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
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.
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.
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
Posted by Central Virginia Fashion Week on Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The second year of Central Virginia Fashion Week will take place at River Ridge Mall on Thursday, October 25 until Saturday, October 27, 2018.
“Let’s Talk Fashion” combines the power and talent of the fashion, beauty and entertainment businesses to create an experience for the region while providing opportunities for emerging fashion designers, aspiring models, beauty and performing arts professionals. This year’s fashion week will strengthen the bond between arts and culture and the diversity of the art community.
During Central Virginia Fashion Week guests will be able to participate in several art productions:
- The one-of-a-kind creation runway showcase will be performed by emerging designers utilizing art of fashion and art on canvas.
- An avant-garde runway show will present a look into the future along with a beauty artisan runway show. At the conclusion of this runway show a “pop-up” shop will present exclusive designer pieces available for purchase.
Tickets to the event can be purchased at www.cvafashionweek.com. Tickets are sold as general admission, premiere admission or VIP admission.
- General Admission tickets are $15.00 each and permit the holder to 1 runway showcase and entertainment event.
- Premier Admission tickets are $25.00 each and permit the holder to 1 exclusive runway showcase, reserved front row seating, a red carpet entrance, live entertainment and an exclusive bag.
- VIP Admission tickets are $50.00 and permit the holder a weekend of fashion experiences. These include Friday’s exclusive emerging designer runway showcase, brunch at Saturday’s “pop-up” shop, Saturday’s hairshow, reserved front row seating, a red carpet entrance, live entertainment and a special invite-only admission to Thursday’s launch party plus an exclusive bag.
Hours of the event are Thursday, 10/25/18 6:00-9:00 pm, Friday, 10/26/18 6:00-9:00 pm, Saturday 10/27/18 11:00-3:00 and 6:00-9:00.
The sixth annual Lynchstock Musical Festival will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018. This year’s location is Riverfront Park, located at 1000 Jefferson Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. This rain or shine event will take place between 11:00 am until 11:00 pm.
Produced this year by the Academy Center of the Arts the list of performers, entertainers, vendors and food trucks is outstanding! There will be over 30 bands, musicians and performers. A few notable mentions are Dr. Dog, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Nicole Miller and Lynchburg’s own Tony Camm and the Funk All-Stars. More than 20 local craft and art vendors will be displaying their wares. A variety of food trucks will be assembled to feed you and provide liquid refreshment.
Tickets are available as general admission or VIP admission tickets. The general admission ticket costs $25.00 each and allows you entry into Lynchstock. The VIP admission ticket costs $65.00 each and allows you a VIP entrance, premier covered seating with outdoor patio and private bar, light refreshments and 2 drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased through www.lynchstockmusicfestival.com. Last year’s event was a huge success and this year’s is shaping up to be even better! Remember, guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast are within a sort walk to Riverfront Park.
The Historic Foundation of Lynchburg, VA is hosting it’s Tour of Homes on Sunday, September 23, 2018. This year’s historic neighborhood is Daniel’s Hill. Daniel’s Hill was first developed as a residential neighborhood in the late 1840’s, when Judge Daniel began subdividing and selling his plantation. In the mid-1870’s Daniel’s Hill began a building boom that transformed the neighborhood from largely rural farmland into a bustling residential suburb. Among Lynchburg’s historic districts Daniel’s Hill is unique for the diversity of its architecture. Styles range from Federal to Italianate to Georgian Revival to Queen Anne. Types of buildings include opulent mansions, modest working class homes, rowhouses, servant’s quarters, stores, factories and churches.
1. The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, 404 Cabell Street, is one of the homes open for tour. This Italianate mansion was designed by R.C. Burkholder and built between 1875 and 1878. Richard Thomas (RT) had the mansion built, after purchasing the double lot for $2,150. He married Emma Hurt and they had eleven children, with only five growing into adulthood.
