Oct 29

Plan on coming to Charlottesville and Albemarle County for the 17th Annual Artisans Studio Tour.  The tour will be held November 12 & 13 from 10:00am until 5:00pm.  The artisans in the area range from potters to jewelry designers to leather crafters to furniture makers … and everything in between.  You can find something for everyone on your holiday list.  Check out the artisans and map your trip at www.artisanstudiotour.com.


Oct 27

On Saturday, November 5th, at 6:00PM, the 24th Annual Virginia Film Festival will present Natural Selection.  Special guests will be the director Robbie Pickering and actress Rachael Harris.  The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.  To see the entire schedule and plan your Film Festival weekend go to www.virginiafilmfestival.org.

Oct 24

In a world where live theater tickets start at $40, or $70, or $100 or more wouldn’t it be great to see live theater for under $20/ticket.  Well, you can here in Charlottesville.  Live Arts, the Charlottesville version of community theater, is currently presenting a new play Superior Donuts.  Written by Pulitzer Prize Winning author Tracy Letts, the play runs every Wednesday through Sunday now through November 19.  To learn more go to www.livearts.org

Oct 13

The Virginia Film Festival will hold it’s 24th year of festivities this November 3 through 6 in Charlottesville.  The schedule is packed with classics, independent films and music documentaries, along with appearances by filmmaker Oliver Stone and husband and wife film duo Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk.  To see all the details and purchase tickets go to www.virginiafilmfestival.com.

Oct 9

And the winner is …. Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive! It’s a drive that requires more than 2 days to do it justice. Near the drive there are some wonderful country towns, meandering countryside, and the occasional winery or brewery. To see the Top 5 Fall Drives and hear more about Number 1 go to www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/top-stories-169/your-favorite-beautiful-fall-drives-22094#loc=41/169/364. Cedar Spring Inn is located just 20 minutes from the entrance to Skyline Drive at Rt. 33 in Central Virginia.

Oct 6
Fall Foliage Map
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If you want to be sure you drive Skyline Drive during the best possible color this fall, be sure to visit www.weather.com/outlook/driving/fallfoliage/regiondetail/va2. This map updates to tell you exactly what stage we’re in for color in the Shenandoah. When the color is at peak, our mountain view becomes golden and sunsets are especially special. If you can get away during the week we still have rooms available when peak color is predicted, end of October and early November.

Oct 5

The folks at Virginia Tourism try to make your fall color travels easy to plan.  If you want to know about all the festivals and events happening this October and November in Virginia, go to www.virginia.org/fall/   There you will find an interactive map with leaves representing all that’s happening throughout the Blueridge and the entire state.

Oct 4

According to NBC29 in Charlottesville the conditions are prime for great color this fall, even better color than last year.  Current predictions for sunny days in the 70’s and cool but not freezing nights in the 40’s provide the perfect conditions for peak fall color in late October into early November.  To hear the NBC coverage go to www.nbc29.com/story/15612717/fall-foliage-report

Oct 2

Here are two more performances planned for October (see a prior blog for the schedule through October 19th):

Friday, October 21 - Ballyhoo! Murphy’s Kids

Saturday, October 22 - The Fire Tapes, Sarah White & Andrew Cedermark

Coming Soon:  Shelby Lynne, Katie Merzig, The Boxer Rebellion, Jessica Lea Mayfield, David Bazan.

For more information please to go www.thesoutherncville.com.

Sep 18

Here are just a few highlights from the fall schedule for Charlottesville’s non-profit community theater:

September 25, Food Wine & Film with Peter Chang

October 9, Eddie Miles “A Salute to Elvis & Country Legends”

October 19, Hilary Hahn, Violin with Valentina Lisitsa, Piano

October 20, Live Nation Presents Brian Regan

October 23, Starr Hill Presents The Jayhawks

October 30, Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert

November 4, Barter Theatre Civil War Voices

November 11, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

November 19, United Nations of Comedy Tour

November 27, Sounds of Austria

November 30, A Skaggs Family Christmas

December 17, Oratorio Society: Christmas at The Paramount

December 21 & 22, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

For more information, additional schedule and tickets go to www.theparamount.net. All shows on sale now.

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