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Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters

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Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters to perform in Riverside Park

It’s going to be a couple weeks of great music in downtown Lynchburg Virginia!

Week 8, of Cheers to the Weekend Concert Series, Friday, August 10, 2018, held in downtown at Riverfront Park, will feature Billy Bon Thornton and the Boxmasters.  Lynchburg’s premier outdoor concert series is close to wrapping up for the season.  What better way to say goodbye to summer than with this fabulous group who will entertain you, make you dance and sing and help you have a great time.

Gates to the concert open at 6:30 pm, for general admission ticket holders.  The show starts at 7:00 and runs until 10:00.  The show will take place rain or shine.  A valid ID is required to receive your wristband.  No outside food, drinks or coolers are allowed.  There will be food trucks, beer trucks and vendors available where you can purchase your summer picnic dinner.

Riverfront Park is located at 1000 Jefferson Street.  Tickets range from $10 or $25.  General admission is $10.  The $25 tickets are for VIP guests.  VIP tickets allow early admission (6:00), VIP seating, a lounge with private full service bar, 2 drink tickets and a VIP meet and greet opportunity.

Billy Bob Thornton is an actor, director, musician and screenwriter.

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Remember, if you are staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you are within walking distance to Riverfront Park.  We have chairs available for guests who stay with us.

CMN Car, Truck and Bike Show

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CMW Car, Truck and Bike Show

The first annual Children’s Miracle Network Car, Truck and Bike Show will be held in Lynchburg, VA on Saturday, July 28, 2018 between 10 until 3:30.  This unique and interesting show will be held at the Lynchburg City Stadium, located at 3180 Fort Avenue.

On display will be a variety of transportation categories.  These include: sports cars, classic cars, muscle cars, turner and sport compact exotics, street rods, motorcycles and various trucks.  Judging will take place in 8 categories plus there will be special awards.  In addition to the many vehicles on display there will be a swap meet and food trucks.  It’s a family friendly event that is FREE!


What is the Children’s Miracle Network?  It is a collection of 170 hospitals in North America, of which Lynchburg General Hospital and Virginia Baptist Hospital are local participants.  Funds raised are used locally to provide medical equipment for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care at Virginia Baptist Hospital and for children treated in the Pediatric Center and Pediatric Emergency Pod at Lynchburg General.

Federal Transient Bureau Fire

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Fire at the Federal Transient Bureau

On the morning of March 24, 1934, at approximately 4:45 am, the cook preparing breakfast at Lynchburg, Virginia’s Federal Transient Bureau spilled grease on a stove burner as he was cooking sausage and gravy.  The stovetop flare was extinguished but not before it sparked a blaze that climbed the abandoned elevator shaft that had been converted into the kitchen.  The fire quickly spread to the second floor and the roof, ultimately killing at least 19 men and injuring at least 70 others.

Transient Bureaus were a form of federal aid instituted in the New Deal, by President Theodore Roosevelt, to help communities inundated with men traveling the country when rumors of work surfaced.  Operated by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the bureaus were designed to relieve pressure on local relief agencies.  Lynchburg’s shelter was one of eight in the state of Virginia.

Opened on December 18, 1933 in a 2-story building at the corner of 12th and Church Streets, in downtown Lynchburg, it fed and sheltered men during the Great Depression.  The building was originally built as retail space but was retrofitted to provide shelter to 100 men, separated by race.  On the morning of March 24, 1934 it sheltered 190 men, 83 white and 190 black.

The cook attempted to extinguish the fire plus woke the night superintendent to unlock the storage closet containing more fire extinguishers.  The superintendent began yelling “fire” in the over-crowded sleeping areas in an attempt to wake the sleeping men.  The windows of the building had been covered with wood and cardboard to provide privacy.  The barriers were meant to be removable but many were stuck, providing a deadly barrier when the stairs became too clogged with men, smoke and flames.  The building did not have any fire escapes.

A patrol officer called the fire department about 5:05 am.  It took the Fifth Street Fire Station less than 2 minutes to reach the scene.  It was difficult for the fire engines to be positioned near the burning building due to the number of injured men who were filling the streets and sidewalks as they lay bloodied and broken or were continuing to jump from the windows.  Two men were found dead on the sidewalk.

The city’s ambulances carried as many as five people per trip to Lynchburg Hospital and Virginia Baptist Hospital.  Mail and bakery trucks were forced into service as additional ambulances.  The scene at the hospital was described as “that of a field hospital in a combat zone after a severe battle.”

Seven of the men are buried in Old City Cemetery.  The Transient Bureau’s records were salvaged from the fire, but many of the telegrams sent to the families came back unclaimed.  It seemed the transients had lied about their family or home address out of embarrassment.

The Federal Transient Bureau fire remains to this day as the deadliest fire for a single blaze in Lynchburg’s history.  After the fire the federal government mandated several changes in the operation of homeless shelters.

Fire extinguishers were mandated in sleeping areas of all Transient Bureaus across the country.  The minimum space between cots or bunks was regulated.  A minimum of two unobstructed and lighted exits from each sleeping area were required.  The night watchman or superintendent was to patrol the premises every 30 minutes and had to be trained in fire prevention and suppression.  The city of Lynchburg mandated that fire escapes were required on all shelters at least two stories tall.

The fire became one of the catalysts prompting the formation of the all-volunteer Lynchburg Life Saving and First Aid Crew.  The Lynchburg Life Saving and First Aid Crew operated in tandem with the Lynchburg Fire Department until 2012.  The LLSC now teaches those in the community CPR and life saving techniques.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018-the 84th anniversary of the disaster-a historical marker was dedicated at the corner of 12th and Church Streets.  The marker recounts the tragedy and its effect on the Lynchburg community.


Some information contained in this blog is attributed to The News and Advance, March 24,2018.


Breakfast Bake

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Breakfast Bake

Breakfast Bake-one pan cooking and easy cleanup.

The breakfast bake is an easy recipe that involves only one pan (baking sheet) for a complete breakfast.  This makes clean up real easy.  Follow the directions below.  Everything is cooked in the oven, including the egg! It makes the ideal breakfast when you have a bunch of people over for breakfast.  The egg holds everything together.  Enjoy the breakfast bake.  Above we used diced potatoes.  You could use hashbrown potatoes instead.


  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon
  • 2 medium red potatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 6 eggs
  • 18 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 475°.
  2. Place diced potatoes, olive oil and garlic in a plastic bag.  Shake until fully coated.  Pour potatoes onto one side of a large rimmed baking sheet (they should be bunched together on about 1/4 of the pan.)
  3. Fill the other side of the same baking sheet with bacon.  Bake in oven 10-12 minutes until bacon is fully cooked.
  4. Place bacon and potatoes onto a paper towel to absorb excess grease.  Discard grease from baking sheet, but do not wipe clean.  There should be a thin layer of grease remaining.
  5. Line the same baking sheet with the asparagus and tomatoes.  Top gently with eggs and bake for 6-7 minutes or just until the whites are set.
  6. Spread the potatoes and bacon back onto the baking sheet.  Bake for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Once out of the oven sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper.

Serve and enjoy.  Serves 6.