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December 2012 No. 93 PRICELESS (FREE!)

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EXCLUSIVE LAKE & GOLF-FRONT HOMESITES JUST RELEASED IN STONEY CREEK AT WINTERGREEN Multiple adjoining lots for sale: waterfront on Lake Monocan and superb golf, green, fairway, and mountain views. Possibly the best building sites in Stoney Creek! Individual properties may be combined to form larger sites—a unique opportunity for land with prime access to Lake Monocan and other amenities. #17) 360 HIDDEN SPRINGS LN $225,000 ∙ MLS#: 497298 #19) 361 HIDDEN SPRINGS LN $195,000 ∙ MLS#: 497300 #21) 326 HIDDEN SPRINGS LN $190,000 ∙ MLS#: 486728

Unique Opportunity for Combined Purchase

#14 & #12) 329 HIDDEN SPRINGS LN & 355 HIDDEN SPRINGS LN $200,000 ∙ MLS#: 486728 (Price includes two home sites)




Very well maintained by its owners and with many great recent upgrades. Home is bright and cozy. Three levels of spacious decks. The Appalachian Trail runs behind the property.

Perfect for a large family who is looking for top quality & newer construction located between Wilderness of the George Washington National Forest & all facilities of Devils Knob.

Fabulous home with high ceilings, large stone fireplace, new deck, carpeting, roof, heat pump, water heater, and appliances. High among the tree tops with seasonal views. Great location.




4 Bedroom townhome convenient to spa, ski slopes, golf and tennis. In the heart of the Devils Knob Village on the 17th tee.

This condo is a nicely furnished 2 bedroom 2 bath ski front condo on the lower portion of Diamond Hill Run. It is perfect for skiers who want “Boots On” access. Near Mountain Inn and amenities.

Superbly furnished unit offers unparalleled views of the Rockfish Valley and the Wintergreen ski slopes. It is a passage to paradise and a place to hang your heart - being a retreat for all seasons.


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Nelson County… it’s a lifestyle! Nelson County 2163 Davis Creek Road Sited high above the Davis Creek valley, in a beautiful 16-acre mountain setting. Enjoy the privacy of this 3 BR, 3.5 BA home. Features a large great room, handsome oak floors in living area, expansive kitchen with soapstone counters and stainless appliances and deck access patio doors in the ground floor master. If you’ve been looking $339,000 for a bit of the Blue Ridge to call home, visit this property!

2100 Cub Creek Road Views! Open and wooded! Stream! Near National & State Forest land! Remarkable views of Three Ridges Mountain and the Blue Ridge from this nearly 10acre property in the heart of Nelson County. Access via private road to an elevated, wooded building site. Wintergreen Resort, Crabtree Falls, Appalachian Trail, trout fishing, orchards, breweries & wineries all a short $114,900 drive. Rare small parcel that “has it all!”

364 Findlay Gap Road This handsome 1830 brick, 4 BR, 2 BA farmhouse has been lovingly and tastefully renovated. Hardwood floors throughout the living areas and bedrooms. Gorgeous new kitchen as well as a new bath on the main floor. Full unfinished basement for storage or extra room. Tin roof recently painted. It is sited on almost 25 acres of beautiful pasture and wooded land. Price reduced! $279,900 Great for horses. Minutes to James River access.

Bryant Mountain Lot Views, views, possible! Great 2-acre lot located at the foot of Wintergreen Mountain. Great view potential from the house site. Recently surveyed, markers easy to find. $45,000

Wintergreen Homes 40 Peavy Point Nestled on a level site with rock outcroppings & spectacular views of the Blue Ridge, this charming home welcomes you. Quiet location and close to Chestnut Springs pool, yet private. The sunken great room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, also enjoyed from dining & den on the other side. Attractively furnished. 4 BR, 3 BA, screened porch & expansive decks! $589,000

14 Hickorynut Road Beautiful, contemporary home with a comfortable, mountain feel. Upscale kitchen, soaring living room stone fireplace, 4 BR, 3.5 BA, wood ceilings, wood floors almost throughout and 2 decks. Walk to the Mountain Inn complex with skiing, tubing, dining, shopping, and more. Furnished with some items excluded. $514,000

28 Rock Dove Lane Don’t miss this 6 BR, 4 BA golf-front property located on the 5th fairway. There are two family areas with fireplaces on each floor. The house is located at the end of a quiet cul de sac. Home is fully furnished. It has an excellent rental history that will be provided upon request. $319,000

59 Timber Ridge Lane This 5 BR, 3 BA home is beautifully appointed and sparkles like new! Boasting 2 gas fireplaces, a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, a first-floor master and family room, as well as a bottomfloor family room with fireplace, wet bar and walk-out access. A rare find with a 2-car garage and an oversized deck perfect for entertaining and plenty of room for a hot tub. With 3012 $599,000 square feet, this is the perfect multi-family home!

131 Eagles Court Ground floor walk out and slope side 2 BR condo. Enjoy all seasons of the year—ski out the back door from the patio and walk right across the street to the Mountain Inn and Blackrock Village. Enjoy the restaurants, shops, kids and family programs, and hike to anywhere! Very nicely furnished, with newer carpeting and appliances! $179,000

710 Laurelwood New paint and carpet in this cozy, 1 BR, 1 BA unit within walking distance of the Blackrock Market, Mountain Inn, and slopes. Full kitchen with breakfast bar, and living room with a woodburning fireplace! Access to Laurelwood’s private pool. $79,900

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4 Ivy Glen Beautifully decorated, 1350sf, 2BR/2.5BA End Unit TH for $210,000! New roof, windows, central HVAC, water heater, washer/dryer & deck expansion. Windows on 3 sides. On shuttle route. Furnished. Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, Dawn. (503650)





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800 Laurelwood This cozy one bedroom condo is in the heart of the resort. Walk to ski, The Market, shops and dining. Warm up in front of your fireplace and enjoy winter views. Furnished and ready for ski season. $80,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399.


11 Cedar Drive



Yes. We’re a mom & pop. Nelson County Life magazine is published monthly by The Afton Group, LLC and is distributed free of charge. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Advertsiing deadlines are the 15th of every publishing month. For advertising information, download our ratecard at or contact us at info@nelsoncountylife. com. Views reflected by our advertisers do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher or the company. Nelson County Life Magazine, published by The Afton Group, LLC is pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing oppotunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise ‘any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.’ This magazine will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this magazine are available on an equal opportunity basis.

202 Timbers NO STEPS to this great location near the slopes, Mountain Inn shops, restaurants and village. End unit with seperate bedroom (not a loft) with some rental revenue. New carpet, appliances, windows, countertops and sink .Sold furnished. $127,500. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (504115)



907 Diamond Hill

2044 Stone Ridge

Charming furnished 2 bedroom Stone Ridge condo overlooks the 18th fairway and Shenandoah Valley. Great location close to golf clubhouse, tennis, hiking, pool, spa & cafe. Family room has plenty of space & charming fireplace w/ hand painted details. Kitchen has opening that overlooks family room & fireplace as well as adjacent dining room. Back deck is the perfect place to dine in nice weather.$164,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (504138)


Great value in this well maintained, cozy furnished three bedroom vacation home. New windows, new flooring, large wrap around deck and lots of charm in this getaway at Wintergreen. Nice stone wood burning fireplace where you can warm after a brisk hike or a day on the slopes. Level driveway, good location just off prestigious Devils Knob Loop. $255,000. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (504238)


SKI OUT ! Slope Side ! 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Condo. Excellent Views ! Walk to everything ! Great Rental Unit ! Most desired location ! Private Parking Spaces ! Easy Assess ! This unit will not last long ! $244,500. Call Tim Craig 540-4168498. (504497)





2029 Stone Ridge Condo







1002 Blue Ridge Drive






Like New Inside, completely renovated! This Seven (7) Bedroom & Eight (8) bath home offers Three-level mountain living. Perfect for Rental Program! Great for Multiple Owners! Enjoy a short walk to the private “Property Owners Only” Chestnut Springs Pool & Pavilion. Surrounded by woods in a quiet rustic setting. New appliances, counter tops and hardwood floors. $549,800. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (503988)


Beautifully furnished, superb mid-level, two bedroom unit overlooking the 18th fairway plus winter views into the Shenandoah Valley. Adjacent to the Spa, short walk to the Devils Grill and Nature Foundation. Two minute ride to tennis, skiing, dining, and shops. $139,900. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (504494)


1925 High Ridge Place

NO STEPS to access these panoramic views from this furnished 3 bedroom, 3 full bath end unit condo! Ready to enjoy the fall colors or the upcoming ski season at Wintergreen, this condo complex has elevators and recent exterior renovations. Family room has wood burning fireplace, large wraparound deck, full kitchen. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, smsales1@ (503945)


This 3bedroom, 2 bath cottage sits quietly in the woods, waiting for your family! Open floor plan, wood burning fireplace, screened porch, skylights, soaring ceiling in the greatroom, pine flooring and more. $295,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399.






403 Three Ridges Condo

At only ~50 yards to the ski slopes, this three bedroom Three Ridges condo has everything the ski-front condo has except the premium price! Enjoy private, gated Three Ridges parking; short walk to amenities of Mountain Inn Village including shopping, restaurants, kids center, skating. Recently updated flooring and fresh paint throughout. $209,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860


726 Laurelwood Redone to perfection. New windows, flooring, lighting, stone fireplace, cabinets, granite counters. Nicest one bedroom Laurelwood out there. Great location on the mountain! Just steps to the private Laurelwood pool, Mountain Inn, ski slopes and Wintergreen Market. $94,900 Listed by Rod & Christy Phillips 434-987-6399. (504604)

Editors & Publishers Yvette Stafford, Tommy Stafford Contributors Lynn Coffey An email address for Backwoods Lynn up in the hollow? Ha! Ph: 540.949.0329 Marcie Gates Jennie Tal Williams Photography Marcie Gates Hayley Osborrne Paul Purpura Norm Shafer Address: The Afton Group, LLC P.O. Box 455, Wintergreen, Virginia 22958 434.361.0104 Have a story idea? Email us at

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gunmaker Hear it. Smell it. Love it.

