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L I F E June 2009 No. 51 PRICELESS! (FREE)

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Francesca SanGiorgio Home office: 434-361-1121 Cell: 434-906-0934

Conte Alain SanGiorgio Home office: 434-361-1121 Cell: 434-996-4668

New To The Market

Roseland, Virginia NEW LISTING. 11+ acres on Bryant Mtn. Rd., this geothermal home with 3 br, 3 baths, hardwood floors, has wonderful year-round views. Would make a perfect vacation home or primary residence. $549,000.

Lovingston, Virginia NEW LISTING. If you like old homes, you will love this 4 bedroom, 2600 sq. ft., circa 1850 home located on 1 acre in the heart of Lovingston, Virginia. Heart pine floors, concrete counter tops in the kitchen, built in shelving, original fireplace, completely restored. $299,000.

Nellysford, Virginia NEW LISTING. In the heart of Nellysford, 30 minutes to Charlottesville. Located on 26+ acres, completely restored 7 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, 2 bedroom cottage, 6-stall barn, 2000 ft. of the Rockfish River, Blue Ridge views, a must-want. $1,285,000.

Wintergreen Condo NEW LISTING. 1 br completely furnished, walk to ski slope, ground floor unit, priced to sell. $164,500.

Nellysford, Virginia NEW LISTING. Located in the Edgehill subdivision, like-new 4 br, new paint, full finished basement, garage. $248,500.

Nellysford, Virginia NEW LISTING. Located in the heart of Nellysford with fabulous views, may be purchased with 25 acres or 51. $499,000.

Nellysford, Virginia NEW LISTING. Own your own grassy runway. 150 feet x 1900 feet, 6.9 acres, minutes to Wintergreen. $175,000.

Nellysford, Virginia NEW LISTING. 26+ acres, new survey, overlooking a pond, mostly wooded, convenient location. $199,500.

Wintergreen Home 3 br home, 1700 sq. ft., with hardwood floors, perfect getaway, sold furnished. Seller highly motivated. $329,000.

Waynesboro, Virginia Perfect starter home in excellent condition with 2 br on the main floor and 1 charming bedroom upstairs. Private backyard. $138,900.

Arrington, Virginia Priced to sell. Almost new 4 bedrooms, on an acre of land, convenient to U.S. 29. Perfect starter home at $124,900.

Nellysford, Virginia River, views, acreage, perfect for horses, well-maintained, 1800 sq. ft. with 3 br, hardwood floors, 2-car garage. $429,000.

Nellysford, Virginia Immaculate condition with a hangar for your plane, sold furnished or unfurnished, mature landscaping, wonderful views, $399,900.

1471 Beech Grove Road • Wintergreen, VA 22958 • 434-361-0335 •




Editors & Publishers Yvette Stafford, Tommy Stafford Contributors Aaron Lee Jennie Tal Photography Lee Luther, Jr. Paul Purpura

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Priceless Classifieds for the People!

An income-producing $80,000 house in Covesville!

Seamans’ got ‘em.


perfect prick This won’t hurt a bit.

And that $40 Weber Grill? Sorry. It has already SOLD! Post your FREE classified online at Classified ads are free. Premium advertising opportunities targeted to Nelson County and Western Albemarle zip codes are available. Email us:


sweat equity Jack’s been getting his hands dirty.

inside basic necessities ........................... 7 cover story ................................. 10 this old house ............................ 16 this new house ........................... 16 at home with marlo ................... 23 sam’s garden .............................. 32 askthedr...................................... 33 the perfect fit ............................. 33 leisure guide .............................. 34 datebook ................................... 36

on the cover Pictured: Fresh strawberries at Seamans’ Orchard Photographer: Yvette Stafford It’s pick-your-own strawberry time at Seamans’ Orchard in Roseland. The recipe for summer begins on pg. 10.

from thetublisher My cups are better than mommy and daddy’s cups. They put coffee in their cups to stay awake. I don’t need coffee to stay awake. I’m pretty good at staying awake on my own. Mommy and daddy’s cups take up a lot of space when they’re put away. Mine are stackable. They go from big to small, like those little Russian dolls. My dad says he’s always Russian. Russian to the store. Russian to a story. Always Russian to go somewhere. He should stop being Russian and be more American so he can play with my cups. My favorite one is the green monster cup. I can chew on his eyes. If I chewed on Jerky’s eyes, that would hurt. Jerky is not a cup. He is a dog. Dogs don’t play with cups. They play with things in the grass. A dead frog is a thing in the grass. Mommy doesn’t want me to play with that. She wants me to play with my cups. My cups float in the water. My rubber duck floats in the water. I can chew on the duck but the cups tastes better. I am better friends with my cups. These days, just about everything I touch goes into my mouth. I have two teeth in my mouth and 9 out of 10

housewives agree: I am getting more teeth. At some point, I’ll have all the teeth I need and I won’t have to chew my cups. But I can save them for later. It’s my understanding boxers and some old people have teeth missing. If they had my cups, they could chew on them and grow more teeth. Mommy tells me one day my baby teeth will fall out and the tooth fairy will come and bring me money. 32 teeth is a lot of money! Enjoy! Adam Thomas Stafford






1253 Monocan Drive

1798 Monocan Drive








Stamped concrete drive leads to a 1 level brick home custom built by Robb Construction on a mature, private, 3 acre lot. Extraordinary quality reflected in all materials including doors, hardwoods, built-ins, kitchen, dual master baths (one ADA equipped). Separate & complete in-law suite (bedroom, living room, kitchen, laundry, patio). No better value for this combination of size, quality, and acreage. $597,500. (459966)

You must see this one! Original price $1.25M - now slashed to $860K - $160K below current assessment! This country manor of more than 5,000 square feet is nestled into a 1.5 acre lot with dramatic views of the mountains and privacy landscaping on all sides. The first floor includes a master bedroom with luxurious bath, home office, and a vaulted living room that connects seamlessly with the kitchen and deck. The home offers a choice of 4 or 5 bedrooms and includes a billiard room, 4 full and 2 half baths, 3-car garage, game room, studio suite, 5 hearths, a stunning gourmet kitchen, and built-ins throughout. You will not be disappointed by this home - it is exquisite in every way: Granite, tile, hardwoods, privacy - all in a old world, Bordeauxinspired design by architect William Poole. Lot or small condo trades considered. A steal at $860,000! (462650)

Winterwood Homes Based in Stoney Creek and offering luxury timber frame and stone designs for estate and mountain settings. 18 unique designs delivered throughout the Blue Ridge and Piedmont via industry leading partners Tennessee Log Homes and Vail’s Slifer Designs. Base prices from $750,000. - client customization available for each design. Call Brian Chase for details and a complimentary design package.



18 Coopers Vantage Gorgeous year-round mountain views! Recent remodeling produced a stunning kitchen complete with granite counters, extensive cherry cabinetry, stainless appliances, and cork flooring. Generous spaces and two 1st floor master bedrooms allow for multi-family enjoyment. Year-round, mountain view properties are limited - this one is a standout. Furnished. Offered at $750,000. (456168)


118 Blackrock Circle Looking for a renovated mountain home that is walkable to Tyro ski slope and offers year-round sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains‌ look no further. Five bedroom, 3 bath home with new and renovated since 2006: Gourmet granite kitchen, roof, Pella windows & sliders, paved driveway, hardwood floors, multi-zone gas heat, hot tub, and much more. Furnished. WPI. Offered at $639,900. (461761)

16 Trillium Place

Cedar Drive Estate Lots

Spacious 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 2,100 SF Trillium townhome with deck overlooking 1 acre Trillium nature preserve. Immediately across from Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center, the Trillium neighborhood is uniquely situated for walking convenience to the spa, Nature Foundation, and shuttle bus. Furnished. WPI. Rental program revenue stream in place. A great value at $349,950! (456179)

This photo is just a hint of the panoramic view potential of this special lot. With drainfield strategically located to maximize year-round views and more than 1 acre adjoining the National Forest, this is truly a unique Wintergreen mountain setting. Ideal for a significant mountain estate home. Adjacent 1+ acre cul-de-sac parcel also available. Offered at $449,900. (460105)


702 Laurelwood Condo Tastefully furnished and well maintained 1 bed, 1 bath condo - turn-key ready for your enjoyment. Across from private pool and a short walk to Mountain Inn Village. Queen-size sleep sofa plus recently replaced stove, fridge, heat pump. Most furnishings convey. Walk off deck and into Mountain Laurel and mature forest. WPI. Offered at $139,500. (456086)


105 Saddleback Knoll Designed/built for the current owners, this masterpiece of an estate home has been impeccably maintained and upgraded. Set high on a 1.3 acre water-front lot, the living spaces look out on an extensively landscaped lot including a Koi pond, large stone terrace all in a mature partly wooded setting. Circular stamped concrete drive delivers you to a home of contemporary design with large rooms, including an enormous gourmet kitchen. Views from nearly every room through oversized windows that provide ample natural light on all levels. 1st floor: Master, 3-car garage, pantry, living room w/ stone gas fireplace. Terrace level: Wine tasting center, family room w/ wood burning fireplace. 2nd floor: Loft ideal as artist studio, office, bedroom. $875,000. (448607)

Brian W. Chase Serving Wintergreen & Stoney Creek Tel (434) 296-9860 Fax (877) 281-6785

A Partnership with Roy Wheeler Realty Co.

basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz

Mas de Daumas Gassac, “The Grand Cru of the Midi” Part I Like Château Musar from Lebanon and Domaine de Trevallon in Provence, Mas de Daumas Gassac is one of those wines that moves me to fits of passion, those finer moments that can prove embarrassing to loved ones. And while I’m not alone in my enthusiasm (“One of the ten best wines in the world” Michael Broadbent, “A Lafite in Languedoc” Gaullt & Millau, “Exceptional” R. Parker), I can trace it back to the earliest bottling, tasted in Paris. The history of the Gassac valley goes back to 780 A.D. when St. Benoit d’Aniane, one of Charlemagne’s counselors, created the fist vineyard. In 1992 on a pilgrimage with my mother to St-Guilhem-le-Desert, a beautiful example of romasque architecture, I drove through Aniane for the first time and felt the magic of the Gassac Valley. Situated in the Languedoc, a region known more for the quantity of its wine than for quality, Daumas Gassac has in the short thirty years it’s been producing become a kind of cult wine. But it was the successful protest

against Robert Mondavi, chronicled in the movie Mondo Vino that has more recently won Aimé Guibert recognition to those outside the wine world. Aimé, originally a glove maker, and his wife Veronique bought the old “mas” or farmhouse in 1970 with no idea what to plant. Both loved the earth and thought about planting olive trees or corn—that is until their friend Henri Enjalbert, professor of Geology at Bordeaux University, visited. When he left, the Guiberts knew they had a unique terroir capable of producing outstanding wine, but Henri joked it’d take two hundred years to be accepted as such. Not quite. The uniqueness of the terroir is due to a rare and unexplained powder-fine glacial soil, combined with a cool micro-climate, an anomaly in the hot Languedoc but the result of the nearby Gassac river, underground springs and the influence of the mountains and sea. Mas de Daumas Gassac uses organic viticulture practices, but like many vineyards in France doesn’t bother with certification. Since the land had been farmed naturally (organically) for thousands of years, the Guiberts continued the tradition understanding that organic

farming is about nurturing the soil that feeds the crops that feed you. A couple months ago I was invited to have lunch with Samuel Guibert. Thinking I was to be dining with Aimé I was in another fit of passion, which was only slightly subdued when I found out it was Samuel, Aimé’s very charming and very handsome son. Samuel has the same ardor as his father but with a twist of modernity that bodes well for this traditional wine in today’s market. Guilhem, Moulin de Gassac - the Guilhem wines offer the same philosophy of farming small hillside sites naturally and organically, but don’t have the huge Mas de Daumas Gassac price tags. From 25 to 50 year-old vines, but lighter than Mas de Daumas Gassac these are incredible values for everyday drinking wines. $12.99 but bring in this article and receive for $10.99. We also stock the more expensive Mas de Daumas Gassac. Join Kay for a week in Paris. Special wine bars and bistros. Kpfaltz@ Kay Pfaltz is co-owner of Basic Necessities in Nellysford.

Café Wine and Cheese Shop 2226 Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford, Virginia ph: 434.361.1766

A taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge!

WINE! WINE! and more WINE! The 2007 Rhônes are in. Come browse our bargains and special bottles alike. Dinner served Thurs. through Sat. Lunch served Tue. through Sat. Brunch on Sunday Note: No longer serving dinner on Wednesday nights, but taking reservations for private parties. Call in advance. Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 10am-6pm Thursday 10am-8pm Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm Reservations advised for weekend dinners. Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm





Beer lovers at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton enjoyed an afternoon of live music from Trent Wagler and the Steel Wheels. Which reminds us, corked 750s of the popular Mandolin brew are now available.

The Best Around

MAC’S Country Store 7023 Patrick Henry Hwy Roseland 434-277-5305 DELI Mon-Sat 6am-8pm Sun 9am-8pm EXXON GAS 24/7



Now Open – Wednesday thru Sunday 8:00am – 5:00pm Closed Monday & Tuesday 434-361-9661

Breakfast At Ambrosia’s Offering Waffles with Fresh Fruit & Cream or Hot Buttery Syrup Breakfast Sandwiches & Country Ham or Sausage Biscuits. Call Ahead so there’s No Wait! Wraps • Hearty Sandwiches • Fresh Salads • Homemade Soups Quiche • Dips • Speads • Fine Pastries • Breakfast Sandwiches Ham Biscuits and much more!


Summer Solstice Wine & Farm Festival

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U.K. International Soccer Camp July 20 - July 24 Rockfish Valley Ruritan Park

5pm - 8pm (6-16 yrs) $105 Wintergreen Winery celebrated its Sweet 16 with gorgeous weather, great wine, and live music. At press time, the Winery was busy bottling Viognier.

5pm - 6:30 pm (4-5 yrs) $ 69 Youth Development Program (Intense Program for the Advanced Player)


Now on draft:

9am - 12 noon (12-16 yrs) $120 Free Ball and Free T-Shirt! Register online at


Celebrate the 4th of July at Wintergreen Resort this year! More information?

Contact Janice Wheaton


• Mountaintop Fireworks • Live Music • Arts & Crafts Fair • Weekend-Long Activities • And much, much more! Virginia statutes prohibit alcoholic beverages not purchased at Wintergreen Resort. • 434.325.2200

Classic Lager Kölsch 151 Rockfish Wheat Mandolin Full Nelson Nitro Ale Imperial Porter Corked 750s of Mandolin now available!

9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Rt. 151) Afton, VA 540-456-8020 •





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Strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, strawberry shakes and strawberry salad. Nothing says summer quite like a taste of the sweet red berry that leaves just the tiniest bit of tang on your tongue. continued on page 12

Who would open a new business in the middle of a recession? We sell framed/unframed photographs by local artists at prices you can afford. If you have lots of money, we have more expensive prints and antiques. How can we do this? We’re in a barn! No frills: just good photography. We’re in Rockingham County, but we’re worth the drive! Bring a picnic! DIRECTIONS: I-81 North to Harrisonburg. Take Port Republic Road east toward Port Republic. About 3.1 miles from the interstate you will take a right on Spader’s Church Road. Turn left on Pleasant Valley Road and go .4 mile. On the right will be a sign that reads “Civility” and one that reads “Burton’s”. Turn into the long driveway, go up the hill and follow the arrows.


BURTON Galleries To visit our gallery call for an appointment: 540.908.1018 If no answer: 540.246.4204 • Thursday –Saturday 11-4 Check us out at

Ride out the Reccesion with a Near Zero Energy Home!

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• Traditional craftsman look but green to the core! • Advanced framing techniques • Better insulation • Better windows • Better HVAC system • 2.67 KW grid connected P.V.

Almost Zero Energy!

system – No Batteries! • 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath

2178 Rockfish Valley (Rt. 151) next to Valleymont Market Nellysford, Virginia 434-361-1310 Class A License # 2705 0375564

2500 sq. ft. finished • June 2008 electric bill: $13.00

19 Roberts Lane – $105,000

481 Afton Mountain Road - $175,900

1410 Highlands Condos - $305,000

8410 James River Road

Absolutely adorable 3 bdrm 1998 manufactured home on permanent foundation with mountain views on lovely .87 acre lot less than 30 miles from C’ville in very nice area of Nelson County. Nice outbuilding for storage & 1 car garage. Nice landscaping and partially fenced yard. Priced to sell!!

New vinyl siding, gutters, windows and updated electric make this cozy three bedroom home a great buy! Home is situated on 2.5 acres with gorgeous MOUNTAIN VIEWS! Wood flooring in all bedrooms, living room and dining area; full unfinished basement waiting for expansion, and a paved drive, and a level sunny yard with tons of potential. Located only minutes from Waynesboro, Crozet, and the amenities of Wintergreen Resort.

Spacious lower level unit with three bedrooms, three full baths offering magnificent views of the mountains and valleys. Unit has many new upgrades such as flooring, window treatments, and more. Ground level master suite offers the ultimate in privacy, a second fireplace (the first is in the living area) and a patio. $3500 carpet allowance with an acceptable contract. Owner just had some interior areas repainted. Being sold furnished with the WPI right of membership.

125 Stoney Creek West - $410,000

20 Pedlars End - $599,900

Paloma Farm Lane - $35,000

New 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath cottage situated on a 1.32 acre home site with lots of bonus space in the unfinished basement . An oversized two car garage and wrap around deck with screened porch are added features you don’t want to miss. WPI right of membership. Motivated seller - Bring all offers!! One year home warranty!

Lots of upgrades, including two stone fireplaces, fully finished basement with spacious living room, kitchen with granite countertops, great room with magnificent wood ceilings, lots of windows, spacious decking, hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, slate, and vaulted wood ceilings in the great room. Great master suite with shower AND garden tub. All of this through nearly 3000 square feet of living space.

Approximately one acre in Northern Nelson just minutes from the Albemarle County line. Lot is gently sloping and mostly wooded. No subdivision restrictions or requirements!

$15,000 price reduction! Follow the paved drive that leads you to this immaculate cedar sided home featuring a living room with gas log fireplace, eat in kitchen with miles of new tile countertops and tons of oak cabinets, and a spacious family room with gas logs. Sellers have made numerous improvements since purchasing this home. Improvements include: new gutters, exterior stain, shingles, deck, heat pump, floor coverings, new appliances, and more! $284,500

Chastity Morgan

Lifelong Nelson County resident with more than a decade in real estate. (800) 361-5155 • Mountain

434-361-1103 •


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And if you can’t have summer without strawberries, then it’s pretty safe to say you can’t have strawberries (around here) without the Seamans. Seamans’ Orchard, which is located out on Dark Hollow Road in Roseland, has been growing strawberries since 2003. Each fall, workers plant rows and rows of strawberries and each May, they open their fields to local kids of all ages. The orchard, in addition to apples and a few pumpkins in the fall as well as beef cattle, has pick-your-own and pre-picked berries upon request. Strawberries are very susceptible to frost, said planter Carter Parr, but Seaman’s was ready for the slew of recent Nelson County mid-May frosts. The Roseland strawberries are planted each year on raised beds to help protect them from Mother Nature’s cold snaps. Richard Seaman, a fourth generation farmer, has been running (or running around) Seaman’s Orchard since he was just a tot. He and his brother,


Eddie, can still remember when their mother and her father were alive running the orchards. But the strawberries, they’re a new venture. “Well the strawberries have only been here a few years,” said Richard. “This young man bringing those berries in, he’s the one that started all the strawberries.” And that young man was Carter Parr, Richard’s nephew. He’s involved daily with the operations of the orchard, but just started planting strawberries about a half dozen years ago. Even though his uncle “blames” him for the berries, Carter said it’s not exactly his fault. “Well, not necessarily,” he said. “We [were] just looking to diversify a little bit and we just thought maybe strawberries would be a good fit for us.” And according to Carter, the berries have been working pretty well. They originally picked strawberries because the quick return on the investment. “With other plants, it’ll take you a couple years

before you get something out of them,” Carter explained. “You can get you something off [strawberries] quicker.” The berries that were picked last month, for example, were just planted in September. He’s been working with apple trees all his life, but Carter said that even though strawberries are new to the farm, he can get a little frustrated with them – but not so much so that they won’t be around for the public next year. “We get tired of this after a while and then look forward to planting them in the fall again,” he said, adding that he liked to see happy people picking berries in the spring. And as for that shortcake recipe? Don’t bother asking Carter. “They’ve got the recipes up there, but I don’t know if they’re family secrets,” he said. After all, Seaman’s Orchard has only been working with the red berries for a few years. But apple recipes? Well, that’s another story. NCL

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Strawberry Recipes from Strawberry Bread Recipe 3 C. All-purpose flour

1 Tsp. Baking soda

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Cinnamon

2 C. Sugar

4 Eggs

1 C. Shortening

2 C. Strawberries, sliced

Combine flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon. Beat eggs. Add eggs, shortening, strawberries and bread dough enhancer. Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into 2 well-greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes. Test and keep baking until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Put upside down and let cool on racks. Serve while still warm. You can store the strawberry bread in the fridge for a few days.

