Less than 20 miles east of Lynchburg, VA you will find DeVault Family Vineyards. Founded in 2000 by Terry and Sharon, when Terry purchased the 32-acre property that allowed Terry to return to his farming roots, the vineyard is a family dream come true. The family has spent eight years perfecting the art of grape cultivation and have shaped the land into a stunning, serene landscape that you enjoy when visiting the vineyard. The tasting room was added in 2009 to allow guests a rustic, but comfortable place to sample the various wines and enjoy the view of the rolling vineyard. In addition to the tasting room you can enjoy an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball and basketball courts, and a stocked fishing pond. Or bring along a picnic blanket and wander through the vineyard until you find just the right spot to enjoy your DeVault wine.
DeVault Family Vineyards produces seven varieties of wines. There are three reds: a sweet red table wine, a dry red, which is a complex bouquet of blackberry, gala apples and a touch of spice plus an oaked Norton. Two whites are available: a sweet white table wine and a dry white with a light, fruity nose. Two blends complete the inventory: their watermelon wine and a semi-sweet blended blush. The red and white table wines make a delicious Sangria, delightful on a warm sunny day in Central Virginia.
Are you looking for something to do? Saturday, July 2nd DeVault Family Vineyards will be hosting their 6th Annual Watermelon Festival! Between the hours of 3:00 pm until 11:00 pm you can enjoy a variety of food vendors, five additional wineries, a local micro-brewery, arts, crafts and other vendors selling unique hand-made wares, six bands performing on two stages, a magician, pony rides and a talent show. There will be something for everyone! Tickets go on sale June 22nd or you may purchase them at the gate (at an increased price). Ticket prices are as follows: Adult $15, age 13-20 plus designated driver $10, kids 7-13 $5. Visit the DeVault Family Vineyards website, email@example.com, to purchase your tickets in advance.
DeVault Family Vineyards are located one-half mile off Route 460 in Concord, VA. 247 Station Lane, Concord, VA. 434.993.0722 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday between 11 until 6, after May 1st. Other hours may be available with prior scheduling.
The Lynchburg Regional Airport will host the 2016 Lynchburg Regional Airshow the weekend of May 21 & 22. Once again this year the US Navy Blue Angels will be the featured, premiere performers. America’s longest serving flight demonstration squadron will be performing at 34 locations in the United States this year. The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 and is made up of both Navy and Marine aviators. 2016 is their 70th anniversary!
In addition to the Blue Angels the performer lineup includes other aerial performers, more than 15 static displays, vendors and those who love flying and airplanes.
A few of the aerial performers include
- The Aeroshell Aerobic Tea
- The US Navy Leap Frogs-an all volunteer team of active-duty personnel from Naval Special Warfare (including Navy Seals) who comprise the US Navy Parachute Tea
- The de Havilland DH 100 Vampire-a British jet fighter that was entered into service with the Royal Air Force in 1945. The Vampire was the first fighter jet to be powered by a single engine, to cross the Atlantic and to land on an aircraft carrier. It was used as a front-line fighter until 1953. The RAF retired this fighter jet in 1966.
The theme of this year’s airshow is “A Salute to Service”. This theme was selected to honor those who serve to protect our country and communities, specifically our military and first responders. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to support these individuals.
Tickets can be purchased at www.lynchburgairshow.com. General admission tickets are currently $25, children (6-12) $8, and VIP tickets $125. Tickets can be purchased on site the days of the show at $35 each. Tickets are valid either Saturday or Sunday and include parking. Gates open each day at 9:00 AM and the show will conclude by 5:00 PM.
Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast can request a box lunch, should you not want to purchase food at the airshow. Just let us know at least 72 hours in advance of your reservation. Call us, 434.846.1388 to discuss room availability. We attended the show during it’s last visit to Lynchburg, 2011, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, is hosting the 21st Annual Antique Rose Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2016.
The Antique Rose collection was planted in 1986 on both sides of the 800 foot remains of the 1860’s old brick wall. The 60 varieties planted here are representative of rose history from before 1581 thrrought the 19th century. The roses chosen include the full range of classes and colors exhibited by these ancestors of modern day roses. The original plants were gathered from across the United States and Canada, including local gardens.
The “mother roses” have been grown locally. They are cut and rooted by local volunteers, who take care of them throughout the year. These cuttings, showcasing about 120 varieties of roses this year, will be for sale on both May 7 & 8. Prices will be dependent upon the size of the rose plant. Old City Cemetery is also selling some perennial off-shoots this year. Some of the perennials will be clematis, snowball, deutzia and rosemary plants.
The roses and perennials will be sold starting on Friday, May 6th at 5:00 pm. The sales continue until Sunday, May 8th at 5:00 pm.
On Sunday, May 8th at 3:00 the Mother’s Day Rose Walk will take place. This walking tour of the roses growing along the brick wall will describe and explain the history of these roses. Some will be in bloom, while others will be in bud. The walking tour should delight your senses!
For more information you can contact Old City Cemetery at 434.847.1465 or visit www.gravegarden.org.
The pictures of the roses, found in this blog post, were taken by Mike Bedsworth during last year’s rose festival.
