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2118 Cub Creek Road Fantastic mountain vews from this mountain property. Close to Wintergreen, breweries, distilleries and cideries. Would make a wonderful retreat or hunting property with the abundant wildlife and the elevated terrain. The 3 BR, 2.5 BA home has an open floor plan with hardwood floors on the first level and berber carpet upstairs. 93 acres may be sold for $250,000; house with 15 acres may be sold for $434,500; for home and 108 acres—$670,000.

Meadow Rock Located within the gates of Wintergreen yet separate and private, this enclave of 6 Estate Homesites called Fortunes Point is a 26-acre mountaintop meadow with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge. At the end of the cul-de-sac is a lovely, 4 BR, 4.5 BA southern farmhouse built in 2007 of the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. The open floor plan features a magnificent great room, media room, family room, gourmet kitchen, office and study, all with stunning views and 5 with fireplaces. Highly efficient with geothermal heating and cooling and heated

116 Sunnyside Lane Lovely mini farm, sitting on nearly 10 picturesque acres. Numerous fenced paddocks, riding ring, 3-stall barn, plus 2 BR, 2 BA separate apartment building. Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views, property bordered by Mallory Creek, and fully-wired fiber internet live at property. Bring your builder and home plans and build your dream house on this northern Nelson mini farm. $399,900

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Thomas Nelson Highway Parcel This private 70-acre property is wooded with trails throughout. Excellent tract for hunting or other recreational activities. Located minutes from shopping, dining, medical and dental facilities in Lovingston. Seasonal views. Price reduced! $149,900 4 Brownings Cove Bring your builder! Lovely 7.34-acre wooded lot located less than 10 minutes to Lovingston. Easy access. Small spring and creek on the property. Minimal deed restrictions. No HOA fees!! $34,900

Pheasant Run parcel Great PRICE REDUCED! opportunity to build your own business in the thriving Nellysford community. Just down from the shopping center, behind an art gallery and next to Wild Wolf Brewery, this is a prime location for a lucrative endeavor. Level and open for easy access and building on this 1.5-acre lot. Zoned B-1 with restrictions. Perfect for retail, office, coffee shop and more! $45,000

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72 Pedlars Edge Drive Spacious 4 BR, 3 BA home with vaulted ceilings, two master BR and huge downstairs rec room. Screened porch. Large deck with seasonal mountain views. Conveniently located near skiing and the Mountain Inn. Gas fireplace in great room and gas pot belly stove in rec room. On-demand propane hot water heater. Stainless steel kitchen appliances. $399,000


78 Split Rock Trail Great value! Grand 3-story home with seasonal mountain views on a private wooded lot. Spacious great room with fireplace for those cool evenings. Features 6 BR (2 private suites), 4.5 BA, chef's kitchen with granite countertops, family room and an attached 1-car garage. Oversized, covered wrap deck with seasonal views. Surrounded by native rhododendron and mountain laurel. Driveway recently paved. Excellent rental income. $449,000

673 Devils Knob Loop Not a cookiecutter design! One owner, custom-built, 4 BR, 2 BA deck house with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and lots of windows. Open flow allows easy entertaining and the expansive windows allow enjoyment of the privacy of the treehouse-like setting and the mountain views when the seasons change. Kitchen with pantry, bar, and breakfast nook, updated bath with granite vanity, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, 700+ square-foot attached carport with storage closets, deck, paved drive, and more. Sold furnished! $274,900

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310 Stone Chimneys Road

Wonderful home site of more than 2 acres boasting panoramic mountain views across the Rockfish Valley. A dramatic knoll is the ideal building site. Parcel overlooks the historic Crawford House. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. $49,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (528099)


328 Shamokin Springs Trail Enjoy this scenic view located on Shamokin Springs. This .41 acre lot (Lot 72) is a great building location and super close to everything Wintergreen has to offer! Don’t let this deal slip away! Bring your own builder or ask for suggestions. Offered at $25,000. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498 (554043)


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Walk across to the Chestnut Springs Park and enjoy swimming (Memorial Day to Labor Day), grill stations, and enclosed pavilion – a great amenity available to all owners! This corner lot offers an easy-to-build gentle slope with winter mountain views. $54,900. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (531593)





142 Hanging Rock Lane Excellent cul-de-sac lot with seasonal mountain views. Sloped lot offers great building options - perfect for a home with a walk-out basement. Enjoy the splendors of Wintergreen from your own vacation retreat. Public water and sewer available. Less than a five minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, dining, and spa services. Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. Offered at $37,500. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (543675)


71 Hickorynut Road

Excellent cul-de-sac lot with seasonal mountain views. Walk to the Mountain Village shops and restaurants. Gently sloping lot offers great building options - perfect for a home with a walk-out basement. Build now or hold for investment. $39,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (527328)




122 Chestnut Lane

Check out this increasingly hard to find yearround mountain view lot. Oversized at just under an acre and located at the end of a cul-de-sac. Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. Offered at $179,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (554450)


20 North Knob Lane





Build your Wintergreen home on this cul-de-sac lot with seasonal golf and mountain views. Easy walk to Wintergreen’s Spa, Fitness, and Aquatics Centers. Less than 5 minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, dining. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. $38,750. Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (540776)







This photo is just a hint of the panoramic view potential of this special lot. With drainfield strategically located to maximize yearround views and more than 1 acre adjoining the National Forest, this is a unique Wintergreen mountain setting. Ideal for a significant mountain home. Adjacent 1+ acre parcel also available. $125,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (542516)




Lot 5B, Cedar Drive This photo is just a hint of the panoramic view potential of this special lot. With drainfield strategically located to maximize year-round views and more than 1 acre adjoining the National Forest, this is a unique Wintergreen mountain setting. Ideal for a significant mountain home. Adjacent 1+ acre parcel also available. $175,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (542515)


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204 Shamokin Springs Trail

Nice lot for initial home overlooking the Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve. Quiet area and easy access to hiking and other resort amenities. Perfect for morning walks and all the mountain has to offer. Owner financing available. Offered at $30,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com. (560026) N!






381 Chestnut Place

Check out this increasingly hard to find yearround mountain view lot. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac. Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. Offered at $179,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (554457)

650 Pedlars Edge Drive

A wonderful lot for skiers and non-skiers. Perfect for a basement. Many new homes in the area and priced to sell. Private with open space behind and views up toward the main resort. Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines. Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey. Owner financing available. Offered at $69,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com. (560006)

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foraging connections Friends and fungi

1997 – 2017 Come Celebrate with us ! 20 years of supporting local farmers NELSON Farmers Market OVER 50 VENDORS SaturdayS 8– 12 IN THE HEART OF NELLYSFORD LIVE MUSIC UNDER THE TENT


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basic necessities ................. 9 cover story ............................11 at home with marlo ......... 23 this old/new house ............ 24 sam’s garden ..................... 34 ask the dr. ......................... 35 event calendar ................. 36 business directory ............ 37 classifieds .......................... 38 games ................................... 39

on the cover Photo credit: Marcie Gates A mushroom foraging class organized by the Living Earth School gathers around a campfire. Story on page 11.


thepublishers I know the sound of those footsteps. “Mommy, we’ve got a problem.” And I knew the tear streaming down his cheek – the one he had tried his best to hold back – was real. “One of my fish is dead,” Adam managed to say. “He’s at the bottom of the tank.” The kids have seen us bury our dogs and they’ve seen chickens go missing. They hear the hunters during deer season and they’ve seen me creep down the field with a rabbit call. They know the two pigs we’re raising will be turned into bacon, chops and sausage in a few weeks. But none of this can prepare you for the loss of your first fish. “It’s Jackson,” he stammered, as I dipped the net into the water and scooped him out. “But he can’t breathe now!” Adam exclaimed. “It’s okay, Adam. He’s dead,” a calm Peyton offered. Where does a fish go? Does he get to swim again? What will the color of the water be? Hopefully not green with algae, a mistake of ours when we set the tank in front of the sunny bedroom window. “Do you want to come with me to the creek?” He shook his head.