CoCo Lopez Strawberry Dip 8 Oz. Daisyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sour Cream 1 Pkg. vanilla instant pudding 1 Can of CoCo Lopez (Cream of Coconut) Beat sour cream and vanilla pudding together. Pour the liquid off the top of CoCo Lopez and Mix well. Put the can of CoCo Lopez in warm water to loosen coconut. Once coconut has loosened add to the sour cream mixture and mix well. Put in container and chill for one hour before serving.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert 2 C. Crushed pretzel sticks

1 C. Sugar

3/4 C. Melted butter

2 (3 Oz.) Pkg. Strawberry Jell-O

3 Tbsp. Sugar

2 C. Boiling Water

8 oz. Cream Cheese

2 1/2 C. Fresh Strawberries

8 oz. Whipped Topping Mix crushed pretzels, butter, and sugar together and press firmly into 9x13in pan. Bake for 10 min. @ 350 degrees. Let cool. Mix cream cheese, whipped topping and 1 cup sugar, mix well. Spread cream cheese mixture over pretzel crust. Stir Jell-o & boiling water together; add strawberries. Let set for 3 mins., smash and stir well. Pour over cream cheese layer and refrigerate.

Strawberry Jam Without Sure-Jell 5 C Sugar 1 Qt. Strawberries 1 Tsp. Alum Boil Sugar and berries for 5 minutes. Add alum and boil 5 minutes more. Put into jars and seal.



WINTERGREEN STONEY CREEK NELSON COUNTY (800) 361-5155 (434) 361-2440 Visit our website at 492 School House

City convenience, country privacy. This 3BR Virginia farmhouse is located on 9 acres within walking distance of a brewery, a restaurant, a winery and the new Rockfish Valley Trail. It is no more than a 5 minute drive to the hardware store, post office, auto parts and service, doctors and dentists, banks, the pharmacy, multiple restaurants, a salon, several antique/gift shops and grocery stores. BUT with the quiet tranquility and views you expect of a country property, there are few reasons to drive farther. 30 minutes to Charlottesville. $599,000


1059 Bryant Mountain Road

476 Cedar Glen Close

This 3 BR, 2.5 BA traditional home sits on 12 acres with an INCOMPARABLE VIEW OF THE BLUE RIDGE. With an easy flow from kitchen to formal dining room to living room with gas fireplace, this home is ideal for entertaining. The master bedroom and bath are located on the entry level. The oversize rear deck provides lots of room for enjoying the mesmerizing views. A large garage with workshop is attached by covered walkway. This combination is hard to find, especially in this price range. $525,000

Sitting above the village of Stoney Creek with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains this like new home is ideally suited for year round or second home living. Special features include a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless appliances, oak floors, ceramic tile baths, expansive decks, two car garage, easy to finish full basement, paved drive and all within a easy walk to golf, tennis, swimming and dining. $525,000 WPI

131 Mimosa Lane Significant Price Reduction!!!! Enjoy fantastic Blue Ridge Mountain views from this fully updated 3 bdrm/3 bath home on 15 acres. Property has beautiful mature landscaping, great 6 stall barn and heated tack room, fencing and paddocks on about 10 acres with creek for the horses. Lovely bluestone patio opens to the view, koi pond, specimen gardens, privacy abounds. This property is good for the spirit and in move in condition. $649,000

Dr. Hero



Dr. Michael Sherwood cannot fly, but that doesn’t make him any less of a hero to his patients. Dr. Sherwood was named as this year’s Nelson County Hero in Healthcare and Peggy Whitehead, the executive director of the Blue Ridge Medical Center, said that his volunteer dentistry isn’t the only thing that makes him so special. “He has an amazing gift for calming people’s nerves when they’re in there,” she said. “Because many of the people are pretty afraid of the dentist because they’re coming in with serious issues.” One of Dr. Sherwood’s recent patients was pretty anxious about her dental work but she said it wasn’t in any way related to Dr. Sherwood, she was just nervous about getting that tooth extracted. “He talks to you the whole time,” said Krista Monahan. “He explains what he’s doing. He does a great job.” Dr. Sherwood doesn’t consider himself a hero, though. “I sure look forward to coming in here in the morning and it’s a very satisfying part of my life,” said the dentist. “And heroes aren’t selfish.” NCL

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Two lots totaling over 11 acres. Beautiful building sites, nice stream and many mountain laurels. C&R’s promote eco living. 75 ft setbacks help ensure privacy and the wooded character of the area. 100 acre common area provides community Rockfish River. Call Charlie Wineberg 434 996-7336

Three BR country home on a beautiful 7 acre site. Original construction 1970 / renovation 1993. 1999 addition has new wood flooring and new hardiplank siding. Paved drive. Mountain and meadow views. Private and peaceful setting. $429,000 Call John McKeithen 434 906-0427

Sited on 10 acres with 650 ft. of Tye River frontage. Perfect for a getaway or a permanent home. Inground pool and privacy as well as landscaped grounds. With 4 BR/3 BA, greatroom, hot tub and deck. Fish, swim and hike! $485,000 Call Julie Bendle 434 996-8669

3 BR/3 BA cedar home. Paved driveway. LR with gas fp, eat in kitchen with new tile countertops and appliances, spacious family room with gas logs. New gutters, stain, shingles, and deck. 5.5 acres. Motivated seller! $284,500 Call Chastity Morgan 434 941-5883

402 Sawmill Creek Drive

Located in Stoney Creek, this 5 BR, 3.5BA home with a spacious mother-in-law suite sits on a gorgeous 2.33 wooded parcel with 232 foot frontage on and overlooking a beautiful STOCKED POND. The recently remodeled kitchen boasts a center island with an eat-in counter and large gas stove with double ovens. Two fireplaces one rock with gas logs and another in the in law suite. The property also boasts a large separate wood-working shop. This is a lot of house for this price and location is incomparable. A must see!! $685,000 WPI Call Bo Newell

1127 Jennys Creek Road

Charming 16 ac farm with incredible Blue Ridge views. Jennys Creek runs thru the property. Perfect for horses! Four fenced pastures, a hay or equipment barn and a run-in shed. The cottage grounds are landscaped and mature. One level living with 3BR, 2 BA, a gorgeous paneled den with parquet floors and ceiling and a screened porch with magnificent vistas. There is also a superb building site on the adjacent pasture. Min. to Lovingston & Wintergreen Resort. $299,000 Call Julie Bendle 434 996-8669


thisoldhouse Location: 19 Sunset Lane, Lovingston, Virginia Offered at: $299,000 Comments: One of the oldest homes of Nelson County. Very charming and renovated w/ 5 bedrooms,2 sitting rooms, 2 small cottages, and an outbuilding/barn 30x18. The hard wood floors are original and beautiful with concrete kitchen counters. The basement is large and plenty of room for storage. This would make a perfect home or office for Attorney or Doctor in the center of Historical Lovingston. A Must See if you like the Old World charm that has been updated.Listing agent is related to seller. Contact: Francesca SanGiorgio Four Seasons Realty 434-361-0335

Location: 1042 Blue Ridge Dr., Wintergreen, Virginia Offered at: $599,000 Comments: This chalet is newly constructed and never occupied.Built by one of the areas better builders who demands energy efficiency in his residential homes.It has many of the extras found in expensive custom homes such as granite counter tops,stainless steel appliances, hardwood, slate tile,etc., this is a 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home which would accomodate 2 families or a large extended family. 2 large living areas, mainl level and one below on the ground. 2 fireplaces. A stones throw from the pool. Contact: Tim Merrick Wintergreen Real Estate Co. 434-361-0500


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Couples and strays alike enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing, and auctions at this year’s Animal House Ball, benefitting the Almost Home Pet Adoption Center. Local libations included selections from Cardinal Point, Veritas and Devils Backbone Brewing Company. The event was held at The Carriage House at Oak Ridge Estate.

A River Runs Beside It

Own a piece of the mountain. Architecturally distinguished, masterfully designed and built, one of a kind home on 11 acres fronting the Tye River and backing up to George Washington National Forest. Wall of windows overlook the lighted river. 2 master suites, gourmet chef’s kitchen ~ granite counters, stainless appliances - 2 sinks, 2 dishwashers ~ more. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Great room with gas fireplace, hand scraped maple floors, 2 dining areas, separate laundry, oversized 2 car garage, RV hookup/parking, screen porch, decks, riverside pavilion, glass deck rails, mountain views from every window. 2784 sqft, master on main, not in flood plain. Mature landscaped grounds accentuated by night lighting. Offered at $865,000. A Nelson County Gem. For additional photos go to

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Come to Wintergreen Mountain for a summer of wine, food, music and more! The Evans Center Wintergreen Resort • Wintergreen, Virginia

Festival of Wine and Food Saturday, June 20, 2009 Noon-5:30 pm

Wine tastings from Virginia’s very best wineries will be offered throughout the day! Enjoy an afternoon of wine, jazz, light fare and the cool mountain air. Admission to the festival is $20, including a souvenir glass. Proceeds support the extensive performance and educational activities of Wintergreen Performing Arts. Tickets will not be sold in advance. They will be available at the Evans Center Box Office on the day of the event. Tickets: $20 at the door; food tastings additional. Participating Wineries: Barboursville Vineyards Cardinal Point Winery DelFosse Vineyards & Winery Democracy Vineyards Horton Vineyards Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard Montdomaine Winery Mountfair Vineyards Veritas Vineyard & Winery Villa Appalaccia Winery

Nelson County’s newest farmers’ market debuted in Schuyler. The Schuyler Community Farmers’ Market opened for business on the parking lot at the Walton’s Mountain Museum featuring locally baked goods, produce, crafts and artwork, not to mention live music. The Market is open Saturday mornings from 8:30am to noon.


Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy July 6-August 2, 2009

More than 200 events in 28 days, including music, dance, theatre, film and the visual arts!

Local musician Phillip Kerl sings a song about Hurricane Camille before a crowd gathered at Oakland, the Nelson County Museum of History. The performance is part of the museum’s commemoration of Camille’s 40th anniversary.

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After several years of planning, children are finally enjoying the new playground at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. Installed by volunteers and members of the Nelson County Home Builders’ Association, the project was spearheaded by RVCC board member Margaret Claire. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Contact any of these outstanding Realtors® at our Mountain Inn office for information about Wintergreen and Stoney Creek real estate. W NE

767 Laurelwood

Brian Chase Managing Broker 434-987-4168

Updated 2bed/2 bath with great location near pool and restaurants. No loft here! The wall has been enclosed to provide a ‘real’ bedroom with a big closet and even a secret sleeping spot perfect for small kids. Kitchen has been updated and the view off the back porch makes you feel like you are in a treehouse. Even the flat screen TV stays! Awesome value at $209,000. Christy & Rod Phillips - 434-987-6388. (465283)


Kim Chappell 434-238-2430

Pam Le Vine 941-724-4787

Rod Phillips 434-987-6399

Wonderful Three bedroom condo in newest building (2004) in Stone Ridge. Next to Wintergarden Spa, Devils Knob Restaurant and golf course. Short walk to Devils Knob Tennis-GREAT location! Nice condition and sold furnished ready to use now. Priced at $269,900 which INCLUDES Wintergreen recreational equity membership furnished by seller. That’s a $17000 value! Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293. (464279)

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302 Pedlars Edge

2006 Stone Ridge 3BR/3BA condo in great condition with two master suites, wood burning fireplace, nice deck and close to Spa, Fitness Center and Shuttle Stop. Membership Bonus Available. $266,600. Kim Chappell, 434-2382430 www. (452382)

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1798 Monocan Drive

Stamped concrete drive leads to a 1 level brick home on a mature, private, 3 acre lot. Extraordinary quality reflected in all materials including doors, hardwoods, built-ins, kitchen, dual master baths (one ADA equipped). Separate & complete inlaw suite (bedroom, living room, kitchen, laundry, patio). Seller financing, lease/purchase, condo swap all considered. $597,500. Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (459966)

Terrific year-round views are complimented by 5 spacious bedrooms and 5.5 baths. A soaring great room features floor to ceiling windows, stone faced wood burning fireplace, and wood planked vaulted ceiling. 3,500+ SF but a cozy, chalet feel. 2nd fireplace w/ family room, indoor hot tub, screen porch, 2 car garage, complete this offering. $799,000. www. 877-296-9860 (453234)



Jim Mummery 434-531-5033 608 White Oak Condo Very desirable corner unit. Private setting and close to Mountain Inn and all shops and restaurants. Great location for activities such as skiing and hiking. Large oversized deck to enjoy this quiet retreat. Offered at $189,000. Call Christy or Rod Phillips 434-987-6388 (456229)

Joan Mummery 434-531-5033

2073 Stone Ridge

Stunning top floor Ledges! Magnificent Blue Ridge Mountain views! Beautiful interiors, hardwood floors, custom kitchen cabinets, cathedral ceilings, new exterior decking & walkways with landscape lighting, rustic lighting in hallways, new contemporary carpeting in entry, Excellent location! Walk to Devils Knob Golf Course, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, Wintergreen’s Aquatics & Fitness Center, Devils Grill dining, WPI, Sold fully furnished, A Must See! Offer price: $339,000 Contact: Thomasina Shealey, REALTOR, 703.328.8680, email: (465308)



Steve Marianella 434-566-1293

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78 Deer Springs Lane Beautiful corner lot in Wintergreen Resort. .41 acre with easy access in a popular area of the resort. Quick ride to golf, tennis, restaurants and skiing. $89,900. Call Kim Chappell, 434-238-2430. (453853)

281 Wood House Lane Quiet cul de sac location in Stoney Creek subdivision at Wintergreen. Large lot has mountain views and privacy, yet all the amenities of resort living. Very build able lot with perc test available. 129,000. Call Steve Marianella for details at 434-566-1293. (457333)

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186 Hemlock Drive Great lot located on the view side of Hemlock Drive surrounded by upscale homes. This lot has an interesting rock formation to add to your mountain retreat. Augusta County. $299,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 (454611)

823 Shamokin Springs Trail

Beautiful winter views on gently sloping lot. Interesting rock outcropping. Great value under $100,000. Adjoining lots have already been built on - no construction to deal with after you have built your mountain dream home. Floorplans available that will suit this lot nicely. Quiet part of the mountain, but close to golf, tennis and Chestnut Springs park/pool. Call Rod & Christy Phillips 434-987-6399. (461478)

397 Black Rock Drive Walk to Tyro ski slope from this brand new 3 bedroom contemporary ski chalet at Wintergreen. Lots of light, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors and fireplace in family room. WPI right of membership included .Large unfinished basement could be extra bedrooms or family room. Reduced to $399,900! Great value for new construction at Wintergreen. Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 (459003)

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71 Blue Chickory Lane

Beautifully landscaped golf course home on desirable cul-de-sac; contemporary open floor plan with hardwood floors; impressive, spacious great room is exceptional with built-in bookcase, stone fireplace rising to 13’ ceiling and magnificent views of golf course and mountains. Short walk to most Stoney Creek amenities; trees shelter house from afternoon sun; screened porch & patio for comfortable outdoor living; plans for possible expansion of house already approved by review committee; Wintergreen right-of-membership. $569,000. Call Joan Mummery 434-531-5033 (462065)

24 Wintergreen Drive This 4-story luxury townhome is the jewel of the mountain with features like 4 bedrooms, private elevator, media room (or 5th bedroom) and five full and one half baths. Fabulous views and over 3,670 sq. ft. of living space make this a valuable investment. Visit the completed model. Contact Kim Chappell 434-238-2430 (456496)


2072 Stone Ridge Golf front 2 bedroom condo at Stone Ridge with views. Great location just a short walk to Spa, Golf, Tennis and Devils Knob Restaurant. Comes furnished ready to move in. Offered at $215,000 Call Steve for details at 434-566-1293 (456857)


867 Stoney Creek West

176 Mountain Inn Attention Investors ! Gold rated rental property grossed over $21K in 07. More space than typical Mtn Inn unit, recently updated kitchen, great location near skiing, restaurants and other amenities. Sold furnished at $174,000- call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293. (453229)

2210 Tanner’s Ridge Reduced and ready to enjoy the resort. 1BR condo with many new upgrades. Wood burning fireplace and large patio. Sold furnishied. Rental income and a Membership Bonus available on this condo. Listed by Kim Chappell and www.ExperienceWintergreen. com $115,000 (459634)

195 White Oak Drive Fantastic renovated 3 bedroom furnished home at Wintergreen Resort. New kitchen counters and appliances, gas fireplace, big new deck. Only $299,866- Affordable Again! Call Steve Marianella a 434-566-1293 (452705)

Stoney Creek at its finest! An exceptional golf front estate lot, Over 1.6 acres of natural beauty & wooded space, Easy building site overlooking the beautiful Shamokin 8th fairway, Partially cleared, this stunning & rare 1.67 acre Stoney Creek lot, offers you privacy on all sides and a spectacular custom home site! Easy access, Mature hardwoods, Perfect for building your luxury primary or secondary residence in Stoney Creek at Wintergreen, WPI, Offer price: $189,500, Contact Thomasina Shealey, REALTOR, mobile: 703.328.8680, email:, (460744)




1296 Stoney Creek West

With ARB approval, existing home on this golf front lot will be removed to make room for The Big Acorn Hollow, a magnificent Winterwoods Homes luxury timber frame and stone design of unparalleled beauty and quality. This special lot is located within 100 yards of the Stoney Creek clubhouse and the natural beauty of Wintergreen beckons in every direction. Already have your own lot or estate parcel? Choose from any of the 18 mountain living and estate portfolio designs for a custom home that will be uniquely yours. Offered at $2,725,000. 434-296-9860 (462919)






781 Cedar Meadow Drive Walk to Golf and Stoney Creek Clubhouse. Large fl at lot bordered by open space on one side and rear. $104,000 Kim Chappell 434-238-2430 or (440387)


988 Devils Knob Loop Premier lot located in the fantastic view section of Devils Knob Loop. Build your dream mountain escape. $629,000. Call Christy Phillips 434-987-6388. (454610)


177 Crawfords Edge

Rare, luxury 11 bedroom, 10.5 bath mountain home. One bedroom configured as a state-of-the art conference center another as a fully equipped fitness facility. Luxury appointments adorn remaining rooms. Significant rental income stream in place. Elevator - Mountain views - Double kitchen - Two wet bars. Call for details. Sold fully furnished & equipped. Only $1,549,000! Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (460685)

26 Den Tree Lane This 4 bedroom 2 bath mountain home is great for your family and friends. Large deck and wooded natural views. WPI $355,900 call Kim Chappell 434-238-2430 (455007)

5 Dripping Rock Lane Nice wooded lot with easy access on quiet street in Wintergreen Resort. Build your dream home on this .47 acre lot. 434-238-2430. (460328)

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711 Far Knob Climb

Rare opportunity to own one of largest mountain-side estate lots in Stoney Creek. With elevations nearing 2,200 feet, it’s one of the community’s highest. Enjoy lower humidity and cooler summer temperatures. Easy 5 minute access to valley amenities. Gorgeous views of the Rockfish Valley. Adjacent 9 acre estate parcel also available. $225,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (460218)


105 Saddleback Knoll Stoney Creek: Contemporary estate home designed/ built for owners. Impeccably maintained and improved. Set high on a 1.3 acre water-front lot. Extensive landscaping w/ Koi pond, stone terrace, circular concrete drive, 1st floor master, 2 fireplaces, wine tasting area, gourmet kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths. $875,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (448607)

