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Follow the leader. As 2 feet of snow covered Nelson County, we covered it online.

snow man The sun may be going up but his job’s just started.


finding serenity Bon Paul monks have found it near Faber.


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inside basic necessities ........................... 7 cover story ................................. 10 this old house ............................ 18 this new house ........................... 18 at home with marlo ................... 23 sam’s garden .............................. 32 askthedr...................................... 33 the perfect fit ............................. 33 leisure guide .............................. 34 datebook ................................... 38 classifieds ................................... 39

on the cover Pictured: Lower Dobie Photographer: Paul Purpura The Lower Dobie greets skiers on opening day at Wintergreen Resort. Mother Nature and a guy named Donny had a hand in this one. Story on page 10.

from thepublishers Hours before the blizzard hit, we had to make a choice between going to Waynesboro for diapers, or to Covesville to snag an old Flexible Flyer. We went to Covesville. And it’s a good thing we went early in the day. As I type, much of US 29 in Nelson and Albemarle Counties are impassible or shut down. Several of our friends driving home from Charlottesville were on the road for hours. Some of them had to ditch their cars along the highway and walk home. At the taking of this picture, we had at least 18 in. of snow and drifts were measuring a good 2 feet high. And it seems as if the snow is falling harder. It is quite beautiful. Beauty, though, is in the eye of the beholder who is not stuck in traffic. The dogs. We built this nice wooden overhang out back to keep our dogs comfortable as they do their morning business during a snow storm. In the summer, we like to use it as a deck. The cat stayed inside tonight. Smart cat. On the agenda today: upload this issue, shovel snow, build snowmen. At some point, perhaps tomorrow, we will sled down the hill. I can’t

guarantee you we will be able to make it back up. Just kidding. It’s actually nice to be snowd in. A warm fire, snow flakes falling, and a dwindling stack of diapers. But we’ll be fine. Adam’s got a dump truck and a front end loader. Happy New Year! Yvette and Tommy Stafford




A couple uncorks their holiday season with a tasting at Wintergreen Winery (above). Down in the cellar, winemaker and proprietor Jeff Stone checks a barrel of the 2009 Viognier.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape The winter winds of January, a bleak, white sky and a fire in the wood stove are signals stirring me to whip out the Châteauneuf-du-Pape—a big, alcoholic, robust wine which despite its strength is immensely approachable and easy to love. Châteauneufdu-Pape sits in the départment of the Vaucluse one the the most picturesque in France and a region associated with Provence, while Châteauneuf is very much a wine of the southern Rhône. Châteauneuf-du-Pape owes not only its name (New Castle of the Pope) but also its existence to the Popes of Rome. The destiny of this area was much altered when a 72year-old man decided to live there. The old man was short, thin and pale and looked as though he had only a few months to live, but for sixteen more years his dynamic character drove him to build a château more like a fortress than a palace. All this would be unimportant if the man had not been John XXII, the second of the Avignon Popes, (Clement V’s successor) reigning from 1316 to 1334. And although the castle was blown up by the Germans in WWII, its ruins still

loom over the tiny village today. The presence of the papal court in Châteauneuf encouraged winegrowing. John XXII planted a small vineyard from which some excellent wine was harvested and the wine from the area became the fashion of the times, even inspiring one of Alphonse Daudet’s short stories in which he describes a fine bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. La Bastide St. Dominique, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007 – Robert Parker called 2007 in the Rhône the vintage of his lifetime. And the glory of the 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Papes is that while they will age beautifully, most of them are ready for consumption now. And what heady, fruit-forward consumption it is! This one from the talented Eric Bonnet of La Bastide St. Dominique is no exception—very fruit-forward and smooth. A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, it has ripe notes of dark cherries, crushed currants and plums, layered with cocoa and vanilla. $38.99 Domaine Grand Veneur, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007 – I like Alaine Jaume of Domaine Grand Veneur not only because his wines are outstand-

ing but also because he practices sustainable viticulture. Seventy percent Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, this CDP exhibits a deep ruby/purple color followed by notes of cassis, black raspberries, licorice and a hint of camphor. A long finish that lasts nearly a minute. Drink now and over the next 12-15 years. $39.99 La Bastide St. Dominique, Secrets de Pignan, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007 – Made from sixty plus yearold vines, this wine is what great Châteauneuf should emulate. Another candidate for aging but equally… you won’t mind drinking it now. The same red and black fruit aromas, yet layered among the fruit are spicy notes, as well as licorice, tobacco, black tea, bittersweet ganache and leather. This is a complex wine for a special occasion. It will pair best with strong cheeses, stews or game. Decant early, but make sure to sip and observe how, over the course of a day, it evolves. Rich and powerful, but unlike the old banking CEOs, it’s pure elegance as well. $52.99 Join Kay in tasting wine in Italy.

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A group of local artisans showed off their creations at a holiday open house at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. Foodsmith Claudia Gibson, florist Amy Webb and jewelry designer K Robins were among those with items on display.

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Donny Falls hates cold weather. STORY by JENNIE TAL PHOTOGRAPHY by PAUL PURPURA

That’s really not such a strange thing, except snow is how he makes a living. continued on page 12





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If you had some of these plants gracing your landscape, you’d be enjoying them right now for these value-added attributes: Berries: American Holly, Nandina, Winterberry Holly, Cranberry Bush, Chokeberry Interesting Bark: River Birch, Dawn Redwood, Allee Elm, Crapemyrtle, Red and Yellow-twig Dogwood, Sycamore, Paperbark Maple. Evergreens: You gotta love ‘em ‘cause they’re green,Right? Many, many forms and sizes, trees and shrubs. Shapely: White Oak, Sycamore, Elm, Deodor Cedar, Southern Magnolia. Lilting Lovelies: Many Ornamental Grasses such as Fountain Grass, Switch Grass and Zebra Grass.

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“I’m a snowmaker. I make snow. That’s what I do,” Donny said. He would rather be sitting on the beach somewhere – or on a riverbank, fishing. He makes his job sound pretty simple, but in reality, it’s a little bit more difficult than he makes it seem. “I had to learn the consistency of the snow – what was too wet, what was too dry,” he explained. Plus they have several layers of snow, all of different consistencies. First, there’s a base of thicker, hard snow. Donny puts that there so the light, fluffy, skiable snow doesn’t melt away too quickly. When Donny first started as a snowmaker at Wintergreen in 1991, things were not like they are now. Back then, they did everything by hand. “We actually could put a little more personality into it,” he said. “Now it’s all automated, it’s a lot less physical work. There’s not much art too it. Back then … you could take a little more pride in it because you had to work so hard just to get it right.”


Now, if there are any changes to make or problems to fix, Donny or one of the four other snowmakers, just calls down to the compressor room where a few people in front of computers make some adjustments. But just because the job is a bit more computerized, that doesn’t mean it’s a piece of cake for the snowmakers like Donny. During ski season, he works 12-hour days, seven days a week. He gets a little bit of free time during the warmer months (to pursue his fishing hobby) but being a snowmaker is a year-round job. And for all his work, Donny doesn’t even ski anymore. “I’m a single father raising three kids on my own. I can’t afford to get hurt,” he said. Donny and his three children, ages 19, 18 and 10, live in Roseland. And even though they spend most of the time dad has off in Nags Head or Kitty Hawk – anywhere warm with a beach – Donny wouldn’t move for anything. “I like the county lifestyle. It’s nice and mellow and quiet,” he said of the place he’s lived since he was 10 years old. “I wouldn’t live anywhere else than where I live for the world.” NCL


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a new taste The Smiths have been at Afton Mountain Vineyards for almost eight months now. In those months, they’ve learned a lot about wine making, a lot about the wine business, quite a bit about social networking and advertising, and, most recently, they’ve learned a lot about renovating a winery. It’s been exhausting, but in a good way. “I mean, there are mornings when [my husband] Tony and I, we’re standing out on the deck with our cups of coffee going, ‘Do you believe this is where we live? This is the most awesome place in the world,’” said Afton Mountain owner Elizabeth Smith. And it’s getting even more awesome. The tasting room at Afton Mountain is getting a bit of a face lift and a little bit of a relocation, too. It’s not going far, though, just down the hill. “This is such a beautiful site,”

said Elizabeth. “We’ve told everybody that, yes, it’s pretty up there, but it’s even prettier down here with the lake, the view.” Plus, they needed some extra room – the old tasting room tended to get a bit crowded, especially on nice fall weekends. The new space will also provide a great place for weddings and special events. There’s an area for a nice, outdoor ceremony and a tentable pad of grass for a small- to medium-sized reception. The Smiths have also built into the new tasting room a few bridal suites where the bride and groom can prepare on the big day. For those who loved the original tasting room, though, have no fears, it will still be around. The “Vintage” Tasting room will be available for smaller private events and for occasions when the larger, new tasting room is in use. NCL

