Mother’s Day weekend is almost here and there’s plenty to keep your family busy in Central Virginia. There may be rain for part of the day on Saturday, but don’t let that hold you back.
From graduations to roses, here are some ways to enjoy family time this weekend while celebrating Mother’s Day.
Graduations at Liberty University and Randolph College are on the Mother’s Day weekend calendar for some families.
There will be more than 30,000 in attendance at Liberty’s 40th commencement on Saturday. About 15,000 are expected to graduate. Arrive early if you’re going. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. but the processional will start at 8:45 a.m.
Randolph’s commencement on Sunday will be much smaller. Some unique Randolph traditions include the Daisy Chain procession at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Sophomores will carry the chain, made earlier in the day across the campus on their shoulders, transferring the chain to the shoulders of the seniors on the steps of Martin.
On graduation day, each graduate will choose a squire to march in with the senior and sit behind them during commencement, placing the baccalaureate hood around the senior’s collar.
Some families will begin Mother’s Day weekend on the run at the 2nd Annual Autism Awareness 5K, held at Jefferson Forest High School on Saturday at 8 a.m.
Online registration has ended; however, you can register at JFHS during packet pickup on Friday from 5-7 p.m. or on race day from 7-7:30 a.m.
A walk in the roses will be on the calendar for some moms as the Old City Cemetery hosts the 18th Annual Antique Rose Festival.
There will be cuttings from heirloom roses for sale, a bake sale, rose walks and more on Saturday. On Sunday, enjoy the annual Mother’s Day Rose Walk. Admission to the cemetery is always free.
The James River Wine & Music Festival at Riverfront Festival Park in downtown Lynchburg will be the destination of choice for some families.
The Saturday festival will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature 12 Virginia wineries, artisans, food vendors and live music.
Saturday night will be Family Fun Night at Amazement Square. Held the second Saturday each month, Family Fun Night admission is only $3 for each person.
Many families will head to the park to enjoy the Mother’s Day weekend. The sprayground area is up and running so bring your towels and swimsuits if you are going to Riverside Park this weekend.
Little League baseball will be in full swing at Miller Park. At Peaks View Park, families will enjoy the playgrounds, tennis courts, walking trails and disc golf course.
Active families may take a hike this weekend on the Appalachian Trail. Some families with young children pick a section of the AT to hike each weekend with plans to complete the entire 2,180 miles before their kids go off to college.
If history is your thing, there are a pair of historic sites you might want to visit on Mother’s Day. Both are offering free admission to moms of all ages.
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Bridge Road in Forest. Poplar Forest was Jefferson’s summer home.
Avoca Museum is located at 1514 Main Street in Altavista. A Mother’s Day tea and tour is a great way to spend the afternoon.
Feeding mom is high on the priority list on Mother’s Day. Breakfast in bed on Sunday morning before church is a favorite for families with young kids. Toast or biscuits made with love will make mom’s day start off right.
In some families, dad will man the grill later in the day to give mom a break from cooking. Other families will visit a local restaurant for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Check out the best of Lynchburg outdoor dining for restaurants where your family can enjoy al fresco dining.
However your family celebrates Mother’s Day, take time to say thanks to your mom for all she’s done for you. Whether your mom is 40 or 80, a mother is like no other.