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P.O. Box 747/3079 Rockfish Valley Highway | Wintergreen, V A 22958 | (434) 361-0500 (800) 325-2200  NELSON COUNTY LIFE DECEMBER 2010


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99 Beech Drive

Slopeside 3 BR Treeloft in excellent condition including architectural shingles on roof. Only a few steps to the lighted slope. Dramatic winter views. The loft (listed as 3rd bedroom) provides great kids’ space. Furnished with some exclusions. $399,000 WPI

COME SEE OUR NEW LOOK!! Freshly updated interior. Watch the sun rise and set from this gracious 4 BR home that offers unobstructed 200-degree mountain scenes. Located off desirable Devils Knob Loop, you will cherish calling this spectacular property with extensive English cottage gardens “home.” Multi-level decks offer indoor-outdoor living. $899,000 WPI

Diamond Hill 952

Overlook 1627

27 E. Elkwood Drive

Cozy mountain cabin with two spacious living areas, 3 BR, and 3 BA. Backs up to a large expanse of open space. Wooded, private setting. Stone fireplace. Offered fully furnished with a few exclusions. Very well maintained. $359,000 WPI Call Ben Hernandez 434 466-4148

Three Ridges 476

You can see forever from this top floor condo! Look out over skiers in the winter and the fireworks in the summer. With 4 BR (2 Master suites) and 4 BA, there is lots of room for family and friends. Close to golf, tennis, Devils Grille and the Wintergarden Spa. Rental history available. Sold furnished. Great price! $420,000 WPI Call Julie Bendle 434 996-8669

What a great location year round! In winter you are ski front so you can just roll out of bed and on to the slopes. Walk to swimming, dining, kids programs, shopping and the many outdoor festivals. Watch the mountains changing colors and stroll to the crafts fair and wine festival. Furnished and ready to enjoy. 2 BR/2 BA. $249,000 WPI Call Pam McKeithen 434 906-0426

Vistas 1557

WALK TO SKI! Just in time for the season. End unit in great condition and very nicely furnished. This is a proactively managed association with very low fees. Compare this price with the location of a short walk to skiing and the amenities of the Mountain Inn village. $89,000 Call John McKeithen 434 906-0427

Laurelwood 710

High Ridge 1708 One of the premier condos at Wintergreen offering panoramic, long distance views. Unit features two bedrooms and two full baths. Bright, open floor plan with a wood burning fireplace and views from every window in the great room. Minimal steps into the unit. Sold furnished. $279,900 WPI

Gorgeous views greet you from every window as soon as you enter this beautiful 2 BR, 2 BA condo. Full sized deck allows you to relax in the fresh mountain air while enjoying the panoramic views. Spacious kitchen with lots of counter space as well as a full breakfast bar. Easy access with minimal steps. Tastefully furnished. $269,000 WPI Call Chastity Morgan 434 941-5883

New paint and carpet compliment this 1 BR, 1 BA unit within walking distance of the Blackrock Market, Mountain Inn, and slopes. Access to Laurelwood’s private pool. Furnished. $109,900

NELSON COUNTY 463 Horizons Village Road

492 School House Lane

1127 Jenny’s Creek Road Charming and private16 ac farm with incredible Blue Ridge views. A bold “Jennys Creek” (great pond site) runs thru the property. Perfect for horses! Four fenced pastures, a hay/equipment barn and a run-in shed. One level living with 3 BR, 2 BA, a gorgeous paneled den with parquet floors and ceiling and a screened porch. Superb building site on adjacent pasture. $275,000

Mountain views from every room! From the warm and welcoming entry, one enters to find a dramatic, architect designed home with timber frame elements. A wall of windows offers an expansive mountain and garden panorama. The detached two car garage has a one bedroom apartment above. The home is sited and designed for passive solar gain. Gracious room sizes inside; beautiful gardens outside combine to offer the best of southern living. Must be seen to be fully appreciated. Add’l 5 acres available. $599,000 Call Charlie Wineberg 434 996-7336

This 3 BR Virginia farmhouse is located on 9 acres with beautiful mountain views. Hardwood and tile flooring, soapstone countertops in kitchen and lovely koi pond and patio. Mature landscaping with many mature beds. Many outbuildings on the property, one of which is a 1500 sq. ft guest house. Excellent rental or living space for a caretaker. $464,999


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Television is so yesterday

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Oooh, we’re getting all Christmassy!


bottles schmottles A team in Afton knows what Mongolia can do with all of its glass.

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walk this way The racewalker on Taylor Creek Road.


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 ................................... 35 classifieds ................................... 38 comics.........................................39

on the cover Photographer: Hayley Osborne For the past 20 years, a Nelson County family has been making gingerbread houses from scratch. Story begins on page 10.

thepublishers We’re getting a pretty good idea of what the kids and the critters may want from Santa for Christmas. Jerky would like 400 acres, a mix of pasture and woods, so that he can get away and take a break from Adam who tries to ride him like a pony at every opportunity. Give him some space and Jerky may very well indeed write the Great American Novel one day. Nick would be thrilled if Santa brought him a Mrs. Nick Stafford. He’s half the beagle man he used to be but he still likes to look. Angelo the cat would like a room full of servants to attend to his every wish. And it would be quite alright for this room to be the baby’s nursery as he has taken to enjoying afternoon naps inside the crib’s pull-out drawer. Adam would like autonomy. For a two-year-old, that means permission from his parents to do the following things: • Scream at the top your lungs in public places • Climb in his baby sister’s car seat as mother tries to buckle her in • Eat nothing but apples and saltines for the rest of your life And then there’s Peyton. Poor little sweet, innocent Peyton.

Each day, she holds her head a little higher and opens her eyes a little wider. It’s a funny world, isn’t it? At breakfast, she has a brother who greats her in her swing, only to ditch her with an ecstatic scream when he realizes there’s french toast and strawberries on the table. In the afternoon, she has a kitty cat teaching her the art of napping. When she’s awake, she has dogs that lick her baby sugar. At night, she has two exhausted parents who turn into a couple once all the kids and critters are in bed. Come to think of it, Santa has already visited this house. Merry Christmas! Yvette and Tommy Stafford




Family, Friends and Fine Ales. Danny Wolf of Wild Wolf Brewing Company in Nellysford conducts an all-grain brewing demo for a crowd: a double blonde ale. Wild Wolf, Nelson County’s third brewery, opened last month.

Enjoy the Holidays with Lights Out Holiday Ale available on draft and in six-packs. 9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Rt. 151) Afton, Virginia 540-456-8020 Open 7 Days a Week


Local singersongwriter Sally Rose performs at Blue Mountain Brewery on a Sunday afternoon. Blue Mountain is releasing a seasonal brew for the holidays called Lights Out.

basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz

Holiday Wines The holidays traditionally offer opportune grounds to break out the good stuff or try an array of slightly different wines, for not only do the holidays call for the gathering of family and friends, but also the abundance of food with its accompanying indulgent attitude, lends itself well to special wines. If you’ve been buying the same wine from Kroger or Whole Foods, spark up your life and try something new this season. Roland Champion, Blanc des Blancs, Grand Cru - Roland Champion is a ‘grower champagne’ meaning a champagne produced by an individual farmer. Grower champagnes differ from the grandes marques—conglomerates like MoĂŤt et Chandon, Veuve Cliquot ,Mumm, etc., names with which so many of us are familiar and which we erroneously think are the only champagne—in that grapes come often from single vineyard plots and offer that glimpse of individuality and terroir. Roland Champion is located in the Grand Cru Village of Chouilly, one of 312 champagne villages of which only seventeen are designated Grand Cru. Daughter Carole Champion, who paid Basic Necessities a visit, represents