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Indulge yourself in this charming mountain home boasting amazing year round views among the best at Wintergreen. Free flowing floor plan with 3BR, 2BA, spacious living room with stone fireplace, and an additional loft/sleeping area. Pine floors in the living and dining areas. Kitchen appliances have been upgraded. Home is priced below current assessed value and less than what the current owners paid! Sold fully furnished. $469,500 WPI Call Chastity Morgan 434 941-5883

Lovely mountain home on the 12th green with Shenandoah Valley and mountain vistas. Beautiful stone entrance, maintenance free living, large decks, 6BR, 5.5BA, custom kitchen with 2 dishwashers, ceramic tile and carpet throughout and a stone fireplace in greatroom. Perfect for entertaining and large gatherings. Reduced! $899,000 WPI Call Sharon Stacey 434 962-0719

Just Listed! Custom built 4BR, 3BA home on extremely desirable culde-sac location, approx 120 yards to walk-out to Tyro ski slope. Private .5ac. home site backs to 2 ac. of common area. Soaring Ceilings & Gas Fireplace in greatroom with hardwoods on most of main level. Master has vaulted ceilings also. Upgraded kitchen appliances, cherry cabinets, tile backsplash & tile in all baths. Tastefully decorated & in great Condition. Separate 7x7.5 Ski Room. Parking for 3 Cars. $448,500

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This magnificent Lindal Cedar Post and Beam home by Tectonics II is truly one of Wintergreen’s finest. On 1.85 acres surrounded on 3 sides by open space with the sound of water thru Shamokin Gorge and incredible views of the Rockfish Valley this 5BR, 4BA home offers true mountain luxury. It’s floor to ceiling glass, native stone, antique woods, state of the art efficiency, electronics, lighting and appliances, designer furnishings and gracious floor plan make this home a dream come true. $1,495,000 WPI Call Pam McKeithen 434 906-0426

INCREDIBLE BUY!! Attractively furnished, one bedroom end-unit condo in Three Ridges. Great location just steps from the ski slopes, the Mountain Inn and the Blackrock Village Center. Recent upgrades include new washer /dryer, paint, counter tops, carpet and HVAC. This is a steal. $119,900 WPI Owner/agent Call Sharon Stacey 434 962-0719

Spectacular new home overlooking the Shamokin Springs gorge! With the gorge as your back yard and the year round mountain views, this is a one of a kind offering for mountain beauty, solitude and architectural flair. The Five Star Energy rating is for the highest energy efficiency of any home here. Interior features-the preinstalled elevator shaft, soapstone kitchen countertops, (2)stone fireplaces, multiple decks-are too numerous to detail here. All 4 BR have baths! $795,000 Call John McKeithen 434 906-0427

NELSON COUNTY 3580 Ennis Mountain Road 3580 Ennis Mountain

Beautiful country, contemporary home in like-new condition. With gorgeous mountain views of Humpback Mt. and the Blue Ridge, this 3 BR, 2.5BA home is less than 30 min to C’ville and Waynesboro and close to Nellysford and Wintergreen. Vaulted wood ceilings and an open floor plan, a large deck to enjoy the views, back up generator, wood stove, 2nd family room, lots of storage. Fenced yard. $539,000

492 Schoolhouse Lane

This 3BR, 2BA Virginia farmhouse is located on 9 acres within walking distance of a brewery, restaurant, winery and the new Rockfish Valley Trail. Many outbuildings as well as a guest house. Hardwood and tile flooring, soapstone countertops in kitchen and lovely koi pond and patio. Mature landscaping and stunning mountain views. 30 min to C’ville/10 to Wintergreen. Kitchen and living/dining area are freshly painted. New $10,000 paved driveway. $535,000

1341 Berry Hill Road

Lovingly restored century farm house with 29.13 acres of pasture and hardwoods. Home features 3BR, 2BA, cozy living room, dining room and large country kitchen. Interior and exterior have been recently painted, new cherry cabinets, new Anderson windows throughout. Hardwood floors, large master suite. Large decks area with pool area shaded by magnificent 350 year old oak and beech trees. Mature plantings. Wonderful bold creek and trails throughout. $529,000 Owner/agent

758 Brownings Cove

Pleasantly sited above a paved country lane, this one story, 4BR home has an open sunny yard and multiple outbuildings. The heat pump/propane furnace combo was new in 2007. The roof dates half to 2001 and half to 2006. Many replaced windows and new kitchen in 2007. There’s even a modest view of Naked Mountain. Attractively priced; perhaps ideal for first time or retirement purchaser. $169,500 Call Charlie Wineberg 434 996-7336

54 Little Stoney Lane

A great location on 4.28 acres with stunning mountain views. This 4BR, 2BA home has had many interior upgrades: hardwood flooring, Corian countertops, new carpet and tile as well as freshly painted bedrooms. Very private but close to Nellysford and Wintergreen. Hear Stoney Creek babbling in your backyard! Several outbuildings for storage. 30 min. to Charlottesville. Extra acreage available. Price reduced!! $189,900

STONEY CREEK 1498 Monocan Drive

1498 Monocan Drive: Lovely mountain/golf views from this handsome 3 BR, 2.5 BA home. Located on the Stoney Creek Golf Course, it has a cathedral ceiling and built-ins by the FP in the living room. Gorgeous cherry cabinets and pantry, granite countertops in the gourmet kitchen. Inviting screened porch with access to greatroom and kitchen. Hardwood floors in living areas. Sunny master with large tiled bath. Spacious bonus room. Min to Nellysford and Wintergreen. $447,000 WPI Call Julie Bendle 434 996-8669



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Cheryl’s finished treatment. Thank you Nelson County for your support!

Come Celebrate Life 2pm until 10pm Saturday, January 30, 2010

at the Rockfish Valley Fire House 2pm to 4pm for the kids Webkinz fashion show, crafts, Bingo, Color sheets and Jelly Bean Challenge

Ronald Campbell DJs 7pm - 10pm Get your dancing shoes and bring your groove thing!

5pm Food, Family, Friends 50/50 Door Prizes Raffle Items

Children $5 Adults $10 Proceeds go to Relay For Life


More than 30 Nelson County families struggling economically during this recession ate a wonderful Christmas Dinner thanks to their friends and neighbors. Unity in Community, a community-based outreached ministry that has put together Christmas baskets since its inception two years ago, will be providing local families with a basket full of food and small gifts to make this year’s holiday just a little bit brighter. “Our goal is to help those less fortunate than ourselves,” said the group’s founder, Delores (DeeDee) Green. “I believe working together we can be a part of a solution for a better tomorrow for our whole community.” DeeDee worked together in 2007 with the 14 Tye River Valley Churches to start Unity in Community as an outreach “referral agency” to help struggling Nelson County families. Unity in Community works closely with other groups and agencies to help county residents get the help they need – the organization doesn’t always have the money or assistance to dole out directly. “We can offer support, we can offer assistance and direction when approached by someone who has a need,” she said. “Some people just don’t know where to go, they may feel overwhelmed. They can contact Unity and Community and we try to assist them.” Unity in Community is always looking for new members and church representatives, DeeDee said the organization would not be able to work in the community as it does without help. “Unity in Community would not be possible without the love and dedication that our members give and the love and benevolence of the churches,” she said. “Together, we make it happen.” NCL

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19 Old Turtle Place $399,999 Unique Modern “Green” home in Horizons EcoVillage. Sustainable design, timber frame construction, SIPS panel walls. Radiant heat/geothermal loop for minimal utility bills. New back deck and doors, polished concrete flooring, sunken living room, claw foot tubs, 3 story cathedral ceiling, eat-in kitchen with birch cabinets, pine flooring, DSL internet, 12’x12’ meditation/studio space overlooking creek. 100+ acres common lands for residents to enjoy. Minutes to Wintergreen skiing and golf! MLS#468453


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thisoldhouse Location: 492 School House Ln , Nellysford, Virginia Offered at: $535,000 Comments: Huge price reduction! This 3 BR Virginia farmhouse is located on 9 acres within walking distance of a brewery, a restaurant, a winery and the new Rockfish Valley Trail. Many outbuildings as well as a guest house. Hardwood and tile flooring, soapstone countertops in kitchen and lovely koi pond and patio. Mature landscaping and stunning mountain views. 30 min to C’ville/10 to Wintergreen. Kitchen and living/dining area are freshly painted. New $10,000 paved driveway. Contact: Julie Bendle Mountain Area Realty 434-996-8669