25 Stem Lane Value Priced 3BR home in WTG resort. Large wrap around deck, stone woodburng fireplace in great room. First floor mater BR. Bonus loft living room. Sold with Wintergreen Club Membership and Home Warranty. $339,900. Listed by Kim Chappell and 434-238-2430 (460935)


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Home Buying Myths Demystified

By Marlo Allen Marlo Allen is a licensed Realtor residing in Nelson County

Real estate is certainly a hot topic these days. Everyone seems to have a story to tell and advice to offer. With so much information circulating around, it can be hard for a prospective buyer to glean the so called “golden nuggets” of information. In reality, many buyers get bogged down with half-truths and myths that can severely impede the purchase process. If you are thinking about buying a home in the current market, avoid falling for these common misconceptions. Myth: You don’t need a real estate agent; Truth: While good information can be acquired from friends, books, and the internet, it can not replace the wealth of knowledge of an experienced professional. A buyer’s agent, looking out for your best interest, can negotiate for you and guide you through the ins and outs of working with sellers, lenders, appraisers, attorneys, and inspectors. Myth: You won’t be able to get financing; Truth: The “everybody

buys” approach to lending is a thing of the past. However, while money is harder to get, it is not impossible to secure financing. There are even loan programs available for borrowers with less than perfect credit and little to no downpayment. For example, one USDA loan program allows seller paid closing costs and the ability for the purchaser to finance 102% of the property’s appraised value. Before starting the home search, get pre-approved! Myth: Foreclosures offer the best deal; Truth: Foreclosures are becoming more readily available and can be a great investment option for many buyers. However, do not assume that every foreclosure will reflect a good deal. Buyers need to be aware that foreclosures and/or banked owned properties will most likely be sold in as-is condition. When it comes to foreclosures “what you see is what you get and what you don’t see is what you get”. Hence, prior to mak-

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ing an offer, get a market analysis and a home inspection. If the property will cost you a fortune to repair or renovate than the deal may not be so stellar. Myth: If something appears on the inspection report, the seller has to fix it; Truth: Having a home inspection contingency allows the purchaser to have an inspection to determine the condition of the home. Based on the report, the buyer can make a repair request. The seller has the option to accept, deny, or negotiate the requested items. If the seller does reject or renegotiate the repairs, than the purchaser can decide to accept the last offer of repairs, or if the repairs exceed what the purchaser feels is acceptable, the purchaser can elect to terminate the contract. Myth: The longer a house is on the market, the more you can negotiate; Truth: In some cases a high days on market (DOM) may mean that a seller is hungry for an offer.

However, every seller is not desperate. Many sellers can wait it out and will not just “give” their house away. Get your agent to provide a market analysis so that you can better determine an appropriate market-driven offer price. Myth: You should not buy until prices hit the bottom; Truth: You can miss out on a good opportunity by being a “wait-watcher”. By the time you figure out that home prices are at the bottom, so has every other buyer. When you hop off the fence, others will follow, thus driving prices back up again. Now that these home buying myths have been demystified, you can launch your home search with more confidence! Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as “That Girl,” calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson and besides being a Realtor, is a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery in Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties.

Live the good life; Lakefront!

No hustle and no bustle, just pure tranquility! Move on this unique opportunity to live lakefront in a prestigious resort community. This one-level storybook home showcases water views from nearly every room. Step outside and enjoy an additional 1,000 sq ft of outdoor living space on the covered front porch or the spacious back deck and screened gazebo overlooking the lake. The interior is just as eye catching as the exterior. Custom features include a grand entry foyer with arched, wood-trimmed ceiling, stone fireplace with built in shelving, spacious kitchen with an abundance of cabinets and countertops, laundry room with pantry, open entertaining and living areas, master wing separate from guest rooms, vaulted ceiling, hardwood and tile floors, jetted tub, recessed lighting, custom window shades, and so much more…

Why trust any agent? Let your real estate plans take flight; call Marlo! Marlo G. Allen

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Among the many attributes is the way the home is privately situated on more than an acre along a quiet cul-de-sac. The well landscaped yard with mature trees, shrubs, and sitting area, further enhance this peaceful retreat boasting both mountain and lake views. Come sit on the deck and get a glimpse of what life could be like if you made this your home!

49 Fox Run; Stoney Creek 2,179 sq ft; 3Br/2.5Ba; 1.22 ac MLS #464812; $509,900

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Register to win a weekend getaway! 800.282.8223 Nelson County Visitors Center

Blue Mountain Brewery 540-456-8020 I-64 to Exit 99, Route 250 East (3.3 miles) Right on Route 151 South (1.3 miles) Devils Backbone Brewing Company 434-361-1001 I-64 to Exit 99, Route 250 East (3.3 miles) Right on Route 151 South (14 miles) Right on Route 664 (0.3 miles)




Afton Mountain Vineyards 540-456-8667 I-64 to Exit 99, take Route 250 East (1.3 miles) Right onto Route 6. Right on Route 631 (1.2 miles) Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery 540-456-8400 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 South (2.4 miles) Left on Route 638 - Avon Road (0.9 miles) Left on Batesville Road (0.7 miles)

Orphaned after their mother was killed by a car on US 29 North just before Cedar Grove Church, four bear cubs were rescued from nearby treetops. With the help of a crew from Central Virginia Electric Company, biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries took the cubs before transporting them to Virginia Tech to be cared for and re-released into the wild.

DelFosse Vineyards & Winery 434-263-6100 I-64 to Exit 118A, take Route 29 South (20 miles) Right onto Route 616 (3.2 miles) Flying Fox Vineyard 434-361-1692 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 (7 miles) Right onto Chapel Hollow Road - Route 709 Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery 434-361-1266 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 South (10 miles) Left onto Route 612 (3 miles) Lovingston Winery 434-263-8467 I-64 to Exit 118A, take Route 29 South (35 miles) Right onto Route 653 - Freshwater Cove Road (1 mile) Mountain Cove Vineyards 434-263-5392 I-64 to Exit 118A, take Route 29 South (28 miles) Right onto Route 718 - Mountain Cove Road (1.5 miles) Right onto Fortunes Cove Lane (1.8 miles) Veritas Vineyard & Winery 540-456-8000 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 South (3 miles) Right onto Route 6 (1.3 miles) Wintergreen Winery 434-361-2519 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 South (14 miles) Right onto Route 664 (0.5 miles) Register to win a weekend getaway! 800.282.8223 Nelson County Visitors Center

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Present the 16th Annual Golf Outing • Play golf at beautiful Stoney Creek & help provide the 17th home for a Nelson County family. • Divisions of play for women and men of all abilities Captain’s Choice format. • $125 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner, and awards.

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009 11AM Registration 1PM Shotgun Start 6PM Cocktails/Raffle/Auction 7PM Dinner & Awards

Contact Greg Robertson at 434-361-2624 or at to register as an individual or team.

The sound of live music filled the air in Afton as people attended Bandfair 7, North Branch School’s annual fundraiser at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery (above), and The Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s Bluegrass Festival (right).

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It’s safe to say that on a day-to-day basis, Marie Kelly avoids needles, but acupuncture is a completely different story. For starters, it doesn’t hurt. “Certain places you don’t feel and certain places you feel a needle but just for a minute,” she described. “And certain places I feel heat going in through the body.”

Nelson County native Lucy Larsen, Marie’s acupuncturist, first experienced acupuncture as a student at Piedmont Virginia Community College. A guest speaker in her Eastern Thinking class stuck one acupuncture needle in her left leg to relieve a stiffness in Lucy’s right shoulder. “It was indescribable,” she remembered. “It was a throbbing, heavy sensation, but energies were moving

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throughout my leg and then a couple seconds later I feel up to my shoulder and it’s totally loose and felt so much better.” Marie was first treated back when Lucy was still learning the craft. Even after two surgeries, Marie was suffering lower back pain and came to Lucy for help. “And it was incredible,” she said. “It made a big difference.” NCL


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Jack Eggleston spent a majority of holidays and weekends over the last four years smeared in grease and dirt, trying to bring a piece of historic Nelson County back to life.

sweat equity

Four months ago that

started paying off as a once-defunct hydroelectric power plant along the Rockfish River began churning out power in much the way it did for the first time nearly 90 years ago. continued on page 30



“I love water, I’ve always been interested in water,” Eggleston, an environmental engineer, said. continued from page 29

“[The plant] seemed like an interesting business to get into.” Get into it he did, because the plant, which is jammed into a hillside along the river, has been transformed since the Shenandoah Valley native bought the property (once the site of a wood mill) in 2005. “It was a mess when I got it,” he said. “You couldn’t even tell the canal was here because the trees were 40 feet tall.” But much of the needed work was understandable because the plant, completed in 1921 by the Alberene Soapstone Company in Schuyler, hadn’t generated a watt since the mid 1990s, when it was shuttered after a previous owner, who ran it since the late 1970s, sold it. Located in the Johnson Hollow Road area of Schuyler, the plant uses a canal to divert part of the river’s flow toward a powerhouse where the water generates electricity before continuing downstream. And in the last few months - as the river filled with spring rains - power production has stayed steady. “We’re completely hostage to the rainfall,” he said. “In the summer the plant [under previous owners] shut down for two or three months because there’s not enough water in the river to keep it running.” Mike Beasley, of Schuyler, who oversaw a nearby water treatment plant and who retired last year from the Nelson County Service Authority, remembers several times when there was too much water. Beasley helped run the plant during the early 1960s, but recalls when Hurricane Camille came through Nelson County in 1969 and flooded the Rockfish, knocking the power plant offline, in addition to devastating a second hydro plant that operated less than two miles downstream. It was the charge coming from both plants, Beasley said, that for years gave power to the soapstone operation and almost 200 homes in Schuyler. “Me and a friend of mine, we cut the trees off the top of that thing with chainsaws,” Beasley said of Camille’s damage to the powerhouse, which towers roughly 75 feet over the river.

