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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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Arts & Entertainment

RiverRock Announce Who Will Rock the River

Dominion Energy Riverrock, the nation’s premier outdoor sports and music festival, announced today the full list of music acts performing at this year’s festival

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Dominion Energy Riverrock, the nation’s premier outdoor sports and music festival, announced today the full list of music acts performing at this year’s festival. The 2023 lineup features national and regional talent taking the stage the weekend of May 19-21 as Dominion Energy Riverrock returns to Brown’s Island. The complete music and event schedule is now available at www.RiverrockRVA.com, and registration for participatory sporting events is open as well.

Dominion Energy Riverrock will open on Friday, May 19 with participatory sporting events, including the Belle Isle Blitz 5k-ish Trail Run and the MTB Time Trial ride. The fun continues Saturday with the Monsters of the James Fishing Tournament, James River Scramble (10kish), MTB Enduro ride, Kayak Boatercross, and SUP Cross. For the final day of the festival people can take part in the Bust the Banks Half Marathon or Down River Paddle. The Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs competition, Photo Contest, and Video Contest will take place throughout the weekend.

Kicking things off on stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening, May 19, will be The National Reserve, a beloved Brooklyn band whose music is a mix of R&B, New Orleans funk, rock, and soul. They will be followed by the Kitchen Dwellers, one of the festival’s headlining bands. The Montana quartet has amassed over five million streams and has been critically acclaimed nationally for their unique twist on bluegrass.

The lineup on Saturday, May 20 showcases several local Richmond artists. Willie DE starts the afternoon entertainment at 1:00 p.m. Flight Club then takes the stage at 2:00 p.m. with a mix of the music they grew up on, gritty blues, classic rock, and punk. Pharaoh Sistare brings back a style reminiscent of James Brown and Prince at 3:15 p.m and Erin & the Wildfire will treat festival goers to their brand of soul and indie-pop at 4:30 p.m. Sierra Hull will be the first headliner on Saturday. Hull made her Grand Ole Opry debut at age 10 and has continued to break records and earn accolades throughout the bluegrass community. She will take the stage at 6:15 p.m. followed by Neal Francis at 8:00 p.m. Francis’ new album Sentimental Garbage has him touring across the country showcasing his alternative indie hits. Sunday performances include Justin Golden, Cosmic Collective, and will wrap up with some high-octane Appalachian folk from 49 Winchester. All performances at Dominion Energy Riverrock are free and open to the public.

“We’re very excited about this year’s musical line up for Dominion Energy Riverrock,” said Stephen Lecky, Director of Events for Venture Richmond. “We feel that this year has a rich mix of not only local and national acts, but a variety of styles that are guaranteed to appeal to all music fans. We have no doubt that these artists will enhance the outdoor atmosphere along the James River and are sure to be a highlight of the festival.”

Dominion Energy Riverrock Music Lineup

Friday, May 19

Time – Band
6:30 p.m. The National Reserve
8:00 p.m. Kitchen Dwellers

Saturday, May 20

Time – Band
1:00 p.m. Willie DE
2:00 p.m. Flight Club
3:15 p.m. Pharaoh Sistare
4:30 p.m. Erin & the Wildfire
6:15 p.m. Sierra Hull
8:00 p.m. Neal Francis

Sunday, May 21

Time – Band
1:00 p.m. Justin Golden
2:20 p.m. Cosmic Collective
3:40 p.m. 49 Winchester

Dominion Energy Riverrock is open to the public and is free to all spectators. For event registration and further information about Dominion Energy Riverrock 2023, please visit www.riverrockrva.com.

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The Valentine announces 10th year of Controversy/History series

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The Valentine is proud to present the final two conversations of the 10th annual community conversations of “Controversy/History.” In the 2022-2023 series, the Valentine has revisited the most controversial, heavy-hitting topics in the Richmond Region, including health, transportation, and housing. The Valentine’s final two conversations will delve into two fundamental topics impacting Richmond today:  Education and the Environment, and our Health.

The upcoming Controversy/History on “Coming Up Short: Richmond Needs Schooling” will take place Tuesday, January 3 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at The Len. Speakers for the event are:

  • Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
  • Amy Wentz, Director of Outreach and Engagement, The Commonwealth Institute
  • Christal Corey, Franklin Military Academy Teacher, Richmond Public Schools Top 5 Teacher for 2022The final Controversy/History on “Environment Reckoning in Richmond” will take place Tuesday, February 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at The Science Museum of Virginia. Speakers for the event are:
  • Jeremy Hoffman, The Science Museum of Virginia
  • Speaker from Richmond City Department of Parks, Recreation and Community FacilitiesThe remaining 2022-2023 schedule is below. As the Valentine will be under construction, Controversy/History events will be held throughout the Richmond region.

