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Church Hill Reunion 2015 is this Saturday

From JJ Minor:

The Church Hill Reunion will take place on this Saturday, September 12, 2015 at George Mason Elementary School (Ethel Bailey Furman Park) from 12pm – 6pm. Looking forward to seeing all of my family and friends. Please share this information.

There ain’t no party like a Church Hill Party. Straight Outta Church Hill…

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Ryan Ramsey
Ryan Ramsey
4 years ago

Seeing this post makes my heart sink. This event has a history of not only trashing the immediate blocks around the park, but potentially sparking violence from rowdy participants (I can recall two years where shootings ended this event early, including a shooting on my block last year). The amount of cleanup and trash generated from this event is sickening. What would help is having the cleanup crew extend out 2-3 blocks in each direction to pick up trash after the event ends at 6 PM. Security for the event should also be heavily increased. I love a community event… Read more »

Ashley Noelle
Ashley Noelle
4 years ago

Don’t forget the trash bags

jamie
jamie
4 years ago

Oh Lawd…there should be a law against it. Be vigilant people. Call the police at the hint of anything off-color!

Philip
Philip
4 years ago

I sent a note to Dept of Parks and Rec with the city to inquire about the event – permits, staging, etc. Will let you know if I hear anything back. Last year, there was a City of Richmond stage that was brought in for the event.

CD
CD
4 years ago

I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic on not, Jamie.

jamie
jamie
4 years ago

@5…Sarcastic? not one word was meant as sarcasm. This event wreaks havoc on the neighborhood. The attendees have no respect for the area hosting the event…loud music, trash everywhere (not just on the property but thrown into yards blocks away) public urination on private property, obnoxious behavior, shootings. Who needs this mess?

Has anyone lodged formal complaints about this event in prior years? I can’t believe permits get issued for this.

wobobee
wobobee
4 years ago

Great. Can’t wait to find shit and toilet paper at my alley gate again this year.

formerlibbyhillresident
formerlibbyhillresident
4 years ago

When I owned property across the street, I always expected to be picking up the trash left behind the next day. Wrappers, bottles and even dirty diapers. Down home, indeed.

Julia H
Julia H
4 years ago

Clean up the next day is unacceptable! It should be cleaned up as soon as the event ends! Leaving trash overnight, food and drink containers at least will attract rodents, etc! If it falls in the storm drains, it pollutes the James! I urge anyone concerned to call the City Health Dept, the permit office, Parks & Recreation, etc!

jamie
jamie
4 years ago

Julia H…I hear you loud and clear. Here’s some interesting information about one of the organizers… James E. “J.J.” Minor, III of Richmond, Virginia Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe in July 2015. Mr. Minor serves as a Project Analyst for both Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities and the Department of Economic and Community Development. Mr. Minor’s responsibilities include compliance with MS4 Environmental Compliance Reports, creating public education and outreach programs for storm water management and pollution reduction in the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Mr. Minor attended Virginia State University. Maybe he should start by conducting some public education and… Read more »

Sloan
Sloan
4 years ago

Interesting, Jamie.. Just curious…where did you find the information about Mr. Minor?
Appointed by the Governor?

L B
L B
4 years ago

Here we go again. I live closer to Libby Hill/St. Patricks, so I always have problems whenever there is something there, such as High on the Hog and the Irish festival. Trash, more dog poop than usual, and I have seen people peeing against houses/garages. It has gotten better, I guess since the neighborhood is changing so people have more respect for the residents, but it is still bad. However, this is the one that gets the complaints? Not the other gatherings? I guess I need to find out who to complain to with the bike festival and Hogtober coming… Read more »

@Church hillian
@Church hillian
4 years ago

jamie you sound racist if you dont like black people move also the irish fes. Is 10 times bigger 10 times mor trash 10 times more drunks and no parking

@Church hillian
@Church hillian
4 years ago

i dont like to get on here any more cause of comments like that

Josh
Josh
4 years ago

I have contacted everyone that I can think of about this unwanted event and no one has replied. I’m praying that it pours rain from Noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday so that those of us who live here will be spared the aftermath and potential danger to ourselves.

CD
CD
4 years ago

I don’t really go to any of the festivals up here, but I like the energy around them and I like the idea of people getting together and having a good time.

