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Dear Friends,


I love this time of year—when summery peaches and corn on the cob have

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given way to crisp fall apples and pumpkin pie, when hot muggy afternoons


turn to cool evenings, and when long stretches of unscheduled playtime are

replaced by the school bus schedule, sports practices and piano lessons. Don’t misunderstand me, summer’s lazy days are perfect, too, in their own way, but I am a creature who craves routine and orderliness. I like having a neat color-

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staying up to midnight to watch the ball drop. For myself, I’m tackling the new


more rare treat once you have an on-the-go teen!). September really is the true New Year for kids, and it’s true also for us moms and dads with kids this age. The thrill of new school shoes and labeling fresh

year with enthusiasm. I’ve already dug out my fitbit, scheduled a postponed dentist appointment, downloaded a garden record-keeping app and started a new reading list. And, I’m on track with my resolution to get to the gym at least

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twice a week, on top of getting a good workout wrangling four kiddos, caring for a house, and keeping up with a garden full of chickens, goats, planting beds and projects galore. I’m a believer that you’ve got to do what works for you, and my favorite workout is cleaning out our little barn and doing some weeding. So, here’s to enjoying what works for you, and happy fall!

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Contents TABLE OF



News 8

The Buzz Around Town 10  Should parents be using children leashes?

Snapshot 12

Anne Marie Pace, Freelance Writer, Picture Book Author & Creator of hit book series Vampirina Ballerina

LIVING WELL New Mom 36 Childproofing 101


Dear Bob 38 Your Parenting Questions Answered

Tips & Trends 40 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Out & About Calendar 16

Healthy Habits + Spending Time Together

Briar the Book Faery 58

Lighting Up Hospital Stays

Tuning In 64 How to Decode Your Child’s Body Language

Our Schools 14 From the Garden to the Table

Cooking with Kids 42

Editor’s Pick

Fall Events for Families

This issue is packed with family health resources, advice on decoding your child’s body language, area private schools, pumpkin patches and apple picking orchards, and much more.

Halloween Fun 30 From Spooky Stories and Recipes to Safety Tips and Tricks & Treats Pumpkin Picks 34 Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches

Breathe, Grow, Live 68 Tandem Friends School Shares Yoga

RESOURCES Pick Your Own Guide 28

Guide to the Best of Local Apples

2019 Family Health Guide Local Resources for All Ages

HOME & GARDEN Chair Makeovers 50 How to Paint & Re-cover Dining


Guide to Private Schools 70 The Inside Info on Area Schools

Room Chairs


Cool Stuff 51 Seasonal Favorites

Meet the local creator of the popular Disney series!



Planting New Roots 52 All About Perennials

Sally & the Plumed Legion 78  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

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Heritage Harvest Festival

Peppa Pig Live!

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Parade of Homes

Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival

Varies October 5 & 6, 12 &13

Crozet October 12–13

Acca Shrine Center, Richmond October 5

Peter Rabbit Tales – Live!

Boo Bash

The Paramount Theater October 18

Virginia Discovery Museum October 25

Documentary Shares Young Men’s Achievement

In an effort to bring to light some of the young African-American males’ achievements in the community, the Charlottesville Alliance for Black Male Achievement is working with five Charlottesville High School students and Light House Studio. Their documentary focuses on how they, too, can demonstrate positive impacts in the community. Similarly, this past year, Charlottesville Alliance produced a documentary that focused on the success stories of African-American adult men who became successful within their specific fields. The students’ documentary is set to premier on September 19 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville.


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County Schools Awarded Grant for Recycling Efforts Albemarle County Public Schools received a $1,000 grant for their recycling efforts in 2019. Each day throughout the month of June, Keep Virginia Beautiful awarded one of a total of 30 grant recipients as part of the “30 in 30 Green Grants” program. The mission was to engage and unite Virginians with the hopes that, together, we all—schools, parks, environmental groups and businesses alike—can improve our natural and scenic environment through five impact areas. Those areas include: beautification, environmental education, litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction.

Boys & Girls Club Set to Expand

CHS Helps Jumpstart Mental Health Program in Schools

Eight high schools across the nation chose to pilot the first ever Mental Health First Aid program, which was developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health. One of those groups of students

with the hopes that more and more schools will implement it into their curriculum. Students who complete the course not only earn Mental Health First Aid certifications, but also are trained on how to identify

included sophomores from our own Charlottesville High School (CHS). The students, along with their teacher Mr. Williams, met with students from seven other piloted schools in Las Vegas this past spring. The program is the first of its kind and is set to be offered to students in grades 10–12 nationwide this school year

and respond to signs of mental health or substance abuse among their peers. The goal of the program is to equip kids with the knowledge and confidence on how to assist a friend who is struggling. This program is also supported by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

The Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia announced its building of a new youth activities and education center of up to 35,000 square feet, projected to open by the first day of school in 2021. The facility will include classrooms, a computer lab, art room, game room, gymnasium, outdoor recreation spaces and more, and will sit on the property adjacent to Jack Jouett Middle School’s baseball field. The Albemarle County School Board is leasing the property to the Boys & Girls Club on a 40-year contract for $1 per year. The hope is to provide up to 500 students between the ages of 6 and 18 with a space where they can continue to learn, grow, interact and thrive after school.

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TOWN Should parents be using children leashes? 80% say “yes” “I don’t think I would personally use this with my child, but I can see the need for it if you have a child that wanders away. It could be especially useful when in a crowded area.” – Jill, Barboursville Mother of one boy “I qualify my ‘yes’ by saying they are ok to be used in busy places where kids could easily get separated from parents. They definitely aren’t a substitute for attention, especially when the parent’s only distraction is their phone.” – Tammi C, Ivy Mama of two “Leashes allow pets to safely explore their environment while staying close to their caregivers, and they can easily do the same for toddlers who don’t yet have the skills to stay focused on where they are. If you’ve got an active, curious kid who gets excited and runs off, isn’t it better to use something to ensure that they can explore without having to yell their name every 10 seconds or risk losing them in a crowd?” – Hannah B., Charlottesville Mother of three

“Safety first, and walking on sidewalks of busy roads or in large crowds can be worrisome and exhausting. With ‘leashes’ kids are more independent and getting exercise, plus parents are multi-tasking more.” – Louisa Mom of two “If a parent wishes to use a leash and the child is not in pain, it’s really not anyone else’s concern or business. I really believe these parents do not want their children to get lost or hurt in crowds. I am not offended.” – Amanda H., Crozet

20% say “no” “You absolutely should hold your child’s hand, or carry them if small enough.” – Donna T., Grandmother of seven “It is a form of abdicating your responsibility as a parent. Your child is not a pet that you train to be obedient throughout life. You should be raising your children toward independence and learning how to navigate the world and society. Too many parents are avoiding the challenge of laying a strong foundation for their children in terms of understanding their own agency and responsibility.” – Father of two

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Moving into its second year of a school-museum partnership, The Fralin Museum of Art and Greenbrier Elementary School saw students make great strides in its new after-school art program. The program was designed to encourage and teach refugee students in grades ranging from first through fourth how to communicate about their experiences and identities. For instance, the curriculum incorporates activities where students identify who they are, the experiences they’ve been through and what is important to them. At the completion of the program, students were able to have their work displayed in the museum. For the 2019–2020 school year, the partners are anticipating serving 24 students and their families, and will be adding monthly field trips to The Fralin along with matching students up with University of Virginia student mentors in an effort to help them build relationships and develop their language skills.

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Piedmont Virginia Community College moves forward with $20 million building project. The Perry Foundation awarded Peabody School a $200,000 grant for renovations and awarded Charlottesville’s Municipal Band a $15,000 challenge grant for the Future Campaign. Wendell Green, formerly a specialeducation teacher and football coach at Albemarle High School, is now Orange County High School’s new principal.

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Anne Marie Pace Freelance Writer, Picture Book Author & Creator of hit book series Vampirina Ballerina For Anne Marie Pace, a mother of four, ages 25, 23, 21 and 19, writing and reading has always been a passion of hers. After completing her bachelor’s in English from William & Mary and a master’s in Teaching in English Education from University of Virginia, Pace taught middle and high school students for about five years. With a passion to write, she continued to take courses, workshops and seminars. Today, Pace has 10 books published, including the Vampirina Ballerina series, which has been adapted into Disney Junior’s Emmy-winning animated show Vampirina. Keep an eye out for her next book, scheduled to be released to the public in 2020. What inspired you to become a writer? I always loved books, so writing came fairly naturally when I was young. My mom kept a lot of my early work, so I have evidence that I was writing little stories by first grade. In fact, one of those stories, much revised, became my picture book, Pigloo. Who is one of your heroes? I admire many people, but two women who have meant a lot to me here in Charlottesville are Dr. Margo Figgins, my former UVA professor, and Judith Gary, the director of The Virginia Consort. Margo taught me to look at the world from different perspectives, and Judy exemplifies the true value of passion and hard work. What are the best and most challenging parts of your job? From accomplishing a good day’s writing and seeing illustrations for the first time to reading to children, those are all wonderful aspects to my writing life. Dealing with criticism is less fun. Being a published author means you are putting something that is precious to you out into the world, and not everyone is going to see your work the same way you do. So, it becomes necessary to develop a fairly thick skin.


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What advice do you have for parents who’s young are aspiring to help others through a career? I’m not sure it’s a parent’s job to lead a child to a career. It’s a parent’s job to nurture, love and support them while they find their own way. What is one of your favorite childhood books? There are many wonderful books from my childhood like Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey and Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, both of which speak to the heart of a child’s experience and that I still enjoy sharing with kids when I get the chance. On the other hand, many of my favorite childhood books have lost their luster for me, as I’ve become more aware of the racist or sexist content that was once considered acceptable by a majority of people and is now justifiably seen as problematic. Where does your inspiration stem from for your books? Ideas can come from anywhere; sometimes, I just grab them out of the ether, while other times I sit down and work for them. My most recent book, Sunny’s Tow Truck Saves the Day, is about a family stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. That happened to my daughter and me about four years ago; we ran out of gas on Rio Road near Fashion Square and waited a good while for roadside assistance. My agent had been after me for years to write a truck book, and watching for the tow truck but seeing many other trucks instead helped me find the slant to make my truck book different. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your own parenting and/or career? We always had books in the house, and we made frequent trips to the library. I was allowed to check out as many books as the library would allow.

