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Dear Friends,

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Spring break is just around the corner, and I am looking forward to some quiet time. The kids have contributed a list of ideas … visit Greek temples (in


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Greece!) was suggested by our aspiring archeologist, though he did concede the


Science Museum in Richmond could be okay, too. More practically, his never-

full-always-growing brother requested eating at Subway. Pretty sure that dream


I can make come true! Sister expressed a preference for staying at home since she has recently spent many weekends away on college auditions. I’m hoping we go to Abingdon and explore the Virginia Creeper Trail, a rails-to-trails bike

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course that is convenient for visiting Virginia Tech. My ulterior motive beyond

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some outdoor exercise is to see our oldest, of course, who we miss on holidays

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like these. While we are down that direction, we could also visit the Roanoke

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Center for the Arts, Lynchburg’s Amazement Square (and their farmer’s market and art museum, too) and, perhaps en route, we may drive through the Virginia Safari Park for an African Adventure. Whatever daytrips and experiences we settle on for Spring Break, we’re


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sure to have some board games and dice handy for the down time. Learnt at a slumber party, dear daughter has set off a raging trend of playing “30” at our house right now. Anytime there is a hand free at the table—sometimes even during dinner to my exasperation—dice are being rolled! I can’t really complain though; games are good for them. Lots of research supports how learning to take turns, lose, win, strategize, plan ahead and focus is great for developing brains. And, there is no scientist required to see that playing and laughing together over Pictionary or Clue is just about the best thing ever.

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March/April 2020

Contents TABLE OF



News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8  Have you ever caught yourself repeating something your parents said to you?

Snapshot 10

Cathy Bollinger, Music Therapist, Songwriter & Performer



New Mom 26 Exercise with Baby

Pet Contest Winners & Pet Treat Recipes

Healthy Family 28 Sore Throat, Strep or Tonsillitis?

Pajamas, Giggles 44 Creating the Perfect Party

Tips & Trends 30 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Outdoor Adventures 50 Family Staycation Ideas for an Awesome Spring Break

Our Schools 12 Connecting Communities

Mud Hikes & Morning Memories of Camp

Out & About Calendar 14

Precious Pets 40

Editor’s Pick

March & April Festivals & Family Events

As we head into a new season, you won’t want to miss all of the fun and seasonal content in this issue, from spring break daytrip ideas (pg 50), pet contest winners (pg 40), our annual camp guide (pg 57), birthday party inspiration (pg 44) and more.

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Local Pet Guide 43

Caring for Your Precious Pets

2020 Party Planner 48 Plan the Perfect Party 21st Annual Camp Guide 57 Resources for Residential Camps, Day Camps & Summer Programs

HOME & GARDEN Food, Family & Home 32 Setting an Easter Brunch Table

87th Annual Historic Garden Week 38 Celebrate Spring in Virginia


UNTIL NEXT TIME Saved from the TV Abyss 71  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

So Love This! “I am excited to see the winners of the 2020 Pet Contest (pg 40), and I can’t wait to try out the homemade dog treats for my two puppies!” — Kate, editorial intern



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Throughout Virginia April 18–25

Another Successful Junior Theater Festival

A group of DMR Adventures’ students competed in the annual Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta and left with several awards for both their acting and performance. The students also had the opportunity to perform in front of actors who have starred in Broadway productions of “Hamilton” and “Frozen,” as well as meet students and professionals from all over. The artistic director of DMR Adventures, Melissa Charles, says the awards not only mark the progress in the group’s performance but also serve as an acknowledgement of the great commitment of the students. The theater group plans to return to the Junior Theater Festival again next year.


Who’s the winner of Bumble’s Picture-Perfect Pet Photo Contest? Turn to page 40 to find out!

March/April 2020

Student-Run Thrift Shop Charlottesville High School (CHS) students have started a “Swap not Shop” thrift shop in one of the school’s main hallways. Senior Elana West-Smith helped put the thrift shop together, driven by her love of thrifting and what she saw as a need for her peers. The hallway thrift shop allows students and faculty to leave an article of clothing behind and take another. This “Swap not Shop” mentality gives students the opportunity to find items they want and perhaps need without a price tag standing in the way. This project also provides a resource for students who are in need of specific items for the changing weather throughout the year. Since the inception of CHS’s thrift shop, three high schools in the Virginia Beach area have set up similar programs.

Students Head to Regional Spelling Bee

4th Graders Help Australian Koalas As the Australian bush fires raged, a fourth-grade class at Clark Elementary took action and began sewing artificial pouches for the kangaroos rescued in the fires. Each year, the school participates in a community outreach project through the library, and this year, they decided to move beyond the Charlottesville area and send help to the animals in need Down Under. The pouches provide young, rescued animals a much-needed safe place to grow and recover from damage caused by the fires. Under supervision of Librarian Mary Craig, students measured, cut and sewed the pouches themselves. The class sent 16 pouches for the wildlife relief efforts in Australia.

In February, 21 elementary and middle school students from 15 schools throughout the area competed in the division-wide Spelling Bee. Layla Bouber from Henley Middle School cinched the win, marking her third consecutive victory in the division-wide Spelling Bee. In addition to Bouber, Ingrid Flaherty from Burley Middle School, Maximilian Alhusen from Brownsville Elementary School, Sophia Aylor from Woodbrook Elementary School, Louis DeFranzo from Agnor-Hurt Elementary and Hayden Castle from Meriwether Lewis Elementary School will head to the Regional Bee, which will be held on March 7 at Albemarle High School. Over 20 different divisions and private schools throughout Central Virginia will compete in the Regional Bee, with the winner qualifying for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Prior to the divisional Bee, over 1,000 students in grades 3–8 competed in their individual school Spelling Bees in November.


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Have you ever caught yourself repeating something your parents said to you? 100% say “yes”

“Yes! Every day! At first, I was shocked. Now, I just roll with it. Guess they knew what they were talking about after all! Ha, ha!” – Mom in Afton

“Money doesn’t grow on trees!” “Because I said so, that’s why!” “Where are your manners? Were you raised in a barn?” – Susan, Mother of a know-it-all 15-year-old boy

“I often say things my mom said to me that I swore I’d never say to my own kids. One of them is ‘Life isn’t fair’ when my kids complain about something being unfair. I really hated when my mom would say that to me, but hey, it’s true!” – Whitney, Charlottesville Mom of two boys & two girls

“It took saying both of these phrases a few times to realize that they had been engrained in me by my own parents—‘Wait your turn’ and ‘You know better.’ The cliché thing is that I still internally remind myself with them every now and then.” – Aunt of five

“Quitters never win and winners never quit. Share your courage not your fear. You fail at everything you don’t try. I had WW2 generation parents…they were the greatest generation for a reason.” – Julie M. of Charlottesville

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Charlottesville City Council approved plans for a new parking structure downtown that will stretch from 7th to 9th Street, at the corner of E. Market Street and 9th Street NE. The Hip Joint on the Downtown Mall recently changed its name to My Dance Shoppe of Cville. After operating Crozet Park’s recreational facilities for the last 9 years, Piedmont Family YMCA will release its lease and ACAC will take over as the park’s new operator beginning April 1. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello announced new family-friendly general admission pricing. Children under 12 are now free, kids 12–18 are $10, and adults are $29 when purchased online.

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Cathy Bollinger Music Therapist, Songwriter & Performer

Since graduating with a master’s in music therapy from Drexel University (formerly Hahnemann University), Cathy Bollinger has gone on to impact countless lives. For the past 30 years, Bollinger has worked with both children and adults with an array of disabilities, from developmental to neurological. Alongside such a selfless career, she has produced 11 children’s CDs that have been nationally recognized and performed in many music workshops and at school assemblies all across the country. Through her music, she strives to incorporate educational topics, such as speech development, early reading skills, healthy habits and social skills. What are the most challenging and rewarding parts of your job? Watching children struggle to master a skill that is difficult for them can be challenging. I have admiration for how hard many kids work to find success in life. I think what is most rewarding to me is watching, and feeling, how much joy music brings to the folks I work with. What is one of your earliest memories with music? I think my earliest memory was hearing my mom singing next to me at church and thinking how lovely her voice was to hear. Later, when I was around 11 years old and at camp, I heard someone playing the folk song “Today” on the guitar. I fell hard for the guitar that day, and to this day, it is still a passion of mine. What jump-started the direction of your current career? When I was in high school, I took a career assessment that selected music therapy for me. I had never heard of music therapy and was intrigued. What really inspired me to move forward in this field,


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though, was meeting Zane Apprey. Zane was a local music therapist and was passionate about music therapy. She told me if I ever had a question about it that I could call her collect, any time, day or night. She ended up being one of my most influential mentors. What inspires your song writing? My adult and childrens’ songs come from very different places. My adult songs usually surface through internal conflict or struggle. Whereas, the songs I write for kids come from a more goal-directed place. Because I write educational songs, I have specific ideas and language that need to be included in the song. I love the challenge of taking a specific goal and making it musical, addressing the ideas while keeping the song’s musical integrity intact. What helps you keep on top of life and work obligations? I’m lucky that I have the opportunity to work with such positive and inspiring people! I also think meditation, even if it’s just for 10 minutes, starts me off on the right foot. Because my work week is so full, I try to not make any plans on Sunday so I can wake up and decide which way to go. What is one thing that your parents instilled in you that plays an important role in your work and/or life? Take good care of what you have: whether it’s a home, a pet, a job or a relationship. And, something my dad said that I’ve always loved is, “It’s what you do with what you’ve got that makes you what you are.”

