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7th Annual Salisbury Turkey Waddle

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It was a wet race this year in Salisbury subdivision in Midlothian for neighbors who participated in the 7th Annual Turkey Waddle, a 5K course held on Thanksgiving Day through the neighborhood beginning at Salisbury Presbyterian Church. A shorter, two-mile route is popular with parents with small kids or babies in strollers, grandparents, and those walking dogs. The begin at the church on Salisbury Road, then down Starcross, onto Kingslynn, and right onto Kingsmill Road and back to Salisbury Road and the church. Last year there were 900 runners who ended the race with hot chocolate and cookies to start their Thanksgiving Day.


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Thanksgiving 2003: President Bush pardons Stars & Stripes

George W. Bush 48 ThanksgivingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

From the George W. Bush Presidential Library: President George W. Bush pardons the Thanksgiving turkey during a Rose Garden ceremony Monday, Nov. 24, 2003:

“I appreciate you joining me to give this turkey a presidential pardon,” said the President in his remarks. “Stars is a very special bird with a very special name. This year, for the first time, thousands of people voted on the White House website to name the national turkey, and the alternate turkey. Stars and Stripes beat out Pumpkin and Cranberry. And it was a neck-to-neck race.”

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Thanksgiving ‘Fun With Taters’ from Hoops & Yoyo

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Originally posted in 2008 … for my brother-in-law Jon….

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Happy Thanksgiving from LynnRMitchell.com

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens

The writers at LynnRMitchell.com — Daniel Cortez, David Karaffa, Kurt Michael, and myself — extend Thanksgiving greetings with gratitude to our readers for helping us become a successful statewide voice in the Virginia conservative blogosphere. We wish you a joyful day with family and friends as America pauses to give thanks for the blessings we all enjoy. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


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Do you want to build a snow turkey?

snowflakes_2By Lynn R. Mitchell

With the wintry forecast for the Shenandoah Valley on Thanksgiving Eve, the song, “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?” from the movie Frozen keeps swirling around in my head with, of course, a slight variation in lyrics. Looking at WxRisk’s forecast Tuesday morning as well as other national forecasts, the intense part of the storm seems to be migrating further north but anything can happen between now and then.

Check local stations WHSV TV-3 (Harrisonburg) and NBC-29 (Charlottesville) for updated forecasts.

♪♫ Do you want to build a snow turkey? ♪♫

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Photos … Skyline Drive in late November 2014

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????The Friday before Thanksgiving … we took the day to play in Shenandoah National Park. It was sunny but a very cold 22 degrees with some wind and few visitors. I wrote about our day with photos (see The mountains were calling) … here are more photos from a wonderful day on the mountain.

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Dayton Farmers Market begins holidays hours

Amish horse and buggyBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The holiday shopping season is here at Dayton Farmers Market located in the Mennonite community of Dayton, Virginia, northwest of Staunton. This group of shops has been a go-to mecca for years in the quest to find unique gifts anytime but at Christmas everything comes alive. Usually open only three days a week, they are now on holiday hours and open Tuesday through Saturday, 9-6, until Christmas (closed on Thanksgiving Day). Some days you may see an Old Order Mennonite horse and buggy tied to the hitching post. Sit at one of the tables near the entrance and people-watch while sipping a coffee or eating a barbecue from Hank’s.

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