Richmond venues hold inauguration viewing parties

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Several venues around central Virginia are hosting inauguration viewing parties. From spiritual prayer services at local churches, to jumbo screens at clubs with themed treats, Richmond has something for anyone who wants to take part in Tuesday's historic events.

Tina Kafantaris, the manager at Joe's Inn, says what began as a joke among the coworkers will become a reality at the inauguration themed brunch.

"Everyone has just been obsessed with this election and really involved with what's going on and really excited for the historic reasons and it just became a thing of why not? Why not do it?"

Kafantaris says the menu will include lots of silly puns, like the "obamalet" and "wamalet" in honor of the outgoing president, George "W" Bush. The beverages will also share in the patriotic spirit.

"We're calling coffee 'stimulus' for the day.  We're giving out free cups of stimulus and we have a lot of cocktail specials as well."

When the clock strikes twelve Tuesday, Kafanteris says one thing is for sure.

"We're witnessing history.  It's a huge deal and it's something we will all remember for the rest of our lives."

The crew at Toad's Place says it is expanding what it does best: hosting live music acts to play before and after the ceremony. There's room for nearly a thousand people to watch on fifteen jumbo screen televisions.

"We wanted to do something a little different," says Marketing Director Patrick Mamou. "This venue can do a lot of different things, from concerts to private events and corporate affairs too, so we thought it would be a great experience for people to experience Toad's in the daytime."

Some Richmonders won't be able to take a break from work for the ceremony but they say they're counting on camaraderie among their coworkers to make the day special.

"I think we're all really excited to see what he does and to be a part of it in some small way," says Bendy Savedoff, who was unable to take off work for the inauguration.

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