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DECEMBER 7 –13, 2022 CHARLOTTESVILLE’S NEWS AND ARTS WEEKLY C-VILLE.COM FREE DECEMBER 13, CHARLOTTESVILLE FLUVANNA, GREENE, LOUISA, NELSON, ORANGE, AUGUSTA 30 ‘Tis the Season to LIST Your HOME INSIDE A family is displaced as public housing is demolished PAGE 13 Local bakers source grains from Deep Roots Milling PAGE 23 HOW WE PLAY A TOUR OF CHARLOTTESVILLE'S DAZZLING ARRAY OF ARCADE GAMES AND PINBALL MACHINES Free Parking On 5th St. The New Open til 2 a.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday 601 Fifth St., Landing Ext. Next to the Holiday Inn & Starbucks.
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NEWS 11 13 Soon-to-be displaced South First Street resident str uggles to find housing. 15 French soccer star talks about racial bias and activism.

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Hello, Charlottesville! Thank you for reading C-VILLE Weekly. December is here, and when I was a kid that meant only one thing: It was time to count down to Christmas. As a child obsessed with the flashy but expensive hobby of video games, I knew the only time I could get a brand-new game was on my birthday or December 25th, so I would carefully curate a wish list of all the games in the pages of Nintendo Power and Game Informer that I coveted each year (with the most desired ones starred and bolded).

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I’m grateful that my parents appreciated my curious love of all things interactive and indulged me, because it evolved into a lifelong passion. Few things are more fun to write about than video games, and I’m happy to say I was able to do just that with this week’s feature on the pinball and arcade scene in Charlottesville (p. 17). There’s a lot to see out there, and I hope my personal journey through the city’s game rooms will inspire you to bring some quarters along the next time you’re in a local bar.

I love these machines—engineering with the express purpose to delight, challenge, and dazzle. They’re a perfect marriage of art and science, not unlike film and photography. Underneath the hood, it’s just wires and data, but when the screen lights up and that metal ball loops around the table, it really does seem like magic. Richard DiCicco

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BRIEF

Shots fired

On December 3, the Charlottesville Police Department responded to an aggravated assault report on the 800 block of West Main Street at around 7:44pm. The officer discov ered a person who’d been shot, who was later taken to the hospital for a non-life threatening injury. In a UVA safety alert, the University Police Department initially stated that a suspect—described as a male wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans— fled from the scene. However, the CPD later clarified that the victim had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot.

Mpox death

A Virginia resident has died from monkey pox, according to a December 1 state health department press release—the first death from the disease in the commonwealth. The patient was an adult in the state’s eastern health region. According to the latest VDH data, there were no active reported cases of the disease—which health officials now refer to as “mpox” to reduce stigma associ ated with the prior terminology—from November 27 to December 3 in the state. People who may have been exposed to mpox are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible to reduce their chance of devel oping the disease.

Child flu death

Virginia has also seen its first pediatric flu death of the 2022-23 influenza season. A child between ages 5 and 12 in the state’s southeastern region died from “complica tions associated with influenza,” according to a November 30 Virginia Department of Health press release. The VDH urges ev eryone 6 months and older to get their annual flu vaccine.

Charlottesville appoints new police chief

WARRENTON POLICE DEPARTMENT Chief Michael Kochis will be Charlottesville’s next police chief.

During the December 5 City Council meeting, interim City Manager Michael Rogers announced that he had chosen Ko chis after a months-long community engage ment, recruitment, and selection process led by POLIHIRE. After receiving 19 applica tions, Rogers formed a screening committee, which narrowed down the finalists to three candidates: Kochis, Loudoun County Sher iff’s Office Commander Easton McDonald, and CPD Captain Latroy “Tito” Durrette, who has led the department since former CPD chief RaShall Brackney’s controversial firing last fall.

On November 28, the committee con ducted final interviews with the candidates, the Police Civilian Oversight Board hosted a candidate forum, and councilors spoke again with the officers, before Rogers made his final decision. Council unanimously voted in favor of Rogers’ appointment.

Rogers said he spoke with several com munity organizations regarding Kochis’ track record—including Warrenton’s Black Lives Matter chapter, a Baptist church, and the local NAACP—and received “glowing reports.”

Mayor Lloyd Snook also received a letter from Warrenton’s mayor, who emphasized how “well-respected” Kochis is by the town. And several law enforcement officers told Snook that Kochis, who has more than 20 years of policing experience, is “the real deal.”

Snook praised Kochis’ ability to bring stability to the CPD, which has a severe staff ing shortage—before Kochis took over the

WPD in 2020, the town had three chiefs in 18 months. Kochis has since filled every va cancy, recruited more women officers, and implemented a program allowing people to anonymously rate officers, among other ac complishments praised by the councilors.

County sees spike in shootings, vehicle thefts

Gang activity has caused a spike in shootings and stolen vehicles this year in Albemarle County, according to the county police department.

As of December 1, the ACPD has responded to 131 shots fired calls and investigated 96 vehicle theft cases this year—a 15 and 61 percent increase, respectively, compared to the three-year averages for the same time period. Between July and November, seven people were shot, and 29 vehicles were stolen in the

county. Police have linked most of these incidents to “several groups of self-identifying gangs, comprised mostly of … middle- and high-school-aged juveniles,” reads a department press release. The ACPD has identified over 50 gang associates.

The department has arrested seven unnamed juveniles and three adults in connection with these crimes: Meleak Domorion Clark, 19, of Farmville; Devontae Markel Johnson, 18, of

Joining Monday’s meeting virtually, Ko chis thanked the city for a “thoughtful and thorough” selection process.

“I know we have a lot of work to do,” said the new chief, “and I’m ready to get started.”

Kochis’ first day on the job is January 16.

Albemarle County; and Jalonnie Antonio Henson, 19, of Charlottesville.

Still, violent crime is down overall in the county, compared to the past three years.

“To the youth participating in this criminal behavior,” said ACPD chief Colonel Sean Reeves during a December 1 press conference, “it is only a matter of time before you or someone you love is shot or killed—so let’s end this cycle now.”

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South First Street family struggling to find new housing

In April, Khalesha Powell received an important notice: She needed to find a new place for her family to live before her building in the South First Street public housing site is demolished and redeveloped next year. Since then, Powell, a single moth er of eight children, says she has applied to live at over a dozen properties, but has been repeatedly denied, racking up hundreds of dollars in application fees.

Landlords who own three or more prop erties are legally required to accept housing vouchers in Virginia, but Powell says she’s been met with a variety of reasons for de nial of her applications.

“I’ve been denied for credit, I’ve been denied for occupancy … they deny you for all kinds of things,” says Powell, who has lived at the 41-year-old public housing complex with her children for nine years. “Sometimes it makes you wonder if they’re denying you because they just don’t want to take the voucher.”

In documents Powell shared with C-VILLE, one property owner cited Powell’s month ly income, number of occupants, and her credit score as reasons why her application was rejected, while another cited her credit score. Four landlords responded to her inquiry about their four- or five-bed room rental home saying that they did not accept vouchers.

Powell says she was originally supposed to receive a relocation voucher, which would have reimbursed her for housing application fees, and paid for her deposit and first month’s rent. But the Charlottesville Rede velopment and Housing Authority gave her a tenant-based housing choice voucher, which does not cover any of it.

“I haven’t gotten an application fee less than $50—all that adds up,” says Powell. “For me to have to come out of pocket with a lot of this stuff is crappy.”

According to CRHA executive director John Sales, the CRHA has yet to receive relocation vouchers from the U.S. Department of Hous ing and Urban Development, so it has only been able to distribute tenant-based vouchers.

It’s also been a challenge finding a new home large enough for her family, says Pow ell, who currently lives in a five-bedroom unit at South First Street. The number of four- and five-bedroom rental properties is limited in Charlottesville, and some land lords would rather rent to students.

“Mostly every four- and five-bedroom that’s been listed [that accepts vouchers], I’ve ap plied to,” she says. “It’s a lot of getting your hopes up, then your hopes being taken down.”

Instead of a voucher, Powell was told she could move to Hardy Drive. However, around the time she was offered that option, she says her 17-year-old son was jumped by some neighborhood kids, and she did not want to put him in danger. The recent shoot ings on and near Hardy Drive also made her wary of moving there.

When she first began her housing search, Powell says she found one landlord who was willing to accept her voucher, but, due to delays in receiving vouchers from HUD, CRHA hadn’t given her one. Her application eventually fell through. In September, she finally received the tenant-based voucher, which is set to expire on December 22. She can then receive up to two 30-day extensions, but if she is not given additional extensions, she worries she’ll lose the voucher.

“Where is me and my children going to go if I can’t find no one to take my voucher?” she asks.

Last year, the city broke ground on the long-awaited, multi-phase South First Street redevelopment project. Last month, resi dents began moving into phase one’s three new apartment buildings, featuring 63 one, two-, and three-bedroom units. In phase two, set to begin in March or April, the 58 existing units will be replaced with 113 multi-family units, including townhouses and apartments with one to five bedrooms. The planning process for phase three, which will involve the land across the street from the original units, has not yet begun.

Sales stresses that CRHA will ensure no one is left homeless due to the public housing redevelopment. Families with housing vouchers who are unable to secure new hous ing will instead be moved to Hardy Drive.

Out of South First Street’s 58 families, 16 have already moved to other public

housing sites, according to Sales. Forty will either be moved to the new South First Street units, or transferred to other public housing. Powell’s family is one of two who are using a voucher, and still looking for a place to accept it.

To assist voucher recipients with their housing search, CRHA has offered new land lords bonuses for accepting vouchers during the pandemic, thanks to additional HUD funding. It also plans to request city funding for landlord incentives, like those funded by Albemarle County.

Regarding voucher rejections, “if we do find out about it and feel like we can help … we do call the landlord. I’ve spoken with several landlords to try to get them to un derstand the type of situation we’re in,” says Sales. “But the voucher market is a private market, and we really have no con trol over the landlords setting their rents and requirements.”

“We really have to almost accept what we get,” he adds.

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Battling racism

French soccer legend Lilian Thuram discusses career, activism at UVA

French soccer legend and activist Lilian Thuram joined students, faculty, and community members at the University of Virginia on December 2 for a live screening of two World Cup games. During the event, hosted by UVA’s Karsh Institute of Democracy, Thuram discussed his experiences as a Black player on France’s national soccer team in the 1990s, and the role activism has played in his life up to the present day.

Thuram was a heavy-hitter on the French team during the 1998 World Cup, which France won 3-0 against Brazil. Today, he is still the most capped French international player—he appeared in 142 matches over the course of his career.

