Richmond is at it again! Perpetuating the long time tradition of parading up and down our beautiful avenues comes the Annual Easter Parade on Sunday April 8 2012 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is free of course and the parade spans the four block area between Allen Avenue and Davis Avenue on scenic Monument Avenue. It seems attendance grows larger every year with about 25,000 attendees showing up to celebrate spring's arrival. The best of the local scene will be providing the food, music, children's entertainment, arts and crafts, balloon artistry, and a petting zoo. Richmonders and guests of Maury Place are truly lucky to be able to attend this showcase of Spring and Easter celebration!
It is already getting HOT here in Richmond, and spring has only just started this week! As the temperatures become warmer and the trees get greener, we look forward to opening up our Maury Place pool and hot tub. We anticipate that the pool will be open for Maury Place guests in the vicinity of the first week of May. As previous guests might recall, we have a beautiful Saucer Magnolia tree adjacent to the pool area that is covered with pink blossoms in the spring. The tree was previously in full bloom, and it is now raining petals and other debris on a daily basis. Once the blooming is over and the tree has shed its thousands of pink petals (in favor of thick green leaves) and hundreds of brown pods, it will be safe to pull back the cover on the pool and invite guests to cool down in the water. Book your rooms today to plan a spring or summer time trip to Maury Place at Monument.
This Spring, we invite all our guests and blog readers to check out the 3rd Annual Secret Garden Party here in Richmond, VA on Thursday May 17 from 5:30-8:30 pm. The Secret Garden Party is a progressive cocktail party that takes, by shuttle, attendees on a thorough tour of the some of the most beautiful gardens this city has to offer and features the spacious greenscapes and lush botany of the Valentine
Richmond History Center, the John Marshall House, the Museum and White House of
the Confederacy, Monumental Church (Historic Richmond Foundation) and the VCU
Massey Cancer Center's Healing Garden. All five gardens are located in Richmond's Historic Downtown area and a variety of music and refreshments will be available at each stop. Advance tickets are $30-Single/$50-Couple and $35-Single/$60-Couple at the door. There is a one drink limit at each stop.
Set your calendars for beautiful this March as the Virginia Historical Society showcases the entire 19th century Hudson River School landscape paintings and colonial-era furniture collection which once belonged to local benefactors, the late Lora Robins and her late husband E. Claiborne Robins. The Robins family has made numerous considerable donations in the Richmond area, notably a four million dollar donation to build a new women's residence hall at the University of Richmond in the 1970s. Its no surprise they named it Lora Robins Court and students still reside there today.
Starting March 22, 2012 and lasting through December 30, 2012, the VHS will host gallery walks of their prestigious collection of fine art, which they have bequeathed to the Virginia Historical Society. Walks begin at noon unless otherwise indicated, admission is $6/adults, $5/seniors, $4/children. We remind our guests that Maury Place is conveniently located a short walking distance to the VHS and encourage a visit if you're in town.
Whenever it seems like things are settling down, always look toward the calendar; there’s always something right around the corner! And this month is no different; March brings the arrival of the VCU French Film Festival at the end of the month. Starting Thursday March 29, the Festival kicks off the 20th Anniversary of the occasion at the historic Byrd Theater in Carytown with two special free screeningsAvoir 20 ans dans les Aurès by René Vautier at 7:30 pm and Héroïnesby Gérard Krawczyk at 9:40 pm. The Festival carries on through Sunday April 1 with more than 2 dozen short films and full length French features. To get the full scoop on the heralded event check out the prepared schedule at http://frenchfilmfestival.us/2012-film-festival-schedule. The Festival began in 1993 at Virginia Commonwealth University and is now jointly sponsored by the University of Richmond as well. The festival is touted as the largest festival of French film in the US and tens of thousands have made their attendance in the years since its creation. Various French and American actors, directors and industry personnel will be in attendance, though the list of actors has not been released, and will actively engage the audience in question and answer sessions following the screening of their films. We encourage guests to make an appearance if their schedules are permitting and absorb a bit of exotic culture while its here. Maury Place at Monument is within walking distance of Carytown's historic Byrd Theater.