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What services and treatments are offered at Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville? Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville is a private practice clinic whose doctors, nurses and staff specialize in the care of infants, children, adolescents and their families. We have daily office hours, as well as evening and weekend hours for emergencies. All of our physicians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. They also have fields of interests in certain pediatric sub-specialties including adolescent care, allergy, asthma, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), infectious diseases, anorexia and sports medicine, to name a few.

What specialty services are offered at Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville? Pediatric Associates also provides specialty services with an on-site audiologist, adolescent nurse practitioners, lactation consultants and newborn nurse practitioners. Our hospital affiliation is with Martha Jefferson Hospital where we admit newborns and sick children. Many of our doctors are on the Instructional Faculty at the University of Virginia where they do research and teach medical students, nurse practitioner students and resident physicians.

Providers at Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville: Now Open Pediatric Associates is excited to announce the opening of its fourth location in Zion Crossroads. Through continued regional growth, Pediatric Associates strives to provide convenient access to exceptional pediatric care. The office, located at 71 Jefferson Court, is now accepting appointments.

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march/april 2019 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke

Dear Friends,


I love books, which may be a bit of an understatement. I love to read a good

ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley

story, enjoy beautiful illustrations and feel sentimental about books I read as a


child. There are even some volumes I like simply because they have a beautiful

binding. I’ve rarely met a book I couldn’t love. Awhile back, Uncle Wally was taking a tour of our house to see some home improvements and started counting the number of bookshelves we have; there were 15. That is more than two per family member! Many of our books were saved from childhood or

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discovered at the wonderful JMRL Friends of the Library book sales and are, all


in all, a great bargain. There are few pleasures in life better than a great book.


Cathy Ashby, Becky Calvert, Corinne,

Rick Epstein, Katherine Firsching,

Ellen French, Karen Heathcock,

the Prairie, or for myself, perhaps some Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy. This

Olivia Jackson, Sylvia & Patrick Kibler,

winter, I was on a collecting kick due to overwhelming spring fever brought on

Whitney Woollerton Morrill,

by excessive rainy days! In addition to gathering up some Royal Horticultural

Katharine Paljug, Bob Taibbi, Alyssa Walsh

My own favorite books are sentimental choices to share with our children: Dr. Seuss, Babar the Elephant, Charlotte’s Web, Swiss Family Robinson, Little House on

Society references on practical gardening topics like propagation, soil and pruning, I also indulged in fun reads from some of my favorite gardening writers including Vita Sackville-West, Anna Pavord, Beth Chatto and Beverley Nichols, who is sadly out of date but his observations on his gardens, neighbors and their


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habits are too funny! And, he is rather wise. I like to quote him as I rub my sore back after a day of digging, watering and puttering outdoors. “I want to wear out, not rust out.” The Virginia Festival of the Book is once again holding its annual celebration. From an authors’ reception and book panels to this year’s StoryFest Celebration with Clifford the Big Red Dog, there really are a wealth of choices for book-lovers both old and young. My children are great bookworms, too, and they are eager to join in the annual Book Swap. Whether you are a late-night romance reader or an avid history buff, the festival offers something to whet all literary appetites. I wish you a happy springtime and many good stories!

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Contents TABLE OF



News 10

The Buzz Around Town 12  Should parents allow their high schooler to get tattoos?

Snapshot 14

Steven Reid, Program Manager

Our Schools 16 A Perfect Fit for All Students at Stone-Robinson

Out & About Calendar 18

March & April Festivals & Events for Families

LIVING WELL New Mom 34 Pregnancy Skin Care


Dear Bob 36 Parenting Questions Answered

Healthy Family 38 A Rundown on Sugar

Precious Pets 42 Pet Contest Winners

8 Birthday Traditions Kids Love 46 Give Your Child Memorable Traditions

Roadtrip Adventures 54 7 Daytrip Ideas for 7 Days of Fun

Learning by Doing 58 Life Lessons from Summer Camp

Editor’s Pick! As we lead into a season, you won’t want to miss all this issue has to offer, from spring break daytrip ideas (pg 54), family pet resources (pg 44), our annual camp guide (pg 60), birthday traditions kids will love (pg 46) and more.


Local Pet Guide 44

Caring for Your Precious Pets

2019 Party Planner 52 Plan the Perfect Party

Tips & Trends 40 Fabulous Finds and Fun

20th Annual Camp Guide 60 Resources for Residential Camps, Day Camps & Summer Programs

UNTIL NEXT TIME Daddy’s Girls Have Moved On 76  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

40 So Love This! “As a cat mom to four, I love seeing all the cat photos for the Perfect Picture Pet Contest.” — Barbara, designer



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Ivy Publications proudly sponsors and co-hosts: WVPT WHTJ PBS Presents “A Morning with Clifford the Big Red Dog” The Paramount Theater March 23

JDRF Community One Walk Albemarle High School April 13

Storytime Marathon Central Library March 23

Prove Yourself: Strong Characters in Middle-Grade Fiction Village School March 23

Ishan Gala’s Easter Egg Hunt

86th Annual Historic Garden Week

Castle Hill Cider April 14

Throughout Virginia April 27–May 4

Hackathon Draws Record Participants

WAHS Share Stories with Third Graders Western Albemarle High School freshmen were assigned to write historically accurate stories about a hero’s journey based in an ancient civilization that they could later read to third graders. Once the freshmen finished writing their stories, they traveled to Brownsville Elementary where they read them to the students. The readings served as a way to introduce the third grader’s to ancient civilizations while also facilitating interaction between the students. The freshmen had the chance to act as mentors and impart their knowledge and love for storytelling on the young students.


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The Fourth Annual Spark Hackathon hosted at St. Anne’sBelfield School drew a new record number of participants. Ninety students from 11 local schools participated in the event, which aims to bring professionals and students together who are passionate about technology. The event hosted a “learnathon” the first day, which included workshops and presentations hosted by leading members of the local tech community so students can see how the industry works to solve problems and create technology. The second day, students received a series of problem statements provided by local organizations to solve in groups. Students then used working prototypes and mockups to present their ideas.

Pilot Program for Student Safety Anonymous reporting of schoolrelated issues might soon be coming to the Albemarle County school division. An electronic reporting system for students is looking to be purchased and piloted in the spring. The system will allow students to submit real-time anonymous reports about bullying, suicidal tendencies, substance abuse and other safety issues. The system will be accessible through smart phones, tablets and laptops, and will eliminate the current method of students submitting in-person reports to the school staff. Administrators hope the new system will make reporting faster and allow staff to respond faster to the students and their concerns.

AHS Student Recognized with Scholarship

Albemarle High School senior, Mriganka Mandal, was one of 300 young scientists to win the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search scholarship. Her research on the ability of human egg cells

Albemarle High School were each awarded $2,000 as a part of being one of the esteemed winners. The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school

to diminish the side effects of lung cancer was inspired by her late maternal grandfather, who passed away due to prostate cancer. Mandal was chosen out of nearly 2,000 applicants who were judged on their research skills, dedication to science and innovative thinking. Mandal and

seniors. Moving forward, Mandal hopes to pursue an undergraduate degree in biochemistry or biomedical engineering to become a physicianscientist entrepreneur. The goal is to work to help revolutionize healthcare globally by streamlining medical diagnostics and treatment.

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Should parents allow their high schoolers to get tattoos? 10% say “yes” 90% say “no” “I think there is a lot to consider with this decision. Does your child want to get a sleeve or a flower that reminds her of her grandmother who just passed away? As someone who has tattoos herself, each of which I consider to have great meaning, I can see the desire for a teen to want one. However, there is a big difference between getting a ‘cool’ saying/symbol and really knowing what you want and getting something meaningful.” – M, Mother of 4

“While I don’t love the ideas of tattoos, I don’t think it is healthy for parents to lay down these old-school superficial rules. Here is the thing, there is a difference between ‘don’t drink and drive’ (because it is both illegal and super dangerous) and ‘don’t get tattoos or piercings.’ One is a threat to the teen’s and other’s lives, while the other is a threat to their ‘look.’ I would much rather have my child feel comfortable coming to talk to me about such decisions than just going out and getting a tattoo behind my back by a nonprofessional. I am not trying to be my child’s friend rather than a parent, but I do think it is important for parents to weigh what the actual threats are regarding the health and development of their child. For many teens, tattoos and body piercings feel like an expression of themselves and therefore, at least warrant a discussion.” – Open-minded Dad

“The simple answer is ‘No’. But, ultimately, this is better handled as a conversation than an edict since those rarely are effective with high schoolers. The problem is that tattoos are a fad, the popular thing to do, but they also are a permanent alteration of one’s body. With some luck, our kids grew up with a modicum of logic and common sense. Guide them to explore how much sense it makes to give into temporary peer pressure to follow a fad by making a fairly permanent alteration.” – Chris S., Dad of a rising high schooler

“Never. Tattoos are forever. What seems like a good idea at 16 will likely seem like a bad one at 25. This is truly what is wrong with kids today—they have no boundaries. Or guidance. Be a parent, and parent.” – Talie S., Afton

“My opinion is that a tattoo is a pretty grown-up decision, and that decision should wait until at least 18 or so. If they are still sure about it at that point, then it’s up to them.” – Whitney Y., Keswick, Mom of 4 “Human brains aren’t mature enough at the high school age for a decision of such permanency. It is different than ear piercing, much more permanent. Just say no, and your kids will respect you for it.” – Michelle, Mother of two

*Note: In VA, anyone under 18 years old needs parental/guardian consent and must have them present.

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CLOSINGS Honey Ryder Boutique, 407 E. Main Street

ANNOUNCEMENTS Alakazam Toys is now under the ownership of Ellen Joy, a local Charlottesville mother. Boar’s Head Resort ranked #1 in the “Best Hotels in Charlottesville” list and #18 in the “Best Virginia Hotels” list in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 hotel rankings. BBQ Exchange was nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2019 on the Best Brunswick Stew in Virginia list. The City of Charlottesville opened both a new skate park and pedestrian and bicycle bridge in McIntire Park as part of the East McIntire Park Master Plan. Duncan Macfarlane has joined Long & Foster Real Estate’s Old Ivy Office. The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) sold Mountainside Senior Living to English Meadows Senior Living Communities. ReadyKids is expanding its 1000 East High Street location. The UVA Health System opened an expanded eye clinic with nine new rooms and specialty care at the UVA Medical Park Northridge on Ivy Road. The UVA Medical Center opened a renovated in-patient unit for new moms and babies.

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Area Students Help with Inclusive Playground Campaign

The Charlottesville community is campaigning for a fully inclusive playground to be installed in memory of one of its own. The family of Bennett McClurken-Gibney, a Johnson Elementary student who was diagnosed with a genetic spinal disorder that causes muscular weakness, started the Bennett’s Village playground campaign. Bennett passed away over a year ago at the age of 5. Despite his disability, Bennett loved playing outdoors. Middle School students at Mountaintop Montessori participated in the campaign as part of a week-long immersion project, researching design ideas for the playground. The students created a list of features the park could include and built models of their designs. The Bennett’s Village GoFundMe campaign has raised almost $70,000 so far and is still accepting donations at

CHS & The Discover Medicine Program The University of Virginia Medical Center teamed up with Charlottesville High School students to create the Discover Medicine program. Launched this year, the program allows students to experience the world of medicine and understand the different careers available in the field. The yearlong program provides students not only with the chance to interact with medical students and faculty mentors but also with the opportunity to shadow physicians once a month. There are currently 10 students participating in the program, but organizers are hopeful Discover Medicine can be expanded to include more interested students in the future. Discover Medicine aims to help give students opportunities to experience firsthand the day-to-day activities of medical professionals.


