the girlâ€™s guide to everything essential Winter 2012/13 Complimentary
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Made by Hand pg 4 5 local bloggers come together to bring you quick, easy DIY gift ideas for those on your list.
Last Minute Gift Ideas â€Ś Locally! pg 10 Support locally owned businesses with your gift giving this year.
Lasting Impressions pg 26 Creativity, design sense and a love for vintage things inspire a Roanoke man to create his own form of art.
Daycation pg 32 Four shops make a wonderful shopping and pampering destination in downtown Lynchburg
New Year, pg 41 New Goals, New You Consider locally owned options this year to jumpstart your 2013 fitness plan.
Donâ€™t Give Your Fitness Plan the Cold Shoulder The weather is brisk, but outdoor exercise is a possibility with the right gear.
the girl’s guide to everything essential Publisher/Editor Jennifer L Prince Creative Director Sabrena Deal Editorial Assistants Joy L Niehaus
Bowen Jewelry Company INSIDE FRONT Catalano’s 7 Centra INSIDE BACK
Design Assistants Grace Bodie Stephanie Budd
clutch connect 55
Girl’s Night Out 46
Gladiola Girls 6
Chelanne Green Emily Garbee Harris
Happy winter from my family to
Bliss, a fine wedding fair 53
proof reader Whitney G Howard
Michelle M Duncan
Bedford Columns 42
Photo by Sincerely: LIz, Photography
Liberty Christian Academy 27
Peakland Pilates 48
Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts 48
Riverside Runners 51
Rachel Guelzo McLean
Slumber Parties by Mary 22
yours! We have so many things
Joy L Niehaus
to look forward to … cozy holiday
Jennifer L Prince
Steger Creek BACK COVER
celebrations, the brisk air outside
Telitha Apothecary & Spa 45
Hilary Sutton Deidre Stone Michelle Wood
will notice a difference already! We
Assignment photographers Adam Barnes – Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography
paper content, while increasing our
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technology presence with our blog,
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My hope for you (and me!) this
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season is that despite our fast paced
are more eco-friendly with recycled
on here at clutch. Hopefully you
I’m also excited about what is going
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and the fresh start of a new year.
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lives, we will take time to reflect and
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Minding Her Business pg 9 tips from an area businesswoman
Vintage Diaries pg 13 reflections on life and love
clutch Goes Culinary pg 14 a winter feast with friends
You may notice a little bit of a change,
The Embellished Life pg 19
and when change comes to clutch, that
ideas for dressing up a gift
means something exciting is in store!
resolution review pg 22
With many of our writers and staff
tips for coming up with feasible resolutions
being concerned about the environment and green living, we have put a great
the murse pg 23 profile of a local fireman
amount of thought into how to utilize modern technology in connecting with our readers. Here is what to look for in the
Backyard Chronicles pg 24 winter children’s book recommendations
Creature feature pg 25 marmosets at Mill Mountain Zoo
upcoming weeks: •New, user friendly, magazine focused website to allow for easier online reading for those who choose to go
places, please! pg 34 Lynchburg native makes it to Broadway
Off the Beaten path pg 36 indoor adventures
paperless. •Paper carefully chosen with recycled content (you are experiencing that now!). •Our app, which will allow for readability on smartphones and tablets.
winter photo list pg 37 fun photo list for the winter
DI-Why not? pg 38 a Christmas tablescape
urbane folklore pg 40 favorite Christmas music
Here is what to look for on our web
playful parenting pg 43
magazine in addition to our printed
activities to do with your preschooler
Amour BÉbÉ pg 44
•Our regular columns such as Off the Beaten Path and Urbane Folklore.
when things don’t go as planned
Bliss & Makeup pg 49 a new look for a cancer survivor
•A fun, Christmas décor DIY project from a local creative blogger.
Mise en Place pg 50 organization for a new year
•Extended versions of articles (especially photos we loved but could
Top 5 Eye Care Tips pg 52 a Q & A with a local eye clinic health for any age or stage of life
not include in the print version).
Onetober 21 Quips 53 Calendar 54 Snap Happy 56 We hope that you will join us in welcoming our eco-friendly platform while still providing a beautiful print publication for you to enjoy. Have a lovely winter!
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Made by Hand SIMPLE, DO IT YOURSELF GIFTS Whether itâ€™s a present for a friend or the need for a hostess gift, a simple DIY project can be just what you need to give something a little extra special. Enjoy making these fun, easy ideas for others (or even yourself!) this season.
Stamped Washer Ornament Supplies:
washers (assorted sizes)
1. Using a hammer on a concrete floor,
metal stamp kit
stamp a name or message on two washers.
2. Color over each letter with a marker.
black permanent marker
Quickly wipe away the excess marker with
a baby wipe.
ribbon or twine
3. Glue washers together with E600 glue.
4. Attach ribbon or twine for a hanger. Paula is a teacher by day and in her free time enjoys biking, tennis, decorating, gardening, and cooking. Be sure to visit her blog at www.virginiasweetpea.com.
MAGNETIC PAPER DOLLS Supplies:
1. Find printable paper dolls online
magnetic printer paper
that you like, and save to your
printable paper doll clip art
2. Follow directions on magnetic
paper for loading into printer.
3. Print dolls on magnetic paper, and cut out. 4. Decorate tin with scrapbook paper and decorative tape. Joy enjoys reading, drinking hot tea, writing, and being creative. Keep up with her life at www. redirecteddreams.com.
DIY Monogram mugs Supplies:
2. Trim the print out of the initial to
white porcelain mug (check the dollar
fit on the mug.
store or salvage stores)
3. Flip the initial over, and create
your own transfer paper by rubbing
a graphite pencil all over the area. Be
paint marker (oil based) for use on
sure to completely cover the back of
4. Tape the initial (graphite side
down) to the mug.
printed initial in font of your choice (a large, block style font will work best for this application)
5. Trace the initial using a pencil or a pen. A nice firm pressure will yield the best results. When completed,
remove the paper.
1. Prepare the mug by wiping the
6. Take the paint marker, and trace
surface with rubbing alcohol.
over the outline of the initial. Next,
fill in with sketchy diagonal strokes. 7. Allow to sit for 24 hours. 8. Place in a cold oven, and set to 350 degrees. Once it is preheated, set the timer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven, and let the mug cool inside. 9. Any leftover graphite will wipe right off at this point. 10. Hand wash. Heather is a crafty wife and mom of three who has a passion for creating beautiful things for those around her. Life is more fun when you craft, create and celebrate! For more creative ideas check out her blog at www.ourcultivatedlife.blogspot.com
Painted Vintage Tray Supplies: spray paint fine sand paper tray (find at thrift stores or yard sales)
Directions: 1. Find any tray you that you love for the shape and size. Most of the trays this size will be under $3. 2. Spray two coats of a fun color that “pops”. 3. After the paint fully dries, take your sandpaper, and sand in a very un-uniform way. You want to try to make it look as if it has taken years and years of wear. 4. That’s it! Trays can be used on most surfaces to collect decorative items and even add a bit of color. Place them on coffee tables, console tables and even the tops of bedroom dressers. Amanda Carver has a very eclectic style and gets immeasurable joy from transforming items from thrift stores and garage sales into unique, usable pieces. Follow her at www.amandacarverdesigns.com.
Upcycled Rosette Brooch Supplies:
4. Glue the leaves to the back of the
denim from a hem or found piece
rose to secure the roseâ€™s shape. Once
(we got a dress from Goodwill)
dry, follow up by gluing the pin back
to the rose and then covering the
inside of the pin back with the small
circle of denim.
fabric dye (optional)
5. Allow to dry and enjoy! *If you
Directions: 1. Cut off a strip of the hem of the washed denim (the length will determine the size of your rose).
between steps 2 and 3. Follow the instructions on the dye (we improvised and used small containers and the microwave to heat
2. Freehand cut two leaf shapes
up small amounts of water instead of
from the denim and a small circle.
utilizing the washer).*
3. With fabric glue in hand, begin
In addition to being a wife and mom, Jennifer enjoys crafting, antique shopping and decorating with thrifted/upcycled items. She blogs for brides at www.hillcitybride.com.
to roll the hem strip to form the rose. Twist slightly at times so the rose is not completely flat on top.
choose to dye the denim, do so
Photos by KD Burke Photography
BUSINESS: Leecy Fink
About Leecy - Wife, mom of 5 (ranging from 1 to 15 years old), owner of Celebration Bridal and co-owner of Tresca on 8th. When Leecy Fink walks into a room, heads turn. She has a beautiful, commanding presence matched with a magnetic personality that instantly draws people to her. I had the privilege of getting coffee with this thirty-something businesswoman where I asked her a couple of questions about the secrets to her success. Christy: How do you own and operate two successful businesses and raise a family at the same time? Leecy: I include my family in my decisions, and my staff is a part of my family, so my work family is
Photo by Stone Blue Productions
incorporated into my real family. As a result, we have people over at our
Christy: How did you two meet?
house all the time, and we have a
Leecy: We met in high school and
revolving door policy. Our house is
then reconnected when we were in
a social Mecca. We’ve also raised our
college. He was in the Marine Corps
children to be very independent, but
at the time, and his mother had made
we all take care of each other.
post cards for friends to mail out to
Christy: Where do you find
him. I wrote him a simple letter, not
thinking anything of it. A few weeks
Leecy: With people. I’m extroverted,
later I got a random call at night
so I draw energy from other people. I
from a pay phone in California.
don’t like to work alone; in fact, when
Gary was stationed there, and
I had an office, I never used it. Christy: Tell me about your relationship with your husband. Leecy: It’s based on mutual love and respect. He sees my job as importantly as I see his job. We have equal respect for both of our careers.
we started talking regularly. By Christmas break we were dating; by January, I had bought a plane ticket to fly out there to see him; by August we were engaged! Christy: If you could describe yourself as an item of clothing, what would it be?
