The Buzz Nov/Dec 2019

BEHIND THE SCENESWhile a high of 89 degrees didn’t really get us into the spirit, Mikael Blido’s delicious treats sure did. On September 21, this

While a high of 89 degrees didn’t really get us into the spirit, Mikael Blido’s delicious treats sure did.

On September 21, this issue’s Taste contributor invited us to his Forest home to show off three baked goods. He prepared everything beforehand and had it ready to go. (One reason why we love Mikael!)

Photos of the festive bread and cookies in the sunroom were easy; photographer RJ Goodwin used a chair to get an overhead view. Mikael provided plenty of fresh holly to add a subtle holiday touch.

Then, we took the cake inside to get straight on shots. It took a little finagling to make the white Christmas lights cooperate in the back corner but with RJ’s expertise, a warm glow behind the masterpiece was achieved.

And you better believe the team chowed down when the last photo was snapped. ’Tis the season!

Learn how to make Mikael’s cake and other goodies on page 92.

Local Openings & Closings
Hello! to a new location of Ford Mays Wealth in Wyndhurst.
Hello! to Peaksview Brewery and Games on Timberlake Road, set to open this winter.
Hello! to Gentleman John’s Classic Barber Shop on Main Street.
Goodbye to Phase 2 on Odd Fellows Road. The venue’s final concert is Nov. 2.
Hello! to seafood restaurant Crab Du Jour on Wards Road.
Hello! to Rolled Cold Creamery on Main Street.
Goodbye to vegan restaurant Urbavore on Church Street.
Hello! to Gilded on Church Street, featuring gifts, cards and coffee.
Hello! to Three Roads Brewing Company (formerly Third Street Brewing Company in Farmville). The brewery will open a location on Court Street in early 2020.
Hello! to Starr Hill Brewery on Main Street, opening early next year.

Mark Your Calendars November/December
Downtown Lynchburg
Tree Lighting
Nov. 30, 4 – 7 p.m.
Officially kick the Christmas season into high gear with this second annual event at the Craddock Terry Hotel. This also marks the beginning of the holiday lights on the Bluffwalk—grab a hot drink and take in the sights as you do some shopping!

Christmas at Hydaway
Dec. 5-7, 6 p.m.
Come get into the spirit at Camp Hydaway! Enjoy an outdoor walk through Christmas scenes and lights while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies. There will also be bonfires, photo booths, Christmas crafts and more. Better yet—it’s free!

A Holly Jolly Christmas Home Tour
Dec. 8, 1 – 5 p.m.
Five historical Bedford homes will be covered in Christmas spirit thanks to five local garden clubs. They range from “The First Lady of Bedford Avenue” built in 1866 to a Spanish-style home built in 1930. Stop by the Bedford Welcome Center during the tour for refreshments and walk through the Festival of Trees. Purchase tickets at the Welcome Center.

Happy Holidays with the LSO
Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Sit back celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. You’ll hear holiday favorites—from beloved hymns to music from Disney’s Frozen. Get your tickets early because last year’s 1st annual event sold out! Find tickets at


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