Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Program to Feature Richmond in the 1900s

The department will give the public the opportunity to meet the great granddaughter of Harris Stilson and see Richmond as never before through the photos he took as a street car driver in the early 1900s.
     This Afternoon of History and Remembrance will take place on Friday, November 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the department’s Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, located at 4901 Old Brook Road on Richmond’s Northside. Kitty Snow, Stilson’s great granddaughter and author of the recently published book, “From a Richmond Streetcar: Life through the lens of Harris Stilson,” will tell the story of Mr. Stilson and show a collection of his photos. Following the presentation, Ms. Snow will open the session for questions and answers.  
     If you are interested in seeing Richmond as it was in the early 1900s, this is an event you won’t want to miss. It’s free to attend and no registration is required.
     The department will hold a second event featuring Ms. Snow on February 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pine Camp. While her first program at Pine Camp will have a wide focus on the City of Richmond, during her second presentation, she will focus primarily on Jackson Ward in the early 1900s.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Ceremony to Celebrate Completion of Great Shiplock Park Trailhead

 Virginia Capital Trail Reaches Another Milestone —
Great Shiplock Park Trailhead Completed
Ceremony Also Highlights Revitalization of Chapel Island and Advancement of Riverfront Plan

WHAT:           Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Virginia Capital Trail western trailhead at Great Shiplock Park and revitalization of Chapel Island
WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond
                        Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council, 7th District
                        Charles Donato, Board of Directors Chairman, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
                        Dr. Norman Merrifield, Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

WHEN:          Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.
WHERE:        Great Shiplock Park
                        2603 Dock Street
                        Richmond, VA 23223


The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and the City of Richmond jointly announce a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Virginia Capital Trail western trailhead at Great Shiplock Park. The ceremony will also highlight the revitalization of Chapel Island, to include the addition of a non-motorized boat launch, a half-mile trail, and significantly-enhanced access to the 5.6 acres of riverfront parkland. Tours of both Great Shiplock Park and Chapel Island will be available after the ceremony.

Parking will not be available at Great Shiplock Park. Parking is available along both sides of Pear Street, and at the parking lots for the River Lofts at Tobacco Row along Dock Street.


Beth Weisbrod                                              Jay Ell Vaughn
Executive Director                                         Marketing and Public Relations Specialist        
Virginia Capital Trail Foundation                   City of Richmond
beth@virginiacapitaltrail.org                          jayell.vaughn@richmondgov.com
804-788-6455                                                804-646-4642
Barbara Jacocks
Principal Planner
Richmond Regional Planning District Commission



Monday, October 7, 2013

Singers of All Ages Wanted for Holiday Performance

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold auditions for its 52nd  production of the holiday operetta “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The production is scheduled for December 8 at the Landmark Theatre. Director George Macklin Jr. and Musical Director Diana Covington Greer are looking for singers of all vocal ranges for the shepherds’ chorus.
     Auditions will be held on Monday, October 14, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the department’s Pine Camp Arts and Community Center located at 4901 Old Brook Road. To audition, please prepare 12 bars of a song that best showcases your ability. Accompanist will be provided.
     Rehearsals for the holiday performance will begin immediately after casting. No performers will be paid. 
     For more information, call (804) 646-1031.