Category Archives: Go Mason

FREE T-SHIRT! $1 = 4.8 lbs of food to FeedMore!

#MASONNATION!  CLICK HERE to donate $10 or more online to FeedMore (Central Virginia Food Bank) and help #MasonRVA alumni beat VCU alumni at home (and 27 other alumni associations) for the 5th annual Alumni Charity Challenge.

Forward your FeedMore donation receipt to and get a FREE MasonRVA t-shirt.

Donations for the challenge will be accepted through September 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

MasonRVA’s goal is to raise 5000 pounds of food ($1042) and all donations will be matched up to $500.

And if you happen to live or be in Richmond Virginia between 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 stop by and visit MasonRVA and fellow alumni @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.  We will be accepting food donations, as well as, have a laptop onsite so you can donate online.

We will have MasonRVA t-shirts as well!


BEAT VCU! $1 = 4.8 lbs of food to FeedMore!

#MASONNATION!  CLICK HERE to donate $10 or more online to FeedMore (Central Virginia Food Bank) and help #MasonRVA alumni beat VCU alumni at home (and 27 other alumni associations) for the 5th annual Alumni Charity Challenge.

Donations for the challenge will be accepted through September 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

MasonRVA’s goal is to raise 5000 pounds of food ($1042) and all donations will be matched up to $500.

And if you happen to live or be in Richmond Virginia between 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 stop by and visit MasonRVA and fellow alumni @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.  We will be accepting food donations, as well as, have a laptop onsite so you can donate online.


Join MasonRVA in Pittsburgh, PA for the A10 Tournament

Come join Mason alumni in Pittsburgh for the A10 Tournament.  Look for follow alumni from Richmond wear a MasonRVA t-shirt as ask for some MasonRVA swag!
MasonRVA will also be hosting alumni before the VCU game on Mar 4th in Richmond.  Stay tuned for details and plan to join us whether you have a ticket to the game or not.

March 8 – 12, 2017

Pittsburgh, Pa

Your Patriots are coming to compete at the PPG Paints Arena for the Men’s Basketball A-10 Championship, March 8-12.

Join fellow alumni, fans, and friends before and after the games at the Mason Nation Headquarters to rally in Patriot pride. At Crafted, you’ll enjoy complimentary appetizers from the George Mason Alumni Association while sharing your Mason spirit with the crowd.

There’s more to do in between the games! Why not make a weekend out of it? Get to know highlights of Pittsburgh by visiting local restaurants and attractions recommended by local alumna, Jamie Heagy ’05.

A10 Championship Updates

All-Session Package: $179
(Mason has been assigned blocks of seats in sections 113, 114 and 116)
Single session tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the arena box office.

(in the Marriott City Center)
112 Washington Pl
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Questions about this event?
Please contact Kendra Walchinsky at 703-993-8737 or via email at

Event Reminder: Wed, Sep 30, 2015 5-8:30pm

Once again, MasonRVA is participating in the Annual Alumni Charity Challenge and we need your help! We have won this challenge for the last 2 years so help us do a 3-peat on Wednesday, Sept. 30. We will be collecting canned goods to benefit needy families in the Richmond area at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery from 5 – 8:30 p.m. All donations will benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank.

If you have any questions regarding the Alumni Charity Challenge, please contact Rob Walters. Like us on Facebook and check out for the latest information on events and activities.

With Patriot Pride,
Rob Walters ’88
MasonRVA Club Leader

Mason Nation goes to Brooklyn

Top 10 Reasons Mason Alumni should go to the A10 Championship in Brooklyn

A10 MBB Championship

A10 MBB Championship

The Mason Nation traveling well to the 2014 A10 Men’s Basketball Championship in our first year in the A10 is a great opportunity for Mason Nation to display on a big stage, in arguably the greatest city in the world, that our university is more than just one of the nation’s top up and coming universities.  It will show we care.

Unfortunately, expecting to make a run in the tournament may not be one of top 10 reasons to go this year.

As of the date of this posting, our team is still “undefeating” in the A10, so why go?

Jalen Jankins

Jalen Jankins

#10 – Junior’s Cheesecake and 200 Fifth Restaurant & Sports Bar (Mason Nation HQ) in Brooklyn.

