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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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