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Wheelers Cove Property Wow! Mountain views and bold Dutch Creek meandering through this 20-acre property. Hiking trails, nicely wooded and an open home site! Plus a rustic cabin that meets County Rec. cabin code—insulated, with built-in bunks, propane heater and a new porch! Enjoy the views from the campsite at the deck with picnic table. 300' well with simple pump (self-priming stainless steel hand pump). Perked for a 3 BR home. Electric available from adjoining property. Producing fruit trees. 15 minutes to Lovingston. $134,900

631 Stone Chimneys Road Incredible value for a 3 BR, 2.5 BA home on a large parcel with seasonal views. Many outdoor living spaces such as a covered front porch or screened porch. Improvements include wood floors throughout main level, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, upstairs bath, new laundry area, and stone fireplaces in living room and basement area, framed for a family room. First or second floor master, open flow, large picture windows, basement with mostly finished workshop/ home office, landscaped, DSL, and more! $269,900

Laurel Lane Parcel Lovely, nearly level building sites in an established neighborhood of large lots. This 12.20-acre property features a mix of hardwoods with a scattering of evergreens. The Woods Mill community is conveniently located for access to all of Nelson County's most popular attractions, including the neighborhood Wood Ridge Farm Brewery. Enjoy designing your home, your way. There are no architectural guidelines or minimum square feet requirements! $57,500

193 Black Walnut Drive Dramatic architecture, gracious living spaces inside and out, an outstanding landscape, and golf course views define 193 Black Walnut Drive at Stoney Creek. The 2,880-square-foot home includes 3 BR, each with attached bath. The kitchen features quality stainless appliances and beautiful cabinetry. 1,660 square feet of decks and porches extend the living space outward. A detached 2-car garage includes a small greenhouse. Indulge your senses. $449,000

Old Stoney Creek Road Homesite with septic already installed on this 5-acre parcel. Level area for building, mountain views and the roar of Stoney Creek! Close to Nellysford restaurants and stores as well as breweries and cideries, hiking and Wintergreen. $45,000

142 Saddle Ridge Lane A most desirable location and home site in Stoney Creek. Private, park-like and nicely landscaped 1.44-acre lot with a creek at the rear, mountain views and golf course frontage. The 4 BR, 4.5 BA home has been meticulously maintained. At the rear of the garage, a 2-story apartment has a billiard room, family room, utility/laundry, half BA, full BA, BR. A large deck connects this to the main home. Minutes from the Clubhouse, golf, tennis, restaurant, exercise room. $528,000

Wi n t e r g r e e n R e s o r t 354 Laurel Springs Drive Enjoy the sound of the mountain stream from almost every room of this 4 BR home. Lovely, level .5-acre lot with exceptional views of the Devils Knob Golf Course. This home boast a beautiful stone fireplace, open floor plan, and 2 masters, one on each level. Great outdoor living space to take in all that this area has to offer. Currently a nightly rental with good income potential and numerous returning guests. $475,000

218 Ravens Roost Lane Welcome to Ravens Nest, a handsome 5 BR, 4.5 BA home with seasonal views. Open dining/kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Living room has stone fireplace and wall of windows. Enjoy the deck with hot tub and permanent hook-up gas grill. Master BR on main floor has granite sinks, separate shower and jetted tub. Downstairs has kitchenette, living room, walk-out access and 2 BR. Loft, 2 BR and full bath. Popular rental! $439,000

348 Deer Springs Golf front, 2 BR, 2 BA home with privacy and priced 70k below assessment! Situated well off the road and on a low-maintenance wooded parcel with paths to the golf course beyond the back yard. Upstairs BR has a private BA with jetted tub and separate shower and is currently used as master. First floor BR has access to a full BA with soaking tub and separate shower. Hardwood floors and brick fireplace and open kitchen, dining, and living areas. Furnished! $199,000

Timbers 224 Ingenious use of space in this totally renovated, ski-front condo! A second bath was added on the loft level, making this one of very few Timbers with 2 baths.From its redesigned kitchen with granite counters, maximizing every inch for an easy flow, to new hardwood floors and solid 6-panel doors, every detail was painstakingly thought out. A coveted Gold on Wintergreen Rental, it's a great investment/vacation home. $94,500

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141 Far Knob Climb Terrific homesite of more than 2.5 acres boasting panoramic mountain views across the Rockfish Valley. Easily accessible road frontage for construction of a driveway to into the parcel. Slope of lot provides potential for excellent year-round mountain vistas. Wonderfully private setting yet still an easy two minute drive to Stoney Creek amenities (golf, tennis, swimming, dinning, fishing). Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. Offered at $68,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (539331)



122 Chestnut Lane Check out this increasingly hard to find year-round 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 $125,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (554450)




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This is a beautiful site with view in one of the most exclusive areas of Wintergreen. Priced to sell quickly. Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines. Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey. Seller financing available. $89,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. Smsales1@aol.com (560087)


71 Rosebay Lane

Panoramic views of Crawford’s Mountain from this 5 bedroom mountain getaway. Soaring floor to ceiling stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, two family rooms, updated kitchen appliances and counters, huge decks and covered side porch. Attached garage, paved driveway, almost a full acre lot. Year round views from many rooms, including family and dining rooms, and main floor master bedroom. Nature conservation area borders rear of property. Walk to Chestnut Springs Pool and park. Quiet street with minimal traffic, but still close to many recreational amenities. Offered at $599,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293 smsales1@aol.com (554794)






A perfectly placed home on this lot will provide stunning 180-degree views year round! Imagine looking out upon Crawford’s Knob and the Natural Area Preserve from your dream mountain home. The location and elevation of this lot offer many opportunities from a secluded cul-de-sac within central Virginia’s premier four season resort! Let’s talk about your design ideas and make them a reality! Offered at $99,000! Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (555848)






35 Woodlily Lane Nice golf front lot on 5th fairway of private Devils Knob mountain course. Extremely well priced, Nelson County assessed value is $120,000! Quiet location with nice homes around. Close to many resort amenities. Only $55,000! For more information contact Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or smsales1@aol.com. (562814)

31 Deer Springs Lane This chalet-style home captures the spirit of an era of mountain home designs loved through the generations. The vaulted great room is anchored by a real stone fireplace and flows seamlessly to the dining area and kitchen. A new master suite addition was completed in 2007 along with a new roof and skylights. $329,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (554282)






16 Powderhorn Drive

One of the last lots fronting the Appalachian Trail and the Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve with seasonal Rockfish Valley Views. This large lot #46 on the map, is a true nature lovers’ paradise. Private setting with no one building behind you. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac with mature hardwood trees. $45,000. Have Shenandoah Valley Construction build your custom dream home. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211 Jon.Tsakis@gmail.com (560219)











One-owner home adjoins the National Forest with seasonal views into the Shenandoah Valley and mountains beyond. Features two full kitchens and designed to function as either 4 bedrooms + office or 5 bedrooms. Recent improvements: Granite counters; stainless appliances; new roof; freshly stained exterior; rebuilt decks. Top-ofthe-line furnishings are included. $472,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (534628)






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 www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (529607)

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431 Hunters Point

Located in the preferred Hunters Pt area of Stoney Ck. this well cared for home is golf front and stream side on Monacan Hole # 4. One level main living area and master bedroom, with many upgrades including screened porch, sun room w/ custom windows, built in shelving, hard wood flooring, vaulted and tray ceilings, crown molding, chair railing, oversized garage, and well established landscaping and irrigation. Exterior is fiber cement with stone facade and 2 x 6 construction. Seasonal mountain views at rear of home. Dual zone heat pump with AC, lots of storage and walk up attic space. Bonus rm above garage can be 4th bedroom or 2nd family room. Gas fireplace, ceiling fans in all rooms, 2 attic fans. Excellent value for this quality of home. Offered at $499,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com. (562176)


672 Fawn Ridge Drive

One of the last Golf front lots at Wintergreen with Mountain and Valley views! Corner lot #42 on the resort map is a great location! Adjoins the 2nd hole on the Devils Knob Golf Course. Walk to the Devils Knob Golf and Tennis Center. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. $150,000. Have Shenandoah Valley Construction build your custom dream home. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211. Jon.Tsakis@gmail.com. (556129)

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Blue Ridge Life magazine (formerly Nelson County Life) is published monthly by The Afton Group, LLC and is distributed free of charge. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Advertising deadlines are the 15th of every publishing month. For advertising information, download our ratecard at BlueRidgeLife.com or contact us at info@blueridgelife.com. Views reflected by our advertisers do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher or the company. Blue Ridge Life Magazine, published by The Afton Group, LLC is pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing oppotunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise ‘any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.’ This magazine will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this magazine are available on an equal opportunity basis.