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Connecting Communities One of our community’s most urgent quality of life issues today is affordable housing. Albemarle County is a wonderful place with so many breathtaking resources, but for many families, being able to afford to live here is a challenge. Solving this dilemma requires some of the best minds in the county. That’s why I turned to my eighth graders at Jack Jouett Middle School. Having grown up in a household where urban and community planning discussions were second nature (my dad was an architect), it was fitting to design a class project focused on community planning. Beginning last fall, 32 of my Jouett Exploratory students began to deeply think about how to increase the county’s supply of affordable, environmentally attractive, energy efficient and community friendly neighborhoods. They talked with experts in local government and industry, conducted online research and bounced far-reaching ideas off of one another for weeks. Peer editing, we called it. I posed an operative question to jump-start my students—“What does an affordable neighborhood look like? Who lives there and what amenities do they have access to?” Focusing on the area now occupied by Fashion Square Mall, they landed

on several interesting solutions. Their plans included a mix of housing types offering a wide variety of style and price choices. They suggested rooftop gardens to decrease carbon dioxide, street lights powered by solar, a Japanese rotating parking garage, an outdoor park that became a drive-in movie theater at night, and blank walls and building surfaces covered in murals produced by students. Next was to recapture the appeal of Albemarle’s beautiful open spaces with grass, trees, native Virginia plants and lots of walking trails. Last month, they were invited to present at a meeting of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. They had an answer to every question that came from the Supervisors. Hopefully, some of the student suggestions will prove beneficial to future quality of life decisions for our county. We’ve now moved on to our next project: working with Wildrock, the local non-profit that provides educational, recreational and therapeutic programs to connect our community with nature. Students now are to design learning opportunities that utilize animal habitats on school grounds. Their goal is to influence future middle school curriculums to more closely connect students with the world around us. All in a school day’s work for a 14-year-old.

Augusta is in her first year as an Exploratory Teacher at Jack Jouett Middle School.


March/April 2020


4th Annual Play for Preemies

Since 2017, the Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) girls’ basketball program has worked to raise awareness for premature births. On Saturday, January 5, WAHS girls’ basketball hosted its fourth annual Play for Preemies Showcase to help raise both awareness and funds for preemie babies. Twelve girls’ basketball teams from around the state participated this year, and funds from the tournament went to the newborn intensive care units at UVA Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville and Carilion Children’s Hospital in Roanoke. The tournament was inspired by Western Albemarle’s own coach’s experience with premature birth, as all three of his children were born prematurely. After spending over 20 weeks in NICUs with their children, Coach Kris Wright and his wife decided to create the tournament to raise money for the two hospitals. Coach Wright says that the tournament is an easy way to get young people involved, allowing players to have fun while supporting an important cause. The tournament has doubled in size in its four years, and some officiating crews now work the tournament for free as a contribution to the fundraiser. Since the first year, Play for Preemies has raised over $18,000 for the two hospitals. To donate to the March of Dimes, visit

WAHS Duo to Travel to Hawaii Chosen from over 129 applications, Western Albemarle High School student Victoria Peng and her social studies teacher, Elizabeth Mulcahy, will participate in a research program organized by National History Day. Beginning in January, the pair began conducting research to select a “Silent Hero,” a soldier killed during WWII who is now either buried or memorialized in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. As one of 16 student-teacher pairs, the duo will travel to Oahu, Hawaii, in June to present their Silent Hero profile. This year marks 75 years since the end of WWII in the Pacific.


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Ishan Gala’s Easter Egg Hunt

April 5, 12–4pm at Castle Hill Cider Enjoy crafts, food, music, prizes and both kid and adult egg hunts. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ishan Gala Foundation. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-234-4644,

Little Legs, Hidden Eggs

April 5, 2–4pm at ACAC Adventure Central Toddlers through 5th graders are invited to this annual kid-friendly egg hunt and race. There will also be a Spring Festival in the Arena with crafting and activities for the whole family. 434-978-7529,

Dog Gone Good Easter Egg Hunt

April 11, 10am–1pm at Chris Greene Lake Park This family event features vendors, nonprofits, demos, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more. Dog-friendly dogs welcome.

Dogwood Eggstravaganza


April 11, 12:30pm at Fairview Swim & Tennis Club Events include Easter egg hunt and an Easter Bonnet parade and contest. Activities include bounce houses, balloon art, petting zoo and ponies, a photo booth, firetruck and childrens’ finger printing.


Check out our online calendar for more local family events and fun!

Easter Winemaker’s Brunch

April 12, 12:30pm at Veritas Vineyard & Winery Celebrate spring and Easter at the winery. This family-friendly event includes a wine-paired lunch followed by activities for the kids on the lawn. This year’s theme is Kite Day. 540-456-8000,

FESTIVALS & FAIRS Green Valley Book Fair

Now–April 9, 10am–5pm Monday–Thursday; 10am–6pm Friday & Saturday; 12–5pm Sunday at Green Valley Book Fair, Mount Crawford A huge selection of childrens’ books at 6090 percent off retail prices in more than 60 categories. 800-385-0099,

Snow Moon Fest

March 6–8 at Massanutten Resort The annual event features an arctic plunge, 4K race/walk, live music, tap takeovers, fireworks, torchlight parade, specials/discounts and more. 540-289-4952,

Bubbles, Brews & BBQ

March 7, 1–5pm at Boar’s Head Resort This family-friendly event features The Bush League and the Eli Cook Band, slow-cooked bbq from the Boar’s Head smoker and more. 434-296-2181,

26th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book

March 18–22 at Various Venues The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy and literature. Programs include traditional author readings, book signings, a StoryFest day of childrens’ authors and more. 434-924-6890,

National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20–April 12 at Washington, D.C Celebrates spring in the nation’s capital, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the U.S. and Japan. Take a tour, stroll along the mall, ride a Tidal Basin paddle boat and see the parade on April 4.

Step Up for Down Syndrome

March 22, 1–4pm at Blue Toad Cidery A Family Fun Day to come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. There will be food, music, a silent auction and cider. 804-447-4713,

71st Annual Dogwood Festival

March 26–May 2 at Various Locations The festival features a carnival, parade, concert, fireworks and more. 434-961-9824,

Apple Blossom Festival

March 28, 1–4pm at Albemarle CiderWorks The Pollocks provide the tunes and Clover Top Creamery provides goats for cuddling. Local craft and food vendors will also be on-hand. 434-297-2326,

All-City Choral Festival

April 1, 7–8pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center Charlottesville City Schools perform. 434-245-2971,

VPM Presents: Let’s Go Luna!

March 21, 9–10:30am at The Paramount Theater. See page 16.


March/April 2020



A Million Blooms

April 1–June 1, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A parade of blooms unfurls as the weather warms. Events include Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest, M&T Bank Butterflies Live and activities in the Children’s Garden. 804-262-9887, YOU CAN HELP!

Spring Tom Tom Founders Festival

April 13–19 at Various Locations in Charlottesville Talks, workshops, panels, installations, concerts and parties that will cover music, art, design, business, science and technology disciplines.

Earth Day Staunton

April 18, 10am–2pm at Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand This year’s theme is 9-1-1: Climate Emergency. Enjoy kid-oriented activities, meet wildlife, see a beehive and a live native fish tank, look through a solar telescope, learn how to compost, take home some native plants and trees, and more.

South River Fly Fishing Expo

April 18–19, 9am–5pm in Waynesboro Held on the banks of the South River near Downtown Waynesboro, the expo welcomes fly anglers for an exciting event. 540-649-1915,

Annual Heritage Day Festival

April 25, 10am–4pm at Louisa County Historical Society This event offers historical demonstrations like hearth-cooking, spinning and blacksmithing, childrens’ activities, animals, craft and food vendors, music and more. 540-967-5975,

Hope Grows Celebration YOU CAN HELP!

