How Full Is Your Richmond Bucket List?

Cover of 100 Things to Do in Richmond Before You Die

  • Meet the author, get a literal "taste" of Richmond, win RVA prizes, and hear from four groups that should definitely be on your Richmond bucket list. 

Annie Tobey

Anne Tobey leads a panel discussion on all things Richmond with Connor Doyle (The Coalition Theater), Martha Harper (Ghost Guide with Haunts of Richmond), Shelley Sackier (Reservoir Distillery), and Dan Schmitt (The Virginia Capital Trail).

Richmond has marched confidently into the future while still paying homage to its roots. In 100 Things to Do in Richmond Before You Die, you'll get a look into the places and experiences that make Virginia's capital rich with history, culture, culinary explorations, and more. Soak in the history at the region's many Civil War sites, along the Richmond Slave Trail, or at St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry once proclaimed, "Give me liberty, or give me death." Discover insights and chills at the quirky Edgar Allan Poe Museum; inspiration at the home of Maggie L. Walker, the first Black woman to establish a bank; and beauty at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Explore the trails and waterways of the James River Park System, a natural urban paradise that runs through the heart of the city. Cruise the Virginia Capital Trail, a paved path that reaches from Richmond to historic Jamestown. Catch live theatrical performances and concerts from the Richmond Symphony to rock and soul. And between tours, adventures, and entertainment, refresh yourself at one of the city's many award-winning restaurants and craft beverage makers. Richmond-based writer Annie Tobey shares insider views of the city. Whether you're a local or a visitor, 100 Things to Do in Richmond Before You Die adds fun and meaning to this 400-year-old city.

A native Richmonder, Annie Tobey has seen the city grow and blossom. She has experienced the best of her city both as a fun-loving resident and through the lens of a travel writer. She is an award-winning writer, an editor of several magazines, and beer columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and enjoys covering local craft beverages, museums, restaurants, and more. A long-distance runner, she has also created history-focused Richmond running routes, fine-tuning appreciation for her hometown.


Meet the panelists:


Connor Doyle produces, directs, and performs at Richmond's The Coalition Theater, and is the theater's current Dean of Students. He has trained in, taught, and Connor Doyle performed improvisational comedy for 15+ years throughout Richmond, Chicago, and beyond. He is an alumnus of the University of Virginia, and currently lives in Richmond's Museum District with his family. The Coalition Theater in Richmond is a nonprofit theater focused on creating an inclusive space through laughter. In addition to making a positive impact in the community, the theater offers extremely high-quality shows on a weekly basis, and classes across the comedic disciplines (improv, stand-up, sketch, etc.). Whether it's to learn about a new date night spot or to get some more info on that comedy class you've been secretly thinking about signing up for for years, you'll get great info out of this session!


Martha Harper is a born and raised Virginian with a passion for history and drawing lessons from the past. A student advisor by day, she works to help students reach their full potential in their chosen field. On nights and weekends you can find her leading ghost tours on foot, or driving guests to Richmond's landmarks with RVATUKTUK. Martha will talk about how Haunts of Richmond shares the city's past through a spooky lens, and how this is not only entertaining, but educational as Martha Harper well. Martha is an engaging storyteller, with a gift for painting a picture of events with her words. You will walk away having not only been entertained, but also with a memorable image of what Martha shared with you. 



Shelley Sackier is Reservoir Distillery’s Director of Distillery Education and the author of Make it a Double—From Wretched to Wonderous: Tales of one Woman’s Lifelong Discovery of Whisky. She pursued Shelley Sackier working within the world of whisky after completing a short course in Scotland’s Bruichladdich distillery. For the past twenty-five years she has devoted her efforts toward creating a plainspoken, easygoing, and humorous grasp on the subject for those new to brown spirits. Her work has led her to interview, apprentice, and create whisky with a wide variety of great talent within the industry. Her aim is to distill down this sophisticated spirit one simple sip at a time. 



Dan Schmitt Dan Schmitt, Trail Coordinator and an avid Cap Trail cyclist. An overview of the Virginia Capital, plus activities and people who can benefit from the trail, upcoming and ongoing events, and top historic spots along the route. If you already know about the Virginia Capital Trail, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn something new!




Event date: 

Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

10464 Ridgefield Pkwy.
Gleneagle Center
Henrico, VA 23223
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ISBN: 9781681064703
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Published: Reedy Press - September 1st, 2023