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DECEMBER 2019

MidlothianLifestyle.com

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

A SEASON OF GENEROSITY

MERRY AND BRIGHT: LANDSCAPE LIGHTING FOR THE HOLIDAYS


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LIFESTYLE LETTER

DECEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

Aaron Swart | aaron.swart@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Dana Miller | dana.miller@lifestylepubs.com AD DESIGNER

Chad Jensen

Happy Holidays, Midlothian! THIS LAST YEAR THE SAYING “THE DAYS ARE LONG BUT THE YEARS ARE

LAYOUT DESIGNER

Sara Minor COPY EDITOR

Kate Baxendale

SHORT” REALLY HOLDS TRUE. I am not sure if you feel the same way, but doesn’t

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

each year seem to get busier and busier in this fast-paced lifestyle in which we are

Stephanie Hower, Ginny Ball, M. Katherine Fisher

living? It seems like just yesterday, I was sitting down, compiling my picks for the December 2018 Ultimate Gift Guide. Within a blink of an eye, it’s time to do it again and share so many of my favorite holiday things for the December 2019 issue.  

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

EmmiClaire Photography, Jennifer Gavin Photography, MC Mancuso Photography

My hope for this issue is that it helps remind you of the joys the holiday season brings to us all. Whether it’s driving around Midlothian looking at the beautiful holiday lights, participating in a Toys for Tots fundraiser or finding the perfect gift for that someone special on your list, we hope you take the time to enjoy all that this season has to offer—especially in Midlothian! As we head into 2020, I want to thank our readership and partners for joining us on this journey in 2019. The connection to the community this magazine provides

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to all of us at Midlothian Lifestyle is something truly special. We hope that what you

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experience within these pages provides you with a connection as well.

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Happy Holidays, Midlothian friends!

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FEATURES 12 Illuminating Designs Landscape Lighting at the Holidays and Throughout the Year to Enhance Your Home's Appeal

18 'Tis the Season for Giving Give Love, Give Joy, Give Local

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26 A Season of Generosity School Supplies and Smiles

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Good Times

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Around Town

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ties that will instill in their students a lifelong

Annual traditions are part of what makes the

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holiday season so special, and the Richmond

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walk on art Tacky Lights Tour is one of many unique ways area residents display their holiday spirit. Each year the houses on the tour up the ante, making the experience feel new every time. That’s what has earned the tour a spotlight on TLC and has made it a popular attraction up and down the East Coast. Whether you’re a seasoned Tacky Lights Tour aficionado or brand-new to the area, the tour experience aboard the Tacky Light Tour buses will quickly make it to the top of your holiday must-do list. James River Transportation: 804.342.7300 

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RENOVATE & REFINE

Illuminating Designs LANDSCAPE LIGHTING AT THE HOLIDAYS AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO ENHANCE A HOME'S APPEAL

ARTICLE STEPHANIE HOWER PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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IN DECEMBER, THE MAGIC OF THE SEASON TRULY SHINES ONCE THE SUN GOES DOWN. Neighborhoods glow with the warm twinkle of holiday lights, transforming homes into merry monuments amidst the dark of night. For Richard Popio, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspective, the holidays are not the only time of year to implement landscape lighting to brighten a home. “We do uplighting of your home and landscaping, trees, pools, decks,” Richard says. “We try to extend the outdoor life of our clients by providing them with not floodlights, but subtle, warm light.” At OLP, they use light to both illuminate and enhance the aesthetic of a home, elevating lighting to an art form.  Originally a client of OLP, Richard assumed ownership of the business two years ago after retiring from the telecom industry. Last year, under Richard’s new ownership, they began offering holiday lighting, which begins in the second week of October. For 2019, they were completely booked through the first

“WE WILL PUT A DESIGN TOGETHER FOR THE CLIENT, PRESENTING THE WHOLE GAMUT OF IDEAS WE HAVE AND TAILOR EVERYTHING TO THEIR NEEDS.”

week of December, while also continuing to complete non-holiday-related projects. Clients may come to OLP with their own ideas for holiday lights, perhaps based on previous years,  which they are now unable to construct on their own. Yet, many seek inspiration and suggestions from Richard and his team.  “We will put a design together for the client, presenting the whole gamut of ideas we have and tailor everything to their needs,” he says. “We can enhance their own designs as well by adding wrapped trees or lighted garland and wreaths.” Typically, a holiday project takes about five hours for the average Midlothian home, but some larger-scale CONTINUED >

