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Stoney Creek Homes

624 Laurel Springs Dr.

134 Rosebay Ln.

146 Stoney Creek West

71 Blue Chickory Ln.

(Pryor’s Camp II 31) $379,000.00 MLS#508740

(Chestnut Place 35) $895,000.00 MLS#484056

(1H E52) $375,000.00 MLS#504371

(1F B6) $429,000.00 MLS#507543

Love the water AND the mountains? This is a rare opportunity to have both. Bold creek in the back provides the best kind of "rock music" for a soothing lullaby. Built in 1998 and expanded in 2005, there is room for a large gathering with 5 bedrooms (or 4 plus a family room). Sunny open floor plan, tankless hot water, breakfast bar, wood burning fireplace, and pine flooring. Old Appalachian Trail access is just a few lots away.

Treetops is an elegant, classic mountain lodge style home offering spectacular mountain, valley and ski slope views as well as privacy and comfort. The spacious floor plan, featuring master suite and laundry on the main level and oversize garage could be perfect for vacation or full time residence. Great craftsmanship throughout this house.

Well built Don Gardner designed home with gracious front porch, dramatic 2 story foyer with arched windows mirrored at the rear for light throughout! Living room with vaulted ceiling yet just the right size for a cozy evening before the fire. Solidly built with solid wood doors, quality molding details, this home reflects owner's careful design and attention to every detail. Low energy bills show quality construction.

This home is one of the most charming and well built houses at Stoney Creek. Located on the 1st hole of Shamokin Fairway the home offers breathtaking views of the golf course and 180 degree mountain views. The way this home is designed you can enjoy the views from the back patio and screened porch as well as from great room, kitchen, dining, master bedroom and study.

178 May Apple LN.

1846 Black Walnut Dr.

(1E F9) $565,000.00 MLS#502724

(1I G43) $399,999.00 MLS#499277

This Custom home has one of the most beautiful golf front, beautifully landscaped settings in Stoney Creek. The home offers great privacy, seclusion, and wonderful views of the 3rd fairway of Shamokin par 3. Located on 1.22 acres and protected on two sides by the golf course it has a large deck, a great floor plan where daily living activities can be enjoyed on the main level. This home is one of the most charming and well built houses at Stoney Creek. Located on the 1st hole of Shamokin Fairway the home offers breathtaking views of the golf course and 180 degree mountain views. The way this home is designed you can enjoy the views from the back patio and screened porch as well as from great room, kitchen, dining, master bedroom and study.

For 6 years the current owners have lived in this house and would take it with them to Staunton if that were possible. The expansive windows provide ample light, making the home open and inviting with a view of the Rockfish Valley. The screen porch gives a feeling of being in a tree house.

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Rhue Hollow Rd.

1517 Cliffs Condos

(Horse Shoe Subdivision 7A) $100,000.00 MLS#507845

$137,000.00 MLS#493884

A most desirable building situation. The access drive is constructed to level area 5' above the road. This portion is clear to enjoy the excellent mountain views. The land occupies the hilltop building site and borders the stream in back.

One of the best views on the mountain. Never rented, in showplace condition. If you want quality this is it. Up to 80% owner financing.


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49 Fox Run (Monocan II 2) $424,900.00 MLS#505012 Unfurnished, bordering a 2 acre pond, has a screened gazebo.



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29 Briarwood Lane Bring family and friends and still have plenty of room! With 4 BR and 3.5 BA, located on the ski shuttle route, close to the Wintergarden Spa, the Nature Foundation and backing up to the Devils Knob Golf Course, this townhome is a great getaway! There are two master suites. Huge garage/storage area. A really good value for a lot of house. $249,000

5943 Taylor Creek Road Lovingly-maintained 3 BR, 2.5 BA home on 24 acres with lovely mountain views. The house is situated on the front flat parcel with stream/creek known as Taylor Creek, and the second parcel extends up to two ridges. Enjoy the large screened porch with views to the beautiful garden. Don’t miss the large barn/workshop for entertaining or maybe your RV. Several locations on the property and near Taylor Creek for you to relax and enjoy the pastoral vistas. Reduced price! $445,000

Chestnut Flats Parcel L A hunter’s paradise! Looking for total privacy, nature and “roughing it without roughing it”? Then this unique 11.18-acre property is perfect! Located in Wintergreen’s back country parcels and bordered by Stoney Creek, this 2 BR-plus-loft cabin has it all. Spring-fed water, propane kitchen and heaters. Wood flooring. 10 x 16 guest cabin & separate bath house. Mountain views. $189,000 Call Julie Bendle • 434-996-8669

541 Afton Mountain Road Gorgeous mountain views await you in this solid, 3 BR, 2 BA brick home located only 25 minutes from Charlottesville! Home offers hardwood flooring, 2 brick fireplaces, large sun room, spacious unfinished basement, paved drive and 2-car attached garage. $249,900

448 Laurel Springs Drive You must see this 3 BR plus loft, 3 BA home to appreciate the quality of the extensive renovations and furnishings. All new—geothermal heat system, central a/c, exterior Hardi Plank, flooring, appliances, light fixtures, new kitchen with contemporary flair, new stone (Rumsford) fireplace, new doors and hardware. Rear deck with gas fireplace, glass rail panels and ceiling fans that make it a real living area. Great location that backs up to the melodious creek. $435,000

3149 Crabtree Falls Highway Stunning mountain views and Tye River frontage with this wellmaintained 3 BR, 3 BA home situated on 5.43 acres. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, lots of windows for natural light, and 2 master suites. Located near Crabtree Falls, Appalachian Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Reduced price! $210,000

Stoney Creek 476 Cedar Glen Close Amazing in-law suite with great room, private entrance and deck, and superior finishes. Hardwood floors, granite in kitchenette, and custom floor-to-ceiling tiles in bathroom. Entire 5 BR, 3.5 BA home has wow factor with mountain views, stone walks/ walls, and gourmet kitchen with granite, island, and commercial-grade hood and gas range. First floor master, home office with DSL, garage, screened porch, multiple covered decks, hardwood floors, cedar ceiling, fireplace. Walk to golf, tennis, fitness, pool, and Nellysford. 30 minutes to Charlottesville! $449,900

308 Pine Ridge Lane This beautifully landscaped, 4 BR, 2 BA home on more than 5 acres is inviting and immaculate. Enjoy the privacy of a large lot, with the charms of a small neighborhood. Over-sized garage; workshop; fenced with park-like creek frontage. $269,000

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2080 Stone Ridge

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE! No steps from parking lot; bathroom renovated for wheelchair use. Building is NEWEST CONDO CONSTRUCTION at Wintergreen (2003). This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo overlooks the 18th green & golf clubhouse with Shenandoah Valley winter views; short walk to Wintergarden Spa, pools & work-out facility, as well as golf, tennis and restaurant. Interior tastefully appointed and in excellent condition. Ready for immediate occupancy. $159,000. Call Joan Mummery 434-531-5033. (508014)






57 Butternut Lane

304 Dobie Condo Ski-out 2 bed condo, center of Wintergreen village. Ground level unit means you can ski off your deck to the slopes just 20 yards away. Walk to year-round Mountain Village festivals, performing arts, dining & shops. Renovated with updated kitchen, baths, and excellent furnishings. $215,000. Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (507773)




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2209 Tanners Ridge Condo

Golf Views from this 2 Bedroom , 2 full bathroom Tanner’s Ridge Condo. Sold furnished and ready to enjoy as a private retreat or as an investment rental. Close to resort amenities such as the WinterGarden, Nature Foundation and just a short walk to the Wintergreen Shuttle Stop for other resort amenities. Top floor condo with vaulted ceilings and lots of light.New washer/ dryer, new flat screen TV in family room, new ceiling fan/light in family room. $114,900. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 ,smsales1@aol.com (508895)








1190 Laurel Springs

Exceptional newer home with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths on one of the largest lots on Wintergreen Mountain. Over 2 acres! Fantastic open floor plan w/ soaring ceilings & views of gorge & mountains beyond. Shows beautifully w/ wood floors, stone fireplace, exposed beams, walk-in shower, whirlpool tubs & large covered back deck. Spacious gourmet kitchen w/ stainless, granite & solid hickory cabinets has excellent layout open to whole main floor. Master suites on both levels. Second family room has fireplace and wetbar w/ fridge. $629,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (508246)






3213 North Ridge Condo 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 Spa-Aquatics-Fitness Center, Devils Knob Tennis & Golf. $198,000. Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (508360)




Beautifully maintained home on .59 acre near the Mountain Inn. This home has 2 bedrooms plus a 3rd loft bedroom. High ceilings and lots of natural light makes this home a must see for under $250K. Open floor plan with a charming cottage feel. Kitchen and bathrooms updated in 2009, roof and gutters replaced recently. This home is in great shape with wonderful landscaping. $249,900. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (508028)


This classic timber frame Lindal Cedar chalet is perfect for the family that wants to be a short distance from the upper village amenities. Great open floor plan with lots of natural light. Floor to ceiling arched stone fireplace, exposed cedar ceilings, wood floors both upstairs and down, including bedrooms. Soaring vaulted ceilings with custom window features bring the light indoors. Quality features include, stainless steel appliances, dual heat pumps, oversized soaking tub, granite countertops. $449,900. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (508030)



201 Fortunes Ridge Bring your vision and renovation skills to this, one of the early Lindal Cedar post & beam homes of Wintergreen. Built on a lot offering year-round mountain vistas. Deck with sunrise mountain views - wood burning stone fireplace. $210,000. Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (508385)






1634 Overlook Mesmerizing views from this beautiful End villa, with wall of windows, wide open layout, spacious wrap-around deck & Private stairs to grass. Newer Refrigerator, DW, water heater & Heat pump. Hardiplank siding & Central AC. Fully furnished. On shuttle route. $239,500. Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, Dawn.Perusse@mris.com (508370)





618 Devils Knob Loop

182 Mountain Inn Condo

Spectacular home & breathtaking views! Spacious home has soaring stone fireplace, hardwood floors & walls of windows to enjoy views. Open floor plan, private bedroom suites & huge back decks - easily room for two families + more. Kitchen & Master Bath recently upgraded to perfection. Hard to find 2-car garage & paved driveway. Unforgettable sunsets over endless mountains. Amazing value for the best views in Wintergreen. $ 569,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (508921)

