Plan on spending July 4th at Keswick Vineyards where you can hear live Bluegrass performed by Greenhouse from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, plus a picnic or purchase barbecue at the Vineyard. Afterward make your way to the Kmart parking lot to shuttle to the Charlottesville fireworks. Food vendors open at 6:00pm, and the fireworks begin one minute after dark (estimated between 9:15pm and 9:30pm) and continue for 25 minutes. For other activities go to www.cvillecalendar.com.
Beginning July15th, with four performances ending July 23rd, Ash Lawn Opera present THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. Come and enjoy all that Charlottesville has to offer, including opera featuring singers from many of the most noted opera companies in the U.S. and England. For more information go to www.ashlawnopera.org.
Make your dinner reservations now for Restaurant Week in Charlottesville. For $26 you will get a 3 course dinner and make a $1 donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Some of Charlottesville’s best restaurants are participating and reservations will fill up quickly. For more information and a list of participating restaurants go to www.cvilleyum.com.
Just 14 miles from Cedar Spring Inn, Glass House Winery opened last December with weekend hours only. For the summer, however, they are staying open until 9:00pm on Fridays. The winery has a unique tropical feeling and features artisan wine and artisan chocolates … yes, wine and chocolate! What could be better? To find out more go to www.glasshousewinery.com.
Every Sunday afternoon from Memorial Day to Labor Day (and longer weather permitting) King Family Vineyard hosts Roseland polo matches on the winery property. Bring some shade and some seating and a picnic if you wish and enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon at the polo field. Polo matches are weather permitting, so go to www.roselandpolo.com the morning of your trip to check weather conditions.
Here are a few events to plan to attend in July and August. Why not plan a quick getaway in Charlottesville?
July 4 - First Colony Winery, Burgers and Bluegrass
July 10 - Horton Cellars Winery - Annual Pig Roast
July 10 - Jefferson Vineyards, Fete de la Bastille
July 10 - Veritas Winery, Starry Nights with Abbey Road (Beatles Cover Band)
July 17 - Prince Michel, Third Annual Prince Michel Car Show
August 14 - Veritas Winery, Starry Nights with Little Freddie King (New Orleans Blues Legend)
August 21/22 - Autumn Hill Vineyards, 8th Annual Harvest Prevue and Perspective Open House