There is not a month that goes by that there isn’t something fun to put on your calendar in the historic town of Lexington, Virginia. The month of November is host to a variety of activities to get you out and about and ready for the start to the holiday season. Lexington VA events in November range from races to parades, to Thanksgiving celebrations and holiday happenings. There is something for the whole family.
The oldest road race in Virginia, the 51st annual Domino’s Lexington to Buena Vista 10k, is taking place on November 13th. The race begins at the Rockbridge Regional Library at 8:30am. Fee for registration is $15.00 and then $20.00 day of the race. Registration forms can be found at www.rarorec.org. The first 50 entrants will receive a long sleeve race shirt. This year’s race is a part of “Let’s Get Moving Lexington and Rockbridge County” meant to inspire the community to exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle.
On Saturday, November 9th, eleven wineries and the Old Hill Cidery will take part in Shenandoah Uncorked at Yellow Barn. Entertainment, specialty craft and food vendors and activities for the children will be on hand for this special fall festival. Tickets are $15 for adults and includes a souvenir wine glass.
For a new outlook on how Thanksgiving used to be, The Natural Bridge of Virginia will host the Natural Bridge Indian Village Fall Harvest Feast. Demonstrators outfitted in period pieces will show how the Monocan village prepared their fall feasts in the 18th century. The menu will include trout, turkey, corn bread and corn on the cob cooked over an open fire in clay pots. There will also be demonstrations on how the Monocan’s made their tools and baskets for everyday life. Event begins on November 26th.
Gather up your friends and family on Thanksgiving morning and make your way to the Lexington Gobble Wobble 5k and fun run. Registration begins Thanksgiving morning at 7:30am with the one mile fun run immediately following at 8:30am. The 5k begins at 9:00am through downtown Lexington. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic and the Rockbridge Area YMCA. For more information on registration, click here.
Come and enjoy a day with the animals and all for a good cause. Virginia Safari Park will host Coats for Kids on November 29th. The park is Virginia’s only drive thru zoo host to over 1,000 exotic animals. This event is held each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The day’s gross income or $1000.00, whichever amount is greater, will be donated to local schools to help buy new winter coats for children in need. This is a great way to spend a day with your family on Black Friday and know that your money is going towards helping others.
Start your countdown to the holidays and join in the festivities at the Annual Candlelight Processional and Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, held the Friday after Thanksgiving. Beginning at 5:30pm, hundreds of people holding candles and singing carols line the streets to start the processional. The processional will begin at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery and parade down Main Street. Led by Mr. and Mrs. Claus to Hopkins Green, they then light the Lexington tree welcoming in a new holiday season.
Be sure to make your reservation now to spend Thanksgiving at the Hummingbird Inn Bed and Breakfast. If you book a three night stay at the Inn, you will receive 25% off the third night’s stay. Guests will enjoy a light breakfast and then caravan over to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, VA for brunch around 1:00pm. Picnic style offerings will be available for dinner and the evening will conclude with a large offering of scrumptious desserts. Give yourself a break from the stresses of the day this Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday at the Hummingbird Inn.
Photo courtesy of Jeffry N. Curtis