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From the Garden to the Table Buford Middle School and City Schoolyard Garden (CSYG) are preparing for the 10th anniversary of their annual fall Harvest Festival, a celebration of the school garden’s bountiful harvest and the people that make it happen. “The Harvest Festival brings our community together to appreciate everything the garden gives back— teamwork, leadership, exploration, discovery and, of course, the wonderful vegetables, herbs and flowers that the students grow,” says CSYG Executive Director Jeanette Abi-Nader. Open to all City of Charlottesville families, the Harvest Festival offers garden tours, face painting, scavenger hunts, a petting zoo and a local artisan marketplace. Additionally, food vendors will be on-site, including the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) food bus. Since the garden at Buford was established in 2010, more than 260,000 youth interactions have been logged. Meanwhile, the city schools now have nine gardens thanks to nearly $2.5 million in grants and individual donations, along with financial support from over 1000 businesses and school division funds. “The evolution of our programming is a powerful testament to the role of the garden in the community and the identity of our school system,” says AbiNader. “Now, we have urban gardening classes at CHS [Charlottesville High School], Garden Aide classes at

2nd Annual Buford and regular outdoor learning “Play forat Preemies” opportunities all six elementary schools.” The gardens also provide crosscurricular learning such as ESL classes learning English vocabulary, science classes with lab experiments, and art classes involving painting. Eleventh-grader Manny Quezada began volunteering when he was still in elementary school. He became a garden aide when he was in middle school, and he spent this past summer as a garden intern. Whether planting seeds, picking weeds or harvesting his favorite green beans, Quezada’s garden work has not only cultivated a love for the outdoors but also appreciation for healthy foods. “I had an option to work in the garden or go to PE class, and I chose the garden,” says Quezada. “It is rewarding to be able to enjoy the sunshine, relax and see the results of my hard work.” The first Harvest Festival nearly a decade ago had 20 visitors, and now the festival attracts over 600 attendees. The free dinner features the winning dish of Buford’s Veggie Cookoff, a friendly competition among students who create dishes using a special ingredient. Last year, the special ingredient was eggplant, and the winner was eggplant meatballs and pasta. Spoiler alert!! This year’s special ingredient is tomatoes. For more on the Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School on October 4 at 5:30 p.m., visit

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As the 2018-2019 school year came to an end for both Albemarle County and Charlottesville City, the high schools started to gain major traction in many of the sports divisions, with their students going on to compete and win across many divisions. The Albemarle High School girls’ soccer team won their second Class 5 state championship in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) over the past three years, while the Western Albemarle High School girls soccer team came home with their third straight state VHSL Class 3 title. Additionally, Western Albemarle High School also celebrated titles for the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams—both winning the VHSL Class 3 state championships in their divisions. The Charlottesville High School boys’ soccer team also came home with the Class 4 championship after taking the lead in the last two minutes of the game. Monticello High School had many accomplishments, too, with two seniors, Aiden Johnson and Sarah Grodin, being identified as recipients of the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Scholar Athletic awards. As the new school year begins, there are big hopes and high aspirations for our area teams.

“Highlights from the Hallways” at Stone-Robinson Stone-Robinson Elementary School’s school newspaper all began after secondgrader Henry Russell pitched the idea to the principal. The idea was inspired from his love to write stories with his grandmother. After some deliberation, “Highlights from the Hallways” came to be, and this past school year welcomed three issues. All ages can submit articles for the publication, and once submissions are closed for each issue, a team of students from different grade levels work together to edit them, take photos and lay out the pages. Karen Heathcock, the school’s gifted resource teacher who also helps with the newspaper, shared how students are developing a range of skills, including how to write for a broad audience, and how to give constructive feedback. The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression provided financial support to the newspaper.

STAB Students Create Little Free Libraries St. Anne’s-Belfield School students collected close to 200 books to stock little free libraries in the community. After eighth grader Jack Dozier was posed with the question, “How can I level the playing field for children in Charlottesville?” in his Leveling the Playing Field class, he decided to take action. As a library volunteer, Dozier wanted to create a way that allowed local residents to have access to reading materials. Thus, came the idea to create two Little Free Libraries. The students are looking forward to stocking the libraries, which are located at the Virginia Discovery Museum and Bennett’s Village playground, for any families interested.

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RITAGE RVEST STIVAL Freefall Music & Art Festival

August 31–October 5, Saturdays at IX Art Park Each week features live music, kids’ activities, food trucks and dinks.

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

Fall Festival Weekends

September–October 12, Saturdays & Sundays at Hartland Farm & Orchard, Markham Get lost in the corn maze, cheer on pig and duck races, ride down the 60-foot-tall slide, enjoy pumpkin bowling, apple canons and more. 540-533-6901,

Labor Day Fair


September 2, 10:30am–2pm at Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton After the I Am Brave 5K Race, enjoy a fair with live music, games, face painting, food and more at the Pavilion. 540-332-7850,

ONTICELLO Rockbridge Regional Fair & Expo

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September 5–7 at Virginia Horse Center, Lexington Enjoy the fair with a pig agility course, animal demonstrations, workshops, farms on parade, live music and more.

11th Annual Baking Contest

September 7, 8:45–10am at Saunders Brothers Farm Market, Piney River Pull out your apron and show off your baking

skills. Using produce grown on the farm, make homemade creations. 434-277-5455,

44th Annual Orange Street Festival

September 7, 9am–4pm at Main Street, Orange This eclectic festival with live music and vendors offering local artwork, handmade crafts, jewelry, specialty food and childrens’ activities. 540-672-5216,

Back-to-School Bash & Supply Drive

September 7, 2–4pm at UVA Amphitheater Backpack Buddies is hosting a fun-filled event for the whole family to kick off the school year. School supply donations strongly encouraged. 757-759-7373, YOU CAN HELP!

Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze

September 7–November 11 at Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset Get lost in Central Virginia’s largest corn maze. Flashlight maze open select Saturdays from 6–10pm. 434-882-6293,

SEPTEMBER + OCTOBER 2019 43rd Annual Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party

September 13–15 at Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset Enjoy antique tractors, a tractor pull, flea markets, crafts, live music and much more. 540-672-3429,

8th Annual Charlottesville Pride Festival

September 14 at Sprint Pavilion The festival offers a kid-friendly celebration of diversity and inclusion for all. Enjoy the beer and wine garden, food trucks and vendors. 877-272-8849,

Celebrate Constitution Day!

September 14, 9am–4:30pm at James Madison’s Montpelier Celebrate Constitution Day with free openhouse tours, hands-on family-friendly activities, a buffet lunch, live music and more. 540-672-2728,

43rd Street Festival of the Arts

September 14, 10am–5pm at Forest Hill Ave. & 43rd St., Richmond A fine arts & crafts show featuring 75 of the region’s finest artisans. Enjoy a day of art, music and food. 804-233-1758,

52nd Annual Gem & Mineral Show

September 20–22 at Augusta Expo Exhibits from Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society members and vendors illustrating the fascinating aspects of the rocks and minerals. 540-337-2552,

5th Annual All Things Fall Festival

YOU September 21, 9am–2pm CAN at Stanardsville United Methodist Church HELP! This festival includes fall crafts, vendors, baked goods, a silent auction, bushels of apples for sale, a soup and chili cook-off, and pumpkin painting. 434-985-3888,

13th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival

September 21, 10am–5pm at Monticello Celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s legacy with more than 100 educational programs, garden tours, fruit and vegetable tastings, a local food marketplace and kids’ activities. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-984-9800,

13th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival

September 21, 10am–5pm at Monticello. See this page.


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Cville Sabroso 2019

September 21, 11am–9pm at IX Art Park A family-friendly day of authentic food, music,

fine arts, dance and much more. All from different parts of Latin America.


Open House – The White Pig Animal Sanctuary

September 21, 12–8pm at 5120 Irish Road, Schuyler The Sanctuary is opening its doors for a familyfriendly event that will include food, vendor tents, live music and a bonfire. 202-309-2671,

sheep shearing spinning knitting skein & garment contest braiding rug hooking children’s corner felting tatting weaving basketry Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials 20 different breeds of sheep & goats delicious food booths

Annual Bluegrass Music Festival

craft vendors & artisans selling natural fiber clothing,

September 21, Doors open at 12pm at Fleetwood Community Center, Roseland Enjoy live music by multiple bands, and hamburgers and hot dogs. 434-907-8113,

yarns, blankets & socks Celtic Dancing group & Bagpiper DON’T MISS THIS EVENT! GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!

8th Annual Fall Into Fun Festival

September 21–22 at Chiles Peach Orchard Welcome Autumn with apple and pumpkin picking, wagon rides, apple butter, music and more. 434-823-1583,

Virginia Clay Festival

September 21–22, 10am–5pm at William Monroe Middle School, Stanardsville An art show celebrating the possibilities of clay, featuring pottery demonstrations, childrens’ area, and Raku firing and demonstration. 434-985-6500,

Saturday, Oct. 5 10am-5pm Sunday, Oct. 6 10am-4pm


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African-American Heritage Festival

September 21–22 at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton An annual celebration of black culture and history featuring face painting, cultural dancing, community resources, health screenings and more.