Prepare for winter. Listen to Tommy’s exclusive weathercast at And for live weather updates, follow us:


jumping ship A survivor of the HMS Bounty comes home to Nellysford.


ligon’s legacy A Ligon is back in Lovingston.


basic necessities ........................... 7 cover story.....................................9 this old/new house .................... 18 moneywise ................................. 26 at home with marlo ................... 27 sam’s garden .............................. 28 askthedr......................................29 the perfect fit ............................. 29 datebook .................................... 40 leisure guide .............................. 41 classifieds ................................... 42 comics.........................................43

on the cover Photographer: Hayley Osborne Afton-based gunmaker Allan Sandy fires a flint lock rifle he built for himself 25 years ago. Story on page 9.

from thepublishers If we can make it through the holiday season without losing the whisk Adam is playing with in the picture, we will be amazed. When daddy’s making french toast, Adam insists on beating the eggs with his “whiskers.” Peyton likes cups. She likes to put things in her cups. She likes to pour things into cups. There have been times the only way she has eaten the food on her plate is if she puts it in a cup. Dump the hot dogs in a cup. Now dump them in the other cup. Back again to the other cup. “Mommy, ice please?” As the kiddos entertain themselves with “whiskers” and cups, mom and pop have been working like busy elves on their next project. We launched this magazine in 2005 when it was just me and Tommy and the pets. Nearly 8 years later, we find ourselves blessed with a wonderful family and a work-at-home business and lifestyle we truly love. We’ve kept getting nudged over the years to launch sister publications in neighboring counties. Under our mom & pop business model, undertaking such an expansion without it weighing a toll on our family life would have been difficult. And at the end of the day, we are parents first, and business owners second. Plus, there’s a way to expand organically,

without reinventing the wheel. Since year one, we’ve been constantly turning down wonderful stories outside of Nelson County because they’ve occurred beyond a geopolitical boundary. And let’s be honest: that just felt wrong. Starting with the January 2013 issue, Nelson County Life becomes Blue Ridge Life™ (Well played, Mayans). Full color. A wider distribution and circulation. We’re not reinventing the wheel. We’re adding to it thanks to the readers, advertisers and contributors who make these pages what they are. Same look and feel, with a few updates. And more importantly, we’re still a mom and pop with kids who play with “whiskers” and cups. Merry Christmas! Yvette & Tommy Stafford


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So come on out and see our stores in beautiful Nellysford. We have plenty of parking, and a great selection of unique gifts! Speaking of parking, no matter where you are coming from, it will probably take less time to get here than it would to find a parking spot in Charlottesville! Plus, after you shop, you can relax with a great meal or a beer next door at the Wild Wolf Brewery. We are a great destination combination! Yes, we ARE still adding stores, too! You can follow our progress here in this magazine, on Facebook, and on our website at, and

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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz

Here’s looking at you Today there is really no agreed upon toast except perhaps eye contact when toasting. Clink glasses…don’t clink…but always look each person in the eye as you do. Toasting probably dates to ancient Greece, its provenance fueled by practicality—to ensure one’s wine wasn’t poisoned. Spiking wine with poison had become an all too common means of dealing with personal problems: disposing of an enemy, a political opponent, a mother-in-law. To assure his guests that the wine wasn’t poisoned, a host would pour wine from a common pitcher and drink it before the assembled in a symbol of friendship. When guests saw he didn’t keel over, he’d then raise his glass to all to do likewise. The Romans who admired the Greeks, and tended to handle their social problems by similar means, also adopted the tradition of toasting. The term itself comes from the Roman practice of dropping a piece of burnt bread into wine. This tempered some of the less appealing wines the Romans drank since charcoal reduces acidity in

bad wine making it more palatable. In ancient Rome, bits of toast were floated in goblets of wine. One story tells of a rich man who threw quite the lavish party and filled the public baths with wine. Cheers. Beautiful young women were invited to swim in it. When asked his opinion of the wine, a guest responded: “I like it very much, but I prefer the toast.” And in the 18th century partiers got so caught up toasting, they toasted even to those not present. A woman who became the object of many such toasts came to be known as the “toast of the town.” You don’t have to wait till December 31st to drink champagne and make a toast. Raise a glass to life and all it offers. Toast your health and the health of your friends. Toast if you love deeply and toast if you’re loved. Life goes by quickly. Give gratitude that you didn’t become toast. Happy New Year to all and may you know much peace and joy. The following grower champagnes are my top picks for bubbly: Voirin-Jumel, NV Brut – From the Premier Cru vineyards of Cramant, Voirin-Jumel has beautiful floral and min-

eral characteristics. Notes of poached pear, meringue, dried fruits and apple. Pair with lemon-flavored scallops, sole or Carpaccio of salmon. $39 Diebolt Vallois - A Blanc de Blancs, which means all white grapes, and in Champagne this means all Chardonnay. This was my top pick last year and I continue to love Jacques Diebolt’s wines. A rich, medium-bodied champagne with grapes from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines. Round, elegant, creamy with notes of honeysuckle and chamomile. $52 Roland Champion, NV Brut – Another Blanc de Blancs, from a small, family-owned producer in the village of Chouilly with only Grand Cru vineyards. Fourth-generation daughter, Carole, has even made the trek to Nellysford. This is what one reviewer writes: This Champagne offers ethereal grace and poise and harmony; if I were fighting a duel tonight, I would ask for this Champagne as my last beverage. Notes of biscuit and hazelnut. $49 Spain & Portugal May 2013. For more details,

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

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Come browse our selection of sparkling wines and champagne (Grand Marque and grower champanges). Unique sparklers to fit any occasion. Happy holidays from us to all! Taking reservations for private parties. Call in advance. Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10am-6pm Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm Reservations advised for weekend dinners. Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm



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Montague, Miller & Co. REALTORS® Serving Nelson County

and and the the surrounding surrounding Central Central Virginia Virginia region region SHIPMAN – $183,000

NELLYSFORD – $250,000

LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN! Visit this 1900’s 1552 sq. ft. Farmhouse on 15.65 open and wooded acres. Elevated on a private knoll off a quiet state paved road close to Lovingston and fenced for horses with 24x40 Barn/Stable. Detached 15’x23’ Studio w/Electric and Water. Pine floors throughout with gas-logged stove, recent Appliances, Built-in China Cabinets, enclosed rear porch and new tilt-out windows. MLS 501549

Great Location for Business! 1.27 Ac. fronting on VSH 151 in the village of Nellysford with 2-story frame, 3534 sq. ft. home, Cr. 1908, with possibility of renovation for residential/business/commercial. The features of its era w/bulls eye molding on doors and window frames, built-in cabinets, wainscoting, solid pine doors, hdwd. flrs., wood mantels, chair rail, high ceilings, etc. Older section in rear w/enclosed porch. MLS 485806.

WINGINA – $379,000

TYRO – $315,000

The quality and details of this large home (4035 SF) are impressive. The upstairs is where you’ll find 3 of the 5 bedrooms including the large master with hardwood floors, large bath and hand painted ceiling. The first level includes all oak floors, a beautiful kitchen with granite tops and cherry cabinets, a corner office, formal living and dining rooms, and another bedroom. The basement is finished with an entertainment area, bedroom and bath. #498065

495 ft. on the Tye River Frontage with this 28.95 Wooded Ac. and enchanting 2 BR., 2 BA. Log home tucked in the woods. Enjoy trout fishing, Crabtree Falls, Appalachian Trail, the National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway close by. Rock away on the Wrap-around porch and enjoy sounds of the River and nature in the background. Acreage to hike, hunt or already divided for investment. Fully Furnished w/Pine walls, floors, & cabinetry; stone, gas-logged FP in 11x23 Grt. Rm.; Heat Pump & Basement. MLS#502983.

SHIPMAN – $69,900

SHIPMAN – $87,000

10 acres with great location for Mini-farm or private home site with level to rolling land. Beautiful hardwood forest with open land presently grazed by cattle. Build on elevated, private site hidden amongst hardwoods overlooking spring-fed pond. Land perked in 2010 with one division right. Located on private, secondary state paved road convenient to Lovingston and US 29. MLS 504049.

Enjoy surrounding mountain views from this beautiful, rolling 11 ac. of pasture land w/ mixed hardwood fronting on a quiet paved state road. Zoned Agriculture and perfect for horses, cattle or other animals. Build your Dream Home privately located in hardwoods near spring/pond site plus stream. Recent survey w/soil study. MLS 476097


Seller drops price $19,600! Four lots totaling 1.25 ac. in the shopping/business area of Tanbark Plaza which is just off US 29. Ideal location for commercial/office/retail business/multi housing off Main Street, Lovingston. Electric, Water & Sewer are available. Special Use Permit on property. Seller will comply with all County Requirements before Settlement. Owner is a licensed Realtor. MLS#472056

Carole Saunders, GRI 434.981.3089

James Wood 434.263.4371

Mark Brashears 540.570.2874 152 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 22949


AMHERST – $239,000

Located at the Dead End of a short paved state road, this 43.87 Ac. has beautiful rolling fields, wooded areas, and the lovely, bold Rutledge Creek. An old farmhouse with well along with several outbuildings exist on property. Perfect for year around living or vacation getaway. Relax and enjoy the sounds of this year-around creek plus privacy this tract offers. Property already divided and recorded into three tracts for potential investment. MLS 496071.

Nanette Kirt, GRI 434.962.6602

Carter Montague, Broker 434.962.3419 434.263.5088 local

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All I want for Christmas is a replica Shenandoah Valley flint lock rifle dressed up in sterling silver, made by Allan Sandy. STORY by YVETTE STAFFORD PHOTOGRAPHY by HAYLEY OSBORNE NOVEMBER 2012 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 9

Thirty years ago, these hands belonged to an auto mechanic. But thanks to a back surgery that forced Allan Sandy to rethink his career, he now uses them to make flint lock rifles. “It’s therapeutic. Most of the time I am here by myself. I spend a lot of hours here at the bench. And I’m content.” And who wouldn’t be? Allan’s shop is tucked away on a farm in Afton at the end of a gravel road. Inside the poplar paneled building is a corner dedicated to the tools of the trade. Clamped in the vice is the piece he’s working on: a Revolutionary War era long rifle with a sliding wooden patch box. “There is a great mystique that you feel,” Allan explains. “It kind of takes you back 250 years. Especially when you’re taking meat for the family.” Most recently, Allan took down a 6-point buck with his 45 caliber maple stock Lancaster, Pennsylvania rifle. Today, the target is a pine tree in the woods. Aiming at it, Allan pulls back the trigger on the gun he built for himself 25 years ago.


For a split second, you hear the crack of the flint sparking the blast that shoots a hand-loaded pellet through a thick cloud of smoke. And it’s that smell, the one of burnt sulfur, saltpeter and charcoal – the main ingredients that make black powder – that flint lock enthusiasts find so intoxicating.