Since retiring from international soccer in 2008, Thuram has authored several books about racial bias and Black history, including White Thinking and My Black Stars. He aims to educate people about the history of racism in France, and the ways in which entrenched thinking patterns can reinforce subconscious prejudices—all while taking time to cheer on his two sons at their professional soccer games. His son Marcus is playing on the French team in the 2022 World Cup.

After a viewing of the Cameroon-Brazil and Serbia-Switzerland World Cup games, Thuram sat down with Professor Laurent Dubois, director for academic affairs at UVA’s Democracy Initiative, to discuss his groundbreaking career and activism.

Thuram recounted moments of his childhood, and the important role his mother has played in his life. After mov ing to France from his birthplace of Gua deloupe at age 9, he found himself feeling alienated from some of his school peers, who called him “sale noir,” meaning “dirty black.” Thuram asserted that this is when he “became Black”—he had no awareness of the importance of skin color until then. He admired the sacrifices his mother made over the course of his childhood, and expressed disappointment at how long it took him to understand the dif ficulties she faced. “Be conscious of what certain people do for you, and don’t for get to thank them,” he said.

Thuram highlighted the role of soccer in the battle against racism. As a team sport, soccer can break down stereotypes, and

Since retiring from international soccer in 2008, Lilian Thuram has written several books about racial bias and Black history.

create unity across races and religions. However, that sense of belonging can also lead to a collective perception of the op posing team as “the enemy,” which often divides people, he said. He drew attention to the many people who capitalize on this division—the more extreme the division, the more merchandise can be sold.

Additionally, Thuram emphasized the importance of educating the French populace on the history of racism in the country, which is not taught well in schools. Education, he argued, empowers people to speak out against racism when it occurs. “Education makes visible the violence of racism,” he said.

When questioned about the differ ences between race relations in the U.S. and France, Thuram asserted that those who speak up about racism in France are often accused of incorrectly applying “American modes of thinking” to “color blind” French society—an example of the common denial of racism and white su premacy in France.

Closing out the event, the soccer star spoke with pride about his team’s World Cup win—many of his teammates were also members of minority groups. He ex pressed gratitude at having been a part of changing the collective imagination about what it means to be French, and what a French person can look like.

“We had the chance to say, ‘This is France,’” he said.

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Mashing buttons at Charlottesville’s many game rooms

Igrew up playing video games on my mother’s lap. We had all four Microsoft Entertainment Pack collections on our Windows 95 Gateway PC, from Mine sweeper to Chip’s Challenge. Tetris was a favorite—still is—as the satisfaction of clearing lines in a never-ending fall ing block puzzle seemed to have a grip on some primal part of our brains. As I grew tall enough to reach the mouse and keyboard on my own, I explored other games like SkiFree and the digital conversions of Hearts and Solitaire. Soon enough, as I saw other kids catching ’em all with Pokémon Red and Blue, I asked for my own Game Boy Color so I could trade and battle with friends.

I’ve played video games with so many different people in my life, but ultimately I trace my love of games to my mom, who sank countless quarters into arcade and pinball machines during nursing school and played Atari with her brothers

growing up, competing to stack up the most extra lives pos sible in Pac-Man. To be introduced to so many blinking lights and whooping sound effects by her was to be granted a kind of inheritance, a call to carry my family’s love of social games for ward. In the same way that my older relatives would pack into my grandmother’s back room in Queens and argue in Spanish over smoky games of dominoes, I’ve since gathered my mom, uncle, and sister’s fiancé together for tense rounds of the coop erative restaurant management game Overcooked.

So when I moved to Charlottesville, I naturally turned to games to stay connected with people. Online matches of Halo Infinite are weekly fixations with my closest friends, and the latest Pokémon title has kept another good friend and me talking for weeks. But as I started to explore the city, I noticed something: Charlottesville loves games, too. Like, more than many people realize, and perhaps even more than my hometown of Richmond. There’s a deep vein of pinball machines and arcade games running through the city, from the vintage to the exceedingly modern. Miller’s, Champion Brewing, and Lucky Parrot each celebrate the classic bar pair ing of alcohol and pinball. Firefly’s game room wows with

a thoughtfully curated mix, while Bowlero dazzles with cutting-edge machines and prize dispensers. You can take a tour of the entire history of arcade amusements with the staggering selection of games at Decades, and discover more ways to play at Brightside Beach Pub and Dürty Nelly’s.

I have no doubt that there’s even more out there—every time I stepped into one place, someone would tip me off to two others.

But any old watering hole or laundromat can set up shop with a Ms. Pac-Man cabinet. It takes an intentional choice of machines to really make a game room stand out. Firefly’s lineup is one of the most famous in town because it hits all the right notes with its array of classic and well-loved titles.

“Our games are a little bit on the older side. Vintage, retro, whatever word is appropriate,” says Melissa Meece, owner of Firefly. “You’ve got the parents coming and say ing, ‘Oh, I remember Out Run,’ right? … And if you have kids, you wanna bring them in and say, ‘Hey, play this game that I played when I was your age.’”

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Firefly’s Out Run was actually the first thing that tipped me off to Charlottesville’s gaming scene. I was out at dinner when I noticed Sega’s classic driving game, which I had sunk hours into at home but had never seen in the flesh, squeezed between Donkey Kong and Cen tipede. I couldn’t believe it: a true blue Out Run cab. It’s a monumental piece of video game history, perhaps the first game simply about the thrill of driving—a racing game so stylish it opens not with a starting grid but with a radio dial so you can pick your tunes.

Inspiring such delight seems to be the theme for Firefly’s game room, which has been a feature of the restaurant since it opened in 2014. Meece recalls that her partner Mark We ber envisioned Firefly from the outset as a blend of craft beer and old-school arcade games. It was his longtime passion project, one crafted during a bout with cancer that ultimately took his life just two months after the downtown spot opened.

Though Weber had never run a restaurant before, he tapped into something essential about arcade games: their undeniable connection to bars. Long before the advent of the “barcade,” video games were market tested and ultimate ly flourished in the hands of bar and restaurant patrons, who

could challenge each other to games of Pong or Space Invad ers between sips. That tradition is alive and well in Charlot tesville, where you can play the No Fear, Monopoly, and Harley-Davidson pinball machines in the smoky game room at Miller’s, or head to Champion Brewing and cozy up to their five flashy LCD panel-equipped pinball games themed after Jurassic Park, Deadpool, and more. It’s really some thing watching scenes from “The Munsters” play intermit tently on its appropriately ghoulish table.

Nowadays, rather than being a testing ground for new games, Charlottesville restaurants are looking to keep guests coming back for the games they know and can mas ter. Patrick McClure, owner of Lucky Blue’s and Brightside, says the games in the beach pub were selected because “we wanted some of those throwback machines.”

“Golden Tee and Buck Hunter used to be the big machines, especially on the Corner,” says McClure, who hopes to get a Big Buck Hunter machine in Brightside someday. “That was like the thing we all got really good at 10, 15 years ago.”

If you can’t wait to try Buck Hunter and don’t mind driv ing up 29 North, you can play it alongside the blisteringly modern selection at Bowlero, where the norm is ceiling-high screens for eye-spinning games like Space Invaders Frenzy and huge car seats for over-the-top racers like Cruis’n Blast

(which only features a gas pedal because it’s so intense that there’s no reason to brake). Of course, Bowlero fills another classic gaming niche: the bowling alley plus arcade.

But perhaps no place attracts pinball and video game dev otees like Decades. The only true arcade in town, Decades is built on the personal collection of Dr. Paul Yates, an ophthal mologist at the University of Virginia. Fittingly, the arcade features machines from across the ages, with an impressive collection of early pinball dating back to the 1950s with Got tlieb’s Silver, up to the modern day with a Stern machine themed after the Disney+ show “The Mandalorian.”

I’ve been to Decades twice, and each time I’m in awe at its veritable museum’s worth of historic games in tip-top condition. Its vintage pinball machines are mechanical marvels that jitter and shunt into action as they start, reset ting counters and feeding in a metal ball to ready up a new game. Classic ’80s video games are completely intact with their unique hardware: Zaxxon uses a flight stick to control your spaceship; Turbo has a wheel, pedal, shifter, and even faux gauges; Reactor has its rolling trackball; and Arkanoid has its spinning paddle. And there are fascinating oddities like Baby Pac-Man, which combines a physical pinball ta ble with a video screen of traditional Pac-Man maze chase gameplay, swapping between the two as you play.

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Some of these games I had only ever read about—and yet here they were in Charlottesville.

“We really are passionate about being a teacher in the community,” says Lindsey Daniels, who joined Decades as arcade manager after a career in restauranteering. Daniels has meticulously laid out each space in the arcade by theme, era, tech, and popularity. “A lot of what we have in there is part of history, not only from the history of gaming but also from the history of STEM, like what was happening in computers and electronics at that time, and then just actual American history. … I like to group by when things hap pened. I have worked on the pinball room to pretty much do that, so that each row makes sense as to a decade.”

“I look for things people will like, but also things where they have no idea it existed,” says Yates, who began Decades as Paul’s Pinball Palace in 2018. Yates says the business ac quires many of its games broken, but he sources parts to re pair the machines to their original form. It’s common for arcade game collectors to swap out old finicky cathode ray tube monitors with LCD screens, but Yates wants to remain faithful to the game’s engineering. “That’s how I played the game to begin with, and that’s how I want to continue to play the game. So, I will go repair whatever needs to be done on the CRT until it’s literally on its last legs and you just can’t use it anymore. And in that case I will find another CRT.

“You can’t just sit on a couch playing a [PlayStation 5] and replicate what I’ve got there.”

On a Sunday at Decades, as I fiddled around with a new Alien-themed pinball table, a group of about six kids streamed in. After getting their wristbands, they excitedly peeled off to different rooms, hands ready to play games several times their ages. I feel like one of them when I tilt a joystick or pull the plunger on a pinball machine. It’s a raw thrill shooting through a wild nerve that connects me to something timeless, some thing generously passed down to me by another generation.

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[Top Left] Firefly’s Out Run cabinet is a stand-up variation of the influential driving game, which changed the genre forever. Players race against the clock in a Ferrari Testarossa Spider as they head down forking paths for one of five possible finish lines. [Top Right] Champion Brewing’s cozy game room features five modern pinball tables with LCD displays, which play animations and video clips on each respective machine. [Above] Craft brews and gaming unite at Firefly, where guests can play arcade games, board games, and fan-favorite pinball machines like The Addams Family.
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It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate than with festive holiday lights.

