COMMUNITY NEWS MAY/JUNE 2011
LYNCHBURG AIRSHOW TO ATTRACT THOUSANDS
The U.S. Navy’s elite Blue Angels will perform at the Lynchburg Regional Airshow on May 21 and 22, at the Lynchburg Regional Airport. The Flying Circus Airshow of Bealton, Virginia, will join the Blue Angels and there will be other highlights, such as a vintage fashion show and a vintage car show for the two day air spectacular.
According to Airshow Director, John D. Barksdale, this is the first time in 29 years that Lynchburg is set to host a regional airshow. Similar shows in Virginia locations have drawn more than 50,000 attendees. Barksdale and other promoters say this airshow could provide a $5 million boost to the Lynchburg economy and draw thousands of visitors to the region.
For tickets or to sponsor the event, go to www.lynchburgairshow.com. Tickets are also available at the Lynchburg Visitor Information Center via cash or check.
LYNCHBURG MUSEUM OPENS NEW CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT
Lynchburg at War: 1861-1865, a new exhibit at the Lynchburg Museum, located at 901 Court Street, is currently on display until June 15. The exhibit, created as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, looks at the impact of the war on the people of the city. Rare artifacts with a Lynchburg connection have been loaned by the Virginia Historical Society, VMI Museum, Museum of the Confederacy, South Carolina Relic Room, Jones Memorial Library, Stonewall Brigade Band and private lenders.
Included is a letter to General Wade Hampton, III, signed by Jefferson Davis, swords of Generals Munford and Dearing, a Confederate surgeon’s chest and epaulettes worn by General Rodes. The exhibit also displays a wedding dress converted to mourning attire, mourning jewelry worn by local women, soldiers’ bibles, weapons, flags and more. Also featured are images and artifacts of Dr. John Terrell, Mary Forsberg, Gaston Otey, Augustus Forsberg, Dr. Edley Craighill, DeWitt Guy, Augustine Leftwich, Jr., Jenny Stabler, Martha Payne, Narcissa Owen and many others.
“Many of the artifacts and images in the exhibit have never been displayed in Lynchburg before and may never be again,” Museum Director, Doug Harvey, said.
The Museum, as well as Point of Honor, located at 112 Cabell Street, are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon until 4 p.m. For more information, call (434) 455-6226, visit www.lynchburgmuseum.org and www.pointofhonor.org, or visit the Lynchburg Museum Facebook page.
2011 FRIDAY CHEERS SEASON KICKS OFF MAY 20 WITH THE WORX IN CONCERT
The 2011 season of Friday Cheers kicks off on May 20 at Riverfront Park in downtown Lynchburg. The gates open on Jefferson Street at 5:30 p.m. and the event runs until 9 p.m. A $5 admission and valid I.D. are required. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Ages 12 and under are admitted free of charge. No pets, outside food or drink are allowed, but guests may bring their own blanket and chairs.
The line-up of concerts for May and June are as follows:
May 20-The Worx
May 27-Ebony Blue
June 3-The Ruckus & The Groove Monkeys
June 10-The Holiday Band
June 24-94.9 Star Country Night
The Lynchburg Star Contest will be held at each Friday Cheers event from 5:30 to 6 p.m. before the featured band takes the stage. For more information, visit www.downtownlynchburg.com/events/fridaycheers.html.
UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA HOSTS 18TH “DAY OF CARING”
United Way of Central Virginia hosts the 18th annual Day of Caring on May 19. A community-wide volunteer event, Day of Caring benefits more than 50 nonprofit agencies in the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell.
Annually raising more than $200,000 of in-kind services for the community, United Way recruits approximately 1,000 community volunteers for Day of Caring, who are then matched with and complete projects identified by nonprofit agencies. Volunteer teams, drawn largely from over 45 local companies, complete projects for local health and human service agencies that lack the resources to tackle themselves. These projects range from reading to children at childcare sites, to landscaping an elderly person’s front yard, to cleaning and painting agency buildings. All tasks are finished in one work day and United Way hosts a free lunch for the volunteers at the City Stadium.
Day of Caring offers companies and their employees the opportunity to promote team work, connect with nonprofit agencies in their community and make a positive difference in the quality of life in Central Virginia. For more information, call (434) 846-8467 or visit www.unitedwaycv.org.
SIGN-UP UNDERWAY FOR THE LYNCHBURG PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER CAMP
From June 13 through July 8, Session I of the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Summer Camp offers new adventures in summer fun for ages 6 to 11, Monday through Friday from Noon to 6 p.m. Participants take weekly trips to the Miller Park pool and popular city destinations, and take part in arts, crafts and theater experiences. This session also includes exclusive experiences never offered before with the Lynchburg Museum system. Cost: $40 for City Residents; $55 for non-residents; $80 for City residents (family rate); $95 non-residents (family rate). Contact Gary Takacs, Senior Recreation Specialist at (434) 847-1751 for more details.
HARRIS CORPORATION GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA
Harris Corporation will host its 8th annual golf tournament to benefit United Way of Central Virginia on Thursday, May 12, at Ivy Hill Golf Course in Forest, Virginia. An annual fundraiser for United Way, the Harris Corporation Golf Tournament represents a unique partnership between Harris Corporation and United Way as they unite to empower those in need in Central Virginia and to create opportunities for a better life. Given the tough economy, United Way expects a sharp rise in demand for local programs the organization funds, which meet the critical needs for education, income and health in the region.
Interested participants can register for the golf tournament by contacting Angie Smith, Harris Corporation Human Resource Associate, at (434) 455-9433 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $60 per person and $240 per team. The tournament is Captain’s Choice, beginning with lunch at Noon and tee-off at 1 p.m. For more information regarding the Harris Golf Tournament or about United Way, call (434) 846-8467 or visit www.unitedwaycv.org.
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