“There’s just something about that big cloud of smoke that comes out in front of you. Once you touch the trigger, a lot of times you don’t see your target anymore. Whatever game you’re shooting at, it’s hidden behind a cloud of smoke.”

Building and using these weapons demand patience. Though many of Allan’s pieces are commissioned as collectibles – his waiting list is currently about a year long –– some are meant to be fired. “It’s much like bow hunting. You make that one shot count. Typically you’re not shooting as far as you might be with a modern gun so you change your hunting tactics slightly. You hunt in the deeper woods which actually improved, my hunting skills tremendously.” Allan recently opened his shop to dozens of people touring the Monticello Artisan Trail, an annual event organized by The Artisans Center of Virginia. Allan said he was excited to expose people to a time-honored craft that is sometimes overshadowed by violent news events involving modern weaponry. “They’ve never seen this before. It was so neat to see the expressions on many of these people’s faces,” Allan beamed. “I had one lady who was not a gun person at all but she said ‘I would love to have one of these hanging on my wall just because of the artwork.’” The polished Valley rifle with the sterling silver is one of those show pieces. To be clear, the original guns the Colonists used to fight off the British were far from ornate. But in judging the form and function of those civilian-type weapons, Allan is pretty blunt and proud about the tradition he keeps alive on his Afton farm. “Our Early American long rifles were art. These are the guns that won the American Revolution.” NCL

To learn more about Allan Sandy’s flint locks, contact the man himself:



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Welcoming the Winter Wonderland A gleaming blanket of snow is beautiful, but how can I temper its harsh glare? The reason for having all of those windows in your home is to enjoy your beautiful winter views and the natural light in your home. It’s a shame to have them covered up with blinds or curtains. You have to run around lifting them up and down different times of the day to block the sun. That daily chore has probably become too much of a hassle and you just leave your blinds down all day. Think about that for one minute and ask yourself this. “Why do I have windows in my home and why did I move to Nelson County?” The views, right? So why are you eliminating your views with blinds? Is it fading, too much heat from the sun, or is it just too bright? I have also been in homes where they don’t use blinds and this is what I typically see. Either furniture is being covered with sheets or nothing has been done at all. At least these homeowners still have their views and natural light, not to mention their living space is much more open and vibrant than being closed in with window treatments. It is still a huge compromise doing it those ways. These home owners still have tremendous heat gain and glare, plus the sun fades everything it touches, not just furniture. A great example of this would be hardwood floors. Depending on the type of wood, what it has been finished with, and the orientation of the room, I have seen significant fading on hardwood floors in less than a year. 3M™ Window Film installed by Clear View Window Tinting will eliminate any compromises you have been making. You can keep your brilliant winter views. For those of you without blinds, I can take care of everything that fades, not just your furniture. You can soak in the views of freshly fallen snow, without having to squint at the glare it creates or bake in the heat. For those of you with blinds, your life and home will be much different. Your space will be brighter, more open, and YOU WILL HAVE VIEWS! No more running around opening and closing your blinds. Just leave them up during the day or get rid of them. Window tinting will reduce 4 to 5 times more heat than closed blinds, and of course it will take care of your fading issues.

Myth vs. Reality 3M™ Window Films for your home are so amazing I often wonder why they’re not in most homes. Below, I dispel some of the myths you may have heard: MYTH: Window tinting will make my windows or room dark, and ruin my views. REALITY: I perform free consultations and I will apply a variety of film samples on your windows. I will label them and explain to you how they perform. I guarantee that there will be at least one sample that provides a more stunning view than your current windows and will still let in a tremendous amount of sunlight. MYTH: Window tinting will bubble, peel, and distort. REALITY: 3M™ is one of the most reputable and innovative companies in the world, and we use their window films. They do not bubble, peel, or become distorted. They back their window film with a lifetime warranty. MYTH: Nothing can really protect the interior of my home except for shadles or blinds. REALITY: Window tinting is the solution! Knowledge is power, power is change.

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Inside or outside the big tent, Indian Summer skies made for a fabulous Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery. Guests enjoyed music from The Cashmere Jungle Lords and The Atkinsons.


Pharsalia The 1814 William Massie Plantation Home Nelson County Tyro, Virginia

Sunday, Dec. 16th Cookies and Milk with Santa and Mrs. Claus Spend an afternoon with the Claus’s at Pharsalia. Plenty of one-on-one time with the man himself and no lines!!


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People at Wintergreen Resort awoke to find anywhere between 2 and 6 inches of snow courtesy of the moisture that came ashore from Hurricane Sandy. It won’t be long before skiers and boarders start carving up these slopes. As for the youngster to the right, he wishes he had listened to his mother and worn his gloves so that he could build a snowman.

1368 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958

THANK YOU to the 60+ docents who keep the Natural History Center open. THANK YOU to the 50+ volunteers on trails, kite festival, bird walks, star watch and Natural History Center. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS and VISITORS Be the 1000th visitor at the Natural History Center and to claim some prizes and to receive a prize; getting close. Open 10 to 4 Saturday and Sundays thru December 31 unless posted otherwise on website. Visit and PO Box 235 Nellysford VA 22958





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Children Under 10 EAT FREE from 4pm - 8pm *Anything from Our Tadpoles Menu* New Side Option for Kids: Steamed Veggies!

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Prime Rib, Crab Legs, & Shrimp. Combos, Or By Themselves, Your Choice!

Over 80 Micro Brews Always In House, 6 Packs To Go Available for Party’s or Gifts...

IMPORTANT DATES • Tuesday December 4th. CHRISTMAS CARD NIGHT FOR THE TROOPS. Bring the Kids in to Make Cards for our Troops. All Cards will be delivered to Walter Read Medical Center. KIDS EAT FREE. • Wednesday December 5th. Nelson County Food Drive - Bring Canned or Non Perishable Food Items and Receive 10% OFF Your Dinner Check. • Thursday December 6th. Our 1st Ever, Throwback Thursdays! Drink & Food Specials Reflective of Prices in the 90’s! Music Too... • Thursday, Decemeber 13th. TROEGS Mad Elf Pint Night! Come Enjoy some Great Christmas Brew! Dress Up in your Best Elf Costume and Have Chances to Win Troegs Mad Elf Items. • Tuesday December 18th SANTA CLAUS @ The Blue Toad... Kids Night with Santa Claus! • Thursday, December 20th Customer Appreciation Christmas Party and UGLY SWEATER NIGHT!! Live Music, Free Hors d’oeuvres, Good Friends & Good Times.

Select an Appetizer, 2 Entrees and 2 Desserts for Just $22! Save Your Gas, Avoid the Big Chains, EAT LOCAL.

Thursdays Throwback Thursdays!

Food & Drink Specials Thrownback to 90’s Prices! Music Too!

Fridays Toad’s Fridays After 5! Join Us in the Pub for Live Music Starting After 5:30pm. Check for Performing Artists and Dinner Specials.




Check www.TheBlueToad or Music Starts Each and Every Saturday @ 8:30pm.

Full Breakfast Menu, Brunch Until 1pm. Southern Comfort Sundays! Comfort Dishes to Please the Soul & Wrap Your Week Up!



It’s like camp for your dog!




Minutes to Wintergreen, near Nellysford


Doolittle’s Country Kennel

A very jolly Don Rich is getting in the Christmas spirit. We caught him decorating his shop, Zestivities!, with holiday gifts. And we hear Santa’s elves have been spotted at HomeBrewZ! and ExtraZ!, near Wild Wolf Brewery, where we’ve been told Mrs. Claus likes to throw back a cold one.

Be on the lookout for the SPCA’s Angel Pet Trees around Nelson County. Each will be decorated with raffle tickets entitling the winner to on of many merchant-donated prizes. Proceeds benefit Almost Home Pet Adoption Center.

From Our Family to Yours, Happy Holidays We Build Relationships Jack Jackson 434-987-2730






The Walton’s Mountain Museum celebrated its 20th year with live music. Earl Hamner’s sister, Audrey (below) visited her old homeplace and met with fans. Earl’s life in Schuyler inspired the hit television show, which first aired 40 years ago and lives on today in reruns.

A Blitzen Drunken Game Hen over roasted sweet potato-corn pudding topped was the third of a five-course meal served up at Blue Mountain Brewery and hosted by Brew Master Taylor Smack. Kudos to Chef Rob!

Elk Mountain Contracting Specializing in handcrafted log cabins and restoration work. Also buying old cabins and barns.

Holiday Boutique • Novelty Jackets • Decorative Items • Unique Accessories • Holiday Gifts Original Oil Paintings by Ray Burns Valley Green Center Nellysford, VA

Hours: Thurs – Sun. 11;00 – 5:00

New Computer this Holiday Season? How about Lessons to go with it?

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thisoldhouse Location: 10915 James River Rd., Shipman, Virginia Offered at: $99,000 Comments: Charming old farm house with great bones. New roof, siding, and insulated windows. Remodeled kitchen and sunroom/breakfast nook with new deck. Property is fenced. Shed has electricity. Basement was once an apartment and can be restored to that condition. Contact: Lynn Bowling Montague, Miller & Co.– Amherst 434-941-3126

Location: 1348 Blue Ridge Dr, Wintergreen, Virginia Offered at: $309,000 Comments: Welcome to your new “green” 3 bedroom/2 bath Mountain Chalet in Wintergreen Resort. This new high-efficiency home boasts excellent insulation, wood and tile floors, vaulted wood-in laid ceilings, a massive stone wood-burning fireplace, custom maple cabinets with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The home has a private wooded setting with seasonal mountain views, and is 1.2 miles to ski slopes. Walk to Pool in Summer. Contact: Pamela Lang McKeithen Mountain Area Realty 434-361-2440

Rockfish Valley Community Center

Christmas Trees for Sale Fresh Fraser Firs straight from NC Mountains! Tree lot open Saturdays, 9 to 1 November 24 thru December 22 Tues. thru Fri. at the Treasure Chest 10 to 4 starting November 27munity ce


Prices start at $40 5’ to 12’ range New & renewing RVCC members receive a $5 discount.

Rockfish Valley Community Center | 190 Rockfish School Lane | Afton, VA 22920 434.361.0100 | 18 NELSON COUNTY LIFE DECEMBER 2012



This is how you cook apple butter, kids. Silver Creek and Seaman’s Orchards its annual Apple Butter Makin’ Festival, canning up the good stuff the old fashioned way. In case you wanted to do it yourself, more than 15 different apple varieties were available.