The massive brick home is predominately a rectangle with both exterior and interior walls constructed of three courses of brick. Today’s 3-sided wraparound porch and porté cochere were added in the late 19th century, Queen Anne’s influence. A sweeping staircase is found in the entry foyer. Romanesque arches framing windows and doors, pediments, scrolled brackets, pilasters, overhanging eaves and pillars distinguish this mansion as Italianate in style.
2. 405 Cabell Street is known as the Dabney-Scott-Adams house. Built in 1852 it bears much evidence of its original configuration-a standard three-bay, hipped roof Greek revival with a one story porch. In 1882 the house was stuccoed, the attic was made usable with the addition of dormers and a glass conservancy was added to the left of the front parlor. The parlor to the right of the foyer still contains the original plaster mouldings and ceiling ornaments. The 2-story brick servants’ quarters remain, as a separate building to the left of the house.
The house is known in Lynchhburg history as “Dabney’s Folly”. Built by Albert Dabney, who also owned the Phoenix Foundry, he spent lavishly in the construction of the house. Ultimately he went broke and had to sell both the house and the foundry. The home has recently been purchased and the new owner will be restoring the home to its original grandeur.
3. 211 Cabell Street. The Queen-Anne style Waldron-Hancock House was built in 1874. The house retained most of its fireplaces and fireplace tiles, moldings, banisters and wainscoting, a corner cabinet and a servants’ bell hanging over the doorway into the dining room. The exterior of the house has been painted blue with lavender trim. Be sure and notice the curved clapboard above the upstairs sleeping porch, in graduated shades of lavender and purple.
The backyard contains a brick patio with ample space for entertaining around the fire pit, several vegetable gardens and numerous fruit trees. The owners envision rebuilding a carriage house, as was there in the late 1800’s.
4. 123 Cabell Street. A renovation of a fine, but smaller, house that has improved upon the original house with modern amenities while still preserving as many original and architectural elements as possible. Gutting an older house, reimagining rooms and traffic flow, removing walls, adding windows and reconfiguring kitchens and baths are the fun of “starting over.” The historic character remains but you can imagine yourself living here in 2018. When possible architectural features such as original moldings, mantles, claw foot tubs and detailed paneling are preserved. Located walking distance to all that downtown Lynchburg has to offer-dining, the theater and opera, museums, shops and the vibrant art scene Cabell Street is quickly becoming the place to live!
This year’s tour will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2018, between the hours of 1:00 until 4:30. Tickets can be purchased at the old church located at 217 Cabell Street. The Patron’s Party will take place at Rivermont House, located at 205 F Street, between 6:00 until 8:30. Ticket prices for the tour are $20.00. The Patron’s Party requires a separate ticket at $75.00.
Do you like to ride your bike? Do you enjoy riding in a unique setting? Are you up for a fun evening of a bit of exercise, community togetherness, nature and fun? Then the Glow Ride on Percival’s Island is just for you.
On Friday, August 24, 2018 you will pedal under a full moon. Meeting at Percival’s Island, you will ride 3 miles down the trail, turn around and ride back, for a total ride of 6 miles. Dress up. Wear bright colors, funny hats, unique shirts, have fun with it. Decorate your bike with glow sticks and lights. What about streamers? Flowers? Bows? Bells and horns? Again, have fun with it. A prize will be awarded for the most festive bike, so let your imagination run wild!
The ride starts at 8:00 pm and lasts until 9:00 pm. It is open to riders of all ages and abilities. All bikes MUST be decorated in lights of some sort to participate. The Glow Ride is free but you must register at www.lynchburgparkand rec.com. If you have any questions call 434.455.5858.
For guests staying at the B & B, Percival’s Island is located at the far end of downtown Lynchburg, VA from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, about 1.25 miles. You can ride your decorated bike from the B & B. Just remember, it’s a steep ride or climb back up Cabell Street from the trail. Main Street to Rivermont Avenue to D Street is a flatter route that may be a better choice. See you at the Glow Ride!
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