Mischief & Magic: Harry Potter Party

September 27–29 at Downtown Staunton Queen City Mischief & Magic is a homegrown fan event created for the local community to celebrate the Harry Potter books and film series. 540-885-9988,

State Fair of Virginia

September 27–October 6 at The Meadow Event Park, Doswell See Virginia’s finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts & crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more. 804-994-2800,

Coyner Springs Kite Fly

September 28, 10am–3pm at Coyner Springs Park Grab your kite and enjoy old-fashioned hay rides, pumpkin painting, Apple Slingin’ Contest, candy drop, contests and more. 540-942-6735,





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FLOW: The Rivanna River Arts Festival

September 28, 11am–2pm at Darden Towe Park FLOW 2019 will feature many of last year’s visual and performing artists, as well as new ones, interpreting the river. 434-977-4837,


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September 21 | Kiki Smith: The Meaning of Animals October 19 | Wondrous Woodblocks November 16 | Composition/Construction

These popular programs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities that make the museum’s exhibitions accessible to children. The introduction of new art materials and techniques challenges children to think in new ways, and interactive tours help them develop the confidence to talk about art. Registration required.


Tours | September 3 – November 15

Writer’s Eye is an annual literary competition that challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Each year we select 12 works of art for Writer’s Eye, and interactive tours of the art selections are offered from September through November. Entries are judged by distinguished writers from central Virginia, and winners are honored at a ceremony in the spring, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning entries are published in the annual Writer’s Eye anthology. Visit our website for more information about tours. | | 434.243.2050

September 28, 12–6pm at Downtown Harrisonburg A day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures that make up the Harrisonburg community, featuring international foods and music. 540-434-0059,

Annual Charlottesville Vegan Roots Fest

September 28, 12–6pm at Washington Park A family and dog-friendly festival, featuring music, food and craft drinks. Experts will talk about nutrition and veganism.

13th Annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival


October 5, 9am–1pm at Acca Shrine Center, Richmond Enjoy free family activities, live music, a fashion show, pumpkin patch, exhibits and more. Leashed dogs welcome. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 804-447-4713,


October 5, 12–7pm at Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton The whole family can enjoy games on the German farm, traditional food, dancing and live music. Adults can visit the Beer Garden, too. 540-332-7850,

32nd Annual Fall Fiber Festival & Sheep Dog Trials

October 5–6, 10am–5pm Saturday, 10am–4pm Sunday at Montpelier The festival features workshops for all ages, displays, animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations and more. 434-822-2222,

The 10th Annual FESTY

October 11–13 at IX Art Park Music & Mindfulness, a three-day familyfriendly, eco-friendly music festival in downtown Charlottesville.

Chili & Brewfest

October 12, 11am–6pm at Orange County Fair Grounds Chili and craft beer tastings, area food and craft vendors, childrens’ activities, a cornhole tournament and live music. 540-672-5216,

Massanutten Fall Festival

October 12, 11:30am–5:30pm at Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville Enjoy arts & crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, scenic chairlift rides, kids’ activities, beer and wine garden, and more. 540-289-9441,

4th Annual Fall Family Fun Festival

October 12, 12–4pm at Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville There will be all manner of fun and activities from vendor booths, wine tasting and food trucks to carnival games and activities. 540-832-7440,


September/October 2019

47th Annual Fall Foliage Art Show

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

6th Annual Oktoberfest

October 12–13 at Downtown Waynesboro Each October, downtown Waynesboro transforms into a showcase of 150+ fine artists. 540-949-7662,

October 12–13 at Claudius Crozet Park Fun family outing of live music, entertainment, food, craft demonstrations and exhibitors selling works. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-326-8284,

14th Annual Touch a Truck

October 19, 10am–3pm at Richmond International Raceway Children can see, touch and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery. 804-250-5450,

Apple Festival at Drumheller’s

October 19–20 at Drumheller’s Orchard Apple festival with food vendors, crafters, hayrides, an apple sling shot, a corn maze, fresh cider, pumpkins, inflatables and more. 434-263-5036,

Virginia Film Festival

October 23–27, Various times at Various locations Celebrate the magic of movies and find inspiration with featured documentaries, films and fresh perspectives on timeless classics. 434-924-3376,

October 26 at Ferris College, Ferrum Enjoy Virginia’s largest celebration of authentic regional traditions. 540-365-4412,

October 26, 11am–4pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Celebrate fall with live music, games and prizes. 804-262-9887,

MARKETS & BAZAARS Green Valley Book Fair

Now–September 8 & October 5–29, at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Huge selection of new and used childrens’ books at 60–90 percent off. 800-385-0099,

Zinc. Vintage Market

September 6–8, 10am–5pm Friday–Saturday, 11am–4pm Sunday at Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood Shop all things vintage while enjoying live music, food trucks and a kids’ zone. 540-456-6409,

Fall Plantfest

September 13–14, Friday 9am–5pm, Saturday 9am–3pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond The plantfest features well known favorites to rare exotics. 804-262-9887,

Here WEE Grow Again!


September 14–21 (Closed Sunday) CAN HELP! at Aldersgate United Methodist Church This kids’ consignment sale offers gently used clothes and toys, benefiting families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church’s outreach efforts. 434-973-5806,

STAGE & SCREEN 18th Annual Light House Youth Film Festival

September 7, 5:30pm at The Paramount Theater Enjoy popcorn and mingle with Light House participants before the screening of the year’s best works. 434-293-6992,

Cville Series: The Open Mic

September 13, 7–9pm at Jefferson African American Heritage Center Rappers, singers, dancers, painters/sketch artists, ventriloquist, comedians, actors and more are invited to perform on the stage. 434-260-8720,



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{our town calendar} All Things Irish

September 14, 3–4pm at Northside Library The Blue Ridge Irish Music School will present a program performing and talking about the music, instruments and dances of Ireland. 434-973-7893,

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory SEPTEMBER 6



with special guest Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Sept. 12


Magic & More

October 12, 10:30–11:15am at Central Library Stop by the show provided by the Society of American Magicians Assembly 115 in honor of National Magic Week. 434-979-7151,

After Hours Movie: Goosebumps 2 [PG]

September 17–21, Varies at Altria Theater, Richmond Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory ... to a lucky few. 800-514-3849,

October 18, 6–7:30pm at Crozet Library Slappy’s back and causing trouble with his friends. If you’re feeling brave, you’ll enjoy this (slightly) scary movie. 434-823-4050,

Family Movie: Coco

Peter Rabbit Tales – Live!

Disney’s Aladdin

October 18, 6pm at The Paramount Theater Don’t miss the on-stage retelling of the classic Beatrix Potter favorites. This live event is for kids and the young-at-heart who fondly remember the adventures of Potter’s Peter Rabbit. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-979-1333,

September 21, 2–4pm at Northside Library Despite his family’s ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician and finds himself in the Land of the Dead. 434-973-7893,

September 22, 11am & 2pm at The Paramount Theater Soar away on a magic carpet ride of nonstop thrills and fun in the most spectacular adventure of all time. 434-979-1333,

Peppa Pig Live! SEPTEMBER 18

Musical JR. Proceeds support Belmont Arts Collaborative.

September 25, 6pm at The Paramount Theater BAFTA award-winning actress Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa are featured in the cast of this brand new production. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-979-1333,

Municipal Band Fall Concert

October 20, 3:30pm at V. Earl Dickinson Main Stage Theater at PVCC Enjoy this performance with guest soloist Katy Ambrose, Horn. 434-295-9850,

Creatures Great & Small

October 23, 4–5pm at Gordon Avenue Library Meet an acrobatic flea, a giant stegosaurus, and everything in between in this Rainbow Puppet Productions musical. 434-296-5544,

Mason Ramsey

October 26, 8pm, doors open at 7pm at the Jefferson Theater Mason Ramsey is a 12-year-old country artist who was discovered in 2018 when a video of him singing went viral. 434-245-4980,


Keep an eye on our website for an exclusive interview with Peppa Pig!

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”

October 29 & 30 at Altria Theater, Richmond Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue. 800-514-3849,


September 29, 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur and influencer. 434-243-4960,

National Geographic Live

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September/October 2019

October 10, 7pm at The Paramount Theater Explore a hidden universe through the eyes of the photographic team of David Doubilet and his underwater partner Jennifer Hayes. 434-979-1333,

High School Musical JR


October 11–12 & 18–19, 7:30pm at Belmont Arts Collaborative Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage in Disney’s High School

LEARNING FUN Barn & Farm History Days

Now–November 24, Weekend, 2–4pm at Ivy Creek Natural Area Enjoy the barn with displays, including an observing beehive and farm equipment. 434-973-7772,

Exclusive Bobcat Presentation

September 2, 2–2:30pm at Bobcat Habitat, Maymont Visit behind-the-scenes at the bobcat habitat and get close enough to hear this secretive feline purr. 804-358-7168,

Special Night for Special Needs

September 6, 5:30–7:30pm at CMoR Downtown, Richmond The Children’s Museum of Richmond welcomes children who have special needs and their families for an exclusive evening. 804-474-7012,

Tinkergarten Class at Mint Springs

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

Explore aviation history and learn how flying went from being a rich man’s novelty to a basic mode of transportation. 434-973-7893,

Fan Mountain Observatory Public Night

October 25, 6–11:30pm at Fan Mountain Observing Station, Covesville Open to the public only twice a year, the Fan Mountain Observing Station offers free public observing nights. 434-243-1885,

Discover Galleywinter Farm

Night at the Museum

September 19, 5–9pm at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Join in Night at the Museum—your opportunity to explore the exhibitions after hours. Featuring live music, beer and wine, and a kids’ zone. 434-244-0234,

Interactive Archaeology Dig for Kids

October 5, 10:30am–2:30pm at Monticello Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock excavation, where they’ll learn proper field techniques like digging, screening and identifying artifacts. 434-984-9800,

Aviation History: Hot Air Balloons & Airliners

October 7, 6–8pm at Northside Library

Peppa Pig Live!

October 26, 1–6pm at Galleywinter Farm, Afton Come explore how horses help humans for a free day of demos and presentations followed by live music and a community potluck. 434-244-2663,

September 25, 6pm at The Paramount Theater.

See page 20.

Squirrelly Fun

ARTS & CRAFTS Imagine a Day Without Water Art Contest Now–October 23 The Art Contest’s Theme, “Only Use What You Need,” is open to all city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County public, private and home schoolers grades K–12. Any medium may be used. Rules and restrictions apply.