We have what I like to call a “staying
Leecy: Clarks: the frumpiest shoe on
power,” a commitment to get through
earth. They’re the most comfortable
anything. We have to work through
shoes on earth, though, and I own a
things for the good of us and the
bazillion of them.
good of our children. We’re invested
Although we don’t think Leecy is frumpy
in each other. We’re ridiculous …
in the least, we know that she is reliable
we still dance together and kiss in
and as down to earth as favorite pair of
public. I’m smitten with him.
shoes becomes. Visit her in downtown
I think he’s amazing.
Lynchburg when you can!
Leecy’s Tips •You have to jump in with both feet. I remember taking the leap and thinking, “what the heck did I just do?” When you take the leap, you can’t look back. •Don’t believe the hype that because you are a female business owner that you are going to get special treatment from the banks, government ... etc. •Surround yourself with professionals who are strong, where you are weak. For example, if you are a master accountant, do your own books. If not, pay a professional. •Build a team of people that have your back. You want to be able to trust your teammates with your business secrets, your strategies and fears. •When things get tough, you can’t give up. You have to keep on keeping on. I use the same “staying power” philosophy in my business as in my marriage. Failure is never an option.
Christy Mays is a twenty-something student finishing her B.A. in English and Writing. She lives in Lynchburg and works at Robin Alexander Bistro. She is marrying the love of her life, Steven Chichester, this March.
Under $50 A gift certificate to Must Have
Shoes, a new shop in Lynchburg and Richmond that has SO many awesome choices.
There’s no time better than right
Animals on Canvas
now to buy locally and by the time
at The Urban Merchant.
you are reading this, you will most
They are all so cute! Starting at $32.
likely need a last minute gift or two. It’s also a GREAT idea to have a few extra little things to give to the
The Virginia Shop in Charlottesville
unexpected guest (or to give when
has fabulous gifts and gift baskets.
handed a gift from someone that
You can create your own basket for
you ... eh hem, forgot).
under $50, and they have some already
Photography by Stone Blue Productions When Michelle isn’t planning and creating handbags for her company elle & anne, she enjoys decorating her own home where she spends time with her husband, David, and their three dogs.
prepared to choose from as well. Exercise gear from Riverside Runners. Buy warm layering pieces or a collection of essentials, like headbands and water bottles at this Lynchburg store.
Under $25 Estate costume jewelry at The Burnt Orange in Lynchburg, $5-$20. Also ask them to see their local made, all natural soap from Pure Harmony, $7.
Yummy chocolates from chocolatepaper in Roanoke, $5.50+.
Fantastic scarves at Gladiola Girls in Lynchburg, $24+.
Paper goods in Lynchburg at Farmbasket. What girl doesn’t love pretty stationary or a cute notepad? There are lots of choices for under $25 there.
Deep Steep body products at Telitha in Lynchburg. The products are good for your body and smell delectable! 10
Of course, gift certificates to these locations (or any of our advertisers!) guarantees “one-size-fits-all!”
Will you join to “buy local” with us this Christmas?
G orgeous white Nora Fleming Cake
We would LOVE to see you buy all of your
Platter (everyone needs a cake platter
gifts at locally owned shops, but we are
during the holiday season!) at Steger
asking our clutch readers to partner with us
Creek in Lynchburg and Roanoke,
to take 5 people from their list and commit
to buying those gifts locally. You may be
Jewelry from Bowen in Lynchburg.
surprised that you can check off more
They have fine jewelry and gifts
people than that, but 5 is a great place to
from under $100 to $1000s. Shop for
start! Instagram or tweet your finds with
anything from Jefferson cups to
#buy5local, or post them on our Facebook
page … we would love to see them!
Candles, embroidered tea towels and collectibles at Enchanted in Lynchburg.
A LASTING LOVE
The story of Dottie Phillips
Vintage Diaries Reflections From Yesteryear
Photo by Jennifer Prince
APPLESAUCE CAKE We thought Applesauce Cake sounded pretty amazing, so here is a delicious recipe we found.
Dorothy (Dottie) Phillips has lived a life marked by true love. Born in Kentucky, she moved to Fort Knox when she was just 19. Like many of the other girls from her town, she went in search of work. What she ended up finding was a love that lasted a lifetime.
Dottie worked in the payroll
their reunion, Dottie could barely
department and became close friends
reach her husband. “His men were
with the head actuary and his wife.
all around him. Most men didn’t like
When they requested that she
their officers, but Jack’s men loved
accompany a friend of theirs to his
him.” Eventually Dottie and Jack
graduation from Officer’s School, she
were united and she was able to give
resisted. Only after much prompting
him the applesauce cake she had
from her boss and his wife did she
made just for him. “He ate the whole
thing! He wouldn’t share any of it,”
1. Cream butter with sugar. Add applesauce; beat well. Stir in flour, soda, and spices. Add nuts and raisins.
Nine weeks later John Phillips, ten
1/2 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 1 cup chilled applesauce 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 cup raisins (optional) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes, or until done. Serve warm. www.allrecipes.com
years her senior, informed her he
Dottie and Jack had a full life
had made an appointment with a
including two daughters and a son.
minister that afternoon and that he
“I always knew where they were.
hoped she would be there. “I’ll be
Their friends liked coming to our
there,” she answered. What followed
house.” John Phillips passed way
was 66 years of love and devotion.
three years ago, leaving behind three
Jack Phillips spent two years overseas during WWII. During that time In addition to writing, Joy enjoys crafting (including her handmade Waldorf dolls!) along with being a creative wife to Josh and mom to her two sweet little girls.
Dottie wrote him twice a day. “I wrote him V-mail every morning and airmail every night.” Dottie’s belief
children, seven grandchildren, and even a few great grandchildren. Though other memories may have faded, memories of Dottie’s true love are still as clear as ever.
that she married a good man was only confirmed upon his return. At 13
A Perfect Winter Picnic 14
A small gathering of friends on a cool night calls for candlelight and comfort food. As darkness falls wintry lasagna is pulled from the oven, leaving a trail of steam as it is taken to an outside table. It joins a salad of paperthin vegetables and crispy kale and Brussels sprouts sautĂŠed with thick-cut bacon, as friends eagerly pass their plates. Wine glasses clink, and everyone merrily digs in, each person exclaiming over the heartiness of the lasagna despite its lack of meat. As the air chills further dishes are gathered, and the party moves inside. Moist cake laced with ginger is sliced into hefty chunks as coffee is poured, friends find their place in front of a roaring fire.
crispy kale salad with lime dressing Ingredients
1/2 red Thai chili or 1/4 red jalape単o, seeded, thinly sliced
3 cups (loosely packed) mixed tender herbs (such as cilantro, mint, and basil)
1 1/2 tablespoons (packed) palm sugar or light brown sugar
24 small Tuscan kale leaves (about 5 inches) or 5-inch-long pieces torn from large stemmed leaves
3 cups mixed shaved vegetables (such as carrots, beets, and radishes)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam) 1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon vegetable oil Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups pea tendrils, watercress, or baby arugula 2 cups thinly sliced stemmed Tuscan kale leaves (from 1 bunch) 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
Andrea Hubbell is a photographer with a passion for cooking at home. Andrea is the creator of Bella Eats, a food and recipe blog which shares stories from her kitchen.
Method Boil 2 Tbsp. water on high until sugar is dissolved, about 30 seconds. Let cool. Whisk in next 4 ingredients for dressing. Set aside. Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250 degrees. Brush tops of kale leaves with oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on 2 large baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets top to bottom halfway through, until kale is crisp, about 30 minutes. Transfer leaves from baking sheets to a wire rack; let cool. Mix herbs and remaining 4 ingredients with 6 Tbsp. dressing in a large bowl. Divide salad among plates; top with crispy kale leaves and drizzle remaining dressing over.
Butternut Squash Lasagna Ingredients
3 1/2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sprig of fresh sage, plus 12 fresh sage leaves (thyme can be used as a substitute if sage is not available)
1 (2-3 pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt 12 no-boil lasagna noodles Freshly ground black pepper 5 amaretti cookies, crumbled 1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups shredded whole-milk mozzarella cheese 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Method Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss squash cubes in olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and spread in one layer over a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender and caramelized. Cool slightly, and then transfer the squash to a food processor. Add the amaretti cookies, and blend until smooth. Season the purée with salt and pepper to taste. Make a roux by melting butter in a heavy, medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk, and add whole sage sprig. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the nutmeg. Cool slightly. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste. Lightly butter a 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass baking dish. Spread some of the white sauce over the prepared baking dish. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles on the
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Ingredients 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, cut in half 3-4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into small pieces 1 tbsp olive oil Splash of good quality craft beer (for deglazing)
bottom of the pan. Spread some of the squash purée over the noodles.
