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 46: Wednesday, Aug. 5
Get dinner at a food truck. Food Truck Court comes to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in North Side, at 1214 Wilmer Ave., from 5:30-8:30 p.m. growrva.com.

Day 47: Thursday, Aug. 6
Learn about the Lovings. Virginia Tech history professor Peter Wallenstein delivers a Banner Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society about the Virginia couple at the center of a landmark interracial marriage case: “The Quest for Loving: Race, Sex and the Freedom to Marry,” noon-1 p.m. vahistorical.org.

click to enlarge The Washington Redskins hold training practice with the Houston Texans on Friday, Aug. 7. - ASH DANIEL
  • Ash Daniel
  • The Washington Redskins hold training practice with the Houston Texans on Friday, Aug. 7.

Day 48: Friday, Aug. 7
Get an autograph from RGIII. Or Kirk Cousins. Really, who knows which one will be more valuable. But it should be fun to watch one of the three days of joint practices with the Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. redskins.com.

Day 49: Saturday, Aug. 8
Nourish your soul. The Richmond Jazz Festival, which also continues into Sunday, opens its doors at Maymont at 11 a.m. Single-day passes and weekend admission tickets are available. Artists on this day include Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Chuck Loeb, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Thelonious Monk III, David Sanborn and New Edition. jazzatmaymont.com.

Day 50: Sunday, Aug. 9
Spit seeds — courteously. The 32nd annual Carytown Watermelon Festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with more than 100,000 people expected. Vendors, musicians and lots of watermelon. carytownrva.com.

Day 51: Monday, Aug. 10
Make a s’more. It’s National S’mores Day. Or if you want to skip the hassle, head to Shyndigz for Grown Up S’mores: “Airy chocolate mousse with a graham cracker crust with a boozy kick.” shyndigz.com.

Day 52: Tuesday, Aug. 11
Join the kingdom. The Society for Creative Anachronism holds Fighter Practice and Arts and Sciences Night at Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Road, at 7 p.m. You may not know what you’re stepping into — and we don’t quite know either. But if nothing else, you can watch the fun. sca.org.

Day 53: Wednesday, Aug. 12
Get airborne. Over animals. The Metro Richmond Zoo’s new Treetop Zoofari attraction offers as many as 42 challenges and 16 zip lines. When you’re done, go say hi to the new baby orangutan. treetopzoofari.com.

Day 54: Thursday, Aug. 13
Be chauffeured. The Richmond Brewery Tours start at Capital Ale House downtown and whisk you away to a selection of local breweries. They don’t take you home, though. So make sure you have a plan. richmondbrewerytours.com.

Day 55: Friday, Aug. 14
Up the ante on your beach trip. One way: Try scuba diving in the warm, clear, almost-tropical waters of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. You’ll need to prepare with diver’s training and certification. Then you can get up close to fascinating maritime history in the waters off Cape Hatteras, known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Scores of shipwrecks were victims of notoriously temperamental weather; others are war sinkings. You could see the Dixie Arrow, a 468-foot-long tanker, which was torpedoed in 1942 by a German U-Boat. Hitler was trying to choke of the flow of war supplies from the Gulf Coast to northeastern industrial areas. After the vessel was hit, sailor Oscar G. Chappell was burned alive while struggling to keep the floating flames from harming sailors who’d abandoned ship. Capt. Dave Sommer (Dive Hatteras, 703-818-1850) charters his 42-foot Lions Paw from Hatteras Village. David Farrow of Ghost Fleet (252-423-0451) takes divers from Wanchese and Oregon Inlet not far from Nags Head. He prowls wrecks north of Hatteras, where the water is colder and murkier.

click to enlarge Gwar-B-Q celebrates 30 years of the band Aug. 14-16. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Gwar-B-Q celebrates 30 years of the band Aug. 14-16.

Day 56: Saturday, Aug. 15
Celebrate Gwar. Richmond’s alien heavy metal band marks its 30th anniversary during this year’s three-day Gwar-B-Q (Aug. 14-16) at Hadad’s Lake. There are two pre-parties, but the main event is Saturday at the lake, 7900 Osborne Turnpike, featuring 20 bands filling three stages — including Clutch, Goatwhore, the Descendents and the Dickies. gwarbq.com.

Day 57: Sunday, Aug. 16
Make someone laugh — or at least try. It’s National Tell a Joke Day. Here are joke-telling tips from the folks at the Coalition Theater:
1. Research for hours.
2. Analyze data analytics.
3. Talk eloquently about your latest bowel movement. — Beau Cribbs

1. Tell it one time.
2. Tell it a second time.
3. Tell it a third time.
— Zane Adickes

1. Find a tweet that has been retweeted or favorited over 500 times.
2. Copy the words of the tweet and paste them into a word document and hit “save.”
3. Wait two weeks and put those words into one of your own tweets and post that on your Twitter feed.
— Nick Leveski

1. They key to good communication is brevity.
— Matt Micou

Day 58: Monday, Aug. 17
Scavenge for a treat. NPR called it America’s forgotten fruit. From about mid-August to October, papaws — they’re pronounced paw paws — are ripe, and you can pick them off the trees along the James River Park System. They’re soft and taste sort of like peachy bananas.

Day 59: Tuesday, Aug. 18
Synchronize with strangers. Go line dancing at Club Midway, 7514 Lee Davis Road. The fun starts at 7. calabash-seafood.com.



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