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‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving … Virginia family traditions

By Lynn R. Mitchell

‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house
Lots of goodies were cooking (but not the mouse). 
The pies were all set on the counter to cool
While Ma in her apron was a holiday-cooking fool.

My sad attempt at putting a poetic spin on the holiday as I swirl around the house on Thanksgiving Eve … LOL. Like many, I’m in the kitchen today prepping for tomorrow’s big meal with family. My sister Lori and I traditionally take on the cooking and baking, something we both enjoy, as we incorporate old favorites along with the occasional new dish.

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Christmas in the Valley … Gypsy Hill Park’s ‘Celebration of Lights’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

At dusk on Monday, Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park came to life as thousands of lights were lit for the 2014 Celebration of Lights. This marks the 10th anniversary of the popular local event that draws thousands of viewers year after year and has become a tradition for many Valley families.

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