7:45 am & 10:30 am GPT (Group Personal Training) 9:00 am Core Fit Wednesday 7:45 am & 10:30 GPT (Group Personal Training) 9:00 am Core Fusion 6:00 pm Zumba Core Thursday 9:00 am Zumba Core 10:30 am Silver & Gold (Senior Fitness) 4:40 pm Core Fusion Private sessions also available!

Visit for ongoing Personal Training & Fitness Classes.

Karen Walker-Cooke is a registered nurse, exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer, yoga and pilates and Zumba instructor.




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Do you love Wintergreen as much as we do? When you buy or sell with us, you are investing in Wintergreen’s future – Call us or stop in and be a part of Wintergreen’s future.

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12 Den Tree – Listed for $399,000




Blue Ridge Mtn Acreage

364 Chestnut Place This is a beautiful site with a view! Priced to sell quickly. Seller financing. $129,000. Call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293. (494289)

Extraordinary parcel w/ 280 degree mountain and valley views. Supremely private w/ multiple streams/springs. Adjacent to thousands of Wintergreen’s permanent wilderness acres. Elevations 1600’-2200’. Minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, dining, shopping, area wineries & micro breweries. $975,000. Contact Brian Chase for details. 434-296-9860 (497651)

221 Timbers – Listed for $139,000


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Horizons Village Horizons Village - a preservation community nestled into the Rockfish Valley below Wintergreen Resort. 10 acre parcel offers seclusion, privacy, hardwoods, and elevations with potential mountain views. $89,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (502092)









481 Three Ridges – Listed for $149,900



25 Devils Bend


2113 Fairway Woods

Charming 3 bedroom 2 bathroom mountain cabin for only $329,900. Furnished and including WPI right, this like new home has hardi plank siding, hardwood floors in living area,and stainless appliances in kitchen. Wood ceiling and stone fireplace in family room give a great chalet atmosphere. High efficiency heat pump, great location within short walk to Spa and golf. Free shuttle bus stop only steps away from front door. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 , (496221)

2113 & 2110 are both upgraded, Golf front properties (18th fairway) with neighboring patios. Perfect for friends or multi-generational families. 2113 has upgraded Kitchen & baths, and newer appliances, flooring & furniture. Fully furnished. Motivated sellers! Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890, Dawn.Perusse@ (MLS 499210) $128K.

1647 Overlook – Listed for $247,000











1429 Highlands Spectacular year ‘round views overlooking ski slopes & multiple ridges of mountains! Fully furnished, 2BR/2BA mid-level unit with new AC unit. Walk to Ski slopes, Golf, Tennis & Wintergarden Spa. Turn-key investment and/ or mountain get-away for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. $180,000 Contact Dawn Perusse 800-417-1890, (490911)











116 Hemlock – Listed for $649,000


47 Bucksaw Lane Private wooded lot on cul de sac at Wintergreen. Priced to sell, hold as investment or build here now. Seasonal views. Listed by Steve Marianella at $45,000, 434-566-1293 or (498182)

10 Mulligan Lane – Stoney Creek Unique double lot offers ability to build unattached single home in 55+ RoseWood Village community. Located near shopping and all Stoney Creek amenities; also has views of mountains and golf course. $99,500 call Joan Mummery 434-361-9402 (496472)



118 Firtree – Listed for $238,900















1296 Stoney Creek West With ARB approval, the existing home on this golf front lot will be removed to make room for a Winterwoods Homes luxury timber frame and stone design. This special lot is within 100 yards of Stoney Creek clubhouse. Already have your own lot? Choose from any of 40+ portfolio designs. $2,725,000. Call or click for more information. www.goWintergreen. com 434-296-9860 (462919)

309 Dobie – Listed for $275,000



8 Fernwood Court

115 Rosewood Drive


51 Knob Hill Place – Listed for $1,560,000


Charming Log Cabin Home in the heart of Wintergreen Resort. Brand new Roof, Heating System, and appliances. 4 beds, 2 full baths makes this a perfect family retreat. The great room has two sitting areas, a dining area, a open kitchen and a cozy wood stove. The home is located on a quite street, but close to everything in the resort. A rare find a Wintergreen! Offered at $315,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (502711)

New to the market! This Rosewood Villa boasts the best views and location! Custom finishes, high end appliances, hard wood floors, bay window, plantation shutters, bright and sunny are just a few reasons to visit this home. This is the lowest priced 2BR and will not be undersold. $379,000, call J. Mummery @434-361-9402. (502584)


P.O. Box 706


Wintergreen, Virginia 22958

24 Barn Owl Lane Rare opportunity to purchase a water-front, Lake Monocan lot. Priced to sell, this special lot offers 85’ of lake frontage, long water views, intimate views of Monocan’s par 3 hole number 5 tee boxes and green that plays across the lake. Plus, expansive mountain vistas. $179,000. Listed by Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (499200)


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17 Blue Flint

Build this great mountain layout on a great lot at Wintergreen. Seasonal views and premier craftmanship in construction from one of the areas respected local builders. Hardwood floors, granite counters, custom cabinets. Call or e mail to discuss how we can make this your mountain getaway at Wintergreen! Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, (490374)










67 W. Elkwood Drive Freshly Remodeled ! Located within walking distance to the Mountain Village. Very well maintained 3 bedroom / 2 full bath home. Hardy Plank sliding & roof recently installed. Features a 2 car garage/family room/billiard room.What a bargain at $239,000. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498 (502937)




310 Fortunes Ridge

Fax 434.325.8017


31 Summit Circle

Fantastic Shenandoah Valleys views from this renovated home off prestigious Devils Knob Loop at Wintergreen Resort. New gourmet kitchen, post and beam architecture with two family rooms, two fireplaces, and hardwood floors. Addition and renovation by Glen German. Includes most furnishings, many antiques and artwork. Level driveway, large deck with hot tub. Three full baths and bedrooms, wet bar, Pella windows with built in shades, hardiplank siding on addition. Must see to appreciate! Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (504578)




One of the few view lots available under $200K. This lot has views to the west and south, and lots of mountain laurel too. Front of lot is level for a driveway. Quiet location almost at end of cul de sac. Bring your builder or let me introduce you to one! Listed by Steve Marianella for only $169,900 tel 434-566-1293, (501048)









145 Rosewood Dr ~ Stoney Creek New Price! Model Golf Villa with 1st floor master, 3 bedrooms, and 3 full baths. Superb quality, ready for occupancy. RoseWood Village is a 55+ maintenance free community located in the valley of Wintergreen’s Stoney Creek. Indulge in Wintergreen’s amenities plus those of Charlottesville & UVA. Start living today! $400,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (458400)


258 Timbers Updated Timbers Condo on Wintergreen Resort Rental Program. Great location, slopeside condo, walk to amenities. Priced to sell. $100,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (493414)






44 Bucksaw Lane Lovely, wooded lot with seasonal views and interesting rock formations. Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac near Chestnut Park and Pool. Building plans available upon request. $69,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 (484231)


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106 Deer Springs Lane Like new GOLF FRONT home overlooking Devils Knob Hole #7. Three bedrooms with three full bathrooms, a 2 car detached garage, hardwood floors, fireplace and more. Large trex deck also has views of pond and lovely summer ferns. Listed by Steve Marianella for only $429,900. tel 434-566-1293, (501064)


Only $88,500 for a furnished condo with mountain views, two full baths, a full kitchen and a great location near Wintergreen amenities! Walk to golf, tennis, skiing and restaurants. Pergo floors, family room fireplace, separate dining area. This may not last long, great investment to use or rent this ski season. Call today, Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (492139)


466 Three Ridges Condo


166 Mountain Inn


Cozy & convenient to the Mountain Inn, Shopping, Ski and Dining make this a perfect rental opportunity. Freshly painted and priced to sell! This one bedroom, one bath condo with a wood burning fireplace and open floor plan awaits your personal touch! Back deck convenient for pets as it is ground level. $108,500. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498 (497221)


472 Cedar Meadow Drive

Great location in the Mountain Inn priced to sell. Many recent upgrades including new cherry cabinets, granite counters, refrigerator w/ ice maker, kitchen faucet, hot water heater, flex flooring and bedding - Nov 2011. New flat screen TVs and lighting summer 2011. New mattresses in 2010. Turn key and beautifully done. Immaculate and ready to enjoy immediately or keep the income rolling in from rentals. $119,000.Call Rod Phillips at 434-987-6399 (494790)




Exceptional home on beautifully landscaped double lot; breath-taking great room features stone wood-burning fireplace extending to top of 15 foot wood-paneled ceiling, large casement windows and built-in bookcases, overlooked by balcony; family room features gas fireplace with soapstone hearth; enjoy outdoor living with screened porch, extensive deck and lovely yard with fish pond and waterfall; other features include greenhouse, sun room, stone chimney and stone pillars on front porch. $599,000 Call Joan Mummery (434) 531-5033. (489183)







702 Laurelwood Formerly a 1 bedroom unit, the owner transformed space into a 2nd bedroom complete with a bunk bed! New flooring in kitchen and bath 2010. Easy walk to skiing and Mountain Inn. Recently replaced stove, fridge, heat pump, dishwasher. $99,000. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (479168)


380 Cedar Drive Compare this luxury mountain home to any other - incredible value! Home on 1 acre adjoining National Forest. Gourmet kitchen, hardwoods, master bath with granite double vanity, 3 fireplaces (2 gas/1 wood), superb mountain views, 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 car garage, extensive decks. Now at $824,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (483491)




78 Fox Run ~ Stoney Creek

19 Lost Pond ~ Stoney Creek

1+ acre lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Right around the corner from the Lake Monocan beach and picnic area, and just 2 minutes to golf, tennis, hiking, dining, fishing. Nearly level for easy building. Bring your own builder or contact us for recommendations. Reduced $10,000!! Now just $43,100. Listed by Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (488833)

One acre corner lot on quiet cul-de-sac in the foothills of Stoney Creek. Among homes of significant value. Enjoy a gently sloping lot with hardwoods - slope ideal for a walk-out basement! Three minutes to amenities (golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, dining, fishing). Community water available. Reduced $10,000! Now just $48,400. Listed by Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (488830)


For the Holidays!



Homemade Gingerbread Houses! Perfect for gifts, entertaining, or a personal holiday treat!

