Nov 12

How fun is this! Blue Mountain Brewery and Brew Master, Taylor Smack, will host a five course dinner on Thursday, November 17th, to highlight their craft beers. Six beers will be included, a welcome beer and a different brew with each course.  The menu includes Autumn Harvest Bisque, Double H Farms Bratwurst Sliders, Carpaccio Picado Salad, Slow-Roasted Polyface Farms Chicken and Fresh Baked Apple Cobbler.  The dinner is $50/person. For reservations email or call Jessica at 540-456-8020. 

Nov 10

On Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, Barboursville Winery will hold a Holiday Open House from 12:00noon until 4:00pm.  For more information check out  Neighboring vineyard Horton will also host a Thanksgiving Open House the same weekend.  For more information go to   

Nov 8

On November 19 and 20 the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, Kate Tamarkin, Music Director, will perform Bridges Across Time, Psalms and Folksongs. The performance will feature the University of Virginia University Singers conducted by Michael Slon. Saturday concerts will be held at 8:00pm at Old Cabell Hall, U.Va Grounds. Sunday concerts will be held at 3:30pm at Monticello High School. To learn more visit

Nov 7
Enjoy Four Short Plays
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PVCC Fine Arts & Performance will present four short plays - a tragedy, a fantasy, a comedy and a musical mystery … and you can enjoy for just $5. The plays are Antigone Now, The Case of the Crushed Petunias, Variations on the Death of Trotsky and Mystery in the Round. Performances will be held on November 11 and 12 at 7:30pm and on November 12 at 2:30pm. View the full season at

Nov 7

On Thursday, November 10th, you can enjoy special guest Frank London of the Klezmatics, a Grammy award-winning trumpeter-composer. The concert will be directed by Joel Rubin and will begin at 8:00pm in Old Cabell Hall. Tickets are $10 if reserved in advance at

Nov 6

The 17th Annual Artisans Tour, scheduled for November 12 and 13th, was the subject of an earlier blog. Now double your shopping options by adding the University Artisans’ Bazzar to your schedule. The UVA Artisans Bazzar will be held Thursday, November 10th and Friday, November 11th from 10:00am until 7:00pm in the Newcomb Ballroom, located in Newcomb Hall across from the UVa Bookstore. The Bazzar features handmade crafts by regional and University artisans. Park in the Central Grounds Parking Garage and join in the shopping fun.

Nov 5

On Tuesday, November 15th, you can hear the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra play Lully, J.S. Bach, Fasch and Vivaldi. The concert begins at 8:00pm at Cabell Hall, University of Virginia. For concert information visit, or to purchase tickets online visit

Nov 4

On November 12 & 13 from 10:00am until 5:00pm 19 artisans studios representing 35 local artisans will be open for visits and shopping.  Within a 20 minute drive from Cedar Spring Inn you will find the following artisans:

Phineas Rose Wood Joinery features fine furniture handmade using traditional joinery.

Jo Perez exhibits her stained glass.

Nancy Ross makes pottery both functional and sculptural with a touch of whimsy.

Holly Horan of Noon Whistle Pottery creastes slip-decorated pottery.

John Pluta, also of Noon Whistle Pottery, combines clay, metal and wood to make whimsical sculptures.

Walter Jaeger & Craig Ernst make custom design/build furniture and cabinets.

Anita Whitney will display gold and sterling jewelry with gemstones

Suzanne Crane of Mud Dauber Pottery will show botanically themed stoneware vessels and tiles.

Laurie Duxbury will exhibit her elegant textiles.

Becky Garrity will show functional pottery featuring carved surfaces.

Tom Clarkson and Cindy Hammond of Jumping Branch Studio feature functional and decorative vessels of white stoneware and porcelain.

Jan Elmore of Red Horse Studio will display mirrors and sculpture made from hardwoods, painted wood and recycled materials.


Rooms are still available for Sunday night, so plan a day of holiday shopping, followed by a relaxing dinner and a sauna or steam before bed.

Nov 2

On Sunday, November 13th, the home of James Madison known as Montpelier will provide guests with a special tour of the Freedman’s Farm … the Gilmore Family farm which belonged to one of Madison’s freed slaves.  There will also be a Walking Tour of the Confederate Winter Camp Site of 1863-1864.  All this begins at 2:00pm.  You can find out more at


Oct 30

On Sunday, November 20th, you are invited to participate in the 212th anniversary of Monroe’s arrival at Highland in 1799.  On that day at President James Monroe’s home, you can visit with President Monroe and learn of his role in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and about his Monroe Doctrine statement of 1823.  From 1:00pm until 4:00pm there will be light refreshments.  To learn more go to

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