The Reunion is a long-running event that predates most of any of yall moving into the area, I bet. Your complaints come across just flat out racist.

wobobee
wobobee
4 years ago

The Irish Festival consistently provides an adequate number of trash cans and port-o-potties for their event. They also do a pretty good coordinated clean-up afterward. I have lived in Church Hill for nearly ten years and I have never seen the Church Hill Reunion provide any of these things. THAT is the problem. I’m talking piles of trash, sitting for weeks. I’m talking about a hundred people using the alley behind my house as a toilet. It’s not about race, CD, it’s about event planning. Though some people suck at articulating it, that is where these complaints are coming from.

Ryan Ramsey
Ryan Ramsey
4 years ago

wobobee: you hit the nail on the head. The comments on this event are not about race, it is about a poorly excecuted event where security, litter bins and bathroom facilities are sorely lacking. I’m tired of picking up a part of the mess afterwards. My e-mail to the Parks & Rec. Director and Ms. Newbille remain unanswered too (although in fairness I sent the message at 9 PM last night). I hope to hear something at some point. It would also be nice if the blocks around this event were notified at least 2-3 weeks ahead of time about… Read more »

Jamie
Jamie
4 years ago

@14 Church hillian. Sounds to me like you have a guilty conscience. Please enlighten me how any potion of my comment was directed toward any particular race? If you’re going to throw around the race card, you should be prepared to defend your implication. I suspect that may be a loss for you though. I could care less if you’re black, blue, white or green… Bad behavior is bad behavior no matter how you want to make excuses for it. The commenters that have expressed frustration with this event are only asking the organizers to ensure the attendees respect the… Read more »

L B
L B
4 years ago

Well I have tolerated the crap from events being held at Libby for many years. And I do live within that 2-3 block radius of the park, and not much farther from St. Patrick’s. I will admit that it is getting a little better (although almost event I see at least one person peeing, only once pooping, though you claim there are port a potties), but only because people may know someone that lives in the neighborhood now, instead of treating it like the trash people thought it was 15 years ago. It does feel like whenever certain gatherings are… Read more »

Ziti
Ziti
4 years ago

Maybe some post-mortem photo documentation of these events would help make the case about which ones need to do a better job of sanitation.

BC
BC
4 years ago

Maybe it is poorly organized, but you shouldn’t try to end the event because of a few unlawful citizens. There are people who gather at this event to remember the times we had during our years in Churchill. You can’t control how people act. There should be security present. Nascar is this weekend. Have you ever seen the trash left by them. I have. The trash is never picked up until the next day. The neighborhood is littered with trash, noise and intoxicated people, riding up and down the street screaming out of their cars waving their flags. No one… Read more »

mary anne
mary anne
4 years ago

Well said CD, LB & BC! I hate the trash too but this is a reunion party so presumably the people attending this event have ties to this neighborhood that are probably far deeper than most readers of this blog. Calling the police if you see anything “off color” is a bit presumptuous. Haven’t you ever been drinking and having too much fun to notice how loud & rude you’ve been to people living nearby? Ask yourselves why they are no longer living here in church hill. Perhaps the cost of living here got too high for them to afford… Read more »

mary anne
mary anne
4 years ago

Well said CD, LB & BC

Dyvonne King
Dyvonne King
4 years ago

Volunteers will be onsite on Sunday morning as there will still be people there after we wrap up at 6 pm. We’d like to get up as much trash as possible. The city won’t pick up the cans until Monday. I’ll be sure to post pics after the volunteers are done!

Julia H
Julia H
4 years ago

Concerns about this festival have nothing to do with race! It is about a lack of event planning and behavior of attendees! Comparing this festival to NASCAR or the Irish festival deflects from the issue here! Comparisons do not win arguments! I hope those willing to come out in the rain, have a great time! Yesterday, I counted 28 superbins available for trash! I hope the event organizers will be conscious of the neighbors this year

Carolyn Loftin
Carolyn Loftin
4 years ago

I hope that anyone posting negative comments are also conscious about the effects of certain social classes moving to a once highly neglected area, in which the majority of the attendants of the reunion only occupied, but can no longer afford because Church Hill is the “it” place to live. Notice that I didn’t hide my real name mainly because I’m not here to condemn, I’m simply urging all to handle things with a little more humility. I am not in favor of one side or another. I just hope that one day each of you can reflect/look back at… Read more »

Imani clark
Imani clark
4 years ago

Everybody that is talking shit but u stay in church hill if u don’t like it get out lord it’s not hard tired of hearing the same thing church hill is my home I’m from church hill ??????