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the fourth generation to continue with the property. Currently, all her wines are 100% pre-sold to an adoring French clientele and a few lucky Americans. This is a delicate Blanc des Blancs (meaning made from all Chardonnay) with a yeasty nose and beautiful balance. Aromatics include almonds, hazelnuts and toasted bread. Elegant as an aperitif, or equally, paired with light dishes. National retail price is $65.99. Our holiday sale price for this lyrical champagne is $40. Domaine Weinbach, Riesling, CuvÊe Sainte Catherine, 2008 – May I once again sing the praises of the Alsatian Rieslings and Gewßrztraminers for food pairing? These age-worthy whites, often high in both sugar and acidity, will repeatedly pair better with your turkey or ham than that Grenache or Shiraz. I began the meal on Thanksgiving with a bottle of the Weinbach’s, CuvÊe Sainte Catherine, appropriately significant as the feast day of Sainte Catherine (patron saint of philosophers and unmarried women) is November 25th. Weinbach is a producer of the highest quality and integrity, using all biodynamic principles and low yields. Riesling, the king of grapes in Alsace, is much maligned

elsewhere, due to the many knockoffs or inferior bottlings. If you’ve been wary of Rieslings in years past, Weinbach should help you form a favourable opinion of this remarkable grape. As it warmed up in the glass, this complex wine evolved showing the hallmark Riesling petrol notes on the nose at the beginning, but finished with aromas of honey, citrus, mineral and pear. Vibrant, with a long, rich and layered finish. $63 Patricia Green, Pinot Noirs, 2009 (Willamette Valley) – Every great meal needs a great Pinot Noir, and Patricia Green represents some of the finest. Balcombe – symbolic of the best vineyards of the Dundee Hills. Soft and smooth with notes of stewed cherries and vanilla. Guaranteed to be memorable. $40. Estate Vineyard, Etzel Block – Look for notes of wet stone, raspberry compote, fresh cherries and gun powder. Stunning. $66. Also, Reserve $29; Estate $39; Four Winds $36; Olenik $36; Whistling Ridge $40; and the glorious Notorious $80 (but it won’t last long!) Join Kay in the Southern Rhône Valley in April 2011.

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Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery had a record turn-out for its annual Oyster Festival, churning out 8500 raw and steamed oysters to visitors. And that’s not counting the fried and stewed oysters.

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3216 North Ridge; #482633 $154,000 Popular Resort Rental: Rare 1BR Condo with 2FB. Sold Furnished. Walk-Out Patio & Close to Amenities

5 Rockfish Heights; #482633 $149,000 Great valley & mountain views with a flat building site. Low fees and lots of privacy.

59 Timber Ridge: #478634, $629,000 GOLD Rated Resort Rental. 5BR Beautiful Home, Sold Furnished. Upgrades!


694 Front Street; #478791 $215,000 3BR, 1BA home. Original bead-board wood siding. The yard stretches back to Court Street. ROSELAND

385 Gunter Hollow Lane; #482047 $109,000 3BR House and 4.1 acres. Road frontage on a public road. Owner is selling “AS IS”. UNDER CONTRACT

Cub Creek Road; #472458 $249,000 Views of both Three Ridges & The Priest. Multiple building sites with long road frontage.


North Fork Road; #482200 $ 109,500 Secluded 10 wooded Ac. borders the Big Pannell Creek. Close to the GWNF. SHIPMAN

877 Williamstown Road; #482621 $88,500 Great starter 3 BR 1 BA ranch home w/spacious kitchen on 2.60 level ac.with a fenced yard. SOLD! – LOVINGSTON

447 Lake View Lane; #479573 $179,900 Sold in 2010 Home on 1.6 acres


James River Road; #482124 $119,000 Almost like New. Local Mountain views. Near James River. Hunting area. SHIPMAN

79 Church Street; #478637 $199,500 Open living area & spacious BRs. All appliances convey, carport & storage shed. SOLD! – ROSELAND

1246 Carter Hill Road; #466061 $537,000 Sold in 2010 Home on 55 acres

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Betty Brown will be selling gingerbread house packets complete with the recipe and patterns at Mac’s Country Store in Roseland. Complete houses will also be available, baked and assembled by Betty and decorated by her daughter, Florence. Incidentally, Florence couldn’t make it to the photo shoot because she was busy with a brand new baby. Congrats!

Betty Brown is a grandmother this Christmas. And making gingerbread houses from scratch is a family tradition. It started about 20 years ago when Betty’s daughter, Florence, was about four or five years old. And in the two decades or so since then, not much has changed. Well, maybe just one thing. “They’re a lot prettier now,” said Florence, who just had her second child. Betty, who co-owned the Farm Basket in Lynchburg at the time, saw a fabulous display of gingerbread houses at a candy show in Philadelphia. Then, as luck would have it, Betty read about a woman in Stuarts Draft who made beautiful gingerbread houses. Wanting to display them at her store, she asked the woman to share her “magic” recipe. “And she very nicely had us over for the afternoon and she shared it with us,” recalled Betty. But this nice woman didn’t share only the recipe – she shared the pattern, too, which comes complete with a little dog house to put in the yard. (Betty has made little dog houses en masse for her elementary school classes and several other group functions.) Betty, who now owns Mac’s Country Store in Roseland, knows that some people are perfectionists about their gingerbread houses, attempting to recreate historic homes or create the perfect candy land. That’s alright for some people, but Betty says it’s not for her.

“I do mine just to have fun,”

Betty said, noting that her daughter is the family decorating expert. As much as she likes decorating – and eating – her works of art, Florence said her favorite part of making the gingerbread houses every year is definitely the family tradition. Even though Florence is the family expert, everyone gets in on the fun and Betty can’t wait to decorate gingerbread houses with her granddaughters when they get a little bit older. And even though Betty claims that her daughter’s houses are the pretty ones, she certainly gets into the decor of her tiny, edible houses. Over the years, Betty has developed some pretty cool ideas for sprucing up her creations. “You can take a sugar ice cream cone and put green icing on it and it can be a tree,” said Betty, although her daughter prefers to cover the cone in white icing and douse it with green sprinkles. Betty tries to use fresh candy from specialty shops, but she said that there are hidden gems in

every candy aisle in the country. She has used stick pretzels for light posts, Necco candies for shingles, and Cowtails for firewood. And this year, for the first time, she’s going to string together some Rice Crispies to make Christmas lights. “I’ve always had my eyes open,” said the shop owner. Florence, too, is a traditionalist who usually opts for the traditional Christmas candies like peppermints and mini candy canes. But the chocolate lover in her can’t resist thrown some M&Ms in from time to time. But her favorite decoration? The little silver balls called nonpareils. “It’s like edible glitz and glam,” she said. Betty knows that people don’t like to eat the houses she makes. They’re a lot of work, buts he says she makes them just so that people will eat them. And seeing a house made entirely out of cookies and candy? For Betty, that’s all the reward she needs.

“I think that makes a child’s eyes sparkle.” And that’s a gift. NCL





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Your Table is Ready!

