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Maymont toasts fall with beer, brats, music, and outdoor fun at Bier Garden event September 23 and 24

Enjoy live music, yard games, and fire pits while eating and drinking authentic German fare and beer.

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Maymont is toasting the arrival of autumn with Bier-Garden, a two-night Bavarian-style festival, September 23-24. Bring family and friends to the Festhaus on the Carriage House Lawn to hoist a stein filled with Paulaner’s Oktoberfest bier, a local craft beer or cider.

Enjoy live music, yard games, and fire pits while eating authentic German fare, including bratwurst by The Mayor Meats, and schnitzel, sauerkraut, pretzels and more crafted by Capital Ale House. Lederhosen and dirndls encouraged!

Children are welcome, especially on Saturday, when the Kinderzone offers live entertainment, crafts and games from 11am – 6:30pm. Everyone can join in a traditional Chicken Dance, or enter the Stein-Hoisting Contest presented by Capital Ale House.

Entertainment in the big Festhaus tent features the Pay Rent Brass Band on Friday night; polka from The Original Elbe Musikanten German Band on Saturday with a German dance troupe performance; and local ensemble Dalton Dash on Saturday night.

“When the trees start changing color and the air turns crisp, Maymont is a perfect place for an outdoor celebration,” said Parke Richeson, Maymont Executive Director. “We love hosting big events on the lawn that bring in community members from all over the area to enjoy the fresh air and a good time together.”

Guests are encouraged to register in advance, with all proceeds benefiting Maymont. Admission is $10 per person; $5 for children under 12 years of age. Members and children under 2 years admitted free. As a participant in the national Museums for All program, Maymont will give free admission to anyone with an EBT card, along with up to three guests (on-site only). Food and beverages are available on site for separate purchase.

For adults 21 and older, a Capital Ale House stein upgrade for $18 includes 16-ounce commemorative glass stein, with one token for a free serving and 16-ounce servings for each additional drink purchase.

Tickets are non-refundable. Bier-Garden is a rain or shine event, except in case of severe weather.

Kinderzone for Kids, Saturday, 11am – 6:30pm

  • Live entertainment from Tony Tunes and Jonathan Austin
  • Bavarian crafts, including lebkuchen (gingerbread heart necklaces) and coloring sheets
  • Face painting
  • Inflatable games

Food & Beverage
A selection of German-style food and fun treats will be available for separate purchase; drink tickets* are $7 each for a 12-ounce serving of German beer, craft beer or cider.

  • Beverage options include four selections by Paulaner, plus Bingo Beer Co., Stone Brewing and Potters Cider
  • Capital Ale House Stein Upgrade ($18) includes one 16-ounce commemorative glass stein, one free drink token and 16-ounce servings for each additional drink purchase
  • Roasted chicken and pork schnitzel, with sides of German potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage, pretzels and charcuterie crafted by Capital Ale House
  • Bratwurst by The Mayor Meats
  • Jiji Frozen Custard
  • Pops Kettle Corn
  • Funnel Cake Recess

Event parking is available at the Historic Estate Entrance and The Robins Nature Center in addition to street parking. The Farm entrance is closed for the event. Guests attending Bier-Garden will enter through the Magnolia Gates at the north end of the Historic Estate parking lot.
For more details on Bier-Garden and other events at Maymont, please visit the events calendar.

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VMFA announces Richmond Sessions ’22–’23 Recording Artists

The series spotlighting revered guitarists will kick off on October 12th on YouTube.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced today that its Richmond Sessions ’22–’23 series, featuring recorded studio sessions by more than a dozen recognized guitarists, will launch online October 12, 2022. In conjunction with the museum’s highly anticipated exhibition Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art, a new recording will be released every other week through March 2023. Richmond Sessions ’22–’23 videos will be hosted on VMFA’s YouTube channel and linked on the museum’s website.

On view at VMFA from October 8, 2022, to March 19, 2023, Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art will explore the guitar as a visual subject, enduring symbol and storyteller’s companion. Strummed everywhere from parlors and front porches to protest rallies and rock arenas, the guitar also appears far and wide in American art. Its depictions enable artists and their human subjects to address topics that otherwise go untold or under-told.

“Inspired by the famous Bristol Sessions of 1927, which are regarded as the origins of commercial country music, Richmond Sessions ’22–’23 will be a unique extension of the museum’s exhibition,” said Dr. Leo G. Mazow, VMFA’s Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art and exhibition organizer. “With such multifaceted and expressive possibilities, a guitar is as meaningful to see and hear as it is fun to play.”

Taped in an impressive, fully functioning recording studio constructed within VMFA’s Storied Strings exhibition, Richmond Sessions ’22–’23 will feature an eclectic roster of musicians, some with Virginia ties, representing a variety of genres including folk, jazz, blues, country and rock, played on acoustic and electric guitars.

The first Richmond Sessions ’22–’23 recording, featuring folk musician Lucy Kaplansky, will drop on October 12. Musicians slated to appear in future sessions include Wilco guitarist Nels Cline; guitarist, singer and songwriter Cat Dail and guitarist Felicia Collins (Late Show with David Letterman); internationally renowned guitarist Tommy Emmanuel; blues and roots guitarist Corey Harris; jazz guitarist Joel Harrison and multi-genre guitarist Anthony Pirog; The Long Ryders’ Stephen McCarthy (who has also toured and recorded with The Jayhawks) and The Bitter Liberals’ Charles Arthur; Retrosphere’s Seamus McDaniel; folk and blues guitarist Elizabeth Wise; and acoustic guitarist Yasmin Williams.

