Visit Richmond | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 4

Valentine’s Day at the Ballet!

February 1st, 2011

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we know you are all racking your brain about what to do with your sweetheart on that special day.

The Richmond Ballet offers a romantic ballet every year around Valentine’s Day. On this year’s agenda Giselle, which will be sure to captivate its audiences. Giselle is a heart felt tale that will have you experiencing the heartbreak of a young village girl, who is betrayed by her love, and is headed for a tragic end. However, the devotion of her heart might be just what she needs to save her love from his sad ending.

This classical ballet is choreographed by Malcolm Burn, and accompanied by the Richmond Symphony. Giselle will be preformed at the Carpenter Center at Richmond CenterStage starting on February 11 and continuing through the 13. On the last showing of February 13 the Richmond Ballet will offer a Brunch prior to the Sunday matinee. It will be held in the enchanting Rhythm Hall. The elaborate menu will be use to satisfy the taste buds and the romantic atmosphere will get you in the mood for love.

For More Information: http://www.richmondballet.com/performancestickets/giselle_2011.aspx

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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: http://www.richmondballet.com

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We have a Winner!

December 19th, 2010

As the wedding season comes to a close, it’s time for us to buckle down and gear up for the 2011 brides. It was time for a fresh look, so we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to update our folder, which is distributed to all prospective Historic Mankin Mansion brides.

We are grateful that many of the great Richmond wedding photographers have shared some great shots with us over the last several years. As we finalize our new folder, however, we knew we needed a particularly special shot.

As you may remember, we launched our contest “Hit us with your Best Shot” recently and asked brides, grooms and wedding photographers to join in on the phone. We were hoping for that perfect shot- that showcases the magic of the Mansion at its very best.

After careful consideration of over 40 images, we had selected the below photography by Dale and Roshan Quarterman of Quarterman Photography, to serve as the main shot on the front cover of our new folder.  Congratulations!

Thanks to all of those who participated in our contest- we are grateful for your participation!

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A White Christmas at the Barksdale Theater

December 13th, 2010

Given today’s morning snow, we thought it was perfect timing to share the latest in holiday “to do’s” here in Richmond.

Everyone loves a Christmas classic, and the Barksdale Theater is bringing White Christmas to life one the stage for your holiday enjoyment.

The vintage Hollywood film is brought to life to help you get in the yuletide mood. Using the authentic composer Irving Berlin’s music and lyrics makes sure this musical is true to form. The Barksdale has a special guest joining the cast from the famed Broadway stage, Patti D’Beck who will lend her excellent expertise to the production of the musical.

White Christmas will deck the halls inside the Historic Empire Theater with the amazing sets and costumes serving as icing on top of this holiday cupcake. Show stopping choreography accompanied by incredible voices will have you wanting to join in on the fun.

Running now through January 9, shows take place two to three times a week  at the Empire Theater in historic, artful downtown Richmond. Tickets can be purchased on their website, so get your snow craving satisfied by checking out this classic.

We here at the Mansion hope that “all your Christmases be merry and white.”

For More Information: http://www.barksdalerichmond.org/

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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: http://www.barksdalerichmond.org/

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Visions of Sugar-Plums Danced in Their Heads

December 6th, 2010

Richmond is so chock full of Christmas traditions, it’s difficult to pick just one thing each week to blog about during the month of December. This week, we are ecstatic to share that the Richmond Ballet will soon begin its traditional production of The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is Central Virginia’s longest running Christmas Tradition. The Richmond Ballet is accompanied by the Richmond Symphony. They will serenade you with live music accompanying the ballerinas. The Holiday Classic of Clara and the Nutcracker will come to life at the Carpenter Center in Downtown Richmond. The Ballet uses amazing techniques to make you feel like you jumped right into the pages of the book. Falling snowflakes, a fifty foot dragon, and the land of sweets where the sugar plum fairies twirl. You won’t want to miss a second of this amazing production.

The Opening night starts December 10 and continues on to December 23. Certain shows offer a extra special treat if you have children attending with Clara’s Tea Party. Where you will enjoy tasty treats and tea with Clara and her fun friends, bring the camera to snap photos with your favorite characters.

