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The 32nd Annual James River Batteau Festival

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Batteau Festival 2017

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 11:00 am, the batteau will push off from Percival’s Island with the booming of a cannon.

The James River Batteau Festival is an 8-day event featuring authentic replicas of the sleek, shallow-draft merchant boats that were used starting in 1747 for commercial navigation.  The original batteau were an adaptation of the Indian dugout canoes.  In 1775 Anthony and Benjamin Rucker, from Amherst County, invented a new type of batteau made of sawn lumber and designed specifically for the shallow, swift waters of the James River.  Thomas Jefferson was present for the launching of the first Rucker batteau.  Within a few years 500 batteau were traveling down the James River with canned tobacco, flour, iron, apple brandy to Richmond and towns along the way.  On the return trip they carried books, millstones, harpsicords and agricultural lime.  The stories of the boatmen are legendary.

The festival is a unique folklife festival uniting the communities along the 120 miles of the James River between Lynchburg and Richmond.  Considered a highway in the 1700’s, the James River was crucial to the settlement of Central Virginia.  Many of the boatmen and women keep the boats as authentic as possible.  They dress in period clothing, meals include organic vegetables and the meals are prepared on the boat.

Each night is spent in a different town along the river.  Most of the towns welcome the participants with a fair-like atmosphere, including music, games, food trucks, maybe fireworks and in general, a very warm welcome. The first night will be spent at Galt’s Mill in Stapleton.  Wednesday evening will find the crews in Scottsville.  Scottsville is one of the favorite stops along the James River as it is a “real city” (population 575) with the chance for a shower and a meal cooked in a restaurant.  Saturday finds everyone at Maiden’s Landing in Richmond.

For an interesting morning on the river head to Percival’s Island between 9:00-1:00 on the 17th.  You will be entertained, amused and learn about this unique form of river running.

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day 10K Run

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Lace up your shoes for the 10K run this weekend.

The Lynchburg Road Runners Club is hosting the Memorial Day 10K and 2 Mile Walk on Monday, May 29, 2017.  The event begins at 8:00 AM at the Depot Grille, 27 9th Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  Using the Blackwater Creek Bikeway the event takes place mostly on a flat, paved path–out and back to the Depot Grille.

Event details are as follows:

10K     $30     price increases 5/27 to $35

2 Mile Walk     $20     price increases 5/27 to $25

Packets and t-shirts (if available) can be picked up on Friday, May 26, between 12-6 and Saturday, May 27, between 12-5 at Riverside Runners.  On Race Day they will be available between 7-7:30 at the Depot Grille.

Registration is on-line only.  Visit https://runsignup.com to register or for more information.

Good luck!

Lynchburg Food Fest

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First Annual Food Fest will feature all types of food

The first annual Lynchburg Food Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Riverfront Park in Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  The “foodies” of Lynchburg will be rejoicing as they sample their way through the best of Lynchburg’s local cuisine and drink during the hours of 11 AM until 5PM.

Experience the tastes of over 50 local restaurants, food trucks, artisan food vendors, catering companies, breweries, cideries, wineries and more.  At the food vendors you will be able to try samples or select full menu items.  The 9 breweries and wineries, along with the cideries and Virginia Distillery Company will be offering tastes.

Food vendors participating include:  Taco Shark, The Water Dog, Cheesy Rider, Altus Chocolate, The Frosty Penguin, Sourdough Pizza Company, Marilyn’s Creamery and many more.  The drink vendors include:  Apocalypse Ale Works, Loose Shoe Brewing Company, Blue Mountain Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Goose Island, Devils Backbone, Bold Rock Cider, DeVault Vineyard and more.

The event is family-friendly and will offer a “kids zone” featuring bouncy castles, a temporary tattoo station, photo opportunities and more fun activities planned throughout the day.  Live music will be presented all day.  If you bike to the event you can save $1 off your admission ticket.  Bike parking will be provided by Ride Solutions and Greater Lynchburg Offroad Cyclists.

Admission is $5 with kids 12 and under free.  Food tastings range between $1-$3.

For more information visit foodfest@downtownlynchburg.com.

Lynchburg Music Festival

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Lynchburg Music Festival 2017

All day music at the Lynchburg Music Festival!

Saturday, May 13, 2017 between 1PM until 9PM the sound of music will be floating throughout Lynchburg, VA.  Do you like country or classic?  80’s hits or today’s top 40’s?  R & B or funk?  There will be something for everyone, you’ll be on your feet dancing!

Held at Lynchburg City Stadium, 3176 Fort Avenue, there will be plenty of parking.  In addition to the day-long music the venue will be filled with talented artisans and crafters, local businesses, food trucks and local restaurants providing delicious food, and of course area wineries and local craft brewers.

The line-up of musical acts is as follows:

  • 1:30-3:00  Dragonfly will perform there new songs
  • 3:30-5:00  Here’s to the Night will present their full spectrum of 90’s music
  • 5:30-7:00  Tyler Hammond
  • 7:30-9:00  Kanye Twitty

Tickets are being sold at any Quick-E Food Store in the Lynchburg area or online at Eventbrite.  Tickets are $20–in advance or $25–at the gate.  Those 12 and under are free.  You can leave the stadium and return throughout the day, as long as your band remains on your arm.

There is an “Ultimate Foodie Ticket Package” for those who want to have the best Food Fest experience.  The package includes: event admission, tasting wristband (comes with 7 free beer tastings), food tray and a Lynchburg Food Fest Tasting Glass.

For more information about the Lynchburg Music Festival call 434.473.7319 or visit http://www.lynchburgmusicfestival.com/

Have fun!

 

 

Is It Summer Already? S’mores a summer treat

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Easy make s’mores

So, it’s now May.  It has been over 70 degrees and recently over 80 degrees for several days.  Does that means it’s summer already?  It may well.  If that is the case I have news for you.  It’s time for “S’mores!”

Those of you who follow our blog know we post a recipe each month.  The recipe usually pertains to the month, a holiday during the month or foods that are seasonal to the month.  Along those lines we were going to post this recipe during the summer months.  But since it seems as though summer is here now the S’mores On a Stick recipe is available for your cookouts, campouts, hikes or bike trips, or just to eat in your own backyard around your fire pit.  They are delicious, easy and fun…..even if you don’t need an actual fire to make them.

S’mores On A Stick–Recipe below photos

Gather the ingredients.

Prepare the marshmallows.

Melt the chocolate and crush the graham crackers

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • marshmallows
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Special equipment: toothpicks
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the graham cracker crumbs into a shallow dish and set aside.  Spear the marshmallows with a toothpick.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler, over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Dip the marshmallow sticks into the chocolate, one at a time, letting any excess drip off.  Roll in the graham cracker crumbs and place on the prepared baking sheet.  When finished preparing the s’mores place the baking sheet into the refrigerator for about an hour to allow the chocolate to set.
  • Gently peel off the parchment paper to serve.  Enjoy in your backyard or in the wilds, or for a summer treat anytime during the year.

 

World’s Largest Tree Hug

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HUG a tree

Your innkeeper, practicing for the Tree Hug

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!