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!

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.

2000 Volvo – $1000

From Craigslist ad:

Needs transmission work to get going but could be a simple fix that I can’t afford to even check in to. It was inspected a month ago and had all necessary work done, new windshield, tune-up etc and is working great other than the transmission not engaging. 200k miles but it’s a volvo, it’ll run forever if ya do the work. Call/text/or email is fine. Thanks

Were You An Earthling?

Doing ‘Throwback Thursday’ a day early. Found some old signs while cleaning out my shed this past weekend (in preparation for this coming weekend’s yard sale). Some older residents may remember participating in the Earthlings Food Coop, which shared local seed/produce and split up truckloads from United Natural Foods.

Eventually the Earthlings dwindled away, but the dream continues with the Richmond Food Coop, which is setting up across the river. They are holding a volunteer interest meeting this evening at 6 pm at Cafe Zata.

You Are Invited! (No Joke)

Please come and celebrate the unveiling of the new OREGON HILL highway marker to commemorate the important history of the Oregon Hill neighborhood!

What: Highway marker dedication ceremony with guest speaker Councilman Parker Agelasto

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Where: 911 Idlewood Avenue (one block west of St. Andrews School)

‘Bro Council’ Meeting Later This Evening

Despite recent rainy weather, the outdoor seating has been arranged and the texts have already been sent calling for a special meeting of the ‘Bro Council’ this evening, according to one unidentified ‘bro’.

According to him, the agenda will include a thorough examination of recent alcohol expenditures, the rent/lease ‘situation’, and the social status of one of the main bros’ girlfriends.

“These are private as well as sensitive, emotional matters,” explained the unidentified bro, “so I expect some loud but whispered shouting followed by spirited foosball”.

Bro Council has become something of an institution, and is well regarded for its ability to deliberate and settle bros’ issues in a civilized and timely manner.