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Pianos on Main Street

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Piano on Main Street, Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg Piano on Main Street

Pianos are again returning to Main Street along with a piano on 5th Street.  The pianos were donated to the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities and local high schools painted each piano.  T. J. Matthews tuned the old pianos and Troy Tyree moved them.  The program “Keys for the Hill City” will be unavailing the new pianos for First Fridays on May 1, 2015 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.  The pianos will be there until October 2nd.

Main Street Piano

Piano on Main Street, Lynchburg

On May 1st there will be experienced piano players at each of the 7 pianos playing classical, jazz and popular music.  Like last year, don’t be surprised to find someone at the pianos during the day or evening hours playing to a group of passersby.  If you know how to play the piano you are encouraged to stop at any of the pianos that are on display and play your favorite tunes.  Last year for 5 months there was spontaneous music delighting visitors and residents of downtown.

The location of the pianos are as follows:

  • Bank of the James-800 block of Main Street
  • The Galleria-900 block of Main Street
  • Schewels-1000 block of Main Street
  • Kegney Irish Pub-1100 block of Main Street
  • City Market-1200 block of Main Street
  • Amazement Square-foot of 9th Street
  • 5th Street between Madison and Harrison

These pianos are your’s for the playing.  Feel free to bring a friend or two with other musical instruments for a jam session.  This type of activity brings even more life to a vibrant downtown and was a great treat to those who heard the hundreds of artists of all ages that played the pianos last year.

The photos in this post are of last year’s pianos as this year’s pianos have not been delivered as of this morning.

Piano on Main Street, Lynchburg, VA

Piano on Main Street

If you will be visiting Lynchburg and/or staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you will want to get out of your car and wonder the downtown street and enjoy the music.  I’m sure it will put a smile on your face.

Storming of Thunder Ridge-2015

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Storming of Thunder Ridge

Storming of Thunder Ridge (2014)

On May 17th riders from around the country will descend on Lynchburg for the 6th Annual Storming of Thunder Ridge.a fully supported bike ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Storming of Thunder Ridge is a fund-raiser to benefit the YMCA of Central Virginia.  There are bike rides for everyone, starting at 27, 45, 75 and 100 mile options.   Thunder Ridge is a gradual but very challenging 13 mile climb to the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, topping out at 3,932 ft.

View their video..

For more information and to register for this event please check their website:    http://stormingofthunderridge.org/.

Sorry, this year, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast does not have any rooms available as we sold out due to college graduations but riders can camp out at the Jamerson YMCA in Lynchburg which is the starting and ending point of this ride.  Check the website above for more information.

The scenery is beautiful this time of year and you will be riding before the dog days of summer.

Hot Rockn’ Reflexology, No Fooling!

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Hot Rockn' Reflexology

Hot Rockn’ Reflexology

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast’s Massage and Body Works Studio is offering one (1) $40 “Hot Rockn’ Reflexology Treatment” with every 2-night stay during the month of April 2015.

This unique reflexology treatment uses hot river stones to impart an extra degree of relaxation and rejuvenation.  Normally a $75 treatment, your package includes the cost of your room selected plus the “Hot Rockn’ Reflexology Treatment” for only $40!

Visit our web site, choose your room and call us at 434.846.1388 to make your reservation and massage appointment.  You must mention this No Fooling package when booking.  Your stay must be completed during the month of April.  Package cannot be combined with any other special, offer or package.

Come stay with us in Lynchburg, VA. and experience this exceptional massage service.

150th Anniversary of Appomattox Court House

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The McLean House at Appomattox Courthouse is where Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War

The McLean House at Appomattox Courthouse is where Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War

The Sesquicentennial (150) celebration begins tomorrow!  Both the National Park Service and the town of Appomattox are ready for the onslaught of guests from around the world, intent on experiencing this once in a lifetime event.  Have you planned out your next 5 days?

As a follow-up to last week’s blog post below you will find some additional highlights of the events, lectures, programs, real-time re-enactments and educational activities taking place between Wednesday, April 8 until Sunday, April 12, 2015.  Remember, a complimentary shuttle bus service will be running between Lynchburg and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park.  Once at the park a separate shuttle will take you to the individual venues.  For those guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast a shuttle bus pick-up location is within an easy walk.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: an author’s tent with writers of historical books who will answer your questions, have books to purchase and will help you get a feel for the significance of April 9, 1865.

  • Each day there will be Parole Pass Printing demonstrations
  • Each day you’ll find Wet-plate Photography exhibits in the park
  • Friday, April 10, 2 different guest speakers at Appomattox County High School
  • Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, real-time Stacking of Arms Ceremonies
  • Extended hours at The Museum of the Confederacy each day
  • Special lectures and exhibits at The Museum of the Confederacy each day
  • Cavalry and Horse Artillery Encampment at the Appomattox Center for Business and Commerce each day
  • United States Colored Troops Encampment at Carver Price Legacy Museum each day

The dates, times and locations of these events, programs and special activities plus many more can be found on the found on the following websites:

  • www.appomattox1865foundation.org
  • www.nps.gov/apco
  • www.appomattox150th.com

Need lodging?  Give us a call at 434.846.1388  or check on-line to see if we have had any cancellations.

Appomattox Courthouse Sesquicentennial

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Appomattox Court House

Appomattox Court House (reproduction)

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, between April 8 to 12, 2015, at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park and throughout Appomattox, Virginia.

Beginning at 9:00am on Wednesday, April 8 and ending at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 12, 2015 a variety of special programs, lectures, activities and events will be held at the National Park and at various locations within the town and county of Appomattox, Virginia.

A real-time program featured on Wednesday the 8th, starting at 3:30 until7:30, will include a lecture and presentation on the Battle.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at the National Park between 11:00-12:30 on Thursday, the 9th.  Between 2:00-3:00 Lee will surrender to Grant at the McLean House within the National Park grounds.  Lee will leave the McLean House between 3:00-3:30, another real-time event.

On Friday, the 10th, Lee and Grant will meet, the Commissioner’s Meeting will be re-enacted, the Confederate Cavalry will surrender and the first Stacking of Arms will take place.  Friday evening, starting at 6:30, a special program the “Footsteps to Freedom” Memorial Ceremony (accompanied by spiritual music) will take place within the National Park.  4500 luminaries will be arranged along a country road to symbolize the slaves living in or near Appomattox when the war ended.

Saturday, the 11th and Sunday the 12th have various lectures, events and programs, held at numerous sites within the National Park, the City of Appomattox or the Museum of the Confederacy.  The last Stacking of Arms Ceremony will take place on Sunday at 1:00.

Directions, times, locations and more information can be found at the following websites.

  •     www.appomattox1865foundation.org
  •      www.nps.gov/apco
  •      www.appomattox150th.com

Complimentary shuttle buses will run throughout the day between Lynchburg and Appomattox.  Parking will be extremely limited.  Separate shuttle buses will take you to the Sesquicentennial venues in the National Park and Appomattox.  Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn will be able to walk to one of the shuttle bus stops to Appomattox Court House.

 

Marmalade Panini

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Marmalade panini recipe

Marmalade Panini

We had guests from England and they mentioned marmalade was a staple of an English breakfast.  Not wanting to put some toast on their plate with a dish of marmalade we decided to turn bread/toast and marmalade from a side dish to the entree.  We created a marmalade french toast and a marmalade panini (The only difference is the marmalade panini was cooked in a panini maker and the french toast on a griddle).  Personally, I think the marmalade panini is a little more unique (being served a breakfast panini is a little more unique than french toast).  Taste wise, they are identical.  If you don’t have a panini maker then make french toast!

Ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz. container whipped cream cheese
  • 12 slices sourdough bread
  • 3/4 cup marmalade
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup marmalade
  • 12/ cup maple syrup

Directions:

Spread cream cheese over six slices of bread.  Spread a generous amount of marmalade  on remaining  six pieces of bread and combine the two slices of bread (one with cream cheese and one with marmalade)  In shallow bowl, whisk eggs, cream and orange zest.

Lightly grease Panini pan, heated to medium.  Dip both sides of sandwiches into egg mixture.  Place sandwiches onto Panini pan; cook 4-6 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, melt marmalade in small saucepan, add maple syrup, stir to combine.  Pour over sandwiches when serving.

Makes 6 servings.

bed and breakfast recipe for marmalade french toast

Marmalade French Toast

Our English guest loved our twist on toast and marmalade and so will you!  Our marmalade panini is a quick and easy to make.  You can add a side of bacon or sausage to make this meal complete!

For more recipes from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast check out our recipe page on our website.  If you would rather have someone else do the cooking (and clean-up) give us a call at 434-846-1388 to book your reservation or you can book on-line.