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At the Academy Center of the Arts, Chart Toppers of the Past

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Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Center for the Arts

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.

Star City Cat Fanciers Cat Show

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Are you a cat lover?  Do you enjoy seeing cats of all colors, sizes and breeds?  The Cat Fanciers’ Association Cat Show in Roanoke, VA might entertain you for a weekend.  This year’s event is January 26 & 27, 2019, between 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Valley View in Roanoke, 3315 Ordway Drive.  540.362.4500.  Admission is $5.00 per person plus a pet food donation for orphaned cats at the local humane society.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association was founded in 1906.  The CFA is currently the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats.  It is known as the most prestigious pedigreed cat registry in North America.  They host cat shows around the country.

What happens at the Cat Show?  Exhibitors compete is a variety of classes and rankings.  Exhibitors show “household” cats and “pedigreed” cats.  Cats are judged based upon their breed, color and sex.  Awards are given for First, Second and Third places overall, by color, best of breed, champion of breed and merit awards.  It is anticipated that approximately 200 cats will be exhibited this year.  Each judge chooses a top cat in the Kitten, Championship, Premiership and Household Pet classes.  Judging takes place simultaneously in various rings.

cat show

In addition to the judging rings attendees can visit the benching area where the cats and exhibitors relax between judging events.  There you might see grooming taking place and have the opportunity to talk with an exhibitor.  A vendor area is available with items for sale for both cats and cat lovers.

Celebration of Lights

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Celebration of Lights

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

Lynchburg’s Mistletoe Market

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Mistletoe Market

Again this year Lynchburg Virginia’s Community Market is hosting their Mistletoe Market.  On Saturday mornings ( December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2018), between 7:00 until 2:00 you will be able to find the best of local offerings as gifts for your family, friends or even yourself.

The Mistletoe Market features unique, hand-crafted gifts, foods and items that are sure to delight everyone on your holiday shopping list.  Choose from seasonal produce, fresh greens such as: poinsettias, wreaths garlands or swags, fire starters and natural decorations for inside or out, artisan foods, personal sketches as a portrait, caricature or silhouette, tasting tables, free gift wrapping and live music.  Carriage rides through downtown Lynchburg will be offered on the 1st and 18th between 10:00 until 2:00.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit to spend time with your children and to take photos on December 18, 2018 between 10:00 util 2:00.  And for the procrastinators out there, the Mistletoe Market will be open on Saturday, December 22, 2018 between 7:00 until 3:00.

The Lyncburg Community Market is located at 1219 Main Street.  They operate year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, 7:00 until 2:00.  The Farmer’s Market is open on Tuesdays (10:00 until 2:00) and Saturdays (7:00 until 2:00.)  Be a proud supporter of your community and the local area, you’ll be amazed with what you will find throughout the changing seasons.

Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew Festival

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Bluegrass Barbecue and Brew

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.

Bluegrass BBQ and Brew

 

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.

Bluegrass BBQ and Brew

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

Have fun!

 

Central Virginia Fashion Week

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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.