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Foodie Getaway Contest to Roanoke, VA

Photo by David Hungate via Local Roots

Photo by David Hungate via Local Roots

Entries must be received through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on August 24, 2014.
One entry per person

Virginia is the home of some of my favorite weekend destinations, and now they’ve added another facet to their sparkling attractions. Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains has more restaurants per capita than any other destination in Virginia, which makes it a delicious culinary scene.

To celebrate their unique food culture, Visit Roanoke VA has created a Fun for Foodies Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will be selected to win a trip for two that includes some amazing culinary experiences in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The prize package includes a two-night stay for two guests at the Comfort Inn Airport – Roanoke. The hotel is conveniently located near the airport and great shopping at Valley View Mall, and also offers easy access to many local attractions in the area. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor pool, complimentary deluxe breakfast and many more amenities during your stay.

The winner will have the opportunity to dine at The Roanoker Restaurant. Recognized by Southern Living and Today on NBC as being home to some of the best biscuits in the country, The Roanoker Restaurant has established itself as an icon of southern cooking and hospitality.

The package also features a gift certificate for dinner at Local Roots, a Farm-to-Table Restaurant. With its charming atmosphere in Roanoke’s quaint Grandin Village, Local Roots prepares fabulous food using local ingredients to create a first-class dining experience that celebrates the spirit of the region.

The winner will even receive two passes to take part in a food tour with Roanoke Food Tours. A historic downtown food tour is a wonderful way to enjoy amazing food while also learning about the rich history and culture of Roanoke’s Downtown. You could also sample some fantastic cuisine on the new Sunday Brunch Tour, and don’t be surprised if you make a few new friends along the way.

For when you’re not eating great food, you’ll also receive two VIP Passes, which include free admission to many popular local attractions, including the Mill Mountain Zoo, Virginia Museum of Transportation and wine tasting at Chateau Morrisette.

The menu is full of incredible experiences in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Sign up now for your chance to win!


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Portsmouth 4th of July Festivities Postponed

Portsmouth, VA Independence Day Events…MOVED to Saturday, July 5, 2014

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The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA Holds 70th Anniversary Event

Image Courtesy of The National D-Day Memorial

Image Courtesy of The National D-Day Memorial

Bedford, Virginia, the community who suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses and home of The National D-Day Memorial, will honor and remember D-Day veterans for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. If you are unable to make the morning service, you can watch it live online on

On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in France. The D-Day cost was high with more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded as the march across Europe to defeat Hitler began.

The National D-Day Memorial is place where veterans gather, share stories, and reflect on the high cost of freedom. Visitors may have the opportunity to shake the hands of veterans, and listen to their stories.

The Memorial will open at 7:30AM on Friday, June 6. Please see their website at for more information about satellite parking.

Program highlights include an honor guard, recognition of D-Day veterans, guest speakers, dignitaries including French, British and UK representatives, music, and more. Read more at
The commemoration begins with a morning ceremony featuring the laying of wreaths by D-Day units.

Other activities include:

* Veterans oral history stations
* A USO show featuring the 29th Division Band and a “Salute to Sinatra” at 1:30PM
* Reunion Tent
* Food vendors
* Displays by Living Historians
* Flyover including a P-51 and a C-47
* Parachute jump by the Golden Knights.

Friday, June 6th, 2014 ~ Outdoor Movie Night and Canteen

The public is invited to the Memorial for an outdoor movie night with a 1940s theme. The Canteen will offer the best of period refreshments and the featured film will be “Casablanca.” The film begins at dusk.

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 – 10AM ~ D-Day Parade

The community of Bedford will host a 1940s parade on the morning of June 7th. Antique cars, veterans, living historians, and more will parade through town. At 11am, a bell will toll marking the 19 from Bedford killed on June 6, 1944. Walking tours will be available for those interested in visiting some of the more famous Bedford Boys sites as mentioned in Alex Kershaw’s award winning book “The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate Sacrifice.”

On Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at 7PM Tommy Dorsey Orchestra will perform at the Memorial. Advance tickets are on sale now for $25 per person! Get them at the National D-Day Memorial offices, the Center in the Square Box Office, or by calling 540-586-3329, M-F, 9-5. Read more:

There are a limited number of tickets available for pre-sale. Unless there is a threat of inclement weather, additional tickets will be sold for $30 at the door.

Sunday, June 8th – 11AM ~ Field Chapel Service

Conclude the 70th anniversary observance with an authentic WWII field chapel ecumenical service. A unique and moving experience. The service begins at 11am. Visit to learn more.

These events with the exclusion of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra are free to the public. Donations are appreciated. The Memorial is supported by contributions to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization; it is not a National Park and does receive federal funding.

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Outdoor Activites in the Mid Atlantic

Friday’s storm charge many area creeks, rivers and streams. Since the we are having beautiful weather today, many are heading out to parks and recreation areas to enjoy the unusually high waters. Check in advance to make sure the park you plan to visit is open, and to find out if they have any unusually long lines for admission. Otherwise, get out there and enjoy the stunning views!

Courtesy of Great Falls National Park, VA

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Military Aviation Museum at Virginia Beach, VA, Hosts WWII Air Show May 16-18, 2014

Image Courtesy of Military Aviation Museum

In 2014, the eyes of the National will once again turn to Normandy in remembrance of the D-Day landings. The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will be commemorated by many.
Some of those will travel to Virginia to participate in the Military Aviation Museum WWII Air Show, Warbirds over the Beach 2014.
The schedule of events for the May 16-18 show includes:

Friday, May 16, 2014

• Re-enactors Prepare Encampments
• Warbird Practice Flights
•Museum Open 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday, May 17, 2014

•Gates Open at 9:00am
•Warbird Ride sales 8:30am to 1:00pm and after the show
•Live Music Throughout the Day Beginning at 10:00am
•Flight Operations Begin at 1:00pm
•Evening Steak Dinner (Special Ticket) at 5:00pm
•Hangar Dance at 6:00pm

Sunday, May 18, 2014

•Gates Open at 9:00am
•Live Music throughout the Day Beginning at 10:00am
•Flight Operations Begin at 1:00pm
• Weekend Activities End at 5:00pm

For more information, visit:

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Happy National Pi Day!




Apple Pie

Today is all about the mathematical constant pi (3.14.) In honor of the day, is sharing a modern adaption of this 18th-century recipe found in Martha Washington’s cookbook.



If savory pie is more your thing, they share the recipe for this scrumptious looking Christmas Pie:


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Get Off the Couch and Get Ready for Summer


Image Courtesy of Tribal Quest

During the winter it’s easy to park on the couch and watch other people work out. I admit, I’m a fan of shows like “The Amazing Race,” and wonder how I would fare facing some of the physical challenges. This summer, I may get my chance to find out during Tribal Quest 2014 in Fredericksburg, Va.

If I start now, I may be ready for the challenging five-mile course with rugged terrain. Some of the demanding activities I’m pretty sure I can handle with adequate prep. I figure I can cross ponds, river and mud holes; crawl under barbed wire and swim through mud ditches. It’s the last two events which have me worried—crossing high walls and carrying kettlebells.

The Tribal Quest has one big advantage for participants of a certain age—we can participate as part of a tribe or team. Let’s face it, a gang working together would make the high wall easier, but I’d still probably be on my own for the kettle bells. It looks like there are entrants from a wide range of age groups, and I have until July 12, 2014 to get ready.

Oh well, if you think you’re up for it, send me pictures.