April 26, 4–6pm at King Family Vineyards A family-friendly event featuring food, drinks, live music and activities. Have fun and learn about Camp Holiday Trails. 434-977-3781,

MARKETS & BAZAARS Key’s Corner Indoor Market

Now–March 21, Saturdays, 8–11:30am at Key Recreation Center 434-970-3371,

Winter Farmers Market

Now–March 21, Saturdays, 9am–1pm at IX Art Park 434-207-2355,


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March 13–21, 10am–6pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church This semi-annual kids’ consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and outreach efforts. 434-973-5806,

Spring Artisan Market

March 29, 12–4pm at Mount Ida Reserve Over 20 local artisans offer a range of products, including handbags, jewelry, wood work, metal work, soaps, candles, coffee, fresh florals and more. 434-286-4282,

The Bizarre Bazaar

April 3-5 at Richmond Raceway Complex Enjoy a unique marketplace featuring hundreds of exclusive exhibitors selected from the best craft and gift shows in America. 804-673-7015,

City Market

April 4–September 26, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at 100 Water St E. 434-970-3371,

Tom Tom Block Party

April 17–19, 5–11pm at Market Street Park Over 60 craft vendors participate in this openair market and showcase for local and regional creativity, ranging from upcycled furniture, artisanal food goods to handmade toys, crafts, and original works of fine art.




Charlottesville Ballet: Snow White

March 14, 11am & 4pm at The Paramount Theater See an elegant new production of Snow White, the enchanting Russian ballet based on the classic Grimm’s fairytale. After the show, enjoy an exclusive childrens’ event onstage. 434-979-1333,

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March 20-28, Various Times at DMR Adventures Enjoy the culmination of the spring Kids Broadway Adventure program. 434-227-4710,

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VPM Presents: Let’s Go Luna!

March 21, 9–10:30am at The Paramount Theater A 25-minute screening of the PBS Kids’ TV Show, “Let’s Go Luna!”with two special appearances from Luna, photo opportunities, a free book and other giveaways. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 804-320-1301,

Family Movie at the Library: Abominable

March 21, 2–4pm at Northside Library Bring a blanket and pillows and join for a family-friendly movie. A snack and juice box provided. No registration required, but space is limited. 434-973-7893,


The Royal Ballet in HD

March 26, 6pm at The Paramount Theater This production of “The Sleeping Beauty” has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. 434-979-1333,

Hot Wheels Monster Truck Live

April 4 & 5, 12:30pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena Fans of all ages can enjoy the thrill of watching the Hot Wheels monster truck toys come to life in a kid-focused, immersive experience. 434-243-4960,

Shrek Interactive Movie Party

April 6, 1–3pm at Central Library Embrace your inner ogre and be a part of the show. An interactive movie experience where you can yell at the screen and throw things during the movie, all while following the script. Grades 6–12. 434-979-7151,

Paramount Presents: Llama Llama – Live

April 24, 6pm at The Paramount Theater Bedtime has never been so exciting. This new musical based on the bestselling books by Anna Dewdney will warm every Llama and Llama Mama’s heart. 434-979-1922,

Paramount at the Movies Presents: The Neverending Story [PG]

April 26, 2pm at The Paramount Theater An imaginative young boy discovers an extraordinary storybook and is drawn into a world of fantastic beings that only he can save. 434-979-1922,

Excerpts of “The Doll Shop” Ballet

April 27, 5–6pm at Crozet Library Enjoy excerpts from “The Doll Shop,” danced by students of Albemarle Ballet Theatre in costumes, giving audience members a chance to learn steps, too. 434-823-4050,

HISTORY ACTIVITIES Created Equal: Portraits of Civil Rights Heroes

Now–March 31 at Monticello, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth is a series of more than 250 portraits and narratives highlighting citizens who address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. 434-984-9800,

A Place Fit for Women

Now–April 18 at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Exhibit featuring 14 paintings of African American women and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. 434-260-8720,

James Madison’s Birthday Celebration

March 16, 1:30pm at Montpelier Commemorate the 269th birthday of James Madison, featuring the U.S. Marine Corps’ Honor Guard, Color Guard and Firing detail, during this annual wreath-laying ceremony. 540-672-2728,

Founder’s Day and Jefferson’s Birthday Celebration

April 14, 9:45–11am at Monticello, West Lawn Celebrate the 277th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth with a ceremony featuring a keynote address by the 2020 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. 434-984-9800,

Girl Scout Day at Highland

April 25, 10am–12pm at James Monroe’s Highland Experience arts & crafts outdoors with a historic dance workshop, painting, nature photography and more. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the event. 434-293-8000,


{our town calendar} STORYTIMES & LEARNING FUN Fun for the Young @ The Fralin

Now–March 18, Wednesdays, 10–11am at UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art Start with a book, and then go look. Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore an artwork through observation, movement, play and simple hands-on projects. 434-243-2050,

Spark elementary school-aged girls interest in STEM by providing a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment to learn new skills and help them connect to other programs in the community.

JMRL Annual Book Swap

Zap!: Graphic Novel Discussion

Woolly’s Birthday Celebration

March 14 & April 18, 2–3pm at Central Library Caregivers and kids devour a graphic novel together, then enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. Free books will be provided. 434-979-7151,

Paws to Read

Babies in Artland

March 10, 10–10:45am at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA Specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions, Babies in Artland invites conversation about works of art, with baby coos and cries. 434-243-2050,

Cuentos y Canciones Bilingual Storytime

March 11 & April 8, 10:30–11am at Central Library A special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. 434-979-7151,

Girls’ Geek Days

March 14, 9am–12pm at Stone Robinson Elementary School

Tweens Cook: Rainbow Buddha Bowls

Bus Lines Community Poetry Reading

Adventures in the Middle: Fiction for Middle-Grade Readers

March 18, 6–7pm at Downtown Transit Center Bus Lines puts poetry on the move by posting them on city buses. The winning poets will share their work with the public in this familyfriendly reading. 434-924-3296,

African Dance, Drum and Story Time

March 18, 6–7:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Lillie Williams, with drummer Darrel Rose, will tell stories that include dancing, drumming, singing, and lots of audience participation. 434-924-3296,

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March 21, 11am–4pm at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton Celebrate Woolly’s birthday, and the first day of Spring, in the gardens. Do a Woolly craft, work through a scavenger hunt, and meet some real sheep. 540-885-0897,

March 14 & April 18, 3–4pm at Crozet Library Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Abby, a registered therapy animal with Therapy Dogs International. 434-823-4050,



March 21, 10am–12pm at Central Library Swap gently used books for something new to you. It’s free, fun, and for all ages. 434-979-7151,

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March 21, 11:30am–1pm at Crozet Library Develop cooking skills as you make bowls brimming with nutritious food. Grades 5–8. 434-823-4050,

March 21, 12–1:30pm at The Village School Lamar Giles, Jo Watson Hackl and Frank Morelli discuss their fantastical, adventure-filled novels for middle-grade readers. 434-924-3296,

Family Art JAMs: Pattern & Place

March 21, 1–3pm ages 5–7 & 3–5pm ages 8–12 at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA Program combines age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities that make the Museum’s exhibitions accessible to kids. 434-243-2050,

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Storytime Marathon

March 21, 2–3pm at Central Library A selection of beloved childrens’ authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities. 434-979-7151,

Graphic Novels for All Ages

March 21, 2–3:30pm at PVCC, V. Earl Dickinson Building Laura Lee Gulledge, Debbie Levy and Wendy Xu discuss their multi-genre graphic novels for young readers and adults, and how they approach telling personal and fantastical stories. 434-924-3296,


FESTIVAL OF CULTURES May 9, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Washington Park

Paint & Cocoa

March 23, 6:30–8pm at Northside Library Join in a fun night of painting, complete with a cocoa toppings bar. The subject of the evening will be a moon framed by cherry blossoms. Ages 11–18. 434-973-7893,

Toddlers in Artland

March 24 & April 28, 10–10:45am at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA A program for toddlers 12–24 months and their adult companions. Pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum. 434-243-2050,

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Organized by the Thomas Jefferson Adult & Career (TJACE) Program at Piedmont Virginia Community College

Discovery Workshop: Clay Play

March 27, 4:15–5:15pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Sculpt and squish in this literal mash-up of art and science. Experiment with polymer clay, electric playdough and modeling clay. Ages 4+. 434-977-1025,

Earth Day the Australian Way

April 10, 2:30–3:30pm at Crozet Library Join Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art for a fun exploration of how Australian Aboriginal artists express their relationship with earth in their work. Make your own painting, too. Ages 6–10. 434-823-4050,


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April 15, 4–5pm at Central Library Conjure up a specially decorated koi kite to help you catch the breeze this spring. Best for ages 4+. 434-979-7151,

Picturebook Potpourri: Plant a Seed

April 21, 3:30–4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Celebrate Earth Day by reading about the magical world of plants. Explore soil and seeds with a hands-on planting experiment to begin your own garden. Designed for ages 5–7. 434-296-5544,

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April 30, 3:30–5pm at Central Library Celebrate the season by making something springy with LEGO blocks and vote for your favorite flower. Enjoy a tasty treat. Ages 5+. No younger siblings, please. 434-979-7151,


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The Kohl’s Hoo’s Fit Program is a UVA® Children’s Fitness Clinic initiative whose mission is to promote healthy eating and active living among area children. It includes innovative nutrition education and fitness programs provided in schools and community centers.