Come enjoy the experienced dancers and musicians who put on an unforgettable performance, which will be sure to have sugar plum fairies dancing in your head.

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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: RichmondBallet.com

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It’s Christmas Time in The City

November 29th, 2010

Now that we all have survived the Thanksgiving feast and Black Friday shopping, it’s time for the simpler things in life. We suggest taking time to enjoy the lights and sounds of Richmond.

Christmas festivities kick off in Richmond this Friday evening from six to nine, with the Grand Illumination in Downtown Richmond. The main event will take place at the James Center Clock Tower, where Santa Clause will countdown and as he hits “0” the, skyscrapers will light up in all their glory. The traditional James Center Tree is also guarded by some twinkling reindeer on either side, which will also light in unison. Throughout the evening, music will be flowing through the air from the Varina High School Marching Band, the VCU Trombone Choir and Lite 98. Free horse and carriage rides will take you on a tour of Downtown to enjoy the lights. You might just see the Richmond Ballet Sugar Plum Fairy fluttering through the crowd as well!

Saturday, the Dominion Christmas Parade will continue the festivities throughout the weekend. The parade will kick off at the Science Museum making its way to Seventh Street. The theme this year will be shown throughout the holiday floats, marching bands, and gigantic balloons and the Legendary Santa will be there to see who is being naughty and nice. Visit their web site today for more information.

This weekend don’t miss out on these Richmond Holiday Traditions, they will be sure to get you into the Holiday mood.

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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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Traditional Tree Lighting at The Jefferson

November 23rd, 2010

There are quite a few Holiday Traditions in Richmond, and the annual Tree Lighting at The Jefferson should be at the top of your holiday to do list.

The Jefferson Hotel , built in 1895 by the famous Richmond resident Lewis Ginter, hosts an annual Tree Lighting that promises to dazzle even the big kids. This year, the festivities will begin on Monday, November 29 at 5:30pm with traditional music of the season following at 6pm, when the lights will take the main stage. As holiday characters mingle with the crowd, complimentary refreshments will be served in the Empire Room. The magnificent beautifully decorated treewill steal most of the attention, but the rest of the hotel will also be dressed in its holiday bests.

If you haven’t attended in the past, be sure to arrive early to ensure you get a good spot for the Tree Lighting. Build in some extra time to visit the Gingerbread House, a labor of love for the talented Pastry Department at The Jefferson Hotel.

The Jefferson offers many other holiday events including Music at Midday, which takes place nearly every day of the week beginning November 30. Entertainment includes local choirs, string ensembles, and violin groups, serenading you with sounds of the season.

Be sure to stop by the Jefferson during your holiday season visit to put you in the holly jolly spirit.

For More Information: http://www.jeffersonhotel.com/pdf/Holiday_Newsletter.pdf

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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: southernliving.com

 

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Toys for Tots and Historic Mankin Mansion Partner!

November 22nd, 2010

We love the holidays here at the Mansion and it’s at this time of year that we are especially grateful and want to give back. With that being said, we’re pleased to announce a partnership that will allow us not only to help a great cause, but also assist others in doing the same.

This year, Historic Mankin Mansion, is teaming up with the national Toys for Tots program by serving as a toy donation drop off location.   Bring your new, unwrapped toy to the Mansion and help us spread a little holiday cheer!

Toys for Tots, a 63-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each holiday season.  The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.  It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community.  Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.4 million less fortunate children.  Since 1947 over 195 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.

We will be available for drop off Monday through Friday from 9-5pm during the days of November 29-December 10. Thank you in advance for your kind donation!

We’d also like to take a moment to thank those veterans who stayed with us as part of the B&Bs for Vets program on November 10. We had initially offered one room and then opened it up to three suites after we received hundreds of phone calls. We had two couples from the Air Force and one from the Army- from Maryland, Williamsburg and Richmond. Each enjoyed their respective stay as laughs abound and friendships were made.

