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RVA’s 30th Annual Grand Illumination is Friday

Richmond James CenterBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A holiday tradition continues. Experience the magic of the holiday season as tens of thousands of twinkly lights illuminate the night sky along the banks of the James River in historic Downtown Richmond during their 30th Annual Grand Illumination.

The James Center Christmas tree and reindeer will be lighted along with downtown office buildings that will brighten the skyline in a festive atmosphere that includes entertainment with special appearances by Snow Bear, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Santa. Don’t miss the fun as Richmond opens the holiday season.

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West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort unveils impressive 1,000-pound chocolate holiday display

By Lynn R. Mitchell


Pictured clockwise from top left: Jean-Francois Suteau, Executive Pastry Chef at The Greenbrier, stands next to one of his chocolate creations; some of the resort’s holiday-themed chocolate structures; The Greenbrier’s impressive 1,000-pound chocolate Christmas display.

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Candy MarsBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Just in time for Christmas baking, the Washington Post felt it necessary to notify everyone that a chocolate shortage may be on the horizon (see The world’s biggest chocolate-maker says we’re running out of chocolate by Roberto A. Ferdman).

For someone who practices my somewhat-limited-but-always-fun chocolatier skills during the holiday season, it was not good news. After all, there’s fudge and pralines and chocolate-covered toffee and fudgy torts and more to bake and swirl and design.

Chocolate shortage? Say it ain’t true!



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