Kohl’s Hoo’s Fit • UVA® Children’s Fitness Clinic® 434.982.1607 • Join the 7th Year of Family Fun Strider Course, Decoration Station and Bike Handling Skill Courses for riders of all ages. Information from local city and nonprofit organizations on-site. Sunday, May 3, 2020 10am - 1pm Blue Wheel at IX Ctr. 434-977-1870

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Riverfest • April 25

Waynesboro, VA • Downtown, Constitution Park • 10am-4:30pm Canoe Rides • Reptile World Show • Face Painting • Stream Safari Fish n’ Fun Rodeo • Wildlife Center of Virginia • South River Duck Race More Presentations, as well as Food, Games, & Exhibits • FREE ADMISSION!


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Roller Skating

Now–May, Saturdays, 6–9pm at Greenwood Community Center Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. 434-296-5844,

UVA School of Medicine 5K Benefiting Camp Holiday Trails

Consignment Sale

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Now–April 28, Tuesdays, 4–4:45pm at Charlottesville Skate Park The Learn-to-Skate class is specifically tailored for those with no prior skateboarding experience. These brand-new skaters will focus on the foundational skills of skateboarding. 434-981-0716,

March 12, 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring larger than life entertainers, will perform their all-new show. Every show features a blend of hilarious hijinks and incredible basketball skills like ball handling, high flying dunks and a new record-breaking attempt. 434-243-4960,

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March 21, 9:30am at Newcomb Plaza, UVA Grounds Since 1983, UVA medical students have helped raise nearly $100,000 for Camp Holiday Trails by hosting this annual event. Join in a morning walk/run, and help support. 434-977-3781,

Family Fun Day


March 21, 1–12pm at Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue, Afton Meet the horses and donkeys of Hope’s Legacy. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. No charge to attend, but donations greatly appreciated. 434-531-5688,

2020 Charlottesville Ten Miler


CAN March 28, 7:15am at Massie Road HELP! (Near John Paul Jones Arena) The area’s oldest footrace, this 10-mile run through Charlottesville raises money for local charities.

JDRF Community One Walk

March 28, 12:30pm at Monticello High School JDRF Community One Walk is led by passionate volunteers with one goal: to create a world YOU without type 1 diabetes. CAN CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! HELP! 434-465-5304,

Charlottesville Marathon/Half Marathon/ Marathon Relay/8K Road Race/Kids’ Mile April 4 at Downtown Charlottesville, Court Square One of the oldest and most prestigious races in Charlottesville because of its scenic beauty and historical background. A true community event. 434-218-0402,

BE BOLD 4 Miler

April 4, 9am at Bold Rock Cidery, Nellysford This out-and-back course is easy and flat with gorgeous views. It’s mostly pavement with some gravel. Walker and Fido-friendly; all-terrain strollers welcome. 434-361-1030,

7th Annual Bow-WOW-Walk


April 19, 10am–12pm at Trump Winery Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with 100 percent of proceeds donated. The race will take you through the 1,300-acre estate and 227 acres of vines. New this year is a Kid’s 400 Meter Fun Run. 434-977-3895,

Earth Day 5K and Family Fun Run

April 25, 8am at Rockfish River YOU Elementary School, Afton CAN HELP! Kick off the morning with a 5K race, followed by a Family Fun Run.


April 18, 8:30am at IX Art Park A K-9 2.5K to support the animals and life-saving programs of the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle SPCA. The walk will begin and end at IX Art Park, followed by a post-walk festival. 434-973-5959,

National Junior Ranger Park Day

3rd Annual Rose 5K

April 18, 9am–5pm at Shenandoah National Park Enjoy free park admission to celebrate the NPS and get kids of all ages connected to their national park. 540-999-3500,

Race for Financial Fitness

JDRF Community One Walk March 28, 12:30pm at Monticello High School. See page 20.


April 25, 8am at CFA Institute This race supports financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs that teach young people the skills they need for a strong financial future. 100 percent of proceeds benefit Junior Achievement of Central Virginia.

UVA Donor Dash 4 Mile Run/Walk & Transplant Trek 1 Mile Fun Walk


April 25, 9am at Panorama Farms Race proceeds benefit the UVA Transplant Center for the importance and awareness of organ donation.

OPEN HOUSES Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community Open House

March 21, 11am–1pm at Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community 540-671-9894,

Early Childhood Open House

March 21 & April 18, 10am–12pm at Charlottesville Waldorf School 434-973-4946,

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{our town calendar} FOR TEENS WTJU Community Voices Podcast Skills Class

Now–June, Second Saturdays, 10am–5pm at WTJU New monthly class for high school and college students that covers the fundamentals of audio storytelling. Students will learn about field and studio recording, how to edit audio, how to sound natural behind a mic and other related skills.

Stop-Motion Movie Workshop

National Junior Ranger Park Day

April 18, 9am–5pm at Shenandoah National Park. See page 21.

March 7, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Learn the basics of stop-motion animation using just a smartphone or tablet. Participants will complete a short video production and upload it to a private channel. Grades 8–12. 434-823-4050,

Pi(e) Day Jewelry Workshop

Tandem Friends Admissions Information Session

April 21, 9–10:30am at Tandem Friends School – Blue Room 434-296-1303,

March 14, 1–3pm at Central Library Miniatures artist Jessica Partain teaches the basic techniques to turn polymer clay into foodthemed charms for necklaces and earrings. In celebration of Pi day, bake up tiny pie jewelry. Ages 12+. 434-979-7151,

Tasty Travels: Global Cooking Club March 16 & April 20, 6:30–8pm

at Northside Library Make and devour tasty treats from around the globe. 434-973-7893,

Free Movie Friday: Jojo Rabbit

March 20, 7:30pm at Piedmont Virginia Community College Join the PVCC Student Art Club for a free screening of the 2019 “anti-hate” satirical dark comedy Jojo Rabbit [PG-13], shown on the big screen in the Main Stage Theatre. 434-961-5376,

Love and Other Tough Topics in YA Lit

March 21, 2–3:30pm at Village School Lamar Giles, NoNieqa Ramos and Brynne Rebele-Henry discuss their young adult novels for all ages, which tackle difficult topics, from sexuality and race to religion and family. 434-924-3296,

Teen Volunteer Drop-In

March 21, 2:30–4:30pm at Crozet Library Earn volunteer hours at the library. Help with various projects for the branch. Volunteers YOU CAN must be between the ages of 13–18. HELP! 434-823-4050,

Marvel Escape Room

March 27, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library The Avengers need your help defeating Thanos. Celebrate all things Marvel with a themed escape room and other activities. For grades 8–12. 434-823-4050,


The Paramount • Downtown Charlottesville

Saturday, March 21 • 9 - 10:30 a.m. Join us for this FREE community event in celebration of the Virginia Festival of the Book. • 25-minute LET’S GO LUNA! screening • Photo opportunities with Luna at 9 and 10 a.m. • One FREE book for every family Registration begins February 17 at Major support by:


March/April 2020

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High School Girls Engineering Day at UVA March 28 at UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences An afternoon of activities with the Society of Women Engineers at UVA. Designed to give high school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a professional panel, lab tours and an overnight stay.

you’ve taken. Participants will receive a twoyear certification. 434-465-8733,

children, loving well, achieving goals and what it means to be a strong, loving women today. 434-979-7151,

A Mother’s Rest Retreat for Couples

March 6–9 at The Mark Addy Inn, Nellysford Three nights of peace, sleep and friendship with other couples who already understand your challenges. Breakfast daily.

Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid

Financial Literacy for Teens

April 1, 6–7:30pm at Wells Fargo For parents of kids ages 13–18, join in for this parenting seminar that’s part of the Parenting Seminar Series provided by Region Ten and ReadyKids. Snacks provided.

