Richmond's annual Hamaganza Festival 

Hamming it Up

Be it smoked or cured, fresh or canned, glazed — or even Spam — Peter Headley wants your ham. Headley, organizer of the annual Hamaganza, Richmond's most countercultural Christmas tradition, hopes to collect 2,000 hams at this year's event at Poe's Pub Thursday, Dec. 9, at 10 p.m.

The musical evening features Donnie Corker (aka Dirtwoman) dressed as Mrs. Claus and her merry band of musical elves — this year's lineup features Cracker bassist Bob Rupe, Brian Harvey, Coby Batty, Jeff Liverman (Dirtball), Harry Gore, Todd Woodson, VCU music professor John Winn, a trio of Richmond Symphony musicians and other local players.

Admission is "only one ham" or $10, although Headley says pork products are preferred. All hams collected will be donated to Feed the Future and other area charitable organizations. And Headley adds, "You don't even need to come to the event. It's not just the event, it's about getting


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