Wintergreen Performing Arts presents a display of festive table tops Sunday, December 5, 2010 1:00-5:00 pm Tuckahoe Clubhouse Stoney Creek at Wintergreen Nellysford, Virginia Admission: $20 Vendors will be on hand for your holiday shopping, and holiday greens will be available for purchase. *****

A Blue Ridge Christmas: The Virginia Consort

Sunday, December 12, 2010 4:00 pm Rockfish Presbyterian Church Nellysford, Virginia Admission: $30 For details, visit or phone: (434) 325-8292


Former Barnum & Bailey ringmaster-turned preacher Rev. Jim Lavender visited children at the Rockfish Valley Vol. Fire Dept. as part of his Thank God for Kids tour. Lavender uses the animals, all of which are rescues, to teach children about Christianity.





The Governors’ homecoming win against Chatham, 42-20, wasn’t enough to end the season on the winning side. Their record this year: 1-9.

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)






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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)

VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WILL SPONSOR Master Gardener Training in Nelson County this spring. Tuesday & Thursday mornings, 9am-12 noon, February 8 – April 7, 2011

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)

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Location: 1127 Jennys Creek Rd, Roseland, Virginia Offered at: $275,000 Comments: Charming 16 ac farm with incredible Blue Ridge views. A bold “Jennys Creek” (great pond site) 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 3 BR, 2 BA, a gorgeous panelled den with parquet floors and ceiling and a screened porch with magnificent vistas. Superb building site on the adjacent pasture. Min. to Lovingston & Wintergreen Resort. Very private location. Contact: Julie Bendle Mountain Area Realty 434-996-8669


Location: 179 Waters Edge Ln, Nellysford, Virginia Offered at: $829,000 Comments: The Lake House. A setting reminiscent of Georgica Pond, in East Hampton. Interiors mirroring the glass houses of Pacific Heights, overlooking the bay. Spanish cedar custom entry. Master suite w/lake views, master bath w/granite, tile, radiant heat flooring. Fireplace. Sleek, minimalist, gallery-like atmosphere. A tiered-approach design w/each level revealing itself in layers. The Lake House, is for lovers, of contemporary design. Exquisitely furnished. Designed/constructed for $1.1 million, WPI Contact: Thomasina Shealey Roy Wheeler -Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties 434-325-8018

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A fall tradition, riders gathered at Oak Ridge Estate for Opening Hunt. Congratulations to Stuart Jones for receiving the Jean Beegle award.

Face painting and a moon bounce were among several attractions at this year’s Community Day held at the UVA Community Credit Union branch in Nellysford.

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2214 Tanners Ridge

Get in on the Mountain fun and relaxation with this mid-level, two bed, golf-front condo. Cozy up to the wood burning fireplace in the winter, and in summer, step out on the deck and enjoy the panoramic greenscape of the 12th fairway. Walk to the Wintergarden spa, pools, fitness center, Nature Foundation. Two minute drive to golf, tennis, ski slopes or catch the shuttle bus. Offered at $128,999. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (482425)

27 Pine Siskin

Built in 2006 with luxury finishes, energy efficiency, and upgraded systems. Extraordinary opportunity. Features: Granite and marble tile throughout baths, stainless appliances, hardwood floors, gorgeous golf views, plantation shutters, custom front door and stained glass, wet bar, home theater, two fireplaces (gas & wood). Interior design by Steadman House. Offered at $745,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (482412)

420 Three Ridges. Listed for $155,000



24 Wintergreen Drive

Perfect for large families, multiple families or rental investors. Brand new, top of the line, private elevator, lots of sq ft and flexible floor plan. The location could not be better. Walk to the spa, fitness/aquatics center, nature center/Cafe. Ski shuttle pick-up is right there! Golf and tennis around the corner. Mountain Inn and restaurants are so close. Call for details. Quality construction/large sq footage - it’s a great value. $599,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 (456496)

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32 Blackrock Circle. Listed for $344,000




609 White Oak

Ski condo w/rental revenue for sale! Beautiful interiors, 2 bd, 2 ba, great room, wood-burning fireplace, master suite, walk to The Mountain Inn, skiing, shopping, dining, the perfect ski get-a-way! Rental revenue history (gross revenue) 2007 ($14, 281.54) 2008 ($14,080.40), 2009 ($11,462.44) Enjoy your weekends on the mountain & rental revenue when you are away, WPI, Slopes opening soon! Offer price: $165,000 Contact Thomasina Shealey, REALTOR, mobile: 703.328.8680, email:, (477412)

286 Chestnut Place

Remarkable lot with mountain and ski slope views on a street of significant mountain homes. Lightly trafficked cul-de-sac translates to peaceful enjoyment of this amazing Blue Ridge Mountain setting. Less than a 5 minute drive to golf, tennis, skiing, dining, and spa services. Bring your own builder or call for recommendations. Build now or hold for investment. Offered at $189,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (460492)

1535 Cliffs. Listed for $238,700

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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. $45,000. Call Joan Mummery 434-531-5033. (460328)


139 Pinnacle. Listed for $349,000




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)

95 Gumtree Drive (lot). Listed for $15,900




87 Firtree Drive

What an incredible value for a home with winter views of the Rockfish Valley. Priced to sell, this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home conveys furnished and features a spacious great room and dining room combination with vaulted ceiling. Large windows and deck. New carpet throughout. Located close to the Mountain Inn Village. WPI. Reduced! $339,900. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (473915)







21 Indian Point Trail Stunning 4BR home with many custom features and amenities. Enjoy the deck, great room, two stone fireplaces, private spa, excercise room and wine tasting room. Lots of bonus space with a second den and loft library/game room. Soaring windows with views. $999,000. Call Joan Mummery 434-531-5033 (466188)




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146 Squirrel Tree. Listed for $289,500




442 Cedar Glen Close. Listed for $470.000


2073 Stone Ridge 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 $237,900. Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293. (464279)

1296 Stoney Creek West

Timber Frame & Stone: With ARB approval, existing home on this golf front lot will be removed to make room for a Winterwoods Homes luxury timber frame and stone design. Special lot is within 100 yards of Stoney Creek clubhouse. Already have your own lot? Choose from any of the 18 mountain living and estate portfolio designs. $2,725,000. 434-296-9860 (462919)

2234 Tanners Ridge

The LEAST expensive Tanners Ridge on the market! Time to buy your ski condo and get ready for the season! Don’t let this great 1 bedroom/1 bath ski villa get away from you! Wood burning fireplace, beautiful kitchen w/top end appliances, breakfast bar, private terrace for early morning relaxation. Walk to Devils Knob Golf Course, tennis and dining. Sold fully furnished. WPI.Offer price: $94,950, Contact Thomasina Shealey, REALTOR, mobile: 703.328.8680, email:, (480200)

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34 Poll Axe Lane

Nice location at end of cul de sac, close to Chestnut Springs Pool. Bring your builder or let us introduce you to one. Quiet area of resort away from main traffic arteries. Includes WPI, priced to sell now at $76,000. Bring your builder or one of ours. Call Steve Marianella tel 434-566-1293 (472685)

70 Pedlars End

Priced to sell quickly! Don’t miss this charming mountain cottage. Large .75 acre wooded lot, surrounded by beautiful foliage and winter views. Welcoming covered entry, stone fireplace, sweeping deck for entertaining, first floor master suite, spacious bedrooms, open/light filled great room, kitchen/dining area. Wintergreen Resort single family homes for under $300,000 are becoming harder to find. WPI. The perfect ski chalet! Offer price: $299,000, Contact Thomasina Shealey, REALTOR, mobile: 703.328.8680, email:, (479106)




305 Dobie

Only steps away from the Blue Ridge Express chairlift, Mountain Inn, restaurants, shops, playground and Treehouse. One of the best locations on the mountain. Very good rental income. Shows great with newer carpet and appliances. Located in the first Dobie building, so it’s an easy, flat walk out to the slopes and all the other amenities. Turn-key ready to use. WPI included. Priced at $349,000. Call Rod and Christy Phillips at 434-987-6399 (469430)