March 7–8, 8:30am–6:45pm at Mountaintop Montessori Hands-on class to learn how to save life and limb in a disaster, rural or wilderness setting. Participants will receive a two-year certification. 434-326-4697,

UVA’s School of Engineering Open House

Respectful Parent Infant Basics

April 4 at UVA’s School of Engineering All members of the public are welcome to attend the Open House and learn how an engineering education can lead to a meaningful career. High school students are encouraged to register. 434-924-3072,

FOR PARENTS CPR/AED/Choking for Adult/Child/Infant Certification Course March 6 & May 1, 6:30–9:45pm at MEDIC No video, and far more intellectuallystimulating and hands-on than any course



YOU April 21, 12pm at Boar’s Head Pavilion CAN The Community Lunch increases awareness HELP! of the needs of children and families by bringing together over 200 guests from local government, school boards, leaders of other nonprofits, and workers from city and county agencies. 434-296-4118,

March 19, 4–5:30pm at Central Library Authors Lauren Casper, Kim McLarin and Katherine Wintsch offer perspectives and experiences on parenting young and grown




Find Yourself: Identity & Mental Health in YA Lit

Annual ReadyKids Community Lunch

Virginia Festival of the Book: Frank and Forthright: On Living, Loving & Parenting


March 20, 10–11:30am at Central Library Acclaimed children’s author Cece Bell and editor of the New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul, take a look at what makes a great book for young readers and how to encourage a lifelong love of reading. 434-979-7151,

March 21, 10–11:30am at The Village School Laura Lee Gulledge, Maria Padian and Morgan Parker discuss their young adult novels and graphic novel tackling questions of identity and mental health, for readers of all ages. 434-924-3296,

March 14, 9–11am at Our Neighborhood Child Development Center A class is for families who are beginning their journey into respectful parenting. Discuss the basics of attachment, brain development and the parent’s role in a respectful mode. 434-202-8639,


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Parenting with Neuroscience

April 22, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Neuroscientist and mom Erin Clabough, PhD, will discuss how parents can use neuroscience to help their children develop empathy, creativity and self-control. 434-823-4050,

Mark your calendars for Teacher Appreciation Week this year, from May 4–8!


DATE NIGHT BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Fun Fair& Camp Expo


March 8–9 at The Paramount Theater Two nights of the world’s best mountain sports and culture short films. Outdoor-themed prizes and information, and exhibits from sponsors and partners of the Shenandoah National Park Trust. 434-979-1333,

Chamomile & Whiskey

March 14, 8pm at the Jefferson Theater Chamomile & Whiskey make connections between people. They did it with their name, and they’re doing it with their new album, Sweet Afton. 434-245-4980,

Spring Oyster Festival

And thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

March 14–15, 12–5pm at Early Mountain Vineyards A weekend of Virginia wine, The Jacob Paul Allen Band and a seasonal menu with fresh oysters from the Eastern Shore. 540-948-9005,

Date Night Drop-Off: Green Gleam

March 20, 5:30–8:30pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Enjoy a Friday night to yourselves while kids enjoy a pizza dinner and plenty of playtime in the Museum. 434-977-1025,

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Exercise with Baby Tips and Exercises for Working Out with Baby

New Mom

Getting out of the house is essential for new moms. But, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. If you’re itching to get moving, try warming up at home with a mother-baby workout, using baby’s weight for strength resistance. First things first: safety. Before starting any exercise routine postpartum, do three checks. 1) Check with your doctor. All moms recovering from childbirth— especially those with Cesarean sections or other delivery complications—need to be healed and healthy. 2) Check with your pediatrician for safety tips, and to make sure baby’s ready for this fun at-home activity in terms of strength and age. 3) Check your expectations. The goals of exercising with your baby are to build fitness gradually and to bond with one another. Think: lift, interruption, laugh more than sweat, tone. Next, prepare a space. Line the floor with soft rugs or mats, get the air moving with a fan, turn on some fun music, and have key baby-supplies on hand, such as the diaper bag and a bouncy seat. A mirror can aid in maintaining by Whitney Woollerton Morrill both your form and eye contact with baby. Lastly, if your little one’s already mobile, make sure it’s safe for him to crawl around in case you want to do a solo push-up or two. Then, get started. There are three main types of mom-and-me resistance exercises: baby in a carrier, baby in your arms and baby in a stroller. Baby in a carrier. will get your heart rate up while you stand and wear your baby. Right and left leg lunges, wide stance squats, side crunches, shoulder presses with free weights, and side and back leg kicks with weights are among the exercises author Melanie Darnell demonstrates while wearing her son Milo in an Ergo. Workouts target the major muscle groups, and videos are refreshingly real with their many cuts for family interruptions and breathing breaks. Baby in your arms. Whether holding your baby facing you, facing out or in a cradling position, your infant will Check out and strengthen your core, arm and leg muscles. Check out the for more at-home “18 Minute Mommy and Me Full Workout” on BodybyAmy’s workout inspiration for you YouTube channel that begins with standing exercises with baby. The second portion of the video transitions to mat and your little one. exercises that will help build core muscles using a variety of modalities, including Pilates-inspired crunches, where baby leans against your bent legs for safety and eye-contact with you. Baby in a stroller. On a rainy or cold day, set up your stroller inside with your baby strapped in. Making sure there’s plenty of room, visit for a series of warm-ups, stretches, and strength-building exercises that use the stroller both for resistance and support. Hopscotch jumps, knee bends and lunges are among the exercises that will get your heart rate climbing. And, the rolling of the stroller will keep your baby engaged and buy you time for some extra reps. Whatever workout you choose, the beauty of exercising with your little one is that the workouts intrinsically intensify as your infant grows and provides more weight resistance. And, right away you’re modeling self-care and fitness for a lifetime of healthy habits.


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“My Throat Hurts!”

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Is It A Sore Throat, Strep or Tonsillitis?

When kids head back to school after breaks, they bring home head colds and sore throats. Usually these infections will resolve after a few days of discomfort. However, sometimes a sore throat is a sign that your child has tonsillitis or strep throat. So, how do you know which one it is? Strep throat vs. tonsillitis. Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils at the back of the throat become inflamed. This is usually caused by a virus, which means it shouldn’t be treated with antibiotics. Instead, manage the symptoms with over-the-counter medication or home remedies, such as warm drinks, to keep your child comfortable. Tonsillitis will usually resolve on its own. Infections like strep throat, however, usually need intervention. “Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the pharynx and tonsils that is caused by a specific bacteria, Streptococcus pyogenes,” says Amanda Jones, MD, a doctor at Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville. “It is the most common bacterial infection of the throat.” by Katharine Paljug Strep usually feels more severe than a viral sore throat. “Signs of strep throat include the sudden onset of throat pain, pain with swallowing and fever,” Jones explains. “Some children will also complain of a headache, abdominal pain or nausea and vomiting. While others may also develop a rash with strep infections.” Your child’s pediatrician can test for strep with a rapid strep swab or throat culture. To treat strep, your child will need a course of antibiotics for several days and should stay home from school and activities until their symptoms resolve. What about tonsils? Removing the tonsils was once a standard treatment for children who frequently had strep infections. However, it’s becoming less common. “More often, I recommend an evaluation for possible tonsillectomy if there are concerns for obstructive sleep apnea, [such as] significant snoring or witnessed episodes of apnea,” says Jones. Generally, pediatricians will begin considering a tonsillectomy only if a child has: six or more strep infections in a single year; four to five infections per year for two years; or three infections per year for three years. Preventing sore throats. No matter the cause, sore throats are common during the school year, as children are exposed to Check out the Centers viruses and bacteria more. Both are generally spread through for Disease Control and contact with a sick person’s saliva or nasal secretions, or by Prevention’s website ( children sharing food and drinks. “The best way to prevent for more helpful information the spread of viral and bacterial infections is to teach our on identifying your child’s children to cover their mouths with coughing and sneezing, illness. as well as frequent hand-washing when they cough or sneeze in their hands or after blowing their nose. Always remember to wash hands after using the bathroom and before eating.” When is a sore throat something more serious? The majority of sore throats will resolve in 7 to 10 days. If your child’s symptoms persist past that, especially if they have already been on antibiotics, you should consult your pediatrician. “You should also see your doctor if you note persistent ulcerations in the mouth even if they are not painful, a bad or metallic taste, or chronic halitosis, as this may be secondary to something other than an infectious process.” Even without these symptoms, it is better to bring your concerns to your child’s pediatrician than to wait and risk a severe secondary infection. “Any child who is having trouble drinking fluids, swallowing his or her saliva, opening his or her mouth or having neck pain, needs to be seen,” Jones adds.


