January 21, 2009 : Laura Meadows
1. Hike to the Monogram – The hike to the LU Monogram will remind you how beautiful Lynchburg and the surrounding areas are. The view from the top is beautiful, and the sunsets light up the sky with wonderful colors. I’d suggest taking a picnic, spend some time there. Marvel at how much the Lord has blessed Liberty University through the prayers and efforts of men who love God and want to train Champions for Christ.
2. Eat at the Depot Grille – The Depot Grille is located in downtown Lynchburg down near the James River and the railroad tracks. The restaurant has many unique features including booths made from church pews, a railroad car kitchen, and a famous bar from the Midwest. The food is delicious as well.
3. Take Pictures at the Monument Terrace, Downtown Lynchburg – After eating at the Depot Grille, take a walk up 9th Street to the Monument Terrace stairs. Any weekend you can spot a few LU students taking some pictures. The view is pretty cool, and lots of couples like to take engagement pictures there.
4. Go to a Flames hockey game – Liberty’s hockey rink is located right on campus, so you don’t have to travel far to experience the fun and high energy of the games. The games are usually very good, with lots of action, and the fans contribute half of the fun.
5. Paint the spirit rock – The Spirit Rock is the only rock at Liberty that you are actually allowed to paint. Get together with some friends on your hall, and paint a fun message for a friend’s birthday, your significant other, or just to honor your hall. It’s a fun way to put your mark on Liberty for a few days, or at least until someone paints over it!
6. Visit local coffee shops like White Hart, Drowsy or the Mezzanine – There are several nice coffee shops in Lynchburg that offer places for students to just relax. The White Hart is located downtown, and is filled with old, new, and rare books. Sometimes they have local bands come for entertainment. Drowsy Poet is located 5 minutes away from campus. It’s famous “Milton” milkshake will surely beg you to come back for more. The Mezzanine is located downtown as well, and is known for its art gallery/coffee shop/concert venue feel.
7. Make a midnight run to Walmart, and take pictures – Who doesn’t enjoy going on a late night with their RA, a few friends, a camera, and a carefree attitude? Be respectful of course, to those who may be shopping or working late but, a possibility would be to have a scavenger hunt of sorts, and take pictures of your adventures. They make for funny pictures, and great memories.
8. Go on a Liberty sponsored mission trip – Light Ministries offers some of the most interesting and adventurous mission trips around. What could be better than traveling with 20 of your peers to a place you’ve never been and spreading the Gospel? Many trips partner with orphanages, churches, and schools to reach people. Some trips include India, Senegal, Brazil, Asia, and Cambodia. X-Treme Impact offers the opportunity for Liberty Students to be trained and then lead high schoolers on mission trips all over the world. Talk about leadership training!
9. Go to a Liberty Theater Production – There are some incredibly talented theater students at Liberty, who work really hard to share their gifts with you in the theater. The department has put on productions like Aida, Into the Woods, Guy and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The Crucible, and many more familiar productions. The cast is always top notch, and the shows are enjoyable, fun, and entertaining. Check out their website for dates and shows.
10. Give Thomas Road a try – Many students come to Liberty, hear about Campus Church, and never even darken the door of Thomas Road Baptist Church unless it’s for a special event. I’m not saying Campus Church isn’t great, but, were it not for the members at Thomas Road, and the vision of its pastor over 30 years ago, Liberty wouldn’t be what it is today. Pastor Jonathan Falwell is great, with engaging sermons that challenge and inspire. The music is upbeat and energetic, but still has a bit of a taste of traditional flair. It’s also cool to get involved in the ministries at the church, meeting people who turn out to be like “second parents” or “grandparents”. The people at the church are so eager to get to know the students, and love interacting in their lives.