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Steven Reid Program Manager

Many believe the ability to read, write and communicate effectively can have a huge influence on one’s level of professional and personal success. Steven Reid, Program Manager for Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA), works with a group whose mission is to provide free, confidential tutoring for those in need of basic literacy and for those who speak English as a second language. Reid and his colleagues represent more than 45 countries, and the time they dedicate to this organization continues to help community members realize their full potential. What are the best and most challenging parts about your job? Our students come to us from around the world, representing more than 45 countries, speaking more than 40 first languages and needing help to learn to speak English while juggling the obligations of work and family life. Add to that an extraordinary group of volunteers, as well as the best staff you could ever hope for in a non-profit. It makes for a fantastic place to work. The biggest challenge will be the same as any other non-profit you talk to: there’s just not enough funding to do all the projects we want to do. How have you grown and changed over the years? I think publishing my novel pushed me into a very new place. When working on my own stuff, I was really good at doing most of what was needed to finish them. I have dozens and dozens of projects three-fourths of the way completed. Finishing things for work or for other people is never a problem, but finishing my own things was a challenge. But, with the novel, I just kept pushing, rewriting, editing and rewriting some more. I’ve found that after doing that, I’ve stopped second-guessing myself as much. What helps you keep on top of life and work obligations? Patience—something that has taken me a long time to learn.


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It’s funny because I’ve always been extremely patient with my students, but I’ve never really been that patient with myself until the past few years. It’s taken me a while to learn this. How do you balance all the different needs of your community? Because I work with such a diverse population, I see the huge variety of needs in our community. For me, I have learned to handle the problem directly in front of me and worry about the other stuff later. By staying focused, I find I’m more able to help our students achieve their goals because in reality, our community really only has one goal: make life better for the people in it. What advice do you have for parents and their young who are aspiring to help others through their careers? The most important thing for anyone is to love what you do every day. The other stuff will fall in line. Also, explore different interests; take classes that are outside your norm, and explore the world around you. And for their parents, let your kids fail. Be there to help them get back up and back on track, but allow them to make their own mistakes and fix them themselves. What have you learned from others? Diversity of thought will lead to better results. If everyone walks in with the exact same idea, progress is unlikely. It’s the person who is thinking something different who will find a new way of doing things.

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2nd Annual for Preemies” A Perfect Fit for All “Play Students

at Stone-Robinson

One of the best ideas this year at Stone-Robinson Elementary School has been the incorporation of buddy benches. They are a place where children can go during recess if they are feeling left out, a little sad or just not sure what they want to do next. When a student sees someone on the bench, they will come over, sit down next to them and make a new friend. The benches were the idea of our students. They designed and painted the benches, placing them on the playground as a powerful way for children to tell one another, “We all fit together.” The benches were a contribution from our all-student Community Service Club. This year, students also collected fleece and produced wonderfully designed blankets, delivering their gifts to UVA Children Hospital patients. Additionally, they are putting together backpacks for foster children in our school community, and they recently collected 18,000 box tops that will be turned into $1,800 to purchase supplies for an upcoming

project. Another fun project for the students is going to be redesigning and repainting our cafeteria entrance to make it more visually appealing and collaborative for students and staff. Our favorite project, however, is one that reaches across all ages. Our third, fourth and fifth graders collected donations of wood and stones from a local supplier that they are decorating to look like animals for a creative play area for our Pre-K through second grade students. What we really admire about this project is the way in which it was developed—our community service club students spent time observing their younger peers at recess in order to ensure that their play area would work. We’re all familiar with the instruction that goes on during math or reading time. In recent years, however, research increasingly is emphasizing how important it is for students to engage in a different type of learning, one that provides the foundation for academic and life success. That foundation is provided by the personal growth and development

that comes from social and emotional learning. Children who develop strong interpersonal skills are more excited about coming to school, more confident and creative in their abilities, eager to make friends and collaborate, and prouder of their accomplishments. That’s exactly what we have observed from club members. Our School Board has established five objectives for our school division: that we will engage every student, assess student work for its relevancy, expand opportunity and achievement, expand our partnerships with outside organizations and use resources efficiently. Our community service club students and projects are a wonderfully engaging way to meet all of these objectives and one of our own at StoneRobinson, just like our school song promises when it says, “There’s warmth and joy and laughter, and always a loving touch. The friends we make while we’re here, and the good times that we share, teach everyone a lesson.” We all learn to care.

Karen, who is the Talent Development Teacher, and Alyssa, who teaches second grade, are the Community Service Club coordinators at Stone-Robinson Elementary School.


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SPORTS ZONE Brunelle Selected As McDonald All American

On March 27, Samantha Brunelle, a William Monroe High School senior basketball player, will play in the 2019 McDonald All-American Women’s Basketball Game. As one of 24 players in the nation to be selected to play in this game, Brunelle welcomes the opportunity with eagerness and honor. In addition to participating in the game, she will have the chance to visit the kids at the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta with the team and share her love for the game of basketball. In the coming fall, Brunelle will join the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball program, along with fellow commit Anaya Peoples who was also selected to participate in the game.

Bystander Intervention Awareness The Gordie Center at the University of Virginia visited Henley Middle School to facilitate bystander intervention training to students. It is hoped that the training will help make the school safer and the students more aware of their ability to intervene and make a difference in difficult situations. The Gordie Center oversees programs that aim to reduce hazing and promote peer intervention among young adults. Introducing bystander intervention to young students is hoped to prevent bullying and hazing later on, while instilling positive practices and encouraging students to help one another.

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EASTER FUN Easter Egg Hunt

April 14, 11am–2pm at Mount Ida Reserve Enjoy separate hunts for toddlers, little kids and big kids. Picnic on the lawn after with pre-order lunches or reserve a table. Enjoy a petting zoo and more. 434-286-4282,

Ishan Gala’s Easter Egg Hunt YOU CAN HELP!

April 14, 12–4pm at Castle Hill Cider Enjoy crafts, food, awesome prizes and both child and adult egg hunts. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ishan Gala Foundation. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-234-4644,

Eggstravaganza at Stonefield


Look for the book symbol to find Festival of the Book events! You can also browse the entire StoryFest schedule on our online calendar.

Easter Traditions

70th Annual Dogwood Festival

Green Valley Book Fair

Easter Winemaker’s Brunch

19th Annual VSA Visual Arts Exhibit

April 20, 11am–1pm at The Shops at Stonefield Enjoy a family-friendly Easter celebration featuring an Easter egg hunt, portraits with the Easter Bunny, train rides, face painting, photo booth, and a petting zoo.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Brunch

April 21 at CrossKeys Vineyards, Mt. Crawford Enjoy a holiday feast with a fresh pastry station, brunch items like eggs and bacon, sauteed vegetables, crab and lobster cakes, biscuits and gravy, an ice cream and candy bar, and much more. 540-234-0505,

March 2–April 10 at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Huge selection of childrens’ books at 60–90 percent off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 800-385-0099,

March 9–August 23 at Carver Recreation Center Featuring works by area artists and promoting experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. 434-953-6286,

Heroes on the Hill Ski Day

March 10, 10am–5pm at Massanutten Ski Resort Free slope-use ticket with any valid military ID. Active, Non-Active, Veterans, and their dependents receive a slope-use ticket (up to 4 passes total). 540-289-4954,

Piedmont Regional Science Fair

March 14 at John Paul Jones Arena About 300 students in grades 6–12 representing more than 30 different schools in the annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair. 434-227-9062,

Annual Virginia Festival of the Book

March 20–24 at Various venues A five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy and literature. Programs include traditional author readings, book signings and more. Attend StoryFest on March 23 for a full day of free programs for children and teens. 434-924-6890,

National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20–April 14 at Washington, D.C. See this page.


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CAN Now–May 4 throughout Charlottesville HELP! The Dogwood Festival features a carnival, pageant, parade, fireworks, nighttime movies in the park, a dance and more. 434-961-9824,

April 20 & 21 at The Frontier Culture Museum Learn about Easter traditions from England, Germany and early America. Some of the activities include decorating traditional Easter Eggs, egg hunts, Easter cooking and games. 540-332-7850,

April 21, 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 with a Kite Day theme. 540-456-8000,

April 20, 12–1:30pm at Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville Arts and Crafts stations start at noon and then at 1pm. Children can hunt for the eggs hidden around the winery and vineyard. GoodWaffles&Co. will also be on-site. 540-832-7440,


March 20–April 14 at Washington, D.C. Celebrate spring, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Take a tour, stroll the mall, ride a Tidal Basin paddle boat and see the parade on April 13.

Step UP for Down Syndrome Charlottesville YOU CAN HELP!

March 24, 1–4pm at Blue Toad Cidery A family fun day for the community to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. There will be food, music, a silent auction and cider. The event is free, but registration is appreciated. 804-447-4713,



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7512 GREENWOOD STATION ROAD • $910,000 Spacious & charming c. 1895 home has been tastefully renovated & features 10 ft. ceilings, 5 beds, 3.5 baths, 3 decorative fireplaces, transom windows & hardwood floors. Enjoy 360 degrees of mountain views from spectacular stone porch. 5 level acres incl’ 1 acre fenced in yard. Liz Raney (434) 242-3889. MLS# 584970

A Million Blooms

April 1–June 1, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden See breathtaking blooms that color the landscape with beauty. Enjoy entertaining activities, exhibits and family events. Play and learn in the Children’s Garden, and more. 804-262-9887,

Heritage Day YOU CAN HELP!


April 6 at Graves’ Mountain Lodge Children 12 and under have a designated fishing area on the trout-stocked Rose River. There will be exhibits and activities for adults and children. Craft vendors and food and drink available for purchase. 540-923-4231,

Spring Tom Tom Founders Festival YOU CAN HELP!

April 8–14 at Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall Talks, workshops, panels, installations, concerts and parties. The converging disciplines of music, art, design, business, science and technology connect people and ideas with the resources necessary to impact the future. 919-749-3776,

Youth Innovation Conference

April 9 at The Paramount Theater Students, educators, entrepreneurs and civic leaders from across Virginia assemble for this high-energy, student-planned, student-led experiential program.

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Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac with tremendous views, this home lives large with 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and an attached studio/home office/guest suite. Welcoming kitchen and open concept casual dining space could be on the cover of Country Living Magazine − the finish detail is remarkable. This home has it all and many more features on your wish list including four wood burning fireplaces, full walk out basement with finished and unfinished storage space plus side entry, oversized 2-car garage. Tommy Brannock (434) 981-1486



2437 CHAPEL SPRING LANE • $1,595,000 Set in absolute tranquility & privacy yet w/ panoramic Blue Ridge views, this dramatic Georgian has been updated & expanded brilliantly. Russell Skinner designed the stunning great room addition & Charles Stick, the arresting landscape design. 2 large covered porches. Formal gardens, tennis court. MLS# 567008

2210 CAMARGO DRIVE • $1,250,000 On a dead quiet, family friendly street in the Meriwether Lewis district, this stone and hardiplank residence built in 2007 offers 1st floor master, open casual living spaces, covered porch, screening and wine tasting rooms on the lower level and 2 bluestone patios. MLS# 580821

2nd Annual Spring Kickoff YOU CAN HELP!


April 13, 10am–6pm at Oakland School, Troy Enjoy a silent auction, bounce houses, games, 5,000 egg hunt, food and more. Proceeds benefit Christian’s Purpose Funeral Relief Fund providing funeral relief for newborns and children that pass due to illness or accident.

11th Annual Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival & Duck Race

April 14, 11am–3pm at Bold Rock Cidery Field, Nellysford Annual kite festival sponsored by Rockfish Valley Foundation. Animal exhibits, plants and trails to walk. Free admission. 434-361-0271,

Ramps and Rails

April 27, 11am, 1pm & 3pm at Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Enjoy local arts, crafts and live music at this unique festival, and take a popular one-hour train ride. Trains depart from Elkins. 877-686-7245,


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{our town calendar} 15th Annual Dogwood Pancake Breakfast


April 27, 7–11am at First Baptist Church, 735 Park Street Enjoy pancakes with Kiwanis, support a great cause and then head to the Dogwood Festival Parade. Proceeds support Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life Foundation, whose mission is to “waterproof our community.”

April 27, 12–4pm at Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville Visit the mystical world of wizards for a day at Horton Vineyards, complete with games, different vendors, make-your-own wand stations and more. 540-832-7440, facebook. com/events/1936573109796216

best of the

wines Monticello American Viticultural Area

Spring Festival

April 28, 3–7pm at Fry’s Spring Beach Club Enjoy a magic show, bounce house, bubble ball and more while helping to raise funds for swimming scholarships.