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Setting a Fantastic & Easy

Easter Brunch Table

Let’s talk Easter! I love entertaining, and I especially enjoy creating Easter tables. After coming through the grey days of winter, it’s wonderful to begin playing with pretty pastels and seeing fresh blooms once again.

Words & Photos by Jennifer Carroll

This year, I decided to add a bit of

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drama to this Easter table by setting it up

patterns, is like cat-nip to me. I rarely

outside of my craft studio. The studio is

meet one that I don’t like and wish to add

black and is a delightful counterpoint to

to my already overflowing collection. But,

the cheerful whimsy of this table.

I also have a growing adoration for paper

This gorgeous pink and green preppy

plates. Yep! Paper plates! Have you seen

tartan fabric was my inspiration point for

the gorgeous patterns that are available

this table. As my UK friends would say, “I

these days?

am absolutely mad for this plaid!” It’s not

When little hands are involved, it’s so

a “proper” tablecloth, just fabric folded

much easier and user-friendly to store,

and laid slightly askew to lend a casual

use and clean up. A trifecta of good things.

air to this tablescape.

And, with designs as pretty as this, I

Table linens can be devised from so

have never had a guest raise an eyebrow

many items! Cut fabric, a throw blanket,

when I’ve used them. Instead, I hear “oh’s”

poncho, oversized scarf, bed sheet, shower

and “ah’s,” and “Where can I get these,

curtain, drop cloth and more. Look


around, you may be surprised where your next bit of inspiration may come from.


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of, might I encourage you to look beyond it

glasses and I’d have the exact look I

perfect example. I’ve wanted a pair of

to one of these fun alternatives, especially

wanted … so simple and so perfect. I

these for ages but hadn’t found them at

if you’ve been looking for a way to infuse a

grabbed my pretty clear glassware and

the right price until recently. I stumbled

new look into your celebration? It can also

filled them up.

upon them unexpectedly and delightfully

be fun to mix in some “real” china with the

Every year, I inevitably add an item

paper. There are no rules with this style. I

or two to my collections. I try to be very

started fretting, wondering if I should buy

particular about the items I buy.

I also use this strategy for shopping “end of the season” sales and will grab an

some, thinking about where I could buy

Each season, I will pull out my “tub

some, and all the while knowing I needed

of goodies” for that holiday and evaluate

to NOT buy more glassware right now. I

what I have, consider what needs to be

have more than enough glassware already

tossed and also see if there are any “holes”

came together quite accidentally. I had

in our cabinets.

in my collection, or any items that I want

envisioned using the branches in the

to keep an eye out for this year.

background for the centerpiece, but the

And then, it hit me like a thunderbolt, just pour pink lemonade into my clear


scooped them up!

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These moss-covered bunnies are a

item or two that I know I can look forward to using the next year. The


scale was all wrong.




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are currently a bit homeless, as I haven’t gotten down to finding them a more permanent home yet. In the meantime, I realized the scale was much more in keeping with the size of this table. So, I added a bit of greenery that I had on hand and placed a few Easter eggs amongst the branches, which was also a fun nod to egg hunting! The best advice I can give you is to break free from your tradition and find ways to mix things up! Maybe it’s eating in a different part of your home or simply switching out the chairs you usually use.

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favorite springtime fabric, and tucked up a pretty garden bench that I have loaded with an array of cozy pillows for guests to use as needed to get comfortable. Finding ways to make meals like this, ones that we all celebrate year after year and that stand out from each other, takes

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Here, I’ve pulled up a pair of French bistro style chairs that I’ve swathed in a

some planning. But, I believe it is worth it. When we are with our loved ones, each celebration is special. We don’t know what next year has in store for us, so let’s make the most of this one while we can. I hope these ideas have sparked a creative vision for your own Easter table.

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Peanut Butter Dog Treats

by Sarah Pastorek

Ingredients • 1 ½ cups flour • ½ cup natural crunchy peanut butter (*Make sure peanut butter isn’t made with the artificial sweetener Xylitol, as it can be deadly.) • ½ cup natural applesauce or pumpkin purée Instructions • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. • Mix together all ingredients. • Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and pick a favorite cookie cutter. • Bake for approximately 5–7 minutes.


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Crunchy Homemade Tuna Cat Treats by Rachel Beyer

Recipe originally appeared on Ingredients • 1 (5 oz) can tuna in water, drained • ½ cup oat flour* • ½ cup whole wheat flour • 1 egg • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 heaping tablespoon catnip Instructions • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside. • Combine all ingredients in

a food processer with the blade attachment. Blend until mixture is smooth. • Roll into small ½ teaspoonsize balls and place onto the parchment. Press a finger into each ball to flatten slightly. • Bake for 10–12 minutes until they are slightly browned. • Cool completely before surprising your kitty with a treat made just for them! *Tip: To make your own oat flour, simply grind old-fashioned oats in a clean coffee grinder until transformed into a light powder. Rachel is an artist, designer and creative maker based in Portland, OR. See her work at and

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Giggles, pranks and ghost stories. Some of the best memories of childhood sleepovers are the impromptu moments. No matter how much planning, time and money go into orchestrating the perfect event, the big hit of the evening might end up being a spontaneous midnight game of flashlight tag. Part of the excitement of a sleepover is bending the rules a little—staying up late, eating junk food 44

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by April Schweitzer

Creating the Perfect Party

and watching more movies in one night than ever before. The best plan for the perfect sleepover requires balance between thoughtful preparation and laissezfaire attitude that gives the kids the impression that they’re running the show. Follow our guide to the perfect party and not only will you survive the big night, but you’ll create memories that will be treasured for years to come.

THE NUMBER GAME Before deciding on a sleepover for your child’s next birthday or big event, you need to make sure your child is ready for the excitement. There’s no magic age for a first sleepover, but it is important to make sure your child feels comfortable with a change from his normal bedtime and sleeping habits. Spending the night at grandma’s or a cousin’s house is a good trial run. Also, consider your child’s personality and sociability. Does your son or daughter tire quickly of playing with friends, prefer to play alone or have difficulty sharing? If so, hosting a whole group of friends overnight might be an overwhelming and frustrating experience. Many 6- and 7-year-olds will enjoy having a friend spend the night,

but a sleepover will probably be more successful if the children are ages 8 or 9 and ready for the independence of staying overnight with a group of friends. Even if your child is ready for a slumber party at a younger age, be sure to discuss the idea with his friends’ parents before sending out the official invitations. One local teenager, Carrie, recalls that her favorite activities at slumber parties were

guest list. Less is definitely more! First, consider your space. How many sleeping bags will fit? Do you have room for your child’s closest friends? Consider whether guests will be comfortable with each other, and make sure no one feels left out. A slumber party may not be the best time to introduce a friend from the old neighborhood to a whole group of new kids. Three to seven guests is enough

flashlight tag and makeovers. “If the kids are so young that they need activities planned for them, they’re probably not ready for slumber parties,” she said. “The best time I had at slumber parties was when we did more self-directed stuff like paint our nails and watch movies.” Once you decide to go ahead with the party, the next step is to create a

without getting too chaotic.

HELP YOUR CHILD BE THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES While you may not get much sleep the night of the party, don’t feel like you have to organize every activity and direct all events. Let them stay up late, sneak midnight snacks and play a few


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goofy pranks. Just make sure the party is running smoothly. With your child, plan a few fun, kiddirected activities to give a little structure without making party-goers feel like they’re on a schedule. Liven up the evening with a little help from the kids. Instead of ordering pizza, let the kids top their own personal crusts. For dessert, have an ice cream sundae creation contest, or put budding chefs to work baking brownies or cookies. Give older kids all the basics to make cookies as well as small bowls of mix-ins like chocolate chips, M&Ms, raisins, candy bar pieces and so on. Remember to ask parents if their children have any food allergies! Let each child add her favorite toppings to part of the batter, and see which concoction is the favorite. Party favors offer another chance to get the kids involved. Instead of filling goodie bags with dollar store trinkets, get your guests involved in activities like tiedying T-shirts, decorating picture frames, making jewelry, or putting together their own wooden planes or cars. Other activities that are great fun but require minimal adult participation include old standbys like makeovers, scavenger hunts, board games, solving mysteries, movies, science experiments, dress-up and karaoke. Videotape the kids doing a dress-up modeling show or performing karaoke music videos. They will be giggling all night after seeing themselves on television. When it gets dark, send the kids to the backyard for a game of flashlight tag. “It” tags hiding players by catching them in the light. Flashlights are also helpful for getting the kids to go to sleep, says Denise, a mom to a 9-year-old son. “I give the kids flashlights and then turn off the lights. I tell them that if they stay in their sleeping bags they can use the flashlights to talk as long as they want, but if they get loud, and I can hear them from my room, it will be lights out. Having the room dark seems to mellow the mood, and they get excited about using the flashlights.”

