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A New Year's to Remember!

Tuesday December 31, 2013
The clock is ticking. The minutes are slipping away as 2014 inches closer and closer. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be open until the wee hours of the evening, ringing in the new year. How are you going to celebrate your New Year's Eve?

Carytown may have foregone the ball rise this year but there are still two venues willing to carry on the tradition:

The Hippodrome- a renovated music theater in the heart of Jackson Ward, is hosting "Wrecking Ball"- a smashing New Year's Eve Bash. There will be 4 bars, 3 bands and 2 DJs. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 for couples.There will be complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres.Guests should dress to impress!

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is one of the many production craft beer breweries in Richmond. They offer tastings and host a weekly food truck court, they often have live music, special beer releases and small festivals. This year they are acting as the interim host of the Carytown ball rise. Their tasting room will be open 9 pm - 12 am. Food trucks- Cielito Lindo and Super Fresh Carts will be serving food and drinks. Guests are encouraged to drink responsibly but Provide A Ride will be on hand to help partiers get home safely. Regardless of how you choose to spend your evening, have a Happy New Year! See you in 2014.

GardenFest of Lights

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
Bright twinkling lights, a variety of lush gardens with plenty of dark, quiet corners and hours worth of possible trips down memory lane- what could be better? Whether you're with that special someone or spending quality time with the family- GardenFest of Lights has something for everyone.

Every year, the Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden is transformed into a holiday wonderland. The park's 40 acres of land is covered with over half a million lights. Cozy up to your "honey bun" by the fire pit or grab some hot cocoa while you take a stroll through the children's "farm garden". Need a little holiday cheer? The "Four in the Morning Quartet" will be walking around the gardens singing carols on Tuesdays, kids crafts will be available on Wednesdays and there will be festive live music in the library on Thursdays. Getting a little hungry? No worry- both the Tea room and the Garden Cafe will be open to visitors needing a snack.

Tickets run $6-11. The Garden is open 5-10pm, nightly. Visitors should dress warmly and wear sensible shoes. For more information, visit: http://www.lewisginter.org/DominionGardenFestofLights2012.php

Downton Abbey Preview at the Byrd

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Imagine a host of women dressed in beautiful, long, sweeping gowns with intricate hair pieces and lush fur stoles. Men are dressed in top hats and freshly pressed tuxedos. The Byrd twinkles majestically as moviegoers line the sidewalks. The old theater has a special treat in store for it's patrons.

Thursday, January 2, 2014 Richmond's local PBS station will premiere the first hour of Downton Abbey's fourth season within the regal walls of the Byrd Theater. The Downton Abbey Preview will be the kick-off to the Community Idea Stations' 50th Anniversary. Last year's event was a full-house, with all 1,300 of The Byrd’s seats filled with fans of the show – many of them dressed in period attire. This year, a 2nd showing has been arranged. Hats, gloves, dresses and other fancy clothing is once again encouraged and appreciated!

Showtimes are at 7pm OR 9:30pm. Both showings are FREE. To learn more about the event, visit: Facebook.

Maymont by Moonlight

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Usually, at least once in a girls' life, she dreams of riding a horse-drawn carriage underneath a starry sky- what could be more romantic? How about being greeted by a gaggle of elegantly dressed Victorian men and women and singing Christmas carols by the fire, while enjoying a cup of hot holiday cheer?

Maymont's Dooley manor is being decorated for the holidays. The Dooleys' family, guests and domestic staff are busy preparing for a special celebration - the first Christmas in their new home. It's 1893. Visitors get a chance to witness the beauty and splendor of a Victorian Christmas and learn just how much traditions have changed over the years.

Admission is $28 per person. The next "Maymont by Moonlight" event is Friday December 20th at 5:30-9:30pm. Reservations are required. To register, call: 804-358-7166, ext. 329. To learn more about the event, visit: http://www.maymont.org/holidays

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Thursday December 12, 2013
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, Richmond may not have that fluffy white stuff yet but we will be showing the movie "A White Christmas" this Sunday, December 15th at 1:30pm at the Byrd Theater. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye dancing and singing around an abandoned ski lodge with Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen- what's not to love? Proceeds from the film will go to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Head out to Carytown early, get a bit of Christmas shopping done and then stop by the theater for some heart-warming holiday fun. Bring the family with and go grab lunch afterwards or stop in for a cupcake and a piping cup of hot cocoa.

Tickets are $10. Make sure to show up early to catch St. Mary's handbell choir and a vocal performance from, One Accord- from Richmond's First Baptist church.

Richmond named one of Frommer's' Top Destinations for 2014

Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Frommer’s- a travel guidebook company, was first started in 1957. Since it’s inception, Frommer’s has expanded to include more than 350 guidebooks, with destinations spanning the globe, as well as other media including the website: Frommers.com.

Frommer’s.com is an online guidebook for a person on the go. You choose your destination, whether it’s in the United States or Rio de Janeiro, and it will list the best restaurants, hotels, places to visit, etc. or you can manually sort through all of the information yourself, finding detailed descriptions on location, hours, contact information and even reviews. They have ace tips on money/currency exchange, deals on airfare and so much more. When it comes to travel- Frommer’s has the top of the line, insider’s knowledge you want when you’re planning a trip.

Frommer’s just published a list of their “Top Destinations for 2014″, of those included are: Bali, India, Berlin, Liverpool…and, of all places, Richmond. Apparently, “Richmond got cool while you weren’t looking.” 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of several important Civil War battles. Our rich history, coupled with a growing name in craft beers, farm to table restaurants, and outdoor extreme sports has landed us a spot on this year’s esteemed list.

To read more of the article, visit: http://www.frommers.com/slideshows

Yuletides at Agecroft Hall

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
It’s not everyday that you come across a Tudor style house that’s actually from 15th century England. Richmond’s Agecroft Hall is one of the city’s best kept secrets.

This breathtaking estate is tucked away safely in one of the many suburbs within Richmond. Agecroft is open daily for tours and in the summer, it’s courtyard is transformed into a stage that the Richmond Shakespeare Company uses for plays. Outside of the bricks and mortar, the estate boasts two sizable gardens- uniquely designed to reflect the Elizabethan time period.

This Sunday December 8th from 12:30-5pm, Agecroft Hall is hosting a FREE Christmas Open House. Visitors can experience the Christmas season at the Hall in 3 different eras: England in 1640, Dickens’ London in 1860, and a Christmastime Richmond in 1944. There will be a live Victorian shadow puppet show, acrobats and dancers, tons of crafts and even a visit from Father Christmas. Charles Dickens will be on hand to read from his classic play, A Christmas Carol. Visitors can also expect a full host of characters from each period representing Agecroft’s History and past.

For more information about the event, visit: http://www.agecrofthall.com/

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