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Easter Egg Roll

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Easter Egg Roll at Point of Honor

Lynchburg Parks and Rec and the Lynchburg Museum System will once again present their annual Easter Egg Roll on the Lawn at Point of Honor.  This year it is being held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 between 10:00 until 12:00.

The Easter Egg Roll is free and open to the public.  Your children can take part in various egg rolls (arranged by age), have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, listen to stories read by local celebrities, visit the petting zoo, have their faces painted, visit the jumpy castle, plat corn hole, learn a spring craft, enjoy the live music and have delicious treats from the food trucks.

Point of Honor is located at 112 Cabell Street.  There is plenty of parking, please be aware of no parking signs and directions!

Easter Egg Roll at Point of Honor

 

Art Expo-Lynchburg, Virginia

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Meet Local Artists at the Art Expo

On Saturday, April 6, 2019 Lynchburg’s Parks and Recreation, along with the Seven Hills Art Club will present the 4th annual Art Expo.  This free community event will be held between 8:00 until noon at the Lynchburg City Armory.

Speak with local artists at the Lynchburg Art Expo

The Lynchburg City Armory will be transformed into a fine art exhibition and art sale.  Over 3 dozen locally established artists, art vendors, galleries and emerging artists will be showcasing their art.  Live demonstrations will take place throughout the venue.  All art work displayed will be available for purchase.

The Lynchburg City Armory is located at 1200 Church Street.  Parking is available on the street or at the Lynchburg Community Market parking lot.

A “soft opening” will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 between 6:00 until 8:00 at the Lynchburg Community Market.  Saturday the galleries open at 8:00 AM.

For more information visit www.lynchburgparksandrec.com/art-expo-lynchburg or call 434.455.5874.

At the Academy Center of the Arts, Chart Toppers of the Past

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Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Center for the Arts

The  Academy Center of the Arts, a historic theatre in Lynchburg, Virginia is hosting an evening of the best-loved Broadway and Billboard hits on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  Between the hours of 7:30 until 9:00 pm the Jefferson Choral Society will sing songs known and loved by all.  A trip down memory lane, the repertoire includes You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban, What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong, Happy, Pharrell Williams and Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkle, among others.

The Jefferson Choral Society is Central Virginia’s oldest and largest adult choir. It was chartered in 1990  and is composed of more than 85 members.  The Jefferson Choral Society has performed throughout Virginia, Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  They have traveled to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, England and Scotland.

Tickets can be purchased at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Theatre box office at 434.846.8499.  General admission tickets are $20.00.  Box Seats are $35.00.  You can view the seating map for the theatre at www.academycenter.org.  Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg.

The Academy of Music, as it was originally known as, first opened its doors on February 1, 1905.  Approximately 800 people attended the grand opening, which included the musical comedy “The Show Girl.”  Those who attended were reasonably affluent, as the tickets cost $10 a seat, or $280 today!

The theater closed its doors in 1958.  In the early 2000s, a restoration effort started.  Local community leaders, philanthropists, business owners, and concerned citizens banded together and committed to restoring this historic, cultural icon in downtown Lynchburg.  In December 2018 the theater came alive once again, as part of the Academy Center of the Arts.  Various performances, theatrical and choral events are scheduled throughout the year.  Visit their website www.academycenter.org for a calendar of upcoming events.

The Academy, as the locals call it, is located just blocks from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and all the wonderful downtown restaurants so you can leave your car here and enjoy a great dinner, fantastic show and get a little exercise as a bonus.

Star City Cat Fanciers Cat Show

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Are you a cat lover?  Do you enjoy seeing cats of all colors, sizes and breeds?  The Cat Fanciers’ Association Cat Show in Roanoke, VA might entertain you for a weekend.  This year’s event is January 26 & 27, 2019, between 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Valley View in Roanoke, 3315 Ordway Drive.  540.362.4500.  Admission is $5.00 per person plus a pet food donation for orphaned cats at the local humane society.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association was founded in 1906.  The CFA is currently the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats.  It is known as the most prestigious pedigreed cat registry in North America.  They host cat shows around the country.

