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Oxide Pottery

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Oxide Pottery

Wedding Platter made at Oxide Pottery

Oxide Pottery, in historic downtown Lynchburg, VA, opened it’s doors in the fall of 2009.  The store is stocked with porcelain and stoneware goods made in the attached studio.

Large selection of hand thrown mugs.

There is always a selection of wheel-thrown and hand-built functional ceramics as well as other handmade objects, such as wooden utensils, letterpress cards, candles, locally produced bitters and jewelry.  The most popular pottery items include plates, bowls, mugs, vases, garlic keepers, wine cups and honey pots.  Vases, ring dishes and various art pieces can also be found.  Seasonal items are produced throughout the year, including zombie mugs in October!

Soap/sponge dishes

Three potters are currently represented, Joe, Chatham and Justin.  As a former professor of ceramic and sculpture Joe creates artwork that he is proud to exhibit.  Chatham, Joe’s daughter, works  with paper patterns and textures to develop new patterns  of items to produce.  Justin, Chatham’s husband, creates functional pottery plus drawings and prints that are sold in the store.  The ceramics are made with lead-free glazes that are dishwasher and microwave safe.  The work produced in the studio is fired in three electric kilns on site weekly, offering a continuous supply of new items and custom orders.  Currently Oxide is represented in galleries and museum shops in 21 states through its wholesale line.

Custom wall at Oxide Pottery cast from everyday items.

Located at 1337 Main Street, Lynchburg VA, they can be reached at 434.845.5656.  Hours vary depending upon the day of the week and time of the year.  Currently they are open Thursday, Friday & Saturday between 10 until 6.  Visit their website www.oxidepottery.com for more information.  Email them at oxidepottery@comcast.net.

Restaurant Week 2017

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Restaurant Week

Between June 10-17, 2017 Lynchburg Virginia will again be presenting Lynchburg Restaurant Week. Warning–viewing these photos will make you hungry.

In its sixth year, this very popular week-long event features some of Lynchburg’s best privately owned dining establishments.  Fantastic menus featuring an appetizer, main course and dessert at a prix fixe price, you can’t go wrong.  In 2017 23 restaurants are participating throughout the Lynchburg area.

Some of the downtown restaurants (all are walking distance from The Carriage House Inn) are: The Depot Grille, El Jefe Taqueria, Main Street Eatery, Market at Main, The Water Dog and Waterstone Pizza.  A bit further from downtown you will find: The Dahlia, The Corner at Rivermont, farmbasket and Magnolia Foods.  Closer to Forest you will find: Benjamin’s, Bräuburgers, Neighbor’s Place and Trio Brick Oven Eatery.  A few of these restaurants are relatively new to Lynchburg and new to restaurant week, so it might be time to give them a try.

 

A few of the menu items you might find include:

Starters

  • Crab and Brie Soup
  • Frickle Chips
  • Creole Deviled Eggs
  • Fried Virginia Oysters
  • Stone Fruit Gazpacho
  • Catfish Bites
  • Caprese

Main Course:

  • Chop’d Salad
  • Open Faced Turkey Reuben
  • Sirloin Oscar
  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Steak Frites
  • Mojo Chicken
  • Grilled Pork Ribeye

Desserts

  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Hot Fudge Brownie Delight
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Tres Leche
  • Viennese Apple Strudel
  • Key Lime pie
  • Lemon Mascarpone Tart

For a full list of participating restaurants and their menus visit www.LynchburgRestaurantWeek.com

Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast often walk to the downtown restaurants.  We do, so we’ll see you there!

The 32nd Annual James River Batteau Festival

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Batteau Festival 2017

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 11:00 am, the batteau will push off from Percival’s Island with the booming of a cannon.

The James River Batteau Festival is an 8-day event featuring authentic replicas of the sleek, shallow-draft merchant boats that were used starting in 1747 for commercial navigation.  The original batteau were an adaptation of the Indian dugout canoes.  In 1775 Anthony and Benjamin Rucker, from Amherst County, invented a new type of batteau made of sawn lumber and designed specifically for the shallow, swift waters of the James River.  Thomas Jefferson was present for the launching of the first Rucker batteau.  Within a few years 500 batteau were traveling down the James River with canned tobacco, flour, iron, apple brandy to Richmond and towns along the way.  On the return trip they carried books, millstones, harpsicords and agricultural lime.  The stories of the boatmen are legendary.

The festival is a unique folklife festival uniting the communities along the 120 miles of the James River between Lynchburg and Richmond.  Considered a highway in the 1700’s, the James River was crucial to the settlement of Central Virginia.  Many of the boatmen and women keep the boats as authentic as possible.  They dress in period clothing, meals include organic vegetables and the meals are prepared on the boat.