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PVCC’s annual outdoor exhibition returns for one night only on December 9, with light-filled artworks, performances, hot chocolate, and warm apple cider. lettherebelightpvcc.com

Veritas Illuminated

Make it sparkle at an immersive quarter-mile stroll through the grove and vines of Veritas winery (above). veritaswines.com

Winter Wander

Walk Boar’s Head Resort’s wintery wonderland, where colorful lights blanket the nearly half-mile trail around Heritage Lake. boarsheadresort.com

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Pay a visit to Charlottesville’s official tree on the east end of the Downtown Mall. charlottesville.gov

Tinsel Trail Meander through a glittery forest at The Shops at Stonefield featuring 100 trees decorated by local businesses and groups. shopsatstonefield.com

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One-hit-wonder Clint has fallen on hard times in National Anthem, a new full-length experimental feature from local filmmaker Will Goss. Through a blend of animation and live action, the movie follows Clint as he receives an email from another planet, Rena Lara, that asks him to come visit and write its national anthem. Goss, who wrote, acted, directed, edited, and soundtracked the film, created each scene using various artistic mediums, including watercolor, cut-outs, sewing, vintage computer paint programs, glitter paper, and more. The result is a delightful and colorful “odyssey of the imagination” through a bizarre new world. Free, 7pm. Vinegar Hill Theatre, 220 W. Market St. lighthousestudio.org

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Seasonal classics are revitalized with dazzling virtuosity and merry fervor at the Quirk’s Holiday Music Series. In this weekly installment, violinists Minchae Kim and SoHyun Ko, violist Jerome McCoy, and cellist Dilshod Narzillaev of the Heifetz International Music Institute perform a seasonal program. Highlights include glittering solo pieces, Baroque gems, chamber masterworks, and some special Yuletide delights. Free, 6pm.

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Berto and Matt. Latin guitar night. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Down town Mall. thebebedero.com

Karaoke with Jenn DeVille. Sign up to sing or just enjoy the tunes. Free, 9pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com

Open Mic Night. Charlottesville’s longest running open mic night. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner, 1221 E. Market St. 234-4436.

Wavelength trio. A midweek music boost. Free, 6:30pm. The Whiskey Jar, 227 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thewhiskeyjarcville.com

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Violet A soaring musical pilgrimage that follows a young woman hoping to trans form her life on a 1964 Greyhound bus journey from North Carolina to Oklahoma. $30-33, 7:30pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. livearts.org

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Wreath Making. The team at M. Henry De sign provides the materials needed to create a beautiful holiday wreath. $55, 4pm. East wood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmandwinery.com

Wreath Making Workshop. Horticulturist Diane Burns and garden assistants Celina DeBrito and Carolyn Springett teach partici pants how to make a 14-inch wreath. $115, 9:30am and 1pm. Pippin Hill Farm & Vine yards, 5022 Plank Rd., North Garden. pippin hillfarm.com

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Daily Tour of Indigenous Australian Art. Explore the only museum in the U.S. devoted to Indigenous Australian art. Free, 10:30am and 1:30pm. Kluge-Ruhe Aborig inal Art Collection of UVA, 400 Worrell Dr. kluge-ruhe.org

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Holiday Music Series: The Heifetz Interna tional Music Institute. Violinists Minchae Kim and SoHyun Ko, violist Jerome McCoy, and cellist Dilshod Narzillaev perform sea sonal classics and Yuletide delights. Free, 6pm. Quirk Hotel Charlottesville, 499 W. Main St. quirkhotels.com

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Matilda: The Musical The story of an ex traordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. $15-25, 7pm. Belmont Arts Collaborative, 221 Carlton Rd., Ste. 3. dmradventures.com

Violet See listing for Wednesday, Decem ber 7. $30-33, 7:30pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. livearts.org

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MFA Reading Series. Fiction and poetry students from the University of Virginia’s MFA program in creative writing read from their work. Free, 7pm. New Dominion Book shop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. ndbookshop.com

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Filling a knead

Local bakers up their game with flour from Deep Roots Milling

Woodson’s Mill is alive. The green lawn is speckled with people in conversation. There’s smoke from a wood-fired pizza truck, and a num ber of vendor tables display local food and handcrafts. Rising above the gathering is the four-story, clapboard mill building that has stood there since the 1790s.

Inside the historic building, the sound of the crowd fades into the trickle of the Pin ey River, the zip of belts and pulleys, and the churning of the steel waterwheel. Un derneath and at the heart of those sounds is the low rumble of the millstone.

On the first Sunday of every month, the grist mill opens its doors for the Mill Race Market, where patrons can buy local goods and see the process of making stoneground flour. But even on less celebratory days, the millstone turns at the heart of a growing community, producing an indus try of local grain that nourishes the culture of farmers, bakers, and foodies around it.

Millers Aaron Grigsby, Charlie Wade, and Ian Gamble brought new life to the mill when Deep Roots Milling moved its opera tion into the building in 2019, with the goal of making milled grains an accessible part of the local food movement. This access has been a glaring omission, considering grains are the foundation of a traditional diet, and wheat in particular is the most consumed food in the United States.

“Well, it is sort of the staff of life in the West ern world and beyond it,” Grigsby points out.

The millers knew that bakers wanted to bake with whole grain to offer regionally, ecologically conscious food.

“We were pretty well aware that there would be a growing market for what we were doing, and that really the bottleneck was that it just wasn’t available,” Grigsby says. But the speed and extent of their growth was a surprise.

Deep Roots has won Good Food Awards for outstanding American craft food the last three years in a row, and the mill’s flour can be tasted in offerings at Belle, Althea Bread, Carpe Donut, Little Hat Creek Farm, MarieBette, Cou Cou Rachou, Albemarle Baking Company, Crustworthy Pizza, Slice Versa, Ambrosia, and Janey’s Bread. It’s also available retail from Stock Provisions, Foods of All Nations, and Greenwood Grocery. At the Ix farmer’s market, you can catch Deep Roots at a stand once a month ahead of the Mill Race Market, or find Tonoloway Farm making silver dollar pancakes with its flour.

As a co-founder of the Common Grain Al liance, Heather Coiner is interested in build ing the local grain economy as well as explor ing it in her Little Hat Creek Farm bakery.

“What I like to do is I like to make familiar things with at least 50 percent stoneground,

local flour,” Coiner says. “So, I make a white sandwich bread, I make a multigrain sour dough, I make rosemary crackers and graham crackers, chocolate chip cookies, and things that are really embedded in our culture.”

Her stock room is filled to the ceiling with sacks of flour. “I use Deep Roots flour in pretty much everything,” she says.

Her Danish rye bread was perfected through a working relationship with the mill ers, and being able to communicate the grades of flour she was after. There was some back and forth as they honed the ratios of cracked rye and finely ground powder for the mix. “Danish rye has three different grades of rye flour in it, and they have been really generous in working with me to provide those grades of flour that I need,” Coiner says.

Before Scott Shanesy opened the doors at Belle bakery, he knew he wanted to use local, stoneground flour from Deep Roots. “We got in here January 2020, and within the

next year we were slowly working the recipes in,” Shanesy says. “Then this past year we made the big switch.”

Deep Roots flour is in their loaves, ba guettes, English muffins, bagels, scones, and cookies. “I think everything now besides the donuts, cinnamon rolls, and the brioche,” says Shanesy. But the plan is to transition those items too.

For Shanesy’s hearth loaves with a crack ly steamed crust, the process can stretch over three days to finish fermentation, but the rustic, sourdough loaves are the highlight of his bakery.

One of the reasons bakers like Shanesy want stoneground flour is that it has more of the whole grain in it—fiber and minerals from the bran, protein and fat from the germ. Com mercial white flour is generally just the starch part of the grain, which makes it less nutri tious, harder to digest, and less flavorful.

“My quickest telltale sign of quality is, do you need a drink with it?” Shanesy explains. “Are you salivating a lot? If the textures and aromas and the flavors aren’t right, you’re go ing to need help. But I’ve found that if the dough is fermented and broken down, and you achieve that right texture, you can just eat a half a loaf and not even think about it.”

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Veritas Illuminated. The grove and vines of Veritas winery come alive with sparkling holiday lights and decorations. $10-15, 5:15pm. Veritas Vineyards and Winery, 151 Veritas Ln., Afton. veritaswines.com etc.

Daily Tour of Indigenous Australian Art. See listing for Wednesday, December 7. Free, 10:30am and 1:30pm. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA, 400 Wor rell Dr. kluge-ruhe.org

Friday 12/9 music

Chloë Ester. The singer-songwriter per forms with a full band, blending high-ener gy and heartbreak. Free, 7:30pm. Dürty Nelly’s, 2200 Jefferson Park Ave. durty nellyscharlottesville.com

Paulien Quartet. A blend of jazz and popular French music of the 20th century. Free, 6pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glasshousewinery.com

The Slocan Ramblers. Award-winning blue grass. $20-25, 7:30pm. The Front Porch, 221 E. Water St. frontporchcville.org

Watch The Fire. Performing live in The Chapel. Free, 5:30pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potterscraft cider.com

stage

Elf: The Musical Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. $10-20, 8pm. Four County Players, 5256 Governor Barbour St., Barboursville. fourcp.org

Matilda: The Musical See listing for Thurs day, December 8. $15-25, 7pm. Belmont Arts Collaborative, 221 Carlton Rd., Ste. 3. dmradventures.com

Violet See listing for Wednesday, Decem ber 7. $30-33, 8pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. livearts.org

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CreativeMornings with Chicho Lorenzo. A breakfast lecture for the creative com munity. Free, 8:30am. Online. creative mornings.com

outside

Let There Be Light. An exhibition of light-centered artworks. Free, 6pm. PVCC’s V. Earl Dickinson Building, 501 College Dr. lettherebelightpvcc.com

Playdates at the Playscape. BYO buddies and snacks and enjoy nature play. $20, 9:30am. Wildrock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. wildrock.org

Veritas Illuminated. See listing for Thurs day, December 8. $10-15, 5:15pm. Veritas Vineyards and Winery, 151 Veritas Ln., Afton. veritaswines.com etc.

Daily Tour of Indigenous Australian Art. See listing for Wednesday, December 7. Free, 10:30am and 1:30pm. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA, 400 Wor rell Dr. kluge-ruhe.org

Femininity is explored through photography at The Fralin

The exhibition “Power Play: Reimag ining Representation in Contem porary Photography” at UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art brings together the work of multiple female artists as they de construct and condemn classic presentations of feminine identities in popular culture.

From the first moment that museum-go ers enter the exhibition, they are assailed by a motley of bright colors coming from the photographs, and the introductory text at the center of the display.

In the work of British artist Sarah Maple, the artist centers herself in classic Disney princess costumes, presenting these iconic female figures in contemporary leadership roles—Snow White as a football coach, Sleep ing Beauty as a surgeon, Ariel as a CEO. Through this series, she criticizes the relega tion of women to the domestic sphere, and combats patriarchal definitions of femininity.