Julia H
Julia H
4 years ago

Update-drove by park around 9pm and the litter is at a minimum!! It is hard to see in the dark but I think it ended up working out ok for surrounding neighbors! 🙂

Dyvonne King
Dyvonne King
4 years ago

I’m at the park now and don’t see any litter. Julia H it really doesn’t work out if the event causes so much strife.:(

Florence archer
Florence archer
4 years ago

church people how do you sound ???????? dont worry wait soon it will be all yours an how you want it to be, we will all be gone so that you can enjoy your new Rome . for this deeper than you think.

AP
AP
4 years ago

Florence you’re right, this conversation reflects something deeper. “You have to know the past to understand the present.” If you’re interested in learning more, I’d recommend these:

1. TED talk about being a neighbor in Church Hill. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7cDeMjvrFjU

2. Richmond Hill’s fall class on Race- http://www.richmondhillva.org/fall-lecture-series-begins-september-28-730-pm/

3. A book on the history of Richmond- “Unhealed Richmond” by Ben Campbell

jamie
jamie
4 years ago

@34…Oh wow…here we go. The comments posted here were strictly related to bad behavior, plain and simple.

1. Throwing trash on city or private property- wrong
2. Urinating in public- wrong
3. Shooting guns in a populated area-wrong

Glad things were better managed this year. It’s incredibly ridiculous how people try to rationalize, minimize, or otherwise make excuses for the actions people are complaining about. This has NOTHING to do with race- I don’t think these behaviors are acceptable by any race.

wobobee
wobobee
4 years ago

Yes, I agree this does go deeper. But many people complaining here are not calling for the end of the event. They are simply asking for better management. Imani and Florence, do you think your neighborhood should be trashed? Do you think a garbage and glass-strewn Church Hill is the unavoidable result of this event? It is not. With better planning, the Church Hill Reunion can be safe and clean for everyone. EVERYONE deserves to live in a clean environment. And the fact that many long-time residents of the neighborhood do not expect or demand a clean environment is a… Read more »

L B
L B
4 years ago

That’s the thing, though. Somehow the Reunion is responsible for things that happened several years ago, under different management. This year appears to have been a success. So I will save this post on my computer, and next year maybe when John posts about the reunion we will not have so many negative comments, since #28 does not want comparisons to other events that were once not quite as organized and clean. Your comparison will be the 2015 Reunion, not the 2012 or whenever one, because that was the distant past with different people running it.

wobobee
wobobee
4 years ago

LB: A success? It rained all day and the few people who did show up got to enjoy the tension of an increased police presence due to fears of retaliatory violence for the double homicide that took place in the area just two days before. From your South-of-Broad home, you obviously have your finger on the pulse of what’s going on north of M Street. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this event next year!

L B
L B
4 years ago

Please do not assume you know where I live. Know that you can cross Broad street when you talk about 2-3 blocks from Libby Hill. And I’m only responding to the poster who said that it looked clean, which would be a success seeing as though the first posts were complaining about trash strewn about the neighborhood. And since I have been in this neighborhood a lot longer than most posters, I do know a lot of the people that would have been at the reunion, which is why I usually go, including knowing and hanging around people north of… Read more »

Ryan Ramsey
Ryan Ramsey
4 years ago

As a follow-up, the trash from the event was far less this year when compared to 2014. I want to thank everyone who used the trash cans at the event or helped pick-up the trash on Sunday. I still had some extra pick-up of trash on my block and along M Street (the gutter pans were ignored for trash pick-up). I also didn’t encounter or hear of any violent activity during the event. I’m not sure anyone can use this year’s event as a measure to rate next year’s reunion. As wobosee stated, it rained and attendence appeared to be… Read more »

DAC
DAC
3 years ago

I understand about the trash and the lack of sufficient security. It’s not pretty, but for many years before a lot of you became residents, we didn’t have all this confusions or concerns. This event used to be all day til 8pm with no incidents. That’s because we old school who been here 30 plus years know how to conduct ourselves and have fun, see former classmates and neighbors reunited. We didn’t see all of these negatives until certain types of our youths want to use it like gangster land. If these youths don’t want to respect our event, they… Read more »

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