Once a year we celebrate Memorial Day. To some it represents a three day weekend, to others it means sales at the store and to others it represents the unofficial start of summer. To the vast majority of Americans it is a time to reflect on who we are as Americans. Our way of life, the freedoms we enjoy, the opportunities each of us has wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for those brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and our way of life. Freedom isn’t free and our cemeteries are full of the graves of those who gave their lives to protect us. Many of us took the time this weekend to place flowers or flags on the headstones of our fallen heroes. In Lynchburg, there was a service on Sunday in the Confederate section of the cemetery and afterwards flowers were placed on the graves of the soldiers.
Please don’t wait until Veterans Day or next Memorial Day to thank a veteran as many of them need our help now. If you are an employer consider hiring a vet. If you know of a family that has someone serving overseas and you can help with their yard work, house cleaning or even babysitting. When you see a veteran thank them for their service. These little acts of kindness will go a long way and will be appreciated. Finally, if you are in downtown Lynchburg on Fridays from noon to 1:00 pm at the foot of Monument Terrace honk to show support of our troops or better yet, get out and talk to the veterans that gather each Friday.
We all have a lot to be thankful for so let’s not forget to thank them more than once or twice a year.
Strawberries are at their peak during the month of May. Our signature dish this month takes advantage of the fresh strawberry crops found near Lynchburg, VA. Several local farms have “pick your own” fields, which we have taken advantage of (just picking over 33 pounds!), in order to have fresh strawberries for this soup and to make strawberry jam. Visit with us during May, mention you read this blog post and you’ll be treated to a jar of homemade strawberry jam to enjoy when you get home.
At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we serve this soup as our fruit course during breakfast. It would be equally good at lunch or as a dinner appetizer.
Here’s the recipe for our soup: Process 3 cups of sliced fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup Reisling, and 1/3 cup sugar in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, freshly ground pepper and sliced fresh strawberries. No matter what time of day you eat this soup, enjoy!
PS: if you don’t want to “pick your own” strawberries visit the Lynchburg Community Market on either Wednesday or Saturday to buy fresh strawberries from one of the vendors.
On Saturday, May 12, 2012 the Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, will be celebrating their 17th Annual Antique Rose Festival.
As the roses are just beginning their bloom cycle, a walk along the Old Brick Wall near the Confederate section, is a delightful way to experience some of the 270 varieties of roses found on the Cemetery grounds. Then walk the grounds to discover more varieties growing throughout the Cemetery.
The roses planted throughout the Cemetery are said to be the soul of the Cemetery grave garden. Originally planted on the graves of loved ones by family members, during the month of May they bloom for the benefit of all who visit.
Heirloom rose cuttings and bushes will be available for purchase between May 6-13, at the Cemetery Center. Choose one that may be sprawling or upright, sweetly perfumed or without any fragrance, with or without thorns, in a new color or to match what you may already have growing in your garden. There will be something for everyone.
In addition to the rose sale there will be a special, guided Mother’s Day Rose Walk on Sunday the 13th, starting at 3:00pm. What a nice way to spend some time with your mother on a lovely spring day.
Come stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and you will be greeted with a rose upon your pillow.
The Museum of the Confederacy Appomattox is now open!
Visitors to the museum start and end their tour in the main exhibit area with the museums crown jewel: the sword worn by Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Army of Northen Virginia’s ceremonial surrender on April 12, 1865.
Touring the museum will take about two hours. During this time you will experience exhibits that include: the story of secession and the beginning of the Civil War, Confederate flags, soilders of the war, slavery and the important part it played in the Civil War, war correspondence, five important battle campaigns, the Appomattox surrender and Reconstruction and life after the war. You will not want to miss the Wall of Faces, an interactive feature, that shows pictures of people who lived during the Civil War-era and includes biographies about them.
Located at 159 Horseshoe Road, Appomattox, VA the museum is open daily between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission fees apply.
You will want to combine your visit to the museum with a visit to Appomattox Courthouse National Park, located just a few miles away.
The state flag of each state that belonged to the Confederacy fly at the entrance of the museum as well as the American flag which represents the re-unification of the North and South.
Located about a 25-minute drive to Appomattox, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA is a great spot to stay while exploring the area and it’s Civil War sites, museums and points of interest. Call 434.846.1388 to make your reservation or visit our web site at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com.
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