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jobs may take up to three days. Commercial clients include the entrances and clubhouses to Tarrington and Charter Colony and an array of model homes from local builders. OLP works closely with many builders and hardscape contractors throughout the year to help the overall design process and properly showcase finished properties. Richard credits their success largely to his crew of technicians and installers.  “I’ve been blessed with the group of guys that I work with,” he attests. “I’ve got six guys total; four have been with me, and two are new. They get excited to see the end results. They work tirelessly to make sure it is done well and it is done right. They will drive by their projects just to see them lit up at night.” Whether landscape lighting or holiday decor, OLP believes in making properties shine. They view each home as a blank canvas. “Working on a project is like an artist painting,” Richard says. “You don’t know the finished picture until you’re done. … but it’s exciting to see the end result.”

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“WORKING ON A PROJECT IS LIKE AN ARTIST PAINTING. YOU DON’T KNOW THE FINISHED PICTURE UNTIL YOU’RE DONE … BUT IT’S EXCITING TO SEE THE END RESULT.”

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Sure, you could easily pick up a gift card, but thoughtful gifts are much more fun to give and receive—we promise. Here are a few of our favorite go-to gifts

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for friends, family, teachers and hostess gifts. Happy shopping!  Oh, and gifts for yourself are always a good idea (it’s our little secret!) 1. Celebrate Richmond with this great tote perfect for the market, tailgate or potluck dinners. Designed exclusively for Tweed by SCOUT Bags | $28, Tweed at 4035 Lauderdale Drive 2. Keep anything hot or cold with this Straw Tumbler designed by All She Wrote Notes for Mary Square | $17.50 3. Nuts, Dips, Candy, Oh My! Entertaining made easy with the interchange mini for all of life’s celebrations. Designed by Nora Fleming | Triple Dish $32, Penguin Mini $13.50, Tweed at 4035 Lauderdale Drive  4. Spruce up your winter tables with these hand-printed 100% linen napkins. Made in Alexandria, Virginia | $56 (set of 4) 5. Beautifully serve all of your holiday treats with this limited edition nutcracker platter by Rifle Paper Co. | $58 6. Our best-kept secret is now yours:  No. 21 Amber & Bergamot Candle | $29  7. For all you RAMS fans out there, the latest design in catstudio’s collection is celebrating one of our favorite hometown teams,  VCU! | $21, Sassy Bee at The Shoppes at Belgrade and Tweed at 4035 Lauderdale Drive 

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or brother, finding the right gift for the men in your life can be a bit tricky at times. From a customized sign featuring their favorite place to beautiful glassware for his beverage of choice (that you’ll love too!), here are a few gift ideas you’ll feel good giving and he’ll love receiving. 

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1. Pop the top of your favorite beverage with a little help from Virginia. Made by hand in Brunswick, Georgia, by Grace Graffiti | $24 2. Vintage-inspired glassware by The Modern Home Bar. Designed in Alexandria, Virginia. Made in USA | $62 (set of 4) 3. Single Barrel Bourbon by John J. Bowman Virginia Bourbon. Made in Fredericksburg, Virginia, | Starting at $44, Available at local ABC store  4. Create your own custom sign by Spicher & Company | $99, Gather at 920 Mount Hermon Road 5.  A perfect carry-the-day, tough-as-nails soft cooler in new “River” color by YETI | $299.99, Tweed at 4035 Lauderdale Drive   6. The ultimate cooking experience: grill, roast, smoke, bake with The Big Green Egg | Starting at $399, Pleasants Hardware at Midlothian Station 7. Stars & Stripes Pillow by Chandler 4 Corners | $24.95 (8 x 12 inches)


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Each item on this page is made, designed (or both!) here in the Richmond area. How lucky are we to live in an area that has such a thriving creative community! As the saying goes, “what you focus on grows.” Giving space and support to these brands not only makes our community stronger but also makes our world even more beautiful. Happy shopping! 1. Lightweight. Bold style. Handmade leather jewelry by KEVA Style. | Starting at $24  2. Celebrating the little ones in your life. Artist Sarah Wiley of Huger Memories uses your child’s outgrown clothing to create this custom portrait. | Framed art: $250; pillow: $295 3. Your cocktails will thank you! Mixing vinegars for spritzers, elixirs and  cocktails by MOTHER Shrub. | $12.99, Gather at 920 Mount Hermon Road and Good Foods Grocery in Bon Air 4. Drink Richmond Beer Glass. Designed by Mongrel in Richmond, Virginia  | $23.95, Available exclusively at Mongrel in Carytown 5. “A Tree of Cheer” handpainted art by local artist Mary Tooker | $36 (4 by 4 inches) or $44 (6 by 6 inches), Tweed at 4035 Lauderdale Drive and Instagram @mary_tooker 6. Finally, a skinny can cooler. Keeps drinks cold for up to 12 hours. Designed by SWIG Life | $27.95, Tweed at 4035 Lauderdale Drive 7. The perfect blend of citrus and winter spice:    Clementine and Clove By Sydney Hale Co. | $28.00, Gather at 920 Mount Hermon Road

