Archives for June 2010

Blowing Rock, NC

Posted June 17, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Date: Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM
Subject: Ride to Blowing Rock

I have attached some recent pictures of a trip to Blowing Rock NC Dave and I took this Thursday and Friday.

We left early Thursday and rode to Blowing Rock via RT 360 - 58 - 8- 89- I77- and 421 ( about 310 miles). Friday we traveled the Blue ridge parkway back to Roanoke ( 188 miles ), then Rt 460 & 360 home ( 325 miles total ).

The last shots are a market at Meadows of Dan, VA ( MP 178 on the parkway ) and Mabry Mill ( MP 176 ). One of the highlights was a biscuit with black cherry jam Friday morning at a spot along the parkway ( the jam was actually from Michigan ).

We decided to run the parkway north and stay over two nights, however, when we exited at Roanoke we were only 140 miles from home and decided to come on in.

It was a bucket list ride, but I am not going to record it that way because it would mean I would not be doing it again. In fact I can't wait to ride the parkway again.

Wish you all could have been there.


Click on each photo to enlarge.

Colonial Downs, Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Posted June 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Experience all the fun and excitement of thoroughbred racing from our vantage point overlooking the finish line.

Our Private, Air-conditioned, Sky-Suite includes:

  • a self service betting terminal
  • an outdoor balcony overlooking the track
  • simulcast television of the races
  • private restroom
  • a tended bar

Our all-inclusive package provides:

  • Admission to Colonial Downs
  • Official race program and tip-sheet
  • Buffet Dinner in the Sky-Suite (alcoholic beverages not included)
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • A race named in honor of the BRMC and a Winner's Circle presentation

The Details are:

  • Space is limited to 50 guests for this exclusive event
  • Reservations are only $50 per person and will be accepted on a first paid basis.
  • All reservations will be confirmed by phone and a wait list will be compiled if over subscribed.
  • Sorry, no refunds or cancellations.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Proper attire is required in the Sky Suite - No jeans, tank tops, flip-flops are permitted.

For further information or questions, please call Jules Roinnel at 608-1261.

To minimize the cost of this great event, we have eliminated the $700 charge to charter a bus. Rather, we will meet at Market Square at 2:15 p.m. to form car-pools and to provide transport for those members who do not wish to drive. Post time for the first race is 4:00 p.m.

Send the registration form and check to:

Jules Roinnel, 14010 Summercliff Terrace, Chesterfield, VA 23832

Epicureans, Tuesday, June 22 at Six Burners

Posted June 6, 2010 at 9:04 PM
The Date -- Tuesday, June 22
The Place -- Six Burner Restaurant & Bar

a neighborhood favorite at 1627 West Main St., in Richmond's Fan District.

Chef Philip Denny "has upheld Six Burner's highly praised culinary reputation while giving this cozy Main Street eatery's menu a conservative taste of his style." In six years, Six Burner has become "a consistently enchanting culinary gem."
Dana Craig, Richmond Times Dispatch. January 7, 2010.

"talented chef Philip Denny ... presents his fare so beautifully that it is essential to take a moment, admire, breath in the enticing aroma and then dive in"
Hollister Lindley, Richmond Magazine, January 2010 - One of the 25 Best Restaurants.

The Brandermill Region Men's Club has arranged for a special Prix Fixe Three Course Dinner at $35 per person. Eight members of your hard working scout team were unanimous, and gave Six Burner eight "thumbs up."

The menu ....

1st course ... your choice of
*soup du jour
*manakintowne mixed green salad, seasonal accompaniments
*buttermilk fried oysters, spicy tartar sauce

2nd course ... your choice of
*lamb loin, locally grown mushrooms, snap peas, glazed turnips, lamb demi
*jumbo crab cakes, grits, apple fennel salad, mustard horseradish butter
*hanger steak, summer squash and tomato, broccoli rabe, shallot demi

3rd course ... choose from
*selection of gelato or sorbet
*vanilla panna cota

This prix fixe dinner is offered at $35 per person

Additional featured offering:
Wine by the glass at half-price, during both the cocktail hour and dinner.

We begin the evening at 5:45 p.m., with a pay as you drink social hour (your drink charges may be added to your dinner bill) and we are seated for dinner at 6:45. We will order at the table from the special menu.

Individual checks may be paid by cash or by credit card, and will include tax and an 18% gratuity.

Space is limited in this "cozy eatery," so early and firm reservations would be a wise choice. Reserve your space with Lou Seminare for this special offering, at -- or by phone 744-4517.

Street parking is limited, so car pooling and timely arrival would also be wise choices.

Directions from Brandermill: Take the Powhite Parkway to the Downtown Expressway. (Right hand lanes after the James River Bridge.) Take the Belvedere St. exit just past the toll booth, toward US-1/US301/Belvedere St. Merge onto Idlewood Ave. Stay in left lane, turn left onto S. Cherry St. and go 2/10s mile. Turn left onto VA-147S. West Main St. and go 4/10s mile, to Six Burner at the end of that block, on the left.

Buan Appetito