Seeing bright orange Jackson rest on a stark white paper towel was enough of a final farewell. Adam had been the perfect fish daddy, diligently feeding him every morning. The pause that came after the daily morning alarm of Adam jumping down from his bunk bed was of him sprinkling a pinch of food in the water, watching Jackson, Jerry and Jeffrey swim towards it. The UPS man came the next day with gifts we had forgotten we had ordered. Going through a big phase on sealife, Adam’s smile came back when he opened up his box to find a squid. Peyton – who seems to have gone from Peppa, to ponies, to poop – pulled out a plush doll in the shape of a poop emoji. This one has a bow above the eyes because “it’s a girl.” RIP, sweet Jackson. As the saying goes, poop emojis happen. Enjoy! Yvette and Tommy Stafford JUNE 2017

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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz www.basicnecessities.com www.kaypfaltz.com Basics Turns Twenty ! Twenty years ago when a couple of idealistic ladies decided to bring French wine and cheese to the outpost of Nellysford, who’d have thought “that little shack” would still be around? Especially with a cumbersome name like Basic Necessities. What in the heck did we sell anyway, toilet paper? But we are still around, twenty years later, and happy to be celebrating with a truly special, and ever growing, community. So how did that odd name come about? I always tell people the short version: that there was back then no good wine, bread, cheese or chocolate easily available. And that I wanted to do something about it, having been used to the riches of Paris at my doorstep. This is true. But there’s another more humble story, which few folks until now know. A Tale of Salad Dressing: I’d been teaching for various universities in Paris, but when I returned to the States, after years away, I found I couldn’t get a job. I applied at fouryear colleges, then two-year colleges, even prep schools. Nothing doing. Around that time, I was always mak-

ing a French vinaigrette to emulate that of France, and Judy said I should try to get it into the Kroger (there was no Whole Foods back then). The salad dressing never made it into Kroger, but a little shop was created out of which we’d sell it. The truth was that the shop was a very basic, and humble, necessity if I wanted to eat. Basics, as it became known, was to be a simple wine bar, its décor reminiscent of Provence. But what with the alcohol regulations in Virginia, we needed to sell more than the occasional cheese or charcuterie plate. It morphed into a restaurant, and the rest is local history. While I founded Basics, it would not be what it is today without the help of many people along the way. I would like to thank my co-owners, Sallie and Rosie. As well as past owners Bev, Keith and Nat. Those people without whom Basics would not be Basics: my mother, Sue, who’s been making soups every one of those twenty years; Judy, who started it with me; Amy, who makes folding napkins into an art form. All of our musicians, some of whom received

their start at Basics: Virginia, Victor, Pete, Micah, Justin, Miles, Eve, Susanne and Sally Rose. Our vendors, most of whom live right around the corner, so to speak. (Lisa, Rachel, Dan, Heather & Ben, Anne, Gary, Ara, Sarah, Maria, Stephanie, Patti & Bill, Katherine, Nancy, Sue, Will, Cassy & Adam. For a full list, have a peek at our website.) Our neighbors Danny, Lina, F.P., Flick and Deanne. And most of all, our crazy, wonderful staff, both past and faithful present (Mae, Marie, Rose, Tayah, Jaden, Jason, Ben, Clara, Ginger, Kristin & Kristin, and Isis, resident feline, although she doesn’t do much work.) And thank you, our customers, who keep us smiling, and who, with any luck, will see us through another decade or so. We’ll be celebrating all month, so check our newsletter for events, and stop on by! Customer favorite over the years: Don Rámon 2014– One of the things we’ve tried to do is offer great wines at great prices. Don Rámon, a Spanish wine and blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, has the richness, body and vibrant fruit of a wine twice the price. $9

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On a brisk Sunday morning, a group of strangers quietly gathered together in an outdoor classroom in Afton, which consisted only of an authentic teepee, and of blankets and wooden benches which formed a circle around a dormant fire-pit.


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Kate Knott, Co-founder and Director of Living Earth School, sat on one of those blankets, addressed the class, and subsequently created a spark using primitive bow-drill fire methods. Each member of the group took their turn blowing into the tinder bundle which Kate cradled in her bare hands, fueling a fire with our collaborated breaths, unifying us thenceforth. “There’s something powerful that brings everybody together when a fire is lit in that kind of manner; with intention. And it brings back an ancient wisdom, and everybody sees that, and it just centers the whole experience,” says Kate. “Stories are told around it, people are dancing with drums around it, we’re cooking on it; it’s that collective experience that creates a central hold of the camp. It’s the center heartbeat of our whole camp.”

The mushroom guru for today’s lesson, Charlie Aller and Kate sat facing each other around the now lively, pulsing fire. Neither of them were wearing shoes. “I went to Virginia Tech and studied horticulture science originally, and I got really obsessed with insects during that time and started working with the entomology department,” Charlie tells the class. “I kind of had a passing interest in entomopathogenic fungi at that time, which has now blossomed into something bigger.” His fixation and seemingly unbounded knowledge on the subject was obvious from the start. “It was really just a flirtation at first, I was seeing them and kind of titillated by how pretty they were and how they were unlike anything I had ever seen before, even though I’m sure I had seen all of them in the past. I just started to pick them up and smell them and just become generally pretty interested in them from a sensory standpoint,” explains Charlie. “And there was a teacher there who was a real mountain man, and he said, ‘Look man, those things are dangerous. And if you’re gonna start smelling them, I know you’re gonna start eating them soon. So, you need to go find out how to identify them.’ And I just got completely obsessed with identifying mushrooms, studying them in books and on the internet. I’ve been doing that ever since and it’s been about five years now.” Capable of identifying nearly any specimen and dissecting the Latin root of each name, his skills only shone further once we breached the boundaries of the classroom and entered the untamed forest in a united search of treasure.

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We roamed the hillsides for hours, taking in all of nature’s quiet offerings, calling Charlie’s name when we found something that needed classifying, and filling our baskets with the delicate fungal finds. Charlie never did put on shoes. I didn’t find out until after the class was over that it was actually Charlie’ first time teaching this course with the Living Earth School. And I’ll be so bold as to say, the guy’s a natural. L.E.S., which has been operating under the guidance of Kate and her husband, Hub since 2002, offers “Earth-based mentoring” for essentially all age ranges. And it was founded with nothing but the purest of intentions. “I was on a deep nature connection journey on my own starting in high school, not having any mentors or anybody showing me the way of, ‘what are these plants’ or ‘this is how you make a fire.’ I was just discovering it on my own,” Kate explained. “I started getting into field study courses in high school and had amazing transformative experiences. And college became a journey of deeply connecting with nature on my own, sleeping outside, taking every environmental science course I could take.” It was there that Kate made another important connection. “Hub and I met at college, at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and we just knew we wanted to have a school where we could share our love for the earth with other people, and connect other people with this amazing planet we live on.” Those hoping to seek the forest for solace, meet people who speak their language, or brush up on survival skills need look no further. L.E.S. offers, “Anywhere from tracking animals to making your own wooden bow, leather working, friction by fire classes, how to live and survive in a shelter, how to forage from natures garden which surrounds us.” These courses are so unique and in such high demand, a man from Virginia Beach traveled hours just to attend the class. Howard Douglas was sporting a camouflage ball-cap and a fishing jacket, and I overheard him telling someone he didn’t fish, “But you can never have too many pockets.” He wasn’t your typical “nature-lover,” in that he usually spent his time hunting deer and turkey. “I usually have my eyes looking at the trees, very seldom do I look down, unless I’m looking for snakes. This kinda tunes me into looking for mushrooms now, because I see them a lot in the woods,” Douglas explains. “I might quit huntin’ animals and start huntin’ mushrooms”. 14

