Today we celebrate the first day of spring, but to our bushes and trees, spring came several weeks ago. We have a saucer magnolia tree next to our patio and it started blooming in February. Yes, this tree is supposed to bloom in the closing days of winter or beginning of spring, but in years past the blooms appear one day and are typically gone a few days later when the frost causes all the blossoms to drop from the tree.
With the mild weather this year, the blossoms have lingered for over three weeks. The aroma when opening the back door is unbelievable and as the blooms fall, making way for the leaves, we have a carpet of pink pedals covering the patio. To say this has been a spectacular year in our back yard is an understatement.
In addition our Camilla bush is in full bloom and the 300 daffodil bulbs I planted last fall are also in full bloom.
We will soon be putting in our garden and getting ready for Garden Day. Yes, we our home will be on tour for Historic Garden Day next month. Will keep you posted. We are expecting over 1600 people (based on last year’s figures) to see our home on Garden Day. Obviously they will be here to look at the house, not the gardens, although we are making some progress on getting the yard in shape.
We would love to welcome you to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast this spring or summer so that you too may enjoy our restful patio or wraparound front porch. Don’t you deserve some time to relax?
This past Saturday the Academy of Fine Arts presented it’s third annual “Empty Bowls” event .
Empty Bowl events take place all over the country and always benefit hunger programs.
Our Empty Bowls event supports the Daily Bread. Located in downtown Lynchburg, VA, the Daily Bread was founded in 1982 to help those in need by providing one meal at a time. 365 days a year they serve lunch between 10:50-12:20 to approximately 160 guests. Their mission is to “provide a free, nutritous meal every single day of the year” through donations of food, cash and time by volunteers.
The Academy of Fine Arts conducts bowl making sessions in it’s pottery studio each January and February. Individuals, groups, co-workers, clubs and organizations come together to learn how to craft a bowl from clay. Then in early March the bowls are sold (you get to take yours home) after being filled with delicious soups accompanied by fresh-made breads and desserts at the Empty Bowls event. Participating restaurants this year included Market on Main, Bedford Avenue Meats, Lorraine Bakery, Catalano’s Delicatessen among others. All proceeds from this event benefit the Daily Bread in it’s mission to feed Lynchburg’s hungry.
If you would like to participate in 2013, by contributing a bowl or just eating delicious soup in a hand-made bowl please visit The Academy of Fine Arts web site at www.AcademyFineArts.com for more details.
Historic Point of Honor, in Lynchburg, VA hosted a “hearth cooking class” this past Friday. This seasonal demonstration presented regional recipes and cooking techniques from the early 19th century using an open hearth and brick ovens in a reconstructed plantation kitchen, sited where the origianl once stood. The bill of fare included roasted chicken, stewed and boiled vegetables, baked and fried foods and a unique dessert. Participants were able to assist and watch Rachel as she literally cooked over a “stove.”
Point of Honor is located 3 blocks from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic Daniels Hill. Completed in 1815 by Dr. George Cabell this Federal-style mansion has been carefully restored to preserve the classical designs of the early 19th century. Named after duels that legend says took place on this fine point of land, Point of Honor has been home to many of Lynchburg’s remarkable citizens.
The mansion is part of the Lynchburg Museum system and is open daily. An additional “hearth cooking class” will be held on Friday March 23, 2012 between 11:00am-2:00pm. Advance registration is required. Call Point of Honor at 434.455.4424 for more details or to reserve your space.
If you ever wanted to party like there was no tomorrow and enjoy a drink or two, or three or four or… then the Seven Hills Hash House Harriers is an organization that you need to look into. They call themselves a drinking club with a running problem. I guess if you want to work off that extra beer or justify drinking an extra beer a three mile run through Lynchburg is a good place to start. This past Saturday, 11 February 2012, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast was one of their refreshment stops on their jog through the city. This was their 17th annual Valentine’s Red Dress Run.
My experience as being a pit stop for the joggers is this is a group of guys and gals that enjoy having fun and sharing their enthusiasm with folks along the run. After all, why would you spend the coldest day of the year running around town in not much more than a red dress? Yes, girls aren’t the only ones that want to have fun which was very evident by the guys in their red dresses.
The Seven Hills Hash House Harriers, as they are officially known, was started in June 1992 and meets every Wednesday and often on Sundays. For more information on the club you can check out their website at: www.7h4hash.com. The organization has clubs around the globe and several of the runners I met were from out of town. Hard to believe that there is a drinking club in conservative Lynchburg. I know this isn’t for everyone, but you’ve got to admire their fun loving attitude.
The Academy of Fine Arts in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia is proud to offer a delightful holiday extravaganza.
“Dancing with Strings and Christmas Things” features exquisite dancers, fine musicians and Cantate’s angelic voices that will grace the Academy stage during this holiday season. Two shows will be offered this season: Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm or Sunday, December 18th at 2:00pm. Ticket prices range between $13.00-$22.00 plus service fees.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for two nights, including either December 17th or 18th, 2011 and your tickets will be complimentary. One morning during your stay you will enjoy our signature dish for December, Gingerbread Waffles with Pears. Call us at 434.846.1388 to book your room, reserve your tickets and delight in a fabulous breakfast each morning.
Fine Print: You must mention the “Dancing with Strings” package when booking your reservation. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.
This event began in Arlington National Cemetery in 2005. The original purpose was to remember and honor the memory of veterans buried in the older section of the Cemetery, which was receiving fewer visitors each year. When a picture was placed on the internet of rows upon rows of snow-covered tombstones and green wreaths decorated with red bows, the idea went viral around the country and there was interest in duplicating the ceremony. Last year the event was held in more than 500 U.S. locations and 24 off-shore sites.
Old City Cemetery has over 2,200 veterans, representing every war from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War. In 2010 the DAR placed 717 wreaths, the fourth largest number in Virginia, with Arlington Cemetery being the largest.
The public is invited to this year’s ceremony. Beginning at noon the ceremony will begin with a flyover by a member of the Civil Air Patrol, followed by the arrival of seven special military wreaths accompanied by veterans in a motorcycle escort. Following a brief ceremony with DAR and community leaders everyone will be invited to help lay wreaths. Kathy, Mike and guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast will be assisting in this year’s ceremony to honor those who have fought for our freedoms and gave the ultimate sacrifice. We look forward to seeing you there.
**Cemetery gates will be closed to through traffic when the ceremony begins promptly at Noon.
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