This terrific Mountain Inn condo is the ultimate in flexibility. Walk downstairs to shops and into the courtyard for restaurants, special events, and skiing. Quality unit is already generating revenue in the Resort’s rental program. One bedroom loft. Sold furnished. $109,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-2969860 (508863)

249 Devils Knob Loop

One of the few true GOLF FRONT lots remaining at Wintergreen. Build on this gently sloping lot overlooking the soon to be private Devils Knob Golf course, 13th hole. Great location on Devils Knob Loop within walking distance of Wintergarden Spa, Devils Grill and other amenities. Let us introduce you to one of our great local builders for your dream vacation home! Listed by Steve Marianella at $119,900, 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com. (508877)

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Contributors Lynn Coffey An email address for Backwoods Lynn up in the hollow? Ha! Ph: 540.949.0329 Marcie Gates marcie@blueridgelife.com Woody Greenberg woody@blueridgelife.com Jennie Tal Williams jennie@blueridgelife.com Photography Marcie Gates marcie@blueridgelife.com Hayley Osborrne hayley@blueridgelife.com Paul Purpura paul@blueridgelife.com Norm Shafer norm@blueridgelife.com Address: The Afton Group, LLC P.O. Box 455, Wintergreen, Virginia 22958 434.361.0104 Have a story idea? Email us at info@blueridgelife.com


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kerl’s kids Celebrating the life of a soccer dad.

inside basic necessities ........................... 7 cover story.....................................9 this old/new house .................... 19 at home with marlo ................... 25 sam’s garden .............................. 34 askthedr......................................35 the perfect fit ............................. 35 event calendar ............................ 36 business directory ..................... 37 classifieds ................................... 38 comics.........................................39

on the cover Photographer: Norm Shafer Michael Giordano plays the fiddle in the front room at Marino’s Lunch in Staunton. (Photo by Norm Shafer). Story on page 9.


thepublishers The poison ivy and ticks are worth our trips to Mystery Island. Every kid needs his hideaway. Adam and Peyton’s is a curvy stream that barely trickles behind our house. To our delight, nature has carved out a sandy peninsula that sits under the shade of a bank. It’s the place we found a fox’s back bone last year. This season we scored a leg bone from a deer. And then there’s the stuff that still kicks like the minnows, mud puppies and tad poles. I guess I could have turned this into a science lesson but sometimes all you need to do is sit and watch your kids throw around clumps of sand and squeal when the minnows dart out of the way. And nature has a way of getting back at you. When you venture off the deer path, you’re bound to run into the brambles that seem to be growing an inch an hour. Having two years on his sister, Adam’s pretty good and wiggling himself around the thorny vines. As for Peyton, lets just say she earned her Mystery Island stripes. At first nothing would stop Peyton from squirting these big alligator tears. That is, until we saw – think fast, mom! – the band-aid tree. What used to be a large tree had fallen on the other side of the stream.

Over the years, a layer of velvety moss spread over the top of it. “Look, Peyton. Feel with your fingers. Doesn’t it feel nice?!” You would have thought we had discovered the buried treasure on Mystery Island. “You see, kids, some things are thorny and some things are soft. Isn’t it nice to have a band-aid tree?” Of course by now, Adam is trying to figure out how he can peel off some of that moss and take it with him. Alas, the kids had worn themselves out and we got them ready for bed to dream sweet dreams of Mystery Island. Close your eyes, sweet children. Mommy needs a “band-aid tree” for her poison ivy. Enjoy! Yvette and Tommy Stafford MAY 2013 Blue Ridge LIFE 5



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Go Green Literally. After the color explosion of flowering fruit trees in March and the flowers of April, the month of May, while gentle and soft, often presents us a landscape of monochromatic green. Paint your own May colors and let your paint brushes be a beautiful chilled bottle of amber rosé, the quintessential picnic wine. Going green in May means picnicking outdoors amongst the green. It can also mean going green for the environment with: Monte Bernardi’s, Fuori Strada Sangiovese, 2011 – which comes in a one-liter Tetra Pak not a glass bottle, 75% of which is paper, a renewable and recyclable resource. Tetra Pak cartons use 54% less energy, create 80% less greenhouse gasses, and produce 60% less solid waste compared to 750ml glass bottles. Unbreakable and light to transport, making them the perfect picnic companions. The wine itself is 100% organic and tastes authentically Italian with character and personality. Classic Sangiovese notes of cherry, plum, spice and, if you close your eyes, you can even

taste the Tuscan earth. $14 Lovingston Rosé, Josie’s Knoll, 2011 – Riaan Roussow, winemaker at Lovingston Winery, has that magic touch. His wines are not only excellent, they’re unlike anything I’ve tried before—a compliment in my world. This rosé is dark cherry, almost the color of red and more like a Spanish Rosado. Grapes are handpicked, double sorted, and small-lotfermented using gravity flow. Liquid fruit notes of dried cranberry and dried cherry. $14 Veritas, Rosé, 2011 – Another great winemaker right here in our backyard is award-winning Emily Pelton of Veritas. This rosé is a beautiful blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc with cherry and raspberry on the nose. And Emily finds it, “Bright fresh, very food friendly, it is everything a young rosé should be.” I find it refreshing, delicious, smooth and just enough color to add to all this lovely green. $16 Like a taste of adventure? Taste wine in Argentina! October 2013. For details: Kpfaltz@cstone.net.



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A taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge! Tu-Th 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm Reservations advised for weekend dinners.

Rosé time at Basic Necessities.

Kay serves Robert and Cheryl a local Lovingston wine. Taking reservations for private parties. Call in advance.


Bev and Keith are retiring from Basic Necessities and it is for sale. Interested in purchasing it? For more info, email buybasic@gmail.com

The Chase Team Over $40 Million in Sales 2007-2012 www.goWintergreen.com Managing Broker Brian Chase and The Chase Team’s achievements include: • Over $9 Million in Sales 2012 • Outstanding Production Award 2012 • Gold Medallion Sales Leader 2007-2012


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Serving Central Virginia MADISON HEIGHTS – $23,000

AMHERST – $34,900

NEW! ARRINGTON – $53,500

MONROE – $69,900

Limited restrictions on this 7.630 acre parcel located just minutes from downtown Lynchburg. Mostly wooded, rolling topography and several building sites. MLS 277054

Unrestricted 3.430 acre parcel with nice building site just out of the Town of Amherst. Mostly open land with a possibility of future town water hook up. Mostly level topography, paved state road frontage. MLS 277132

Conveniently located but hidden back west of Rt. 29 and Colleen is this 10.9 acre parcel with privacy, open land for grazing, pond for relaxation, lovely building site nestled amongst the hardwoods overlooking the pond. Electric on site plus stream. MLS 277305

12 acres, gentle slope, half wooded, half open field, small stream is boundary line at end of field. Complete privacy, located just 5 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway, mountain views and abundant wildlife. MLS 268992

SHIPMAN – $87,000

AMHERST – $90,000

NEW! ARRINGTON – $128,750

AMHERST – $149,900

11 acres of beautiful rolling pasture land with mixed hardwoods in rear and 769 ft. of paved road frontage, stream is left boundary. Agriculture zoning with restrictions against doublewides and mobiles. Private building site w/ spring/pond site. MLS 275202

Nine level mostly clear acres with older restorable farm house. Home needs some TLC, is currently occupied by tenant so home is livable. Home could serve as temporary headquarters as you build your new home in the cleared field. MLS 277724

Fantastic buy with this 1450+ sq. ft. brick home on 1.41 acres with serene lake views. 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, gas log FP in living room, den w/ freestanding FP, eat in kitchen w/ pantry & appliances. MLS 277685

Great views abound on this 36.353 acres with barns and shed for storage already built. Surveyed and subdivided into 5 parcels. Stream runs through property. What’s your country dream? Quick getaway not too far from civilization? Stop dreaming and get going! MLS 277659

AMHERST – $149,900

AMHERST – $169,900

LOWESVILLE – $174,900

LOWESVILLE – $189,500

Nice older 3 bedroom 3 bath home on 5 acres with great mountain views and lots of space. Huge rooms. 24 x 48 cinderblock garage and other outbuildings. Excellent opportunity to buy a lot of home on 5 acres for a low price! MLS 277708

Like new home built in 2007, but never lived in. Exceptional opportunity to own a huge home on 6.8 acres with mountain views all around. All nice, oversized rooms. Main floor has 9 ft. ceilings. No carpet, all laminate floors. Priced below assessment. Act soon! MLS 277707

Adorable well-built brick home. Beautiful mountain and pasture views from front and rear. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, open kitchen/ dining area, master bedroom w/ bath, partially finished basement, workshop space, and two covered carports. MLS 277731

Pastoral perfection in Western Amherst County, beautiful views of The Blue Ridge Mountains. Well-built charmer offers large living room w/ FP, formal dining, 2 BR’s, den (which could be 3rd), large unfinished walkout basement. Tractor shed w/ electricity. MLS 277236

AMHERST – $349,900

MONROE – $539,000

NEW! ROSELAND – $973,500

AMHERST – $1,575,000

75 acre farm w/ long frontage on Piney River. Mostly open bottom land w/ great hill top building sites and great Blue Ridge Mountain views. Circa 1846 has been taken down to studs, several outbuildings. MLS 276344

Nestled on 14.7 acres w/ panoramic views of The Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the night lights of Lynchburg to the east. Manicured grounds, Home offers formal areas, cozy sunroom w/ FP, 4 heat pumps, storage areas, central vac, wet bar, jen air, lovely hardwood floors and 3 fireplaces. MLS 277097

Just below Wintergreen Resort, this hidden, enchanting 4817 sq. ft., 5 BR., 4 BA., 2 Half BA. , Chalet offers 66.86 rolling fields and hillsides. With views from every window, Home features a gourmet Kitchen, Soaring ceilings with Pella Windows, Fireplace in Great Rm, and Master BR., Ceramic Tiled Baths w/Whirlpools, Hardwood Floors, 2 Car Attached Garage & Much More! MLS 277852

Located at the foot hills of The Blue Ridge Mountains is this 269 acre farm that is mostly open pasture with 360 degree views of the mountains and valleys, several great building sites, numerous barns and outbuildings, streams, waterfalls, fenced, water systems, long road frontage. Home offers 4 BR’s, large kitchen and wood floors. MLS 277692

Montague, Miller and Company Realtors PO Box 1020/198 South Main Street Ste 102 Amherst, VA 24521 434.946.5522 434.263.5088


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Word on the street is the Tuesday night love affair between Marino’s Lunch and local musicians is on the fritz because of an ABC violation that could put this Staunton landmark out of business. What to do? You march up N. Augusta Street. You ignore the “For Sale” sign on the window. You bring your music, your heart, and your memories for what could be Marino’s



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Members of a Harrisonburg band, Many Night’s Ahead, show up for the Tuesday night Jam at Marino’s (above). Some nights there will be as many as four different groups jamming at the Staunton hang-out.

