace, Sone-Seere. “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 pivot to our new normal as a city,” 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 a 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.

For more information regarding media/press inquiries, sponsorship opportunities, featured artisans, or additional details, please contact co-creator and media manager Melody Short at 212.518.4776 or via email at [email protected]

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Youth advocate for further investments in schools, jobs, support in interactive art installation at Richmond City Hall

The installation features two, 160ft. tall portraits of Ta’Dreama McBride and Clyde Walker made in collaboration with artist and Performing Statistics creative director Mark Strandquist.

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Performing Statistics, in collaboration with youth leaders from RISE for Youth and across the country and with support from the City of Richmond, is unveiling the second installment of their Freedom Constellations project on July 1 at noon. This is the largest public art installation on a municipal building in the country that uses augmented reality.

The installation features two, 160ft. tall portraits of Ta’Dreama McBride and Clyde Walker made in collaboration with artist and Performing Statistics creative director Mark Strandquist. They will be installed on the north and west-facing sides of the City Hall building. McBride and Walker are both youth leaders from RISE for Youth, a state campaign that promotes the creation of healthy communities and community-based alternatives to youth incarceration.

Executive Director of RISE for Youth Valerie Slater says, “Ensuring young people live in thriving communities and receive the help they need rather than harsh punishment for their mistakes is what RISE for Youth is all about. And we will continue to provide collaborative opportunities for our youth to lead the work of shaping a bold new future full of hope and free of youth prisons.”

The portraits come alive using augmented reality when viewers hover their phones over the portraits from a distance.

Though the portraits will be visible for miles away, the augmented reality can be viewed on the northwest corner of 9th Street and Marshall Street, directly in front of the John Marshall House whose mission is to, “engage the public about the life and legacies of the Great Chief Justice, his Richmond home, and the enslaved people who labored here through historic preservation and education,” according to their website.

“We were immediately excited to host this project because this house is where Chief Justice John Marshall deliberated cases that would ultimately shape and codify the American judicial system, with its flaws and inequity steeped in racism,” says Director of Museum Operations and Education Jennifer Hurst-Wender. “We find common ground with this project as we embrace an unflinching examination of history and seek ways to work together towards a more just and equitable future.”

The installation will remain through November 30, 2021. Ongoing conversations hosted by the Mayor’s Office, Department of Human Services, and Performing Statistics will continue throughout the duration of the installation. The City of Richmond will continue this project each year for the next three years focusing on different populations–people with disabilities, immigrants, and the aging.

Performing Statistics is hosting a rally for the unveiling of the project at noon on Thursday, July 1 where the public will hear more about the project, learn about community and city efforts to engage youth, watch a demo of the augmented reality experience, and hear from youth leaders from RISE for Youth.

To learn more about Performing Statistics, please visit www.performingstatistics.org.

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