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April 10, 2017
On the first Friday of every month, the arts district in downtown Richmond opens up for an evening of gallery exhibitions, live music, and lots of food. I always look forward to ’First Fridays’ because who doesn’t like excuses to try new restaurants and be artsy?
Part of working at UR Downtown includes going on monthly excursions every First Friday. In March, we visited the Potterfield Memorial Bridge, a walking bridge that spans the James River.
The river was a little windy and wintry, but the view from the south side was gorgeous. I’m excited about going back on a warmer day and maybe bringing a picnic with me.
This Friday, our excursion started out with a visit to the Valentine Museum, within walking distance of UR Downtown. We were there to see the new One Love exhibition, a collection that highlights LGBT+ families in Richmond.
I also took a peek into the workshop of Edward V. Valentine (Valentine’s brother, Mann, started the Valentine Museum). Valentine studied in Europe with Couture, Jouffroy, and August Kiss. The Valentine Sculpture Studio is one of four surviving 19th century sculptors’ studios in the United States that is open to the public.
After an afternoon at The Valentine, we headed back to UR Downtown. A couple of friends and I decided to split off from the rest of our group and take a look at the City Hall Observation Deck.
At 19 stories tall, the observation deck offers the best view of Richmond. When it was built in 1971 it was the tallest building in Richmond. It can get a little chilly at the top, but it’s a great place to view the city and even hang out for a while at tables and benches.
Once we had finished checking out Richmond from above, we headed back down to Broad Street to welcome visitors into UR Downtown for our new exhibition on Richmond archaeology.
I had a delicious sandwich for dinner at the Secret Sandwich Society (literally, one of Richmond’s best kept secrets), and then came back to campus for an evening of House Hunters and homework.
Till next time!
Hey Spiders! My name is Cory, and I’m a sophomore and transfer student. I’m a double major in Rhetoric and Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuaity Studies. My goal in life is to one day work at Olivia Pope & Associates, or at least work in crisis management or public relations. I grew up between Florida, Colorado, and Virginia, and similar to Cady Heron in Mean Girls, I was homeschooled. I love traveling, shopping at Target, spending time with my cat (named Soren Kittegaard), attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, reading Albert Camus, and hanging out with friends. Keep an eye out for some posts specifically about the transfer life! Sneak peek: so far it’s been fantastic.
Why UR?I didn’t really get connected to University of Richmond until I was a freshman in college. I met some amazing alumni and visited the campus and honestly fell in love with everything about Richmond. Michael Scott once said in The Office, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky,” and I knew that I had to take a shot and apply as a transfer student. I’m thrilled to be a Spider, to be at a university that feels like home, and to conquer my arachnophobia for once and for all.