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thepublishers The book Peyton’s been using this month to practice reading is called Fun with Pets. “I Like Pigs,” she said, as she read the title. The problem is our pigs weren’t pets. Even so, we treated them as part of the family, essential to our master plan of not having to go far for chops or sausage. The day they arrived, the kids were so excited we pitched a tent next to their pen to camp out for the night. And against my advice, Adam and Peyton gave them names. “I made my pig a fine pig pen,” Peyton read. We sure did. It moved weekly so that they could enjoy fresh grass. Because no one should ever have to dine in the bathroom. “I got a pail to feed him,” Peyton continued. We miss having that slop bucket around and watching the hogs devour it for dinner. And on the rare moments they nuzzled too closely to the electric fence ... Oink!!! That screeching squeal served as a reminder to the kids that those wires are hot. “He digs up nuts ...”

And all sorts of mysterious metal objects hidden underneath the dirt. The pigs had rooted up some sort of a tractor bolt. And an old shotgun shell. The evening before their appointment with their maker, Mr. Ben showed up with a livestock trailer. And wouldn’t you know, the hogs stepped into that trailer with minimal coaxing. The next morning, we drove them to the next county over to unload them and turn in a cut sheet. A couple of weeks later, Tommy and the kids drove off with two large empty coolers. “Is that Annabelle?” Peyton asked. “It sure is,” Tommy said. “We’ve got your favorite breakfast sausage now.” The story ends on page 99: “I am glad God made pigs.” Because chorizo. Enjoy! Yvette and Tommy Stafford JULY 2017

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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz www.basicnecessities.com www.kaypfaltz.com July’s Joy It seems more articles than usual have appeared touting the health benefits of wine — always in moderation, of course. Wine is good for the heart, the digestion, but the study that fascinated me most proposed that wine is good for warding off dementia. Pass the bottle, please. To summarize briefly: the smell and taste of wine is not really in our nose or mouth, or even in the wine itself. Rather it’s created in our brains, in the same way that the trees and flowers we see don’t have color themselves — or not the ones we see. We see only their refracted light. Likewise, the molecules in wine have no taste themselves, but when they stimulate our brain, our brain creates the flavor in the same way it creates color. And, according to Gordon Sheperd in Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine, the act of tasting and then interpreting a wine’s many flavors engages more of the brain than any other human experience. I’d like to extend the idea to joy. Easy enough, as Indian sadhus, or maybe just your spouse, have been

telling you for ages that happiness is an inside job. Not something to be found elsewhere, in the conditions of life or material objects. And certainly not in the future, which never comes. Happiness is a choice, an attitude of acceptance toward life, perhaps, and also slightly different from joy. We find ourselves happy because this or that thing happened or didn’t happen. But joy is a state of being, deeper and more difficult to define with language. Because joy has no dependence on outside conditions, the gentle joy that infuses life despite inevitable suffering is within us, bubbling along, even when things don’t go our way. Bringing it back to wine: just like life, perhaps what makes a wine a joyous experience has less to do with whether the wine has 90 points and more to do with what we bring to it. When family gathered around my old wooden table outdoors, I didn’t bring out the cellared bottles, but rather popped the bottle caps — like on Coca Cola — on several liters of Les Maisons Bûllée, Pet Nat. (Pet Nat, which stands for Pétillant Naturel, or naturally and lightly sparkling, is made

by bottling before the completion of fermentation, and like orange wine, is catching on in the U.S. In France, you’ll find it on many a picnic table, its light effervescence aiding digestion.) In this loving setting, the ordinary Pet Nat became superb. And because the joy of being together infused the wine with love and warmth, in that sunlit moment, this lowly table wine tasted better than a bubbly bottle of Roderer Crystal. But try it for yourself. Infuse your wines with your own contagious joy and see how much better they taste. For practice: Domaine du Vieil Orme, Touraine, Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 – The Loire Valley produces textbook examples of Sauvignon Blanc like Sancerre, and more youthful ones like this from Touraine. Fresh white flowers, a hint of grass, citrus and lime. Light body with pistachio, green almond and blackcurrant bud. $14 Barbi, Macchiarello 2016 – This rosé, or rosato, from Umbria stole my heart. Made from Sangiovese and Cillegiolo, (chee-leeeh-JOH-loh) which means cherry in Italian, it is fragrant and fruity with soft, round, cherry (of course) notes. Pairs with almost everything. $11

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Under a firmament of flowering hanging baskets Jenny Driver nurses her daughter Adelide. A fountain murmurs. The scent of summer wafts in from the next greenhouse, thousands of tomato plants conspire to raise the hopes of every gardener walking in the door. Below the relaxed calm of the fragrant babbling surrounds at JMD Farm Market and Garden Center a current of anticipation hums. Jenny muses, “ If people would come and see what we’re doing and see how excited we are - I think that builds and grows - people would be hard pressed not to come back.” Garden Center Manager Dwayne Pitsenbarger adds, “It’s great. Things are changing really quickly now. We’re a full service garden center, it’s finally getting there. This year has seen a lot of cleaning up. The hoop houses were giant kitty litter boxes. We hauled off eleven dump truck loads of trash. We’ve been fixing up, along with the daily routine of keeping a business going.” About 40-years-ago Millard (Jenny’s father) and Milton Driver opened Driver Brothers Garden Center on Route 254 in Staunton. It was the retail extension of the family farm in operation since 1850. The business thrived and at the turn of the 21st century was in its first heyday selling bedding plants, cast-concrete gnomes and the powders and granules of the nursery trade. A degree in environmental science, a generation removed and the next generation in her arms, Jenny plotted her vision and planted the seeds of an intensely productive business. Some shifts were dramatic. “We’re really conscientious how we grow things. There are all kinds of chemicals that will do - you name it - suppress growth, encourage growth, control bugs, funguses. We use no sprays, we’re bee friendly. We try to get beautiful stuff into the hands of customers.”


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Intrinsic to that end is the deep-rooted staff. Crystal Wilkerson is the primary grower at the wholesale greenhouse. Years on the retail floor reflect in her selections. Mary Katharine Froelich, the garden manager, is frequently found bunching up vegetables for sale. Some of the vibrant produce, Swiss chard, kale, collards, lettuce travels paces from vertical grow tubes to the cooler. Short of crawling through JMD’s strawberry beds to pick your own it doesn’t get any fresher. Mary Katharine also oversees the meat brought from the farm’s pastures to the store’s freezer featuring beef, lamb, pork and eggs, all grass-raised, free of hormones and antibiotics. She says, “Because I’m a newcomer at the market I tell customers I’ve been on the farm for two years and they’re immediately on my side. They’re excited.” continued on page 14

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Kayla Ranks and Wendy Gray comprise the part-time contingency seeing to the endless watering, repotting and grooming. Aching muscles and sore backs equate to superior plants and happy customers. Managing this twining, trailing, blossoming universe is Dwayne Pitsenbarger. He is calm, frequently irreverent, and confident with the ability to transform the mundane into something sublime. I called JMD to ask Dwayne when Kate and I might come by for photos and a chat. Dismissing me momentarily to tend to a customer I scrambled to scribble down Dwayne’s words, “You need that purple. It’s whore purple with spots. God, I love whore purple.” It’s a particular kind of customer service that Dwayne offers. Rightfully so. For six years Dwayne worked for the Shank sisters. The elder Georgia Shank Vance, decorated the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., the White House and other outstanding area homes with floral arrangements, a post she held for more than 35 years. Then half a decade under the mentorship of Andre Viette, the nationally recognized horticulturist with extensive greenhouses supporting a hybridized perennial breeding program, familiarized Dwayne with the nuances of the trade. However, most of Dwayne’s skill is homegrown. “I think I always gardened. My garden is not finished. In my mind they never are.” Dwayne considers the influence of his grandmother, Violet Virginia (who had a twin sister, Viola Virginiana), “She kept flowers, she canned and did all of that stuff. She used to teach the girls at Buffalo Gap High School how to can food in home economics class. That was ages ago. Food preservation was a thing then, in the late ‘50’s - early ‘60’s.” continued on page 16