Sprinkle with some of the mozzarella and Parmigianino. Drizzle more white
Freshly ground black pepper
sauce over the noodles. Repeat layers and finish with squash puree and any remaining white sauce. Lay whole sage leaves across the top.
method Begin by sautéing the bacon in a non-
Tightly cover the baking dish with foil, and bake the lasagna in the center
stick pan for 3-4 minutes. Add the
of a 375-degree oven for 40 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and
olive oil and stir to combine with the
Parmigianino over the lasagna. Continue baking uncovered until the sauce
bubbles and the top is golden, 15 minutes longer. Let the lasagna stand for 15 minutes before serving. Cut into squares using the sage leaves as a guide.
Place the Brussels sprouts in the pan, cut side down, in a single layer. Allow to sauté until a nice, golden char forms on the cut side, about 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the beer, give everything a good shake or stir, and cover the pan. Allow the Brussels sprouts to steam, covered, for 2-3 minutes, until they are easily pierced with a fork. Remove from heat. Salt and pepper to taste. 17
Ginger cake If you love ginger, you will love this cake. With a pound cake consistency, it is also great with coffee for breakfast the next morning.
Ingredients Softened butter for brushing pan 1/2 cup raw sugar 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 4 tsp ground ginger 2 tsp baking powder
2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 1 large egg yolk 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup sour cream 1 cup chopped, crystallized ginger
1/2 tsp salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
method Position rack in center of oven, and preheat to 350 degrees. Brush softened butter generously all over the inside of a 12-cup Bundt pan. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over butter in pan, tilting pan to coat completely. Whisk flour, ground ginger, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter in large bowl until smooth. Add 2 cups sugar, beat on medium-high speed until blended, about 2 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in 1 egg yolk and vanilla, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with sour cream in 2 additions, beating on low speed just until blended after each addition. Mix in crystallized ginger. Spread batter in pan, being careful not to dislodge sugar. Bake cake until top is light brown and tester inserted near center comes out with a few small crumbs attached, about 55 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool in pan 15 minutes. Gently tap bottom edge of pan on work surface while rotating pan until cake loosens. Place rack atop pan, and invert cake onto rack; remove pan. Cool completely. Serve with whipped cream or fresh berries.
The Embellished Life PRESENTING YOUR GIFT
It’s that time of the year when we are most focused on gift giving. Whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or whichever ... gifting is most likely a HUGE part of your thinking. As far as I am concerned, I would rather give than receive any day! I love, making my lists, narrowing down the purchasing possibilities according to my recipient’s personalities or needs, and then searching the stores for the most bang-for-my-buck. To be quite honest, the biggest reason I love shopping for others is because I get to present it to them with a myriad of wrappings, ribbon, and little “do-dads” attached to the packaging.
When gift bagging ... use colored tissue paper that matches or compliments the bag. Put a REAL gift card on there. Tie the two handles together, and slide the bow to the base of the handle. When wrapping ... if you have several gifts, wrap them individually and create a gift “stack”. Tie the stack with some pretty ribbon or twine. Add a nice gift tag, and tuck something (like an ornament!) in the ribbon.
Even the smallest gift deserves wrapping. Twist ribbon all the way down a tube of lipstick, tying a bow at the bottom, and then tuck an artificial flower in the top of the ribbon. Voila! A mini bouquet. A pad of paper could be dropped in a brown paper “lunch bag”, fold down the top a couple of times, punch two holes through the folded part, run some ribbon through, attach a gift card, and there you go!
Use whatever you have! I have used newspaper, white paper that kids have decorated, bits of twine and ribbon, and even sticks laying in my yard along with pinecones and snaps of cedar branches or holly. Get creative, and get the kids
Nevertheless ... I do believe that when
there. You may have even rolled your
you are giving a gift to someone, how
Don’t go for perfection! Do what
eyes at me because the last thing
you present it to them shows just as
you want to do when you get home
much about how much you care as
from the crazy hustle and bustle of
the gift itself does. Here’s the bottom
those stores is to sit down and wrap.
line: say “I care about you” with your
your photos and include #clutchwrapping.
In fact, a gift bag with white tissue
wrapping and whatever is inside
You may even give me some ideas!
paper may be your “go to.” That’s
won’t matter … truly! I have given the
fine. Seriously, if that’s all you have
smallest of gifts to those who I just
time for, at least you’ve done that.
want to give a little token, and they
For me, it is like an expression of art.
have squealed in delight because I
It is another layer to the gift.
made the outside look like there was
I know I have lost some of you right
a treasure to be unveiled. 20
you can, and don’t think they have to look like my examples. I hope these things help, and I can’t wait to see what you have wrapped. Instagram
When Michelle isn’t planning and creating handbags for her company elle & anne, she enjoys decorating her own home where she spends time with her husband, David, and their three dogs.
Photos by: David Duncan Photography
one dress everyday for a month.
Onetober...success! We did it! Approximately 30 ladies
A few ladies capped off the end of Onetober with a luncheon at Farmbasket in Lynchburg.
supported and drew attention to the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center through our 2012 Onetober project … whether it was due to sharing daily photos on Facebook or someone simply noticing the dress. The journey was introspective as you will find out through the answers below.
what they said: It was certainly fun knowing I could go from a professional look to casual and relaxed with a few changes. — Marilyn It’s not about material things. — Jessica I was surprised by how really how easy it was.— Joy
accessorize! jacket, shirt, belt, boots, tights, scarves, jewelry, cute shoes, leggings, sweater, cardigan
“I thought it would be easy for me, but I soon realized how bored I got and learned a lot about myself (vanity) ...it was eye opening.” — Erin
In honor of
Photo by Sincerely, Liz: Photography
lessons learned There are lots of fun ways to accessorize a dress just from shopping in your own closet. — Heather I can think creatively, go a little bolder with accessories and just keep basic items in my wardrobe. —Jennifer
The whole “ ‘getting ready in the morning’ process and how ‘put together’ I looked and felt was super easy! —Amy
said they would do it again
Resolution Review The ball will drop, the party hats will be discarded, and the Christmas decorations
•Do share your plans with one or
will get packed up. Ready or not, the New Year is upon us, inspiring many to do
two people whom you trust to hold
some reflecting and perhaps decide it is time for a change. No matter what your
past resolutions have been, surveys show that as many as 4 out of 5 resolutions are abandoned. So how do you move toward lasting change? Here are few simple dos
•Don’t beat yourself up over your failures. It takes a while to
and don’ts to get you started.
establish new habits. Making a change can be overwhelming, and •Don’t overdo. Trying to tackle
far too generic and makes it hard to
it may take time and even some
everything in your life that you
track actual progress.
readjusting of expectations.
•Do narrow down your resolution
•Do celebrate the small victories,
to something specific like drinking
and be willing to readjust
•Do pick one area that you feel
three glasses of water a day, saving
resolutions as needed.
you can honestly address, and focus
$100 a month, or calling your mom
once a week.
•Don’t be overly general. Saying
•Don’t go it alone. If you don’t share
you want to lose weight, save money,
your resolutions with someone, it is
or be a better friend/wife/mother is
very easy to shrug them off.
want to change is a sure fire way to burn out.
In addition to writing, Joy enjoys crafting (including her handmade Waldorf dolls!) along with being a creative wife to Josh and mom to her two sweet little girls. Photo by Stone Blue Productions
murse (mûrs) n. a man’s handbag
Five Tips from Anthony I have used the following five tips in every aspect of my life, personally and professionally. Always Challenge Yourself No matter what, be prepared to do things that others wouldn’t do and to step out of your comfort zone. Invent The Box People always preach about thinking outside of the box, but inventing the box puts you in a whole new state of mind.
Name: Anthony Andrews — goes by
haberdasher. I’ve always wanted to
his middle name, Breon, among old
learn how to make my own bow ties
friends and family.
and pocket squares and learn how to
Have Personal Responsibility
sew — all that good stuff.
Occupation? Master Firefighter
What did you want to be
and EMT with the Lynchburg Fire
when you grew up?
Be ready to accept the failures as much as you accept the successes. I have learned more from falling and getting back up.
Department, Volunteer coach for
A pediatrician, actually.
9-10 year old boys basketball for the
What was your first paying job?
Lynchburg Department of Parks and
At A&N. It used to be at The Plaza.
Recreation (even though he doesn’t
I was a shoe salesman. I sold tennis
have a child on the team!)
shoes, and I absolutely loved it.
Status: Married to Stephanie, with
What book is on your nightstand?
two kids, Alaya and Sean.
John Maxwell’s, The 21 Irrefutable Laws
Where can we find you most often?
of Leadership. It walks you through
When I’m working, at Station 4 on
different ways of how to treat
Bedford Avenue. At home, in the
other people and how to influence
others and inspire others to be their
Do you have a mantra, motto,
best selves all the time. It’s about
or life philosophy?
leadership but also inner leadership.
I didn’t have my dad around when I was younger, but one of the things that he told me was, “There is no
doing the same.
happiness.” That’s something that
has stuck with me a long time, during
What’s the last big idea you had, and —
many different endeavors. People go
success or failure — what happened?
enjoying life around you, and live for today and not just tomorrow.