What happens at the Cat Show?  Exhibitors compete is a variety of classes and rankings.  Exhibitors show “household” cats and “pedigreed” cats.  Cats are judged based upon their breed, color and sex.  Awards are given for First, Second and Third places overall, by color, best of breed, champion of breed and merit awards.  It is anticipated that approximately 200 cats will be exhibited this year.  Each judge chooses a top cat in the Kitten, Championship, Premiership and Household Pet classes.  Judging takes place simultaneously in various rings.

cat show

In addition to the judging rings attendees can visit the benching area where the cats and exhibitors relax between judging events.  There you might see grooming taking place and have the opportunity to talk with an exhibitor.  A vendor area is available with items for sale for both cats and cat lovers.

Celebration of Lights

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Celebration of Lights

Lynchburg Virginia’s Parks and Recreation department is hosting it’s third annual Celebration of Lights in December 2018.  Riverside Park will be lit with displays, snowflakes and various light features to honor and celebrate the season.  This event is free and family-friendly.  Between December 7 until December 31, 2018 the event will be open nightly between the hours of 5:00 until 9:00.  Except on two special occasion nights this event is a drive-thru event.

There will be three special event nights during the Celebration.  Friday, December 7, 2018 will be the grand opening.  Members of the Parks and Recreation department will be on hand to welcome you and wish you holiday greetings as you begin your travel, via car, through Riverside Park.  Friday, December 14, 2018 is Pedestrian Night.  Pedestrian Night allows visitors to walk through Riverside Park to slowly take in the ambiance of the light displays.  Thursday, December 20, 2018 presents a magical night of carriage rides throughout Riverside Park.  The carriage rides are hosted by Lexington Carriage Company.  You can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while the horses do all of the work, pulling you through the park.  **Please note: all carriage rides are offered on a first come, first served basis.  It is advised you register in advance to ensure you get a seat!  Rides cost $6.00 per person.  Tickets are required.  Tickets can be purchased on the Lynchburg Parks and Rec website www.lynchburgva.gov or at any of the community enters throughout Lynchburg.

Riverside Park is located 2238 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503.  Check-in for the special event nights is located at the tennis courts.  For more information visit www.lynchburgparksandrec.com/programs-and-activities/celebration-of-lights

Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew Festival

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Bluegrass Barbecue and Brew

Patrick Henry’s Red Hill is hosting the Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew festival on Saturday, November 3, 2018, between 11:00 until 5:00.  Located at 1497 Red Hill Road in Brookneal, Virginia you don’t want to miss the flavors and sounds of Southern Virginia.  Combining the love of history with the love of music, barbecue, and Virginia craft beer the festival’s intention is to have festival attendees fall in love with Southern Virginia.

Bluegrass BBQ and Brew

 

Music was the entertainment for the 18th century.  Patrick Henry played the flute and fiddle, both of which can be seen in the museum at Red Hill.  The featured bands at this year’s festival are Breaking Glass, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and Nothin’ Fancy.

During the 18th century raising hogs was easy.  They would roam throughout the nearby woods so there was little to tend to.  Farmers would smoke and cure the meat.  You will have a choice of meats as your barbecue entree.  All of the barbecue vendors are from South Central Virginia.

Bluegrass BBQ and Brew

You will also be able to sample and purchase local beer and cider.  While Patrick Henry was governor of Virginia he hired a Scotch brewer to make beer.  Henry never served anything stronger at the Governor’s dining table.

Enjoy the museum, historic buildings and the grounds that Patrick Henry loved.  Listen and dance to the music.  Visit the local art and craft vendors, to start your holiday shopping.  Fill yourself with delicious barbecue, beer or cider (but remember to do so responsibly.)

Tickets are either general admission or tasting tickets.  The general admission ticket, $15.00, allows you access to the bands, food and craft vendors, admission to all of the historic buildings and the museum and grounds.  Tasting tickets, $20.00, gives you all that the general admission ticket does along with your choice of a pub glass or a wine glass, for sampling.

Things to remember:

  • Festival hours are 11:00 until 5:00.  The music starts at 11:45 and the last pour is at 4:30.
  • Bring your own chairs or blanket for seating to watch the Bluegrass performances.
  • ID must be shown for all tasting ticket holders at the gate.
  • Docents will be available throughout the historic site, buildings and grounds.  Red Hill was Patrick Henry’s last home and is his burial place.  Take the time to enjoy the seven historic buildings, his grave site and the beautiful grounds overlooking the Staunton River Valley.

For more information call 434.376.2044 or visit www.bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com

Have fun!