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Books make the best gifts! What better way to offer your loved ones an enjoyable pursuit with the healthy benefit of promoting less screen time? The Little Bookshop, in Sycamore Square, has  thoughtfully selected titles for adults, teenagers and children and always includes free gift wrap. Come enjoy knowledgeable, personalized service in the heart of Midlothian at The Little Bookshop! 1. For the Fan of Fiction:  The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall | $26.99 2. For Lovers of Nonfiction: The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson | $30 3. For Lovers of Historical Fiction, Ages 8-12: Allies by Alan Gratz | $17.99 4. For Moms and Families: 7 Days of Christmas: A Season of Generosity by Jen Hatmaker | $21.99 5. For Young Adults Who Love a Sci-Fi Series: The Toll by Neal Shusterman | $19.99 6. For Young Adults (or Adults) Who Love Historical Fiction: The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys | $18.99 7. For Children, Ages 4-8: Dasher by Matt Tavares | $17.99

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1. From designer clothes to nutritious treats, Fido's is the favorite luxury shop for dogs and dog lovers. Fido Park Avenue owners Chris and Don Vondriska believe that dogs are not just companions but members of our families. As such, they deserve to be pampered just as much as we do, especially during the holidays. 1. "Scottie in Snow" polyester indoor/outdoor rug | $32.99 2. Holiday festive "Lumps of Coal" peanut butter dog treats | $6.99 3. Holiday dog collars made with ribbon over nylon webbing | $24.99 4. Warm, stretchy designer fleece for the cold weather | $38.99–$51.99 5. Christmas toys | $5 and up 6. Sara England porcelain ornament | $18.99 7. Handmade soft wool sweaters made by Inca artisans | $36.99–$40.99

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celebrating some of life’s most precious moments with them gives Schwarzchild Jewelers such joy.  1. Lagos stainless steel Smart Caviar watch bracelet | $595 2. John Hardy Dot Collection sterling silver French wire earrings with mother of pearl | $395 3. Memoire 18K white gold diamond “Odessa” hoop earrings | $895 4. Memoire Stack'em Up Collection 18K white gold vintage diamond band | $495 5. Mikimoto 18K white gold "Tin Cup" pearl necklace | $1,300

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GIVING BACK

ARTICLE STEPHANIE HOWER PHOTOGRAPHY JENNIFER GAVIN PHOTOGRAPHY

a season of generosity SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND SMILES 26

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Year Two Back-to-School Drive

HREE YEARS AGO, JENNIFER GAVIN SOUGHT AN OUTLET THAT WOULD ALLOW

YEAR ONE: $1,000 raised. Donations

HER THE FLEXIBILITY TO CONTINUE STAYING HOME WITH HER TWO CHILDREN.

given to Ettrick Elementary

Recently gifted a camera from her husband, she decided to pursue photography. Yet, with little experience and no clientele, she needed a way to establish herself and her fledgling

YEAR TWO: $3,000 raised. Donations

business, as well as fulfill her desire to give back to the community.

split between Chalkley Elementary and

With a little creativity and a lot of determination, Jennifer hosted her first free “Back-

Reams Road Elementary

to-School” photo sessions. Instead of paying a session fee, clients donated $25 in school supplies. “I decided I’m going to take pictures of the kids, they are going to be free, and we are going to donate supplies to Title 1 schools in our community. … That way, even if they don’t turn

YEAR THREE: $3,000 raised. Donations split between Crenshaw Elementary and Falling Creek Elementary

out, people are giving to a good cause and the session was free,” Jennifer says with a laugh, recalling her initial foray into the world of professional photography.