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The front room at Marino’s was filled to capacity with musicians and aficionados. Beanie Ruleman stays calm and manages a smile as she works the cash register, takes orders and keeps everything in control throughout a busy night (below left).

Walk into Marino’s Lunch on a Tuesday night a little past dinner time and expect to be bombarded with burgers, bluegrass and beer. Not necessarily in that order.


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Grover Spradlin, of Augusta Springs croons a country song to his friend Dee Mays, of Staunton while Randy Turner of Staunton listens. Spradlin has been coming to Marino’s to play music and listen to the jams for 40 years.

In the thick crowd we see a woman with an instrument clutched under her arms. Her name is Marta Szuba, she lives here in Staunton, having moved from upstate New York eight years ago. People kept telling her she needed to go to Marino’s. “It just reminded me of what it was like when music was really swinging high back in the ‘70s. I came back about a year later and I haven’t stopped coming on a Tuesday since then.” Marta started out playing guitar until a group of guys convinced her they needed someone on washboard.

“If you had told me that’s what I was going to be doing, I would have said ‘You’re nuts.’” Occupied by a picking band, the only way to walk through the front room during a set is by shuffling sideways. And since that’s not easy to do, you might as well start a tab at the counter and grab a beer. Cash only, no plastic. PBRs and “Natty” Lights are $2.25. A Bud is $2.50. Heinekens are $3. They’re selling a lot of PBRs. “You get all kinds of characters in here. People have been coming here for 30 years.” People like Grover Spradlin of Augusta Springs,

who’s parked himself on a bench for the evening. Otherwise, it would have been standing room only. “Oh my goodness,” he starts. “Before I went in the military, I was coming in here in 1964 and I had to buy Pepsi instead of Old Milwaukee, and I had a friend that would come in older than I. He would buy the beer and I’d buy the Pepsi. We’d play music in the back room and switch while Arline Marino, bless her heart, and she would be over there serving food and stuff and didn’t catch us switchin.’ She said she caught us, but she never did catch me!”

Marta Szuba of Staunton and Caley Thomas of Crozet have an emotional moment after seeing each other for the first time in a while (above left). Austin Shifflett from Broadway and a member of the band Many Nights Ahead, plays harmonica at Marino’s (above right). MAY 2013

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Dwane Knowles of Staunton is a regular. He was at the center of the back room jam the same night Nathan Moore and Molly Murphy joined forces on kazoos.

Tuesday night was the start to Grover’s weekend, so you can imagine the fun he and his buds have had here. He gets nostalgic. “The things we used to do ... We’ve had foot races and arm wrestling, throwing tater bombs. We used to have a ball in here!” Pam Brooks was probably too young to be throwing tater bombs with Gordon. But her dad would bring her here as a little girl and they’d head to the back room behind the kitchen. “He would come in here when we were little and pick music in the back,” Pam said. “Set me up on – they used to have cases of beer stacked in the back – set me up here and play music.” Diner food + beer + live music. It seems like a simple formula but for the Marino family, keeping a mom & pop going isn’t as easy as it used to be. Their lunch crowd pales in comparison to what it was some 30 years ago. Tony Marino admits the economy isn’t what it used to be. Add to that an ABC fine triggered by the accidental sale of a beer to someone under 21. For a business operating on slim margins, a


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Nathan Moore, center, a professional singer songwriter says he wouldn’t be a successful musician without the experience of coming to Marino’s with his dad from a young age.

$2000 fine can be the death knell. “At that time she was planning on not paying it and closing it up, and keeping it closed,” recalled Beanie Ruleman, Tony’s sister. That didn’t sit well with customers. Armed with a notebook and a pen and a superhuman ability to juggle cash, beer and a smile, Beanie’s role behind the counter was a big reason why Tuesday nights became so popular to begin with, according to her brother. “I think Beanie had the personality to draw the crowd and people started coming in playing music on her night,” Tony explained. “And then more people came in and it seemed like buddies started playing with buddies. And I’d say Beanie really somehow or another kicked this whole event off.” So customers started pooling their money together to pay off the fine. Right now, the joint’s still open but Beanie and Tony say their mother is tired (she had called it a night by the time the music had started). She has poured her life into this place. “My father died when I was nine and she’s carried the store on ever since,” recalled Tony, who’s 59 going on 60. “Raising seven kids, yes. Seven kids running that store

pretty much all day and all night.” The business has been in the family ever since “Grandfather Marino” started it the ‘40s. Tony was “pretty much the mopper,” he said, bringing in cases of beer and sweeping. Beanie began helping out when she was nine or ten. “I used to work there full time. When my husband retired I went to this a couple of days a week. Mama asked me to keep ‘em because she needed help on those days,” she said. These days Arline is a frail woman who is still very much the matriarch. Both Tony and Beanie are tight-lipped about her age. “Well, I’d mention that but she would break my neck,” Beanie told me. “Miss Arline ...” Grover begins, looking away as his mind travels back in time. “She has fed tramps off the street. They come in here and we call him Bag Man. Colonel Bag Man. And she would feed him and she is a very wonderful lady ...” Grover and I are chatting outside since the music, now coming from both the front and back rooms, is making it hard to carry on a conversation. “There’s nobody in the world that don’t come through these doors that’s not welcome,” he said. “I’ll tell you it’s the most beautiful place in the world. They come from Scottsville, Highland County, West Virginia.” “She raised seven children,” Grover said, peering through the window. “And all of them are my friends. Every one of them ... And what am I gonna do on Tuesdays?!” Marta says whatever happens – if a buyer comes in or if it shuts down – it will work itself out. “You wonder what’s going to happen to this group of people that come together. And what I’ve been told by other people who have been doing this a lot longer than me is that this is not the first place this jam was at and it won’t be the last place that this jam is going to be at ... It will look a little different every time, but that’s great! That’s how you learn.” BRL MAY 2013 Blue Ridge LIFE 13


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Letting in the spring light The spring color palette is breathtaking, but how can I keep the bright colors in my house from fading? The reason for having all of those windows in your home is to enjoy your beautiful spring views and the natural light in your home. It’s a shame to have them covered up with blinds or curtains. You have to run around lifting them up and down different times of the day to block the sun. That daily chore has probably become too much of a hassle and you just leave your blinds down all day. Think about that for one minute and ask yourself this. “Why do I have windows in my home and why did I move to Nelson County?” The views, right? So why are you eliminating your views with blinds? Is it fading, too much heat from the sun, or is it just too bright? I have also been in homes where they don’t use blinds and this is what I typically see. Either furniture is being covered with sheets or nothing has been done at all. At least these homeowners still have their views and natural light, not to mention their living space is much more open and vibrant than being closed in with window treatments. It is still a huge compromise doing it those ways. These home owners still have tremendous heat gain and glare, plus the sun fades everything it touches, not just furniture. A great example of this would be hardwood floors. Depending on the type of wood, what it has been finished with, and the orientation of the room, I have seen significant fading on hardwood floors in less than a year. 3M™ Window Film installed by Clear View Window Tinting will eliminate any compromises you have been making. You can keep your breathtaking spring views. For those of you without blinds, I can take care of everything that fades, not just your furniture. You can soak in the views of budding trees 0, without having to squint at the glare it creates or bake in the heat. For those of you with blinds, your life and home will be much different. Your space will be brighter, more open, and YOU WILL HAVE VIEWS! No more running around opening and closing your blinds. Just leave them up during the day or get rid of them. Window tinting will reduce 4 to 5 times more heat than closed blinds, and of course it will take care of your fading issues.

Myth vs. Reality 3M™ Window Films for your home are so amazing I often wonder why they’re not in most homes. Below, I dispel some of the myths you may have heard: MYTH: Window tinting will make my windows or room dark, and ruin my views. REALITY: I perform free consultations and I will apply a variety of film samples on your windows. I will label them and explain to you how they perform. I guarantee that there will be at least one sample that provides a more stunning view than your current windows and will still let in a tremendous amount of sunlight. MYTH: Window tinting will bubble, peel, and distort. REALITY: 3M™ is one of the most reputable and innovative companies in the world, and we use their window films. They do not bubble, peel, or become distorted. They back their window film with a lifetime warranty. MYTH: Nothing can really protect the interior of my home except for shadles or blinds. REALITY: Window tinting is the solution! Knowledge is power, power is change.

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BRL columnist Kay Pfaltz gets cozy with Erik Estrada, widely known for his role in the C.H.I.P.S. television series. The actor stopped by Basic Necessities while in Nellysford promoting the film, Finding Faith. The movie was screened at nearby Rockfish Valley Baptist Church. And no, he did not ride in on a bike.


Wintergreen Beautiful Stoney Creek Home 6 bedroom with 3 1/2 bath Remodeled kitchen, breakfast room A lot of storage space, mother-in-law suite, Backs up to small private lake w/beautiful views Walking trails, golf and nearby beach $1600/month Email: ccorish@wellsfargo.com or phone: Lenlee 704-589-1647 MAY 2013

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The young and the young-at-heart gathered at Bold Rock Cidery Field for the Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival. The annual event also included a rubber duck race down the river!