September 10, 3:30–4:15pm at Gordon Avenue Library Gather and make a squirrel feeder, shake your bushy tail and learn about these busy fall friends. For grades K–2. 434-296-5544,

Creation Station

September 13 & October 11, 3:30–4:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. There will be a different project to explore each time. 434-296-5544,

Fall COnCert Sunday, October 20 | 3:30pm Dickinson Theater, PVCC

Our 97th SeaSOn!

hOliday COnCert Sunday, December 15 | 3:30pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center (MLKPAC) at Charlottesville High School

s Stephen R. Layman Stephen R. Layman, Music Director Music Director

All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Seating is General Admission.

Ninety-Second Summer Season at the

Soundtrack of the Community since 1922

Paramount Theater Tues. 6/3 8:00 p.m.

Tues. 6/17 8:00 p.m.

Tues. 7/1 8:00 p.m.

Great American Composers Bernstein, Copland & Gershwin

Photo: Rob Garland

Guest Artists: U.S Army Chorus from Washington D.C.

From the Classical World


{our town calendar} Family Art JAMs

September 21 & October 19, 1–3pm for YOU ages 5–7, 3–5pm for ages 8–12 at The Fralin CAN HELP! Museum of Art, UVA Enjoy interactive tours with art activities. Parents are encouraged to stay. 434-243-2050,

Fairy Houses

September 24, 4–6pm & 6:30–8:30pm at Northside Library Using natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. One adult must attend with each child. 434-973-7893,

Kid Knits

October 2, 4–5pm at Central Library Materials provided. No experience necessary, but experienced knitters are welcome. Parents are encouraged to stay with their kids. Registration required. 434-979-7151,

Motor Skills Play for Preschoolers

October 12, 10am–3pm at Crozet Library Cut, press, squeeze and sew. Fine motor muscles are essential for skills including prewriting and counting. 434-823-4050,

3D Printing & Design

October 15, 6:30–8pm at Northside Library Library staff will explain how 3D printing works, then guide you through creating an object using TinkerCAD. 434-973-7893,

Let’s Go Cook Chocolate

October 26, 9:30–11:30am at Monticello Take a delicious journey back in time and around the globe to discover the story of chocolate. 434-984-9800,

STORYTIMES & GAMES On a Roll(play): Honey Heist

September 7 & 28, 2–4:30pm at Northside Library You are a criminal mastermind; you also happen to be a bear. Play the one-shot rpg Honey Heist by Grant Howitt. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

Babies & Books

September 12–November 7, Thursdays, 1:30–2:30pm at Northside Library Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. 434-973-7893,

Cookies from Countries

September 18, 3:30–4:15pm at Gordon Avenue Library Come and learn about cookies from different cultures. You’ll hear cookie stories and facts, as well as enjoy some. For grades K–2. 434-296-5544,


September/October 2019

Party with Elephant & Piggy

September 25, 4–5pm at Central Library Bring your Elephant and Piggie love and your friends to the library for this special event. Best for ages 3+. 434-979-7151,

Could You Survive

September 30, 2–3pm at Crozet Library For fans of action and adventure, spend the hour testing your survival skills. 434-823-4050,

Sci-Fi & Fantasy with Sofia Samatar

October 3, 6:30–7:30pm at Northside Library Drawing from her own acclaimed works, Samatar will also offer a first-hand glimpse into the creative process that has shaped imaginative and original works. 434-973-7893,

Cuentos y Canciones Bilingual Storytime October 9, 10:30–11am at Central Library Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring rhymes and songs in both languages. 434-979-7151,

B.J. Bookfest

October 12, 1–4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Discover the many achievements of local African-Americans and the challenges faced today. 434-296-5544,

Daring Dungeons & Diminutive Dragons October 17, 4:30–5:30pm at Northside Library

Interested in playing a fantasy tabletop roleplaying game? Try a beginner-friendly minicampaign. 434-973-7893,

Life-Size Clue

October 26, 2–3:30pm at Crozet Library Follow the clues in this life-sized version of this classic game where you’re the characters. Grades 5–8. Registration required. 434-823-4050,


September 1, 5, 8, 12, 26 & 29, October 20, 24 & 27, Varies at Klockner Stadium Cheer on the ‘Hoos as they play at home. 434-924-8821,

Foxfield Family Day at the Races September 29, 10am–5pm at Foxfield.

UVA Football Home Games

September 6, 14 & 21, October 19 at Scott Stadium Cheer on the ‘Hoos at home. Paint the Town Orange on September 5 at the Sprint Pavilion. 800-542-8821,

Football Weekends at Alumni Hall

September 6–November at The UVA Alumni Association Gather before kick-off for every home game to enjoy live bands, tap takeovers, kids’ activities,

See page 24. food and more. One-way shuttle service is provided. 434-243-9042,

Shenandoah National Park’s 19th Annual Wilderness Weekend

September 7 Celebrate America’s wilderness heritage during Shenandoah National Park’s 19th annual Wilderness Weekend.

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{our town calendar} 6th Annual Pancake 5K


HELP! September 7, 7–7:45am registration, 8am race at Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet A fundraiser for the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, this annual event is followed by a pancake breakfast. 434-823-1583,


UVA Men’s Soccer

September 7, 17, 20 & 23, October 1, 4, 15, 18 & 22, Varies at Klockner Stadium Cheer on the ‘Hoos as they play at home. 434-924-8821,

Area 3 Special Olympics 10K Run & 2-Mile Walk

September 14, 8am at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Ivy This gently rolling 6.2-mile course features prizes for the best male and female overall, as well as age group place prizes and grab bags. 434-295-2391,

Park Hop with A Doc


Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Investing at YourLegacy /ESG-Investing

September 22 & October 13, Sundays, 1–3pm at Belmont Park (Sept.) & Meade Park (Oct.) A free, imaginative pop-up play installation where families have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor play with Pediatric Associates. 434-825-8631,

18th Annual All-Terrain 5K & 7th Kids’ Fun Run

September 28 at Charlottesville Catholic School Run or walk this course with the family. Refreshments available for all participants. 434-964-0400,

Superheroes Unite: CureSearch Walk


September 28, 9am registration, CAN HELP! 10am start at The Park at UVA Celebrate and honor children from the Charlottesville area who have been affected by cancer. 240-235-2211,

17th Annual In The Pink Tennis Tournament

September 28, 9am–12pm at Various Locations The Women’s Committee will host tennis tournaments to raise funds to support Marianne’s Room and the Cancer Resource Center. 434-654-8258,

Foxfield Family Day at the Races

September 29, 10am–5pm at Foxfield Enjoy steeplechase races, Jack Russell Terrier races, stick pony races and childrens’ activities. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-293-9501,

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September/October 2019

Family Zumba

October 19, 2–3pm at Crozet Library Zumba is a Latin-fusion dance class with easyto-follow moves. Family-friendly class for all ages. 434-823-4050,

Walk to End Alzheimer’s


October 26, 9am–12pm at IX Art Park All ages and abilities are invited to join the

fight against the disease. 434-260-7718,

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS Regional College Fair

September 15, 4–6pm at Charlottesville High School Meet with representatives from different colleges and universities. Light refreshments will be served.

Open Mic Night

September 17, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Share music, poetry, comedy, stories, dance, art or any other creative work. Grades 7–12. 434-823-4050,

Henna Workshop

September 18, 6–7pm at Central Library Discover the art of traditional Mehndi in this workshop. Create your own henna tattoos, and learn safety and care info. Ages 14+. 434-979-7151,

Escape Room: Azkabanned Books

September 23, 4–8pm at Crozet Library Books are disappearing, and we need you to solve the mystery. Grades 6+. Registration required. 434-823-4050,

Teen Volunteer Fair

September 28, 1–3pm at Central Library Representatives from several volunteer organizations will share info and answer questions. 434-979-7151,

Vegan Cooking for Teens

October 8, 6–8pm at Central Library Enjoy a free, fun-filled evening of preparing and eating food. 434-979-7151,

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Respectful Parent Infant Basics

September 14, 9–11am at Our Neighborhood Child Development Center This class is for families who are beginning their journey into respectful parenting. 434-202-8639,

Free CPR Training

September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, 9–11am at Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad Non-certifying classes training in adult, child and infant CPR, as well as in choking relief. 434-296-4825,

54th Annual Parade of Homes

October 5–6 & 12–13, 12–5pm at Various Locations Visit area homes to see the latest in building innovations. Ivy Life & Style Media is a proud sponsor! 434-973-8652,

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“CHOOSE YOUR CHARITY” Preview Event! Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 • 10am-6pm • $5 Entry Fee SALE DATES: Sept. 14-21 (Closed Sunday) (Restocking dates are Sept. 10-12— sale closed.) Heroes’ Pre-sale! Sept.13, 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!

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October 19, 10am–5pm at Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville Join in for a wine tasting, dyslexia education, shopping and more. 540-832-7440,

DATE NIGHT Antony and Cleopatra

Now–November 30 at The Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton Two great leaders entangle themselves and their nations in one great big romantic mess. 540-851-1733,

Love Canon with Mighty Joshua to Benefit The Front Porch


September 7, 6pm at Sprint Pavilion Sprouting from Charlottesville, Love Canon brings their own raucous blend of bluegrass to the masses since 2010. 877-272-8849,

Parent Survival Night at The Little Gym

September 14 & 28, October 5 & 19, 6:15–9:15pm at The Little Gym Parents can enjoy a night out knowing their kids are safe and having a blast with supervision. 434-975-5437,

Raise Money with Bingo

YOU September 25, 5:30pm CAN HELP! at Random Row Brewing Co 80 percent of bingo card sales ($5 a book for 10 rounds) and $1/pint sold will go to MACAA for Project Discovery scholarships.