Saturday, May 4

Hope Grows Celebration M E T T A V O L U T I O N


JUNE 5 with special guests

July 11


April 28 at King Family Vineyards CAN HELP! A fun and inspiring family-friendly event with lots of kid-friendly activities including a bounce slide, barn tour, fire truck rides and face painting, delicious food, drinks and live music. Have fun and learn about Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children and teens with medical needs. 434-977-3781,

MARKETS & BAZAARS Winter Farmers Market

Now–March 23, Saturdays, 9am–1pm at IX Art Park 434-207-2355, with special guest Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Sept. 12

Dogwood Tree Sale

YOU March 28–30 CAN at Barracks Road Shopping Center HELP! Your purchase of a dogwood tree will help benefit the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. White, pink and red dogwoods available while supplies last—most years sell out by noon. 434-961-9824,

Forest Lakes Farmers Market

ALL SHOWS ON SALE NOW TICKETS:, Downtown Visitor Center, 877-CPAV-TIX


March/April 2019

Late April–October, Tuesdays, 4–7pm at Forest Lakes South 434-531-2733,

March 11 & 16–23, 10am–6pm at YOU CAN Aldersgate United Methodist Church HELP! Semi-annual kids’ consignment sale that offers gently used clothes, toys and gear, and benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church’s outreach efforts. 434-973-5806,

Tom Tom Block Party

Wizarding Winery

Grand Tasting Event

Here Wee Grow Again!

April 12–14, 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.

STAGE & SCREEN Richmond Ballet

March 13, 7:30pm at Piedmont Virginia Community College The Richmond Ballet performs new works and classical ballet. 434-977-3900,

Tour The Paramount Theater!

March 16 & 26, 11am on 3/16, 12pm & 5:30pm on 3/26 at The Paramount Theater Enjoy a free historical backstage tour of the theater. 434-979-1933,

Disney’s Brave [PG]

March 17, 2pm at The Paramount Theater See Princess Merida use her bravery to make her own path. 434-979-1933,

From Page to Stage: The Empty Pot

March 20 & 21, 1–2pm at Worksource Enterprises Wednesday; Carver Recreation Center Thursday Students from Albemarle County Public Schools Post High and Charlottesville High School Parkside will perform a play based on the book, The Empty Pot, by Demi. 434-924-3296,

WVPT WHTJ PBS Presents “A Morning with Clifford the Big Red Dog”

March 23, 9am at The Paramount Theater This free event includes a visit and with Clifford, a free book to each family, and Clifford on the big screen. Registration recommended. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!

Disney’s Finding Nemo [G]

April 1, 11am at The Paramount Theater Families can see Disney’s Finding Nemo on the big screen. 434-979-1333,

Disney’s Cars [G]

April 4, 11am at The Paramount Theater School’s out for Spring Break. Head to The Paramount for this Monday Movie Matinee. 434-979-1333,

Disney’s Black Panther [PG-13]

April 4, 2pm at The Paramount Theater School’s out for spring break. Head to The Paramount for special weekday Matinee Movie times. 434-979-1333,

Hot Wheels Monster Truck Live

April 13 & 14, 7:30pm on 4/13, 3pm on 4/14 at John Paul Jones Arena Hot Wheels’ iconic jumps, stunts, crashes and epic smashes deliver an exhilarating family entertainment experience for kids of all ages. 434-243-4960,

Tour the Paramount Theater

April 13 & 23, 11am on 4/13, 12pm & 5:30pm on 4/23 at The Paramount Theater Learn about the theater’s beginnings, discover the history and see the backstage. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. 434-979-1333,

accept birthday wishes. 540-672-2728,

Founder’s Day and Jefferson’s Birthday Celebration

April 12, 9:45–11am at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Monticello will mark the 276th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth with a celebration and ceremony on the West Lawn. 434-984-9800,

Annual Highland Sheep Shearing at Highland

April 28, 2–4pm at James Monroe’s Highland Tom Stanley will demonstrate the New Zealand sheep shearing method. See traditional wool carding and spinning demonstrations following the shearing. If the weather is favorable, visitors are encouraged to enjoy a picnic on the grounds. 434-293-8000,



James Madison’s Birthday Celebration

Tinkergarten Class at Mint Springs

March 16, 1:30pm ceremony, 11am & 3pm in-depth tours at James Madison’s Montpelier Commemorate the 268th birthday of James Madison during the annual wreath-laying ceremony. In the House, Mr. Madison will

Now–March 12, Tuesdays, 10–11:15am at Mint Springs Valley Park, Crozet Children aged 18 months to 5 years old are invited to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play.

Pictures & Pages with Glynis Welte

March 6, April 3 & May 1, 10–11am at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA Start with a book and then go look as you take a visit to share stories, music and movement. Stories will help enrich the art experience of the current exhibit. Ages 2-4. 434-243-2050,

Kids in the Kitchen

March 16, 9am–1pm at Boys and Girls Club, Cherry Avenue Join the Junior League of Charlottesville for a free event for kids of all ages, featuring a morning of healthy activities, delicious snacks and exciting games for the whole family. 703-980-9108,

“Baba, your story has truth in it, I like that. ..”

March 20, 6–7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Baba Jamal Koram unfolds childrens’ tales that each convey a lesson like standing up for what’s right, caring for our earth and its animals, and believing in the good in everyone. This storytime will include drumming and lots of audience participation.

Walk Pre-Registration: January 1- April 5 Walk Registration: April 6TH from 8:30AM-9:45AM Walk Kick-Off: 10AM Post-Walk Party in the Park: 11AM-12:30PM


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Block Play

FEST for kids & teens

Saturday, March 23 9:00 AM-5:30 PM Downtown Charlottesville

March 22, 10:30–11:30am at Crozet Library Through play with blocks, babies learn about math, physics and language, all while using their motor and social skills. The library will provide a variety of block stations for you and your little one to explore. Ages 6–35 months. Drop-ins welcome. 434-823-4050,

Creation Station

March 22 & April 26, 3:30–4:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Create with UVA Madison House volunteers. There will be a different project each week to explore. STEAM ahead with hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math. For all ages. 434-296-5544,

24th Annual Book Swap

March 23, 10am–12pm at Central Library Bring gently used books and trade for new-toyou books. Free and fun for all ages.

Wild About Reading

March 23, 10:30–11:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum WHTJ / WVPT PBS and the Virginia Discovery Museum will host some of Virginia’s feathered and furry friends with Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet wild animals and learn how human activities can affect animals.

Storytime Marathon

featuring FREE programs for ALL AGES with authors and illustrators part of the

March 23, 2–4pm at Central Library A selection of beloved childrens’ authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities for children ages 3–6. Parents are welcome to join in as well, and drop-ins are encouraged at this informal program. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud co-host!

Prove Yourself: Strong Characters in Middle-Grade Fiction

March 23, 2–3:30pm at the Village School J.H. Diehl (Tiny Infinities), Laura Shovan (Takedown) and Angie Smibert (Lingering Echoes) discuss their middle-grade novels and their characters’ encounters with friends, family and the struggle to prove themselves. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud co-host!

Letters About Literature Celebration

VABOOK.ORG #VaBookFest 22

March/April 2019

March 23, 4–5:30pm at Central Library Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson (The Real McCoys) give honorary remarks to kick off this celebration of Virginia students who were selected as winners and honorable mentions in the statewide 2018 Letters About Literature competition. Select students will also be invited to read from their notable entries. 434-979-7151,

Cuentos y Canciones Bilingual Storytime March 27, April 24 & May 22, Fourth Wednesdays, 4–4:30pm at Central Library Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages. 434-979-7151,

LEGO Mania

March 28, April 18 & May 30, Thursdays, 4–5pm at Central Library Meet up with other LEGO-minded people and construct your very own masterpieces. Just bring along your creative mind, and the library will supply the building materials. Ages 5+. No younger siblings, please. 434-979-7151,

Homeschool Day at Montpelier

April 1, 9am–5pm at James Madison’s Montpelier, Orange Enjoy a day at Montpelier designed specially for homeschooling families, or any family seeking a fun day out. 540-672-2728,

April Fool’s Paws to Read

April 1, 4–5pm at Central Library Get in line to read with a therapy lion. Read a funny story and watch out for wacky things with certified therapy dog Stella. For any young reader. 434-823-4050,

LEGO at the Library

April 2, 2–3pm at Crozet Library Join other master builders for an hour of openended, block-building fun. The library provides the LEGOs, you bring your imagination. Ages 5–11. Required registration. 434-823-4050,

Cupcake Smash: Smash Bros. Tournament & Cupcake Tasting

April 2, 4:30–6pm at Northside Library Smash your opponents, then celebrate with a personally-customized cupcake. Not a Smash Bros. aficionado? Gobble cupcakes while watching your friends destroy the competition. 434-973-7893,

Read-Aloud Crowd: Poetry Power

April 17, 3:30–4:15pm at Gordon Avenue Library Visit the library to enjoy a story and share some fun. Grades K–2. 434-296-5544,

Be the Book Club

April 17, 4–5pm at Central Library Learn acting exercises, expand your imagination and help bring some books to life. 434-979-7151,

Family Art JAMs

April 20 at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on activities. Parents/adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. 434-243-2050,


{our town calendar} 16th Annual Charlottesville

FESTIVAL OF CULTURES May 11, 2019 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Washington Park

6th Annual Bow-WOW-Walk

April 6, 8:30am at IX Art Park. See page 25.

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



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Fun for the whole family!

Sunday April 14th 12noon–4pm

Portion of cider sales donated to IGF

CASTLE HILL CIDER 6065 Turkey Sag Road Keswick

Visit for tickets

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

9th Annual Run for Home 8K/4K Walk

March 9, 8am–5pm at The Haven YOU Just before the big Cville 10-Miler, this serves CAN as a great training race. All participants receive HELP! a Haven running hat and a healthy breakfast after the race. 434-973-1234, race/va/charlottesville/thehaven8krunforhome

The Original Harlem Globetrotters

March 15, 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena With incredible ball-handling wizardry, amazing dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and on-court fan interaction, this event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family. 434-243-4960,

2019 Charlottesville Ten Miler

March 23, 7:15am YOU This 10-mile run through Charlottesville CAN HELP! raises money for local charities. This year’s primary beneficiary is Computers4Kids.

Rustic Trail Hike


The Ishan Gala Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible.


March/April 2019

March 30, 9:15–11:30am at Route 53 parking area of the Saunders-Monticello Trail Take an informal ramble along one of the park’s many rustic woodland paths to learn


about the natural history of the area and enjoy the season’s natural beauty. 434-984-9800,

Native Plants in Your Garden

April 1, 11am–12pm at Northside Library Learn from a master gardener about the benefits of native plants and discover some great plant options for your landscape. 434-973-7893,

Charlottesville Marathon/Half Marathon/Marathon Relay/8K/Kids’ Mile



TYPE 1 DIABETES Together, we can turn type one into typenone

April 6, Times vary per race at Downtown Charlottesville From a marathon on one of the most scenic courses in the East to a Kids’ Mile, there’s a race for every member of the family. Registration required. 434-218-0402,

6th Annual Bow-WOW-Walk YOU CAN HELP!

April 6, 8:30am–12:30pm at IX Art Park A K-9 2.5K to support the animals and life-saving programs of the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle SPCA. After the walk, enjoy a post-walk festival at IX Art Park. 434-973-5959, e218917

Run for Autism 5K YOU CAN HELP!

April 13, 7:30am kids race, 8am 5K at Charlottesville High School Support the Virginia Institute of Autism with a fun morning of running and walking. Families, children and adults with disabilities are welcome. 434-923-8252,

Join us on April 13th, 2019 at 10:30 am at Albemarle High School  Donate or Register:


{our town calendar} Earth Day 5K and Family Fun Run




April 13, 8:30am 5K, 9:30am family fun run CAN HELP! at Rockfish River Elementary School, Afton The moderate 5K run/walk is open to kids ages 8 and up, and the one-mile fun run/walk is open to all ages. Dogs must be on a leash. Post-race festivities include music and refreshments.