Thursday, December 6th Steal The Glass Purchase a $5 beverage and take home the BMB logo glass all day! Thursday, December 13th BMB Yuletide Extravaganza 3 - 7PM. Holiday fun for the whole family! Santa and his elves, tree trimming, caroling, hot chocolate and our full BMB menu! Monday, December 31st New Year's Eve Family friendly NYE celebration from 4pm-8pm. A pint-sized party for the whole family with face painting, a moon bounce (weather permitting), sparkling cider toast and a 6pm countdown to the new year! Our full dinner menu and kids menu will be available. For the music by Chamomile and Whiskey from 9pm-1am and a special toast at midnight! Tuesday, January 1st New Year's Day Brunch Join us for our annual 'hair of the dog' brunch from 11am-3pm!

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The Christmas season always brings back a fullness of heart when I think of the holidays I’ve spent in Love, Virginia. I have celebrated Christmas in a variety of houses here on the mountain but the ones that stick in my mind the most were the years spent in the little green hunting camp I called home from 1980 to 1983 and again from 1990 until 1993. When our family first started coming to Love in the 1970s the camp belonged to Dr. and Mrs. Saunders. Prior to that it was owned by a number of other people. Jesse Bridge once told me the camp was there when he came to the Snead School as a child. Jesse just passed away at eighty-eight years of age so the camp may be close to a hundred years old, or older.


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Featuring hand carved Santas by Noel Bing for the Holiday Season Valley Green Gallery’s Artisans, Artists and Authors

'Geeks Who Drink' Trivia every Tuesday at 7pm


Kathy Bonham’s guide profiles our members. Browse through it as you shop! Valley Green Center Rockfish Valley Hwy. Rt. 151, Nellysford Wed- Fri 11-5, Sat 10-5, Sun & Mon 11-4 Ph: 434-361-9316

Christmas at the Camp STORY by LYNN COFFEY The first Christmas there was the most exciting for me because I was living the mountain life I had dreamed about since childhood. If the camp lacked modern conveniences I never paid much attention to it. I was too enamored with living in the Blue Ridge to notice that my new digs didn’t have one bit of insulation so when the wind blowed … so did the curtains! It did have an indoor bathroom, of sorts. The room was so small that one could sit on the potty, stick feet in the shower and wash hands in the miniscule sink without having to move. The kitchen was kind of a one-person room as well. Literally, you could stand in the middle of the isle and open the ‘fridge door, stir something on the stove, chop onions on the counter and wash the dishes without ever moving your feet! But if those rooms were tiny, the rest of the house made up for it. It had four bedrooms and an enormous living/dining area in the front of the house. There was a bar on one end and a ten foot table that could easily seat 14 on the other. Boards were nailed onto the rafters providing a cathedral ceiling, making the room look even larger. And because there was no ceiling, our first Christmas tree was a monster. Gladys Coffey said I could come over and top off a huge

blue spruce growing on their property. The tree had to be cut three more times before it would fit in the house! I never was much good at eyeballing measurements. Once the behemoth was in place, my daughter Heather and I strung popcorn and cranberry garlands on it, standing on chairs and the bar to reach the top. The only other decorations adorning it were white lights, red plaid bows and pinecones sprinkled with glitter. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and with an old quilt spread around its base, it looked like something right out of a Laura Ingalls novel. When the holidays were over we drug the massive tree outdoors for the birds to feast on. When my first marriage ended, I found myself living back at the camp, sad but determined to be happy in the future. That first Christmas was frugal to say the least. I went to a co-worker’s farm, cut a cedar tree and loaded it in the back of my ’51 Ford pickup and drove home. I dug out the candles with white lights and put them in every window. I hiked up the mountain and pulled garlands of running cedar to place on the fireplace mantle. Turning to come back I remember looking down and seeing the candle’s soft glow in my cabin against a backdrop of evening sky and dark blue mountains and my heart filled with a joy I hadn’t known in quite some time. Suddenly the lack of material goods seemed trivial compared to the richness my heart felt. As I stepped through the door the aroma of cedar filled the camp and I put a pan of water on to boil for cocoa, turned on some Christmas carols and threw a few logs in the woodstove. I filled an antique trunk with wrapped presents for my daughter and strung colored lights in the antlers of a deer head mounted over the fireplace. The whole effect was cozy, especially when I turned out the lights and lit a few oil lamps. The dim yellow glow of their flames cast long shadows about the room and set the scene for simplicity. Heather came in and we ate our Christmas meal, attended a candlelight church service, drove around to see the holiday lights, and came back to open presents. I celebrated two more Christmases in that fashion and although I was alone, I was never lonely. Then the unexpected happened. My family of two turned into a multitude of blessings as December 1992 rolled around. My mother, whom I hadn’t celebrated a Christmas with in twenty-five years, moved to Waynesboro, just a hop, skip and a jump from where I lived. A month before, I began dating a man who just happened to be my “up the road” neighbor and the miracle of love unfolded as Billy Coffey and I began to plan our future together. Although we’ve had many a happy Christmas in our own cabins since, the one spent at the Saunder’s camp will always remain the dearest. For it was there I received the greatest gift one could ever acquire; peace of mind, hope for the future and a heart full of love. For the first time, the Bible verse of Jeremiah 29:11 that I clung to during the hard times, became a living reality as its timeless words spoke to me. “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil; to give you a future and a hope.” May each of you, regardless of your circumstances, be thankful this Christmas season for the simple blessings God gives as well as the greatest gift a loving Father can bestow; the gift of His Son ... NCL

OLD WORLD CARPENTRY “hoch die zimmererkunst” Jens Müller

6997 Rockfish River Road Schuyler, VA 22969 434.831.5998 CUSTOM SAWING WITH A WOOD MIZER PORTABLE BAND SAW


HUNTING AND RECREATIONAL LAND DURRETT TOWN ROAD 74 23.03ACRES ∙ $265,000 ∙ MLS#488478 This property has six subdivision rights, (per owner), and is located in northern Nelson County with quick and easy access to Waynesboro and Charlottesville. Property has a stream and several ideal building sites, all with good views. Private location with year round views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Good location for a small vineyard or small working farm growing hops for the local micro-breweries. It is private and located in one of the most desirable areas of Nelson County. Agent: Tim Merrick 434-825-0866

FOXLAND FARM (FORMERLY CRITZER FARM) 40ACRES ∙ $697,000 ∙ MLS#492994 The property is a short drive to Waynesboro & Charlottesville with Blue Mountain Brewery, A. M. Fog and the Rockfish Country Store in the neighborhood. This is one of the most scenic sites in the Afton area, with a combination of an ancient Oak Grove and open land. The western and southern views are all Blue Ridge. A very unique, one of a kind site. This property would make a great vineyard or horse property; possibly a winery. Agent: Tim Hess 434-361-0545

LAUREL ROAD 60ACRES ∙ $189,000 ∙ MLS#487237 Spectacular mountain views and several home site locations - you will need to walk up the drive to appreciate the views and the beauty of the land. Private location but only a few miles from Lovingston. The property already has an “Existing Well” and “Electric Power” is routed to the property. Agent: Joe Kincaid 434-361-0551

MILL POND ROAD 93.99 ACRES ∙ $375,000 ∙ MLS# 492250 Ideal for a family desiring 4 or 5 elevated, well contoured building sites on three sides of a spring fed stream, which could be converted to a private pond. The property is on Cove Creek, affording a bold stream access for recreation. Agent: Peter Farley 434-361-0567

PAINTERS MOUNTAIN LANE 1675 93 ACRES ∙ $798,000 ∙ MLS#498056 Very rare high mountain meadows & woodlands property is a bowl with magnificent views of National Forest and surrounding area. Agent: Tim Hess 434-361-0545

TAX MAP 43-A PARCEL 5-B 0 48 ACRES ∙ $168,000 ∙ MLS#502359 A protected cove with a 4X4 trail to high and secluded building sites. Adjoining a beautiful, open farm with excellent mountain views from the property line on top of the hill. There is a walk able trail from Rt. 151 thru the property to the top of the hill. The trail is up a cove with hills on either side and proceeds to commanding building sites and magnificent views. Agent: Peter Farley 434-361-0567 * PHONE AND DATA CHARGES MAY APPLY TO TEXT MESSAGES AND INTERNET ACCESS. 800.325.2200 DECEMBER 2012 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 25


Tis the Season! Share the Joy with your Favorite Charities

By Julia Rogers Julia Rogers is a licensed CPA residing in Nelson County Tis the Season Although charitable organizations have year round needs, statistics show nearly half of individual donations occur between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This roughly aligns with the Christian season of Advent – the time period leading up to Christmas Day devoted to thoughtful preparation. Thoughtful preparation should be the first part of your charitable giving plans. Rather than react to the many appeals that you receive, take some time to plan your gifts and evaluate the true benefit to the particular causes that you support. Start by reviewing your giving history – make a list of your gifts from the last few years and consider which organizations are truly important to you. Use this as a starting point for developing your long term giving plans. Now it’s time to research your list of charities. Well-managed charitable organizations usually spend at least 80 percent of their receipts on program services. Several internet sites provide helpful ratings on larger charities and verification of their tax-exempt status - try www.CharityNavigator.

org. Other organizations, such as the Community Foundation or your Church, can provide information on local charities that have the greatest needs in your community. Next, pare down your giving to the better organizations. Giving small amounts to a large number of organizations will only serve to clutter your mailbox with additional appeals and waste funds on mailing and administrative expenses. One or two larger gifts to the best organizations will put more dollars to work in program services. Consider disaster appeals carefully – you may wish to leave room in your annual budget for emergency appeals – but do not respond quickly to emergency appeals. Areas that suffer from a significant disaster often take months or years to define their rebuilding plans, and you may wish to set aside your funds for those purposes. The first appeal that you receive in the wake of a disaster may not be the best use of your funds. Hang up the phone. Do not respond to telephone solicitors. Most telemarketers charge large commissions for

their work and only a small portion of the donation actually makes its way to the charitable organization. In addition, you have no idea how carefully they will handle your credit card and other personal information. If you normally itemize your deductions when you file your tax returns, your donation to an IRS approved charity or religious organization will be deductible if you have the proper documentation. Retain copies of your canceled check or credit card receipt. If the donation exceeds $250, you must also have a written acknowledgement from the charitable organization. If the organization provides a product or service in return for your donation, this must be shown on the receipt as a reduction of the donation. You may wish to consider discussing your charitable plans with your tax or financial advisor. They might recommend spreading the gift over a number of years or using donations of stock or other assets to make the best use of your gift. We have much to be thankful for this holiday season. Merry Christmas everyone!