11 Dripping Rock Lane

Build this custom home or choose from other plans with one of the areas most respected builders. High ceilings, custom touches throughout this new home. One level living, private lot, great value for a new home at Wintergreen Resort. $395,000 Call Steve Marianella for details at 434-566-1293. (460942)






30 Mulligan Lane

RoseWood Village: The Madison - a golf villa featuring a 1st floor master, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, gourmet granite kitchen, sunroom, hardwoods, superb craftsmanship, and many features of Universal Design. RoseWood is a 55+ active adult community located in the valley of Wintergreen’s Stoney Creek. $529,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (455056)

3221 North Ridge Top level, loft style 3 bedroom furnished condo at a great price! Shenandoah Valley views, custom cabinets and shutters, tastefully furnished and in great condition. WPI. Only $199,750, Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. (472766)




738 Pedlars Edge Rare 5 bedroom ski front home on Wintergreen’s Tyro slope. Hardwood floors, lots of space and storage, 3 1/2 baths and your own private sauna room! Great value at $529,000 Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (446948)


529 Cedar Meadow Drive

70 Dogwood Drive 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)






2105 Fairway Woods

Income producing property made $15,000 in 2008 and still left plenty of time for owner to use it. Great location on Golf Course and short walk to Spa, Clubhouse, Devils Grill, Pool, Nature Foundation and Tennis. Easy shuttle ride down to slopes and Mountain Inn. Fully furnished and ready to go. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo priced at $194,000 with WPI will not last long! Call Rod & Christy Phillips at 434-987-6399. (469491)





Charming cottage of energy saving SIPS construction. Mountain views from kitchen window, rear gazebo, screened porch & private side patio. High, vaulted ceilings in most rooms with six ceiling fans. Electric hidden fence for dogs. Protected vegetable garden. Warm, efficient wood-pellet stove in living room. New washer & dryer. Renovated kitchen with large island, maple cabinets and black granite countertops. Located on quiet, secluded drive with WPI right-of-membership. A GREAT STONEY CREEK BUY for $259,000. Call Joan Mummery at 434-531-5033. (474432)

1 Three Ridges Drive

Striking post and beam home offers contemporary architecture & exceptional workmanship w/unparalled panoramic mtn views. Live in the home you’ve dreamed of. 4+ acres of privacy & peace. Sold beautifully furnished! Walk to coffee shop or Devil’s Backbone for lunch & dinner. Minutes to Wintergreen & Cville w/o high HOA fee. $949,000. Call Denise Ramey 434-960-4333 (476337)




17 Blue Flint Lane Build this mountain getaway cottage on prime 1/2 acre lot with views at Wintergreen. Shenandoah Valley Construction will build this bright and open two level home with fireplace, granite counters and custom cabinets. Includes WPI. $499,000. Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 (460944)

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. $62,900. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 453853)


65 Rosewood Drive

RoseWood Village: The Madison Villa - 1 level living, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, gourmet granite kitchen, sunroom, hardwoods, superb craftsmanship, and many features of Universal Design. Never worry again about exterior maintenance, yard work, gutter cleaning, etc. - it’s all handled for you by the RoseWood Village Association. $439,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (455683)


631 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 7 acre estate parcel also available. Reduced to $195,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (460226)



20 Ginseng Close Dramatic mountain view lot on quiet Wintergreen cul-de-sac. Enjoy the splendors of Wintergreen from your own vacation retreat. Three minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, hiking, dining, and spa services. Bring your own builder or call for recommendations. $225,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (479606)






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Holiday “Honey-Do” List

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A list of repairs that can protect your home and family

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

My daughter just gave me her holiday “gift list” which I refer to as her “wish list” and it got me to thinking about all the things that I have to do in preparation of the holiday season. If you are like me, you have a huge to-do list. As you make your lists, and check them twice, don’t forget about the home repair list. Performing routine maintenance can protect your home and the ones you love. Plain and simple, it makes good sense (and cents) to keep your home in tip-top shape! Here are a few maintenance tips that should be performed routinely: • Check water purification and water softener filters. Excessive levels of calcium and magnesium in hard water can lead to buildup in water heaters and eventually clog pipes and diminish plumbing efficiency. • Test the pressure and tempera-

ture relief valve for proper operation. A temperature setting of 120 to 130 can economize utility bills. An operable temperature relief valve (TPR) can prevent a possible explosion by releasing pressure buildup in the water heater. • Clean and freshen your drains. To keep sinks running freely, throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water OR pour in 1 cup of vinegar and let it sit for 30 minutes; chase down with very hot water. • Degrease and freshen your garbage disposal. Turn on the disposal and throw in ice cubes made from equal portions of water and vinegar. • Clean and replace furnace and air conditioner filters. Filters are cheaper by the dozen. Label each filter by month to serve as your monthly installation reminder. • Clean range hood filter. Remove and clean the metal mesh filter that keeps grease from getting

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into the ductwork. Soak in hot water and liquid dish detergent and rinse clean with hot water. • Clean appliances. Use an allpurpose, handy dandy cleaner made from 1 teaspoon borax, ½ teaspoon washing or baking soda, 2 teaspoons white vinegar, ¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid, and 2 cups hot water. • Remove and clean range burners and keep range top clean as spills occur. Immediately sprinkle food spills with table salt. This will absorb the moisture and make the spill easier to clean up when the range top cools. • Clean and brighten tile and grout. Try hydrogen peroxide OR a solution of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar along with a new hard toothbrush. • Test fire extinguisher pressure gauges. If the pressure is low, recharge or dispose of it and get a new one.

• Test smoke detector sensors and alarms. Batteries should be changed once or twice a year. • Test carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in America. If you have only one detector, place it in a hallway outside the bedroom mounted 14 inches off the floor to face height on the wall, but never where there is a draft. • Test auto reverse safety feature on garage door openers. A garage door is often the heaviest and largest moving equipment around the home. Consult the owner’s manual for maintenance and lubrication tips. Have a safe and happy holiday! 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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Nestled in the heart of the Rockfish Valley, and only steps away from the Rockfish Valley Trail a series of nature trails that are part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, proudly sits 181 Graywinds Lane. Thoughtfully situated on more than four acres along the valley floor for breathtaking mountain views, this low maintenance, one level home is calling out to nature lovers without breaking the bank. Live the resort lifestyle without the resort price tag. Enjoy the areas recreational opportunities at Wintergreen Resort, voted as the best ski resort by readers of the Washington Post, as well as the local Rockfish Valley Trails, Appalachian Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Basically get location perks and not compromise on creature comforts either. This ranch style home features: detached garage workshop that can actually accommodate 4 vehicles, paved driveway, covered front porch with swing, screened porch, and side and back decks. The interior will also surprise you with the space. It features: 3 bedrooms with optional fourth bedroom or second family room; master bedroom with walk-in closet and private sitting room and bathroom; study or office off of front entry; great room with cathedral ceiling, gas fireplace and newly installed hardwood floors; large kitchen with pantry and movable kitchen island; laundry room with sink, cabinets, and closets; and much more… Make this your first or second home. Since life can’t always be “no work and all play”, this home is ideal for individuals that work from home and need plenty of office space and high speed DSL. All appliances convey and most furnishings are negotiable.

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[ this month’s question ]

I love the natural light and views in my home but I don’t like blinds, & everything is Fading and it is Hot!

