vol. 94 / sweet spot

vol. 94 / sweet spot


It’s that time again, that sweet spot at the tail end of summer when things are still slow and hot, but fall is a brilliant prospect ahead. Take this long weekend to savor the moment. We’ve rounded up three suggestions in hopes of encouraging you to play, sing, laugh, and enjoy a good ol’ fashioned ball game with your pooch. 

Labor Day plans and more coming your way...read on! 

Crossroads Breakfast


Start your Labor Day celebration early on Friday by making a special trip to Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream for the Breakfast Cabaret, a longstanding tradition by the Professor and the Dancing Madwoman with deep neighborhood roots. A true community space with a funky bohemian vibe, Crossroads is the perfect spot to kick off your holiday weekend with strangers who will quickly become friends. Expect a lively musical performance, jokes, and a wild sing-along led by musicians Barry Bless and Twila Sikorski. Complete with a top hat and waxed mustache, Barry serves as the ringleader with his accordion in hand and surprises up his sleeve. And if you’re up for more zany action at Crossroads this holiday, consider heading back on Saturday for a Variety Show with DJs, bands, live readings, and local vendors.
Perk: After you’ve fueled up on songs, coffee, and one of their famous breakfast sandwiches, walk across the street to explore Forest Hill Park, a historic 105-acre urban park. Make sure to stop at the “Stone House” where we’ve left the first three Here readers a few surprise RIC t-shirts hidden by the door! 


Breakfast Cabaret every Friday at 9 am  / Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream 

RVA Laugh


What’s a holiday weekend without plenty of good belly laughs. Laughter Yoga, yes—it’s really a thing, is said to boost your immune system, improve sleep, lower stress, and reduce pain. Some even claim that a minute of laughter is equal to 10 minutes on the ol’ rowing machine! This irresistibly weird and wonderful thing even has a club, called RVA Laugh Club of course, that meets on a regular basis at Integral Yoga Center of Richmond. We have Richmonder Slash Coleman (writer, producer, storyteller) to thank for the range of physiological and psychological benefits laughter yoga is bringing to RVA. Slash, who is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, will guide you through a sixty-minute class with prolonged voluntary laughter (1-10 minutes at a time) using Yogic Breathing Laughter Exercises, eye contact, and a host of childlike playfulness. The next Laughter Yoga session takes place this Friday at 6 pm!
Perk: If you want to get paid to laugh and further connect with your community, consider Laughter Yoga Leader Training with Slash to become a Certified Laughter Leader and authorized to start your own Laughter Yoga Club. Because we want to see more laughs in RVA, we’ll cover half of the cost for the three-day intensive training for the first Here reader to email us to let us know they’re ready to bring more chuckles to the neighborhood. 


Laughter Yoga  / Friday at 6 pm / Integral Yoga Center of Richmond

Flying Squirrels


The Richmond Flying Squirrels return home for the final games of the 2019 season this Labor Day weekend, with four games at The Diamond from Friday through Monday to close out the franchise's 10th season celebration. The fun begins on Friday night with happy hour specials, mini wrestling, and a chance for kids (14 and younger) to run the bases after the game. On Saturday night, the game will be followed by an In-Your-Face Fireworks show up close and inside the fences. Come Sunday you can find a Dueling Fireworks show, one of the largest of the season, following the game. Things wrap up on Labor Day afternoon with Fan Appreciation Day & Labor Day Celebration. Gates open at noon on Labor Day and you can even bring your pooch (dogs are admitted free, just make sure to request a dog-friendly seating section). 
Perk: Calling all students and teachers. Present your teacher or student ID at the ticket booth for a sweet Back-to-School Deal—$6 general admission tickets for all remaining games! 


Richmond Flying Squirrels Grand Finale / August 30-September 2