The Hummingbird Inn
Virginia Hot Glass Festival 3 Apr 2015, 7:23 am
Clouds of steam rise as an artist uses a thick pad of wet newspaper to shape a ball of 2000-degree molten glass, glowing bright orange on the end of his blowpipe. He tips the opposite end to his mouth and blows into it. “Ooooooo,” murmurs the crowd, as a bubble appears in the middle of the molten glass. This is the typical scene at the Virginia Hot Glass Festival, now in its 13th year at Sunspots Studios in Staunton, Virginia. Visitors get the rare opportunity to witness various processes used by artists to create everything glass–from two-foot tall vessels and flower-filled paperweights, to sparkling glass earrings and art glass marbles that give the illusion of a bottomless vortex.
This year’s Festival takes place Saturday, April 25, from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday, April 26, from 10am to 5pm. All exhibits will be inside the three-story building that houses Sunspots Studios in Staunton, Virginia. Admission is free, and nearby parking is available.
Artists come from all over the eastern United States to participate. Visitors to the Festival will have the rare opportunity to see and buy glass art from many artists in one location. In addition to glass blowers, flame-work and fused glass artists will be represented. These artists melt and shape glass in torch flames and in 1200-degree ovens to create art glass jewelry, goblets, sculptures, marbles, plates, and many other items.
“The Virginia Hot Glass Festival is a unique kind of art fair,” says organizer and glass artist, Doug Sheridan. “First, it is devoted to a single medium: glass. Second, almost all our artists demonstrate their craft for the public to watch. That adds an exciting and educational dimension to our event.” Demonstrations will be ongoing in several places during the Festival.
Sunspots Studios creates and sells artworks of copper and art glass in its Staunton studios, and offers visitors live glass blowing demonstrations daily year round. Sunspots is 5 minutes from I-81 (Exit 222) and I-64, near Staunton’s historic train depot. It is located in the historic Klotz Building, 202 S. Lewis St., at the corner of Middlebrook, and is open 7 days a week. For more information, call Sunspots Studios at (540) 885-0678, or visit www.sunspots.com.
Alleghany Room Rejuvenation 26 Mar 2015, 9:11 am
It all started in the Alleghany Bath. And came full circle when we completed the Alleghany Room Rejuvenation. And just in time too. We start the Franklin Room Tub Replacement next week.
Like the other rooms we have been working on this Winter, the Alleghany Room was, in a word, kinda old.
Ok, that two words. But you get the gist.
First, something to cover up the wallpaper.
The room looks bigger instantly!
Then a spirited discussion about color. Finally decided on a brown tone. Of course, once on the walls it looked grey!
The Alleghany Room Rejuvenation is complete, both bedroom and bath.
We look forward to sharing it with you!
New Tub in the Alleghany Room 24 Mar 2015, 3:12 pm
The first project for the winter at the Hummingbird was to be a new tub in the Alleghany Room. And a project it was.
We were in New Orleans for the PAII Convention in January, and one of the vendors was Purewater Baths. They make these very nice whirlpool tubs that have advanced the art of whirl to a new level. Each of the jets is an individual unit, which means there is no more central pump and circulation tubing. And what really caught our attention was the ease of cleaning! And if you have ever cleaned a whirlpool tub, you will understand. We later found out that these are the tubs used in major hospitals because of their cleanliness!
Anyway, back to the project at hand.
First, we had to get the old tub out. No problem. HA! Whoever installed the original tub seemed to have built the room around it! Edges of the tub were further back than some of the support studs. Not good. After much consideration, we cut a piece out of a wall to make room to slide it out!
Habitat for Humanity was kind enough to accept the tub for one of their upcoming projects.
Plumbing alignment was a challenge. Fixtures that we ordered were not quite right. Something about hole alignment. Found new ones on the internet. Whew!
Then to the cosmetic touches. Tile replaced. Front panel rebuilt and updated. New shower rod….curved no less.
All in all, it turned out very nice.
And of course, what with the new tub in the Alleghany, you just have to paint the bathroom. And if you are doing the bathroom, you really should do the Alleghany bedroom (those pictures in a different post).
