June 16, 2015 News & Features » Cover Story


77 Days of Summer 

Make the most of your summer with this Richmond bucket list.

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Day 16: Monday, July 6
Learn more about the struggle after slaves were freed. The Library of Virginia opens its free exhibit, “Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation” today. lva.virginia.gov.

Day 17: Tuesday, July 7
Look inside a mansion. You’ve visited Maymont, but have you been inside the mansion? A guided tour takes you through the new “A Passion for Nature” exhibit, which offers “a fresh look at the intricacies and wonders of the natural world that have flourished there for 100 years.” maymont.org.

click to enlarge Estilo’s pig head tamale. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Estilo’s pig head tamale.

Day 18: Wednesday, July 8
Eat adventurously. Order the sumptuous pig head tamale at Estilo, which comes with butternut squash mole, queso fresco crema, spiced pecans and pickled chilies. estilorichmond.com.

Day 19: Thursday, July 9
Relax with some class. Today’s the kickoff to Summer at CenterStage, a classical recital series from the Richmond Symphony, the University of Richmond School of Music, Virginia Commonwealth University’s music department and CenterStage. Featuring eight casual, one-hour evening concerts. Tonight at 6:30, it’s Fauré: Five Songs, with James Ferree on horn and Richard Becker on piano. richmondsymphony.com.

Day 20: Friday, July 10
Spook yourself out. A new history tour series from Richmond Discoveries and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum tells unique tales. It’s called “Richmond’s Strange Stories,” and runs Fridays through Oct. 30. richmonddiscoveries.com.

Day 21: Saturday, July 11
Get wet. The James River Splash and Dash from Riverside Outfitters adds obstacles to a 5-kilometer trail run with tubing across the James. jrsplashanddash.org.


Day 22: Sunday, July 12
Take in Shakespeare under the stars. Quill Theatre’s Richmond Shakespeare Festival features “Hamlet” at Agecroft Hall and Gardens, at 7:30 p.m. (“Hamlet” runs through Aug. 2.) quilltheatre.org.

Day 23: Monday, July 13
Visit a gallery, get cultured. Find one at Styleweekly.com/galleries.

Day 24: Tuesday, July 14
Bare all. It’s National Nude Day. whitetailresort.org.

Day 25: Wednesday, July 15
Think back on those summer days of your youth. Neil Simon helps you get inspired with a semi-autobiographical story of his own. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” opens at Hanover Tavern (through Aug. 28). hanovertavern.org.

Day 26: Thursday, July 16
Take aim. It’s Date Night at Colonial Shooting Academy. Couples can rent two lanes for the price of one from 5-9 p.m. You can rent or buy everything you need right there — guns, ammo. Even get dinner afterward next door at Mekong. But no guarantees on a love connection. colonialshooting.com.

Day 27: Friday, July 17
Expand your taco experience. The 2015 Capital Ale House National Beer Expo is in town July 16-18, featuring more than 200 craft beers from across the country. There are special events throughout the weekend including tonight, when it’s Style Weekly’s Taco Throwdown. nationalbeerexpo.com.

Day 28: Saturday, July 18
Get sloppy. The Big Muddy Challenge comes to Ashland Berry Farm. A family-friendly, messy time that includes making mud angels. bigmuddychallenge.com.

Day 29: Sunday, July 19
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day. You probably have your own special spot. But here are four ideas: 1) A chocolate banana peanut butter milkshake from the Dairy Bar, dairybarrestaurant.com. 2) A baklava sundae from Sweet 95, sweet95.com. 3) A scoop of s’mores from Gelati Celesti, gelatiicecream.com. 4) Mint chip from Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream, bevsicecream.com.



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