Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Virginia State Fair Opens on September 29!

It is the best of Virginia!  Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, toe-tapping music, fine arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more!  Plan now to be a part of one of Virginia's greatest annual traditions since 1854.

Personal favorites of Mac and I are the sheep herding trials and the always popular baby pig races!  This year's State Fair concert series includes Tracy Lawrence, Percy Sledge, Casper, the Marshall Tucker Band, and more! The fair opens on September 29 ("Premiere Night") and runs through October 9 ("Grand Finale") at the The Meadow Event Park located off Interstate 95 at Exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  Premiere Night and the Grand Finale Night will both feature a new State Fair parade, fireworks and special entertainment.  Go for a day or purchase a season pass.  Pay just for admission or include your rides.  Single day admission tickets are available at the gate or in advance.  Check out www.statefair.com for admission pricing and additional information.

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

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Broadway in Richmond! "Wicked" lands on October 5.

Broadway's WICKED "tells the untold story of the witches of Oz."  Long before Dorothy arrived on the other side of the rainbow in Munchkinland, two girls met in the Land of Oz.  One--born with emerald green skin--is smart, fiery, and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious, and very popular.  The two grow up to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.  This musical tells the back story of the two sisters we thought we knew so well from the 1939 movie classic,

"The Wizard of Oz."  Broadway's smash hit show WICKED will open in Richmond on October 5 and run through October 16 at Richmond's historic Landmark Theatre.  It is the first in the Broadway series coming to Richmond this season.  Other shows in the Broadway series include THE LION KING, RAIN--A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, SOUTH PACIFIC, BLUE MAN GROUP, and Christmas performances by Mannheim Steamroller and Amy Grant and Vince Gill.

For further information, visit www.BroadwayInRichmond.com.  Maury Place at Monument is just a short drive from the Landmark Theatre. Visit our website to learn more about all of the  great theater and arts that Richmond has to offer.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Plan a Virginia Fall Getaway

This fall, experience Virginia's beautiful and scenic fall foliage across the state.  The Virginia Tourism Corporation has just launched a new website that will help you plan your fall getaway to Virginia.  Visit www.virginia.org/fall to plan your trip to the Commonwealth this autumn. Spend your fall in Virginia splendor!  For an up-to-date report on Virginia Fall Foliage, 
call 1-800-424-LOVE.


Visitors to Maury Place at Monument can enjoy spectacular fall foliage right outside our front door, with a stroll along Monument Avenue, or nearby at Maymont or Byrd Park, Hollywood Cemetery, or Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  We are also within a short drive of several wineries and state parks and are accessible to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley.


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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Union Presbyterian Seminary Celebrating 200 years

Richmond Virginia's Union Presbyterian Seminary celebrates its 200th anniversary in a year long series of events beginning this fall.  Formerly known as the Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Union-PSCE), Union Presbyterian Seminary began in 1812 as the theological department at Hampden Sydney College in Farmville, moving to Richmond in 1898.

The Bicentennial events begin in September with a convocation at Hampden Sydney, followed by a 75 mile bike ride to the current Richmond campus. Highlights of the year-long celebration include community-wide worship services, educational events and lectures, reunion gatherings and a fundraising gala with an auction on the Richmond Campus in the newly designed Early Center.

Union Presbyterian Seminary now enrolls 220 students studying for Masters degrees in Christian Education, Divinity, and Theology, as well as a Doctor's degree in Philosophy.  The Seminary's 56 acre campus was gifted by Lewis Ginter, businessman and philanthropist, to entice the school to move to Richmond.

Richmond VA bed and breakfast Maury Place at Monument is located just two miles from the Seminary, making it the perfect lodging for visitors to the bicentennial celebration events!

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

24 Hours in Richmond by National Geographic

National Geographic recently featured this article on "24 Hours in Richmond." The article is written by Christopher Elliot, who is traveling across the country with his family and writing about their experiences in his "Away is Home" blog.  The article highlights the State Capitol and the American Civil War Center, both of which are just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.


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

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tennessee Williams Centennial Celebration This Fall

We are so blessed in Richmond with such gifted and talented artists who produce and perform in hundreds of thrilling productions in our Richmond theatres every year.  Two of our favorite Richmond Theatre Companies are Richmond Triangle Players and Firehouse Theatre Project.

This fall, the two organizations have combined forces to produce a series of events to commemorate the Centennial Birthday of Tennessee Williams, one of our country's greatest playwrights.  Williams captured the poetry and passion of life in the American South and created indelible characters of the stage and screen such as Blanche DeBois, Maggie the Cat, Amanda Wingfield, Stanley Kowalski and Big Daddy.  Both companies will stage brand new productions of two of Williams' classic plays.

Richmond Triangle Players will stage "Suddenly Last Summer" from September 28 through October 22, and the Firehouse Theatre Project will stage "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" from September 15 through October 8.  In addition, there will be screenings of film adaptations of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (on September 10 at 1:00 p.m. at Richmond's historic Byrd Theatre),  "The Glass Menagerie" (on October 4),  and "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale"  (on October 11)--both at 7:30 p.m. at Triangle Players.  There will also be staged readings of two rarely seen Williams works:  "The Night of the Iguana" at the Firehouse Theatre on September 19 at 7:30 p.m., and "Vieux Carre" at the Richmond Triangle Players on October 2 at 2:00 p.m.

For up to date celebration information, visit www.williamscelebration.org.  Maury Place at Monument is within walking distance of Richmond Triangle Players and just a short drive from the Firehouse Theatre.

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

Sunday, September 4, 2011

NASCAR Racing Weekend Coming Up Soon: September 9-10

Attention Racing Fans!  Start your engines! The folks at Richmond's International Raceway at 600 East Laburnum Avenue are hard at work preparing to host the second NASCAR racing weekend of 2011.  Tickets for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are now available.

The event will occur on Saturday, September 10, and tickets may be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or by visiting www.rir.com.  Tickets are also available for Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race.   There will be free shuttle service to the Raceway from the Richmond Coliseum parking area.

Maury Place at Monument is just a short drive from the Coliseum and the Richmond International Raceway.

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