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Weekend Radar: County Fair, Lebanese Food, VMHC is Back, Punk Sale, Rainbow Roll

Mother Nature is not playing nice with our weekends but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun.

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Powhatan County Fair at Powhatan Fairgrounds
May 13-15th, Admission Free

There’s just something awesome about a small county fair. The weather for the fair isn’t looking awesome but maybe you can get out there on Sunday or dodge showers on Saturday.


Lebanese Food Festival at St. Anthony Maronite Church
May 13-14th, Pay as you go.

Meat on a stick, meat on a stick we all love meat on a stick. Well at least those of us that aren’t vegetarians. There is plenty of food for all food types. Oh and cultural stuff as well don’t forget that.

After months of preparation, it is finally here! The 37th annual Lebanese Food Festival begins tomorrow!! This is the event of the season for us where we get to share our food, and cultural experiences with you! We are so excited, and we can’t wait to see you there!!
May 13th-14th-15th
4611 Sadler Road, Glen Allen, VA.
Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday 10am-8pm
Rain or Shine

Virginia Museum of History and Culture Grand Re-opening
May 14-15th, Free

The Museum did some major renovations and is now ready to show it off to all its neighbors.


We are so excited to soon welcome you back to your reimagined state history museum! As a part of our Grand Re-Opening, the VMHC will offer member and supporter previews, followed by a full public opening celebration with free admission all weekend, family activities, live music, and food trucks.

VMHC Grand Re-Opening Weekend Schedule
SATURDAY, MAY 14 & SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022
MUSEUM OPEN 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

ACTIVITIES
VMHC Kids Crafts – 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Kids Bounce House – 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Face Painting – 12:00-4:00 pm
Studio Two Three Print Making – 2:00-4:00 pm

MUSIC PERFORMANCES
Slack Family Bluegrass Band – Saturday at 1:00 pm
Weldon Hill – Saturday at 3:30 pm
Bio Ritmo – Sunday at 1:00 pm
Elegba Folklore Society – Sunday at 3:30 pm

FOOD TRUCKS
Saturday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Inner City Blues BBQ
Sandtopia

Sunday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Inner City Blues BBQ
Joey’s Hot Dogs
Sandtopia

Key New Features
The Grand Re-Opening of the VMHC will unveil the results of a $30+ million renovation and expansion transforming nearly two-thirds of the 250,000-square-foot building—the most extensive transformation in our nearly 200-year history. See the new grand two-story entrance atrium; an immersive orientation theater; approximately 50% more exhibition space for an array of innovative and immersive exhibitions; a new research library; community meeting and gathering spaces; an enhanced green space; and a new café and museum store, among other amenities.

SouthEast Punk Flea Market at ACCA Shrine Center
May 14-15th, $5 Admission

We went to this traveling show last September and I came out with a sweet-ass possum shirt. That is reason enough to go back.

Join us May 14th and 15th as we take over Richmond for the weekend! There will be many vendors… DIY sellers and artists! We have a lot of fun planned for the weekend. If you are a fan of weirdo art, vinyl records, vintage clothes or possibly a collector of strange and unusual things, this event is for you!
SATURDAY Mat 14th from 11a-7pm
SUNDAY May 15th from 11a-7pm
-This event is ALL AGES.
-Food trucks at the PFM!
*Tiny Vegan Food Cart
*Dang Dogs
-All vendors accept cash and most take cards.
Admission:
$5 at the door // Children 12 & under FREE.

Rainbow Roll at Rollerdome
May 15th, $10 (includes skate rental)

Going to the skating rink was a nearly weekly ritual for me when I was in Junior High. My palms still get sweaty at the thought of couples skate.  Style Weekly has an article on Rainbow Roll and the Rollerskate Revival, so you don’t have to go into more details on my teenage awkwardness.

DJs, Drag Queens, and Roller Skates. What more could you ask for? $10 at the door includes admission and skate rental with a portion of admission going to VA Pride. Mask Required. This is a sober event.

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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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Weekend Radar: RiverRock, Mutts at Maymont, Kickers Happy Hour, Hellsapoppin Sideshow

If you do anything outside this weekend drink your water. The temps are going to skyrocket into the unsafe zone. Be careful out there kids.

