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Empty Bowls

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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.

Hearth Cooking @ Point of Honor

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Cooking in an open heath at Point of Honor

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.

Photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast Lynchburg VA

Point of Honor Cooking Class

Lynchburg’s Red Dress Run

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photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast Lynchburg Virginia

The Red Dress Runners

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.

photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.

She said, "I really like your dress."

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.

I see two guys with great legs.

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.

Cheers!

“Dancing with Strings and Christmas Things”

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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.

 

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.