This holiday season, as usual, provided enough Paperless Post invitations to keep our calendars full and our schedules hectic. Lucky for us they also offered up a wonderful mix of outdoor activities, festive shopping opportunities and a series of arts-related events that made the long days worth it.
Here are a few that stood out.
HUNT AND GATHER – LEDBURY
It was more like “Bundle Up and Gather” on a chilly November Saturday in Goochland, where Richmond clothier Ledbury held its fifth annual Quail Hunt/Gather, a celebration of the people who helped make the year a success. Folks mingled with quail hunters and their dogs – fresh from the fields of Orapax Hunting Preserve – while perusing seasonal clothing and woolens on display from a series of vendors. Of particular interest was Moore & Giles of Lynchburg, which offered bespoke tailored leather goods. For guests with a taste for action, there were field and pond activities including archery, horseshoes and fly fishing. Hearty fall fare from area restaurants including Brunswick stew from The Roosevelt, truffle cavatelli from Heritage, and savory brisket from Metzger Bar and Butchery. Meanwhile, helping attendees fight off the chill were a collection of mixologists whipping up Bulleit whiskey drinks while live folk music and a rustic vibe eased everyone into the full-on fall season.
photography by George Culver
BRANDING THEIR ART – GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL OF THE ARTS FASHION SHOW
The Governor’s School for the Arts Fashion Show is quickly becoming a highly anticipated tradition. December’s event marked the third year in a row a standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Chrysler Museum of Art to view original creations of talented high school students. Inspiration this time around was drawn from the museum’s keynote exhibition, Branding the American West. Standout pieces included a gold bison-motif tunic, a faux fur wolf transformational dress, animal skull headpieces of papier-mache, and hand-painted circle skirts inspired by the landscapes and sunsets of the Southwest. The Governor’s School jazz band provided the lively soundtrack for the show, while a catwalk the length of the museum offered an opportunity to admire creative and original pieces in varied mediums, pieces modeled by the students themselves. Prizes in the show, which was juried, were awarded to the top three designs. All entries will be in Center Court at MacArthur Center from March 4 through 17.
photography by Eleise Theuer
PUT A STAMPT ON IT
The ViBe Creative District in Virginia Beach got the holiday shopping spirit rocking Dec. 2 and 3 by showcasing the inaugural pop-up event for STAMPT, a company that specializes in hosting style and fashion events. Titled “A Little Fashion Holiday 2016,” the party featured chic handbags from the nationally renowned Khirma New York, as well as must-haves from regional favorites Beecroft & Bull, Trish, Vintage Wild Orchid and ContraVan, among others. As one fabulous event ended, another started: the STAMPT launch, that night at the Oceanaire hotel’s Ultra Craft cocktail lounge. New York City deejays Jasmine Chess and DJ RayZ pumped the music as guests sipped on crafted cocktails featuring vodka from the Richmond distillery Cirrus. Many attendees willfully jumped into the interactive Keshot photo booth for playful moments that became instant GIFs.
photography by George Culver
WILLIAMSBURG HARVEST CELEBRATION
The Historic Triangle in the fall: the place to celebrate the story of farm- and sea-to-table cuisine. At the five-day Williamsburg Harvest Celebration in November, Distinction hosted an oyster roast at Yorktown’s Riverwalk Landing, featuring fare from Virginia’s oyster regions.
photography by Keith Lanpher