Impulsiveness And A Zest for Life
I am pretty much the queen of impulsive decision-making so I figure who better to give you a quick primer on how to live on the edge. Remember, planning is key…Totally counter intuitive, I know, but trust and believe summer is here and there is lots of fun to be had! Why just this weekend I went to the monthly Richmond Varietease show hosted by the fabulous Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside… so I’m telling you people, if you want to have a blast you need to know your options!
I hate having to toss in old standards, but sometimes they are worth a fresh look (and besides, if you’re new you have no idea what you’re missing anyway) Here’s a quickie list of 10 options to toss onto your calendar to get you started…Take a date, take a kid, take a friend…use your judgment.
- Go check out a free event under the stars at Dogwood Dell – or take the kids out to an afternoon event if you are a sucker for the heat – they have a playground to visit (before it gets too dark) in the evenings
- I love fresh and Forest Hill Park is home to my favorite Farmer’s Market in the City…There’s not much info online but they are open 8-1 on Saturdays through the summer and be sure to bring some cash! You can also hang out at Music in the Park on 3rd Sundays through September.
- Go tour around the Hollywood Cemetery – it’s beautiful, shady and you can easily get lost…Take a picnic, take a date, take a camera. You’ll have fun.
- Relish in the AC and pretend you are a kid at the Science Museum of Virginia
- Go check out Belle Isle You’ll find the rope swing there, lots of trails and if you pick up the Buttermilk Trail you can follow it over to Southside. Or hit up Texas Beach! Lot’s of dogs (and some naked people!) go there.
- Check out Huguenot Flatwater Park if you have a boat…There’s water access for your canoe or kayak and great fishing.
- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has something for everyone and unless you are there for a specialc exhibit it’s always free!
- I like the Drag Shows at Babe’s too held on 4th Fridays…and Dena loves to play pool and volleyball there.
- You can always catch a movie at the Byrd or venture out to the Goochland Drive-In (and if you go a bit early and pay attention you’ll see signs that lead you to Grayhaven Winery… I’m just sayin’)
- Once you’ve sobered up go book a Segway Tour, but note I only recommend this on unusually cool summer days. ;)
Go ahead! Have fun traipsing around in all that our River City has to offer! That’s the sort of thing summers for…and clue me in too! What is your favorite local thing to do during the hot summer months?
Photo credit Byrd Theater Foundation
Lillian Studevant is a working professional and mother of three. She is passionate about animals and rescues dogs in addition to two of her own. Follow more of her family's adventures on her Personal Blog.
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