- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 10:13
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George Washington’s first childhood Christmases in Westmoreland County weren’t geared toward providing a magical time for the children. It was the adults who celebrated with parties, dances, and visits from friends and family.
The holidays were a time of generosity and universal hospitality. No one would have been turned away, or denied participation in the feasting and drinking. Games, music and dancing, and even fireworks were on the agenda for the celebration that began on Christmas day, and lasted for twelve days and nights.
Food, then, as it is today, was a large part of the celebration. Plenty of strong drinks, including wine, brandy, and rum punches, were consumed. Portions of rum were even given to the slaves, in hopes of keeping them happy enough to stay around and work during their very few days given off from work during the holiday season.
Decorations of the time included door wreaths and garlands of local greenery. Holly and ivy would’ve been strung throughout the house. There was no Christmas tree, but caroling was a part of young George Washington’s memories of Christmas. He would’ve known the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, but not as a holiday song. Instead, reciting it was a method of learning numbers for the children.
Join the staff and volunteers of George Washington Birthplace National Monument this Saturday, January 5, 2013, in celebrating the Washington Family Christmas. Admission to the Park is free everyday, and the event will take place from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Costumed volunteers and staff members will be hosting a Christmas party much like the Washington family might have done in the 1730s. Cooks will prepare a lavish feast while visitors enjoy the mouth-watering smells from their creations. Children will be playing with their Christmas toys and enjoying the decorations in the Memorial House.
Demonstrations of the plantation work, like blacksmithing and spinning (which took place holiday or not) will be ongoing throughout the day. Visitors staying until dusk will be treated to the once-a-year lighting of candle lanterns along the pathways from the Visitor Center to the Memorial House in the historic area. The Bookstore/Gift Shop will be open until 7 p.m., as well.
For more information, contact:
George Washington Birthplace National Monument, 1732 Popes Creek Road, Washington’s Birthplace, VA 22443
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 12:01
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All across the Eastern shore folks gathered or stood alone and launched red balloons to honor all fallen or deceased soldiers.
The event was started as a tradition by Sonja Ruhren who lost her son David, on December 21, 2004 when a suicide bomber made his way into a mess hall in Mosul, Iraq and set off a bomb.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 11:52
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A national conversation on a complicated issue with lots of moving parts
A growing sentiment in the wake of last week’s horrific shooting spree at a Connecticut elementary school is a desire by many to talk about and to urge legislators to take action to make America safer from gun violence.
It’s a complicated issue with lots of moving parts. Numerous commentators and editorial writers and even some legislators are finding some common ground.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:31
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On November 28, Kemal El-Bisi had a case of Powerball fever. That was a common condition that day, with the Powerball jackpot reaching a record $587 million for that night’s drawing. The King George man bought three Powerball tickets, and then with some leftover money he bought a few Virginia Lottery scratch tickets. One of those was a Ca$h in Hand ticket.
When he scratched it, he discovered he’d won the game’s $150,000 top prize.
“I said, ‘There’s no way!’” he told Lottery officials as he claimed his prize. “I just couldn’t believe it.”
He bought the winning ticket at Sheetz, 10 Washington Square Plaza in Fredericksburg.
Because he said he often jokes with his wife that he won the lottery, this time he had to swear to her it was true.
Ca$h in Hand is one of dozens of games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $5 all the way up to $150,000. This is the fifth top prize claimed in Ca$h in Hand, which means five top-prize tickets remain unclaimed.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:12
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Every year, since becoming a member in 1982, current Fire Chief Michael Gutridge has attended the annual installation of officers’ ceremony held at the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department. This year he could not be there, as he was stationed in Connecticut, on detail for FEMA, to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy. He is working in New York, in the Long Island Sound area, going door to door to offer help to anyone in need.
Thanks to an internet service called “Skype” and Michael’s undying dedication to OGVFD, he was able to make his presence known, albeit virtually. As the other 2013 line officer nominees stood with their right