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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bedford Wine Trail Plans Poker Run

The Bedford Wine Trail is planning a Poker Run on Saturday, August 6th with a portion of the proceeds going to support The National D-Day Memorial.

The event starts and concludes at the Bedford Welcome Center where people register, then visit each of Bedford's five wineries where they have the opportunity to taste wine from that winery and pull a card from a deck of playing cards and their selections is recorded. At the conclusion of the Poker Run, the person with the best hand wins the Grand Prize of a Gift Basket worth $500 and the person with the worst hand also gets a prize.

A party for participants starts at Bedford Welcome Center at 5 p.m. with live music and refreshments and the prizes will be presented at this time. Admission is $15 per hand and $5 for non-players. Registration is at the Bedford Welcome Center located at 816 Burks Hill Road in Bedford between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on August 6th. Advance registration is encouraged and details can be found on the Bedford Wine Trail website.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday and Saturday events in Bedford Area

One of the things I used to enlighten people about was things to do in the area. I am going to try and start doing that again. If you have an event you would like to share, let me know and I will include it in the blog. I like to have at least one day lead time for people to know. More is better:)

Friday at the Museum:
The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library are proud to present Fridays at the Museum. Every Friday afternoon this summer there will be fun and exciting event at the Museum free for children 3rd through 6th grades. This summer they are honoring the 150th anniversary of the "The War Between the States" or the "Civil War." Events will include visits from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Sons of the Unions Veterans of the Civil War and a trip to Avenel Plantation. The summer programs run through August 12 at 2 pm for fun at the Bedford Museum, 201 E Main St, Bedford (540)586-4520.

Hickory Hill's Sunset Saturday music lineup:
The musical lineup for Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery's Sunset Saturday was announced recently. The music series, in its sixth year, features many local talents that perform at the vineyard through September 4. The event is from 7-10 pm. This year's lineup features old favorites as well as a few new faces. Scott Sutton returns to the Hickory Hill stage with his group Sparks Will Fly on July 30. Square Peg is a duo that leans toward Jazz and Kat Mills is a singer/songwriter. The Series skips August and the concludes on September 3, with Smith Mountain Lake locals Larry, Mike and Chip. All performances will be at Hickory Hill Vineyards, LLC, 1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta. 540.296.1393.

Children's Concert, Instrument Petting Zoo
The Forest Library, in partnership with an ensemble from the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and the Lynchburg Music Center, is presenting a Children's Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo on Saturday July 30 at 1 p.m. in the library Community Room. Children ages 3 and up are invited to attend this lively music program and, at the conclusion, will be invited to visit with the musicians and try out various instruments. Registration is required for this event. Stop in at the Forest Library to register, or call 540-525-7002 to register by phone.

Bear, King of the Forest
At the Peaks of Otter, Saturday, July 30, 8 pm. Join Ranger Richard Nash as he examines the life of the eastern giant, the Black Bear. Learn about the interactions bears have with humans where their habitats meet. Following the program, a National Park Service Ranger will lead the weekly night hike; bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes if you plan on attending. All programs are free and open to the public. The above schedule is subject to changes and/or cancellations. For Further information, contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at (540)586-4496. The Visitor Center, at milepost 86 is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Habitat Hunt
On Saturday, July 30, National Park Service Ranger Charles Wray will present the hour long program Habitat Hunt at the Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The program will discuss three different types of habitat found in the Blue Ridge Mountains and how one organism obtains what it needs to survive from the habitat. The program begins at 8 p.m. Parking for visitors not registered to camp at the Otter Creek Campground is available in the Otter Creek restaurant parking lot.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pedestrian Bridge Over Wards Road

Don't know if you have noticed, but there is some building going on at Wards Road. When I first drove by a few weeks ago, I saw this big square of scaffolding on the Sam's side of the road and I wondered...what in the world is that?

Then the next time I drove by, there was a big square of scaffolding on the opposite side of Wards Road and the light bulb went on...they are building a walkway! While I am sure this was conceived so that the Liberty University students could cross the road in safety going from the LU campus to the shopping areas, I am sure others will use it as well. My daughter wanted to know if she could bike across...sigh...guess that will depend on whether or not she wants to carry her bike up the stairs.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Civil War History Mobile Visits Madison Heights

If you have the chance between now and Friday, July 29th, be sure to hop over to the Amherst County Public Library and check out the Civil War History Mobile!

The new moving exhibit opened last week in Manassas and will continue to tour the state for the next four years!

Tour managers say it is educational and best of all, it's totally free!

For more information, check out the WSET article.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Potter pics

Channel 7 has some Harry Potter opening night pictures. I think they were the only local station to do a story.

I couldn't find anything from Channel 10 or on the Roanoke Times or News and Advance. If anybody has a link to something they did to cover it, let us know!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Potter's In the Air

Tonight's the big night -- at midnight is the premiere of the last Harry Potter movie.

We're all going. After all, it's been almost 2 decades (!) lots of books, interviews, gossip, and movies. Might as well finish up the series by staying up late.

And isn't it fun to see a midnight showing? As a kid, you get to stay up into the wee hours, meet up with other kids, and see all your favorite stars. Who wouldn't want to do that?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lynchburg not hit as bad as some areas by the Recession

I was reading online today that Lynchburg hasn't been hit as hard as some areas in the Great Recession. There are some parts of Detroit that look almost like a war zone.

Although unemployment and under-employment is at almost record levels for the past few decades, more rural areas, especially more rural areas with a diverse background, are faring much better than other places.

I think that's good to remember, because wherever we pick up our paycheck stub, it's better than not having anything at all.

What I think is happening is that people are finding little entrepreneurial jobs here and there -- selling on E-bay, going to the flea market, doing some light housework, helping out in a construction job. Americans are very good at making do, and I know there are a lot of jobs that "fly under the radar."

The problem is, of course, that politicians like to stick people into little boxes. There's the "corporation" box and then there's the "working 9-5" box. What I think is happening is that an astounding number of people don't fit into those two boxes any more.

Ideally, the government should completely leave alone until they are growing very big -- say more than 4 or 5 employees, and then start in with the regulation and taxation. This would help grow a tremendous base that could withstand all sorts of hardship. But instead, I'm afraid, the corner grocer with 2 part-time employees is going to be stuck into the same box as "millionaires and billionaires" and "big business" and we're all going to suffer for it.

But hey, that's why we have elections, right?

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Fourth of July Coming!

Lots of fun things to do this year. Libery University has a wonderful program that's free, there are fireworks in Bedford and at Smith Mountain Lake.

Wherever you decide to go -- or if you decide just to stay at home and have fun -- I hope you and your family have a great time this year.