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Location: 170 Rosewood Dr, Nellysford, Virginia Offered at: $374,000 Comments: Villa w/ 1st floor master. RoseWood Village is a 55+ community in Stoney Creek at Wintergreen. Exterior maintenance, yard work, gutter cleaning, etc is handled for you by the RoseWood Association. Spacious Villas feature superb craftsmanship and Universal Design features. RoseWood offers care-free convenience, views, and access to the worldclass amenities of Wintergreen, Charlottesville, and UVA. Homes purchased from the developer include the standard 12-month warranty from the builder. Contact: Brian Chase Roy Wheeler -Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties 434-296-9860

Location: 6222 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Afton, Virginia Offered at: $319,900 Comments: Classic Virginia four-over-four farmhouse on 7+ acres in the heart of Nelson County’s wine and brewery country. Convenient to Charlottesville and Wintergreen, the home has been a successful home office work environment for the publishers of Blue Ridge Life. Parlor, formal dining room, guest room w/ full bath, office, plus powder room on first floor. 4 bedrooms and full bath on second floor. Deck from kitchen/den area overlooks pasture bordered by stream. Walk out basement, 2 sheds, outdoor shower, mature trees and landscaping. Details and more: AftonFarmHouse.com Contact: Marlo Allen Mountain Area Realty 434-996-3525


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46 Bucksaw Lane – Listed for $378,000




17 Trillium Place

150 Rosewood Drive

1724 High Ridge Condo – Listed for $374,900

Fabulous 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 2 car garage, Trillium golf townhome set high and across from Devils Knob 17th par 3. Excellent condition and beautifully furnished. Easy walk to Spa, Nature Foundation, Ski Shuttle. Views and walkout access to golf course for evening walks. $350,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (505539)

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 carefree convenience. Villas from $349,000 / Condos from $297,000. Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (462918) ! EAT ETR R IN TA UN MO






204 Shamokin Springs Trail Only $49,000 for this nice lot overlooking Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve at wintergreen. Quiet area yet convenient to amenities ie golf, hiking, skiing and more! Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 Owner financing available. (MLS 494295) S






2127 Fairway Woods Condo – Listed for $159,900



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601 White Oak Condo – Listed for $110,000

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CopperLeaf Homes

Like New Inside, completely renovated! This Seven (7) Bedroom & Eight (8) bath home offers Three-level mountain living. Perfect for Rental Program! Great for Multiple Owners! Enjoy a short walk to the private “Property Owners Only” Chestnut Springs Pool & Pavilion. Surrounded by woods in a quiet rustic setting. New appliances, counter tops and hardwood floors. $549,800. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (503988)

CopperLeaf Homes and Solid Rock Properties create rustic mountain retreats with modern craftsmanship. Timberframe or classic construction. Over 40 homes built at Wintergreen - many references available. Custom home experts or choose from existing floorplans. Contact Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 www.copperleafhomesva.com


1915 Laurel Springs Drive Superb value for an easy to build gently sloping lot with seasonal mountain views. The location is very lightly trafficked which translates into peace and solitude. Public water and sewer available. Less than a five minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, dining, and spa services. $58,900. Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (506690)














419 Three Ridges Condo – Listed for $159,900


87 Stone Chimneys Drive Excellent 1.3-acre building lot close to Stoney Creek Clubhouse. Level & open w/perimeter of trees for privacy. Mt. views. Public water. Buy now, build whenever. $59,000. Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, Dawn.Perusse@mris.com (506955)

342 Foothills Drive ~ Stoney Creek



1580 Vistas Condo – Listed for $205,000

Lovely 1 level home offers many custom features. Private 2.5 acre wooded lot yet still just 2 minutes from golf, tennis, fitness, dining options. Indulge in warm oak flooring throughout, light filled rooms, mature landscaping, covered porch. Escape to the finished & heated artist studio above garage. $275,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (501456)







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174 Millies Lane

A beautiful farmhouse-style recreation(architect Glenn German) is skillfully designed to create this unique setting overlooking mature hardwoods, sloping lawn and stream. Tasteful stone entry prepares you for the extensive sculptured rock walls defining gardens and plateaus welcoming all to sit for awhile, have a lemonade or glass of wine. Three fireplaces; many antiques will convey; Brunswick Pool Table with two chairs; new roof, newly stained exterior: just a few reasons to consider this home! $499,000. Call Joan Mummery 434-531-5033. (495459)











351 Dobie Condo – Listed for $290,000



34 Great Owl Lane – Listed for $310,000

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At only ~75 yards to the ski slopes, this two bedroom Three Ridges condo has everything the ski-front condo has except the premium price! Enjoy private, gated Three Ridges parking; short walk to amenities of Mountain Inn Village including shopping, restaurants, kids center, skating. Renovated bathrooms - beautifully furnished. Reduced! $139,900. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 www.goWintergreen.com

A turn-key design/build company, Winterwoods Homes has partnered with the nation’s premier suppliers to deliver timber frame and stone designs of extraordinary quality. Their industry leading partners include Vail’s Slifer Designs and Antique Cabins & Barns. The Winterwoods Homes portfolio boasts 40+ designs. Base prices from $200K client customization available. For a complimentary design package, contact Brian Chase, Managing Broker. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860.

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34 Poll Axe Lane Brand new construction from one of Wintergreen’s highest quality builders, Shenandoah Valley Construction. Hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen with granite counters and custom cabinets, and many upgrades. Lots of light throughout this cottage style three bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bath vacation home. Quiet and private lot on cul de sac with seasonal views. $489,000. Call now and select some of your own custom finishes, listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com (MLS 504918).


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2105 Fairway Woods Income producing property 2 bed/2 bath condo. Great location on Golf Course & short walk to Spa, Clubhouse, Devils Grill, Pool and Tennis. Easy shuttle ride to slopes and Mountain Inn. Fully furnished. $139,900 Call Rod Phillips at 434-987-6399. (469491)





47 Bucksaw Lane Private wooded lot on cul de sac at Wintergreen. Priced to sell, hold as investment or build here now. Seasonal views. Listed by Steve Marianella at $40,000, 434-566-1293 or smsales1@aol.com. (498182)












10 Laurel Point Panoramic year round views from this home without breaking the bank! Two family rooms, four bedroom, wood burning stone fireplace, screened in porch and more. Hardiplank siding, Trex decking, level driveway. Completely furnished and ready to enjoy this ski season. Only $499,800 ! Contact Steve Marianella for showings at 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com (504683)







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115 Rosewood Drive This Rosewood Villa boasts the best views and location! Custom finishes, high end appliances, hard wood floors, bay window, plantation shutters, bright and sunny are just a few reasons to visit this home. This is the lowest priced 2BR and will not be undersold. $359,000, call J. Mummery @434-3619402. (502584)

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This top floor 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath unit has been updated with fresh paint, new carpeting, new window treatment and more. In immaculate condition, it’s nicely furnished and ready for immediate occupancy. Ski out, walk to the Mountain Inn and meander across the street to the Wintergarden Spa, such an ideal location for family fun and rental friendly. The ridge line views are priceless and the cool mountain breezes whisper “RELAX”, you’re in the mountains! Asking $160,000, call Joan Mummery @ 434-531-5033. (505027)

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326 Laurel Springs Drive One of the best golf views at Wintergreen! This 4 bedroom post and beam vacation home overlooks Devils Knob holes 7,8 and 9. Nice hardwood floors, custom windows and wood burning floor to ceiling stone fireplace highlight this gem. Level paved driveway. Only $399,500, call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or smsales1@aol.com. (495116)


Fabulous 4 bed, 3.5 bath Trillium townhome. Walk to Spa, Nature Foundation, Ski Shuttle. Gorgeous hardwoods throughout. Views and walkout to the 17th par 3 on Devils Knob. Spacious living room, wood burning fireplace, huge deck. Large master suite, 2 car garage. $325,000. Contact Brian Chase. www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (504628)





Bring pets & relax in this beautifully updated, 2BR/2BA condo, just a 3-min walk to the Mt. Inn & restaurants. Two private bedrooms & updated baths. Newer appliances, furniture, windows & Hardiplank siding. One step from deck to ground. Backs to woods with seasonal views. $139,900. Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, Dawn.Perusse@mris.com (504767)


2108 Fairway Woods



2005 Stone Ridge Woods Great price for nice income producing condo. Very popular rental. Great natural light, open floor plan, large deck, fireplace, nicely furnished. Park and walk right in - NO STEPS. Proof of rental income with request. $138,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (505045)

87 Devils Knob Loop One of the few remaining golf course lots on soon to be private Devils Knob Golf Course. Some seasonal valley views from lot also. Gently sloping, easily buildable lot. Seller/builder happy to quote on new home also. Quiet area within walking distance to Spa, Devils Grill, golf, tennis and numerous hiking trails. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. (506731)



2144 Fairway Woods





Highly rated and furnished two bedroom golf front condo in resort rental program. Overlooking Devils Knob Golf course #18 tee box, this updated condo has granite counters and newer appliances. Family room has wood burning fireplace, seperate dining area, tile floors in kitchen and baths. Located within a short walk to Wintergarden Spa, Devils Grill Restauraunt, tennis and nature center. Free shuttle bus stops out front to all other resort amenities. $139,900. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293,smsales1@aol. com (499537)



Gold rated 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo on #18 of Devils Knob Golf Course, Completely furnished and ready to use this ski season, wood burning fireplace, nice deck, great location near Spa, restaurants, golf and tennis. Renovated kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances and tiled floors. $149,500. Call Steve Marianella for availability of showings, 434566-1293. (504784)


310 Fortunes Ridge One of the few view lots available under $200K. This lot has views to the west and south, and lots of mountain laurel too. Front of lot is level for a driveway. Quiet location almost at end of cul de sac. Bring your builder or let me introduce you to one! Listed by Steve Marianella for only $149,900 tel 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com (501048)







117 Devils Knob Loop Over 3,200 of custom built finished space on Devils Knob Golf Course you couldn’t build it for this price today. Gourmet kitchen , granite counters, custom cabinetry, wood floors, three fireplaces, two family rooms and many other upgrades including whole house generator, Italian tile, attached garage, and wired in stereo, home theatre and security system. Listed at $585,000 by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, smsales1@aol.com.( MLS497220)





16 Chestnut Lane Enjoy this contemporary 3 bedroom + bonus room mountain retreat with additional space in a loft! Open floor plan with new hardwood and tile flooring. Plenty of parking and close to the Mountain Inn. Value priced at $235,000. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498.(505120)









280 Fawn Ridge Drive Brand new construction by Solid Rock Properties/CopperLeaf Homes. 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths, 2000 sq feet. Open floor plan with eat-in kitchen and island Large Great room plus basement family room. Lots of natural light; Pella windows/doors; Hardi-Plank siding; nice location. Great quality by the best craftsmen on the mountain.1 year builder warranty. $345,000 great value for brand new construction . Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399.

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Roadside Pickups by LYNN COFFEY

Writer’s Note: This is a continuation of sorts, to March’s column, Confession of a Dumpster Queen story, whereby I wrote about finding hidden treasures at the dumpster. This month I graduated to picking up items on the road. It’s weird, I know, but hey, it’s free!