Virginia Institute of Autism’s 23rd Annual Gala

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October 5, 6pm at Castle Hill Cider, Keswick Enjoy dining, dancing and a silent auction while supporting a good cause. 434-923-8252,

October 18 at Music Resource Center Enjoy an evening in the 90s. Live “band-aoke” with guest performers, house band, open bar, food and more. 434-979-5478,

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Dyslexia Awareness

October 20, 12–5pm at Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison Bring the whole family and enjoy various chowders, crab cakes, fried oysters and freshly shucked oysters. 540-948-9005,


Foxfield Races

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th Gates Open at 10:00 am • Gates Close at 5:00 pm

Events include Jack Russell Terrier Races, AskLandis Stick Pony Races, Hilliard Manaement Pony Rides, Children’s Tent, and Bounce Play-n-Create and much more! ALL ACTIVITIES INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION • CHILDREN 8 AND UNDER ARE FREE

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apple picking!

Let’s Go

Picking apples is a favorite autumn tradition. Bring a basket and select the best of the bunch at our local orchards—check out the harvest festivals, too! 8th Annual “Fall Into Fun” Festival September 21–22 in Crozet Kick off autumn by helping cook oldfashioned apple butter (Sat.), playing games, savoring great food, taking wagon rides and, of course, picking some apples! Be sure to also enjoy the open pumpkin patch and face painting. 434-823-1583, Apple Festivals at Drumheller’s Orchard September 28–29 & October 19–20 in Lovingston Take the family on a hayride and enjoy a wide selection of apples and cider, country music, inflatables, crafts and food. Kids can try their luck with the oldfashioned apple slingshot. 434-263-5036, Apple Harvest at Carter Mountain Orchard September–November, Weekends in Charlottesville Join the Chiles family for food, hayrides, wine tastings, apple picking and all things apple, including apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts and apple pie! Pumpkins will come in mid to late September. 434-977-1833, Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival October 5–6, 12–13 & 19–20 in Syria In celebration of 49 years, savor good food and homemade apple butter at this annual fest with bluegrass music, crafts fair, hay maze, hayrides and horseback rides, rain or shine. Kids can climb the hay mountain, visit the animals and pick apples. 540-923-4231,


September/October 2019

Apple Butter Makin’ Festivals at Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchards October 5 & 19 in Tyro Watch apple butter being made the oldfashioned way! Enjoy live music, pick pumpkins, play games, create crafts, explore the corn maze, watch a ciderpressing demonstration and visit with the clown. 434-277-5824, HenleyFest Saturdays in October at Henley’s Orchard, Crozet Enjoy hay rides, cider making, apple cider donuts, apple picking and more each Saturday in October. 434-823-7848, 19th Annual Apple Harvest Festival at Albemarle CiderWorks November 2 in North Garden Go on a hayride, look at crafts, taste apples, watch old-fashioned apple butter and Brunswick stew cooking and cider pressing, partake in an apple pie contest, listen to live music, tour the cidery and learn about growing your own fruit. 434-297-2326,

Pick-Your-Own Apples Now Through October We’re lucky to have fresh fruit available at local farms from spring through fall. Always call ahead for times and harvest availability. Many orchards have pumpkin patches later in the fall, too!

Carter Mountain Orchard Charlottesville Look for hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts—a mouth-watering local tradition—year-round. 434-977-1833, Critzer Family Farm Afton Stemming from five generations of farmers, Critzer Family Farm offers a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year, with apples this fall and blackberries throughout September. Open Monday–Saturday, and closed on Sundays. 540-241-3305, Dickie Bros. Orchard Roseland This Nelson County orchard has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 268 years, ever since King George issued their land grant! The orchard—home to many apple varieties—is located near the scenic George Washington National Forest and Wintergreen Resort, and many families include a hike to Crabtree Falls while in the area. 434-277-5516, Henley’s Orchard Crozet Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley’s grows more than 12 varieties of apples with a low-spray method—including the regional darling: Albemarle Pippin. 434-823-7848,

Saunders Brothers Piney River Founded by five brothers in 1915, Saunders Brothers is now owned by its third generation of siblings, along with their father. This family-owned orchard offers a variety of specialty apples to be picked by visitors. A farm market with fresh fruits and vegetables for sale is also available, along with events on each Saturday until the end of the season in December. 434-277-5455,

**Seamans’ Orchard Roseland Pick-your-own apples are only available one weekend a year, rain or shine— Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22 —and are sold by the half-bushel and bushel. Like Dickie Bros., Seamans’ is near Crabtree Falls (easy-to-moderate hike for families) and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Families are encouraged to picnic on the property while visiting. 434-277-8130, See ad this page

**Silver Creek Orchard Tyro Although the packing shed (farm stand) is open daily in Sept., this orchard’s PYO dates are limited to two weekends, rain or shine: Sept. 14–15 & Oct. 12–13. Plan to peruse the local goodies at the packing shed as well. Retail shop is closed on weekends with limited hours during the week. Together with Seamans’ Orchard, Silver Creek hosts Apple Butter Makin’ Festivals. 434-277-5824, See ad this page

Bushels of Tips for Picking Apples • Always call ahead for conditions, supplies and prices. • Get directions from the orchard’s website, or when you call, since mapping programs like Google are not always accurate. • Pack a picnic and a picnic blanket. • Don’t forget to bug spray and sunscreen. • Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. • Carry canvas shopping bags, which won’t rip when full of heavy fruit. • Bring a little wagon along to carry apples — or tired pickers. • Ask about discounted pre-picked seconds or blemished

apples, which are fine for baking and cooking. • Check for worms. • Have cash on hand, since not all orchards will take credit or debit cards. • Visit the website to check which varieties are PYO and which are pre-picked. • Time your visit carefully if you’re looking to pick a lot, because you may be joined by school groups on weekdays and festival-goers on weekends.

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{our town halloween} Halloween Treats to Make with Your Kids Halloween is full of surprises, creativity, thrills and, of course, treats. While my kids definitely enjoy the spoils of Trick-orTreating, the best memories of Halloweens past are of creating something ghoulish in the kitchen. Whether it’s a jaunty Jack-olantern or a homemade confection, the key



INGREDIENTS: • 12 tart apples, washed and dried • 1 cup light corn syrup • ½ cup butter • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk • 1 teaspoon vanilla • Dash of salt • ¾ cup salted peanuts, chopped • 12 popsicle or candy apple sticks

INGREDIENTS: • 1 cup sugar • 1/3 cup butter • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar • 1/3 cup powdered milk • 2/3 cup light corn syrup • 1 teaspoon vanilla • ¼ teaspoon salt • Food coloring (optional)

DIRECTIONS: In a 2-quart saucepan, melt butter and add salt, syrup and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture comes to a full boil. Stir in milk and continue cooking until a small amount of mixture dropped in ice water forms a ball or until your candy thermometer reaches 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Push a stick into each apple. Dip apples into caramel mixture and place on waxed paper. Put peanuts in a small bowl and roll each apple to cover. Allow to dry, then place in an airtight container.


is the quality time we spend together—even if the recipe doesn’t turn out exactly as planned. Our favorites are candy corn and caramel apples, so here are both recipes for you. Because let’s face it: Halloween is all about the sugar.

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DIRECTIONS: Combine sugar, butter and corn syrup in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. In a separate dish, combine powdered sugar, salt and powdered milk. Add this mixture to the pan. Add food coloring as desired. Stir until it’s cool enough to handle. Shape into creative pieces.

Jennifer is a freelance writer, happy cook, mother of two active boys and sometime chauffeur.

Tips to Keep Kids Safe for a Spook-tacular Halloween For decades, parents have shared their advice about ways they keep their children safe every Halloween. One risk to children on Halloween, and all yearlong, is child predators, though studies have shown the incidence doesn’t increase on Halloween. Still, parents should take precautions and educate their kids before they head out with and without adult supervision. Below are some tips to help keep your kids safe from stranger and acquaintance dangers on Halloween. • Young children should be in the company of an adult when trick-ortreating. • Older kids should trick-or-treat with a friend or preferably in a group. • Tell your kids not to step inside the homes or cars of strangers or even acquaintances you haven’t preapproved. Provide your kids with what to say if they’re invited in so they are prepared. Your child can be direct and just say, “My parents told me I have to wait outside.” • Give your kids a curfew so you know what time to expect them home. • Know what route they plan to take. Make sure it’s in safe neighborhoods and that they won’t have to walk through secluded areas to get there. • Only go to houses with porch lights on. • Have kids carry a cell phone, and make sure they know how to use it to dial 9-1-1. • Add a tracking app to their phones such as Family Tracker, Glympse, Footprints, FamilySignal or Life360. • Make sure costumes, masks and shoes fit well. Avoid high heels. Costumes shouldn’t drag on the ground posing a tripping hazard.

YO U R PA R T Y & C O S T U M E S U P E R C E N T E R • Avoid masks. Instead, use makeup and well-fitting hats or wigs so vision isn’t obstructed. • Try to find flame-resistant costumes, and make sure kids keep their distance from lit pumpkins and luminaries. • If walking on roads, walk facing the oncoming traffic. Where possible, stay off the road completely. • When crossing streets, use crosswalks if possible, and look both ways twice. If at a stop sign or light, make sure traffic comes to a complete halt before crossing. • Don’t cross the street between parked cars or where drivers’ views might be obstructed. • Carry a flashlight so cars and bicycles can easily spot you. Also, wear something reflective or add reflective tape to costumes and bags. Wearing a glow stick is another option. • Keep props such as swords and knives short, soft and flexible to avoid injury to self or others. • Don’t wear colored contact lenses unless they’re prescribed for the child wearing them. They can cause severe eye damage otherwise, even if they are non-prescription sold solely for the purpose to change eye color.

