Grace Manor Inn - Richmond, Va, 23220, USA

Full Moon Hike

Monday, February 28th, 2011
Explore the elaborate gardens at Richmond’s Victorian Mansion, Maymont, by moonlight on Friday, March 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A horticulturist will guide you through the garden and share arboretum and horticultural facts along the way. The event costs $20 per person. Click here for more information and to register online.

Play ‘Who Dunnit?’ While You Dine

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Next time you’re in Richmond, head to the Mystery Dinner Playhouse and be a detective for the night. In its 18th season, the Mystery Dinner Playhouse makes for a zany, fun night as you interrogate a crazy cast of characters and compete with the audience to win the “Super Sleuth” prize.

The current show in Richmond is called “Murder Rides Again,” and is a Wild-West-themed murder mystery. Shows take place every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $42 per person and include soup, salad, your choice of three entrees, sides and dessert. There’s also a cash bar. Reservations are required, click here for information.

Happy sleuthing!

St. Patty’s Day in RVA

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Ever thought about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Richmond? We’ve got all kinds of events going on. So, grab your green shirt, make a reservation and head in to town! Here’s a rundown of events:

Shamrock the Block 2011, Saturday, March 12, 12 to 6 p.m.
This free St. Patrick’s Day celebration takes place in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom. There’s plenty of fair food, live music all day, green beer and even children’s activities. It’s a fun way to spend a day outside in Richmond. Click here to see the band lineup.

Enter the Haggis Concert, Capital Ale House Downtown, March 17, 9 p.m.
Celtic rock band Enter the Haggis will be taking the stage for a live St. Patrick’s Day party. There’ll also be more than 10 Irish and Scottish beers on tap, Irish food specials, and music from the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums from 4 to 7 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Celebration, Rare Olde Times, March 17
Another of Richmond’s Irish pubs will host its own celebration of the big day. $5 at the door gets you in. This place will have Irish bands playing, along with Irish menu items and drink specials.

12th Annual St. Pat’s Street Party, Sine Irish Pub, Mach 19-20
Don some green and head to Sine for a lively all-day-long St. Patrick’s celebration that starts at 11:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and runs until close. This celebration gets full fast and gets crazy as the night wears on, so if you’re interested, go early. There’ll be live music all day, as well as a DJ spinning tunes in a tent out back.

Church Hill Irish Festival, March 26 and 27
This is a must-visit for closing out the St. Patrick’s fun. For a $2 donation that goes to area charities and to preserve St. Patrick’s Church, you get access to a day of music, Irish dancing, children’s activities, thirty Irish craft booths, Irish food, plenty of Guinness, and more.

Legend Anniversary Party

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Richmond’s favorite microbrewery, Legend Brewing Co., is turning 17 on Sunday (2/27) and you’re invited to come celebrate between 3 and 9 p.m. $20 at the door gets you the chance the watch music by ’50′s and ’60′s band Cyrus McCormick and the Reapers; rock and soul band The Remnants; and Wade Reynolds; and The Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums, along with three tickets for food and freshly brewed beer. Make sure you also check out the scenic views of Richmond’s skyline.

Southern Film Festival

Monday, February 21st, 2011
Explore how the distinctiveness of the South has been depicted on screen next weekend (Friday 2/25 and Saturday 2/26) at the Second Annul VCU Southern Film Festival, titled “Screening Southern Literature” this year. Held at the Grace Street Theater (which is just a hop down the road from our Grace Manor Inn), the event features a lineup of films based on classic works by Southern Writers.

This year’s films include:

Friday, February 25:
4 p.m. Wise Blood (1979)
7 p.m. In This Our Life (1942)

Saturday, February 26:
10 a.m. The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
1 p.m. The Color Purple (1985)
4 p.m. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
7 p.m. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

There will also be a reading and book-signing by Charles Shields, author of Mockingbird: An Intimate Portrait of Harper Lee on Thursday (2/24) at Fountain Bookstore, and a signing at the VCU Barnes and Noble (1111 W. Broad St.) on Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Karneval Comes to Richmond

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Can’t make it to New Orleans, Rio or Germany for some crazy pre-Lent celebrating? Come to Richmond instead! Our own Capital Ale House’s downtown location is hosting Karneval celebrations to give you a taste of international fun (and, of course, some delicious beer!).

The fun starts Saturday (2/26) at 9 p.m., when a celebration of Latin Carnival features a performance by Latin band Bio Ritmo, beads, dancing and Latin food specials. Tickets cost $10.

It continues Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m., for Fasching (German Carnival), with entertainment from polka band The Continentals, German beer and food specials, singing and toasting all night. Tickets cost $5.

Saturday, March 5, at 9 p.m., Capital Ale heads to the Big Easy with Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Creole food specials, beads, and dancing. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.

