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Weekend Events: MLK Mass Meeting, Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday Bash

Posted at 12:46 PM, Jan 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-18 16:24:55-05

RICHMOND, Va. – There are several events scheduled this weekend to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Central Virginia:

2015 Living the Dream, Richmond’s annual commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holds its 2015 Citywide Mass Meeting at 10 am, Monday, January 19th at Cedar Street Baptist Church, 2301 Cedar St, Richmond. The program features guest speaker Rev. Peter Wherry, Pastor of the Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, The Mass Meeting is free and open to the public.

MLK Day of Service Event with Radio One Inc. and Rolling For Freedom,  Monday, January 19, 11am – 7pm at Southside Community Center, 4100 Hull Street, South Richmond; Features voter registration, Veterans Helping Veterans, Restoration of Rights and many more, details

An MLK Groove at Oyster’s Pearl – Robbie Cunningham Sings The Songs of Al Jarreau, Saturday, January 17, at 7:30pm & 9pm;  Road, tickets are $20, reservation $15. For tickets visit, under MLK Weekend of Groove or call 804-716-5524. Jazz Calendar featuring J. Tucker January 21 & 28; Wayne Patterson Trio January 23 & 30; Rick Elliot – January 22; Carlton Blount January 24;  & Keith Anderson – January 29 at Oyster’s Pearl, 1401 Roseneath  Road, more details or call 804-716-5524.

MLK Day Commemoration at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, features historic Jackson Ward photographs with Kitty Snow, great-granddaughter of Harris Stilson, known as the “poor man’s photographer.” The free program is Monday, January 19, 2pm at 600 North 2nd Street, for more details visit or or call 804-771-2017.

The Freedom Classic Festival honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy of the Civil Rights movement. Basketball Game between  two historically black universities–Virginia State University and Virginia Union University at The Richmond Coliseum, doors open at 4pm. Details

Other Events:

“Shiver in the River” Saturday, January 31, community clean up, James River Jump and Winter Festival. Registration now at or Friday, January 30, 4pm -7pm at Capital Ale House Downtown or Saturday 11am at Historic Tredegar. Winter festival & community cleanup starts noon, James River Jump 1:30pm & Winter Festival finish 3:30pm. For details visit or call 894-665-2908.

Edgar Allan Poe’s 206th Birthday Bash, thirteen hours of performances, music, tours, activities and exhibit openings ending with a midnight toast to Poe in the Poe Museum’s Poe Shrine. Walking tours include retracing the steps of Poe’s last night in Richmond and Poe’s two failed engagements to his fiancée Elmira. Birthday Party is Saturday, January 17, noon – 12am, 1914-16 East Main Street. For details visit or call 804-648-5523.

Richmond Jewish Food Festival, Sunday and Monday, January 18 – 19, 11:30 – 7:30 both days at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, 5403 Monument Avenue. Admission is free, Sponsored by Keneseth Beth Israel, for details visit or call 804-288-7953.

“Million Dollar Quartet,” Friday & Saturday, January 16 & 17 at the Altria Theater, Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm & 8pm., tickets visit or call 800-514-3849.

Richmond Fishing Expo, at Meadow Event Park, Doswell, 13111 Dawn Boulevard; January 17 – 19, Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Adult tickets $8, Seniors & Military $7, Jr. Anglers (6-12) $5, children 5 and under admitted free. Details

Winter Blues Jazz Fest, Through January 18, in Williamsburg, for details at

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum Beijing” extended through January 19, 2015, for details visit or call 804-340-1400.

Richmond Symphony “Rachmaninoff” 2 at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage,  Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.

FUTURE Events: Annual Ghost Watch at Centre Hill Museum, tickets are on sale now, evening tours of Centre Hill Museum will be offered Saturday, January 24, the event includes ghost story telling and guided tours. Legend has it that a regiment of soldiers, presumably Civil War, makes their presence known at the museum. According to the legend soldiers can be heard marching along the passageway, up the stairs with their sabers clanging going into the room over the office. About 20 minutes later, the soldiers are heard descending the staircase, crossing the hall and leaving after slamming the door. Then all is quiet. Tours begin at 6 pm and will leave every 15 minutes until 8:45 pm. Reservations are required, visit Centre Hill Museum, at 1 Centre Hill Avenue, before January 24. Tickets are $10 and the tour is recommended for ages 12 and older. For more information contact (804) 733-2401. For more information on City programs visit

Winter Warrior Women Build: Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to address in a concrete way the housing crisis facing millions of women and children across the globe. All participants receive a t-shirt and lunch on site the day they volunteer. Your registration fee of $37 goes directly to the current local housing projects. Available Projects- $37/person. Limited to a first come, first serve basis, Saturday, January 31st (Chesterfield Rehab), Wednesday, February 4th (Chesterfield Rehab), Wednesday, February 4th (Church Hill New Build), Thursday, February 5th (Chesterfield Rehab), Thursday, February 5th (Church Hill New Build), Saturday, February 7th (Chesterfield Rehab), Saturday, February 7th (Church Hill New Build). Email Whitney Guthrie, for Women Build questions! For more information about Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity, visit for details.