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I guess Charlie and Kate aren’t your typical teachers. “I think people are hungry for connecting with nature, and for some reason I think in today’s world it’s hard to know how to do it, or for people to give themselves permission to do it. But it’s so simple, and I think our camps are a real go-to,” says Kate. “Something that I love so much about our camps is that I know these kids are deeply connecting with nature, connecting with themselves, and connecting with each other. And I know that when they’re touched in their heart, then they can understand what it’s like to see a night of clear stars, and to hear the bird song in the morning. I just know that part of nature is living within them.” After returning to the outdoor classroom from where our day had once begun, we spread our newly discovered bounty across a blanket by the fire, feasted on fungus, and shared a batch of tea. The group of more familiar strangers joined hands, formed a circle around our fire and our finds, and offered our thanks unto the world. BRL









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I’m the kind of runner who saves up her miles for the race. Ever since I sprained my ankle during a training run somewhere near the Blue Ridge Parkway, I vowed never to conventionally train for a race again. I am only a half-quitter, you see. If I’m going down, I’m going down in a blaze of glory, on my bloody way to the finish line. The Ultra Race of Champions (that has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) was holding a trail race in my backyard and I would have felt like a turd if I let that opportunity pass up. Racers would start and finish at Skylark Farm, which if you’re familiar with the area, is the site of a bucolic Christmas tree farm on the sunrise side of the Parkway. Runners had three distances from which to choose: 100k, 50k, and 25k. Register button, create account, add to cart. So that’s how you sign up for a race. Part one of running one is showing up. Packet picket up opened up on a Friday morning and this is when you get your bib number and start reevaluating your sanity. The weather guessers were predicting rainy conditions on race day. The ride up to Skylark Friday was dense and foggy; I barely missed the lone turkey hen pacing down the shoulder (I took this as an omen). Number 344. A handshake from race director Dr. Francesca Conte, who along with J. Russell Gill III, operate Bad to the Bone Sports, a company that has been organizing running


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Ultra Race of Champions runners tackle the trails on and around a Blue Ridge Parkway farm.

events since 2001. To the right of the packet pickup table was a guy in a flat billed hat setting up his company’s line of compression gear. I have an IT Band issue that always flares up around mile 3. He handed me a quad compression sleeve from OS1st. Instant friends, early Mother’s Day gift. As the sun rose on Saturday, I headed out to feed the chickens, the hogs and the dogs. I was glad to see that it wasn’t raining though I could still hear our creek rushing from all of the rain we’ve had. By 8 AM, our running group of five rendezvoused at the parking lot of Devils Backbone, before merging into two vehicles to drive up the mountain to Skylark. Every one of these women, except myself, are teachers. Students, know this: Not only does your teacher have eyes in the back of her head, her legs move faster and longer than your confiscated fidget spinner. Apparently to keep us on our toes, the 9 AM race start occurred 5 minutes early. Whatever advantage I thought I had gained from being at the start line with Wintergreen-based ultra marathoner Bob Clouston, disappeared when BRL photographer and local teacher Hayley Osborne pranced up like a gazelle. And then she was gone. That’s Hayley. Next was Laura Long Legs and I told her she needed to go catch Hayley. Boing, boing, and there she went! No longer the victims of an premature start, Wendy and Carrie caught up and we stuck together for quite a while. continued on page 18

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“After these rocks,” Wendy said, “we’ve got some happy running for about 6 miles.” Wendy knows these trails pretty well and I was sure glad she told me we had some “happy stretches” coming up. It was around this time that I heard some shuffling from behind and saw a man with poles skipping down the rocky trail. We’ll call him Goat Man. “I love these technical downhills,” he said. “Once a big guy like me gets going, I can’t stop!” Freak. He loves the technical downhills. This is the kind of terrain that sprained my ankle a few years back. We caught back up with him at White Rock Falls, which because of the rain, meant we’d be knee deep in a mountain stream. I pulled out my phone and snapped a picture of Goat Man crossing the falls. Trail races get lonely and it wasn’t long before I had lost sight of Wendy and Carrie. I finally reached an aid station (Mountain Dew and M&Ms are how I roll) and hollered at her. At this

Slow and steady – like the red spotted salamander crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway – is how some of us ran the UROC at Skylark Farm. The important thing is crossing the finish line. Pictured left to right: Wendy Dalton, Carrie Bryant and Yvette Stafford of Roseland; Laura Wolf of Afton, and Hayley Osborne of Faber. They all raced the 25k, as did Bob Clouston of Wintergreen, who put down his pizza to take this photo.

point, I think we had less than 8 miles or so to go. But our legs protested. “My hamstrings feel like rubber bands,” she said. Thankfully, my OS1st compression sleeve was keeping my right IT band happy but I may have inadvertently created some anatomical asymmetry and now my left leg was talking to me. So I tried to run on the grass along the parkway as much as we could. A runner who was running the 50k alerted us to the orange lizard crossing the road. Photo opportunity! As the entrance to Skylark came into view, we knew we were in the home stretch. The grey clouds finally began to part and reveal the incredible Blue Ridge Mountain panorama the online race description bragged about. A gravel farm road, a few barns, a tucked away pond. If this is what heaven looks like, book me a room. Finish line cheers, a medal around your neck, two slices of cheese pizza, and sweaty teacher friends who kick some serious trail tail. BRL

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8 Trillium Close - Offered at $159,000




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32 Grassy Overlook - Offered at $659,000

11 Dripping Rock Lane

RELAX in this elegant and tastefully decorated & updated 4BR/3.5BA Golf Front end unit. New carpet, wood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, plumbing fixtures & ceiling fans. Recessed lights throughout all 3 levels. Prof decorated with designer paint colors. Propane gas fireplace. Windows on 3 sides w/views of 17th hole from large, wrap-around deck. Only one shared firewall w/ no noise above! Private 2-car pkg pad in front & only 3 steps to covered entrance w/separate ski closet. Extensive storage behind Bedrooms #3 and 4. Pull-down stairs to entirely carpeted attic storage area. Walk to Spa. Trillium HOA ($383/ mo) covers ext. paint & landscaping, house checks, etc. Feels like detached home w/o the maintenance! Offered at $279,000 – Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com (535180)

Custom built five bedroom home on private cut-de-sac setting with beautiful natural stone outcroppings. Natural stone fireplace, two living areas, hardwood floors, and custom ceramic tile. Vaulted ceilings, top of the line Andersen windows, and three zones of heating/cooling. Large, expansive decks. Great rental potential. Constructed by Shenandoah Valley Construction Company. Like new condition, built in 2011. Offered at $435,000. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211. Jon.Tsakis@gmail.com (553403)


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15 Shenandoah Ridge Townhome

This 5 bedroom townhome features a renovated kitchen (gorgeous Maple cabinetry and granite counters) and excellent sunset views to the Shenandoah Valley and mountains beyond. Shenandoah Ridge is centrally located for an easy walk to the spa, fitness center, tennis center, and Devils Knob Golf. $274,950. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (529037)



