June, 2010 | Mankin Mansion Blog


Flowers after Five: a New Twist on Lewis Ginter

June 30th, 2010

When you think of the Central Virginia area, Botanical Gardens may not be the first thing to come to mind but you’re in luck as Richmond is home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, a historic property that features fifty acres of gardens, including a dozen themed garden, and the Conservatory with tropical displays.

While a trip to Lewis Ginter should be on any visitor’s list, we’d suggest considering their summer event Flowers after Five, which combines the beauty of the gardens, with a wine tasting and dancing under the stars. The second Thursday of each month is also Fidos After Five, and your leashed pet can join in on the fun!

Below, is Lewis Ginter’s current schedule so be sure to find time in your travels to Richmond to make time for this unique, and fun event.

July 1: A Taste of Italy
Virginia Opera performs favorite selections; wines by Barboursville Vineyards.

July 8: Local Favorites
Music by a local performer; wines by James River Wine Cellars.
Also a Fidos After 5 night; Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed.

July 15: From the Blue Ridge to the Garden
Cook County Bluegrass; wines by White Hall Vineyards.

July 22: Southern Charm
The Garcia Jazz Trio; wines by Spring Creek Wine Cellar; melon tastings, too.

July 29: Boutique Wines, Big Taste
The CMP Trio (VCU Jazz); wines by Castle Gruen Vineyards.

August 5: Celebrate Summer
The Dance Space teaches dance moves and plays music; wines by Byrd Cellars.

August 12: Women, Wine & Wags
Live music TBA; Women for Winesense pour wines from Once Upon A Vine.
Also a Fidos After 5 night; Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed.

August 19: The French Connection
VCU Jazz; wines by Delfosse Vineyards; cheese tastings, too.

August 26: Season Finale
Live music TBA; Women for Winesense pour wines; tomato tastings, too.

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez


The Children’s Museum of Richmond Expands!

June 23rd, 2010

When visiting Richmond as a family, it’s important to find fun for each member- even the smallest!  The Children’s Museum of Richmond offers you just that- even now more than ever as they open their second location in the West End of Richmond called CMoR Short Pump.

According to the Museum:

CMoR Short Pump’s exhibits are themed on children’s storybooks. Children can play and explore many different worlds from the ‘Treasure-Island” like pirate ship to the cloud castle at the top of the Beanstalk Climber. Each exhibit offers varied opportunities for play and learning. Storytelling and communication is encouraged between generations as the exhibits are based on iconic children’s fairytales and nursery rhymes. Each exhibit contains open-ended activities that allow for free explorations, wonder, imagination and play.

CMoR Short Pump also boasts a 1,000 square foot Art Studio with themed tables, as well as a Mother Goose Corner, that allows infants and babies to roll around and encourages gross motor skills development.

So whether visiting the original CMoR in Downtown or the new location in Short Pump, your family is bound to find plenty of activities to keep the fun continuing on your next trip to Richmond.

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez


Tiffany, Matisse and Picasso Visit Richmond!

June 16th, 2010

We here in Richmond were thrilled when the Virginia Museum of FineArts re-opened after extensive renovations. With the grand opening of the new McGlothin Wing, comes Tiffany: Color and Light, an exhibition featuring the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, which runs through August 15.

Focusing on Tiffany’s main achievements, this will be the only American museum to showcase this exhibit.

According to the Museum:

Among the exhibition’s more than 180 objects are examples of the leaded-glass windows and lamps for which he is best known as well as blown-glass vessels and decorative objects such as mosaics, jewelry, bronzes, paintings, watercolors, architectural elements, and silver. Eight newly restored windows from the Erskine and American United Church in Montreal – considered one of his most spectacular commissions –  have never before been shown in the United States and will form a dazzling and memorable centerpiece to the presentation.

VMFA members can attend the exhibition for free, while tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for youth between 7 and 12. Children 6 and under are free.

If you visit the VMFA before July 15, then we’d recommend setting some time aside for Matisse, Picasso and Modern Art in France, an exhibition highlighting the collection of T. Catseby Jones, a Virginia native who purchased incredible works from Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Masson and Lipchitz.

If you’re visiting Richmond and an art fan, then this is something not to be missed!

For more information, please visit the VMFA web site.

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez


Tiffany Comes to Richmond

June 8th, 2010

For many, Richmonders and visitors alike, Maymont is a great destination for those who enjoy gardens and animals. Through August 15, however, Maymont is offering yet another reason to visit its impeccable grounds with its New Tiffany Tour, to complement the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ international exhibition “Tiffany: Color and Light.”

The tour itself takes you through the Gilded Age Maymont Mansion, which features works from Louis Comfort Tiffany, which were acquired by the Mansion’s original owners James and Sallie Dooley. A particular stand out includes a Viking-revival dressing table and chair fashioned of sterling silver.

This is a can’t miss tour the ends in just a couple of months so don’t delay in making time in your travels to visit the estate!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez


Food Festivals Galore!

June 3rd, 2010

This weekend in Richmond, the biggest question is not what to do- but how to squeeze in everything with the time you have?

If you’re a local foodie, or someone who simply enjoys Richmond’s Food Festivals, then this is the weekend for you. Starting us off is the Annual Greek Festival, at Saints Constantine and Helen’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Malvern just past the Museum District. The festival continues on through Sunday, and you if on the go, you can take advantage of their Drive Through option. For those with a hankering for Moussaka or Souvlaki while at work- you can visit their web site for a call in number and order for you and your co-workers for pick up (minimum 10 people required- for Thursday and Friday only).  Check out their menu and make your way there!

Up next is the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival at the Richmond Raceway Complex, featuring sixty beers, forty bourbons and enough BBQ to keep you stuffed until your next Festival. VIP tickets are sold out but general admission are still available through their web site.

Finally, end your weekend with a bang at Broad Appetite. Admission is complimentary and you can sample dishes from over fifty of Richmond’s best restaurants for just $3 each. This is the event’s third year and it has grown with leaps and bounds- the anticipated crowd this year is 25,000! In addition to great food, Broad Appetite will feature bands and live cooking demos. At the same time Metro Space Gallery, 119 W. Broad Street presents will have its doors open for its popular exhibit Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley. David Burnett will be on hand to sign autographed copies of his book.

So grab your friends and enjoy your weekend!

We look forward to seeing you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez