Mark Your Calendars July/August
Plein Air Painting at Randolph College:
July 9, 2 – 4 p.m.
Summer is the perfect time to unwind by getting in touch with your creative side. Spend the afternoon on the lawn of the Maier Museum learning the French painting technique of en plein air, or the act of painting outdoors, as a local artist shares their tricks of the trade then cuts you loose to create a masterpiece of your own.
Virginia Dare Pirate Cruise: July 15, 16;
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Come walk the plank and spend an afternoon living like a pirate on Smith Mountain Lake. This cruise on the Virginia Dare is a guaranteed good time for all ages. Maybe you’ll see Jack Sparrow!
Glow Ride on Percival’s Island: August 5, 8 – 9 p.m.
Forget dancing in the moonlight—let’s bike! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join this 6-mile roundtrip cruise around Percival’s Island. Don’t forget to get decked out for the occasion—there’s a prize in store for the most festive bicycle!
Annual Riverfront Chalk Festival: August 19,
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The streets of downtown Lynchburg become your canvas at Amazement Square’s Annual Riverfront Chalk Festival. Watch the riverfront area come to life as members of the community splash chalk onto the streets to create a smorgasbord of inspired doodles. With live music, food trucks, activities, and a chalk art contest, this free event has something for the whole family to enjoy!
Local Openings & Closings
Hello! to Beale’s Brewery and BBQ on Grove Street in Bedford.
Hello! to Craft Beer Cellar on Wards Road, expected to open in June.
Goodbye to Hill City House on Timberlake Road, which was torn down for a new roundabout.
Hello! to a new location of Mister Goodies in the Village Courts Shopping Center in Boonsboro.
Goodbye to Rivermont Makery on Rivermont Avenue.
Hello! to Mookie’s, now serving homemade ice cream sandwiches next to Aylor’s in Forest.