“Christmas: A Season of Giving” will be the theme of the open house to be held at Avoca, in Altavista, VA, this year. The dates for the tours are: December 2 & 3 and December 9 & 10, 2017. Tours will take place between the hours of 11 until 5 on Saturdays and between 1 until 5 on Sundays. Tickets will be available in the museum gift shop on the days of the event. Ticket prices are $5 per adult and $2 per child.
Avoca is the principle architectural landmark in the town of AltaVista, Virginia. This country Victorian house was constructed in 1901, after the original and second dwellings were destroyed by fire in 1879 and 1900. The house is a commissioned work by J.M.B. Lewis, of Lynchburg, VA. This house is a grand example of the Queen Anne-style. Turrets, leaded glass, grand staircases, magnificent mantles and more are shown off in this lovely house. Each room in the mansion will be decorated as in the way homes would have been decorated for Christmas in Victorian times.
As you tour the house the collection, displays, programs and interpretations are planned to take into account the cultural and natural history of the region.
Avoca was originally the private residence of Colonel Charles Lynch (1736-1796). Charles Lynch’s elder brother was John Lynch, who established Lynchburg. Charles established his home here in 1755 as part of a land grant from King George II to his father, in 1740, and called it Green Level. Col. Lynch was a planter, politician and American revolutionary who headed an irregular court in Virginia to punish Loyalist supporters of the British during the American Revolutionary War. The property was passed down through the Lynch family until it was deeded to the Town of AltaVista in 1981 as a memorial to the Lynch family. At that time the property consisted of the main house, brick kitchen, smokehouse, milk house, farm office and approximately 10 acres.
Avoca is located at 1514 Main Street, Altavista, VA 24517. For more information contact the museum at 434.369.1076 or visit their website www.avocamuseum.org.
It’s November and thoughts are turning to pumpkins. Pumpkins can be used in a variety of dishes, not just for a delicious pie. Pumpkin Bread is a great accompaniment to our savory breakfast dishes served at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast. Don’t let the ingredient list fool you, it looks long and intimidating, but you probably have everything already in your pantry–except the pumpkin. If you need a new idea for a dish at your Thanksgiving meal, or a delicious hostess gift for someone you may be visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday this recipe fits the bill. Enjoy!
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first eight ingredients. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, oil and water; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts and raisins.
- Pour into a greased 9×5 loaf pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 65-70 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
** Be creative, you can use additional or alternative stir-ins for the walnuts and raisins: shredded toasted coconut, dried cranberries, candied ginger, cinnamon chips, toasted pecans or diced apple or pear.
Have you been to Art on 12th, or commonly known as The Art Box? Not an artist? That doesn’t matter. Art on 12th is an arts community that includes 9 studios, 2 classrooms and a gallery. “Sister” stores and galleries are located in Crozet and Charlottesville.
On Sunday, November 19, 2017, between 2:00-4:30 pm the artists in residence will open their studios to showcase their original works of art to the public and other artists in the area. 13 studios will be open. The majority of the artists who will be displaying their works are painters. But, painters using a variety of mediums, in an assortment of sizes and surfaces and levels of creativity that will peak your interest to learn more.
Some of the featured artists are as follows:
- Melinda Arthur-works primarily on small panels in oils, but enjoys working in pencil as well. Specializes in pet portraits.
- David Eakin-a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society he has been painting for 30 years. He experiments with oil, Gouache, Acrylic paints and digital paint.
- Cheryl Hawkins-has worked in oils, watercolors but now works almost exclusively in acrylic. Enjoys different surfaces and adding collaging, stamping, texture and/or colored papers.
- Jim Hoban-enjoys both drawing and painting. Has a clear understanding of composition and color.
- Anne Novak-her favorite medium is glass enamel on copper. Creating such pieces is fascinating to her. More immediate work is completed with pigment sticks.
- Purnell Pettyjohn-everyday observations expressed in vivid watercolor colors.