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The romance of the past is not lost on Dwayne, especially when it comes to flowers. “You know? Grandma’s geraniums, bacopa and that freaking spike in the middle? Everybody still wants that look. I even like it. You like it. It’s reminiscent of a time on your grandmother’s porch. I think that’s endearing to people, even if they’re just doing a few pots.” A much sought after talent for events sponsored by the Augusta Garden Club, Historic Staunton Foundation and private clients, Dwayne’s compositions are always unmistakable. Even when it comes to an entire garden center. Customer Sharon Sproul exclaimed upon entering JMD recently, “Dwayne, this is so beautiful! It looks like every house tour you’ve ever participated in. It’s really inviting, it’s clean, it smells good.” Summer brings bushels of vegetables to the market. Annuals are reasonably priced and in excellent condition, no sun-fried marigolds here. Newly built raised beds are bursting with fresh cut flowers. Autumn is the time to tuck in perennials and the selections range in size from quarts up to three-gallon. Trees and shrubs abound. And of course pumpkins. Jenny is nurturing some Dill’s Atlantic Giants known to top out in the 400-600 pound range. The winter season is resonant with the freshest pine garland, Christmas trees and the ever changing kaleidoscope of poinsettias. Loyal customers mark their calendars to attend the late afternoon open house in December, a tradition Dwayne started years ago. The gnomes skittered away in a 75%-off sale years ago to be replaced by offerings grandmother would be comfortable with, longtime customers are heartened to see revitalized, and a baby can grow into. BRL


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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

443 Tyro Ideal location for skiiers! Only steps from the slopes on Tyro! Seasonal mountain views. Open space adjoins for additional privacy. This lot is convenient to all of the amenities Wintergreen has to offer! $59,000

353 Dogwood Lane This immaculate 4 BR, 3 BA home on 3.38 acres is located in the heart of Nellysford and has gorgeous mountain views. Exceptional quality and finishes throughout. One-level living with a great room featuring a stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen with custom cherry cabinets and granite counters, master suite with deck access and an attached 2-car garage. The lower level has a family room with gas fireplace, bedroom, home office, bonus room and storage space. Porches and decks allow you to enjoy the outside areas. Lovely landscaping and gardens. Minutes to Wintergreen, breweries, cideries and all the charms of the Nellysford community. $445,000 140 Magnolia Acres Lane Contemporary ranch home conveniently located in Northern Nelson. Vaulted ceiling in the great room with brick fireplace. Kitchen with maple cabinets and an island bar top. Nice layout with 2 BR, 2.5 BA, an office, and a family room in the partially-finished basement. Attached 2-car garage and a sunny, nearly level yard. Easy commute to Charlottesville and all the amenities along Route 151. $245,000 Rockfish Orchard lots Exceptional views in the heart of the Rockfish Valley. Private cul-de-sac location. Ample space to build your dream home. Fiber internet to the property! Located only minutes from dining, breweries, wineries, golf, Blue Ridge Parkway, AT and more. 30 minutes to Charlottesville. Lot 1 • 3.3 acres • $79,900 • Lot 3 • 7.56 acres • $124,900 Walkers Mountain Road Lot 59 Wooded lot with nearly 30 acres offering great privacy. A roughed-in drive is in place. A unique benefit to owning here is that you have access to a common area on the Tye River, so putting in your boat to fish and float is easy and convenient. $97,500 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. $149,900

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Noah Hughey-Commers is one of those guys who’s been hiding in the woods of Nelson County, slowly and quietly living out his passion – wood fired pottery. Throughout the year he can be found splitting wood for the wood-fired kiln, or throwing pots in his studio next door. I’m sure at some point he’s chucked his work across the room, but in this instance, I’m referring to the process in which a shapeless lump of clay is placed on a potter’s wheel and molded into a piece of art as the wheel turns. Noah attributes his love of all things clay to growing up around local artist, Kevin Crowe at Tye River Pottery. “I was good friends with his boys, so I remember playing around the studio, making toy soldiers out of clay,” tells Noah. “A little bit later, I was really excited about firing. It’s everything that an adolescent kid wants – fire, staying up late, we just hung out around the kiln and it was a twice a year thing. It was a really important bookmark in my year, an important part of my life.” After being homeschooled for years and subsequently graduating from Mary Washington with a degree in English, Noah returned to Nelson County, contemplating his next move. “I didn’t know what I was going to be doing with myself, but I came out of that undergrad experience and just wanted to work with my hands again,” he explains. “And instead of looking for a job, which didn’t seem like a lot of fun, I started working down at Kevin’s studio. And that turned into a two-year apprenticeship from 2008-2010.” It wasn’t long after that Noah felt the burning desire for a kiln of his own. So, he built himself one.

“I started piecing it together in 2011, putting footers down. Pretty much all the materials are found. The refractory material, [material that retains its strength at high temperatures], is pretty expensive. The new firebrick can cost up to about three dollars a brick and there’s upwards of three thousand bricks in the kiln,” says Noah. “So, it was just a slow thing, it was driving to Maryland and other parts of Virginia with the truck and hauling bricks back from people who would sell them to me or give them to me. I just collected things, working really slowly.” Muddy Creek Pottery underwent their first firing in 2015, with admittedly “uneven” results. “We’re loading firewood literally around pottery as it’s heated, and the idea is that we’re building up an ember bed around the pots, we’re creating ash surface on the pottery, and that’s the point of doing wood-fired work,” explains Noah. “We’re taking the minerals in the wood ash which melt after a certain temperature, and we’re melting that onto the surface of the pottery. So, all the exterior surface is coming from that natural wood ash.” Pieces of firewood that took months to split are painstakingly loaded by hand from the front and each side of the kiln in rotation during the week-long firing process. “In doing so, that first time it broke a lot of pots. But this last firing, which was the third firing, was by far the most even, the fewest breaks. It was just a matter of figuring out how to load it best, and keep a safe distance with wood but also, we’re building coals up around pottery, so there’s a balance.” “A safe pot is also a boring pot,” says Noah. “Finding that balance is tricky.” The most recent firing began the weekend of May 20, and the work has been non-stop ever since in preparation for the open house, which took place the weekend of June 17. “We just pulled stuff out a few weeks ago. We fire, and that takes a week, then it cools for a week, and then we pull stuff out and clean it off, and that takes a while. It’s about eight hundred pieces and about half of that was my work,” tells Noah. continued on page 22

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“There were pots from ten different people in it, so it’s a real community effort. People come from the D.C. area and around different places, and hang out for four days while we fire it, and bring a bunch of food and we all do shifts around the clock and fire together.” Adam McNeil was one of the two other potters featured at the most recent open house alongside Noah. This man was apparently born with the innate gift of creativity in all forms. He is a master woodworker and guitar-maker for Rockbridge Guitar Company, which specializes in custom built guitars for an impressive list of musicians. “I really like making stuff. I’ve been doing my full-time job for ten or eleven years now, but I’ve been doing pottery for longer, since college,” says Adam. “This potter community, with Noah being the head of Muddy Creek, has allowed me to make enough pots to actually try to sell them. And I couldn’t have done that without the pottery scene.” The third artist featured at the open house was Sherri Raffaele, who has been a potter ever since she took a ceramics class at the age of fifteen. “I apprenticed with Kevin Crowe for two years and finished about a year ago in May. That’s how Noah and I know each other, we all fired with Kevin originally,” tells Sherri. “Before I apprenticed with him, and after, I’ve always had my studio in my home, and since I’m into wood-firing and I live in an apartment in Charlottesville, I can’t really have a wood kiln. So, it’s been really great to collaborate with Noah and to be able to fire my work here.” In addition to being a part-time potter, Sherry also works as a brewer at Champion Brewery full-time. Being one of the only women in her field while brewing, she’s no stranger to the hard work that is also required in the firing process. But whether you’re man, woman, or that kid making toy soldiers out of clay, it would seem as though pottery lights a fire inside you. And whether it’s blazing like a 2000°F kiln or a slow-burning ember, once it’s lit, there’s no putting it out. BRL