JDRF Community One Walk

Saturday, May 11 Toddler Scramble; Quarter-Mile, Half-Mile, and Mile Track Races; and Sibling and Parent/Child Relays for Kids 3-14 and Adults at Monticello High School Early Registration Deadline: May 5

Dash Training Clinic Meet UVA Track & Field/Cross Country and learn the long jump, high jump, shot put, hurdles, distance running, and more! April 6 | Free | Ages 3-12 Register:

CharlottesvilleFamily | (434) 977-1025 x102


Thank You to CharlottesvilleFamily for Donating This Ad on Behalf of the Museum

Favorite Award Winner

April 13, 10:30am at Albemarle High School From 11am–12:30pm there will be activities, games, entertainment and food for the whole family to enjoy followed by a two-mile walk around the track. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!

UVA MEd School 5K

April 14, 8am–5pm at Nameless Field, UVA Grounds Run or walk for a good cause at this benefit race for Camp Holiday Trails. 434-977-3781,


National Junior Ranger Park Day

April 20, 9am–5pm at Shenandoah National Park A full day of fun activities to celebrate the NPS and get kids of all ages connected to their national park. 540-999-3500,

Grand Caverns Signature 5K


CAN April 26, 6:30–9pm HELP! at Grand Caverns Park, Grottoes All runners (and walkers) welcome. Even your supporters will have fun (and food). All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new playground at the Grand Caverns Park.

Girl Scout Day at Highland

April 27, 10am–12pm at James Monroe’s Highland Experience arts and crafts outdoors at the home of the fifth president of the United States. Program is available to Brownies and Juniors. Girls must attend with an adult (over 18 years old) who stays with them at the event. 434-293-8000,

OPEN HOUSES CWS Early Childhood Open House Now–March 9, 10am–12pm at Charlottesville Waldorf School 434-973-4946,

Early Childhood Open House March 9, 10am–12pm at Charlottesville Waldorf School 434-973-4946,

Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community Open House March 23, 11am–1pm at Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community 434-244-2471,


March/April 2019


MAY 11 & 12




Homeschool Day Monday, April 1, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy a day at Montpelier

designed specially for homeschooling families, or any family seeking a fun day out. $10/adult; $5/children ages 6-14 free for children under 6 540.672.2728 x402 HomeschoolDay2018.indd 1

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{our town calendar} Oakland School Open House

April 12, 10am–12pm at Oakland School, Troy RSVP. 434-293-9059,

Tandem Friends Admissions Information Session April 30, 9–10:30am at Tandem Friends School, Main Building, Blue Room 434-951-9314,

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS Creative Writing Club

Now–May 15, Third Wednesdays, 5–6pm at Northside Library Looking for a welcoming space to collaborate and get constructive feedback on your writing? Come to Northside Library each month. All creative writing is welcome, including poetry, nonfiction and fanfiction. 434-973-7893,

Board in the Library

The Original Harlem Globetrotters March 15, 7pm at the John Paul Jones Arena. See page 24.

Now–May 21, Third Tuesdays, 6:30–8pm at Northside Library Come play classic board games or try your hand at a Wii tournament in the Teen Room. Bring a friend or make a new one. Snacks will be provided. 434-973-7893,

In celebration of the Virginia Festival of the Book, WVPT WHTJ PBS Presents

A Morning with Clifford the Big Red Dog Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 9:00-10:00 AM The Paramount Theater • 215 E Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902

• A visit and photo opportunity with Clifford!

• One free book for every family! • 30-minute video of Clifford on the big screen! • FREE!

Registration is recommended:


March/April 2019


Raise FinanciallyAware Kids April 3 • 11am or 4pm

Colonnade Club (Pavilion VII) at UVA



Children’s CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2018

Consignment Sale


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Gently Used Children’s Clothing, Toys, Baby Equipment and lots more!



“CHOOSE YOUR CHARITY” Preview Event! Monday, March 11, 2019 • 10am-6pm • $5 Entry Fee SALE DATES: March 16-23 (Closed Sunday) (Restocking dates are March 12-14— sale closed.) Heroes’ Pre-sale! March 15, 10am-6pm for active duty military, first responders, and nurses. ID and/or pass req’d. See website for info.

Consign with us and receive 65% of your sales! Easiest tagging process around! Volunteer with us and shop first! (You are not required to consign in order to volunteer.)

“ extremely well-organized sale...the best run sale I know of!!” ~Helen S.

1500 East Rio Rd. Charlottesville

For sale hours, volunteer and SPONSORSHIP opportunities:


Riverfest • May 4

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

Sponsored by

The Legacy FoundaTion

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2018


For more information:


{our town calendar} Anime Club

March 4, April 1 & May 6, Mondays, 6:30–8pm at Northside Library Explore Japanese culture and watch episodes of your favorite anime flicks with friends, all while enjoying snacks like Pocky. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14. 434-973-7893,

Novel Chat Book Club

March 25 & April 29 at Northside Library Discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month, you will be reading to a different theme. 434-973-7893,

High School Girls Engineering Day

Laying foundations for a lifetime of global citizenship

March 30 at UVA School of Engineering & Applied Sciences A comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a professional panel, lab tours and an overnight stay with current engineering students.

with language immersion programs in French and Spanish

Call today to schedule your tour!

Part- and full-time Preschool with flexible Extra Care After-school Enrichment & tutoring programs for elementary-aged children Previous exposure to French or Spanish is not required

For enrollment information email: call: (434) 984-2174 or visit us online

830 Monticello Avenue in Downtown Charlottesville

Give the Gift of Charlottesville with 100% Local Ingredients


Now–July 27, Fourth Saturdays every other month, 9am–12pm at PVCC Main Building, Room M154 Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at

Life After High School Transition & Resource Fair

March 16 at PVCC Main Building This event features presentations, resource fair with exhibitors, door prizes, food and refreshments. Registration is requested. The Parent Resource Center provides information and support to parents of children with disabilities/special needs. 434-975-9400,

2019 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair

Custom-made to suit every step of your gift needs from Welcome Bags to Thank You Gifts, our thoughtfully curated selection of locally made artisan foods, wines and craft beverages will make your luxury gift uniquely Charlottesville.


4416 Ivy Commons (located in the village of Ivy) | • 434-295-0306


March/April 2019

March 22–23 at Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, Williamsburg Keynote speaker Joy Hakim, renowned author of the illustrated 10 volume series, “A History of US.” Featured speaker Noah Scalin, internationally known artist who captured the public’s attention in 2007 with his Webby Award-winning project, “Skull-a-Day.” Enjoy a variety of sessions, family programming, food and shopping. 540-850-5599,

Yes, You Can! Raise Financially Aware Kids

April 3, 11am or 4pm at the Colonnade Club at UVA (Pavilion VII) Enjoy a comprehensive seminar on teaching your children vital, often overlooked financial skills with guest speaker Nate Morris from American Century Investments. 434-971-5917,


24th Annual ReadyKids Community Breakfast

April 15, 8–9:30am at Omni Hotel The Community Breakfast increases awareness of the needs of children and families in our community by bringing together over 200 guests from the community at large. 434-296-4118,

Portraits with Baby Chicks

April 20, 8am–4pm at King Family Vineyards Mini sessions just in time for Easter. To make your portrait session even more fun there will be baby chicks on site available to be a part of your family portrait. Limited availability so call or email Aaron Watson Photography. 434-202-8031,

National Junior Ranger Park Day

April 20, 9am–5pm at Shenandoah National Park. See page 26.



Festival! Sunday, April 28 • 3-7pm

Magic Show, bounce house, bubble ball, circus and more fun for kids! Food and drinks tents! Help raise funds for swimming scholarships: all proceeds benefit local low-income and refugee children

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In honor of Father’s Day and all of our irreplaceable dads, we are hosting Bumble’s Dad & Me “Having Fun” Contest. Whether you are doing a craft, going fishing, watching a sporting event, going to a father-daughter dance or learning something, we want to see it. Submit a photo of you and your dad just having fun for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

Sponsored by:

Keep an eye on and our Facebook page for contest details!


Do you crack your friends up with funny tales of your toddler? Have you always dreamt of being a writer? Do you have Facebook friends telling you they look forward to reading your posts because it gives them a lift to their day? Being a mother is perhaps one of the most rewarding— and sometimes challenging—jobs in the world. Once again, we want to celebrate Mother’s Day by hosting our third annual Mother’s Day Essay

Being a mother is perhaps one of the most rewarding—and sometimes challenging—jobs in the world.

We want to once again celebrate Mother’s Day by hosting our fourth annual Mother’s Day Essay Contest! We look forward to reading your submissions!


March/April 2019

Contest! The winning essay(s) will be published in the May/June issue of CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom magazine and will receive a wonderful gift basket from the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop. In your essay, written in first person, please describe your most memorable mother moments or what you love most about being a mother. Entries can be funny or heartwarming—it’s up to you! Essays must be 500 words and submitted by email to our Senior Editor by Wednesday, April 10. Sponsored by

Go to for contest rules and guidelines!

DATE NIGHT Spring Oyster Festival at Early Mountain Vineyards

Full service dentistry for children with Medicaid

March 9–10, 12–5pm at Early Mountain Vineyards Enjoy oysters, live music, Virginia wine and great food. 540-948-9005,

Paramount Presents: Danú – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 14, 7:30pm at The Paramount Theater Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. 434-979-1333,

UVA Chamber Music Series Presents Rivanna String Quartet

March 31, 3:30pm at Old Cabell Hall, UVA Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents the Rivanna String Quartet. 434-924-3376,

Seamus Egan Project

April 6, 8–10pm at The Front Porch Seamus Egan, founding member of the seminal band Solas, is touring for the first time ever, introducing fans to his immense and influential catalog of music and sharing tracks old and new. 201-925-4464,

Win a free Regal movie ticket when you come 3 visits in a row with no cavities!

Emergency services for adults over 21 with Medicaid

Translation in multiple languages available

Call now to schedule an appointment 434.293.9300

259 Hydraulic Ridge Rd. Suite 101. Charlottesville Located across from Albemarle High School

L.Y.A.O Comedy With Chris Alan

April 12, 8pm, doors open at 6:30pm at The Southern Cafe & Music Hall Rory Scovel is a stand-up comedian who is currently with Richmond Funnybone as an emcee/feature. 434-977-5590,

Spring Fling Party

April 13, 11am–6pm at Virginia Distillery Co. Embrace Virginia’s spring weather by lounging outside on the back patio. Sip seasonally inspired cocktails while enjoying live music. A food truck will be on-site all day. 434-285-2900,

86th Annual Historic Garden Week

April 27–May 4 throughout Virginia This eight-day statewide event provides visitors an opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of springtime, as well as beautiful houses with flower arrangements by Garden Club of Virginia members. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor!

Jersey Boys

April 28, 8pm at John Paul Jones Arena From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. 434-243-4960,


Share a moment, change a life! Discover the skills you already have to be a foster parent.

On any given day, there are nearly 443,000 children in foster care in the United States, and over 7,000 of these children reside in Virginia.

People Places offers:

• Foster care & adoption services • Parent training & support • Counseling & Mentoring services And more! “I can see lives changing while we do the ordinary, everyday things that families do.”

