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Wonderful Weekend

2009/11/08

My girlfriend, Stephanie, visited this weekend from CT.  We had lots of fun.  She stayed at the ALoft hotel here in our neighborhood.  It’s across the street!  That was fun.  I’d never been to the hotel before, and it’s lots of fun.  There’s a pool & outdoor lounge which we didn’t use, but I’d been wanting to check out the lounge and it was very pretty.  The room was great, large.  Design is all contemporary, and very cheap to stay there now. 

Friday we went to the 1st Friday Art Walk downtown, which I’ve wanted to do for years.  Now I will feel more comfortable doing it alone, since I know where everything is.  We had a fine dinner at Tarrant’s.  It was very nice.  It’s an old drugstore and the decor is late Victorian with lots of wood trim-booths, etc.,  and art.  Some of the paintings are contemporary which added a nice balance.  The service and food were excellent.  We then hit several galleries. 

Afterward we went to Melito’s in the West End to rendezvous with our whiz-bang woman friend, Ann Bradley Ballance, and have a drink.  Great seeing Ann again.  Next we went to a nearby high school to see Stephanie’s nephew play football and Stephanie rendezvoused with her brother, Hugh and his wife.  We arrived in the 4th quarter and it went into overtime.  Good game, disappointing end for our team, though.  He goes to the same school where we went to high school, Patrick Henry High School in Hanover County.  Afterward we visited with them for a while, then, Ann, Stephanie & I went back to the ALOFT and had a drink in the lounge and then we sat up talking until about 4:30 in the morning.   Quite the day!

Yesterday we were much more laid back.  We had a big breakfast at Boychik’s, a great NY style deli, by the way.  We rendezvoused with our good friend, Theresa, in the fan, at the Visual Arts Center, which is where my Creative Spark writing class is.  We refreshed at Home Team Grill, and rounded off the visit with Theresa by visiting galleries in the “Uptown” area-1300-1800 W. Main Street.  It was fun because at the Reynolds Gallery, a show had just opened the night before and Stephanie knew the artist.  He lives near her and has shown in some of the same places.  His work was remarkable.  His name is James Prosek.  He has transformed a genre (he’s known as the “Audubon of fishing”) from something very plain, organic, natural to contemporary, extremely fluid and emotionally satisfying (for moi, anywho) work.  I always love meeting the artist when I see a piece.  That was a highlight.

Let’s see, we rested some, I worked on my Creative Spark assignment, then we went to dinner at Shackleford’s.  I had my usual, Chesapeake Chicken, (chicken breast stuffed with crab over mashed potatoes & asparagus-yum!) and Stephanie had a fish, can’t remember what but it was a large white fish special with mushroom grits.  Then we went back to her hotel and hung out.  I could pop out and run home for a bit to walk Elsie, etc.  Very convenient.  Her plane left early so we had a cup of tea to go and I came home and crashed again.

Hope this hasn’t been a bore, but I like to mention specifics so with their links so you can check them out if something interests you!

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2 Responses to “Wonderful Weekend”


  1. […] are additions to it since I’ve last seen it.  Remember James Prosek?  I wrote about him here and here.  I know the museum purchased one of his paintings, and I think it will be part of this […]

    • stephanie joyce Says:

      Yes it was a wonderful weekend! Loved the Aloft and your new neighborhood…zipping over to whole foods for a Yogi tea was a definite plus. It was wonderful to catch up with everyone and explore the Richmond art scene which was quite happening!


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