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11 Shenandoah Ridge Court Amazing 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath unit with fantastic views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish valleys. Close to everything this unit is ideally located to experience all that Wintergreen Resort has to offer! Offered at $250,000. Call or email Jon Tsakis 540-836-9211 Jon.Tsakis@gmail.com. (562807)

18 Grassy Overlook

One level living in this unique vacation or retirement home on a private cul de sac lot with surprising views. Flat parking and drive makes this well maintained home easy on the knees, comfortable and warm. Extra-large two car garage, hardiboard siding, central air and heat, open interior main living area with hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace in living room, air to heat exchanger in crawl space for efficiency and heat distribution. Home has southern exposure. Single owner, architect designed, never rented. Lots of storage, room on lot for addition of living space if desired. Washer, dryer, two refrigerators and gas grill convey. Offered at $349,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 smsales1@aol.com (559889)


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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)










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88 Bear Run

You must see this custom built mountain retreat to appreciate it! Exquisite finishes throughout this home include reclaimed wood floors, antique accent window glass from England, Italian tile, custom wood carved mantel, beveled glass in entryway, artisan crafted stone bear above fireplace and more. Fireplaces in family room & a unique English Pub room make this a fun yet cozy & comfortable place to relax or entertain. Lovely screened porch, landscaped rear patio, weather resistant fiber cement siding, dual fuel central heat & air, 2 car oversized garage w/ ample storage. Multiple sitting areas, 3 master suites, plus an office and a bonus room for “overflow”. Kitchen has high end appliances, a warming oven, compactor, breakfast nook & more! Offered at $750,000. Contact Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or smsales1@aol.com. (562837)

Private and secluded, this 4 bedroom 4 1/2 bath furnished home has an attached garage, screened porch, lots of deck space and a bright and open layout. Vaulted ceilings, central air, fireplaces in family room and master bedroom and more! This well cared for home had a new 40 yr. roof in 2016, new furnace in 2014. Each bedroom has a separate bath, two are masters with double vanities, jet tubs and walk in showers. Home was completed by builder Richard Bupp for present owners. Never rented. Offered at $499,000. For more information contact Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or smsales1@aol.com. (563020)






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) E! OM EH AT L CU MA IM

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415 Pedlars Edge - Offered at $750,000

This is the perfect location from which to enjoy the beauty of Wintergreen Resort. The ski slopes are only 50 feet away! This updated condo puts you in the heart of The Mountain Village and allows easy access to shopping, restaurants, and The Market. Beautiful ceramic tile in the bathroom and exquisite laminate wood flooring in the master loft help make this a high end condo! A great investment opportunity as well as the condo is a member of the Resort’s Rental Program, Gold Tier. A perfect mountain escape at Virginia’s premier four season resort! Offered at $92,500! Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (559979)









At only a minute walk to the ski slopes, this tastefully appointed one bedroom condo has everything the ski-front condo has except the premium price! Enjoy private, gated Three Ridges parking; and a short walk to the amenities of the Mountain Inn Village. Unit offers updated flooring and some of the cheapest condo dues at Wintergreen! $62,500. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (553068)






598 Pedlars Edge Drive

This 3 level immaculate home was renovated from top to bottom, inside and out in 2004 including a 3 story addition. 5 Bedroom home on an oversized lot (two lots). Upgrades include steam shower, hardwood floors in main areas. 6 paneled wood doors. Stainless appliances in kitchen. Ample storage. Central Air and Heat. 2 family rooms plus sleeping and reading loft. Tastefully furnished. Quality throughout!! Hardiplank exterior. Wraparound deck with complete privacy overlooks conservation area. Walk to Tyro. Plenty of parking. This home was never rented. Offered at $325,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com (547428)









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

This is exactly what a mountain condo should be!!! It is not often that a property which offers a 1-minute walk to the Highlands Express Lift and a breathtaking view comes to the market. You can be on the slopes within minutes of arriving at this mountain getaway! The spacious master bedroom does not disappoint with its own fireplace and private, ground level deck. Main level deck off of the living room also provides panoramic views of the Blue Ridge. Nothing beats relaxing to the sights you have from this condo after a day of riding at Virginia’s premier four season resort. Beautifully decorated in the aesthetic of the mountain with great rental potential. Offered at $165,000. Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (562922)

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If you’re looking for a place to spend this July 4th then here it is! This beautifully decorated 1 bedroom / 1 Full bath unit offers so much & more! Spacious Open Floor Plan! Views Galore! With- New Trex Decking! Tile flooring, nice kitchen & appliances! Money maker in The Resort Rental Program! Priced to move! Offered at $126,000. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email tmack377@yahoo.com. (563216)


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1607 Overlook Condos

Come experience the beauty of Wintergreen Resort from this modern retreat that will make you never want to leave! Year round panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from this renovated condo make it a destination that should not be missed. Renovations which occurred during 2012 include Bamboo flooring, custom lighting fixtures, wood cabinets in kitchen and wet bar, beautiful tile back splash in the kitchen, new stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets with modern pulls, quartz counters, tile work surrounding the fireplace with reclaimed wood accent, granite counters in wet bar and master bath, vessel sinks in both baths, and modern cabinetry in master bath. Mountain beauty with modern conveniences make this the perfect getaway home! Offered at $249,000! Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (561903)


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33 Smoke Rise 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. $375,000. www.goWintergreen.com Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (549262)

39 Pitcher Plant Drive Many high quality upgrades in this amazing custom home on 1.4 acre lot overlooking Shamokin Gorge and stream. Great room features include cathedral ceiling, post and beam architecture, ceramic tiled floors, built in bookcases and massive stone fireplace. Open gourmet kitchen has beautiful hardwood floors, marble counters with glass front custom cabinets, gas range, kitchen island with breakfast bar and high end stainless kitchen appliances. Dining area opens to GR with fireplace and beautiful stone wall accents. Large second family room with fireplace on lower level. Listed by Steve Marianella for $645,000. 434-566-1293 smsales1@aol.com (552490)




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. $97,500. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (542007)



601 White Oak Condo

Complete ($90K+) modern remodel with warm, mountain chalet details: Gutted to the studs and reconfigured from the ground up. Redesigned by Italian Architect; calculations provided by local engineer; custom steel and wood work produced by Charlottesville fabricators. Walk to Mountain Inn and ski slopes. $170,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (541799)

634 Pedlars Edge Drive Improved ski chalet where measuring wheel shows house to be exactly 850 ft. from Tyro Slope! Grab your gear & start riding w/in minutes of arriving at this renovated mountain escape in low traffic area bordering Nature Preserve. All decking power washed, stained, New Deck Railings, New Exterior Paint on entire house. 3 separate living areas offer great rental potential!! Sleeps 12+ in real beds w/ ample room to enjoy privacy. Hot Tub off back deck. Avoid condo dues! Spectacular seasonal views of Blue Ridge Mountains. Offered at $289,500! Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (556097)





2064 Stone Ridge Condos

This renovated and spacious studio has everything you want to love being at Wintergreen. Features: Tile floors in kitchen and bathroom; tile kitchen counters; superb furnishings; striking views of the 18 hole of the Devils Knob golf course; walk-out access to greenspace from patio; and, seasonal mountain views! Stone Ridge is adjacent to the Spa and is a short walk to the Devils Grill restaurant and Nature Foundation. Drive or catch the shuttle for a two minute ride to tennis, skiing, dining, and shops. Offered at $54,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (552284) www.goWintergreen.com













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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1219 Blue Ridge Drive

This golf front 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath mountain getaway has been reduced to well under assessed value (by $139,950!) With two family rooms, both with beautiful stone fireplaces, you’ll have lots of room for your family and friends to spread out and relax. Large deck overlooks the third hole of private Devils Knob Golf course. Expansive great room has wood ceilings and open layout to kitchen and dining areas. Comes completely furnished and ready to enjoy. Nelson Co tax assessed at $489,900- great value at $349,950! Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 smsales1@aol.com (563257)




