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Exploring the great indoors A guide to survival for snowy winter days As every parent knows, a bored child is a menace to herself and others. Keeping children entertained during the winter months presents special challenges, especially when the weather obliges us to stay indoors. Granted, winters in Central Virginia are generally relatively mild, but relative warmth doesn’t necessarily make going outdoors more appealing: While 30 degrees and snow is a perfect opportunity to get outside with the kids, 40 degrees and rain is a miserable thing to try to manage with children (no matter what people from the greater Seattle area may say). Starting with the free things, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (comprising eight library locations from downtown Charlottesville to Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties) offers a truly impressive variety of ongoing and one-time classes, events and activities for kids ranging in age from infants to teens. Many of JMRL’s offerings are open to drop-in attendance, but most require prior registration (and many of those fill up quickly) so check for details on its website ( jmrl.org/pr-kids.htm) or by picking up a program guide from any of the locations.
The Virginia Discovery Museum (524 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 977-1025) sponsors “Kidvention” (February), a free annual event designed to “celebrate science” through a variety of interactive displays. Admission to the VDM itself is $8 per person. The museum, catering to kids from ages 1 to 10, has a lot of neat, interactive exhibits and is fun for parents, too. The only drawback is that it’s not open on Sundays. The Charlottesville Department of Parks & Recreation (charlottesville.org/parksandrec) offers an incredible number and variety of activities for kids from ages 0 to 17—everything from aerobics to zumba. Most classes and activities require prior registration and charge a small fee (albeit higher for non-city residents). For sheer physical activity for toddlers and preschoolers, there is the “Parent and Me Playgroup,” which is for kids up to age 5 and meets three times a week. Parks & Rec has sessions in specific age groups (starting at age 2 or 3 and running through age 17) in basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, skating, self-defense and dance (including separate classes in ballet and zumba). Rollerskating at Carver Recreation Center (233 Fourth St. NW, 970-3053) is free (!) on Fridays and Sundays. For kids who prefer to get their ya yas out in less physical ways, the options include art classes available to kids as young as 1, photography classes (starting at age 7), crafts (starting at age 3), separate guitar and drumming classes (open to kids from age 10), yoga (starting at age 3), Spanish language classes (starting at age 6) and cooking classes (starting at age 9). Taking younger kids to the indoor play areas at Fashion Square Mall (1600 Rio Rd. E., 973-9331), C’ville Coffee (1301 Harris St., 817-2633) and Barnes & Noble (Barracks Road Shopping Center, 984-0461) are other good options. Older kids might be interested in Public Night at UVA’s McCormick Observatory (600 McCormick Rd., 243-1885). It’s free and happens on the first and third Friday nights of each month. Finally, Bounce-N-Play (Seminole Square, 973-1111) offers an incredible play area for everything from crawling to laser tag and a lounge area for parents. Cost of admission is $10 for each child over 2 years old, but free for adults. With all the resources Charlottesville has, the problem isn’t finding something to do when the weather is bad—it’s choosing among all the great options.—Jack Rice
you feel like you’re flying. Grab your sled (or, go old school—a trash can lid’ll do!) and hit these mini-slopes around Charlottesville.
O Hill (McCormick Road)
See if you can get a student to swipe you a cafeteria tray before taking on this course.
The Dell (Emmet Street)
Another popular UVA sledding spot. You might catch a snowball fight here if you’re lucky.
Meade Park (Meade Avenue)
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Washington Park (Preston Avenue)
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McIntire Park (250 Bypass)
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Violet Crown Cinema melds the minimalism of its modern façade with Southern elegance.
Downtown’s movie sequel A new cinema on the Mall mixes influences In late October 2015, downtown Charlottesville got its movie theater back. But it wasn’t just a matter of reopening the old Regal theater. The new Violet Crown Cinema (200 W. Main St., Downtown Mall), which now stands in its place, is an entirely different animal. “I always think of these places as boutique cinemas: very bespoke, very curated,” said Veronica Koltuniak, Violet Crown’s interior designer. She hails from Austin, Texas, where the mini-chain of theaters is based (Charlottesville’s will be the third, after Austin and Santa Fe, New Mexico). The idea is to see a movie of which a cinephile would approve, nosh on gourmet food and drink and sit in super-plush stadium seats. Naturally, such an experience must occur in a building of top-notch design. When Koltuniak first came to Charlottesville two years ago, she wasted no time seeking lofty inspiration. “The first thing I did was go to Monticello,” she says. “We want these theaters to be about the region they’re settled in.” She soaked up a number of local influences, from Jefferson’s ideas about understated staircases, to the white marble that she spotted in busts and porch columns around Charlottesville. “I love that men wear bow ties in this town,” she says. “There’s an eccentric properness.” From this mixed hopper emerged her complex design, which she says melds the minimalism of the theater’s midcentury-modern façade with the Southern elegance—the “dandyism”—of those bow ties. Essentially, the building is arranged with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, then the concession stand (and seven of the 10 cinemas) accessed from a
“The first thing I did was go to Monticello,” says Veronica Koltuniak. “We want these theaters to be about the region they’re settled in.”
mezzanine above. A large staircase connects the two, but—true to Jefferson’s principle—Koltuniak tried to downplay it. “I created these screens,” she says, pointing out two towering metal constructions, composed of a bricklike pattern, which use Plexiglass panels to partially hide the staircase. She also worked to modify the bright purple color that’s part of the Violet Crown branding. In wall and detail paint, “I muddied it down,” she says, and she paired it with neutral wood tones, like the whitewashed oak flooring on the ground level. With various types of metal incorporated into the palette, along with utilitarian and classic lighting, the design sets a quiet tone. And then it starts to shout (or, at least, whistle). “You’re going to get hit when you come in,” Koltuniak jokes. “It’s like, ‘It’s on.’” Pattern’s on, that is: vertical subway tile, M.C. Escher-like boxes on carpet and bartop, and patterned fabric on the banquettes. “Layered design is what I try for,” says Koltuniak. “There’s a lot of detail, and it takes a couple of visits” to notice it all. It includes the arcane (photos of 1920s and ’30s actresses who happen to be named Violet) and the nostalgic (vintage movie cameras that will sit on high shelves behind the bar). A wallpaper pattern at the restroom entrances reminds Koltuniak both of a beam of light shooting from a movie projector, and, more simply, of the letter V—for Violet. You’ll just have to see it for yourself. And luckily, at $9-13 per ticket, the view won’t set you back too much.—Erika Howsare
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Life was so simple when there was only one beer festival. Top of the Hops descended on the Pavilion in the fall, you put on your pretzel necklace and tried a bunch of good craft beer you’d never had before. Your liver had 364 days to recover. Then came Know Good Beer (KGB), first held at the McGuffey Art Center in spring of 2014. Again there were pretzel necklaces. Again there was a lot of good beer. But there was one key difference: The event was locally produced. And in January 2015, the local crew and their nonprofit sponsor WNRN made Charlottesville’s festival pint glass even fuller by rolling out the Sibeerian Express at the IX Art Park. The KGB train all started during happy hour, according to aptly named festival founder Drew Craft. “I liked Top of the Hops as a volunteer for different local breweries, but it seemed like they weren’t being as recognized as they should be,” Craft says. “So I liked the idea of doing something on a smaller scale for a smaller crowd and letting the smaller breweries really stand out.” In its defense, Top of the Hops doesn’t exactly ignore the locals. When the guys at Red Mountain Entertainment in Birmingham, Alabama, started the festival six years ago, they contacted Mark Thompson at Starr Hill Brewery so he could give them the lay of the land. They’ve since gotten to know other local breweries and distributors. The idea, according to Red Mountain representative Jay Wilson, is to take something with a decidedly regional bent—Red Mountain has done about 25 beer festivals in six cities across the South in the last six years—and give it a sense of community. “For every beer fest, we start with the distributors and challenge them to come up with an interesting list of beers,” Wilson says. “We don’t paint by numbers or take the easy way out. We try to uncover the new and unique.” Wilson says he and his colleagues, who are concert promoters by trade, started doing beer festivals for much the same reason Craft got into the game: They went to another beer event and had a blast.