Location: 19 Old Turtle Place, Nellysford, Virginia Offered at: $399,999 Comments: Unique Modern “Green” Home in Horizons EcoVillage. Sustainable design, timber frame construction, SIPS panel walls. Radiant heat/geothermal loop for minimal utility bills. Features new back deck and doors, polished concrete flooring, sunken living room, claw foot tubs, 3 story cathedral ceiling, eat-in kitchen with birch cabinets, pine flooring, DSL internet, meditation/studio space over creek. 100+ acres common lands. Minutes to Wintergreen, Shen. Valley, 35 minutes to UVA! Contact: David Ferrall Summit Realty Company 434-882-5263

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Brian Chase Managing Broker 434-987-4168

364 Chestnut Place Great value for a lot with seasonal views and privacy. Great location close to skiing,golf,tennis and restaurants at end of cul de sac. Bring your builder or let us provide one for you. $145,000 Listed by Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 (471855)

70 Dogwood Road Nice views of the Rockfish Valley from this lot at the end of a cul de sac. Private area with beautiful hardwood trees. Bring your builder or let me help you select one. $179,000 Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (471856)

Kim Chappell 434-238-2430

Pam Le Vine 941-724-4787

Rockfish Heights Lot #4

Enjoy beautiful mountain Views from the NEW Rockfish Heights neighborhood in Nelson County. A quick drive to Wintergreen Resort and many county amenities such as hiking, restaurants, shopping, wineries and breweries. Low Homeowners Dues but close to all the action. Listed by Kim Chappell and Call 434-238-2430 for details (471910)


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Steve Marianella 434-566-1293

382 Deer Springs

Great golf front home boasting 2144 sq. ft. + 660 sq. ft. of sweeping decks. 4 beds, 3 full baths with open floor plan for great entertaining. Custom Hickory cabinetry, 3cm granite counters, stainless appliances, hardwood flooring and tankless water heater. One year home owners warranty included. Great location on one of the most desirable streets in Wintergreen. Walk to Devil’s Knob Golf Course, Devil’s Grill and driving range. Live the active lifestyle directly on the golf course.WPI. Offered at $499,000. Call Christy and Rod Phillips at 434-987-6399. (459279)



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26 Indian Point Trail Reduced by over $25,000, this level and nicely wooded private lot should be easy to build on with your favorite builder. Easy walk to WinterGarden Spa and Pool, Nature Foundation. Golf, Tennis and Skiing nearby. Hiking trails very close by. Lot includes WPI right of membership. Bring your builder or let us provide one to build your dream vacation home now while costs are still low! Contact Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (468279)


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This three bedroom home in Wintergreen is perfect for entertaining family and friends. Enjoy the large decks and Great Room with a stone, wood burning fireplace. The Kitchen is open to the Dining Area. Plenty of parking on a level lot and easy access to the front door. Call Kim Chappell, 434-238-2430 or (468244)

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)


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Jim Mummery 434-531-5033 420 Three Ridges Cozy furnished two bedroom condo near Ski slopes and short walk to mountain village. Mid level end unit, tastefully decorated,hardly used. Ready to use for ski season, ask about WPI membership offerlisted by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (468153)

Joan Mummery 434-531-5033



Great value for a corner lot in the Indian Rock section of Laurel Springs Drive. Peace and solitude for your mountain retreat. Some seasonal views over the Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve. Bring your own builder or call for recommendations. $40,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (471809)


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650 Pedlars Edge Drive Located near Tyro slope. One of the last remaining lots on Pedlar’s Edge Drive. Invest now build when you are ready. $ 139,000 Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (471853)

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 434-2382430 (455007)


326 Dobie

Popular Dobie Condo that is value priced at $259,000. Sold furnished and ready to enjoy the resort. Condo sold with rental income from and In the center of the Mountain Village and close to resort amenities such as restaurants, festival space, the Mountain Inn Lodge, and ski slopes. Listed by Kim Chappell and (434238-2430) Ask any agent to visit this beautiful condo. (465429)

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304 Chestnut Place Excellent winter views of valley and ski slopes on this quiet street close to amenities. Includes WPI, skiing, tennis and golf nearby. Bring your builder or let us assist with selecting one. $184,500 Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293.(471857)

722 Laurelwood

The price is right! Warm interiors. Walk to slopes, Blackrock Market, shopping, & dining. Excellent rental on Wintergreen Resort Homes & Villas rental program. Ski, golf, tennis. Enjoy your mountain condo on weekends, summers’, holiday’s and ski season; Receive rental revenue when you are away. The “perfect location on the mountain”. An excellent investment. Owner to pay 2010 WPOA dues. Owner to pay 1st quarter Laurelwood Association dues. Offer price: $168,700, Contact Thomasina Shealey, REALTOR, mobile: 703.328.8680, email:, (471360)

202 Timbers Location! Location! 1BR condo on the first floor of Timbers in the Dobie Ski Area. End-unit with separate bedroom, full kitchen and many extras. Just steps to the slopes. Popular rental on the WTG rental program. Listed for $156,900 by Kim Chappell and, 434-238-2430. (471518)

85 Fairway Oaks Brand new 4 bedroom home with two master suites, lots of bright open space, could accomodate two families or large rental groups, high-end finishes, granite counters, hardwood floors, reduced to $509,000 great value-Call Steve Marianella @ 434-566-1293 (471776)




631 Far Knob Climb

Rare opportunity to own one of the largest mountain-side estate lots in Stoney Creek. With elevations approaching 2,200 feet, it is one of the community’s highest. Enjoy lower humidity and cooler summer temperatures. Easy five minute access to valley amenities from a secluded mountain home site. Gorgeous views of the Rockfish Valley. Adjacent 7 acre estate parcel also available. Offered at $225,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (460226)







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 $399,950! Great value for new construction at Wintergreen. Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293(459003)







20 Wintergreen Drive

These are the most upscale, largest and well located townhomes ever built at Wintergreen. There are only 24 homes in four buildings and the specifications are unparalleded. Each is 3670 sq. ft, four/five bedrooms with 5.5 baths. Each home has its own private elevator, many of them have mountain/valley views. Construction in Phase I is underway! Call Kim Chappell at 434-238-2430 or (463007)







Logan Place Lot #4 Stoney Creek Golf Front homesite, almost 1 acre, overlooks Tuckahoe Hole #3, includes WPI Right of Membership. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views, close to hiking and biking trails, the Allen Creek Nature Preserve, swimming, tennis and dining. Offered at $179,900 Call Vivien Lee at 434-6617730 or Kim Chappell at 434-238-2430. (467680)

490 Three Ridges This 1 BR condo is rated Gold in the rental program. Rare, end unit. Sold furnished and ready to enjoy. $174,900. Call Kim Chappell 434-238-2430. www. (448392)





218 Timbers

The perfect mountain retreat. The perfect investment. Beautiful interiors. Scenic views. Amazing price. Enjoy your weekends in the mountain. Enjoy your revenue income when you’re not. Give your guests the gift of full access to resort amenities to include, golf, skiing, indoor/outdoor tennis, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa. Walk to slopes, dining, shopping. Sold fully furnished. WPI. Offer price: $123,000, Contact Thomasina Shealey, REALTOR, mobile: 703.328.8680, email:, (467617)

177 Crawfords Edge

787 Laurelwood

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. Executive elevator services all floors. Fantastic mountain views. Double kitchen. Two wet bars. Call agent for extensive list of details. Sold fully furnished & equipped. Only $1,549,000! Brian Chase 434-2969860 (460685)

Nice mid level end unit in Laurelwood “upper section”. Furnished two bedroom with Bonus room for sleeping little ones or a quiet reading area. seasonal views off deck, some of the lowest condo dues, almost no steps to the unit. Walk to skiing ,restaurants or Laurelwoods own private pool. Call Steve Marianella for more info 434-5661293.Priced to sell at $189,900! (468175)

158 Mountain Inn Great rental property at the Mountain Inn. Lowest priced comparable unit on the market with high rating on the rental program. WPI included. Mountain views and a great location. Just step out your door to shops, restaurants, ski slopes and more. $115,900 Call Rod Phillips at 434-987-6399 or rcventures@ (469440)

905 Diamond Hill Ski Out condo in popular Diamond Hill resort neighborhood. A large studio directly next to the slopes. Sit in your private patio hot tub. Ski from your back door. Updated furnishings and sold turn-key to enjoy this ski season. Listed for $185,000 by Kim Chappell and, 434-238-2430. (471633)