What Can I do?

What a great question! Before I answer it, please let me introduce myself. My name is Darin Martin, and I am a lifelong resident of Central Virginia, and a local business owner. Having said that , I truly understand why people move to Nelson County, and never leave. It is a place that is rich in history, culturally diverse, relatively small, and of course the natural beauty. Ah yes, the majestic views of the Blue Ridge, the spring flowers, the plush greens of summer, and the lovely golds, oranges, and crimsons of Autumn. Most people I know, including myself want to enjoy our natural surroundings as much as possible. We hike, bike, take walks, Sunday drives, and play golf. Another trend I have noticed over the years is that we want to enjoy all of those splendors even when we don’t have time to be active or just want to relax. One way this has been accomplished is by adding more, and larger windows to our homes. The upsides to doing this are obvious. We receive much more natural light, and of course those views! Unfortunately, everything has a downside. We didn’t consider how much heat enters our home through the glass. Then there’s that awful fading. Who knew that the sun destroyed everything so fast. Now are floors, furniture, carpet, and artwork are a different color. This brings us back to the original question. What can I do? Since blinds and curtains only work when they are closed, they block our wonderful views, and they eliminate our natural light. They also are difficult to clean, have to be replaced or repaired periodically, and don’t work well on reducing the heat that passes through our windows. The simple yet extremely effective solution is window film. Window film is also known as window tinting. This is how window film works. It is applied to the inside of your windows, and is a filter of all of the harmful aspects of sunlight. Window film blocks 99.9% of the UVA/UVB rays, infrared and solar heat gain, and glare. The wonderful thing about window film is that it still

allows natural light into your home. Oh, I almost forgot about your majestic views. When window film is applied to your home you will still be able to see all of your views! In fact, your views and colors may be more distinct than clear glass. The company I own is Clear View Window Tinting. We are proud dealers of 3M Window Films. 3M was recently ranked #3 in Business Weekly’s “World’s 25 Most Innovative Companies” list, and ranked #12 on Forbes “America’s Most Reputable Companies” list. Not only did 3M invent window films, but they are the only company that produces its own polyester and makes its own adhesives. This ensures the film will be optically clear, and is made to last a lifetime. 3M backs all of their window films with a lifetime warranty. 3M window films have been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. 3M has recently awarded Clear View Window Tinting with one of only eight national awards for outstanding growth. We have achieved this by offering the best consultations, installations, and service in the industry. Our biggest goal is to have the opportunity to educate homeowners. Our consultations include applying samples to your windows, then explaining the differences between each sample. What’s great about 3M window films is they come in many varieties and perform very well. 3M has invented films that are clear to dark to everything in between. 3M window films significantly out perform all other window treatments as far as UVA/UVB and solar heat reduction. So open your blinds, and remove your sheets off the furniture and get the natural sunlight and views you deserve, because 3M window films is so beautiful you won’t even notice them. Make your home more comfortable by using a brand you can trust in 3M and a local company that understands window film better than anyone in the area. Please call Clear View For your free in home consultation at 996-8468 (TINT) or visit us at

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Glass from old Mongolian vodka bottles. It has a way of bringing people together.


Mongolia is halfway across the world. But that isn’t stopping a Charlottesville intellectual property firm and an Afton-based artist from helping the very large, but sparsely populated, country that lies between Russia and China. The country has very little arable land, and after an unusually cold streak last winter, many Mongolians were left with little to eat. That’s where Ken Dabkowski of Charlottesville’s M-CAM, Nelson County glass artist Bill Hess, and the vodka bottles come in. That’s right, vodka. Apparently, Ken explained, when Mongolia was under Russian influence, they acquired a fairly large number of now-empty vodka bottles.. He thought that it would be completely possible – and highly interesting – to use this glass to build what many Mongolians are already looking for – a way to grow vegetables. Ken works with M-CAM and a program called the Global Innovations Commons to help spread ideas to people who really need them – like the greenhouses they plan to construct in the Gobi

Desert and the Arkhangai regions of Mongolia. But before he could start construction on those greenhouses, he needed help from someone who knew a thing or two about glass. And that’s where local artist Bill Hess and his kiln enter the scene. Bill was on board right away and started thinking of ways to turn shards of glass bottles into thick, glass panels that could both let in enough sun to nurture plants and withstand the harsh weather of Mongolia. So Bill invited Ken and some other people working to make this project a reality to his studio to test some real Mongolian glass. “We did this testing and I’m just like, ‘Oh my gosh, here we are melting Mongolian glass in Nelson County,” said Bill who said that this project is not easy, but is definitely worth it. “It’s really quite an adventure,” he said. “We feel like it’s a fun way to help the planet, people and also be technically challenged.” The team is hoping to begin construction next spring once Mongolia thaws out from its winter. NCL


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An Afton mother finds her stride after the death of a child. STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY by YVETTE STAFFORD


body races. Competitive athletes know this. Rebecca was becoming one. Athletes know pain. “The first time you do four miles, your hips hurt, your knees hurt, your feet are killing you. And then the next week you have five miles and it doesn’t really hurt until you get to that fifth mile and then you’re okay. It does get better every time.” If time and distance give you perspective, Rebecca was getting it the more she trained. And if there’s one thing that Rebecca remembers of her baby girl, it was her smile. “Part of Trisomy is they’re just happy, like Down’s Syndrome kids. They just smile,” she said. Despite her disease, “she was just so sweet.” “If Ruth could smile like that, I can make it through this,” Rebecca told herself. Rebecca got awfully close to qualifying for the Olympic team. And though racewalking is a solo sport, she didn’t do it alone. Sponsors like Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Virginia Candle Company, Nelson Physical Therapy, Pain Free Performance Clinic, and Bill and Jana Burnett at Success Studio have helped her along the way, Rebecca said. Not to mention the people on Taylor Creek who have shared the road with Rebecca and Ruth. NCL


It was 2005 and Rebecca Garson was doing her best to deal with the death of her baby girl, Ruth, who had died of complications from Trisomy 13, a genetic disorder. It was during one of those dark days that Rebecca saw an article in a magazine about walking a marathon. “The training schedule was printed in the article and I thought ‘I could do that’ and the biggest expense would be shoes,” she said. The sport was race walking. Unlike running, racewalkers must have one foot in contact with the ground at all times. So if you’re not grounded, you’re not racewalking. It would be a great way to have her body do something other than grieve, Rebecca thought. But at 200 pounds, breaking into the sport wasn’t easy. “The most exercise I had had was walking the loop road on the farm. Really easy mellow 2-mile walks at the most before that,” Rebecca said. If she could just get through the warm up. “I would pass her grave on Shannon Farm and would invite her to come for a walk with me.” So Rebecca took Ruth on a walk on Taylor Creek Road, which, because of its gradual incline, is a perfect road for race walking. And it’s a great place to lose yourself. “The best part about doing my long walks is the meditation factor. Because I realize there will be this point somewhere around four or five miles where I’ll just catch it for a second but I’ll realize that my mind has quieted and that never happens for me. I even know if I’ve meditated I’ll have it for just a second and it’s so delicious, even just that moment of quiet in my mind.” Funny how your mind can slow down as your

Rebecca Garson has competed in racewalking competitions around the country. Rebecca most recently competed in the USATF Masters 20k National Championship and spent time at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida working out with fellow racewalkers.




Veritas Winery & Vineyard hosted Nelson County’s annual Business Appreciation event where business owners gathered to appreciate each other. And the wine.

