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Maymont selects Katherine Garrett-Cox as Curator and Director of Historical Resources and Collections

Garrett-Cox will manage conservation and preservation efforts for Maymont’s historic resources, which include the Mansion, carriages, and historic outbuildings and structures.

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The Maymont Foundation has announced that Katherine Garrett-Cox has been selected as the Curator and Director of Historical Resources and Collections, starting December 5. Reporting to the Executive Director, Garrett-Cox will manage conservation and preservation efforts for Maymont’s historic resources, which include the Mansion, carriages, and historic outbuildings and structures.

Garrett-Cox brings two decades of experience managing nationally significant historical resources — including the 11 properties of the Preservation Society of Newport County (Rhode Island), and over 300,000 artifacts at the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Facility — to her new role as Maymont’s historic content expert, curator and preservation specialist.

“As Maymont approaches its 100th anniversary as a shared community treasure, we are fortunate to find a professional like Kathy with the combination of hands-on experience and in-depth scholarship to steward Maymont’s historic experiences into the future,” said Parke Richeson, Maymont Executive Director. “I’m confident her multifaceted expertise in managing extensive collections, curating exhibitions and overseeing complex technical projects, such as environmental system upgrades, will ensure success in our strategic direction to broaden Maymont’s accessibility and enrich community engagement.”

“I am delighted to be stepping into the role as Curator and Director of Historic Resources and Collections. Maymont’s expertly cared for collections and history draw thousands of visitors to the estate each year,” said Kathy Garrett-Cox, “I look forward to finding new ways to engage audiences of all ages and interests in the history and preservation of Maymont.”

In her new role, Garrett-Cox plans to enhance ways in which objects, buildings, historical information, archives and artwork will engage the community and be interpreted through exhibitions, presentations, tours, educational programs, publications and events. In addition, she will arrange for improvement, care, preservation and conservation of historical resources. She will oversee the collections during the upcoming Maymont 2025 project, which entails infrastructure improvements such as a new roof and safety systems for the Maymont Mansion.

After beginning her career at Maymont where she was Manager of Historical Collections from 2006 to 2016, Garrett-Cox became Collections Manager for the Preservation Society of Newport County in 2016, where she was responsible for the care and curated exhibitions of over 60,000 objects in 11 historic homes. In 2020, she was tapped as the Supervisory Museum Curator/Collections Manager for the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Facility. For the Navy, she managed over 300,000 artifacts in a 300,000-square-foot facility while working to catalog and inventory the collection for the first time in the Navy’s history. In addition, she oversaw several facility projects, including a new multi-million-dollar roof and new HVAC system for a 10,000-square-foot storage area and conservation lab.

As Collections Manager for the Preservation Society of Newport County, she worked on several exhibitions including a U.S. retrospective of “Pierre Cardin, 70 Years of Innovation” and “Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light,” among many others. In addition, she oversaw the digitization of the collection and collaborative web portal for Newport, allowing the Preservation Society’s collection and archives to be accessible to the public for the first time. She worked to preserve and protect the collections in all 11 houses and outbuildings, including working on major facility projects such as the installation of a geothermal system in the Breakers. This was the first HVAC system of any kind to be installed in this historic home.

Garrett-Cox earned an M.A. in Art History with a concentration in modern and contemporary American and European Art from the American International University in London, England, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with minors in History and Women’s Studies at Salem College, in North Carolina. She is a recognized expert in her field and takes an active role as a member and speaker with historical associations and conferences, such as the Virginia Conservation Association, the Virginia Association of Museums, the Richmond Museum Emergency Support Team and the American Association of State and Local History.

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Downtown

Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k unveils finisher medal, participant shirt, and 10k Spirit Contest for 2023 event

Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer.

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The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger unveiled the finisher medal and participant shirt for this year’s event during its annual ‘10k Reveal Day,’ which took place at Ukrop’s Market Hall.

This year’s medal, which all participants will receive after crossing the finish line on April 22, celebrates some of the iconic parts of the 10k course. The unique shape mimics the turnaround and halfway point on the 6.2-mile course, while the sun feature is a nod to spring and mimics the stained-glass architecture elements you might spot along Monument Avenue.

The colorful participant shirt compliments the medal design. The dogwood flower commemorates the gorgeous spring foliage spotted along the entire course. Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer. The 2023 10k takes place on April 22, 2023, and marks the 24th running of the event. Registration for this year’s event is open at www.sportsbackers.org, with a price increase set for February 1.