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pumpkin patches! Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze

Now–November 10 at Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset Explore Central VA’s largest corn maze (over 33 acres) and enjoy maze puzzles, hayrides (when operating) and more. Flashlight maze: 6–10pm, select dates. You-pick pumpkin patch opens September 28. 434-882-6293,

Fall Festival

September 1–October 22 at Back Home on the Farm Corn maze, farm animals, pick your own pumpkins, pig races, carousel rides and more. 540-442-6493,

Belvedere’s Fall Harvest Festival

September 21–November 3, Weekends at Belvedere Plantation Pick pumpkins from the patch or select pre-

picked. Enjoy the corn maze, wagon rides, ziplines, straw jump, pumpkin cannon and more. 540-373-4478,

Enjoy live music from 2–5pm, food trucks and family fun on a real working farm. 434-971-8796,

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September 29–October, Weekends, 10am–5pm Saturdays, 12–5pm Sundays at 146 Caves Ford Lane, Orange Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy family fun, including hayrides, ladder golf, a corn maze and more. 540-308-8267, See ad page 35

October 1–31 at Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchards, Tyro Pick your own pumpkin or buy a pre-picked one. 434-277-5824, See ad page 29

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October, Weekends at Chisholm Vineyards

October 5 & 19, 10am–4:30pm at Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchards Watch apple butter being made the oldfashioned way. Enjoy live music while kids pick pumpkins, play games, explore the corn maze and more. 434-277-5824, See ad page 29

October 5–31, 3:30–6pm weekdays, 10am–5pm weekends at Round Hill Farm Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a 200-foot zip line, a hay-bale maze, corn maze, 100-foot super slide, moon bounces and more. 540-308-8245, See ad page 35

HALLOWEEN FUN Haunted Camp Weekends

October 4–27, Fridays–Sundays at Misty Mountain Camp Resort Spell-binding activities for the whole family, including trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, wagon rides to pick pumpkins movies, bonfire, karaoke, ice cream social and more. Sunday coffee & donuts. 888-647-8900,

Oktoberfest & Haunted Tours

October 12, 1–6pm at Stanardsville Court House, Stanardsville This family-friendly event features free admission for children and non-drinking adults, games, attractions, a face-painter and more.

Pumpkin Painting Party October 16, 3:30–4:15pm at Gordon Avenue Library


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Pick a pumpkin to paint, hear some squash stories and sip some cider. For grades K–2. 434-296-5544,

Boo at the Zoo

October 18–20, 5:30–9:30pm at National Zoo, Washington DC With numerous treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family. 202-633-3045,

Goblins and Gourds

October 20, 10am–3pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Goblins and Gourds is a harvest celebration featuring live music from the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra and pumpkinpainting. 804-262-9887,

Spooky Legos

October 24, 3:30–5pm at Central Library Celebrate the spooky season by making some creepy creations with LEGOs and vote for your favorite bat. Ages 5+. 434-979-7151,

Boo Bash

October 25, 5:30–8pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Dress up and enjoy carnival games, activities, face painting and crafts. Concoct kooky potions, decorate cookies, dance, meet the UVA Chemistry LEAD Mad Scientists, trade in all the tickets you’ve earned and more. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-977-1025,

10th Annual Crozet Spirit Walk

October 26 at Field School of Charlottesville Partake in this fun, family-friendly tour and homemade apple butter, apple cider and other goodies will be available for sale at the school. 434-923-3435,

Fall Pumpkin Festival $12.50 Admission Includes: •Hay Ride to Pumpkin Patch •200 ft. Zip Line •100 ft. Super Slide •Hay Bale Maze and Pyramid •Corn Maze • Farm Animals •Moon Bounces •Tire Swing Playground Also Available: (not included in $12.50 admission) •Off-Road Adventure Rides •Pumpkins • Face Painting •Pony Rides • Barrel Train •Pumpkin Blaster •Mechanical Bull

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October 26, 9am–5pm at Central Library Central Library is partnering with Telegraph Art & Comics by handing out free comics. Stop by to see what’s available, while supplies last. 434-979-7151,

Fall-O-Rama Party

October 26, 2–4pm at Northside Library Candy, movies, spooky challenges and games to celebrate surviving the first half of the semester. Costumes are encouraged. 434-973-7893,

Haunted Inedible Jewelry: Gingerbread People

October 30, 6–8pm at Central Library Miniatures artist Jessica Partain teaches you how to transform clay into gingerbread zombies charms for necklaces and earrings. Ages 12+. 434-979-7151,

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{living well new mom}

Childproofing 101 Ensuring Your Home is Safe for Baby to Explore

New Mom

Wouldn’t it be great if such a thing as home baby-proofing goggles existed? The infant-safety perspective would be worth every penny to ensure homes are safe for curious crawlers. Until then, we offer these home safety tips. 1. Plan ahead. It’s a fact: babies and children develop fast, so fast that they can catch you off guard with their newfound skills. Don’t wait for the first signs of crawling to address home safety. Prepare your house early and often so you can enjoy baby’s self-propulsion without worry. 2. Words of the day: Constant Vigilance. Every home is different. Go through each room to identify and remove potential hazards. Make sure all family members know which doors and cabinets to keep locked, and which household items to keep out of baby’s reach. *Remember: baby-proofing is never a one-anddone proposition. Adults and older children go in and out of rooms constantly, depositing new items and shifting furnishings. So, keep your eyes open, and get down on all fours so you can see what baby sees. by Whitney Woollerton Morrill 3. Watch the mouth. Babies learn about the world by putting things into their mouths. A marble that’s rolled under a chair or a piece of dog food beneath the kitchen toe kick can be a choking hazard. Sweep and vacuum regularly, and scan the floor for any small items. How small is “small?” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “A small part is any object that fits completely into a specially designed test cylinder 2.25 inches long by 1.25 inches wide that approximates the size of the fully expanded throat of a child under 3 years old.” Latex balloons are extremely hazardous to babies, so make sure to keep these far away from your little one, too. 4. Check toys. Make sure any toy or product within baby’s reach is safe for his age, doesn’t contain small parts and is free of toxic materials. If you have older children, their toys may not meet these criteria and could pose a hazard to their baby sibling. Consider keeping toys with small parts (Lego’s, etc.) in areas separate from those where your baby crawls. Use baby gates and playpens as needed. Find more at 5. Cabinets, doors, furniture and cords. Secure low,, cabinet doors with latches to make household cleaners, and chemicals, etc. inaccessible. Install latches and doorknob covers to basement doors, baby gates at open stairs and entryways into the kitchen to prevent access to ranges and dishwashers, as well as window gates at units with low sills. Secure heavy furniture like bureaus, sideboards and bookcases to the wall with furniture straps and anchor bolts. Install outlet covers, and secure electric cords. 6. Water safety. Babies can drown in less than 2 inches of water, according to Never, ever leave an infant unattended in or near water, and make sure she can’t access a pool, fountain, tub or other vessel with standing water in the home or yard. Also, be sure to install toilet locks in all bathrooms. 7. Blinds and corners. Cords to window treatments such as blinds can be a strangulation hazard to babies. Secure all cords so they’re out of reach. Or, better yet, opt for cordless curtains and blinds. No cords should be near baby’s crib. Also, cover sharp corners of low furniture and protruding windowsills to prevent injuries.


Whitney is an architect who designs and writes for families. Her blog is


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Expert Advice

Your Parenting Questions Answered

Dear Bob

by Bob Taibbi

We believe our daughter has been bullying another girl at school. How can we put a stop to this? Also, what is appropriate to ask of the school in helping her? A generation ago, bullying was commonly accepted as part of the school culture. Fortunately, times have changed, and it’s great that you are stepping up as parents. You need to sit down with your daughter and let her know in a firm voice that this is not acceptable. I would also consider some consequences. A logical consequence of her actions is having her apologize to the girl. I would also inform the school and see what actions they may want to take, since most schools have clear behavioral policies regarding bullying. This is the stopping side of the problem. But, another conversation you want to have with your daughter is about what motivated her actions. Your daughter, for example, may be being bullied by someone else at school and thus replicating the behavior. Another option could be that someone in her peer group challenged her to do this. Or perhaps, she is having some feud with the girl she bullied, and while it doesn’t excuse her actions, she is looking at the problem from a different perspective. If you worry that this is part of a larger problem—that your daughter is angry or struggling with deeper emotional issues—consider having her talk with the guidance counselor or a therapist.

I can’t take another sleepless night. What can I do to encourage my 5-year-old daughter to stay in bed and sleep through the night? I’m glad you used the word encourage, because that’s exactly what you want to do. Oftentimes, children struggle because they get lonely and become anxious. That said, 5-year-olds are eager to please their parents, and they respond well to positive rewards. There are a couple of things you can do to break the pattern. Start by having the conversation about bedtime during the day, and when she is calm, share that you’d like her to stay in her bed. If she has a younger sibling, you can appeal to her by encouraging her to be a big girl. This will prepare her for the idea. Additionally, Email your parenting concerns and queries to editor@ ask her what she would like/need to help her do so, such as a favorite stuffed animal or blanket, or add a new nightlight to help Yours might be included in her feel safe. Make sure you have a solid bedtime routine, where she an upcoming issue! gets individual attention before bed, such as reading books as well as limiting electronics. Help her settle in, and tell her that you will check in on her in a few minutes. She may balk, so let her express her distress, reassure her that she will be fine and then leave the room. An important part to this is checking-in initially—opening the door a crack and asking if she is doing okay, and then let her know that she is doing a great job. The key here is doing this before she gets anxious and gets out of bed. You could also build in rewards for staying in bed through the night, such as doing something special with you the next day. Finally, if she does get up and try to come into your bed, gently take her back to her own bed; don’t let her stay. It will probably take a few days of consistent and gentle firmness on your part to change her habits.


Author of 11 books and more than 300 articles—including the regular “Ask Bob” column in this magazine—Bob has 44 years of experience in couple and family work and is in private practice in Charlottesville (


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{living well tips & trends} Leaving Time

by Jodi Picoult

Jenna Metcalf has been plagued by the disappearance of her mother, Alice, for more than a decade. An ardent elephant scientist, Alice spent years documenting her life and research in journals. With the help of two unlikely allies, Jenna uses her mother’s journal to piece together what happened that fateful night years ago. Available for $14.40 at



TRENDS by Mandy Reynolds

Revamp Your Fall Wardrobe The 70s are back this year in a big way, and autumn is the perfect time to go retro without going overboard. 1. Saffron. A rich yellow, saffron gives your wardrobe a hint of throwback vibes without screaming “costume party.” 2. Corduroy. A staple for fall, upgrade your corduroy game with a romper or brightly colored trousers.

3. Bold Prints. This year, if you love swirling colors, you’re in luck. Try a geometric patterned blouse or even an oversized trench.

