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.
It’s that time again, time to meet some of the ghosts of Lynchburg during their annual ghost walk in historic Lynchburg.
This years Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg walk will be held in the historic district known as Federal Hill. Federal Hill became Lynchburg’s first residential suburb, until it was annexed in 1814 and again in 1819 when it became part of the town’s jurisdiction. One of the smallest and most compact historic districts the houses range in styles from Federal, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival and Queen Anne, plus a few Second Empire.
Federal Street defines the center of this district. Because of the topography some of the streets have never opened or surprisingly dead-end at a bluff or cliff and are picked back up a block or two away at a higher or lower elevation.
Federal Hill has always been a popular residential area. Close enough to downtown for the residents to easily access shops, businesses and restaurants. Closer still to the churches that line Court Street for Sunday worship.
The tour will be held on October 20, 21 and 22, 2016, starting at 6:30 pm. Tours begin about every 20 minutes. Tickets will be sold each evening starting at 6:00 pm, with a limited number of tickets each evening. Tickets are $10 each. There will not be any rain dates. This tour is primarily on sidewalks and streets, but there will be uneven areas and walking up and down hills. The tour will start and end at 1101 Federal Street, which is also the place to purchase tickets.
Even if you have toured this neighborhood before the stories vary from year to year. We will see you there!
The event is put on by the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and is sponsored by Whitten Funeral Home. If you are from out of town and need a place to stay after touring the haunted streets, give us a call. We would be happy to put you up for the evening at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
The 7th Annual Festy experience will take place in Nelson County, VA October 7 thru 9, 2016, Columbus Day Weekend.
This year’s unique, family friendly, fun festival will be set up at the Nelson County Preserve. Located on 350+ acres there will be plenty of space for the stages, music, outdoor activities, camping (in various formats), food and drink vendors and much more.
Music has always been the mainstay of the Festy Experience, but the Experience is much more. Talented well-known musicians along with obscure newcomers will be featured throughout the 3 days. Included this year are the Infamous Stringdusters, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lee Ann Womack, Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers and many, many more.
In addition to the music you will find plenty of outdoor activities to participate in: Disc Golf, ultimate frisbee, kickball, soccer, volleyball, a rock climbing wall, guided nature tours, trail runs, hosted bike rides, yoga and the 21st Annual Blue Ridge Burn–5K/10K run.
If you are visiting for the day or the weekend there will be a variety of food and drink vendors, including an on-site café near the camping area. For those staying at the Preserve there will be unlimited showers available this year.
Tickets range in price and accessibility:
- Day-Tripper Weekend Festival Pass: $100 per person–access to festival only
- Day-Tripper Single Day Pass: $40 per person, per day–access to festival only
- Camping Weekend Festival Pass: $150 per person–access to festival, campground and showers
The Nelson County Preserve is located about 37 miles from Lynchburg, just north of Colleen. Those attendees not wanting to “rough it” may choose to stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
For more detailed information visit www.thefesty.com or call 434.220.4000. It’s been a fun event in the past and we can assume it will be a fun event again this year.
On Sunday, September 25th, between 3:00-4:00 pm the Old City Cemetery will host it’s Bawdy Ladies of Lynchburg tour.
Lynchburg’s Bawdy ladies have been part of Lynchburg’s history since the very beginning of Lynchburg. Between 1805 until 1910 census and court records state there were at least 535 ladies of ill repute living and working in Lynchburg, VA.
In early Lynchburg the houses of ill repute were primarily located on Jefferson Street, Commerce Street (then known as Lynch Street), Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Streets. This area was known as Buzzard’ s Roost. Along with the bordellos there were plenty of bars and gambling houses found in this area of the city.
During the Civil War many of these “ladies” worked in the Confederate hospitals as nurses, cooks and laundresses. Many of these same “ladies” contributed monetarily to the cause. Some acted as spies and were said to pass along secrets learned from soldiers they were tending to in the hospitals.
Do you know how the term hooker came to be attributed to ladies of ill repute? During the Civil War (1861-1865) many women became camp followers in Joseph Hooker’s Union Army brigade. These women, primarily from Washington, D.C. brothels, became known as “Hooker’s Division” or “Hooker’s Brigade”.
After the war, in the early 1900’s, the “sporting houses” (as the houses of ill repute were called in Lynchburg) moved to Monroe, Jackson and Fourth Streets. This area was now known as “The Hill”. Between 1907 until 1910 there were at least 31 sporting houses in this area. The Hill was active until the mid-60’s. The last Madam of Fourth Street, Tootsie Clay, was arrested in 1964. She was sent out of town instead of to jail due to her declining health. Interestingly enough we have had a guest at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, from the Tidewater area, who’s father used to travel to Lynchburg, by train, in the late 50′ and early 60’s to visit the sporting houses. Not sure why the father shared this information with his son, but it does substantiate the fact that Lynchburg was well-known for it’s sporting ladies.
This years’ walking tour will again by led by Nancy Weiland. Her interest and research into the Bawdy Ladies of Lynchburg began in 1982. She will be guiding the tour group throughout the cemetery, over uneven ground and up and down hills on Sunday the 25th. Meet at the Old City Cemetery Gate by 3:00 pm, located at 401 Taylor Street. This tour is free, advance reservations are not required. Questions should be directed to the cemetery office, 434.847.1465.
Even if you have attended a Bawdy Ladies tour in the past it is worth your time to attend again this year. Each year different ladies are discussed and their lives explained. Mike and I always find it interesting how many of the ladies became prominent citizens of Lynchburg once they retired from the sporting life. They married former mayors, police chiefs and local politicians. If you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we will be touring along with you.
Lynchburg, Virginia’s Get Downtown will be celebrating it’s 8th anniversary on Friday, September 9th.
What is Get Downtown? Lynchburg’s Main Street celebration highlighting it’s restaurants, stores and shops, galleries and so much more.
This street festival is held on and around Main Street, between 6:00 – 9:00 pm. You will find all types of activities, vendors, artisans and artists, food tastings, theatrical performances, scavenger hunts, a kids’ zone at the Lynchburg Community Market, music on three stages, a dunk tank and in general a fun, family-friendly evening.
Musicians include: Paris Jones, Tony Camm and the MG Allstars, the Cabell Street Collective, Hemingway, The Dundies, DJ Ed and Band and The Beat. Keys for the Hill City will be played at their three downtown locations by people attending the festival or perhaps by semi-professionals–always fun to hear. On the Academy of Arts stage the Academy Center of the Arts youth theater group will perform, along with Dance Lynchburg, The Listening, Randolph College and Wolfbane Productions.
Not ready for the evening to end? Between the hours of 8:30 – 12:00 you can Stay Downtown. More fun will be had at The Glasshouse where Jenny and the B-Side Rockers will be performing. R*A will be hosting a block party. The Academy Center of the Arts will be showing Saturday Night Fever at 9:00 pm. Other locations in downtown Lynchburg will be adding to the Stay Downtown activities, so keep you eyes open.
A shuttle will run from the James River Conference Center to downtown, in 20 minute loops. Between 5:45 – 9:30 pm you can park your car and be delivered to the fun (as parking is extremely limited and scarce in downtown this evening).
So wear your comfortable walking shoes and enjoy a stroll up and down Main Street while observing or participating in all of the activities. For more information visit www.getdowntownlynchburgva.com. We’ll see you there!
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