38 Valley View Lane - Offered at $275,000



33 Smoke Rise


99 Beech Drive - Offered at $1,350,000



This home features a panoramic golf-front setting and generous landscaped buffer. Treat yourself to a like-new home that exudes the feeling of the mountain chalet you’ve always wanted. At the center of the home is a soaring great room w/ floor-to-ceiling windows and a wood burning fireplace w/ stonework that rises to meet a tongue & groove vaulted wood ceiling. The gourmet kitchen is open to the great room and features stainless appliances, granite counters, maple cabinets. The master suite is also located on the main level. Below is a spacious family room and recreation room w/ woodstove while above are two bedrooms and a home office. A circular driveway, detached garage, exterior stonework, and lovely landscaping complete this offering. $549,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (548187)






67 Gray Birch Lane

Top quality renovations and an open floor plan make this home a superb opportunity for the mountain dweller who loves natural light, contemporary styling, granite, vaulted ceilings, and winter mountain views. A light-filled master suite occupies the top floor. Storage abounds both inside and in the garage. $395,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (549262)








72 North Forest Drive

Lovely 3 bedroom mountain home in pristine condition. Great family room with floor to ceiling stone fireplace, custom windows and open layout to entertain family and friends. Kitchen has new appliances, baths all updated, large master bedroom and nice loft area /reading room. Quiet area, paved driveway, nice private lot with gorgeous native ferns throughout yard. Fenced area for dog in rear. Large deck, covered entryway, new sliding door and other upgrades. $319,000. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 smsales1@aol.com (555686) T! IEN FIC EF

103 Eagles Court Condo - Offered at $319,000




415 Pedlars Edge - Offered at $750,000










184 Mountain Inn Condo This terrific condo is the ultimate in flexibility, offering one of the largest floor plans available in the Mountain Inn and being one of the few Mountain Inn units with a deck. Renovated and updated, unit is in excellent condition and boasts winter mountain views. $102,500. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (542007)

157 Mountain Inn Condos Gold Rental on the Wintergreen Resort Rental Program. Located in the heart of the Mountain Village! Close to everything! This 1 bedroom 1 bath condo comes completely furnished Excellent Rental Investment or Leisure! Short walk to all amenities, 2 restaurants, and SKIING! Call for a showing today! $97,500 Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (539168)












188 Shamokin Springs Trail

This spacious and efficient 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is a rare offering. Situated on a quiet street this home is perfect for anyone who wants to get away and enjoy the beauty of Wintergreen Resort. Sold turnkey furnished. Great rental potential! Call for a private showing! Offered at $284,500. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email tmack377@yahoo.com. (561065)


1462 Ledges Condo - Offered at $159,000



1822 High Ridge Ct Condo - Offered at $189,000

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Enjoy Fantastic Views of Crawfords Knob from your living room and deck! This recently remodeled 3 bedroom home offers a great open floor plan. Spacious Kitchen and Dining Room Area. Stone Fireplace and pine cathedral ceilings! NEW HOT TUB! Granite Counter tops and Kitchen Aid appliances. A warm decor awaits your touch! Must SEE!!! Offered at $299,000 - Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (532319)

Updated and furnished two Bedroom, two bath condo with several upgrades. The White Oaks Condominium Complex offers quiet rustic surroundings while still in short walking distance to all Dining & Ski facilities. This Gold Rental Unit comes completely turnkey! Enjoy a warm Fireside living area with modern updated furnishings. Deck & Patio! Priced to sell! Motivated Seller! Offered at $119,900 Please call Tim Craig at 540-416-8498 (542963)

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2108 Fairway Woods Condos

Upgraded condo on the 18th fairway of Devil’s Knob Golf Course! Grab your clubs and hit the links as soon as you arrive at this beautifully decorated condo with a renovated kitchen. Granite countertops and ceramic tile in the kitchen and both bathrooms add a touch of elegance. This is one of those kitchens which makes you want to spend time there. This condo was previously on the Resort Rental Program as a “Gold” Tier property! It could easily be reinstated into the program. Gross rental revenue for 2016 was nearly $24,000! Come enjoy the mountain from this perfect retreat with a wonderful feel. Offered at $89,900! Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (561559)


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25 West Elkwood Drive

At just 10 years old, this home has much to offer and the price is right. Four bedrooms plus a game room and a bonus room one of which could be used as a fifth bedroom or home office. Features: Great room with vaulted ceilings and wood burning fireplace with stone facing inside and out; kitchen with maple cabinetry and stainless range & fridge; master bath with jetted tub and separate shower; one car garage; expansive wrap-around decking; fenced area for dogs. Turnkey and ready for you! Offered at $395,000. www.goWintergreen.com Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (546857)








Nice condition “treeloft” three bedroom ski chalet, within walking distance of Tyro slope. Enjoy the wood burning fireplace, large loft, two full baths, outside deck and level parking. Ready to enjoy for ski season, or to appreciate the fall foliage. Well maintained, not rented. Offered at $219,500. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 smsales1@aol.com (536431)










449 Three Ridges Condos

2114 Fairway Woods Condo

Beautiful condo on the 18th fairway of Devil’s Knob Golf Course! Low energy costs due to this being a mid-level unit. This condo has never been rented and is in pristine condition as it was lovingly cared for by the 15 year owners. Upgrades include Hot Water Heater in 2010; Pella Windows and Storm Door in 2011; Front Door in 2012; Carpet in 2016; and Pella Sliding Door in 2016. Short walk to The Wintergarden Pool and Spa, Devil’s Grill, and The Nature Foundation. Condo is being sold fully furnished and is move-in ready! Offered at $79,900! Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (560887)






458 Stoney Creek East








This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home is a great investment property. Use, enjoy, and have rental income. Gross annual rent of approximately $40,000. Three owner suites, large screened porch, hardwood floors, stone patio and hot tub. Large covered deck. All rooms wired for TV and internet. Custom kitchen with granite countertops. Offered at $450,000. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211. Jon.Tsakis@gmail.com (553398)



3213 North Ridge Attractively updated end unit with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, on one level. Updated flooring and elegant furnishings. Ground level access off the deck to grassy area. Short walk to SpaAquatics-Fitness Center, Devils Knob Tennis & Golf. Reduced! $150,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (508360) www.goWintergreen.com

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606 Blackrock Circle Well cared for furnished three bedroom home with seasonal views in the Blackrock area, close to Tyro slopes. Updates include nice hardwood floors, redone wood burning stone fireplace, and updated furnishings. Cathedral ceiling in family room gives home a more spacious feel, with lots of morning light. Very private lot with lots of privacy, level parking, and bordering on not to be developed green space. Two full baths with some updates and a unique nook for office space. Large master bedroom enjoys views and has access to a private loft area that can be storage space or a “kids getaway”. Short drive to mountain village area and its amenities and events. Offered at $299,000. Call or text Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, or email: smsales1@aol.com. (555754)







424 Hunters Point

Build to Suit! Fabulous golf-front and mountain view lot in the coveted Hunters Point section of Stoney Creek. Panoramic golf views are complimented by towering mountain views. A nearly level lot offers easy building options. $70,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (550327)



Walk to the slopes in this fine condition 2 bedroom, 2 bath Three Ridges Condo. Furnished and ready to enjoy this ski season, one level unit with very few steps to enter. Tax assessed value of $145,900. Upgraded lighting, wood burning fireplace, central air and heat. Offered at $114,900. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com. (561841)



RoseWood at Stoney Creek

Models and building sites available, a 55+ living community in the valley of Wintergreen’s Stoney Creek. Spacious villas & condos, superb craftsmanship, many Universal Design features. Maintenance-free living with sensational views and care-free convenience. Villas from $399,000. Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (497167)


