Upfront March/April 2022


Mark Your Calendars

March 12, 13
Opening Weekend at Poplar Forest
In anticipation of Poplar Forest’s official “Opening Day” of the season on Monday, March 14, there is a full weekend of activities planned at Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home.

Come out on March 12 for a day of family-friendly fun including “Historic Candy Talks,” quill pen writing, and archaeology demonstrations. On March 13, Poplar Forest is hosting an afternoon trail hike. Learn more at poplarforest.org.

March 18-20
Kiss Me Kate
Renaissance Theatre and the Academy Center of the Arts are collaborating to bring this iconic musical by Cole Porter to the local stage. First performed in 1948, Kiss Me Kate centers around the production of a musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off stage between the show’s star and his leading lady. For ticket information, visit academycenter.org.

April 23, 8 a.m.
Run 4 Their Lives 5K Run/Walk
Join together with local nonprofit
Freedom 424 at this hopeful event to raise awareness about human trafficking and encourage continued advocacy. The run starts at 8 a.m. at Liberty University. Learn more about the race at freedom424.com.

April 23, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Appomattox OysterFest
Foodies won’t want to miss this event at DeVault Family Vineyards, hosted by the AxM Community & Disaster Relief Organization. It features not only oysters but also seafood, barbecue, and regular
fare, as well as live music and alcohol tastings.
For more information, visit www.AppomattoxOysterFest.com.

April 4, 10 a.m.
Senior Putt-Putt Begins!
Lynchburg’s Senior Putt-Putt League, a program of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation, kicks off their season April 4 at the Putt-Putt Fun Center on Timberlake Road. They will meet every Monday at 10 a.m. (changing to 9 a.m. during the hot summer months). Participants play at a discounted rate, and volunteer leaders keep track of everyone’s scores all year long!

Local Openings & Closings

Hello! to Mizumi Japanese Bistro on Main Street.

Goodbye to Trio Brick Oven Eatery
in Forest.

Hello! to a new location of Chick-fil-A at Candlers Crossing (formerly on Candlers Mountain Road).

Hello! to 5th Street Vitos, a NY-style pizza shop on 5th Street.

Hello! to Chef’s Store on Wards Road in the former OfficeMax location.

Hello! to the Yellow Submarine on Old Forest Road, which has reopened with new owners.

Hello! to a brick-and-mortar location of Nomad Coffee at the Ed Page entrance of the Blackwater Creek Trail.


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