—People Places foster parent

Call us today! Staunton: (540) 885-8841 Charlottesville: (434) 979-0335 Harrisonburg: (540) 437-1857


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Pregnancy Skin Care Tips for Maintaining A Healthy Pregnancy Glow

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Stroll into any drugstore and you’ll find skincare products prominently displayed within steps of the entrance. In March of 2018, Reuters reported that the U.S. cosmetics industry was valued at 532.43 billion. And, while we may think of adolescence and aging as the big thresholds of change in our skin, pregnancy marks another important time of transition and opportunity. Fluctuating hormone levels, immune system changes, diet and sleep can all affect the health and appearance of an expectant mom’s complexion. Here are some tips for maintaining your healthy glow while your baby grows. The Basics. Healthy food, ample rest and good hydration—what’s always been good for you and your skin still is beneficial. For your pregnancy diet, zero-in on unprocessed foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains/ nuts/seeds/legumes and meat/dairy produced without hormones, chemicals and antibiotics. Strive for eight hours of sleep, and at least eight glasses of by Whitney Woollerton Morrill water per day. Change is Part of the Package. Pregnancy-induced skin discolorations may occur in some women. Moms-to-be may notice darkened areas, scars and freckles, prompted by increased levels of melanin in the body. Melasma, aka “the mask of pregnancy,” consists of dark patches that appear on the face, neck and arms. Also tied to elevated melanin, brown or grey melasma patches can be mitigated somewhat by reducing sun exposure, and may fade in the year after delivery. Linea Nigra refers to a dark, vertical line between the navel and pubic bone prompted by increased hormone levels. It too may diminish in the months and years postpartum. Acne. No one wants to revisit the breakouts of adolescence, but women frequently experience acne when pregnant. The good news is that it typically improves in the second and third trimesters. Many over-the-counter and prescription acne medications aren’t safe for pregnancy, so focus on For safety reviews and good hygiene, and ask your OB-GYN about safe options to rankings on beauty improve your complexion. products, check the Stretch Marks. Perhaps the most commonly treated Environmental Working pregnancy skin condition, stretch marks are the unwelcome Group’s Skin Deep TM Database at result of fractured collagen and elastin in the skin. Stretch marks may have a genetic component, and are the target of many expensive creams. Before using any product, check the ingredients and consult with your doctor before applying any treatment containing medication. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) website, “If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before treating stretch marks. Some products contain ingredients such as retinol that can harm your baby.” Read Up. Speaking of labels, expand your ingredient scrutiny to any product you put on your skin, be it lotions, creams or makeup. Shopping at local health food stores can cut your work in half; knowledgeable staff screen inventory and can direct you to products that are all natural and safe for use during pregnancy (but again, verify ingredients yourself).


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My husband and I don’t always see eye-to-eye on disciplining, and we do our best to not to undermine each other in front of the kids. But, how can we better handle the times we disagree? Good for you for not undermining each other in the front of the kids. That would not only leave the children confused but also send them always seeking out the “easy” parent for permission, casting the other parent into the role of the heavy. When I talk with parents who disagree, there are usually a couple of different things they disagree about. One is about philosophy—what should the rules be, how much should we supervise the kids, what are reasonable rewards and punishments. Oftentimes, differences here come from their own childhoods and family cultures. But, sometimes the problem isn’t that the parents are on different pages, but that they disagree on how to emotionally handle situations, such as one parent feeling the other gets angrier or harsher than is necessary. Obviously, what you ideally want to do is have calm and rational conversations outside the heat of a particular situation. But, these conversations can become by Bob Taibbi difficult in a couple of ways. One is that they can easily turn into a power struggle, where it’s a question of whose way is going to come out on top. Money, sex and children are often the power issues in relationships where resentments in other areas of the relationship fuel the power struggle. If you feel this may be going on, you need to have a conversation about these larger issues, or get support and guidance from a professional. The other way these conversations can get derailed is that you are both essentially confusing means and ends—you argue about how to solve a problem, such as what consequences to use—and in the process lose sight of what you are trying to achieve. If this is happening, see if you can come up with some common goals and guidelines that you both can agree on, and allow wiggle room for your individual styles. And then, do your best to work as a team, backing each other up around the goal and helping each other out when one of you begins to get overwhelmed. Our son has severe acne and is struggling with his confidence. We have seen dermatologists for months and have been trying new treatments. However, kids at school are making remarks, and each Email your parenting time, he gets down on himself even more. How can we reassure him concerns and queries to that this isn’t permanent and boost up his confidence? Yours might be included in For children and teens, months can feel like forever. I’d start an upcoming issue! by setting up a meeting with your son and the doctor. The purpose of this “white coat” intervention is to relieve you from being the sole messenger: the doctor can explain in your child’s language the details of treatment, and answer your child’s questions. Next, help your child develop some “lines”—a standard response he can say when other kids ask questions or make comments—so he isn’t constantly trying to think on his feet. And, if you feel he is being bullied or excessively teased about this, don’t hesitate to talk to the school officials so they can deal with it on their end. Finally, you want to not only be sympathetic to your son’s feelings but also expand his sense of self beyond his acne, such as becoming engaged in activities that he enjoys and is good at. Activities that involve friends who accept him for who he is, activities that challenge him and that he can accomplish will help increase his self-confidence.


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Birthday Traditions Kids Love Give Your Child Memorable Traditions by Corrine


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Are you stressed out about planning

My twins’ 6-year birthday is coming

bigger, flashier and cost more money, I

a kid birthday party? Don’t worry about

up, and honestly, I haven’t done a

remember how at every party, they run

it. What’s important is figuring out the

thing. I haven’t planned a party, made a

past the intricately decorated table with

primary things your child enjoys doing

reservation anywhere or even thought

food cut out in the shape of stars and

or has an interest in and bringing those

about presents. The actual thought of

dinosaurs and hightail it straight to their

to life, and all while surrounding him or

going through the dance of planning a


her with the people that care about them

birthday party right now is overwhelming,

Kids aren’t focused on the details


and even more intimidating when I open

like fancy-striped straws, food labels

Perhaps your little one loves playing

up Pinterest to surf for ideas, and see the

or the glitter that was stuffed into their

putt putt in the backyard with dad, or

lengths that parents go to decorate their

invitations (please parents, don’t do this!).

your little princess loves playing dress up.

homes for their child’s birthday party.

The sooner we parents realize that

Whatever it is that they are into at the

I threw a big second and third

the party is about celebrating our child,

moment, there are ways to incorporate

birthday party, and both times, wished I

the faster we can let go of the pressure to

them into their big day.

would have spent less money and gone

throw the perfect party and focus on the

It’s important to remember that what

a simpler route. So, on their fourth and

important thing—making our child feel

kids remember are the people and the

fifth birthday, we had a small party in our

special on their birthday.

memories made. So, create memorable

backyard with only a few close friends

It doesn’t matter if the birthday party

birthday traditions for lasting memories.

and it was fantastic, not to mention

is at a park, sitting around your own

These are unique and fun “Birthday

stress-free and inexpensive.

dining room table or at one of the fun

Traditions” kids will love, and parents,

When I find myself being sucked

spots in town that you choose to rent.

too—ones that will be cherished longer

into the trap of comparing my children’s

What they care about most are things

than any present they will receive.

birthday parties to their friends’ who are

like their friends, having yummy dessert


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1) Kicking off Birthday Traditions Starts Early. From dawn until nightfall, surprise your child with little things that make them smile and birthday traditions that stand out. There are a couple different ways to start off the morning when they open the door to their room. Balloon Doorway Avalanche. Cover the door from edge to edge with clear plastic and put balloons between the closed door and the plastic. When your child opens the door, all the balloons will fall into their bedroom and give them a big surprise! First, loosely tape a clear tablecloth or plastic tarp to both sides of the doorframe. Using painter’s tape will help protect surfaces. Start by taping along the bottom and work your way up – remember to leave room for the balloons! When you are almost to the top, add the balloons, and then secure the top with tape. Crepe Paper Doorway. If a balloon avalanche might be too much of a shock to your child or they would need to get out of their room in the middle of the night to use the restroom, you might want to go a different route. Instead, hang crepe paper streamers in long strings next to one another from the top of the door ledge. When they get up in the morning, they can walk right through the doorway streamers. Balloons in The Bedroom. Sneak into your daughter’s or son’s room after they’re asleep and cover the floor with


balloons—or helium balloons that will stay at the ceiling. Want something even more unique? Spread the joy in unexpected places like filling the bathtub, their closet or your car with balloons.


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Put a Gift Under The Pillow. Place a small gift, special treat or little note under their pillow for them to see and enjoy first thing in the morning. A simple note that says “I Love You” will mean a lot to your child.

2) Decorate Your House for A Fun Birthday Tradition to Wake Up To.

Before you inflate a

I love to decorate the night before so

handful of balloons, slip

my kids wake up the next day surprised.

a couple notes, a movie

This is an easy birthday tradition to set up in minutes! My kids get a kick out of birthday decorations, plus they’re inexpensive and add a lot of cheerfulness to every room I decorate. I love hanging balloons from

ticket, a voucher for an activity, a dollar bill or even a small piece of candy inside each one.

the ceiling above the dining table, on the stair rail and in their bathroom. Strings of pennants are easy to hang as well as crepe paper streamers.

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Have everyone in your family—your spouse, partner, siblings, friends and other

Jazz up any meal by adding a birthday candle. For breakfast, toss a candle onto a stack of pancakes, a muffin, French toast or even eggs.

family—send a special card to your child

gifts. They’re about traditions and making

on their birthday. They’ll be checking the

lasting memories with your children. You

mail in anticipation, and the small stack

can still throw a kid’s birthday party

of birthday cards will make their day!

without going over budget, and by taking

7) Write a Heartfelt Letter Every Year. Every year on your child’s birthday, write them a heartfelt letter you can

advantage of the modern etiquette of planning a kid’s birthday party, you’ll be sure to give them everything they could ever want.

either give to them or save for when they

It will never be the size of the party

turn 18. In lieu of a letter, you can keep a

they remember, it’s how you made

journal with your son or daughter, too. The

them feel on their birthday. And making

journal could be where you write notes,

someone feel loved and cherished with

feelings, doodles and letters to each other.

special birthday traditions is the perfect

Be sure to write without judgment but


with respect, encouragement, empathy and praise.

Don’t forget to document the day with an obligatory birthday photo and birthday

8) The Birthday Fairy.


I love the idea of the birthday fairy as a fun tradition. Each year, the birthday fairy visits your child and fills the person’s shoe with quarters. They bring one quarter for each year, plus one extra for good luck! Read more about the tradition of the birthday fairy on Special Birthday Traditions: Please Remember…

Corinne created The Pragmatic Parent, where this article can originally be seen, for the everyday parent so they know they aren’t alone. She loves helping others implement positive, effective parenting strategies, and take steps to simplify life with kids so they can find more joy in motherhood.

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by Katherine Firsching

Spring Break is just around the corner! Do you have your week of fun planned out for the family? If you’re looking for places you and your kids can venture to this year for an exciting and memorable staycation, you’ve come to the right place. These tried-and-true selections are only a 54

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few of our countless favorites. We’ve provided you with everything you’ll need to plan your outing with ease, from helpful tips to important activity details. As always, be sure to call ahead and check for times and availability.

