Archive for October, 2011

Travel the World, and Virginia, through Wine

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This weekend, October 28th and 29th, the Richmond International Wine Excursion kicks off a world-class culinary adventure combining both international and locally-sourced wine with cuisine featuring a global flair.

Richmond International Wine Excursion October 28 and October 29 at Historic Tredegar on teh banks of teh James River

This first annual event will take place at Historic Tredegar, where large, temperature-controlled tents will be in place. Tredegar, of course, is on the banks of the James River and the weather forecast is projecting a beautiful, crisp autumn day.  More than 250 wines representing 12 countries and 100 of the best wineries will be poured by representatives of the wineries who will share their expertise and knowledge. Each attendee will receive a beautiful Riedel crystal wine glass as a souvenir.  There’s even a Locavore Luncheon – a feast of sumptuous, locally-sourced cuisine paired with selected wines.

Whether you take in one event or more, various ticket packages are available. Tickets. For a full schedule of the events and to plan your day, check Schedule. The event opens at 6 PM on Friday, closes at 10 PM, and re-opens on Saturday at noon and runs until 10 PM. What can be better than wine, food, and a beautiful fall day along the James River?

Civil War Medicine: Torture or Science?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

As part of the Banner Series of Lectures, The Virginia Historical Society will present Dr. Adrian Wheat’s assessment of the practice of medicine on particularly on the Confederate side of the Civil War. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th at 7 PM and will be repeated on Thursday, October 28th at noon. The lecture will be delivered at the Virginia Historical Society, 428 N Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia.  Dr. Wheat will describe the medical practices of science in the 1860’s including care on the battlefield, transporting patients to hospitals, and the role of sanitation.  MASH, as depicted in the television series of the same name, actually took place 100 years later! Take medical  science backward 100 years, eliminate what we learned in that 100 years, and what do we have left? Dr. Adrian Wheat’s lecture will fill in the details!

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Paul Simon Tickets On Sale Friday October 21

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Paul Simon is coming to the Landmark Theater on November 29, 2011 and tickets go on sale at 10:00 AM Friday morning.  Paul turned 70 years old last week and begins his fall tour in Phoenix AZ on October 17th. Stops include Las Vegas, New Orleans, Newark, and Orlando – among others. During this tour he will perform some of his legendary hits (a few that haven’t been heard live in years) as well as music from his newest album “So Beautiful or So What.”  Tickets to this concert at the Landmark are bound to go fast so get your tickets early and plan an evening in Richmond’s thriving Fan District: dinner, concert, and an overnight stay downtown to eliminate the commute and the parking woes!  Learn more about Paul Simon!

Artist Reception and En Plein Aire Workshop

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Brazier Studio and Gallery on West Main Street in Richmond’s Uptown area of the Historic Fan District has announced an art event for October!

Brazier Studio and Gallery Welcomes Kevin Menck

First up is an artist reception with Kevin Menck on October 20, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Brazier Studio and Gallery.  Kevin is a landscape painter who spends hours “en plein aire” outside taking his inspiration and working directly from nature. Kevin, who was born and raised in Tennessee,  fine-tuned the fundamentals of drawing as an illustrator.  Finally, motivated by his love and appreciation for the outdoors, Kevin now paints landscapes from nature capturing not only what he sees but the atmosphere of the moment. During the reception, visitors will be encouraged to meet Kevin,  discuss his inspiration and his process, and view many of his latest works.

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Richmond’s Own Maymont Makes List of Top 10 Public Spaces

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

On Tuesday, October 4, the American Planning Association announced its list of 2011 Great Places.  The American Planning Association brings together thousands of people — practicing planners, citizens, elected officials — committed to making great communities happen through a professional institute for certified planners and through divisions and chapters as well as student memberships. And, the APA identified Maymont as one of America’s 10 Great Public Spaces in 2011.

What is a public space?

A public space, as defined by the APA, can be a gathering spot or part of a neighborhood, downtown, special district, waterfront or other area within the public realm that helps promote social interaction and a sense of community. Possible examples may include such spaces as plazas, town squares, parks, marketplaces, public commons and malls, public greens, piers, special areas within convention centers or grounds, sites within public buildings, lobbies, concourses, or public spaces within private buildings.

Maymont, of course, is Richmond’s own 100-acre estate near downtown, now a city park with free admission featuring gorgeous gardens, wildlife exhibits, and open spaces perfect to romp and play.

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