December 7, 2009 [LINK / comment]

White blanket covers Staunton

The Shenandoah Valley had its first snowfall of the season [on Saturday], forcing dozens of churches to cancel their services. We had about five inches worth, quite a surprise. Whenever it snows here in Staunton, kids head over to the slopes surrounding the soccer field at Mary Baldwin College to go sledding. It's almost like it's a public park, and the long-standing "open doors" policy is one reason why relations between the city and the college have remained so strong over the years. (There was a fatal sledding accident there a few years ago, after which the soccer facilities on the field were moved farther away from the slope.) Sunday morning the skies turned bright blue, perfect for taking pictures, so I posted six photos from around Staunton on a new photo gallery page: December 2009. I will probably add more photos to that page later this month.

Snow sledding at MBC

Snow sledding at Mary Baldwin College; roll mouse over this image to see Hunt Dining Hall, with the MBC landmark bell tower on top.