This weekend in Lynchburg is pretty quiet without a lot of planned family events. Maybe the planners figured we would all be watching the Olympics, hanging out at the beach, or doing back-to-school shopping this weekend.
When I started to write this article, Lynchburg and surrounding counties were under a severe thunderstorm warning through 10 p.m. with the possibility of golf sized hail and winds in excess of 60 mph, according to WSET-TV13.
Thankfully, the weather has improved significantly in our area but many in Amherst County and other areas nearby lost their power. This storm and future storms could be bad news for many in the Lynchburg area. Many trees that were weakened by the June 29 derecho may be at risk if we get 60 mph winds here.
The City of Lynchburg announced on their Facebook page today that 25 million pounds of brush has been collected so far from the storm. With piles of brush still lining city streets, that number will increase.
Earlier today, Miller Park pool closed due to thunder so Friday Cheers at Lynchburg’s Riverfront Festival Park and Fourth Fridays at Avoca in Altavista may be iffy tonight. Both events begin at 5:30 p.m. so watch the weather and take your chances if you attend.
The best choice for the weekend is the 2012 Summer Olympics, being broadcast on Channel 10 and other stations locally. You can find the complete Olympics schedule here.
The opening ceremony will be delayed broadcast on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 24 of the 36 sports will take place at some point this weekend. You can already see some great photos and video from the opening ceremony on Twitter feeds from the Olympics.
Being good enough to compete in the Olympics is the dream of every serious athlete, maybe including your children. Pick a few sports to follow or a favorite athlete to watch and enjoy the competition together this weekend.
Invite a few friends over and have an Olympics party with a red, white and blue USA theme. Kids love crafts so visit Activity Village’s website to find a lot of Olympics craft ideas.
The weather should improve considerably by Saturday. The weekend forecast is for temperatures in the low 90s on Saturday and the upper 80s on Sunday with sun and clouds both days. That’s perfect weather for the outdoor activity of your choice.
On Saturday morning, there will be Music at the Market at Lynchburg Community Market from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be plenty of fresh produce available for purchase so plan your weekend meals around summer’s bounty.
Old City Cemetery, 401 Taylor Street, offers Saturday walking tours all summer through August, starting at 10 a.m. If you have never visited the cemetery, this is a great time to take the kids. There is a lot of history including the Mourning Museum, Pest House Medical Museum and more. Old City Cemetery is open year-round from dawn until dusk.
Later in the day on Saturday, the first James River Splash and Dash will be held at Percival’s Island, with the first wave of runners starting at 5 p.m. It’s too late to register for this event; however, it would be fun to watch. Participants will run two miles down the island, then paddle across the James River in a tube.
On Saturday night, head to Bedford for a free Loop Fest movie outdoors at Bedford Middle School. Bring the chairs or blankets and snacks to watch “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” with the family. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk.
Sunday will be a great day for a family trip to the Peaks of Otter or one of Virginia’s State Parks after church. We visited James River State Park for the first time last weekend.
There’s a great outfitter at the park renting canoes, kayaks, and tubes for floating on the river. Stay tuned for a review and photos in an upcoming article here.
So pick one, pick two or pick a few and enjoy the weekend in Lynchburg. See links below for some upcoming events next week including Lynchburg Hillcats baseball camp and Virginia Private College Week.