2101 Fairway Woods

Golf-front condo gutted and rebuilt in 2007 w/ the finest materials including granite counters, cherry cabinetry, tile floors. New furnishings, appliances, and fixtures. Ground level - enjoy the golf-front setting from your patio. Gold rated unit w/ rental program revenue stream in place. $214,900. Brian Chase 434296-9860 (456576)

702 Laurelwood 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. $132,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (456086)


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A summary of real estate credentials, designations, and certifications

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

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, but few of us actually attain them. The average number of times that the same New Year’s resolution is made is ten. Either the resolution was finally achieved, or once and for all abandoned. Perhaps more important aspirations evolve, such as selling a house in tough economic times. If you plan to buy or sell a home this year, set realistic goals and milestones and align yourself with “enabling” people. When interviewing an agent, ask for educational credentials. While this is not a comprehensive list, here is an explanation of a few certifications and designations that may help you decide which agent can best help you to attain your goals. GRI, Graduate Realtor Institute; GRI is a professional designation recognized nationwide as the standard for real estate professionalism and knowledge. It involves intense study, covering many special aspects of real estate such as residential marketing,

cost basis, appreciation methods, investment real estate, construction, real estate tax concepts, exchanges, capital gains, and various types of mortgage programs. CRS, Certified Residential Specialist; CRS is the symbol of excellence in residential real estate. This real estate designation is awarded to experienced realtors who complete advanced training in listing and selling. It provides systems and strategies that can boost productivity and effectiveness in listing, selling, pricing, technology, and marketing. ABR, Accredited Buyer Representation; this is “The Benchmark of Excellence in Buyer Representation.” Designees receive service training that is geared toward the buyer’s best interest. The course covers agency, service delivery, marketing and promotion, and negotiation and risk management. SRES, Senior Real Estate Specialist; course participants are edu-

cated about senior specific lifestyles so they can learn how to meet the special needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties. e-PRO, National Association of Realtors Approved Internet Certification; the e-PRO Certification Program is specifically designed to keep agents on top of technology changes and help them thrive in the world of online real estate. It promotes competence in technology and marketing. Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification; 3rd quarter 2009 stats indicate that 1 in every 196 households will be impacted by foreclosure (nationwide: 1 in every 136). SFR designees are the recognized experts in distressed property transactions. They can counsel sellers on how to avoid foreclosure, alternatives to foreclosure, and short sale qualifications. In addition, designees can navigate buyers through the

delays, aggravations, and red tape of a distressed property purchase. QSC, Quality Service Certification; this certification is for sales professionals willing to be held to a standard, which requires accountability, reliability and consistency - the ongoing delivery of quality service on each transaction. Certification helps service professionals to deliver their best by completing the training program, passing an exam, signing a commitment, and participating in a client-based survey process. “If you do what you have always done, you always get what you always got.” Hire an agent willing to learn and adapt to market changes. Best of luck with your 2010 goals and resolutions! 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.

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A doctor in Chichi Jima STORY by JENNIE TAL

Gene, who is originally from the Boston area but now lives in Stoney Creek, was a doctor during the war. He was asked to stay in Japan after the war had ended to take part in a trial. “Everybody had gone home except me,” he remembered. “I wrote it up, stayed over in Guam putting everything together in a document.” The trial was conducted primarily in Korean, so Gene said that with all the translations going on (Japanese to Korean to English and back again), he had plenty of time to write everything down verbatim. His journal, in addition to the official Naval copy, was used to put together all the facts of Chichi Jima. During the war, it came to the attention of the U.S. Navy that several American flyers had disappeared on or around the Japanese island of Chichi Jima, but were never reported by the Japanese military. Gene believes he was assigned to the trial because the major in charge thought there might be some medical autopsies needed. He turned out to be right. “We eventually found out that [the Japanese] had killed them all and cannibalized some of them,” said Gene, who’s memories, photographs and writings were recently featured in a non-fiction book called Sorties Into Hell – The Hidden War on Chichi Jima by Chester Hearn. Gene said that original copies of his journal and many of the photographs he took while in Japan are now owned by the National Archives. He said that the author of the book found him about four years ago. “That’s easy to do on the Internet,” he said. “He’s a very good man.” Gene said that Chester Hearn has written several stories about the Navy and WWII, but he hasn’t been the only one to contact Gene about his experiences on Chichi Jima. “I’ve had contact from a man in Australia about Chichi Jima [who believes his grandfather was there] and I had a man at Osaka University in Japan contact me and wants to talk to me about Chichi Jima,” said Gene. He came back from the war and accomplished a great deal throughout his lifetime. He worked as a urologist on staff at the Cleveland Clinic until 1964 where he performed one of the very first successful kidney transplants. After his time there, he joined with some friends and created a large urologic group in Norfolk that became part of the new medical school. He bought his first property in Wintergreen in 1974 and when he retired in 1984, he continued working in medicine investigating the quality of work done by hospitals for Virginia Medicare.


In the spring of 1946, when most American soldiers were returning from the European and Pacific battlefields of World War II, Gene Poutasse stayed there.

“And I’ve been a professional woodworker since 1980,” said Gene, who makes interesting little boxes in his Wintergreen shop. But he never really forgot about his time in Chichi Jima – although he said it’s not as difficult to remember as one might think and he’s glad Chester Hearn decided to write a book about it. “It’s not hard, I think about them all the time,” he said, noting that he has read through his journal several times as well. “It runs through my mind, I experience what we learned, how we did it. [Chester is] interested in that sort of thing and found that [the story of Chichi Jima] was an unwritten chapter that needed.” NCL

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Shenla Okar, a Buddah in the Bon tradition, sits in the middle of the altar of the Garuda Meditation Room at the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in Faber.


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Lhari-la Kalsang Nyima, Serenity Ridge’s residential monk, heads towards the Garuda Meditation room, at left, for his twice daily prayers. The retreat is operated by the Ligmincha Institute. It is located off of Rockfish River Rd. near Faber,, and works to preserve Bon Buddhist traditions.


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Prayer flags flutter at the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center. It is believed that the blessings printed on the prayer flags are carried into the world by the wind.

“So, I’m a monk and my job is … to practice meditation and to help people – people who might be sick or [have] some problem or struggle,” said the jovial monk who just moved to the United States and started learning English four years ago. “I talk to them and do the ceremony and the rituals. Many people come to Serenity Ridge and they talk about their problems … The world is full of problems, but ourselves have to have happiness” The Serenity Ridge Retreat Center is part of the Ligmincha Institute, a nonprofit organization started in 1992 by Geshe Tenzin Wangyai Rinpoche. “As construction, renovations and landscaping have continued on the property, the contributions of labor by sangha members and the blessing of the land by visiting masters are seen and deeply felt in the serene beauty of the building and land,” reads the Web site for the retreat center. Geshe (which is a level of study similar to a PhD) Tenzin Rinpoche moved to Charlottesville in 1992 after falling in love with the city while on a visit from Rice University in Houston, TX where he performed research with grant and scholarship money. “I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains,” he said. He researched, and continues to research, for scholarly publications about the history and ancient texts of Bon Buddhism, but he also has published several more popular books. “It means more accessible mediation books,” he said. Bon Buddhism is an ancient form of Tibetan Buddhism – the country’s oldest spiritual tradition. “It includes teachings and practices applicable to all parts of life, including our relationship with the elemental qualities of nature; our ethical and moral behavior; the development of love, compassion, joy and equanimity; and Bon’s highest teachings of the “Great Perfection,” dzogchen,” according to Ligmincha’s Web site.


This Torma made of brightly colored dough is a representation of Red Garuda, a meditational Deity (above). Sue Davis-Dill, is the sales manager of Ligmincha Institute’s Bookstore & Tibet Shop, and Lee Hartline at Sue’s right, is the office administrator for the Ligmincha Institute and personal assistant to Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the founder of Ligmincha (above right).


Lhari-la Kalsang Nyima, Serenity Ridge’s residential monk, prays in the Garuda Meditation Room. The drum is used during the protector prayer, the purpose of which is to look out for all living beings. (above)

Shenla Okar, a Buddah in the Bon tradition, sits in the center of the shrine in the Garuda Meditation Room, surrounded by the sacred scriptures. (above)

Geshe Tenzin Wangyai Rinpoche started Ligmincha Institute in 1992. It is a nonprofit organization which runs the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center near Faber.