That will make 3 of our 5 rooms that have been updated this winter.
Come enjoy the new tub in the Alleghany. We start the new tub in the Franklin on April 2. Oh my!
Robinson Room – Rejuvenation #2 14 Mar 2015, 1:46 pm
If you are like us, once started it is hard to stop….and so we forged ahead with Robinson Room – Rejuvenation 2!
This project, was supposed to be the Robinson Room Hallway only…..and just the wood and trim. HA!
Soon it expanded to the bedroom….with two colors no less. And then the lamps were the wrong color….
And then, how could you leave out the bathroom….but wait….if we update the color, the vanity needs to be changed out…and then how about a new shelving unit to make it easier for guests? Why not!!
All in all, the only thing left to do is find things for the walls…they do look awfully bare.
Oh, and did I mention we painted the doors….this started downstairs and is to be continued on all our other rooms.
So if you are keeping track, we have updated the Teter-Wood and Robinson Rooms and finished the installation of a new whirlpool tub in the Alleghany ( and that is a story all unto itself )!
But do we stop there….no! Next is painting the Alleghany, both bedroom and bathroom, and then tackling a new tub in the Franklin’s rather tight bathroom. The tub is currently sitting in its box on our front porch….not a great use of resources.
Wish us luck!
Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival 28 Feb 2015, 6:11 pm
Press Release from the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival
2015 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival
Fly anglers from across the country will celebrate the 15th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival on April 11-12, 2015. Held on the banks of the South River in Waynesboro, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival is the largest outdoor fly fishing event in the country that offers on-stream instruction. Only here can you learn all the latest techniques from the experts and then walk right over to the river and try them for yourself.
This year’s festival sponsors include Temple Fork, Orvis, Harman’s North Fork Cottages, Wild River Outfitters, Eastern Fly Fishing, Blue Ridge Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Virginia Sportsman, DuPont Community Credit Union, Mid-Valley Press, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc. New sponsors for this year include the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), Bethany Christian Services, Ruthless Fishing Outdoors and Trout Unlimited.
The 2015 Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival will feature noted fly anglers from across the Mid-Atlantic, including fly fishing icon Lefty Kreh. Other noted speakers and fly tyers include Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Beau Beasley, Pat Cohen, Dusty Wissmath, Walt Cary, Blane Chocklett, Captain Gary DuBiel, Linda Heller, Colby Trow, and Don Kirk, editor of Southern Trout Magazine. Kayak expert and author Cory Routh will also be on hand to demonstrate how to use this unique watercraft to access hard-to-reach waters.
Beginner bass bug fly-tying classes will be taught by fly-tying expert Pat Cohen. This is the class for beginners interested in learning how to tie bass bugs from the ground up. Master Certified Casting Instructor Dan Davala and author Bob Clouser return to teach their acclaimed beginner fly casting classes. Last year’s classes sold out—don’t delay reserving yourself a spot! If you’ve been casting for a while but need to gain distance or learn how to overcome windy conditions, then you need legendary casting instructor Ed Jaworowski’s superior casting classes for intermediate to advanced level casters.
Between lectures, classes, and lunch, sample fine wines from a number of noted Virginia wineries (tastings included with festival admission). Attendees can wash down their wine with live riverside music.
Returning this year is the very popular Children’s Catch-and-Release Trout Pool. Children will be able to fish for native brook trout before releasing their catch into the South River (with the help of their parents).
New this year are Family Fly Fishing Classes (3FC) sponsored by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Parents and children will learn the basics of fly fishing and casting together, on a level all of them can understand. The whole family will also get the chance to try a little fly tying! All 3FC classes and materials will be provided at no cost to festival attendees.
Attention, Boy Scouts: You can earn your Fly Fishing Merit Badge at the festival through a program taught in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America. This special class is free of charge to every uniformed Boy Scout. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
The festival is also pleased to announce Trout Unlimited as this year’s exclusive Conservation Sponsor. “Fly fishermen know that good fishing requires healthy streams,” according to Trout Unlimited Chief Marketing Officer Joel Johnson. “Connecting with this passionate angling community at the festival makes great sense for TU, because it’s our mission to make fishing better by protecting and restoring our critical coldwater resources.” TU, the country’s premiere cold water conservation organization, will also be giving programs over the course of the festival educating the public about their 10 Special Places campaign.
