All Things Writing

Our Trip to The Buckhorn, Labor Day, a Gym, and Passion

September 12, 2021 Bryan the Writer Season 2 Episode 25
All Things Writing
Our Trip to The Buckhorn, Labor Day, a Gym, and Passion
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All Things Writing
Our Trip to The Buckhorn, Labor Day, a Gym, and Passion
Sep 12, 2021 Season 2 Episode 25
Bryan the Writer

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to another episode of All Things Writing. 

Labor Day 2021 was amazing fun for me. I am the father of an autistic adult child. He is currently down in Fishersville, Virginia attending a special tech school just for people with his kinds of needs.

I love Labor day for a couple of reasons. The first is that I really feel that at the end of summer we need a day to just sort of celebrate all things summer and enjoy hanging out with our family and friends. It is a time to unwind.

However, that is not what the day started out to be.

You see, Labor Day got its start in September of 1882. The unions in New York City decided to have a parade to celebrate their members being in unions and to show support for all unions. According to some sources, at least 20,000 people showed up at the event.

Other areas of the country followed in the footsteps of New York and soon gatherings sprung up and in in 1887 Oregon, Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey all made Labor day a state holiday. 

Grover Cleveland, in 1894, signed a law making Labor Day a national holiday. This was only after most states had already passed their own laws establishing a Labor Day holiday.

Labor Day is the unofficial end of hot dog season. Although I argue hot dogs are pretty much an all year thing. I am apparently not in the minority on this one as according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans eat around 20 billion hot dogs annually.

Why do I tell you any of this?

This labor day my wife and I stopped in a wonderful little bed and breakfast called The Buckhorn Inn and Tavern. It is located in Churchville, Va. It is an amazing place. First off you should know it was built in 1811. While it was destroyed in a fire, but was rebuilt exactly as it was. The first floor houses this amazing little dining area, a check in area, and a few rooms.

The Innkeeper is named Rob. Super amazing host. He ran his hind end off to make sure our stay was as amazing as possible. The room we stayed in was in the second floor. Super comfy beds and really just a nice layout.

The Buckhorn was once host to Confederate Army Commander Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson. As I stood on the balcony overlooking the street, I considered what it might have felt like in those times to look down at the carriage receiving area in front of the building.

The Buckhorn was a carriage stop along the road and likely played host to any number of famers persons throughout history who thought it only a minor occurrence to stop at a house along the route of a carriage.

I tried to put myself in the shoes of those people exiting their carriage ride, dusty and maybe a little sore from the trip, and being welcomed to the home. What was it like to see a home like that for the first time as a child of these families who looked upon the place with wonder?

What does this have to do with Writing?  Passion! Restoring a home takes passion, getting a new holiday on the books requires passion. So does writing.

Want to know more about the Buckhorn Inn? Click here!
How about Hunter and Christii Darden's Retro Flex? Click here!
Want to know all about Labor Day? Click here!

Thanks for listening,
Bryan the Writer

 

 

Support the show (http://paypal.me/BryanNowak)

Show Notes Transcript

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to another episode of All Things Writing. 

Labor Day 2021 was amazing fun for me. I am the father of an autistic adult child. He is currently down in Fishersville, Virginia attending a special tech school just for people with his kinds of needs.

I love Labor day for a couple of reasons. The first is that I really feel that at the end of summer we need a day to just sort of celebrate all things summer and enjoy hanging out with our family and friends. It is a time to unwind.

However, that is not what the day started out to be.

You see, Labor Day got its start in September of 1882. The unions in New York City decided to have a parade to celebrate their members being in unions and to show support for all unions. According to some sources, at least 20,000 people showed up at the event.

Other areas of the country followed in the footsteps of New York and soon gatherings sprung up and in in 1887 Oregon, Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey all made Labor day a state holiday. 

Grover Cleveland, in 1894, signed a law making Labor Day a national holiday. This was only after most states had already passed their own laws establishing a Labor Day holiday.

Labor Day is the unofficial end of hot dog season. Although I argue hot dogs are pretty much an all year thing. I am apparently not in the minority on this one as according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans eat around 20 billion hot dogs annually.

Why do I tell you any of this?

This labor day my wife and I stopped in a wonderful little bed and breakfast called The Buckhorn Inn and Tavern. It is located in Churchville, Va. It is an amazing place. First off you should know it was built in 1811. While it was destroyed in a fire, but was rebuilt exactly as it was. The first floor houses this amazing little dining area, a check in area, and a few rooms.

