Things To Do In Richmond | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 3

A Taste of Carytown

September 26th, 2011

We really love two things at the Mansion: great food and a fabulous glass of wine. The opportunity to do through in a mile of style and we say, sign us up please ! This week’s “must do” event is a  fun filled afternoon of great good, local Virginia wine and the most unique shopping in the area.

The Food and Wine Festival entitled “A Taste of Carytown” is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, starting at 12pm continuing till 6pm. The festival will be located in the Cary Court Shopping Center, located right in the middle of Carytown. Local Virginia Wineries will be in attendance with their award winning wines for tasting while local Carytown restaurants will serve small plates of their best dishes. Participating restaurants include: Ginger Thai, Mezzanine, Nacho Mama’s, Amici Ristorante, Weezie’s Kitchen and Amour Wine Bistro, with flavors from exotic to traditional there is something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Tickets are available for purchase at local Carytown stores and also online for $15, and can also be purchased at the gate for $20. Your ticket includes your entrance to the event, a souvenir wine glass, wine tasting and delicious food. A designated driver ticket is just $10 and can only be purchased at the gate, which included unlimited soft drinks! Be sure to enjoy the wonderful unique shopping experience that is exclusive to Carytown. During the event you are welcome to leave the festival area at anytime and return throughout the evening. Enjoy the finer things in life and treat yourself at the Food and Wine Festival “A Taste of Carytown.”

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

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Oyster Festivals Galore!

September 19th, 2011

With the cooler weather making its way into the Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas it is the perfect time to enjoy some outdoor festivals. Two oyster festivals that always pull in a big crowd are returning this year to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

The first one to add to your event calendar is Shockoe-on-the-Half Shell on Saturday, September 24, starting at 11am and continuing through 4pm. Located in the bottom at the 17th Street Farmers Market surrounded by the most delicious restaurants in the RVA area and also some great shopping. This will be the 4th annual oyster festival in the Bottom and they have been preparing all year long to create a fun filled and what is sure to be a mouth-watering festival. Live music is a staple in any Farmers Market with bands ranging from rock, jazz, hip-hop, and some funk! There is a wide variety of ways to cook and eat and oyster and all of them will be there for you to take a bite out of- from raw, steamed and frittered, to fried and stewed.

The 54th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival is set for November 4and 5. Urbanna is a short car ride from the Mansion, taking just a little over an hour. This local festival is a tradition in the town of Urbanna that started in 1957, and was just a local favorite. Now, 54 years later it brings in a large crowd that like to enjoy oysters that are the pearl for this town and its economy. Fifty different vendors will bring in their best cuisine, including everything from oysters to hamburgers and everything in between. Arts and crafts will also be in ample supply throughout the town and festival village. The traditional Firemen’s Parade and The Oyster Festival Parade will get everything started on the right foot. The very exciting and fast paced oyster-shucking contest will take center stage as everyone gathers to see who will be crowned the winner!

Fall is in full swing here in the RVA area, we hope you come on out and enjoy a few outdoor festivals and that beautiful Southern weather!

For More Information: http://www.richmondgov.com/FarmersMarket/ , http://www.urbannaoysterfestival.com/index.php/festival-hightlights/

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.packettproperties.com/blog/bid/26763/5-Towns-You-MUST-Visit-in-the-Northern-Neck-Middle-Peninsula-Area

 

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The Richmond Folk Festival

September 12th, 2011

The Richmond Folk Festival is a fall favorite that is fast approaching. Be sure that you mark off your calendars for this fun filled festival in October the 14-16.

This year will be the fourth year of the festival and it will be sure to live up to the hype. It has been voted Richmond’s best musical festival for 2 years now. The Folk Festival showcases the Commonwealth and other areas best musicians, dancers, storytellers, and crafters. The event will take place right on the James River on Browns Island. This large event features a marketplace with interesting and unique items ranging from handcrafted jewelry, original artwork, all natural body products, woodcarvings, and so much more. You will be sure to find that perfect souvenir to remember your Folk Festival weekend. Local restaurants and vendors will be there with their best of the best dishes with lots of International flair. Beer trucks and wine will also be available.

