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 60: Wednesday, Aug. 19
Harmonize with the Beach Boys. They’re playing Innsbrook After Hours, the outdoor concert series that’s celebrating its 30th year. innsbrookafterhours.com.

Day 61: Thursday, Aug. 20
Bowl a strike. Try the two-story funhouse of Uptown Alley, where you can step up your game in style. And tonight at 7, you’ll find live acoustic music during Uptown Alley Unplugged. uptownalleyrichmond.com.

Day 62: Friday, Aug. 21
Rock while you shop. Short Pump Town Center isn’t all about running up your Visa bill. Its summer concert series features food trucks, wine tastings and free music. Tonight it’s Sister Hazel, with an opening set by 2010 “American Idol” winner Lee Dewyze. shortpumpmall.com.

click to enlarge The Anthem Moonlight Ride is Saturday, Aug. 22.
  • The Anthem Moonlight Ride is Saturday, Aug. 22.

Day 63: Saturday, Aug. 22
Bike under the stars. The Anthem Moonlight Ride offers 17-mile and 8-mile courses, with home base at the Sports Backers Stadium. There’s music, food and camaraderie with bikers of all ages. sportsbackers.org.

Day 64: Sunday, Aug. 23
Train yourself. What, you haven’t visited the Richmond Railroad Museum? This summer it celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening (the official kick-off was July 18). Check it out today from 1-4 p.m. at 102 Hull St. (On Saturdays, it’s open 11 a.m. to 4.) odcnrhs.org.

Day 65: Monday, Aug. 24
Eat a sandwich. Last year, hungry diners trekked all over town for $5 deals on delicious stuff made all the better by being tucked inside bread. RVA Sandwich Week kicks off today. Find a list of participating restaurants and more details at rvasandwichweek.com.

Day 66: Tuesday, Aug. 25
Have some bluegrass with your beer. Garden Grove Brewing Co. in Carytown holds Bluegrass Jam, an open jam session, on Tuesday nights from 7-10. gardengrovebrewing.com.

Day 67: Wednesday, Aug. 26
Express yourself. Lyricist Lab holds an interactive open-mic showcase called Soul Position from 8-11 p.m. at Rumors Boutique. Watch the spoken-word performances or try to let out your inner poet in front of an audience. facebook.com/soulplab.

Day 68: Thursday, Aug. 27
Prepare for the big race. The Valentine opens its exhibit, “In Gear: Richmond Cycles” tonight, which explores cycling in Richmond from the 19th century till today. Extended hours till 8 p.m. thevalentine.org.

Day 69: Friday, Aug. 28
Get the blues. The River City Blues Society’s Blues and Brews series features Martha and Triple Threat at the Camel from 5-8 p.m. Free. rivercityblues.org.

click to enlarge South of the James Farmers’ Market fills up Forest Hill Park on Saturdays. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • South of the James Farmers’ Market fills up Forest Hill Park on Saturdays.

Day 70: Saturday, Aug. 29
Try Mrs. Yoder’s new strawberry doughnut. It might be your last chance, unless all the strawberries are gone by now. The enormously popular glazed doughnut is turned onto a plate, with a mound of strawberries and whipped cream on top. And if those are gone, take whatever comes out of that truck. Find your pastry nirvana at South of the James Farmers’ Market and explore while you’re there. From 8 a.m. to noon at Forest Hill Park. growrva.com.

Day 71: Sunday, Aug. 30
Browse for your last summer read. A good option is Carytown’s Chop Suey Books. Why? Because yesterday was National Chop Suey Day, and that’s some kind of sign. chopsueybooks.com.

Day 72: Monday, Aug. 31
This summer’s been all about you. So volunteer. Hands on Greater Richmond lets you search for opportunities online. Here’s just one for this day: Work at Lewis Botantical Garden’s one-third acre Community Kitchen Garden, which supplies fresh produce to FeedMore. handsonrva.org.

Day 73: Tuesday, Sept. 1
Toast the agave. You can try a tequila off your typical list at Casa Del Barco. Choose one of the rare selections and sip outside by the canal. Summer has slipped away, so take your time. casadelbarco.com.

click to enlarge Tequila flights, such as the organic 123, are featured spirits at Casa del Barco. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Tequila flights, such as the organic 123, are featured spirits at Casa del Barco.

Day 74: Wednesday, Sept. 2
Get lost. How recently have you driven around town — and not just to work and back, or to the same grocery store or dry cleaner? Stop tracing the same old routes. Get in the car, turn off the GPS, pretend you’re a tourist — and go. Cruise down new streets and through undiscovered neighborhoods. Keep your eyes open for areas you’ve never stopped to notice.

Day 75: Thursday, Sept. 3
Escape — or at least try. We can’t tell you much, and you probably don’t want to know beforehand anyway. But a new kind of brain game being billed as Richmond’s first and only escape room offers group, team-building and perhaps a kind of creepy date scenario. You have to solve the puzzle to make it out. Themed rooms include the Mind Trap Room, Plato’s Cave, Seven Deadly Sins and the Steampunk STEM Room. It’s in the Village Shopping Center, so if we don’t hear from you, we’ll know where to look. escaperoomrva.com.

Day 76: Friday, Sept. 4
Walk the walk. It’s a classic downtown experience: First Fridays, generally from 5-9 p.m., featuring galleries, restaurants and other participants welcoming the crowds to the Broad Street Arts and Cultural District. rvafirstfridays.com.

Day 77: Saturday, Sept. 5
Rest in peace. It’s been a long summer. End it at the famous Hollywood Cemetery. One way to explore it is with a guide, and the Valentine’s walking tour from 2-4 p.m. focuses on the Women of Hollywood. You’ll learn how women played a role in the cemetery’s life, and visit the gravesites of the accomplished women who don’t always get their due. thevalentine.org.



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