Timothy Christian sorts through a box of fresh leafy greens as he prepares for holiday shoppers at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market in Shockoe Bottom. Similar markets have sprouted in the Richmond area, but this market is the oldest. It has been a public gathering place since 1737, five years before Richmond was incorporated as a town. The site was designated as a “public market” in 1779, just a year before Richmond was officially named the state capital and three years before Richmond was designated an independent city. The city is to give the market area a facelift to create a more European-style plaza.
Rainy day in North Side
Jefferson starts joyous season // Hundreds of Richmonders, area residents and visitors kicked off the holiday season with the 30th Annual Tree Lighting on Monday at The Jefferson Hotel. The Downtown hotel was decked out with garlands, lights, poinsettias and a holiday scene crafted of gingerbread by Sara Ayyash, The Jefferson’s executive pastry chef.
Jefferson starts joyous season // members of the Richmond Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America perform during the free event.
Jefferson starts joyous season//
The ceremony concluded with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who lit the tree. The tree and gingerbread scene will be on display though Sunday, Jan. 1.