Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Dennis McWaters

Christmas may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean the festivities have ended everywhere. In Richmond, more than half a million people visit Maymont each year -- a gilded age estate that's still decorated for the holidays.

Step through the doors of Maymont's stone mansion and you'll travel through time -- to the era of Vanderbilt and Rockefeller.

"When millionaires were building these fabulous, ornamental estates. They were not farms, but they were ideal worlds,” says Dale Wheary, curator at Maymont.

It’s the time of year for helping others --  donating to toy drives or food pantries. But, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, this holiday season might be a good time to re-think what we mean, when we say charity.

Walk around Virginia’s capital city, and you will see people begging on street corners, or sleeping on park benches. And this time of year, says Kelly King Horne, people hone in on it. Horne is in charge of Homeward, Richmond’s planning office for homeless services.

In recent months, Richmonders have been deciding how best to memorialize the city's difficult history with race and slavery. Between state and city funds there are almost 20 million dollars to spend on a slavery museum and improvements to the city's Slave Trail.

Lumpkin's Jail, or "the devil's half acre" was the city's most notorious slave jail from the 1830's to the Civil War -- when Richmond was one of the largest hubs of slave trading in America.

Joy of Jumping Boosts Virginia Business

Dec 10, 2015

The modern-day trampoline was introduced in 1936 by a professional - a circus acrobat, and the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against their use at home.  In fact, more than a million people went to emergency rooms between 2002 and 2011 with injuries sustained while jumping. But that hasn't stopped indoor trampoline parks from springing up all over the state.

 

 

For the past five years a think-tank in Richmond has been researching, crunching numbers and collecting interviews to answer the question: What does the region's future look like?  Thursday night, for the first time, they delivered some of their findings to a packed auditorium at the Richmond Times Dispatch. 

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