Making sense of Charlottesville’s growing brew festival circuit
Drew Craft keeps the focus on local brews at the Know Good Beer festival.
The Charlottesville Top of the Hops has been produced in close contact with the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Wilson says, and Red Mountain would like to keep it going for as long “as people keep having fun and want to try new beer.” Craft and the KGB crew take the opposite tack; they’re local first and then reach out to regional and national producers. While about half of the 60 taps at the spring KGB were from this area, the Sibeerian Express was around 90 percent local. “I think there is a way to highlight the local “I liked the idea of doing something on a smaller beer community and still scale for a smaller crowd and letting the bring in the national labels smaller breweries really stand out,” says that people want to see,” festival founder Drew Craft. Craft says.—Shea Gibbs
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Farm fresh If you want to sign up for a local CSA (community supported agriculture)—a weekly basket of freshly picked fruits and veggies to satisfy your seasonal cravings for tomato sandwiches and tricolor salads—you’d better spring into action. A few farms in the area take memberships through May, even when CSAs typically begin in late May or early June. The concept of a CSA is pretty simple: Members sign up for a share of a farm’s crops, and every week they receive a basket full of freshly harvested produce. Mechanics vary from farm to farm; some are large enough to allow members to pick and choose what they want in each share, while others stick with the more traditional model of picking whatever’s fresh that morning and filling each basket with the same items. Cost ranges from about $250 to $350 for a partial share to $500 to $650 for a full share. “I like to say a CSA is like having a neighbor do the gardening for you,” says Evie Woods, co-owner of Liberty Mills Farm, which is embarking on its fifth year as an operational farm and CSA.
Liberty Mills Farm
Liberty Mills co-owner Evie Woods tends to the peas at her farm in Somerset.
Located northeast of Charlottesville in Somerset, Liberty Mills is one of the smaller farms in the area, with a CSA that follows the original model. Woods and her husband, David, pick whatever’s fresh each week and deliver a basket of vegetables that are “widely eaten” in an effort to make sure everyone’s happy with her share. Woods describes Liberty Mills as a farm that is “between no-spray and lowspray.” They spray their crops minimally, she says, and only when they have to. Members have the option of signing up for a full share, which Woods says typically feeds a family of four to six, or a half share, which feeds two to three. Crops that show up in shares include “the best-tasting sweet corn you ever had,” strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, peas and squash. libertymillsfarm.com
Radical Roots Community Farm A certified organic farm, Radical Roots has been around since 2005, and the CSA is a little more free-form than some of the smaller, newer ones. Each week owners Lee and David O’Neill set up the freshly harvested produce market-style at Albemarle Baking Company and allow members to select what they want. It’s not a total free-for-all, but members can weigh out their own tomatoes, Lee O’Neill says, or select between kale or Swiss chard. Radical Roots specializes in heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and salad greens. Each share usually includes both a cooking green and a salad green, O’Neill says, plus fruits like raspberries weaved in when they’re available. “We have a variety of things, but there’s no kohlrabi or turnips or things that not everyone’s going to like,” O’Neill says. Radical Roots also has a spot at the Saturday morning City Market, which O’Neill says can be a better option for some. “Some people are better at shopping at the market because they can get exactly what they want,” she says. “The CSA is for someone who can open up their fridge and say, ‘This is what I have, and this is what I’m gonna make.’” radicalrootsfarm.com
A roundup of local community supported agriculture
Little Hat Creek Farm
Local bounties Here are three other great options to consider.
Bellair Farm Twenty-two weeks, a pick-your-own option and market-style pickup. bellairfarm.com
New Branch Farm Three smaller seasonal offerings (spring, fall and winter). newbranchfarm.com
Horse & Buggy Produce Members can buy on a weekly basis, rather than a whole season. horseandbuggyproduce.com
New to the CSA game is Little Hat Creek Farm, which is entering its second season. Members don’t get to choose what fruits and veggies go into their baskets from Little Hat Creek, but what they do get is a loaf of freshly baked sourdough bread each week. Ben Stowe and Heather Coiner moved onto the Nelson County property in the fall of 2013 to start the ecological vegetable farm, and with Coiner’s experience as a baker, they figured they’d throw some artisan bread in the mix to set themselves apart from the other CSAs. In addition to bread, every box is packed with a minimum of six different items each week, according to Stowe, and as many as nine or 10 at the peak of the season. Members can either pick up their box—which may include items like salad greens, berries and squash—at the farm or at 215 Fifth St. NW in the city. “I think people enjoy meeting their farmers, and also just the freshness and quality of the food that you can get through a CSA or at a farmers market,” Stowe says, adding that members receive their produce within 24 hours of it being picked. “When you buy something at a grocery store, it’s already been sitting in the refrigerator for a week.” littlehatcreek.com—Laura Ingles
For the (love of the) birds It’s 3:30am on a Thursday, and I’m sloshing through a flooded stream near the confluence of the north and south forks of the Rivanna River in rubber boots that are just about an inch too short, straining to hear bird calls through a deafening chorus of spring peepers. I’ve done crazier things in the name of bird lust than get up at the witching hour to squelch through an exurban marsh, but I’ve got nothing on my companions. Stauffer Miller and Pete Myers have been to the ends of the earth, from Borneo to Barrow, Alaska, studying avians. Today, they’ve set their sights closer to home. Along with friends Dan Bieker, Rob Capon and Gretchen Gehrett, they’ve begged off obligations to take on what’s become an annual tradition: a Big Day, where they work together to identify as many bird species as possible in a 24-hour period within set geographic boundaries. In this case, it’s Albemarle, the 726 square-mile county they all call home. They have stiff competition: themselves. The number to beat is 122, the single-day record they set in 2012. That’s just shy of half the bird species ever observed here. There’s no hint of dawn in the sky above us as we wade into the heart of the marsh at the center of a depression about a half-mile across, a hidden spot on private property in an upscale development off Polo Grounds Road. We’re in what feels like a remote wilderness of fog and frogs, even though Route 29 is barely a mile away as the crow flies. Myers plays the calls of wading birds through a speaker in a small backpack. Then we hear it: a soft, drawn-out chirrup somewhere ahead and to our right. “A sora!” Myers says—a chicken-like waterbird with massive feet and a bright yellow bill. Not that we can see a thing. “That’s a bird we’ve never had on this count,” says Miller. “Ten after 4. We need to get back.” We’re supposed to meet the others at a rendezvous point at Barracks Road Shopping Center in 20 minutes. Mucky water soaks into my socks. It’s going to be a good day.
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Pete Myers, left, and Dan Bieker scan for shorebirds at King Family Vineyards in Crozet.
“It’s just a thrill to know that these birds are still out there, surviving,” said Dan Bieker.
Until the 1920s, it was accepted knowledge that the only way to positively identify a bird was to kill it first. All that changed in a generation, when scientists like Harvard museum curator Ludlow Griscom, the founding father of field ornithology, developed the practice of observational identification, using sight and sound instead of shotguns. Some of those early experts pioneered the idea of the Big Day, showing off their skills by racking up as many IDs as possible in friendly competitions. The idea really took off in the 1980s, when the New Jersey Audubon Society started holding the World Series of Birding, a one-day fundraising contest that challenged teams to comb the Garden State for a single 24-hour period. These days, the event—which happens in May each year—draws hundreds of birders who raise about half a million dollars annually for wildlife conservation.
A successful Big Day requires much more than an encyclopedic knowledge of birds. If you’re looking to set records, you’d better know exactly where to go to cross off a few unusual but reliable species. Thus, our first stop: a landscaped pond on the Martha Jefferson campus on Pantops. We pull over on the side of an access road and the team trains a high-powered flashlight on the water, not even bothering to shut off the car’s engine. Sailing through the beam is a stately mute swan. Check. Fifteen minutes later, we’re rolling through dark farm fields southeast of Charlottesville, making frequent stops to stand silently, ears trained on still-quiet fence rows. The numbers are ticking up very slowly—whip-poor-will, screech owl—but that won’t be the case for long. The countryside is about to bust open with birdsong, and the team is hustling to get into prime position. Miller has a pre-dawn spot in mind—a lonely stretch of Blenheim Road that crosses the Hardware River about seven miles north of Scottsville. After that, it’s back roads all the way to a farm pond off Langhorn Road. “At sunrise, you can only be in one place,” Capon says.