3204 North Ridge Condo GOLD RENTAL - LIMITED 1 BEDROOM - 2 FULL BATHS!!! Enjoy panoramic views of Shenandoah Valley from your new home! Close to everything, this unit is just a short walk to Black Bear Cafe - Dog Park - Winter Garden Spa! Turnkey furnished and ready for you! Offered at $87,500 - Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (559813)







205 Crawfords Edge

Panoramic year round views from throughout this one of a kind custom home on Wintergreen Mountain! L’Etoile du Nord ( The Star of the North ) is a unique Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design, over 3600 square feet of finished space plus multiple decks and screened porch. Great room with cathedral ceiling, 6 fireplaces, including each bedroom and 2 family rooms. Many built ins, hot tub, pool table, steam shower, security system, bar in second family room, 2 car covered carport. Three zone HVAC is heat pump with AC and gas furnace backup. Level drive & parking. Offered at $975,000 – Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com (559650)


910 Devils Knob Loop Looking for incredible value and Wintergreen’s most prestigious address? Savor the incredible mountain views from this home on Devils Knob Loop. Property features a significant home with 4,500+ SF, a two car garage addition, more than 1,000 SF of decking. Act quickly! $640,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (515589)












196 Mountain Inn Condos






Popular Gold-rated condo in Wintergreen Rental program. Perfect ski-in/ski-out location. Ground floor of Mountain Inn with easy access to resort amenities including dining, shops, meeting rooms. Great turnkey opportunity for steady rental income plus exclusive member access to Wintergreen resort. Open layout, nice finishes, beautifully maintained. Flat screen high-def TV high-speed Internet, WIFI on location. Handicap access - Upgraded Kitchen – Beautiful Decor! Offered at $79,500 - Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (532572)






67 Squirrel Tree Lane

Just in Time!!! This beautifully decorated and upgraded Ski Chalet is just a short walk to the slopes and comes turnkey furnished; ready for your family this ski season! Enjoy picturesque views from your master bedroom, living room, & expansive decking. Designed with convenience in mind; the first floor boasts two bedrooms and two full bathrooms while the loft area upstairs sleeps many or doubles as a playroom for the kids! A Must See! Offered at $290,000. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email tmack377@yahoo.com. (555213)


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This beautiful slope side condo, located in the Mountain Inn, has been completely remodeled! Close by to everything from dining to shopping. Priced to sell! Instant income producer. Gold Rated Rental in Wintergreen Resort program! Offered at $149,900. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email tmack377@yahoo.com. (555001)


67 Hickory Spring Road






Well cared for furnished 4 bedroom plus home on level and private lot. Brand new stainless appliances and water heater installed Fall 2016. Convenient location not far from Devils Knob amenities. Large wrap around private decks, conditioned crawl space, beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace, wet bar in family room. Unique master bedroom with bonus loft space. Recently re stained decks. Augusta Co. location (lower tax rate). One of the best layout and conditioned homes in this price range at Wintergreen. Offered at $334,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com. (553985)

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3227 North Ridge Condo Looking for a great value in a 2 bedroom condo at North Ridge? Look no further! This quality and elevated unit has been well maintained and includes attractive furnishings. Plus, it’s an end unit with master bedroom overlooking landscaped surroundings. North Ridge is across from the Tennis Center and is a short walk to the Spa and Devils Knob Golf. $97,500. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com (538893)

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Purchasing Peace of Mind Home Warranty FAQs


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

There are fees for loan origination, real estate attorneys, selling commissions, recording taxes, and yet more charges for hazard insurance, title insurance, appraisals, and inspections. Let’s admit it: The settlement charges associated with buying or selling a property can add up. Most charges are standard or customary and are not optional. However, there are a few fees that you make the decision to “buy into.” Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about home warranties that may help you, as a prospective purchaser or seller, determine the value of a home warranty plan. What is a home warranty? Home warranties provide repair and replacement coverage when appliances and systems experience mechanical failure. If you are constructing or purchasing a new home, problems encountered after closing

are most likely covered by the builder for the first year of ownership. A home warranty protection plan can be purchased by a seller or buyer for any home, regardless of age. How does it differ from homeowner’s insurance? A warranty replaces items that fail on their own, while homeowner’s hazard insurance takes care of items damaged in fire, wind, or some other type of event. A home warranty plan might cover something that would be omitted from coverage with a homeowner’s insurance policy, thus filling a critical gap in protection. For example, if your dishwasher leaked and caused damage to the floor, your homeowner’s insurance may cover the damage to the floor, but not repair or replace the dishwasher. A home warranty in most cases would cover the faulty appliance. What does the warranty cover?

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Home warranty coverage and fees can vary. Shop around and understand which plan offers the most protection. Standard home warranties may cover plumbing, appliances, and heating and cooling. For additional fees, coverage plans might include higher ticket items such as private septic and well. How long is a home covered? A typical plan is effective for one year from the time it is purchased by the homeowner or from the time it is actually transferred to the purchaser at settlement. Plans have renewal options; sometimes the renewal cost may be higher than the initial rate. How much does the warranty cost? Expect standard home warranties to cost around $500 or more with add-on coverage and upgrades. Another cost to note when selecting a plan is the cost of a service call in the event of a claim.


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Who benefits from a home warranty? Buyer – After closing on a home, coming up with additional funds to repair or replace a faulty appliance or system may be difficult. A home warranty is peace of mind against unexpected repairs or replacement costs. Note: Even if the seller is not offering a warranty, a buyer can still purchase one. Seller Offering a home warranty can make a home more attractive to prospective buyers. In addition, most plans cover the home while it is listed and may require no payment until settlement. Whether or not you purchase a home warranty, you will at least better understand your options. 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.

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thisoldhouse Location: 1235 Earley Farm Road, Amherst, Virginia Offered at: $354,900 Comments: The original portion of the home reputedly dates to 1789. The home was originally restored, expanded, and modernized ca. 1930. It’s believed that it was at that time that the brick kitchen/library and dining room wings were added, included the 3-1/2 baths. The property contains much of the original fabric, including heart pine floors, some of the original horsehair plasterwork, and many of the original interior doors and hardware. The faux painted closet doors in the master bedroom probably date to the 18th century. Contact: Lynn Bowling Montague, Miller & Co. - Amherst 434-946-5522

Location: 790 Pounding Branch Road, Afton, Virginia Offered at: $429,000 Comments: When privacy is paramount - perfectly sited to enjoy nature, instead of neighbors. Live life on your terms with no HOA or restrictions and also have agricultural zoning permitting chickens or other animals. With nearly 8 acres there is ample land for recreation such as hiking or hunting. Solid built, nearly new home w/ 2x6 walls, fiber cement siding, Pella doors, Trane HVAC, and many interior upgrades such as hardwood flooring (no carpet), 9’ ceilings, wood stove, gas fireplace. Contact: Marlo Allen Mountain Area Realty 434-996-3525


Help Us Welcome Tinsley Campbell! An Albemarle Co/Charlottesville native,Tinsley studied business at Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville and completed several Forestry Certifications at Dabney Lancaster in Clifton Forge, VA. For 25 years, he worked in the timber industry with a concentration in forestry consulting, lumber production, and sales. During his years in the industry, Tinsley covered all areas of Albemarle & Nelson County and has seen the beauty it has to offer, giving him a great advantage to help the interested buyer who may be looking for the perfect piece of property for a home, farm, or as an investment.

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Tinsley has been residing in Nelson County with his wife & 2 sons for 12 years, farming cattle and tending to his horses on their family farm.

