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RVA Beer Explorer: Historic Beer with Romans, Two Fall Festivals, Another Oktoberfest

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Historic Beer Series at Center of the Universe
October 20th

Hail Ceaser. If I didn’t have plans I’d be heading up COTU so I can drop words like phalanx, gladius, and pilum.

We are pleased to announce the return of our “Historic Beer Series.” Working in conjunction with the Randolph-Macon College History department, we have developed a series of beer releases and lectures that highlight various periods in time and their effect on all things, well, beer. Enjoy sipping on a pint of history while listening to what influenced its creation!

All Historical Beer Series lectures run from 7:00pm to 8:00 in the private events room and are free to attend. Historical and regular COTU beer offerings are available for purchase.

October 20th: Roman Britain

Topic: Who were the Auxiliary Forces of the Roman Military, and what was their experience in Roman Britain?
Beer Explored: Honey Wheat Steinbier

Fall Family Festival at Triple Crossing Midlothian
October 22nd

I still haven’t made it out to Triple Crossin Midlothian. I’m a Foushee Triple Crossing man always have been always will be, except when I’m a Fulton Triple Crossin Man. Some day I’ll get to the Midlo station they’re hosting some unique events and could be worth the journey.

Come out on Saturday, October 22nd from 1pm to 7pm for a day of fun for the whole family!!
Enjoy the weekend with great beer, food and music at Triple Crossing Beer – Midlothian.

– Face Painting
– Pumpkin Patch
– Live Music
– Photo Booth
– Fall Food Specials
– Artisanal Vendors
– Lager Bar
– Stein Holding Competition
It’s fall y’all…


Fall Festival at Crazy Rooster Brewing
October 22nd

Another Fall Festival at another location I haven’t made it to yet. So many breweries so many events. It’s definitely a good problem to have.

Live Music from The Hashbury Collective 3-6 pm
Food Trucks! River City Foods and Seoul Mate
Sweet treats from Cave’s Creations!
Craft Vendors
Cornhole
Kids Activities
Special 5 gallon kegs of the following to be tapped throughout the day (they won’t last long!):
Pumpkin Spice Brown Ale
Apple Cider Gose
Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout
No Entry Fee!
Pet friendly event, dogs must be on leash.
Bring your chairs and Good Vibes!

5th Annual Oktoberfest at Final Gravity Brewing Co
October 23rd

Honestly, I thought we were all done with Oktoberfest. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong.

Come on out for our 5th Annual Oktoberfest! We are spreading out to our large parking lot located behind the brewery. We will have amazing German food with house made brats by The Mayr Meats and a German Inspired Pizza with garlic-thyme mashed potato and olive oil base, caramelized onions, bratwurst and creamy mustard drizzle made by River City Wood Fire Pizza. The Sauerkrauts German Band will perform and we will release our Kingdoms Rise Märzen. Dress up in your best Oktoberfest garb for the costume competition and be prepared for a few games including the strong arm competition. We will have special glassware available for purchase!

BEER NEWS

Cans that are works of art for a good cause that use rather unique ingredients.

OktoberForest in Virginia – Nature Conservancy

In 2019, Black Narrows Brewing co-owner Josh Chapman had a crazy idea (his words) to brew an India pale ale featuring longleaf pine from TNC’s Piney Grove Preserve. This year we’re kicking things up a notch by expanding our OktoberForest collaboration to pair three additional brewers—Crooked Run Fermentation, Fine Creek Brewing Co. and Väsen Brewing Company—with TNC programs spanning from the Atlantic to the Appalachians.

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Part of Bliley to be Closed for Stormwater Repair

Bliley Road bordering Westlake Hills and Cedarhurst neighborhoods in the 4th District will be closed between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road for stormwater repair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Now through Wednesday, February 15

WHERE: Bliley Road bordering Westlake Hills and Cedarhurst neighborhoods in the 4th District will be closed between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road for stormwater repair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday; Whitlone Road will also be closed between Bliley and Debora Street at those times. There will be no vehicular access during those times on Bliley from Netherwood to Cedarhurst and from Bliley to Debora. The rest of the area will have resident access only.