293 Cedar Drive








Some of the best year round views at Wintergreen from this home on an oversized lot (formerly known as an estate parcel) of 2.4 acres. Enjoy two wood burning fireplaces with heatilators and take in the great views from every room. Large decks, a screened porch, a THREE car garage with a hobby room above it that could be a 4th bedroom if needed. Lots of storage, hardwood floors, extensive landscaping and native wildflowers across the lot, a paved and level circular driveway and a low traffic secluded area of the resort, but not far from amenities. Nice floor to ceiling stone fireplace in the family room and a high cathedral ceiling. Listed by Steve Marianella for $599,000. Call 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com (535481)





10 Mulligan Lane RoseWood Village is a 55+ community in Stoney Creek with plans for adjoining assisted living facility. RoseWood Village HOA dues cover exterior maintenance, lawn care, trash service, snow removal, etc. This unique double lot offers you the ability to build detached home. Bring your own builder or ask for local recommendations. Property offers views of surrounding mountains and golf course. $90,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (529607)


103 Squirrel Tree Lane

103 South Forest Drive Well maintained golf front 4 bedroom 4 bath home with two master suites and a working elevator. Many upgrades include hardwood (hickory) floors, granite counters, dual fuel HVAC with air conditioning, built in cabinets, stainless appliances, butlers pantry and lots of storage. Many handicap accessible features, porches at both front and rear of home, weather resistant hardi plank siding, trex decking and two car garage w/shop area. View of Devils Knob golf course at rear, and seasonal valley views at front porch. Energy efficient SIPS construction (power bills avg $70/month w full time resident). Offered at $399,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293 smsales1@aol.com (557722)


29 Stonewall Court







Shenandoah Ridge End Unit on Private Ct. - Facing the Majestic Blue Ridge! Enjoy your morning coffee from your choice of 3 spacious decks. 4 levels - Total privacy - 2 Master Suites! Golf decorated theme extras include. Wood Flooring! Tile Flat Screens TV. Dining Room and many more. Warm and waiting for your family. Offered at $279,000. Call Tim Craig. 540-416-8498 or email tmack377@yahoo.com. (553370)








24 Trillium Close Spacious 4 bed, 3.5 bath townhome with deck overlooking 1 acre Trillium nature preserve with mature hardwoods and native plants. If you need space for all the gear you use when enjoying Wintergreen without the responsibility of a detached home, Trillium is for you. Immediately across from Wintergarden Spa & Fitness, the Trillium neighborhood is uniquely situated for walking convenience to the spa, Nature Foundation, and ski shuttle. Two minutes to golf & tennis. Offered at $224,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (557781)





3216 North Ridge Condos

Come enjoy the view! This attractive and well maintained 1 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath North Ridge Condominium is a rare offering; boasting a spacious deck and great seasonal views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Devils Knob Golf Course as well as many extras for under $100K. Being a frequently rented unit in the Wintergreen Resort Homes and Villas Rental Program makes this property an instant income provider! A Must See! Offered at only $97,400. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email tmack377@yahoo.com. (555352)








512 Hunters Point This water-front home offers long lake views, views of the 5th green, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Abundant windows/ doors bring the naturescape inside while patios, decks, and a free-flowing interior make indoor/ outdoor living a breeze and entertaining a joy. $815,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (546795)

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Millennials, Boomers and Beyond Generational trends in home buying and selling


By Marlo Allen Marlo Allen is a licensed Realtor residing in Nelson County

In today’s real estate climate, purchasers have many options and sellers have a great deal of competition. Hence, it is essential to have a carefully crafted plan of execution for buying and selling. Diving deeper into market statistics can help buyers, sellers, and agents navigate the path to SOLD. Since 2013 the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has published a Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report. Here are some insights from the 2017 report. Note that ages reflect the actual age of participants at the time of data collection. Gen Y/Millennials (born 19801998, age 36 and younger): 34% of recent home buyers and the largest buying population with a median buyer age of 31; 66% were firsttime home buyers; 49% have kids under the age of 18; 66% are married couples; 13% are unmarried couples which is the largest share of all

generations; the most likely population to consider buying a home in foreclosure; 98% financed their home purchase; 46% have student loan debt; expect to stay in their home for 10 years; they actually stayed in their homes for 6 years before selling. Gen X (born 1965-1979, age 37 to 51): 28% of recent home buyers and accounting for the most diverse population of buyers of all generations; 21% identified as Hispanic/ Latino, black/African American, or Asian/Pacific Islander; they are in their peak earning years and thus their incomes are the highest of all generations; they have the highest median priced homes and also buy the largest homes; purchase location is driven by convenience to job and school districts; 29% of sellers making up the largest selling population with a median age of 44; tend to trade up to a larger and more expensive home; 14% had a distressed sale

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in the past; 21% wanted to sell earlier but home was under water.

spend less on a home than the one they sold.

Younger Boomers (born 19551964, age 52 to 61): 16% of recent home buyers; As the sandwich generation, 20% bought a multi-generational home to accommodate children over 18 or aging parent; they expect to be in their home for the longest at a median of 20 years; when buying they tend to stay at a similar price and size to the home they sold.

Silent Generation (born 19251945, age 71 to 91): Represents the smallest group of buyers at 8%; Since most have retired or scaled back work demands, they have the lowest median household income; 23% buy to be closer to friends or family; 24% purchased senior related housing; they tend to buy the newest homes; 58% financed their home; they are likely to spend less on a home than the one they previously sold.

Older Boomers (born 1946-1954, age 62 to 70): 14% of home buyers; 17% purchased senior-related housing; 19% buy due to retirement; purchase decision driven by retirement, downsizing, or desire to be closer to family and friends; they typically move the longest distance and are the least likely to compromise on home purchase; 68% finance their home; 21% of sellers and thus the second largest selling population; likely to


Whether buying or selling, understanding the market participants may pave the way to a more successful real estate venture! Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as “That Girl,” calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson County and helped found Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery of Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties.


Commercial - Great Values with Business Zoning!

80 Front St; #549987; $243,000 Commercial opportunity in the heart of Lovingston’s business district - 2,520 sq ft building with 10,000 sq ft paved parking area and option to buy adjoining parcel. Office building has 3 store fronts and could easily accommodate separate businesses and/or retail spaces. Zoned B1 with by right uses: retail stores, offices for personal and professional services, food sales and restaurants, banks, hotel/motel, funeral home, gasoline stations, churches, schools, hospitals, and more. Great road frontage along Front St just off of Route 29. Purchase building with the adjoining lot for $299,000 and have even more land for future expansion or business development. Listed below appraised value!

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4300 Rockfish Valley Hwy; #541465; $299,000 Treasure in downtown Nellysford for entrepreneur and/or developer seeking large acreage that is already zoned for business! Total of 13.02 acres with 6.08 acres fronting 151 with B-1 zoning, 4.79 acres fronting Virginia Ln with B-1 conditional zoning, and 2.15 wooded acres with A-1 zoning suitable for private residence for business owner. B1 by right uses: hotel/motel, retail stores, restaurants, offices, and personal/professional services etc… w/ brewery approved in the B-1 conditional. Substantial road frontage, 1,500+ ft, along two roads including Rt 151 which has gained notoriety “as the travel destination for Virginia wine, craft beer, hard cider, spirits, and outdoor recreation” according to business affiliation known as Nelson 151.