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CHASING CHESTNUTS Bringing back the blighted American Chestnut

Nearly one hundred years ago, the American Chestnut tree was more common than the mighty Oak in certain parts of the US. But after the accidental exposure of an Asian fungal disease known as blight, the population was crippled to near extinction. Today, in Nelson County, tucked in the rolling hillsides of Wheeler’s Cove, is a farm that’s putting the chestnut tree back on the map. David and Kim Bryant purchased a 46-acre plot of pine-covered land in 2003, and after six years of clearing and prepping, and another eight years of growing, they now have one of the biggest chestnut farms in Virginia, and an operation aptly named, Virginia Chestnuts. “We have upwards of fifteen-hundred Dunstan variety trees on 23-acres. And we track the trees; every row has a designation and every tree has a number. So, when we do an inventory it’s tree by tree,” says Kim as we stroll through the fields of Bryant Farm. And even though the size of their crop is something worth boasting over, Kim and David’s trees were planted with more than just repopulation in mind. “Our plan is not for reforestation purposes, but for nut production purposes. So, these trees are for the growing of nuts,” David explained. continued on page 33

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“What we’re trying to do is reintroduce chestnuts to the American palate and it’s a multi-year process, but we have lots of positive feedback. We’ve had our struggles getting started and getting off the ground but I don’t think there are many interesting stories that don’t involve some struggles.” As nuts as it seems, people of all age ranges have never tasted or truly experienced the famous words of ‘chestnuts roasting on an open fire’ – Kim Bryant included! “I had never had a chestnut before our farm,” Kim admits. “So that’s why we really like going to places and roasting the chestnuts to give everybody just a sense of what that flavor is. People don’t realize how diverse they can be, so we have, in our little test kitchen, made chestnut candies, puree, put that into a soup which is wonderful, we had a brewery purchase chestnuts a couple years ago and made a delicious ale. So, we have a lot of options, and the fact that they are gluten-free, I’m really hoping that that opens up a whole new opportunity.” The Bryants are just one of five chestnut farms in their growers group that produce these nuts for commercial purposes. But these guys aren’t trying to monopolize all the business for themselves. In fact, they’re looking for new growers all the time. “We’re hoping that Nelson County really becomes the place for chestnut growers. It’s a unique specialty crop and it’s a versatile nut – it can be used in everything. The question was, can we do it commercially and can we convince others to do it commercially, and that really is the effort underway,” David says. continued on page 34

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“To sum it up, it’s an informal cooperative. Most growers don’t want to handle sales and the inspections, and we’re fine to do that. If you just have a little bit of land and are looking for a little something to do, we’ll sell you the trees and you can get started, and at the end of the harvest, you already have a buyer. So, once we get passed the growing and the picking, all of the folks in our growers group get them to us, and we take the next step, and that is washing, drying, packaging and developing the sales chain.” And according to the Bryants, the process of producing chestnuts isn’t as labor intensive as one might think – especially when your youngest kid wants to do all the mowing! You are, however, completely at the mercy of the weather. This year, blooms started to appear as early as mid-May, a whole two months earlier than expected.

“The basic life cycle of the chestnut tree is that the blooms are supposed to come out in July, and then in September once the nuts come in, they start falling to the ground and we actually harvest from the floor of the orchard. We have a piece of equipment that goes through and picks up these chestnuts, just like golf balls, and that goes on for 4-6 weeks.” Each tree has the potential to produce up to fifty pounds of nuts in a full year, and at the going wholesaler rate of $3.00 to $4.00 per pound, you’ve got yourself an easy cash crop. The Bryant’s make it seem so easy, it’s hard to believe that nearly ten years ago, 90% of the chestnuts eaten in the US were imported and usually from European countries. Perhaps in another ten years, the majority of chestnuts will come from Nelson County. BRL

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9 7 0 4 PAT R I C K H E N R Y H I G H W AY his handsomely renovated 1840 Virginia farmhouse is a must see! Huge living room, cozy den and wet bar, country kitchen, formal dining room, sun room, 3 BR (all with private baths), bonus/loft room for extra guests and another full bath. The original old BR has a sitting room too, making it a private and delightful little apartment with its own staircase and entrance. Hardwood floors throughout the living areas. Porches, decks and a gazebo for entertaining and relaxing. Gorgeous landscaping and mountain views on this 10-acre property. Adorable 1 BR, 1 BA cottage that was an antique shop. Outbuildings include shed with sitting area and a small barn. Great rental options. Close to breweries and cideries. Tons of storage! More acreage available. $399,000




his gorgeous 36-acre (plus or minus) property has it all! Covered in native dogwoods with beautiful mountain views, bold creeks and springs and dozens of great building sites. Perfect pond opportunity! Located in one of the most scenic parts of Roseland, this parcel is just 10–15 minutes into Nellysford and all of the cideries, breweries, restaurants and amenities it has to offer. Just a short drive up to Wintergreen Resort as well. In the opposite direction, you have the Tye River (amazing for fly fishing and swimming holes), Crabtree Falls and the Appalachian Trail. Great recreational getaway spot or perfect for your year-round dream home! $195,000

574 S H I E LD S GAP R OAD his 7.4-acre property has it all! Gorgeous mountain views, bold streams and easy access with the bonus of already having septic and well in place. Large metal shed is a big plus. Located just minutes from the breweries, cideries and all that Nellysford has to offer. Quick jaunt up the mountain to Wintergreen as well! $129,000


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Pasmore Stables in White Hall is in the process of transitioning its bedding from pine shavings to bales of Old Dominion Hemp. For more information, connect online at www.odhemp.com and odhemp@gmail.com.

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Marty Phipps was waiting for me in his black Ford Escape outside Piedmont Grocery, the morning after a gully washer struck White Hall, swelling creeks and testing bridges and culverts. A grin and a handshake-through-the-window later, I drove behind him before stopping at the gated entrance of Pasmore Stables, home of Greber Dressage. It’s the day before the Kentucky Derby and the smiling blonde in the red jacket and riding pants is Barbara Greber. Her husband, Bruno, a renowned trainer of thoroughbreds, is busy raking stalls, some of which are padded with pine shavings. But that’s the old way of doing things. Marty takes me to the barn where they’re storing the hemp. “There are still places in the country where people can get a truckload of saw dust for $300. I can’t compete with that,” Marty explains, showing me the densely packed bricks of hemp bedding stacked like blocks against a wall. “What I can tell them is that sawdust will be on their property for many, many, many, years. This product, we can get rid of right away. We can spread it. We can compost it. It doesn’t have the acidity that some pine does. It has a far more absorption rate than what you would see with those others.” Part hemp evangelist and part salesman, Marty graduated from Albemarle High School before heading to Arizona for several years to cut his teeth in management in the food and beverage world. As part of a growing movement lobbying lawmakers to legalize the growing and sale of industrial hemp – a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant that can be used to make rope and paper – Marty launched Old Dominion Hemp in August 2015, spending the first 8-9 months donating the bedding to equestrian non-profits like the Retirement Thoroughbred Foundation and Piedmont Search and Rescue. He was looking for feedback while trying to figure out what he could sell it for.

“You need to be cost effective. We need to make it to where it is affordable to use our product.” So after crunching the numbers, he settled on $12.25 a bale. Marty initially tried out a tiered pricing structure, where large purchasers would get a price break, but he soon learned that wouldn’t work. “It wasn’t fair to offer somebody with 100 horses and then someone that only has one. So I needed to come to a price point to where everybody on both ends could afford.” continued on page 40


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Here at Pasmore, Barbara has roughly a dozen horses staying at the stables permanently. The day before, she hosted a group of half a dozen riders who brought their horses. To say her farm goes through a lot of bedding would be an understatement. “The amount of compost we have is big. It’s huge,” she said. And unlike pine, the hemp breaks down quicker, which is a bonus, Barbara said. Inside the stables, the benefits are clear. Horses are large animals and keeping things neat and tidy is a challenge. “The main thing is the dust,” Barbara explains, referring to the particles pine shavings create, which can encourage respiratory issues. (Marty says he has veterinarians using his hemp bedding for that very reason). Pine shavings are a dust factory. Hemp is a different, kinder, beast. Barbara first tried the bedding on her own horse, Lindau, a Holsteiner. “Bedding is, to me, really important. I want them to be comfortable.” And on a rainy dreary day like today, the horses ride out the weather inside. “The absorbency is really good,” Barbara says. “It actually keeps the horses pretty clean, which is another important thing because it just drains down when they lay on the dry bedding ... We have been very happy and so we’ve begun to move every horse onto the hemp.” In an ideal world, Marty would be sourcing the hemp locally. And even though educational institutions like James Madison University are growing test plots, Marty is having to import the product. Not from nearby Kentucky, where U.S. Senator Rand Paul has been a strong and vocal advocate for industrial hemp in Washington, but from Europe. “We could take all of the hemp in the United States and it wouldn’t be enough for us,” Marty explains. “It’s a signal that we have a lot of work to do educating our farmers to them know, ‘Hey, there’s an agricultural crop out there that we can have our hands on that could potentially turn around some of these small towns.” And help horse owners big and small keep their animals comfortable. “If the big guys are finding a way to use it, and they’re finding it cost effective, then you can too.” BRL 40

