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Open Studios at Art on 12th

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Art on 12th

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

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 Station

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Fifth and Federal

Fifth and Federal

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.

Bar at Fifth and Federal

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

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

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

Directions:

  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 www.jrleaguelynchburg.org.  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.