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.
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is the proud sponsor of the Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting. This event will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, between the hours of 11:00 until 5:00. Since you will have completed your taxes by then why not spend the afternoon celebrating America, Thomas Jefferson and the unbelievable opportunities we experience everyday?
The afternoon of April 15th is dedicated to the enjoyment of one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite beverages. You will discover new brews from more than a dozen local and regional craft breweries and cideries. Local food will be available to pair with the beers. Take a moment to shop the local artisans and vendors. On the south lawn enjoy performances by local musicians.
This 2017 event will offer a VIP hospitality experience during the festival. VIP ticket holders will enjoy access to a private tent on the rooftop of the villa’s service wing, 20 festival tastings, exclusive tasting of specialty brews from Blue Mountain Brewery, heavy hor d’oeuvres and much more. VIP tickets are $125 per person or $225 per couple.
Ticket prices are as follows:
- tickets for 20 tastings: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
- tickets for 10 tastings: $25 at the door
- tickets for 10 additional tastings the day of the event: $10
- non-tasting tickets: $10
Advance tickets are strongly recommended, as this event usually sells out. Contact Poplar Forest at 434.525.1806 or visit www.tjcraftbeertasting.com for more information.
Again this year, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is presenting their Barrels, Bottles and Casks Tours. The tours this year begin on March 24 & 25, 2017.
The popular tasting tours will focus on the beverages and spirits consumed at Poplar Forest during the cool spring months. Guided tours will begin in the kitchen and progress through the house with stops for sampling different beverages and the sharing of insights into the types of foods consumed by Jefferson and the enslaved residents of Poplar Forest. A cellar-side whisky tasting will be presented by Virginia Distillery Company, along with light seasonal snacks. On display in the Wine Cellar will be a special exhibition of kitchen and dining artifacts found during recent archaeological excavations on the grounds of Poplar Forest.
Tours will be conducted on both Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm each evening. This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120 or online at their website, www.poplarforest.org. Tickets are $25.00. Visitors under the age of 21 are welcome.
For more information call 434.534.8120. Enjoy responsibly.
These tours will repeat on July 28 & 29, 2017 and October 6 & 7, 2017.
Lynchburg, Virginia’s Jones Memorial Library is hosting a lecture on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm. This lecture will discuss the archaeological search for the remains of a Virginia slave, Nat Turner.
Who was Nat Turner? Born on October 2, 1800, in South Hampton County, Virginia, Nat Turner made history as the leader of one of the bloodiest slave revolts in America. He was born on the Virginia plantation of Benjamin Turner, who allowed him to be instructed in reading, writing and religion. As a small child Nat was thought to have a special talent because he could describe things that happened before he was born. He was deeply religious and spent much of his time reading the Bible, praying and fasting. As he grew older he believed he received messages from God through visions and signs in nature. In 2016, his story was told in the movie, Birth of a Nation.
In 1825 Nat had a vision of a bloody conflict between black and white spirits. Three years later he had another. In 1831 Nat interpreted a solar eclipse as a sign that it was time to rise up. He recruited several other slaves to join his cause. On August 21, 1831 Nat and his supporters began their revolt against white slave owners with the killing of the Travis family. He gathered more supporters, growing to a group of over 50 slaves, as he and his men continued their violent killing spree through the county. Nat fled and hid in the woods. While he was hiding white mobs took their revenge on the blacks in Southampton County, killing between 150-200 slaves. Nat was captured and tried. Although he pled not guilty he was sentenced to death by hanging, which was carried out on November 11, 1831.
The rebellion was one of the bloodiest and most effective in American history. The incident put fear in the heart of southerners, especially Virginians, ending the organized emancipation movement in that region. Southern states enacted even harsher laws against slaves instead. Nat’s actions added fuel to the abolitionist movement in the north. The rebellion is said to have expedited the coming of the Civil War.
Here are 10 things you may want to know about Nat Turner as shown on the History Chanel.
The lecture will be conducted by Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz. He will discuss the life of Nat Turner, the rebellion and the search for Nat Turner’s remains. This lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place at Jones Memorial Library, 2311 Memorial Avenue, on the second floor, at 5:00 pm. For more information contact the library staff at 434.846.0501.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Every day, during the month of February, is Valentine’s Day at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA. So just what does that mean?
It means you can take advantage of our Valentine’s Celebration packages any day during the month of February. We have several packages to choose from, based upon the amount of time you’d like to spend together and your budget. We have listed two of our packages below, but today, others can be found on our web site at,: www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com/Packages. If you don’t see a package that you like, give us a call and tell us what you want and we will make it happen. It could be as simple as dinner and a movie or a massage or flowers or balloons. to a tour of a winery, cidery or distillery or a simple stay away from the rat race with you and your special someone.
One Night Love Affair.
Ideal for those who have only one day to celebrate, our delightful mini-getaway celebration will show your sweetie they are loved. Package includes: your room of choice (in the mansion), our delicious 4-course breakfast, a rose in bud vase, 6 chocolate dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of Prosecco. This celebratory package is the cost of your room plus $75.00. You must mention this package when booking your reservation, at least 48 hours in advance.
For those of you who would like to escape for a two night getaway this package is one that might interest you. You and your loved one will enjoy a two-night stay in your room of choice (in the mansion), our delicious 4-course breakfast each morning, one dozen roses in a vase, a chilled bottle of Prosecco, a box of hand-made truffles and a handcrafted stained glass heart, along with a $100.00 gift certificate to one of our downtown restaurants. This romantic package is the cost of your room plus $250.00. You must mention this package when booking your reservation, at least 48 hours in advance. Restaurant reservations are subject to availability.
Call us during this month of love at, 434.846.1388 to book your stay and we will take care of the rest.
Fine print: Rooms can be upgraded to a room in the carriage house for an additional $25.00 per night. Taxes are in addition to package price. Cannot be used with a gift certificate, voucher, or combined with any other packages or specials.
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