Continuing the theme of photographing small, intimate gatherings in low-light conditions, Tommy Stafford stopped by Basic Necessities as guests enjoyed a Local Harvest dinner. That means the dinner was comprised of food harvested locally. The baby is crying and the caption writer needs to attend to that. Oh, and that’s Lindsey Osborne on guitar. She rocks it, no?

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Wintergreen Resort General Manager Hank Thiess and Jay Roberts, the Resort’s Director of Mountain Operations, review the plans for the new ice skating rink.

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Some Nelson County residents have been wishing for an ice skating rink at Wintergreen since the 1970s. It’s finally coming. The date is December 18. Wintergreen Resort Vice President of Sales and Marketing Dana Quillen said that while many general managers have considering installing a rink somewhere on the mountain, the technology has improved so much recently that it has become a doable project. “It’s a great spot, too,” she said. “You’ll be ice skating inside the Blue Ridge Terrace and you’ll be able to watch the skiers – it’s right in the center of the action. We have spectacular views and when the sun is shining and the sky is blue – it just fits.”

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The new rink, located in the heart of the Mountain Village close to the Edge, the Coppermine, and Pryor’s Cafeteria, will feature more than 4,000 square feet of ice and a chiller to keep the ice frozen even when the air temperature won’t. The rink will feature music for the season and be lit for nighttime skating. Dana remembers ice skating at the Holiday Inn up on Afton Mountain and is looking forward to making some new icy memories. “That was fantastic,” she said. “It was the view and the hot chocolate and it was a nice afternoon. And I think that’s what we’re offering. It’s a nice afternoon to get out, do some skating.” NCL

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Stocking Stuffers â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Twas the waning days before Christmas and you in your frantic pace, searching high and low for that one last small gift that, in the garden, they will never replace. Ok, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a poet but there are some really necessary and inexpensive items that any true gardener would love to have. Typically for under $70, these items are as necessary to the gardener as a spatula is to McDonalds. Besides, your work is only as good as the tools that you use. Here is my list that would fit in any gardenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stocking: Pruners The last pair of garden pruners that you will ever buy will bear the name â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Felcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Yeah, they are more expensive than your typical K-Mart, bluelight special pruners that cost $9.99 but, unlike the bluelight brand, these will last a lifetime. Trust me, ALL true professionals use them for one reason â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when it is time to cut they cut, not gnawâ&#x20AC;ŚTypically around $65. pH kit â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; If the pH is not right, probably not too wellâ&#x20AC;ŚA home gardener pH kit or RapitestÂŽ (a common tradename) is a must for anyone trying to grow vegetables, blue hydrangeas or even a nice lush lawn. Add as much fertilizer as you like but if the pH is off, your lawn will become a money pit. Get the test kit and use it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; simple as 1-2-3. Typically under $10. Compost You can NEVER have too much compost in your garden. That â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;black goldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that you end up with is the

single greatest contributor to creating the garden of your dreams. However, getting those eggs shells, coffee grinds and vegetable peelings to the compost bin can get messy. Compost pails and crocks come with tops, carbon filters and enough storage space to last for a number of days. If you believe in organic and controlling your waste, you gotta start compostingâ&#x20AC;ŚTypically around $30. Insecticide Not only have the people of Bayer finally addressed childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headaches but now those of the gardener - this one I call â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the big blue helperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Bayer Systemic Insecticide is a must for anyone growing roses, azaleas, hydrangeas and any shrub that doubles as an insect trap. Just pour the recommended dose around your plant once per year and you have a blue trap set for all of those nasty sucking, biting, laying, chewing insects. It really is that goodâ&#x20AC;ŚTypically around $55. A Horticulturistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible If you have ever wondered what guide is the best for trees and shrubs in the landscape, there is no further searching than the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Manual of Woody Landscape Plantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Michael A. Dirr â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a bible-like reference guide for horticulturist. Just about every landscape professional uses it on a weekly basis. If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know of or use this book, hire a new landscaper/designer (and yes, it is that good). If you are serious about maintaining your new landscape or about creating the perfect garden on your own, this book is a must. Use what the pros use. Typically around $55. And from all of us at Saunders Landscapes, a Merry Christmas to you all!



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asktheDr. By Dr. Steve Schmitz Afton Family Medicine Weight Loss Part 6 For my last column of 2010, I want to wrap up some thoughts about weight loss, the theme for my articles this year. Remember the equation: Eat/Drink Less Calories + Burn More Calories= Weight Loss. Get motivated, follow the equation, lose weight, live better! My patients are the greatest bunch of people, I learn so much from them. Here are some quotes about recognizing poor eating habits: “I didn’t get this body shape by starving!” “If I quit eating donuts the donut company will go out of business!” “I LOVE TO EAT!” “I didn’t get this body by working out every day!” “You mean to lose weight I have to get off the couch!?” Here is one successful weight loser’s story, “Doc, I got so sick I couldn’t eat, lost 10 pounds, and then when I got better I decided I would keep it off. I quit eating all

the junk I like, started walking up and down the driveway, then started jogging it with my gut flapping and out of breath! Soon I could jog a half mile, then a mile. I still refused to eat all the cookies and soda I like, and kept running.” He lost 50 pounds, now runs 5 miles most days, is stronger than ever, feels good, sleeps well, and is healthy. He is living better. He did it without a book or a fancy diet. He just quit eating so much, started burning calories, and has stuck with it. Now when I ask him how he is doing, instead of saying “still fat and bald” like he used to, he just says “still bald.” He is a real local person who has lost weight and improved his life. Let him be an example for us all.

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.

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theperfectfit By Agnes F. Schrider, PT Nelson Physical Therapy

Our column this month is written by Brian Wright, a Qigong instructor The Three Treasures of Qigong One of the best mind-body wellness systems available today is the ancient Chinese art of Qigong (chee-gong). Qigong means simply, energy skill. Glancing into a Qigong class, it might look like the participants are doing simple Taiji (Tai Chi) movements, or just meditating. Qigong and Taiji are, in fact, closely connected, both coming from the same tradition of inner martial arts. Qigong provides the inner foundations for a more enriching Taiji practice. It can also be practiced singularly. The strength of Qigong lies in the synergy of three focal points, or ‘three treasures’. The first treasure of Qigong is our breath. We all under-breathe most of the time, meaning that we either breathe with an absence of rhythm, or that our breathing is too shallow. This is a typical by-product of stressful and highly distracted 21st century lifestyles.

The second treasure is our posture. Our Qi flows better when our joints are slightly bent and at ease. By learning to sit, stand and even lie down with our joints slightly bent, we can enjoy deeper relaxation, improved circulation, and greater agility. Finally, how we focus our mind is crucial in Qigong. By including simple images into the various exercises, and synchronizing our breath and movements with them, we arrive at a very powerful and healing synergy. With frequent and consistent practice, one can reap the many researchsupported health benefits of Qigong: relief of hypertension, increased flexibility and core strength, more nutritive sleep, improved digestion, greater concentration, and peace of mind.


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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 ThePerfectFit@ 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.