The adjoining wall features innovative At lanta-based artist Tokie Rome-Taylor. Her photographs spotlight young Black children dressed in rich fabrics, and sporting assort ments of pearls and other accessories denot ing extreme wealth. The photographs feel reminiscent of Renaissance paintings of wealthy European women from prominent families, while also incorporating elements of African diasporic material culture, as seen through her 2022 piece “Promising Sight.”

Rome-Taylor thus combats the lack of African American representation in art history—she gives Black people, particularly Black women, a vision of a past that is not defined by sub jugation. By reclaiming the past of Black fem ininity in this way, she also subverts the com mon reductive representations of Black women that appear in the media landscape.

As a member of the Chemehuevi Indian tribe, Cara Romero works to deconstruct stereotypes of Native women in her photo graphs. Indeed, her pieces all feature a Native woman at the center, surrounded by an as sortment of cultural items. Significant col orful patterns frame the photographs, fur ther evoking the packaging in which children’s toys are sold. Her 2019 piece “Amber Morningstar” catches the onlooker’s attention with its vivid blue backdrop and red framing adorned with intriguing Native American symbols, the model at the center dressed in traditional clothing—a commen tary on the commodification of Native fem ininity in popular culture.

American artist Martine Gutierrez’s di verse work deconstructs classic representa tions of femininity as seen in magazines and dolls. In her 2014 piece “Line Up 4,” Gutier rez stands motionless among a group of man nequins—she is indistinguishable from them, a sharp criticism of femininity within the capitalist system. Gutierrez also subverts representations of femininity in contempo rary media in her 2018 piece “Queer Rage, Imagine Life-Size, and I’m Tyra, p66-67 from

Indigenous Woman.” In an excerpt from In digenous Woman, her imaginary magazine, Gutierrez depicts the ever-shifting identities of a queer woman and her infinite potential as she reclines in her self-portrait in tradi tional Guatemalan dress, surrounded by vegetation, photoshopped animals, and dolls, among other things.

Wendy Red Star is a Native artist from the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. Her photograph series “Four Seasons” shows her over the course of different seasons. She is always in traditional attire and surrounded by nature, and is often looking directly at the camera with an air of defiance. These portraits evoke the life-sized dioramas commonly found in natural history museums; they usu ally depict extinct and near-extinct animals or insects. Though the natural elements that surround the artist are imitations, she is very real. Red Star thus asserts the continuing existence of Native women, and the value of their culture and heritage. Her final piece in the exhibition, 2016’s “Apsaalooke Feminist #4,” features the artist with her daughter. They are surrounded in Apsaalooke aesthetics and symbols, and adorned in traditional garb, with pensive looks on their faces. The piece draws attention to the importance of passing down Native culture and knowledge, partic ularly through matrilineage. In Red Star’s exhibition, Native femininity is invigorated both by its refusal to succumb to extinction, as well as its value in preserving Native cul ture through time.

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Saturday 12/10

music

Anthony Semiao. Live music, wine, and food from the Eastwood food truck. Free, 1pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmandwinery.com

Berto’s Latin Guitar Brunch. Enjoy the sounds of Brazil, Spain, and Latin America. Free, 11am. Tavern & Grocery, 333 W. Main St. tavernandgrocery.com

Christmas Concert—Joy to the World. Philip Clark conducts The Albemarle Sym phony through various holiday classics. Free, 6pm. Crozet Baptist Church, 5804 St. George Ave., Crozet. albemarlesymphony.org

Dan Tyminski featuring Gaven Largent. With Maddie Denton on fiddle, Jason Davis on banjo, Grace Davis on bass, and Gaven Largent on dobro. $33-47, 8pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. jeffersontheater.com

Local Vocals. The eclectic acoustic trio is fronted by lead singer Cindy Perfater. Free, 6pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glasshousewinery.com

Willie DE Trio. Performing in The Chapel, with food from Twisted Biscuits. Free, 5:30pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd. potterscraftcider.com

dance

Albemarle Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker A revitalized version of the holiday classic, with new sets and over 60 local dancers. $16-22, 2 and 6pm. Waynesboro High School, 1200 W. Main St., Waynesboro. abtdance.org

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Elf: The Musical See listing for Friday, De cember 9. $10-20, 8pm. Four County Players, 5256 Governor Barbour St., Barboursville. fourcp.org

Matilda: The Musical See listing for Thurs day, December 8. $15-25, 2 and 7pm. Bel mont Arts Collaborative, 221 Carlton Rd., Ste. 3. dmradventures.com

Violet See listing for Wednesday, Decem ber 7. $30-33, 8pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. livearts.org

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Artists in Conversation: Ramona Marti nez and Sri Kodakalla. Exhibiting artist Martinez and fellow artist and friend, Ko dakalla, discuss their work. Free, 11am. Second Street Gallery, 115 Second St. SE. secondstreetgallery.org

Storytime. Featuring recent storybooks and classics kids know and love. Free, 11am. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Down town Mall. ndbookshop.com

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Charlottesville Holiday Market. Handcraft ed items from a variety of artisans. Free, 8am. Charlottesville City Market, 100 Water St. E. charlottesville.gov

Jolly Holly Trolley. Take a ride down the mall every weekend this holiday season. Free, noon. The Downtown Mall. friendsofcville.org

Playdates at the Playscape. See listing for Friday, December 9. $20, 9:30am. Wil drock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. wildrock.org

Veritas Illuminated. See listing for Thursday, December 8. $10-15, 5:15pm. Veritas Vine yards and Winery, 151 Veritas Ln., Afton. veritaswines.com

Young Spielberg

The Fabelmans retraces the filmmaker’s cinematic roots

Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiograph ical The Fabelmans is a re-creation of the director’s early life—partly embroi dered—that focuses mainly on his fixation with filmmaking. Overall, it’s a well-told sto ry and a reminder of his gifts for cinematic storytelling, yet it suffers from detrimental lapses into sappiness and unsubtlety.

The film opens on young Spielberg surro gate Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) seeing his first movie. Entranced by the me dium, his passion for moviemaking contin ually grows, as he first enlists his sisters to appear in home movies, then as a teenager, his Boy Scout troops become his subjects.

Meanwhile, a marital rift steadily develops between his parents—pragmatic Burt (Paul Dano), and flighty, artistic Mitzi (Michelle Williams)—in the form of his dad’s best friend, Bennie (Seth Rogen). When the fam ily moves from Arizona to California for Burt’s job promotion, Bennie is left behind, and Sammy must confront the unstable world of adolescence, including antisemitic bullies. His filmmaking muse allows him to compartmentalize, and serves as an escape from his daily troubles.

Sammy embodies the young, hungry Spielberg: eager to prove himself with showy,

striking movies. Now, as probably the most successful filmmaker alive, Spielberg has nothing to prove in terms of technique, and he directs The Fabelmans with mature con fidence and very little flashiness.

Few living directors have an innate sense of visual storytelling as good as Spielberg. Love his films or hate them, he’s a born moviemaker. But his latest is by no means his best. The title’s blunt wordplay is an indication of just how ham-fisted the mov ie sometimes gets. Likewise, Mitzi is a Pe ter Pan kind of person, so she gets a Peter Pan haircut to match. Subtlety is not The Fabelmans’ strong suit.

Throughout his career, Spielberg has shown an extraordinary talent for getting audiences to relate to his characters. Here, he is as acutely observant as ever about fam ily dynamics and the trials, tribulations, and victories of childhood. But his Achilles’ heel is his tendency toward the treacly. He can easily be accused of being the Norman Rock well of American cinema: technically bril liant, but overwhelmingly sentimental.

There are outstanding individual sequenc es, including some of the Fabelmans’ family squabbles and a scene where Sammy makes a disturbing discovery while editing home movies. Certain individual lines and shots are some of the best Spielberg has done in years. (To avoid spoilers, they are not listed here.)

In his film debut, LaBelle is outstanding as the teenaged Sammy, and the entire ju venile cast is good. Dano and Williams are both fine as Sammy’s parents, and at their best in quieter moments. Rogen is better than usual as Bennie. In his showy scene as Mitzi’s uncle Boris, Judd Hirsch will divide viewers—whether he’s making the most of a juicy character part or indulging deeply in silly scenery-chewing is open to debate. And David Lynch makes a memorable cam eo as the great director John Ford.

The Fabelmans

PG-13, 151 minutes

Regal Stonefield & IMAX

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The Fabelmans is an enjoyable, entertaining, light movie, (albeit 20 minutes too long), that is worth seeing. But viewing Spielberg’s career high points like Duel and Jaws would be pref erable. The bittersweet irony is that The Fabel mans celebrates moviemaking and the shared experience of moviegoing, as theatrical atten dance dips starkly low. It’s also a love letter to a kind of “handmade,” organic filmmaking that computers now largely overshadow. Try as it might to be inspirational, it’s also a sad reminder of what the medium has lost.

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Christmas in Connecticut Barbara Stan wyck does the holiday hustle in this classic comedy. $5, noon. Alamo Drafthouse Cin ema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com

Daily Tour of Indigenous Australian Art. See listing for Wednesday, December 7. Free, 10:30am and 1:30pm. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA, 400 Wor rell Dr. kluge-ruhe.org

Met Live in HD: The Hours Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in this live broadcast. $18-25, 12:45pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net

Santa Claus is Coming. Meet Santa and take photos. Free, 10am. Dairy Market, 946 Grady Ave. dairymarketcville.com

Selfies with Santa. Share your wish list with Santa and snap a photo for your holiday card. Free, noon. Central Place, Downtown Mall. friendsofcville.org

Sunday 12/11 music

Beleza Duo. Samba soul music. Free, 2pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glasshousewinery.com

Blue Ridge Irish Music School Holiday Showcase. A showcase of Irish music, dance, and song. Free, 2pm. The Haven, 112 W. Market St. blueridgeirishmusic.org Gia Ray. The singer-songwriter’s sound is a blend of Emmylou Harris and Mazzy Star. Free, 1pm. Potter’s Craft Cider, 1350 Arrow head Valley Rd. potterscraftcider.com Irish Music. Patrick and Aaron Olwell and friends play their renditions of traditional tunes. Free, 2:30pm. Albemarle Cider Works, 2545 Rural Ridge Ln., North Garden. albemarleciderworks.com

Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam. All levels, ages, and instruments welcome. Free, 1pm. The Batesville Market, 6624 Plank Rd., Batesville. batesvillemarket.com

The Jazz Connection. Playing standards and originals with occasional guest perform ers. Free, 6pm. Kardinal Hall, 722 Preston Ave. kardinalhall.com WinterSong. An evening of holiday revelry, with live music, warm fires, and tasty season al beverages. Free, 4pm. Rivanna River Com pany, 1538 E. High St. frontporchcville.org

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Elf: The Musical See listing for Friday, December 9. $10-20, 2:30pm. Four County Players, 5256 Governor Barbour St., Barbo ursville. fourcp.org

Violet See listing for Wednesday, De cember 7. $30-33, 2pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. livearts.org

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Jolly Holly Trolley. See listing Saturday, De cember 10. Free, noon. The Downtown Mall. friendsofcville.org

Veritas Illuminated. See listing for Thurs day, December 8. $10-15, 5:15pm. Veritas Vineyards and Winery, 151 Veritas Ln., Afton. veritaswines.com

etc.