The recording studio will be fitted with quality equipment loaned by Digital Video Group and Ear Trumpet Labs, and premium microphones and monitors loaned by Sennheiser and Neumann. In partnership with VMFA, the award-winning Richmond-based recording studios In Your Ear will produce Richmond Sessions ’22–’23.

“In Your Ear is proud to partner with VMFA on this innovative and thoughtful project, and we’re excited to work with such accomplished musicians in the recording studio,” said Paul Bruski, Chief Engineer/Sound Designer at In Your Ear Studios. “We look forward to sharing Richmond Sessions ’22–’23 with museum visitors and listeners near and far.”

Special guitars by Virginia makers on display in the recording studio include a “Virginia Guitar” crafted from wood gathered throughout the Commonwealth by Wayne Henderson and two guitars from Huss & Dalton and Rockbridge Guitar Company.

To learn more about the Richmond Sessions ’22–’23 roster of musicians and upcoming recording release dates, visit www.VMFA.museum.

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Flying Squirrels’ annual Squirrel-O-Ween event returns October 28th

The free Halloween celebration offers trick-or-treating and other family fun at The Diamond.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels will host “Squirrel-O-Ween,” an annual Halloween celebration, at The Diamond on Friday, October 28th, the team announced on Friday.

The annual event will include free trick-or-treating along the concourse at The Diamond and will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Squirrel-O-Ween provides a safe and fun environment for children to trick-or-treat through the stadium. There will also be hayrides around the warning track of The Diamond’s playing surface.

Everyone is encouraged to come out dressed up for a chance to win prizes in a Halloween costume contest. The Flying Squirrels have also teamed up with Woofy Wellness Ranch for a dog Halloween costume contest with K9 prizes for the winners.

Nutzy and Nutasha will be on hand to take pictures with fans.

Free parking is available in the lots at The Diamond.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2023 season at The Diamond on Friday, April 6, 2023. To stay up to date with the Flying Squirrels during the non-baseball season, visit SquirrelsBaseball.com.

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Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt Returns for a Spooky Good Time

Fall events are back on select nights beginning September 24th through October 30th.

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Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt makes its return beginning Saturday, September 24 and it’s bigger and scarier than ever, with six mazes, five scare zones and new live shows, along with hundreds of monsters roaming the midways.  During the nighttime event, guests can also get their adrenaline fix on more than 20 rides, including Twisted Timbers, IntimidatorTM 305 and Dominator, as fog and darkness blanket the park. The Great Pumpkin Fest also returns September 24 with family-friendly daytime Halloween fun in Planet Snoopy.

New Haunt highlights this year include:

FRESH BLOOD – NEW ATTRACTIONS

  • NEW MAZE: 21
    You find yourself deep in your greatest nightmare. There is no escape. Around each corner, new horrors await. The things that go bump in the night are here, and they are here FOR YOU!!
  • NEW SCARE ZONE: Site X
    The Jungle X-pedition team made discoveries that changed history. But rumors have emerged that while excavating this site, the crew unearthed something sinister, and the jungle began to transform them. Venture into Site X to discover the horrors of the jungle, but listen closely as a luring whistle or rhythmic drum could spell your impending doom.
  • NEW SHOW: The Queen’s Ball
    Join Queen Majesty as new Monsters from far and wide have come to pledge their allegiance to her ruinous reign. Watch dancers, musicians, and acrobats prove their loyalty through fierce performances. But they must be wary, if the queen does not enjoy their antics, they may meet a fiery end.
    NEW SHOW: Convergence
    There is nothing to do but watch our Ceremonial Drummers as they summon the spirit of El Tunchi. Passersby beware as this ancient jungle spirit does not like visitors and you could become the latest traveler to never leave Site X.


Great Pumpkin Fest
Kings Dominion’s daytime Halloween event, the Great Pumpkin Fest, puts the “WEE!” in Halloween with a full day’s worth of family-friendly fun, including a pumpkin patch, hay maze, ghostly games, costume party with the PEANUTSTM gang, favorite rides and so much more! The Great Pumpkin Fest is held Saturday and Sundays from September 24 through October 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Planet Snoopy will close at 6 p.m. as the park transforms for Halloween Haunt.

The Great Pumpkin Fest has fun for the whole family to enjoy together and as an added benefit, children three to five years of age are eligible for unlimited FREE admission to this event and the rest of 2022 when their parent or guardian registers online and activates their 2023 Pre-K Pass at the park.

Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt Admission

Single night tickets – Buy tickets at KingsDominon.com and get monster savings of up to $30 off the regular main gate price of $75. Applicable taxes and fees apply to online orders.

Halloween Haunt General Parking is $25 per vehicle and can be purchased online or at the parking booth upon arrival. Preferred Parking is available for $35. Applicable taxes and fees apply to online orders.

Scream more and wait less. Speed past the lines with a Fright & Fast Lane pass. Enjoy all the Fast Lane Plus attractions PLUS bypass the regular wait lines for six Haunt mazes, one time each. Fright and Fast Lane can be purchased online for as low as $70. To get unlimited visits and free parking to Kings Dominion for the rest of 2022 and all of 2023, including Halloween Haunt, guests can purchase a 2023 Gold Season Pass.

Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt has welcomed visitors for over 21 years and has become an institution in the Virginia theme park landscape. For the most up-to-date hours of operation, visit kingsdominion.com. The Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt are both included with park admission. Due to the explicit and frightening nature of Halloween Haunt, the nighttime event is not recommended for children under 13.

To increase safety and provide efficient entry into the park during the Haunt event, guests will be asked to adhere to a new policy which states that no bags of any kind larger than 6.5” x 4.5” x 2” may be brought into the park after 6 p.m. on Haunt nights. All bags will be subject to search.

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