It may be, in part, the plant’s soapstone physique that’s kept it standing, but Eggleston said he’s hoping to find a new owner who can keep it producing power. Listed with a $400,000 price tag, Eggleston said he’s fielded roughly 30 inquiries about it since putting it on the market several months ago. That price tag includes a nearby dam built in 1899, 12 acres and a hasn’t-been-lived-in-for-a-while house

operating in the CVEC’s 14-county coverage area and that the cooperative is interested in adding renewable energies to its portfolio. Key said in today’s economy building small plants like Eggleston’s would likely be too expensive, and would require jumping too many environmental hurdles, to be worth the investment. But Eggleston, who recently moved from Crozet

located on a hillside above the powerhouse. “There’s a lot of interest in hydro electric power plants, and renewable energy now, so I’ve gotten a lot of calls,” he said. Including an inquiry from the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Colleen, which buys the power Eggleston’s plant produces. Joseph Key, CVEC’s engineering services director, said he doesn’t know of any other hydro plant

to Boston, Mass., said he’s enjoyed the renovation, which according to a Web site dedicated to the plant is projected to produce annual revenue of roughly $60,000. That figures moves to roughly $77,000 annually if a second generator is installed. “I will definitely miss it, it’s a beautiful spot to work,” Eggleston said. “And it’s nice to feel like you’re doing something good for the environment.” NCL


sam’sgarden By Sam Saunders Saunders Landscapes, LLC Propagation 101 Have you ever found yourself in a park, botanical garden or even your neighbor’s yard and wanted to grab a cutting because you covet one particular plant that you have seen? Don’t worry, you are not alone. This is a common everyday occurrence in the nursery business. The key is to finish the job – to actually get the plant home without damaging it and process it so that you end up with a younger version of its parent plant. Believe it or not, it is not hard – you just have to follow some basic steps. You will need a number of things in order to pull this off successfully – a healthy, disease free mother plant, IBA or rooting hormone (talc or liquid), clean sharp pruners, plastic Zip-Loc bags, bedding plant mix (or any mix that has those white little prills in it called Perlite), tray or cell pack, Osmocote and a cold-frame. Most softwood cuttings should be taken in the 1st to 3rd week in June once the new growth has begun to strengthen up a bit but not totally harden off. Your cutting, which should be taken from this year’s growth, should be around 6 inches in length. Once taken just drop it

into your Zip-Loc bag that has a little moisture in it and then preferably into a cooler with ice in it. Once you get home try to process your cutting(s) immediately. This procedure involves stripping the lower half of the cutting of all foliage and then removing any leftover or active blooms by either pinching or cutting them out. For plants with big leaves like hydrangeas, cut the leaves in half (the half that is away from the stem) in an effort to reduce the surface area whereby the plant can transpire water. Now take the cutting and dip it into your rooting hormone (if you are using a powder, first wet the cutting). Now place it into tray or cell pack that has been filled with the potting media, trying to keep a little space between other cuttings for disease purposes. Next find a shady spot to place your tray in and mist the foliage frequently so that a gleam of water is on the leaf for the entire day (obviously there is no need to worry about your cutting once the sun has set). Some people cover the area with burlap or a fabric that is then moistened and therefore increases the humidity below. Once you begin to see roots, you can begin to water

less frequently and more thoroughly – making sure that your media, not your leaf so much, stays moist to the touch. With the onset of roots the plant will require food - sprinkle Osmocote onto the tray around the roots and for the rest of the summer keep the soil moist in order to encourage thorough rooting of your new plant. Around November 10 or so create a covered cold-frame or similar structure to protect the cuttings from the freezing temperatures. During the winter, keep the soil moist

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but not wet. Be sure to open your cold-frame on warm winter days so that your cuttings do not prematurely break dormancy. Once spring arrives and the threat of frost subsides, remove your rooted cutting from the cell pack and place in either a 1 gallon container or a deck planter and closely monitor its progress. One season in either container is enough to move from the pot to your landscape bed. Until our next article, Happy Propagating!

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asktheDr. By Dr. Steve Schmitz Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Steve, What can you tell me about the shingles vaccine? A patient told me a joke that went something like this: Bubba came to the doctor’s window and said “I’ve got the shingles.” After a long series of waiting and retelling his reason for being there to the receptionist and nurses etc, the doctor finally has him strip down and examines him, only to come to the conclusion that Bubba does not, in fact, have shingles. To that, Bubba says, “of course I don’t have them on me, the whole load of them is out on my truck!” Of course, your question does not refer to Bubba’s roofing material, but to the very painful disease called herpes zoster, or shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that lives in a persons spine for the rest of their life after having had chicken pox as a kid. If it reactivates, is usually causes a burning, painful, blistering rash on one side of the body which is shingles. It is miserable, and what

Another reason why people trust Afton Family Medicine is worse, sometimes even after the rash goes away the burning pain can remain for years. There is now a vaccine, called Zostavax, that is recommended by the CDC for people aged 60 and older to help prevent shingles. In studies Zostavax reduces the number of people who get the disease by 50%. It is safe, in that it does not have known major side effects and is usually well tolerated. Some people will get minor redness and soreness at the injection site, and rarely someone will get a headache from it. One problem, however, is the cost of this shot. It is expensive and insurances (including Medicare) only cover it to varying degrees, so if you are interested make sure to talk with your insurance company about the cost to you. Dr. Steve Schmitz is a licensed medical doctor based in Afton. Have a question for him? Email him at AskTheDr@ Sorry, due to the high volume of messages received, personal replies may not be possible. The Editor reserves the right to edit questions for content, accuracy, and length. This column is provided as a service to readers of Nelson County Life Magazine and is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult your doctor.

theperfectfit By Agnes F. Schrider, PT Nelson Physical Therapy

Summer Shoes Bring the Foot Blues With summer coming, our foot wear changes. It’s too hot to wear socks or don our heavy shoes and we go with the quick and easy. Flip flops, sandals, crocs, slip on shoes or bare feet. It feels great to wiggle our toes and we are light on our feet. We may not don our lace up shoes until Autumn. And, because it is so stylish- we’ll endure the foot pain! There are many types of foot pain that increase in warmer weather. Plantar fasciitis, heel pain syndrome, Morton’s neuroma and bunion pain to name a few. We take about 10,000 steps a day and each time we step, there is 1.3 times our body weight that is placed on the foot. That is a lot of pounding and a lot of repetitive weight bearing over the years. The foot hits the ground first (hopefully) and when it hits, it starts a chain reaction all the way up to the low back of joint movement and muscles that are activated so you can walk. If your alignment is off at the foot, it will be off at the knee, hip and low back. It

will be off each time you take a step. Quality shoes with adequate support help the foot and ankle alignment. There are also over the counter shoes inserts or custom shoe inserts that help with foot alignment. However, if you are wearing thin flip flops, the chances of good alignment are slim and the chances of increased foot pain are high. As one who is completely flat footed (no arch), who has plantar fasciitis and who loves to wear sandals instead of shoes, I have found some strategies to manage the summer foot pain. First, don’t skimp on shoes. It is the first line of protection for your joints. There are increasingly better flip flops being made that have more shock absorption and arch support. They are not the $1.99 pair and do cost a bit. It is worth it. The company, Teva, makes a good supportive sandal as well. Some sandals can now even accommodate your shoe inserts. Second, do not walk barefoot on wood, concrete or tile floors. If you have a favorite work spot in your kitchen or work shop, be sure to

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have a rug or thick rubber mat under your feet to absorb shock. Third, be sensible. If you know you are going shopping or will be on your feet all day- wear your tennis shoes. Or, if you will be going to an event in the evening where you wish to wear san-

dals then wear your supportive shoes in the day time. Fourth, stretch and continue to exercise to keep your legs strong. Fifth, maintain your appropriate weight. More weight equals more stress on the feet. Lastly, enjoy your summer!

Agnes F. Schrider, PT is a licensed physical therapist, fitness trainer, and certified golf fitness trainer based in Nellysford. Have a question for her? Email her at Sorry, due to the high volume of messages received, personal replies may not be possible. The Editor reserves the right to edit questions for content, accuracy, and length. This column is provided as a service to readers of Nelson County Life Magazine and is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed professional. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult a health professional.


Nelson County HAMNER THEATER â&#x20AC;˘ 434.361.1999

Saturday, June 6 at 7:30pm In the Cabaret - Moira Nelligan

Irish music with a southern flavor Doors/Bar/Food 6:30pm, Admission $20, or 2 for $35 (inc. food) By Reservation only 434-361-1999

Onstage June 25 - July 11 Thu. - Sat at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2pm Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Produced & directed by John Holdren Improv Classes - Mondays with the Hamner Improv Troupe - FREE Virginia Playwrights Initiative (VPI) Readings - check website for dates. This month: Bill Rough, Jane Ann Crum and Cindy Dlugoleckl

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The Hamner Theater @ The Rockfish Valley Community Center 190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, Virginia â&#x20AC;˘ The Hamner Theater is a non-profit 501(c)(3) project of the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Nelson County.


food&dining Ambrosia Bakery & Deli Decadent cheesecake and other desserts, as well as tasty sandwiches. 19 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.9661 Basic Necessities Serving up a taste of the South of France for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great wine selection. 6 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.1766 Blue Ridge Pig Strawberryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous hickory-smoked BBQ. 198 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.1170 Chenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chinese take-out. 7 Calohill Dr., Lovingston, VA .6.8865 Chirios Pizza Pizza and subs. Take out or delivered. Valley Shopping Center 777 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.9188 Copper Mine An All American Prime Beef Steakhouse with casual but elegant dining. Featuring fresh seafood and organic poultry as well. Dinner reservations are required. Wintergreen Resort .5.8090 Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ambolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The place to go for a great Italian meal. 978 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 50.56.556 Devils Grill The highest restaurant in Virginia with spectacular views of our Devils Knob golf course Dine on our patio for lunch or dinner. Distinctive American cuisine with a Southern flare. Dinner reservations are required. Wintergreen Resort .5.8100 The Dogwood Steaks, seafood and country cuisine. Lunch, breakfast and dinner. 61 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA .61.1700 The Edge Casual dining with a view of the slopes. Seasonal live entertainment. Wintergreen Resort .5.8080

