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    Dinos and Gators in Newport News

    by Casey | Posted on July 10th, 2012

    When the temps get too hot to handle, find your family fun indoors at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News.

    T-Rex, a part of the Dinosaurs! exhibit at Virginia Living Museum.

    T-Rex, a part of the Dinosaurs! exhibit at Virginia Living Museum

    Their latest exhibit, Dinosaurs!, features a roaring robotic T-Rex who reinforces his dominance while a Corythorsaurus tends her nest of eggs and a Pteranodon soars above. With the Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Mosasaurus and Elasmosaurus nearby, you’ll likely feel like you’ve stepped into The Land of the Lost.

    Add more dinos to your Cretaceous fun with a trip to the Abbitt Planetarium where you can experience four different dinosaur digs from around the world in Dinosaur Prophecy (recommended for ages 10 and older).

    Dinosaurs! exhibit is available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily through September 3, 2012. Dinosaur Prophecy is available at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily through September 3, 2012.

    Albino American alligator at the Virginia Living Museum through September 3, 2012.

    Albino American alligator at the Virginia Living Museum through September 3, 2012.

    While you’re at the VLM, check out the albino Alligator – a resident this summer only! The gator comes from Alligator Farm Zoological Park in St. Augustine, Florida, and is one of less than 100 known true albino American alligators, a species that numbers five million. If you believe in luck and legends, peer into his eyes for good luck.

    If you care to spend some time with the American alligators after the Museum closes, check out Gator Bites - a 45-minute program that includes a pizza party, feeding of the alligators, photos, and the opportunity to touch a gator. Gator Bites is offered Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. and is limited to 15 people. Available through August 28, 2012.

    VLM Admission

    • $17 per adult
    • $13 per child aged 3 to 12
    • Free for children 2 and younger
    • Abbitt Planetarium is an additional $4 per person.
    • Gator Bites is an additional $25 per person and must be purchased in advance.

    Hours

    • Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival

    by Casey | Posted on July 5th, 2012

    Innovation 2012 is the theme of this year’s Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival, set to kick off Friday, July 6 and run through Sunday, August 5. The focus of innovation will include innovators – both familiar and unfamiliar – who have moved us in new directions in dance, music, theatre, film, food, wine and the visual arts.

    From a musical standpoint, attendees to these events can expect to hear the works of Ludwig van Beethoven  as well as brand new pieces written by student composers in settings that vary from the Evans Center at Wintergreen Resort to the Big Red Barn at Rodes Farm in Nellysford. From classical and intimate to new and center stage, there’s a setting and a performance for everyone.

    Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

    Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

     

    Key Events

    • 7/6: Opening Night Reception and Performance
    • 7/7 and 7/8: Classics – Anton Bruckner, Remo Pignoni, Carlos Guastavino, Pedro Saenz and Paul Schoenfield
    • 7/8: Coffee Concert – Michel Richard de Lalande, Bohulsav Martinu, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Theobald Boehm and Charles Ives
    • 7/11: Wild Wednesday – Astor Piazzolla
    • 7/12: Barn Bach – Johann Sebastian Bach
    • 7/13: Chamber Music – David MacBride, Joseph Haydn, Michael White, Igor Stravinsky and Robert Schumann
    • 7/15: Coffee Classics – Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Edgard Varese, MacBride and Charles Martin Loeffler
    • 7/18: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and more.
    • 7/19: Mozart’s Magical Mystery Tour
    • 7/21: Under the Big Top: A Happening
    • 7/21 and 7/22: Classics – Schumann, Joseph Rheinberger, Charles Gounod
    • 7/22: Coffee Concert – Eric Ewazen, MacBride, Schumann
    • 7/23: Art Song and Opera - Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner
    • 7/25: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and more.
    • 7/28 and 7/29: Classics – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Brahms
    • 7/29: Coffee Classics – Ewazen and Debussy
    • 7/30-8/4: Where Chaos SleepsWorld Premiere of the play by Peter Coy.
    • 7/31: Barn Bach – Bach
    • 8/1: Wild Wednesday – Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Barber, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Francisco Mignone
    • 8/2: Thrilling Thursday – Bowen McCauley Dance presents “Lucy’s Local Playlist,” choreography inspired by the music of ten Greater Washington, DC bands and artists.
    • 8/4 and 8/5: Classics – Bowen McCauley Dance presents choreography to Beethoven, Max Bruch and Stravinsky.
    • 8/5: Coffee Classics – Featuring the Academy Chamber Players and Academy String Orchestra under the direction of Joseph J. Nigro, guest conductor.

    Download the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Ticket Booklet for a complete schedule and details.

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    Fireworks!

    by Casey | Posted on July 3rd, 2012

    Tomorrow is the big day – the day we celebrate our Independence – but today actually has a few surprises of its own. If you love fireworks, here are a few destinations to get your fix in advance.

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    Genworth Financial

    Richmond

    Southwest Virginia

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    Shenandoah Valley

    • Community Fireworks in Winchester – Come enjoy the fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day! The Winchester Royals baseball game will take place at 6pm, too.
    • Summer Jam at Massanutten Resort - This event features live bands, kids activities, an expansive beer garden, delicious food, and a show-stopping fireworks display to finish up the night!

    Southern Virginia

    • Fireworks at South Boston Speedway - See the NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200/ Limited 100/ Pure Stock 50 followed by FIREWORKS!
    • Martinsville Speedway Celebration - Carnival rides from 5 pm – 11:30 pm! The “Paintin’ The Town Tour” featuring a trio of all-star acts, Darryl Worley, Bo Bice and David Lee Murphy starts at 8 pm. Then, grab a chair, let down the tailgate and wait for the largest fireworks show in the area to begin. Free admission; donations welcome.
    • South Hill’s Picnic in the Park – Food, music, fun and fireworks for the entire family.

