With their roomy fit and outlandish patterns, it might not be surprising to learn that the first fans of Zubaz were not zebras, but bodybuilders. In fact, the company's founders were originally gym owners who realized that their patrons needed pants that could both fit over and call attention to their sizeable muscles. The apparel soon proved itself outside of weightlifting circles, as the company has since made more than 9,000,000 pairs of the stretchy, stripy pants?enough to mark a path from New York to Los Angeles and back. Available in the colors of virtually any professional sports team, Zubaz regularly make stadium appearances on fans, players, and mascots alike. And today, the brand emblazons their classic pattern on other articles as well, from sunglasses to footwear to hoodies to neckties.
Three cyclists cruise the calm banks of the James River; one rides a brand new Gary Fisher, one sits atop a tuned-up fixed gear, and the other tests out a Trek rental bike—all thanks to Bikes Unlimited. The store’s downtown location, housed inside a historical brick building constructed in 1897, is stocked with mountain, road, and BMX bikes along with gear such as cycling computers, trainers, and jerseys. Mechanics at the downtown and Wyndhurst locations are on hand to perform necessary tune-ups and repairs, but the shop’s support for the cycling community doesn’t end there; the staff leads regular group rides, helps to build and maintain local mountain-bike trails, and sends cheetahs in pursuit of racers as a motivational tool.
Blackwater Bike Shop's cycle buffs apply their expert knowledge toward the building, repairing, and tuning up of bikes so cyclists can take to the trails no matter the season. The tune-up begins with a cable-lubing and thorough adjustment of the bearings and gears. Surgical calibrations are made to the tension of the brakes, ensuring riders can stop on a dime, pick it up, and buy a Chiclet without ever dismounting. Derailleurs are inspected and rebuffed to transform sticky gears into smooth shifters. Wobbly wheels then undergo a truing process to increase pedal-pumping efficiency, ease momentum retention, and keep two-wheelers from veering off into the unicycle lane. Aside from tune-ups and repairs, Blackwater Bike Shop advocates for cycling and cyclists by remaining involved in the community and encouraging others to do so as well.
Now in its sixth season, Opera on the James regales ears with the majestic beauty of operatic works performed by nationally renowned singers. Love Makes the World Go 'Round corrals the talents of four acclaimed vocalists—Allison Pohl, Brendan Daly, Adelaide Muir Trombetta, and John Dooley—who have collectively shattered chandeliers and monocles at prestigious companies such as the Colorado Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Bronx Opera. Throughout the evening, the quartet of euphonic belters unleashes its pipes on a program that showcases popular songs from the classical opera canon as well as Broadway show tunes. In the elegant interior of the Joy and Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre, oak flooring stylishly cushions feet while restored brick walling induces wolves to seek out easier, straw-built concert halls to crash.
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A bugle boomed with a brash moan that bordered on shrill, as if the metal it was made of were on the verge of shattering like glass. Its player drew a sideward glance to his wife, whose neck was contorted in the throes of a visceral shriek as she slammed a wooden spoon against the tin washbasin. Darkness was giving way to the orange of morning on June 18, 1864, and the Union's Major General David Hunter was presumably within earshot. The clamor of Lynchburg's citizens was their first defense, making the Confederate forces sound larger and stronger than they actually were. It was a smart move, as Hunter eventually retreated because he believed he was outnumbered.
The concise Confederate victory preserved many historical sites in Lynchburg, which had been the United States’ second wealthiest city per capita before the Civil War devastated the economy. Today, the Lynchburg Museum traces the stories of the region, from the cannons and flags of the Civil War to a flight suit worn by hometown astronaut Leland Melvin. More than 20,000 artifacts are housed within the former Lynchburg courthouse, which was built in the Greek Revival style in 1855, replete with architectural details including fluted Doric columns and a pedimented portico inspired by the Parthenon.
Less than a mile away, Point of Honor accommodates guests within the re-created plantation kitchen of the restored Federal-period mansion built in 1815 by Dr. George Cabell Sr., friend to both Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. Guests can peer out at a vista of the James River before exploring the Medicine in Early Virginia exhibit, which highlights tools and methods practiced by Dr. Cabell such as giving patients colds in order to cure their rickets.