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Ginter Park Weekly Gazette – November 6, 2022

Hello, neighbors! 

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, we reflect on our gratitudes. The GPRA Board  gives thanks for our volunteers who step up to contribute service and to our Members, who contribute by paying dues, which helps to fulfill the mission and goals of the Association. 

The months of November and December are busy ones, so Engage, Enroll, Enjoy, All Things Ginter Park! 

GPRA Board Business

It takes a village-perhaps a trite saying, but so true. The Board is searching for candidates for the following positions for 2023:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Membership Chair
  • Public Safety Committee Chair: immediate need.
  • Please contact Susan, with questions and interest in positions.

The following Board Members are candidates to return in positions for 2023:

  • Communications Chair, Susan Rebillot
  • Chair, District Representatives, Prudence Justis
  • Events/Social Co-Chairs, Prudence Justis, Melissa Oefelein
  • Newsletter Editor, Anne Thorn
  • Members at Large: Candace Blydenburgh and Shawn Smith
  • Planning and Zoning Chair:  Stephen Weisensale
  • Secretary: Robyn Houser-Bridges
  • Treasurer: Julie O’Kelly

The Board has filled the following positions:

  • We are proud to announce that Board position, Events/Social Chair is shared by Co-Chairs, Prudence Justis and Melissa Oefelein. They were appointed by unanimous Yes votes by the Board, November 5, 2022. Melissa relocated to Ginter Park recently from the Museum District, where she served in Communications and Public Safety. Contact them at
  • Prudence Justis is the current District Reps Chair, and can be contacted at  Prudence is currently recruiting District Reps for positions throughout the neighborhood.
  • Jonathan Oliver is serving as Chair of the Traffic Committee, a General Committee, organized under Public Safety. He can be contacted at
  • Dave Foster is the Newsletter Advertising Manager, a member of the Communications Team. He can be contacted at
  • The Beautification Team is organized under Planning and Zoning, and Co-Chairs are Daniel Lawrence and Steve Welton,
  • The Trees Team is part of the Beautification Team, and is led by Susan Rebillot and Teresa McGurn Davis, a Certified Tree Steward,
  • We are happy to welcome Carrie Vuori to Ginter Park. Carrie has volunteered to be a member of the Welcome Team, and will follow up on Susie Burtch’s welcome visits to new residents of the neighborhood.

Spring Bulb-Planting on Brook Road!

  • Sunday, November 13, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Meetup at the Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, parking lot.
  • Team Lead, Steve Welton
  • Please wear bright colors, bring water for hydration, bring hand tools.
  • Help the Beautification Team to create a big burst of Spring color for all to enjoy!
  • Questions?

Annual Membership Meeting

Come One, Come All!

Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Fellowship Hall, Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Avenue

The Annual Membership Meeting and Board Election will be held Thursday, November 17, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall, Ginter Park Presbyterian Church.  The hall is spacious, fully accessible, and has ample off-street parking in the rear parking lot. Guest speakers will include: City Council District 3 Council Member, Ann-Frances Lambert; District 2 Council Member Katherine Jordan; and Delagate Jeffrey Bourne.

All are welcome- come and meet your neighbors and GPRA volunteers.

Click on this Signup Genius link to RSVP, to enter the Chili Cook-Off, to bring a side dish or dessert to share, or to volunteer for set-up and clean-up. Thank you.

Homemade Organic Vegetarian Chili with Beans and Cheese

Ginter Park Holiday Cookie Exchange! 

Sunday, December 4, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Ginter Place Club Room, 1350 Westwood Avenue, Richmond, 23227

Hosted by Susan Rebillot, Ginter Place, and Event/Social Chair, Prudence Justis

Click on this link to Signup Genius to view details and to sign up to exchange cookies, confections, to share afavorite holiday appetizer to nibble on, or to volunteer to help with this festivity.

What better way to kick off the holiday season then swapping cookies and confections with your friends and neighbors? Bake 4 dozen of the same favorite cookie or sweet to swap on December 4th. Bring them on a platter with a copy of the recipe to share.

Thank you, Carrie Vuori, for helping to create this event.

Holiday Party! 

Photo by Cackie Trippe McCarty

Please Reserve the Date, Saturday, December 10! Hours TBA

Ginter Park Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

The Events/Social Committee is very busy planning the details, so watch upcoming Gazettes and social media posts for the details and for a Signup Genius link. Expect delicious heavy hors d’oeurves, adult beverages, and a very festive time. We thank the planning committee, Prudence Justis, Julie O’Kelly, Carrie Vuori, Cathy Yohai, Ashley Young, Leslee Oliver. Sara Hassan, Lindsay Crook, and Chandler Tyler.

Other Neighborhood Events

Northside Artists Holiday Artists Show – Benefitting Feed More

  • Saturday, November 19, 2022, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Lewis Ginter Recreational Center
  • Featuring 30+ Artisans, live jazz and open bar
  • For details, click on this link:

A Storytelling Workshop, Hosted by Union Presbyterian Seminary

Ginter Park’s annual arts and crafts show returns Saturday, December 3rd. The show will run from 10 am until 5 pm and be held in the Lewis Ginter Recreational Association Center at 3421 Hawthorne Ave.
The Ginter Park Show is in its 18th year of bringing exciting arts and crafts to our neighborhood in early December, just in time to help you find creative and one-of-a-kind gifts in one place so you can quickly tackle your holiday shopping list. This year’s artists and artisans will showcase their work such as watercolors, jewelry, oil paintings, illustrations, candles, scents, assemblages, collage, clothing, chocolates, purses, textiles, lighting fixtures, ceramics, pottery, pressed flower art, whimsical cards, creature peepers, wreaths, and yard art.

Halloween Festivities in Ginter Park! 

Ghosts, goblins, ghouls, witches and other spooky or hilarious creatures inhabited Ginter Park to celebrate Halloween.  Neighbors in the 3800 and 3900 blocks of Seminary Avenue blocked the avenue to vehicles for trick or treating. The family-friendly Halloween party organized by neighbors on West Seminary, a reprise of a great one in 2021, drew about 150 participants.

Noble Avenue neighbors hosted a party, and Carla Palomar organized a Costume Parade, which included pets and humans of all ages. Pete Motch, first grader, led the parade! There were lawn games and pumpkin decorating. Noble neighbors plan to make this an annual tradition.

Enjoy a few photos submitted by party-goers.

From Noble Avenue

From West Seminary Avenue

Seminary Avenue Decorations

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