On Sunday, July 10th at 2:00pm you can join Montpelier in touring the 200 acre old-growth James Madison Landmark Forest. This is a National Natural Landmark and well worth the trip and the time. For more information go to www.montpelier.org.
If you’ve never visited Charlottesville you’re in for a wonderful treat … especially if you love good food. You could go out for dinner every night for a month (or longer) and never go to the same wonderful restaurant twice. That’s pretty incredible for a town with a population well under 50,000 people. Include the residents of the county and you’re still under 150,000 people. Look at the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week beginning July 11th (www.cvilleyum.com). Look at the restaurants listed on our web site www.cedarspringinn.com; click on Cuisine. Add to these restaurants we haven’t yet tried but which our guests praise (like Zinc and Maya, two recently brought to our attention). It’s still not too late to begin trying them all, and what better way to begin than with Restaurant Week reservations. Check out the restaurants and menus at www.cvilleyum.com.
Enjoy a SECOND FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC VENUE in Charlottesville, this one at the Main Street Arena at 5:00pm. Here’s the summer schedule:
July 1 - Sweetwater Band; July 8 - Keith Bryant & the Iron Horse Band; July 15 - Andy Vaughan & the Driveline; July 22 - Southern Company; July 29 - Tailgate Down; August 5 - Mia Jones and No Luv; August 12 - Cedar Creek; August 19 - Southpaw; August 26 - Texaco Country Showdown. For more information go to www.finallyfridays.com.
If you don’t yet have reservations for Charlottesville Restaurant Week you might want to consider acting now. That week for just $26 you will enjoy a three-course meal at your choice of 20 excellent restaurants, plus donate $1 to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Here are the restaurants participating: Al Dente, Aberdeen Barn, bang, Bavarian Chef, Blue Light Grill and Raw Bar, Boar’s Head Old Mill Room, Brasserie Montiel, Brookville, C and O, Camino, Carlton’s, Carmello’s, Fossett’s, Horse and Hound, L’etoile, The Local, Maya, Melting Pot, Orzo and Ten. You can see each restaurant’s menu at www.cvilleyum.com.
Join Gabriele Rausse, the “Father of the Virginia wine industry,” for a 2-hour session on wine production in Virginia. This Winemaking Workshop will be held in the Jordan Classroom in the Thomas Jefferson Visitors Center at Monticello on Saturday, July 30, at 9:30am. For more information visit www.monticello.org.
Enjoy “music, wine and the big outdoors” at Starry Nights at Veritas Winery. Dinner is also available with reservations. Here’s the coming schedule:
Saturday, July 9 - Abbey Road (Beatles Cover Band)
Saturday, August 13 - Little Freddie King (New Orleans Blues)
Saturday, September 10 - King Cadillac
For more information go to www.veritaswines.com.
July 4th is a very special day at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, father of the Declaration of Independence. On that day nearly 100 people will become citizens standing on the steps of Monticello in a meaningful and moving ceremony. This tradition was begun in 1963 and has included speaches by presidents as well as notable naturalized citizens. Find out more at www.monticello.org.
The Ash Lawn Opera Festival will perform THE KING AND I on July 30 and 31, August 4, 6 and 7. Performances are at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. For tickets go to http://tickets.theparamount.net/.
At Montpelier, the home of James Madison, you will find the President and his wife receiving visitors almost every weekend now through September 25. Visit their Virginia estate on Saturday from 11:00am until 5:00pm or on Sunday from noon until 5:00pm. Chances are you will find either “James” or “Dolley” in the mansion’s south wing. For a detailed schedule go to www.montpelier.org.
On Saturday, July 9, join Horton Vineyards for live music, a pig roast and wine tasting from 11:30am until 2:00pm. The $25 charge covers food and a glass. For more information go to www.hortonwine.com.