Gretchen Gehrett, Rob Capon and Dan Bieker eye an eagle at Lickinghole Creek in Crozet.
Pete Myers draws a bead on a bird with a spotting scope.
By 4pm, the team has nearly circled the county, sweeping south to scout the banks of the James for swallows, stopping at an abandoned silo near Howardsville to peer upward into the dark at a barn owl, spotting broadwinged hawks while eating lunch in the parking lot at the Crossroads Store in North Garden, and then hitting a string of small ponds tucked into Western Albemarle subdivisions where grebes dove for dinner and osprey perched above.
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By 7:30am, we’re pushing 70 species as we circle the Langhorn pond, a bird jackpot. The warblers are a symphony unto themselves, and the names are accumulating so quickly the team has to stop every now and then to take a tally: black-and-white, black-winged green, yellow, yellow-rumped, pine, palm, prairie. Ducks and loons paddle and dive on the otherwise mirror-still pond, and migratory shorebirds stalk in the high reeds. Capon and I strike out across a field just coming up in new green hay and we’re dew-soaked to the knees in seconds. We’re scouting ahead for muddy patches, hoping to scare up a snipe, a long-billed, long-legged bird that could easily fit in a man’s hand. It’s one of Capon’s favorites, not least because he gets a kick out of the old saw about the hunt for an invisible critter. As it happens, they’re not too uncommon, though they’re very hard to spot. “These birds will wait until you’re about to step on them, and then they’ll take off like they were fired out of a gun,” he says. “Then they land and dissolve into the field, and they’re almost instantly invisible. It’s like something out of science fiction. We’re in a great place for them.” Alas, no snipe.
The drooping group scans the water at Chris Greene Lake, hoping to catch a glimpse of the American widgeon another birder reported here via an e-mail listserv earlier today. There’s talk of cashing in, but the tally is at 121, just two birds shy of a new record—an uncommonly good day, and they’ve added several species never yet counted on their annual outing. They don’t want to give up yet. As the shadows stretch longer, we caravan back to the spot where Miller, Myers and I started the day. The hot sun has transformed the marsh. The peepers are quiet, replaced by the rasp of cricket frogs and the lazy buzz of dragonflies. Now that there’s a real chance of beating their best, the birders are getting a little tense. “Are you still looking at that prairie warbler?” Capon shouts good-naturedly over his shoulder. “Find us something we don’t have!” And then Bieker does. It’s a rusty blackbird, a dark fellow with distinctive white eyes—a bit of a rarity. High-fives are exchanged, but there’s still one bird to go. Myers, in hip waders, heads straight into the water. The sora we checked off more than 14 hours before chirrups. Then Capon lets out a shout. “Snipe!” he yells at the top of his voice. “Hey guys, that’s it!”—Graelyn Brashear
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In the market When it comes to real estate, what does the area offer?
Downtown Charlottesville One of the most sought-after areas due to its proximity to so many employers and great amenities, and within walking distance of shops, dining, nightlife, movies, live music and more. With more households leaning toward “urban living” and walkability, the Downtown area, though much more expensive per square foot, is often high on many lists. UVA/Rugby Road Another sought-after area due to close proximity to UVA. There are plenty of homes and streets that have walkability to classes and football games, but are not in the heart of undergraduate parties (read: no couches on the porch!). 29 North Migrate here if you’re seeking heavily planned neighborhoods (think pool, clubhouse, tennis court, playground and move-in ready homes), and it is also a huge attraction to the government/ NGIC/DIA crowd, who work north of town or even commute to Culpeper or Washington, D.C. This corridor is one of the area’s most heavily trafficked right now, especially as major road and construction projects are underway, but the proximity to our northern neighboring cities, the strong neighborhoods and the ease of getting to the airport often make this an easy choice. Southern Albemarle Still the least developed area of Charlottesville, homeowners are attracted to living here because it will generally take less commute time to go the same number of miles on another side of town. There are more neighborhoods in development as
It’s always the right season to live in Charlottesville. But if you’re looking to buy—say, in the spring, when the market picks up—where should you consider? We asked Sasha Farmer—voted best realtor in the 2015 Best of C-VILLE readers’ poll— to give us a virtual tour of each neighborhood in town and an idea of who settles there.—Caite White
At the southeast corner of the city, Belmont offers a wide range of housing options—not to mention a few convenience stores and restaurants—throughout its rolling topography. A close proximity to downtown and the interstate contributes to its wide appeal.
well as some great new stores, amenities and conveniences arriving in the next few years that will make the entire area more convenient and proximate. Western Albemarle This is a beautiful area in town with gorgeous mountain views, vineyards, breweries and great things to do outdoors in a more sprawling area. Western Albemarle is a popular destination for folks who don’t feel the need to be in the heart of the city or who commute to town less frequently. The Ivy area is close to amenities, yet offers more land than you’d find in central Charlottesville. The Crozet area boasts a few well-planned neighborhoods, and generally the price per square foot is a little lower than in town. Crozet used to be a sleepy spot without many attractions, but now it’s a booming little area with restaurants, coffee shops and local small businesses. Eastern Albemarle The east side of Albemarle is a great destination for folks who are hoping to stay near Martha Jefferson Hospital, Pantops and a quick connection to 64. It has grown substantially in the last five years and has many conveniences: groceries, shopping, medical care and restaurants. If a member of the household works in Richmond, the east side of town and into the Louisa area is popular due to the ease of commute and ability to pop in and out of town.
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The tasting room at Grace Estate Winery has a modern Southern style featuring reclaimed vineyard production pieces.
Four years ago, the tasting room at Grace Estate Winery (5273 Mt. Juliet Farm, Crozet, 823-1486) was in the barn, but you’d only get there if you could find it. Lucky explorers sometimes had the chance to sip wine in the old, abandoned silo, retrofitted with benches and string lights. But during the harvest and grape crush, the winery could not hold tastings where production occurred, and it needed a sustainable solution. When winemaker Jake Busching joined the Grace Estate team in 2011, he envisioned a different sort of tasting room, and in mid-2015, the new building opened to the public. The chic, airy design plays with natural light and emanates a clean, rustic ambiance. You’d never guess much of the space is crafted from reclaimed materials. Discarded bricks fashion a fireplace that will be a cozy nook during the next polar vortex. Recycled church pews amidst recycled wood trim create a sitting area perfect for musing. Virginia wine industry veterans might recognize the front doors as a salvaged score from the former Acorn Hill Winery (now Early Mountain Vineyards). Wine barrel light fixtures crafted by the winery staff illuminate the space and all the pieces come together in a tidy, sensible way that defies their hodgepodge origins. And the vines truly surround you. “It’s like you’re sitting somewhere in Sonoma,” says Busching. “Everywhere you look, you’re looking at grape vines.”—Erin Scala
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Barnett describes the atmosphere as relaxed and vacation-like. The club also features a picnic pavilion with grills and tables, plus a couple of soccer fields. And nothing says summertime quite like an evening concert—at the Blue Ridge Swim Club, you can float around on a noodle while listening to a live acoustic band on the weekends. The club also hosts an art program during the summer. There are plenty of reasons for a pool like the Whether you’re a believer of climate change or Blue Ridge Swim Club to close down—modern not, there’s no denying that it gets hot as Hades pools can be expensive to maintain, and building here during the summer. The Chara new one across the street is often lottesville/Albemarle area has its easier and cheaper than maintainJoin the club share of holes in the ground filled ing an old one. But there’s somewith water where you can get a re- Want to get in on the thing about this pool that makes fun? It’s $300 per person spite from the sweltering heat and it different. and $500 per family to so-thick-you-can-taste-it humidity, “It was well-built in the first become a BRSC member. but there’s at least one nearby pool place, which is why it’s held up this with natural spring water that rarelong. A lot of people have wanted to ly exceeds temperatures above the 70s. And with protect it and take care of it over the years,” he less concrete, more grass and 100-year-old trees says. “I’m hoping we can keep it going for another surrounding the swimming and lounging areas, 100.”—Laura Ingles the Blue Ridge Swim Club (1275 Owensville Rd., 242-6894) may be one of the coolest (and oldest) spots in town. Built in 1913, owner Todd Barnett says the property was originally intended to be a summer camp. Tucked away among tulip poplar and chestnut trees in the western part of the county, it’s the only natural spring-fed swimming pool in the area. Earlier this year, according to Barnett, who bought the property about five years ago, the club was recognized as a Virginia historic landmark, and, as far as he knows, it’s the third-oldest pool in the country. It’s beloved for sure. But despite its following for the past 10 decades, Barnett admits that the swimming experience at the Blue Ridge Swim Club may not be for everybody. “The water looks like lake water, which doesn’t appeal to some people,” Barnett says. “Our water is natural water so it has a green appearance, and some people don’t like that.” The water, filtered as it goes into the pool, flows at a rate of about a gallon per second, which, Barnett says, is how it’s able to remain so clean, even in a 103-year-old facility. “It’s actually a lot healthier and cleaner [than other pools],” Barnett says. “I feel like it’s healthier in the long run to be swimming As the third-oldest in the country, the spring-fed pool at Blue Ridge Swim Club earned historic landmark status in early 2015. in natural water.” TOM DALY
