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Wreaths Across America

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Wreaths in Old City Cemetary Dec 2011

On Saturday, December 10, 2011 beginning at 11:45am, in Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery members of the DAR will begin this year’s Wreaths Across America ceremony.

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.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Ceramony for Wreaths Across America 2011

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.

Tribute to fallen Veterans December 2011

**Cemetery gates will be closed to through traffic when the ceremony begins promptly at Noon.

Lynchburg’s Diva Crawl

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Lynchburg is well known for many things, from outdoor adventure, history, culture and fine dining, but for the second year in a row, we have celebrated our divas.  No, not all of our women are demanding divas, but once a year the girls let their hair down and celebrate womanhood in downtown.  Shops stay open longer for them, restaurants give samples, there is music and after all that walking there is a party.

 

Women gather to register for the Diva Craw.

 

Literally hundreds of women wait in long lines to register for the evening festivities before they hit the town.  When they finally get to the booth they are given a bag with prizes, a necklace of beads (no, this isn’t like Mardi Gras where you have to show some skin to collect beads).

 

Passing out the party favors

 

This year’s Diva Crawl took place on Friday November 18.   If you missed it you don’t need to wait for a year to spend time with your girl friends.  Get together a group of your gal pals and plan a girls get away at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We offer the perfect venue for you to reconnect with friends.  Leave the spouse or significant other at home and relax.  After all, you deserve it.

3rd Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

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Once again this year you can celebrate Jefferson’s passion for wine.  Held on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Jefferson’s secluded retreat, Poplar Forest, just 20 minutes from Lynchburg, VA, this festival celebrates Jefferson as the “father of Virginia wine.”   Although largely unsuccessful in his day, his vision of great Virginia wines has been realized by wine makers throughout the state.

Showcasing 18 wineries, 13 artisans, 6 local food purveyors, musical entertainment and more, the day is filled with something for everyone.  House tours will be available throughout the day at a reduced rate.  Tasting tickets include a signature wine glass.  You must be 21 years or older to taste wines.  Festival will occur rain or shine in heated tents.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at least two consecutive nights, including November 19, 2011 and your festival tickets will be complimentary.  Festival tickets must be reserved and purchased by November 16, 2011.  You must mention this package when booking your accomodations and festival tickets.  Subject to availability.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.

Enjoy our signature recipe one morning, Cranberry Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup (see blog post 11/14/11 for recipe!)

Poplar Forest Candlelight Tours

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Take advantage of the first afterhours, candlelight tours of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.  Visit Jefferson’s private retreat for a special and unique tour.  Rarely open after hours these intimate tours will showcase what life was like when Thomas Jefferson and his family lived here.

Tour dates are November 3, 10 & 17, 2011, at 5:30pm.  Reservations and advance ticket purchase are required.  A matted print of Poplar Forest at night is included with each admission.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for at least two nights, including a tour night and receive two complimentary tickets to this special tour.  You may wish to stay November 17 & 18 and then enjoy the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, to be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 between the hours of 11:00-5:00.  This Candlelight Tour package cannont be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.  Subject to availability.  You must mention this package when booking your accomodations and tour date.

Breakfast one morning will highlight our signature recipe for November, Cranberry Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup (see blog post 11/14/11 for recipe!)

Old City Cemetery Candlelight Tours

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It’s that time of year again….when Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg Virginia, conducts it’s Candlelight Tours.  Visit various sites throughout the cemetery where professional actors will portray the lives of several of the cemeteries “residents.”  Always interesting, educational, moving and sometimes funny the stories told delight people of all ages.  And when else can you walk around a cemetery after dark?

The tours take place on October 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29, 2011 beginning at 6:30pm each evening.  The last tour will depart from the visitor center at 7:50pm.  Each tour lasts about one hour, travels over uneven ground, cobblestones and walkways so wear good walking shoes and bring along a flashlight.

Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at least two nights, including a tour night, will receive complimentary tickets to one tour (limit two per room.)  As in year’s past advance reservations and tickets are necessary and tickets will sell out prior to the 21st.  Call 434.846.1388, mention this package, book your accomodations and secure a tour time.  Your tickets will be waiting for you upon arrival.  This package cannot be combined with any other special, package, voucher or discount.  Subject to availability.

While staying with us enjoy a breakfast featuring our signature dish for October, Pumpkin Waffles (see post 10/4/11 for recipe.)   

 

Ghost Walks

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Are you intrigued by ghosts, spirits, things or events that can’t quite be explained?

Then you will want to attend one of the Ghost Walks presented by the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and Tharp Funeral Home.  This years event will take place in the historic district, in Lynchburg, VA known as Diamond Hill.  On the nights of October 20, 21 & 22, 2011 walking tours will take place about every 30 minutes starting at 6:00pm until 8:30pm.  As these walks cover uneven ground and brick and slate sidewalks please wear comfortable walking shoes and perhaps bring along a flashlight. 

Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for at least two nights, during this weekend will receive complimentary tickets to a Ghost Walk (limit two per room.)  Advance reservations are required.  Please call us at 434.846.1388, mention this package, arrange your accomodations and tour time.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.  Subject to availability.

And while here you will enjoy our signature dish for October, Pumpkin Waffles (see post for 10/4/11 with recipe to whet your appetite.)