July, 2011 | Mankin Mansion Blog

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July 29th, 2011

We always enjoy receiving Richmond Magazine each month but this month’s issue put an extra smile on our faces!

In case you missed it, our very own Martin Ramirez was one of the three honored as Best Wedding DJ in Richmond. What a thrill and an honor!

Thank you to everyone who made it happen- as well as all of our Mansion brides (past, present and future!) for allowing us to be a part of their wedding day!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests

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Richmond Wedding: Keisha and Patrick

July 27th, 2011

Well we’re about halfway through the wedding season, which can only mean one thing- the wonderful photographers and videographers are starting to share all the lovely moments from this past Spring! :)

Up next- Keisha and Patrick from this past April. Our friends at Drop to Design were kind enough to share this great video that really captures the day. Such a wonderful day here at the Mansion.

Enjoy!

 

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Watermelon Festival!

July 25th, 2011

Richmond’s biggest festival of the summer the Carytown Watermelon Festival is on its 28th year and the festival just keeps getting bigger and better.

On Sunday, August 7, on the mile of style of what is Carytown the festival will begin at 10am and continue till 6pm. With the festival being one of the largest in Richmond, 115,000 people are expected to pack the street and celebrate this yummy summer fruit. Stands for watermelon will be set up along the street, with over 3,000 brought in to satisfy all of the patrons. The proceeds for the purchase of watermelon will go to a great cause to benefit the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, that cares for children and advances the field of research in specialty areas.

Eighty musicians will perform on eight stages keeping the crowd entertained as they enjoy the day. A kid friendly area is a perfect place for the little ones to have some fun and enjoy some of that juicy watermelon. Over 100 exhibitors will be there to show off their companies and products. With Richmond’s record heat this year be sure to stay hydrated and cool by visiting one of several of the mist tents available that will keep you refreshed. Pets are welcome, so bring your four legged friends. Don’t forget to check out Carytown’s extensive shopping and restaurants. The event is free for admission; don’t forget to bring some cash for the outdoor vendors and delicious watermelon.

For More Information: http://www.carytownrva.org/watermelon.php

See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests

Photo Credit: http://www.carytownrva.org/watermelon.php

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Richmond Wedding: Marisa and Dave

July 19th, 2011

We are just THRILLED that our recent bride Marisa shared this fabulous compilation of the gorgeous images from her wedding.

Special thanks to Emily Dean Photography- great job!

Marisa & Dave from Emily Nathews on Vimeo.

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RVA RiverJam

July 18th, 2011

A fun, brand new music filled event on the James is heading your way this Summer!

RVA RiverJam takes place on the historic Canal Walk every Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Instead of most concert series in Richmond, this one is especially for DJs.  RiverJam was initially conceived by Matthew Davey, who called up a friend and asked if he wanted to go down to the canal walk and spin. And thus,  the RVA RiverJam was born!

The evening features typically six DJs who spin for about an hour. All DJs are local, so you will experience the RVA flair of music. While in the Bottom, be sure to check out the Canal Cruise and the walk history tour available on the Canal Walk. There is also a wide variety of shops such as the furniture favorite La Difference and These Four Walls.

The event is free, and food and beverages are provided.  Parking is available on Byrd Street and in a parking garage at Canal and Virginia Street. The event does encourage people to take the bus system called To The Bottom and Back. It is a bus system that runs regularly and is free, but does encourage any type of donations to keep the system running.

For More Information: http://rvariverjam.com/

See you soon,

~Paula and Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests

Photo Credit: http://rvariverjam.com/

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Rock the Block

July 10th, 2011

‘Tis the season for block parties in Richmond! And Rock the Block in Richmond’s top parks is a perfect way to enjoy your summer season.

On July 20 at the lovely Robinson Park, and August 10 at the Spring Park Historic Site, the event kicks off at 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. Robinson Park located in Henrico, Virginia, with a variety of playgrounds for the kids, basketball courts and picnic shelters. The Spring Park Historic Site is right off Lakeside Avenue; it is one of Richmond’s hidden park gems tucked back in a corner.

Each evening will feature a different band. In July, the Center Stage Band Inc. is a six-member ensemble that plays everything from Motown, R&B, Oldies, beach style music to the Top 40’s. The band also boasts an extensive set list from Madonna, Elvis to the Temptations. The John Moossa Band will play in August where they will bring their genre breaking attitudes to give a amazing performance with the sounds of funk, rock, and reggae.

During the evening, kids and adults alike can have some fun playing games and enjoying the giveaways with the contests. Face painting and arts and crafts will also be available. Food and drinks can be purchased from the concession stands. Admission is free and is a great event for everyone in the family.

For More Information: http://www.co.henrico.va.us/rec/at-your-leisure-program/specialevents.html

See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests

Photo Credit: http://www.hmdb.org

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Virginia Derby!

July 7th, 2011

It’s derby season in Virginia and you all know what that means- oversized straw hats, brightly colored bowties, seersucker, and sipping on sweet tea. The most important race on the Virginia calendar will take place July 16.

This is a can’t miss exciting event and is located at Colonial Downs in New Kent County. This is a large event and draws the best turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation. This year will include two champion and three Breeders’ Cup winners.

The Virginia Derby Party Zone sponsored by Xfinity offers fun for all ages. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit that will begin around 4pm and will provide the music before the races begin. The races kick off at 5pm; in between races a DJ will spin the latest hits to keep the party going. The Party Zone is an all-inclusive ticket at $30.00 in advance and $35.00 at the gate and will include track admission, program, tip sheet for betting on the horses, barbecue dinner, and 3 beer/wine tickets. If you would like to ensure seats at the reserved table level, you may purchase a group ticket for $200, which is up to 4 people per ticket per table.

If you are looking for something a little bit lower key, Hoot on the Hill is right up your alley. This is more laid back environment with the option to bring in your own food, grills, coolers, alcohol, pop up tents, and any other tail gating supplies. Betting windows and jumbotron will broadcast the races live. The famous Three Sheets to the Wind will be rocking out yacht style at the races entertaining the crowd. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Gates open at 3pm for both party locations, with music beginning at 4pm, and the races beginning at 5pm. The Virginia tradition is not one to miss, be sure ladies to have your best hat ready, and men have those kakis pressed and ready to go.

For More Information: http://www.colonialdowns.com/grandslam/vaderby.php

See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests

 

Photo Credit: http://www.vtablog.org

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