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Friends of Fonticello Park Launch New Website and Continue Work to Improve Park

Learn more about efforts to make Fonticello/Carter Jones become a park that serves and enriches the community.

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Fonticello/Carter Jones Park has been around in one form or another since 1915. The surrounding area was subdivided and sold as lots, but the 11 acre section remained undeveloped as a park, and Fonticello Park was created alongside the establishment of the Woodland Heights and Swansboro neighborhoods. In 1924, soon after the land was annexed by Richmond, Councilman Carter Jones successfully advocated for the continued use of the land as a park, saving it from development. The park was subsequently renamed for him.

In 2020, the Friends group is made up of neighborhood volunteers who advocate for and collaborate to maintain and improve the park after years of neglect and deferred maintenance.

The Friends of Fonticello Park is actively involved in working with the City of Richmond through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities to make improvements to the park that are aligned with the needs and vision of the community.

Friends of Fonticello Park recently launched a new slick website (https://fonticelloparkrva.com/) and Instagram @carterjonesfriends. Instagram looks to be a great way to keep up on what’s coming up in the Park and get involved. For example there is a planning meeting tonight.

There are four main areas in the park that the Friends are working to improve right now.

  • The Food Forest – Currently our FREE FarmStand is every Wednesday. Community members can visit any weekly Farm Stand to help set up, break down, go through produce for compost, or help in the food forest with weeding or planting. There’s always lots to do on Wednesdays.Our vision is to transition the FarmStand into an “always open” rotating free farm stand and food pantry, assisted by a network of volunteers who gather viable produce and rotate it into the farm stand while composting what can no longer be used.
  • Dog Park – During the pandemic shut down in 2020, all organized sports at the baseball fields came to a halt. During this time of social isolation, many came to use the baseball fields as a safe space to run their dogs. The park eventually placed “no dog” signs at the entrance of the fields and used heavy chains and locks to prevent people from entering. This didn’t stop people from using their park and fields to exercise their dogs in a safe way in a large expanse of unused space. It was during this time that the need for a dog park became evident.A group of neighbors are currently working together to envision what a dog park could be in order to present their plan to the city. They held their first meeting on August 28th, 2022. After hearing community feedback, the group in attendance felt the eastern baseball field (decommissioned) would be the best place to put a dog park to address concerns about noise and location. Meeting notes can be viewed on the Agendas page and this page will be updated throughout the process to keep the community abreast of the plan and progress.
  • Skate Park – The current conceptual plan and recent community surveys have all advocated to prioritize an expanded skate park. At the meeting held on September 14, 2022, the city stated there was no funding to move forward and that the community would need to raise funds for this expansion.Our plan is to continue to work with both the City and skateboarders to prioritize the expansion of the skatepark. If you are interested in getting involved in this work, please let us know on the form on the Get Involved page.
  • Native Meadow– During the September 21, 2022, Friends of Fonticello Park meeting with Parks and Recreation, Shamar Young proposed that the city could begin immediately working on a native meadow in the old playground space. He indicated they would be willing to till and level the area and plant wildflower seed in that space as part of the city’s attempt to become a “Bee City” .While this idea was intriguing, unfortunately, wildflower mixes are only native to the country usually, not the region. While they would provide immediate gratification, the Friends of Fonticello Park would rather see this done with true native plants from our local ecosystems. We want to make this an educational space in the park, where community members can come to learn about local ecosystem plants, how they support wildlife and native pollinators, increase soil health, and contribute to cleaner waterways. Our hope is that we may even be able to support seed sharing for folks to plant in their own yard gardens.
  • The Spring – They’re also looking at reopening the natural spring that is in the park but there are numerous hurdles including water quality etc. with that plan.

If you want to help the most obvious way is to follow them on Instagram, and check out the website to get involved with meetings and workdays.

Another way to help is to make a financial donation. The Friends have partnered with Verdant Richmond to accept donations.

Verdant Richmond was founded in May, 2017 to address the – at times – poor condition of Richmond’s parks and public green spaces.  Through volunteer efforts and charitable donations from the community, local small businesses, and the city’s large corporations and foundations, we work to revive and maintain the green spaces that provide moments of tranquility to the city’s residents.

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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.

Community

Local Star of HBO’s Big Brunch Show Hosting Dumpling Pop-up at the Veil

The dumplings will be popping into mouths starting at noon but stick around until 7 pm for a viewing party of the new HBO show The Big Brunch in the sunroom.

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@youngmotherva the Dumpling popup of Daniel Harthauses aka @danielharthausen will be doing their dumpling pop-up takeover starting at 12 pm at the Veil Forest Hill location this Sunday, November 27th. Sorry taco lovers no @ytumama.mx on Sunday. The dumplings will be popping into mouths starting at noon but stick around until 7 pm for a viewing party of the new HBO show The Big Brunch in the sunroom. Those of you in the know already know Daniel is a competitor in The Big Brunch. Limited seating is available.

The Big Brunch Show is created and hosted by Emmy® winner Dan Levy, The Big Brunch celebrates inspiring, undiscovered culinary voices from every corner of the country. This eight-episode cooking competition series gives ten talented chefs the opportunity to share their stories and business dreams while vying for a life-altering $300,000 cash prize.


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Punks for Presents Tickets on Sale Now

Punk music shows that provide presents for kids in need is a truly worthy cause.

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A Richmond punk rock Christmas tradition beginning in 2005. Christmas themed punk and metal parody bands putting on shows for charity every year!

You can learn more on Instagram or Facebook. Their still looking for prize donations and sponsors. Head over to one of those social media spots and drop them a DM.

Lineup

December 9, 2022 NIGHT 1 – THE CAMEL $10 ALL AGES
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/5838562/punks-for-presents-at-the-camel-richmond-the-camel
IMAGINARY TOYS (THE CURE)
TOY DIVISION (JOY DIVISION)
X-MAS (X)
JOLLY HOLLY (BUDDY HOLLY)

December 10, 2022 NIGHT 2 – WONDERLAND $10 21+
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8522910/punks-for-presents-at-wonderland-richmond-wonderland
ROCKET QUEEN (GUNS N ROSES)
SMOOCH (KISS)
MERRYDETH (MEGADETH)

December 16, 2022 NIGHT 3 – RICHMOND MUSIC HALL $10 ALL AGES
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2384207/punks-for-presents-at-richmond-music-hall-richmond-richmond-music-hall
YOOL (TOOL)
SNO TEMPLE PILOTS (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS)
HIGH VOLTAGE (AC/DC)
SMASHING PRESENTS (SMASHING PUMPKINS
)SNOASIS (OASIS)

December 17, 2022 NIGHT 4 – HARDYWOOD $10 ALL AGES
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4831118/punks-for-presents-at-hardywood-richmond-hardywood
OPERATION ICY (OPERATION IVY)
DEC.ENDENTS (DESCENDENTS)
MXPXMAS (MXPX)
SALT, SWEAT, SUGAR-COOKIES (JIMMY EAT WORLD)
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REIN-QUEERS (THE QUEERS)
KRIS LITTLE KRINGLES (STIFF LITTLE FINGERS)

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Weekend Radar: Inlight, Ballpark Warming, The Great RVA Bake-Off, Northside Artists Holiday

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InLight 2022 at Bryan Park
November 18-19th

You light up my life, You give me hope to carry on, You light up my days and fill my nights with song or in this case 1708 Gallery is lighting up my life at Bryan Park.

From InLight a few years ago.

InLight 2022 at Bryan Park

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE INLIGHT 2022 MAP!

INLIGHT HOURS

Friday, November 18 — Saturday, November 19

7 – 11 p.m.

LANTERN MAKING & PARADE

InLight kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade. We will gather at 7:00 pm at Gabriel Prosser Circle by the vehicle bridge (near the InLight info booth) and the procession begins at 7:30 pm. Need a lantern? Join us on Friday, November 18th at 6:30 pm at the Parade gathering site to make one!