Daily Tour of Indigenous Australian Art. See listing for Wednesday, December 7. Free, 10:30am and 1:30pm. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA, 400 Wor rell Dr. kluge-ruhe.org

Brew & Buddy Run and Elf Run through Downtown Cville, stop for drinks along the way, and finish with a screening of Elf. $6-25, 4:15pm. The Paramount The ater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. theparamount.net

What’s the Score. Compete against other listeners for prizes and glory in this friendly test of your knowledge of classical music, instruments, and history. Free, 9am. The Stage at WTJU, 2244 Ivy Rd. wtju.net

Monday 12/12 music

Baby Jo’s. Tunes from the seven-piece, New Orleans-inspired boogie and blues band. Free, 6:30pm. The Whiskey Jar, 227 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thewhiskeyjarcville.com

Berto & Vincent. Rumba rumba. Free, 7pm. South and Central Latin Grill, Dairy Market. southandcentralgrill.com

Gin & Jazz. Brian Caputo Trio performs in the hotel lobby bar. Free, 5:30pm. Oakhurst Hall, 122 Oakhurst Cir. oakhurstinn.com

Tuesday 12/13 music

Thunder Music Karaoke. Show off your vocal chops, or just come enjoy the evening. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner, 1221 E. Market St. 234-4436

The Front Bottoms. With Slothrust and Sydney Sprague. $29-36, 7:30pm. The Jef ferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. jeffersontheater.com

Tunesday Tuesdays with Josh Mayo and The House Sauce. Featuring differ ent acts every other Tuesday. Free, 9pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com

Vincent Zorn. Ol é . Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com

outside

Playdates at the Playscape. See listing for Friday, December 9. $20, 9:30am. Wil drock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. wildrock.org

etc.

Daily Tour of Indigenous Australian Art. See listing for Wednesday, December 7. Free, 10:30am and 1:30pm. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA, 400 Wor rell Dr. kluge-ruhe.org

Family Game Night. Enjoy dinner, refresh ing cocktails, mocktails, and beers, and play a variety of games for all ages, includ ing corn hole, jumbo Jenga, cards, and more. Free, 5pm. Dairy Market, 946 Grady Ave. dairymarketcville.com

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night. Useless knowledge means everything at this au thentic homegrown trivia quiz. Free, 8pm. Firefly, 1304 E. Market St. fireflycville.com

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December Exhibitions

The Center at Belvedere 540 Belvedere Blvd. A small-works open exhibit featuring over 30 artists, including Meredith Bennett, Susan Trimble, Joan Griffin, Frannie Joseph, and Judith Ely. Through December 19.

Chroma Projects Inside Vault Virginia, Third St. SE. “Lis ten,” paintings and sculptures by Aggie Zed. Through De cember 17.

C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 E. Main St., Down town Mall. “Reclaimed,” a colorful mixed-media collec tion from Sigrid Eilertson.

The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA 155 Rugby Rd., UVA Grounds. “Power Play: Reimagining Representation in Con temporary Photography,” “Earthly Exemplars: The Art of Bud dhist Disciples and Teachers in Asia,” and other exhibitions.

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 Fourth St. NW. “Of Another Canon: African American Out sider Art,” includes works from 11 African American artists. Through January 7.

Les Yeux du Monde 841 Wolf Trap Rd. “Perspectives on Place,” paintings that offer differing perspectives on place from Richard Crozier and David Hawkins. Through De cember 22.

McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. The Holiday Show and Shop features two floors of original art, home goods, prints, cards, and jewelry. Through December 31.

New City Arts 114 Third St. NE. David Askew considers their relationship with social media through paintings of posted selfies in “i decided to do nothing (about everything).” Through December 22.

Phaeton Gallery 114 Old Preston Ave. “Winter’s Edge,” new works by Cate West Zahl that pay homage to the simplification that takes place during the winter season.

PVCC Gallery V. Earl Dickinson Building, 501 College Dr. Two exhibitions from photographer, scientist, and conser vationist Michael O. Snyder. “The Mountain Traditions Project” showcases photographs and oral histories from the Appalachian region. “Our Changing Climate: A Visual Chronicle” features works from Snyder’s former students.

Quirk Gallery 499 W. Main St. “Conversations,” recent individual mixed-media works by Mary Scurlock and

Diego Sanchez, as well as 10 works that are the result of months of collaboration between the two artists. Through December 11.

Ruffin Gallery 179 Culbreth Rd., UVA Grounds. “Breaking Water,” collaborative works from Calista Lyon and Carmen Winant. Through December 9.

Second Street Gallery 115 Second St. SE. In the Main Gal lery, “Her Deeds,” mixed-media installations by Mariana Parisca. In the Dové Gallery, “Visions of Mary,” linocut prints, painting, and installation by Ramona Martinez. Through January 21.

Studio Ix 969 Second St. SE. “ar.ti.fac.tu.al,” works from local artists Kim Boggs and Mike Fitts. Through January 19.

Telegraph Art & Comics 211A W. Main St., Downtown Mall, and 398 Hillsdale Dr. Todd Webb’s annual “Picture Show” is on display at both locations. Through January 15.

Vault Virginia 300 E. Main St. “Final Bill,” an exhibition from Bill Atwood in a variety of mediums, including ink on news print, mixed-media collage, and sculpture. Through December.

Yellow Cardinal Studio 301 E. Market St. An open house with various artists and artworks. Open Friday and Saturday afternoons from 1-5pm during December.

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Cara Romero at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Cate West Zahl at Phaeton Gallery Aggie Zed at Chroma Projects Mike Fitts at Studio Ix Mariana Parisca at Second Street Gallery Ramona Martinez at Second Street Gallery Todd Webb at Telegraph Art & Comics David Hawkins at Les Yeux du Monde IMAGES COURTESY OF THE GALLERIES

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WHAT’S DELISH AT LOCAL WINERIES?

CHISWELL FARM WINERY

2021 Sparkling Rosé

Cheers the season with this festive wine! Our Sparkling Rosé has notes of light cranberries, pink lady apples, and strawberries and cream. With a little zip, this bubbly pairs perfectly with all your holiday foods and party appetizers such as baked brie bites, bacon wrapped dates, and a honey-roasted holiday ham!

With a glass in hand, enjoy the beautiful scenery from our lawn, or a cozy chair inside, where you’ll discover a variety of inviting spaces. While indoor seating is limited, there are many options for outdoor seating, including rocking chairs on the covered porch and dining tables on the lawn for small groups. You’re also welcome to bring your own folding chairs and blankets to sit further out on the hill. All seating is first-come, first-served. Ages 21+, no dogs or other pets permitted on the property. For a family-friendly experience, visit our wine shops at Chiles Peach Orchard or Carter Mountain Orchard. Wine is currently available by the glass, flight, or bottle. We have a full menu of seasonal boards, paninis, small bites and snacks to pair well with any of our wines (outside food is not permitted). Wine sales stop 30 minutes prior to closing.

Sundays - Brunch featuring mimosas with juices from our farm-grown fruit.

Dec. 11th – Two Owls Pottery Pop up Hours: Wed-Sun 11 am – 5:30 pm 430 Greenwood Rd, Greenwood, VA 22943 434.252.2947 • www.chilesfamilyorchards. com/chiswell

53RD WINERY AND VINEYARD Exodus

The best wine to pair with the cooling weather- Exodus is a rich and full bodied Port-style wine. With rich flavors of sweet fig, blackberry, and oak this wine is meant to be enjoyed fireside. Pair with, or drink for, dessert, and enjoy its warmth!

We are open 7 days a week, 11am to 5pm offering our 100% Virginia wine by the bottle, glass and tasting flights.  Enjoy your visit at our intimate, meadow-like setting in rural Louisa County.  we offer well-spaced indoor and outside seating and customers are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets, chairs and blankets. Children and pets are welcome, but pets must always remain outside of buildings and on a leash.  Quality wine, friendly staff at a great escape! Visit our website, www.53rdwinery.com.

Dec. 17th – Taste the Future barrel tasting

Dec. 24th - Early Closing at 3:30 pm

Dec. 25th & 26th – CLOSED for the Holiday

Open 7 days a week, 11 am – 5 pm

13372 Shannon Hill Rd Louisa, VA 23093 (540) 894-5474 • 53rdwinery.com

CASTLE HILL FARM CIDERY

Our Cider & Newly Released Rosé

Discover ground to glass Virginia hard cider at Castle Hill. Ciders range from dry to semisweet, and can be enjoyed by the glass, flight or bottle. Festive cider cocktails include a Fall-inspired Sangria and Mulled Cider. Just released: our 2021 Rosé, a semisweet cider infused with elderberry and cherry.

Visiting Castle Hill Cider

Our expansive cider barn features a variety of ample seating including Adirondack chairs overlooking the rolling countryside and lake; farm tables for larger parties; as well as bistro seating and cozy couches for smaller groups. Inside the Tasting Room, you’ll find bistro seating and a roaring fireplace. Outdoors, there are a variety of options including patio and firepit seating available yearround (weather permitting), and plenty of green space to walk the grounds or throw a football.

Castle Hill Cider welcomes all guests! We offer non-alcoholic beverage options and a delicious food menu. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are also welcome both indoors and outside. Dogs must remain leashed and with their owners at all times.

Mondays through Saturdays and SundaysWeekend Brunch Tasting 11am3pm

Dec 11th – Matt Johnson Holiday Set

Regular Hours

Thursday & Friday: 1 - 7pm

Special Holiday Hours

12/19-23: 11am - 5pm daily

12/26-31: 11am - 5pm daily

*Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

6065 Turkey Sag Rd. Keswick, VA 22947

Tasting Room Text/Call: 434.365.9429

www.castlehillcider.com

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CROSSKEYS WINERY

2020 Meritage

A rich blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged 15 months in new and neutral oak barrels. Blackberry and vanilla bound out of the glass but the nose evolves into mature layers of brandied cherry, black pepper, and violet. Oak provides dimension and body. Pairs perfectly with the fall October weather!

