2010 in review: Q2

Just as flowers bloom aplenty come spring, so did the content on RVANews during the second quarter of 2010. Or something like that. Yeah, go with it.


Just as flowers bloom aplenty come spring, so did the content on RVANews during the second quarter of 2010. Or something like that. Yeah, go with it.

We started April by telling y’all a little bit about yourselves, thanks to the results of our annual user survey. Again with the chartsandgraphs love.

On a sadder note, we saw a total of four murders happen in two days, continuing Richmond’s unfortunate tradition of experiencing the most homicides in April for some reason (true in 2009 and 2010, according to our stats). Something about the onset of warmer weather, maybe?

Then two of Richmond’s favorite topics popped up: Club Velvet and Ukrop’s (which had officially stopped being Ukrop’s and became MARTIN’S, for better or worse). Tempers also got a bit heated later on in the month during a conversation about the Virginia Grade-Level Alternative tests.

Despite getting a rough start, April ended with a bang as we experienced two major events that, in my opinion, have made people fall in love with Richmond again: the Flying Squirrels’ first home game and the re-opening of the VMFA. We also celebrated one year of Live at Ipanema and Christ Bopst’s 100th show with us. See? Good things!

Food news was huge in May with Man vs. Food’s visit to town and growing excitement over the newly-opened Secco and the then-soon-to-open Sprout Cafe.

Then Sharon Jones came to town and blew everyone’s damn minds.

Education was also a pretty hot topic that month as the School Board voted on Patrick Henry School, Raising Richmond tackled The Great School Debate, and the city announced plans to consolidate five Virginia Preschool Initiative Programs into one.

Over in the world of jazz, Dean produced an awesome feature in which Fight the Big Bull bandleader Matt White provided an audio commentary over the band’s new record (All Is Gladness In The Kingdom). Definitely a great listen if you haven’t heard it yet.

Later on that month, everyone took pictures of lightning, we learned that dogs love hometown baseball as much as we do, the newly-renovated Forest Hill Park opened, and Garden Wars began.

In June, Susan saw Sex and the City II and Prince of Persia and was super pissed. She also shared her love for mocking M. Night Shyamalan with much support from our readers.

As World Cup fever set in, Chris Elford got us good and prepared with a list of 50 (yes FIFTY) things we needed to know about the upcoming event. Soon after that, we opened up nominations for the RVANews Class of 2010 Superlatives which turned out to be super fun.

We closed out the quarter by complaining about the heat and then getting excited/arguing about the community garden at Whole Foods. Yup, sounds about right.

Tomorrow: Q3 (that’s July, August, and September).

(Image from John Murden, originally published in Flying Squirrels win! Go nutz!)

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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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