Bon, which is more than 17,000 years old, is older than Buddha himself. Rinpoche and Lhari-la met several years ago at the monastery in Nepal where Lhari-la was teaching art. “He has an international community of meditation centers,” said Lhari-la about Rinpoche. “So he sent me [an] invitation letter and he invited me to come to Mexico in 2006.” Rinpoche wanted Lhari-la, a talented artist, to paint the inside of a Stupa (a dome-shaped shrine) built by the Ligmincha Institute in 2006. After a year in Mexico, Lhari-la came here to Nelson, near where Rinpoche lives with his wife and son in Charlottesville. More than 15 years after moving to Virginia, Rinpoche knows that this is the place for him and for the headquarters of Ligmincha. “I think basically Serenity Ridge is the place where we are trying to work with nature and trying to work with the environment and trying to create a space that is very much peaceful,” said the Tibetan monk who spent most of his childhood in India. “People come from around the country and around the world to learn and grow [here]. It’s very selfhealing and [a place of] self-discovery, while at the same time, it’s a place this ancient knowledge can be preserved. It’s really a home base for people from all over the world in this tradition.” NCL


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Every morning Marcel McNicoll stands at the edge of a field behind his Afton home and takes a picture of Humpback Mountain. That view, that mountain, are two of his favorite things about moving to Nelson County this year. As McNicoll faces the mountain each morning, he stands with his back to the built-in-1840 house that he and his wife Danielle Savard left Silver Spring, MD to open up as the county’s newest bed and breakfast, Le Bleu Ridge, which hosted its first guests in October. “It was a bit crazy of us to open up a business in the middle of a recession,” McNicoll said. But he and Savard looked for years – in places like Puerto Rico and along the Chesapeake Bay – to find a place like the one the Quebec natives now own next door to the Flying Fox Winery along Virginia 151. (It was only by chance, while vacationing in the Shenandoah Valley, that they came through Nelson and got hooked.) The couple said they are taking the business, like their lives these days, slow. Savard, who is studying for a master’s degree in health and nutrition education, wants to make Le Bleu Ridge a center for “good healthy food.” Or what she called, “tasty healthy.” Part of her passion for turning people on to healthy eating comes from being diagnosed a decade ago with Type-II diabetes. “At the beginning, I didn’t know anything and I was scared,” Savard said. That diagnosis prompted her to lose weight and change the way she eats, she said. And it has prompted interest from people looking for a place that can cater to a diabetic diet. “I realized that we needed to experiment [with different foods],” she said. “You need to try things that make you feel better.” And her attention to dietary detail can be found in three-course breakfasts she prepares for guests where fruit is always served and the portions are not picture-menu-breakfast-joint overwhelming that can leave behind a sluggish feeling in its wake. No, these portions filling, diverse and the right size. On top of being all-natural or organic. During a recent visit breakfast included crepes – one of Savard’s specialties. With a renovation of the house planned for the spring, the couple is currently accepting guests into a room in the main house and into the historic cottage that sits between their house and the Flying Fox. In both places, guests will find organic linens and bedding to sleep on that face plenty of windows that have views of Humpback Mountain ... and, if they’re up early enough, possibly a look at the guy who keeps taking its picture. NCL

Marcel McNicoll and Danielle Savard, orginally from Quebec, Canada, purchased The Page House during the summer of 2009 and opened Le Bleu Ridge Bed and Breakfast. Part of what makes Le Bleu Ridge unique is that Savard is focusing on cooking local, organic and gluten free meals on site. JANUARY 2010 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 31

The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.

Is this program for me? • Are you curious about nature? • Do you enjoy the outdoors? • Do you want to make a difference in the environment? • Do you care about the natural areas and native species in your community?

If so, then yes, the program may be for you! 2010 Master Naturalist Training begins March 13 and concludes May 30. Training requires seven saturday sessions (9-4) of both classroom and field work plus Nature Camp the last weekend in May. Cost is $125 to cover instruction and materials. Contact Sarah Loken at or (434)277-8059 or the Nelson County Extension Office (434) 263-4035 to receive an application. Applications are due February 1, 2010. This program is open to all adults regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political belief, sexual orientation or marital or family status. Subject matter taught: Citizen Science, Soils and Geology, Soil Biology, Biogeography, Streams - Water Quality and Macroinvertebrates, Hydrology, Riparian Buffers, Forest Land Use, Wetlands, Herpetology, Ornithology, Entomology, Mammalogy, Wildlife Rehab, NativePlants/Invasives, Weather and Climate.

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 How to use an AllĂŠe A good way to draw attention and focus to a specific area of a landscape design is to use straight lines. Adding an allĂŠe to a landscape adds a particularly striking feature that you and your guests will enjoy while wandering through your gardens. An allĂŠe is a straight garden-walk defined by trees or hedges that leads to an eye catching focal point. There are several options for using an allĂŠe. To create an allĂŠe, start with a circular area 16 feet in diameter. Choose three small trees of the same species, such as Japanese Snowbell, and frame the area just outside the circle at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. The 12 o’clock space will be the entrance to the circle or outdoor room you are creating. Next, choose an evergreen shrub, such as boxwood, that will get no taller than 4 feet. Space five of these shrubs just in front of the three trees in the semi-circle formed from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock. These shrubs provide a backdrop to the focal point. The approach to this circular area is where the allĂŠe comes into play. Plant two lines of trees to form a ‘tunneled’ pathway to the 12 o’clock entrance. Some nice tree options are Crape Myrtles if you are going for deciduous or Cryptomeria if you would prefer evergreen. (If you are having trouble envisioning this, think of a lollypop – the allĂŠe is the ‘stick’ and the circular outdoor room is the ‘candy’.) Next add a central hardscape such as a patio or water feature inside your circular room as a focal point. The effect will be a stunning view down the allĂŠe to your focal point of choice. You can finish with seasonal color. A second option is to use the wall of a structure, such as a house or shed or even a high wall by itself, as one

of the lead-in lines of the allÊe. By using the wall of a structure for one line of the allÊe and a planting for the second line, an equally appealing design can be accomplished. As with the above option, an ending focal point is imperative. Begin by forming a circular area as done above in the first example. However, this time start at the end of your structure or wall. Plant your first tree about 7 feet away and at a 45 degree angle off the corner of your structure wall for your 3 o’clock spot or 9 o’clock spot depending on which side of the structure you are working. Then plant the other two in their respective 6 o’clock and 9 or 3 o’clock spots. (If you are having trouble envisioning this, we are doing the exact same thing as above yet this time we are using a structure as one of the tree lines so you have to form your circle at the end of the structure.) Once your circle is outlined, plant evergreen shrubs of your choice to fill in the circle and make a more secluded nook. Next pick the tree variety you would like to plant to form the second line in the allÊe, parallel to the wall, to form your tunnel. Now, because you are using a structure and the two lines of this allÊe are vastly different, you also need to pick another shrub variety to add to both sides in order to give them a similar character. These shrubs will be planted, equally spaced, against your structure. A sister to these shrubs will be planted opposite, intermittent with the trees. To finish your allÊe, place a hardscape such as a bench or bird bath in the center of your circle to provide a focal point and capture attention. Be creative in your choice of trees and shrubs and the location that they are planted to get the maximum effect of an allÊe in your landscape. Happy New Year!

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asktheDr. By Dr. Charles Cole Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Cole, My daughter brought home a note from the school nurse warning about Reye’s Syndrome. What is this all about? With cold and flu season upon us it is a good time to be reminded about this rare but serious condition. You probably remember being told not to give children aspirin or aspirin containing products. This is because of Reye’s Syndrome. Reye’s Syndrome affects all of the body’s organs but is most harmful to the brain and liver. The disorder commonly occurs during recovery from a viral infection. An acute increase in pressure in the brain develops and massive accumulations of fat occur in the liver and other organs. Symptoms may include persistent vomiting, listlessness, confusion, irritability, seizures and loss of consciousness. There is no cure for Reye’s Syndrome and the treatment is directed towards decreasing the pressure in the brain and limiting damage to other organs. Recovery from Reye’s Syndrome is variable and the outcome is determined by the amount of brain damage that occurs.

