Just across the James River from downtown Lynchburg, VA and it’s fountain, you will find James River Adventures. James River Adventures opened last summer in Riveredge Park. Offering guided or unguided paddling trips using canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, tubes and now a replica of an 1800’s batteau they hope to share the beauty of the James River with locals and visitors. Open 9 until 6 every day, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, during April through October they look forward to helping you learn about the river. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and tubes can be rented by the hour, if you don’t want to commit to a 3-6 hour trip.
Safety is a top priority. Every guest is provided with a lifejacket and is given basic instructions on how to use the equipment and navigate the waters. Shuttle service is offered to their customers. Each tour is different but may provide the opportunity to see eagles, turkeys, ospreys, various fish, otters, deer and beavers. The guided paddle tours provide one-on-one lessons from the James River’s historical, ecological and environmental perspectives.
Since this spring James River Adventures, in conjunction with Rise Up Climbing, is now offering rock climbing. Outdoor climbing classes or rock climbing sessions are offered throughout the week. Call for more information, 434.847.1090.
Riveredge Park is located at 150 Rocky Hill Road, Madison Heights. Detailed information can be found at www.jamesriveradventures.org. You can also book your adventure down the James River on line on their website.
The Academy Youth Theatre is a creative and challenging outlet for students who are interested in the theatre arts. Kids learn to open their minds, explore different worlds through scripts, scores and characters and to be able to tell a story in a variety of ways–words, song, dance, mime and more.
This summer the Youth Theatre will be presenting four plays during the months of July and August:
- The Lion King, Jr. youth theatre camp program will introduce middle schoolers, over a 2-week timeframe, to Disney’s story. The African savannah will come to life with Simba, Rafiki, Scar and others as they journey to Pride Rock. Everyone who participates in the camp will have a role, although auditions will be held for specific parts. Participants must be between 12-14 years old. The cost of the camp is $300 and will be held July 8 through July 20 between 10 until 4.
- Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr. will allow students between the ages of 8-12 to participate in a theatrical production where the cast members escape from their home in New York City’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on a journey to Madagascar. Everyone who participates in the camp will have a role, although auditions will be held for specific
parts. Camp will be held July 22 through August 3 between 10 until 3. The 2-week camp costs $275.
- A Wrinkle in Time is geared for middle and high school students, between the ages of 12-18. The story of a young heroine who joins forces with others to battle the forces of evil, save her father and in the end find herself. The camp will be held July 29 through August 10 between 10:30 until 2:30. The cost of the camp is $225. All camp participants will have a role, although auditions will be held for specific parts.
- The Jungle Book will be performed in conjunction with Compass Creative Dramatics. The one week camp will take place August 5 through 9 between 9 until 3. Participants will race through the jungle against a band of jackals. This camp is open to participants between grades 1-12. The cost of this camp is $200.
Performances will be held either in the Historic Academy Theatre or the Warehouse Theatre. The Lion King will be presented July 19 & 20. Madagascar, A Musical Adventure will be performed August 2 & 3. A Wrinkle in Time will be shown August 9 & 10. The Jungle Book completes the season on August 10. Ticket prices range between $9.00 to $20.00 depending on the performance date, time and seat location.
For more information about the camps or performances contact Kelly Posenauer at 434.528.3256 at the Academy Center of the Arts.
In 2 days we will celebrate the 4th of July, the day the people of the United States of America celebrate our freedom. I am writing today about the Freedom Tower, which can be found on the campus of Liberty University.
The Freedom Tower broke ground in the early spring of 2016. Intended to be the architectural centerpiece of the campus I think it has served this purpose well. Home to the School of Divinity, the world’s largest school for religious studies and ministerial training the Freedom Tower is committed to preparing students both academically and spiritually.
The Freedom Tower is 275-feet tall, 17 stories. A large three-story building encircles the base. Just inside the main entrance stands a large globe. Classrooms and offices for the various departments within the School of Divinity are located throughout the building. The ground level includes a 150-seat interactive classroom as well as an immersion classroom with projectors that surround the room, visually transporting students to remote locations. The first floor also contains the Rawlings Scriptorium which displays a collection of scared texts valued at over 1 million dollars and a life-sized replica of the Gutenberg press.