PROJECT SCOPE:  Emergency stormwater repair project

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Storm the Gates with Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA

Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

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Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA is bringing you their first exhibition of 2023, Storm the Gates, a gallery takeover celebrating graffiti artists, illustrators, cartoonists, and people painting in the corner of their bedrooms and garages. Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

Join them this Friday during February @rvafirstfridays where they’ll unveil a mural collaboratively painted by All City Art Club and ART 180’s program alumni and current participants.

Friday, February 3
5-9 p.m.
ART 180’s Atlas Gallery
114 W Marshall St.

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Greater Richmond Convention Center marks 20 years serving region

Since 2003, the complex has hosted a total of 7,034 conventions, consumer shows, sports tournaments, and other events, bringing millions of people and dollars to the region.

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Virginia’s largest meeting and exhibition venue celebrates two decades of welcoming events and visitors to the Richmond Region this year. The Greater Richmond Convention Center officially opened on February 28, 2003, as cheerleaders from across the country flipped in the American National Cheer and Dance Championships in the building’s exhibit hall.

Since then, the GRCC has hosted a total of 7,034 conventions, consumer shows, sports tournaments and other events bringing millions of people and dollars to the region.

The GRCC replaced the 62,000-square-foot Richmond Center, which opened in 1986. Stretching across a six-block area, the 700,000 square-foot GRCC incorporates some of the steel and pillars from the original facility.

Construction for the project began in 1999 and was supported by a $10 million investment from former Governor George Allen and the regionwide transient lodging tax.

“It is the best example of regional cooperation in the history of this whole area,” said late Lt. Gov. John H. Hager during a 2002 press conference.

The Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority – a political subdivision of Virginia with representation from the city of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties – oversaw the financing, development and construction of the GRCC. The Authority’s 25th anniversary is this year.

We’re immensely proud of the legacy and the positive impact the Greater Richmond Convention Center has had on tourism,” said Lincoln Saunders, City of Richmond Chief Administrative Officer and Chair of the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority. “Millions of people are introduced to the Richmond Region through events and competitions that are hosted at the facility every year. These visitors support our economy by shopping at our small businesses, eating at restaurants and visiting attractions.”

To examine the viability of the GRCC, regional leaders commissioned a feasibility study by C.H. Johnson Consulting in 1999. The researchers projected hotel tax collections to reach $30 million by fiscal year 2020. Hotel tax collection revenues reached $30 million by fiscal year 2019.

Throughout the GRCC expansion phases, groups were welcomed to the region to use completed portions of the building. About 1,200 women from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were the first to use the facility’s new ballroom during a three-day conference in May 2001.

When the GRCC was officially completed in 2003, Richmond Region Tourism had booked 18 conventions through 2008.

Interest and bookings have experienced a dramatic uptick over the years. During its last fiscal year, the GRCC hosted over 180 events.

From USA Fencing tournaments and ice dancing competitions to offshore wind conferences and comic conventions, the GRCC has hosted various large-scale events since it opened.

“The convention center is a shining example of regional collaboration,” said Jack Berry, president and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “The success of the convention center demonstrates how investing in tourism results in positive economic development for our entire region. Richmond Region Tourism and its partners are committed to working alongside our community to continue tourism’s positive momentum.”

The GRCC went through extensive upgrades to modernize the facility in 2020.

GRCC’s technological and cosmetic improvements include new LED lighting and RGB color lighting, monitors, digital signage, and a new digital sound system.  Its interior spaces were updated with new tile, accents, paint scheme, and pub-style tables and seating. The facility also features a new executive lounge and a renovated food court and service desk.

Today the GRCC features 178,159 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a 30,550 square foot grand ballroom, and 50,000 sq. ft. of additional meeting room space.

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