5 Things

Sit down. Take a deep breath. Then call every single one of your friends, because you have a trillion things to do this weekend, and it’s all about to start in just a few hours.

For those of you who want to dig a little deeper into the world of family-oriented Things, head over to our new 5 Things for Families. But then head back. I’ll get lonely.

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1. Presquile Island and Sunset Boat Tour

Ah, a sunset cruise on our beloved James! Kick back and cruise around an island you may or may not have known existed. The James River Association and Discover the James invite you to take advantage of a bustling time of year for river wildlife (heron? egrets? KINGFISHERS??), and help raise funds for the new James River Ecology School and the Spirit of the James. Bonus points if you grab a megaphone, sit in the bow, and scream at everyone go faster.

  • Thursday, July 11th • 6:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Jordan Point Marina, 109 Jordan Point Road, Hopewell
  • $45 for JRA members, $55 for everyone else

2. POP!

I know I say this a lot, but this MAY be the best idea ever. A mystery musical that takes place in Andy Warhol World?? I’m in. I am IN, Firehouse Theatre! This satire is rumored to be sharply clever and cleverly sharp, and you have to admit that the premise is pretty refreshing. Plus, Firehouse Theatres is one of my favorite theatres (and one of my favorite firehouses), so I trust them to put on a stellar production.

  • Thursday, July 11th through Saturday, August 10th • see site for times
  • Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad Street
  • $15-$32

3. Bobcat Goldthwait


  • Thursday, July 11th through Sunday, July 14th • see site for times
  • The Funny Bone, 11800 W. Broad Street
  • $17-$20

4. Richmond Shakespeare Presents: Othello

Everything in the universe begins tonight, so I hope you make your choice wisely. Othello is the choice you should make if you want to do something refined and kind of tragic in a beautiful setting. I’m super into Richmond Shakespeare again, ever since The Comedy of Errors delighted me to pieces, so you can bet I will be there at the Richmond Shakespeare Festival Part Dos, whooping it up as ol’ Othello goes into jealous fits. Whoops of sadness, people, sadness.

  • Thursday, July 11th through Sunday, August 4th • 8:00 PM
  • Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road
  • $14 for children, $28 for adults

5. Hanover Tomato Festival

I call them “Summer’s Apples,” even though summer has actual apples as well, so the name isn’t really catching on. But hot damn, if Hanover tomatoes aren’t the most delicious things in the world. They’re so low on acid but high on flavor, and I just want to eat them out of hand and wash them down with a glass of lemonade and then go ride on a ferris wheel or something. Get your fill at the annual Hanover Tomato Festival, where you’ll also hear some music by Craig Wayne Boyd, see some pageants, buy some crafts, eat some things, play some games, and just basically explode with Americanness.

  • Saturday, July 13th • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville
  • Free!

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