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

Are you being flooded with prospective purchasers? Chances are that is a resounding NO! In the past, 10 home showings should have generated an offer to purchase. With greater inventory and more options, it may now take up to 15 showings (and a current average of 215 days on market) to generate a ready, willing, and able buyer. Sellers, be prepared when opportunity knocks, and avoid these major “turn offs” for home buyers. Dirt: Nothing turns off a buyer quicker than a dirty home. Roll up the sleeves and get to work to eliminate dirt and grime. Go the extra mile from scrubbing to steam cleaning. Cleaning may take a lot of effort, but very little financial investment. Cleaning is time well spent! Odor: Homes are bought on hearing, sight, and smell! Avoid cooking fish and other odorous

foods. Make necessary lifestyle changes such as only smoking outdoors. Eliminate pet odors and conceal pet paraphernalia. Half of the population doesn’t even like pets and will immediately be turned off if your home has lingering pet odor. Clean carpets and upholstery; if the odor persists, consider replacement. Clutter: Less is more! Clear from countertops to closets. Room to room, make sure furniture and accessories are minimal; leave items that accentuate a room and remove all obstacles to pathways and focal points. Personal items: Decorate to sell not live. Remove eccentric décor and colors, including paint. In addition, don’t distract buyers with walls and tables full of family photos. Buyers should envision them, not you, living in the home. Old fixtures: Dated fixtures can be left for the buyer to change, but

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they may impede you from getting the best possible price. Fixtures are inexpensive relative to the return on the investment. Change dated cabinet hardware, light fixtures, and even extremely old kitchen appliances. Wallpaper: Today’s buyers want no part of wallpaper! Wall paper is extremely personalized and can be a pain to remove. Most buyers want to enjoy the high of owning a “new to them” home and not have the immediate buzz kill of another item on the move-in to-do list. Popcorn ceilings: From floor to ceiling the home needs to be appealing. No buyer will look up to admire that popcorn or cottage cheese ceiling. It may have been fashionable in the 60’s or 70’s, but it is no longer hip. Restore it to a smooth surface. Curb appeal: Curb appeal is that critical first impression. Buyers will judge a book by the cover.

Weed, edge, trim, and mulch the flower beds. Make mildew, dirt, spider webs, and other debris disappear, so that the buyer won’t. Misrepresentation: Beauty or the Beast? Don’t misrepresent the home in a manner that the buyer will automatically be “let down” upon arrival. Sellers: Run errands, go for a walk, or just vacate the premises. Allow buyers the freedom to see and discuss your home with their agent. Attract the buyer with marketing. Wow the buyer with price AND condition. Avoid these showing pitfalls and turn the buyer “on”, not “off”. 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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The Winter Garden Yep, it’s that time of year again - big fat turkeys, Fa-La-La, family, friends,…and an absolutely ‘blah’ garden. Most of us focus so much on color and blooms that the winter garden gets little to no attention. Rightfully so, we spend about 95% more time outside in those spring/ summer/fall months when color can be appreciated from a nearby bench, a patio dinner or a garden stroll. Many of us forget to even consider a winter garden. Here are some options to make Thanksgiving, Christmas and that long winter stretch a little more enjoyable – even if its just from the inside of your warm home looking out! 1) Berries - Winterberry, Sparkleberry, Blue Hollies and American Holly cultivars. Wonderful dime sized red berries starting to show themselves in November on the Winterberry and Sparkleberry while the Blue Holly and American Holly cultivars, with slightly smaller berries, add in a nice green backdrop while their berries are on display. Plant in sun and avoid excessive nitrogen to get maximum berry production. 2) Bark - River Birch, Natchez Crape Myrtle and Paperbark Maple. Even without the foliage trees can have a ton of interest in their bark. Exfoliating bark is a must in the winter garden and all of these will not disappoint. The three of these show off their bark with the Natchez Crape Myrtle giving a bonus to the summer’s garden with its white blooms. Plant in full sun and in areas where water is adequate for these specimen, medium sized trees. Keep limbs up to at least shoulder height (over time) so the bark can be seen easily. 3) Deep, deep evergreens - Boxwood (American, Justin Brouwer’s, Jensen, etc.), Norway Spruce, Southern Magnolia, English Laurel, Japanese Aucuba. If your winter garden is, well, brown, you must

reconsider some of your corner, foundation or specimen plantings with these options. Deep green is an absolute joy in the winter garden when the first snow hits the ground <fingers crossed>. When snow is excessive, take a photo and then beat the snow off of these so as to avoid severe breakage. The Japanese Aucuba (variety ‘Gold Dust’) adds in blotches of canary yellow accents on their foliage and is great cut flower (spring, summer and fall) and winter decorations. 4) Hellebore - If you don’t have Lenten Rose in your garden right now, stop reading, go to your nearest garden center and BUY! Yes, garden readers, they ARE that good and no garden is complete without their winter foliage and early blooms (think January/February) to remind you that spring is just a few months out. 5) Arum italicum – this perennial has an arrow-shaped leaf with mottled variegation. Unlike most perennials, Arum is dormant in the summer but emerges in the fall and stays up and green all winter long. 6) Japanese Umbrella Pine - one of my all-time favorites. Although it can be difficult to grow, it is one of those trees that will catch every plant connoisseur’s eye and add a wonderful accent in the garden. With 3 inch long evergreen needles in whorls on a pyramidal, upright tree, this plant is worth the effort. Plant this specimen in moist, partly acidic soil, in full sun on the east side of your home as it likes protection from winter’s western winds. 7) Pansies – and finally, while many people associate pansies with fall seasonal color they are actually a tough winter hardy plant. In a mild winter pansies can show great color all the way through and even after a cold and snowy winter they always perk back up in the early spring. We have discovered a particular hardiness in the Frizzle Sizzle series.

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asktheDr. By Dr. Steve Schmitz Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Steve, My nerves are shot. What can I do? The above is a very common phrase for me to hear when I sit down to listen to a patient. There are a lot of folks who feel anxious, nervous, jumpy, irritable, or panicky to the point where it interrupts their lives. If this describes you, then take heart that you aren’t alone. Anxiety is a normal human feeling. In fact, in the right context it is a helpful function. For instance, if someone is robbing your house you might sense fear, sweatiness, and a racing heart. That fear might motivate you to yell, run, or call 911--all reasonable things to do at the time. Hopefully, these feelings pass when the situation is over. For some people, however, they start to invade every day life for no reason. Anxiousness, fear, chest pains, sweats, nervousness, inability to concentrate, dizziness, and muscle tension all without a good reason are signs of unhelpful anxiety. If anxiousness is building inside of you, it is time to take action. First, examine what you are putting into your

body (you are what you eat). Caffeine, alcohol, diet pills, decongestants, and illicit drugs all can make anxiety worse. Second, get some fresh air and exercise. Raising that heart rate and sweating a little every day is probably the best treatment for anxiety available. Also, you have got to actively try to calm the mind. Some methods for achieving this include prayer, meditation, yoga, reflection, and discussion with a friend. Simply setting aside 20 minutes per day to think about what real worries you have and what things you really don’t need to worry about can be enormously helpful. At times, these suggestions aren’t enough. If that is the case for you then it’s time to seek out your doctor. He or she can help decide what the next step should be. Sometimes medicines or counseling are necessary. Above all, realize that aid is available. Hope this helps. Dr. Steve Schmitz is a licensed medical doctor based in Afton. Have a question for him? Email him 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 physician. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult your doctor.

theperfectfit By Agnes F. Schrider, PT Nelson Physical Therapy

10 Step Program for Surviving the Holidays By January, we have had enough. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, we revel in the holidays: eating, shopping, eating, drinking, celebrating, eating and staying up too late. Then we repeat it the next day. It is an annual ritual that we tell ourselves won’t happen next year but it does. It is challenging to break patterns as we are creatures of habit and the food and festivities are so delicious. It is possible to celebrate without the weight gain. I offer some gentle reminders for you to post on the refrigerator this holiday season. 1) Sleep. Notice your sleep patterns and learn how much sleep your body needs in order to function well without a lot of stimulants. Lack of sleep lessens the body’s ability to fight colds and germs. 2) Stay in the habit of exercise. Regular exercise boosts your immune system. Bring family with you to exercise.

3) Exercise with a friend and make a commitment to each other for support. It keeps you accountable so you don’t fall off the exercise wagon. It is too easy to get out of the habit of exercise so avoid more than two days between exercise sessions. 4) Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. 5) Eat slowly savoring the flavor. It reduces the desire to go for seconds if you slow down. 6) Limit the number and portion size of desserts. 7) Know that the sun will still rise tomorrow if you don’t get everything completed on your “to do” list today. 8) Don’t beat yourself up over anything that you think you “should have done”. Each new day, you are given a whole new 24 hours to celebrate. (words by Thich Nhat Hanh). 9) Laugh a lot – it is the best medicine. 10) Treasure the moments with family, friends and community.

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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.




“St. George and the Dragon,” Dec. 21, 1:30 & 7PM at RVCC

These kids wore out some serious energy as they bounced for turkeys at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. This year’s event raised more than $2100 to help The Nelson Pantry feed families who need a little extra help this holiday season.

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This tackle of a Gretna Hawks wide receiver by a Nelson Governors defensive lineman wasn’t enough to turn things around for the Govs. Though their passing was successful, the Hawks walked away with a 48-8 win. Govs Quarterback Coby Etchison was sidelined with an ankle injury and replaced by Tyler Vest. The last time the Govs beat the Hawks was back in 2002.


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Andrew and Patricia Hodson of Veritas Vineyard & Winery looked mighty vampy at this year’s Opportunity Ball which featured a silent and live auction, complete with multi-course dinner and music. The annual event benefits The Nelson County Community Fund.

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90 miles out into the Atlantic, Nellysford man Chris Barksdale finds himself on a sinking ship and lives to tell about it.



Just days after surviving the sinking of the tall ship HMS Bounty, Chris Barksdale (at right) chats with son, Patrick Barksdale, at his home in Nellysford.

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The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Of the 16-person crew, the Coast Guard rescued 14, inlcuding Nellysford man Chris Barksdale. Crewmate Claudine Christiane was found and pronounced dead at the hospital. The shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s captain, Robin Walbridge, was never found. [ U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski ]


Though Chris Barksdale has kept a low profile since returning home from sea, he has been fielding calls from reporters worldwide. He’s turned most of them down but agreed to talk to WCAV-TV news reporter Rachel Ryan (left), as well as a crew sent by weather personality Al Roker (right).


