when you're in Richmond, you...
when you're in Richmond, you gotta go to little texas! it's a club! there are adult nights, and also teen nights! also, when you come here, you have to go to Chesterfield Towne Center!! thats the best mall! it has everything, and i mean everything you're lookin for! i miss all my friends when i'm away from Richmond! everyone i kno is very nice and friendly!! i love life in Richmond!
Oregon Hill, located (west to east) between Hollywood Cemetery to Belvidere; North to South I-195 to Cary Street) was so named because when is antebellum working class residents, most working at Tredegar Iron Works, moved there, it seemed they were traveling to the distant Oregon Territory. It is a still very much a working class neighbourhood. Many of the homes, which once served as slums for workers in nearby factories, have origins in the late 19th to early 20th Century. It is a zone in transition: while it is an historic zone with some old houses being renovated, some old homes give way to new development.
Highland Games & Celtic Festival
The last weekend every October, the Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival (or the Scottish Games, as they are more commonly called) takes place at the State Fairgrounds. Tickets run for $15 in advance, $19 at the door, and $28 for a weekend pass. My mama, daddy, and brother attended this event regularly, but I am not as keen on showing my Scottish heritage as they are. Folks know I am Scottish when I go shopping- the Scottish are known for being somewhat stingy with their money. I went in 2007 when my friend Paul Negrin, who is of Cuban heritage on his daddy's side and Scottish on his mama's side talked me into going. So, Mama, my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and Paul all went. The bagpipes gave me a headache. It was sort of fun browsing through the tents set up by about 80 vendors and artisans selling their things with a Scottish or Irish theme. Paul was keen on shopping for a kilt and the accessories. Of all the shopping tents, I liked the one that sold Scottish food you can't get at your local Wal-Mart. Folks who are really into the culture can research their family history, get a henna tattoo, and even learn some Gaelic. There is a wide range of food and drink offered here, whether authentic Scottish or typical fun-fair cuisine. They offer all manner of whiskey and ale. For those who don't want alcohol, there are plenty of sweets, Scottish eggs, sausage rolls, and haggis made from old recipes. Give me credit, I kept my word to Paul and tried the haggis. But I didn't like it because of the texture. In my opinion, it has the consistency of fried lint. That's the price of research! To sum up, it is a fun event if you really like putting your Celtic heritage on display, but I enjoy other ethnic festivals much more than this.
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Black spiders for Halloween
When I was walking along Monument Avenue I saw a house with the front decorated in black spiders and cobwebs. There were orange pumpkins put on the ground, too. It was the first Halloween decoration I ever saw. I got to know what is this annual celebration in American life almost three weeks later, in Austin, Texas...
This is a year where Halloween fell on a Sunday. Some jurisdictions, for religious reasons, had the TRICK OR TREATING (when kids knock on doors on Halloween night and folks give them candy) on Saturday, 30 October. The decision was left up to each individual community instead of from on high in Washington or from a state capitol.
Hidden Local Zoo
The Metro Richmond Zoo is family oriented. It is small but allows for feeding of some animals, a more hands on approach than other zoos. It is worth a visit if you enjoy the zoo. One is able to pet Giraffe's and other animals. It is locally owned and operated. It is a bit hard to find if you are not familar with Richmond. It is actually in Chesterfield County. The best way to get there is to take Route 288 to Hull Street Road Route 360 towards Amelia. Once you get out of the comercial area and pass by Woodlake it is not too much farther. There is a small sign. The road is next to an elementry school. From Richmond, the turn is on your left. If you reach the Chesterfield Berry Farm you have gone about a mile to far on Hull Street/360 and need to turn around.