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Zombies Are Coming to Carytown Hide Your Brains

The 16th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk shambles the streets of Carytown on Saturday, beware.

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All the details straight from the zombie’s hungry mouth at RichmondZombieWalk.com. If you plan to attend take the time to check out the rules at that previous link.

The 16th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk benefiting the American Cancer Society (2021)

WHEN
The 16th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk will take place on Saturday, October 30th, 2021.

Pre-walk meet up/staging area location at 1pm will be held at Boat Lake at Byrd Park (on Boat Lake Drive) and the actual walk will begin across the street from the Byrd Theatre (2901 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221) in Carytown immediately after at about 2:30p.

Please arrive in costume.

WHERE

//FOR ALL PARTICIPATING ZOMBIES:
There are 2 locations
1. 1:00 p.m. – Meet up spot/ Staging area – Boat Lake at Byrd Park (on Boat Lake Drive). This is where we can gather together to go over the rules, collect donations, give out prizes, and take lots and lots of photos.

2. 2:30-3:00 p.m. – Immediately after that, we’ll head on over to the starting point which is on the sidewalk across from the Byrd Theater at 2901 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221.

We’ll walk down the same side of the street on Cary Street heading west, cross at Nansemond Street, and walk back down Cary street on the other side all the way down and end at the Byrd Theatre (2908 W Cary St. Richmond, VA 23221)

//FOR ALL OTHER HUMANS:
You can enjoy the shops in Carytown while waiting for the zombie horde to arrive. If you can’t be a zombie, be the food, right?

CONTESTS
Here are the categories we’ll be judging. Prizes will be awarded at the pre-walk meet up.

– Most Disgusting

– Best Couple

– Best Group

– Best Pop Culture Theme (TV/Movie/Comic/Gaming)

–  Best Zombie Kid

– 2020 Zombie of the Year (Best Overall)

VICTIMS
Wanted: Willing victims (people to be turned into the undead in public)

SPONSORS
Our activities this year will benefit The American Cancer Society. Again, we won’t require anyone to make a donation, but if everyone can pitch in $5 each, it will be much appreciated.

Again, stay tuned for upcoming information and details. If you have any questions leave a comment or send us a message.

The 16th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk poster (seen above), illustrated by @abigail_larson , has arrived and will be available on Saturday, October 30, 2021 here in Richmond, Virginia and it’s only $5! And you can scoop up the rest of the past year’s event posters by Abigail (3 for $10). Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Visit RichmondZombieWalk.com for all the gory details.

Photos from the Zombie Walk in 2019 are here.

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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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Harry Potter Themed Frozen Custard Tonight

Head over to the Westover Hill United Methodist Church. The custard truck will be in the lot on the corner of Westover Hill Blvd and King William Road.

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VCU Announces Kopacsi Returning to The Peppas

In Pep Band News this is a really big deal. Kopacsi previously led The Peppas from 1998-2016 and garnered national attention for the raucous band.

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VCU Athletics made the announcement a couple days ago.

Ryan Kopacsi will return as director of the VCU Pep Band, The Peppas, VCU Vice President and Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin announced Tuesday.

“Ryan and I share the same vision of making our gameday atmosphere the best in the country – college or pro. We have seen the pivotal role that The Peppas play in creating that atmosphere. After many discussions, we both knew the time was right for him to return to VCU and re-energize our talented students in The Peppas and our fans. I know our fans will welcome him home like we have in VCU Athletics,” McLaughlin said.

A native of Varina, Va., Kopacsi previously led The Peppas from 1998-2016, a period in which the boisterous ensemble earned a reputation as one of the best pep bands in the country with energetic performances to a perpetually sold-out Stuart C. Siegel Center, as well as to national audiences.

For those with short memories or unfamiliar the reason for leaving back in 2016 was money aka contract dispute.

CBS6 story from June 20th, 2016

Kopacsi said he came to the decision after failed contract negotiations with VCU Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin.

“Me and the AD have discussed contracts for weeks and cannot agree on vision, trajectory, and time frame. I’m disappointed to say the least in the decision of the administration to sacrifice all of what The Peppas bring to our players, our fans, our university, and our city.

There is no denying that the Peppas are a force to be reckoned with.

Behind the scenes from 2014 when Ryan Kopasci was with the band.

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Library of Virginia bringing Dopesick author Beth Macy to Richmond for the Carole Weinstein Author Series

Beth Macy is a Virginia-based journalist, the author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, and an executive producer and cowriter on Hulu’s Peabody Award–winning Dopesick series.

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The Library of Virginia continues its 2022 Carole Weinstein Author Series talks with New York Times best-selling author Beth Macy. Macy will discuss Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis, the much anticipated follow-up to her internationally acclaimed book and Amazon series Dopesick. Carole Weinstein Author Series talks are free and open to the public. Registration is required for in-person attendance. To register, click here.

The event takes place Tuesday, August 23rd from 6:00–7:30 p.m.at the Library of Virginia Lecture Hall. It will also be livestreamed.

Beth Macy is a Virginia-based journalist, the author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, and an executive producer and cowriter on Hulu’s Peabody Award–winning Dopesick series.

For more than 25 years, Macy has been reporting on stories from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia—previously for the Roanoke Times and, more recently, in occasional essays for the New York Times. She has also written for magazines, radio, and online journals from locations ranging from a mobile home in Bassett, Virginia, to a crowded cholera ward in Limbe, Haiti.

Like the treatment innovators she profiles, Beth Macy meets the opioid crisis where it is—not where we think it should be or wish it was. Bearing witness with clear eyes, intrepid curiosity, and unfailing empathy, she brings us the crucial next installment in the story of the defining disaster of our era, one that touches every single one of us, whether directly or indirectly. A complex story of public health, big pharma, dark money, politics, race, and class that is by turns harrowing and heartening, infuriating and inspiring, Raising Lazarus is a must-read for all Americans.

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