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The Outdoor Experience The outdoor living space, fully equipped with grill, fridge, bar, electrical outlets and counter space, is now the newest “must have” for homeowners. Dovetailed closely with this area is an overhead structure to prevent the hottest day or a touch of “liquid sunshine” to thwart your plans with your guests. The umbrella affixed to a 42-inch diameter table is fine for small areas but often times leaves a party of four with only half enjoying its canopy at a 6 o’clock cheese and wine venue. Designed correctly, this outdoor area will not only be the epicenter for many engagements over the years, but will also add height/architectural elements that will decorate your landscape for years to come and add value to your home. Structure of this nature can range in many sizes and shapes. Careful consideration must be taken into heights and roof configurations to allow for unimpeded access around knee braces and the exodus of smoke. All bracing on the corners should be at a minimum of 78 inches from the floor so no one hits their head. Where a fire is involved, a gabled roof, as in a pavilion, will best allow for smoke to leave since two sides of the structure are higher than the two other sides, allowing air to move in and out. When a gazebo is desired, adding an open cupola in the center will allow for the same movement of air, now existing in the dead center of the structure. Covered pergolas with sail cloth will keep light rains out and provide a nice shady area to sit a while. However, sail cloths will not allow smoke to exit very efficiently, so varying the height from one side to the other will allow air to flow out. Either way you go, typically the size should be minimum 10 feet square.

Depending on the design, typically the cooking area is laid out so that views are not obstructed by the grill. A popular shape for the cooking and bar area is like a boomerang with the grill being on one tip and the sitting area on the opposite. Between these two points can be an outdoor sink, fridge and storage space. Since the area is covered, many different options exist for the material used for the counters – ranging from stone, wood to metal. When wood is used, an appropriate sealant must be applied to protect the species from glass marks and an occasional rain that finds its way into the structure. The structure can also just have a portable grill and wrought iron seating when a budget is more restricted. Since the unit is wood on all sides, the flooring of these has many different options. Dry set stone, wet laid stone, and wood are all options. Depending on what area this structure is adjacent to will often determine the material used. The extension of an existing patio may push you to the same material, however, if you consider this similar to a new room in a house, the options are wide open (just as a bathroom floor can differ from an adjacent room’s floor). How you treat the wood involved in this design is directly controlled by the flanking structure near it. Where stained fir beams exist on an existing structure, the new structure will most likely closely mock this color. The same can be said for the roof. However, it is completely acceptable, and quite striking (in a good way), to opt for a metal roof on this structure giving it a totally unique flavor when compared with the house. Since the beams and stain are repeated from the homes original design, the roof can break and offer its own artistic flair to your new dining area.

asktheDr. By Dr. Charles Cole Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Cole, I’m old enough that I don’t see the point of exercising any more. I’m not trying to win any races. Exercise is important at all ages. As we get older it becomes especially important. Regular exercise helps prevent chronic diseases, improves mood and lowers the risk of injury. People of all ages and fitness levels, even those with chronic diseases, benefit from regular exercise. There are different types of exercise and each has its benefits. A combination of different types of exercise is best. Aerobic exercises help create and maintain good endurance and cardiovascular fitness and should be done daily. Strengthening exercises make your muscles strong and should be done 2-3 times per week. Balance exercises help prevent against falling and flexibility exercises help stretch your muscles and keep you limber. These should be done several times per week. Even if you can’t do everything that is recommended, anything you do will be beneficial. Many people are adverse to exercise but if done purposefully exercise

Discover Why can be fun. There are many ways to get fit and you can explore different options until you find what works best for you. Yoga or Pilates are great ways to combine several different types of exercise. Join a gym if you like, or work out to YouTube videos. Go walk around the neighborhood with a friend. Use the exercise equipment in your basement that is covered with laundry – you know it’s down there! It’s all beneficial. Be sure to see you doctor prior to starting an exercising routine. As we get older, exercise is all about maintaining quality of life and independence. If you are able to do your housework and do your shopping you can remain independent. If you can stay on your feet and not fall and break a hip you can remain independent. You can be sure that if you have a regular exercise routine you will be better off. After all, exercise is medicine! Dr. Charles Cole 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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NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE Start: July 1, 2017 8:00 am End: July 1, 2017 12:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Real Estate Phone: 434-244-2399 Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON) COMMUNITY MARKET Start: July 1, 2017 8:30 am End: July 1, 2017 10:30 am Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

JULY 4 TUESDAY POSE FOR PEACE: A YOGA CELEBRATION Start: July 4, 2017 9:00 am End: July 4, 2017 10:30 am Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 540-470-7967 Address: 190 Rockfish School Lane Afton, VA - Virginia 22920 (NELSON)

INDEPENDENCE DAY MEAT TASTING Start: July 1, 2017 9:00 am End: July 1, 2017 5:00 pm Venue: Saunders Brothers Farm Market Phone: 434-277-5455 Address: 2717 Tye Brook Highway Piney River, VA 22964 (NELSON)

NELSON COUNTY FOURTH OF JULY PARADE Start: July 4, 2017 10:00 am End: July 4, 2017 12:00 pm Venue: Downtown Lovingston Phone: 434-263-5010 Address: Front Street Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON)

WOODSON’S MILL OPEN HOUSE Start: July 1, 2017 10:00 am End: July 1, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: Woodson’s Mill Phone: 804-803-1794 Address: 3211 Lowesville Road Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON)


BIRTH OF DEMOCRACY FESTIVAL Start: July 1, 2017 11:00 am End: July 1, 2017 5:00 pm Venue: Democracy Vineyards Phone: 434-263-8463 Address: 585 Mountain Cove Rd. Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON) ANCIENT CATHOLIC LATIN MASS Start: July 1, 2017 12:00 pm End: July 1, 2017 1:00 pm Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church Phone: 434-831-2186 Address: 9900 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 22969 (NELSON) SUNSET SATURDAY Start: July 1, 2017 6:00 pm End: July 1, 2017 8:00 pm Venue: Afton Mountain Vineyards Phone: 540-456-8667 Address: 234 Vineyard Lane Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

“PIT OF DREAMS” MUD BOG Start: July 8, 2017 8:00 am End: July 8, 2017 6:00 pm Venue: Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire and Rescue Phone: 540-456-6465 Address: 11100 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

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JULY 2 SUNDAY FRENCH CREPES Start: July 2, 2017 12:00 pm End: July 2, 2017 5:00 pm Venue: DelFosse Vineyards Phone: 434-263-6100 Address: 500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA 22967 (NELSON) SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Start: July 2, 2017 2:00 pm End: July 2, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Phone: 540-943-4716 Address: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)


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businessdirectory Accounting ROGERS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 434-361-9650 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY Call today to schedule your complimentary “get-acquainted” meeting with one of our CPAs. Specializing in quality tax and accounting services for individuals, small businesses, trusts and estates. Visit www.R-CPA.net for additional information.

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.

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.

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



Family Medical Physician’s office specializing in preventive care, acute care,chronic illness care, pediatric and newborn care, women’s health, sports medicine, and geriatric medicine. All ages are welcome.

The official real estate office of Wintergreen Resort. Contact us for sales and purchases of lots, homes and condos in Stoney Creek and on the mountain.

BLUE STAR MUSIC 434-263-6746 177 Main St. P.O. Box 493 Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY 434-277-9209 2nd Stage, Amherst, VA AMHERST COUNTY NELSON COUNTY’S FAVORITE SINCE 1988 Musical instruments, service, repairs, rentals and supplies. Lessons: all styles and levels of guitar, including advanced jazz, banjo, bass, vocals, keyboard, drums, beginning mandolin, dobro and accordion. Mon. Wed. Thurs. 12-8 bluestarmusicva.com

Real Estate MARLO G. ALLEN, ASSOCIATE BROKER 434-996-3525 Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY

150 Five Star Reviews tell it all about this thoughtfully designed private hideaway in the Rockfish Valley of Nelson County. Minutes to wineries and breweries and restaurants. 15 minutes to the ski slopes. 35 minutes to Charlottesville. A favorite honeymoon retreat, yet comfortably sleeps 6 for family gatherings. 2 master suites, hot tub, and fully equipped chef’s kitchen. Reasonable rates!

