Part author event, part cocktail party, the Eudora Welty Garden Symposium brings authors Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown to discuss their book, One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place. The authors, whose botanical tome was called "nearly irresistible" by The New York Journal of Books , will deliver illustrated, 40-minute lectures entitled “Eudora Welty and the Gift of Flowers” and “A Grand Teacher: Women and Gardening and the Progressive Era." The lectures draw from the book's theme: that Welty cultivated her garden as a place to escape from the stresses of writing or spot, and then wrestle, eagles for their quills.
The chefs at Rivermont Pizza regularly take a creative bent with their wood-fired pies, such as The Hutcherson, which arranges caramelized onions, cheddar, granny-smith slices, and virginia country ham over a layer of red sauce. Upscale ingredients such as pancetta, cremini mushrooms, and goat cheese regularly top crusts, and hoagies hug fillings of locally made tofu, cherry peppers, or thinly shaved roast beef. Committed to local harvesting, the basement-level eatery plucks nearby ingredients whenever possible, and though its wood-burning oven only holds five pizzas at a time, guests are invited to pass the time listening to live local bands, participating in trivia contests, or playing tiddlywinks with the roasted sweet-potato medallions on the wilted-spinach salad.
The 16-year-old Magnolia Foods purveys specialty gourmet groceries and freshly baked goods, curating a fine selection of European chocolates, imported cheeses, and fresh sandwiches. Baked goods such as cappuccino brownies and lemon squares seduce tummies without the use of lard or shortening, and trays of bite-size appetizers prevent a party's ravenous guests from attempting to nibble on silverware, plastic fruit, or plastic caviar. Local artwork hangs proudly from the walls as guests meander through the eclectic array of kitchenware, and the scents of bubbling gourmet soups and special-occasion cakes pleasantly waft through olfactory apparatuses.
Now in its sixth season, Opera on the James regales ears with the majestic beauty of operatic works performed by nationally renowned singers. Love Makes the World Go 'Round corrals the talents of four acclaimed vocalists—Allison Pohl, Brendan Daly, Adelaide Muir Trombetta, and John Dooley—who have collectively shattered chandeliers and monocles at prestigious companies such as the Colorado Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Bronx Opera. Throughout the evening, the quartet of euphonic belters unleashes its pipes on a program that showcases popular songs from the classical opera canon as well as Broadway show tunes. In the elegant interior of the Joy and Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre, oak flooring stylishly cushions feet while restored brick walling induces wolves to seek out easier, straw-built concert halls to crash.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on physical well-being with a cornucopia of equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or a random street man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength equipment or top-of-the-line cardio equipment, which features televisions and other media diversions. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary-schoolyard workout. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.