Aspirin is the major preventable risk factor for Reye’s Syndrome, although it is not known how aspirin triggers the illness. It is recommended that people under the age of 19 years not use aspirin containing products. Several over the counter medications contain aspirin, or salicylates, and it is important that you read the labels of medications that your children use. You might be surprised by some of them! Reye’s Syndrome is a rare but very serious condition that is associated with a viral illness and aspirin use. During this cold and flu season be sure that you are using caution when treating your sick children. Avoid aspirin and aspirin containing medications. If you are unsure if a medication is safe to use ask your pharmacist or call your physician. More information can be found at Dr. Charles Cole 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

Mindfulness in the New Year Call it what you will but as one year ends and a new one starts, we do tend to take stock of things in our lives. New Year’s resolutions. Goal setting. The 2010 Agenda. Getting a fresh start. It can be a time of reflection and a time where we put things into perspective. It can also be a daunting task as we may have the tendency to want to “do it all.” As someone who used to try to do it all (with perfection), with two young children, a small business and some volunteer work, I realized, during my daughter’s first year of life, that it is a completely unrealistic goal to get it all done. Accepting that realization and knowing I am not a failure because of it was a huge process and it didn’t happen overnight. What helped me in that process? Something called mindfulness. Mindfulness is described as many things but essentially it is attending to the moment at hand. That could mean giving someone your full attention when they are talking to you.

It could mean that we don’t try to multi –task so much but take pleasure and focus on one task at a time. It could mean that we pay attention to the aches in our body and address them. It could mean that we attend and acknowledge any emotions and feelings that we are having in a particular moment without self criticism. Mindfulness could also just mean taking a moment to sit and enjoy a beautiful day. Why is it so important? Research has shown that practicing mindfulness can improve outcomes for people suffering from ailments such as heart disease, anxiety or panic attacks, stress, chronic pain, cancer, HIV/AIDS, headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, menopause and weight management. In any health issue, there is a link between our emotional state and our physical state. How do you get started? Set aside 10 minutes for yourself everyday. Sit or lie comfortably. Become aware of your breath and breathe naturally. Attempt to clear your mind of all of your “To Do Lists” , worries or concerns.

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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.

This can be very hard to do at first but do not get frustrated as it takes some practice. Other tools are to write down your thoughts each day; keep a journal. Some folks learn mindfulness techniques in Yoga or Meditation

classes which can be helpful. Give it a try and give yourself some time and you will notice a difference in yourself and how you respond to others and to stress. Have a lovely New Year!




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) 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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leisureguide food&dining Ambrosia Bakery & Deli 2192 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.9661 Basement Bistro 632 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8305 Basic Necessities 2226 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1766 Blue Ridge Pig 2198 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1170 Chen’s 73 Calohill Dr., Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8865 Chirios Pizza Valley Shopping Center 2777 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.9188 Copper Mine Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8090 Devils Grill Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8100 The Edge Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8080 The Fountain Room at The Mark Addy 56 Rodes Farm Drive, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1101 The Java Depot 80 Mosby Run., Nellysford, VA • 434.361.0221 Lovingston Cafe 165 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8000 Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books 924 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.6660 Smoky’s Black Bear Cafe Wintergreen Resort • 434.227.4947 Stoney Creek Bar & Grill Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8110 Thai Mex II Valley Green Shopping Center, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1400 Thai Siam Take-Out 4137 Tye Brook Highway, Colleen, VA • 434.263.8577 Vito’s Italian Restaurant 8181 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8688 Vito’s Ristorante Italiano & Pizzeria 2842 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.9170

shuteye Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast 2256 Adial Rd, Faber, VA • 434.361.9357 Afton House Bed & Breakfast and Cottages 31 Afton Lane, Route 6 East, Afton, VA • 540.456.6759 Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast 10273 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA • 540.456.6844 Camp Blue Ridge Montebello, VA • 540.377.2413 Cox’s Creek Cottage 296 C & C Lane, Roseland, VA • 434.277.5566 Dutch Haus Bed & Breakfast 655 Fork Mountain Lane, Montebello, VA • 540.377.2119 Fallen Oak Bed & Breakfast 353 Mimosa Lane, Faber, VA • 434.361.1011 Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast 929 Wilson Hill Rd (Rt. 665), Arrington, VA • 877.263.7750


Horseshoe Mountain Lodge Roseland, VA • 434.361.2525 Le Bleu Ridge Bed & Breakfast 27 Chapel Hollow Road, Afton, VA • 434.361.1213 The Mark Addy 56 Rodes Farm Drive, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1101 The Meander Inn 3100 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1121 The Meeting Place 825 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Wintergreen, VA • 434.361.2380 Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort 15072 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA • 540.377.2650 North Fork Cottages 697 North Fork Road, Tyro, VA • 540.377.2007 The Orchard House Bed & Breakfast 9749 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.7747 Walton’s Mountain B&B 6401 Rockfish River Rd, Schuyler, VA • 434.831.1384 Resort Reservations & Country Cottages Afton, VA • 540.456.8300 Royal Oaks Cabins in the Mountains 45 Royal Oaks Lane, Love, VA • 800.410.0627 Sarah’s Mountain Retreat Cabin 406 Fish Hatchery Lane, Montebello, VA • 540.377.6458 Shadow Mountain Rentals 15644 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA • 757.424.2884 Simpson’s Hollow Bed & Breakfast 580 Simpsons Lane, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.6380 The White Pig Bed & Breakfast 5120 Irish Road, Schuyler, VA • 434.831.1416 Tye River Cabin 6011 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro, VA • 434.238.2430 Wintergreen Resort Wintergreen, VA • 800.266.2444


gifts&antiques Afton House Antiques 31 Afton House Lane, Afton, VA • 540.942.2993 a.m. FOG 9264 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA • 540.456.7100 Black Rock Gallery The Mountain Inn, Wintergreen, VA • 434.325.2200 x.8228 Blossom’s Flowers, Gifts & Crafts 911 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8227 Blue Moon Antique Mall & Bookstore 8230 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8890 Cat Rock Antiques 9704 Patrick Henry Hwy, Roseland, VA • 434.277.8049 Claudia’s Florist & Gifts 121 Main Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.5848 Kelly’s 5060 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Faber, VA • 434.361.1169 Foxfire Gifts 954 Beech Grove Road, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.2202 Garden Trade 71 River Road (Rt. 6), Faber, VA • 434.263.8786 Hughes Mews Antiques 2471 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA • 540.456.7237 Logos of Wintergreen Mountain Inn Lodge, Wintergreen, VA • 434.325.1125 Lovingston Antiques 924 Front St., Lovingston, VA • 434.263.6660 Mountain Vision Pottery 2019 Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA • 434.361.1725 Notforgotten Farm 3530 Tye River Road, Tye River, VA • 434.263.6508 Rockfish Gap Country Store Intersection of Rts 250 and 151, Afton, VA • 540.456.6112 SPCA Thrift Store 4791 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, VA • 434.263.8788

Afton Mountain Vineyards 234 Vineyard Lane, Afton, VA • 540.456.8667

Tuckahoe Antique Mall 4202 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.2121

Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Rt. 151), Afton, VA • 540.456.8020

Valley Green Gallery Valley Green Center (Rt. 151), Nellysford, VA • 434.361.9316

Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery 9423 Batesville Rd, Afton, VA • 540.456.8400


DelFosse Vineyards & Winery 500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA • 434.263.6100

a.m.FOG 9264 Critzer’s Shop Road, Afton, VA • 540.456.7100

Devils Backbone Brewing Company 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA • 434.361.1001

Critzer Family Farm 9388 Critzer Shop Road (Rt. 151), Afton, VA • 540.456.4772

Flying Fox Vineyard 27 Chapel Hollow Rd, Afton, VA • 434.361.1692

Dickie Brothers Orchard 2552 Dickie Road, Massies Mill, VA • 434.277.5516

Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1266

Drumheller’s Orchard 1130 Drumheller Orchard Ln., Lovingston, VA • 434.263.5036

Lovingston Winery 885 Freshwater Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8467

Fitzgerald’s Orchard 728 Harper’s Creek Lane, Tyro, VA • 434.277.5798

Mountain Cove Vineyards 1362 Fortunes Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.5392

Flippin-Seaman, Inc. – Seaman & Silver Creek Orchards 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA • 434.277.5824

Veritas Vineyards & Winery 145 Saddleback Farm, Afton, VA • 540.456.8000

Saunders Brothers Orchard 2717 Tye Brook Hwy (Rt. 56), Piney River, VA • 434.277.5455

Wintergreen Vineyard & Winery 426 Winery Lane, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.2519

The Apple Shed 14815 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8843


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This New Year’s Eve, there might be a few more partiers out and about thanks to Mountain Valley Taxi, a new taxi service in Wintergreen. Allen Lee recently realized that Nelson County was home to only one taxi service located in Lovingston – quite a haul from the mountain. And the guy who runs that one doesn’t work at night. So Allen saw a need to be filled – something he’s been doing a lot of lately. “I keep looking for niches that are not being filled by some other business on the mountain,” he said. In addition to the taxi service, Allen runs Smokey’s Black Bear Café in the Wintergreen Real Estate Office building. After a long career as a CPA and another one as a real estate agent, Allen moved up to Wintergreen to escape the monotony of office life. “And before I knew it, all my friends were here,” he said. “And I love the weather and I love the mountains.” So he stayed. He worked for eight years at Devil’s Grill at Wintergreen Resort before

deciding to open a place of his own this July, which happened in a very roundabout way. After he and a friend started touring Virginia historic sites within an hour’s drive, he realized that Nelson County could benefit from a tourism service, too. He approached the Wintergreen Real Estate office to see if they would be interested in working with him to start Virginia Adventure Tours. But while he was there, he discovered the empty café in the office and knew he could bring it back to life. What started as a pretty sparse, basic menu now includes North Carolina BBQ, sandwiches and Brunswick Stew – there’s something for everyone at Smokey’s – even free wifi – and Allen runs Mountain Valley Taxi and Virginia Adventure Tours (which he hopes to really start focusing on next summer) right out of the same building. He’s been pretty busy lately, but it’s been worth it. He, so far, has been able to do it all. “If I have a little bit of notice,” he said, “I can do anything.” NCL


Dining with a Mediterranean flair. Call for dinner reservations, 434-325-8090.