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DON’T FORGET When Guests Arrive: • Be sure to get phone numbers, including cell phone numbers, from parents. Confirm pick-up times for the next morning. • Ask parents about ALL allergies or medications. • Make sure guests have brought everything they need. Have a few extra pillows, blankets and even a toothbrush on hand, just in case. • Plan breakfast the next morning for your bleary-eyed partygoers. A buffet of cereals, fruit, pastries and bagels should satisfy every taste bud. And, be sure to make your coffee extra strong—you’ll need it after the late night.

Whether you’re celebrating indoors or in the backyard, with an entire petting zoo, magician or a dj, this list will help make planning a party that much easier. For a more comprehensive list of local party vendors, see the “Party Planning & Portraits” section on

One Month Away • Set your party date/time/location. • Create a guest list. • Choose a theme. • Determine your budget. • Hire entertainment. • Plan your menu. • Rent any tables/chairs, if needed.

2–3 Weeks Away

• Send invitations. • Create a shopping list for décor and supplies. • Plan activities/games. • Buy party supplies (décor, balloons, plates, utensils, tablecloths, party hats, favors, etc.). • Buy your own birthday gift. • Order a cake or get ingredients to make one. • Make a weather back-up plan if outdoors.

• Prep goodie bags or favors. • Confirm guest list. • Confirm any reservations with rentals, entertainment, etc. • Determine day-of schedule. • Plan for parking. • Plan designated areas for food, gifts, shoes and coats, etc. • Make signage, if needed. • Ask for help the day-of.

1 Week Away

• Make or purchase food. • Clean party location. • Charge camera/videocamera.

Day Of

• Set out decorations and supplies. • Review checklist. • Get everyone dressed. • Make sure family has eaten a meal. • Turn on the music and welcome your guests.


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OUTDOOR Adventures

Family Staycation Ideas for an Awesome Spring Break Spring Break is upon us! Do you have your week of fun planned for the family? If not, we are here to help you come up with activities and places you and the kids can venture to this year. These tried-and-true selections are a few of our countless favorites for getting outdoors. We’ve also provided you with some helpful tips on planning your outing with ease. Don’t fret over forgetting to check this and check that; we’ve given you everything you need. Be sure to call ahead and check their times for that day, and for more ideas, check out our new Ultimate Go-To Guide online. 50

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With more than a dozen themed gardens

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plus animals with 180 plus species is

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when a cavern collapsed and left the

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yourself away from Lewis Ginter when

span that stands today. Standing at 215

largest collection in the U.S.), this zoo

you visit. Be enveloped in the smell of

feet tall and 90 feet wide, it is actually

boasts more than two-dozen species,

roses as you walk through the stone


from pygmy marmosets to an orangutan.

arches of the Cochrane Rose Garden, or

Washington’s initials can still be seen in

You can see not only lions, bears, camels,

ease your way around the winding paths

the wall after he surveyed the property

tigers and kangaroos but also exotic

in the Grace Arents Garden. A special

in 1750. A Native American Village is also

birds, koi, turtles and peacocks. Special

Children’s Garden is designed to delight

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Native American life over 300 years

snakes. Purchase a cup of food at the

and a hands-on activity center, all with

ago. Group day tours are welcome, and

entrance to feed the giraffes up on the

nearby rest areas. Pick up a Kid Quest

combinations of interactive programs are

bridge, bringing you face-to-face with

and map at the admissions desk in the

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the long-necked beauties. The North

Robins Visitors Center before you head to

a saltpeter mine used during the Civil

American boardwalk provides a shady

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War for raw materials, a lost river and

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Before hitting the road and beginning your summer adventures, be sure to check your vehicles fluids and essentials, or schedule a checkup for a second set of eyes. If you are heading to new places, be sure to update your GPS and maps. Car chargers will become your best friend, especially for directions and entertaining the little ones. Snacks and water are always a good idea too, no matter the ages.

differential fluids • Tire pressure and tread • Battery • Windshield wipers • Emergency kit (flashlight, blanket, first aid kit, basic tools) • Test the car (listen for noises, feel for shakes, watch for trouble signs)

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indoor and outdoor displays, take a ride

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on a real handcar called the Little C&O

whole family. Special events throughout

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the year make it worth planning seasonal

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Remembering summer camp is like dusting off a manila folder labeled “Best Summer Ever.� The top page includes a memory of a big yellow bus that drove my 12-year-old self away from the city and into the country, and the final page includes a picture of me emerging with new confidence and an awareness that each day can be filled with meaning. In between lies many memories.


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was quite surprised when I found out that I had received a scholarship to attend camp, and since I had never been to

an overnight camp before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Would I be sleeping in a tent every night? Would I make friends? Would I see a bear, or worse, a skunk? I was about to find out. After riding that yellow bus through miles of endless cornfields, I passed beneath a large, wooden sign swinging above






Pinewood.” Once I arrived, I was greeted by my camp counselor. She was older, a teenager, full of energy and excitement. She had a bounce in her step as she showed me to the log cabin where I’d be sleeping on a bunk bed. The cabin had no electricity or running water, Avoid the summer slide! Set on 450 acres of Charlottesville countryside, our reading camp for ages 6-13 is the perfect blend of fun and academics.

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and it smelled of pine logs. It was rustic convenience, quite a few steps above a tent. One by one, girls arrived, each picking a bunk. Not liking awkward silence, I set about interviewing each one, asking them about their schools and their families. This seemed to break the ice, and I soon realized that I would be making new friends. The boys were housed on the other side of the camp, far away from us. We did, however, get a chance to giggle and grin at them the very next morning in the big dining hall where we all gathered for breakfast.

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Learn and play music together with a caregiver. 434-293-6361

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Canoeing, coding, mountain biking, climbing, games and more. 434-985-2811

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Knockerball, swimming, paddleboarding, geocaching, tennis, outdoors & more.

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Swimming, equestrian, field trips, sports, arts & more. Weekend option. R, ACA. 800-873-3223

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The dining hall, a large structure made of logs, had long wooden tables and wooden benches. The food was delicious—fresh fruit, fluffy pancakes, tasty sausages, eggs with cheese—all in abundance and served on large platters passed around the table. Each age group


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One afternoon, I emerged from an underwater swim. Unbeknownst to me, the straps of my swimsuit had come undone. Thankfully, my camp counselor warned me of my predicament before anyone else had noticed. Unfortunately, nothing could be done to fix the plastic hook that held the straps to my suit in place, so with every dip in the water,

there was a constant grab-pull-andcheck of my swimsuit. Why, oh why, hadn’t I brought two? Even that worry, though, didn’t stop me from taking an early bird swim at 6:00 a.m., an hour before the counselors rung the bell for everyone to rise. In those thin hours of morning, the summer air was cool. Steam snaked above the lake. Dew kissed the grass. And no one was around, save one counselor, so I had the lake to myself. Why the lake felt so warm while the air was cool and yet so cold when the air was hot, I did not know. But, there was nothing like that first jump into the lake for an early-morning swim. It amazed me that by simply rising early I had changed my day for the better. I felt empowered by the choice. Besides, after my swim, I had the bathhouse to myself, able to take a hot shower without the company of a gaggle of girls. Making crafts out of nature’s bounty, designing key chains of colored lanyard ribbon and singing rounds with friends made me realize that boredom had a

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simple solution—doing something! Camp gave me a specific sort of determination, and I decided never to allow boredom to occupy a place in my life. Certainly, it had no place at camp. One entertaining pastime we enjoyed

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{resources camp guide} games with friends set to spoken music. The girls in my cabin were not from the same area as me and weren’t familiar


with this activity, so I gathered my friends and took it upon myself to teach them. The name of the particular jive I introduced to them was “Rockin’ Robin,” which needs four people to play: Clap with the girl to your left. Clap with the girl to your right. Then clap with the girl across from you, one set of hands going over, one set of hands going under. All

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the while, hands are clapping, voices are singing the lines of the nonsensical song, all to a steady, jazzy tempo. “Tweedle deedle deet. Tweedle deedle deet. Tweedle

deedle deet. Tweedle deedle deet. Tweet baby, tweet baby. Bombeet!” Soon, all the girls wanted to learn, even the younger ones in other cabins. And before I knew it, the entire girls’ side of the camp was tweedle-deedle-deeting like little rockin’ robins.