You can also celebrate on Fat Tuesday (March 8) when N’awlins-based Abita is featured during Steal the Glass Night (starting at 4 p.m., buy the featured beer and take the glass home!). Plus, free live entertainment will be provided by Groove Motive from 8 p.m. to midnight, and there’ll be Cajun food specials all night.

Grace Street Home Tour

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
This Saturday (2/12) you are invited to take a peek inside some of the other beautiful homes along Grace Street, the street where our lovely inn is situated. The 2nd Annual West Grace Street Tour, “A Taste of Grace,” gets you into six different homes along the street where you’ll be treated to appetizers and wine or dessert and coffee at each home.

One of the homes on the tour used to be known as Talavera and back to 1838. Edgar Allan Poe lived at this home in the summer of 1849, and it is believed that he gave his last reading of “The Raven” in the parlor here two weeks before his death. Check out the Richmond Times-Dispatch article for a preview of other homes on the tour.

The wines come from Virginia winery Barboursville Vineyards (also a great day trip from our inn!), and the cuisine comes from nearby restaurants.

It’s a great opportunity to see some of the area’s most beautiful homes and to sample some regional cuisine. Tickets for the event cost $15 in advance and can be purchased at the merchants listed here. The day of the tour tickets will be available at Hartfields (501 N. Allen Ave.) for $20.

Picasso Comes to Richmond

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

One of your only chances to see a large body of Picasso’s work comes exclusively to Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts February 19 through May 15. “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” will showcase 176 works from Picasso’s personal collection, and is being called the most important exhibition ever to visit the VMFA. The VMFA is the only museum on the East Coast that will host the show during its seven-city tour.

If you haven’t visited the newly renovated VMFA yet, this is the perfect time to plan your visit. Make sure you also stop at the museum’s new, contemporary fine-dining restaurant, Amuse, which serves lunch and dinner in a unique atmosphere.

Marathon Bluegrass Jam

Saturday, February 5th, 2011
Richmond has a plethora of fine-dining establishments, but the other benefit of heading to a Southern city like this one is down-home darn good comfort food. You’ll find breakfast with fresh biscuits, indulgent shrimp and grits, and, of course, fresh barbecue. Just a 15 minute drive from our inn, Grandpa Eddie’s Alabama Ribs & Barbecue serves up the Alabama-style ribs, Carolina barbecue and Southern sides owner Carey Friedman remembers his grandfather making for him. Not to mention the peanut butter pie for dessert.

Along with quality Southern-style food, Grandpa Eddie’s serves up live music on Friday and Saturday nights, but on Saturday, February 26, the music will go on all day at the Marathon Bluegrass Jam. From noon to midnight, bluegrass acts will play at a main stage and an open jam tent. All profits will be donated to the Richmond Fisher House, a home for the families of veterans receiving care at the Richmond Veterans Medical Center.

So plan to head on out, dig into some ‘cue, and relax with some bluegrass.

First Fridays & Olio Wine Dinner

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
This Friday (2/4) brings the return of First Fridays. On the First Fridays of every month, galleries along Richmond’s Broad Street stay open late and open new exhibits. Restaurants in the area host specials, and stores stay open late, too. Check out the First Fridays web site for a map and more information.

Along with the events in the main area, restaurants in galleries in other parts of town host events, too. For example, Olio, a restaurant and European market in Richmond’s Fan District, hosts a wine dinner on First Fridays. It’s scheduled early, from 6 p.m. to 7:30, so attendees still have time to hit a few galleries afterwards if they so desire. Each month the menu changes, and dishes are served family-style to keep the cost down. A wine expert pairs the menu with carefully chosen wines, as well. This month’s dinner costs $30 per person, including tax but not gratuity, and there are still a few seats left.

The menu includes:

- Olio’s Sweet & Spicy Arugula Strawberry Salad
Arugula, spinach, strawberries & walnuts tossed with a cumin-lime vinaigrette and topped with a dusting of freshly shaved parmesan cheese.

- Seasonal Seared Ocean’s Bounty
Buttery salmon and shrimp combined with eleven herbs and spices, then sauteed in extra virgin olive oil and placed atop charcoal-grilled polenta, drizzled with a dijon crema.

- Raclette Party in a Souffle Cup!
Chunks of red-skinned potatoes, spicy German Bratwurst, assorted vegetables and marinated breads topped with melty, creamy Raclette cheese and broiled until brown and bubbly! (Vegetarian version available)

- Angel Food Cake
Served with pistachio gelato and a sweet lime syrup

To make a reservation, call Olio at (804) 355-5182. If you can’t make it to the dinner, consider stopping by Olio while you’re in town for rustic European sandwiches, fresh salads, cheese and meat plates, picnic supplies, beers from all over the world, hand-selected wines, and a selection of European groceries and snacks.

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