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/.
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.
June 1st will celebrate the Lynchburg, Virginia Community Market’s 230th anniversary. The third oldest continuously running market in the United States it is 3 years older than the city itself!
Created as a commercial center on the riverfront it, on what today is 9th Street, it started as an open air market on Water Street. The market quickly became the central place of commerce for the growing city and as a gathering spot for the city’s residents. It was initially heavily involved in the tobacco trade.
In 1814,when the market outgrew its original home, it moved to the center of Water Street where it remained until 1872. In 1872 it relocated to Main Street between 11th and 12th Streets where the space allowed for ample commerce space plus a livestock yard. It remained there until 1932 when it moved to its current location at Main Street.
Improvements were made to the market in 1987 that included enclosing an interior space plus adding heating and central air, outside farmer’s stalls and parking. The market is now home to over 100 vendors each year that include farmers, artisans, bakers, cheese mongers, truffle creators, 4 locally owned restaurants and boutiques. A great place to find locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, wine, jams and jellies, flowers and plants or purchase homemade sweets such as pies, cakes, cookies or candies.
This year the market is opening a demonstration kitchen. Local chefs will demonstrate how to utilize local ingredients, found at the market, that will allow the community to learn skills and recipes featuring ingredients from our region (the grow local movement) and in season. It is anticipated that cooking and culinary classes will be added to take the demonstrations to the next level.
The Community Market is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 until 2. Wednesdays, between 10-2 and Saturdays between 7-2 the farmers booths are filled to the brim with delicious offerings. A word to the wise: get to the market early! There are many Wednesdays and Saturdays when the booths are bare by mid-morning.
If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we often shop (very early) to get produce for the mornings 4-course breakfast or for wine and cheese in the afternoon for those guests arriving between 4-5 PM . And we source the market when gathering truffles, wine, cheese, breads and cookies for our room “add-ons” that are available as part of a package or just because. Call us at 434.846.1388 to discuss your reservation and how to make it more special.
Using donated cans of food, the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lynchburg team, downtown venues and businesses, scout troops and concerned citizens will provide hunger relief in our community through an event called “Canstruction”
On Saturday, April 13th 6-8 teams gathered to compete in creating unique artwork structures using canned food. Each team was mentored by an engineer, architect or contractor. The completed structures can be seen and admired in the following locations through Saturday April 20th: Amazement Square, Bank of the James, main lobby in the main street branch, City Hall, the Galleria, Holiday Inn Select and the downtown YMCA.
Canstruction Lynchburg is designed to benefit the area by providing an established competition to generate needed canned food supplies for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. All donated cans used in the canstruction projects and other canned goods donated by individuals from the community at the canstruction sites will fill a constantly increasing need in the Lynchburg area. The canstruction teams were also educated on the issue of hunger in our area to further help eliminate hunger in the future.
Be sure and visit the display sites this week, some of them are truly amazing.
On Thursday, November 1st, Amazement Square unveiled its nearly completed CityArts Mosaic Mural. The mural is located at the corner of 9th and Jefferson streets in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.
The mural, seven years in the making, depicts the story of Lynchburg in more than 4,800 square feet of panels. Starting with the Monacan Indians and farmers tending crops to the industrialization of downtown in the 1920’s and its development during the 1950’s and 1960’s during the Civil Rights era the last two panels depict Lynchburg today and in the future.
The use of volunteers from various Lynchburg organizations, groups and clubs allow many in the community to take ownership of the project, or at least their spot on the panel.
As you stroll along Jefferson Street and study the mural from beginning to end there are many things Lynchburgers will recognize: the James River, the old Courthouse, the original train depot, Craddock-Terry show factories, Main Street, the fountain in the James River, Riverfront Park, the mountains to our west, downtown office buildings, the Community Market and more. On our next warm, sunny day you should take the time to enjoy this work of art that belongs to Lynchburg. An artistic and historic addition to downtown that can be enjoyed by all.
Amazement Square staffers are in the process of compiling a publication that documents the mural’s progress and the number of volunteer hours that went into the project. Once the mural is complete they intend to file for recognition as the largest glass-tile mural in North America (the largest currently listed is 4,300 square feet.)
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located within walking distance of downtown and this mural. The area is rich in history, downtown has many great restaurants and some fun shops. We look forward to meeting you on your next trip through town.
When you think of America you may think about Freedom, Democracy, Free Speech, Opportunity, Justice and all that makes this a great country. The American flag is the one symbol that represents not only who we are but what we are as a county.
Last week Kathy and I took a road trip to Charlottesville and visited the home of our 5th president, James Monroe (1817-1825). His home is known as Ash Lawn and is owned and maintained by The College of William and Mary, his alma mater. In many respects it is a simple home but worth visiting. One of the interesting facts I learned was President Monroe had legislation enacted that makes our flag look the way it does today.
The flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore in 1814 (pictured above) has 15 stars and 15 stripes. One star and one stripe for each state. President Monroe recognized that if we kept adding stripes for each state the flag would create design and proportion problems so in 1818 he signed an act declaring that henceforth our flag would have 13 stripes and a star for each state of the Union. Had he not signed this act by the time he left office in 1825 there were 24 states and one could only imagine the flag with 24 stripes.
When you see the American Flag today you have our 5th president to thank for the way it looks. Speaking of presidents, next Tuesday we, have the privilege of choosing our president for the next four years. Remember to get out and vote.
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