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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) JANUARY 2010 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 35


The snow that fell over Nelson County Friday evening December 18, through Saturday December 19, 2009 was one for the record books.

Tractor-trailers jackknifed on highways. Motorists either spent the night in their cars or inched their way home. One mom carried her toddler on her back up a steep snowy driveway.

If you were at home, that was a good place to be. Depending on where we sunk the yard stick, we got anywhere from 18 inches to 2 feet of snow in Greenfield.


Kelly Kahle, who lives next door to Rockfish Presbyterian Church, lost a green house in the storm. The snow accumulation you see here on Rt. 151 was only the beginning.

The Lloyds on Horseshoe Mountain woke up to more than 2 feet of snow.

Stranded motorist along Rt. 151 at Rockfish Presbyterian.

Joanie’s dog is getting around better than her car.

Joanie Saunders sent in this picture of her horses from her farm just south of Lovingston.


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friday friday january 1 january 15 New Year’s Day – Hair of the Dog Day Join Blue Mountain Brewery for a hair of the dog day on January 1st. Blue Mountain Brewery will be serving a spiced up BRUNCH along with our regular food menu on New Year’s Day. Hours are 11:30am8:00pm. Local Champagne Mimosas on the menu. 540-456-8020

Come sing and dine at the Lovingston Opry Dinner from 5 pm until 9 pm and karaoke from 7 pm until 11 pm. Enjoy a huge selection of music and prepare to dance the night away! No cover charge. 632 Front Street in Lovingston. 434-263-8305

saturday thursday january 7 january 16 Steal The Glass @ Blue Mountain Brewery Come out to the first 2010 Steal the Glass day. Every First Thursday of Every Month. All day long you can purchase a $5 brew and you get to keep the logo glass it comes in. No limit on glasses. 540-456-8020

friday january 8 Jan Smith at The Java Depot You have yet another chance to hear singer.songwriter supreme, Jan Smith! Don’t miss it – Jan is here from 7-9 pm to support music in coffee shop venues plus the Depot has great acoustics. Have dinner or dessert as well as a chai tea or cappuccino in our COZY, WARM old depot. 7pm. 80 Mosby Run, corner 151 and 664. 434-361-0221 Come sing and dine at the Lovingston Opry Dinner from 5 pm until 9 pm and karaoke from 7 pm until 11 pm. Enjoy a huge selection of music and prepare to dance the night away! No cover charge. 632 Front Street in Lovingston. 434-263-8305

tuesday january 12 Dine Out for RRES! Devils Backbone Brewing Company will donate 25% of the price of the food and non-alcoholic beverage amount, one Tuesday night a month from January through May, 2010, for all diners who present them with the linked Dine Out for RRES flier for the following dates: Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11. Mark your calendars! 4pm. Rts. 151 & 664 in Nelson County. 434-361-1001


Wintergreen Winery Wine & Cheese Pairing Wintergreen Winery will conduct a Wine and Cheese Pairing on Saturday, January 16th at 6pm. Guests will be presented with a guided informative tasting of each of the winery’s selected wines paired with domestic and imported artisanal cheeses. The evening will be hosted and presented by owners/vintners Jeff and Tamara Stone. Limited space is available for this popular after hours event and reservations are necessary. $15 per person includes a Wintergreen Winery wine glass with wine and cheese samplings of ten hand crafted wines paired with over a dozen different cheeses. 6pm. 462 Winery Lane (off Route 664 – Beech Grove Road) 434-361-2519 Lovingston Farm Market The Lovingston Farm Market moves indoors to the Nelson Center Great Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food for sale and musical entertainment. 434-263-8074

saturday january 30 The Lovingston Opry: Creeksyde Mix of rock n’ roll from Stone Temple Pilots, Match Box 20, Creed, Marshall Tucker and many more. Open for dinner at 5 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $10. 632 Front Street in Lovingston. 434-263-8305

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.

Nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit like touring three homes decked out for the holidays. The tour, sponsored by Wintergreen Performing Arts, featured homes in Stoney Creek. In keeping with holiday tradition, the group also presented a A Blue Ridge Christmas: The Virginia Consort, at nearby Rockfish Presbyterian Church.

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G REAL ESTATE 3 Bedroom 2-1/2 bath custom built home in Stoney Creek, in Nellysford Custom built in 2004 this home features all of the top of the line ameneties. Granite counter tops, gas fireplace, range and hotwater heater. Posted By: Ben Butler 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 434-531-8888 $1800/mo 856 Hickory Creek brick ranch w/ basement, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, hardwood floors, washer/dryer hookup, central air, oil heat, no inside pets, on 2 acres, 20 mi. to C’ville $925/mo. Posted By: Charlotte Smith 22938 - Faber 434 263 4094 $925/mo Affordable rent, close to Charlottesville One room efficiency apartment located on the quiet town of Ivy. Carpet throughout main room, lots of closet space, and large windows give you tons of natural light. Water, Trash and sewage included in rent. Gym membership and a rec room with movie theater for you and your friends. Prefect location, just 5mins to crozet, and I short drive to Charlottesville, or Nelson. Please call me to set up a viewing.Posted By: Sarah 22945 - Ivy (214) 384-4784 $540/mo

ANTIQUES Hand hewn log cabin 20 x 20 oak and chestnut cabin with one 4×7 opening. Cross stacked and dry in storage. Extra pine and poplar logs to go with cabin as well. 10 logs high, face of logs ranging from 10” to 18”. Also have lots of barn wood, old oak siding, poplar and pine flooring and old metal roofing. Located in Shipman. Posted By: MARTY HARBIN 22971 - Shipman/ Rockfish 540.589.5012 $6000.00 SOLD! - Antique Iron & Brass Fancy Bed Great antique iron & brass bed from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Was painted a nice shade of white ~ Could be touched up or repainted. Is missing one small finial but I think we have a good substitution. Headboard measures 54 inches stall by about 50 inches wide. Rails are 73 inches long. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age. Good Condition. www. Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $150 Antique Pie Safe ~ Punched Tins ~ Central VA We found this piesafe in Nelson County Virginia. It probably dates from the first half of the 1800s. The drawer was hand dovetailed & hand chamfered. All of the poplar boards were hand planed. Has 6 tins in front that Post it online

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were hand punched. Looks like a wagon wheel design. Was probably painted & then refinished long ago ~ Has remnants of old paint. Looks like the back 2 feet were reinforced but this isn’t an issue to us especially since it is a primitive/country piece. Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434295-9496 $395

of pine & was probably originally cottage painted & later picked up the greenish gray it is now. Looks good to us. Has had some restoration over the years with some replaced drawer bottoms ~ nicely done. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age. Good Condition Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $115

SOLD! – Antique Enamel Cement Sign Great old or antique enamel on steel sign. Reads “Security Portland Cement” ~ In small print reads “Balto Enamel and Nov Co. Balto & 200 Fifth Ave NW”. Measures 6 feet long by 20 inches tall. Shows lots of evidence of use, wear & age (see pics) ~ Pretty Good Condition. www. Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $180

Pair of Antique Pressed Back Chairs Great pair of solid wood pressed back chairs Measure 36 inches tall by 16 ½ inches wide by 14 inches deep~ Seats are 17 inches off of the floor. Date from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Looks like mixed woods including oak with a golden oak finish. Show normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434295-9496 $60

