vol. 91 / bullseye 🎯Coming at you with three quirky and offbeat activities this weekend!
VOL. 91 / BULLSEYE
This week we’re taking aim at unlikely summer activities—from tossing axes with friends to blitzing RVA with books to trying your hand at highfalutin' mini-golf to sipping craft beer while playing street-side shuffleboard.
Cheers to the weekend! Read on…
Just an axe throw away from Short Pump sits the Virginia Axe Company, a recreational axe and knife throwing venue that invites you to take aim. The 3,000 square foot facility offers Richmohders a chance to grab a 5-pound axe and take a swing in one of its 5 throwing pits. Locally owned, Virginia Axe Company is part of an edgy new trend in entertainment options nationwide that offer an alternative way to get an adrenaline fix with friends and fam. So if you’re in need of a little lumber jack action in your life, head out to Goochland to throw some axes this weekend. And not to worry, Virginia Axe uses regionally repurposed timber cut targets from already downed trees. Corporate team building events, birthday parties, private lessons, and bachelor/ette parties are available!
Still looking for the perfect summer read? Or maybe you have some beach reads to swap out? Join the Friends of the Richmond Public Library for a reverse scavenger hunt this Saturday. Teams of 3-5 people will meet at Blue Bee Cider in Scott’s Addition at 3 pm to pool together a collection of books for re-homing that they've gathered in advance. From there, the group plans to blitz the books across Richmond's 30+ Little Free Library locations! Teams will document each "blitz" on Instagram using #rvabookblitz and the Little Free Library charter number for each little library that the team stocks. After the blitz, join other book lovers at 5 pm at Blue Bee Cider for an after party complete with cider prizes for the teams with the most creative pics, most books, and the most libraries stocked. It’s $10 to participate, with 100% of registration fees supporting the Friends of Richmond Public!
Step inside Hotel Greene this weekend and you’ll be transported to a fictional hotel in the 1930s where a bellhop will check you in for an evening filled with mini-golf, cocktails, and tasty eats. Housed in a former hotel at 508 East Franklin Street, Hotel Greene opens today and offers Richmonders a chance to tee off in the lobby and play their way down the halls and throughout the hotel that has been retrofitted with a course by an internationally renowned mini-golf course designer. Along the way, enjoy classic cocktails, club sandwiches, and other menu items inspired by the times. Or go straight to the good stuff, and stop at the shot station.
25+ breweries plus six bands, streetside shuffleboard courts, an archery station, and disc golf! That sounds like our kind of block party. On Saturday, Väsen Brewing will host an epic anniversary bash in Scott's Addition from noon to 7 pm. Session #1 will kick off at noon and Session #2 at 3 pm. The brewery will be closed to the general public, so make sure to snag tickets (word has it that the VIP tickets come with a special beer table with a “secret stash” and commemorative swag! In addition to new beers by Väsen, the festival will include participating breweries like The Veil Brewing Co., Triple Crossing, Commonwealth Brewing Company, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Tabol Brewing, Aslin Beer Company, and more! And the all-star lineup of bands will feature Chance Fischer, Minor Poet, Mikrowaves, Calvin Presents, Paulo Franco, and Weekend Plans. As a mission driven brewery, Väsen will also offer a nonprofit village with local charities, like Keep Virginia Cozy and BridgePark, there to share their mission. Cheers.
vol. 78 / awaken 🌅Unplug. Power down. Take a pause from the ordinary this weekend.
VOL. 78 / AWAKEN
Unplug. Power down. And take a pause from the ordinary this weekend. We've rounded up three tips to get you started on your journey right here in our River City.
Because, there's no place like here.
Find your Zen at the Manchester Wall. Climbing is all about being present. Your body makes a clear shift, your ego takes a seat on the bench, and all that unimportant stuff banging around in your head somehow slips away as you focus completely on your next move. To help you find that oh so sweet space, the folks at Peak Experiences are hosting their annual Climb Right RVA event at the Manchester Wall. If you haven’t checked it out, the Manchester Wall is part of the historic pilings scattered along the James that once held the Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge. Today, the original granite structures are home to some of the best climbing in the area and can be reached by theT. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge or south side access.