PARKING

The main entrance to Bryan Park will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please use the Bellevue Ave entrance to park in the parking lots inside Bryan Park. A TukTuk shuttle will be running from these lots to the site for those who need assistance. Auxiliary parking will be available at the Virginia Repertory Theatre (formerly Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center) located at 4202 Hermitage Road with shuttles running continuously from 6:30 – 11:30 pm to the main entrance of Bryan Park. There is limited on-street parking in the surrounding area and the park can be entered on foot or bike through all the entrances (Bellevue Ave; Bryan Park Drive; and the main park entrance).

FOOD & BEVERAGE

InLight 2022 will feature local food trucks, including Monique’s Crepes, Four Brothers, and Boka Tako, Momma’s BBQ, and Alchemy Coffee. Hungry for more? Check out one of the great restaurants in the neighborhood! Just thirsty? Wine and local brews by Brown Distributing Company will be on tap.

Ballpark Warming Party at the Diamond
November 19th

Take me out to the ballpark and I’ll donate a coat and eat a hot dog.

Saturday, Nov 19th 11am-2pm the Flying Squirrels and WTVR CBS 6 invite all their friends and fans to donate coats in support of Puritan Cleaners Coats for Kids program at the Ballpark Warming Party.
Come out to the Diamond and enjoy family fun including: live music from The Hit List, hot dogs, bounce houses, kids activities, monster trucks, vehicles from Richmond Fire Department, Virginia State

Police, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond Raceway and more.

Special giveaways while supplies last.

While warm coats for every member of the family are welcome, we especially need kids coats. You can help by donating any gently used or new coats you no longer need.
Puritan Cleaners will clean and repair each donated coat before delivering them to the Salvation Army to be distributed to local families in need this season.
Thank you for supporting our neighbors in need through Coats for Kids.


The Great RVA Bake Off – FUNdraiser & 1st Anniversary Celebration at Tablespoon
November 19th

You had me at bake. Tablespoon does awesome work and y’all should give them some love and money.

This fall, our first annual “Great RVA Bake Off” (a play on the very popular Netflix series) will be held on November 19, 2022, from 12:00-2:00 pm at our Bakery’s location – 1707 Westover Hills Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23225.

Your favorite RVA Celebrities will team up with the Tablespoons’ Cookie Crew in the ultimate challenge to take home the trophy: Katie Ukrop & Shelley, Bill Martin & Chris, Marc Cheatham & Kemani, Robey Martin & Haley, and Todd Waldo & Cheyenne.

The event will involve a live judging component with judges from Richmond’s Culinary Scene: Jared Golden, Co-Founder of Richmond Restaurant Group; Eileen Mellon, Food Editor for Richmond Magazine; and Ken Lowrie, Executive Chef of The Westwood Club.

We will have Caroline Coleburn of CBS 6 serving as our emcee, Nutzy from the Flying Squirrels assisting with awarding prizes, and live music from The Sugar Hollows and Matt Lomaka.

November 19th marks the return of this signature fundraiser (since pre-COVID days) and celebrates our 1-year anniversary since the Bakery’s grand opening to the community.

Operating under the larger nonprofit, Next Move Program, Tablespoons Bakery allows us to carry out our mission each day – working to directly combat the 70% unemployment rate for young adults with developmental disabilities here in the Commonwealth. Tablespoons serves as both a supported employment site for young adults in the community and an internship site for area high school students with diverse abilities.

Your support of this event allows us to provide life-changing vocational education and employment services to our students and bakers, at no cost to them or their families.

Northside Artists Holiday Show at Lewis Ginter Recreation Association
November 19th

Tis time be crafty or at least check out those that are crafty.

More than 30 Northside Richmond artists are presenting a holiday show and sale benefitting FEEDMORE, November 19 from 11 am to 5 pm, at the Ginter Park Recreation Center, 3421 Hawthorne Avenue, Richmond 23222. Jazz will be featured on stage throughout the day, and bar proceeds, in addition to 10 percent of sales, go to FEEDMORE.

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