7 Daytrip Ideas for 7 Days of Fun Explore More Discovery Museum

Sunspots Studios & Glassblowing / The Glass Palette

(Harrisonburg) 1–2 hour drive This



(Staunton/Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive


At Sunspots, watch red-hot molten glass

learn by exploring their surroundings.

being formed into beautiful objects. Each

The museum’s appreciation for a child’s

work of art is made of glass and copper

broad spectrum of learning inspires

on-site with furnaces blazing. You can

their visual, auditory and tactile exhibits

watch the artists in action, but call ahead

where little ones can engage their minds

to be sure there will be someone blowing

and bodies. The adventure begins with

that day. In May, you’ll be able to enjoy

construction and building toys in the

the Virginia Hot Glass Festival, where

hands-on museum. Next, guests are

artists demonstrate their techniques and

invited to check out the TV studio, garage

artistry, held right at the studio. Once

service center, farm and farmers markets

you’ve watched artists at work, head

exhibits, as well as the art center, the

to The Glass Palette where all ages are

science area and the theater—complete

invited to create with glass. Materials,

with curtains, costumes and lighting

tools and instructions are provided, and

that pint-sized stagehands can manage.

a variety of classes and workshops are

This museum packs a lot of learning and

available for making stained glass or

fun into its cozy confines, and admission

mosaics, sand etching, carving and more.

is free on the first Friday of each month • (540) 885-0678

between 4–7 p.m. • (434) 977-9009


photo: Explore More Discovery Museum

photo: Science Museum of Virginia / RMCVB



that • (540) 422-8900

(Richmond) 1–2 hour drive

American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse

Imagine yourself climbing into a Piper

(Staunton) 0–1 hour drive

Cub Airplane or a Friendship 7 spaceship

Shakespeare comes to life at Blackfriars

replica. You can do this and much more at

Playhouse in Staunton. Constructed as

the Science Museum of Virginia, occupying

the world’s only replica of Shakespeare’s

the historic Broad Street train station.

original indoor theater, this beautiful 300-

It offers hundreds of hands-on exhibits

seat playhouse transports visitors back


Science Museum of Virginia

photo: Sunspots Studios & Glassblowing


to the Elizabethan era. Be sure to arrive

electricity, biology, aeronautics, chemistry




early, as seats are first-come, first-served.

and more. As an added bonus, the five-

For those who do arrive early, you will

story, domed screen IMAX Theater will

likely find a fun pre-show to entertain you

make you feel as if you are a part of the

while you wait. Five new shows will be

action (separate charge). Lectures, special

featured in the 2019 Actor’s Renaissance

events, astronomy activities and many

season. When visiting, be sure to visit

workshops are posted on their website. Be

the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

sure to also visit the Children’s Museum

as well, which is a mere hop, skip and a

of Richmond, which is right next door.

jump from the playhouse. • (804) 864-1400 (877) 682-4236

photo: American Shakespeare Center


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photo: Frontier Culture Museum/FCM

Frontier Culture Museum (Staunton) 0–1 hour drive Visiting the Frontier Culture Museum is a bit like a whirlwind tour of Old Europe in the 1600s and 1700s. This popular living history museum hosts 11 outdoor exhibits perfect for the spring and made up of original buildings from England, Ireland, West





which have been carefully documented, dismantled, transported to the Staunton site and restored. Visitors of the museum will learn about the Old World origins of this country’s first immigrants, including how they lived in their homeland and how their diverse culture molded our country. Hands-on




costumed interpreters and real working farms make this a great time for the whole family. Be sure to check their website for

Be an InsIder Get the latest updates on area fun and news!

dates and themes for the Toddler & Preschooler Frontier Time program. • (540) 332-7850

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Metro Richmond Zoo (Moseley) 1–2 hour drive No, the Richmond Zoo is not an urban myth! Personally verified by us, this 120acre haven for 2,000 plus animals with 180 plus species is thriving. Famed for their primates (the largest collection in the U.S.), this zoo boasts more than two-

dozen species from pygmy marmosets to

where they can take a miniature bateau

an orangutan. You not only can see lions,

through locks and canals, perfect for a

bears, camels, tigers and kangaroos, but

Spring Break day. The museum also offers

also can see exotic birds, koi, turtles and


peacocks. Special exhibits house prairie

Toddler Tales, Baby Meet and Greet, Little

dogs, bats and snakes. Purchase a cup of

Learners and Great Artists. Skateboarders

food at the entrance to feed the giraffes

can practice their ollies and nollies at

up on the bridge, bringing you face-to-

the adjacent 14,000-square-foot Rotary

face with the long-necked beauties. The

Centennial Riverfront Skatepark, and

North American boardwalk provides a shade wooded path where you can see deer, bighorn sheep, bison and more. The aviary and zoo animal carousel are hits with the younger set. For a small fee, a chair lift takes you overhead some of the wild beasts. Bathrooms, covered picnic tables and a small concession stand with drink machines make the park very convenient and comfortable for a nice Spring Break day. • (804) 739-5666




helmets, pads and skateboards can be photo: Amazement Square

Amazement Square (Lynchburg) 1–2 hour drive Looking for a place to spark you child’s imagination, creativity and curiosity? Scramble up one of the tallest climbing

rented. Enjoy $3 admission the second Saturday of every month for Family Fun Night. Some nearby attractions include the LOVEwork sculpture, Riverfront Park and Blackwater Creek Bikeway. • (434) 845-1888

structures in the nation using slides, ladders, tunnels and even a zipline. Step into a unique glass wall paint box and fulfill your childhood dream of painting on the walls, or learn about the life on a farm at the Big Red Barn by milking a life-sized cow, collecting different crops and greeting interactive animals. Kids of all ages love the James River Waterways,

Katherine is a third-year Distinguished Media Studies major at the University of Virginia. She finds joy in the art of storytelling and expressing creativity on a daily basis.

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Learning by Doing Life Lessons from Summer Camp


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Swimming, hiking, exploring the great outdoors, making new friends‌ All these experiences can be had at summer camp, but we may not realize all the life skills our children can build upon when they set off for grand away-from-home adventures. Self-confidence, leadership, flexibility, communication‌ the list goes on!

by Cathy Ashby


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ACA=Accredited with the American Camp Association






Internet & Phone

*ACAC Summer Camps See ad page 7

Age 3 –G 8

Waterpark, tennis, arts, sports, cooking, outdoors, science, animals & more. 434-978-7529

*Blue Ridge School See ad page 11

Ages 7–12

Canoeing, paddleboarding, climbing, games and ziplining. 434-992-0549

*Boar’s Head Sports Club See ad page 63

Ages 5–10

Knockerball, swimming, paddleboarding, geocaching, tennis, outdoors & more. 434-972-6031

*Camp Alleghany for Girls See ad page 66

Girls Ages 7–16

Traditional outdoors camp for girls with sports, dance & drama. R, ACA. 304-645-1316

*Camp Friendship See ad page 65

Ages 7–16

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

*Camp Hidden Meadows See ad page 75

Ages 6–16

Outdoor adventures, horseback riding, arts & crafts, organic farm & more. R, ACA. 800-600-4752

Come learn to play *Boys and Girls the sport of kings ages 10-15 (and queens) while M-F 9am-4pm having a fantastic summer $400/week experience on the farm. *Must be a We will teach you the confident rider who knows how to walk, rules of the game, the trot and canter. language of polo, and have you hitting a ball while riding a horse by the end of the week. CONTACT VIRGINIA POLO AT: 434-979-0293 |


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Growing up, Maggie was a shy, quiet

research will take the place of hands-on

girl who rarely spoke up in groups. During

training. Their foundations can be laid in

her first summer at Trails Wilderness

theory, but only in real-life application

School, all of that changed. One day,


she went on a backpacking expedition


led by a large, confident football player.

reach their full potential, assuming

At a fork in the trail, the group gathered

responsibility for a group is the only way

around a map. Maggie thought they

to really master the fundamentals of

should take the trail one way, and she




such and




said so, but the leader disagreed. Never

Programs offering instruction in life

before, says Maggie, would she have

skills are particularly popular right now,



with wilderness and adventure programs

especially an intimidating football player,

leading the pack. According to Colonel

but she did not want to spend the day


hiking in the wrong direction. She spoke


up and explained her reasoning to the

director, “Parents seek experience as

group. After some discussion, the group

a developmental tool for their child’s

agreed and they took the trail Maggie

growth.” Wilderness programs, by design,

had suggested. That pivotal experience

offer campers the kinds of experiences

was Maggie’s first step toward becoming

that help them develop self-confidence,

the woman she is today—an experienced

a sense of personal responsibility and

and confident leader, and an instructor at

a strong work ethic. Nervo points out

Trails Wilderness School.

that while “few parents have the time








Nervo, a founder

Chief Administrative and




or expertise to provide their child with

that simply must be learned through

the wilderness experience, which will

experience, and no amount of reading or

help develop their child in a positive cont’d on pg 70

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An exciting opportunity for students who enjoy learning and are eager to explore new ideas and interests.



(888)508-7822 WWW.FERRUM.EDU/FCSEC


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Internet & Phone

*Camp Horizons See ad page 66

Ages 6–16

Outdoor adventures include horses, water, arts, sports, science & more fun. R, ACA. charlottesville 540-896-7600

*Camp Kippewa See ad page 60

Girls Ages 7–15

Daily activity blocks, equestrian, watersports, arts program, land sports & more. R, ACA. 800-547-7392

*Camp Mont Shenandoah See ad page 71

Girls Ages 7–16

Equestrian, swimming, bon fires, land sports, water sports & more. R, ACA. 540-997-5994

*Camp Strawderman See ad page 62

Girls Ages 6–17

Riding, swimming, tennis, archery, dramatics, dancing, music and more. 301-868-1905

*Camp Yogaville See ad page 74

Ages 7–14

Daily yoga, vegetarian meals, sanskirt singing, crafts, camping, tubing and more. 800-858-9642

*Carriage Hill Farm See ad page 77

Ages 5–12

Summer pony camp includes riding, gardening, hiking, picnics, art & more. 434-296-2672

*CASPCA Critter Camp See ad page 21, 71

G 3–6

Hands-on learning, animal interactions, arts & crafts and more. 434-973-5959

*Charlottesville Waldorf School See ad page 37

Ages 3–6

Day camp with creative movement, music, crafts, storytelling, outdoor play & more. 434-793-4946

First Presbyterian Church Preschool


Camp Strawderman Est. 1929 In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Girls 6-17. Real mountain camping in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Riding, Swimming, Tennis, Archery, Hiking, Crafts, Dramatics, Nature Study, Indian Lore, Dancing and Music. Experienced Leaders. Cabins. 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks. For brochure, write or phone: Margaret H. Gouldman, 10902 Brookwood Ave., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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A Play-Based Christian Preschool

Favorite Award Winner 2018

9AM to Noon Serving ages 20 months to 5 years old

See our website for additional information!


Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Camp • Are you licensed by the state or do you hold an accreditation or certification? What exactly does that credential mean? • What kind of background, training and experience do counselors and staff have? How are they chosen? • What is the counselor-to-camper ratio? How many students are in each group? How often are the groups together? • What kind of medical response is onhand? Camp nurse or CPR and first-aid certified staff? • Are you able to administer medicine? • What is a typical day like? • How often will the campers take field trips? Where do they go? Is there increased supervision in populated setting? • What other resources are available to campers, such as a pool, ice arena, farm, hiking trails, ropes course, archery, etc.? How often will my child be able to participate in these? • Are lunches and/or snacks provided? • Do you offer before- and after-care? Will it be the same staff caring for my child? • How often are the facilities cleaned? • What alternative plans do you have for inclement weather? • What does the camp fee cover? What extra fees will I be required to pay? • Do you offer scholarships or financial aid? • What is the refund policy and rules regarding transfer of weeks? • What is your policy regarding cell phones and other technology items brought to camp? • How do you handle homesickness and other adjustment issues? • What is the discipline policy? • How do you handle bullying?


WE SPECIALIZE IN CHILD’S PLAY With a state-of-the art sports club as a base camp and 600 rolling acres to explore, the summer camp program at Boar’s Head offers an experience like no other. Campers will enjoy an array of outdoor-driven activities from Knockerball and splashing in the pool to paddleboarding and geocaching. To inquire about becoming a member and sending your child to one of the most dynamic camps in Charlottesville, contact Samantha. or (434) 972-6031

• What are your drop-off and pick-up policies? • Will you provide references? Boar’s Head Resort is owned and operatioed by the UVA Foundation


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Internet & Phone

*The Covenant School See ad page 13

G PreK –12

Specialty camps for Grades K–8 & sports camps for Grades 1–12. 434-220-7330

*Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Program See ad page 61

Ages 8–14

Creative writing, languages, leadership, swimming, photography, drama & more. 888-508-7822

*First Presbyterian Church Preschool See ad page 62

Ages 20 mo –5

Themed day camps in a nurturing christian environment. preschool 434-296-1447

*The Front Porch See ad page 69

Ages 4–18

Variety of fun and interactive music and art camps for all skill levels. 434-806-7062

*Frost Montessori School See ad page 70

Ages 21 mo –6

A rich curriculum promoting a knowledge of the world and a development of skills. 434-979-5223

*Grymes Memorial School See ad page 72

Ages 3–10

Arts & craft sessions, literacy and more. Morning, afternoon or full-day options. 540-672-0940

*iD Tech Camps See ad page 67

Ages 7–19

Code apps, design video games, minecraft, engineer robots and more. ACA. 888-709-8324

*International School of Charlottesville See ad page 30

Ages 3–6

Language-based day camps offering enrichment activities in French & Spanish. 434-984-2174

“A Blast in the Past” Summer Camp June 10-14 9:00AM-4:00PM

For rising 4th and 5th graders

“Facing the Past, Shaping Our Future”

Summer Student Institute June 19-21 1:00PM-5:00PM

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Premier summer camp camp in your backyard. Premier overnight overnight summer

STEAM Discovery Academy

Join us this summer at STEAM Discovery Academy and let us cultivate your student’s passion for all aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Students learn to think on their feet, evaluate challenges, and experiment their way to solutions. Visit our website at to view our course catalog and apply!