Performers will range in cultural backgrounds and musical styles to bring music and dance from all parts of the United States and abroad. Bluegrass, reggae, Irish, Cajun, funk, gospel, and a range of all type of musician’s will share their talents. Also, during the event a documentary series will be available for viewing. The event is free, but we suggest finding someone in the bucket brigade to throw your donation in the bucket. Don’ t miss out on this exciting festival, right on the gorgeous James River.

For More Information: http://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/index.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://virginiafolklife.org

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CenterStage Birthday Gala with Patti LaBelle

September 5th, 2011

It is CenterStage’s Birthday and they are celebrating with the  Grammy Award-wining singer Patti LaBelle.

On Saturday, September 10, CenterStage will be filled will all people who love a little R&B and a living legend! SunTrust is partnering with the historic Carpenter Theater to put on such an amazing evening.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending an event at the gorgeous CenterStage, you have been missing out. It is a newly renovated space, which opened in September 2009 and is whopping 179,000 square feet. It sits in the heart of Downtown Richmond bringing premiere entertainment to the surrounding area. The Carpenter Theater is a piece of history for Richmond, with state-of-the-are acoustics, fiber optic lights that sparkle across the ceiling and has been around for 81 years!

Seating available ranges in price from $48, $78, and $125. If you are feeling like treating yourself to some VIP treatment, VIP gala tickets are $250 and which include the best seats in the house, a beautiful tented area set up on Broad Street, with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and gourmet dinning. The Upper East Side Big Band will play underneath the stars so, that you can dance the night away.

For More Information: http://www.richmondcenterstage.com/event/centerstage-birthday-gala-evening-patti-labelle

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.

 

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Taste of Italy!

September 1st, 2011

Now that we have all braved it through Hurricane Irene, we think its time for a little wining and dining and the perfect place to do that is at The Taste of Italy!

The Taste of Italy a wonderful full on Italian experience on September 10 at the Suntrust building located downtown in the Financial District. This is an extremely exclusive event that includes a seven-course dinner, paired with wine. The dinner is a traditional Italian fest that is overseen by Chef Mike Isabella and other local chefs of Richmond. If you are a true foodie and partake in a little bit of reality TV, such as Top Chef’s All Stars on Bravo you will recognize the name Mike Isabella as Season 8’s runner up!

A lucky Richmonder will receive the prestigious award of the Best Recipe chosen by no other than Chef Mike.  The lucky winner will receive a autographed copy of Chef Mike’s book “How to Cook Like a Top Chef.” The menu will include an extensive range of dishes to satisfy all taste buds including stuffed pasta and rockfish with Rappahannock oysters paired with Hanover tomatoes and braised fennel. The evening will conclude with a rather sinful tiramisu, a favorite for all Italian food lovers. During the event, an auction will take place with the proceeds along with proceeds from ticket sales will support the Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), which dedicates itself to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in the Richmond area.

Tickets are available on the Taste of Italy website and are $250 or a person and $500 for a couple. If you are unable to attend but would love to support such an amazing cause that is helping the Richmond area children you can also send a donation. This event is sure to be a highlight of the fall season, and it one not to be missed!

For More Information: http://grscantaste.squarespace.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.

 

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Rocketts Red Glare – Labor Day Fireworks!

August 22nd, 2011

Summer time is winding down and Rocketts Landing is making sure that it ends with a bang with fireworks over the James.

On Monday, September 5, summer will officially be over sadly, but we have a great event to top off the season. Rocketts Landing will be hosting a Labor Day celebration starting at 7:30pm with the acclaimed Richmond Symphony entertaining throughout the evening. And when the sunsets and the moonrises above the James, so will the fireworks. As a fun added touch, the fireworks choreographed along with the Richmond Symphony playing the 1812 Overture.

When attending the event, there are few things you should keep in mind. The good news is that there is plenty of parking available around Rocketts Landing. You are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to be sure that everyone is comfortable for the firework show. Kids and four-legged friends are also welcome! Picnics are allowed, but Rocketts Landing has three wonderful restaurants: M Bistro and Wine Bar, Conch Republic Rocketts, and The Boathouse if you feel like a night out. For those looking for a sweet ending to the event, ice cream and shaved ice will be set up and available for purchase.

