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 First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson pays a visit to Trinkle Mansion

 

Edith Bolling Wilson

 Wytheville’s own elegant and accomplished First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson (portrayed by local beauty Betsy Ely) dropped by Trinkle Mansion last night to visit with the Radford PEO ladies who were having a girls’ night out.  The First Lady who is a direct descendant of  Pocahontas regaled the group with stories from her humble beginnings in Wytheville through the time she first met, then subsequently married,  President Woodrow Wilson.  Mrs. Wilson  is affectionately known as “The First Female President” following the President’s debilitating stroke and her extraordinay efforts to enable our  country to continue running seamlessly under her direction.

 

 

 

Be My Valentine Romance Package

 

It’s a “Message in a Bottle” ready to be mailed to the lucky lady whose sweetheart chose our Bed and Breakfast for an evening of romance.  They will arrive to tray of chocolate-dippped strawberries and chilled champagne.  Then it’s off to the 1776 Log House Restaurant for an intimate dinner before returning to the TrinkleMansion for a late-evening candlelight dessert.  Back in their room, they will find chocolates on their pillows and soft music to create that special mood.  Next morning, a Valentine breakfast will be served fireside.  It will be a memory-making evening!

 

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Happy 2014!

 

It’s already January, and again this new year I have made several resolutions that so far remain unbroken.  And one of those resolutions was to return to the blog on my website.  It seems there are always so very many things demanding my attention here at our bed and breakfast, and all just simply cannot be accomplished.  But I am determined to fit new things into my life that really matter and let go of some I needlessly felt I should do.  I would like to begin my musings this year with a prayer (in part) from Billy Graham, written in 2008, but remains just as relevant in 2014.

 

 

Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need for Your presence as we face the future.    We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges.  In the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need.

    We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. We pray especially for Your protection on all those who serve in our armed forces, and we thank You for their commitment to defend our freedoms, even at the cost of their own lives. Be with their families also, and assure them of Your love and concern for them.

    Bring our divided nation together, and give us a greater vision of what You would have us to be. Your Word reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

     This I ask in the name of our Lord and Savior,   Amen.

 

 

 

Wytheville’s Christmas Parade

admin : December 13, 2010 7:38 pm : Patti's Desk

I feel so fortunate to live in such a sweet little town where there is so much community spirit. We had our Christmas parade this past Saturday with really good entries and lots of floats. My favorite, of course, was the Farmers Market Float (my daughter is the Farmers Market Manager, so I’m being a proud mom!) Their Christmas tree was decorated with vegetables, and the float had several vendors peddling their produce along with a costumed cow and lots of vegetables all around. Great float by Town of Wytheville, and several church entries featured living nativity scenes complete with choirs and hymns. We had the usual bands, fun Shriner entries, shelter dogs for adoption and the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner’s Theater’s float which featured the cast from their current production of “Christmas in The Mountains.” As unbelievable as it may sound, our local hospital has taken responsibility for the parade after it was almost discontinued a few years ago. Hospital personnel (all on their personal time) coordinate the entire parade, and a local civic club serves hot chocolate and cookies to everyone at conclusion of parade. What a great town!

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First Snowfall of the Year

admin : December 5, 2010 12:37 pm : Patti's Desk

Our first snowfall this year began around noon yesterday and by nightfall had blanketed all of Southwest Virginia turning the mountains and our little town as well into a winter wonderland.
You can see the beauty of the snow-laden trees and the blur of snow all around. I felt surely our guests would cancel last night, but all arrived on time and then dashed off to see our local dinner theater’s production of “Christmas in the Mountains.” Today I am reminded of my years living in Iowa and of both the beautiful snowfalls and horrific blizzards we experienced through the years. My mind turned to some of the good snow stories I’ve read in the past. I think first of Laura Ingall Wilder’s “The Long Winter,” a classic prairie snow story. More recently, I read “No Time on My Hands” by Grace Snyder who lived through many a rough winter in the Midwest from the 1850’s to the 1930’s. And, I noticed another, long-forgotten book on my shelf–“Winter Thunder” by Mari Sandoz. It too is set in the Midwest and is the courageous story of a young teacher and 16-year-old bus driver who survived with seven children in a 1949 blizzard when their bus tipped over in the snow and burned. I think it is a fictional account, but based on a true story.

And, poetry, too, comes to mind. What about Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” as well as his “Dust of Snow?” “Snow-Bound” by John Greenleaf Whittier is the poet’s simple observations of his family members as they amused themselves while snowed in.   If you are fortunate enough to have snow where you are, enjoy the imposed confinement and snuggle up with a good book.

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Murder Mystery Weekend – Class of ’57 Reunion

admin : November 16, 2010 6:15 am : Patti's Desk

 

Just completed another murder mystery weekend.  What a fun group from Mill River, NC.!  Great costumes, and the group stayed in character all weekend as they solved this spine-tingling “who-done-it.”  We returned to the good old days when Elvis was king, and poodle skirts were the rage!  The weekend concluded with a  “sock hop” and “dance off”  while rock n’ roll blasted from our juke box.

 

 

 

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Peach Streusel Muffins

admin : November 2, 2010 10:04 am : Patti's Desk

These yummy muffins are easy to make — and our guests love them!

Muffins

Milk
1 (8.75) oz. can peach slices, drained, reserving liquid
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chopped pecans
1 tablespoon shreds of whole bran cereal
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons butter, melted

1. Heat oven to 375.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups and spray paper cups with nonstick cooking spray.  In small bowl, combine all topping ingredients and mix well.  Set aside.

2. Add milk to reserved peach liquid to make 1/2 cup. In blender container, process peach slices until almost smooth, leaving just a few small chunks.

3. In large bowl, combine 1/3 cup brown sugar and 3 tablespoons butter; beat until well blended.  Add milk mixture, peaches and egg; blend.  Add remaining muffin ingredients and stir just until combined.  Divide batter evenly among paper cups and sprinkle about 2 teaspoons topping on each muffin.

4.  Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown.  Remove immediately and serve warm.

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Trinkle Mansion Bed & Breakfast
525 W. Main Street
Wytheville, Virginia 24382

Listed on National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register