Early Bird Registration for Shiver in the River Ends Today

RichmondOutside.com has post that reminds everyone that the ‘early bird’ registration for the Shiver In The River (happens end of January) ends today.

What are you missing out on by not registering now for Richmond’s most epic polar plunge? How about the chance to win an overnight stay at the Hilton in downtown Richmond on either Friday or Saturday of Shiver weekend (January 28, 2017), a $50 gift card at Hilton’s new 1885 Cafe & Market, and a $50 gift card to Penny Lane Pub. Pretty sweet swag, I’d say.

In other news, KVB’s Mike Baum tells me the 5K that precedes the Shiver will incorporate the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (a.k.a. the T-Pot Bridge), which Brown’s Island and Manchester. The exact route hasn’t been mapped yet, he said, but it should be the first race in Richmond to include the gleaming new pedestrian bridge (which opens this Friday night at 6 p.m.).

Click here for more on Shiver in the River and to sneak in under the wire for early bird registration.


Bicycling Meeting On Tuesday At Main Library

From announcement:

BIKE + WALK PUBLIC MEETING When: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Where: Main Library, 101 E Franklin Street Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Department of Public Works is seeking your feedback on the design of bicycle infrastructure along 10 corridors across the City, totaling 25 miles, to implement the vision and goals of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan. Join us to ask questions and get up-to-date information on the proposed recommendations and typical roadway sections for the following important corridors. Your feedback is encouraged! S 17th Street (from the Capital Trail to the Farmer’s Market) Brook Road (from Charity to Azalea) Franklin Street (from Laurel to 9th) Government Road (from 36th to Williamsburg) Grayland Avenue (from Robinson to Harrison) Malvern Avenue (from Cary to Cutshaw) Patterson Avenue (from Commonwealth to Thompson) Semmes Avenue (from Forest Hill to Cowardin) Westover Hills Boulevard (from Forest Hill to Nickel Bridge) Williamsburg Avenue/Road (from Main Street to Government Road) For more information, contact Jakob Helmboldt at (804) 646-7141 or jakob.helmboldt@richmondgov.com
Location: 101 E Franklin Street

Street Closures For Richmond Marathon Saturday

The Times Dispatch has posted a quick guide to street closures for Saturday’s Anthem Richmond Marathon, American Family Fitness Half Marathon & VCU Health 8k.

Some highlights:

The intersection of 5th & Tredegar Street will be closed starting at 10 a.m. on Friday for Finish Line set up and construction.
– 5th Street will be closed from Broad Street to Tredegar Street from 4 a.m.-4 p.m.
– Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th and 11th streets will be closed to traffic from 4-10 a.m. Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto 11th Street and west on Leigh Street.
– Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th Street and N. Boulevard will be closed from 6-9 a.m. Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Sheppard Street, east on Marshall Street, north on the Boulevard, east on Leigh Street, south on 10th Street, east on Marshall Street, south on 12th Street back to Broad Street.
– Grace Street from Allen Ave. to 6th Street will be closed from 4 a.m.-3 p.m.

– Semmes Avenue westbound from Cowardin Avenue to Roanoke Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-Noon.
– Belvidere Street northbound at Grace Street will be closed from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The recommended detour will be east on Byrd Street to the Downtown Expressway eastbound to I-95 northbound.
– West Main Street, from Belvidere to Boulevard will be closed from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Westbound traffic Main Street will be detoured North on Belvidere, east on Franklin, and south on 1st Street to the Westbound Downtown Expressway.
– Belvidere Street southbound between Broad and Grace Streets will be closed from 7am to 3pm. The recommended detour for southbound Belvidere Street will be onto I-95 southbound just north of Leigh Street.

– There will also be numerous and frequent lane closures along the Marathon, Half Marathon & 8k routes, including closures on: Broad Street, North Boulevard, Monument Avenue, Grove Avenue, Maple Avenue, Cary Street Road, River Road, Scottview Drive, Forest Hill Avenue, Semmes Avenue, the Lee Bridge, Belvidere Street, West Main Street, Hermitage Road, Fauqier Avenue, Brook Road.
*Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when entering these roadways or making turns across the runners’ paths along these roadways.

Course maps are available on the Richmond Marathon website.

Sunday Specialty Tour of Hollywood Cemetery (Walking Tour)

This Sunday at 2 pm, there is a especially detailed tour of Hollywood Cemetery.

An extension of the daily “Highlights” tour, this version covers in more detail the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents.

$15 per person
$5 for Valentine Members
Walk-ups welcome.
Cash or check.
On-street parking.

This tour is presented as part of the Richmond History Tours program, a service of the Valentine. We offer a full schedule of walking and bus tours of city neighborhoods, waterways, parks, retail districts, historic sites and battlefields. Led by a trained master guide, a Richmond History Tour is the best way to experience the city’s rich past, present and future.

It’s Halloween- Jack O’ Lantern Contest Winners, Celebrations, and Parade!

Without much prompting, Oregon Hill has become one of the best neighborhoods to celebrate Halloween in. Lots of stuff happening in addition to the regular trick or treating.

Tonight is the 11th Annual Halloween Parade presented by All The Saints Theater Company.
The theme:

A Funeral March for Demons of the Day: the Goddesses and Elements are here to wash them away!

It starts at 7 pm sharp in Monroe Park.

St. Andrew’s Church is holding a celebration on its front steps, including hot chocolate and ghostly historic tours of the church. It starts at 6 pm and goes to 8:30 pm.

Pine Street Baptist will also be celebrating in Pleasants Park at the corner of Albemarle and Laurel with grilled hot dogs and music.

This is a good time to welcome people to the neighborhood, but also keep a look-out for each other. We will hopefully have lots of kids before and during the parade, so please be careful.

Lastly, its time to announce the winners of the First Annual St. Andrew’s Church/OregonHill.net Jack O’ Lantern Contest. Everyone is reminded that they are welcome to bring their Jack O’ Lanterns up to to St. Andrew’s Church celebration also.

So the runner up prize ($25) goes to Pine Street neighbor Stephenie Harrington for her imaginative “Disco Is Not Dead” entry.


Cherry Street neighbor Todd Woodson is the grand prize winner for his scary entry, complete with wildlife.


It was not an easy choice, while Harrington’s may have been more original, Woodson indicated that he will be adding his remains to his compost pile, and that, according to the rules, was 20% of the judging. Congratulations and appreciation to our winners! Next year let’s see more entries!