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Ginter Park Weekly Gazette – Thursday, September 8, 2022

Alright, Fall has nt arrived yet, but a busier season is certainly here! Check out these meetings and events.Daydream about cooler temps, changing colors of the leaves, and Fall festivities around the region!  Be engaged, be informed, don’t miss a thing!  

In This Edition

  • Membership Meeting, Thursday, September 15, 6:30 pm, UPSem Early Hall
  • Fall Line Trail Northside Public Meeting, Monday, September 19, 6:30 pm, Linwood Holton Cafeteria
  • Third Annual Art Pop-Up, Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, 1501 Wilmington Avenue
  • Seeking Hosts for Progressive Appetizer Night, Saturday, October 22, Deadline 9/14/2022
  • Seeking “Gracie” Award 2022 Nominations, Deadline 9/12/2022 5:00 pm.
  • Third District City Council News

Membership Meeting, Thursday, September 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at UPSem Early Hall –

Would Love to See You There!

While the previously announced Candidate Forum has been cancelled, there will be a lively presentation by the City Emergency Communications team with some promised contests and prizes.  The Board will provide updates on the following:  GPRA finances and the budget Year-to-Date; Public Safety and neighborhood Traffic Safety issues; City Re-Zoning issues;  Beautification Fall Workdays; October Progressive Appetiuzer Night; November Annual Meeting/Chili Cook-off; December Holiday Party. There will be plenty of time for you to share your concerns or interests with the Board and neighbors. It’s been awhile since we’ve been together-looking forward to seeing you!

Accessible venue, ample off-street parking. Map below.





Fall Line Trail Public Meeting, September 19-Your Input is Wanted!

On behalf of the Rosedale Civic Association, the Historic Jackson Ward Association, the Hermitage Road Historic District Association, the Ginter Park Residents Association, Sherwood Park Civic Association and the Bellevue Civic Association, and the Chamberlayne Court Civic Association,  you are invited to attend and participate in a public meeting regarding the Fall Line Trail, the 43-mile regional north-south bike trail that will run from Ashland to Petersburg in a similar concept to the VA Capital Trail.

The meeting will take place on Monday, September 19th, from 6:30-8:00 pm at Linwood Holton Elementary School in the cafeteria. 

Please also share this event via the Facebook Event Page with your network of neighbors and friends.

The meeting will also be attended and led by the Second and Third District City Council Representatives, the City of Richmond’s Office of Equitable Transit and Mobility, Sports Backers, and other key partners. You may RSVP to attend the meeting via the event’s Facebook Page, and you can find additional information at the City’s webpage dedicated to the Fall Line Trail or at the broader regional website run by Sports Backers, We look forward to seeing you there!

3rd Annual Art Pop-up, Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm!

Where?  Funky deck and garden of Nancy Falcone and Mark Vasas, 1501 Wilmington Avenue. Plenty of on-street parking.

Come enjoy this traditionally-loved, festive event, viewing and shopping the arts and crafts of local artisans, in a lovely neighborhood andf garden setting. Vendors booths will be arranged in a back garden and funky deck setting. Jewelry, mosaics, garden ornaments, ceramics, hanging beads, potted succulents, and more. Support RVA Artisits!

GPRA Fall Event!  Progressive Appetizer Night, Saturday, October 22, Reserve the Date & Volunteer to Host or to Be a Chef! 

Travel throughout historic Ginter Park, nosh on appetizers with a rotating group of neighbors, enjoy a few libations and make memories with old and new friends!!

If all the pieces and parts fall into place, GPRA will have a Progressive Appetizer Night on October 22, 2022. This is an Association fundraiser, so here is an opportunity to support your neighborhiood and have some fun!

In order to make this happen, we are looking for 5 hosts that will open their house or outdoor spaces to around 100 neighbors, 20 to 25 people at a time. Also need 15 neighborhood “chefs” to make special appetizers (GPRA will cover up to $100 of food costs plus a free ticket) for serving at our host houses. GPRA will provide the beverages.

If you are interested in opening your house for a fun night or willing to make some fabulous nibbles for our evening, please send an email to Julie O’Kelly at no later than September 14, 2022.

Once we know the evening is a definite, tickets will go on sale through the website. There will be a limited number of tickets so purchase early once they are available! Tickets offered at a reduced price for Members of GPRA.

Again, if you are willing to host in your house or willing to “chef” up, please contact Julie O’Kelly at  

A portion of the proceeds for this fundraiser will go to a selected charitable organization or project. 

Thank you to Julie O’Kelly, Prudence Justis, Maggie Stewart and Nancy Falcone for creating this event!  

Seeking Nominations for 2022 “Gracie” Award

Celebration and Ceremony at Bloemendaal House, LGBG, by Invitation, October 11

At the centennial of the Ginter Park Residents Association, founded in 1909, the Grace Arents Benefactor Award was created in honor of Lewis Ginter’s niece, Grace Evelyn Arents. Grace (1848-June 20, 1926) was an heiress, an activist, businesswoman, and philanthropist who made remarkable contributions to the Ginter Park neighborhood and to Richmond. The “Gracie” has been awarded annually to an individual or group who have made a significant contribution to the neighborhood or to the Association.

Eligibility for the Award

  • The nominee should be an individual or group, who have made a substantial contribution to the neighborhood or to the Association through volunteerism, an on-going service, or a project or initiative.
  • GPRA Board Members serving during the award period are ineligible.

To submit a nomination

  • Submit your nomination in writing with a description of the contribution made by the nominee, some biographical information about the nominee, and your contact information to
  • The full GPRA Board reviews nominations and selects the winner by vote.
  • Deadline for submissions is September 12, 5:00 pm
  • There will be an awards ceremony and celebration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Bloemendaal House, and invitees will include prior award winners and guest speakers.

Third District City Council News

From the Desk of Council Member, Ann-Frances Lambert

Senior Resource Fair, Wednesday, September 14, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

3rd District Resource Fair flyer[26055]

CW Lambert in partnership with the department of aging and disabilities will be hosting a senior resource fair on Wed. 9/14 from 11am – 1pm at Pine Camp Recreation center.


We need to recruit 3 volunteers to help direct parking and to help with the execution of the event.  We would need them to commit to help from 10am – 2pm that day.  Lunch will be provided for them. To volunteer, Contact:

Kiya A. Stokes, Liaison for The Honorable Ann-Frances Lambert

804.646.6055 (office) (email)

In Other Neighborhoods, Reserve the Dates!

Bellevue Porchella, Saturday, September 24!  

The wildly popular Fall version of Porchella ius coming to Bellevue! Music, food, beverages, strolling, lounging on lawns…