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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville

It's that time again - time for the Virginia Festival of the Book.  The festival starts on Wednesday March 16th and ends on Sunday March 20th.  If you're coming to any of the events Foxfield Inn is close to many of the venues - we're just a short 10-15 minute drive away.  There are so many excellent authors talking about their work that it is amazing.  Just looking at the schedule of events you can see how phenomenal a festival this is going to be.  So if you are an avid reader or an appreciator of the written word why not get away for a day or two and spend it with some interesting authors?

Some of the featured authors this year are:
  • David Shenk discusses his provocative book The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong.
  • Akbar Ahmed, author of Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam, discusses his extensive study of Americans who are Muslim and their relationships with other Americans
  • Enjoy a visit with Helen Simonson, author of the bestselling debut novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, about a retired army officer and a shop owner from Pakistan in a small English village
  • Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestseller The Help, discusses her book and the impact it has had on the book world and her own life
  • Nathan Hodge (Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of Nation Builders) discusses foreign policy use of armed forces abroad
  • Reverend Mpho Tutu, co-author, with her father Reverend Desmond Tutu, of Made for Goodness: and Why This Makes All the Difference, will speak about charitable works
  • Jane Sigloh (Like Trees Walking--In the Second Half of Life) will interweave philosophy, poetry, fiction, scripture, and humorous personal stories about the process of getting older

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

George Washington, President's Day Celebration

Do any of us really pause on President's Day to celebrate George Washington and the presidents who followed him?  Or is it just a day off work for some, an excuse to buy more "things" because they are on sale?  Well here at Foxfield Inn we are going to pause and reflect on what it means to have a democratically elected president.

That means we will celebrate during this weekend with cherries.  OK, I know he really didn't fell a cherry tree with a single blow but it sure makes a good excuse to have cherry waffles, cherry cheesecake, cherry brownies and anything else I can think of to make with cherries.  OF course that's not all we will have - after all you can overdo the cherry menu.  One cherry item will be on each breakfast menu for the three days - either the artisanal bread, the main course or the dessert.  I already know of two cookies we'll put out for guests to enjoy in the afternoon.  As I prepare our cherry delights I will update this post with pictures and recipes.