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The Fountain Room at The Mark Addy Inn Offering the finest in international cuisine in an elegant setting. 56 Rodes Farm Dr., Nellysford, VA .61.1101 Lovingston Cafe Lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Breakfast Friday through Monday. 165 Front Street, Lovingston, VA .6.8000 Rapunzelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CoďŹ&#x20AC;ee and Books Full espresso bar and used bookstore, live music every Friday and Saturday. 9 Front Street (in the Packing Shed), Lovingston, VA .6.6660 Stoney Creek Bar & Grill Located in the valley at the Stoney Creek Golf course. Serving

casual lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner. Seasonal live entertainment on our deck. Reservations please for brunch and dinner. Wintergreen Resort .5.8110 Thai Mex II Wonderful Thai and Mexican cuisine to keep dining interesting and fun. Sophisticated but not stuffy. Open 8:30am to 10:30pm 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Valley Green Shopping Center, Nellysford, VA .61.100 Thai Siam Take-Out Authentic Thai food, antique shop next door. 17 Tye Brook Highway (Rt. 56), Colleen, VA .6.8577 Vitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant Specializing in pizza and Italian dishes. 8181 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA .6.8688 Vitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ristorante Italiano & Pizzeria Specializing in pizza and Italian dishes. 8 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.9170

shuteye Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast 56 Adial Rd, Faber, VA .61.957 Afton House Bed & Breakfast and Cottages 1 Afton Lane, Route 6 East, Afton, VA 50.56.6759 Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast 107 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 50.56.68 Camp Blue Ridge Montebello, VA 50.77.1 Coxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creek Cottage 96 C & C Lane, Roseland, VA .77.5566 Dutch Haus Bed & Breakfast 655 Fork Mountain Lane, Montebello, VA 50.77.119 Fallen Oak Bed & Breakfast 5 Mimosa Lane, Faber, VA .61.1011 Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast 99 Wilson Hill Rd (Route 665), Arrington, VA 877.6.7750 Horseshoe Mountain Lodge Roseland, VA .61.55 The Mark Addy 56 Rodes Farm Drive, Nellysford, VA .61.1101 The Meander Inn 100 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA .61.111 The Meeting Place 85 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Wintergreen, VA .61.80 Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort 1507 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA 50.77.650

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North Fork Cottages 697 North Fork Road, Tyro, VA 50.77.007

Mountain Cove Vineyards 16 Fortunes Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA .6.59

The Orchard House Bed & Breakfast 979 Thomas Nelson Hwy (Rt. 9), Lovingston, VA .6.777

Veritas Vineyards & Winery 15 Saddleback Farm, Afton, VA 50.56.8000

Walton’s Mountain B&B 601 Rockfish River Rd, Schuyler, VA .81.18

Wintergreen Vineyard & Winery 6 Winery Lane, Nellysford, VA .61.519

Resort Reservations & Country Cottages Rural getaways, Wintergreen condos and homes available. Afton, VA 50.56.800 Royal Oaks Cabins in the Mountains 5 Royal Oaks Lane, Love, VA 800.10.067 Sarah’s Mountain Retreat Cabin 06 Fish Hatchery Lane, Montebello, VA 50.77.658 Shadow Mountain Rentals 156 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA 757..88 Simpson’s Hollow Bed & Breakfast 580 Simpsons Lane, Lovingston, VA .6.680 The White Pig Bed & Breakfast 510 Irish Road, Schuyler, VA .81.116 Tye River Cabin 6011 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro, VA .8.0 Wintergreen Resort Wintergreen, VA 800.66.

beercountry Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Rt. 151), Afton, VA 50.56.800 Devils Backbone Brewing Company 00 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA .61.1001


gifts&antiques Afton House Antiques 1 Afton House Lane, Afton, VA 50.9.99 a.m. FOG 96 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 50.56.7100 Black Rock Gallery The Mountain Inn, Wintergreen, VA .5.00 x.88 Blossom’s Flowers, Gifts & Crafts 911 Front Street, Lovingston, VA .6.87 Blue Moon Antique Mall & Bookstore 80 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA .6.8890 Cat Rock Antiques 970 Patrick Henry Hwy (Rt. 151), Roseland, VA .77.809 Claudia’s Florist & Gifts 11 Main Street, Lovingston, VA .6.588 Kelly’s 5060 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Faber, VA .61.1169 Foxfire Gifts 95 Beech Grove Road, Nellysford, VA .61.0 Garden Trade 71 River Road (Rt. 6), Faber, VA .6.8786 Hughes Mews Antiques 71 Rockfish Valley Hwy (Rt. 151), Nellysford, VA 50.56.77

Afton Mountain Vineyards  Vineyard Lane, Afton, VA 50.56.8667

Lovingston Arts & Crafts 9 Front St. (In “The Packing Shed”), Lovingston, VA .996.5058

Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery 9 Batesville Rd, Afton, VA 50.56.800

Logos of Wintergreen Mountain Inn Lodge, Wintergreen, VA .5.115

DelFosse Vineyards & Winery 500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA .6.6100

Lovingston Antiques 9 Front St. (In “The Packing Shed”), Lovingston, VA .6.6660

Flying Fox Vineyard 7 Chapel Hollow Rd, Afton, VA .61.169

Mountain Vision Pottery 019 Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA .61.175

Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery 800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA .61.166

Notforgotten Farm 50 Tye River Road, Tye River, VA .6.6508

Lovingston Winery 885 Freshwater Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA .6.867

Rockfish Gap Country Store Intersection of Routes 50 and 151, Afton, VA 50.56.611 SPCA Thrift Store

791 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, VA .6.8788 Tuckahoe Antique Mall 0 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.11 Valley Green Gallery Valley Green Center (Rt. 151), Nellysford, VA .61.916

orchardcountry a.m.FOG 96 Critzer’s Shop Road, Afton, VA 50.56.7100

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Critzer Family Farm 988 Critzer Shop Road (Rt. 151), Afton, VA 50.56.77 Dickie Brothers Orchard 55 Dickie Road ,Rt. 666, off 56 West, Massies Mill, VA .77.5516 Drumheller’s Orchard 110 Drumheller Orchard Lane, (Rt. 71, off Hwy. 9) .6.506 Fitzgerald’s Orchard 78 Harper’s Creek Lane,(Rt. 68, off Rt. 56), Tyro, VA .77.5798 Flippin-Seaman, Inc. – Seaman & Silver Creek Orchards 559 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA .77.58 Saunders Brothers Orchard 717 Tye Brook Hwy (Rt. 56), Piney River, VA .77.555 The Apple Shed 1815 Thomas Nelson Hwy (Hwy 9), Lovingston, VA .6.88

Lunch 10:30 - 4:00 Dinner 4:00 - 9:00 Open 7 Days a Week

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fri-sun june 5-7 RVCC Consignment Sale It’s back! One of the largest consignment sales in the area. The Rockfish Valley Community Center will be holding its second annual consignment sale on June 5-7. Last year’s sale was a tremendous success and this year’s is gearing up to be even better! Presale for volunteers working more than 4 hours will be Friday, June 5 from 1-4 pm. 434-361-0100

saturday june 6 Nelson Farmers’ Market Co-op Nelson Farmers’ Market Co-op featuring music by Victor Cabas, sponsored by the Devils Backbone and Greenwood Country Store. The market is located in Nellysford and is open from 8 am to noon. 434-244-2399 Schuyler Community Farmer’s Market The Schuyler Community Farmer’s Market is open from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Walton’s Mountain Museum with fresh local food, crafts, baked goods and more, each Saturday through October. New vendors are welcome! Support local producers, meet neighbors, and have a cup of coffee at Nelson’s newest market. 434-831-2825 Stepping Back In Time: A Batteau’s Maiden Voyage Join Captain Brian Roberts on the maiden voyage of his new hand-crafted batteau! Explore a section of the James River, from Howardsville to Scottsville on this historic-style vessel. Enjoy a gorgeous day on the river, amazing geologic features and one of the few original batteau sluices left on the river as Brian and his crew share their experience with batteau history and the boat-building process. Sit back and relax or take a turn at the poles; either way don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity. Bring plenty of water, a bagged lunch and snacks, and wear shoes that can get wet. 434-325-8169

saturday june 13 Nelson Farmers’ Market Co-op Nelson Farmers’ Market Co-op featuring music by Worm Patterson & All Problems Solved, sponsored by Drs. Rice, Rice & Associates & RoseWood Village. The market is located in Nellysford and is open from 8 am to noon. 434-244-2399 Schuyler Community Farmer’s Market The Schuyler Community Farmer’s Market is open from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Walton’s Mountain Museum with fresh local food, crafts, baked goods and more, each Saturday through October. New vendors are welcome! Support local producers, meet neighbors, and have a cup of coffee at Nelson’s newest market. 434-831-2825 Live Music at Cardinal Point Our good friends, Jan Smith and the Honeybirds, combine country, bluegrass, folk, and old-time rock and roll to create a band steeped in classic American music Admission is $10 for adults UNLESS you bring 5 non-perishable food items (per person), in which case, admission is FREE! Kids 18 and under admitted free. 4pm to 8pm. 9423 Batesville Road, Afton. 540-456-8400 Starry Nights at Veritas Vineyards & Winery Join us for an evening of pure merriment. Bring your chairs, blankets, dancing shoes and picnic baskets watch the sun go down and the stars come out. Enjoy live music, dancing, wine and a great crowd. 7-11 pm. Fee includes wine glass and live music. 540-456-8000

sunday june 14

The Hamner Theater presents In the Cabaret - Moira Nelligan Moira Nelligan (fiddle, vocals, accordion, recorder, bodhran) Irish music with a southern flair: Irish to the core, but marked with her own creativity and Georgia roots. With Mickey Nelligan on guitar. Doors/Bar/Food 6:30 pm. By reservation only. 434-361-1999