Each year, Jennifer hosts a contest

Those first clients formed the backbone of her business. She began planning a family

amongst the schools, gifting the

session “Toy Drive” shortly after the success of the August Back-to-School photos, offering

donated supplies to the school with

free family portraits in exchange for a toy donation.

the most votes. Two years in a row,

“Looking back, the pictures were not great,” she admits. “But, there has been a lot of growth in the past three years.” Using the experience and relationships she garnered from those first two events, Jennifer continued to work hard and develop her skill set. Her repertoire now includes weddings,

Providence was a very close second in the voting. In 2020, Providence Elementary will receive the donation of school supplies.

engagements, families and children.  Yet, even as her business and art form have flourished, Jennifer has not forgotten the traditions she created in the beginning. While the first round of Back-to-School photos raised $1,000 in school supplies, the second and third years raised $3,000 each.  “The Back-to-School sessions are always free with a $25 school supply donation,” she says. “Even in my third year of doing this, I feel that this is how I started my business and how I met everybody that I know now, so this one is always going to be done for free.”  Jennifer’s Toy Drive sessions are offered from September through the first week of November each year. Families have the opportunity to schedule discounted sessions for $60 with the donation of a toy, which benefits Toys for Tots or Chesterfield County’s Christmas Mother. “Everybody wins, and that’s why I love it so much,” Jennifer says. “You can bring your children to the store and explain that they are getting supplies or toys for children who may not have the means to get them on their own. Everybody learns a lesson from it, and they feel like they are contributing—especially once they see all of the donations collected.” To view Jennifer's work and stay up to date on her latest events, follow her on Facebook and Instagram @Jennifer Gavin Photography or email her at JenniferGavinPhotography@gmail.com. December 2019 | Midlothian Lifestyle

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WINTER \IN BLOOM BRIGHTEN UP YOUR AESTHETIC THIS SEASON WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT FROM KRISTEN CAISSIE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF MOON CANYON DESIGN CO.

PHOTOGRAPHY NICKI SEBASTIAN FOR JENNI KAYNE

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KRISTEN CAISSIE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF MOON CANYON DESIGN CO., created this beautiful flower arrangement as part of Jenni Kayne’s floral encyclopedia. This lush arrangement is comprised of early spring blooms arranged in a ceramic vase. The wabi-sabi aesthetic of the handmade vessel adds to the arrangement’s playful proportions. Earthy yellows, rich greens, and a touch of blue tell a color story that’s unexpected, yet warm and welcoming. Perfectly undone early spring blooms (Kristen’s favorite to design with) emphasize the meeting place of winter and spring. CONTINUED >

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TWEEDIA LADY SLIPPER Characterized by the slippershaped pouch (or labellum) that sits between the petals, these orchids range in color from white and yellow to a deep pink and purple. The lady slipper might take four to sixteen years to produce a bloom, but it’s worth the wait— in comparison to other, more temperamental orchids, this type can be considered fairly low-maintenance.

RANUNCULUS Also known as the buttercup, these spring bloomers are coveted for their delicate layers of petals, resembling ruffled tissue or crepe. In a wide range of vivid shades, ranunculus can bloom from late winter to early summer.

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NARCISSUS Daffodils are instantly recognizable by their six petals surrounding a trumpet-like corona, most often in variances of white, yellow, or both. The ubiquity of the daffodil dates back to ancient times, both medicinally and botanically. They have been said to get their name because the image of languid daffodils along a stream evoke the image of Narcissus gazing into his reflection.

This delicate perennial is coveted for its light fragrance and pale blue star-shaped petals. Found commonly in vines and trellises, tweedias are prime for an arrangement as they cut well and last long.


“It’s very simple, we work with flowers because they speak to us...we tell the stories through a season, a composition, a poetic floral movement.” KRISTEN CAISSIE MOON CANYON FOUNDER

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imported jewelry and accessories,

iday experience. Join us for holiday

ning’s festivities begin with holiday

clothing, toys, quality crafts and fine

sights, sounds, festive Christmas

musical performances followed by

arts, antiques, reproduction and

decorations,

photo

the Tree Lighting Ceremony. It con-

hand-painted furniture, books and

Santa,

cludes with the arrival of Santa and

decorative accessories for the house

high-quality local gifts for shoppers,

Mrs. Claus. Guests will also be the

and garden. BizarreBazaar.com

dining and more.  

first to enjoy the annual Gingerbread

play combined with three weeks of

stations,

live

music,

appearances

by

Display

prepared

by

Executive

1

Pastry Chef Sara Ayyash and her

DOMINION ENERGY GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS

5

A holiday tradition featuring more

WINTER WARMER

talented team.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

than half a million twinkling lights,

6 HISTORIC TREE WALK AT HIGHLAND

James Monroe's Highland

Join us for a winter walk with the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards!

