Randolph College welcomed back a group of Buddhist monks from the Rashi Kyil Monastery in Derha Dun India. The monks are touring the United States and will be on campus for 5 days. During that time they will be not only interacting with the students and facility but with those that want to stop by and visit. While on campus they will be working on a Mandala (a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the universe). Most mandalas are the form of a circle with a square. Mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts as a spiritual teaching tool for establishing a sacred space and is an aid to meditation and trance induction. The mandala is made by arranging colored grains of sand into a pattern. This practice has been done since the sixth century. Two years ago Randolph College hosted the monks on their tour of the United States. They also created a mandala then so and you can watch a video of their 2011 visit if you can’t make it to Randolph College before they depart.
The mandala is expected to be completed tomorrow (September 11, 2014) early afternoon. At 3:30pm they will hold a closing ceremony in which they will destroy the mandala and disperse its colorful sand into a nearby creek. The public is invited to watch the monks finish the mandala as well as attend the closing ceremony. The mandala is being made at the Houston Memorial Chapel on campus. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to witness a historic form of religious art as well as interacting with the monks.
Yesterday, September 11, 2013, Kathy and I attended the closing ceremony at Randolph College. The mandala had been completed (photo below) and then the monks chanted and then gathered all the sand up and it was distributed to those in attendance. After everyone got their sand, there was a procession to a stream that feeds into the James River and the sand was sent downstream.
Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia is a small liberal arts school. Formerly known as Randolph Macon Woman’s College, men were admitted four years ago and the name was changed. This is one of the most beautiful schools I have ever seen. Additionally, it has been ranked as one of the top schools in the country. They often have speakers and events that the public is invited to attend such as this one. If you are visiting the area or considering a college you want to keep this one in mind. Check out their website at: http://www.randolphcollege.edu/.
It’s that time of year again! School is back in session and life is getting back to normal and the Lynchburg Historical Foundation is hosting its annual tour of historic homes. This year the homes will be in the Garland Hill Historic District on Sunday September 22, 2013. This is a great opportunity to tour 5 homes that were built from the mid 1800′s to late 1800′s. These homes will be open from 1:00-4:30pm. Tickets are $20:00 per person and all proceeds benefit the Lynchburg Historic Foundation programs. In addition to the tour is the patrons’ party which will be held at the home of Anne Taylor and Joe James at 303 Madison Street. Tickets to the patrons’ party are $75.00 per person and include the tour as well.
Again this year, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg’s award winning B and B is offering two free tickets to our guests that book at least two nights with us the weekend of September 20-23, 2013. To obtain your free tickets to the 2013 Tour of Historic Homes mention the tour when making your reservation. (See below for restrictions.)
Tickets to the Tour of Historic Homes can also be purchased the day of the tour at one of the homes on the tour or prior to the tour at the Lynchburg’s Visitor Center located at the corner of 12th Street and Church Street in downtown Lynchburg.
As many of you know, I love the character of old homes which is what brought us to Lynchburg. Today’s modern homes have many great features but what most lack is the character that went into homes, especially those built from 1870-1920. This blog contains exterior photos of the five homes that will be on tour. Hopefully you will be able to attend the 2013 tour of historic homes so that you will be able to see the interiors of these homes.
Give us a call today at 434.846.1388 or go on-line at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com to make your reservation for that weekend!
Will look forward to seeing you September 22, 2013 for this annual event!
Restrictions: this offer cannot be combined with any other offer, special, package or discount. You MUST mention the tour when making reservations to obtain your free tickets.
The Lynchburg Museum will be hosting an exhibit featuring Local Aviation Pioneers for First Friday, August 2,2013. Lynchburg was the home of many great pioneers, most recently Leland Melvin who was aboard the 24th and 31st space shuttle flights to the International Space Station. Before Leland made his historic flights the path was paved by other Lynchburg residents including Chauncey Spencer, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, Vincent “Squeek” Burnett who is reported to save the B-26 Bomber program during World War II, by training pilots on how to properly fly the plane which had a reputation of crashing. Other notables include Lieut James Roland Kyle, Jr, Woody Edmundson, Dan Druen, Lucille Kent and George Loving.