Remain Humble, Have Great Manners, and Be Nice I understand that everything can be taken away from me at any time, so I shouldn’t take those opportunities that others have given me for granted.
“A game” and their best if you’re not
What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
goals and forget that you need to be
I wouldn’t be anywhere without the people around me or family and friends. These are the people that can be honest with you about all things and keep you grounded.
You can’t inspire others to be on their
pursuit of happiness. The pursuit is
through life with all these different
Owning a childcare center. How it’s been successful is I’ve been taking
to step out and do something out of my comfort zone. What’s your guilty pleasure? Every night — almost every night — I have to eat a bag of popcorn and Raisinets. It doesn’t feel right if I don’t go to bed filled with popcorn and Raisinets.
steps to make sure I can live that dream someday — volunteering at
What might people be surprised
a local childcare center and taking
to know about you?
classes on child development and just
I have a passion for fashion. I
being a good dad. A lot of stuff is just
would love to be what they call a
learning as I go and not being scared
When she’s not daydreaming about her next trip to New Mexico, Suzanne Ramsey writes, runs, reads, cooks, gardens, and spends time with husband, John, and cats, Hector and Edna. Photography by Stone Blue Productions
Backyard Chronicles As the holidays approach, family traditions are renewed and remembered.
Whether simple or grand, the most important part of any tradition is
memories with loved ones. Reading books out loud can be a part of your holiday traditions, and here are a few favorites to check out:
The Animal’s Christmas Carol
by Helen Ward
by Patricia Polacco
by Theresa Smythe
This beautifully illustrated book was
Jonathan is upset about moving
On the first day of December,
inspired by the French Christmas
away from Tennessee. His family has
Snowbear starts to prepare for
carol “The Friendly Beasts.” All the
relocated to Michigan where they
Christmas. Each day he fulfills one of
beasts fill the stable, “warm and
are working to rebuild a dilapidated,
his holiday traditions, such as writing
bright, with love and peace that
old church. Through a series of
out Christmas cards, picking out a
Christmas night.” This book is a
events related to it, two people are
tree, wrapping presents, and baking
reminder of the importance of giving
miraculously reunited after many
cookies for Santa. He also enjoys the
God the gift of our worship and our
decades. Jonathan realizes that all
winter weather traditions with his
talents, each person in his/her own
the events—both the unfortunate
friends like sledding and ice-skating.
unique way. In addition, it prompts
and blessed—are part of a Christmas
The textured collage illustrations
us to consider how God protects
Tapestry. This touching story is sure to
embody the exuberance and warmth
and blesses, often in ways hardly
be one your family will want to revisit
of the holidays. The adorable cast
ever noticed. The meaningful text,
year after year as a reminder of the
of animal characters will charm and
delightful poetic verse, and stunning
importance of perseverance and love.
delight young readers. This read is
illustrations make it a must read
ideal for listeners ages 2-8.
tradition for ages 4-9!
Celebration books to check out:
Winter books to check out:
Mary’s Baby by Jane Chapman
The Night Before Christmas
Petal’s First Winter by Joy Findlay
All About Hanukkah
by Clement C Moore
It’s Winter by Linda Glaser
by Judyth Groner and Madeline Wikler
My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and The
The Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
A Children’s Book of Kwanzaa
Nativity by Ruth Sanderson
by Dolores Johnson
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Christmas Story by Danielle Novack
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
Creature Feature Marmosets
Photo by Jennifer Prince
forest floor. Up to 70% of their diet
Louis — Age: 11, Gender: Male
Calvin — Age: 8, Gender: Female
Personalities: Although Calvin is the younger marmoset as well as the female, she is more dominant than Louis, who tends to be somewhat timid. In fact, Calvin will scent mark anything she perceives as belonging to her... including the zookeeper! Activities: For fun, they love to tear apart paper, feathers, and snake sheds. They find the feathers and snake sheds to be delicious snacks as well as enriching entertainment. The Mill Mountain Zoo staff recently discovered that Calvin and Louis have a previously unknown talent ... they can paint pictures and even use paintbrushes to do so! Eating Habits: Louis and Calvin are provided with a variety of foods in their diet, but they have particular favorites. Their favorite treats are Cheerios, but they are also very fond of honey. These marmosets are also quite delighted when an unsuspecting insect wanders into their enclosure, because they find bugs quite tasty as well! Louis and Calvin are known to gently receive food from the keepers by hand feeding. Calvin will even rest her hand on the keeper’s hand while taking food.
is made up of plant exudates, or gums, saps and latex, although they do supplement this with insects, fruit, flowers, birds and other small animals. Threats: Although they do face threats from hunting for the pet trade and destruction of habitat from slash and burn agriculture, they are listed as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN. They are actually enjoying an increase in population in some areas, and they have an ability to adapt to disturbed habitats. Fun Fact: Black tufted-ear marmosets practice non-maternal infant care. Both males and siblings are quick to assist mother marmosets with any care required, and this behavior
recognizable by their light grey faces,
greatly increases the chances for
white foreheads and the telltale black
Black Tufted-Ear Marmoset
ear tufts. Be sure to visit this duo on your next visit
Scientific Name: Callithrix penicillata
Habitat: Black tufted-ear marmosets live in the tropical and subtropical
Appearance: This type of marmoset
forests and savannahs of Brazil.
is a small New World Monkey,
They walk quadrupedally through
ranging in size from 7-10 inches
the treetops or leap from perch to
with a 7-12 inch tail. They are easily
perch, rarely coming down to the
to Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke. www.mmzoo.org.
Lasting Impressions Downtown Roanoke is like a magnet for me. I just can’t help myself! With the market boasting fresh produce, baked goods and handcrafts combined with outlying boutiques and restaurants, it’s a win-win for everyone. Recently, during one of my visits, I wandered down
were the fact that Roanoke has an airport, and it is
a side street and was immediately drawn in by a
between the cities of Atlanta and NYC, which contain
shop on Salem Avenue. The clear glass windows of
the best markets for letterpress products.
Appalachia Press offered a glimpse of the loveliness that was inside, which had the form of letterpress cards, vintage paper goods and a plethora of fun, eclectic finds. I walked out with letterpress thank you cards and a few antique brooches (see … you never know what you will find!), and I left quite impressed
John describes his style as, “Absolutely clean and modern but also with a nod to the past. I love vintage and old school, but I present it in a clean, fresh way. I love my history. I love the look of simple, two color designs.”
with the work of the owner, John Reburn. p recycled
is an understatement, and his whole life has been
To say that John is passionate about letterpressing
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pointed in the direction of doing what he loves today. Originally hailing from Maryland, he has always had connections in our area with family in Lynchburg and spending summers at nearby Smith Mountain Lake. He moved to Los Angeles where he did graphic design, and it was there that his love for letterpress began. John also built a symbiotic relationship where he taught a friend technology, and she taught him the art of letterpressing. Through several transitions, John discovered that the design business was unfulfilling to him on some levels, even though he had the opportunity to design for MTV and had invested his time into helping non profits. In California it seemed that the graphic industry was becoming more about money and less about the craft itself. Being a true artist, John gained a love for letterpressing and decided to take up the art form. When it came time to choose an area, John decided to go back to his roots and settle in Roanoke. “Everything about the decision of starting a business was right here,” he says about the Southwest Virginia city. Besides being close to family, other plusses
Half of his dies are vintage, and the
most popular requests are for wedding
other half were made from his own
invitations, baby announcements and
illustrations. “Some things I can
also personalized stationary.
illustrate; other things I find,” he states. Scouring antique stores and perusing trusted sources for that one perfect die is part of the fun, and sometimes John picks up dies because they are unique. If anyone ever has the need for a flying pig, a vintage Santa or a monkey with a tack in his foot, John’s collection can fit the bill. His many cabinets also house 150 drawers of type, which contain 85 typefaces (which are like fonts). The combinations to create indeed are endless.
No matter what John is creating, the roots and longevity of the craft itself reigns through everything that he does. “I really do care about the history of it all. The history is so beautiful,” he reflected. That beauty is so evident … it’s strewn in John’s products and his creativity, which we encourage you to experience yourself. Take the time to peruse Appalachia Press in Roanoke. Feel the papers, chuckle at the quirky cards, and take the time to say, “Hi,” to John … you will be glad you did, and you, too, can
In addition to the eclectic pieces
gain a love for the history of these
in his many printers’ trays, his
handcrafted paper pieces.
collection boasts a plethora of decorative flourishes and botanicals. Although he enjoys creating his own line of cards (including an amazing postcard collection for Roanoke,
When Jennifer isn’t making new downtown discoveries, she enjoys running and spending time with her family.
which includes the Mill Mountain Star and the Dr. Pepper sign), his
Photography by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography
Steps to creating the perfect letterpress product 1. John selects his dies and typefaces for his project. 2. John carefully plans out the design placement, makes measurements, and lays the dies and wooden spacers into a frame to create the perfect alignment for pressing. 3. Once paper is cut, dies are placed and colors are mixed and placed on the wheel, John is ready to create his beautiful, letterpress products. 30
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Daycation: The Shops at 12th and Main by: Jennifer L. Prince
Telitha Apothecary and Spa
Pampering is a special treat for any woman, and an
Owner Mary Brockman, aptly named her shop Enchanted.
appointment at Telitha Apothecary and Spa is sure to
Boasting fine antiques along with accessories from
soothe the soul or beautify your body, depending on the
Europe and beyond, this stop is sure to please those who
type of treatment you choose. Named after the owner,
are looking for the exquisite things in life. From linens
it is a wonderful retreat for a massage, facial or pedicure
and lamps to jewelry and decor, this shop is perfect
(or all three!).
for accessorizing your home along with carrying regal
Why I love it: In addition to offering all of the spa
services I enjoy (I would get a massage every day if I
Why I love it: I have a passion for antiques, so the
could!), it is a wonderful place to stop for products.
sheer quality and beauty of the specimens in this shop
Whether I need a natural line of body lotions or a
speak to me. In addition, I have a love for Europe, and
new nail polish color, this store has a vast selection of
I enjoy soaking in the collection of pieces from around
products in which to indulge.
these four great local shops on pg 47.