- Christine Rooney-a freelance artist, she works in painting, drawing, pastels and encaustic painting.
- Amanda Sandos-through a practice of painting with non-toxic products, upcycling and recycling she explores the concept of “Animanity.”
- Rosalie Day White-small, quiet figures and landscapes showcasing small scale, jewels of light, form, value and shape.
Art on 12th and The Art Box are housed in a building built in 1924, on the corner of 12th and Grace Streets, 422 12th Street. The upper floor houses the artist studios with French doors and huge windows to allow light to flood the spaces. The mezzanine level is where you will find the classrooms. The main level is The Art Box–Lynchburg, Virginia’s premiere source for all things art. Supplies for all ages and art abilities including painters, sketchers, pastel artists, printmakers, potters, bookmakers, fabric and leather artists, writers and gift givers.
The store has an ever-changing selection, for all ages, of letterpress and artisan designed cards, fountain pens, tote bags, candles made from recycled wine bottles that are scented to mimic your favorite varietal of wine and jewelry.
Classes are offered throughout the year in all types of art, for all ages and all skill levels. Visit their website www.artboxvirginia.com or call the store 434.401.1620.
Fifth and Federal has been open for almost one year. The newest barbeque restaurant in Lynchburg, Virginia is off to a great start. Perhaps it’s the delicious food, unique drinks, smooth bourbons and whiskey or maybe it’s the unique atmosphere. Fifth and Federal’s claim to fame may be their whiskies, but their true Southern fare is enjoyed by all.
Located in a renovated Esso Gas station, at the traffic circle at Fifth and Federal Streets, some of the original history and decor remain today. The gas station began operating in 1924. The restaurant is divided into several dining areas. You may choose to dine in the open and airy dining room, in the lounge by the fireplace or al fresco. The outdoor dining space is the largest in downtown Lynchburg, complete with a wrap-around fireplace.
The head chef, Rufus Rucker, has over 30 years of experience preparing Southern-style cuisine. He loves to concentrate on slow smoked barbecue. He smokes pork, beef, wings and a wonderful White Vermont cheddar. All of the meats are smoked between eight to 15 hours. Sometimes as you drive around the traffic circle you can smell the aromatic scents from the kitchen and smoking area.
The menu has a good selection of starters, salads, burgers, sandwiches, sides, desserts and of course the famous barbecue. Some of the unique menu items included are listed here. Appetizers: Cracklins’, 3 types of Tater Tots, Jalapeno Hush Puppies and Bateau Birds (wings). Burgers include: the Fifth Street (with an egg and cheese), the Southern (with corn relish, smoked tomato cream cheese, jalapeno and avocado), or the Hogtown (with pulled pork, house-smoked bacon and bacon-bourbon jam). Salads and Sandwiches include: a grilled chicken spinach salad, the 801 sandwich with oven-roasted turkey, Virginia ham, house-smoked bacon, greens, tomatoes and provolone cheese, a Virginia Cuban with Virginia ham, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard or the Pinto that has pimento cheese, lettuce and smoked tomatoes. The barbecue includes pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs, smoked pork loin and a smoked combination platter (pulled pork, beef brisket, pork loin and 1/3 rack of ribs). Sides include various mac and cheese dishes, potato salad, sautéed greens, house cut fries or hush puppies. Save room for some authentic beignets (but topped with a bourbon sauce and house smoked crumbled bacon), southern-style seasonal bourbon cobbler or Southern-style cheese cake.
Now that you’re hungry would you like a drink? Fifth and Federal has over 80 whiskies, specialty drinks–Hillcat Lemonade & Bedford Bird Dog, beers either on tap, bottles or canned plus wine.
In addition to the restaurant menu items Fifth and Federal offers a few items for take out plus they will cater private parties, weddings, tailgates and more.
Located at 801 Fifth Street they are open Tuesday thru Thursday 11-11, Friday & Saturday 11-midnight and Sunday 11-9. For more information call them 434.846.8113 or visit
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