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The Monday after Memorial Day means one thing: The pools are open! Here’s where to take a dip in the area. City pools Crow Indoor Pool (1700 Rose Hill Dr., 977-1362) and Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center (1000 Cherry Ave., 970-3072) are open year-round, but for summertime splashing in city limits, check out Washington Park Pool (1001 Preston Ave., 977-2607) and Onesty Family Aquatic Center (300 Meade Ave., 295-7532). You’ll get your classic playMarco-Polo-or-swim-laps experience at Washington Park, and Meade Park features a small lazy river, in-water playgrounds and water slides. County beaches We may be a couple of hours from an ocean, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dig your toes into the sand this summer. Albemarle County offers season passes to Chris Greene Lake (4748 Chris Greene Lake Rd., 296-5844), Walnut Creek Park (4250 Walnut Creek Park Rd., North Garden, 296-5844) and Mint Springs Valley Park (6540 Mint Springs Park, Crozet, 823-4921), all of which feature sandy beaches and swimming areas. They open for the weekends on Memorial Day, and beginning in early June, they’re open seven days a week for the rest of the summer. Sherando Lake You can get your swim on at Sherando Lake (96 Sherando Lake Rd., Lyndhurst, (540) 291-2188), located southwest of town in Lyndhurst, at a sandy beach and a little island to which you can swim or boat. If hanging out on the water appeals to you but you don’t want to actually get wet, you can also take to the lake in a boat or try your hand at fishing.—L.I.
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“I wish every American could hear and listen to these new citizens, what it means to them to be a citizen of the United States of America,” says Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Tracey Ullman might have said it best during her speech at the 2010 Monticello naturalization ceremony. She told the crowd gathered on Thomas Jefferson’s hilltop estate that steamy Independence Day that she became an American citizen in 2006 because “I realized how much I loved this country.” And she wanted to vote. Turns out she’s not the only one. Since 1963, thousands of people from all over the world have taken the oath of citizenship at Mr. Jefferson’s house—and, like Ullman, they each have a story to tell about how they got here. “I wish every American could hear and listen to these new citizens, what it means to them to be a citizen of the United States of America,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said in July 2014. Do yourself a favor and listen to the guv: Get out of bed early next July 4 and head up the mountain to plant yourself on one of the folding chairs set up on Monticello’s west lawn, where past keynote speakers have included architect I.M. Pei, former President George W. Bush and homegrown musician Dave Matthews. You won’t regret showing up for this unique, moving reminder of what it means to be an American. We swear.—Susan Sorensen
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There’s more than one type of music scene in Charlottesville—the kind where you wait months to see an act you’ve been wanting to cross off your bucket list, and the kind you happen upon while sitting outside for dinner on the Downtown Mall. Of course, buskers are like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re gonna get. But here are four familiar faces worth stopping for if you see ’em.
David Kulund Typical spot: Patio near Grit Coffee The Charlottesville native has been on the same bills as bands like Weezer and Coldplay, and had his first gig—at local former nightclub Trax—when he was 15. But after 20 years in New York and Boston, he recently returned home to get his Ramblin’ Davey children’s act started up down south. “Charlottesville’s the perfect place for some good time, family-style, ice cream-lickin’, barn-kickin’ music,” he says.
Dominic Isidore Typical spot: Outside Splendora’s
Street sounds If you spend any time on the Downtown Mall in the summertime, you’ll hear Harmonica Dave wailing, trilling, shucking and jiving on his Hohner blues harp, amplified through a mini MusicMan he picked up during a stint at SXSW. With the eyes of a hound dog and a head of gray dreadlocks that would make a Rasta elder jealous, Dave plays what we like to call Americana tunes these days, inspired by greats like Sonny Terry, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. Harmonica Dave is a less-than-classic halfback. Having grown up bouncing around the Northeast, he spent his recent history migrating from the Marigny in New Orleans to the boardwalk of Ocean City, playing on the street and in clubs, alone or with a trio, living by the blues. So what’s his story? Nothing, he says, just the music. And he will talk music all day long. Harmonica Dave got his first blues harp for $1.75 in 1964, hopping on the mid-’60s jug band craze, and never let up on what he calls “the poor man’s instrument.” He’s not a Katrina refugee exactly, since he was playing to the Labor Day crowds at his summer haunt when the disaster struck. But after the storm, the rent went up, the street money went down and he struck out in search of a new town. The Savannah Riverwalk, downtown Athens and Charlottesville were all popular spots on his annual migratory pathway, but he chose to alight here and we’re better for it. “It’s all good on Frenchmen Street,” one of the originals you’ll hear on his DVD, brings the NoLA flavor, and for a fiver, you might could request a ripping rendition of “Smokestack Lightning.”—Giles Morris
A one-time recipient of a grant from the Boyd Tinsley Fund, Isidore knows that practice makes perfect. “I simply am addicted to the violin,” he says, which is why, in high school, the now 25-year-old would rest for one hour after school, then spend five more honing his skills at St. Paul’s Memorial Church before catching (and sometimes snoozing on) the bus home to finish his homework before bed.
Irish Matthew Typical spot: Near Rapture Captivated by the old Irish folk songs he’d heard when he was little, the 24-year-old taught himself to play the accordion, banjo and the fiddle and says “Wave Over Wave,” a ’70s Canadian folk tune, is his favorite thing to play while busking. “It’s just a great song, and people react to that,” he says. “We entertainers often don’t give the folks listening enough credit. Music doesn’t always have to be familiar to strike a chord with people.”
Jerry Wagers Typical spot: Outside The Paramount Theater Wagers comes to Charlottesville via the West Coast, where he was one half of folk/pop acoustic duo The Square Roots, which gained a cult following. He’s played shows with Train, Cake, The Flaming Lips and Counting Crows, and is working his way around the country, playing various venues (including local streets!).—Caite White
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When she returned to Charlottesville, Catherine McMahon began teaching stand up paddleboard yoga classes to stay connected to the water and exercise.
“Doing those fundamental poses on the water really re-informs your whole practice,” McMahon said. It’s easy to let your mind wander during a yoga class, especially if your body is flowing through a sequence that’s become second nature. But muscle memory won’t do you much good when you’re trying to balance on one foot on an unstable surface floating in the middle of a lake—there’s no room for grocery lists or meeting agendas when every ounce of brainpower and physical energy is spent maintaining tree pose while trying not to topple into the water. “You have to use your core to stay steady and you have to stay present,” McMahon said. “If your mind does wander you keep coming right back. I call it instant zen.” The balancing challenge aside, there’s something almost magical about practicing yoga outside in the elements, surrounded by mountains and lily pads instead of mirrors and yoga mats. It’s certainly not for the perfectionist or control freak though—be prepared to drift away from the group, bump into neighbors, and put your pose on hold to paddle back to the center of the lake. It’s a different kind of practice for sure, but there’s nothing in the world like lying in savasana in the sun with your fingers in the water. For more information, check out the Mango Yoga Adventures Facebook page, or e-mail McMahon at mangoyogaadventures@ gmail.com. Classes are held at Montfair Resort Farm and Beaver Creek, and McMahon also offers private sessions as well as SUP classes sans yoga.—Laura Ingles *Swimming is allowed at Montfair, but it is not allowed at Beaver Creek and only in designated areas at Chris Greene and Walnut Creek. In non-swimming areas, McMahon encourages paddleboard yogis to immediately return onto their boards in the case of falling in.
