In 1931 construction began on Roanoke’s Grandin Theatre. The movie palace opened its doors in 1932 where shows were 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. The first theatre in Roanoke to show “talking pictures” it operated as a cinema for over 40 years before it closed (for the first time) in 1976. Reinventing itself as a live theatre, until 1985, it produced shows, screened classic movies and art films, hosted musicians and comics. The theatre closed again in 2001.
In late 2001 the Grandin Theatre Foundation was formed. An aggressive funding campaign was launched and in October 2002 the theatre was able to reopen after raising the funds to buy and renovate the theatre. Theatre history has been taking place ever since.
On Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM the Grandin Theatre will show Jaws, to celebrate the movie’s 40th anniversary! Do you remember when Jaws was first shown? Does the opening music and scenes of vicious sharks remind you of when you were afraid to get into the water? Did you imagine yourself assisting the police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman when they set out to stop the great white shark menancing the small island community of Amity?
The show is free and will only be shown at 11:59 PM on the 20th of June. The Grandin Theatre is located at 1310 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke. Call 540.345.6177, if you have any questions.
Prior to the movie you should explore Grandin Village, which surrounds the Grandin Theatre. A revitalized business district that was formed in the 1920’s is now home to the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, a Saturday farmer’s market, boutiques and the farm-to-table hot spot, Local Roots restaurant.
Serving modern American cuisine and using as many sustainable, organic, local and ethical meats and vegetables as possible the food does not disappoint. Preferring small batch, family-owned wines, the wines served are of great flavors and do not impact adversely upon the earth. The menu varies almost daily, based on what can be sourced locally, but always includes petite, modest and substantial dishes. A chef’s tasting menu can be arranged with prior reservation. Call for more information 540.206.2610. Located at 1314 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA.
Enjoy your dinner and a show!
Built in Roanoke in 1950, the J Class train was the most powerful steam locomotive ever built and arguably the best looking train ever built. Norfolk and Western only built 14 J Class passenger locomotives and train No. 611 was retired in 1959 and was housed in Roanoke’s Transportation Museum until 1981 when it was towed to Birmingham Alabama to be revitalized, the same year Norfolk Western merged with Southern Railway to become Norfolk Southern. Train No. 611 was used to pull excursions until 1994 when it was again retired and returned to the museum where train enthusiasts from around the word visited train No. 611. After years of fundraising the museum again decided to undertake a massive restoration costing about $3.5 million. Last year the train was towed to North Carolina for the restoration and now that the restoration is complete, Train No. 611 will be hauling passengers on a very limited basis.
On Sunday June 14, 2015 you can ride the newly restored J Class steam locomotive, Train No. 611 from Lynchburg to Petersburg. The train will depart at about 7:30am and will arrive in Petersburg at 12:30. About 2:30 the train will be returning to Lynchburg where it will arrive about 6:30pm.. Tickets are going fast.
Call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 434-846-1388 for a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride this famous steam powered locomotive. With your two night stay you will receive two deluxe coach tickets (subject to availability). Note: Because tickets are non-refundable and going fast, you will be charged in full when the reservation is made and the reservation is NON-REFUNDABLE. Cost for this package is $775.00 and includes two room nights in the mansion, two deluxe coach tickets (upgrades may be available for an additional costs) and a to-go breakfast on June 14 to take on the train. Taxes and gratuities are in addition to this cost. Sorry gift certificates cannot be used to book this package and this cannot be combined with any other special or discount..
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, call today to book your trip. A portion of each room night will be donated to the “Fire Up 611” campaign to help pay for the restorations of Train No. 611.
The James River runs through the heart of Virginia’s, and Lynchburg’s, history. During the 1700’s cabinet makers and furniture makers lived and made their wares along the James River. Recently, newly rediscovered work of colonial Richmond cabinetmakers George Donald and Thomas Arbuthnot has been studied by curators from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.
The Lynchburg Museum is proud to share it’s exhibits on significant James River objects from the 1700’s and 1800’s. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts will present a lecture discussing the new research and discoveries contained in their collection in Winston-Salem, NC. The lecture and tour, of exhibits found in our museum, will take place on Saturday, May 23rd at 3:00 pm at the Lynchburg Museum located at 901 Court Street in downtown Lynchburg, VA. The exhibit tour and lecture are free for Museum members or $10.00 for non-members. For further information call 434.455.6226.