Chris Barksdale has been told he’ll never have another bad day in his life. Unfortunately, it came at quite a cost: Chris spent Hurricane Sandy first on the HMS Bounty (built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando) and then in the cold, choppy waters of the Atlantic. Chris is not a sailor by trade. He ended up on the HMS Bounty after a friend asked not once, but twice, for him to come on board as the engineer. When his good friend, first mate John, asked the second time, Chris couldn’t turn him down. “I told myself not many people get this chance in life,” said Chris. “And if I don’t go he’s gonna keep calling me, so I felt the need and desire to go.” Chris, John, and the rest of the 14-person crew started their trip in September at Booth Port Harbor in Maine and starting heading toward their final destination of Galveston, Texas where the ship would be overwintered. But on Sunday, October 28, things stopped going according to plan. The captain of the ship called everyone together and told them he wouldn’t blame anyone if they wanted to get off the boat before the storm hit. When no one opted to get off, he steered the boat in the south/southeastern direction thinking he would avoid the worst part of the storm. “There was a little apprehension initially, but once I started listening to him and what he described he intended to do, it seemed like he had a pretty good handle on it,” Chris said. “We didn’t know at that time that it was going to grow to the size and intensity that it did.” Late Sunday morning, Chris knew they were in trouble when the boat started taking on more water than the crew could pump out, but the crew continued to try everything in

order to keep the ship afloat. “There were very competent people all around me,” he said. “I had a lot of admiration for [these young men and women] – not only for their knowledge, but for their work ethics.” By late Sunday evening, the crew had contacted the coast guard, readied the immersion suits and life preservers, and packaged dry bags full of flares and drinking water. They hoped they’d be able to stay on board until at least morning, but they donned their immersion suits when the boat starting listing heavily to the starboard side. And then they hit the water. “That was the scariest part,” Chris said. “The part when I was really concerned whether I was going to live or die.” He, like many others, was tangled up in the masts and rigging several times before finally spotting a group of crewmen and women and eventually deploying a life raft. After he and the five others on the raft – including one man with compressed vertebrae, a dislocated shoulder, and 3 or 4 broken ribs – spent several hours listening to C130s deployed by the Coast Guard until it was safe for helicopters to rescue them. He and most of the crew were eventually saved. But the captain, Robin Walbridge has not been found, and crewmember Claudene Christian was found but pronounced dead at the hospital. Chris said he will miss those two – on the boat they became something of a family. But when asked if he would every do it again? “Yes. In a heartbeat.” NCL



ligon’s legacy

Daughter of late Lovingston vet continues family tradition

When Jessica Ligon was 12 years old, she accompanied her father to Cherry Hill Farm to see a cow calving in a creek in the middle of the night. “It was probably raining or snowing; I remember being cold,” said Jessica, now fully titled Dr. Jessica Ligon, DVM. “And I just thought it was the coolest thing; Dad pulled a live calf and everybody was happy.” The young Dr. Ligon is now walking the footsteps of her father, Dr. Steuart Ligon, who passed away just a few short weeks before Jessica turned in her application to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, where she also studied Dairy Science as an undergraduate. “I actually applied a year early,” said Jessica. “Dad got pretty sick in 2007 and I was a junior in college and trying to get in [the application] before he passed away.” While Jessica is the only one of her siblings



that ended up in the veterinary field, her sisters have since told her that their dad expressed interest to them in one of his five children taking over the family practice. Jessica starts the transition process this month in taking over her father’s old practice, which will be her practice starting January 1, 2013. “Experience is a lot and it would have been cool to learn from him; he did some stuff we didn’t learn in school and it’s unfortunate I didn’t get to learn those things from him,” said Jessica, who added that the first time she set foot in her dad’s office knowing it would be hers, it was bittersweet. “I wish dad were here.” A few people who worked with the senior Dr. Ligon have stayed on and will continue to stay on as the young Dr. Ligon transitions into her full-time practice for both small and large animals, sometimes hearing the tricks of the trade in her father’s voice. NCL



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Dobie Mountain Condominium overlooks the Diamond Hill and Dobie ski runs with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. It is a short downhill stroll to Wintergreen Mountain Inn and Sports Center with its ski shops, restaurants, private owners club, pool, children’s facilities, entertainment concerts, fireworks on 4th of July, ski schools, etc. square Footage Approximate.

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dec. 1

Rockfish Valley Community Center Pancake Breakfast and Community Market Pancake Breakfast (8:30AM to 10:30AM) and Community Market (9AM to 12Noon). At the Pancake Breakfast enjoy buttermilk and blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, OJ, and coffee with your neighbors! Fee. The Community Market offers an eclectic variety of goods including local produce, meats, cheeses, jams and jellies, baked goods, plants, greenery, arts and crafts. 434-361-0100 Gospel Concert Featuring the Howard Family Chorus, New Creation, and Rockfish Singers. 4pm. Rockfish Presbyterian Church. Offering (donations) to benefit BRIM (Blue Ridge Interfaith Ministry). 434-981-5450 Unity in Community Clothes Closet The Nelson Clothes Closet is a service provided by Unity in Community (UIC), a group dedicated to helping neighbors in need. Come and check out our very reasonably priced clothing – some items free. Saturdays, 10 am -Noon, and by appointment. Oak Hill Baptist Church, 382 Level Green Road, Roseland, 434-277-8541

Nelson County Christmas Parade 3PM. Theme: “The Greatest Christmas Gift”. Floats, fire, rescue and sheriff’s departments, bands, riders on horseback, veterans groups, vendors, and Santa Claus. The parade will travel north on Front Street through the village of Lovingston. 434-962-5022

wednesday dec. 5 Gingerbread House Workshop at Pharsalia Gingerbread House Workshop with Catherine Madden at Pharsalia. Fee.You will be given a packet of recipes, instructions and patterns. Come with your sense of play and fun and go home with a unique centerpiece for your holiday table or hearth. A catered lunch and all materials are included in the fee. 434-277-5231


dec. 9

A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas by Wintergreen Performing Arts 4pm to 6pm. 5016 Rickfish Valley Highway , Nellysford, 22958 434-325-8292

vided free. Net proceeds benefit Nelson County organizations and scholarships.


dec. 21

Holiday Party Square dance Grand Squares of Nelson is having a Holiday Party Square dance 7:30 to 10:00p.m. at the Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 11100 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA. The caller is Paul Booze. $6 donation per person. For more information about the club see the website at Grand Squares of Nelson..


dec. 16

Cookies and Milk with Santa and Mrs. Claus Crafts, pictures with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, cookies, milk and snacks! No lines and no crowds! More info on 2-5:30 pm. Reserve your space today!


dec. 22

Tenth Annual Holiday Bash at Rapunzel’s Rapunzel’s Coffee & Books, Lovingston. 7p - 11p. 434-263-6660

thursday sat-sun dec. 13 saturday dec. 1-2 dec. 29 “PAWS WITH CLAUS”....Photos with Santa. The ALMOST HOME PET ADOPTION CENTER will be taking pictures of Santa with your pets or children 1-4 pm. The event will take place at the SPCA Thrift Shop, 4791 Thomas Nelson Hwy Arrington, VA 22922. Drop in or call for appointment. 434-263-8788


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Nelson County Christmas Parade

Photos with Santa @ Blue Mountain Brewery Holiday fun for the whole family! Photos with Santa and his Elves, Tree Trimming, Caroling, Hot Chocolate and our full BMB menu! 540-456-8020

saturday dec. 15 Community Dance at Massies Mill Ruritan Club 8 pm to 1 am. Wild Card Band. $15 Single, $25 Couple. 5439 Patrick Henry Highway, Roseland. Minimum age 21; BYOB. Ice and light snacks pro-

Community Dance at Massies Mill Ruritan Club 8 pm to 1 am. Bennie Dodd Band. $15 Single, $25 Couple. 5439 Patrick Henry Highway, Roseland. Minimum age 21; BYOB. Ice and light snacks provided free. Net proceeds benefit Nelson County organizations and scholarships.


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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at Blue Mountain Brewery Bring the whole family for a New Year’s toast with Sparkling Cider for the whole family. Face painting, games, giveaways and fun photos. Family toast at 6 pm. Adult Celebration starts at 10 pm with live music from Chamomile and Whiskey with a special New Year’s toast at midnight. 540-456-8020 Masked Ball at Veritas Vineyards and Winery Black Tie Optional, Reservations Required. Wine and hors d’oeuvers followed by a five-course winemaker’s dinner at 8 p.m. in Saddleback Hall. There will be dancing until midnight, when the masks come off and the champagne flows! 540-456-8000 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. CROSSWORD AND COMICS ON PAGE 43

leisureguide food&dining Basic Necessities 2226 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1766 Blue Ridge Pig 2198 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1170 The Blue Toad 92788 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 434.996.6992 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 Copper Mine Bistro Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8090 Devils Grill Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8100


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

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

Afton House Bed & Breakfast and Cottages 31 Afton Lane, Route 6 East, Afton, VA 540.456.6759

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

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

Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast 10273 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 540.456.6844

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

Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast 2256 Adial Rd, Faber, VA • 434.361.9357

Blue Ridge Getaways Nellysford, VA • 434.361.0034 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

The Edge Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8080

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

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

Horseshoe Mountain Lodge Roseland, VA • 434.361.2525

Giuseppe’s 2842 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.9170 Lovingston Cafe 165 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8000 Mac’s Country Store 7023 Patrick Henry Hwy, Roseland, VA 434.277.5305 Paulie’s Pig Out 7376 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton • 434.361.2001

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 Meeting Place 825 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Wintergreen, VA 434.361.2380 Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort 15072 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA 540.377.2650

Tye River Cabin 6011 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA • 434.238.2430 Wintergreen Resort Wintergreen, VA • 800.266.2444


Logos of Wintergreen Mountain Inn Lodge, Wintergreen, VA 434.325.1125 Mountain Vision Pottery 2019 Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA 434.361.1725 Notforgotten Farm 3530 Tye River Road, Tye River, VA • 434.263.6508

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

Rockfish Gap Country Store Intersection of Rts 250 and 151, Afton, VA 540.456.6112

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

SPCA Thrift Store 4791 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, VA 434.263.8788

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

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

DelFosse Vineyards & Winery 500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA 434.263.6100 Devils Backbone Brewing Company 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA • 434.361.1001 Flying Fox Vineyard 27 Chapel Hollow Rd, Afton, VA • 434.361.1692 Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1266 Lovingston Winery 885 Freshwater Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8467

Valley Green Gallery Valley Green Center (Rt. 151), Nellysford, VA 434.361.9316 Zestivities!, ExtraZ! & HomeBrewZ! 2469 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.0004

orchardcountry a.m.FOG 9264 Critzer’s Shop Road, Afton, VA • 540.456.7100 Critzer Family Farm 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA • 540.456.4772

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

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

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

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

Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.0088

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

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

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

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

Resort Reservations & Country Cottages Afton, VA • 540.456.8300


Thai Siam Take-Out 4137 Tye Brook Highway, Colleen, VA 434.263.8577

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

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

Blossom’s Flowers, Gifts & Crafts 911 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8227

Vito’s Italian Restaurant 8181 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8688

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

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

Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books 924 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.6660 Smoky’s Black Bear Cafe Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.1227 Stoney Creek Bar & Grill Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8110 Thai Mex II Valley Green Shopping Center, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1400

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

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


Priceless Classifieds for the People!