    Coming Up Short: Richmond Needs Schooling
    Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    The Len | 15 N 17th Street Richmond, Virginia

    Public Spaces: Environmental Reckoning in Richmond
    Tuesday, February 7, 2023 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    The Science Museum of Virginia | 2500 W Broad Street Richmond, Virginia

    Controversy/History is sponsored by Wells Fargo. More information and online registration for events are available at https://thevalentine.org/events. General information about the series is available at thevalentine.org/controversyhistory.

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Catch the Holiday Spirit at Maymont with Christmas tours, wreath workshops and a Merry Market

Check out the historic mansion decked out for the holidays, get your shopping done, and enjoy a merry good time at Maymont this holiday season.

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There’s no place like Maymont for the holidays, and something for everyone at the estate this time of year. First, starting November 18 through January 1, 2023, a special Christmas-themed audio tour will be offered at Maymont Mansion, which will be decorated for the season in Victorian style. The self-guided tour provides insights into the high pomp — and hard work — of holiday entertaining during the Gilded Age.

Second, the public is invited to create their own fresh evergreen wreaths in one of seven hands-on Wreath Workshops, Tuesday, November 29 – Saturday, December 3, under the expert guidance of Maymont staff. And a new event, Merry Market, Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3, celebrates winter with a two-day, pop-up holiday market of 50 local artisans, plus cozy fire pits, a festive holiday bar, live music, crafts for kids and a chance to take a selfie with Saint Nicholas.

The highlight of Merry Market is shopping for locally crafted, and imported handmade gifts in an outdoor marketplace surrounded by historic buildings draped in fresh evergreen garlands and twinkling lights on the Carriage House Lawn. Shoppers can stay fueled up with something tasty from the festive holiday bar and food vendors, and warm up around fire pits and outdoor heaters, while an a cappella vocal group and a jazz combo set the mood. Kids can make their own handmade gifts and decorations and snap a photo with Saint Nicholas.

Artisans will be selling a variety of hand-crafted accessories, décor, and housewares that make thoughtful gifts for the holidays. Among the offerings are stained glass artworks by KiYay Studios, pottery by Tana Makes, art prints by Laura Marr/FlourishRVA, fair-trade décor and accessories selected and imported by one little world, handmade jewelry by Bee is for Bead, gifts for nature lovers by Rabbit & Wren, handmade fabric products from India imported by Asha project, art by Abuelita’s, custom polymer jewelry by SassyHappy, woodworking by Southside Sawdust, plus, hand embroidery, candles, soaps, knitwear, pet treats and accessories, and much more!

“Merry Market is a chance for the community to celebrate the season with friends and neighbors in the unique historic setting at Maymont,” said Parke Richeson, Executive Director. “With live music, holiday lights, cozy fire pits, and crafts for kids, everyone will enjoy relaxing on the Carriage House Lawn along with a little holiday shopping with local small businesses and craftspeople.”

Saint Nicholas will be available for photos with the family, and children can also make their own gifts and holiday decorations at the crafts tent. A selection of food, desserts, hot coffee, cocoa, and other beverages will be available for separate purchase from food vendors, including Goatocado, The Cocky Rooster, Monique’s Crepes, Timber Pizza, and Pops Kettle Corn. The festive holiday bar will serve red wine and holiday craft beers to guests ages 21 and over.

Merry Market tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate for $10 per person; $5 for children ages 3 – 12; and free for children ages 2 and under. Maymont members enjoy free admission. Guests who present an EBT card receive discounted tickets for $3 (on-site only) through the Museums for All program. All proceeds benefit Maymont.

Please note: Maymont will close at 4 pm on Friday, December 2, and 1 pm on Saturday, December 3, to prepare for Merry Market. Guests will enter Merry Market through the Historic Estate entrance at 1700 Hampton Street. Event parking is available at the Historic Estate parking lot and The Robins Nature Center, in addition to street parking. The Maymont Farm entrance is closed for the event. Merry Market takes place entirely outdoors, rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather. Guests are advised to wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear suited for an outdoor lawn.

The Wreath Workshops tend to fill up in advance and include wreath supplies and refreshments, but guests are advised to bring their own snippers and gardening gloves. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, Wreath Workshop admission ($55 per person, $41 for members) includes admission to Merry Market. Times vary; visit the events calendar for details.

Holiday Audio Tours are $8 per person, $6 for children ages 3 – 12, and free for Maymont Members and Museums for All participants.

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