Catherine McMahon knows what everyone’s primary concern is when they sign up for their first stand up paddleboard yoga (SUP yoga) class, and she nips it in the bud before even getting in the water. “I totally encourage falling in,” she said to a group of first-timers at last week’s Monday morning class at Montfair Resort Farm in Crozet. McMahon noted that the boards are more stable than they look, and most people don’t actually make the splash—if they do, it’s easy to hop back on*. “When you fall, you realize it’s only water.” SUP yoga is exactly what it sounds like: practicing yoga poses on top of a paddleboard (which looks a lot like a surfboard) in the middle of a body of water. The core-strengthening combination of yoga and paddling has been increasing in popularity since McMahon returned to Charlottesville seven years ago, and it’s no surprise that she’s found herself teaching SUP yoga classes in her hometown. McMahon lived in California for about 15 years after growing up in Charlottesville. A longtime swimmer, lifeguard and kayaker, McMahon built her West Coast life around water, studying marine biology in college and spending every free minute in the ocean with her surfboard. A desire to be closer to home brought her back to Charlottesville in 2012, and she immediately started looking for new outlets for her love of all things water. “I never realized the beauty of the waters around here,” she said. “I had never considered the Charlottesville area a place where you could recreate on the water.” After getting certified to teach SUP yoga (which requires a 200-hour yoga teacher certification first), McMahon founded Mango Yoga Adventures and taught her first class in July 2013. The poses McMahon cycled through during last week’s class were all familiar to a yogi of any level—down dog, lunges, warriors one and two. But even the simplest movements, like shifting weight in mountain pose or stretching a little further in a forward fold, require a heightened sense of awareness and balance.
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Sure, the scenery on the James River, which meanders through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is something to behold. But views take a backseat to the party once you’ve rented your tube (consider getting one for your cooler too!) at Scottsville’s James River Reeling & Rafting (265 Ferry St., Scottsville, 286-4386) or James River Runners (10092 Hatton Ferry Rd., Scottsville, 286-2338). After you’ve been shuttled to the river, it’s time to, ahem, go with the flow— and enjoy a long, lazy float down the barely moving river with your nearest and dearest (and funnest). Forget your troubles, come on get happy. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.—Susan Sorensen
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Here’s the beef Craving a burger? You might as well forget about accomplishing much until you’re satisfied. Here are six great local options to sate your every juicy, cheesy whim.—Caite White
1. Boylan Heights 102 14th St. NW, 984-5707 Bring your napkins for The Varsity, a cheeseburger loaded with chili, onion rings, hot sauce and ranch dressing (among other things!).
2. Citizen Burger Bar Downtown Mall, 979-9944 Timbercreek beef, McClure Swiss cheese and black onion shine on a house bun slathered in yummy garlic aioli.
3. Miller’s Downtown Mall, 971-8511
Fried green tomatoes, goat cheese and cucumber salsa spill from the Hotlanta burger at Miller’s.
4. Riverside Lunch 1429 Hazel St., 971-3546 Any burger from Riverside is perfection, but the double patty is tops when you’re feeling extra gluttonous—er, hungry.
5. The White Spot 1407 University Ave., 295-9899 No burger list is complete without a mention of the Gus—a classic American cheeseburger topped with a fried egg.
6. Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
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No leads Wanna bring your pooch to the park? Here are four where he can run free.
A parent’s guide to local play spots Forest Hills Park
Where it’s at: About a mile off Meade Avenue, located at the end of Chesapeake Street. Best feature: The Rivanna River. There is a good-sized playground here, but spend most of your time near or down in the water. Watch out for: the water. It’s the best feature, but always keep an eye on your kid. Great place to meet: new people. There’s always somebody walking around or jogging, along with a few moms and their kids on the playset.
Walnut Creek Park
Where it’s at: About 15 minutes south of town, it is accessible from either 29S or Route 20. From there, take Route 708 (Red Hill Road), and then turn south onto Route 631 (Old Lynchburg Road). The park is 1/2 mile on the left. Best features: Its main draw is a beautiful lake that covers 45 water acres. Once summer comes, the sandy man-made beach is the ticket. It’s cordoned off by ropes at the 6'-deep mark. There are also lifeguards present. Watch out for: lake critters. Great place to meet: all sorts of people when the beach is open. When it’s not, the lake is quite desolate.
Where it’s at: Off Meade Avenue and Chesapeake Street, behind the parking lot for Onesty Family Aquatic Center. Best features: Its playground has two play-sets, one for toddlers and another for older kids. The play-set for the older kids has a plastic climbing mountain on one side that’s fun to conquer. A picnic shelter separates the two play areas and provides excellent cover for parents and a good spot to keep a close eye on the kids.
Azalea Park 304 Old Lynchburg Rd. A fenced-in area gives doggies free rein to mix and mingle with other pooches.
Where it’s at: Forest Hills Avenue (off Cherry Avenue). Best features: One of three city spray-grounds (the others are at Greenleaf and Belmont parks), this is a water wonderland with almost 20 different apparatuses, including a bucket high up in the air that dumps every 10 seconds and a wall of water. There’re also two covered picnic shelters—one with bathrooms—and a playground with two sections, one for kids who are 2 to 5 years of age, the other for kids 5 and older. Watch out for: the slippery surface of the spray-ground, especially if your child is barefoot. There’s not much shade, and the picnic shelters are too far away to monitor children. Great place to meet: a ton of parents and their kids. On a warm, sunny day there’s a lot going on, but, unlike Greenleaf’s spray-ground, it never feels cramped, just alive.
Darden Towe Park The spray park at Forest Hills boasts nearly 20 apparatuses. There’s also a small creek that runs under the paved pathway that is perfect for catching crayfish. Watch out for: a tan slide on the bigger playset that is very steep. Great place to meet: a couple of parents and their kids. It’s generally quiet and unpopulated except for mid-morning visits from a local daycare that are nevertheless unobtrusive.
Where it’s at: The confluence of Stonehenge Avenue, Rialto Street and Druid Avenue. Best features: The park is more than the sum of its attractions—the small spray-ground or the full-length basketball court or the fun-enough playground. At 3.1 acres, it’s quite a large park with giant oak trees, lots of green grass and a hill to roll around on; just a nice place to have an easygoing time. Watch out for: traffic. The park is surrounded by roads and is traversed by a city bus. It slopes in the direction of Rialto and it’s easy for a kid to get a head of steam going toward the street. Great place to meet: parents and a few of their kids. There is rarely anyone playing basketball, and at times the park is surprisingly empty. Due to its location behind a small market, there are sometimes one or two inebriated people under the picnic shelter, but it is way off in a corner of the park.—Jayson Whitehead
1445 Darden Towe Park Follow signs to the off-leash area, a 1-acre fenced space with a doggie water fountain and picnic table.
Chris Green Lake dog park 4748 Chris Greene Lake Rd. The fenced area here gives dogs access to the water for swimming, in addition to an acre for carousing.
Crozet Dog Park 5665 Park Rd., Crozet Open daily, dawn to dusk, this pooch play area at Claudius Crozet Park has a spot just for pups under 25 pounds.