There will be lots of photographs and displays showing the accomplishments of these aviation pioneers. Additionally Charlie Burnette, who helped found the Virginia State Police helicopter program in 1968, Lawrence Falwell, co-founder of Falwell Aviation and member of the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame, and Jim Rogers, who served in the US Air Force for 20 years and is author of: Planes, Pilots, and Gofer Tales of Lynchburg, Virginia’s Old Preston Glenn Airport will be on hand to answer questions.
The Lynchburg Museum is located at 901 Court Street and will be open free of charge on Friday 2 August from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. The Museum is on the free trolley route that loops between participating attractions. For more information, call 455-6226, or visit www.lynchburgmuseum.org. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about those from Lynchburg who made aviation history.
Note: Guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast love to tour this museum. It is small but it tells a great story about the area and it’s people. This is one exhibit you don’t want to miss.
On Sunday, July 14th between 3:00-4:00 PM, at the Bicentennial Chapel on the Old City Cemetery grounds in Lynchburg a special concert will be performed.
The Soulsters from the Hill, based out of Diamond Hill Baptist Church, will present a free and informal music performance of late 19th and early 20th-century Negro spirituals in the style of Fisk Jubilee Singers. The majority of the songs are performed almost exclusively a cappella.
The original Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American tradition known today as Negro spirituals. “Slave songs” provided information, inspiration and hope to slaves. The songs represented survival.
Although this concert is free, reservations are required. Please contact Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg VA at 434.847.1465. For directions visit their web site at www.gravegarden.org.
If you would like to visit Lynchburg for the weekend stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. We promise we won’t sing for you, either with music or a cappella!
Lynchburg Restaurant Week was such a hit, in it’s inaugural year, that it is returning in 2013 between June 22-29, 2013. Restaurant Week invites the local community and those visiting our city, while staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, to experience some of Central Virginia’s delicious local fare.
Featuring 22 local, independently-owned restaurants offering 26 special “price fixed” dinner menus, this week of wining and dining also benefits Meals on Wheels of Lynchburg through a portion of the sponsorship proceeds given to the local non-profit.
As an added feature this year menus will feature a “100-Mile Meal” logo. This logo represents the conscientious effort made by the local restaurant owners and chefs to source ingredients from within a 100-mile radius of Lynchburg. Some of these ingredients include herbs, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy.
Restaurants this year can be found throughout downtown Lynchburg, Boonsboro, the Wards Road and Graves Mill Road area and other great dining pockets found in the greater Lynchburg area.
For more information about which restaurants are participating, menu selections, hours and for the chance to win a gift card to one of the 22 participating restaurants visit www.LynchburgRestaurantWeek.com. You’ll be glad you did!
In honor of National Donut Day, Old City Cemetery is giving out free donuts on Friday, June 7th at the Stapleton Station House (located on the cemetery grounds.)
What is National Donut Day? National Donut Day was first celebrated in Chicago in 1938 as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from WWI and to raise money and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.
During World War I, starting in 1917, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers fighting on the front lines in France. The young soldiers were faced with physical and emotional peril while fighting. To ease some of the stress two female Salvation army officers came up with the idea to comfort the soldiers with good home cooking. As they had very limited supplies they decided to use their limited ingredients to fry delicious doughnuts, using helmets as the frying vessel, for the soldiers.
These women nicknamed “Doughnut Lassies” or “Doughnut Girls” served many of their treats and coffee to grateful soldiers serving in trenches throughout the battle fields. The doughnuts became an instant hit and was brought back to America by the “doughboys.”
Between the hours of 11 AM and 1 PM the Stapleton Station House Museum (the train station) will be held open to showcase items and memorabilia from World War ! and to serve you a donut. For more information or directions to the Old City Cemetery visit their web site at www.gravegarden.org.
And for those of you staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA we will be serving donut holes, as one of our courses served during our 4-course breakfast, on Friday, June 7th.
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