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thisoldhouse Location: 8296 Batesville Road, Batesville, Virginia Offered at: $295,000 Comments: Located in the very popular Western Albemarle area. This 16 acre tract has all the potential for a great country environment, with pasture for a house or two and located just off of the Nelson County line. Travel to Charlottesville and UVA only takes about 25 minutes. Contact: Richard Carroll Wintergreen Real Estate 434-361-0588

Location: 159 Fortunes Pt, Wintergreen, Virginia Offered at: $1,995,000 Comments: Located within the gates of Wintergreen yet separate & private this enclave of 6 Estate homesites called Fortunes Point is a mountaintop meadow with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge. At the end of the cul-de-sac Meadow Rock is a charming southern farmhouse built in 2007 of the highest quality materials and craftsmanship & state of the art technology. Perched on 26 acres of meadows, woods & rock outcroppings with panoramic views of Three Ridges and the southern mountain. Contact: Pamela Lang McKeithen Mountain Area Realty 434-361-2440


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June 8 Mug Club Trivia Night, 6PM

june 1 Game Night, 6:30pm

A night of mixed trivia with special prizes for 1st and 2nd place! Want to participate? Ask about joining the Mug Club!

Play a variety of games while enjoying your favorite DB pint.

June 10 Bear Pong Tournament, 3pm

june 8 Growler Girls: VA Paint Party Fundraiser, 6:30pm

Compete solo or with a partner for a Devils Backbone prize pack! Registration ($5) includes a pair of DB shades

Artist Misty Adams will lead this paint night fundraiser. Donations of feminine products will also be collected. Registration is $45, with $15 being donated to RARA. RSVP by June 1!

June 18 father’s day at basecamp

june 11 Mug Club Corn Hole Tournament Fundraiser, 6:30pm

The Brewpub will serve up a prime rib special, with a free swag bag for dad to take home

June 18 db movie night, 6pm Bring the family for a screening of “Indiana Jones: the last crusade” at sunset in the Meadows with our house-made popcorn.

June 23 heartland series beer release, 6pm The next Heartland Series release will be Survivors Double IPA, benefitting Free to Breathe. Free to Breathe seeks to eliminate lung cancer through research, community-building, and awareness, and a portion of Survivors DIPA will be donated to the organization.

Thursday Oyster Nights Enjoy fresh oysters on the half shell, and oyster specials

SMOKED BRISKET SATURDAYS Enjoy freshly smoked beef brisket at Basecamp!

Saturday & Sunday S’mores Come roast your own s’mores over our open fire!

Summit Brunch Sundays, 7am-2pm Enjoy brunch specials, including mimosas and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar in The Summit!

db music series, live in the meadows, 3-7pm june 3 the whiskey wells - folk june 17 south street canal - country-rock, classic hits & Soul

Bring your A-game! Registration is $20 per team, with half of registration proceeds benefitting RARA and half going to the winning team. Rain date: June 25

June 22 Bingo Night RARA Fundraiser, 6pm Prizes will be awarded every round, and it’s only $5 per card to play all night!

June 23 Heartland Series Beer Release, 6pm The next Heartland Series release will be Survivors Double IPA, benefitting Free to Breathe. Free to Breathe seeks to eliminate lung cancer through research, community-building, and awareness, and a portion of Survivors DIPA will be donated to the organization.

June 29 Trivia Night, 6:30pm The winning team will be awarded a $25 DB gift card

June 30 Lip Sync Jam, 7pm Take the stage to benefit RARA! Sign up in the Tap Room by June 1 to participate, or come to the Tap Room to cheer on the performers. The participant with the most votes ($1 donation per vote) wins!

Wednesday-Saturday food trucks, 2-8pm food trucks will be on site

live music, 6:30pm June 3 scott slay & the Rail - bluegrass & americana june 10 Kyle Forry & Justin Arnett - bluegrass & folk june 16 Greg Ward - reggae june 17 Chris & Friends - old time music June 23 Whiskey Regrets - bluegrass June 24 Rag Top - folk covers

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Remember Growler Grab Wednesdays at both locations Stop in and fill ‘er up! Special 64 oz growler fills

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“I wanted to learn English, that was my goal, but I learned more than that. In retrospect I was destined to do this work.” – Giancarlo Gnali on leaving Italy for the U.S. as a teenager


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“Everyone has a story.” says Giancarlo Gnali and his starts when he was eight-years-old in Italy. “My grandfather took care of these fields where they cut the grass with a sickle, and there was a fig tree. That’s where I created my very first composition, under this big old fig tree.” “I made a hazelnut caramel stick in the woods. To this day I’m in awe, where did that come from? I borrowed my grandmother’s copper pot and went to the woods. I built a fire. I put the pot on the fire circled by rocks. I melted the butter and added the sugar and made a caramel. I had picked some hazelnuts. I cracked them on a stone and threw them in the pot and stirred it up. I had a wooden board and some wax paper. I poured the caramel onto it and rolled it up. I sold pieces to my friends for five cents. Eight years old?” “Then there was a gap.” interjects Gian’s wife of 40 years, Jane, laughingly. Jane tends to customers ribboning jewel boxes of pastries and chocolates, taking custom orders and keeping the retail space.


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“I came to the US in 1971 when I was 15-years-old to go to high school in Lynchburg where my uncle lived.” Emil Waldis was a Swiss pastry chef running a gourmet store in a shopping center. “It was unheard of, but it was one way to introduce what you could get in New York.” His small counter and few tables evolved into a fine dining establishment. So Giancarlo came to Virginia to be the apprentice. “The only one from the family in the old country. I wanted to learn English, that was my goal, but I learned more than that. In retrospect I was destined to do this work.” The magic show unfolds as Liszt plays in the background. “All the years I worked in kitchens I was deprived of music and natural light. When Jane and I started this business nineteen years ago I said, ‘We’re going to have the radio all of the time. And watch nature, have natural light.’ I need it to do this.” Giancarlo has pulled a pristine little cake from nowhere. “This is a birthday cake.” Giancarlo says wielding a tiny homemade pastry tube filled with dark chocolate ganache. The four of us in the small bakery collectively hold our breath as the scrolling greeting is expertly applied to the ivory buttercream frosting. The only sound is the click of Kate’s camera lens and the incredibly appropriate symphony. Giancarlo stands straight and says to Kate, “Just like you I have to balance. You breathe in, you breathe out. You hold your stomach muscles.” The next embellishment to this cake is in hand.


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Upon direction Kate’s daughter, nine-year-old Fiona holds out a petite finger. Giancarlo squirts a drop of bright yellow passion fruit ganache on it. Finger to tongue, then the sublime countenance of one who has tasted perfection. “Awesome!” Fi exhales. She has not taken her eyes off of the maestro since we arrived. To delineate the portions of some cakes Giancarlo creates sheets of chocolate adorned with refined images and cut into squares. He leafs through an album of sheets and settles on yellow musical notes. “I am told from a musician’s perspective this is actually Mozart. I can’t read music, but I’ll go with it.” He sets eight equidistant pieces on the side of the cake. What’s inside is also exquisite. Three layers of vanilla butter cake, fresh raspberries, seedless raspberry jam and white chocolate Bavarian. Pointing out a recipe tacked to the wall Giancarlo shows a method of making puff pastry using a tea-towel for demonstration. “81 layers for puff, 132 for croissants. This technique comes from the world renowned

With his wife of 40 years, Giancarlo Gnali creates fine European pastries from his shop in downtown Staunton. Visit EuropeanPastry.com for directions, wedding cakes and general magic.

