The Shady Grove Coffeehouse is a non-profit concert series hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Glen Allen, VA, in the northwest suburbs of Richmond. We present acoustic, traditionally-based music, and got our start in 1998, when members of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church began to present concerts to help raise funds for our new building. We presented three such concerts at the First Unitarian Church: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen in 1998, Dana Robinson in 1999, and Bob Franke and Lui Collins in 2000.
In 2001, with our building underway, we presented our first concert in Richmond’s West End: a Ground Hog Day Extravaganza featuring Karen Trump, Dee Kysor, and The Clam Brothers at the Foxhall Clubhouse. In July 2001 we presented our first concert in our new church building: Dave Nachmanoff. We’ve presented over 160 concerts in the sixteen plus years since then.
Net proceeds from our concerts help to support the work of UUCC; our goal, though, is not merely to raise money, but also to build a home for acoustic, traditionally-based music in Richmond’s northwest suburbs. We present, on average, slightly more than one concert per month, and feature both local and nationally touring musicians.
To support the growth of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church by building a community of interest around acoustic, traditionally-based music.
To create community through music, by presentin the best in acoustic music in a family friendly, smoke- and alcohol-free environment.
Robin and Bill Allman, Karen and Bruce Bartek, Sharon and Peter deFur, Bob and Vickie Dickinson, Janet and Scott Hammer, Greg Leghart, Jackie Mulvey, Rick Lux, Art Ritter, and Emilie Webb.