Does the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic have you down and out? There is hope to be found and joy available, still. You simply need to know where to look.
Follow along for weekday inspiration … one livestream per day to get you through the day!
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center | Virginia Beach
This popular destination just minutes from the Virginia Beach oceanfront is producing quality content enjoyable for any and every age. Watch for “Meditation Monday” for soothing aquatic viewing. Also keep an eye out for educational videos to see the animals as you don’t typically have the chance to, like via ultrasound for a pregnant Spotted Eagle Ray.
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello | Charlottesville
A founding father, avid gardener, aspiring architect, United States President, slave owner … Thomas Jefferson wore many hats, was well-traveled, and left us with so much information for so many disciplines. If you’ve yet to visit his Monticello home, you’ll get great insight from following the Monticello Facebook page. Their videos touch on Jefferson’s gardens, his technology, AND you’ll hear from Thomas Jefferson himself.
The best way to remember to tune in to Monticello’s live Facebook videos:
- “Like” their page for notifications
- When you’re alerted they’ve scheduled an upcoming live event, click “Get Reminder” and you’ll receive another notification when they go live.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | Richmond
One of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens is Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond. Lovely in every season and inviting to all, Lewis Ginter offers special programming and caters to children with fun play spaces. Catch their “What’s Growing Wednesdays” Facebook livestream to learn about gardening and specific plants blooming at Lewis Ginter.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon | Mount Vernon
The home of the first president of the United States is preserved on the banks of the Rappahoannock River. George and Martha Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation is carefully maintained using the same techniques today as were used in the 18th century. Acres of gardens, livestock, blacksmithing, even a distillery and gristmill are open daily for visitors to explore. Except right now. Right now Mount Vernon is closed to the public. Thankfully, Mount Vernon goes live every weekday at noon to show you something new. From seeing the sacred Washington Bedchamber to the zen moments of “Tranquil Thursday,” these streams are not to be missed.
Floyd Country Store | Floyd
The liveliest place in one of Virginia’s most thriving arts-centered towns is Floyd Country Store in Floyd. Their Friday Night Jamboree has been a mainstay for decades. A gathering of pickers, singers, dancers, and of course, grinners, the Jamboree is an inside / outside weekly event open to anyone and everyone. The spillover into the street usually results in jam sessions of whomever wants to join in.
These days … the Coronavirus days … the Friday Night Jamboree is a Friday night livestream event. Check it out and jam at home, if you want to.
Enjoy these live streams and make a plan a visit. Hopefully it won’t be much longer until you’re free to roam these special places.