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Want to find out more? Be sure to check out our online version for more information about this collection of downtown shops.
Downtown Lynchburg has so much to offer in the way of shopping, eating and history. We think it’s a great place to visit, but one little strip of shops catches our attention across from the Lynchburg Community Market. For ladies who are looking for unique gifts, stylish fashion, one of a kind antiques and products to pamper themselves, let us introduce you to The Shops at 12th and Main.
Upon entering Urban Merchant, you will most likely be
Although Gladiola Girls is new to Lynchburg, it has
greeted by co-owner, Michelle Rivers, whose brightly
its original roots in Boone, NC. In the words of owner
lit, colorful store evokes a feeling of excitement with its
Renee Furman, “You will find a thoughtful collection of
eclectic mix of products. From fashion to home decor,
wearable trends from well known boutique labels and up
this truly is the perfect stop for gifts for any generation
and coming designers.” From designer jeans and jewelry
(think decorative pillows for grandma, a cookbook
to dresses and handbags, expect to find brands such as
or scented soap for mom, and a stuffed animal for
Free People, Johnny Was, Lucky Brand and many more at
daughter). Of course, you will be tempted to get yourself
this chic women’s shop.
a little something, too.
Why I love it: Reminiscent of Anthropologie, this
Why I love it: Truly, I could spend hours perusing, but
boutique has my current obsession, scarves, in a range of
selfishly my favorites are the one of a kind, handmade
prices and styles. I feel that anything I buy here will keep
jewelry and home decor pieces by local artisans.
me on the cutting edge of fashion.
Photography by Stone Blue Productions
Photo by Taylor Hooper Photography.
places, please! Lynchburg Native Makes Broadway Debut
wanted “toI’vebe always an actor. To get to do it in New York where I’ve always wanted to live is a dream come true.
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To see Hilary's cultural "must sees" this winter, be sure to check out our web version at theclutchguide.com.
At 25, Justin Bowen’s daily routine
Singin’ In the Rain at the now defunct
includes waking up in Queens, New
Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. Bowen
York, taking the subway to midtown
remembers, “Linda Nell Cooper
Manhattan, and going to work at 243
directed it. She had me tap dancing.
West 47th Street. While it may sound
It’s where I first fell in love with
like any other work address, Bowen’s
doing it. I went and auditioned and
employer does not require him to
use spreadsheets, Outlook, or to be at work at 8:00. However, they do expect him to be ready to walk a tight rope, do a back flip, and play the violin at a moment’s notice. Bowen is an actor in the new Broadway musical Chaplin at the Barrymore Theatre, where he is in the ensemble and understudies Rob McClure in the title role. Bowen’s talent, savvy, discipline, and genuine likability paved the way for his journey from childhood community theatre in Lynchburg to the Great White Way. The Hill City native first caught the acting bug at the age of six when he was cast in
When probed, Bowen cannot remember a time that he did not know he wanted to be on Broadway. “My Mom and I always watched old movie musicals together,” he recalled. “Moving to New York and doing musicals was always my dream.” In the eighth grade Bowen traveled to New York as a part of a career shadowing project in school. He met with actors who he connected with through Mill Mountain Theatre and met another Lynchburg native, Faith Prince. Prince has performed in over ten Broadway shows including
explore her Tony award-winning turn as
[then Artistic Director] Jere Hodgin.
Bowen made his Broadway debut
“Adelaide” in the 1992 revival of
He gave me a list of top schools that
when Chaplin opened on September
Guys & Dolls. “She was kind enough
he would recommend. My mom and
10. Fully realizing the impact of his
to meet with me, and we chatted in
I flew down to Florida State, and I
lifelong dream come true has come
her dressing room. She talked to me
auditioned. It was the best fit. It was
in waves for Bowen. “There have
about her journey from Lynchburg to
the perfect experience.”
been so many little moments ... the
Broadway. That was the first time it felt like it was attainable,” said Bowen.
first time we got to do the run on the
After performing in a senior showcase in New York, Bowen signed
stage, the first costume fitting, going into the recording studio, filming the
Hometown audiences have likely
with a talent agency. After graduating
seen Justin perform at E.C. Glass
from FSU he moved to New York.
High School where he graduated
Soon, he started booking gigs at
“I’ve always wanted to be an actor. To
in 2005, on stages with the Cherry
top tier regional theatres such as
get to do it in New York where I’ve
Tree Players, or the Lynchburg
Papermill Playhouse where he played
always wanted to live is a dream come
Fine Arts Center. Bowen made his
“Hero” in A Funny Thing Happened On
true,” Bowen reflected.
professional debut in 2000 at Mill
the Way to the Forum and Goodspeed
Mountain Theatre in Roanoke
Opera House, where he originated the
where he played the role of Kurt in
role of “Mickie Mckee” in the world-
The Sound of Music. Bowen credits
premiere of Hello! My Baby. Last year,
his opportunity to work with
he was cast in the La Jolla Playhouse
professionals at Mill Mountain with
production of Chaplin and was
his decision to attend Florida State
subsequently cast in the Broadway
University, where he majored in
theatre. “I had a conversation with
commercial, opening night.”
For more information about Chaplin or to purchase tickets check out www.chaplinonbroadway.com. Hilary loves red velvet cake, Broadway, and her husband Juan Carlos Lagares (but not necessarily in that order). Connect with her on Twitter @HilarySutton.
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Off the Beaten Path
Indoor Adventures So the weather outside is frightful, but that’s no excuse to sit on your rear end! For your reading pleasure, I have rounded up my favorite things to do indoors (no parka required) for the winter months. that houses 40-foot high walls with
trained instructor man the ropes.
routes for beginners to experts.
Either way you’ll get in a good full-
You’ll be attached to a harness and
body work out.
If you’re looking for something closer
belay system that will keep you from
to home give rock-climbing a whirl.
plunging to your death. I recommend
Try: Rise Up!
At Rise Up Climbing right here in
bringing a trusted friend who hasn’t
1225 Church Street Lynchburg, VA (434) 845-7625
downtown Lynchburg you can take
recently taken out a life insurance
M, W, F 1 – 10 PM, T, Th 3 – 10 PM
advantage of their huge facility
policy on you. Or you can have a
Sat & Sun , 1 – 7 PM, riseupclimbing.com
It is about that time of year when you’re probably starting to suffer from cabin fever. Your kids might even be bouncing off the walls. So let them! Just take a short drive to Charlotte, NC and you will find a place where kids and adults alike can bounce off the walls and everywhere in between. At Sky High Sports you will find a gymnasium that consists of wall-to-wall trampolines. Even the walls are made of trampolines! So you can boing boing boing your way across the gym until you face plant into the wall. As if that’s not fun enough, you can head over to
court where you can throw a ball hard enough to take a punk teenager’s legs out mid-air after he has made an “old ladies aren’t supposed to play dodgeball” comment. Someone had to teach him some respect, and I nominated myself.
a room where you can work on your double front flip or full twisting back flip. You jump from one trampoline to another, gaining height with each jump until you get to the edge where a giant foam pit is waiting to soften your landing just in case your double front flip turns out to be more of a belly flop. Add to that a trampoline dodgeball
Try: Sky High Sports 601 N Polk, Pineville, NC 28134 Weekends – 11am-11pm, Weekdays 2-9 pm, $10-$12/hour cha.jumpskyhigh.com, 704-889-5867
and landing in the grip of Hans, the
They will teach you more and more
ever-so-helpful and muscular Swede
sophisticated tricks until you are
who has been waiting patiently on
circus ready! You can also check out
another trapeze bar for you to fall
their aerial silks, trampoline, and
into his arms. They will start you out
by belting you into a harness that keeps you attached to a rope and
Try: TSNY Washington DC
That’s right! This winter, sojourn
pulley system from the time you start
to our nation’s capital. Not for the
climbing the narrow ladder until the
monuments, not to say hi to Mr.
time Hans gently drops you onto the
Prez, but for a flying trapeze class! If
net below. But before you can hurtle
it sounds daunting, don’t worry. By
yourself at blondie, you will need to
$49-$59 for flying trapeze.
the end of your one-hour class, you
learn a few basic tricks like jumping
will be leaping off a little platform
off the platform properly and how to
25 feet in the air, gliding through the
time a knee-hang. Once you get the
air, flipping yourself off a trapeze bar,
hang of those, the sky is the limit.