The 6.2-mile road race returns to Broad Street, Monument Avenue, and Franklin Street. There will be a small change to the course. The turnaround will move back to Chantilly instead of Staples Mill and the finish line will shift from Shafer and Franklin closer to Laurel and Franklin. The Sheehy Post Race Festival will return to Monroe Park for the first time since 2016. Since its creation in 2000, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k has become one of the largest 10k road races in America, with over 540,000 participants taking part in that time.

“Every year participants look forward to seeing the 10k medal and shirt. We know this year’s will quickly become a fan favorite and we can’t wait to see everyone wearing their new tees post-race,” said Meghan Keogh, Race Director for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. “We were thrilled to work with Frank Anderson—it’s great to have a local designer familiar with the event. He was able to capture the spirit of race day in commemorative items that people will enjoy for years to come.”

New this year the Porch Party Contest has been combined with the Community Spirit Contest and will now be called the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience. The new contest aims to celebrate the groups that famously cheer on 10k participants by awarding superlatives and cash prizes. Judges will select one participating group to receive a Grand Prize of $250. Judges will also select winners for Best Porch Party, Judges Choice, Most Spirited, and Best Theme. The groups selected for each of these superlatives will win $100.

“Year after year, cheerful spectators line the sidelines and median of the race route and are the very reason the 10k is often referred to as ‘Richmond’s biggest block party!’” said Samantha Kanipe, Founder & CEO of The Richmond Experience. “We’re thrilled to shine a light on the groups of people that make event day and the RVA community special and to be part of an event that brings the community together in such a unique way.”

You can find more information on the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience here.

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Business

Torchy’s Tacos opens second Richmond location at Carytown Exchange this week

On the heels of its Short Pump opening earlier this month, Torchy’s Tacos is getting ready to launch its second Richmond-area restaurant. Located at 3510 W. Cary St. in Carytown Exchange, this new location opens on February 1st and joins Charlottesville and Short Pump as Torchy’s third Virginia location.

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On the heels of its Short Pump opening earlier this month, Torchy’s Tacos is getting ready to launch its second Richmond-area restaurant. Located at 3510 W. Cary St. in Carytown Exchange, this new location opens on February 1st and joins Charlottesville and Short Pump as Torchy’s third Virginia location.

To celebrate the new restaurant, Torchy’s will host a preview party on Monday, January 30 from 5-8 p.m., where the community is welcome to attend and enjoy a complimentary meal, including tacos, queso, beer samples, N/A beverages and more. All alcohol sales and tips will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Torchy’s is also kicking off grand opening day on February 1 by offering the first 100 guests in line at 10 a.m. on opening day a limited-edition Torchy’s Restaurant Opening T-Shirt, which will grant the lucky Taco Junkie a year of free Green Chile Queso each time they wear it to the Carytown Exchange location.

The Carytown location boasts a 4,445-square foot dining room coupled with an outdoor patio, where guests can enjoy options like the Trailer Park taco, plant-based Migas taco and Torchy’s Taco of the Month while sipping fresh-made margaritas and signature cocktails. At Torchy’s, every taco, queso and margarita is hand-crafted and made-to-order.

The restaurant’s hours of operation are:

  • Sunday: 9 am-9 pm
  • Mon-Th: 10 am-10 pm
  • Friday: 10 am -11 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 11 pm

Founded in a food trailer in Austin in 2006, Torchy’s Tacos elevates the traditional street taco with unique flavor combinations that include responsibly sourced, high quality ingredients from around the world. Follow Torchy’s Carytown Exchange on Facebook or download the Torchy’s App to join the Taco Junkies Rewards Club to keep up with the latest local news and offers.

Torchy’s Carytown Exchange is currently hiring for all restaurant positions, including cashiers, bartenders, food runners, expo, prep, grill cooks, and dishwashers. Those interested in living the taco dream can visit torchystacos.com/careers or stop by 3510 W. Cary St. to apply.

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Crime

Suspect sought in indecent exposure incidents occurring in the Museum District

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the adult male in the photo who is suspected of peeping in windows and indecently exposing himself outside of homes on multiple occasions in the area.

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From Richmond Police:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the adult male in the photo who is suspected of peeping in windows and indecently exposing himself outside of homes on multiple occasions in the area.

At approximately 10:03 p.m., Friday, December 2, officers responded to a report of a suspicious male looking into a window of a residence located in the 3100 block of Hanover Avenue. A victim has described the suspect as wearing a hoodie, jacket and a ball cap.  Surveillance camera footage shows the suspect on a porch exposing himself inappropriately.

RPD has increased patrols in the area and is asking that anyone with video or information please contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective O. Reyes at (804) 646-3874 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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