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I’ve been debating continuing this series. The number of Covid-19 cases are once again climbing. I’m just going to straight-up steal what Ross Catrow wrote this morning in his Good Morning RVA series because it best sums up my feelings. It’s likely I won’t be attending RiverRock simply because I’m once again becoming crowd averse. Not judging those that do attend everyone has to decide how much risk they’re willing to take. Me I’m a no on RiverRock but will continue to attend Kickers games for the foreseeable future.

The CDC updated their COVID-19 Community Level numbers last night and now Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield are all at the “medium” or “yellow” level. The 7-day case rates per 100,000 people in each locality, respectively, are: 248, 321, 268. Worryingly, the new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people for the region is 9.8. Once that number hits 10 (on a Thursday), a locality switches to “high” Community Level and the CDC guidance is to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. It seems pretty likely that’ll happen next Thursday. I dunno y’all, 9.8 is pretty dang close to 10, and, for the next little while, you will not find me indoors without a mask on my face.

Dominion RiverRock at Brown’s Island and along the James River
May 20-23rd, Hours Vary, Free

I was happy to see this back until the Covid numbers shot back up. So I’ll be checking out some of the bike events that I can do without being jammed up against folks. I’m going to miss you dock-jumping dogs.

From yoga classes to trail runs, group art installations to mountain biking, sustainability projects to music, fishing and paddling on the James, and more…it’s all happening right here in Richmond!

Highlighted by the James River, surrounding trail network, and numerous parks, we are lucky to have so many options for outdoor adventure! Let’s #RockTheOutdoors and discover new ways to experience Richmond’s amazing outdoor scene.

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Mutts at Maymont
May 21st, 3-7:30 PM, $10 per dog in advance, $12 at the gate, Tickets

I’m a dog person not a cat person. I enjoy seeing leashed dogs enjoying the local parks. I’ve always known that Maymont and Lewis Ginter are dog-free most days but this weekend is not most days. Get you pooch and check out Maymont.

Not at Maymont but he might be.

Every dog has its day, and at Maymont, that’s May 21, from 3–7:30pm. Dogs are invited to bring their humans along for an afternoon of tail-wagging fun on the Carriage House Lawn. Enter through the Magnolia Gates and stroll the grounds on the Pup Path. Or just chill out with pup cups and frozen custard, enjoying live music by Serenata and food and adult beverages.  Sign up for a photo shoot by photographer Brittany Rose PetographyThere are only a few times a year when dogs are invited to visit Maymont, so don’t miss your chance! Can’t make it May 21? This event also occurs June 18.

New this year: Meet adoptable pets from Richmond Animal Care & Control, or treat your furry friend to a shopping spree in the Barketplace.

Registration is required for dogs.

Friday Happy Hour at City Stadium
May 20th, 5:30-8:30 PM, Pay as you go.

This falls into my safe zone. It’s outside, plenty of room to spread out and there’s beer and food.

Looking to spend an evening with friends and enjoy some cold beer, delicious offerings from local food trucks, and live music?!
City Stadium is the place to be!
Food: Arroz
Drinks: $5 Heineken and $6.50 Craft Beers
Music: Dakota
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow at The Canal Club
May 20th, Doors Open 7 PM, $25 Standing GA / $40 VIP seated / $75 4-pack Tickets
I’ll admit I just stumbled across this event so I can’t “officially vouch” whatever that means but color me intrigued. The color of intrigued is a mottled black and gray, for me at least. Also they had me at the name Hellzapoppin.
ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!
The live stunts you will see can be considered extreme to some people. Parental guidance suggested. Hellzapoppin is a high energy rock-n-roll circus stunt show with loud music and strobe lights!
Named after the most successful Broadway Musical and movie from the late 30s and 40s, Hellzapoppin is the world’s largest international touring rock-n-roll circus sideshow. This super-group vaudeville freak show of wonder has performed well over 3,000 shows and in 16 countries. They’ve toured with some of the biggest and most famous rock bands on the planet.
Spectators will experience one of the worlds last authentic circus sideshows featuring death defying stunts using the human anatomy and demonstrations of mind over matter, yet with no blood and no pain. You’ve seen theses world famous performers on AMC’s Freak Show, Ripley’s Believe It Not, Guinness World Records, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Americas Got Talent and more.
Hellzapoppin features record breaking LIVE stunts like fire eating and fire breathing, magic and illusions, acrobatic stunts, hand balancing, foot archery, sword swallowing, juggling, unicycling and more. You’ll see human curiosities such as a real live half-man that is cut in half at the waist and walks bare-handed on razor sharp broken shards of glass…while on fire!
For more info see our website: www.hellzapoppin.com

