On April 29, 2017, Lynchburg, Virginia’s Lynchburg Parks and Recreation is attempting the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Tree Hug, at Peaks View Park, from 3 until 8 pm. To break the current world record at least 1,500 people will need to participate and hug a tree.
What is a tree hug and how will we break the record? All participants will register, either in advance or on-site beginning at 3:00. Each participant will be given a wrist band either at registration or when you check-in. Between 3:00 and 4:30 you can take advantage of all of the activities that set up for the after party. Starting at 4:30 the kick off ceremony will begin. At 5:00 pm all participants will travel to your pre-assigned tree-hugging zones within Peaks View Park. At 5:30 an alarm will sound signaling the beginning of the hug. Every attendee will simultaneously hug a tree for 60 seconds–arms spread completely around the tree trunk. At 5:35 an alarm will sound signaling the end of the tree hug. The official attempt for the World’s Largest Tree Hug will be completed. Then from 5:35 until 8:00 the after party will be in full swing. The after party will feature live music, food trucks, vendors, inflatables, laser tag, a rock climbing wall, mountain bike demos, bubble balls, face painting, the hammock lounge, how to make a rain barrel lessons and more. Between 8:00 until 9:45 the Movie in the Park will be show The Lorax on a giant screen. For the adventurous a free camp out will take place between 9:45 until 9:00 the next morning. A full day of excitement, fun activities, good food and a night under the stars.
Details about this tree hugging attempt are as follows:
- this event is free
- anyone aged 5 or above can register and participate in the Guinness World Record attempt
- you may pre-register at www.lynchburgparksandrec.com/guinness-world-record-registration/
- you may register at the event on April 29
- the only entrance into Peaks View Park for this event is 1200 Ardmore Drive
- parking will be at the Ivy Creek and Tenbury Drive lots
- offsite parking at WalMart or on the streets, shuttle service will be available
For more information visit www.PleaseDoHugTheTrees.com
We will see you there!
Lynchstock Music Festival is moving to downtown Lynchburg, VA!
The Academy Center of the Arts is producing this years Lynchstock Music Festival, although the series of concerts are organized by Lynchstock, and Lynch’s Landing is working in partnership with the Academy.
The Academy’s Riverfront Park Concert Series will kick off on Saturday, April 22, 2017 with the Lynchstock Music Festival. What is the Lynchstock Music Festival? It is the largest local music and arts festival in Central Virginia. This year over 40 local and national bands, musicians and performers will celebrate Lynchburg, music and a good time, between the hours of noon until 11 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Blues, soul, folk, hard rock and metal will all be represented. Bands include: Dawes, Jenny & Tyler, Anthone Ray , Atlas Rhoads and local musician Lee Campbell and his group Quick On My Feet are just a few of the performers. In addition to the music there will be food vendors, food trucks, art and hand-craft vendors and more. At the end of Lynchbstock there will be an after party at Glass House from 11 until 1. The after party will feature DJ’s, a bar, food and more.
Presale tickets are available until April 22, 2017. Ticket prices are as follows:
- presale ticket $18; $25 at the door
- presale ticket plus a t-shirt $35
- VIP ticket $50–ticket, free meal, drinks and shaded tent with prime seating
- presale ticket and Lynchbstock after party $28
- After party ticket $10
Lynchstock will be held rain or shine. For more information visit www.lynchstockmusicfestival.com.
Additional Riverfront Park Concerts, as presented by The Academy Center for the Arts, will be held on June 10, free, July 8, $10, August 12, $10 and September 30, $10. Artists and additional details will be announced at www.academycenter.org.
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is the proud sponsor of the Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting. This event will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, between the hours of 11:00 until 5:00. Since you will have completed your taxes by then why not spend the afternoon celebrating America, Thomas Jefferson and the unbelievable opportunities we experience everyday?
The afternoon of April 15th is dedicated to the enjoyment of one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite beverages. You will discover new brews from more than a dozen local and regional craft breweries and cideries. Local food will be available to pair with the beers. Take a moment to shop the local artisans and vendors. On the south lawn enjoy performances by local musicians.
This 2017 event will offer a VIP hospitality experience during the festival. VIP ticket holders will enjoy access to a private tent on the rooftop of the villa’s service wing, 20 festival tastings, exclusive tasting of specialty brews from Blue Mountain Brewery, heavy hor d’oeuvres and much more. VIP tickets are $125 per person or $225 per couple.
Ticket prices are as follows:
- tickets for 20 tastings: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
- tickets for 10 tastings: $25 at the door
- tickets for 10 additional tastings the day of the event: $10
- non-tasting tickets: $10
Advance tickets are strongly recommended, as this event usually sells out. Contact Poplar Forest at 434.525.1806 or visit www.tjcraftbeertasting.com for more information.
Again this year, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is presenting their Barrels, Bottles and Casks Tours. The tours this year begin on March 24 & 25, 2017.
