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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia 2013 GALA
Celebrate Our Youth, New Orleans Style!
Saturday, November 16, 7-11PM
Admission: $125 per couple/$75 individual

The 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia Gala transports you to The Big Easy for a N’awlins-style celebration of our community’s youth. Black tie optional.

For additional information about the Gala and how to acquire tickets, contact Dawn Blankinship at (434) 528-0400 or


Victorian Ornaments Workshop
Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg
Saturday, November 30, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $20, advance reservations required as space is limited (all materials from Germany).

Learn the history of decorating trees for the holidays in the 19th century and make your own Victorian-style ornaments.


Christmas in Virginia
Presented by the Bedford Council of Garden Clubs
Sunday, December 8, 1-5 PM
Admission: $15

The homes selected for this tour range from an 1890s Victorian Eclectic to a 1984 Williamsburg-style home. Each home will be decorated to depict a different area of the state: Williamsburg, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Eastern Shore/Northern Neck, Central Virginia and Northern Virginia (Alexandria/Mt. Vernon). There are many points of interest in each of these homes which will be enhanced by the talents and creativity of the garden club members.

Tour tickets and refreshments are available on the main floor of The Bedford Columns. For additional information about the tour, hours and how to acquire tickets, visit The homes on the tour include the following:

The Tussirone/Overstreet House
1813 Oakwood Street, Bedford
Decorated by the Moneta Garden Club with a Blue Ridge Mountain theme.

The Colgate/Horne House
704 Baltimore Avenue, Bedford
Decorated by the Belmont Garden Club with a theme representing Central Virginia.

Dawson House
105 North Branch Road, Bedford
Decorated by the Blue Ridge Garden Club using a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas theme.

The Stone/Leist House
709 College Street, Bedford
Decorated by Garden Thyme Garden Club depicting the Eastern Shore/Northern Neck/area of Virginia.

The Dortch/Stephens House
813 Oak Street, Bedford
Decorated by Garden Club of Bedford with a theme representing Northern Virginia.

The Bedford Columns
812 East Main Street, Bedford


A Season of Lights & Laughter
The Lynchburg Christmas Parade hosted by the Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association
Sunday, December 8, at 5:00pm

Join us December 8th in historic downtown Lynchburg for two hours of music, colorful floats, antique cars and much more. And don’t miss out on the Parade Day Activities, with “A Christmas Carol” at the Academy of Fine Arts and lots of fun activities for the whole family!

There is still lots of room for floats and participants and we are currently accepting volunteers!

For questions or to register, visit

or If you do not have access to the website, call RMA at (434) 528-1732.


Wreaths Across America
Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg
Saturday, December 14, Noon
Admission: Free

After a brief ceremony, attendees lay evergreen wreaths on hundreds of veterans’ graves in the Old City Cemetery. For more information, visit or call (434) 847-1465.



Holiday Open House at Old City Cemetery
Sunday, December 15, 1-4PM
Admission: Free

The Cemetery’s historic museums will be open to the public and decorated for the holidays with seasonal greenery. Stop by the Cemetery Center for hot cider, cookies and last-minute gifts. For more information, visit or call (434) 847-1465.

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