#9 – Increase visibility with out-of-state students by being in Brooklyn when (if) Jalen Jankins receives the A10 Rookie of the Year award in his hometown.

#8 – We will not have to play VCU in Richmond.

Freedom Tower

One World Trade Center
(formally the building known as the Freedom Tower)

#7 – Enhance the Mason brand both regionally and nationally by showing that Mason Alumni know how to eat New York Style Pizza properly.

#6 – Expand Mason Nation, build community, network, make new friends, see a show on Broadway with your new friends, and visit the Freedom Tower together.

#5 – See the “real” New York City as the guests of NYC area alumni, not tourists.

#4 – Attend events with the #1 Most Entertaining Pep Band in College Basketball

Mason Patriot

Mason Patriot

#3 – Demonstrate pride in your alma mater on the Today Show wearing a Mason Patriot Hat and face paint.

#2 – Excuse to party in New York City

#1 – Don’t stop believin’

See you in New York March 12 – 16!  It’s the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day so you will have plenty of green (and gold) to wear if you decide to stay for the parade on Monday.


Virginia Food Bank wins for RVA – Mason wins bragging rights

AlumniCharityChallengeTHE CHALLENGE (Alumni Charity Challenge) – Which Richmond area alumni chapter can collect the most canned goods at Hardywood on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013.

MasonRVA ready for the challenge!

MasonRVA ready for the challenge!





Unfortunately W&M and University of Richmond alumni missed the challenge this year due to homecoming conflicts (or at least that is their excuse 😉

Too much for the box!THE PRIZE – Bragging rights.

THE RESULT – Mason Alumni get to brag!

1st Place: George Mason – 1,091 LB
2nd Place: VCU – 602 LB
3rd Place: JMU – 327 LB

If you missed thchallenge we hope you will make the event next year!  We are going tneed all the help we can get to keep our bragging rights.  

Starting to get a bit chilly.


@MasonRVA would like to thank those who made it possible to win “Bragging Rights” (sorry if we miss anyone)…

Anna Goltz – the best Alumni Rep ever @MasonAlumni – for driving down from Mason and bringing the tent, the swag, and her husband.  Not sure how you left at 3:30 and got to RVA before 5:30 – probably don’t want to know.

Brian Jones @B_R_Jones – for bringing the donations from the friends of MasonRVA from up north.


Alumni Charity Challenge 2013 - Brew Tour Raffle

Elaine Gregory ’09 – for her generous donation that resulted in her winning the MasonRVA 1 can – 1 ticket raffle (prize: two tickets for an RVA Brewery Tour)

Tommy Miller and Richmond Brewery Tours for donating to the raffle.

My wife – for supporting me supporting Mason

Next MasonRVA event will be our 2nd Thursday’s Happy Hour Nov 14, 5pm-7:30pm at the Galley in Stratford HillsWe hope to see your there!
– Rob ’88


RVA Watch Party & TV Viewing Info For Mason CBI Game

Mason CBI


Local Viewing Locations for Mason fans


  • Champps Stony Point Fashion Park (Richmond)
    • FREE MasonRVA Koosie – 1st drink free if 1st time MasonRVA event attendees.

CBI Bracket

Mason Draws Road Game in CBI Opening Round (

Game Schedule 
Opening Round – Tuesday, March 19
George Mason at College of Charleston – 7:00 p.m.
TD Arena – Charleston, S.C.

TV: The game will be televised live nationally on AXS.TV (formerly HDNet). In the RVA area, AXS.TV can be found on:

  • Cavalier Telephone & TV Channel #311
  • DIRECTV Channel #340
  • DISH Network Channel #362
  • Verizon FiOS Channel #569



MasonRVA welcomes the Mason Nation to Richmond for the 2013 CAA Championship


The 2013 CAA Tournament may be the last time the Mason Men’s Basketball team will play in a tournament in Richmond, Virginia.  The fact the CAA Tournament may never return to Richmond is bitter sweet for alumni who call Richmond home.  As a Mason Alum who travels to Fairfax for home games, it has been convenient to have the tournament in our backyard and obviously any major event is good for the local economy.  I will admit however that I am looking forward to having an excuse to travel.  I like destination tournaments.