Virginia Distillery Company,

Participants will learn more about

handcrafted botanical decorations,

Visitors Center

Highland’s trees during this free

model trains, holiday dinners, firepit

Warm up with a whiskey tasting

90-minute walk at James Monroe’s

with s’mores and hot chocolate, fam-

(and maybe check off a few holiday

historic property. Learn how to

ily activities and more. The region’s

gifts for your favorite whiskey lovers)

identify trees in the winter using

ultimate holiday extravaganza! The

at the annual Winter Warmer! Live

bark, twigs, form and many other

2019-2020 theme is Magic in the

music, local food truck and specialty

features, as well as how Highland

Air. Enjoy all manner of items that

gifts available. VADistillery.com

trees and tree-ring dating have

move through the air, from natural wonders to man-made inventions to fanciful creatures. LewisGinter.org

contributed to historical interpre-

5

tation. Highland.org

7

1

GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTICELLO

at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights dogs are allowed on select Dominion Energy

Monticello

32

08

GardenFest

of

Lights

COMMONWEALTH’S PEARL HARBOR DAY REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY Virginia War Memorial

Celebrate the beginning of the

nights. Please read the  rules and

This

holiday

Monticello’s

guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter

killed during the attack on Pearl

free Annual Holiday Open House.

Botanical Garden with dogs. Regular

Harbor. Part of the program will be

Be among the first to see Monticello

garden admission; $2 suggested “pet

a “roll call” of all the Virginians who

decorated for the holidays as you

admission” benefiting the Richmond

were lost that day at Pearl Harbor.

stroll through the first floor at your

SPCA. All dogs must be leashed

The "Virginians at War" film Pearl

own pace. Discover unique holiday

and current on rabies vaccina-

Harbor will be shown continuously

gifts at the Shop at Monticello and

tions. LewisGinter.org

in our Reynolds Theater. Co-hosted

season

at

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ceremony

honors

those


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8

DOMINION ENERGY CHRISTMAS PARADE

CHRISTMAS WITH AMERICAN COMPOSERS

The 36th annual Dominion Energy

This special event is part of the

Christmas Parade starts  at the

church's acclaimed E. Carl Freeman

Science

contin-

Concert Series, a Richmond music

Magnolia Grange Plantation

ues along Broad Street to Seventh

tradition since 1970. Christmas with

Experience holiday traditions as it

Street.

features

American Composers showcases the

would have been celebrated in this

award-winning

bands,

voices of River Road Church's Chancel

majestic house in the 19th and early

dance troupes, giant helium bal-

Choir under the direction of Dr. Robert

20th centuries. Learn about the

loons, floats and legendary Santa

Gallagher, Minister of Music.

foods that would have been served,

himself! This beloved Richmond

gift exchanges and the decor that

tradition attracts 100,000-plus spec-

would have "decked the halls"

tators each year from everywhere

Christmas

Holiday

in Virginia, with thousands more

music, refreshments, a take-home

enjoying the television broadcast on

craft, activities and visit with Santa

CBS 6. RichmondParade.org

with

the

Navy

League

of

the

United States, Richmond Council. VAWarMemorial.org

7

River Road Church

Science Museum of Virginia

OPEN HOUSE AT HISTORICAL MAGNOLIA GRANGE PLANTATION

celebration.

Museum The

and

parade marching

THE HISTORY AND ART OF PRESSED FLOWERS AND LEAVES

COURT END CHRISTMAS John Marshall House

Enjoy free admission to Preservation

that includes free pictures.

7

8

7

Virginia’s

HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE

House tradition. The house will be

House

historic during

gest-running

John

Marshall

Richmond’s Christmas

lonOpen

Hopewell Marina

decked out in holiday cheer, and

The James and Appomattox rivers will

warm

Chesterfield County Museum

twinkle and shine as boaters display

cookies will be available to guests.

Explore the history of this Victorian

their creativity and holiday spirit!

Recipe cards with period foods to

art and learn how to press your own

Boats will depart from the Jordan

inspire holiday cooking are a gift to

plants. After the presentation, partic-

Point Yacht Haven at 5:30 p.m. and will

you. PreservationVirginia.org

ipants will create four bookmarks and

make their way upriver to Anchor Point

a picture from pressed flowers and

Marina. The Hopewell City Marina will

leaves. Registration required.  

serve as the main viewing area and will feature entertainment and food

7 THE MAGIC OF HORROR FILM FESTIVAL Firehouse Theater

The creation of a horror film is the creation of the story and the visual

trucks. HopewellRecAndParks.com

8

seasonal

beverages

and

8 VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT MAYMONT Maymont

Experience wonders of Christmas past enjoyed by generations! Marvel at the

CHESTER KIWANIS CHRISTMAS PARADE

grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms. See the gifts and games of 1893 while holiday