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pastry chef Ignio Massari. He is from my hometown of Brescia.” “Yes, okay I bake, that is my profession. I don’t know why . . .” Giancarlo trails off. “In Europe I feel that you are given more respect to this profession. A good pastry chef is very well respected in the community. I’m not demeaning cupcakes or doughnuts. We don’t do that here. Why? Because everyone else is doing it.” I mutter to Kate that this hour will not fit in an article it should be a book. She emphatically agrees glancing at her camera then to Fiona still agog over the cherry panna cotta. Giancarlo smiles, “That would be a goal of mine. I say, ‘How is that going to come about?’ I don’t know, but maybe possibly someday.” “Here is a leftover.” says Giancarlo holding a plate of sweets that still look delicious. “So what will end up happening with these? They will go into this bag where I put scraps and they will go to the chicken farm. The next time I get eggs I get the benefit back.” Picture hens pecking apricot tart with marzipan. BRL




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Blue Mountain Brewery rolls out updated logos and packaging.


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As a brewery’s beers evolve, so does its branding. It’s been nearly a decade since Blue Mountain Brewery founder Taylor Smack was trying to come up with a logo for a hobby that was turning into a business. “It was developed over a few beers at South Street Brewery by a graphic artist from Cville Weekly named Liann,” said Taylor. “Of course, having been over ten years ago, all I can remember is the general excitement, the thrill of jumping further into an adventure.” And it’s been quite the adventure. Growing pains came quickly as the brewery struggled to meet its newfound popularity and expand its business without losing its soul. Once Blue Mountain dove into the bottling game, it rebranded again with the help of Charlottesville-based artist Mike Fitts.  “It has pretty much carried through all our packaging and merchandise over the next 9+ years with minor tweaks,” Taylor explained. And over those years, the craft beer market has gotten more crowded as beermakers compete for limited shelf space (getting on those shelves is a whole other battle). “Dozens of great new local breweries, powerful out-of-state regional breweries, and of course beers from breweries that are owned by the international mega-brewing forces who wield a frightening amount of influence and control on what ‘choices’ consumers even get to choose from,” Taylor added.

One of Blue Mountain’s earlier logos remains on a tank behind the Afton brewery. Designed by Mike Fitts, the logo had a long run of nearly a decade.


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Which is why in a business built on taste buds, having a pretty face still matters. “So you do your best to make sure the beer in the bottle or can is worth coming back for, and try to execute a package that absolutely nails your identity and helps tell your story.” It’s a story with many chapters. From youthful start-up, to award-winning brewery that built a bottling facility – the in Blue Mountain Barrel House in Arrington – to the acquisition of South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, which required a brand reboot of its own. “Our graphic team for that project – Watermark Design – did fantastic work ... That experience was just that: more experience. We got better at knowing what we want and how to communicate that with an artist.” Enter, The BrandIt, a boutique design firm based in Asheville, North Carolina. Matt Ebbing is the company’s Associate Creative Director. “We helped Blue Mountain reposition their branding efforts to focus on reconnecting craft brewing (and craft customers) back to the landscape – back to farming ingredients, back to relaxing in the countryside, and back to the adventure on the mountains.”

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And when you’ve got a blank slate to work with, you might as well take advantage of it. “On A Hopwork Orange IPA we have an orange driving a tractor at a hop farm. On Rockfish Wheat we have a couple of trout tubing down the Rockfish River. And on Lights Out Holiday Ale – well, you’ll just have to wait to find out!” “That’s why we’re so thrilled about our new brand refresh,” adds Smack. “It conveys our innovative but laid-back rural brewery vibe perfectly. We have so many cool new packages coming out – variety 12-packs with seasonally-changing whimsical maps of Nelson County, can wraps – we’re just really excited!” BRL

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Johnny Bench A bench in the landscape is perhaps one of the more welcoming hardscapes to choose – offering an opportunity to not just walk through the design, but to soak all the intricate details like a dry sponge. The options are numerous regarding size, shape and material, while the location is a bit more complicated. No, for most average landscapes, the location is not pondered longer than a dinner menu and the design accompanying it likewise. I find it rare that a bench can be just plopped down in a random spot and add interest and value to the landscape. More often than not, it takes a careful eye to move throughout the design and find a location that dovetails nicely with the associated space and plantings and ultimately offer a resting atmosphere. As with all hardscapes, the bench must be creatively positioned in a location that attracts the eye and rewards the senses when it is occupied. Here are some things to think about. Benches work well in shade gardens. The most obvious reason is the canopy offers a relaxing retreat from the sun and therefore serves as an oasis for a good book, some surfing or just a chat with a friend. This does not mean that full sun exposures are off limits, it’s just that comfort, vision and duration can be somewhat limited since our orbital rotation can be a bit harsh when weather permits an opportunity to sit a while. Of all the locations in your design, a seating area should always involve landscape material that offers fine detail, like the delicate fronds of a fern or the intricate petals of a coneflower, since rest allows the eye to wander and focus. The material used for a bench is also something to ponder. Once you know the location, the composition of the bench should be a reflection of the area. Stone benches work best with

deeper and taller backdrops while wooden benches (with backs) have the ability to stand better with limited or little associated landscape considerations. Either way, traffic flow, proximity to walks and structures, viewing gardens, fragrant plants and audible hardscapes (i.e. fountains) should be paramount in the ultimate location of a bench. Also, never underestimate the ability of a bench to completely remove an open eyesore (propane tank, electric box, etc.) from your landscape – “The best way to erase a manmade object is to introduce another …” For either sun or shade, the setting could be at the end of a serpentine path of bluestone pavers, a cul-de-sac of grass at the end of the landscape or close to a fountain. Associated with a shade garden could be an understory tree or trees (Kousa dogwood, Japanese snowbell, etc.) with a mass of ferns under their canopy flanked by a half circle of Vardar Valley boxwood (or equivalent shapes evergreen shrubs). A sun garden can be as simple as a couple of evergreens framing the bench along with a small arbor covered in Mandevilla over the seating area. The addition of spring and summer color is always a bonus – try Little Lime, Annabelle or Oakleaf hydrangea. Summer, long lived annuals like New Guinea impatiens, caladiums, lantana, petunias, etc. add color from May to frost. Fragrant flowers, like daphne and viburnum, located up to 30 feet from the bench will fill the air with a sweet aroma thus bringing another sense into play. In deeper mountain/buffer settings, opt for the wooden bench with back and reduce your plant listing greatly. Large masses of ferns around a large boulder in the canopy of a large oak or shagbark hickory could easily suffice. Be sure that the location is in a moderately visible area to the side of the house where the bench can draw the eye to the area.

asktheDr. By Dr. Steve Schmitz Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Steve, What is the latest on cholesterol and high cholesterol treatment? Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is found in all the cells of the body. It is important for brain, skin, and other organ function. But, too much of the bad kind, the low density lipoproteins (LDL), is associated with blood vessel disease like heart attacks and strokes. This is why cholesterol gets so much attention in the press and at your doctor’s office. In many cases the level of the cholesterol depends on a people’s lifestyle, especially the foods they choose to eat. However, heredity also plays an important role in cholesterol—so be sure to pick your parents well! Medicine’s current thinking about what levels of cholesterol are dangerous is a fairly holistic one, as we look at the cholesterol numbers alongside of the other major risk factors for vascular disease (ie most importantly heart attacks and strokes). These other risk factors include smoking status, age, gender, blood pressure, and sugar levels. Using these risk factors and a person’s cholesterol numbers, doctors can come up with a risk profile for a

Discover Why patient. Plugging numbers into a calculator, like the one found at cvriskcalculator.com which anyone can access on the web, produces a prediction—a percentage change of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years. Once a person has looked at his or her cholesterol and then has done the calculations to have the 10 year risk number, the question is what to do if the risk is high. Well, the safest and best thing to do is certainly to work on non-medical ways of lowering cholesterol and lowering vascular disease risk. If a person smokes, stopping that is probably more important than anything else he or she can do for health. Losing weight, cutting out processed foods and foods high in cholesterol can help. Increasing exercise is important as well. If all those things are done and a person’s risk is still high, it is probably worth discussing this with a doctor to see if any of the available cholesterol medicines may be of benefit. Dr. Steve Schmitz is a licensed medical doctor based in Afton. This column is provided as a service to readers of Blue Ridge Life Magazine and it does not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers of this magazine. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult your doctor.