Richmond has not always been kind to Mason fans and I know many alumni are not very fond of our city (I read your comments on other blogs).  I would like to think this is mostly because Richmond was a home game for “that school that must not be named”, but I will admit that even the most devout Richmond native will admit the Richmond Coliseum is a bit dated (yes, I am being kind, but the city owes the Squirrels a new baseball park first, so we are stuck with the Coliseum).

Penny Lane PubIf all you know of Richmond is the area between Richmond Coliseum and “that school” and/or do not think much of Richmond for other reasons, I hope you will give the city one more chance this weekend.  I am sure winning will help, but I will suggest some things you might try away from the Coliseum .  You should have plenty of time between when you arrive on Friday or Saturday and when we win the championship on Monday night (Go Mason!).  Besides, you cannot spend all your time at Penny Lane Pub.

Friday Evening

If you arrive in town early enough for Happy Hour and want to impress your date, go to the Jefferson Hotel (4pm – 7pm).  If you are traveling with the kids, I recommend Bottom’s Up Pizza for dinner Friday night.

If you fancy a night on the town, head for the Shockoe Slip or Shockoe Bottom or  (no relation to “that local coach”).   Start at the Tobacco Company where well drinks are $1 between 8pm – 9pm.  If dancing is your thing, stay.  If you prefer live music, walk down the hill to Sine’s (Friday Country, Saturday Rock).


I will assume you will either be arriving from out-of-town or sleeping in after a night on the town and will be heading straight to Penny Lane and/or the Spirit Celebration w/ the Green Machine; but if you are up early and need to kill an hour or two, you will have time to visit…

Doc Nix and Friends

Don’t have so much fun you miss the game…

  • 8:30PM – Penny Lane Opens
  • 1:00PM – Spirit Celebration
  • 3:30PM – Mason vs Drexel
  • 6:00PM – Delaware vs Hofstra
  • 8:30PM – James Madison vs William & Mary

At some point, you will need to eat on Saturday night.  One of the things I used to miss about the D.C. metro area are the restaurants.  That is not an issue in Richmond anymore.  If you want a specific recommendation, come see me at Penny Lane before or after the game.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • $$$ EAT – yes, that is the name (as in let’s go to EAT! – short drive < 2.5 mi ** – reservations recommended if you don’t like to wait, but EAT is a hip place to wait)
  • $$$ Seafood – Boat House at Rockett’s Landing (short drive < 2.5 mi – great view of the city – reservations recommended) — or for more casual dining w/ no reservations – $$ Conch Republic is next door (great deck and view if temps are in the 60s this weekend)
  • $$$ Seafood – Rappahannock (walking distance – reservations highly recommended)
  • $$ Soul Food – Croaker’s Spot (short drive < 2.5 mi **)
  • Brew Pubs 
  • $$ Capital Ale House (selection & food – walking distance ~ 1/2 mi – live music)
  • $$ Legend’s (local craft beer – short drive < 2 mi)
  • $$ Mekong (selection & food – 8 mi)
* distance relative to the Richmond Coliseum.
** location may not win points for Richmond, but the food is worth it.


Millie's Diner

#18 – 100 Best Brunch Spots in America

Nothing is better after a night of celebrating than a good brunch and there are many good options in Richmond, but I only recommend one.  Be prepared to wait an hour (or more) – go to Millie’s.  What else will you do before heading back to Penny Lane for pre-game?

Sunday Night & Monday

MasonRVA KoozieIf you plan to stay in town, find me at Penny Lane and I will be happy to suggest more things to do.  I will be the guy with the MasonRVA koozies.

Our goal for this blog is to help Mason Alumni living in, working in, moving to, or visiting Richmond in anyway we can – and – to promote Richmond as great place to live, work, and raise a family (low cost of living, no traffic, great primary and secondary schools!).  I tried to keep my recommendations for this weekend brief, but I plan to provide much more detailed information about Richmond in future posts. I hope you will keep MasonRVA in mind any time you find yourself in Richmond and will stay in touch.