On Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Nelson County, the 2012 Virginia Craft Brewers Festival will be held from 2 pm until 8 pm. Presented by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and the Virginia Manufacturers Association the festival is designed to gather all qualified Virginia Craft Brewers in an opportunity to promote craft brewing. The event will feature the Virginia Craft Beer cup (a competition in 5 categories with the cup being awarded to the best overall brewery), beer tastings, live music, delicious food, camping and bike races.
Beer tastings will be available from 22 Virginia Craft Brewers, including Lynchburg’s own Jefferson Street Brewery. Visit their web site at www.jeffersonstreetbrewery.com for descriptions of our local beers. Other breweries participating come from as far away as Hampton, Northern Virginia, Abington and everywhere in between.
Live music will be performed throughout the festival from some of Virginia’s best bands. Beginning at 2:15 pm with Love Cannon and ending with No BS! Brass Band at 6:45 pm a total of four bands will entertain you throughout the event.
The Rock Barn will prepare amazing food which will be available for purchase throughout the festival. Featured dishes include: Beer-poached TRB Bratwurst, Shrimp ‘n Grtis, “Tachos by Fardowners”, “Pretzels by ABC”, TRB “Barn Dogs” and various sides and accompaniments. All great dishes that will pair nicely with the beers being tasted.
Tickets will be sold using a variety of pricing options and inclusions. General Admission ($10-all beer tastings & food at an additional charge), Tasting Package ($36-admission to the festival, 1 4 oz. commemorative Tasting Glass, 10 4 oz. Tasting Tickets), VIP Package ($45-admission to the festival starting at 1 pm, VIP seating area under a tent with a view of the stage, 1 4 oz. Commemorative Tasting Glass, 1 Commemorative Tasting Mug, 10 4 oz. Tasting Tickets), Camping and RV Passes and mountain bike racing information can be found online (see www.virginiacraftbrewersfest.com for more details). **All prices listed are for advance purchase only! The rain date is Sunday, August 26th.
Take advantage of this inaugural event just up the road from Lynchburg and end your summer on a happy note. Stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and enjoy our legendary 4-course breakfast each morning. During the month of August we are featuring peaches in our fruit and main dish recipes. Visit our web site www.thecarriagehouseinnbandb.com to check our availability calendar.
If you’re heading to the festival and need directions for your GPS Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company is located at 200 Mosbys Run in Roseland, VA.
On Saturday, July 14, 2012 between 11am-6pm, Peaks of Otter Winery will hosts it’s 8th annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival.
This unique winery and festival is full of fun and exciting events, wines, foods and shopping opportunities. Throughout the day you will be able to taste the wines from 9 local wineries (some made entirely from any fruit but the grape!), enjoy delicious food ranging from pizza to BBQ to salsa to everything in between, shop at over 50 artisan and crafts booths. Combine this with a Parade of Horses, a Muskrat Race and Agility Dog & Obedience Demonstrations to make your day anything but boring.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for at least two nights during this summer festival and your tickets will be complimentary. Visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com to choose your room, then call us to book your reservation. You must mention this special when booking your reservation. This special cannot be combined with any other special, discount, coupon or voucher. Advance reservations are required, not later than July 7, 2012 . Call us at 434.846.1388.
You don’t want to miss this day of excitement! See you soon.
The James River Batteau Festival, in its 27th year, launched this past Saturday from Percival’s Island in downtown Lynchburg, VA. A fleet of nineteen boats pushed off from the banks of the river amidst cannon blasts, cheering and applause.
The festival is an 8-day, 120 mile trip down the James River from Lynchburg to Richmond. The launch from Lynchburg celebrates the unique history of these flat-bottomed boats, invented in Amherst, which once carried goods and passengers in the early 8th century. With a draw of only about 6-8-inches these boats carried several thousand pounds of tobacco or other goods on the shallow James River. The batteau carried goods until about 1840 when improvements along the river made navigation by larger vessels possible.
For the first time in 5 years this year’s festival included traditional crafters and artisans, historical games, activities and exhibits, storytelling, live music, a bass fishing tournament, a canoe and kayak race and a Monacan Youth Powwow Dance. Due to the resounding success of this year’s festival, be on the lookout for the announcement, next year, for the launch date in June 2013.
On Saturday, June 2nd, the Hill City Classic Derby took place at Falwell Aviation. 22 drivers competed in the double elimination competition, ten in stock and 12 in superstock. The double elimination format meant that some of the drivers raced down the hill as many as six times.
Since there aren’t any engines in soapbox derby the difference between stock and uper stock is the size of the driver. Stock cars accommodate drivers in the 10-13 age range. In superstock the cockpit is larger to accommodate drivers aged 13-17.
The drivers must make their cars, using a hard plastic kit that weighs about 60 pounds. According to two of the drivers, the hardest part of building the car is getting the steering cables installed correctly. Most of the drivers had assistance from a helpful adult.
In the 1950’s and 60’s the Derby was a fixture in downtown Lynchburg, the course taking advantage of various hilly streets. This year, Falwell Aviation was chosen as the sight of the derby due to the layout of the land and the slope of the runway. Without an engine, gravity plays a vital role in the running of the race. The track was about 100 yards (the length of a football field) and the drivers reached a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour.
The stock and superstock winners, Fulton Fitzgerald and Nathan Hansen, respectively, will travel to Akron, Ohio to compete in the National Soap Box Derby on July 21st. The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast wishes the best of luck to Lynchburg’s representatives!
The derby was such a success the organizers plan to offer the event again next year.
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.
April 21-28, 2012 is Historic Garden Week in Virginia. On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Lynchburg, Virginia is proud to host visitors to our city and locals to our Garden Day Tour.
Sponsored by The Lynchburg Garden Club and the Hillside Garden Club this year’s tour includes admission to 6 locations: The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 404 Cabell Street, 301 Cabell Street, Point of Honor at 112 Cabell Street, 4935 Mountain Laurel Drive, 4924 Mountain Laurel Drive (all in Lynchburg) and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest at 1542 Bateman Bridge Road in Forest.
The houses and gardens will be open for touring between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. You may visit the properties in any order. Contact the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce at 434.847.1811 for information about purchasing tickets, in advance, to this day of nature and heritage. Tickets may be purchased at each location on Garden Day.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast has limited availability should you wish to stay the night before or after the tour. Call us at 434.846.1388 to inquire about your luxurious accomodations while celebrating Historic Garden Week in Virginia.
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