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Bike here: Walnut Creek Park “Travelling westward from the beach on 64, it’s the first real gnarly terrain you find, and you can search high and low, up and down the Blue Ridge mountains, and maybe never find a track quite as perfect as Walnut. It’s a 10-mile loop, 99 percent singletrack, a good mix of the flowy fast stuff combined with old-trail steep roots and chunky rock gardens that will make your Aunt Mildred look like a fair maiden again, all lovingly groomed by the local Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club do-gooders for your enjoyment. In short, it’s the promised land.”—Dave Tevendale of Blue Ridge Cyclery c-ville.com
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Climb every mountain In Bossypants, Tina Fey’s 2011 memoir, the award-winning actress-comedienne sums up her time as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia in a chapter titled “Climbing Old Rag Mountain.” Things didn’t go well for Fey when she attempted to scale the mountain, probably because she made the trek at night, with an asshat of a bro she called Handsome Robert Wuhl: “The first leg of our journey was the walk from the parking lot to the beginning of the actual trail,” she writes. “By the time we got to the foot of the mountain, I was already nauseous from overexertion and trying to hide it.” Come back, Tina! You’re older, wiser and fitter, which means you will have no trouble doing the entire 9-mile loop—during the day (arrive early to beat the crowds). And when you’ve finally made it up Old Rag’s granite staircase, we’re certain you’ll have only good things to say after taking in the idyllic view from the summit.—Susan Sorensen
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One of the best things about saying hello to cooler weather? It finally makes sense to eat soup again. Here are nine of our favorites.—Caite White
Tender onions and broth-soaked bread await beneath a canopy of melted cheese in this sinful French onion.
2. Blue Ridge Country Store Downtown Mall, 295-1573 A no-frills chicken noodle, fully loaded with organic veggies, hormone-free chicken and penne noodles in a deceptively peppery broth.
3. Court Square Tavern 500 Court Square #305, 296-6111 A roast beef chili just like mom made (but the downtown spot won’t scrimp on the extra sharp cheddar).
4. Guadalajara Various locations, charlottesvillemexicanfood.com You’d be remiss not to mix the pico de gallo and sour cream directly into the bowl of this traditional black bean soup.
5. Revolutionary Soup Various locations, revolutionarysoup.com Spice alert! If you like it hot, the chicken tortilla’s a good bet: chicken, tomatoes and homemade tortillas on the side for dipping.
6. Littlejohn’s Deli Various locations, littlejohnsdeli.com
Pulled chicken winds its way around fluffy dumplings in a thick, creamy, sauce-like soup.
7. Fig 1331 W. Main St., 995-5047 This jambalaya—shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage over rice—has enough kick to get you down to New Orleans and back.
8. Thai 99 II 915 Gardens Blvd., 964-1212 A spoonful of the Tom Kha Gai gets you chicken, lemongrass and mushrooms in a creamy coconut broth.
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The give back kids When UVA students hear “volunteer” they think of Madison House, the white-columned brick building on Rugby Road. A small sign with a bright yellow sun differentiates it from the fraternities and sororities that line the street, and serves as a calling card for all students looking to volunteer in the community. Madison House was founded in the wake of Hurricane Camille in 1969 and since then has been the go-to place for student volunteers, who can choose activities at 168 different organizations, including walking dogs for the local SPCA, spending time with a younger “sibling” in the community, helping Latino immigrants learn English or helping out at a nearby hospital. Rachel Winters, the director of community engagement at Madison House, has plans to add even more community partners and says the organization’s most meaningful work is to connect UVA students to the community they live in. “It gets them out of their academic bubble and gets them working with organizations that are tackling societal issues in a real way that are just down the way from us,” Winters says. Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART) and Let Me Run are two lesser-known opportunities through Madison House that nevertheless make a big impact on those involved. CART provides therapeutic riding to members of the community with mental or physical disabilities, teaching them fine motor skills and developing trust with animals and volunteers. Both Kate Ferner and Catherine Green, the UVA student program directors for CART, began volunteering their first year at UVA and share a deep commitment to the program. “It made me feel good to be doing something that I love and working with horses and knowing I was helping people a lot,” says Green. “It’s also really beautiful out there [in Crozet]. It just felt like an escape from UVA and just a good way to give back to the community.”
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Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART), based in Crozet, provides therapeutic riding to members of the community with mental or physical disabilities.
An average session lasts about an hour, and activities range from steering around cones, playing games such as Red Light, Green Light, completing memorization and concentration tasks, giving the horses a treat (a class favorite) and even singing songs from the Disney animated film Frozen. Ferner says her favorite part of the program is seeing the students grow. “It’s very cool to watch how confident they become,” she says. “I think one of the most important things you can give somebody is confidence.” Let Me Run, which partnered with Madison House in 2015, is also closely tied to confidence and hopes to empower young boys through a seven-week training program. Brian Lee, the student program director, says he chose to volunteer with the new program because he saw how valuable it was to local kids in the area. “It’s just super beneficial to kids in need,” Lee says. “It not only gets them outside and encourages them to exercise daily, it also provides them with valuable life skills.” With Let Me Run volunteers, the boys stretch, play active games and go for a run together. “It was a great experience,” Lee says, “just seeing that all of these students really care about giving back. It’s encouraging to me that people are still that kind and generous to participate in volunteer service.”—Cara Salpini
BY THE NUMBERS Different programs offered by Madison House: 168 Madison House volunteers per year: 3,179 Hours served by Madison House volunteers per year: 111,135 Horses in the CART program: 11 Boys participating in Let Me Run: 11
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THE YELLOW PAGES The who, what, when, where and how of Charlottesville
THE STATS CHARLOTTESVILLE Size: 10.24 square miles Population (2014 estimate): 45,593 Change since 2010 census: +5 percent Density: 4,246 people per square mile Albemarle Size: 726 square miles Population (2014 estimate): 104,489 Change since 2010 census: +5.5 percent Density: 137 people per square mile —Sources: U.S. Census and Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
LIFE IN C’VILLE GETTING ELECTRICITY If you live in the city, it’s pretty much guaranteed that your energy supplier is this one: Dominion Virginia Power (866) 366-4357 But it could also be one of these: AEP-Virginia (800) 956-4237 Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (800) 367-2832 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, (800) 552-3904 LANDLINE PHONES The following companies offer local service: CenturyLink (800) 366-8201. Comcast/Xfinity (bundles cable, Internet and home phone) 272-8968. Businesses can also buy local service from Level 3 Communications (817-8100). INTERNET ACCESS In addition to the myriad national providers, residential customers have several firms with a Central Virginia presence to choose from, including: Blue Ridge Internetworks 817-0707 Comcast (800) 934-6489 CenturyLink (800) 366-8201 Ting (855) 846-4389 CABLE TELEVISION Comcast. It’s not the exclusive provider; it just happens to be the only one in the area. The company provides
everything from local broadcast channels to public access (which shows City Council and other civic meetings) to all the premium goods including HBO and Cinemax. (800) 934-6489. NATURAL GAS Available only through the underground pipes of Charlottesville’s Public Utilities, which serves the city limits and nearby suburbs. Public Utilities provides one free pilot-lighting of your furnace each year as well as $100 rebates for converting to programmable thermostats, gas water heaters and even low-flow toilets. Billing: 970-3211 Pilot lighting & gas emergency: 970-3800 WATER Charlottesville Before the city opens the tap to your home, it requires that you provide a note of credit or a monetary deposit. But that’s not the most troubling issue for customers. Ever since the drought of 2002, rates have skyrocketed, essentially tripling since 1999 levels. And with the summer water (May-September) priced higher than “winter” water, there are incentives to save. Including your 10 percent utility tax plus the $4 fees for both water and sewer, you should be looking at a monthly bill of $90 for using 5,000 gallons. Charlottesville Utility Billing Office: 970-3211. Albemarle Like Charlottesville, county leaders want to encourage conservation, so in 2009, Albemarle implemented a system that drastically rewards thrift and punishes gluttony. Your total monthly bill for using 5,000 gallons (including that pesky 10 percent tax and assuming you use public sewer) should be around $85. Albemarle County Service Authority: 977-4511. RECYCLING Charlottesville Curbside recycling is free: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, cardboard, aluminum cans, other metals, even #1 and #2 plastic bottles and glass bottles are picked up at curbside
