Now that reliably warmer weather seems to be upon us, it’s time to spend weekend time enjoying the outdoors before everyone begins complaining about the heat and humidity.
Spring is a great time to check out the kind of events that lose their allure once major sweating is involved. So check the weather report, throw on a sweater or hoodie if necessary, but get out and about in RVA for a different kind of fun.
Antiques in Manchester is a great way to begin the weekend. Running on Saturdays beginning at 9:00 and through 4:00, here’s your chance to cross the river, stroll an open air market and check out local dealers displaying upscale antiques. The vibe is casual and the dealers are friendly and willing to talk furniture and price, so the time spent can be considered exercise, education or even practical if you need a table or chest. Think of it as an artwalk for old furniture. The antiques are displayed under a covered walkway beside 205 Hull Street.
Looking for a way to enjoy spring and your pooch, too? The Valentine Richmond History Center holds walking tours for dogs and their people and, having done one, I can tell you how much fun they are. This Saturday, it’s a History Hounds Explore Church Hill walking tour that meets at Patrick Henry Park, across from historic St. John’s Church at East Broad and 24th Streets. What I loved about the walk I did with my beagle was the camaraderie of other dog owners and the added bonus of a knowledgeable guide pointing out historic buildings, houses and churches. The tours start at 10 a.m., so bring your coffee if you need a jumpstart, but also don’t forget poop bags since you’ll be out with Sparky for a good two hours.
Come Sunday, there are more ways to spend a spring day. If you’re in the mood for a short road trip, how about the Powhatan Spring Antique Power Show? Here the power comes in the form of an antique tractor pull, but for the mechanically curious, there will also be antique cars, trucks and gas engine displays. For more genteel pastimes, check out the flea market, the craft show and the silent auction, with all activities running from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. But even the craftiest visitor needs to see a tractor pulled and where better than Powhatan to see it? The event will be held at 2455 Academy Road in Powhatan, which means you’ll have to Mapquest it because who in the world knows Powhatan that well?
If a leisurely stroll is more your speed, consider the Main Street Recycled Walking Tour (no dogs this time) on Sunday at 2 p.m., which allows for brunch first. Meet at the corner of 14th and Main Streets, which means you could score brunch at Bistro Bobette, Lulu’s or Arcadia and be within a few blocks of your departure point. It sounds like an interesting look at that part of the city, focusing on the architectural styles and ornamentation of the buildings as well as the history of the area, but with an eye toward how the buildings have been creatively adapted to different uses for the 21st century than they were originally intended, so a look at the highest form of
Think about it: how appealing will so much outdoor time be come July? But for now, the weather is perfect for being outdoors in the capital city. Enjoy it while you can.
Karen is Just your average Jackson Ward resident who thinks Richmond offers more than enough to keep you occupied and entertained. She smiles too much, talks way too much, is too into music, and shares her opinion whether it’s asked for or not on her blog “I Could Go On and On.”