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by Katharine Paljug


September/October 2019

Healthy Habits + Spending Time Together When was the last time your whole family sat down to have dinner together? According to a 2016 report by National Public Radio (NPR) on the eating habits of American families, more than 40 percent of American families struggle to find the time for meals

at home. Many parents resent being stuck in the kitchen right after work or feel discouraged by the pressure of preparing healthy meals. At the same time, kids’ schedules can make it feel impossible to get everyone at the table.


The juggle between work hours,

meals, sitting together at the table

school pick up, activities and homework


doesn’t have an easy answer. But, the

children socially and academically,” says

secret to making family meals work may

Rita Smith, a Registered Dietitian and

be simpler than you think.

Certified Diabetes Educator at Sentara

Instead of taking it all on yourself, it’s




Martha Jefferson Hospital who helps

time to bring your kids into the kitchen


with you.

eating habits. In her work, Smith has




found that family meals are a game Cooking Keeps Kids Healthy

changer for both kids and parents. “It’s

Family mealtimes are an important

an important time each day to connect

element of teaching your kids good

with family members, develop verbal

eating habits, as well as developing their

skills and learn table manners.”

social-emotional skills that will serve them throughout life. “Research shows that having family

But, getting your kids to sit down and eat the meal you prepare is challenging for many parents. That, says Smith, cont’d on pg 46


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Simple Family Recipes Encouraging kids to eat better meals and nutritious foods can sometimes be hard. By involving them in the preparation of their meal, they can see what ingredients go into each dish and feel a sense of satisfaction that they were able to make their own dinner. These recipes are not only tasty but also easy for kids to help assemble and serve to the entire family.

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Easy Vinaigrette Dressing

Simple Ricotta Pasta

Ingredients ½ cup olive oil ½ red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard Salt, pepper & garlic powder

Ingredients 1 package spaghetti 1 jar marinara sauce 2 cups ricotta cheese Dried basil (optional)

Directions Combine olive oil, vinegar and mustard in a jar with a lid and shake until combined. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Shake again. Use to dress salad, roasted veggies or pasta dishes.

Directions Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in large pot. Add spaghetti and cook until soft but not squishy. While pasta is cooking, heat up marinara in a covered, microwave-safe bowl until it is warm. Divide spaghetti into bowls for serving, and then top with marinara sauce and ricotta. Sprinkle with dried basil before serving.

Strawberry Greens Salad Ingredients 1 cup strawberries, sliced Mixed greens Goat cheese Sliced almonds Directions Toss greens, strawberries and sliced almonds together. Top with crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with Easy Vinaigrette and serve.






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meal planning and food prep are more interested in eating the meal that they have helped make.” “There are so many benefits [to cooking with kids],” agrees local personal chef and cooking instructor Ingrid Berger, including patience, teamwork, independence and how to appreciate and enjoy a variety of foods, which can be a huge game-changer

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ways to help picky eaters get interested in

check off their daily list and starts being

and excited about the food they’re going to eat. And, once kids are helping out in the kitchen, the rush to get dinner on the table stops being one more task for parents to a time for the whole family to learn, play and bond. When to Start Cooking Together The right time to start cooking with your kids is probably earlier than you think. “Kids naturally are curious and like to be involved in family activities, and so even at the youngest ages, they can jump into food preparation,” says Smith. She recommends having children as young as age 2 help with simple tasks like pouring or mixing. As they get older, the cooking tasks can expand as skills improve, Smith adds. “By the teen years, kids can read and understand recipes, following through with the preparation of the dish on their own. This also gets them ready for being out on their own in a few years.” Of course, as kids get older, they pick up more activities and more homework, which is another set of challenges for families to overcome around mealtimes. Instead of stressing over who is at which meal, and what’s being served, try to make choices that are easy on everyone’s schedules and stress levels. “Pick one or two evenings weekly when the schedule is more relaxed, perhaps without any after-school activities [for cooking together],” Smith suggests. It’s okay if family meals only happen once or twice a week, or if you all make


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Cooking together is one of the best ways to help picky eaters get interested in and excited about the food they’re going to eat.

breakfast together on Sunday mornings

meals that are budget-friendly is hugely

mind when bringing your kids into the

instead of dinner together on Monday

important,” Berger explains. “My teenage

kitchen is not to worry if something isn’t

nights. You can also assign older children



quite right or if there’s a mess at the end.

a night to choose and prepare a meal,

pasta dish, using things we had around.

“I recruit [my clients’ children] to help,

which teaches them to appreciate the

The more cooking kids do, the more

and they are happy and proud when they

work that you put into feeding the

resourceful and creative they can be.”

can lend a hand,” says Berger. “Instilling

whole family. “Learning to cook healthy




The most important thing to keep in

pride and a desire to be in the kitchen is

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your child do things like wash and chop,

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Smith recommends setting up a spot

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Getting your kids involved in the

kitchen, chatting about school, friends

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and activities, all while making a dish

gets them excited about eating a variety

for dinner,” says Smith. “It was a great

of foods. It also benefits their parents.

catch-up time from the day, but also the





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ChairMakeovers How to Paint & Re-cover Dining Room Chairs by Jennifer Carroll

I love home projects and wanted to

fabric to lie on, giving the finished product

share with you how I painted and re-

a “professional” look. But, it was flat, so I

covered our dining room chairs with

decided to make a stuffing sandwich with

fabric. I first got these three chairs last

my pillow stuffing, layering it between the

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cushion base and the foam.

scoring and getting these for $25 total.

Lay your fabric over the cushion to

And, I like mismatched chairs, so this was

determine how much of it you will need.

all good in my book.

Remember to allow for a few extra inches

To remove the cushions from the

on each side for folding and stapling. If

frames, you need to flip the chairs over

your new fabric is thin, a helpful tip is

and unscrew them from the base. In

to first add a layer of lining cloth before

order to do so, you will need a flat head

adding your decorative top layer. This will

or Phillips head screwdriver for this task.

help from being able to see through a

Once you’ve detached the cushions,

thiner top fabric.

you are ready to paint the chairs. The

Once you’ve cut out your fabric, be

thing that I love so much about Annie

sure to iron it. I encourage you to not skip

Sloan Chalk Paint is that you can decide

this step, because ironing it after the fact

to start a project like this and actually

won’t be an option.

accomplish it in a day. Painting our dining

Lay it right-side down on your work

room table took me roughly a couple of

surface (the floor in my case!) and then lay

hours, and the chairs took about the same

your cushion down (also right-side down)

amount of time. I painted the top of the

on top of the fabric centering it. I started

table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old

in the back by pulling the fabric up over

White, and the base and chairs in Duck

the back and placing a staple in the center

Egg. After all of the pieces dried, I moved

and then working my way around, tugging

on to re-covering the chairs.

and folding as needed. Remember that no

In my craft room, I have a bunch of random throw pillows, so I decided to re-

one sees the bottom once it’s finished, so it can be a bit wonky.

use/recycle one of them for this project

Once you’ve finished stapling your

rather than purchase new “filler.” This one

new fabric to the cushion, trim back the

toss pillow provided enough stuffing for

excess fabric before screwing it back onto

all three of my chairs. To begin, pull out

its newly painted frame. And, you’re done.

all the stuffing from your pillow.

How adorable are these!

Next, you need to remove the staples from the cushion base. I removed the staples from the front and each side, leaving the back attached and peeling the fabric back to reveal the original foam cushion and the cushion base. The original foam was still in ok shape, and it provides a very smooth surface for the


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Planting New Roots to Your Fall Garden All About Perennials

Whether you are looking to spruce

cooler temperatures that are easier on

up your garden or create an easy and

plants, the soil is still warm and the



unpredictable rains that inevitably come

perennial gardens offer a wide variety of

in the spring won’t cause delays in your

colors and textures that continue to come





back year after year. Some perennials

The history of the perennial garden

are even evergreen for our region like


Jack Frost brunnera, coral bells or the

Nicholson, curator for the Royal Botanic

tough liriope (monkey grass), and their

Gardens at Kew, England, suggested a

foliage brightens up your garden through

perennial-only garden to steer gardeners

the winter, while others die back to the

clear of the regimented garden styles that

ground only to grow again in the spring.

relied primarily on bedding plants. Since

Considered to be the backbone to every

then, perennial gardens have become


more popular due to their easy care and




deliver long-lasting structure, color, scent and so many desirable traits.






the wide variety of choices. While there isn’t an exact step-by-

So, why plant in the fall? There

step guide for creating the ideal perennial

are distinct benefits to planting in the

garden design, there are a few things to

autumn, and the best time is at least six

consider before turning the soil. Taller

weeks before frost, September/October

plants should be displayed in the back so

for us here in zone 7a. With the fall comes

as to not overwhelm the space (be ready


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Over the years, I’ve had to wonder if faeries are real, and after some study, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are. While I haven’t actually seen one myself, I know that they’re there, because my kids have seen them. Sometimes, I’ve even seen evidence of their homes or the parties they’ve had—faeries love to build homes in certain areas of the forest, and they love to gather and celebrate the solstice. I’d love to talk to one, so when I heard that Briar Copperleaf, a beautiful faery from the forest of Appledoria visits University of Virginia’s (UVA) Children’s Hospital once a month, I set out to see if I could interview her. I have all sorts of questions, like how life works with a set of wings, how high they can fly, and where they learn to make their amazing flower crowns. While I wasn’t able to meet Briar, I did learn some things about her from Kimberly Barker. It appears that although Barker isn’t an actual faery, she has been fortunate enough to have encountered one, one who whispered a few secrets in her ear. However, if asked, Barker herself will neither confirm nor deny any faery

Books to Prepare Your Little One for a Visit to the Doctor Visiting the doctor can bring about many emotions and feelings in your little one. It’s always important to talk with them before each visit, letting them know what to expect, and that they, too, can ask the doctor questions. Here are a few favorites to help jumpstart the conversation with your wee ones.