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I thought it awesome that I was the one that began the hand jivin’ phenomenon at camp that summer. The camp owner was so impressed that a few years later, when I was a teenager working at a retail store, he offered me a job as a camp counselor. I couldn’t accept, but I was pleased at the offer, which I believe was extended because of the success of that hand jive. I remember, too, a long, hot day of Capture the Flag. Two colored co-ed teams were formed, and all seemed quite elated


with the quest of finding and capturing


the other team’s flag that was tied to a


pole somewhere. Each team was to seize


not only that flag but also the flags tied


around any opposing team members’ waists. Those who lost their flag to the opposing team were “captured.” Thus, each player had two missions: not to be

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captured, and to defend his or her team’s own flag. Such competitiveness was not my cup of tea, so I found a quiet spot under a tree where I hoped not to be discovered. I listened to birds twitter, watched squirrels scurry





moving clouds until I heard a counselor sound a loud whistle announcing that a winner had been found. When all of us had gathered to hear who won, everyone




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looked hot, tired, dirty and exhausted— well, almost everyone. At least one of us was feeling peaceful and refreshed! There was one special event the older kids highly anticipated—the mysterious mud hike. This event was reserved only for the oldest campers and was from year to year kept secret from all the younger ones. We wondered what this mud hike would entail. Was it as awful as the counselors made us believe? The first clue, which I couldn’t understand, was that we could not wear underwear or socks. We girls had to wear two t-shirts. Those instructions seemed very peculiar, but the warning prevailed. The morning of the hike, we rose early. Anxiously, we dressed and began our trek out of the campground. We

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made our way through a small stretch of woods, and then the hike began … not near a creek but in it. By now, the hot summer sun was shining brightly, and it was a good thing, too, or else our feet would have become frostbitten, walking through the bitingcold creek water. Onward we marched and sloshed until soon the creek bottom turned into a miry avenue of thick brown

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Day & overnight nature camps. Adult & family programs, too. 540-456-7339

*Nike Sports Camps at UVA See ad page 70

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Tennis camps blending instruction and fun both on and off the court. R option. 800-645-3226

*Oakland School See ad page 56

Ages 6–13

Swimming, horseback riding, tennis, archery, nature study, schooling & more. R option. 434-293-9059

*The Paramount Theater See ad page 25


Try out for parts in local productions, and experience stage life first-hand. 434-979-1333

*Piedmont Family YMCA See ad page 47

G 1–6

Adventurous field trips, swimming, crafts and guest speakers. Weekly themes. 434-974-9622

*Spectrum Summer Programs at Tandem Friends School See ad page 58

G 1–7

Arts & crafts, cooking, theatre, fishing, yoga, drumming, sewing, filmmaking & more. 434-760-3097

*SOCA Summer Soccer Camps See ad page 68

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Basic & advanced skills training, position training & mini-tournaments. R option. 434-975-5025

*STEAM Discovery Academy See ad page 61

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Science, technology, engineering, art and math. Students learn to think on their feet. 434-987-3918

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Offers horseback riding, swimming & ropes course. Transportation included. R, ACA. 434-293-2529

*The Village School See ad page 62

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Explore math, myths, science and several themed camps. 434-984-4404

*Virginia Discovery Museum See ad page 16

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Weeklong half-day camps with different themes. 434-977-1025

*Virginia Polo Center See ad page 60

Ages 10–15

Learn polo skills, participate in lessons, clinics and scrimmages. 434-979-0293

*Wilson School of Dance See ad page 58

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Offers Princess ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, contemporary & intensives. 434-973-5678

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grossness, the slimy sludge was up to my waist. Though most of us girls squealed, frowned and protested, the adventure made the boys full of exuberance. The joy possessed them, and they began to fling the mud until each and every one of us resembled children who had been dipped in chocolate. The mud knew no boundaries. I understood why the undergarments had been left back at camp. Finally, the camp counselors stopped the boys from hurling mud and began to lead us to a waterfall—a run-off from a drainage pipe, really—to rinse off. As I made my way through the water, my legs

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felt as if they weighed 50 pounds each, until, at last, the mud was rinsed away. Before I knew it, we had hiked back to camp, and we arrived as dry and almost as clean as if the mysterious mud hike had never occurred. No matter how much the younger ones begged, they could not pry the secret of the hike from us. With nighttime came the best camp experiences.




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toward a bejeweled night canopy. Singing the never-ending “500 Bottles of Pop on the Wall.” Munching on s’mores, burning hot dogs and marshmallows on sticks, and cringing at the scary parts of spooky stories. No camp would be complete without these pursuits, and ours was complete. For a while, though, I was anxious that one of my strongest camp wishes would go unfulfilled. As far as I was concerned, a true camp stay included sleeping in a tent, and for most of my stay at Camp

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stars, of feeling the velvety night around me, of hearing the quiet of the woods. The last night before my departure, I


finally got my chance. All of us girls were


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long, we girls were tormented by the ghoulish laughter of boys lurking outside our tent, their flashlights glaring through it, plastic snakes being tossed under it and other such pranks, which I have conveniently blocked from my memory. One fact, though, was firmly imprinted there. I was absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt, deprived of a peaceful sleep under the stars, the kind

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that I had expected. Indeed, I greeted


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folders, and then stacked one atop another, those memories reach clear to the shining moon. Perhaps, it is those that twinkle in the big tent stretched over the night sky.



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{until next time humorous reflections}

Saved From the TV Abyss

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

Many years before Wendy was born, I interviewed a man who was celebrating his 100th birthday. He struck a chord with me when he said, “I retired in the 1950s to watch television.” Looking back, I’d have to say that was a bad time to turn pro. As a rising amateur in those years, I experienced few channels, no color, poor reception and a long stretch of nothingness in the wee hours until “Modern Farmer”

brains would, as I say, “form properly.” When they were bigger, knowing how distracting TV can be, we kept the set turned off on school nights. In the interest of family togetherness, we had only one television set in the house, so we were limited to shows suitable for kids. Also, I would discontinue the cable service for years at a time to limit a major source of inappropriate content and body-image overload. During

came on at 6 a.m. But, I understood the attraction. I grew up watching as much TV as possible, and probably some of the same shows that this retiree was enjoying. But unlike him, I was impeded by my mom who wouldn’t let me watch professional wrestling; my dad, who objected to Westerns because “they’re always fighting;” and my bookish brother, who made me ashamed of watching baseball. Besides the familial interference, there was technical interference from the vacuum cleaner, the electric mixer and the weather. But, worst of all were the demands of school. I didn’t mind going to school, because there was nothing on except soap operas. In the interest of family But, every minute spent togetherness, we had only on homework was a one television set in the minute stolen from my tele-viewing schedule. house, so we were limited to My motto: “So many shows suitable for kids. shows, so little time.” From “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Red Skelton Show” to “Rawhide,” “Combat,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “The Twilight Zone,” they all beckoned, and I yearned for a time when I’d be done with school work and could spend my evenings among them. But after college, my roommate and I realized that this was our prime time, and we agreed that even an evening spent in a bar arduously underwhelming uninterested women was at least living instead of merely watching. We always worked David Carradine’s “Kung Fu” into our schedule, though. Later, I got married and became a workaholic, and had no time for the television. When our three daughters came along, we held back on the television so their

those years, anything we watched at home was brought in on videotape or disk. The girls, now 19, 23 and 26, are still messing with my TV time. Marie, the oldest daughter, is an artsy intellectual and extremely critical of the shows I order from Netflix, which usually involve police, cowboys or soldiers. She has outgrown having me as a mentor, but she still tries to think of me as a peer and is always disappointed in my unsophisticated tastes. When we watch something of her choosing, it is so edgy and nontraditional that I don’t even know what it’s about until it’s over and she explains it. Sally, the middle daughter, lives 20 miles away. When she drops in, it is to visit, not to watch me watching TV, and I respect that. And then there’s Wendy, who watches reality TV shows, which to say the least are far from reality. I can’t bear it, and I want to turn off the cable again and rely solely on Netflix. However, my wife loves to watch baseball and football games. When no one’s around, I sit on the couch with the cat and we watch what I like. Mr. Mittens will jump down and pace around nervously during noisy gun battles that, for me, are the hallmark of quality entertainment. But, I don’t care. When I’m by myself for a long time, I think of that old retiree, putting in a full day in front of a little blackand-white TV screen and I have to salute a pioneer. I’ve found that after soaking up a few movies and TV shows in one day, I’m ready to do something else like read a book or take a walk or maybe even spend time with the lovely people who have kept me out of the TV abyss all these years.

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