4th St. SE and Tingey St., Washington DC, 20003 Classes offered all week and weekend. Book in
Winter Photo Check List
Winter is a busy season, so sometimes it takes a little encouragement to stop and enjoy the small moments. Take a hint from our photo checklist, and see how many you can check off this winter.
m Frost/ice on a window m Close up of tree lights m Sparkly clothes m Pet with reindeer antlers m Breath in cold air m Pile of mittens, scarves, and hats m Fireplace m Family wearing jammies m Celebrating the New Year m Outside of a church at night m Your favorite present m Party food m Candles with greenery m Card display m Empty tree branches m Deer in the woods m Cardinal m Squirrel with a nut m Snowstorm m Red outfit m Someone napping m Champagne bubbles m People holding hands m Marshmallows in hot chocolate m Holiday meal on the table
m Snowflakes falling on a tongue m Snowman m Icicles m Making snow angels m Lighting a menorah/candles m Something hanging on a tree m Play/pageant m Manger scenes m Carolers m Footprints in the snow m Tying ribbons on presents m Serving food to others m Decorated cookies m Gingerbread man m Opening a present m Flour on fingers from baking m Music sheets m Writing 2013 with sparklers m Throwing confetti m Football party feasts m Opening a present m Ice skating m Boots lined up by the door m Snowball fights m List of 2013 resolutions
This plethora of fun images to capture was compiled by local photographers (and moms!) Allegra of Allegra’s Studio and Heather of Visions by Heather Photography. If you want to share them with us, feel free to use #wintersnaphappy on Twitter or Instagram. We would love to see them. Ok, grab that camera (or phone) and snap away!
DI - W h y N o t ? Recessed Glass Votive Holder Centerpiece
MATERIALS 2 x 6 pine board cut to 31.5 inches 5 glass votive holders (I purchased mine at the dollar store.) Luan or other thin wood Ruler Pencil Router Drill press Band saw, sabre saw, or coping saw Sander or sand paper
STEP-BY-STEP 1. Trace the bottom of a glass votive on a sheet of luan (or other thin scrap wood) to make a template for routing. Use a 5/8” drill bit to cut a hole in each corner and then a band saw (or sabre saw or coping saw) to cut out the sides. Mark the left and right sides at the midpoint.
2. Measure and mark with a pencil the midpoint of the width of the board in several places. Use a ruler and a pencil to mark a center line down the board.
DO WITHOUT THE POWER TOOLS • Skip the routing, and display the votives on top of the board. • Have the lumberyard cut the board to size. • Use pre-milled molding, and glue to the edges.
TRY THIS! • Paint it to match a friend’s decor, and give it as a gift. • Stain it and fill with acorns or pine cones in the fall. • Use white candles and red berries for a Valentine’s evening. • Paint it in pastels, and fill the votives with jelly beans for Easter. • Place it on a dresser, and use the glass
3. For my project, I used glass votive holders that measured 2 3/4” square. For this size votive, I chose to center them on the board by
holders for loose change and jewelry. • You are only limited by your creativity!
marking the board as follows: using a ruler, start at one end of the board and mark the center line at the following points: 3” from the edge and then every 5 1/2 inches. These marks will insure that your glass votive holders are evenly spaced.
4. Line up the lines drawn on the template with the line drawn down the center of the board. The left edge of the square cut out of the template should be placed on the mark made at 3”. Clamp firmly in place. Use a router to make a 5/8” recessed opening for the first votive.
5. Move template to the next pencil mark (5 1/2” from the 3” mark), clamp, and route 5/8” deep.
6. Continue the same process until five squares have been routed. 7. Rout the edges, if desired. 8. Sand until smooth. Stain or paint to match your decor.
by: Paula Skulina
Urbane Folklore This month, I have decided to part from the normal fashion, music and art to solely concentrate on a few Christmas CDs that I have grown to love. Enjoy these selections, and maybe you will find some new songs to add to your holiday music repitoire.
She & Him
Songs for Christmas (2006):
A Very She & Him Christmas (2011)
A Christmas Album (2002):
This five disc set recorded over five
The first time I heard Zooey
Not everyone is a fan of Conor
years has become one of my favorite
Deschanel sing was in Elf when her
Oberst’s voice, but I definitely am.
Christmas albums. Sufjan Stevens
character unknowingly did a duet
It’s unique and completely different
is one of my favorite musicians,
with Will Ferrell’s character. Her
from the mainstream, which I always
and when I heard his versions of
voice, which is slightly reminiscent
welcome. There are no original
some of my most beloved Christmas
of Judy Garland and Patsy Cline
Christmas tunes on this album, just
songs, I was elated. He sings popular
was a refreshing change from what
classic ones. Every year, my husband
Christmas songs but also mixes
you hear in music these days. Last
and I put on this CD, pour a mug of
in hymns and original songs. His
year her band She & Him, which is
egg nog, and trim the tree. It’s very
version of “Come Thou Fount” is
comprised of herself and M. Ward,
nostalgic and has worked its way
beautiful and will forever be my
released their third album, which was
into our tradition. It starts with a
favorite adaptation of that song.
a Christmas album. Being a fan of
beautiful thoughtful version of “Away
Much to my excitement, he has
their previous releases, I was excited
in a Manger” and ends with a Santa-
released another Christmas music
to hear it. Very stripped down and
sounding man reading “The Night
box set this year, Silver & Gold, so be
simple, this is the perfect Christmas
Before Christmas”. I just absolutely
sure to check out both albums if you
album to have on during your
get a chance!
Christmas parties and get-togethers.
New Year, New Goals, New You The New Year is just around the
corner! Here comes a brand new set
CrossFit was started as a
Are you looking for an amazing way
of 365 days that are just waiting for
methodology to train the Santa Cruz
to get your body in shape or build
new possibilities and opportunities.
Police Department in the late 90’s.
strength? Martial Arts is fitness
We all love to bring in the New Year
This fitness movement started in
with a purpose, aiding in developing
in all different forms, from parties
the garages of participants but has
flexibility and building your overall
and traditions to spending time
now grown to over 4,500 associates
strength, all while giving you a great
with family and friends. However, a
CrossFit is a varied and functional
Martial arts incorporates practical
movement that is usually preformed
self-defense, personal development,
at a high level of intensity. However,
cardio training, and stress relief while
this should not discourage you from
keeping a positive mental attitude all
Setting resolutions for the year ahead
participating. Workouts are scalable,
wrapped up into one technique.
is something we all love to do; being
meaning they can be done at any age
women, fitness is always one of those
or on any level of ability.
common and smart way that we bring in the New Year is to start everything out right, setting new goals to strive to achieve in the upcoming year.
goal topics. Whether you want to lose a few pounds or just tone up, here are five fitness ideas for you to try out; taking the mystery out of creative ways to achieve your fitness goals. Biking: Bicycling began as a common form of recreation, exercise, and even
Studio to try: The Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts ramarts.com
“The personal attention and community makes CrossFit in
Lynchburg a great place to achieve
This technique will encourage you in
elite fitness,” offers Amanda, who
improving your posture, flexibility,
owns a CrossFit gym.
strength, balance, and stability.
Gym to try: Crossfit Lynchburg www.crossfitlynchburg.com
Pilates is about emphasizing on breathing, centering, control,
transportation. Riding a bike is easy on the joints since it is low impact and can become very addictive, as a bike ride doesn’t have to be long to be beneficial. Using a bike as a method of transportation for short trips to the library, park, and store add up when it comes to burning calories. Cycling comes in different forms, such as on-road-riding and off-roadriding, which gives you the leisure to ride on green ways, trails, gravel roads, and even to the extreme preference of going deep into the woods on a mountain bike. Store to try: Blackwater Bike Shop www.blackwaterbikeshop.com Photography by JMK Photos
precision, and concentration, which
designed to improve flexibility,
has a calming affect that will carry
strength, balance, and composure
over into your everyday life. It does
along with soothing breathing
not depend on your level of fitness,
techniques that help to relieve stress.
as it is safe and appropriate for most Yoga even aids in burning calories,
people to try.
as it requires more effort than many As Suzanne, owner of Peakland
people realize. Many yoga studios
Pilates, states, “The struggle for many
offer a genre of classes that are all
is when exercising becomes a chore
modified to your skill level, tailoring
and the body becomes the enemy.
each class to a specific need.
Pilates is a mind/body exercise with a
Studio to try: James River Yoga jamesriveryoga.com
positive approach to staying in shape. Studio to try: Peakland Pilates peaklandpilates.com
Another perk to running or walking is that it can be done where, when, and
All of these techniques give you the
for as long as you care to endure. It
ability to build your strength, tone,
also requires very little equipment …
and form flexibility in creative ways
It seems like every weekend there is
a good pair of shoes can have you well
that support our local businesses.
a 5k or half marathon going on in
on your way to fitness in 2013.
The New Year is all about new
our area, and there is a great reason.
Store to try: Riverside Runners riversiderunners.com
Running is a wonderful, overall metabolism booster that offers camaraderie with other runners.
