Upfront Mar/April2021

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Mark Your Calendars

“Ordinary Time: A Visual Record of the In-Between”
March 5 (opening night) – March 31
Local photographer Laura Beth Davidson will be showing her documentary-style collection of family photos at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Up Front Gallery. The collection features real, everyday life with four children. Learn more at www.laurabethdavidson.com. In the May/June issue of Lynchburg Living, learn more about Laura Beth’s work including her family’s challenging year that has made her appreciate the “in-between” even more.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
April 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-30 and May 1, 2
Winner of Wolfbane Productions’ 2021 Audience Choice Poll, don’t miss this thrilling, suspenseful roller coaster of a murder mystery, presented in their one-of-a-kind immersive style. Will you survive the ride? Find more information at wolfbane.org.

United Way 5K on the Runway
April 10, 8 a.m.
Experience Lynchburg Regional Airport like you never have before! This race is perfect for participants who are able to complete a 5K in 60 minutes or less.
The flat course on the taxiway parallel to the main runway is a great place to try and beat your personal record. Register at runsignup.com.

Historic Garden Day
April 20
Part of Historic Garden Week, this annual springtime event allows you to walk through four beautiful properties in Lynchburg at your own pace. Learn more about the history of Historic Garden Week, as well as more details about Lynchburg’s tour, in our This City feature starting on page 93.

Historic Flowers on Display
April 30-May 2, May 7-9, and May 13, 15.
Located in Lynchburg, Stormy Weather Iris Gardens is a private house garden consisting of over 200 varieties of tall bearded iris.
It is one of only two Historic Iris Display Gardens in the state of Virginia. All tours are free
but must be scheduled in advance. Learn more at
www.stormyweatheririsgardens.com.


Reimagine Grocery Shopping
While a trip to your local grocery store is inevitable, you can find a wide range of items for sale in downtown Lynchburg and support local businesses at the same time!
From ramen broth at Aji to oysters at The Water Dog to an expanded grocery store in the Lynchburg Community Market, there are so many diverse products to be found in the heart of our city.

Read more in the Downtown Lynchburg Association’s latest blog, “Creative Ways to Stock your Shelves,” at www.downtownlynchburg.com/our-blog.


Local Openings & Closings
Hello! to a new location of Simply Vanilla Gourmet Cheesecakes at River Ridge.

Hello! to That Latin Place, reopening with new owners on Jefferson Street.

Hello! to Pho Viet, a Vietnamese restaurant in Forest.

Hello! to Black Diamond Day Spa on Timberoak Court.

Goodbye to Jimmy’s on the James, for now.
The restaurant closed down due to COVID-19 restrictions and is currently up for sale.

Hello! to Drift Draft, a mobile tap trailer for rent that serves Bedford and beyond.

Hello! to T.C. Trotter’s on Commerce Street.
The long-time Lynchburg business opened a downtown store specifically for its popular Moose Mix.

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