The Garden Club of Virginia is proud to welcome you to Historic Garden Week, April 23-30, 2016. This year 30 tours have been organized and hosted by 47 Garden Club of Virginia member clubs. Nearly 250 private homes, gardens and historic sites will be open throughout the state. You might tour just the homes and gardens in your town, a nearby town or you might travel across the state touring various areas and locales to explore more of Virginia.
Garden Day in Lynchburg, VA., hosted by the Lynchburg Garden Club and Hillside Garden Club, will be held on Tuesday, April 26 between 10 until 6. This year’s tour, a walking tour, will highlight five private homes located on or just off of Peakland Place, in the Boonsboro section of Lynchburg. The houses, all built in the 1920’s and 1930’s and their gardens vary in size and formality. Some of the homes have had extensive renovations or restoration work done. Others are virtually unchanged from their original grandeur. The gardens are also varied, some have had years of history while others are in their infancy.
In addition to touring the homes and gardens five special activities, lectures and demonstrations will be taking place along Peakland Place. Between 10 until 2 a lecture on the variety and care of hybrid boxwoods will take place at 3908 Peakland Place. At 11 and again at noon a lecture on growing grapes will be held at 3890 Peakland Place. Growing, harvesting and using lavender will be discussed at 3850 Peakland Place at 1 and again at 2. 3840 Peakland Place will host two lectures about raising bees, at 3 and at 4. Between 11 until 4 Blenheim Vineyard will host a wine tasting at Oakwood Country Club.
Local food trucks will be parked along Peakland Place to serve you sweets or savories throughout the day.
In addition to the homes and gardens along Peakland Place various historic sites will be open to those who have purchased a Garden Day tour ticket. These include Anne Spencer House and Garden, Miller-Claytor House and Garden, Old City Cemetery, Point of Honor, Sweet Briar House and Garden and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.
Tour tickets can be purchased at various locations throughout Lynchburg prior to the 26th or at Oakwood Country Club on the day of the tour. Full tour tickets are $30, single site tickets are $10 and tickets purchased in advance are $25.
The photos were taken here, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast over the past couple of years. Enjoy!
The Lynchburg Art Club is hosting their first annual “Paint Out Lynchburg” starting on Friday, April 29 and ending Sunday, May 1, 2016.
What is a “Paint Out?” This “open air” painting festival is reminiscent of late 19th century French Impressionist painters, such as Monet and Manet, combining their love of nature and creativity when painting out of doors.
Downtown Lynchburg and its historic districts are known for its architecture, gardens, the James River and more. You set up your easel and paints and become inspired by our unique city. Using acrylic, oil, pastels or watercolors you will be able to paint at Old City Cemetery, in downtown Lynchburg and at Point of Honor.
Old City Cemetery has 27 acres in which you can set up on Friday, April 29th. Ancient trees, antique roses (which should be blooming!), various gardens, a fish pond and five historic museums provide many painting options.
Downtown Lynchburg will host the painters on Saturday, April 30th. Paint the Academy Theatre, The Allied Arts Building, The Krise Building, any of the tobacco warehouses that now are loft apartments or even the Texas Inn.
On Sunday, May 1st Point of Honor will offer the painters panoramic views of downtown and the James River or the historic mansion and cooking kitchen,
In addition to you painting there will be demonstrations, a quick paint competition and a juried art show that will showcase the paintings at the Academy of Fine Arts between May 6th and May 22, 2016, More than $1500 in cash prizes will be awarded.
Registration is now open. You may select a 3 day package or an individual day of painting. A three day painting package is $40. Day painting fees are as follows: Friday $15, Saturday $15 and Sunday $10. Checks should be made out to the Lynchburg Art Club, 1011 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24504. For more information contact the Lynchburg Art Club at 434.528.9434.
The above images in this blog are by members of the Lynchburg Art Club, but you don’t have to be a member to participate in the Paint Out.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, 2-night minimum, and we will provide you with a boxed lunch on Saturday. Call us at 434.846.1388 to select your room and make your reservation. Or come stay with us during the gallery exhibit and enjoy all of the paintings completed during this three day event.
The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society will be hosting a tour of various mills and mill sites found in Amherst County, VA. Wear comfortable shoes as there will be hiking to some of the mill sites.
The Mill Tour will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016. A car pool group will meet at the Amherst County Museum (154 South Main Street) at 9:00, sharp. The tour is being led by Chris Anderson, known as “Mr. Mills”. Mill sites will include Amherst Mill–the only continuously operating mill in Central Virginia, two Campbell Mills, Pedlar Mill, Valley View Mill, Myers Mill, the Miller’s House and Stapleton Mill. Some of these mill sites are standing, others are in ruins. The tour will conclude about 1:00. Bring a bagged lunch, snack and a drink to eat in the car while traveling between mills.
To get on the tour list please call the Amherst Museum, 434.946.9068. In the event of rain, the Mill Tour will take place on April 16th.
“The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to discover, collect and preserve objects related to the history and genealogy of Amherst County, VA.” The society conducts lectures, tours, exhibits, workshops and more throughout the year. To join the society call the museum 434.946.9068 or visit their website www.amherstcountymuseum.org.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for 2-or more nights, the weekend of April 8 & 9, 2016 and we will provide you your bagged lunch. Call us 434,846.1388 to discuss room availability and rates.
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