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Internet & Phone

*James Madison’s Montpelier See ad page 27, 64

G 4–5, Seniors

Nature & ecology, history, hands-on activities, games, tours and hikes. 540-672-2728

*KidsCollege@PVCC Summer Academies See ad page 73

G 3–9

Maker labs, robotics, coding, drones, sculpture, 3D art, music and more. 434-961-5354

*Lee Alter Summer Art Camps See ad page 68

Ages 3–12

Watercolor painting, sand tray work, graphite and making art with nature. 434-760-9658

*The Little Gym See ad page 49

Ages 3–12

Physical activity, gymnastics, games, arts & crafts and more. 434-975-5437

*Live Arts See ad page 69

Ages 4–16

Summer theater camps including production, music, dance, playwriting and acting. 434-977-4177

*Living Earth School See ad page 74

Ages 5–17

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

*Nike Sports Camps at UVA See ad page 74

Ages 9–18

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

*Oakland School See ad page 31

Ages 6–13

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

The Oldest Girls’ Camp in the Virginias since 1922

a summer like no other!! A sleep-away camp in virginia’s beautiful shenandoah valley for ages 6-16, camp horizons offers a variety of activities that challenge our campers to reach their fullest potential, and experience their best summer ever!

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Internet & Phone

*The Paramount Theater See ad page 29

All Ages

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

*Piedmont Family YMCA See ad page 51

Ages 6–11

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

*Spectrum Summer Programs at Tandem Friends School See ad page 70

G 1–7

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

*Science Camp Watonka See ad page 64

Boys Ages 8–16

Boys’ camp offering hands-on programs in all of the sciences & more. R, ACA. 888-741-4336

*SOCA Summer Soccer Camps See ad page 73

Ages 4–18

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

*STEAM Discovery Academy See ad page 65

G K–12

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

*Triple C Camp See ad page 72

G K–11

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

*The Village School See ad page 74

Girls G 1–9

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


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Internet & Phone

*Virginia Discovery Museum See ad page 26

Ages 4–8

Weeklong half-day camps with different themes. 434-979-1025

*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 75

Ages 3–17

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

*Woodberry Forest Camps See ad page 2

Boys Ages 9–16

Sports camps for boys, including football, basketball & lacrosse. R. 540-672-6044

*Woodworking with Children See ad page 77

Ages 5–14

A woodworking experience using hand tools, for beginners & intermediate levels. woodworking.html 434-979-1220

Parents Please Note:

At the time of publication, many of the businesses and organizations planning summer camps this year had not yet firmed up the details for their programs. Please use the information we’ve gathered here as a “springboard” for your research into finding the right summer program for your family. We urge all parents to visit and interview each camp to make certain it is safe, there are qualified staff and it is a good program fit for your family. We do not in any way represent the businesses and organizations presented herein. The information presented here is for informational purposes only, and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein.



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June 10 – 14 June 17 – 21

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July 1 – 5 July 8 – 12

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July 29 – Aug 2 10am – 1pm August 2 – 9 10am – 1pm

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Frost Montessori School is a certified preschool for ages 2-6, that fosters the whole child and prepares a well-rounded foundation for our children. Visit our website today to schedule an individual tour and learn more about our school.

Few things are more important to future success than the ability to work well with others. Sports leagues and sports camps have a well deserved reputation for teaching the importance of teamwork and cooperation skills. 434-979-5223 way, the camp and wilderness experience introduces new interests and reinforces positive character development, which



can be further reinforced at home with increased family involvement.” Summer camps can maintain low teacher to student ratios and small group sizes. And, because they offer a break from routine and often a departure from the usual environment, they provide an opportunity for children to reinvent themselves, to adopt new attitudes and to try new things, often allowing them to shed cumbersome reputations, anxiety and inhibitions along the way. The lessons your child learns and the life skills she develops will depend on the summer camp she attends. The following are skills and characteristics nurtured at some of the best summer programs.

A SAFE HAVEN FOR CREATIVE SELF-EXPRESSION art | crafts | box city | cooking | theatre | fishing programs drumming | yoga | filmmaking | sewing Session 1: June 10-21 • Session 2: June 24-July 5 • Session 3: July 8-19 Rising 1st grade through 7th grade • Extended day option Contact Director, Fran Smith | 434-760-3097 | Workshops and applications available on online 2/04/19 at





programs for your children, pay attention to what camp directors and program representatives have to say about these life skills.

RESPONSIBILITY & INDEPENDENCE Responsibility and independence go hand-in-hand at summer camp, just


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We still have vacancies in Roots & Shoots, our 1 week introductory camp for girls ages 7-12!

We are a small, traditional, overnight camp for girls in Bath County, Virginia.

Creating unforgettable summers since 1927 540-997-5994


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A co-educational independent day school for Pre-K – eighth grade that inspires joy in discovery through hands-on, active learning.

idea of total independence, they might

• Now enrolling three-year-olds

• Engineering “Rad Lab”

responsibility that independent living

• Spanish starting in Pre-K

• Interscholastic Sports

requires. Though most camps provide

• Music, Visual Arts, Drama & Public Speaking for all ages

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campers are often delighted by the also be unprepared for the amount of

more than adequate supervision, you’ll be hard pressed to find one that offers a wake-up service and clean laundry on demand. Your child will learn, through experience, that he must do laundry before he runs out of clean underwear. He will learn the benefits of punctuality


when he arrives at the bus-stop 15

exploration tradition courage curiosity

bus has left him behind or (2) all of his

minutes late for the field trip and one of two things have happened: (1) the fellow campers have been waiting for 15 minutes. And, he will learn, very quickly, that staying up late at night simply isn’t worth it. In short, he will learn that his actions have consequences for himself and others around him.

LEADERSHIP It is widely believed that some people are “natural leaders” while others are not. Brett Eckerman, Executive Director of the Center for Peace Education in Carrboro, NC, disagrees. “All children and

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adults are leaders. In each of our lives we are continually leading people in one direction or another. And with continual group interaction, camps provide children with more opportunity to explore that 72

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will have an easier time with different parts of being a leader? Absolutely. Does this mean that they are the ‘leaders’ and there is not room for others to contribute leadership? Absolutely not.” Whether campers are working on the

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song they are going to sing at the next camp fire or are trying to figure out which path to take on a hike, camps provide valuable opportunities for children to work together towards the same goal in small groups. This provides more opportunities for leadership than most children see in their typical day, and all in a safe and supportive environment.

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are closely intertwined. As Nervo observes, “children working in groups learn to be leaders by example of the group and the group leader. Working together as a team provides an environment for cooperation and




interaction is a natural and valuable step in the development of leadership.”

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to leadership, teamwork is a valuable skill on its own. Few things are more important to future success than the ability to work well with others. Sports leagues and sports camps have a well deserved reputation for teaching the importance of teamwork and cooperation skills. Good coaches stress teamwork over individual accomplishments and value cooperative strategy over hotshot plays. Other camp

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programs offer similar, if less obvious, experiences




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Daddy’s Girls Have Moved On

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

Remember that scene in Gone With the Wind when Scarlett is so popular that her worshippers are fighting over who gets to fetch a cup of punch for her? Well, there was a time—now just as “gone” as the Old South—when I was equally in demand. ---------------My 3-year-old daughter Marie and I snuggled together on the couch with a bowl of popcorn on her lap to watch the Disney classic “Pinocchio” on television. The puppet had scarcely begun to disappoint his father, when a woman stalked into the room and asked pointedly, “Would you and your DATE mind if I had some popcorn, too?” OK, I’ll admit it; I knew this woman. She was our chaperone. OK, I’m married to her. Her name is Betsy. Six years later, I had a wife (the same one) and three little girlfriends, all who were contending for my affections. I’m not boasting. I know this surfeit of love was mostly to do with being Six years later, I had a in the right place at wife (the same one) and the right time. But my season of popularity three little girlfriends, all went on for years. who were contending for “Daddy, could we my affections. go out to a movie on Saturday? Just you and me?” asked 6-year-old Sally, our middle child. Just home from work, I was sitting on the couch, a little tired and unresponsive. Marie, then 9, was on my other side. “No,” she said. “Take me. You took Sally last time.” Enter Wendy, age 2. Seeing her love object flanked by her rivals, she made a frontal assault. “MY daddy!” she yelled, climbing into my lap, pushing her sisters away. “He’s not just YOUR daddy!” said Sally, pushing back at the interloper. “He’s my daddy, too.” Marie, who’s not quite mature enough to keep out of a brawl with a baby, would not give ground to Wendy either. Amidst the clashing forces, I was Helen of Troy. They say a girl’s relationship with her father sets the tone for her relations with men for the rest of her life.


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Now that my daughters are in their 20s, I like to think I’ve set a high standard of respect and kindness for the current array of young men who are keeping company with them. Although love is in the air, none of the girls are talking about marriage yet. Folk wisdom says that in their selection of mates, women tend to, “marry their fathers.” It is also said that slowly and inexorably, “we become our parents.” Back when I would yell at my children for bickering or scattering clean laundry on the floor, the ring of hurt annoyance in my voice reminded me of my own father. Then and now, I find myself repeating the pessimistic epigrams that Dad used to dispense so generously. Now at age 60, I look in the mirror and see not just an old man, but MY old man. So here’s an exercise in logic. Stacked up, the folk wisdom tells me that right when I’m in the final throes of trying not to become my father, my daughters will be marrying men like myself¬—presumably the self I was before I became my father. Or, maybe they, too, will be like my dad. Jeez! I’d been hoping for cheerier company in my twilight years. But whether a man is still himself or has already become his own father, it isn’t easy for him to accept the fact that not only will his little sweethearts eventually throw him over for younger men but that they’re supposed to. When a preteen girl begins serious chumming around with other girls, it’s her way of saying to her father, “I think we should start seeing other people.” And, when she falls in love, she’s telling Dad, “Go back to your wife.” So Betsy has emerged triumphant as sole proprietor of her husband. You know those handsome, virile Golden Agers you see on the pharmaceutical TV commercials? Well, I don’t resemble them; I look like the pallid, apprehensive patient who has been ravaged by the side effects listed in the voice-over. My wife’s loyalty and patience deserve a better prize. But, at least I’m all hers.

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LIVING WELL Food & Family H-4 Delicious Recipes


Cool Stuff H-6 Products for the Patio

Home Expert Q&A H-8 Advice From Local Professionals Historic Garden Week H-10 This Year’s Historic Garden Week Tours Tip Off in April Moon Gardens H-12 Creating Your Own Garden Oasis


Editor’s Pick! From spring home resources and outdoor living inspiration to advice from area experts, this month’s flipped edition has everything you need to dig into spring.