    For the complete list of fireworks and Independence Day events, visit Virginia.org/July4th or click the map below.

    Click for an Interactive Map for July 4th



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    Summer in the Great Outdoors: Tubing

    by Casey | Posted on June 20th, 2012

    Author’s Note: This blog was updated August 2, 2013 to reflect rate changes and include a couple new outfitters.

    Back in May we highlighted awesome waterways for kayaking and canoeing. Tubing isn’t a far stretch from those two water-loving pastimes, other than the pace is quite a bit more relaxed and you probably don’t want the big rapids to throw you off your game.

    James River Reeling and Rafting

    James River Reeling and Rafting

    James River Reeling and Rafting departs from Scottsville, just 25 minutes south of Charlottesville. Trips are self-guided and cooler tubes are available for rental as well. Kick back and enjoy the slow float. Reservations are required. Shuttles leave on the hour during the week and on the half-hour Saturday and Sunday. Tube, shuttle and rope is $23/person. Groups of 25 or more are $21/person. No children under six and no pets.

    James River Float Company, we noted, is a leader in SUP (stand up paddleboarding) on the river, but as their name implies, they’re a source for a nice float, too. The “local float” is $22/person and basically keeps you in the Lynchburg vicinity. Pull your friends together for a party float – even your cooler can go downstream with you.

    River City Rafting is centered in Virginia’s urban whitewater hub of Richmond. A whitewater guide will accompany you and five or more of your friends aged 9 and older as you leisurely while away the day. $30/person. If you’re brave enough to go it alone, ask about The Half Shuttle at $25/person.

    James River Float Company

    James River Float Company

    If you choose to float with Outdoor Adventure Experiences out of Dayton, you choose an awesome family day out on the water. Not only do you get your own tube, but you also get a giant tube made for group play in the deeper, slower spots on the river. Trips with OAE include (and require the use of) a safety helmet and life vest. If you’re looking for a freer, more casual float, this one might not be for you. Half-day trip $35/person; full-day trip $45/person with a trip minimum of $120 and $180, respectively.

    The Shenandoah River is one of Virginia’s top picks for a relaxing float, meaning more nearby outfitters are ready to rent you a tube.

    The headwaters of the James River are pretty tame compared to the whitewater you’ll find near the fall line downriver in Richmond. For that reason, exploring the Upper James River Water Trail might be advantageous to tubing lovers.

    Tangent Outfitters

    Tangent Outfitters

    Twin River Outfitters in Buchanan is eager to serve your Upper James River needs at an affordable rate. You can take a tube down one trip (about a 90-minute float) for $15, or you can spend the day floating the route time and again for $20. The fee includes tube, life vest, safety orientation and shuttles from the shop up to the put-in point. Want a quick run at the end of the day? “Last call” floats depart at 4 PM and only cost $10!

    The New River is the second oldest river in the world, geologically speaking, and it’s pretty unspoiled and pristine. Sounds like a peaceful, serene float, huh? Put in at Bisset Park in Radford with Tangent Outfitters. The 2-mile float (which can vary from 90 minutes to 3 hours, depending on water levels) is $15/tube on weekdays or $20/tube Saturday and Sunday.

    >> More Rafting/Tubing Options
    >> Virginia’s Rivers

    Check the real-time water levels through the National Weather Service prior to getting on the river. Tubing with a guide is the safest option to enjoy your river experience.



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    Fireworks and Fun!

    by Casey | Posted on June 18th, 2012

    June is flying by which means that July 4th is approaching quickly. Do you have your Independence Day planned?

    Yorktown Independence Day Celebration

    Yorktown Independence Day Celebration

    Nearly every small town and city in Virginia has a fireworks display, parade, or festival in celebration of our freedom, but here are a few interesting (and FREE) events that you might check out.

    You know the Revolutionary War was won in Yorktown, yes? Why not celebrate our independence there? At 9 AM on the 4th you’ll be treated to a parade. Spend the day at the beach and then get ready for the bell-ringing at 7 PM, patriotic entertainment at 8 PM and fabulous fireworks at 9:15 PM.

    If you love a picnic, you’ll especially love the 30th Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks in Norfolk. The picnic is free and you don’t have to make the potato salad! Pick a spot at Town Point Park for your family to spread a blanket and then kick back for a great fireworks display. 5 to 10 PM on July 4.

    Patriotism will surely bubble up in you as you hear the 1812 Overture performed by the City of Fairfax Band with the fireworks to follow. Spend the evening relaxing on blankets or in chairs; vendors will have food and drinks, and kids’ activities will be plentiful. 7-10 PM on July 4.

    Carnival rides attract the kids, but it’s the stars on stage that will attract their parents at the Martinsville Speedway Celebration for the 4th. Country music stars Darryl Worley, Bo Bice and David Lee Murphy will deliver an awesome show prior to the area’s largest fireworks display. And it’s all free!

    Balloon Rally & 4th of July Celebration in Lexington

    Balloon Rally & 4th of July Celebration in Lexington

    Balloon glows are somehow very romantic. Lounge on the VMI parade ground while the giant hot air balloons glow over the course of two nights in Lexington during the 16th Annual Balloon Rally and 4th of July Celebration. Book a morning or evening ride or take a tethered ride, too. The fireworks will captivate around 9 PM on the 4th.

     

     

     

    Find more 4th of July events near you:
    Fireworks Locator Map * Festivals * Parades * Winery Events

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