This week’s calendar

2012 Strawberry Street Festival; Monument Market; Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour; The Ghost Light After Party; City Council Formal Meeting; Flight Night @ Secco; Byrd Market (Oregon Hill); Free movie at Grace Street Theater; Museum District Woman’s Club; Tango after work @VMFA; An Artist’s Story: Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes; MORE…

2012 Strawberry Street Festival

Sat May 12 12:00 pm
The 2012 Strawberry Street Festival will be held on May 12th, from noon to 4:30pm. “We will have games, rides, great food, exciting music, fabulous prizes, terrific art, and as always the super delicious strawberries!”

Monument Market

Sat May 12 3:30 pm
A weekly Farmer’s Market at the corner of Monument Avenue & North Robinson Street. Saturdays, 8AM-noon. May through August.

Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour

Sun May 13 1:00 pm
Mark your calendars and bring mom along for the 18th Annual Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour on Sunday, May 13, 2012, from 1-6PM. The tour will once again showcase beautiful homes and gardens throughout the Museum District, “celebrating the architecture, sense of community and the history that makes us proud to call this district our home.”

The Ghost Light After Party

Sun May 13 8:00 pm
The Ghost Light After Party is an open-mic celebration of Broadway show tunes inspired by the vibrant cabaret scene that thrives today in the West Village of Manhattan.  Any & all lovers of musical theatre are invited to take the stage and croon a classic, belt out a tune of today or simply sit back, have a cocktail and enjoy!  Hosted by Matt Shofner & Maggie Roop on select Sunday evenings at the Richmond Triangle Players Theatre, The Ghost Light After Party provides a fun and social environment for Richmond theatre artists and enthusiasts to come together and unwind after the curtains have closed.  No audition–no rehearsal–just fly by the seat of your pants and have a ball!  For more information, special guest announcements and drink specials, check out

City Council Formal Meeting

Mon May 14 6:00 pm
Every 2nd and 4th Mon – Responsible for deciding official Council action, which includes discussing, adopting, rejecting, and amending laws and approving the budget. Formal meetings include a time for pubic comment and are televised live on the local PBS station and are replayed in Richmond on Government Access Channel 17, beginning at Noon and 7:00 p.m. daily.

Richmond Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall, 2nd floor; 900 E. Broad Street

Typically the second and fourth Monday of each month; 6:00-8:30 p.m. (With the exception of August, when no Formal meetings are held, and holidays)

Flight Night @ Secco

Mon May 14 7:00 pm
Trying new things is like hitting the refresh button on our existence: it delivers us from complacency, engages our senses and forces us to question our tastes, values and, in turn, our very nature. Yet, more often than not, most of us will opt for the familiar over the unknown. Every Monday.

Byrd Market (Oregon Hill)

Tue May 15 3:30 pm
William Byrd Community House, 224 South Cherry Street
May 1 through October
Every Tuesday

Free movie at Grace Street Theater

Tue May 15 7:00 pm
The Mill And The Cross (2011)
by Lech Majewski – May 15, 2012 – 7pm
Area: Art House / World Cinema

Museum District Woman’s Club

Wed May 16 7:30 pm
The Museum District Woman’s Club of Richmond, Virgina exists to encourage friendship within our neighborhood, provide civic and social welfare to the community, and elevate the cultural and intellectual pursuits of members in the interest of a higher standard of citizenship. We meet each month on the third Wednesday at 7:30 (with the exception of December 2011 – second Wednesday instead).

Tango after work @VMFA

Fri May 18 6:00 pm
Join in the fun and exotic beauty of the tango with Richmond’s tango community, while enjoying the food and social atmosphere in Best Café. You can also take advantage of half-price beverages as part of Friday Art & Wine. EVERY 3rd FRI

An Artist’s Story: Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes

Sun May 20 7:00 pm
In 1862, twenty-three-year-old Edwin Forbes joined a corps of artists sent to Virginia to capture scenes of the war that would illustrate the pages of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Forbes and his colleagues did much to shape public perceptions—then and now—of the American Civil War. This exhibition features 156 original pen-and-ink drawings that Forbes produced from wartime sketches to illustrate his book, Thirty Years After: An Artist’s Story of the Great War. Opens May 20, 2012 at Virginia Historical Society


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