every other week on the day your trash is collected. Private companies, such as Dixon Disposal, also offer trash and recycling services for individuals and businesses. Guidelines available from the City Public Service, 970-3830. Albemarle If you live in the county, you’ll have to contract with a private hauler, as the county doesn’t offer trash and recycling services. However, thanks to Van der Linde Recycling, nearly all major county haulers now offer single stream recycling. The McIntire Road Recycling Center (906-0763) is open to city and county residents and accepts almost all major categories including cardboard, books, spray cans, a variety of plastics and colored glass. W-F 8:30am-5:20pm, Sat. 9:30am-5:20pm, Sun. 12:30-5:20pm. And if you have a lot of metal, you might collect some hefty cash at Gerdau Raw Materials in the Woolen Mills neighborhood. 296-6465. TRASH HAULING Charlottesville The city gets this done via a private firm that swings by your house once a week, but you have to pay with stickers, which you affix to your trash can or bag—weekly—by buying 32-gallon stickers for $2.10 each or 13-gallon stickers for $1.05. Or spring for the annual trash decal (32-gallon: $94.50; 50-gallon: $147.50; 64-gallon: $189.00; 96-gallon: $283.50) and paste it on the side of your trash can. These can be purchased at City Hall or at any number of local grocery and convenience stores. For more information, call 970-3146. Albemarle Most suburbanites hire one of the many private haulers who advertise their services in the Yellow Pages. Typically, they charge $20-25 a month. LARGE-ITEM DISPOSAL: The city will gladly haul away any large items you have such as appliances, furniture, tree limbs—for a price. The first pick-up is $35; second is $50; all subsequent pick-ups are $100. To schedule, call 970-3830. FREE LEAF PICKUP Another bonus of living in the city. Free
collection begins each November with pickup of bagged leaves (the city even provides free bags) and vacuuming of raked-to-the-curb leaves. They’ll also take your Christmas tree and debris after a storm. 970-3830. REMOVE THE SNOW! Charlottesville City ordinance requires all citizens to remove snow from the sidewalks along their property within 48 hours of the snowfall’s cessation or face a $75 administrative fee. GRASS/WEEDS Charlottesville You’re subject to a fine if you let them grow over 18" tall. If you live in the city, mow any grass that goes up to the street, even if the grass doesn’t actually belong to you. Enforcer: Zoning department. 970-3182. BEFORE YOU DIG... After you call Miss Utility, someone comes out, free of charge, and spraypaints lines where underground utilities lie. 811 or (800) 552-7001. BURNING STUFF Charlottesville No outdoor burning in the city without the fire marshal’s approval. Certain grills and artificial pits for cookouts are fine, but have them officially inspected first to avoid fines. Fire Marshal: Joshua Davis. Charlottesville Fire Department: 970-3245. Albemarle Between February 15 and April 30, open burning may take place only between the hours of 4pm and midnight, unless you’re burning a distance of 300' or more from woodlands or other material capable of spreading fire to woodlands. Fire Chief: Dan Eggleston. Albemarle Department of Fire & Rescue: 296-5833. NOISY NEIGHBORS? Charlottesville In residential areas of the city, the 10pm-6am limit is 55 decibels (or about the level of loud talking), 65 decibels for 6am-10pm. Charlottesville police can enforce this by measuring sound levels at your residence and writing the appropriate sanction. 970-9041.
Albemarle Noise enforcement in the county has a lot of variables. The general rule is that if noise can be heard 100' from the source, police can tell you to pipe down. And if you have the misfortune to live beside a barking dog in a non-rural area, you have to listen to it bark its head off for 30 minutes before going to the magistrate and getting a summons issued for the yapper’s owner (the noise must be consecutive for 30 minutes before it’s considered a violation). 296-5807. THE LANDFILL Located on Dick Woods Road (Route 637) in Ivy, it accepts your junk for around $66/ton (and then ships it far away). Hours: 7:30am-4pm Monday-Saturday. 977-2976. REPORTING DEAD ANIMALS Charlottesville Call City Public Service (970-3830) or police dispatch (977-9041) for pickup. Albemarle Call VDOT (293-0011) or police dispatch (977-9041) for pickup.
HEALTH CARE Both the Martha Jefferson Hospital (654-5260) and the University of Virginia Medical Center (officially: UVA Health Systems, 924-0211) have a 24-hour emergency room along with multiple branches that span the full range of medical services. The Thomas Jefferson Health District The main public health agency serving a five-county area including the City of Charlottesville. Clinics include immunizations, family planning and STD screening. Open Monday-Friday, 8am4:30pm. 972-6259. 1138 Rose Hill Dr. Charlottesville Free Clinic Provides free primary medical care, dental care and prescription medication for working uninsured adults in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. 296-5525. 1138 Rose Hill Dr. Teen Health Center Provides pregnancy tests, HIV tests, gynecological exams and other services for anyone ages 12 to 20. 982-0090. Operated in continued on page 57
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CITY AND COUNTY The City of Charlottesville operates under the “council-manager” form of government with an elected board of trustees—City Council—that hires a CEO—the city manager—who actually runs things. The mayor has no special powers except to call meetings to order and cut a lot of ribbons and is simply the member of City Council who sets the agenda. CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL The five councilors serve four-year terms and choose a mayor every two years among themselves. They are all elected at-large. CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS Meets 7pm on first and third Mondays. Televised live on Channel 10, and are available as streaming video or downloadable podcasts. Where City Council Chambers in City Hall Located Corner of Seventh Street NE and Downtown Mall Clerk Paige Barfield, 970-3113. City Manager Maurice Jones, 970-3101. The Charlottesville Code is available online or can be obtained at the local library or via the City Attorney’s Office (970-3131). ALBEMARLE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS The county uses the same basic structure as the city government, but the ordinancemakers are called supervisors and they’re chosen by district. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS Meets First Wednesday at 1pm; second Wednesday at 4pm. Where Second floor, County Office Building Located Corner of McIntire Road and Preston Avenue Clerk: Ella Jordan, 296-5843. County Executive: Tom Foley, 296-5841. TAXES The main ones you need to worry about are real property taxes and personal property (car) taxes, which are due on June 5 and December 5 in both the city and county. The Commonwealth of Virginia levies income taxes. CHARLOTTESVILLE RATES Property $0.95 per $100 value Personal property (cars and boats) $4.20/$100 value (mobile homes: $0.95/$100) Restaurants meals tax 5 percent Hotels 6 percent Short-term rental 1 percent Commissioner of revenue Todd D. Divers, in City Hall. 970-3160.
ALBEMARLE RATES Property $0.799 per $100 value Personal property (cars and boats) $4.28/$100 value Restaurants meals tax 4 percent Hotels 5 percent County Finance Department Betty Burrell, director of finance, at the County Office Building. 296-5855. VOTING Every year is an election year in Virginia. Thanks to the 1996 “motor voter” law, you can register to vote at the DMV and by mail. Charlottesville Local elections follow the general state election schedule. Registrar: Rosanna Bencoach, 970-3250. Albemarle Elections occur along with the general state ones in odd-numbered years. While Albemarle previously housed its elections office in the DMV, it’s now in the County Office building on Fifth Street. Registrar: Richard (“Jake”) Washburne, 972-4173.
SCHOOLS If you choose to send your kids to public school, where you live affects where they’ll go—particularly for the area’s smaller elementary schools. Of course, plenty of families pick private schools for a variety of reasons, and there are lots to choose from in this area. CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS Phone 245-2400 Closing/cancellation line 245-2401 Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins CHARLOTTESVILLE SCHOOL BOARD What once was a board chosen by the Charlottesville City Council is now a seven-member elected body. Clerk Leslie Thacker E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Board Meets first and third Thursdays of each month at 6pm in the Booker T. Reaves Media Center of Charlottesville High School ALBEMARLE COUNTY SCHOOLS Phone: 296-5893 Superintendent: Dr. Pam Moran Secretary: Christine Thompson Phone: 296-5826 ALBEMARLE SCHOOL BOARD There are a total of seven School Board members, one from each of the six magisterial districts plus one at-large, who are elected to serve fouryear terms and must be a resident within their district. Clerk: Jennifer Johnston E-mail: email@example.com Board meets: second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 6:30pm in the Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building for regular board meetings and at 6pm in Room 241 of
the County Office Building for regular work sessions.
