Mark your calendar…..the Lynchburg, VA Holiday Market is back in 2019!
Saturday, November 2, 2019 is the day for you to shop, eat and have fun in downtown Lynchburg. Over 100+ vendors and multiple food trucks will be found in the Urban Arts Garage, located at 1001 Commerce Street, starting at 8:00 AM. The vendors, from Lynchburg and the area surrounding Lynchburg, will be presenting their handmade items and art work. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support the local non-profit Mission Empowerment.
Early Bird shoppers can purchase a ticket for $10. Early Birds will be allowed into the venue between 8:00 until 10:00. General admission tickets are $3 and allow you to shop between 10:00 until 3:00. Tickets are currently available at www.hillcityhandmade.com.
It’s that time of year again! The Sedalia Center Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019. This is the 23rd Annual Sedalia Center Chili Cook-Off.
Gates open at 11:30 AM and the tastings begin promptly at High Noon! 40-50 cooking teams will be competing for a variety of titles and prizes. Winners will be selected for Best Chili 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place along with Best Presentation and the most Popular Choice.
Bring a chair, your dancing shoes and come hungry, as you will sampling many different chilies. Live entertainment performances will be provided by Rare Form, Pete Turpin and Mountain Run Band. Local food and cold brew will be available for purchase. Campers are welcome, either tent of RV. Camping sites are either $15 or $30 per night. Shower and restroom facilities are available. Please note: no pets or coolers are allowed on the festival site.
Tickets are $10 in advance from lynchburgtickets.com and $15 at the gate. Children under 12 are free.
Chili Cook-Off hours are 11:30 until 7:00. The Sedalia Center is located at 1108 Sedalia School Road, Big Island VA. For more information call 434.299.5080 or visit their website at www.sedailiacenter.org.
Are you intrigued by Thomas Jefferson and his never quenched quest of knowledge? Then you might want to spend Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Peaks of Otter in Bedford County.
“Thomas Jefferson” and National Park Service rangers will guide guests to tour the scenic mountain peak of Sharp Top. Thomas Jefferson will provide his unique perspective on the cultural and natural histories the mountain holds. The tour, via shuttle bus, begins at 2:00 and will last about 2.5 hours. Space is limited therefore reservations are required 1.866.387.9905. A shuttle bus fee does apply, price to be determined later.
Following the tour you can extend your time at Peaks of Otter Lodge and join Thomas Jefferson for dinner at the lodge. Starting at about 5:00, Jack Gary, the Director of Archaeology at Colonial Williamsburg will speak about Jefferson’s 1815 hike of the Peaks of Otter to take measurements, his calculations and discovery. Following his lecture you will retire to the dining room to enjoy a special dinner. The menu includes:
- Peanut Soup
- Artisan Greens Salad
- Pan-fried Rainbow Trout with Parsnip-Carrot Puree and Fried Round Potatoes
- Coffee and Tea
The cost of the lecture and dinner is $73 per person plus taxes.
A conversation with Jefferson, tour, dinner and overnight stay package on the night of September 15, 2019 is available. The all-inclusive package is $315, plus applicable taxes, for 2 people. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Call 866.387.9905 for additional information and to book your tickets.
Mike and I will be joining the tour and will stay for dinner. We have never hiked to Sharp Top, and since it is an extensive hike the shuttle bus sounds good to me! We will hope to see you there.
On the night of Saturday, September 7, 2019 you can experience a unique opportunity at Poplar Forest. Dr. Neal Sumerlin, former Director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory at the Claytor Nature Study Center at the University of Lynchburg, will share his and Thomas Jefferson’s love of astronomy.
Spending the evening on the south lawn of Poplar Forest Dr. Sumerlin will showcase the night’s sky. Following a short presentation about Thomas Jefferson and his fascination with astronomy you will then study the moon, stars and planets in the early fall sky. If the weather cooperates you may be able to see:
- the first quarter moon, a little less than half illuminated
- Venus in a crescent phase
- Jupiter with its four largest moons visible
- Saturn with its rings tilted for great visibility and its largest moon Titan
- Mars, not long after its closest approach to Earth in several years
The Stargazing Event will take place between 7:30 until 9:00. Reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited. Admission is $10.00 per person, for guests 12 years old and older. Tickets can be purchased online (www.poplarforest.org/events) or by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.
Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Ridge Road, Forest, VA. The main phone number is 434.525.1806.
The Academy Youth Theatre is a creative and challenging outlet for students who are interested in the theatre arts. Kids learn to open their minds, explore different worlds through scripts, scores and characters and to be able to tell a story in a variety of ways–words, song, dance, mime and more.
This summer the Youth Theatre will be presenting four plays during the months of July and August:
- The Lion King, Jr. youth theatre camp program will introduce middle schoolers, over a 2-week timeframe, to Disney’s story. The African savannah will come to life with Simba, Rafiki, Scar and others as they journey to Pride Rock. Everyone who participates in the camp will have a role, although auditions will be held for specific parts. Participants must be between 12-14 years old. The cost of the camp is $300 and will be held July 8 through July 20 between 10 until 4.
- Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr. will allow students between the ages of 8-12 to participate in a theatrical production where the cast members escape from their home in New York City’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on a journey to Madagascar. Everyone who participates in the camp will have a role, although auditions will be held for specific
parts. Camp will be held July 22 through August 3 between 10 until 3. The 2-week camp costs $275.
- A Wrinkle in Time is geared for middle and high school students, between the ages of 12-18. The story of a young heroine who joins forces with others to battle the forces of evil, save her father and in the end find herself. The camp will be held July 29 through August 10 between 10:30 until 2:30. The cost of the camp is $225. All camp participants will have a role, although auditions will be held for specific parts.
- The Jungle Book will be performed in conjunction with Compass Creative Dramatics. The one week camp will take place August 5 through 9 between 9 until 3. Participants will race through the jungle against a band of jackals. This camp is open to participants between grades 1-12. The cost of this camp is $200.
Performances will be held either in the Historic Academy Theatre or the Warehouse Theatre. The Lion King will be presented July 19 & 20. Madagascar, A Musical Adventure will be performed August 2 & 3. A Wrinkle in Time will be shown August 9 & 10. The Jungle Book completes the season on August 10. Ticket prices range between $9.00 to $20.00 depending on the performance date, time and seat location.
For more information about the camps or performances contact Kelly Posenauer at 434.528.3256 at the Academy Center of the Arts.
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!
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