Interview by Cesca Janece Waterfield
There is plenty to do with your family and friends this holiday season. Check out our guide to events that begin tomorrow and sparkle all week long.
Ice Rink Grand Opening: There is a new 8,400 square foot ice skating rink opening next to Richmond CenterStage at 6th St. on the Broad St. side. 6 pm, Dec. 22 for the grand opening event. “CenterStage is thrilled to have this wonderful rink in our back yard,” said Richard Parison, CenterStage Foundation Executive Director. “This is another wonderful attraction designed to bring families downtown to enjoy all the City has to offer. It’s great synergy to have an ice skating rink next to a performing arts center.”
Ho-Ho-Ha! On Wed., Dec. 22 Richmond Comedian Jay Rhone will be at the Hybrid Show at Emilio’s 1847 W. Broad St. 8 pm, $5. Rhone has appeared at The Richmond Funny Bone and is a three time winner of Amateur Night at the Laugh Factory in Fredericksburg.
On Thursday, Dec. 23 Village of Faith Ministries will provide gifts for Fairfield Court families through its Angel Tree Program. The Fairfield Court Tenant Council will host the event, 6 pm at the Fairfield Boys and Girls Club, 2506 Phaup St.
UNIQUE GIFTS HELP RICHMOND
The Black History Museum Heritage Gift Shop Sale ends tomorrow! Enjoy up to 50 percent off of selected items, and 10 percent from everything else. (Members get a 20 percent discount.) Tues. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. 00 Clay St. 780-9093. www.blackhistorymuseum.org.
Give to Richmond’s Kids with Visual Arts Center Gift Certificates: Visit or call 353-0094 for a customized gift. Last year, the Visual Arts Center engaged more than 2,000 children in the arts through partnerships with nine schools and community organizations. A donation allows VisArts programs to enhance the lives of more at-risk children. To donate, call 353-0094, or send your check to 1812 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220.
• Art After School provides SOL-based workshops for more than 575 middle and elementary school children from the City of Richmond;
• Artventure Youth Scholarships offer a week of studio classes in summer to children who live in challenging circumstances;
• Side by Side Saturdays, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters reaches more than 450 people from all walks of life;
• Space of Her Own (SOHO), for preteen girls living in Gilpin Court, meets weekly for girls to develop positive relationships with female mentors, practice decision-making skills, experience healthy foods and explore art projects.
FAMILY FRIENDLY ON CHRISTMAS DAY
All VMFA Galleries Are Free: VMFA is pleased to offer a special holiday gift to the people of Virginia this holiday season – free admission to all special exhibitions on Christmas day from 12 noon – 5 pm. All galleries will be open and general admission is always free. VMFA’s Amuse Restaurant will offer guests a special Christmas day menu to enjoy with their family and friends. www.vmfa.museum.
“The holidays are times when family and friends gather together to celebrate the season and the precious gift of time with each other. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now open 365 days a year as a destination for meaningful visits and lively conversations that are always a part of a museum experience,” stated Alex Nyerges, Director.
The Rabbit Comes to Life in Petersburg: Sycamore Rouge is producing The Velveteen Rabbit, an adaptation by kb saine of Margery Williams’ classic. Original music is by Roddy Barnes. “It’s the perfect story for this holiday time, and it was specifically written to be accessible to children, but also a heart-warming, mature story that adults would enjoy,” said kb saine, Producing Artistic Director of Sycamore Rouge.
This beloved story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real runs through Dec. 26. at 8 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 4 pm on Sundays. There will be an 8 pm show on Christmas Day, but no production on Friday, Dec. 24. Treats for sale before the show and at intermission include appetizers and desserts, cookies, hot chocolate and more. $18 – $22, with discounts available for military, students, senior citizens and Sycamore Rouge members. Call 957-5707 to buy tickets. Performances are held at its Old Towne location at 21 W. Old St. www.sycamorerouge.org
DONATE TO THE FOOD BANK WHILE SHOPPING ONLINE
The Central Virginia Food Bank and RelayFoods.com recently announced a partnership that will make contributing food items to area families and children in need as easy as checking your email. Customers can click on the special food bank page to see a listing of items needed by the Food Bank and supplied by over 50 local grocery stores, farms and shops. Then they choose what they would like to contribute, check-out with a credit card and Relay delivers those items directly to the Central Virginia Food Bank for distribution to families in need throughout the Richmond area. Relay plans to make this service available year-round through its website www.relayfoods.com.
AFTER THE FEAST
Monument Avenue After Dark Walking Tours: On Sunday, Dec. 26 and Monday Dec. 27, 6 – 7:30 pm, take your friends and family on a walking tour of Monument Ave. while it’s decked out for the holidays. This early evening stroll combines history with a touch of glitz. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen St. and Monument Ave. $10. Reservations required. Call 649-0711 x301.
On Dec. 28, 7 pm, Bring the entire family to the Kwanzaa Celebration at Hickory Hill Community Center, 3000 E. Belt Blvd. – and celebrate with music, food and fun. This Free celebration is co-sponsored by Deep Water Productions. Info 646-7934.