The popular tasting tours will focus on the beverages and spirits consumed at Poplar Forest during the cool spring months. Guided tours will begin in the kitchen and progress through the house with stops for sampling different beverages and the sharing of insights into the types of foods consumed by Jefferson and the enslaved residents of Poplar Forest. A cellar-side whisky tasting will be presented by Virginia Distillery Company, along with light seasonal snacks. On display in the Wine Cellar will be a special exhibition of kitchen and dining artifacts found during recent archaeological excavations on the grounds of Poplar Forest.
Tours will be conducted on both Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm each evening. This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120 or online at their website, www.poplarforest.org. Tickets are $25.00. Visitors under the age of 21 are welcome.
For more information call 434.534.8120. Enjoy responsibly.
These tours will repeat on July 28 & 29, 2017 and October 6 & 7, 2017.
On Saturday, December, between 10 until 2, the Interfaith Outreach Association will be hosting the Downtown Lynchburg Historic Church Open House. Nine churches, within a 5 block area of downtown Lynchburg, VA, will be open for tours. In addition to touring the churches each church will be presenting musical performances throughout the tour time as well as a silent auction.
The participating historic churches of Lynchburg are:
- Court Street Baptist
- Court Street United Methodist
- First Unitarian
- First Baptist
- St. Paul’s Episcopal
- Holy Cross Catholic
- Diamond Hill Baptist
- Eighth Street Baptist
- Jackson Street United Methodist
Some interesting facts about a few of the churches on tour follow:
Court Street Baptist: was organized in 1843. It holds the distinction of being the “mother church” of all Black Baptist Churches in Lynchburg. The renowned architect R.C. Burkholder designed this church. Its spire is the tallest object on the downtown skyline, 167 feet above ground level. The copper ball on the top of the spire is 9 1/2 feet in circumference.
Court Street United Methodist: was organized in 1849. This church is considered the “mother church of Methodism” in Lynchburg. Known for its music, the second pipe organ in Lynchburg was installed in 1866. A Midday Music Series is performed from May through September with area organists and instrumentalists as well as guest organists from other cites and states.
St. Paul’s Episcopal: St. Paul’s crèche and angels memorialize and honor loved ones. From Advent until the Epiphany they are remembered in the prayers of the Parish. Children of the Parish add a small stone or some moss to help in the creation of the crèche scene. At the beginning of Advent the precipio are atop the columns throughout the nave. Each week they make their way to the manger. On Christmas Eve a child carries the baby Jesus as part of the procession and places him in the manger.
Diamond Hill Baptist: founded in 1872. The late Rev. Haywood Robinson, Jr. was the longest tenured Pastor having served this house of Zion for 36 years, from July 1964 until his retirement in 2000. Close relationship with Virginia Seminary (currently the Virginia University of Lynchburg) many ministers have been ordained here.
Eighth Street Baptist: grew out of Church Street Baptist. Dedicated in 1899. The interior is reflective of the worship practices of the late nineteenth century Protestant congregations. It is an auditorium church with sloping floors and carved pews facing a shallow chancel.
Tickets to the tour can be purchased via cash or check at the Lynchburg Visitor Center, Depot Grille, Boonsboro Pok-E-Joes, Aylor’s Farm Store or the Outreach Association Office at 701 Clay Street. Adult tickets are $20.00. For more information contact the association at 434.846.6098.
All proceeds form the tour benefit the Outreach Association programs. These include Emergency Assistance, Emergency Heating Assistance for the Elderly, Furniture and Furnishings for abused women, Interfaith Building and Vision Information Programs.
Again this year the YWCA is going to showcase local designers, contractors, vendors and small businesses in the YWCA Lynchburg Design House. The designers and contractors will be redesigning and redecorating rooms, using their skills and the latest design techniques, to transform an ordinary house into an extraordinary one. Each designer or contractor will utilize paint, fabric, furniture and accessories for a total makeover. You, as a guest visitor, will be able to see the work and vision of these talented people. You will see color choices and color schemes, furniture choices and placement along with rugs, artwork and accessories to make the room shine. Almost everything in the house is for sale!
In addition to touring the magnificent house this year’s special events include a fashion show, a mother-daughter tea and a bridal show. A preview party provides an opportunity to meet all of the participating designers who will be showing off their room and their work. In addition to the special events there will be an on-site boutique and Christmas shop, sponsored by the Farm Basket.
All of the proceeds from this event, put on solely by volunteers, directly supports the YWCA mission and programs, with special attention to the Domestic Violence Prevention Center.
This year’s house is located at 1418 Harrison Street, in Diamond Hill. Known as the Kean-Jackson House it was built in 1855. The style is Gothic Revival. R. G. H. Kean was the head of the Bureau of War for the Confederacy and was married to Thomas Jefferson’s great grand-daughter.
The Design House will be open Saturday, November 12 through Sunday, December 4, at various times Thursdays through Sundays. The special events will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The house is also available for community groups for events of their own.
For more information contact Caroline Hudson at 434.847.7751 or email@example.com.
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