When buying or selling real estate in Nelson County or Wintergreen, you can count on “That Girl” to get you results! Besides being a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery of Nellysford, I am also a recognized and trusted name in real estate throughout Nelson County and Wintergreen.


MOUNTAIN AREA REALTY 434-361-2440 2788 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.

Situated on 200 beautiful acres, our two bedroom log cabins offer modern amenities that include central air, Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens and comfortable furnishings. Whether you’re fishing or kayaking on our private lake; enjoying the views from your porch or walking the trails; your mind, body and soul can’t help but relax and become one with nature.

For private events contact aj@wildwolfbeer.com


Mountain Area Realty offers full real estate services for Nelson County, Wintergreen Resort, Stoney Creek, and surrounding areas. Call our office 7 days a week for immediate professional service from one of our experienced agents.

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

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SENTARA MARTHA JEFFERSON AFTON FAMILY MEDICINE 540-456-6710 10950 Rockfish Valley Hwy Afton, VA


Breweries BLUE MOUNTAIN BARREL HOUSE 434-263-4002 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA NELSON COUNTY


Resorts & Recreation WINTERGREEN RESORT 855-245-5011 39 Mountain Inn Loop Wintergreen, VA NELSON COUNTY Wintergreen Resort is a four-season mountain retreat on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Championship golf; seasonal skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service, destination spa; indoor and outdoor pools; miles of marked hiking trails; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; charming lodging; and a variety of enticing dining options.

Visitor Centers NELSON COUNTY TOURISM 434-263-7315 8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY Experience the Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge. From our mountains to the mighty James River. Wear yourself out at our wineries, breweries, cidery, and eateries. Then hit the sack in a cozy cabin or bed & breakfast.

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G REAL ESTATE Building Lot 3.08 Acres. Mostly cleared, with year round mountain views. Close to elementary school and all Route 151 activities. Afton area. Posted By: David Marshall 22920 - Afton 540-456-6046 $64,000 RENTED! Lovely home for rent in Shipman Lovely home in Shipman for rent. Quiet neighborhood. 3 BR, 2 full baths, LR, DR, Family Room, fenced in yard. Posted By: Kate McGinnis 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish $800/ month hunting-recreational land (Lovingston) Over 8 wooded acres in Wingina VA. Driveway already put in. Large stone clearing for RV parking. No electric on property however transformer at edge of driveway. Close to several hunt clubs, BREWERY’S and winery’s. GREAT FAMILY FUN LAND , with lots of privacy. tax map number 71-A-31C Red Bud Ln. Nelson County. Posted By: donna stepien 24599 - Wingina 540 872 6698 $29,000

FARM & TOOL Woodturners Chuck Woodturning Chuck -- by Robert Sorby— from 1980s—but almost new in steel box. Similar to $300 Stronghold Chuck.

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Posted By: Chuck Strauss 22938 - Faber 434-263-8294 $200 obo Portable Generator 5 kw Portable Generator. Gas. 120/240 volts. used for power outages only. Coleman model 5000. Kohler 10 hp engine. Good condition. Posted By:Gary Evans 24464 - Montebello 540-377-6059 $275 Miter Box- DeWalt 10” stationary,power miter box Reconditioned,in good shape. Posted By: Grant Heggie 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-325-1254 $110

MUSIC Huss & Dalton 0-SP Guitar Serial# 3993, Rosewood B/S, Sunburst spruce top, slotted peghead, pyramid bridge, no pick guard, original TKL case included. Posted By: James Felock 22980 - Waynesboro 540-221-2918 $2000

WANTED Server Server wanted. Must be over 21 and able to work weekends. Posted By: Kay 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-1766 $8/hr+tips House Cleaner Bi-weekly house cleaner Posted By:Jane Strauss 22938 Faber 434-263-8294 $20/hr

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 Weekend Receptionist Must be dependable, pleasant and comfortable in an office environment. Saturday &amp; Sunday - 9:00am to 5:00 pm. We offer a pleasant workplace with friendly co-workers. Nicely compensated. Posted By: Barbara Frazier 434-361-0500 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen $Negotiable

Virginia Distillery Co. Brand Ambassador Virginia Distillery Company, an American Single Malt Whisky distillery based in Lovingston, Virginia, is seeking Brand Ambassadors in the Central Virginia area. Seeking highly interested individuals who want to learn about the growing spirits industry in Virginia and beyond, who enjoy interacting with the public in support of brand development.

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The core responsibilities will include conducting tastings at consumer events in the local area. Posted By: Jessica Bullard 22949 - Lovingston 434-285-2900 $Hourly Based On Experience Virginia Distillery Co. Guest Experience VThe Virginia Distillery Company is seeking a Guest Experience Associate who will welcome, educate and entertain visitors, chiefly by guiding them through the tour and tasting experience. The Associate must ensure all visitors receive a courteous, friendly and professional experience at all times. Flexible schedule, primarily weekends (This is a part time position averaging 8-30 hours a week. Posted By: Jessica Bullard 22949 - Lovingston 434-285-2900 $Hourly Based On Experience

ELECTRONICS Hi-Fi Equipment Klipsch RF 82 II floor standing speakers, $300/pair. Klipsch RB 51 II bookshelf speakers, $100/pair. Klipsch RB10 sound bar w/wireless sub, $50. Harman Kardon HK3770 stereo receiver, $100. Cambridge Audio SR20 stereo receiver, $200. Dynaco FM5 tuner, $50. Posted By: James George 22980 - Waynesboro 540-221-2918


CARS & TRUCKS 1984 Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible 1984 Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible- 4 cly. Automatic , Power Top, Power Brakes, Power Steering, (4) Power Windows, AM/FM Cassette Radio, Heat &amp; Air Conditioning. Not running (project car) Clear title. Pictures can be emailed. Posted By: Bruce Draper22901-22911 - Charlottesville

SPORTING GOODS Cross Bow 2000 X home Gym Full set Cross Bow 2000X exercise gym set. Complete with instruction manual and exercise chart. In good shape. Used very little. You pick up &amp; haul. Bargain price. Posted By: John White 22922 - Arrington/Tye River 434-263-5241 75.00

HOME & GARDEN Wooden skis and poles Wooden skis and bamboo poles. Great for display on wall or over fireplace. Made in Maine or Norway. Posted By:Albert Coleman 22920 - Afton 540-456-6884 $250 Pet Containment Pen A 6-sided pet yard with door......adjustable panels... like new !! Great for small or large dog... especially a new puppy ... Our pup loved i!!. Posted By: SANDRA GALLAGHER 22920 - Afton 540-256-8986 $40 OBO


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3100 Berry Hill Rd; River Bottom Farm; $869,000

25+ acres along Rockfish River; renovated farmhouse with 7Br/6.5Ba (previously a B&B), 2Br/2Ba guest cottage, 6 stall barn, board fenced pasture/paddocks, mountain views!








NEW: Phillips Ln, Lot 7; #563286; $155,000

Build dream home and have the best of mountain views! Open, gently rolling in heart of Nellysford; 30 min to Charlottesville; 4.92ac


NEW: Chapel Hollow Rd; #563336; $24,900

1 acre building parcel in convenient Afton location; gently rolling and mostly open; zoned agricultural; No HOA; Survey available

NEW: Pounding Branch Rd; #563294; $429,000

Privacy w/ 8 acres for hiking and outdoor recreation; Built 2011 - upgrades! Basement; wood floors, woodstove, gas fireplace; 4Br/3Ba

Livebeautifully in Nelson County Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525 InsistOnThatGirl.com

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Blue Ridge Life, Issue #148  

Read about JMD Market, Muddy Creek Pottery, Horses on Hemp, Bringing back the American Chestnut, and more!

Blue Ridge Life, Issue #148  

Read about JMD Market, Muddy Creek Pottery, Horses on Hemp, Bringing back the American Chestnut, and more!