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I’m not sure when the habit of stopping to pick up items along the roadside developed but let’s just say it’s been an ongoing addiction throughout my life. I started out gathering the abundance of black rubber bungee cords that drop off the back of pickup trucks which have a multitude of uses such as securing trash can lids to discourage midnight raccoon raids. I then graduated to bigger and better things as I kept a sharp eye out for items lying in the middle of the road, driving to town. I have gotten a wealth of shirts and jackets that fit perfectly and after a good laundering, served me well for many years. One in particular was my favorite; a blue plaid flannel shirt that I always wore

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when fly fishing in streams around the area. I found it laying in the road on Arch Avenue in Waynesboro back in the 1980s and I have it still. I also added to my summer ensemble, several T-shirts with highend logos on the front. Everything from Pepsi and Nike to a large Harley Davidson that made a perfect sleep shirt. The practice included leather dog leashes even though I am basically a dog-less person, heavy log chains when I didn’t have a log to my name and over the years, a plethora of watch caps and gloves, just in time for the winter season. Imagine my utter delight when I married a man who wasn’t above stopping in the middle of the road to let his bride scrounge what she might. I did embarrass him one time on a city street when we passed a fabulous wooden barrel out by the road for trash pickup that was all to pieces. We had already passed the house where the large barrel stood and I made him circle the block so I could jump out and snatch my find. I remember him slinking down in his seat while I claimed my prize and stepping on the accelerator before I got my door completely closed. Back home he patiently put the staves back in place and slid the wooden rim on tight to make a wonderful decoration on the front porch of our cabin. By this time he, too, was a confirmed roadside picker and one day when our granddaughter Renea was in the car with us we happened upon a small black object on the road. He slowed down to take a look and suddenly whipped the car around and grabbed up a very expensive leather motorcycle glove. A few hundred yards down lay another black object of the same size and sure enough, it was the opposite hand of the glove. We figured someone laid the gloves on the back of their bike and forgetting to put them on, they slid to the ground. While we were ohhing and ahhing over his exceptional find, Renea was mortified and I can still hear her laughing as she said, “Granddaddy, I can’t believe you stopped and got those gloves!” Since Billy is a bike rider, the gloves found a perfect home. But by far, the best item gleaned was a 12 foot fiberglass step ladder that was lying along the roadside that had no doubt, toppled off of a service truck of some kind. To be fair, we stopped and propped the ladder up against a tree and left it there, feeling sure the owner would come looking for it. Imagine our surprise when it was still there the next day when we went down the road. We were in our little Honda CRV but somehow managed to load the thing lengthwise into the car with the top step resting on the dashboard and the rest of it hanging out the back hatch window. It was a really nice piece of equipment that we didn’t need so we advertised it free in a local paper and were amazed when someone offered us a huge price for it. For that amount we offered to deliver it and everyone was happy. We told our son and daughter-in-law about our successful roadside pickup and subsequent sale and they about laughed their heads off over the deal. They now keep their eyes peeled while riding the roads ... BRL

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HUNTING AND RECREATIONAL LAND Tax Map 19-A -15, RT 664 27 Acres $109,000 MLS#451834

Hunters take note: 27 acres adjoining the George Washington National Forest. Great deer, turkey and bear hunting. A great escape property for the Daniel Boone in all of us. A must see!

White Mountain Rd 44.3 Acres, Batesville $259,000 MLS#505942 This property is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with abundant wildlife. It is currently used as a weekend camp. Several nice building sites are located on the property and mountain views are possible. This property was put under conservation easement with some larger tracts in 2001.

Tax Map 43-A 5-B 48 Acres $168,000 MLS#507322

A protected cove with a 4X4 trail to high and secluded building sites. Adjoining a beautiful, open farm with excellent mountain views from the property line on top of the hill. There is a walkable trail from Rt. 151 thru the property to the top of the hill. The trail is up a cove with hills on either side and proceeds to commanding building sites and magnificent views.

Mill Pond Road 93.99 Acres $325,000


Ideal for a family desiring 4 or 5 elevated, well contoured building sites on three sides of a spring fed stream, which could be converted to a private pond. The property is on Cove Creek, affording a bold stream access for recreation.

Foxland Farm (Formerly Critzer Farm) 40 Acres $697,000 MLS#492994

The property is a short drive to Waynesboro & Charlottesville with Blue Mountain Brewery, A. M. Fog and the Rockfish Country Store in the neighborhood. This is one of the most scenic sites in the Afton Area, with a combination of an ancient Oak Grove and open land. The western and southern views are all Blue Ridge. A very unique, one of a kind site. This property would make a great vineyard or horse property; possibly a winery.

Cub Creek Road 20.37 Acres $115,000 MLS#504708

Ideal property for a vacation get away or for hunting. Secluded and private but has easy access to main roads- HWY 151 & HWY 29. Road maintenance is shared equally with adjacent property owners. Electric Power routed to the property.

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3 Mountain Top LN. 7.56 Acres $139,000 MLS#469005

Dramatic views down the Rockfish Valley toward Nellysford. A private building site toward the rear of the property. Rockfish Orchard offers a unique combination of Blue Ridge country living and easy access to world-class amenities. Within 30 minutes you can be playing golf, skiing, hiking the Appalachian Trail. Spectacular scenery and privacy without seclusion. One of the best values in Nelson or Albemarle County for a secluded private lot with ample acreage and great views.

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FLIGHT BEHAVIOR For a novelist, inspiration can come in mysterious ways. For Barbara Kingsolver’s novel “Flight Behavior,” her seventh, it came three years ago in the form of a vision. “I woke up one morning with a very strange visual imagining of something that I had never seen or thought about before,” she told an overflow crowd on March 21 at Sweet Briar College’s Waxter Lecture Series on Environment and Sustainability. It was a vision of millions of monarch butterflies descending from the air and landing on trees in the mountain hollow in southwest Virginia where she lives. “It sounds sort of religious but it really wasn’t,” she said. Kingsolver had majored in ecology and evolutionary biology in college and had been thinking for a while about writing a novel around the subject of climate change. The vision of butterflies landing for the winter in the forests of southern Appalachia rather than their normal habitat in Mexico is the linchpin for her story set in eastern Tennessee, not far from her home. Butterflies also led her to Dr. Lincoln Brower and Dr. Linda Fink, residents of Nelson County and faculty members at Sweet Briar. Brower is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the behavior of monarchs, and Fink has co-authored several of the scientific papers they have written on the monarch, including at least three on the subject of freeze resistance of monarchs overwintering in Mexico. This topic applies to the novel, though in a very different setting. “I needed to know about the science of monarchs. I knew they migrate and congregate in a small area of Mexico, go through several generations and then re-migrate north.” But she wanted to know if her vision of monarchs over-wintering in Appalachia could be a consequence of climate change. “I wanted readers to trust me. I wanted

to be accurate, even though I made the whole thing up. That’s how I got to Brower.” She emailed Brower and he and his wife invited her to visit. It turned out Kingsolver needn’t have worried. “They are literary people,” she said. “They read fiction and they understand fiction is about real things. I was so gratified by the generosity of their imagination.” As she wrote the sections of the novel that involve the science of monarchs she sent them to Brower and Fink, asking them to correct her mistakes. “And they did,” she said. Brower said he found the novel “Very insightful. I loved it.” The characters representing clashing points of view and experiences are drawn with the empathy of someone who grew up in a rural community. She puts that understanding into the character of Dellarobia Turnbow, whom we first see on her way up a mountain to begin an affair, but whose encounter with millions of monarchs adorning the trees changes her life and that of her family and the inhabitants of the farming community in which she lives. What she sees is something of a miracle: “Brightness of a new intensity moved up the valley in a rippling wave, like the disturbed surface of a lake. Every bough glowed with an orange blaze.” Dellarobia and her family and neighbors will seem very familiar to people from the Blue Ridge communities similar to those of the southern Appalachian region of the novel’s setting, people who put family and community ahead of self as their first values. Kingsolver’s imagination and her ability to capture the interest of readers using a nearperfect balance of plot, character and setting give “Flight Behavior” an unusual power. And it was done with the help of two of our neighbors. BRL

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

There may be a light at the end of the tunnel for home sellers in Nelson County; first quarter home sales have increased by 50% when compared to this same time period in 2012. However, with a high inventory of 315 residential properties currently for sale, there is still a need for buyers to carefully weed through choices, and sellers to position their property to stand out in the competition. Statistical findings from the 2012 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers may help market participants better understand one another and develop more customer centric approaches to buying and selling. Here are the report highlights: Characteristics of Home Buyers; 78% of recent home buyers said their home is a good investment, and 46 percent believe it’s better than stocks; 39% of all home buyers were first-time buyers; the typical home buyer was 42 years old; 16% of recent home buyers

were single females; the median household income of buyers was $78,600; first-time buyers plan to stay in the home for 10 years and repeat buyers plan to hold their property for 15 years. Characteristics of Homes Purchased; the typical home purchased was 1,900 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms; 79% of buyers purchased a detached single-family home and 14% purchased a condo or townhouse; new homes accounted for 16% of sales; the main factors influencing location choice were quality of neighborhood, convenience to job, and overall affordability of homes. The Home Search Process; 90% of home buyers used the Internet with 96% of those under the age of 44 utilizing it; for 41% of buyers the first step in the home buying process was looking at properties online; buyers searched an average of 12 weeks and viewed 10 homes (they

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viewed 12 homes the previous year). Home Buying and Real Estate Professionals; 89% of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker, this is a steady increase from 69% back in 2001; 40% of buyers found their agent through a referral from a friend or family member and 10% used an agent that they had previously used. Financing the Home Purchase; 87% of home buyers financed their recent home purchase; buyers typically financed 91% of the purchase price. The median down payment is 9% ranging from 4% for first time buyers and 13% for repeat buyers. Characteristics of Home Sellers; The typical seller lived in their home for 9 years (back in 2007 the typical tenure was only 6 years.) Sellers typically sold their home for 95% of list price and 60% reported


at least one price reduction; 40% of sellers offered buyers incentives such as home warranty policy or closing costs; About 46% of sellers traded up to a larger and more expensive home and 62% purchased a newer home. Home Selling and Real Estate Professionals; 91% of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent; 38% of sellers found their agent through a referral by friends or family; 23% used an agent that they previously worked with to buy or sell. Nearly two-thirds of home sellers only interviewed one agent prior to listing. Understanding the market participants can lead to a more successful buying and selling experience! Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as “That Girl,” calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson and besides being a Realtor, is a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery in Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties.


