Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens' Frabel exhibit another "glass" destination for Richmond, through January 10, 2011.

Since the Tiffany Exhibit opened on May 8 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, we've had guests at Maury Place every weekend who've come to Richmond specifically to see the exhibit, as well as local sites where there are Tiffany glass windows, such as St. Paul’s and St. James Episcopal Churches. The Valentine Museum even offers a bus tour to visit Tiffany glass venues.

But MP guests Diane and Len, here last weekend, had Lewis Ginter on their itinerary and returned from that visit calling the Hans Godo Fräbel exhibition another glass “must see.”

Created exclusively for Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, “Glorious Glass in the Garden” is an infusion of some 200 exquisite glass sculptures - some botanical, some whimsy, some otherwordly - among the flora and fauna of the gardens, creations by world-renowned flame-work artist Hans Godo Fräbel.

Several sculptures were made especially for Lewis Ginter Gardens, including a fountain sculpture of his notorious “Longfellows,” elongated figures with exaggerated extremities and stretched torsos. The new “High-Wheeling Longfellows” pays homage to Lewis Ginter's origins in the 1800’s as the Lakeside Wheel Club.

Cited as "one of Richmond's most-visited attractions," open year-round, Diane called Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens “the nicest” she has visited. After his initial visit, Fräbel is to have said the same. “Lewis Ginter is just a gorgeous botanical garden and I am proud and honored to showcase my work in this beautiful setting.”

Click here to take a peek at what you'll see

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Family Reunion Weekend at Maury Place!

We are hosting a family reunion of several of our family members this weekend.  This weekend will mark my Aunt Joyce's 80th Birthday and her and my Uncle Buddy's 60th Wedding Anniversary!!  Certainly landmark events!  We have relatives coming to attend from Charlotte, Mt. Pleasant, San Diego, Norfolk, and as far away as Colorado Springs and Seattle!  We kick off with dinner at Can Can tomorrow night (one of our favorite Carytown restaurants!) and then will be having a festive party here on Saturday afternoon.  I expect some folks will also take in the Tiffany exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and others will be enjoying our pool!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Monday, July 5, 2010

Arthur Ashe Wimbledon Victory 35 Years Ago

An article in today's Richmond Times Dispatch remembered the upset Wimbledon victory 35 years ago by Richmond native Arthur Ashe.  Ashe was already a Richmond hero, but few expected him to win against Jimmy Conners, the #1 player in the world.  Ashe's victory in 1975 remains the only Wimbledon championship won by an African American male player.  Seven years earlier, in 1968 Ashe had won the US Open and helped win the Davis Cup; that same year he was denied the right to play in the South Africa Open due to apartheid.

Arthur Ashe inspired many young Richmond tennis players, including Maury Place innkeeper Mac.  Ashe was known for the dignity and manners he displayed in a sport that was becoming known for the brash behavior of its champions.  He was also known, however, for his willingness to speak out in defense of players rights, helping to form the Association of Tennis Professionals, and for his vocal opposition to discrimination and apartheid. 

In 1996 our city erected a statue honoring Ashe on Richmond's famous Monument Avenue.  The statue is just two blocks from Maury Place, where we often see visitors enjoying the statue and its inscription:

"Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th of July from Maury Place (and Chico and Lucy!)

Here us a snapshot of Lucy and Chico with their patriotic bandanas on.  We took this photo just before we went for a walk this evening to visit neighbors on Franklin Street who were hosting their annual 4th of July block party.  The doggies were a big hit!
Happy 4th of July to one and all!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Civil War 150th Anniversary Lodging Special

Virginia travelers interested in the American Civil War can stay in luxury at Virginia bed and breakfast while visiting civil war sites and civil war battlefields. The years 2011-2015 mark the 150th commemoration of the start of the Civil War, and plans are underway for special events throughout Virginia, particularly in Richmond, the capital of the Confederate States.

The Richmond Visitor's Bureau has posted a great three-day Civil War Itinerary for visitors to see Richmond's civil war museums, sites, and battlefields. The itinerary includes a tour of the recently-renovated Virginia State Capitol, and nearby Hollywood Cemetery, named for the holly trees that grow there and famous as the final resting place of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family, 25 Confederate generals, and 18,000 Confederate soldiers. Civil War history in Richmond includes historic Monument Avenue, itself a National Historic Landmark. And as Maury Place overlooks the Matthew Fontaine Maury monument, our guests have ready access to stroll along this tree-lined avenue to see magnificent houses of varying history and architecture, and spectacular monuments honoring leaders from the past, including Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.

We can make arrangements for a local tour guide or provide you with a customized itinerary to fit your travel plans.

We have just announced a Civil War Special to celebrate the 150th anniversary-- present your receipt from the Museum of the Confederacy or the American Civil War Center for 10% off accommodations.  Offer good 7/1/2010 through 12/31/2010.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument