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Pancake Jamboree

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Councilman Randy Nelson and ABC news anchor Norene Turin at 2016 Pancake Jamboree.

The Lynchburg Exchange Club is again hosting its annual Pancake Jamboree.  In its 58th year, the Jamboree is a highly anticipated event in Lynchburg, Virginia.

This year the Jamboree will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017, between 6:00 am until 7:00 pm. at the Lynchburg Armory.  Tickets are $7.00, in advance, or $8.00 at the door.  Tickets allow you an “all you can eat” meal consisting of pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee or soft drinks.  Tickets can be purchased online, in advance through the Exchange Club’s Facebook page.

Participants of the Jamboree include Exchange Club members, VIP cooks –from WSET, the mayor, chief of police, firefighters, fraternity members from Lynchburg College, Liberty University students from LU Serve and other well-known community members.

The Jamboree began as the only major fund raiser for the Exchange Club.  Funds raised benefit the community through the Boys and Girls Club of Lynchburg and CASA.  Monies are used to educate and assist in the prevention of child abuse.  Community service, such as building a Habitat for Humanity house.  Monthly recognition of youth in the community who achieve the Accepting the Challenge of Excellence award.  The promotion of Americanism through trips for veterans to travel to Washington, D.C. as well as provide veterans in need of clothing and food.

Mike and Kathy, from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast will look for you at this worthwhile event.  We may even send our guests!



Savory Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

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Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

We have been serving this comforting casserole during October when spinach and sweet potatoes are in season and can be found at the Lynchburg Community Market, the grocery store or even our garden at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Cubes of French bread are baked in a rich Parmesan custard with smoky bacon, spinach and chunks of sweet potatoes.  We serve this casserole accompanied by cheesy scrambled eggs and a light salad of mixed greens dressed with a balsamic vinegar dressing.

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding Ingredients


  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1½ – 2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 8 thick-cut bacon slices
  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 8 ounces French bread loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups half-and-half
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Lightly coat an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Toss together sweet potatoes, olive oil, ½ teaspoon of the salt, ¼ teaspoon of the pepper on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake in preheated oven until sweet potatoes are just tender, 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  2. Meanwhile cook bacon until crisp; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in the pan.  Crumble bacon.
  3. Remove potatoes from oven, and set aside.  Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  4. Cook onion in hot drippings until just tender, 2-3 minutes.  Add spinach, and cook until spinach begins to wilt, about 1 minute.  Add bread cubes and crumbled bacon to spinach mixture, stirring to completely incorporate.
  5. Whisk together eggs, half-and-half, Parmesan and remaining 1 teaspoon salt and  ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.  Stir in bread crumb mixture, stirring gently to completely incorporate.  Lightly coat 13 x 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; spoon mixture into prepared dish.
  6. Bake at 350°F until golden brown and set in the middle, 45-50 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into serving size pieces.

Helpful Hints:

  • Check the doneness of the sweet potato cubes before the 20 minute mark.  Depending on the size of the cubes they may be done earlier.  Remember, they are going to continue cooking in the oven for about 45 minutes.
  • We cook our bacon in the oven, on a wire rack atop a baking sheet.  This allows the bacon to remain flat and the drippings fall onto the baking sheet.  It takes about 15-20 minutes to cook the bacon this way, in a 400°F oven.
  • I have used my kitchen shears to cut the bacon into small pieces.  They are then a bit more uniform and I can snip them right into the mixing bowl.
  • We have made this recipe in the baking dish, as described above or in Texas-size silicon muffin cups.  The muffin cups make serving a breeze and allows for cooking the casserole ahead of time and then just reheating the servings necessary.

Crawford Farm Ghost Tour

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Crawford Farm Ghost Tour

Based on true ghost stories and legends, the Crawford Farm Ghost Tour will take you on an intimate journey onto the actual property of one of the most feared and twisted families of the late 19th century.  The true story of love, loss and one man’s willingness to blur the borders between life and death have haunted generations.

After losing his beloved wife during the birth of their second child, an old Civil War veteran, Elijah Crawford, turned to the dark arts to find her.  His obsession to find his lost love turned south and a string of tragedies began to fall upon the farm, as one by one those close to him started experiencing horrific life changing (and some life ending) events.  The land was cursed and casts a dark shadow even today.

Recently voted one of the Top 30 scariest grounds in the nation by the National Registry of Haunted Places, The Crawford Farm is a historic landmark in Appomattox, Virginia.  Set in the ghostly woods of the farm, this guided tour is in its seventh year and is produced and conducted by Wolfbane Productions.

Whether you are a paranormal expert of Halloween aficionado, The Crawford Farm Ghost Tour will thrill and chill you.  Tour dates are October 19-21, 2017.  Tours start at 7:30 pm and run until 11:00 pm.  Tours are approximately 30 minutes.  Tickets are sold at the door for $10.  Tickets are sold first come, first served, starting at 6:30 pm each evening.  Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking through the woods.  Tours are not recommended for children under 12.

**Information taken from the Wolfbane Productions web site.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located 20-25 minutes from Appomattox.  After a scary Ghost Tour come back and relax here.  Click for reservations.

Little Black Dress Initiative

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The Junior League’s Little Black Dress Initiative

The Junior League of Lynchburg, Virginia is proud to announce a fundraising campaign, the little black dress initiative, that will bring awareness to women facing distress, whether from poverty, violence or inequality.  This initiative exemplifies the Junior League’s mission to empower women in the Lynchburg community.  Participants wear one black dress, for one week to highlight the effect distressful situations can have on a woman’s access to resources.  Funds raised are given to services that help support women in Lynchburg who are affected by these situations.

The Junior League of Lynchburg, Virginia has served the community since 1926.

In the 1920’s they saw a need for medical care for less fortunate children and opened the Preschool and Birth Clinic, known today as the Free Clinic of Central Virginia.

During WWII the League purchased $3,500 worth of war bonds and was awarded a Treasury Department Certificate for work on the 6th War Bond Drive.

In the 1960’s Sheltered Industries and Bargain Mart began.  Sheltered Industries provides a p[lace of employment to the mentally and physically handicapped.  Bargain Mart is known as Lynchburg’s Largest Indoor Yard Sale.  It has raised over $800,000 throughout its history.

The Kaleidoscope Festival was founded in the 1970’s.  This yearly festival is held in September and includes art shows, the Virginia Ten Miler and the Junior League Day in the Park.  A free, family fun day with rides, games, exhibits, and concessions.  It is usually held the second Saturday of September.

During the 1980’s the Adult Day Care Center and Battered Women’s Shelter were created.  The Adult Day Care gives families an alternative to nursing homes.  The Battered Women’s Shelter provides a safe haven for women and children who have escaped an abusive situation.

Kids Haven was created during the 1990’s.  A center fro grieving children, professional counselors meet with children between the ages of 3 to 18 who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  During this timeframe research was done and it was determined that Lynchburg needed a children’s museum.  Today the museum is known as Amazement Square, Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children’s museum.

In the early 2000’s the League spearheaded the Riverside Park Sprayground as a way to get children active and help combat childhood obesity.

To learn more about the great things the Junior League of Lynchburg has done, or to get involved with them and their hands-on volunteer opportunities visit their website at  They are located at 1113 Church Street in downtown Lynchburg.  434.846.6641.

**information found in this blog post is from the website of the Junior League of Lynchburg.


Poplar Forest Parkway Trail System

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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Have you heard that Thomas Jefferson‘s Poplar Forest is in the process of designing a new entrance, parkway and trail system on the grounds?

The trail system will be implemented in phases and when complete will provide six miles of trails that will traverse the majority of Poplar Forest’s 600 acres.  The trails will range from wide paved surfaces to rugged hiking trails to simple mown paths along the perimeters of the fields.

The first phase of the parkway constructions will include two accessible primary trails.  The first trail will parallel the parkway, allowing visitors to park at a small trailhead at the new front entrance and walk to Jefferson’s retreat house.  The path will cross through different landscapes highlighting the original plantation fields, old road traces and the site of the Prize Barn where enslaved workers packed tobacco for market.

When the parkway opens to traffic, the current single-lane entrance will be converted into the second primary trail, leading walkers down the tree-lined road established by the Hutters in the mid- to late-19th century.

The trail system will highlight historic and archaeological sites and unique environmental features of the property.  You will be able to see stands of tulip poplars trees dating to the late 1800s and black gum trees that are over 200 years old.  Vernal pools  are found along the way.  These seasonal wetland areas are home to a variety of unique plant and animal species, including rare species of salamander and other amphibians that would otherwise be prey to fish in larger bodies of water.

On Saturday, October 7, 2017 Poplar Forest will conduct an archaeology behind-the-scenes tour of this latest project.  Archaeologists will lead participants on a 90-minute walking tour of the Poplar Forest Parkway.  Be one of the first guests to get a glimpse of this exciting trail system.  Comfortable shoes are necessary.  In addition to the tour you will have access to the Poplar Forest Archaeology lab and the retreat home of Thomas Jefferson.  Tours begin at either 11 am or 2 pm.  Reservations are required, as limited space is available.  Regular admission fees apply.  Call 434.525.1806 for more information or visit

If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA you are about a 20-minute drive to Poplar Forest.  Let us know which tour you are attending and we will make sure you enjoy your delicious 4-course breakfast before you go walking.  Mike and I will see you there!

**information for this blog post taken from the Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest magazine.