The Innkeeper is named Rob. Super amazing host. He ran his hind end off to make sure our stay was as amazing as possible. The room we stayed in was in the second floor. Super comfy beds and really just a nice layout.

The Buckhorn was once host to Confederate Army Commander Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson. As I stood on the balcony overlooking the street, I considered what it might have felt like in those times to look down at the carriage receiving area in front of the building.

The Buckhorn was a carriage stop along the road and likely played host to any number of famers persons throughout history who thought it only a minor occurrence to stop at a house along the route of a carriage.

I tried to put myself in the shoes of those people exiting their carriage ride, dusty and maybe a little sore from the trip, and being welcomed to the home. What was it like to see a home like that for the first time as a child of these families who looked upon the place with wonder?

What does this have to do with Writing?  Passion! Restoring a home takes passion, getting a new holiday on the books requires passion. So does writing.

Want to know more about the Buckhorn Inn? Click here!
How about Hunter and Christii Darden's Retro Flex? Click here!
Want to know all about Labor Day? Click here!

Thanks for listening,
Bryan the Writer

 

 

Support the show (http://paypal.me/BryanNowak)

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to another episode of All Things Writing. 

Bit of a departure from the norm today. I want to talk about things I did which feed the creative process. While none of these things directly support the writing of a book, they do feed my creative mind and help refresh me. And I do need a lot of refreshing some days.

What a weekend that was. The first weekend of September, Labor Day 2021, was a pretty busy weekend. Traditionally the end of summer, at least unofficially, as we view it here in the United States, it is also celebrated by our Northern Cousins, Canada. I want to talk a little more about the Labor Day holiday, but for now, let’s check the stats, shall we?

Some really interesting things going on here. I mentioned them the other week and suddenly they are in the number one spot. My good friends out in Maple Grove, Minnesota have taken that number one spot. You guys rock. But nipping at their heals is Novato California. For the first time ever we have a four way tie for third place. That’s right. Also, for the first time, it is international. We have San Jose California in a three way tie with our Canadian friends in Toronto and Vancouver. 

Wherever you listen, wherever you download from, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have truly made All Things Writing a thing and it makes me so happy.

Now, have you ever wondered what people were listening on? Well, of course most people are listening on their cell phones. No big shocker there, that is how I download my content. However, Can you guess what the number one site is to download?

Most of you listening out there are hearing me on iHeartRadio. Yep. By the way, I listen to them too. It is not just you that likes them. Second for downloads is Google Podcasts. By the way, I double checked and on both sites you can find, at the bottom of the screens, links where you can support the show. I would love it if you did. Remember, I gotta support starving children. Mine.

Spotify and our good friends at Apple Podcasts take up most of the rest of the downloads.

Labor Day 2021 was amazing fun for me. I am the father of an autistic adult child. He is currently down in Fishersville, Virginia attending a special tech school just for people with his kinds of needs.

A few weeks ago he called me and asked me about the Scottish festival. To be honest, I did not give it much thought. I normally do, but I have been so busy, it kind of slipped my mind. Well, he wanted to know if he could go. Naturally, I said, of course he could and we worked out the details of me coming out to pick him up so he could attend.

While all of this was going on, I was thinking about my poor wife and how I really needed to get her out of town two, so I hatched a plan to take advantage of the long weekend. I said to myself, “Self!” Because that is what I call me. “Let’s get out of town.”

If you have never been to the Scottish festival in northern virginia you are missing out. It is always Labor Day weekend and is held in The Plains, VA. You get your fill of haggis and watching some of the best regional competitors compete. Really it is pretty great. A lot of the clans have tents. My own family has a tent there, The Kerr Family of North America. That is where you will find me sometimes, hanging out.

I love Labor day for a couple of reasons. The first is that I really feel that at the end of summer we need a day to just sort of celebrate all things summer and enjoy hanging out with our family and friends. It is a time to unwind.

However, that is not what the day started out to be.

You see, Labor Day got its start in September of 1882. The unions in New York City decided to have a parade to celebrate their members being in unions and to show support for all unions. According to some sources, at least 20,000 people showed up at the event. Think about that, in 1882, without the advent of twitter or facebook, they managed to get that many people to show up at their event. Kind of crazy if you think about it. 

But, one march does not a federal holiday make. Nope, other areas of the country followed in the footsteps of New York and soon gatherings sprung up in 1887 Oregon, Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey all made Labor day a state holiday. 