CrossKeys Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in the heart of beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Our approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management and yield balance to achieve 100% estate-grown wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and soils here at CrossKeys. Our first vines were planted in 2001 and we have only grown since then. Our 125acre estate currently houses more than 30 acres of vines with plans for more planting in the future. We currently grow 12 varietals of grapes all used to produce our one of a kind award-winning wines.We offer wine tastings throughout the day. Our knowledgeable tasting room associates will guide you through tasting our wines whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran. We love large groups and want to make sure your experience at CrossKeys Vineyards is extraordinary. We request that large groups call the vineyard 48 hours in advance to set up a reserved group tasting. The group will have a reserved table, staffing, and a cheese plate included with price.

Mondays through Thursday- Winery Tours (by reservation only) at 12:30 pm

Fridays- Fiesta Fridays (11-5pm) reservations suggested Sundays- Taste of Europe Dinner Series (tickets required) from 5-8 pm; check our website for weekly menus!

Dec. 25th – CLOSED for the

Holidays

Open Daily from 11- 7pm

6011 E Timber Ridge Rd, Mt Crawford, VA 22841 (540) 234-0505 https://crosskeysvineyards.com/

Saturdays). No reservation fee or minimum purchase. Walk-ups accommodated on a spaceavailable basis. To order wine for local delivery or UPS shipping, visit our website!

Open daily – Mon-Thurs. 12-5 pm

Fri. 12-9 pm Sat/Sun. 12-6 pm

Weekends (Fri-Sun) - Live music Friday-Sunday all month long. Check out our website for details and the musical artist lineup!

Dec. 25th – CLOSED for the Holidays

40 Gibson Hollow Ln • Etlan, VA 22719 (540) 923-4206 www.ducardvineyards.com

EASTWOOD FARM AND WINERY

and much more this season. The Woodland White is available on our website, in the tasting room, and it is featured in the current wine club allocation.

Join us all month long for awardwinning wines, delicious farm-totable food pairings, special events, live music, and more.

NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

Winery Hours: Sunday - Tuesday (12-5PM), Wednesdays-Saturdays (12-8 PM)

2531 Scottsville Rd. (5 mi from Downtown Charlottesville) Charlottesville, VA 22902 (434) 264-6727 www.eastwoodfarmandwinery.com

HARK VINEYARDS

2019 Merlot

DUCARD VINEYARDS

2020 XOXO Sparkling

The 2020 XOXO – Hugs and Kisses – is the newest vintage of our sparkling wine. A 75/25 blend of Viognier and Chardonnay, this wine is the perfect addition to any celebration OR just because -why not?!

Our uncrowded rural Madison County area has mountains, streams and plenty of beautiful views along scenic back roads. The tasting room is near hiking and biking trails along the Shenandoah National Forest and is a perfect respite after your day out! Enjoy some peace and quiet relaxation in this challenging environment. Sit on our lawns and sip or pick up a bottle or three of our awardwinning wines to take home. Reservations available and recommended (especially for

Woodland White Aged for 10 months in stainless steel, the Woodland White is a fruit-forward blend of Viognier, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, and Traminette. With delicate notes of white peach, honey, and pineapple, this wine is perfect for holiday parties and delightful with roasts, cheese & charcuterie boards,

Small vat fermented and barrel aged 16 months, this wine showcases notes of black cherry, cola, and savory herbs. This wine follows nice in the footsteps of its predecessor, our 2017 Merlot, which won Gold in the Governor’s Cup. The 2019 is still a bit youthful, and while it tastes great right now, it’s only going to get better over the next several years. The problem? By then it will be long gone! That’s the challenge and the beauty of authentic, estate

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grown wines. Only 200 cases were produced. Available now for you to experience on our tasting menu!

Visiting Hark:

Hark Vineyards is a family-owned winery focused on the belief that beautiful views and delicious wine can bring people together. Children and well-behaved four-legged friends are welcome. We welcome — and encourage — you to bring a picnic and enjoy the experience our estate offers.  Some picnic foods such as cheese, charcuterie, jams, crackers, and chocolate are available for purchase. Food trucks and live music most Saturdays from MarchNovember; check our website and social media for details. Our grapes love it here. We think you will, too.

Upcoming events

CLOSED for the holidays

December 24th - January 1st

Hours

Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-7pm, and Sunday 12-6pm 434-964-9463 (WINE) 1465 Davis Shop Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936 www.harkvineyards.com

HORTON VINEYARDS

Knots & Shuttles Red Sparkling

Red sparkling was inconceivable many years ago and it is still rare. Knots and Shuttles is Horton’s flight into red sparkling. It is a dry red wine, deep garnet color with berry aromas ad a lingering effervescent finish. Knots and Shuttles is also the last installment of the Gears & Lace, Steam Punk line of wines. Overall- a fun and unique wine that will pair well with your Christmas dinner!

Open Daily from 10 am – 5 pm 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville, Virginia (540) 832-7440 www.hortonwine.com

PIPPIN HILL FARM & VINEYARDS

2021 Blanc de Blanc

This 2021 vintage turns any

occasion into a celebration. It’s made like champagne, offering zesty aromas layered with creamy and citrus flavors of pineapple, brioche and meyer lemon. The finish is lean and lively, with equal parts acidity and dryness. The driest of our three Chardonnays, this finely bubbled beauty will dress up your charcuterie board, or brighten up seafood.

Plan to Visit:

Pippin Hill is a culinary vineyard in the heart of Virginia’s wine country. There are two types of standard reservations available for food and wine pairings: Indoor Table or Covered Veranda for table service. Walk-ins are welcome for lawn seating. Reservations via Resy are recommended for Indoor and Veranda seating. For the ultimate wine tasting experience, check out Pippin Hill’s elevated wine tasting and tour experience, offered select

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Learn more at pippinhillfarm.com.

Hours

Mon - Sun 11am - 5pm*

*See Our Calendar for Early Closings.

We are Closed the first Monday of every month.

Sundays- Live music on the hill! Each Sunday from 1-4 PM, Pippin Hill welcomes local musicians to perform on our Veranda. Check our website for varying artists.

Dec. 8th – Wreath making workshop

Dec 21st & 22nd – Kid-friendly cookie decorating class + Wreath making workshop

Dec 24th – 26th – CLOSED for the holidays

5022 Plank Rd., North Garden, VA 22959 (434).202.8063 www.pippinhillfarm.com

REVALATION VINEYARDS

2021 Petit Manseng

Our 2021 Petit Manseng is a full-bodied dry wine that can be enjoyed alone and with a wide range of foods from Thai curry to turkey and sweet potatoes. A red wine drinkers’ white wine with good aging potential. Featuring aromas of honey, lemon, and papaya merging into white flowers and toasted brioche. Hints of ginger and caramel. Stop by the tasting room to enjoy this wine by the bottle or in a flight.

Gifting

The holidays are here, and we’ve created a gift box with three of our most popular wines. Our Holiday Gift Trio includes our 2018 Vidal Blanc, 2021 Rouge de Rouge, 2019 Novum (our white port-style wine) and a reusable Revalation wine disc for drip-free pouring. Exclusively available in our tasting room.

Visiting

Revalation Vineyards is a familyowned vineyard, located in Madison’s Hebron Valley. Our property offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains from the porch of our 1830’s log cabin tasting room. Enjoy our wine by the bottle or choose one of our flights which feature five different wines. Reservations are requested for indoor, porch or outdoor seating and can be made on our website. Walkins are welcome whenever space is available.

Hours

Nov. 1 – Apr. 30 Hours: Friday 12 –sunset, Saturday/Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Seasonal Hours:

Friday, Dec. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 25 Closed

Monday, December 26th Boxing Day OPEN

Friday, Dec. 30 – Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 Open regular hours

2710 Hebron Valley Road, Madison, VA 22727 540-407-1236 www.revalationvineyards.com

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Capricorn

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Edgar Allan Poe made this mysterious statement: “We can, at any time, double the true beau ty of an actual landscape by half closing our eyes as we look at it.” What did he mean? He was referring to how crucial it is to see life “through the veil of the soul.” Merely using our physical vision gives us only half the story. To be receptive to the full glory of the world, our deepest self must also par ticipate in the vision. Of course, this is al ways true. But it’s even more true than usu al for you right now.

Aquarius

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian theologian Henri Nouwen wrote, “I have discovered that the gifts of life are often hidden in the places that hurt most.” Yikes! Really? I don’t like that idea. But I will say this: If Nouwen’s theory has a grain of truth, you will capitalize on that fact in the coming weeks. Amazingly enough, a wound or pain you experienced in the past could reveal a redemptive possibility that inspires and heals you.

Pisces

(Feb. 19-March 20): Piscean novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen says it’s wise to talk to your self. No other conversational partner is more fascinating. No one else listens as well. I offer you his advice in the hope of encouraging you to upgrade the intensity and frequency of your dialogs with yourself. It’s an excellent astrological time to go deeper with the questions you pose and to be braver in formulating your responses. Make the coming weeks be the time when you find out much more about what you truly think and feel.

Aries

(March 21-April 19): Aries filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky wrote, “To be free, you simply have to be so, without asking permission. You must have your own hypothesis about what you are called to do, and follow it, not giving in to circumstances or complying with them. But that sort of freedom demands powerful inner resources, a high degree of self-awareness, and a consciousness of your responsibility to yourself and therefore to other people.” That last element is where some freedom-seekers falter. They neglect their obligation to care for and serve their fellow humans. I want to make sure you don’t

Sagittarius

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Of all the signs in the zodiac, you Sagittarians are least likely to stay in one location for extended periods. Many of you enjoy the need to move around from place to place. Doing so may be crucial in satisfying your quest for ever-fresh knowledge and stimulation. You understand that it’s risky to get too fixed in your habits and too dogmatic in your beliefs. So you feel an imperative to keep disrupting routines before they become deadening. When you are successful in this endeavor, it’s often due to a special talent you have: your capacity for creating an inner sense of home that enables you to feel stable and grounded as you ramble free. I believe this superpower will be extra strong during the coming months.

do that, Aries, as you launch a new phase of your liberation process. Authentic freedom is conscientious.

Taurus

(April 20-May 20): The term “neurodiversity” refers to the fact that the human brain func tions in a wide variety of ways. There are not just a few versions of mental health and learn ing styles that are better than all the others. Taurus musician David Byrne believes he is neurodiverse because he is on the autism spectrum. That’s an advantage, he feels, giving him the power to focus with extra intensity on his creative pursuits. I consider myself neurodiverse because my life in the imaginal realm is just as important to me as my life in the material world. I suspect that most of us are neurodiverse in some sense—deviating from “normal” mental functioning. What about you, Taurus? The coming months will be an excellent time to explore and celebrate your own neurodiversity.

