Saturday, June 27, 2009

Translation of Portuguese Sign in Maury Place Courtyard

I posted a blog in May seeking assistance in translating a small plaque on the wall in our rear courtyard here at Maury Place. We received numerous suggestions from friends and from the blog. After consulting last night with Eduardo, a Portuguese visitor of our neighbors Janet and Gary, we have concluded that the best translation is as follows:
"The future is hope.
The present is reality.
The past is a memory colored by nostalgia."
This strikes me as a fairly pragmatic moral. Although it is not as romantic as I had hoped, it is certainly true!
Thank you to all who helped us figure this puzzle out!
Mystery solved!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Maury Place Innkeepers Visit New York City

Mac & I are in New York for a couple of days to see the revival productions of West Side Story (my favorite musical!) at the Palace Theatre on Broadway and South Pacific at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center. Mac's Mom saw Judy Garland at the Palace Theatre many years ago, so it will be fun to see what that theatre is like. We have never been there before. We are staying at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It is a property I have always wanted to visit, and of course, I gotta check out what other luxury properties are doing! I have learned so far that we are doing a lot that is right!

We just enjoyed cocktails and dinner at the restaurant at the Hudson Hotel. It was a great evening! They have exceptional seating within view of the chefs, who prepare the food in the middle of the room. The outdoor bar space was also fantastic. The food was exceptional, including an amaretto creme brulee!

While we are in New York, Chico and Lucy (the inn dogs) are enjoying a luxury experience at the Holiday Barn in Richmond, "the Pet Resort". Holiday Barn features daily walks and play time... they even have a pool! We miss the doggies, for sure, but I doubt they miss us with all the attention they are getting at Holiday Barn!

We'll be back in Richmond soon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A West Franklin Street Tradition

Our neighbors in the 3300 block of West Franklin Street host an annual block party to celebrate Independence Day, and the tradition has grown for over 35 years. What started out as a 4th of July barbecue, now includes several days of fun events, and each year the block residents vote on a theme and a new mayor of the block.

The 2009 celebration theme is "Stars and Strikes" and will simulate a bowling party over several days. On the 2nd of July, families living on the block will have an outdoor movie, complete with popcorn and cartoons. The night of the 3rd, the neighbors bring their grills around front and each home hosts guests for the block party, which includes the parade, a DJ for dancing and turkey bowling at the end of the evening. By the time the 4th rolls around, the residents are ready to relax with a special breakfast including a bloody mary contest and hot dogs later in the day for the tired revelers.

Maury Place is excited to be a part of this long time Richmond event by hosting some of the many guests from the 3300 block.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Maury Place Friend Honored By Bon Appétit

Congratulations to Tanya Cauthen for being featured in this month's Bon Appétit magazine! In the article Tanya, founder of Belmont Butchery, answers questions about choosing and cooking the best cuts of meat. The Belmont Butchery is Maury Place's source for bacon, sausage, and other breakfast foods.

View the article at: Bon Appétit's website, or visit Tanya's Belmont Butchery Website at Way to go Tanya!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Broadway to Richmond

As many of our friends know, Mac and I are huge fans of Broadway Theatre. Mac himself invested in two hit, Tony Award winning productions on Broadway: the revivals of SWEENEY TODD with Patti Lupone and COMPANY with Raul Esparza. It was very exciting for us to play a small role in bringing such exciting theatre to life. Of course, we will be watching the Tony Awards this Sunday night. Raul is nomintated a third time for a Tony award, and we are hoping he will win! He was fantastic in COMPANY, and we will never forget attending the Tony Awards that year at Radio City Music Hall. His rendition of BEING ALIVE from COMPANY still gives me goose bumps. Check it out on YouTube. It defines showstopper! Mac and I will be heading to NYC for a short vacation at the end of June. While Mac is not especially a fan of musicals (with the exceptions of SWEENEY TODD, COMPANY, and ironically, THE SOUND OF MUSIC!), we will be seeing the revivals of SOUTH PACIFIC and WEST SIDE STORY, which is my all time favorite musical! We are also supporters of our local theatres here in town, especially the Barksdale Theatre, the Firehouse Theatre, and Triangle Players. Each of these local theatres have staged plays as good as anything we have seen on Broadway, and we stand in awe of what they are able to achieve with limited budgets and spaces. Next time you are in Richmond, consider seeing a show at one of our local theatres.