Archive for February, 2011

Noted Topiary Gardener, Pearl Fryar, Speaks in Richmond VA

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Pearl Fryar began topiary gardening on his 3 acres in Bishopville, SC in the 1980′s with the goal of winning first prize from his local garden club.

Pearl Fryar, noted topiary gardener, to speak in Richmond VA on March 5 and 6

His garden of sculpted bushes and trees now attract almost 500 visitors a day, thousands every year. Pearl Fryar will add Richmond to his list of appearances on March 5 at 1 PM and 4:30 PM and March 6 at 12:15 PM and 3 PM as part of the 35th Annual Richmond Home and Garden Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex as the featured speaker.

Pearl Fryar has appeared on “Martha Stewart Show,” in a documentary aired on PBS called “A Man Named Pearl,” in Southern Living and Harper’s. Tickets are available on-line. Active and retired military, police, and EMS personnel will be admitted FREE with a valid ID. The Richmond Raceway Complex is located at 600 E. Laburnum Avenue.

Last Chance: Virginia Wine Expo

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The 2011 Virginia Wine Expo opens Friday, February 25 and runs through Sunday, February 27 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  Tickets are on sale now!

4th Annual Virginia Wine Expo in Richmond 2/25/2011 through 2/27/2011

Friday night opens with the Virginia Governor’s Cup Grand Tasting. Join the Governor as he announces this year’s outstanding Virginia wines from the 350 wines being showcased by the 60+ Virginia wineries. Reserve wines will be served on Friday only and Richmond’s finest chefs will be serving small plates to give ticket holders a chance to sample some of Virginia’s finest food and wine.

Saturday and Sunday present the opportunity for a walk-around grand tasting between 11 AM and 6 PM. Virginia’s wineries will have set up booths and will be offering tastes of their wines. Whole Foods Market has stocked a cheese pavilion for your enjoyment; and select vendors will be offering unique items for purchase.  Throughout the event, wines will be available for purchase by the bottle for on-premise consumption or to take with you.

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This Week in Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

February 22 through February 28, 2011 finds a week packed with exciting events and things to do in VIrginia’s capitol city, Richmond.

Full Calendar of Events in Richmond VA This Week

1. VMFA presents the exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” featuring 176 works in various media chronicling the famed artist’s entire career. See our other blog post for details! Open 7 days a week, hours 10 AM to 6 PM, extended to 9 PM on Thursdays and Fridays. World class art – not to be missed!

2. Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” the powerful Irish Dance phenomenon takes the stage at the Landmark Theater  on February 22 at 7:30 PM. Blog Post.

3. John Mellencamp, American rock singer/songwriter known for his own brand of rock that favors organic instrumentation not synthesizers and artificial sounds, will appear as part of his “No Better Than This Tour” on Thursday, February 24 at 7 PM at Richmond’s Landmark Theater. Mellencamp has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and his latest album “No Better Than This” was released to widespread acclaim August, 2010. Tickets from Ticketmaster entitle ticket holder to download one copy of the album. Past hits include “Hurts So Good” and “Jack and Diane.”

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VMFA Opened New Exhibition Saturday

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, February 19.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosts "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris" February 19 to May 15, 2011

This collection of 176 works celebrating the artist’s life and covering the phases of his career is taking Richmond by storm. A steady stream of  both fans and those who wanted to learn more about this influential artist filled the gallery. Review.

While the Musee National Picasso, Paris, permanent home of the collection, undergoes renovations, these works in various media representing the best of his career are traveling the world on tour.  Richmond is the only east coast stop in the United States providing  a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Richmond residents and visitors alike.  The exhibition will be open to visitors just until May 15, 2011, so reserve your dates to go and get your tickets now.  Tickets are $20 for adults and discounts apply for seniors, students, adult groups of 10 or more, and children ages 7 to 17.  While the exhibition is free for VMFA members and children 6 and younger, tickets are still required due to the popularity of the event.

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Lord of the Dance at Richmond’s Landmark

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Next Tuesday, February 22, 2011, for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance takes the stage at Richmond’s Landmark Theater.  The show starts at 7:30 PM and tickets are available.  Michael Flatley will be inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame on March 11th for his impact as creator of “Lord of the Dance”  and as one of the originators of “Riverdance.”  And, on St. Patrick’s Day, watch for the movie “Lord of the Dance in 3D” to hit your neighborhood movie theater.

The Lord of the Dance,” an extravaganza of precision dancing, pyrotechnics, and state of the art lighting is based on Irish folklore and a classic tale of Good versus Evil, the Lord of the Dance versus the Dark Lord.  Audiences around the world have been thrilled by the performances and have showered acclaim on these vigorous, talented performers.  Thanks to performances like these, irish dance has reached new levels of recognition and appreciation since the  premiere of “Lord of the Dance” in 1996.  It attracts audiences from all walks of life, crossing any and all traditional boundaries with its exhilarating music and dance projecting levels of unstoppable energy.

So clear your calendar and make plans to see Michael Flately’s “Lord of the Dance” at Richmond, Virginia’s historic Landmark Theater at 6 N. Laurel Street, just 3 blocks from the Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast inn.