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
Lynchburg, Virginia is located within a 60 minute drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Trail and numerous other smaller trails found along the mountain ridge and the James River. Are you ready for an invigorating walk in the woods? This time of year is the ideal time to do a scenic fall hike and enjoy the colors! Looking for an easy walk or a more strenuous hike? Either can be found and will allow you to enjoy the beautiful fall colors, scents and sounds. Remember to pack your sunscreen, snacks, plenty of water and your camera. You never know what beautiful or unexpected sight you may see.
Peaks of Otter Trails. There are seven trail options to choose from, ranging in length from .8 to 3.3 miles. Most are easy to moderate hikes. They can be accessed from Peaks of Otter parking at the Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 86. You can research these trails by searching “Peaks of Otter Trail Map” online. There you will find the trail names, lengths and difficulty ratings.
The James River Footbridge trail is an easy hike that follows the James River, then a tributary that leads to an Appalachian Trail overnight hut Wonderful, peaceful scenery will be found. This hike is about 4 miles in length, out and back. The trailhead is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Snowden, about 20 miles northwest of Lynchburg.
Crabtree Falls. This moderate to strenuous hike is about 4 miles long, each way. Offering views of the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi, the five major cascades and several smaller drop a total of 1200 feet. The first overlook is near the parking lot along a gentle paved trail. More adventurous hikers can continue along a 3mile trial to spectacular views of Crabtree Falls and the Tye River Valley. Please beware and heed the signs, do not go off the trail to get a better picture or to see the falls up close. Every year at least one person falls to their death on the slick rocks and uneven terrain.
Apple Orchard Falls. a challenging 2.5 mile hike-out and back. The trail descends 2000 feet to a 150-foot waterfall, but remember the return hike is all uphill! Be sure to take water and food with you. This trailhead is located about 7 miles north of Peaks of Otter.
We have hiked most of these trails. Some are more of a challenge than others, but all offer spectacular scenery, beautiful woodlands and some days views to eternity. As mentioned earlier, do not forget to take your water with you. And remember to stay on the trail, so that nature can be saved to be enjoyed by others. Have fun and hike safely!
If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we can make arrangements to provide you with a picnic lunch, snacks and drinks or other back-packable items to make your day in nature more enjoyable. Just ask us when you make your reservation.
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!
Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you enjoy movies shown outdoors? Want to experience a Star Wars movie with other die-hard fans? Then you will want to attend the Lynchburg Park and Rec showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it is shown at Riverside Park on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm.
This is the third season that Lynchburg Parks and Rec has hosted “Movies in the Park.” Each summer they become more and more popular. Gather your family, friends, co-workers and others. Bring your chairs, blankets, picnic supper or snacks and enjoy a great movie. You may want to take advantage of the local food trucks and downtown restaurants that will be selling their delicious food and drinks. Usually 5-7 food trucks or restaurants are available to choose from. Food Trucks will begin serving 2 hours before the movie starts. Vendors and sponsors will have information and booths for you to explore. Or, you can get to Riverside Park early, snag your spot and then explore the park. Exhibits, trails and more await you.
Free parking is available in three parking areas near the screen and seating areas. Parking assistants will direct you to the parking areas. All parking is first-come, first served.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi runs for 2 hours and 32 minutes. In this movie Rey develops her newly found abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the first order.
If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we can prepare a “to go” box supper if you’d like. Just be sure to mention this to us at least 48 hours prior to your arrival. Additional fees apply. Enjoy the movie!
It’s going to be a couple weeks of great music in downtown Lynchburg Virginia!
Week 8, of Cheers to the Weekend Concert Series, Friday, August 10, 2018, held in downtown at Riverfront Park, will feature Billy Bon Thornton and the Boxmasters. Lynchburg’s premier outdoor concert series is close to wrapping up for the season. What better way to say goodbye to summer than with this fabulous group who will entertain you, make you dance and sing and help you have a great time.
Gates to the concert open at 6:30 pm, for general admission ticket holders. The show starts at 7:00 and runs until 10:00. The show will take place rain or shine. A valid ID is required to receive your wristband. No outside food, drinks or coolers are allowed. There will be food trucks, beer trucks and vendors available where you can purchase your summer picnic dinner.
Riverfront Park is located at 1000 Jefferson Street. Tickets range from $10 or $25. General admission is $10. The $25 tickets are for VIP guests. VIP tickets allow early admission (6:00), VIP seating, a lounge with private full service bar, 2 drink tickets and a VIP meet and greet opportunity.
Billy Bob Thornton is an actor, director, musician and screenwriter.
For more information visit www.CheersLynchburg.com
Remember, if you are staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you are within walking distance to Riverfront Park. We have chairs available for guests who stay with us.
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