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encounters. When Barker and I met on a gloomy day, she was wearing gold glitter eyeliner and great red lipstick, with her red hair pinned up on top of her head. She has worked at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library for nine years, a decidedly unfaery-like job, and her current iteration,

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personal branding. Her job stands in contrast to the dayto-day experience of the magical world of Briar. In Appledoria, Briar lives in a mosscovered cottage with a fox and a one-eyed crow. The fox, who Briar has had since she was a kit, is named Nuramae, and the crow, whom Briar nursed back to health after he lost his eye, is named Gid. While both animals live in the cottage with Briar, they are free to come and go as they choose, roaming the woods and having adventures, which are often separate, since Gid and Nuramae can get a little testy with each other. Briar herself prefers not to leave the woods; she likes to stay home in the familiar surroundings where she knows every shadow and root of the forest. But, once a month, Briar does leave.

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While faeries do scorn technology, in part because they’re stubborn and in part because they have magic at their disposal, Briar has made an exception for Instagram, because faeries can be a little vain. At @briarthefaery, you can see Briar in all her splendor. In spring, she wears a yellow gown and daffodils. While in October, she has a black robe with wonderful sleeves and a crown of orange flowers. And of course, her outfit for Valentine’s Day is a bright red gown with a matching crown. So, after putting on her clothes, Briar says farewell to Gid and Nuramae, and heads to UVA Medical Center, where she wanders the halls looking for any child who might like to chat and read a book. Briar hands out books courtesy of the Soho Center, a non-profit foundation that has donated, at last count, almost 400,000 new books to children and families who are at the hospital.

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They may feel bored, scared or anxious, and they may be in pain, or worried about a family member. Almost certainly, a child in a hospital is not a child in control of their circumstances. Briar’s visits make it possible for children to experience a little joy, and a little non-medical focus. Because many children are bound to a strict schedule on a hospital visit, sometimes they aren’t able to listen to

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For Briar, it’s important to connect children to the natural world outside. And in turn, since her life in Appledoria doesn’t require electricity or machines, she often asks children questions about technology and other things she encounters while visiting the hospital. It’s a little gesture that helps children feel knowledgeable and perhaps a little empowered. If they do have time for a book, however, Briar is beyond happy to read

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world where costumed faeries of all colors and genders could replace the red-vested volunteers who guide people through their hospital experience: a faery court as escort for this special and vulnerable population. Briar could supervise the faeries in the capacity of Director of Magic, seeking nothing short of reframing the entire hospital experience for young patients and their families. Of course, this would require Briar to spend less time in her cottage, and since the animals would miss her, she chooses, for now, to limit her magical appearances at the hospital.

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Tuning In

How to Decode Your Child’s Body Language Like many parents of toddlers, at one time or another, you will find yourself in the frustrating position of trying to figure out your kid’s signals. Even though children typically know around 200 words by their second birthday, they still only use 50 or so regularly. This means you have to depend on your child’s body language much of the time to figure out what she’s feeling or wanting. And, when you can’t, she may go into meltdown mode. While no one expects you to be a mind reader, you can pay attention to your kid’s visual cues to pick up on how to respond, says K. Mark Sossin, Ph.D. Check out these four commonly crossed signals and what you can do to better tune-in to your toddler.

Your child stands with his arms folded in front of a new toy.

Instead of saying hello to Aunt Sara, your kid yanks her shirt over her head.

What you think it means: Forget it! I’m not

What you think it means: I don’t want to see her! What it probably means: I don’t want her to see me!

interested! What it probably means: I feel apprehensive!

Your child’s reaction is probably more about her

“Hard to believe, but one little arm cross can have

than her aunt. First, try to peek at her face. If she’s

more than 67 interpretations,” says body-language

smiling, she could just be playing. “But, if she looks

expert Patti Wood, author of Success Signals. “But for a

unhappy, she might be hiding because she’s feeling a

toddler, it’s most likely a sign that he’s feeling uneasy.”

sudden wave of wariness,” says Sossin. Toddlers are

Your child might not be able to say, “I don’t want this

dealing with lots of new emotions, and they don’t

unfamiliar rocking horse near me,” for example, but

always know how to express them.

he can shield himself from it by folding his arms to

Your Next Move. Don’t make a big deal out of it.

create a protective barrier. Children this age love to

You may be tempted to say, “Oh, she’s just shy,” to

explore new things, so if he seems uninterested in

make her aunt feel better, but avoid labeling your

something, he may just be getting his courage up.

kid’s behavior in front of her. Try to address and

Your Next Move. If he’s hesitant to try the new

describe what’s happening. For instance, “Looks like

rocking horse, move on for now. Later, you can

you’re a bit unsure. Let’s give you a little time, and

encourage him to play with it again by using your

you can join us when you want.” Then, keep it upbeat

own body language to show that you like the toy. For

with Aunt Sara to show that she’s fun to be around.

instance, move it slowly with your hand, or mimic riding it by standing over it, saying, “Wow, this is so much fun!” But, don’t force him to get on it, which could turn his apprehension into a full-blown fear and lead to a tantrum. “When he feels safe and curious enough, he’ll be willing to give it a shot,” explains Wood.

When you come into the room, your 2 ½-yearold won’t look you in the eye. What you think it means: I did something bad (and I don’t want you to know about it). What it probably means: I feel bad about something I did.

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At their teacher’s direction, they ground themselves by spreading their toes on the mat and taking conscious breaths, in and out. The students mentally scan their bodies, seeking out places where they may be holding tension or stress. And then, they begin a slow yoga flow, a hybrid of hatha and vinyasa, moving through sun salutations. After about 35 minutes, they are instructed to lie down on their mat in savasana, which translates to corpse pose. It is an opportunity for a kind of intelligent relaxation and body awareness that helps these students find their way forward through it all. Amanda Evans, last school year’s yoga instructor, also taught Spanish at Tandem. Since she first started practicing yoga in college, Evans consistent practice of the last few years had led her to pursue a teacher training program at Opal Yoga in downtown Charlottesville. In the midst of that, she started teaching yoga to a fellow Tandem faculty member, which evolved into leading groups of students. According





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ourselves and in others is also matched in yoga. While the yoga class is offered to the junior class, other students have been eager to join, and so yoga has become part of the Tandem way of life. Of course, teaching adolescents requires some adjustments; the instruction is slowed down from its normal pace for the students and the teacher practices alongside the kids so they can see the shape of the body. Additionally, Evans decided that her classes at Tandem should incorporate a longer-than-normal savasana, allowing the students to reap the benefits of a deeper relaxation. Of the class, Evans says, “It’s definitely eccentric … it’s Tandem! But, the notion

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in their bodies, and with movement and learning to calm themselves with breathing work, it is Tandem’s hope that students will develop skills that can serve them through the stresses of not just their junior year, but beyond.

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Sally & the Plumed Legion

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

Although she’s too old for trick-or-treating, about 10 times this month, my teenage daughter Sally will dress up like a soldier from the Napoleonic wars. She’ll wear a blue tunic with brass buttons down the front and a gold braid looped through the shoulder straps. Her hat is a flat-topped shako, decorated with an ostrich feather. Yes, she’s in the Plumed Legion, which is the Good Times Regional High School marching band. This is her fourth and final year playing piccolo in the Legion. Sally likes the music, but she loves the camaraderie, the discipline, the sense of purpose and the competition with other bands. In the marching band, there is only one correct way to move your feet, hold your head and turn your body. Sally has always been bossy and competent, and this reinforces her notion that there is a right way to do things and she knows what that is. When Sally was 3 years old, she would try to tell her If this were a Disney big sister what to do. She’d command, “Hey kid, come movie, Sally would’ve back inside and put on been selected. But, she your shoes!” also would’ve had to “You’re not the boss of me,” was the inevitable overcome some affliction reply. even more grievous than Sally, using a word of being my kid. her own invention, would say, “I’m the GOODBOSS of you.” Yes, the goodboss. We heard it many times. The goodboss knows what’s right, and she shoves the unrighteous into line. The goodboss needs no authorization, and to resist the goodboss is to embrace evil or at least chaos. Sally is 5-foot-1 and maybe has a bit of a Napoleon complex. For the past couple of years, she had been planning to be drum major her senior year. That role serves as the conductor and guiding force of the Plumed Legion. She would analyze the field of contenders person by person and always figure her chances to be pretty good. In May, as the time approached to declare her candidacy, Sally’s confidence failed her. “I’m not going


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to try out,” she said. “I’m so bad at conducting that I’d make us lose all the competitions and everyone would hate me. Besides, Kristin is going to get picked anyway.” My jaw dropped. It was as if Napoleon had said, “I give up; Europe deserves a taller emperor.” I didn’t say anything right away. I had to examine my motives. Sure, I wanted her to be drum major. But more importantly, I want her to go after what she wants. But, what if I urged her to try out and she wouldn’t? Our relationship would have failed a test. And, what if she became drum major and led the Plumed Legion to disgrace? Ouch! Alone with Sally, driving her home from track practice, I said, “If you’re not trying out for drum major because you’re afraid you won’t be picked, that’s a bad reason. And, being afraid you can’t do the job is another bad reason. Let the band director decide that. He’s an expert judge of what people can do. If you think it would be a thrill to have 75 musicians respond to a wave of your hand, go after it. If you don’t try, you’ll always regret it.” The pain of reopening the case made her cry. She argued a little, and when we got home she avoided me, and my heart ached. When I collected my good-night kiss, she said tiredly, “Sometimes I hate you.” We didn’t talk about it anymore, but a few days later, she let me know she’d applied for the drum-major job. In her interview, the director asked what sets her apart from the other candidates and she’d replied, “My dynamic personality.” Nevertheless, when the last day of school arrived, it was announced that Kristin would be drum major in the fall. Sally was half disappointed and half relieved. If this were a Disney movie, Sally would’ve been selected. But, she also would’ve had to overcome some affliction even more grievous than being my kid. So, now, Sally is having a fun season in the ranks with her piccolo and her pals. Plus, as a section chief, she still gets to harass a new crop of shuffling, staggering, stumbling and waddling freshmen, so everybody’s happy. After all, goodbosses are born, not appointed.

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