Gemini

(May 21-June 20): Poet Jane Hirshfield says that Zen Buddhism is built on three principles: 1. Everything changes. 2. Everything is con nected. 3. Pay attention. Even if you are not a Zen practitioner, Gemini, I hope you will focus on the last two precepts in the coming weeks. If I had to summarize the formula that will bring you the most interesting experienc es and feelings, it would be, “Pay attention to how everything is connected.” I hope you will intensify your intention to see how all the apparent fragments are interwoven. Here’s my secret agenda: I think it will help you register the truth that your life has a higher purpose than you’re usually aware of—and that the whole world is conspiring to help you fulfill that purpose.

Cancer

(June 21-July 22): Author Flannery O’Connor wrote, “You have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it.” I will add a further thought: “You have to cher ish the world at the same time that you strug gle to endure it and strive to transform it into a better place.” Let’s make this one of your inspirational meditations in the coming months, Cancerian. I suspect you will have more power than usual to transform the world into a better place. Get started! (P.S.: Doing so will enhance your ability to endure and cherish.)

Leo

(July 23-Aug. 22): Many sports journalists will tell you that while they may root for their favorite teams, they also “root for the story.” They want a compelling tale to tell. They yearn for dramatic plot twists that reveal entertaining details about interesting char acters performing unique feats. That’s how I’m going to be in the coming months Leo, at least in relation to you. I hope to see you engaged in epic sagas, creating yourself with verve as you weave your way through fun challenges and intriguing adventures. I pre dict my hope will be realized.

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Venus is too hot and dry for humans to live on. But if travelers from Earth could figure out a way to feel comfort able there, they would enjoy a marvelous perk. The planet rotates very slowly. One complete day and night lasts for 243 Earth days and nights. That means you and a spe cial friend could take a romantic stroll to ward the sunset for as long as you wanted, and never see the sun go down. I invite you basics&beyond! w/ John A. Hancock Watercolor

to dream up equally lyrical adventures in togetherness here on Earth during the com ing months, Virgo. Your intimate alliances will thrive as you get imaginative and creative about nurturing togetherness.

Libra

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As far as I’m concerned, Libran Buddhist monk and author Thích Nhất Hạnh was one of the finest humans who ever lived. “Where do you seek the spiritual?” he asked. His answer: “You seek the spiritual in every ordinary thing that you do every day. Sweeping the floor, wa tering the vegetables, and washing the dish es become sacred if mindfulness is there.” In the coming weeks, Libra, you will have exceptional power to live like this: to regard every event, however mundane or routine, as an opportunity to express your soulful love and gratitude for the privilege of being alive. Act as if the whole world is your pre cious sanctuary.

Scorpio

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A reader named Elisa Jean tells me, “We Scorpio allies admire how Scor pios can be so solicitous and welcoming: the best party hosts. They know how to foster so cial situations that bring out the best in every one and provide convivial entertainment. Yet Scorpios also know everyone’s secrets. They are connoisseurs of the skeletons in the closets. So they have the power to spawn discordant commotions and wreak havoc on people’s rep utations. But they rarely do. Instead, they keep the secrets. They use their covert knowledge to weave deep connections.” Everything Ella Jean described will be your specialties in the coming weeks, Scorpio.

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VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

RE: THE ESTATE OF LORENE KNIGHT SHIFFLETT

AMENDED SHOW CAUSE ORDER AGAINST DISTRIBUTION

It is ordered that the creditors of, and all other persons interested in the above estate show cause, if they can, on the 24th day of January, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. before this Court at its courtroom, against payment and delivery of the estate to the distributees without requiring refunding bonds.

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Skeo Solutions is small, employee-focused consulting firm providing innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary solutions to complex and pressing issues in environmental stewardship, social equity and economic opportunity. Most Skeo support is provided to the Federal and local governments.

We are seeking a team-oriented person to join Skeo on a full-time basis, with full-time options ranging from 30 to 40 hours per week, with a heavy emphasis on IT and GIS Administrative support. Skeo expects some on the job learning will need to take place. Location is specific to Charlottesville, Virginia.

Elements of this work will include:

•Oversee contractors providing IT and GIS support to Skeo, including managing budgets, communicating areas of improvement, making recommendations about future contracting needs, and onboarding and overseeing new contractors as needed.

•Assess, improve and maintain Skeo’s current hardware and software needs to meet IT requirements, which includes a rapidly growing GIS team and body of work. Many systems are already in place.

•Work closely with contractors, project managers and technical staff to identify IT and GIS requirements, technical issues, and training needs.

•Plan, organize, coordinate, develop and implement GIS systems to meet the organization’s mapping and end-user service objectives.

•Administer Skeo’s ArcGIS Enterprise environment.

•Administer Skeo’s IT environment, which includes administration of Microsoft 365 tenant that utilizes SharePoint Online.

While the position is expected to require 40 hours a week, there are times where it may be necessary to work more than 40 hours per week under tight deadlines.

All staff are expected to reflect Skeo’s operating principles: dignity, respect, compassion, integrity, and accountability. Applicants should be able to multi-task, collaborate well with teams, be responsive, maintain a positive attitude and have excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

•No less than eight years of experience supporting and demonstrating ingenuity and problem-solving skills associated with meeting small business IT and GIS needs consistent with the bullets above.

•Experience in ArcGIS Enterprise administration and knowledge of ESRI licensing model, or a willingness to learn.

•Experience with Windows and Microsoft 365, or a willingness to learn.

•Experience working with contractors to provide excellent results for outsourced GIS and IT elements.

•Strong project management skills to meet technical needs on time and on budget.

•Strong communication skills with an ability to communicate technical information clearly to a lay audiences and the ability to work with teams to develop infrastructure needed to support projects.

•Willingness to learn new subject matter.

•Candidates that live in or around Charlottesville, VA or willing to relocate.

Please note in your resume or cover letter any familiarity or knowledge of the following: Survey123, Python, WordPress, Azure, or SharePoint Online administrator experience.

Please submit required application materials by December 31st, Interviews are expected to begin mid-January. Decisions will be made based on resumes, performance on skill exercises, and recommendations. Skeo is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position, please visit https://www.skeo.com/about-us/employment-opportunities/

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‘Tis the Season to LIST Your HOME

Katelyn Mancini loves Christmas.

“It’s my favorite holiday and I look for ward to the smells, the sights, the shopping, and being with family. All year long.”

And all those traditional ways of cel ebrating.

‘Tis the season of twinkling lights in the trees and a pine wreath on the door. Candles in the windows and a menorah on the mantlepiece. The smell of rugelach or pie in the oven. Presents ‘neath the tree and the whole house is ready for a celebration.

If that all seems too idealized and cliché, let’s add one more platitude to the list - the holidays are a terrible time to sell your home.

Mancini says “Don’t believe it.”

She should know. Mancini is a REAL TOR® with Howard Hanna Roy Wheeler Realty Co., and she has had her share of holiday closings over the years.

The winter holidays, from Thanksgiv ing to after ringing in the New Year, can

be the very best time of year for home sell ers. And they’re getting better every year.

Less Competition

Savvy sellers are eager to take advan tage of what life deals to them. And some times that involves an end-of-year move. Dan Corbin, REALTOR® with RE/MAX Realty Specialists, says, “If that happens, don’t worry. It’s never a wrong time to be in the market. And if circumstances call for it, whether as a buyer or a seller, a winter-time move can be advantageous.”

Homeowners may think there aren’t any buyers and may be tempted to fore stall the hassles of putting their home on the market until after the holidays. “Don’t,” says REALTOR® Lori Click, also with RE/MAX Realty Specialists. “It’s the best time for a seller. You have low supply and high demand. And with fewer houses for a buyer to choose from, it can mean even more money for the sellers.”

In fact, in an already low inventory environment, Virginia REALTORS® reported that the for-sale inventory across Virginia fell by nearly 25% from

December 2020 to December 2021. While the inventory numbers from the third quarter of 2022 are showing a bit of a bounce-back, the competition a seller will face remains low this holiday season.

Another barrier hampering buyers during the super-hot real estate market of last year was just how busy mortgage lenders were. REALTOR® Clareen Eberly, with Find Homes Realty, LLC, reports that lending has slowed down a bit, and buyers may be able to find a better deal than an off-the-shelf standard mortgage. Ultimately, this should clear the path to a smoother, quicker closing.

And that translates into more success for the seller. So embrace the challenge of less competition, and see it as the gift it is.

Serious Buyers with Time to Look

Moves happen year-round, for sellers and for buyers. Life changes, households shift, and new opportunities arise, not only in the late spring and summer. Sometimes the holiday moves are more time sensitive than at other times of the

year, making for eager buyers.

Whether staring down a deadline or trying to take advantage of market foibles, a holiday home buyer is more likely to be one that follows through with an actual offer.

“People who look at homes during the holidays tend to be more serious,” says Click. “If they are taking time out of their holidays to look at homes, they usually mean it.”

Many buyers will take advantage of extra time off at the end of the year to find their new home. Workers take extended holiday breaks. The kids are home from school. The end of the year becomes the perfect time to explore a new destination, whether that’s a new state, a new town, or just around the corner. That extra time allows potential home buyers to fit all the homebuying steps into a normally too-busy life.

Mancini sees this frequently. “If buy ers are moving to a new town, the whole family can go and look at their top choice together. If the move is local, perhaps mom is in town to be that second opin

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ion or reinforce a warm and fuzzy feeling you get from a certain house.”

Another common scenario in the Charlottesville region is having parents from afar who want to move closer to their adult kids. The holidays are a perfect time for parents to do double duty, mixing a family visit with an excursion to explore what’s available for them on the market.

Sellers shouldn’t worry too much about people invading their homes at inopportune times. A walkthrough is the last step before making an offer. The bulk of the home viewing takes place online with buyers viewing pictures and videos of the home and learning about the neighborhood.

If the home hasn’t passed muster through that screening process, the po tential buyer won’t bother with a walk through. And if a buyer does request a walkthrough, the seller should be pleased because that’s typically the last step be fore they make an offer.

Dressed Up for the Holidays

For those buyers that do make it to the final step, make sure to take advantage of the winter wow factor.

Homes are all dressed up for the holi days and tend to put on their best airs. The pre-holiday cleaning can do double duty as the pre-showing cleaning. Owners trade out daily clutter for decorations. And with a home staging in mind, the decorations can send a “make this your home for the holidays” message to po tential buyers.