Chester YMCA

aspects. Celebrate the writers, the

2019

Christmas

preparations are underway by the

set designers, makeup artists, cin-

Parade! Kiwanis is a global organization

Chester

Kiwanis

butler, cooks and other domestic staff.

ematographers and actors. Official

of volunteers dedicated to changing the

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, vis-

selection short films and feature

world one child and one community at

its with St. Nick, a marketplace of trea-

trailers will be screening through

a time. This year’s parade theme is “A

sures, eats, craft making, festive music

the day with Q&A sessions with the

Red, White and Blue Christmas.” It will

and more. Maymont.org

attending filmmakers.

begin at the Chester YMCA and end at Centre Street/Harrowgate Road.

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via the Modlin Center for the Arts Box

dancers; a DJ;  a violinist;  and MC

Office.

Kurtis Blow, one of hip-hop’s found-

MAGNOLIA GRANGE CHRISTMAS TEA

23

During this elaborately themed tea,

CHRISTMAS EVE'S EVE TOUR OF HOLLYWOOD CEMETERY

ing fathers, who opens the show with

Magnolia Grange Plantation

learn about the history of the 19th century period of holiday music

Hollywood Cemetery

27 HOLIDAY DREAMS: A SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY CIRQUE!

and the history surrounding various

Let's celebrate the season with

popular Christmas songs. As you

an afternoon tour of Hollywood

step back in time, you will enjoy a

Cemetery. The tour will focus on the

Holograms,

large selection of finger sandwiches,

symbolism of the season! This is a

interactive lasers and award-winning

delightful sweets and an arrange-

walking tour of approximately 2 miles

cirque artists all come together under

ment of various teas. Reservations

and takes 60 to 90 minutes per tour.

to most spectacular holiday production

required. ChesterfieldHistory.com

Three sessions are offered: 9–10:30

show in the world! Holiday Dreams

a.m.;

presents a jaw-dropping, modern

12

p.m.;

and

3–4:30

Altria Theater

projection

mapping,

holiday show featuring cirque artists, comedy, daredevils and a modern

Wilton House Museum

The

12–1:30

p.m. HollywoodCemetery.org

VIRGINIANS WILL DANCE OR DIE December

session

of

the

annual lecture series will feature Joshua LeHuray, adjunct professor

23

soundtrack. AltriaTheater.com

31

CHRISTMAS WITH THE RICHMOND POPS Altria Theater

NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC

of history and author of Virginians

Richmond's premier holiday tradi-

Will Dance or Die! The Importance

tion! The Richmond Pops Band is

Enjoy

of

Pre-Revolutionary

a community-based organization

afternoon. Live music with the

Williamsburg. Drawing on contempo-

that has been providing exciting

Ululating Mummies, a parade, photo

rary newspaper accounts, this lecture

and dynamic musical experiences

opportunities

will explore how some 18th-century

to the Richmond community for

Keeper, make your own New Year’s

Williamsburg citizens experienced

more than 43 years. As a nonprofit,

party hat, write your wish for 2020

the growing musical world around

all-volunteer

the

and add it to the “wishing chain,"

them. WiltonHouseMuseum.org

band has enjoyed unprecedented

and the annual Garden tradition:

growth and popularity with an

“Rolling in the New Year” by rolling

18

ever-increasing and diverse audi-

down the hill to the Cochrane Rose

ence. AltriaTheater.com

Garden. LewisGinter.org

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR IN RICHMOND

26

The gifted singers of the Vienna Boys

HIP-HOP NUTCRACKER

Music

in

Richmond's First Baptist Church

Choir have been praised for their

34

a short set. AltriaTheater.com

organization,

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

fun

family

with

activities

the

all

Garden

Altria Theater

celestial voices, rapturous harmonies,

A holiday mash-up for the whole fam-

pure tone, irresistible charm, and,

ily. Directed and choreographed by

We are always accepting sub-

above all, a wide-ranging repertoire

Jennifer Weber, it is a contemporary

missions for events you'd like to

spanning centuries. Co-presented

dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s

see included in our Calendar sec-

by Virginia Arts Festival and Modlin

timeless music. This evening-length

tion. Submissions are accepted

Center for the Arts, University of

production is performed by a super-

via

Richmond. Tickets may be purchased

charged cast of a dozen all-star

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