Feeling lucky? Try your hand at winning over $10,000 worth of raffle prizes including kayaks, high-end rod-and-reel outfits, artwork, and guided trips. This year’s Grand Prize is a trout angler’s delight. The lucky winner and one guest will be treated to a 3 night stay at the famed South Holston River Lodge, complete with 3 days of guided fishing. All meals and accommodations are include as well as guide and drift boat fishing on the South Holston and/or Watauga River based on water conditions. Fishing license and guide tip not included.
The Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival is a one-of-a-kind event: Monies received from sponsors, vendors, ticket sales, and raffles are used to cover the cost of next year’s festival with the remainder going to the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival Foundation, which promotes conservation and stream restoration projects. Daily admission to the festival is $20 per person, and the festival runs from 9 AM-5 PM on Saturday and Sunday. For more information about the festival, visit www.vaflyfishingfestival.org
Room Rejuvenation 27 Feb 2015, 3:25 pm
It has been 6 years since we took ownership of the Hummingbird Inn, and the time had come for a room rejuvenation.
For those of you who have been guests at the Inn, and especially for those of you who have stayed with your pets, you are familiar with the Teter-Wood room, our downstairs accommodation.
Lets do a quick review of our latest room rejuvenation.
To be kind, it was a little dated. The wallpaper, a bit busy. As you can see.
Teter Wood Room at the Hummingbird Inn
Wallpaper in Teter Wood Room
So the first step was to remove the paper from view and start anew….a nice coat of white paint.
First coat of paint…what a difference
Trying out color
Next, was color choice. Something a little more contemporary. And soothing. Ended up with a seafoam greeny color.
Trim in glossy white.
Is this the same room??
Contrasting darker green on mantle and door to room.
Welcome to the Rejuvenated Teter Wood Room
The color contrast works well in this space
And voila! A fresh look that actually makes the room look bigger!!
And unfortunately, as most of you know, once you do one room, the rest of the spaces look even more like they could use some help.
Alpaca or llama? What is the difference? 23 Feb 2015, 2:16 pm
It is bound to come up in any social setting. The unanswered question, what is it, an alpaca or llama? And if you are having difficulty answering this question, then you should be at the 21st Virginia Classic Llama and Alpaca Show, to be held in Lexington, Virginia, at the Virginia Horse Center on March 7-8.
Similar but not the same. Alpaca or llama?
Or you could just read the rest of this blog post!
Either way, you will be the life of the party when the question comes up. Is it an alpaca or llama? Now you will know!
Enjoy. And don’t miss the Virginia Classic on March 7-8.
Scientifically, alpacas and llamas are very closely related. They look similar, but put them side by side and you’ll see that the alpaca is much, much smaller than the llama. Llamas have long been used for pack animals, valued for their strength and endurance. Alpacas are raised almost solely for their finer wool, called fleece, and were exported from their native South America almost a century after their llama cousins.
One of the most obvious differences between the two species is their wool or (more accurately) their fiber. Both the llama and the alpaca have been raised for their fiber, which is shorn once a year in both cases. The alpaca is much more prized for their fiber, and for many farmers, that’s the only reason they are raised.
There are two types of alpacas, each defined by their fiber; both types are soft and hypoallergenic. The Huacaya has a sheep-like appearance, with short, soft fiber. The Suri has a longer coat, with a fleece that gathers like ropes and hangs from the body. The fleece of both types of alpaca is very, very soft, and is usually used to make clothing. There are 22 different “recognized” colors for an alpaca, ranging from black to white and including every shade of brown, cream, and gray in between. Alpacas are typically one color, with white markings only on the face and legs, making their fleece uniform in color.
The llama, on the other hand, has two layers to their fleece. The inner coat is soft; on the animal, it keeps them warm while their outer coat, made of stiffer guard hairs, keeps them dry. The undercoat is soft enough to use for clothing, while the outer coat is more often used to make more utilitarian items like rugs and ropes. Before anything can be done with the fiber, the two coats have to be separated. Llamas come in fewer colors than alpacas, and can be spotted.