On Friday May 8, 2015 a group of former military men and women along with their families will be holding their weekly rally at the foot of Monument Terrace showing their support for our military. What is significant about this date is it represents the 700th consecutive Friday that these men and women have been here. Taking liberty with the Post Office’s motto one could say, Neither snow nor rain nor heat keeps these individuals from showing support to our troops by attending this weekly rally. Today, May 1st it was a chilly and rainy day when this photo was taken. Today’s rally was number 699.
Think about it, 700 consecutive weeks, that’s almost 14 years and they have been out there during the dog days of summer as well as the coldest and snowy days of winter. They have had to brave wind and rain and every conceivable type of weather over these 700 weeks.
The rally at Monument Terrace started at the first Gulf War and no one ever envisioned that it would last this long. In fact, it was supposed to end at the end of the first Gulf War, but then it was decided that there should never be an end to showing support for our troops so it continues today.
I am urging everyone to head downtown to the foot of Monument Terrace (Church Street and 9th Street) this Friday, May 8, 2015 from noon to 1:00pm to show their support for our troops. If you can’t stay, at least make a point to drive by and honk to show support for our troops.
The group that holds the weekly rally has a Facebook Page that I recommend everyone Like.
The inspiring rise of Monument Terrace commemorates Lynchburg citizens who fought and died in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and present day. At the base on Church Street stands the iconic doughboy statue. Many other sculptures and markers line the 139 steps and terraces all the way to the top, where a statue of a Confederate soldier stands. Across the street at the top of Monument Terrace is the old Court House which is now a museum..
When planning a trip to Lynchburg and your stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, plan on visiting Monument Terrace and if you are here on a Friday, make sure you visit between noon and 1:00pm.
Pianos are again returning to Main Street along with a piano on 5th Street. The pianos were donated to the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities and local high schools painted each piano. T. J. Matthews tuned the old pianos and Troy Tyree moved them. The program “Keys for the Hill City” will be unavailing the new pianos for First Fridays on May 1, 2015 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. The pianos will be there until October 2nd.
On May 1st there will be experienced piano players at each of the 7 pianos playing classical, jazz and popular music. Like last year, don’t be surprised to find someone at the pianos during the day or evening hours playing to a group of passersby. If you know how to play the piano you are encouraged to stop at any of the pianos that are on display and play your favorite tunes. Last year for 5 months there was spontaneous music delighting visitors and residents of downtown.
The location of the pianos are as follows:
- Bank of the James-800 block of Main Street
- The Galleria-900 block of Main Street
- Schewels-1000 block of Main Street
- Kegney Irish Pub-1100 block of Main Street
- City Market-1200 block of Main Street
- Amazement Square-foot of 9th Street
- 5th Street between Madison and Harrison
These pianos are your’s for the playing. Feel free to bring a friend or two with other musical instruments for a jam session. This type of activity brings even more life to a vibrant downtown and was a great treat to those who heard the hundreds of artists of all ages that played the pianos last year.
The photos in this post are of last year’s pianos as this year’s pianos have not been delivered as of this morning.
If you will be visiting Lynchburg and/or staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you will want to get out of your car and wonder the downtown street and enjoy the music. I’m sure it will put a smile on your face.
On May 17th riders from around the country will descend on Lynchburg for the 6th Annual Storming of Thunder Ridge.a fully supported bike ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Storming of Thunder Ridge is a fund-raiser to benefit the YMCA of Central Virginia. There are bike rides for everyone, starting at 27, 45, 75 and 100 mile options. Thunder Ridge is a gradual but very challenging 13 mile climb to the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, topping out at 3,932 ft.
For more information and to register for this event please check their website: http://stormingofthunderridge.org/.
Sorry, this year, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast does not have any rooms available as we sold out due to college graduations but riders can camp out at the Jamerson YMCA in Lynchburg which is the starting and ending point of this ride. Check the website above for more information.
The scenery is beautiful this time of year and you will be riding before the dog days of summer.
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