HELLO: Yes, Fireworks on the James is rescheduled to Saturday. But don’t let Arthur get you down. He’ll be in and out before you know it. For this special Fourth of July edition of The Scoop, here are 27 ways -- in honor of the 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, naturally -- to make the most of this holiday weekend:
1. POP FLIES
Take yourself out to the ballgame and watch the Richmond Flying Squirrels set off some fireworks.
2. KNOW YOUR STUFF
Read the Declaration of Independence.
3. YOUR COUNTRY ’TIS OF THEE
Indulge in some classic steel-guitar country with Andy Vaughan and the Driveline at Hardywood.
4. PAY YOUR RESPECTS
Visit the Virginia War Memorial. Never been? Getting there is easy.
5. TRY A NEW BREW
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery releases Pony Pasture Pilsner at a shindig Saturday from 1 p.m. till sunset. It’s for sale until the 2,000 or so bottles run out. What’s it taste like? The brewery describes it as a classic bohemian pilsner: “Continental Pilsner Malt with a touch of Cara Malt comprise the structure of the beer. American Grown Sterling hops were utilized for bitter and aroma additions with that vintage Czech Saaz addition at 20 minutes for the noble aromatic blend of earth and spice that we love so much. Perfect for hot Virginia days down by the Rivah.”
6. SEE A BLOCKBUSTER
Escape the heat and take your chances amid the giant robots and time-loop Tom Cruise with these summer blockbusters.
7. GET LOST
Sometimes you don’t need to know where you’re going to find the perfect destination. Just get in your car, stay off the interstates and drive till it feels right. Four Style Weekly writers did just that for this week’s cover story, “Around the Way.” See where they ended up, what they found, whom they met, and take a chance traveling off the beaten path in Virginia.
8. EXPERIENCE ARTISTIC FREEDOM
Explore the pop art mixed-media machinations of Richmond artist Austin Fitch with “Absolute Freedom” at Barcode.
9. READ SOME ROBBINS
Pick up a copy of cult novelist Tom Robbins’ new autobiography, “Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life.” Find out more about his ties to Virginia, Richmond -- and especially the Fan. And read what it was like for him working at the Times-Dispatch.
10. DINE PREPARED
Make sure you know which restaurants are open and closed for the Fourth.
11. WEIGH IN
Watch in amazement as some guys walk around Carytown to make a statement: “Three men armed with long guns, that they say are unloaded, have been turning heads as they walk through the busy urban retail district of Carytown. … [They say] part of their plan is to simply ‘raise awareness of responsible gun ownership.’” More from CBS-6.
12. DO THE DELL
Get a four-in-one deal with Susan Greenbaum, Larry Robinson, the Richmond Concert Band and fireworks at Dogwood Dell.
13. GET YOUR EARS RINGING
Get your 1980s pop-rock fix with the cover-band trio Appetite for Destruction, Red White and Crue and Poison’d at the National.
14. RED, WHITE AND PURPLE
Take in some Broadway-caliber theater at Virginia Rep’s “The Color Purple.”
15. WEINER WORLD
And no, we aren’t referring to anything in the headlines. We’re talking about hot dogs across America. Have you tried all of them? Closer to home, here are some places to find over-the-top hot dogs in Virginia.
16. GET PUNKED
Find out how this popular Canadian punk band has made incendiary, aggressive music its wheelhouse when it plays Strange Matter.
Explore mental health through the lens of the black community with “Contamination,” a new film by a group of former local television news people.
18. BAKE A PIE
It doesn’t have to be apple.
19. FEEL THE REVOLUTION
Hear what happened at the Second Virginia Convention right here at St. John’s Church in Church Hill. The re-enactment will take you into the debate that helped spark the American Revolution and led to Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.
20. ADD RHYTHM
Throw Bio Ritmo’s new album onto your River Jams playlist.
21. EXPLORE A NEW PATH
Head outside to see how many landmarks you can still find from this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers map of Civil War-era Richmond.
22. BUT WATCH YOUR STEP
Before you hit the trails, read up on your snakes with this handy local guide.
23. DRIVE SAFELY
Make sure all of your driving is legal this weekend -- they’ll be watching in Chesterfield and elsewhere. The Virginia State Police remind you that enforcement efforts will be stepped up, and of the Slow Down Move Over law.
24. WORK OUT YOUR BEATS
Charged Up Enterprises wants producers to send in their beats or bring them by in person for a birthday weekend beat battle Aug. 8 at the Broadberry. Registration fee is $40. Organizers say the winner gets a one-on-one meeting with A&R, a studio prize package, free promo video and gifts from Eye Smoke Glass and Filthy Dripped Clothing.
25. SMELL THE ROSES
Explore the summer blooms at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: It’s free July 4.
26. GET IDEAS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
What’s going on? When you want to try a new restaurant, see a show, find out who’s playing what club -- you’ll want our free Night & Day app on your smartphone. Find out more and get it here. This week, app users also have a chance to win tickets to see the Band Perry at Richmond International Raceway on July 12. And as always you can consult our searchable events calendar and the always popular restaurant directory.
27. BE A GOOD FRIEND.
Tell someone special to sign up for our weekly insider newsletter, The Scoop at Styleweekly.com/thescoop. Don’t they deserve it? Happy Independence Day!