The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond rolled out their first of “60 Films in 60 Days” on November 29 to coincide with their beautiful new exhibit, Hollywood Costume, on display through February 17. At a very reasonable $5 per person, seeing a film every now and again is an easy and affordable way to entertain guests into the New Year.
With titles like The Birds, The Matrix, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Chicago, Moulin Rouge, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Titanic, and Twilight Saga: New Moon, there’s certainly a film to appeal to most everyone.
Films are shown at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 1:30 p.m. the other days of the week.
Prior to the movie, take your ticket stub to Amuse for a discount on lunch or dinner. Additionally, your receipt from Amuse will get you $1 off another film. Just take it to the Visitor Services desk for redemption.
Some have green thumbs and others have fingers that can make something extraordinary from scraps. Is that you? I enjoy the challenge of crafting during the season of merriment and have identified 12 places for you to knock out some Pinterest inspiration and get your Picasso on.
Let’s Paint, Virginia Beach
Paint-your-own pottery is a hit for those who don’t own a potter’s wheel and a kiln. Walk in, pick the piece you’d like to paint, and get to it. Some studios offer a flat fee where the price tag on the piece includes firing. Others offer a flat firing fee that applies to all of the pieces you paint that day.
All Fired Up has three locations in the metro Richmond region – Midlothian, Carytown and Short Pump
Keep your eye on art centers for class offerings geared toward adults or kids. You’ll find glass fusing, whittling, basketry, glass blowing, watercolor painting and more. You just need to know where to look!
Take a drive that reaps rewards not with the scenery alone, but with the treasures along the way. The six trails below have been identified for their esteemed artisans and other relevant cultural experiences.
Rocky Knob area of the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Hidden Treasures Artisan Trail (HT) meanders through Patrick County in Southwest Virginia, leading you to and through a wealth of beauty. Marry it with the Floyd County Trail (FC) and the White Lightning Trail (WL) of Franklin County by way of the Blue Ridge Parkway, starting at Meadows of Dan. This trail is worthy of your 48 hours, be it weekday or weekend.
The Monticello Artisan Trail (MA) from the Blue Ridge Parkway through Nelson and Albemarle Counties pairs up nicely with the Nelson 151 Trail (151) and the Presidents Passport (PP) program. Mix, mingle, and be merry!
Where are you headed this fall in Virginia? Leave us a comment to tell us your favorite drive for foliage, your favorite festival, or whatever else you’d like to share about all the ways you LOVE fall in Virginia!
The excellent thing about art is that it comes in so many forms. Dance, drama, music, oil on canvas … and chalk. Another excellent thing about art is that Virginia has festivals dedicated to its many forms. Here are seven for your calendar consideration.
Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion, Virginia Beach
Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion takes over three blocks of the Virginia Beach boardwalk this Saturday, July 13. With the theme “50 Years of Fun in the Sun,” a nod to the 50th anniversary of the City of Virginia Beach, 200 artists will focus their chalk creations on Virginia Beach’s rich heritage and its prominence as a beach community.
Expect to see kids age 12 to 16 compete against each other while amateurs and pros chalk it out in their respective divisions. Trophies and cash prizes are up for grabs. The best news? There’s no entry fee! The Boardwalk (16th-18th Streets) is your canvas as long as you have the chalk and a bright idea. Note: Children 11 and younger will have a separate area to chalk their own walk.
Clarksville will host the annual Virginia Lake FestivalJuly 18-20. Jam-packed with family fun, this festival has been recognized as an annual “Top 20 Event” by Southeast Tourism Society for many years. Tethered hot air balloon rides kick off the event that will include sand sculpting and blocks of artisans and crafters. Antique cars, helicopter rides, hot air balloon flights, and a great variety of food are why nearly 100,000 people flock to this festival each year.
Virginia Lake Festival, Clarksville
A juried show of more than 100 artisans, the Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival is held each year at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion. Make your way there Friday, July 19, where the festival is happening from 10 until 6.
Main Street Lexington shuts down August 24 for the annual Rockbridge Community Festival. This is the 37th annual festival where you can expect to find artisans offering wreaths, photography, paintings, woodcrafts, and much more. Live music and plenty of food vendors will help you spend the day.
Nearly 100 artists from New York to Florida display at the Seawall Art Show in Portsmouth. Come out either Saturday or Sunday, August 24 or 25 to browse and/or buy an amazing selection of artwork. Expect to see oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, pottery, stained glass, baskets, jewelry and more.
The Chinquapin Festival takes place just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Meadows of Dan every Labor Day weekend, September 1-3. There you’ll find fun fall-themed arts and crafts like gourd birdhouses and cornhusk dolls. There is no admission fee unless you want to try out the Corn Acoustics Corn Maze!
If you’re looking for a little bit of heritage and nostalgia, as well as a way to be included in something as notable as the 50th anniversary of the longest continually running outdoor drama in Virginia, head to Big Stone Gap this summer.
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is an outdoor drama based on the novel by John Fox, Jr. that tells of a sweet Appalachian girl and a handsome miner. As the brochure puts it,
“This is a musical drama that depicts the story of the great boom in Southwest Virginia when the discovery of coal and iron ore forced the lusty, proud mountain people into making many drastic changes in their way of life.”
Mark one weekend this summer (maybe June 21, opening weekend?) to adventure to the June Tolliver Playhouse for this, the official Outdoor Drama of Virginia.
Rates: $15/Adult; $12/Senior 55 and older; $8/child aged 6-12; $8/person in a group of 15 or more
Show Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with the box office opening at 7 p.m. and pre-show performances from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m.