SOLD! – Lg Old/Vintage Champion Spark Plug Metal Sign Great large & heavy old/vintage Champion Spark Plug metal sign. Reads “Rake’s Body Shop Champion”. Measures about 5 feet wide by 41 inches tall. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Pretty Good Condition. Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $95 Hand Painted Clipper Ship Headboard ~ Central Virginia Great hand painted wooden headboard. Would mount to a metal bed frame (full size). Has a clipper ship anchor etc.. Measures just over 5 feet tall by 54 inches wide. Probably once had posters going up on each side/end. Someone could put croquet balls on it to look like cannon balls. Shows lot of evidence of use, wear & age. Good Condition . www.covesvillestore. com Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $95 Antique Oak Chest of Drawers Painted Green Great oak bow front chest of drawers from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Measures 33 inches tall by 40 inches wide by 20 inches deep. Has glass knobs that look great. Was painted a nice shade of green that we like. Or you can repaint it. Bottom drawer is a little tight but still works. Shows lots of evidence of use, wear & age. Good Condition www. Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $125 Antique Chest of Drawers ~ Carved Pulls ~ Shabby Great antique chest of drawers with carved figural pulls. Probably dates from the 1870s to 1880s. Measures 34 inches tall by 38 inches wide by 17 inches deep. Made

Antique Oak Spoon Carved Chest of Drawers Great antique oak chest of drawers that probably dates from the 1880s to 1890s. Decoration was carved by hand. Measures 36 inches wide by 30 inches tall by 17 inches deep. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $125 SOLD! – Antique Grain Bin ~ Covesville Virginia Great antique bin for grain, flour, feed or something similar. Looks like it dates from the late 1800s, maybe the 1880s. Measures 34 inches tall by 27 inches wide by 18 inches deep. Lid just sets in place & never had hinges. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $150 Old/Vintage French Patio Set ~ Charlottesville Virginia Great old 5 piece patio set with strong French lines. Made of cast aluminum. Shows nice wear overall. Could be repainted or left as is for a Shabby Chic look. To give you an idea of size, the table top measures 38 inches in diameter by 28 inches tall. The chairs are original to the table & are proportional in size. This is a great set in good shape Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $150

SPORTING GOODS 16 ft Crestliner Super Hawk Fishing Boat w Honda 4-stroke One owner welded metal “lifetime” hull, walk-thru windshield; full canvas for all-weather fishing. Matched trailer with spare tire. Honda 4 stroke; low hours and in great shape. Comes with new GPS/fishfinder and extras. Garage


Bank some Green!

kept…need the room! MSRP $7,499. Posted By: H. B. Graves 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 434-989-1044 $5500 21 ft Chinook Motor Home One owner; I will sell now or drive another 100,000+ miles. Currently 94k miles and in excellent condition. Honest 13mpg. Loaded…sleeps 2 – 4 but is really a 2 person, very high end RV. $100,000 new. 3 burner gas stove; fridge/freezer; safe; roof air; heat; bath with shower; Corian counters with 2 basin sink; solid oak cabinets; dinnette and couch; hitch; solar panel; always carefully maintained in top condition. Power seats, ready for the road. Posted By: H. B. Graves 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-989-1044 $28,000

SERVICES Piano Sales and Service ( Tuning and Repairs) New and Used Pianos For Sale at Great Savings! All pianos come with warranty. Piano Tuning and Repairs at afforadable prices. Posted By: Joel Cook NELSON COUNTY (434) 9465344 $75 AND UP Rockin\’ All Nite Long DJ Services Website: WWW.D-J4U.COM. Rockin\’ All Nite Long offers music for any occasion, with an almost unlimited variety of music from the 1920s up. We are available for Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Engagements, Graduations, Holidays, Retirements, Reunions, Retreats, Company functions, Community events, Fund raisers, and other special occasions. Please call us at 540.885.6614 or e-mail us at and tell us about your plans. Posted By: Al Leichter AUGUSTA COUNTY 540.885.6614 $400 AND UP

HOME & GARDEN Baldwin Console Piano For Sale Baldwin Console Piano For Sale with beautiful walnut finish. Like-New condition. Terrific Sound. Looks great. Comes with matching bench. Can arrange delivery. Posted By: Joel Cook NELSON COUNTY (434) 946-5344 $2450 OBO Steinway Grand Piano Model L For Sale with lovely Queen Ann cabinet Steinway Grand Piano Model L For Sale. Like New! Comes with full warranty. Fantastic Sound. Excellent Touch. Looks Great. Beautiful walnut finish. Posted By: Joel Cook NELSON COUNTY (434) 9465344 $29,500 OBO Firewood Firewood seaoned and split to face cord specs. Not sure what a face cord is? Check out for

information on firewood cords and specs. We did. $75 per face cord or $95 delievered within 10 miles of your location. Call us for details. Posted By: Dempsey 22920 - Afton (434) 263-6135 $75 you pick up

PETS Labrador Retriever pups AKC reg. yellow, male pups, available Jan 10th. Home raised, fabulous dispositions. Parents and grandparents here with us. Great family dogs; not huge, med. size. Posted By: Gwen Casale 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 434-263-5025 $500 peekapoopoms I have a boy and girl,has had first shots and dewormed. Very beautiful puppies. Posted By: Melinda 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 434-996-3089 $150 yorki-mix I have 2 boys and 1 girl,will be ready the week of christmas,will be small. Posted By: Melinda 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 434-996-3089 $300

SPORTING GOODS Kayak-Dagger RPM Dagger-RPM Kayak with spray skirt and paddle. Very good condition. Posted By:Bo Holland 22920 - Afton 434-760-3090 $400.00

MUSIC guitar yamaha guitar, model fg- 730, in new cond., with custom upgrade. Posted By: t. c. harvey 24599 - Wingina 434-3528763 $300.00

MOVING SALE Huge moving sale! High end stuff! Antiques, equine collectables, vintage mahogony dining set, men and ladies desks, cherry queen bedroom set, high end accessories, vintage ski set, collectable world globe bar, king size iron bed, 12-14 foot pre-lit christmas tree, armoire, art decco shower door, some still in boxes – too much to list. Posted By: Barbara Funke 22920 - Afton 434-361-9195 $1 and up

WANTED Horse Manure Wanted Afton area horse manure wanted for blue mt. Brewery hop yard…will pick up stan. Posted By: STAN DRIVER 22920 - Afton 434-760-0550 $FREE Locust Posts Wanted 50 locust posts 16 Feet long and 5 inches at small end. Posted By: STAN DRIVER NELSON COUNTY 434-760-0550 $will discuss


Real Estate III sells 1 home every 3 hours!

We have more than 250 highly qualified agents and here are three who specifically specialize in Nelson County and Wintergreen: Sara McGann • 434-996-4962 • A life long resident of Nelson County, Sara McGann and her husband Benji live in Nellysford and spend most of their time raising three-year-old Zachary. Proud to call Nelson County home, Sara loves introducing new folks to this area. She’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to things Nelson. With experience in property management at Wintergreen, Sara is very familiar with the Resort’s Mountain and Stoney Creek properties. A Realtor since 2004, Sara’s integrity and professionalism is unsurpassed. Sara’s clients describe her as “Caring, Professional, Attentive, Consistent, and overall a top notch agent.” But don’t take their words for it…See for yourself.

Erwin Berry • 434-325-7143 • Erwin began a Realtor with Real Estate III in 2006 and has demonstrated his competence and commitment to his clients, having successfully represented both Buyers and Sellers at Wintergreen Resort, Nelson and Augusta Counties. Clients, Jim Carroll and Linda Queen wrote: “Over the years we have employed two dozen realtors and can say without hesitation that Erwin is, hands down, the most professional individual we’ve dealt with. Throughout the process he was always prepared, dependable, forward thinking, knowledgeable and ethical.” “...Put all this together and you have a genuine focus on endto-end customer service and on getting results.”

Marlo G. Allen • 434-996-3525 •

Marlo is a true local gal to Nelson County. She grew up picking blackberries on Berry Hill, camping on Pilot Mountain, fishing Spruce Creek, swimming in the Rockfish, and canoeing the James. After obtaining a graduate degree from Virginia Tech in Crop and Soil Environmental Science, Marlo was Executive Director of a non-profit organization and later a manager at a Fortune 500 Company. Besides being a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery of Nellysford, Marlo is also a recognized and trusted name in real estate throughout Nelson County and Wintergreen. As a client shared “Marlo is a shining example of what customer service is all about.” Marlo is “That Girl” in Nelson!

Let us help you find your wonderland in Nelson County.

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


Nelson County Life, Issue #58  

Nelson County Life, Issue #58 (January 2010)

Nelson County Life, Issue #58  

Nelson County Life, Issue #58 (January 2010)