Final Renegade Market Today!

From email announcement:

Todays hours: 3pm to 6pm
This will be your last chance to feel the Renegade Market spirit – winter market vendors vending at will on our lovely village-like grounds. You should bow down before the grace of Byrd Farm, Faith Farm and Dogtown Lounge for bearing all kinds of winter weather to bring you the good meats, cheeses, noodles, honey, jams, and doggie/kittie treats EVERY Tuesday from last November through today. You should wring your hands with joy that they were joined by Deer Run and Epic Gardens, by Agriberry and Old Church Creamery, by a masseuse!!! (Robin Raver) and last week, a coffee maker (Alchemy). Woof! we’ve got good people.

Next Week: Byrd House Market Opening Day!!
A roster of new and returning vendors coupled with a beautiful, long awaited spring will make for a great market season. SNAP EBT welcome again! Beautiful improvements to the grounds by scads of volunteers and our farmlet manager. Come on out and welcome back the crowd, be one of multitudes to enjoy the launch of a great new season of fresh, locally grown and produced foods. Special guests and new volunteers and great deals will be announced. College students prepare for the return of the $10 Student Box! Details can be found at (also, please see the note about parking changes below)

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Letter to City Council On Historic Canal

Neighbor Charles Pool sent this email to members of City Council yesterday.

(Ed. note: He received permission to send them an attachment of the “Tiller” magazine article, but I have not received permission to post that here. If I do receive it or a public website link to it, I will be sure to post it here.)

Dear Richmond City Council members,

Please take time to read the article entitled, “New Richmond Amphitheater Endangers Canal Plans” by Elizabeth Davis in the attached Winter/Spring 2013 edition of the “Tiller,” the wonderful publication of the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society (VCNS).

This article highlights the threat to the historic canal by Venture Richmond’s proposed amphitheater. If the canal bank is lowered as proposed, it would destroy the long-range plan of a canal boat trip to Maymont. Concern for our canal has arrived from as far away as Yangzhou, China, where the World Canal Conference “urged the people of Richmond, Virginia to prevent further destruction to the canal and to preserve, restore, interpret and wisely use this irreplaceable amenity for Virginia and her visitors.”

Other cities would be envious of our canal, running through the heart of downtown Richmond, that was promoted by George Washington at Mount Vernon, the canal company’s honorary President!

As noted in the “Tiller” editorial by Holt Messerly, “I want all people to enjoy this precious national resource for the betterment of Richmond, and for the preservation of our history and for the enjoyment of all — not just for someone to be able to cut the grass easier and see a straighter line to an amphitheater. We must look at the big picture and consider all of the areas as one big entity; a green way with a blue way …”

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May Day Immigration Rally in Monroe Park

There is a May Day Immigration Rally planned for Wednesday in Monroe Park.

I reported the Living Wage rally earlier.

Please share with your contacts:

What: May Day Immigration Rally & March
When: May 1st at 2:00pm
Where: Monroe Park (corner of West Main and Belvidere Streets)

March will leave the park and proceed downtown to 2nd and Grace Streets to send a message to Virginia Representatives and their colleagues.

This event is sponsored by CASA in Action, 32BJSEIU, AFL-CIO and St. John Church.

Bottle Cap Artist

RichmondBizSense recently profiled Oregon Hill resident Josh Stolberg’s business (click here for article).

A VCU graduate launched his startup armed only with a pair of pliers and 10,000 discarded bottle caps.

Josh Stolberg started RVA CapWorks in February. He uses tin snips and a metal press to sculpt beer and soda caps into flowers, stars, birds, signs and anything else his clients can think of.

Stolberg, who works full-time for power company Alstom, said he spends about 30 hours on the weekends flattening and assembling the pieces.

Stolberg started developing the idea for the company about two years ago. He constructed a Halloween gladiator costume using 3,200 caps. The 17-pound costume took 250 hours to make.

For now, Stolberg works out of his Oregon Hill home. He said that if demand picks up he would look for a separate work area and a place to sell the sculptures.

Dennis Dolan, R.I.P.

From the obituary in Times Dispatch:

DOLAN, Dennis A., a lifelong resident of Oregon Hill, passed away April 8, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents; and is survived by his sister, Sheila Dolan. A graveside ceremony will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1400 S. Randolph St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

Message from the VCU Living Wage Campaign

From email announcement:

The VCU Living Wage Campaign is holding a May Day rally, Wednesday May 1st in the VCU Commons Plaza. The living wage campaign wants students, workers, and educators to be more involved in the Universities allocation of the budget. We do not believe that any university employee (Service workers, Contracted workers, Adjunct professors) should not be paid a living wage.

In the recent Richmond Anti-poverty commission, the committee urged the cities three universities to pay their employees a living wage. We as students are here to see that through. As tuition paying students we allow this University to run, and each year we are paying more. We believe that we should have a say in where our money goes, and demand that it is used in what we believe are ethical ways. VCU Living Wage released a video last semester featuring an interview with Aramark regional manager Michael Martin. Due to Mr. Martin admitting to unacceptable working conditions on camera, Aramark and VCU has bullied and threatened the VCU Living Wage Campaign into taking it down.

We are asking students to show their support by joining us on campus and listen to African drums, spoken word, and speeches about the importance of a living wage in our university community. At the end of the rally we will personally deliver a list of demands to President Rao;s office and Aramark’s campus headquarters. Thank you for your time.