Each night is spent in a different town along the river.  Most of the towns welcome the participants with a fair-like atmosphere, including music, games, food trucks, maybe fireworks and in general, a very warm welcome. The first night will be spent at Galt’s Mill in Stapleton.  Wednesday evening will find the crews in Scottsville.  Scottsville is one of the favorite stops along the James River as it is a “real city” (population 575) with the chance for a shower and a meal cooked in a restaurant.  Saturday finds everyone at Maiden’s Landing in Richmond.

For an interesting morning on the river head to Percival’s Island between 9:00-1:00 on the 17th.  You will be entertained, amused and learn about this unique form of river running.

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day 10K Run

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Lace up your shoes for the 10K run this weekend.

The Lynchburg Road Runners Club is hosting the Memorial Day 10K and 2 Mile Walk on Monday, May 29, 2017.  The event begins at 8:00 AM at the Depot Grille, 27 9th Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  Using the Blackwater Creek Bikeway the event takes place mostly on a flat, paved path–out and back to the Depot Grille.

Event details are as follows:

10K     $30     price increases 5/27 to $35

2 Mile Walk     $20     price increases 5/27 to $25

Packets and t-shirts (if available) can be picked up on Friday, May 26, between 12-6 and Saturday, May 27, between 12-5 at Riverside Runners.  On Race Day they will be available between 7-7:30 at the Depot Grille.

Registration is on-line only.  Visit https://runsignup.com to register or for more information.

Good luck!

Lynchburg Food Fest

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First Annual Food Fest will feature all types of food

The first annual Lynchburg Food Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Riverfront Park in Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  The “foodies” of Lynchburg will be rejoicing as they sample their way through the best of Lynchburg’s local cuisine and drink during the hours of 11 AM until 5PM.

Experience the tastes of over 50 local restaurants, food trucks, artisan food vendors, catering companies, breweries, cideries, wineries and more.  At the food vendors you will be able to try samples or select full menu items.  The 9 breweries and wineries, along with the cideries and Virginia Distillery Company will be offering tastes.

Food vendors participating include:  Taco Shark, The Water Dog, Cheesy Rider, Altus Chocolate, The Frosty Penguin, Sourdough Pizza Company, Marilyn’s Creamery and many more.  The drink vendors include:  Apocalypse Ale Works, Loose Shoe Brewing Company, Blue Mountain Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Goose Island, Devils Backbone, Bold Rock Cider, DeVault Vineyard and more.

The event is family-friendly and will offer a “kids zone” featuring bouncy castles, a temporary tattoo station, photo opportunities and more fun activities planned throughout the day.  Live music will be presented all day.  If you bike to the event you can save $1 off your admission ticket.  Bike parking will be provided by Ride Solutions and Greater Lynchburg Offroad Cyclists.

Admission is $5 with kids 12 and under free.  Food tastings range between $1-$3.

For more information visit foodfest@downtownlynchburg.com.

Lynchburg Music Festival

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Lynchburg Music Festival 2017

All day music at the Lynchburg Music Festival!

Saturday, May 13, 2017 between 1PM until 9PM the sound of music will be floating throughout Lynchburg, VA.  Do you like country or classic?  80’s hits or today’s top 40’s?  R & B or funk?  There will be something for everyone, you’ll be on your feet dancing!

Held at Lynchburg City Stadium, 3176 Fort Avenue, there will be plenty of parking.  In addition to the day-long music the venue will be filled with talented artisans and crafters, local businesses, food trucks and local restaurants providing delicious food, and of course area wineries and local craft brewers.

The line-up of musical acts is as follows:

  • 1:30-3:00  Dragonfly will perform there new songs
  • 3:30-5:00  Here’s to the Night will present their full spectrum of 90’s music
  • 5:30-7:00  Tyler Hammond
  • 7:30-9:00  Kanye Twitty

Tickets are being sold at any Quick-E Food Store in the Lynchburg area or online at Eventbrite.  Tickets are $20–in advance or $25–at the gate.  Those 12 and under are free.  You can leave the stadium and return throughout the day, as long as your band remains on your arm.

There is an “Ultimate Foodie Ticket Package” for those who want to have the best Food Fest experience.  The package includes: event admission, tasting wristband (comes with 7 free beer tastings), food tray and a Lynchburg Food Fest Tasting Glass.

For more information about the Lynchburg Music Festival call 434.473.7319 or visit http://www.lynchburgmusicfestival.com/

Have fun!