The Ivy Creek Natural Area is a 215-acre park with over six miles of walking trails and much natural vegetation. Located off Earlysville Road the Ivy Creek Natural Area is about 20 minutes from Cedar Spring Inn. On the first Saturday of every month the Monticello Bird Club offers a bird walk at Ivy Creek Natural Area at 7:30am. The Bird Club also offers these upcoming events:
Tuesday, August 30 - Nighthawk Migration: Circus in the Sky, 7:00pm
Thursday, September 1 - Nighthawk Migration: Circus in the Sky, 7:00pm
In addition the Virginia Native Plant Society has the following planned presentations:
Saturday, August 20 - Native Plant and Wildflower Walk, 9:00am
Saturday, September 10 - Fruits and Flowers, 9:00am
Saturday, October 15 - Plant Walk: Invasives, 9:00am
For additional activities and learning opportunities please visit www.ivycreekfoundation.org.
We’ve blogged about the great food, great wine, great music, great history, great hikes, great art, great performances here in Charlottesville. Along with the great University Mr. Jefferson began comes access to learning you might not find in a lot of other small country towns. The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia is a case in point. The Miller Center states it is a “nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges.” The center offers frequent 11:00am free weekday forums, open to the public, with leading scholars and policymakers. Some September forums include:
Wednesday, September 7 - Challenges in Higher Education, Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia
Friday, September 9 - In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11, Melvyn P. Leffler, Miller Center Faculty Associate
Monday, September 19 - A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother, Janny Scott, New York Times reporter and author
Friday, September 23 - Making the News, Taking the News: From NBC to the Ford White House, Ron Nessen, journalist-in-residence at the Brookings Institution
Monday, September 26 - Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda, Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt, authors and journalists
Friday, September 30 - Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama, Marvin Kalb and Deborah Kalb, authors and journalists
If you are missing Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones this Sunday August 7, you might want to plan to attend some of the other concerts scheduled for late summer at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville (including a couple events at other venues):
August 18 - Gillian Welch (at the Paramount Theater, not the Pavilion)
August 24 - My Morning Jacket Circuital
September 15 & 16 - The Avett Brothers
September 17 - Earth, Wind & Fire
September 21 - Pretty Lights with Big Gigantic
September 22 - Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs with Brandi Carlile
Charlottesville has history … Albemarle has wineries … both have fantastic food … but we also have a vibrant music scene. Here’s just an example:
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall has the following on their upcoming roster: July 22 Sinclarity, Kingsfoil and Andy Waldeck; July 23 Carl Anderson & Andrew Combs at 7:00pm, The Eli Cook Band and Joe Lawlor and Friends at 9:30; July 26 The Devil Makes Three and Phillip Roebuck; August 1 Jolie Holland; August 5 Kings of Belmont; August Galen Curry and Rob Martin & Willie DE; August 12 Corsair and Disastronaut; August 14 Songwriter Showcase with Andy Zipf, Michael Coleman & Dean Fields; August 17 Six Organs of Admittance; September 2 Kings of Belmont; September 10 Xiu Xiu. For more information go to www.thesoutherncville.com.
The Shenandoah National Park celebrates it’s 75th year this summer. Plan now for your next hike by making it a real vacation. Cedar Spring Inn is just 20 minutes from an entrance to the park where you can access the Big Meadows area/Byrd Visitor Center and take advantage of the programs scheduled for the summer. Visit Rapidan Camp, President Hoover’s summer retreat; learn about the park bears and birds of prey; take the Appalachian Trail Hike, the Meadow Walk, the Hawksbill Mountain Hike or the Discovery Walk.
After all this, return to the Inn, enjoy the pool and hot tub or take a steam or sauna.
To find out more about Shenandoah or to plan your next visit go to www.nps.gov/shen.
Here are two special cooking events at Barboursville Winery to put on your calendar: On Tuesday, August 9, plan on attending the Grilling Class at 6:30pm. The class is $95/person which includes a light meal. On Tuesday, September 13, plan on attending the Gnocchi Class at 6:30pm. This class is also 3 hours in length and includes a light meal for $75/person.
On Saturday, August 20, Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Winery will host the Guest Chef Diego Gottardo of Casa Vinicola Zonin in Italy. The restaurant will feature a 4 course meal paired with 5 Barboursville wines to celebrate the first production of Petit Verdot.
For more information and reservations for any of these events go to www.barboursvillewine.net.
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.
Come for performances by groups like Speaking of the Elephants and Rock River Gypsies … for seminars on Cooking with Beer, Making Beer and Pairing Beer with Food … and for trying the local beer. The date is September 10th, the place is the Ntelos Wireless Pavilion on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.
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.