From the Church Hill Association of RVA
(Photos by David Lynch and Patricia Munford)
The Annual Church Hill Candlelight Walk, held on the evening of Friday December 8th, was a magical holiday event. A group of hearty and joyful walkers (Union Hill Association) began the walk at Jefferson Park at 7:30 pm led by bagpipers and drummers. Just in time, the rain and sleet turned into big, fluffy snowflakes that floated down on the parade as the cheerful sounds of the crowd echoed through our village.
The Union Hill residents and friends were joined at Patrick Henry Park by those who attended Vespers at St. John’s Church. The glow of candles and the sound of bagpipes and drummers moved with the crowd as they made their way through the historic streets of Church Hill on to Libby Hill Park. There the crowd was met by Sean Priest and his gang of elves from “Home Town Realty Services”. They generously provided and served hot chocolate and cookies for all the good boys and girls.
“The Good Old Richmond Holiday Rambler Boys.” led the caroling in front of the view of downtown Richmond all lit up for the holidays. The crowd sang “Here Comes Santa Clause” to announce the arrival of jolly Santa in his big red suit. He passed out candy canes and posed for memorable family pictures with children of all ages. Caroling continued as snowmen were built, dogs rolled in the snow and friends and families enjoyed what was a very special event. It was a magical holiday moment that will be cherished by many for years to come.
Financial and In-Kind Sponsors
In addition to the overwhelming contributions of hundreds of volunteers, The Church Hill Association of RVA, a 501C3 non-profit entity, is grateful for the numerous contributions made by our community members and businesses. Both in-kind and financial contributions made the annual Candlelight Walk and the Holiday House Tour memorable events and a financial success. The proceeds from these events are a primary source of revenue for the grants routinely made to our Greater Church Hill community’s causes and charities. Thank you all!
Sponsorship & Level
$1- $99 – Friend
Bamboo Ink (In-kind donation)
$100 to $249 – Neighbor
Francesca & John Glynn
Nelle & John Sieg
$250 to $499 – Family
Sharon & Edson Pederson
Sean Priest –Home Town Reality Services (In-kind donation)
Buck Ward- RVA Trolley (in-kind donation)
$500 to $749 – Benefactor
Genni Sasnett & Tom Wilds (in-kind donation)
$750 to $1,000 & above – Patriot
Style Weekly (In-kind donation)
Businesses hosting House Tour ticket sales included: Hill Cafe at 2800 E. Broad St., Patrick Henry Pub at 2300 E. Broad St., Poe’s Pub at 2706 E. Main St., Shops at 5807 at 5807 Patterson Ave., Sub Rosa Bakery at 620 N. 25th St. , Union Market at 2306 Jefferson Ave. , and WPA Bakery at 2707 E. Marshall St.