Monday, January 30, 2012

Fifth Annual Virginia Wine Expo February 24-26, 2012

The Fifth Annual Virginia Wine Expo takes place February 24-26, 2012 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  Satisfy your desire for great wine, gourmet food, delicious luncheons, and fascinating seminars all under one roof!  It will also be a great opportunity to taste and to purchase hundreds of Virginia wines.

The Virginia Wine Expo was voted the "Best Wine Fest Overall in Virginia" by readers of Virginia Wine Lover Magazine.  Purchase tickets and view the full event schedule at www.VirginiaWineExpo.com.  Maury Place at Monument is just a short drive from the Greater Richmond Convention Center, and we pride ourselves on serving Virginia wines to our guests!

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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Virginia Named One of the Best 10 Wine Travel Destinations by Wine Enthusiast!

Wine Enthusiast, one of the most influential wine magazines around, has named the State of Virginia as one of the ten best wine travel destinations for 2012.  The article, which can be found online at www.WineMag.com and in the February issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine, highlights Virginia as one of only three domestic destinations to make the list of wine regions that are ideal for wine lovers to visit in 2012.  The other two domestic destinations are in California!

The article cites Virginia's rich history, natural beauty, and wine makers as some of the many reasons why Virginia is a hot wine travel destination.  Our state is home to more than 200 wineries statewide.  Virginia has wineries in virtually every area of the State, which sets it apart from other wine destinations.  Where else can you enjoy bluegrass music at a winery, kayak to a winery, taste local wines in a beautiful national park, sip local wines at a national historic landmark, or bike from one winery to another?  You can do all of those things at Virginia wineries!  

Visit www.Virginia.org/wine to learn more about wine travel in Virginia or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free Virginia is For Lovers Travel Guide.  Also visit www.VirginiaWine.org.

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

Monday, January 23, 2012

Richmond's Annual Acts of Faith Festival: January 13 through March 18

One of our favorite events on Richmond's theater calendar is the annual "Acts of Faith Festival."  Our own church,  Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Richmond, is a convening sponsor of the festival, which is a collaboration between Richmond's faith communities and local theaters.  The festival focuses on performances of plays that deal with some aspect of faith.

Starting on January 13, Richmond's theater companies--including some of our favorites such as Richmond Triangle Players, the Barksdale, and the Firehouse--offer a selection of faith-related plays, some with a direct religious reference and others showing the act of faith through other circumstances such as family dynamics, fate, and religious prejudice.  Theaters also sponsor discussions after many of the performances with directors, cast members, and members of the religious community.

For more information or to see the festival schedule, visit www.theactsoffaith.org.  Maury Place at Monument is within walking distance of Richmond Triangle Players and is just a short drive from the Barksdale and Firehouse Theaters.

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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Meet the Press

Hatch Show Print of Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the nation's oldest working letterpress and printing shops. Its posters have promoted music concerts, football games, vaudeville shows, state fairs, and pretty much anything else related to pop culture.

Richmond gets a firsthand look at this historic marvel with the recently opened exhibit "American Letterpress: The Art of the Hatch Show Print." Organized by the Smithsonian Institution and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this traveling exhibit celebrates the American graphic art tradition and includes about 50 original posters, hand-carved wood printing blocks, text panels and labels. The posters advertise everything from musicians and movies to such everyday items as Holsum Coffee, Graves Sausage, and Frigidaire.

Hatch Show Print opened in 1879, the year Thomas Edison introduced the incandescent light bulb to the world.  "American Letterpress" runs at the Library of Virginia's exhibition hall through February 4.  The Library of Virginia, which is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Saturday, is located at 800 East Broad Street, just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument. Admission to the exhibit and parking are free.

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

Monday, January 16, 2012

Elvis Lives--in your head, your heart, and in your stories!

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently opened its excellent exhibit Elvis at 21, a series of black and white photographs by legendary photographer Alfred Wertheimer of Elvis Presley in the prime of his youth.  To complement that exhibit, the VMFA will be hosting a film panel and conversation about Elvis on Friday, January 20, 2012 at the museum's Leslie Cheek Theatre from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Tickets will cost $8.

A book sale and signing will occur from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Wertheimer will be on hand to sign copies of the exhibition catalogue.  From 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., the film Elvis '56 will be screened.  Narrated by Levon Helm, this amazing documentary captures the magical year when Elvis Presley was on the cusp of superstardom.  Elvis's momentous appearances in Richmond that year are featured.

Finally, from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m., there will be a panel conversation with questions and answers with Mr. Wertheimer, local radio DJ Tony Booth, the Smithsonian Institution's S. Marquette Folley, and classic rock and roll singer Ron Moody (of Ron Moody and the Centaurs).  This promises to be a memorable Elvis evening!  Maury Place at Monument is just a few blocks away from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Take in the Richmond Forum in 2012

We are fortunate to have the Richmond Forum in our city.  It is certainly one of the best and most renowned speakers' series in the country.  Mac and I have attended many Richmond Forum evenings--including a memorable evening last year with Anderson Cooper, who just days earlier was covering the revolution in Egypt.

Seats are still available for the remaining speakers of 2012:  Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates on January 14, 2012; Music Legend Quincy Jones on February 4, 2012;  political thinkers Charles Krauthammer and Robert Reich on March 24, 2012; and education experts Sir Ken Robinson and Rafe Esquith on April 21, 2012.  All programs are at the beautiful Landmark Theatre at 8:00 p.m.  Each speaker presentation is followed by audience question and answers.

Season subscriptions are still available.  Visit www.RichmondForum.org or call 804-330-3993.  Consider attending the Richmond Forum and spend the night at Maury Place.

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