Llamas are much larger than alpacas, and because of their size they can also be used as pack animals. An adult llama usually stands around 1.8 meters (6 ft) tall and weighs anywhere between 125 and 200 kilogram (280 and 450 lbs), while an average alpaca only stands about 0.9 meters (3 ft) tall at the shoulder and weighs between 45 and 80 kilograms (100 and 175 lbs).
While alpacas are mainly kept for their fleece, llamas can serve a few different purposes on a farm. When kept with other animals such as sheep, llamas can serve as guard animals against predators and intruders, although not all llamas have the personality for guard duty. Both are easy to train, and because of their size and strength, llamas can be taught to pull carts and small carriages. Llamas can also be trained to accept a rider, although that rider needs to be fairly lightweight.
In South America—where both animals are much more common—they can also be used as meat and dairy animals.
Alpacas and llamas actually have two more closely related cousins. The guanaco and the vicuna are two other species ofcamelidae that have not been domesticated. Both still roam the hills and mountains of South America, specifically through Peru and Chile. Unfortunately, the guanaco population is rapidly declining because of human encroachment on their territory, poaching, and herd fragmentation. The vicuna have long lived alongside humans; they were invaluable to the Inca, who once captured wild animals, sheared them for their wool, and released them back into the wild.
This information originally appeared in KnowledgeNuts, December 2013, by Debra Kelly
Battle of Waynesboro 17 Feb 2015, 5:39 pm
It may not have been a major engagement, but the Battle of Waynesboro was the last battle in the Shenandoah Valley.
Remembering that day March 2, 1865, the City of Waynesboro is holding their annual Battle of Waynesboro Re-enactment Feb 28 – Mar 1.
And its original participants were both famous and
infamous. Little known at the time among the combatants
was George Armstrong Custer, who survived this battle only to lose
it at Little Big Horn. Learn more about Custer
in Virginia .
Today we can only read about the bravery shown during the battle. But during the celebration there will be a re-enactment each day at 1pm.
Additional narratives of that day can be found at the Heritage Foundation.
Western Virginia Sports Show 5 Feb 2015, 10:14 am
The Western Virginia Sports Show, at Augusta Expoland, Fishersville, February 20-22, features more celebrity guests than ever before as sportsman and outdoor TV programming are becoming more popular every season with many new shows and celebrities to inform, educate and entertain. The common theme of these programs is to responsibly go enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. Featured are: Bobby Brantley – Bad Dog Nation TV (formerly of TruTV’s Lizard Lick Towing), Bob Foulkrod- International and National Hall of Fame bowhunter, Reed Merideth – Wicked Tuna North vs. South TV, Bob Hart – long range shooting and hunting expert, Lance Hanger – 2 time Grand National Turkey Calling Champion, Ronald Dean Suntken, Jr. � trains shed hunting dogs, Don Shumaker from Buckingham and Darin Freeborough – Animalistics Outdoors will be doing seminars on coyote trapping and hunting. Also returning are favorites “Raptors Up Close” and Welde’s Big Bear Show Grizzlies. The Featured Artist is nationally acclaimed, Jack Paluh from Pennsylvania. The VDGIF will have Conservation Police Officers and Complementary Work Force Volunteers on hand to answer questions and provide information on hunting and fishing opportunities and Agency programs to manage fish and wildlife resources.
VMI Full Dress Cadet Parade 29 Jan 2015, 5:56 pm
If you have never seen the VMI Full Dress Cadet Parade, you need to add it to your things to do in 2015. Starting on Friday, February 6, and for most Fridays in February and April( see the complete schedule here ) , you can witness a spectacle seen only in a few places. Starting around 4:30 in the afternoon, on the Parade Grounds of the Virginia Military Institute, this truly patriotic event is a unique Lexington experience.
While on campus, make it a point to visit the VMI Museum. Preserving the history of the Institute, the museum is full of interesting artifacts about life on campus. And don’t miss the firearms exhibit…it is something to behold.