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When dark clouds start rolling in and hefty droplets of rain start pitterpattering across the county, the phones start ringing. It’s time to get wet.

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Gordon Dalton, along with a loose network of paddling-pals, doesn’t get bummed out when the forecast calls for heavy rain. He gets pumped. Not an organized group by any means, Gordon refers to the crew as, “Just a bunch of friends who paddle together when there’s something to paddle.” “After there’s been a good rain [or melt], Nelson County has a half dozen or more of the best stuff in the state. Creeks mostly,” says Gordon, a paddler for Team Pyranha, who’s been kayaking since his teens and has conquered rapids in almost a dozen states. “The kayakers statewide and even in the larger region really know about Nelson County for its creeks and the low volume streams, such as the North and South fork of the Tye and the Piney,” he said. “And they’ll drive from all over the state to come paddle it.” Sid Crocker, West Virginia native and coast-to-coast kayaker, agrees. “Nelson County is definitely a favorite, the Tye River especially.” It was at the North fork of the Tye that Sid actually dislocated his shoulder in March with this informal group of go-getters. “It was one of the first rapids. I flipped over in some really shallow rocks, tried to roll and dislocated my shoulder,” he recounts. As a registered nurse in the orthopedic unit at Martha Jefferson, “I can usually get it to go back in myself, but this time it was pretty severely dislocated,” says Sid, casually admitting a history of shoulder problems. Resilient rapid-riders from all across Virginia including Nelson, Charlottesville, Staunton and Roanoke recently gathered for the 6th Annual Goshen Pass Race held on the Maury River in neighboring Rockbridge County. “It’s real laid back, kind of a grass roots gathering,” reflects Gordon, who helped organize the event. “We had fifty something racers this year. We had a women’s class, youth class, canoeing class. Different groups, so we can share the prizes and things like that. We just all start at the same time, so that’s kind of a spectacle. Folks line the road to watch.” But Gordon doesn’t like to restrict himself within the boundaries of the familiar. “Myself and a couple of my friends have been really involved in the past with finding new places to paddle. Exploring new creeks, scouting out new stuff that may or may not be fun to paddle,” explains Gordon. “It’s that whole exploring kind of fun. And we have found some really good stuff in the area that have now become classics.” continued on page 28


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Gordon and friends like to share their newly-acquired aquatic knowledge on a website called AmericanWhiteWater.org. This nonprofit organization focuses on the restoration and conservation of rivers all across America, as well as keeping a national inventory of whitewater rivers. “If someone finds a good run that hasn’t been known before, they usually put it up there and they put in the GPS coordinates and it’s shared for other paddlers to go check out,” says Gordon, who has noticed a noticeable increase in the sport’s popularity, especially in Nelson County. “Kayaking got really popular in the mid to late ‘90s, then there was kind of a dry period, I guess pun intended, because it did stop,” laughed Gordon. “The design of the boat has changed, so I think that has brought folks back to the sport. Definitely more women and a few more younger people.” Renee Lavin, a manager for Back Country Ski and Sport, is a rarity in the kayak community. “I would love for there to be more women out there. I think it’s just a really emotional sport. It’s hard for women to commit to it. They may already have kids and families … My boyfriend and I kayak all the time and are known as the one couple who will come out kayaking together.” “It’s cool to see the next generation,” says Gordon, reflecting again on the increase in popularity. “It’s definitely growing pretty fast. It’s good to see. I’ve been at it for a long time. But things come and go with how wet it is. Rain kind of makes our sport.” So, the next time you spot those clouds forming in the distance; don’t let that ruin your mood. Just think of Gordon. And, “Think rain.” BRL


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For Waltons International Fan Club President Carolyn Grinnell, seeing Earl Hamner standing in the well of the Virginia Senate to receive the plaudits of the nation’s oldest legislature “brought tears to my eyes.” Hamner, 89, was recognized for both his literary achievements - “Spencer’s Mountain,” “Fifty Roads to Town,” - and his television successes - “The Homecoming,” “The Waltons,” “Falcon Crest” - and having put the state of Virginia in a very favorable light before national audiences. The Senate proclamation was the latest in a long string of honors for the Nelson County native stretching back to the early 1970s when “The Homecoming” and then “The Waltons” drew millions of viewers entranced by the stories of a Virginia family struggling through the depths of The Great Depression and later World War II. Hamner based the characters on “The Waltons” on his own family. His sister Nancy and her husband Garnett Jamerson, and brother Paul beamed proudly from the Senate gallery as Senate President Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling praised Hamner, saying “The Waltons” became “a piece of Americana that captivated the audience,” and called Hamner’s achievements “truly remarkable.” Also on hand were Hamner’s wife Jane, his son Scott and his daughter Caroline as well as other relatives and friends. Hamner had been honored the night before by the Library of Virginia for having donated his writings - scripts, books, correspondence - to the library. He was interviewed before an audience of 150 well-wishers by former television anchor Lisa Powell. “Some people said The Waltons’ taught lessons,” Hamner said. “I wasn’t trying to do that but because I wrote about people of character and decency it was interpreted that way.” Hamner told Blue Ridge Life, “I’m trying to persuade myself that I’m worthy” of the honors he has received. He said he was very glad to see friends from Nelson County in the audience Tuesday night and in the Senate Gallery. BRL

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How do you describe Phillip Kerl of Wheeler’s Cove? For those of us at Blue Ridge Life, two words come to mind: family man. For others, he was a soccer coach. An artisan. A musician. He was no doubt a character. And a kind soul. We did a story on him in the August 2008 of Nelson County Life. He was raising money to go to Kenya so that children at an orphanage could play sports. Maybe basketball. Or if there was enough money for goals, then soccer. He passed away in March after a long fight with cancer. In his honor, friends and family gathered at the Rockfish Valley Community Center for a celebration of Phillip Kerl’s life, which concluded with a pick-up game of soccer. Shortly before Kerl’s passing, Karen Ratzlaff, Director of Advancement at Hospice of the Piedmont, interviewed him. With his family’s blessing, we print her story below:

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CHOOSE the LIGHT On a sunny day in 2010 shortly after his fifty-sixth birthday, Phillip Kerl scored two goals in a pick-up soccer game with his sons and their friends. One week later, he was diagnosed with inoperable, stage four, throat cancer and his life changed forever. Seven months later, following unimaginably difficult but successful treatments at the University of Virginia, Kerl was dubbed “the miracle man” after beating enormous odds. “Cancer is a coward,” Kerl reflects. “It’s a worthy nemesis that shows up when you aren’t watching. I’d never judge anyone else’s response or reaction to its unexpected arrival; this is just my story.” A lifelong artist and musician – and a much-beloved soccer coach in Nelson County for more than 25-years―Phillip Kerl found his voice after treatment by writing songs about his experience. Vikki Bravo, a social worker at the Cancer Center, wanted others traveling a similar road to hear his work. One of his physicians quietly financed the creation of a music CD. One week after the completion of the CD―a year after he completed treatment―the cancer returned with a vengeance. The first reaction by the medical community when the cancer returned was that nothing more could be done for Kerl who had “maxed out” the amount of chemo and radiation his body could handle in the first round of treatment. But familiar with Kerl’s strength and resilience, it wasn’t long before a radiation oncologist sug-


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gested a new round of therapies followed by a different type of chemo. “Cancer literally had me by the throat but lying there in the dark during radiation therapy I would meditate and try to breathe out the cancer and breathe in love.” A deeply spiritual person who does not identify with any one religion, Kerl felt bolstered by the support he received from his family and community. In the darkness and quiet he would focus on sending his love and prayers to others on their own cancer journey who didn’t have the support he enjoyed. Through it all, Kerl did his best to reflect on the best in his life. “Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow,” he points out. “The projections we are given for our longevity mean nothing. All we can do is get up every morning and see what we can accomplish.” “Everyone has dreams―you just never know if you’ll get to see them realized.” Kerl had already been fortunate to live out one very special dream. In 2008 he organized the donation of sports equipment from friends and colleagues in Nelson County who also helped fund a trip to an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. He lived with boys and girls in squalor for three weeks, but it’s clear when he relives those memories that the trip was like going home, and that those were three of the most miraculous weeks of his life. He helped build basketball goals for children who had never played the game, and coached all ages in soccer. Remembering the beauty of their souls and the respect afforded him as their coach and mentor, he smiles when he says, “That was the greatest game I ever coached.”

By the time he left Nairobi, the children called him Babu, Swahili for “grandfather.” Another dream came true three weeks into his second round of treatment. Staff from the Emily Couric Cancer Center found funding to make it possible for Phillip and his beloved wife, Peggy, to travel to New York City to perform at a convention of cancer survivors and physicians. “To be honest, I wasn’t sure my message was still valid. How could I still be called a ‘miracle man’?” Reassured that he still had plenty to say of value, Kerl combined his music with narrative and reflection and gratefully remembers the comments shared with him afterwards by members of the audience. Even now his music is reaching people living in uncertainty and providing them with reassurance and support. More than four years after receiving a critical diagnosis, Kerl is still grateful. Driven forward by the strength of his will, he is a man who has experienced numerous, emotional ups-and-downs over the past four years including significant hearing loss that left him feeling isolated until his hospice social worker helped arrange the donation of hearing aids. But he admits that the latest transition has been the most difficult. “I had an enormous mental adjustment to make when I was admitted to hospice.” This chapter has required a re-shaping of his hope and he readily admits he’s still learning that lesson. But some things are crystal clear. One is his gratitude for the love of his wife, their eight children, and the extended community that sustains him. Peggy is amazed by his selflessness. “Phillip has made all of this easier on us. It’s wonderful to watch him teach our children how to be graceful and strong in the most difficult times.” Their son Koda, a young musician living in Charlottesville, speaks for his siblings when he predicts, “I know I’ll be able to handle anything that happens in my life after seeing how my father has handled all this.” Today, Kerl’s hopes look a little different than they used to. Never anticipating the loss of his voice, he hopes for more time and the strength to keep working on a legacy project with Koda to record the hundreds of scraps of lyrics he’s written over the years. He hopes for warm sunshine and the strength to walk in his field on good days, deep in Nelson County. Acknowledging all that she has had to bear he hopes that Peggy is sustained and supported, and he compliments the Hospice of the Piedmont team members who are working to make her life easier and his life more comfortable. And he shares his story with others because of his hope to pass his message on to others. “Enjoy more of each moment,” he advises. “If you have a choice, choose the light.” “No one ever knows how much time they have. But this is your life; it’s your breath you are drawing in. Yes, it’s difficult. Certainly, it’s uncomfortable. I can understand how hopeless others feel.” “But life is beautiful and to be treasured, and that’s what I’m focused on each day.” BRL