If running is not quite for you (or if
Unusara Yoga is oriented to help
you want to build up some stamina
with alignment. Yoga is designed
before heading out for a jog), walking
to correct small problems such
will keep your circulation flowing.
as postural issues and alleviating
It also offers the opportunity to get
chronic pain, particularly in the
out into nature with all of the trails
low back area. In general, yoga is
and sidewalk laden neighborhoods
a 3000-year-old practice that is
opportunities and working towards new accomplishments. So, make sure you add one of these techniques to your “New Year Resolutions” list, and get working toward your fitness goals for the year.
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Kids in the Kitchen My kitchen is a very small space, but
everything. Simply allowing her to
nutritional values, solids/liquids, and
what goes on in our little kitchen
scramble an egg or wash an apple
the final products.
can often fill me with immeasurable
provides a sense of ownership and
Be creative. Make pizza with a veggie
joy. Let me assure you that the joy I
pride that is priceless. Here is a list of
or pepperoni smiley face. Cut food
experience does not just come from
things you can do with your children
(like sandwiches) with fun shaped
the meals I create (I mostly make the
in these winter months that will
cookie cutters. And, my personal
same recipes every week ... anything
bring new excitement and fun to your
favorite, give children small pieces of
semi-healthy, quick, and tasty).
kitchen and your family.
dried fruit, and allow them to create
Instead, it comes from the sweet
Make a fun, kid-friendly recipe.
artwork on or in their favorite (or
moments I share with my children in
Model reading and following step-
least favorite) foods!
by-step directions. Allow your child
Food scavenger hunt. Open your
Now that the colder weather has set
to count and sort ingredients, use
in, I’ve found that it is the perfect
measuring spoons and cups, pour and
time to include the kids in kitchen
mix ingredients, set the stove to a
activities. It’s a fun and mostly
specific temperature, and check food
messy routine that often turns into
when it’s done.
a teachable moment. Young children
Give them the ordinary jobs.
can learn quite a lot when you expose
Children can wash fruit, rip apart
them to various tasks, and getting
lettuce or string beans, use a plastic
your kids in the kitchen is a natural
knife to cut or spread soft foods, and
and practical way of engaging them
use a sponge to clean up spills or
in different learning experiences.
My three year old is in the stage
Engage their five senses. Discuss
where she wants to help with
colors, shapes, textures, smells, tastes,
pantry or fridge, and direct your child to find all the foods that start with a certain letter. For the letter ‘M,’ they can find items like milk, macaroni and cheese, mayo, meat, marshmallows, and maple syrup. • Clean up. Don’t forget, if they help make the mess, they have to help clean the mess! Katelyn Rigg is a teacher, wife, and mother of two young children. She loves to encourage targeted learning as kids sing, play, read, and get messy in her mobile pre-k program, Prodigy Playgroup (www.prodigyplaygroup.com).
AMOUR BÉBÉ when things don’t go as planned Like many expectant first-time mothers, while my belly was expanding over the course of those long nine months of pregnancy, I spent many an hour researching the topics of birth, early parenthood, and most excitedly, breast feeding. My desire was to make what I believed were the best and healthiest choices for myself, for my child, and for our family as a whole. Although I was two weeks early, I went into labor feeling confident, prepared, and eager to finally meet the precious miracle that had been growing inside of me for so long. While labor was so much more intense than I ever could have imagined, I was overjoyed and so grateful to God to have been successful in having the natural, non-medicated birth experience I had so desperately hoped for, and I was now looking forward to enjoying a long, meaningful, breast feeding relationship with my son. During those first weeks at home, it appeared that nursing was going perfectly. But I soon discovered my son simply wasn’t gaining weight or being nourished as he should, and I found myself feeding at a pace of nearly every fifteen minutes in an effort to satiate my ever-hungry child. His heart wrenching screams between feedings became constant and often led me to tears of frustration as I struggled to understand why I couldn’t satisfy his needs the way my body was intended. Overwhelmed and beyond exhausted, I sought professional guidance from several lactation consultants who determined I had a very low-supply, made worse by the fact that my son was a lazy nurser. Despite my best effort, the situation worsened. Alone with the baby all day, I began to feel trapped in our home, and I teetered on Photo by S. Carter Studios
the edge of emotional collapse. I was
devastated to watch as the beautiful
What I came to realize is that more
especially when I have no idea
breast feeding experience I had hoped
than the means by which my son was
what someone has gone through.
for, for so long, disappeared.
fed and whether or not others agreed
I have also found that the more I
or disagreed with my decisions, what
open up about my own struggles,
mattered most is that I was doing the
the more it gives others the
very best thing I could for my son –
freedom to share their own, which
and myself. The stress and heartache
is the perfect environment for
was immediately removed from our
“mother-bonds” to grow.
I wanted so much to make things work. I wanted to give my son the very best, and I felt guilty that I should be able to and yet couldn’t. I was worried about how my son would react to formula or other supplementation and about what others what think of me if I chose to supplement.
relationship, my son was growing and satisfied, and for the first time since his birth, I was able to fully enjoy the wonder of being a mother as we began to bond in a whole new,
It was ultimately through the wonderful encouragement of dear family and friends and confirmation and reassurance through loving advice that I finally felt released and at peace to begin down a new path with my son.
beautiful way. My own difficult journey has brought
be, it is still the most difficult job any woman can take on, and it is so important to surround yourself with others who will lift you up and offer support through this beautiful season of life.
me to a new level of understanding of the importance of showing and accepting grace, and likewise, being slow to judge other mothers,
If you’re in the Lynchburg area, I encourage you to take a moment to check out The Motherhood Collective (www.themotherhoodcollective.org), a non-profit resource for area moms. In addition to offering wonderful online ©
As rewarding as motherhood can
resources and information, several meetings and playgroups are held throughout the month. This group provides an opportunity to connect with other moms, while being nurtured and encouraged as women and mothers.
In addition to being a new mom to son, Brock, Rachel also manages her event company, RS Exclusive. She loves spending time with her husband, Chris, and is passionate about green living.
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Don’t Give Your Fitness Plan the Cold Shoulder The seasons are changing, and the temperatures are dropping. As the weather gets colder, it is easy to let it take control of our exercise routines. Dark, chilly morning air?—No worries, I’ve hit snooze three times, and my blankets just won’t let me go. Snow and sleet in the forecast?—I might slip on an icy patch on the sidewalk, and I’m feeling a little sniffle coming on. Temperatures are below forty degrees?—I can’t figure out what to wear to be warm but not hot … I’ll skip today. We often find ourselves withdrawing from our goals and plans because we think: I’ll just be too miserable, when really the opportunities for seasonal changes in our exercise plans couldn’t be more positive.
If you prefer running outdoors: Cover your extremities: head,
Don’t forget dry clothes! There
hands, ears, and ankles. Losing
is nothing worse than finishing
heat through the top of your
a run feeling great and then
head, tips of your fingers, and
heading to the car, only to
exposed ankles never feels good.
remember you have to wear your
Wear a hat or headband to keep
damp, sweaty clothes home.
your head and ears covered.
Having a warm jacket or dry
Try a convertible mitten/glove
pants to pull on after your run
combination to adjust your
will make it easier to get into the
hand temperature as your body
chilly car for your ride home.
heats up. Wear taller socks to
*You can always avoid the
cover your ankles.
temperature by heading to your local gym and giving the
Wear a water-resistant or
coldest temperature you can run in is an individual preference. As long as you feel comfortable and aren’t outside for hours on end in damp, sweaty clothing, you should be able to run in most temperatures. Be aware of signs of hypothermia.
waterproof jacket when it’s raining or snowing. Water-resistant means a jacket will repel water, but it’s not sealed at the seams. If you are in a downpour, you will probably get wet. Waterproof means the seams are sealed and water is not going to get through the jacket even in a driving rain.
Don’t overdress. Prepare to be chilly at the beginning of your run. If you dress as though it is about 20 degrees warmer outside, you will end up feeling “just right” once you are a mile or two into your run. It is easy to want to feel toasty and warm as you start out running on a cold day, but your body will quickly heat up. When you are wearing too many layers, your body will begin to sweat too soon, and before you know it, you’ll be shivering from your damp clothing.
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Gauge the temperature. The
treadmill a whirl.*
If you’re up for trying something new: Try yoga! Yoga is a great way to
clothes and a hairdryer for when
Cooler weather can be positive in
increase flexibility and keep your
so many ways. If you would rather
muscles long and lean. Most places
Pop in a video! Pull out your leg
not head outside for a run, there
don’t require a membership, so
warmers and leotard, pull up a high
are lots of indoor options to try
you can just drop in to a class
ponytail when no one is looking,
all winter long. If you are out for
without feeling tied to one spot.
and try an aerobics, kick-boxing, or
a run, less sweating means less
Test out James River Yoga or another
oldies workout video in your living
dehydration. No hot sun means
room. You can find lots of workouts
you might run faster than you
Hit the deck! The pool deck, that
on YouTube, and they’re free!
did in the summer! You may have
is. If you belong to a gym with an
Go for a walk. When it’s cold
indoor swimming pool and have
outside, sometimes the chilly air
never checked it out, swimming
can be hard on your lungs. If you’d
is a great winter activity. Consider
rather not work up a sweat and feel
cross-training in the pool. Flexibility-
the frost in your chest, a brisk walk
improving, calorie-burning, and
can be a great alternative. Dress
as though it is 10 degrees warmer,
is a low-impact way to lose weight
because you’ll warm up before you
and build strength. Don’t forget dry
to do more laundry, but your Thanksgiving and Christmas waistline will thank you.