If trying to beat the crowds, you can consider setting up shop beyond the event, as you will be able to see the fireworks from Libby Hill, Chimborazo Park, and Gillies Creek Park.

So, say goodbye to a fun RVA summer and hello to beautiful southern fall weather.

For More Information: http://www.rockettsvillage.com/blog/08-09-2011-rocketts-red-glare-labor-day-fireworks

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.rockettsvillage.com/blog/08-09-2011-rocketts-red-glare-labor-day-fireworks

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Wicked!

August 15th, 2011

We know what you’re thinking- how in the world are you thinking about October already?
But when we hear Broadway calling, we can’t help ourselves!

That’s right- the Tony award-winning Wicked is back by popular demand and will be at Landmark Theater between October 5 and 16.
Tickets went on sale last week and we highly encourage you to jump on the chance to watch this

From USA Today–

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time.”

Tickets range from $35-$77.50 (plus handling) and if it is anything like its last run here in Richmond, they will sell out quickly. Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets before they sell out!

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: Richmond.com

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Richmond Jazz Festival!

August 7th, 2011

The Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont is back for a second year and is sure to be a crowd pleaser again!

The Jazz Festival takes place at three different locations- the Hippodrome Theaterm a lovely new renovated addition to Richmond, the gorgeous CenterStage and the backdrop of the historic Maymont a 100-acre estate with gorgeous gardens and plenty of sites to see.

The majority of the festival will take place at Maymont, with Thursday’s activities taking place at the Hippodrome, Friday at CenterStage, and Saturday and Sunday at Maymont. The festival kicks off this Thursday, August 11, and continues on through the weekend until Sunday evening. The festival will boast a two stage set up as well as 20 local, national and international bands and artists. Although, it is called a jazz festival the musical themes will stretch much further to include: R&B, neo-soul, and other genres that will add another dimension to this fun filled festival. The artist most are anticipated to see is Robin Thicke, an International star and Grammy winner, that will be sure to drawl a large crowd.

Scheduled wine tastings from local vineyards and chefs will feature cooking demonstrations of international cuisine. Food vendors, a marketplace, bars, and a cigar lounge will be set up along the main road in Maymont for everyone to enjoy.  Tickets are available on the Richmond Jazz Festival at the Maymont website, with deals available for weekends passes. We hope you enjoy this amazing jazz festival that will be sure to drawl crowds from near and far, for a fun music, food, and wine experience!

For More Information: http://www.jazzatmaymont.com/index.html

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

 

Photo Credit: www.virginia.org

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The Filipino Festival!

August 1st, 2011

If you haven’t noticed already, Richmond loves a great cultural food festival, and the Filipino Festival is no exception. With delicious traditional foods and authentic music and dancing, you will be sure to leave full and happy.

The Festival begins on Friday, August 12 at 5pm until 10pm in the evening and continues on Saturday starting at 10am until 10pm. The festival is put together by the congregation at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, which is also where the festival will be held.

Entertainment available on Friday night will include local bands The Five and Dimers a country band, Houston Scott Band that specializes in blues, and Janet Martin that has a rock, Americana vibe. On Saturday, folk dances will be on display, which will include the world-famous bamboo dance that is done both extremely fast and even blindfolded! Hip-hop dancing, singing, a Philippine martial arts demonstration, performers Elisabeth Carlton and Gregory Amos, and some cute little ones in a dancing parade will also be going on all day Saturday.

Have no fear as there are activities for the kiddos too. The children will enjoy playing on the playground, enjoying the inflatable bounce houses or having their faces painted. Exhibits will teach and show the traditions and customs of the Filipino culture.

Don’t miss out on all the food available! Favorites include lumpia, chicken adobo, pancit, and delicious BBQ chicken. A full list of food will be available, as well as descriptions of all dishes, on their website. Beer, water, soda, mango shakes, and a cantaloupe drink will be available for beverages. Admission to the event is free, however you can go ahead and purchase food vouchers before the event so you won’t have to worry about bringing cash. This festival is sure to leave your taste buds wanting more!

For More Information: http://www.filipinofestival.org/index.php

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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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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