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Bold & Beautiful Exbury Azaleas Bold blasting colors are so unusual in large sized plants that those that possess such an attribute are noteworthy.  This is not to say that I enjoy loads of vibrant bold orange, fuchsia or brilliantly hot pink in my landscape, but a handful of plants are a nice added interest.  Such is the case with my deciduous or Exbury azaleas that take center stage around the middle of April each year in my landscape.  No, they share just about nothing with your common, mundane, typical evergreen azalea; these guys are definitely not as finicky to grow as most evergreen azaleas, they get some nice size and they can accent a border with flower colors that are electrifying when in bloom Unlike your common azalea, deciduous azaleas, as the name implies, lose their leaves each year.  These azaleas bloom in large clusters at the end of the stem when the plant is just sprouting new foliage in the spring.  The foliage is also different – Exbury leaves are larger than your typical azalea, not as deep green and you can see hints of maroon and pink in them. Sometimes they even offer a decent fall color.  Adding more interest to this group, some of these deciduous azaleas also have fragrant blooms which, again, continue to set them apart from their evergreen counterparts.  I have had a lot of success with them in either in full sun or with at least a half a day of sun.  It should be noted that the more shade they are in, the less blooms you can expect and the more open and airy the plant tends to be.  Like their evergreen counterparts, Exbury azaleas still have a shallow, fibrous root system forcing you to dig deep, amend well and remember that irrigation hose in the heat of the summer.  They also prefer (and do best) in slightly acid soils so fertilize accordingly (Hol-

lyTone is best). When you get into varieties, the list is long and you can not really go wrong.  All of them are hardy to Zone 5 and 4 so planting here in central Virginia, even on her mountains, is easily achievable.  Just be sure that you leave them with plenty space to grow as I do NOT like to do major pruning cuts on them – their best form is how they naturally want to grow. Gibralter is perhaps one of the more widely known ones that has been around for a long time.  The bloom color is bright vibrant orange with a gold tinge on a plant that will easily make it to 4 feet tall and wide.  Also a veteran variety, Klondyke is a noteworthy plant that has soft orange buds that opens to a golden yellow with a hint of orange.  The plant gets to around 5-6 feet in height with about a 4 foot spread so plant it where it can grow to full size.  Mandarin Lights is one that I have just recently been planting.  It offers redorange buds that open to a light orange.  This variety grows to 5 feet in height and with about a 4 foot spread.  Those of you into double blooming flowers may find interest in Cannon’s Double.  This variety starts almost salmon red in bud and opens to a nice cast of creamy white, gold and pink.  Again, give this guy some space as it will mature around 5-6 feet high with an equal spread.  Finally if you happen to be working with a white motif, Northern Hi-Lights is a nice selection.  This particular variety starts soft yellow in bud and then opens to a mostly white bloom accented by a yellow blotch on one of the petals.  Northern Hi-Lights grows to about 4 feet tall and wide. And unfortunately, yes, just like just about every other noteworthy plant deer do sometimes forage on them, but with a little Deer Off, you too can enjoy these selections for years to come.




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Design & Installation • Natural Stonework • Retaining Walls Water Features • Walkways & Patios • Outdoor Fireplaces Renovation & Installation • Tree Pruning & Removal • Naturalizing • Structures View our original designs: www.saunderslandscapes.com • Wholesale Nursery on Site • 434-263-6642 Licensed & Insured

asktheDr. By Dr. Charles Cole Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Cole, Is it a problem if I get a sunburn every once in a while? Sunburns are very common and can cause pain and discomfort, but can also cause permanent skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancers. The obvious sign of a sunburn is reddened, painful skin. This can happen much more quickly then you expect, even on days that do not appear very sunny. Some skin types burn much more easily than others – redheads beware! Underneath the skin the ultraviolet rays can cause damage to the DNA of cells. This can cause premature aging of skin and can increase the risk of skin cancers. A mild sunburn may just cause some redness of the skin. A more severe burn may cause pain and blistering, with fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. Several days later the skin will peel. Once a sunburn has occurred the treatment is aimed at controlling the symptoms. Cold compresses or cold baths can ease the inflammation in the skin. Lo-

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tions or creams containing aloe, menthol or camphor can soothe the skin. Over the counter pain medications can help ease the pain. It is important to stay well hydrated after a sunburn and to stay out of the sun. Prevention of sunburns is important. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10AM and 4PM. If possible stay out of the sun during these hours. Wear protective clothing – long sleeves and pants, a wide brimmed hat and UV blocking sun glasses. Use UVA and UVB blocking sun screens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. This needs to be applied before you go outside and reapplied at least every 2 hours – more if you are swimming or sweating a lot. And don’t forget the top of your feet – I remember many beach vacations with my father not able to wear his shoes due to sunburns!

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (540)-456-6710

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 is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult your doctor.

theperfectfit By Agnes F. Schrider, PT Nelson Wellness Center

Measuring Progress There are several fun gadgets on the market to measure fitness performance and progress. There is the regular heart rate monitor to keep you exercising in the appropriate zone to the watch with GPS that measures the distance you have run/ walked, average pace, distance per week, heart rate and other features which you can download to your computer to have a record of your workouts. There are food journal tools online to record your calories. You could spend a lot more time on the computer than you already do recording everything you eat and do. Prices vary from affordable to unbelievable. The question is do these tools benefit us. Recording your workouts is a helpful measure to show progress. It also helps you to make adjustments in your workout routine if you are not making progress. It is helpful to record resting heart rate, exercise

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heart rate, endurance time, repetitions and sets during weight training and days per week that you exercise. Recording how you felt during and after each exercise session is beneficial. Did you feel energized, sluggish or fatigued? These tools can become exercise “buddies” if you work out alone to keep you from slacking on your program. When working with a personal trainer or physical therapist, it is important to communicate and check in periodically so adjustments can be made in your routine. Share your exercise flow sheet. Discuss what is working and what is not working. Variety is a wonderful way to increase endurance, balance and strength. Measuring progress keeps you motivated, accountable and responsible for your health. No sweat if you are not a technology geek; paper, pencil and a watch still work just fine.

Agnes F. Schrider, PT is a licensed physical therapist, fitness trainer, and certified golf fitness trainer based in Nellysford. This column is provided as a service to readers of Blue Ridgey Life Magazine and is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed professional. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult a health professional.

10950 Rockfish Valley Hwy (SR 151), Afton, VA • www.marthajefferson.org

Back in Shape? Attend our Back Care Workshop to learn beneficial ways to garden, lift objects, set up your computer work station, stretch and exercise to prevent injury. The best 2 hours you’ll spend to avoid injury!! Date: May 28, 2013 Time: 4-6pm Instructor: Agnes F. Schrider, PT Fee: $25 Educational handouts provided. Call 434. 361. 2650 to reserve your seat.

Rehab Fitness Yoga Massage Meditation NIA Personal Training Golf Fitness 1543 Beech Grove Rd Roseland, VA 434.361.2650

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MAY 1 WEDNESDAY OPENING DAY AT SAUNDERS BROTHERS FARM MARKET Start: May 1, 2013 9:00 am End: May 1, 2013 5:00 pm Venue: Saunders Brothers Farm Market Phone: 434-277-5455 Address: 2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River, VA, 22964 (NELSON)

MAY 2 THURSDAY ART21 SCREENING & DISCUSSION SERIES – “PROTEST” Start: May 2, 2013 12:00 pm End: May 2, 2013 1:30 pm Venue: CitySpace Phone: 434-971-2787 Address: 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA, 22902 (CHARLOTTESVILLE)

MAY 3 FRIDAY TAPAS NIGHT AT DEVILS BACKBONE BREWING COMPANY Start: May 3, 2013 5:00 pm End: May 3, 2013 10:00 pm Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company Phone: 434-361-1001 Address: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA, 22967 (NELSON)

MAY 4 SATURDAY NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE Start: May 4, 2013 8:00 am End: May 4, 2013 12:00 pm Venue: Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative Phone: 434-244-2399 Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA, 22958 (NELSON)

INGLEWOOD LAVENDER FARM OPENS FOR THE SEASON Start: May 4, 2013 10:00 am End: May 5, 2013 4:00 pm Venue: Inglewood Lavender Farm Phone: 434-263-4558 Address: 4638 Variety Mills Road, Arrington, VA, 22922 (NELSON) MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS Start: May 4, 2013 10:00 am End: May 4, 2013 12:00 pm Venue: The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Phone: 434-325-8169 Address: 3421 Wintergreen Drive, Wintergreen, VA, 22958 (NELSON) NELSON DOWNRIVER RACE AT LOWER TYE RIVER Start: May 4, 2013 10:30 am End: May 4, 2013 4:00 pm Venue: Nelson Downriver Race Phone: 434-277-8023 Address: So. Powell’s Island Rd, Arrington, VA, 22922 (NELSON)

MAY 5 SUNDAY 13TH ANNUAL PLANT SALE Start: May 5, 2013 9:00 am End: May 5, 2013 3:00 pm Venue: Rockfish Valley Ruritan Park Phone: 434-361-9349 Address: 74 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA, 22920 (NELSON)

MAY 8 WEDNESDAY DESIGNING AND PLANTING SUMMER CONTAINERS WORKSHOP AT PHARSALIA Start: May 8, 2013 10:00 am End: May 8, 2013 1:30 pm Venue: Pharsalia Phone: 434-277-5231 Address: 2333 Pharsalia Road, Tyro, VA, 22976 (NELSON)

MAY 11 SATURDAY PINEY RIVER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Start: May 11, 2013 11:00 am Venue: Piney River Moose Lodge Address: 3164 Lowesville Rd, Piney River, VA, 22964 (NELSON)


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RUN AND REMEMBER – 5K RUN/ WALK TO BENEFIT HOSPICE OF THE PIEDMONT Start: May 11, 2013 8:00 am End: May 11, 2013 9:30 am Venue: Keswick Hall Phone: (434) 972-3568 Address: 701 Club Drive, Keswick, VA, 22947 (ALBEMARLE)

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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 FridaySunday, 11AM-7PM. 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.