“Sellers should take full advantage of the season to make the sale,” says Mancini. “Pull out all the stops, but that doesn’t mean going overboard with decorations. Simple, warm, and inviting win the day. You want to make sure the buyer can see themselves in your home enjoying the holidays.”

That starts with the online presence. There are different strategies.

One alternative is to have the photos taken before decorating so the buyer can experience the home both ways, without decorations online and all dressed up for the walkthrough.

If you expect a quick sale and start your prep work early on, you may want pictures of your house decorated. Man cini says, “Holiday decorations make for great photo ops. And if the online listing shows decorations and it is still December, a buyer will assume it hasn’t been on the market for very long.

“And don’t forget the oldest trick there is, having the smells from the kitchen trigger memories of home and family. Cookies, hot tea, mulled cider, oranges, potpourri. These subtle touches

can influence a buyer, as long as they aren’t overwhelming.”

Owners who have land for sale, with or without a home on it, can also take advantage of the holidays to sell. Corbin says, “Winter is a great time of year to look at land and see the product. You can more clearly see the lay of the land and some areas might be more accessible during winter.”

Even for a Christmas lover like Man cini, a skillfully decorated and staged home may not be enough to clinch the deal if the finances aren’t right or the house has problems beyond the potential buyer’s comfort level.

other time of year. Make sure the exterior of the home is in tip-top shape.

Pay particular attention to gutters and water flow on the property so that water flows away, and ice doesn’t accumulate.

The drip-drip-drip from a misaligned gutter can be a red flag to buyers.

Details like having trash and recycling containers put away and a fresh floor mat set a good first impression.

With the sun setting before five o’clock, there is a good chance that a walkthrough will happen at dusk or dark. Make sure the exterior of the home and entryway are well-lit. Nothing spells doom and gloom like a dark, depressing walk from the drive to the front door.

love with your house over the holidays but the price point and the monthly mortgage payment are just a little too high, there are ways to bring it into their reach. Sometimes by using unique loans with a rate buy-down, a skilled mortgage advisor and REALTOR® team may be able to close the gap.

“A listing agent can team up with a local lender and include figures for the current buy-down rates in the MLS alongside the listing. This can help buy ers realize the home may not be out of their price range and they really can afford to give themselves the gift of a home this year.”

Pay Attention to the Details

Even over the holidays, when listing a home, it needs to be in the best shape possible and listed at an attractive price to the buyer.

Winter brings on special challenges as the home may look stark without blooming flowers, bushes, and trees. Greenery and holiday lights can perk up spent landscaping.

If you do have an attractive high-qual ity photograph of the home in the spring or summer with more lush landscaping, include that online or in a packet at the house for in-person buyers.

Decorations can catch the eye and emotion, but they don’t overcome any deficits the home has. Start at the curb. With potentially bare shrubs and trees, any peeling paint or damage to the ex terior may be more evident than at any

Same with the rest of the house. Let the buyers experience every room in its best light, even at night.

Sticker Shock

This holiday season buyers are deal ing with both higher prices and higher interest rates than they are accustomed to seeing. It can be tempting for a buyer to take a wait-and-see attitude. A seller needs to be sensitive to that reality and list her home at the right price.

That doesn’t mean slashing the price. It means working with an agent to price it right based on comparable sales.

But the listing price is only one part of the equation.

“Many buyers purchasing with loans, have been forced to look at a lower price point or have paused their search en tirely,” says Eberly. “If a buyer falls in

Sellers need not fear that listing a home over the holidays means all of the hassles of a holiday move. There will likely be at least thirty days between going under contract and closing. So it may be that closing will fall after the first of January anyway. “If not,” says Mancini, “a seller can always negotiate the closing date and can add in rent backs, if necessary.

“A good agent will be able to structure the deal in your best interest.

“I had a closing on December 23 and it ended up being a great Christmas for both the buyer and the seller. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief that the process was over, the uncertainty was behind them, and they could all truly enjoy the holidays secure in the future they had just created.

“What better way is there to celebrate the holiday season?”

Homes are all dressed up for the holidays and tend to put on their best airs. The pre-holiday cleaning can do double duty as the pre-showing cleaning. Owners trade out daily clutter for decorations. And with a home staging in mind, the decorations can send a “make this your home for the holidays” message to potential buyers.

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Living in Charlottesville, VA for 20+ years I have been able to see and appreciate all it has and continues to offer with all of the new developments. Charlottesville has been a place about building friendships, community, and having fun!

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Impeccable country property with an attractive, well designed and self-sustaining 5,525 fin. sf residence on 38± acres with 3-car garage, barn and Blue Ridge Mountain views. A peaceful oasis easily accessible to Charlottesville and Washington DC. MLS#634846 $1,550,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

HATTON RIDGE FARM

A most tranquil and private 278+ acres with approximately two-thirds mile of James River frontage. The centerpiece of Hatton Ridge Farm is an impressive brick Georgian home, built c. 2000. The residence is constructed with expert craftsmanship, and many significant architectural details. It is in like-new condition - a testament to the architects, Stoneking/VonStorch. A spectacular offering: pastures and hay fields, surrounded by deep hardwood forest, along with fertile James River bottomland for gardens. MLS#634311 $3,675,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

A private 18 acre horse farm, with 4-bedroom main residence, 1-bedroom cottage, beautiful 8-stall center aisle barn, outdoor riding ring, and several fenced pastures and hay fields. With access onto 570 plus acres of parkland with trails. MLS#632164 $1,295,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

RAGGED MOUNTAIN FARM

Two wonderful estate parcels comprised of 185.01± acres in coveted Ragged Mountain Farm. Excellent elevated building site, complete privacy, and beautiful views. Murray/Henley/Western school district. MLS#621083 $1,895,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

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MLS#631962 $8,875,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

ROUND HILL

Panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and sce nic Rivanna Reservoir frontage is offered from this 120acre Albemarle County estate featuring a 5-bedroom manor home. Excellent location, close to the city limits and Charlottesville-Albemarle airport! MLS#625402 $5,450,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

WOLFCREEK FARM

Situated near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Madison County on 333 acres. Currently runs as a grazing farm for beef cattle. There are 2 homes on the property and a complement of necessary farm buildings. NOT IN CONSERVATION EASEMENT! MLS#630435 $3,200,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

GATEWAY CIRCLE

Prime end-unit residence in a quiet Forest Lakes community. The main level has eat-in kitchen, great room with dining and living room with cathedral ceiling and fireplace, half bath and primary bedroom with bathroom and laundry. Upstairs are two bedrooms, full bathroom, walk-in storage and flexible loft area. Enjoy the outdoors through views from the many windows, miles of walking trails or recreational activities. Private living with easy access to Charlottesville. MLS#635657 $299,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

OWENSVILLE ROAD

5-bedroom residence on 2 acre lot in Meriwether Lewis Elementary District! Stunning home has top quality finishes and many features include: open floor concept on all levels; fully loaded chef’s kitchen; and so much more! MLS#632111 $1,675,000 Will Faulconer, 434.987.9455

EDNAM FOREST

Delightful, well-maintained, 2-story, 2,950+ sf home offers 3-bedrooms and 2-baths situated on two lots containing 3.60 acres (divisible). Totally private environment of mature plantings with lovely mountain views. MLS#636669 $1,745,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

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PEA RIDGE FARM acre estate that has it all: location, views, water, a spectacular 5-BR residence, event center and more! 15+ acre lake is centered among lush rolling fields of rich grass and unparalleled views. Additional acreage avail able. 25 minutes west of Charlottesville. EVERGREEN HILL BLACKBERRY HILL FARM
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SOUTHERN ALBEMARLE

87+ acre pine forest property is a good investment tract, or use as a hunting and recreational tract, or with multiple division rights, a place to build a home or more than one home. Potential mountain views, and private settings. MLS#629213 $499,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076

820 CONDO

Well-designed corner condo consisting of an excep tionally bright great room with high ceilings, fullyequipped kitchen, ample space for both relaxed living and dining, 1-BR/1-BA, and inviting private balcony/ terrace. Views of the Downtown skyline and mountains. MLS#634496 $285,000 C. Dammann, 434.981.1250

SOUTHWIND ESTATES

3 separate parcels with commanding Blue Ridge Mtn. views, level building sites 15 minutes from Charlottes ville. Sites have been perked, have wells, and ready for your dream home. MLS#632482 $375,000 (7.8 acres), MLS#632490 $275,000 (2.4 acres), MLS#632487 $175,000 (2.0 acres), Court Nexsen, 646.660.0700

SIMMONS GAP/ESTES RIDGE

10 acres of mature woods. Property has long road frontage and consists of two parcels being combined and sold as one. No HOA! Design and build your dream residence on this very well-priced parcel.

MLS#621178 $189,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

GREENTREES

94+ acres 20 minutes from Charlottesville. Originally part of a 188-acre tract, two parcels may be purchased separately or together, with 2 developmental rights each. Mostly maturing pine and very long public road frontage.

MLS#635861 $700,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124

BRIDLEWOOD TRAIL

Private Keswick residence on 18.6 acres with views of the Southwest Mountains. 3-bedrooms, 1.5-baths with wood floors, screen porch and 2-car garage. Open and wooded land. Easy access to Charlottesville and UVA. MLS#634905 $695,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250

MISSION

146.88 ac. in Albemarle & Greene County. Privacy & protection adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park! Full division rights & multiple home sites. Extraordinary timberland. Views of the mountains, along with easy access to trails & Skyline Drive. MLS#620276 $1,100,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

MEADOW FARM

436+ acre parcel of land in Southern Albemarle! 4 division rights; complete privacy; lush, gently rolling terrain; long road frontage; stream; 3-acre lake; 125135 acres of open land; mature hardwood forests. Under conservation easement. Owner/agent. MLS#634139 $2,985,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

GARTH ROAD

11.73-acre, buildable lot in Western Albemarle! One of a kind location and a rare opportunity to purchase a large lot in an estate neighborhood 10 minutes to town. 2 division rights and is gently rolling with a small stream bisecting the property. MLS#628219 $795,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

EDNAM FOREST

Wonderfully large 1.5+ acre building lot in Ednam Forest. Build your dream home on this elevated, wooded lot located in a single family community, minutes from UVA and within walking distance to Boar’s Head Resort. MLS#598537 $289,500 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

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Ivy area! A 249 + acre hidden, private Arcadia controlling its own little valley up to the mountain ridge top building sites. Multiple parcels and subdivision rights make it a conservation easement candidate. MLS#634183 $4,000,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124 or Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

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CREEK FARM

Wonderful gently rolling parcel of land with just under 26 acres, 18 miles south of Charlottesville. The land is wooded (mostly hardwoods) with an elevated building site, stream/creek, total privacy, and long road frontage. MLS#619394 $229,500 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863

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