Climb Right RVA will consist of two days of free climbing events, designed for beginners and advanced climbers, by certified guides. Plus, there will be plenty of gear demos by Sterling, Wild Country, and Evolv as well as local food and drink vendors. On Saturday night, head over to Väsen Brewing for the official after party filled with craft beer and climbing games, like crash pad stacking (imagine a life-size Jenga game with you balancing on top).
Perk: The first three Here. readers that drop our name when checking in at the registration table at the Manchester Wall will receive a free stainless steal water bottle from Richmond Grid magazine with a sweet Richmond flag logo.
Saturday, April 27 / 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday, April 28 / 10 am - 3 pm Climb Right RVA
Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment opens this weekend at VMFA, providing a chance to hop on a voyage into the visionary art of Tibetan Buddhism. The journey from clamor to contemplation unfolds as you progress through a series of immersive spaces with spectacular art and nearly 100 objects along the way. Best of all, you'll have an opportunity to take part in the narrative it presents and quest for enlightenment. Our friends at the VMFA promise that the opening weekend will offer a pause from the ordinary noise of daily living and a chance to contemplate and reflect.
Get your hands dirty this weekend while making a difference in the place we call home. The action-oriented team at Enrichmond Foundation will host its annual Earth Day of Service on Saturday. For over 25 years, Enrichmond Foundation has called on neighbors all over Richmond to volunteer in their communities. And this year promises to be their biggest Day of Service yet! Here. readers can help clear invasive plants, plant native trees, beautify public spaces, and so much more. Make sure to register to volunteer here. Volunteers will receive an Every Day is Earth Day tote bag.
Two tickets are up for grabs for Friday Cheers for Here. members. Tag a friend to take with you on our Instagram page for a chance to win two free passes to a concert of your choice from this season's Cheers lineup!
This week, we've got nothing about green beer or magic leprechauns. AtHere. we believe that the good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
We designed this newsletter to require participation. Less reading, more doing. Pick which unexpected St. Patrick's Day items appeal to you, then grab some friends and get out there!
The James River Film Festival, an annual event since 1994 designed for the cinematic soul, is upon us once again. Organized by James River Film Society, this year’s festival runs through March 18 and is dedicated to the art of film and film as art. Betzy Bromberg, who’s made experimental films since 1976 and is one of the most important voices in avant-garde cinema today, will serve as a distinguished guest this year. You can catch an exhibition of her early works (in 16mm) at VCU’s Grace Street Theater on Friday and her later works on Saturday at the Byrd Theatre. On Sunday there will be a St. Patrick’s Day edition of Strange Projections at Gallery5 with live mixing of Leprechaun (1993), on VHS starring Jennifer Aniston, and The Cranberries on CASSETTE! The plan is to fade the sounds of both in and out throughout the film! Not to mention, a Silent Music/Revival, Fraggle Rock with puppet creators, experimental double features, and more throughout the weekend.
Before your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, consider a giveback initiative in this place we love to call home. On Saturday, Enrichmond Foundation will meet at Historic Evergreen Cemetery for a volunteer cleanup day. Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in Richmond’s East End. It is the resting place for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, John Mitchell Jr., and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. There are an estimated 10,000 plots in Evergreen, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect. Join the crew by signing up at HandsOn Greater Richmond! Volunteer tasks include clearing overgrowth, trash pickup, and grave marker recording. Tools will be provided.
Sure, you can hit up the traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (Shamrock the Block, St. Paddy’s Day Street Festival at Sine, Traditional Irish Wake at O'Toole's, St. Paddy’s Day Parking Lot Party at District 5, and Gold Rush Opening Dayat Kabana Rooftop). But while you're out and about looking for shenanigans, swing by the Richmond Coin Laundry (2501 N. 25th Street) and share a few quarters with Laundry Love RVA. This ongoing event is about doing community differently, being with neighbors, and sharing your spare change and time. Designed to help neighbors who could use an extra hand with their laundry expenses, Laundry Love requires no special skills or time commitment. Simply drop off change or detergent, pass out some change, dispense soap, help fold laundry, or just offer a listening ear. We guarantee it will be better than green beer.