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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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Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast 929 Wilson Hill Rd (Rt. 665), Arrington, VA 877.263.7750

Ambrosia Bakery & Deli 2192 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.9661

Horseshoe Mountain Lodge Roseland, VA • 434.361.2525

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


The Mark Addy 56 Rodes Farm Drive, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1101

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

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

Afton House Antiques 31 Afton House Lane, Afton, VA • 540.942.2993 a.m. FOG 9264 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA • 540.456.7100 Blossom’s Flowers, Gifts & Crafts 911 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8227

The Orchard House Bed & Breakfast 9749 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.7747

Blue Moon Antique Mall & Bookstore 8230 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8890

Walton’s Mountain B&B 6401 Rockfish River Rd, Schuyler, VA • 434.831.1384

Cat Rock Antiques 9704 Patrick Henry Hwy, Roseland, VA 434.277.8049

Resort Reservations & Country Cottages Afton, VA • 540.456.8300

Claudia’s Florist & Gifts 121 Main Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.5848

Royal Oaks Cabins in the Mountains 45 Royal Oaks Lane, Love, VA • 800.410.0627

Kelly’s 5060 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Faber, VA • 434.361.1169

Sarah’s Mountain Retreat Cabin 406 Fish Hatchery Lane, Montebello, VA 540.377.6458

Hughes Mews Antiques 2471 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 540.456.7237

Shadow Mountain Rentals 15644 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA 757.424.2884

Logos of Wintergreen Mountain Inn Lodge, Wintergreen, VA 434.325.1125

Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books 924 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.6660

Simpson’s Hollow Bed & Breakfast 580 Simpsons Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.6380

Mountain Vision Pottery 2019 Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA 434.361.1725

Smoky’s Black Bear Cafe Wintergreen Resort • 434-325-1227

The White Pig Bed & Breakfast 5120 Irish Road, Schuyler, VA • 434.831.1416

Stoney Creek Bar & Grill Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8110

Tye River Cabin 6011 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro, VA 434.238.2430

Thai Mex II Valley Green Shopping Center, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1400

Wintergreen Resort Wintergreen, VA • 800.266.2444

Copper Mine Bistro 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 Paulie’s Pig Out 7376 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton • 434.361.2001

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

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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

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


Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2773A Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.0088

North Fork Cottages 697 North Fork Road, Tyro, VA • 540.377.2007

Camp Blue Ridge Montebello, VA • 540.377.2413

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Le Bleu Ridge Bed & Breakfast 27 Chapel Hollow Road, Afton, VA • 434.361.1213

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lovingston Winery 885 Freshwater Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8467 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 Saunders Brothers Orchard 2717 Tye Brook Hwy (Rt. 56), Piney River, VA 434.277.5455 The Apple Shed 14815 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8843

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saturday december 4 Mornings In the Mountains Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive hike in the woods. 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

Vendors will be on hand for holiday shopping, holiday greens, and poinsettias. Complimentary sweet nibbles and hot beverages. Proceeds benefit the programs of Wintergreen Performing Arts. 1 to 5 p.m. Tuckahoe Clubhouse, Stoney Creek. 434-325-8292

and pet the camels in this 1st century recreation. The village will be open from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m .each day now through Tuesday, Dec. 21 with an early opening on Sunday, December 19 at 4:00 p.m. Hebron Baptist Church, 66 Tanbark Drive, Afton, VA 540-456-6863

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Holiday Open House Celebrate the season and finish some shopping. Free logo glass with wine purchase and discount on Christmas items in the shop. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 19. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. 434-361-1266

Annual Christmas Parade Sponsored by the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce. 4 p.m. Front Street, Lovingston. 434-263-5305

Crafters Fair Food, music, and fun. Booth rentals available. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 12. Lovingston Fire House. 434-326-6209

Christmas Weekend at Walton’s Mountain Museum Museum will be decorated for Christmas, free cider and cookies with paid admission. Guests can take photos beyond the restrictive ropes. Also Dec. 5. Walton’s Mountain Museum. 434-831-2000

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sunday december 5 Christmas Weekend at Walton’s Mountain Museum Museum will be decorated for Christmas, free cider and cookies with paid admission. Guests can take photos beyond the restrictive ropes. Also Dec. 5. Walton’s Mountain Museum. 434-831-2000 Lovingston Winter Farmers’ Market Farmers’ market, cafe, entertainment, contests, prizes, arts, crafts, and gifts. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every 2nd and 3rd Saturday through April. Nelson Center, Lovingston. 540-272-6955 Your Table is Ready Wintergreen Performing Arts presents a display of festive table tops (table settings and decorations).

Crafters Fair Food, music, and fun. Booth rentals available. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 12. Lovingston Fire House. 434-326-6209 A Blue Ridge Christmas: The Virginia Consort Wintergreen Performing Arts presents A Blue Ridge Christmas with the Virginia Consort, Judith Gary, conductor. Tickets are limited. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Nellysford. 434-325-8292


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The Masked Ball Dinner and dancing until midnight when the masks come off and the champagne flows. Breakfast follows at 12:30 a.m. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 1. Veritas Vineyards & Winery. 540-456-8000, ext. 108

dec. 19

Holiday Open House Celebrate the season and finish some shopping. Free logo glass with wine purchase and discount on Christmas items in the shop. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 19. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. 434-361-1266

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.

The Circle of Lights at Oak Ridge Estate Enjoy an array of holiday lights with family and friends as you drive through the sparkle and cheer at Oak Ridge Estate. This seasonal display is held on the front lawn of the historic Oak Ridge Manor House. Half of all proceeds benefit Nelson County volunteer fire and rescue and the Nelson County Lions Club. 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31. Closed Christmas day. Oak Ridge Estate, Arrington. 434-263-8676


The Circle of Lights at Oak Ridge Estate Enjoy an array of holiday lights with family and friends as you drive through the sparkle and cheer at Oak Ridge Estate. This seasonal display is held on the front lawn of the historic Oak Ridge Manor House. Half of all proceeds benefit Nelson County volunteer fire and rescue and the Nelson County Lions Club. 6

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Bethlehem Village 2010 Share in the sights, sounds, and excitement of the Bethlehem village at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. Be one of the many who return for the census. Experience the awesome wonder that occurred that glorious night long ago as you visit with many costumed actors, hear from shopkeepers,



to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31. Closed Christmas day. Oak Ridge Estate, Arrington. 434-263-8676


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Fifteen years ago, Tom Saunders of Saunders Brothers, Inc took his wreath-making skills to the next level. He got in touch with a woman in Staunton who was contracted by the Roanoke Civic Center to send Christmas wreaths to the Center’s performers as an end-of-season thank-you gift, and the next thing he knew, his wreaths were a hot commodity. “She was taking what I call a common wreath and making it deluxe,” he said. “And that’s exactly what we have tried to do.” For now, Tom has had to stop selling the wreaths as a wholesale item, but fans will be glad to know that within the next year or two (as soon as they get a climate-controlled retail market), Saunders Brothers wreaths are coming back. In recent years though, Tom and a few of his talented helpers have been making a few specialty wreaths each year in addition to winning contests and teaching others the craft. One of the best wreath-makers is definitely Jorge Torres. He said that before he started making

wreaths with Tom 12 years ago, he’d never done it before but now ideas just pop into his head as he designs them. And it seems to be working for him: he’s undefeated in the state competition. Tom and Jorge travel to nearby states to teach other people their wreath-making secrets – the ones they learned from their original teacher and some tricks of the trade they’ve learned along the way. Like the list of “ingredients” they can use and how long each one will last with only the light coating of preservative they use. Since they’ve scaled down on selling the wreaths, they’ve had time to get really creative with the ones they are able to make. Last year Tom made a Wahoo-themed wreath for a friend who works at the University of Virginia and an orange and maroon wreath for Frank Beamer, the Virginia Tech football coach. This year he made one with a deer horn as a gift. These aren’t your ordinary, chain-store wreaths. “These take a little more concentration,” said Tom. “But it’s very satisfying when it’s all said and done.” NCL