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Weekend Radar: Artisans, Unity with Bernie and Baristas, Gear Swap, Jackson Ward Clean-up

If you don’t know already there is the Monument 10K is Saturday. Here is our list of non-running events to go do this weekend.

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Carytown Spring Artisan Market at City Stadium
April 23rd & 24th, 10AM-5Pm

It’s artsy, craftsy, foody and drinky. It’s also outside and any activity outside counts as exercise, that’s 100% facty.

Come out and enjoy Spring this weekend at The Carytown Farmers Market’s annual Spring Artisan Show.

We are hosting over 100 local artisan vendors and food trucks.

Saturday will feature live music from the Boon Companions.

Sunday we will have our popular bluegrass open music jam.

Unity Fest with Starbuck Workers United, Bernie Sanders, and Bands at The National
April 24th, 12-8PM

Five local Starbucks voted to unionize this week and to celebrate bands, workers, and supporter including one guy you might recognize from a mural in town, I think he might be known for something else but I’m not sure, Bernie Sanders.

Unity Fest is a free event to support and celebrate the organizing efforts of Starbucks workers locally and across the country. Join us at the National on April 24, 2022 from 12pm-8pm to enjoy 10 local bands playing live music throughout the day as well as workers sharing their experiences and stories. Featured guest and supporter of Starbucks Workers United, Bernie Sanders, will be joining us on stage at 6pm! We require vaccination cards or a negative test (within 72-HRS of event) upon entry for this free event. Masks are optional but recommended! RSVP:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/307813377097

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JROC Gear Swap 2022 at Forest Hill Park
April 23rd, 9AM-2:30PM

Gear for outdoor activities can be so expensive that you might end up having to sell your house and live outdoors. We don’t want that to happen. Get used gear and stay in your house, so that you can get out of your house more often.

Do you have gear you’re not using? We will sell it for you! Or do you need some new-to-you gear? Come to JROC – James River Outdoor Coalition Annual Gear Swap!!

Get great deals on used paddling, hiking, camping, and biking gear, plus clothing and loads of other outdoor stuff.

  • You drop off your sale items starting at 9:30AM.
  • JROC will sell it for you. 20% of all sales will go to JROC, to help us improve YOUR James River Park System.
  • Unsold gear must be picked up by 3:30pm.
  • Drop off sale items starting at 9:30am.

Fun for the whole family!

  • There will be Kids Earth Day Activities all day long.
  • RVA Paddlesports and Boys To Men Mentoring Network will also be hosting “Paddle in the Park” at forest Hill Lake.

Registration form and details at www.jroc.net.

Jackson Ward Neighborhood Clean Up Day at Gallery 5
April 23rd, 12-4PM

I know you haven’t missed all the corporations telling you about Earth Day while they rake in enormous profit destroying the earth. You can’t stop the Exxons of the world but you can make a local neighborhood a little better.

Gallery5 hosts another community clean up day in conjunction with the Historic Jackson Ward Association and Downtown Neighborhood Association!

Join us on Saturday April 23rd from 12-4pm as we come together to clean up trash, boxes, cans, and more around the neighborhood!

Check in at the table in front of G5.

Trash grabbers, bags, gloves, and vests graciously supplied by the Richmond Department of Public Works.

Please register in the link below so we know you’re coming and select a time you will arrive (donations are not necessary to participate):
http://www.gallery5arts.org/…/4/23/jackson-ward-clean-up

Gallery5 will be open during those hours for attendees to check out the current art exhibit, grab a refreshment from the libation station, and take a seat in our open air art lounge.