An Outdoor Oasis H-14 Making the Most of Your Lawn, Backyard or Patio

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H-4 So Love This! “The relish recipe looks amazing, and I can’t wait to add some of the suggested elements in the Outdoor Oasis article (pg H-14) to our outdoor entertaining space.” — Abby, calendar editor Cover image courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects



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Sweet Pickle Relish “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – ­Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

You’ll always find an open jar of sweet pickle relish in my refrigerator, a testament to how frequently I use this condiment. We put it on and in nearly everything, from hot dogs and Spikey Tartar Sauce to homemade Russian dressing and potato salad. I imagine my lifelong affinity for this particular condiment can be directly linked to my mother. A fan herself of sweet pickle relish, we always had a jar on-hand. It wasn’t until my adult years, however, that I tried making it from scratch. Gathering inspiration from my garden’s bumper crop of cucumbers, I aspired to recreate the relish of my childhood. It had to be speckled with tiny mustard seeds and bits of red pepper, as well as possess just the right hint of yellow coloring, owing to the presence of turmeric. I have now been making and serving this relish for a decade and am deeply satisfied with its versatility. I don’t think the South can make exclusive claim on the condiment, but it is certainly used regularly down here. From Virginia to north Florida, the deviled eggs, potato salads and hot dogs of my youth were all redolent with its flavor. Makes about 6 half-pints

Ingredients • • • • • • • • • •

4 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced 2–3 large sweet onions, diced (about 2½ cups) 2 medium green bell peppers, diced (about 1 cup) 2 medium red bell peppers, diced (about 1 cup) ¼ cup pickling or kosher salt 3 cups sugar 2½ cups apple cider vinegar 1½ tablespoons yellow mustard seeds 1½ tablespoons celery seeds 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

Instructions 1. Combine the cucumbers, onion, green and red bell peppers, and salt in a large nonreactive bowl. Toss to combine, cover loosely with a kitchen cloth, and let stand in a cool area for 4–8 hours. 2. Drain and rinse the vegetables in a colander several times, pressing the vegetables with the back of a wooden spoon to remove all liquid and salty residue. Set aside. 3. Combine the sugar, vinegar, mustard seeds, celery seeds and turmeric in a medium stainless-steel saucepan. Add the H-4

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drained vegetables and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. 4. While the relish cooks, fill a canner or large stockpot with water, place six half-pint jars inside and set over mediumhigh heat. Bring just to the boiling point. 5. Using a jar lifter, remove the hot jars from the canner and place on top of a kitchen cloth on the counter. With the help of a canning funnel, pack the relish into the jars, reserving ½ inch headspace. 6. Use a spatula or wooden chopstick to remove any trapped air bubbles around the interior circumference of the jars. Wipe the rims clean with a damp cloth. Place on the lids and screw bands, tightening only until fingertip-tight. 7. Again using a jar lifter, slowly place the filled jars in the canner. Be sure that the jars are covered by at least 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil, and then process for 10 minutes, starting the timer once the water is at a full, rolling boil. Adjust for altitude as needed.

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having an in-depth conversation with an insurance professional who will ask the right questions to make certain coverages are in place that meet your needs and desires. However, here are a few risks that should be discussed. Have a discussion about Flood Insurance. Most Homeowners Policies cover resulting damage from broken pipes but do not cover floodwaters. The other coverage to be sure and ask about is your liability protection. This includes liability coverage for your home, apartment, cars, boats, rental properties and business. Make certain you have the right amount of protection here to cover you in a worst-case scenario. For certain people, a Personal Liability Umbrella policy may be the best option, which will add an additional layer of liability protection in $1 million increments. Bottom line: have the discussion with your insurance professional before the loss. How should a homeowner interview an insurance agent when choosing one to hire for their home? Some clients

research coverage details themselves, and others need more direction and assistance. I would ask the agent to describe the process of implementing home insurance coverage and the claims process should a claim occur. See if the agent asks detailed questions to help uncover any unique risks you may have and how those risks can be covered. In the industry as a whole, I think insurance agents should take more time asking the detailed questions, such as: “How much jewelry do you have,” “Are you concerned about flooding and/or earthquakes,” “Is $XXX,XXX amount of liability enough to protect you and your family,” and “Is your agent fine-tuning the coverage amounts to not only accommodate a lender’s requirements but yours as well.” If after talking to your agent you feel your questions have been clearly answered and that your agent has shown they want to get the right coverages in place for you and will be there for you come claim time, you have found the right agent.


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Explore our state’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks over the eight-day Historic Garden Week. Visitors visit some of Virginia’s spectacular homes and gardens during peak spring blooming season. With over 30 tours taking place between April 27– May 4, Historic Garden Week is Virginia’s oldest volunteer tourism project, and the nation’s only statewide house and garden tour. Albemarle County’s tour on April 28 is focused on charming cottages in the Ivy area and starts at Greencroft. Today, there are over 47 Garden Clubs of Virginia with over 3,300 members who help make Virginia’s Garden Week possible every year for the past 86 years. Tour guidebooks, schedules and ticket purchases are available at

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Moon Gardens

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Creating Your Own Garden Escape

A growing trend, moon gardens not only make it possible to enjoy your garden

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are the most commonly used items in a

last throughout the year. Look for foliage

moon garden.

with silver or gold colored leaves, such as

at night but also provide a relaxing and

One of the most important aspects of a

Silver Artemisia or Lamb’s Ear, that will

magical ambiance to experience the

moon garden is its visibility. As mentioned,

reflect the light as well as structure that

outdoors. Whether you have an existing

white flowers, such as growing Candytufts

will define the space.

garden or are looking to create a quiet and

and Snowdrops, are perfect to capture

Although the term “moon garden”

calm area to retreat to in the evening, a

and reflect the moonlight; however, bright

suggests that the garden will be enjoyed

moon garden can easily be added to any

colors such as red, blue or even gold will

under moonlight, the best designs will


add a pop of color in the pale light.

incorporate plants and elements that

Typically, they incorporate flowers and


make it possible to appreciate the space

foliage that are visible in the moonlight as

aren’t just hardier than flowers, they

without it. It is important to focus on

well as during the day. White or very light

also create texture and can provide

plants that will be both visible at night

flowers, bright foliage and night bloomers

interesting architectural elements that

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their scent and texture. Foliage such as grass, bamboo and pine trees are a great way to add texture and incorporate sound as they sway in the wind. Flowers that become more fragrant in the evening, such as Lady of the Night, Angel’s Trumpet and Petunias, are also wonderful to set the mood even when they cannot easily be

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Just as you would with a room inside your home, creating a cozy nook outside starts with a focal point. Outdoor fireplaces add instant ambiance while also adding a little light and heat to some chillier evenings—helping to extend the time you spend outdoors further into the cooler seasons. An outdoor fireplace can be a good one, be it a small chimenea, fire pit or a freestanding brick masonry unit, wood burning or gas. The size of your exterior space should help determine the size of your fireplace, as you’ll want it to be in scale with the rest of your home as well as the space Photo courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects

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surrounding it. Likewise, you’ll want the style to blend in with your home. A large freestanding stone fireplace in the courtyard of small townhome would be out of place, while a smaller portable fire pit would be dwarfed when centered on a large stone patio in a more suburban setting.

Creating an outdoor area so your family can better enjoy the warmer months is an essential design element. Whether it’s a small patio or a series of outdoor “rooms,” with a little planning and execution, you can create an extension of your family’s home just beyond your door.

Safety is also of upmost importance. While a dug in, ground-level wood-burning fire pit has a charming campfire feel to it, it could be hazardous for small children and pets without some sort of safe guards in place. If using a portable fire pit, you’ll want the surface underneath to be level, and ideally, you’ll want the actual fire up off the ground, unless it has been cleared of vegetation (as well as the surrounding area). If you have chosen to go with a more permanent freestanding fireplace, it will need to be properly designed and built, with a base, firebox and chimney. If installing a gas fireplace, you’ll want a contractor to install the gas line to ensure safety. It is possible to build a DIY fireplace, as there are kits available to walk you through it and that run the gamut from simple to far more elaborate structures, while ranging in price from a few hundred dollars up to tens of thousands of dollars. But, they do require time, tools and skills that you should carefully consider. You can add a fire pit to your existing patio area or use it as an excuse to overhaul the entire area, impacting your budget.


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a plume of smoke all evening. Be sure the fire is safely set away from structures so you aren’t violating local fire code (or threatening your home with fire!), and most importantly, you’ll want to set your fireplace in an area that can accommodate seating so you can make the most of your outdoor living room. A raised hearth is advisable for safety reasons, and if wide enough, can also double as a cozy seating spot near the fire for warming up or as a prime marshmallow roasting area. Once you’ve selected the size, design and location of your fireplace, you can begin to focus on the other elements surrounding it. Seating is key, so you’ll want chairs that are suitable for lounging


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any nearby railings that make themselves available and are wide enough, consider utilizing them as a serving spot for drinks and snacks, or maybe even add a bar stool or two for extra seating. Be sure to also include seating scaled

to the sizes of the smaller members of

summer dinners can come together easily.

your family. Kids love having their own

To give the feel of individual “rooms,”

seating area. The addition of a small table

consider using rugs made specifically for

that serves as a dining area as well as

outside and that can take the beating of

craft zone means kids will want to spend

all that Mother Nature throws its way. Just

more time outdoors when the weather

as you would use rugs inside your home

permits. An outdoor easel can stand at the

to define a zone, you can use rugs outside

ready for masterpiece creation, leaves the

to create one zone for sitting and another

mess of finger painting and watercolors

for dining. Other elements like a pergola

outside and is far easier to hose down. A

or covered area can also help define these

small line can be hung in an area nearby

areas, as well as plantings. Low hedges,

that allows paintings to dry while the

a row of box planters or even a few large

young artists move onto their next piece.

round planters set in corners can set

Perhaps, even a sandbox or playhouse can

visual cues to define the various areas of

be incorporated into your outdoor area,

your outdoor spaces, and can help define

allowing the kids to play while parents

individual “rooms” and patio space from

relax nearby.

the larger expanse of your yard.

An area for dining is another excellent

These plantings can be a kitchen

idea to include when designing your

herb garden mixed with easy annuals for

exterior spaces. A corner tucked under

colorful yet useful container gardens that

a pergola or another cover can help set

also entice the children of your house

it apart, although that’s not necessary.

to help maintain. Rosemary, basil, sage,

Ideally, the al fresco dining area will be

thyme, oregano, chives and mint can

easily accessible to the kitchen, making

mingle easily with geraniums, impatiens,

serving and cleaning up an easy task. It

begonias and nasturtiums.

should also be somewhat easy to access

Another consideration, particularly

from the exterior grilling area, so that

on the outskirts of your patio, is a moon

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garden. Moon gardens are those planted

small fire tends to drive them away, but it

Extending your home’s spaces to the



only covers a small area part of the time.

areas just beyond the exterior walls of

primary elements include white and light-

Candles can offer some relief, as can a

your home will help increase the size

colored blooms, variegated foliage, and

screened-in area. There are a number

of your family’s living space while also

night blooming and fragrant plants that

of plants that also repel mosquitoes,

encouraging them to appreciate the

both catch the glow of moonlight while

including lavender, lemon balm, mint,

outside world. It doesn’t have to be large

announcing their presence with their

rosemary, marigolds, geraniums, basil,

or fancy, so long as it attracts everyone in

scents. Southern magnolias trees, lily of

catnip and citronella. Make sure to keep

your home to want to spend time in your

the valley, peonies, lilacs, mock orange

an eye on areas that might collect water,

outdoor living room. A few cozy sitting

and lavender are just a few scented plants

which will in turn create breeding grounds

places, a spot for the kids to play and

to place around the border of your patio

for mosquitoes.

voila! You’ve just expanded your home




for a bit of added ambiance.

When selecting furnishings for your

Lighting is another crucial element




much light can be glaring. Small twinkling

upholstered in sturdy fabrics that can

lights that light the path and other areas

get wet and stand sitting in the harsh

will add a soft glow and more of an

sunlight. Cypress, cedar, redwood and teak

atmosphere while still illuminating the

are all sturdy woods that can withstand

area. Downlights are recommended for

elements, but they will need some

lighting footpaths, as they best highlight

attention from time to time to ensure

the path under one’s foot without a

their finishes stay fresh. Plastic furniture

blinding glare. Solar powered lights are

can take some abuse, but over time, will

easy to install while also going easy on

deteriorate. Metal furniture is also suited

your electric bill.

for the outdoors, but similar to wood, will

a nuisance when outdoors. Thankfully, a


into the yard.


that requires careful consideration. Too

Bugs, particularly mosquitoes, can be





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