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.

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

Resorts & Recreation WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY 434-361-0088 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY

WINTERGREEN REAL ESTATE 800-325-2200 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY

Brewery, Restaurant, Sports Bar and Shopping Village! Our menu offers something for everyone, including Vegan, Gluten Free, daily flatbread & sushi specials. Experience the delightful creations from our kitchen using fresh, local ingredients paired with a broad selection of our hand crafted beers. Dog & kid friendly.

Wintergreen Real Estate Company is the founding company of Wintergreen. We are experts in resort sales, rentals and county property. We are the only company with an office on Devils Knob as well the entry of Stoney Creek.

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.

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Medical MARTHA JEFFERSON AFTON FAMILY MEDICINE 540-456-6710 10950 Rockfish Valley Hwy 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.

THE BLUE TOAD 434-996-6992 9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy Afton, VA NELSON COUNTY A Family Pub with over 80 Micro Brews, Great Food, and a Playground all in One! But why the The Blue Toad you ask? Well… when all these years of traveling came to an end and it was time to settle in and find Mr. and Mrs. Toad a place to live and raise their Toadlets, they decided on the Blue Ridge Mountains here in Afton, VA. Hence, the BLUE in The Blue Toad.

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.

Worship GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, MASSIES MILL 434-277-8926 Crabtree Falls Hwy & Tan Yard Road, Massies Mill, VA NELSON COUNTY We’re a small, caring, affirming congregation with a deep commitment to social action. Sunday services: 11 AM (Holy Eucharist, Rite II) and beginning on May 5th, 5 PM (Celtic Evensong with Communion). Also, we love good food and fellowship. Come and see!

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G REAL ESTATE Home in Shipman For Sale: Home in Shipman. 3 bedrooms, den, kitchen, laundry room, partial basement, storage shed, all on 0.689 acres. Sold as is $60,000. A fixer upper. Great starter home. Posted By:Kate McGinnis 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 434-263-5895 $60,000 Mountaintop ranch, comfy and spacious Private 2BR, 2BA,1,456 sq.ft.ranch on 1 acre in Massies Mill, close to Wintergreen/Nellysford, Lovingston, Amherst/ Sweet Briar areas. Posted By:Jill Dunn 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill 845-5703970 $900 Charming home to share in Stoney Creek/Wintergreen Seeking compatible housemate – someone neat, responsible, quiet, enjoys privacy as well as sharing space. Furnished bedroom, sitting room, and private full bath in single family home. Common areas: kitchen, DR, LR, utility rm, decks, wood burning fireplace, large yard. Property on golf course, cheerful creek, mature trees, miles of beautiful walking and cycling trails?, nature conservancy area. Fast, easy access to main corridors. Posted By: Dana Frye 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-3612444 $600/month For Rent: Charming Cottage Located in Lovingston, VA Charming cottage located in Lovingston. Partially furnished. Washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, stove. 2 BR, LR, DR, Kitchen, 1 Bath, Utility Room, Sun Porch, Separate Garage. Posted By: Kate McGinnis 22949 - Lovingston 434-263-5895 $800/mo

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4 Bedroom House for Rent in Stoney Creek Classic colonial overlooking the 8th hole of the Stoney Creek golf course, w/Mtn views all year long! Lg rear deck overlooks tee of 8th hole. 1st floor Master, paved drive. Terrific open floor plan. Kitchen opens to Family Room & Morning Room. Hdwd & ceramic flrs, granite counters, gas f/p. Open sunny lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Community pool, lake, walking trails, golfing & 10 mins to the Wintergreen slopes. Like new! Posted By: Dawn Sweetman 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 646-334-3604 $1750 RENTAL WINTERGREEN Two bedroom/ two bath condo near Mountain Inn and C-Store. Posted By: D W Wilberger Jr. 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-5315560 $800/Daily, Weekend, or Monthly

SERVICES Personal Training and Massage Therapy Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer www. backinbalance.info. Get healthy for life! Specializing in ages 50 and up. Locations in C’ville and Greenwood, VA Posted By: Tash Canine ALBEMARLE COUNTY 434-221-2381 $Call for price Laugh Therapy Class JOIN THE CLUB!Saturdays 3-4 p.m.Scottsville Library,Bird St.near the James River. Natural Laughter is for everyone w/No prerequisites. Gentle Yoga De-Stressers.*Joy-Full Life* Management Skills w/Laughter as Best Medicine.*For Patients some Medical restrictions may apply* Posted By:Katherine Thimnakis 22946 - Keene 434969-2017 $FREE

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Administrative Assistant Looking for a team player that is very detailed and a multi-tasker. Requires computer experience, experience working in an office environment and with the public. Monday thru Friday 8:30 to 5:00. Posted By: Barbara Frazier 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-0500 $TBD

Antiques and Yard Sale Sale of awesome antiques; tables, chairs, mirrors, prints, china. Many more items of value. Also, yard sale items and athletic apparel samples. Friday, May 10 1-5 pm, Saturday, May 11 9 am – 1 pm. 10681 James River Rd, Shipman, VA. Posted By:Kate McGinnis 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 434-263-5895 $Varies

APPLIANCES Front load Whirlpool Washer and Dryer Stackable front load Whirlpool washer/dryer. Used six months and replaced with larger capacity appliances. Excellent like new condition. Wired for 3 or 4 prong power. 3 prong cord included. Posted By: David Jones 22949 - Lovingston 434-409-4292 $475

FURNITURE 5-piece Chinese Redwood set with marble inlays Couch, 2 chairs, end table and coffee table, all inlayed with marble. First come first sold to. Formerly used in formal living room, no longer need. I will send photos upon your request. Posted By: Marcia Bush 24469 New Hope 713-419-2236 $1500 OBO Oak Dining Room Table and Hutch Oak dining table with six chairs and matching hutch with glass doors. In very good condition. Table can be used round or it has two leaves that can extend it. Posted By: N. Hughes 22920 - Afton 540-456-8289 $900


CARS & TRUCKS 1989 Ford F-350, 1 Ton Dumptruck Good running, Well Maintained, 351V8-5.8L gas engine,recently rebuilt auto trans.,dualies,good tires, new inspect. 112,00 mi. Elect. dump body. New Radiator. Posted By: Robert Ballard 22964 Piney River 434-996-5072 $3500

ELECTRONICS Subwoofers Two dual 15” sealed subwoofer box enclosure 15” H x 21” D x 34” W $100 and 16” H x 30” D x 33” W. Posted By: John Parr 22967 - Roseland/ Lowesville/Massies Mill 434-941-4187 $150 obo

HOME & GARDEN Print: ‘Lovingston 1924′ by Liz Bryant Liz Bryant (1924-1985) was a lifelong Nelson County resident and artist who painted and thereby preserved the memory of many local landmarks. Her prints are hung in many local businesses and offices. This print of a pen-and-ink

drawing depicts Lovingston’s main intersection as it appeared more than 85 years ago! In a thin black frame with protective acrylic. 14 x 10 Posted By: Virginiascapes 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 703-6832505 $35

WANTED A working still to use with exhi Rocks to Racing at Rockfish Valley Found Natural History Center either a pot still or a submarine style still..small or large. old or new. the exhibit traces the connection between the importance of ground and surface water, geology, moonshine and NASCAR ! This exhibit comes to us from the VA Museum of Natural History. We are their affiliate. We anticipate some great programs. Posted By: Rockfish Valley Foundation 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434 361 1296 $hope for a free loan and someone to operate at events OLD Photos – Piedmont Soapstone Company – OLD Photos Looking for any known black & white photos of the old Piedmont Soapstone Company. These would include buildings, trams, tramways, hoists, cranes, quarries, the Piedmont Dam or personnel appearing on the site. This company was located off Tye River Road on the Buffalo River, Nelson County. Any leads would be appreciated. Posted By: Pat Wise NELSON COUNTY 757-237-4170 $* Buying books I buy books!! Downsizing ? Spring cleaning? By the box, bag, shelf or the handful any quantity. email – smithcreek101@ gmail.com. Posted By: Phil Hearne NELSON COUNTY 540 421 2981 $TBD


Locally owned. Really. It’s been this way for 25 years. When you call us, someone in our Lovingston office answers the ring. You know us and we know fuel. Whether you need new service for propane, heating, kerosene, gas or diesel, Tiger Fuel is the name you trust. Tiger Fuel Company 242 Front St. • Lovingston, VA • 434-263-5031 24 hours/7 days a week. Call us for details! 38

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$185,000; 1,558 sq ft fin & 914 sq ft unfin

2x6 construction, Birch cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and more‌ Price includes: Basic site prep w/ well and septic; Price does not include: Land

Build on any parcel for as little as $1,000 down!

Spring Savings: $1,000 off closing costs

Andy Zemon www.TheZemonTeam.com 434-202-7371

*Coupon is valid for a closing that takes place with Marlo Allen and financed through Andy Zemon at Greenwood Lending. Not all borrowers may qualify, but there is no cost or obligation to determine your qualifying status. This is not a commitment to lend or a guarantee of terms. For individual loan qualification info please contact Andy Zemon. This coupon has no cash value and is only redeemable when used with both providers. Valid through spring of 2013. Must present coupon or reference coupon code BRL-May 13 upon initial contact with the lender and/or agent.









Tye Brook Hwy, Lot 1; #508949; $18,900

Affordable building parcel with public water and sewer available; nearly level; cleared; mountain views; only 4 miles to Rt 29; .72 ac

470 Three Ridges; $94,900

Walk to ski slopes! Private ground level back deck; new: heat pump, washer/dryer, windows, and fiber cement siding; furnished; 1Br/1Ba





2151 Stagebridge Rd; #506589; $229,900





2004 Cape with views and privacy! Open flow, granite counters, hardwood floors, porches, deck; 30 min to Charlottesville; 3Br/2.5Ba; 3.53ac




453 Cedar Glen Close; #502541; $379,900

Big on space and upgrades! Granite counters, hardwood flrs, cathedral ceilings, covered decks/porches, rec room, 3,841 sq ft; 4Br/3.5Ba

46 Spirit Ridge Ln; #497415; $799,900

Nearly 100 acres w/ mtn views, trails, creek and log home overlooking pond; accessory building & barn/workshop; 30 min to Charlottesville!

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

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