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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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A Richmond Sampler

November 8th, 2010

Local restaurants are great way to get an insider’s feel for Richmond. We suggest the newest addition to the city, Real Richmond Food Tours to sample the local chef’s best cuisine.

Real Richmond Food Tours displays the culinary treasures located in the heart of The River City. They currently offer three different tours such as: Shockoe: Shock and Awe, The Wards: The Art and Soul of Richmond, and the newest addition to the family Carytown/Museum District: Sass and Style. Shock and Awe is a trip through the historic areas of the Shockoe Slip, the bottom, up until the edge of Church Hill.  The Art and Soul of Richmond helps you discover the southern style of this metropolitan city with stops a Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel, Comfort, and Mama J’s. Sass and Style is a chic journey through the infamous Carytown and Museum District dropping in to six local dining spots with a lovely stroll through the Virginia of Fine Arts new sculpture garden.

All of the tours are approximately a mile and a half walk lasting two and half hours, so you know there is plenty of food to be had by all. All tours take you on a backstage view of the most famous restaurants available. Learning the secrets of chefs, butchers, and sweet treat bakers as they invite you in for a behind the curtain look. All tours are on Saturday starting at two in the afternoon, with a flat fee paid before the tour, so no cash needed because everything is covered. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and you might want to grab and umbrella just in case because the tour goes rain or shine.

We hope at your next visit with us, you take this amazing opportunity to experience the newest tour in Richmond and definitely the tastiest.

For More Information and Ticket Purchasing, please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/25235

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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: http://www.facebook.com/#!/RealRichmondVA

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First Fridays Art Walk

November 3rd, 2010

When guests come to the Mansion we like them to get a real feel of Richmond, to feel like a local. The First Fridays Art Walk in downtown Richmond is a perfect way to experience the Richmond scene.

The First Fridays Art Walk stretches between Belvidere Street and 8th Street, from the Historic Jackson Ward to Monroe Ward. It is a self-guided tour every first Friday of the month that takes you on a historic, artful, and delicious stroll. The Art Walk is now in its tenth season and is still going strong with art galleries, restaurants, and stores supporting them along the way. No need to watch the weather reports- the Art Walk is rain or shine.

The Art Walk was started to showcase Richmond’s thriving art and culture. Eleven galleries total feature many mixed mediums such as paintings, photography, drawings, collages, and crafts. Quirk, a store located on Broad Street along the trail is exactly what it sounds like- an extremely cute little store featuring quirky, trendy gifts, souvenirs, and home décor. Eateries along your way will make sure you don’t go hungry or thirsty, so pull up a chair and take a load off. You can check out the Richmond Ballet, the newly renovated Centerstage, and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

Make sure on your next visit with us you get the full experience of the artful, trendy city.

For more information, please visit their website . The best news? It’s just a few minutes drive from the Mansion!

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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: InsidersPassport.com

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Raise a Pint with the Spirits of Richmond

October 25th, 2010

Halloween is just around the corner so here at the Mansion, we are getting in a spooky sort of mood. There is so much history surrounding the city of Richmond,  it’s bound to have a few ghostly ghouls walking about. We found the perfect way to incorporate this holiday with some fun for the “big” kids.

The Spirits and Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl sounded right up our guests’ alley, as you take a walk to Richmond’s most haunted pubs. Once you get to the bar, you can sit back and relax with a drink if your heart desires, as your spirit guide tangles a web of ghastly tales. During the tour, you will encounter the spirits of the Berkeley Hotel, the permanent guest of the Railroad YMCA, along with other ghostly surprises that will surely arise.

You can raise your glass with the spirits every third Wednesday of the month starting in May and continuing into early November every year. The pub crawl begins at Tobacco Company, a favorite local restaurant. So why not have dinner or a cocktail before to work up those nerves before your ghoulish experience starts at 7pm? You must be twenty-one to attend the event, however drinking is not required. Tickets are thirteen dollars a person and can be purchased online before the tour.

So, for your next visit with us why not hang out with the lingering locals of Richmond?

For more information please visit their website http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com/home.htm

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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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