LIL NEWS BOT | ‘Wildcat’ To Premiere On Prime, Restaurant 2022 Roundup & New Year’s Eve Parties

by | Dec 26, 2022 | RICHMOND NEWS

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Annual Richmond Cone Parade plans for 15th march through Carytown
The annual Richmond Cone Parade is gearing up for its 15th year, with plans to march through Carytown on a yet-to-be-announced date. The parade, which is known for its playful and light-hearted atmosphere, features participants dressed in colorful cone-shaped hats and carrying homemade floats. Organizers of the parade say that the event is meant to bring joy and cheer to the community, and to showcase the creativity and quirkiness of Richmond residents. In past years, the parade has featured floats inspired by everything from pop culture icons to local landmarks, and has attracted spectators of all ages.

This year’s parade is expected to be just as fun and imaginative as previous ones, and organizers are encouraging everyone to get involved. Whether you want to march in the parade or simply come out to watch, the Richmond Cone Parade is sure to be a memorable and enjoyable event for all. So, mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate with the Richmond community!

Law firm offers free Uber rides to help celebrate New Year’s Eve safely
The law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen, and Allen is once again offering its Sober Ride Home program for New Year’s Eve. In partnership with the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging, and Travel Association (VRLTA), the firm is providing Uber gift cards to bars and restaurants in the area to hand out to patrons. This initiative is an effort to encourage safe and responsible celebrations and to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents on the roads. Participating establishments include The Jasper, Dairy Market, The Hof Garden, Buskey Cider, Brambly Park, Bingo Beer Co., Havana 59, and Longoven. Gift cards will be distributed at the discretion of each business. The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times for Virginia roads, with 13 fatalities and 445 injuries resulting from alcohol-related crashes in 2021 alone. Drivers convicted of a first DUI offense in the state face a minimum $250 fine and a one-year license revocation. For more information on the program, visit or Allen & Allen’s Instagram page.

WILDCAT by Richmond Filmmakers Melissa Lesh & Trevor Frost Reviewed
“Wildcat” is a documentary film about a man named Harry Turner, who has severe PTSD after serving in Afghanistan, and his relationship with a baby ocelot named Keanu. Harry travels to the Peruvian Amazon to volunteer at a wildlife research and rehabilitation center run by an American Ph.D. student named Samatha Zwicker. Harry forms a strong bond with Keanu and raises him in the style of a mother ocelot so that he can eventually return to the wild. The film documents Harry’s struggles with his PTSD and the process of letting go of Keanu as he grows up and becomes independent.

Now playing in theaters and available on Prime Video on December 30th.

City wins $11M grant from Mellon Foundation for Heritage Center
The city of Richmond, Virginia has received a $11 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to launch the Shockoe Heritage Campus, which aims to examine, preserve, and reinterpret the city’s history as a center of the slave trade before the Civil War. The grant is part of $16 million awarded to Richmond history non-profits by the foundation and will fund the creation of an interactive space inside Main Street Station that will engage visitors in the full history of Shockoe, including the stories of free and enslaved Black people, Native Americans, Jewish people, and other immigrant populations. The heritage campus, which has been in the works for over 10 years, is also intended to include a memorial park on land where slave trading once thrived and a national slavery museum. The city has already committed $27.9 million in capital improvement funds for the campus, but a draft plan for Shockoe Bottom remains on hold.

Countdown On …A rundown of some of big New Year’s Eve parties to ring in 2023
There are several options for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Richmond, Virginia, including a masquerade ball, a bubbly and brews bash, a Latin and disco-themed fiesta, a party at a dive bar, and an immersive outdoor and indoor celebration featuring live music, art installations, and a variety of performances. It’s important to note that some events may have COVID-19 safety protocols in place, such as requiring masks indoors or encouraging attendees to take a test before the event. It may be a good idea to check with the individual event organizers for more information about their specific safety measures.

Order up: Richmond restaurant recap for 2022
A summary of events related to the food and restaurant industry in the city of Richmond, Virginia in the year 2022. Some of the events mentioned include the closure of several long-running restaurants, the opening of new concepts from local operators, the arrival of food halls in the city, and the expansion of chain restaurants in the region. There are also mentions of restaurant industry trends, such as the popularity of food halls and the interest of Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos in the Richmond suburbs. The text also mentions the opening of Eggmania, a Indian restaurant chain, in Henrico County.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation receives grant to remove pavement, add 300 trees across Richmond
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and its partners will remove pavement, install conservation practices, and plant hundreds of trees in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia, thanks to a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The grant will support the planting of 300 trees on Richmond city property and work with up to seven churches to remove pavement, install stormwater practices, and plant trees and native plants. The grant builds on the Greening Southside Richmond Project, which has already planted 650 new trees in Richmond neighborhoods suffering from extreme heat linked to past instances of racial housing discrimination. These neighborhoods can be up to 16 degrees hotter than tree-covered parts of the city. The CBF will also partner with Virginia Interfaith Power and Light to work with five to seven churches to assess, develop, and install green practices on their properties and host educational webinars to help faith communities in their environmental stewardship efforts.

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