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Weekend Radar: Easter, African American Book Festival, Softball/Football

An abbreviated Weekend Radar. We covered a couple of events with separate posts (you should read those) that would have made our Radar, Butterflies Live, and Valentine walking tours.

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Dominion Energy Family Easter at Maymont
April 16th, 9AM – 5PM, Free (some activities require the purchase of tickets)

Tons of Easter-related activities in a beautiful setting. Can be crowded but its pretty and I just read they have baby goats. Baby goats are not Easter related at all but are darn cute.

Bring the whole family for an Easter eggs-travaganza and all that spring has to offer. Enjoy games, activities and crafts, as well as live entertainment from Bach to Rock and other performers, jugglers and adorable animals, and of course, appearances by the Easter Bunny! Bring a picnic blanket and make a day of it with local food trucks and 100 acres to “eggs-plore.”

Entrance to Dominion Energy Family Easter is free, plus optional $2 tickets for activities and games. Each ticket redeemed earns an Easter egg and “eggs-tra” rewards!

Event parking is available at the Historic Estate Entrance and The Robins Nature Center. Guests may enter at any gate and join the fun on the Carriage House Lawn.

Safety guidelines will be in place. https://maymont.org/coronavirus-status/

🐰 Activities for the Whole Family 🐰
-Lucky Duck
-Carrot Pull
-Hen House Hoopla
-Farm Spin
-Planting Station
-Candy Adventure
-Bonnet Craft Tent
-Craft Tent – Pinwheels, Sheep Craft and Easter bracelets
-Tattoo Tent
-Face Painting
-High Striker
-Inflatable soccer, skeeball, teeball and football
-Astro Jump RVA: Bounce course

🎟️ Tickets 🎟️
Activity tickets are $2 each, available for purchase at one of two Ticket Tents, to save time for participants at each of the special crafts, inflatables, games and experiences! One ticket per participant per activity. For each ticket you redeem, you will receive one Easter egg. Eggs may contain an “eggstra” prize. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted. No refunds, returns or exchanges.
🍨 Food Vendors 🍨
-Espresso-A-Go-Go
-Funnel Cake Recee
-Grateful Grill
-Pop’s Kettlecorn
-Scoops

🌷 Free Fun for Everyone 🌷
-Live Entertainment Performances by: Bach to Rock, Jonathan Austin, Richmond Urban Dance, Chesterfield Children’s Theater, SPARC and Maymont Animal Ambassadors
-Pictures with the Easter Bunny
-Storytelling Under the Bunny Tree with Pam Bomboy
-Community Zone
-Local Mascots
-Chalk Zone
-Hopstacle Zone
-Bubble Zone
-Farm Friends – Baby animals and Animal Olympics
-Golden Egg Hunt

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African American Book Festival at Richmond Public Library
April 16th, 11AM – 4 PM

Just heard about this festival so can’t add much. If your near the library on Saturday swing on in.

Virginia Business Expo Associates and Richmond Public Library proudly presents Richmond 1st Annual African American Book Festival.

“The African American Book Festival” was built to give the cemented and newly emerging authors of our culture a platform to spread the messages that are embedded in the pages of their iconography. With one goal in mind, we want to educate, entertain, and impact the Richmond community through African American literature, by shining light on the stories told in their books.

This event is a great opportunity for community members to meet and engage with their favorite black authors. There will be several featured authors.

Come out to support your black authors, meet them face to face, get pictures, buy books at discounted prices, network with other professionals, and bring back reading books into normalcy and support authors in spreading their messages.

What can you expect
This event will feature author and publisher exhibits, author discussions and book signings, entertainment, networking and door prizes. The event will attract a wide array of authors, publishers, book clubs, libraries and individual readers. Books available will be suitable to all ages; from children, teenagers, young adults to adults. Authors will present fiction, poetry, nonfiction, memoirs, self-help, and spiritual offerings.

This event is free and open to the public. Come enjoy this free community Festival that celebrates the beauty, power, passion, and excitement of the written work.

Spring Jamboree at VUU’s Hovey Stadium
April 16th 1-4 PM

Softball and football together at last. Thankfully not on the same field at the same time. VUU is hosting their Spring Jamboree. At 1 PM you can check out the women’s softball team and then stick around for a Panther football scrimmage.

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