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Bliss & Make up Martha As women we all like to look our best, but sometimes we just need a little help along the way. We love treating our Bliss & Makeup nominees to a makeover coupled with beautiful photos. If you have a woman you would like to suggest (or want to nominate yourself), just send a photo and story to info@theclutchguide. com. We read each and every one! This issue we chose four time cancer surgery survivor, Martha Moore, who was nominated by her friend, Linda Hall. Linda wrote, “Martha is a lovely lady. She has undergone several surgeries for cancer, the most recent in March. She is very attractive, very sweet and has been through so much. I’m just thinking how wonderful it would be for her to be treated to such a fabulous makeover.” We agree!
Ends Expand gives volume and texture to hair.
Morocconoil was used to add shine.
Hair Martha’s hair went from blonde to brunette, and
Makeup A dark cranberry lipstick with a metallic
Emily repigmented her base to a dark, cashmere color
glaze was placed on Martha’s lips. Her blue eyes were
and gave dimension with soft, platinum highlights.
accented with charcoal liner and shadow blends of gray
Her former asymmetrical shape was cut into a long,
and blue in matte finish. Berry blush was used to create
European pixie with a lot of texturing around the face.
an overall cool palate to give a fresh, winter look.
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Mise en Place:
As a busy wife and mom of three, Heather not only finds time to manage her home well, but she also enjoys running, being crafty, and testing out new recipes for her family.
organizing the well placed home One year is winding down, and a new
feel accomplished and to keep you
Commit to Staying Organized
year is fresh on the horizon, which
focused. This simple step will make a
Make a commitment, and be
presents a perfect opportunity to take
big difference in your home.
consistent. Get the whole family
charge of your space. If this year has been characterized by more clutter than order, take charge of your home, and be prepared to trade the chaos for order.
Add Creative Storage Everything won’t be in its place if it doesn’t first have a designated place to belong. If you notice the same items creating clutter around your
on board, and schedule it into your day. You have worked hard to purge and organize, now use the storage solutions you have put into place to combat the chaos.
One in, One out
home, give those items a place to call
Don’t become so wrapped up in
When putting away those new toys
their own! Add baskets and bins to
organizing that you miss the why of
for the kids, donate a few older ones
areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and
having a well placed home. It is so
to charity or pass them along to
bedrooms. Invest in bookcases for
much more than neat closets and
another family. Go through closets
living spaces. Maximize vertical space
pretty baskets. We are creating a
and drawers, and purge what you no
with hooks and floating shelves.
home that is a refuge for our families
longer wear or need. If you don’t use
Simply taking things off of the floor
and a place of rest for our hearts and
it, lose it! Get rid of items you really
creates so much visual space in a
minds. When we take the time to
don’t need that are just taking up
room. Take advantage of furniture
intentionally clear out the things that
space, and ultimately aim to have
pieces like ottomans and trunks that
don’t matter, we make room for the
less stuff than you have space for.
do double duty as storage for toys,
things that do.
De-clutter in chunks to help you
board games, or extra linens.
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TIPS FOR EYE CARE
Often, as we get older our skin starts to wrinkle and
sag around the eye area. Are
How often should eye
there ways to prevent this
makeup be replaced?
from happening prematurely?
All eye makeup should be replaced
Yes. Do not rub your eyes. Also do
every three months. This is
not tug at the delicate skin around
particularly important with mascara,
the eye area. As we age, our skin loses
as it is most prone to microbial
elastin and collagen, which gives skin
growth, which can lead to eye
its tight, supple look. Tugging at the
infection and dry out a person’s
skin that has less collagen causes
eyelashes. Some eye shadow may
deep ridges to form prematurely
last up to six months but should be
and can contribute to wrinkling
thrown away immediately once it
and sagging. This is important to
starts to break up.
remember when applying eye makeup
What is the proper
placement of eyeliner? Eyeliner should always be applied below the lower lashes. Some people,
and/or contact lenses.
it off. Waterproof makeup may take
longer. This will make it easier to remove
Just like your skin, your eyes can
makeup with less pressure or rubbing.
be sunburned! If you do not wear
Let makeup remover sit for 30-50 seconds to loosen makeup before gently rubbing
especially teenage girls, put the
How do I protect my eyes in a tanning bed?
goggles in a tanning bed and the
eyeliner on the inside rim of the
front surface of your eyes is exposed
lower lid above the lashes. This
to the light from the bulbs, you
placement blocks the glands that
can develop UV keratitis, which is
secrete the outer layer of the tear
a painful condition that is like “a
film. This can cause infections or can
sunburn to the front of your eyes”.
lead to poor tear production and a
It can distort your vision and cause
secondary dry eye.
a lot of pain. Recurrent exposure
to UV light without protection can
Why are sunglasses so
also increase your risk of developing
important no matter the
cataracts or other problems that were
time of year?
Harmful UVA and UVB radiation is
The heat from a tanning bed is also
cumulative over a person’s lifetime
a very dry heat, and this can often
and may contribute to age-related
cause your eyes to get dry. If you wear
eye diseases such as macular
contacts, this can cause your contacts
degeneration, cataracts, and even
Use your ring finger to gently pat makeup
to dry out and feel uncomfortable or
melanoma in the eye. It is important near the eye. The ring finger is the lightest to protect the eyes every day and in finger on your hand, so it using it will
“stuck” to the eye. For this reason,
all light conditions. Just because it
often keep you from being too rough on
tanning bed and to always wear the
is cloudy outside doesn’t mean that
your skin during application of makeup.
there is no UV radiation present! 52
it is best not to wear contacts in the
IN 3 WORDS DESCRIBE A GOOD WAY TO GET HEALTHY IN THE NEW YEAR
Sleep. — Shelanne
More whole foods. — Laurie
Relax more often. — Carrie G Drink more water. — Dawn Eat less carbs. — Christie
Walk dog daily. — Sabrena Cook more meals. — Carrie H Less fast food. — Amy T Get off tush! — Kathie
Grow your food. — Laura Stick to it. — Tiffany No more sugar! — Kim
Shop the perimeter. — Julie Eat less junk. — Charissa Take deep breaths. — Jennifer
Feed your soul. — Mari No more beer! — Betsy Eat more veggies. — Malissie
Make a Plan. — Noelle Skip the wheat. — Ali Park far away. — Mauresa
Love first more. — Rebecca C Apple a day. — Lauren Don’t eat out. — Amy
Just do it! — Lisa
Ride your bike. — Karen
Enjoy the beauty. — Rebecca S Detox body monthly. — Brittany No more excuses. — Carolina
Hike the Peaks. — Amy D
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Out and About Tuesday
1 Old Southwest Parlor Tour 5pm-9pm Tour historic homes in holiday splendor in Roanoke.
D Bu r ke
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Holiday Tours 12pm-3pm Tours at Poplar Forest will focus on holiday traditions and dining in the early 19th century.
Holiday Open House 3pm-5pm Stop by Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg for hot cider, holiday decorations and a concert.
The Great Russian Nutcracker 7:30pm A production of the classic Christmas story in Charlottesville.
24 Christmas Eve
Vinton Christmas Parade 6:30pm-8pm Come and enjoy the sights and sounds.
Exhibit of Bedford Photography Club 11am-4pm Come out and support and enjoy the local art that is on display.
Lynchburg Christmas Parade 5pm-7pm Every year Lynchburg throws a parade on the streets of historic downtown.
Farmbasket Night Out 6pm-8pm This amazing night is full of prizes, discounts and SO much more just for our clutch ladies.
Arts at the Jax 4pm-5pm Come and experience a genre of arts and crafts in Floyd.
First Fridays Lynchburg 5pm-8pm Stroll along the streets of downtown and enjoy the exhibits and various activities.
Holiday Traditions Downtown 10am-2pm Stop by the Lynchburg Community Market for an old fashion carriage ride.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k 8am Participants tie
jingle bells to their shoelaces and wear holiday costumes in Charlottesville.
Forest Farmers Holiday Market Take advantage of the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and more for last minute holiday shopping.
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Dickens of a Christmas 6pm-10pm Come and enjoy the annual holiday parade with a large variety of entertainment.
Libertyâ€™s Winterfest Celebrate the New Year with two action-packed days of activities and entertainment.
For more information check out these websites:
Bedford Christmas Parade 12pm Come and see the one and only Bedford Christmas Parade
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Love’s Labour’s Lost
Happy New Year!
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January 4th First Fridays 5pm-8pm Experience art and culture in downtown Lynchburg.
Many styles of bluegrass
Come and stock up on
are highlighted in Bedford.
fresh produce and more.
Live music and art
Art by Night
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Gather your friends, and join us for a fun evening of shopping and pampering as you experience The Shops at 12th and Main in downtown Lynchburg.
Discounts. Refreshments. Door Prizes. Samples.
Tues, January 22nd 5pm- 8pm *snow date Tues, January 29
Accessories Winter is here, and that means layers and accessories. We enjoyed all of the boots, scarves and jewelry we saw from ladies throughout Virginia. Keep warm!
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