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Movies in the Park

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Movies in the park; great family fun.

Are you a Star Wars fan?  Do you enjoy movies shown outdoors?  Want to experience a Star Wars movie with other die-hard fans?  Then you will want to attend the Lynchburg Park and Rec showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it is shown at Riverside Park on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

This is the third season that Lynchburg Parks and Rec has hosted “Movies in the Park.”  Each summer they become more and more popular.  Gather your family, friends, co-workers and others.  Bring your chairs, blankets, picnic supper or snacks and enjoy a great movie.  You may want to take advantage of the local food trucks and downtown restaurants that will be selling their delicious food and drinks.  Usually 5-7 food trucks or restaurants are available to choose from.  Food Trucks will begin serving 2 hours before the movie starts.  Vendors and sponsors will have information and booths for you to explore.  Or, you can get to Riverside Park early, snag your spot and then explore the park.  Exhibits, trails and more await you.

Free parking is available in three parking areas near the screen and seating areas.  Parking assistants will direct you to the parking areas.  All parking is first-come, first served.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi runs for 2 hours and 32 minutes.  In this movie Rey develops her newly found abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers.  Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the first order.

If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we can prepare a “to go” box supper if you’d like.  Just be sure to mention this to us at least 48 hours prior to your arrival.  Additional fees apply.  Enjoy the movie!

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.

For more information visit www.CheersLynchburg.com

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.

Summer Solstice Festival

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Come join the party at the Summer Solstice Wine Festival at Lazy Days Winery.

Lazy Days Winery, located at 1351 Amherst Highway, Amherst, VA, is celebrating the kick off of summer with their 10th annual Summer Solstice Festival.  Taking place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 between 11 until 6 it’s an easy way to relax, enjoy and celebrate summer in Central Virginia.  Lazy Days Winery is located in what was once the Central Virginia Stockyard.

This popular event is suited to the whole family.  At least 8 wineries will be offering tastings and sales, festival food will be available throughout the day (including Virginia peanuts, jerky plus local growers offering fruits and veggies), 30 artisans and crafts vendors will be selling their wares, live music will be presented throughout the day on 2 stages (in the dell and in the pavilion), 2 performances by a Belly Dancing troupe and for the little ones a petting zoo.

Tickets are available as general admission, $10 and as wine tasting tickets, $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.  Each wine tasting ticket comes with a Lazy Days Winery glass.  Children are free.

For more information call 434.381.6088 or visit http://www.summersolsticefestival.com.

 

 

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.

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 www.poplarforest.org/events.

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.

 

Presbyterian Cemetery

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An angel in mourning at the Presbyterian Cemetery

The Presbyterian Cemetery was founded in 1823 when six elders of the Presbyterian church purchased two acres from Edward Lynch, son of John Lynch (Lynchburg City founder).  Today the cemetery contains about 25 acres.  It is an independent cemetery that has been in continuous operation since it began.  About 15,000 graves are contained on the property.

Acorns and Oak Leaves typically indicates the grave of a soldier.

Over 213 Confederate soldiers are buried here, making it one of the largest Lynchburg-area Confederate burial sites.  Others resting in the cemetery include members of the military from generals to privates, merchants, doctors, lawyers, educators, businessmen, artists and ministers.  A few of the noteworthy individuals are Dr. James Brown, 1824–the first burial, Brig. Gen. Samuel Garland, Jr. 1862 and Emma Serena Dillard Stovall, 1980–noted painter Queena Stovall.

The architecture of sculptures, headstones, monuments and art reflect the European cultures of Ireland, Scotland and Germany, as many of the original people buried here were from these countries.  Some of the sculptures look Gothic, Georgian or Celtic depending when they were placed in the Cemetery.  Some stones are made of marble while others are granite.  Intricate colors of gray, pink and black can be found throughout the Cemetery.  One of the most dramatic stones is a weeping angel bending over in grief.  The angel’s companion is nearby, another angel standing holding a trumpet to signal rapture.

Common symbols found throughout the cemetery on the monuments and tombstones are: various flowers-lilies, roses, oak leaves and ivy, lambs-signifying the grave of a child, urns-often draped with a mourning cloth refer to the soul, snapped or broken branches-a life cut short, doves-peace or messenger of God, a circle-eternal life, angels-a guide to heaven and the morning glory-resurrection.

The Presbyterian Cemetery is located at 2020 Grace Street in Lynchburg, VA.  It is open from dawn until dusk.  The office is open Monday-Thursday between 9:30 until 2:30.  They can be reached at 434.845.0551 or through their email PC1823@msn.com.  Their web site is www.presbyteriancemeteryva.com.

Between April until October the Cemetery, typically, holds a public tour the first Sunday of each month beginning at 2:00 pm.  Each tour presents a different aspect of the cemetery such as graves found here, cemetery architecture, mourning traditions and how Victorian life and influences in the Cemetery.  These tours last about one hour.  The cost of attending is $5.00 per person.

An urn draped with a mourning cloth was prevalent in the 1800’s. The circle represents eternity which is also the symbol of today’s wedding band.