Opening Day at Birdhouse Market on Tuesday

While the “Byrdhouse Market” is no longer in the neighborhood, its still a great thing to visit and support.

From the FaceBook event page:

Birdhouse Farmers Market opens for the season on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 3 pm. Here’s what’s new and happening:

Our website! It’s beautiful and has pages to feature our vendors, partners, activities and the food! Check it out, sign up for our weekly the newsletter and tell us what you think!

New vendors! Joining your familiar, fabulous farmers and food-makers at Birdhouse Market. New vendors include Josh’s Jungle, Dragonfly Farm, Ellwood Thompson’s, River City Bakery, J.M. Stock Provisions. Check them all out on our new website’s Vendor page!

New Cooking Demos! Starting on Opening Day (Tuesday, May, 2nd) J. M. Stock Provisions, a local butchery, joins the market to host cooking and food preparation demonstrations. Every other week, JMSP (an ardent supporter of BFM since its retail store opened at 1531 West Main St. 23220) will pair up with BFM vendors to demo recipes you can prepare at home from market ingredients.

New Weekly Concert Series! Opening Day kicks off the first Tiny Nest Concert Series with THE BUSH LEAGUE @ 5:30 pm: This season we have transformed our occasional music performances at the market into a concert every week. The opening act is The Bush League which combines rock, soul, funk, and gospel to create “RVA Blues” which has been heard from NYC to the Gulf of Mexico and their latest CD may be up for a Grammy for Best Blues Album.

Celebrate National Asparagus & Strawberry Month @ BFM! Shop at BFM for fresh local Asparagus and Strawberries and be sure to check the BFM’s schedule of food demos by J. M. Stock Provisions featuring recipes for both these popular early spring crops.

Birdhouse Farmers Market is convenient to VCU, Oregon Hill, Byrd Park, and the Fan via bicycle or foot, our new spot is next to the Randolph Community Center Pool, at 1507 Grayland Avenue between Allen and Randolph, just south of the Downtown Expressway. Hours: Tuesdays 3 – 6:30 pm. SNAP EBT, Credit/Debit cards, and cash accepted.

And many thanks to our 2017 sponsors and partners: Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream, Ellwood Thompson’s, Enrichmond Foundation, J. M. Stock Provisions, Randolph Community Center, Second Baptist Church, Shalom Farms, and Tricycle!

From Tonight’s Meeting…

Councilperson Parker Agelasto held his 5th District meeting earlier tonight at the Byrd Park Roundhouse.

Mayor Stoney and the Councilperson both answered many constituent questions and gave their insights into the City budget process.

Among other presentations, Cherry Street neighbor Todd Woodson gave the Mayor an Arbor Day plaque in appreciation of his consideration for citizens’ desire to spare remaining mature trees in Monroe Park.

Councilperson Parker Agelasto

Todd Woodson and Mayor Stoney

(Editor’s note: Photos courtesy of Charles Pool)

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a “Red Wednesday”, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

In recycling news, the Chinese government could change the scrap industry with new edicts against importing.

Don’t forget the RVA Clean City Campaign event on May 6 that includes electronics recycling.

Sixth Annual Hollywood Cemetery Picnic Coming Up

Set for May 7, a Sunday.

From FaceBook event details:

Pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket and relax to sounds of great entertainment at Hollywood Cemetery.

Guided trolley car tours will be provided. An ice cream truck and hotdogs will be on site.

Performances by the Oak Lane Band and St. Christopher’s School’s acapella group BEAUX TIES.

The picnic is free to attend. Please RSVP Nancy Shepherd at (804) 648-8501 or email her at for a reservation.

Interview With Beth Marschak, Richmond Earth Day Founder

Style magazine has a nice interview with Beth Marschak, one of the founders of the Richmond Earth Day celebration (and a former Oregon Hill resident).

Here’s an excerpt:

Beth Marschak, now an HIV prevention specialist, was 20 when she helped organize the city’s inaugural Earth Day at Monroe Park in 1971.

In a nod to Saturday’s yearly acknowledgement of the planet, Style spoke with Marschak about some of the progress made — and to worry about the future.

Style: Why did you want to bring Earth Day to Richmond?

Marschak: I was in a student group at Westhampton-University of Richmond called S.H.A.M.E – Studying and Halting the Assault on Man and Environment. That was back when people liked names like that.

Most of the people in our group were science majors. I was a chemistry major at that time. People had a fairly sophisticated view of the problems affecting the environment and ecology from a scientific standpoint.

And, of course, if you looked at the James River back then, it was terrible. Sewage was going directly into the river. You would not want to get into it. Now people tube down it and swim in it and fish. You could not do that then. You wouldn’t put a toe in it.

So it was really one of those things where, right here in this area, you could see some major impacts from not having policies protecting clean water, clean air.

She also recently wrote a letter to the Planning Commission, asking that they spare remaining mature trees in Monroe Park. However the Planning Commission voted in favor of removing the trees.

Councilperson Agelasto Holds 5th District Meeting Thursday

From City Council press release:

Councilman Parker C. Agelasto to hold a meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District

All Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT (Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.) – The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District, will hold a meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District. Councilman Agelasto typically holds individual meetings for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District every other month throughout the year. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The planned agenda for this meeting includes:

Special Guests

· The Honorable Levar M. Stoney, Mayor
City of Richmond, Virginia

· The Honorable Betsy Carr, Virginia State Delegate
Virginia House of Delegates 69th Voter District

Agenda Items

· Richmond Public Library
Ms. Danita Green, Member, Richmond Public Library Board

· Richmond Central 5th Voter District Updates

· Questions and Comments

WHEN Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
William Byrd Park – Round House
621 Westover Road, Richmond, Virginia
(Located within William Byrd Park near the intersection of Lakeview Avenue and S. Robinson Street)

CONTACT For more information, please contact, Amy Robins, Liaison for
The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District, at 804.646.5724 (tel), or (email)

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