Piney Mountain Music Festival Please join us for our 2nd Piney Mountain Music Festival at the Dodd Cabin. There will be Music and fun by The Piney Mountain Boys, James River Cut-Ups, Skyline Country Cloggers, and more. Classic picnic fare, local produce vendors, Mountain Crafts & Artisians. 1PM - 7PM. $10 donation suggested (not required). 3905 Beech Grove Road. No alcohol or pets please! Rain Date: June 14, 2009. 434-361-1116



june 7

Mornings in the Mountains Join a Wintergreen Nature Foundation Naturalist


for an interpretive hike. Explore the many aspects of Wintergreen’s natural environment. $3 members, $5 resort guests, $6 non-members. Please register by 9:30AM 434-325-8169

june 19

ASPCA/ Almost Home Pet adoption Golf Tournament

Nelson County


8:30 AM Stoney Creek Golf Course -The 1st annual Almost Home Golf Tournament to raise funds for Nelson County’s ASPCA. Sponsorships also available. 434-361-2522

sat-sun june 20-21 Amherst-Nelson Summer Solstice Wine and Farm Festival Sponsored by 8 Nelson County wineries and Amherst Estate Vineyard. 10 am - 5 pm. Wine tastings, arts and crafts, seminars, festival foods, entertainment and a Fun Area for all ages. Amherst Estate Vineyard’s Hanson Pavilion, 1351 North Amherst Highway 434-946-5168

saturday june 20 2009 Festival of Wine and Food Wine tastings from Virginia’s very best wineries – Barboursville, Cardinal Point, DelFosse, Democracy, Horton, Kluge, Montdomaine, Mountfair, Veritas and Villa Appalaccia. Enjoy wine, jazz, light fare and the cool mountain air. Proceeds support Wintergreen Performing Arts. The Evans Center at Wintergreen Resort. Noon - 5:30pm. $ 434-325-8292 Nelson Farmers’ Market Co-op Nelson Farmers’ Market Co-op featuring music by Worm Patterson & All Problems Solved, sponsored by Drs. Rice, Rice & Associates & RoseWood Village. The market is located in Nellysford and is open from 8 am to noon. 434-244-2399 Schuyler Community Farmer’s Market The Schuyler Community Farmer’s Market is open from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Walton’s Mountain Museum with fresh local food, crafts, baked goods and more, each Saturday through October. New vendors are welcome! Support local producers, meet neighbors, and have a cup of coffee at Nelson’s newest market. 434-831-2825 Oakland Nelson County Museum of History Oakland Nelson County Museum of History presents a program about Hurricane Camille’s impact on the schools - children’s essay, teachers, students. 1:30 pm

sunday june 21 Father’s Day at Cardinal Point Winery Treat Dad to a tasting and some complimentary cheeses selected to go with our wines. Dad gets a free Cardinal Point wine glass to take home! 11am - 5:30 pm. 9423 Batesville Road, Afton, VA 22920 540-456-8400

monday june 22 Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School at Rock Spring United Methodist Church in Faber, VA June 22-26. 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Ages 3 years old to 8th grade. 1655 Rock Spring Rd., Faber, VA. 434-263-8516

wednesday june 24 Weigh Less! Live More! This is a six month health counseling group program with a focus on weight loss. Imagine the possibility of feeling better in your body, with more energy and less weight. You will learn to eat in a way that nurtures your unique bio-individuality and allows you to loose weight with out depriving youself. We will meet 2 times a month. You are eligible for a larger group meeting once a month. Fee includes books, cd’s, dvd’s, food samples, items to nuture youself. 6:30 pm. 417 Lakeland Lane, Faber VA 22938 434-326-5519

saturday june 27 Mornings in the Mountains Join a Wintergreen Nature Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore the many aspects of Wintergreen’s natural environment. $3 members, $5 resort guests, $6 non-members. Please register by 9:30AM 434-325-8169 Nelson Farmers’ Market Co-op Opening Day Nelson Farmers’ Market Co-op featuring music by Warmed Over Boys, sponsored by Nelson County Farm Bureau and Tuckahoe Antique Mall. The market is located in Nellysford and is open from 8 am to noon. 434-244-2399 Schuyler Community Farmer’s Market The Schuyler Community Farmer’s Market is open from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Walton’s Mountain Museum with fresh local food, crafts, baked goods and more, each Saturday through October. New vendors are welcome! Support local producers, meet neighbors, and have a cup of coffee at Nelson’s newest market. 434-831-2825 Want to be included in our datebook? Visit and click on “Submit an Event.” We’ll try to publish as many events as possible, space permitting. Deadline for next month’s issue is the 15th. Sorry neighbors, event MUST be in Nelson County or benefit an organization in Nelson County to be included in the print edition. Events in area counties can be included online, however.

Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily at 11:30am Original Brews, Full service restaurant, extensive menu (children’s menu too), full bar and delightful wine list. Smokefree environment.

UPCOMING MUSIC Check our website for the entire June listing of DBBC music


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IRISH SESSION NIGHTS 2nd & 4th Wednesdays

FROM THE CHEF It’s not quite breakfast and it’s not quite lunch! We are now open for BRUNCH on SUNDAYS AT 11AM! Delightful beverages accompany delectable brunch specials LIGHT YOUR FIRE on MONDAYS!


Starting at 4pm, Check out our crazy wings offerings paired with

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BUN BURSTING BURGER NIGHT & BANANA SPLIT DAZE Don’t just dream about what your


burger could be. Every Tuesday night, the culinary staff creates new burger creations. Finish it off with a $5 Banana Split! Don’t miss our JAZZ NIGHTS 1st & 3rd Wednesday. With retro cocktails and snazzy foods


Experience our extensive list of wines. Enjoy what you are tasting, then ask about purchasing our retail wines to go

DEVILS BACKBONE BREWING COMPANY at crossroads Rt 151 & Rt 664 – Nelson County 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 22967 434.361.1001 N 37° 52.275 W 078° 55.126 ELEVATION 835 FT.


farewell ...We lived in Northern Virginia for over 25 years and one might think we would become jaded to these events. But something awful happened in our lives as well when Ms Page was so brutally murdered. This peaceful, beautiful place we live in suddenly was shattered with horror that something like this happened here. We are “transplants” like yourself but we have come to feel so at home here as if we had lived here much longer. The people of Nelson County are friendly, honest, hard-working, salt of the earth people and we feel like family here. And we feel we have lost a member of our family. Our hearts go out to the Page family ...

I live in Fluvanna and am from Amherst County. There are sad people all over about this. Its hard to think this could happen in beautiful Nelson County to someone so well thought of and respected. I too know and have known people as she was described. My mother for one who is 83 and lives alone. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of Nelson County ...

... I knew Mrs. Page from the time my daughter was 5 and in kindergarten at Rockfish until the present. Mrs. Page was a member of my mother’s church, and you couldn’t find a more caring and giving person. Whether we would see her at church functions such as the Harvest Sale, or helping in the kitchen when the Church was making apple butter or canning fruits and vegetables for the Harvest Sale, she always had a smile on her face and made time to speak to everyone she would see. Nelson County and Rodes Methodist Church have lost a wonderful member of their community. She will be missed greatly by everyone who knew her. I also want to thank Sheriff Brooks and his department along with the other law enforcement agencies for catching these suspects as quickly as they did. Our hearts and prayers go out to Mrs. Page’s family and friends for this tragic loss ...

I don’t think they have said what led them to those two all I have heard them say that the eye witness was the key … Maybe the outfits are ones they had on during other crimes … I would like to know myself and why would they have done something so horrible to such a sweetheart … Its something I will never forget and I know I aint the only one … Miss u ms page I know u are watching down on all your kids (school kids and birth kids) always in our heart ...

The events of May 6, 2009 hit close to home. A retired teacher’s aide from Rockfish Valley Elementary School, Opal Page touched the lives of many people, several of whom posted their thoughts online at Judging by the response, we are certain of one thing: Mrs. Page left her mark. Opal Parr Page 1935 – 2009

... she was 73yr old lady who loved life and everbody she ever met. Ive known her for ten years, never did she say anything bad about anyone. always greeted you with a smile. if the world was full of opal pages you wouldnt be sitting here reading this ...

Access the complete comment thread at Keywords: Opal Page


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492 Campbells Mountain Rd; #449752; $179,500

Fully furnished mountain retreat; renovated w/ woodstove; bold creek, ponds, mtn views; fire pit; near Crabtree Falls; 3br/2ba; 2.25ac



232 Fortunes Ridge Dr; #459438; $399,900




Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525




1228 Laurel Springs Dr; #463833; $579,500

40k below tax assessment; new roof and many upgrades, garage, porch, deck; 3,103 sq ft; 4br/2.5ba; 2ac (w/ extra lot $659,500)



431 Hunters Point; #463023; $574,900

Privately situated w/ woods, creek & mtn views! Rock fireplace; wood beams; deck; garage; hot tub; 1,922 sq ft; 3br/2.5ba; 2.89ac

Erwin Berry III 434-325-7143




Meticulous! Bright, open floor plan; golf front w/ mtn views; located in preferred Hunters Point; Many upgrades! 4Br/2.5Ba; .54ac

123 Woodhouse Ln; #459892, $399,900

Sara McGann 434-996-4962




Resort Bungalow w/ Blue Ridge Mtn views; 1st level master, cathedral ceiling, deck, balcony, fireplace; WPI; 1,784 sq ft; 3br/2ba; .72 ac


49 Fox Run; #464812; $509,900


728 Laurelwood; #462464; $128,000

Lowest priced one bedroom condo in Laurelwood; fully furnished; end unit with fireplace and patio; well maintained; Great value! 1Br/1Ba




Water views from nearly every room! Custom, one-level, lakefront home w/ deck, gazebo, & garage; 2,179 sq ft; 3Br/2.5Ba; 1.22ac


576 Lakeland Ln; #464323; $349,000


370 Foothills Dr; #463893; $369,000




Impossible to duplicate for same price per sq ft; spacious; one level; hardwood floors, rock fireplace; 2,455 sq ft; 4Br/3Ba; 2.38ac




Spacious! Large family room and kitchen, hardwood floors, fireplace; mtn views and lake access; 2,703 sq ft; 3br/3ba; 3.04ac








1965 & 1983 Mountain Rd; #463757; $319,900

2 homes for one low price! Renovated w/ new roof, HVAC, siding, windows; each 864 fin sq ft & 288 sq ft of porch/carport; 2.5ac

73 Pounding Branch Rd; #465395; $289,000

NEW: Meticulously kept home inside and out; built in 2004; great room, garage, and gardens galore; 1,716 sq ft; 3Br/2.5Ba; 1.31 ac

Nelson, a Division of the Fishersville Office 434-361-0333

JUNE 2009

Nelson County Life, Issue #51  

Nelson County Life, Issue #51 (June 2009)

Nelson County Life, Issue #51  

Nelson County Life, Issue #51 (June 2009)