Grover Cleveland, the soon to be President, was only a lowly Mayor in the city of Buffalo, New York, but likely heard about the gathering. So, in 1894, he signed a law making Labor Day a national holiday. This was only after most states had already passed their own laws establishing a Labor Day holiday.

According to my source, which I will post in the show notes, Labor Day is the unofficial end of hot dog season. Although I argue hot dogs are pretty much an all year thing. I am apparently not in the minority on this one as according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans eat around 20 billion hot dogs annually.

Speaking of unofficial things, Labor Day is considered the unofficial NFL season kickoff as the NFL plays the opening game of the season 99.44% of the time the first Thursday after Labor Day.

One of my absolute favorites, the first Waffle House opened on Labor Day. In 1955. From what my other sources have told me, that particular store holds the record for not mopping the floors the logest of any restaurant in history. 

I am totally kidding, don’t hate me for the joke. I do love Waffle House. Steak and eggs is sort of my go to. Eggs well done, nothing on my hashbrowns though.

The holiday honors almost 160 million Americans in the workforce. Of course, that number fluctuates from year to year. According to official statistics, we are currently at 159.7 million people.

While we laud Labor Day for cook outs, it is actually the third-most-popular day of the year to host a cookout behind Independence Day and Memorial Day.

Last factoid, but not least, Canada also celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday in September

Why do I tell you any of this?

This labor day my wife and I stopped in a wonderful little bed and breakfast called The Buckthorn Inn and Tavern. It is located in Churchville, Va. It is an amazing place. First off you should know it was built in 1811. While it was destroyed in a fire, but was rebuilt exactly as it was. The first floor houses this amazing little dining area, a check in area, and a few rooms.

The Innkeeper is named Rob. Super amazing host. He ran his hind end off to make sure our stay was as amazing as possible. The room we stayed in was in the second floor. Super comfy beds and really just a nice layout.

Now, again why am I telling you this? Well, writing comes from a part of us that schools cannot teach. I know I say it all the time, but there is no way a school can teach you to be writing. A school can teach you how to communicate your thoughts, but they cannot tell you what to thing. Well, they should not tell you what to think. They should allow you to create your own narritives.

The Buckthorn was once host to Confederate Army Commander Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson. As I stood on the balcony overlooking the street, I considered what it might have felt like in those times to look down at the carriage receiving area in front of the building.

The Buckthorn was a carriage stop along the road and likely played host to any number of famers persons throughout history who thought it only a minor occurrence to stop at a house along te route of a carriage.

I tried to put myself in the shoes of those people exiting their carriage ride, dusty and maybe a little sore from the trip, and being welcomed to the home. What was it like to see a home like that for the first time as a child of these families who looked upon the place with wonder?

Rob showed us the room where Stonewall Jackson is believed to have slept. Very well refurbished to keep that old world charm, I could almost see the people in the room. LTG Jackson thinking about battle strategy as he paced. Perhaps he smoked a pipe on the balcony while pondering over a map.

There was also a card player at The Buckthorn who was killed. I can easily imagine a card game in the large room called ‘the living room’ where two men got into a heated argument. The smoke filled room with a felt covered table in the middle. A few men playing fero when one of them accuses the other man of cheating. They stand and stare eachother down. One of them finally says, “Well, son. You gonna shoot yer mouth off again?”

The other man, quick as lightning, pulls his pistol and fires. The other man looks down to see a growing crimson spot on his waistcoat as he staggers. Someone grabs him and aims the man toward a couch where he lays, grasping at his chest.

The man hangs on for days as the Sheriff sorts it out. The shot was legit, according to eye witnesses, but only just barely. The trigger puller is advised to leave the area and strongly consider never coming back again. But the stranger knows he will go where the wind blows for that is his way.

And I know this is taking fiction writer’s liberty, but it was so much fun to look at these places and consider how they would look. For that is what a fiction writer does. We look at situation in our heads and consider how they would look in another light. 

No, the Buckthorn did not pay me to give a plug to their B&B, but I really did enjoy the visit. So it was well worth a little plug.

While we were there, we hung out with our fellow temporary residents, Hunter and Christii Darden of Retro Flex Gym in Courtland, VA. They hung out with us for the evening and the morning. We had a very nice time visiting and chatting about all kinds of stuff.

Hunter and Christii own a historic house where they are renovating the spaces back to the way they would have looked during the colonial times. A labor of love, a little like writing in that respect. There is always something to do, but you are always anxious to get at it.

 

They own a gym called Retro Flex in Courtland, VA. 

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https://retroflexgym.wixsite.com/retroflexgym