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Rainbow Ridge Road – New Land Community near the Monroe Institute, Faber, Virginia. 2 bedrooms; walk in closet-2 full bath with 1 Jacuzzi tub – modern kitchen appliances – central food preparation and eating counter – open floor plan – washer/dryer – wood stove -warm & cold air. Privacy-great views–storage shed–evergreen trees-flower & garden space-lake privileges. $975 a month–security deposit-one year lease–references. Posted By: ed pearson 22938 - Faber 434361-2597 $975/mo Barn Studio & Apartment Cozy country living, 1BR, in multi-use building. Fantastic views. New kitchen sparkles. Cathedral ceiling in studio-workshop. Terrific natural light. Cost-effective rent and utilities for unique space. Posted By: Mark Kruger 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 312-952-9838 $1000/mo

HOME & GARDEN Fireplace Insert nice wood burning insert. Posted By: Carlos Becerra NELSON COUNTY 434-962-3266 $400 OBO Trees Lovely large trees for sale: 8 Stayman Winesap, 11 Cleveland Pears, 2 Red Crabapple, 3 Yoshina Cherries, 2 Cardinal Royal Ash Posted By: Maria C. McMullen 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-3612330 $30/ea Trees for Sale 11 Cleveland Select Pears, 8 Stayman Winesap Apples, 4 Maple Trees, 2 Cardinal Royal Ash, 6 Kwanzan Flowering Cherry. Gorgeous trees I bought at am Fog. I have too many to plant in my yard. Posted By: Maria C. McMullen 22958

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- Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-2330 $20/tree Tanning Bed Canopy Style Tanning Bed, six 100w lamps, 30 minute timer, uses 120v household current, stands upright to use little space for storage, you can tan standing in front of it in the upright position or it tilts so you can tan lying down on a bed or lounger. Posted By: Helen White 22938 - Faber 434-263-8211 $50

CARS & TRUCKS Mercedes Diesel 1983 300 turbo Diesel 4 door – Black- auto. Great Bio Diesel car. Posted By: Brenda Gordon 24440 - Greenville 540-337-4144 $500

SERVICES Pampered Chef Do you love cooking especially with quality products such as those offered by The Pampered Chef. If so I am just a e-mail (dgivens@ntelos. away if you need any help with our products, or just need some new recipes or ideas. Posted By: Diane Givens 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-9872107 $N/A PRECISE PAINTING When you want it nice…Interior/Exterior. Residential specialist. See our work @ Posted By: Dave Brown 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-9963039 $TBA

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8N ford tractor Great shape, shed kept, used very little. Posted By: Brenda Gordon 24440 - Greenville 540-337-4144 $2100

Antique Log Cabin House Model ~ Central Virginia Great old or antique log cabin model. Wood has bark on it & there is extra wood & fence. Measures 13½ inches tall by 35 inches wide by 19 inches deep.Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition. Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $140

Have Manure spreader will travel! Will clean up manure piles around your stables and spread on you Pasture or fields. Posted By: Stan Driver 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-7600550 $65/hr Adult Plymouth Barred Rock – Hens I have plymouth barred rock hens nice heavy hens. Posted By: Kathy- @ K & R’s Farm 22901-22911 - Charlottesville 434-293-2074 $10/ea New Holland 4X4 Compact Tractor 2004 New Holland 4X4 Tractor – Model TC24DA in like new condition with 190 hours of use. This barn-kept tractor comes equipped with a 3 cylinder, 24 HP Diesel engine, Industrial-tread tires, 60 inch 12 LA front end loader, rear and mid PTO’s and a folding Roll over protection system (ROPS). It is compatible with all standard 3 point hitch farm implements. Also includes operator’s manual and records. Posted By: Dave Pastors 22932 - Crozet 434-882-0655 $10,500 obo Meyers ST7.5 Snow Plow Blade Meyers Snow Plow Blade and new controller for sale. Great condition $1500.00 obo. Blade and controller only!! Does not include hydraulic lift. Model # ST-7.5 or 7.5ft blade with corner indicators and snow deflector($300.00 just in accessories) Controller recently replaced ($299.00 value). Posted By: John 22920 - Afton plowsnow@rocketmail. com $1500 obo

Antique Cast Iron Columbian Fairy Cook Stove Central VA Great fancy cook stove from the late 1800s or early 1900s. We don’t expect many people still use these but this would look great in someone’s home. Most of it comes apart for easier lifting ~ My wife & I can move it fairly easily. Measures 29 inches tall 32 – 40½ inches wide by 27 inches deep. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition ~ Looks great to us. can be seen at The Covesville Store Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $375 Antique Oak Roll Top Desk ~ Nice Small Size ~Central VA Great antique oak roll top desk from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Found in Central Virginia ~ Used by a bar/saloon owner out west. The locks work & we have the key ~ when you lock the roll top the drawers also automatically lock. We think the finish is original ~ You may want to wax or stain it or leave it as it is. Measures 44 inches tall by up to 36 inches wide by up to 26 inches deep. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition. Posted By: Covesville Store 22931 - Covesville 434295-9496 $375


Once upon a time ... ... grandpa decided to heat his home with clean, environmentally friendly propane. His little grand daughter’s been cozying up for story time ever since. The End. Tiger Fuel Company 242 Front St. • Lovingston, VA 434-263-5031


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just got cheaper! DECEMBER 2010 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 39

Cabin & 3 Acres! #479695; $57,500 N



NEW: 4147 Heards Lane; #482400; $97,500

Restore a piece of history w/ this former tenant home from Waylandʼs Plantation; creek side; mountain views! 1,080 sq ft; .62ac




27 Cedar Meadow Ct; #476047; $112,900

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


72 acres, 3,000 sq ft home, 4 acre pond, bold creek, and trails; partially cleared w/ pasture & board fence; 20 min from Wintergreen!

Erwin Berry III 434-325-7143





Waterfront resort home on 2 acres w/ direct lake access; renovated kitchen & baths; fenced; hot tub; 2,244 sq ft; 3Br/2.5Ba; 2ac; WPI!

Sara McGann 434-996-4962

REDUCED: 175 Whispering Pines Dr; #472358; $529,900


83 Deer Run; #481735; $399,900






Build at back of lot and enjoy sound of flowing water; Stoney Creek is just yards from property border; quiet cul-de-sac; 1.4 ac; WPI!


16518 Patrick Henry Hwy; #481187; $489,000


15 Eagle Mountain Dr; #460948; $233,000

Passive solar home w/ woodstove, garage, sunroom; wooded w/ clearings; fenced; outbuildings; 1,536 sq ft; 3br/1.5ba; 6.6 ac



European inspired chalet w/ private pond & expansive mtn views! Landscaped w/ gardens; workshop w/ office; 2,600 sq ft; 3br/3ba; 4.3ac




NEW: 85 Ennis Mountain Rd; #482249; $102,500


1218 Campbells Mountain Rd; #479609; $299,900


Renovated cottage! New roof, windows, appliances; renovated bath, kitchen & laundry; large storage shed; 670 sq ft; 2Br/1Ba; 1ac


Cabin neighboring National Forest; private; bold creek; great vacation property w/ income generating potential; 3Br/2Ba; 2.54ac






161 Wood House Ln; #481528; $895,000

Live in Wintergreen Resort and board your own horse! Quality Tectonics built post & beam home w/ barn & pasture; 4,000+ sq ft; 4.62ac

Ed Funke 434-981-9030

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


Nelson County Life, Issue #69  

Nelson County Life, Issue #69 (December 2010)

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