Mark Your Calendars: July/August
Paws in the Pool
Bring your furry friend to the Miller Park pool for a special event to close out the summer swimming season. On Aug. 20, from 12-3 p.m., dogs will be allowed to swim with their owners in the pool following its last day open for humans. Admission is $25 for each owner and their dog; $5 for any additional dogs. This event is a fundraiser for the Lynchburg Dog Park.
Smith Mountain Lake Guinness World Record Challenge
(Pictured Above) To continue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake, the Franklin County YMCA is challenging the community to help break the Guinness World Record for the most people floating in a human chain. (The current record is 634 established in Taiwan on June 28, 2014.) The event is Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. If you want to join, you must pre-register by July 15. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. More information at www.franklincountyymca.org.
Family Day 40s Festival
Take the family back in time at this unique and fun history event on July 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The National D-Day Memorial’s annual “family day” event features life in the 1940s. Visitors will have the chance to meet with World War II veterans, view artifacts, see demonstrations and more. Adult admission is $10: 18 and under free. Discounts for veterans and active military.
Local Openings & Closings
Hello! to Fifth and Federal Barrel Station restaurant offering a Whiskey bar, craft beers and Southern fare. Expected to open late July/early August.
Hello! to Kathleen O’Byrne’s Irish Tearoom, open in the Boonsboro Shopping Center since late April. More on page 144.
Hello! to discount grocery store Aldi, open on Lakeside Drive since May.
Hello! to Café Bliss, now serving a variety of foods, gourmet coffee and organic drinks at the base of the Bank of the James building downtown. More on page 143.
Hello! to The Water Dog, a Riverside Taphouse coming to Jefferson Street in early August.
Hello! to Benny’s, set to bring “New York style” pizza to Main Street in late summer.
Hello! to The Hills, expected to open in the former Blue Dahlia on Graves Mill Road in July.