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FIRST ANNUAL BREWMASTER’S BALL Start: June 2, 2017 4:00 pm End: June 2, 2017 11:55 pm Venue: Infinity Downs Farm Phone: 434-245-9000 Address: 1500 Diggs Mountain Road, Arrington, VA 22922 (NELSON)

“PIT OF DREAMS” MUD BOG Start: June 10, 2017 9:00 am End: June 10, 2017 6:00 pm Venue: Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire and Rescue Phone: 540-456-6465 Address: 11100 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)


WORLD GIN DAY CELEBRATION Start: June 10, 2017 12:00 am End: June 10, 2017 7:00 pm Venue: Silverback Distillery Phone: 434-456-7070 Address: 9374 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

REEBOK SPARTAN RACE Start: June 3, 2017 7:30 am End: June 3, 2017 11:00 pm Venue: Infinity Downs Farm Phone: 434-245-9000 Address: 1500 Diggs Mountain Road, Arrington, VA 22922 (NELSON)


NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE Start: June 3, 2017 8:00 am End: June 3, 2017 12:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Real Estate Phone: 434-244-2399 Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON)

LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM Start: June 11, 2017 2:00 pm End: June 11, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: DelFosse Vineyards and Winery Phone: 434-263-6100 Address: 500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA 22938 (NELSON)

COMMUNITY MARKET Start: June 3, 2017 8:30 am End: June 3, 2017 10:30 am Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

JUNE 17 SATURDAY EDIBLE LANDSCAPING’S ALL ABOUT FRUIT DAY Start: June 17, 2017 9:00 am End: June 17, 2017 5:00 pm Venue: Edible Landscaping Phone: 434-361-9134 Address: 361 Spirit Ridge Lane Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

WOODSON’S MILL OPEN HOUSE Start: June 3, 2017 10:00 am End: June 3, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: Woodson’s Mill Phone: 804-803-1794 Address: 3211 Lowesville Road Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON) SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL Start: June 3, 2017 12:00 pm End: June 3, 2017 7:00 pm Venue: Wood Ridge Farm Brewery Phone: 434-422-6225 Address: 165 Old Ridge Road Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON)

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JUNE 4 SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Start: June 4, 2017 2:00 pm End: June 4, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Phone: 540-943-4716 Address: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)



YOGA AT BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Start: June 8, 2017 6:00 pm End: June 8, 2017 7:15 pm Venue: Bold Rock Hard Cider Phone: 434-361-1030 Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON)


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businessdirectory Breweries BLUE MOUNTAIN BARREL HOUSE 434-263-4002 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA NELSON COUNTY Come visit us at the Barrel House brewery and tasting room and discover where tradition meets innovation. Our tasting room is open Sunday-Thursday, 12PM-8PM, Friday 12PM-9PM, & Saturday, 12PM-8PM. You can enjoy a tasting flight of our available beer selections, relax with a full glass of one of our fine ales or lagers, and take a complementary tour after your purchase if you’d like to learn about our special brewing process.

Construction (cont.) R.M. GANTT CONSTRUCTION 434-316-0090 www.RMGantt.com NELSON COUNTY R.M. Gantt Construction is a family owned business which has served the Central Virginia area since 1992. We concentrate on higher end residential construction by providing our team of professionals, consisting of our well trained and specialized Framers, Millwork Specialists, Project Managers, Estimators, and Interior Designers. We offer a turn key project.

Lodging BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY 540-456-8020 9519 Critzers Shop Rd Afton, VA NELSON COUNTY Blue Mountain Brewery is open 7 days a week bringing the revolution of real hand-crafted American beer to our corner of the world. Eight to ten Blue Mountain drafts available at all times, local foods for lunch and dinner, local wines & family friendly.

WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY 434-361-0088 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY Plan a visit to Wild Wolf and experience Chef Chris Jack’s amazing creations made with locally sourced ingredients, enjoy your meal inside or out with one of our 13 craft beers on tap then take your favorites home with you our awesome to-go beer selections. For private events contact aj@wildwolfbeer.com

Construction ELK MOUNTAIN CONTRACTING, LLC 540-241-9075 221 Old Tyro Lane, Tyro, VA AUGUSTA COUNTY Elk Mountain Contracting has been building custom log cabins and barns for 14 years. Using stonework and reclaimed materials to compliment your project allows us to provide a historic appeal to your structure. Services Provided: Reclaimed building materials, Custom log cabins and barns, Chinking, Stonework, General Construction, Cabin and barn restorations.


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LOST & FOUND Lost Dog - Mini Australian Shepherd Lost Blue Merle MiniAustralian Shepherd - black, white, and grey speckled markings with some copper on face and legs. Male, docked tail, 18” tall, 20 lbs. Missing from Afton on 1/27/17, last sighting 2/21/17. He is extremely timid, if you see him please don’t call or chase him Posted By:Ellie Ray 22920 - Afton 434-7603752 $REWARD

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JOBS Sunday School Teachers/ Nursery Workers Sunday School Teachers and Nursery Workers needed for new church. Applicants must be at least 18yo, have reliable transportation, and willing to submit to a background check. Please email kelli@thewellofnelson.com outlining your experience working with children and include 3 references to schedule an interview. Posted By: Dan Magan 434-981-3268 $20/wk HIRED! - Administrative Assistant Administrative Assistant for professional office. Must have excellent skills in working with clients - a pleasant manner, discretion with confidential information and good communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe required. Start date approximately May 1st. Benefits include short work hours, paid vacation and holidays. Send email with cover letter. No phone calls please! Posted By: Julia W Rogers 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen $Negotiable

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631 Stone Chimneys Rd; #551086; $269,900

22 acres w/ creek, mtn views, and multiple home sites; Bring horses or farm animals; 3+ac w/ 4 board fence; 2 stall run-in, well, electric

Renovated w/ great privacy and seasonal mtn views! 1st Floor master; full basement; screened porch; 2 fireplaces; 3Br/2.5Ba; 1.46ac










390 Dogwood Ln; 559001; $324,900

In-law suite or apartment! Open flow w/ vaulted ceilings, wood floors, 2 stone fireplaces, garage, porch, decks (owner/agent) 4Br/3.5Ba

348 Deer Springs Ln; #555791; $199,000

Golf front w/ privacy; 2 large bedrooms w/ extra sleeping/sitting areas; deck, wood floors, fireplace; 70k below assessment! 1,592 sq ft

Livebeautifully in Nelson County



4761 Irish Rd; #560233; $349,900

Albemarle County - Solid brick ranch with 18ac, creek, views, and full in-law suite! Basement, 2 car garage, 4Br/2Ba; 2,784 fin sq ft

Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525 InsistOnThatGirl.com

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Blue Ridge Life, Issue #147  

Foraging Connections, Running the UROC at Skylark Farm, Giancarlo's Pastries

Blue Ridge Life, Issue #147  

Foraging Connections, Running the UROC at Skylark Farm, Giancarlo's Pastries