A grand staircase, or elevators, take you to the second and third floors. Once on the third floor you can take an elevator higher up the tower or if you are adventurous you can walk up the 409 steps to the top. Levels 2 and 3 feature rooftop terraces. The 4th floor invites you onto a large, wrap-around plaza and garden pergola.
Visitors enjoy expansive views of the campus and beyond from the indoor observation deck on the 15th floor. Accessible through a special elevator on the 15th floor is the 17th floor. Once there you will have 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside plus access to view the 25-bell carillon. In addition to the carillon is Liberty’s own Liberty Bell, which was cast in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States and the renaming of Lynchburg Baptist College to Liberty University.
The Freedom Tower is a unique place to visit anytime during the year. We have enjoyed visiting during each of the four seasons to see how the campus and surrounding counties appear differently depending upon the month of the year and time of day. Happy 4th of July!
Lynchburg Parks and Rec and the Lynchburg Museum System will once again present their annual Easter Egg Roll on the Lawn at Point of Honor. This year it is being held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 between 10:00 until 12:00.
The Easter Egg Roll is free and open to the public. Your children can take part in various egg rolls (arranged by age), have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, listen to stories read by local celebrities, visit the petting zoo, have their faces painted, visit the jumpy castle, plat corn hole, learn a spring craft, enjoy the live music and have delicious treats from the food trucks.
Point of Honor is located at 112 Cabell Street. There is plenty of parking, please be aware of no parking signs and directions!
On Saturday, April 6, 2019 Lynchburg’s Parks and Recreation, along with the Seven Hills Art Club will present the 4th annual Art Expo. This free community event will be held between 8:00 until noon at the Lynchburg City Armory.
The Lynchburg City Armory will be transformed into a fine art exhibition and art sale. Over 3 dozen locally established artists, art vendors, galleries and emerging artists will be showcasing their art. Live demonstrations will take place throughout the venue. All art work displayed will be available for purchase.
The Lynchburg City Armory is located at 1200 Church Street. Parking is available on the street or at the Lynchburg Community Market parking lot.
A “soft opening” will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 between 6:00 until 8:00 at the Lynchburg Community Market. Saturday the galleries open at 8:00 AM.
For more information visit www.lynchburgparksandrec.com/art-expo-lynchburg or call 434.455.5874.
The Academy Center of the Arts, a historic theatre in Lynchburg, Virginia is hosting an evening of the best-loved Broadway and Billboard hits on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Between the hours of 7:30 until 9:00 pm the Jefferson Choral Society will sing songs known and loved by all. A trip down memory lane, the repertoire includes You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban, What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong, Happy, Pharrell Williams and Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkle, among others.
The Jefferson Choral Society is Central Virginia’s oldest and largest adult choir. It was chartered in 1990 and is composed of more than 85 members. The Jefferson Choral Society has performed throughout Virginia, Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. They have traveled to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, England and Scotland.
Tickets can be purchased at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Theatre box office at 434.846.8499. General admission tickets are $20.00. Box Seats are $35.00. You can view the seating map for the theatre at www.academycenter.org. Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg.
The Academy of Music, as it was originally known as, first opened its doors on February 1, 1905. Approximately 800 people attended the grand opening, which included the musical comedy “The Show Girl.” Those who attended were reasonably affluent, as the tickets cost $10 a seat, or $280 today!
The theater closed its doors in 1958. In the early 2000s, a restoration effort started. Local community leaders, philanthropists, business owners, and concerned citizens banded together and committed to restoring this historic, cultural icon in downtown Lynchburg. In December 2018 the theater came alive once again, as part of the Academy Center of the Arts. Various performances, theatrical and choral events are scheduled throughout the year. Visit their website www.academycenter.org for a calendar of upcoming events.
The Academy, as the locals call it, is located just blocks from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and all the wonderful downtown restaurants so you can leave your car here and enjoy a great dinner, fantastic show and get a little exercise as a bonus.
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