Richmond is celebrating its 14th annual Doors Open event with seven new sites joining its extensive list this year.
Doors Open, which is organized by the Richmond Museum Society, offers a sneak peek of what happens behind the scenes at more than 30 unique Richmond buildings and sites and is a chance for community members to learn about the stories of the people who make up the City of Richmond.
From local family-run restaurants to how city streets get named, the event showcases the city’s cultural diversity and heritage of local businesses, museums, civic centres and places of worship.
Here are seven new sites to explore this year:
- Anar Persian Cuisine
Anar Persian cuisine is a family-run restaurant that serves traditional Persian cuisine. Watch how Persian dishes are prepared and learn about special ingredients and dishes used in traditional Persian cooking.
- Connections Community Services, Indigenous Led Outreach and Support Program
A non-profit supporting the diverse needs of children, youth and families. Learn about the sacred smudging ceremony traditionally performed by Indigenous Peoples across North America. There are two special plants that are referred to as medicines and often used in the smudging ceremony as well.
- Richmond Chinese Community Society
A non-profit organization promoting the spirit of community services amongst those with a Chinese ethnic background. The society will show what they do to promote various activities such as the Mid-Autumn and Asian Heritage festivals.
- Fairchild Radio AM 1470 and FM 961
Take a virtual tour of a local radio station inside Richmond’s Aberdeen Centre and how a live radio program is produced and aired.
- Fairchild Television and Talentvision
The television site offers a virtual introduction of their work and how their station is like behind the camera.
- Steveston Harbour Authority
Check out how fish sale floats are managed and how the Stevston Harbour Authority operates and maintains the facility as a commercial fishing harbour.
- City of Richmond Roads/Panning
When new roads get built, they need new names. The City of Richmond’s property records clerk Kathy Tong will explain how the city street naming process works and how residents can also get involved.
A full listing of Doors Open 2021 activities can be found on the event’s website.