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.
Lynchburg Virginia hosts the 13th annual Heart and Sole shoe market on Saturday April 14th from 8:00am to 3:00pm. This year, Friday the 13th of April could be your lucky day if you want to get in early for a special preview party from 5:30-8:00p.m (only a limited number of ticket holders will be admitted to the preview party). There will be 10,000 pairs of shoes for you to purchase. Need a new pair of pumps, wedges, flats or loafers then this is the sale for you. Prices average between $5.00 and $25.00 per pair! Of course, you have to purchase a ticket for $25.00 to get into this event, but the good news is proceeds go to charity to support CASA. The sale will be held in the Armory at 1200 Church Street in downtown Lynchburg.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and the proceeds from this huge sale benefit abused and neglected children. To purchase your tickets or for more information please contact CASA of Central Virginia at (434) 528-2552, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in volunteering for CASA check out their website at www.cvcasa.org.
If you will be visiting Lynchburg to participate in this huge sale give us a call at 434.846.1388 to book your room or go on-line at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com. The owners of Lynchburg’s premier bed and breakfast are proud to support this organization and all the great work they do.
Note: The shoes in the above photos can be purchased from Zappos.com and will not be at the sale, but with over 10,000 pairs to choose from you are sure to find several pairs you just can’t live without.
Were you a fan of the Looney Toons as a kid? Did you root for the Road Runner or Wiley E. Coyote? Maybe Bugs Bunny was your favorite.
Lynchburg College’s latest exhibit at the Daura Gallery is more pop culture than fine art. “What’s Up Doc? Chuck Jones and the Animation Art of Looney Toons” features animation and limited-edition engravings of characters from the iconic cartoon series. The exhibit shows the development of your favorite characters through hand-painted animation cels.
The Daura Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 am until 4 pm. This exhibit runs through April, 15, 2012. For more information you can call 434.544.8343.
Visit, explore, enjoy and reminisce. We had fun, you will too!
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