G REAL ESTATE For Rent: Charming Cottage Located in Lovingston, VA Charming cottage located in Lovingston. Partially furnished. Washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, stove. 2 BR, LR, DR, Kitchen, 1 Bath, Utility Room, Sun Porch, Separate Garage. Posted By: Kate McGinnis 22949 - Lovingston 434-263-5895 $800/mo 4 Bedroom House for Rent in Stoney Creek Classic colonial overlooking the 8th hole of the Stoney Creek golf course, w/ Mtn views all year long! Lg rear deck overlooks tee of 8th hole. 1st floor Master, paved drive. Terrific open floor plan. Kitchen opens to Family Room & Morning Room. Hdwd & ceramic flrs, granite counters, gas f/p. Open sunny lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Community pool, lake, walking trails, golfing & 10 mins to the Wintergreen slopes. Like new! Posted By: Dawn Sweetman 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 646-334-3604 $1750 RENTAL WINTERGREEN Two bedroom/ two bath condo near Mountain Inn and C-Store. Posted By: D W Wilberger Jr. 22958 Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-531-5560 $800/ Daily, Weekend, or Monthly

HOME & GARDEN Oak and Locust Firewood Dry oak and locust firewood cut and split last year. $85 per pick up load – a good solid 1/2 cord. Free delivery in Augusta County. Posted By: Tim Kent 22980 - Waynesboro 540-241-0219 $85 REDUCED TO $35, COME AND GET IT BEFORE WINTER SETS IN! WALL FOUNTAIN WITH Post it online

PUMP Wall mounted fountain with pump, for outdoors or indoors. Works fine. Gray composite material. Located in Lynchburg. Posted By: Amy 22901-22911 - Charlottesville 434-384-6466 $35 SOLD! – Lumber 200 ft. reclaimed heart pine flooring. 1”x 2 1/2”x RL. Posted By: John Parr 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill $200

ANTIQUES Antique Trunk Antique trunk, refurnished. Great for storage. $75.00. Posted By: Kate McGinnis 22949 - Lovingston 434-2635895 $75 Antique Burl Walnut Chest Antique Burl walnut chest, four drawers, marble top. Posted By: Kate McGinnis 22949 - Lovingston 434-263-5895 $500 Mahogany Dining Table Seat all of your family for Christmas Dinner at the beautiful solid mahogany dining table with banquet ends. Made by Craftique Purveyors of Fine Solid Wood Furniture. Can seat up to 12. Posted By: Kate McGinnis 22949 - Lovingston 434-2635895 $850 Scales Toledo Country Store Scales – 30 lbs capacity – spring. Posted By: John Parr 22967 Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill 434-2775607 $180 OBO

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Table Walnut Gate Leg Drop Leaf Table. Posted By: John Parr 22967 - Roseland/ Lowesville/Massies Mill 434-277-5607 $350 OBO

FURNITURE Ladder Back Dining Room Chairs Ladder back dining room chairs by Clore. 5 side chairs at $50 each and 1 host chair for $75. Posted By: Kate McGinnis 22949 Lovingston 434-263-5895 $50 SOLD! – FOLDING SCREEN – 4 PANEL Asian motif folding screen, 4 panels, each panel 18”ivory background with cranes & bamboo. In good condition. Located in Lynchburg. Posted By: Amy 22901-22911 Charlottesville $75 cash

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Table Beautiful pine reproduction dining table, 38” x 72”, light stained top, black painted legs. Posted By: Lynn Luessen 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-325-7864 $125

SERVICES MASSAGE THERAPY IN YOUR HOME Get a GREAT Massage in your home by a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Nutritionist with over 14 years experience. Limited Time for a Limited Number of Clients. Posted By: Nitasha Canine 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 434-221-2381 $75/hour Owner Residential / commercial Interior painting 25 years travel your way do it your way since 1987. Posted By: Steve Nissley AUGUSTA COUNTY 5402553787 $TBD

This End Up – 10 Pieces Family Room Furniture This End Up furniture in good condition: Sleeper Sofa, Love Seat Chair & Ottoman, Rocker, Coffee Table, Two End Tables, Sofa Table, Hall Bench. Wintergreen Resort – Top of the Mountain Posted By: Lynne Chewning 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 757-497-5434 $1250

Paul’s Painting and Home Repair Licensed contractor proudly located and serving the Stoney Creek and Wintergreen areas. Call us for a quote today. www.paintit. com. Posted By: Paul Burns 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 540.430.0522 $Low Price Guarantee

Memory foam Brand New! Full size 6” memory foam mattress. Just as comfortable as Tempur-pedic. Nellysford. Posted By: Stephen Lotz 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen $100

PRECISE PAINTING When you want it nice…For all of your painting needs. Competitive pricing. Call 434-996-3039 or find us online WWW.PRECISEPAINTINGVA.NET email: Licensed, bonded and insured. Posted By: Dave Brown 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-996-3039 $TBD

Shaving Stand Heart Pine Shaving Stand with mirror and drawer. Posted By: John Parr 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill 434-277-5607 $135 OBO

Sofa Sleeper – Queen Size Floral (Cream & Blue)Queen Sized Sofa Sleeper in Good Condition. Posted By: Christina DePierro 22920 - Afton 540456-6325 $150/OBO

Walnut Gate Leg Drop Leaf

Reproduction Pine Dining


LOST & FOUND REWARD: LOST PURSE Sept. 3rd. Lost purse in or around Blue Mountain Brewery. Reward will be paid with no questions asked. Posted By: Heather Payne NELSON COUNTY 434 987 2135 $100

ELECTRONICS A76 Energizer watch/electonic batteries Box of over 400 watch/electonic batteries. $35.00 takes the whole lot. Posted By: Bob 22958 Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-1278 $35 Used 17-inch MacBook Pro Excellent Condition 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo. 4GB RAM/512MB VRAM. 500GB Hard drive. Bluetooth, Ethernet, AirPort Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion. Wireless keyboard EMF protection stickers. New components recently replaced by Apple Care: Logic Board. Hard Drive – 500GB. DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive 8x. Battery. Computer is 3 years old, very well taken care of, I upgraded the components (see above), then decided to buy iMac. Serious inquiries only. Price is $1,595 OBO. LOCAL CASH SALES ONLY, NO SHIPPING!. Posted By: Xenya 22958 Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-466-8270 $1595 OBO

WANTED OLD Photos – Piedmont Soapstone Company – OLD Photos Looking for any known black & white photos of the old Piedmont Soapstone Company. These would include buildings, trams, tram-ways, hoists, cranes, quarries, the Piedmont Dam or personnel appearing on the site. This company was located off Tye River Road on the Buffalo River, Nelson County. Any leads would be appreciated. Posted By: Pat Wise 222922 Arrington/Tye River 757-237-4170 $?


Locally owned. Really. It’s been this way for 25 years. When you call us, someone in our Lovingston office answers the ring. You know us and we know fuel. Whether you need new service for propane, heating, kerosene, gas or diesel, Tiger Fuel is the name you trust. Tiger Fuel Company 242 Front St. • Lovingston, VA • 434-263-5031 24 hours/7 days a week. Call us for details!


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magazine Coming January 2013


Imagine building here! 141 Blundell Hollow Rd; Afton #504425; 3.04 ac; $139,000 Build or just board your own horses! Mini farm has creek, board fencing, paddocks, outbuildings, and a barn w/ water, septic, electric, half bath and 12x32 attic that could be converted into an apartment. Build your dream home and easily convert the existing barn/ pavilion into a cottage, workshop, or garage.


$1,000 down = land + home



路 Turn key in 90-120 days 路 Quality 2x6 construction 路 Plans can be customized 路 100% financing possible For recorded details,

199 Walk around Lane, Lot B; #502974; $319,900

call 800-251-5444 and use

800-251-5444 ext. 702; 15.18 acres w/ mountain views! 1,257 sq ft cabin; 2Br/2.5ba; 2 master suites, stone fireplace



the extension as indicated beside each proposed home.

Bland Wade Lane, Lot 3; #501765; $269,900

800-251-5444 ext. 701; 2.62 acres; 1,985 sq ft; 3 br/2.5 ba; Granite counters, hardwood floors; great views!






Need Financing? Call Andy!





Andy Zemon 434-202-7371

40 Stoney Glen; #502990; $339,900

Arrizona Lane, Lot 29; #502997; $259,900

800-251-5444 ext. 703; 1.07 acres; 2,179 sq ft; 2,755 unfinished sq ft.; 3 br/2.5 ba; Garage, basement, kitchen with island and granite

800-251-5444 ext. 700; 18.08 acres; 1,239 sq ft; 3 br/2 ba; Stone chimney and fireplace; panoramic mtn views!


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29 NE


NEW: 1180 Tye Brook Hwy; #504475; $289,500

New construction w/ space for horse! Porches, deck, garage workshop; Between Charlottesville and Lynchburg; 2,809 sq ft; 4Br/3.5Ba; 5.05 ac



453 Cedar Glen Close; #502541; $379,900

Big on space and upgrades! Granite counters, hardwood flrs, cathedral ceilings, covered decks/porches, rec room, 3,841 sq ft; 4Br/3.5Ba





REDUCED: 348 Cedar Glen Close; #502925; $424,900 One owner, like-new home w/ views! Great room, family/media room, in-law suite, home office or 5th bedroom, garage; 3,883 sq ft; 4Br/3Ba

Livebeautifully in Nelson County Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525



Nelson County Life, Issue #93  

Nelson County Life, Issue #93 (December 2012)

Nelson County Life, Issue #93  

Nelson County Life, Issue #93 (December 2012)