CHOOSING YOUR ’HOOD From the historic homes of North Downtown to the quaint bungalows of Jefferson Park Avenue, there are plenty of great places around Charlottesville to put down roots. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect spot. CHARLOTTESVILLE Neighborhood Development Services Alexander Ikefuna, director. 970-3182. ALBEMARLE Department of Community Development Mark Graham, director. 296-5832. RENTING Blue Ridge Apartment Council brac.com Apartment Search of Charlottesville/Albemarle Published four times a year and is also available online at charlottesvilleaptsearch.com or 817-2000. UVA’s housing office Offers a pamphlet called “The Off-Grounds Living Guide” that explains city ordinances. 924-3736. BUYING AND SELLING Real Estate Weekly In terms of local real estate publications, this one has the greatest array of ads and even some how-to tips. 817-9330. Property search The best local search engine is run by the local Realtor group, the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (817-2227), and is available on the CAAR website at the bottom of the homepage. Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors caar.com or 817-2227. CHECKING PROPERTIES Charlottesville assessment data can be found online at gisweb.charlottesville. org or by phoning or visiting the City Assessor’s Office on the top floor of City Hall. 970-3136. Albemarle assessment data can be found online at gisweb.albemarle. org or by visiting or phoning the County Assessor’s Office in the County Office Building. 296-5856. NOVICE HOME BUYERS Piedmont Housing Alliance (817-2436) is a regional nonprofit that provides free classes and seminars to first-time home-buyers. The group also provides resources for individuals who believe they are experiencing housing discrimination. For those who need a bit of help with financing, check out its info on low-interest loans, or contact the Albemarle Housing Program (296-5839). RELIEF FOR ELDERLY/DISABLED Albemarle If you’re 65 and over and/ or permanently/totally disabled, make
less than $69,452 and have a net worth under $200K (excluding your house), you may be eligible for real estate tax relief. 296-5851 ext. 3442. Charlottesville Similar relief is offered by the city, including a package of free trash stickers, tax relief and discounts for annual utility costs. Must be 65 or older and/or permanently/ totally disabled and have an annual income of less than $50K and a net worth of $125K or less (excluding your house) to qualify. 970-3170.
GETTING AROUND JUST GOT HERE? Within 60 days of arrival, you must apply for a Virginia driver’s license, and within 30 days obtain state registration for your vehicle through the DMV (804-497-7100) at 2055 Abbey Road (near the Giant grocery on Pantops). Immediately after registering your vehicle in Virginia, you must obtain a state safety inspection from any private garage offering the regulated service—it always costs $16 for cars and $12 for motorcycles—unless there’s something wrong, and then you have to pay for repairs. BUSES We have two separate bus systems: one run by UVA and one by City Hall: UTS From the North Grounds to Fontaine and as far east as Washington Park, this university-run service has 10-minute passes on some busy routes and offers free rides to students and locals. 924-7711. CAT The city’s bus service has 11 routes and offers bike racks on each bus for use by cyclers. Regular fare is 75 cents for a one-way trip (children 5 and under ride free), but monthly passes are available for $20, or you can purchase an unlimiteduse day pass for $1.50, which can be purchased on any CAT bus when boarding. Reduced fares for senior citizens (65 and older) and the disabled are available with a CAT Reduced Fare Card. UVA student, faculty and staff IDs are accepted as fare on CAT buses. Routes and estimated arrival times are available via CAT’s mobile app, available free for download from any mobile app store. 970-3649. Freebie The best central city free ride is the CTS trolley, a green bus resembling a San Francisco cable car that travels between the Corner, UVA Grounds and downtown every 15 minutes from 6:40am until 11:30pm Monday-Saturday. On Sunday, the trolley runs every 30 minutes in the morning and every 45 minutes in the afternoon from 8am until 5pm. Greyhound If your destination is beyond the city limits, Greyhound offers travel to just about any major city you can think of, and for those who are racing against time, there are express
options to get you where you’re going faster (for a price, of course). There are also a variety of discounts and special pricing for students, veterans and frequent travelers. 295-5131. Starlight Express A Charlottesville original, this luxury nonstop motorcoach connects Charlottesville to NYC at the ultracompetitive speed of about seven hours and the ultracompetitive price of $49-69 each way. Picks up on West Main Street by the Amtrak station and on the northside at the Kmart garden center. With triple freebies: drinks, snacks and wi-fi. 295-0782. BIKES Bike routes When you ride, you must follow the same laws as motor vehicles, including riding on the right side of the street, obeying all traffic signs and signals, yielding to pedestrians and using signals for turning and stopping. At night, bicycles must have a white front light visible for 500' and either a red rear reflector visible for at least 600’ or a red taillight visible for 500'. Riding a bike on the Downtown Mall is punishable by a fine (skateboards are out, too). And riding on the handlebars of a bike is a no-go anywhere. And since 2011, in the city, any kid age 14 or younger on a street, sidewalk or bicycle path must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, scooter or even a “toy vehicle.” CARS Park with a permit To save room for residents, some neighborhoods near UVA and downtown require $25 per year parking permits. The permits, which expire August 31, are available through the City Treasurer’s Office. 970-3146. PLANES Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) Located about 20 minutes north of downtown, CHO offers nearly 20 daily departures to Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Charlotte and around the same number of arrivals. gocho.com. Parking Really close and costs $8/day for long-term. First 30 minutes free in short-term, then $2/ second half-hour, $1/subsequent half-hour. Free hour with purchase from snack bar. TRAINS The Charlottesville Amtrak station (CVS) It may be antiquated, but the railroad still provides a comfortable, affordable, kid-friendly way to travel, with passenger service in three directions and nearly five daily departures. Location 810 W. Main St. Charlottesville ticket window 296-4559 Counter hours 6am-9:30pm Parking onsite lot with 165 long-term parking spaces, $9-10/day, weekly rates available.
EDGEWOOD, C. 1853 MADISON COUNTY
HISTORIC FARM WITH RAPIDAN RIVER FRONTAGE Beautiful, historic estate on 454 acres overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and the scenic Rapidan River. The farm is very productive and includes the main residence which is a four over four with a center hall entry. Many classic architectural features include a walnut staircase, heart pine flooring and original mantels. Two completely remodeled guest cottages and a third 5 bedroom/5 bath guest house are also on the property.
GLENDOWER ALBEMARLE COUNTY
Elegant Brick Manor South of Town A country estate of 525 acres with an attractive brick main residence of 8,500+ s.f. The home was expanded by renowned architect, Floyd Johnson to include 5 Bedrooms, 5 full baths, and 2 half baths. Spacious formal and informal rooms in the residence provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation or entertaining. There is an historic brick guest cottage dating 1776 as well as old school house. Property consists of pastures, woodland and a stream with distant views.
BOXWOOD HILL FARMINGTON
Stately Residence In Park Like Setting A spacious brick Georgian manor that exudes elegance throughout. Private and protected setting with close-in location convenient to UVA. The residence enjoys a beautiful hilltop setting with courtyard entry. The formal rooms showcase exceptional materials, including custom millwork, high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and Chesney fireplace mantels. Gourmet kitchen features a Wolf oven/cooktop, Subzero Refrigerator, dual dishwashers, Blue Star oven, granite countertops, and adjoining breakfast nook. Other features include an au pair or in-law suite and Master suite with his/her baths, elevator, and exercise room.
SPOTSWOOD STONY POINT
Extraordinary Georgian Home Privately situated in a pristine country setting, only 8 miles from Charlottesville. Designed by renowned architectural firm Johnson, Craven and Gibson, the home has been lovingly updated. Mountain views, pastures, forests and riding trails grace this 72 acre property. The residence, in superb condition with a modern feel throughout, includes a beautifully designed gourmet kitchen, exceptional cabinetry, appliances and spacious first floor master suite. There is a wonderfully restored log and frame guest cabin, 3 stall center aisle stable and board fenced paddocks. This property is a wonderful estate just north of the city providing privacy, country living and close in convenience.
FRANK HARDY +1 434 296 0134 FHARDY@FRANKHARDY.COM
MARIAH FREE UNION
Exceptional Horse Property with Mountain Views Situated along a country lane in northwest Albemarle, this property is simply spectacular. Panoramic mountain views, sweeping countryside and a residence that embodies the best features and materials available. 7 Bedrooms including a spacious master suite and VIP suite, 7 full and 2 half baths, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, family room, and beautiful in ground pool. Covered morning and evening flagstone porches provide sunrise and sunset views. Elevator
on 3 levels. There is also a 2 bedroom managerâ€™s residence, stable, paddocks, equipment building/workshop with hay storage and several run-in sheds. 100 KW Generator.
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