Then & Now

Walk through any of the older neighborhoods around Richmond (of which there are many) and you’re likely to pass at least a few buildings that have a story or two to tell. With the help of the Valentine Richmond History Center, we’ve done some poking around to find out more about those stories.

Sergeant Santa: A tribute

This year will be Richmond’s first Christmas without Sergeant Santa. To honor this beloved Richmond icon of holiday cheer, we’ve put together a tribute in quotes from those who knew him best or were touched by his good deeds. Get your tissues!

Caring for Richmond’s four-legged friends

No one wants to see animals go hungry, especially during the holiday season, but many people are finding it difficult enough to feed their families, let alone their pets. The Meals for Pets program (part of Meals on Wheels) and the Richmond SPCA’s Pet Pantry work to fight pet hunger year-round. However, rising demand is increasing the pressure.

Bringing back the Bellevue Theater

Formerly a movie palace frequented by Shirley MacLaine, and once host to music greats like Johnny Cash, June Carter, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams, the Northside’s Bellevue Theater has since fallen into disrepair. But one local recording group is hoping to fix that.

Winning a fight for his life

After a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis and a lung transplant in 2006, Chris Nalley will be running Saturday’s half marathon with Dr. Mark Robbins, a physician who helped cared for him throughout his ordeal.

Halloween on Hanover

For many, Hanover Avenue is THE place to be on Halloween night in Richmond. Here we talk to resident Joe Jernigan about his experiences living on a stretch of Hanover populated by a particularly devoted group of Halloween-loving homeowners.

Gallery5 celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Gallery 5 partners with Richmond’s Hispanic business and arts community and the city’s downtown arts scene to create an almost month-long celebration of Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican tradition honoring loved ones who have passed. (Giveaway included!)

Restaurant Week is here!

Time to make your reservations, folks: Restaurant Week is upon us. Read on for more information on this Richmond dining tradition and find out how RVANews will help you make the most of it.

Three days of fantastic, folky fun

Over 190,000 Richmonders made their way down to Brown’s Island on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to take part in 2010’s Richmond Folk Festival. Take a look at some great images we captured while out and about enjoying the fun…

Folk Festival: The quick’n’dirty

It’s here, the Richmond Folk Festival starts today! While our Folk Festival Guide has absolutely everything you need to know about making the most of this weekend, here’s a bare-bones breakdown of what to expect.