Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Snow Day at the Science Museum of Virginia

As most of you probably know by now, we had a little bit of snow last Monday here in Richmond, Virginia. So even though Monday was a federal holiday, it still felt like a snow day!  After catching up on my innkeeper duties at Maury Place, Mac and I shared lunch with our neighbors Alex and Ginger and then embarked on our visit to the Science Museum of Virginia, which is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.  Our main goal was to see the Museum's exhibit, "Race: Are We So Different?"  The exhibit will be on view through April 29.  The "Race" Exhibit examines the topic or race from scientific, historical, and cultural perspectives and dives into a rich collection of video, photography, printed word, and interactive technology.  The exhibit demonstrates how economic interests, power struggles, scientific research and even popular culture have informed the American understanding of race.  Learn about Race as a human invention and see how scientists who once legitimized ideas about Race are now dismantling them. One highlight of the exhibit was the tuxedo that former Governor of Virginia Douglas Wilder wore for his inauguration.  Governor Wilder was the first African American Governor in the United States.  After taking in the exhibit, we watched an incredible movie in the Imax theatre, "Born to Be Wild."  This movie features stunning vistas of Kenya and Borneo and tells the stories of two women who rescue baby elephants whose mothers were victims of poaching in Kenya and baby orangutans whose families were the victims of deforestation in the Borneo part of the world. All in all, a great afternoon in one of Richmond's fine museums!

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Maharaja in Richmond


Maharaja: Splendors of India's Great Kings

 Being located this close to the VMFA is just one of the perks of living in the Museum District of Richmond. Their exhibits change many times a year and it’s always been a fun treat for Maury Place to give our guests a heads up as to what’s coming next.

As we bid farewell to the splendid Mummy exhibit, we embrace the arrival of the Maharaja: The Splendors of India’s Great Kings exhibit opening May 21, 2012 through August 19, 2012. The exhibit is an international traveling affair featuring more than 200 historical objects, the majority of which are owned by the Victoria & Albert Museum of London. According to VMFA Director Alex Nygeres, Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the private lives of some of the world’s greatest and most legendary royals,” VMFA Director Alex Nyerges said. “Three centuries of elaborate jewelry, ornate weaponry, fascinating artwork, royal costumes and photographs will be on display. Maharaja is the first exhibition of its kind to delve into these kings’ unique culture. The museum’s South Asian and European decorative arts collections further illustrate the rich artistic tradition of this era.”

The exhibition spans from the deteriorating power of the Mughal Empire in the 18th century, which ruled for about 200 years, through the modern age of the 19th century to the eve of India and Pakistan’s independence in 1947. Visitors will learn of tumultuous power shift, economic strife and success, and their struggles with British hegemony.

Exhibition highlights include the Royal Procession, which illustrates how royalty traveled its domain, usually atop an elephant on an elaborate and beautifully crafted saddle. Visitors will also get to view a throne once owned by Ranjit Singh, the most powerful of the Sikh maharajas. The elegance of the throne is truly a testament to the magnificence of his reign. The VMFA also happens to possess one the first collections of Indian art in the country, with over 300 objects to complement the Maharajas exhibit.

As usual, Maury Place encourages its guests to really connect with the city of Richmond and one of the most beautiful things the city has to offer is the VMFA. Guests who attend the exhibit will receive 10% off one night’s stay at Maury Place as a token of gratitude for your enthusiasm for Richmond and its institutions.

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

Friday, February 17, 2012

New Video About Richmond! It's "Easy to Love"!

The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau has just produced this new three and half minute high def video highlighting the best of our Richmond region.  The video features a series of vignettes showcasing our fair city's cultural and historic attractions, sports offerings, outdoor activities, special events, and shopping and dining opportunities.  Many of the locations featured, such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Monument Avenue, Carytown shopping, and the Virginia Historical Society are just steps from Maury Place at Monument.  Enjoy the video and come and stay with us for a weekend to enjoy all Richmond has to offer!

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

"The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy" Opens at the VMFA

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has just opened another fascinating exhibit, "The Mourners:  Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy."  The exhibit features a procession of 37 alabaster mourners from the Tomb of John the Fearless, the second duke of Burgundy.

The mourners' procession first passed through the arcade at the base of John's monument in a monastery outside Dijon, a northern French town as famous for its mustard as its art!  Later, when the monastery was sold in the aftermath of the French Revolution, the figures continued their procession in Dijon's Musee des Beaux Arts.  Now the alabaster figures, which range in height from 17 inches for a bishop to 10 inches for a choir boy are on view in the Melon Focus Gallery at the VMFA.

John the Fearless, who died in 1419, was among the wealthiest and most powerful aristocrats of Northern Europe.  Some of the figures hide their grief under hoods while others cry more openly.  They range from exalted bishops to the lowliest of choirboys. All are extraordinary works of art from the Middle Ages distinguished by their life likeness and their sense of mystery.

The 3000 square foot exhibition space is divided into two sections.  The first room features a dramatic installation of rows of the mourners against walls.  The intent is to re-create the arrangement of the figures as they were at the base of the tomb. The second room will feature a film and a computer reconstruction of the tomb. The sculptures have travelled to Richmond because the Dijon museum is under renovation.  When the exhibit closes here on April 15, the figures will travel to Paris en route to their permanent re-installation in Dijon.  Admission to the exhibit is free.  For further information, call 804-340-1405 or visit www.vmfa.museum.  Maury Place at Monument is within a short walk of the VMFA.

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

Thursday, February 9, 2012

"The Lion King" Arrives in Richmond!

The Broadway hit show "The Lion King" arrives in Richmond on February 15 to run through March 11 at Richmond's historic Landmark Theater.  The musical was composed by Elton John and Tim Rice and won six Tony Awards.  More than sixty million people in fourteen countries have seen the show.

From the fantastic opening number, "Circle of Life," through the show's climactic ending, audiences worldwide have been captivated by the amazing puppetry and stagecraft that brings animals of the African sahara to life.  The show is based on the 1994 hit Disney movie and features the same wonderful musical score.

For tickets, call 800-514-3849 or visit www.BroadwayinRichmond.com. Maury Place at Monument is just a short drive from the Landmark Theater.

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

Monday, February 6, 2012

Virginia Bed & Breakfast Cookbooks are here!

We are happy to feature for purchase the latest cookbook from the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia.  Bed and Breakfast member Innkeepers share their favorite and most-requested recipes in this latest expanded and updated edition.  Discover 65 Bed and Breakfasts across Virginia that offer a variety of experiences from restful country retreats to historic city homes like Maury Place at Monument.

Whether your travels bring you to the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, the beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches, or the historic sites of Richmond, this cookbook is an absolute "must have" from Virginia's premier bed and breakfasts.  Of course, several recipes from Maury Place at Monument are featured! The cookbook is available at Maury Place for $22.95.  Maury Place at Monument is a proud member of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia and the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.  Our participation in these organizations keeps us on top of the latest hospitality trends and in touch with fellow innkeepers across Virginia and the United States.

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

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Maury Place at Monument Trip Advisor "Travelers' Choice" Winner for 2012

We are honored to be a recipient of a "Travelers' Choice" Award from Trip Advisor for 2012.  Maury Place at Monument has been recognized by our guests as one of the Top 25 Bed and Breakfasts in the United States!  We are grateful to our guests who have supported us over the year, and we appreciate their many kind comments and reviews on Trip Advisor!

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