Montpelier, the home of James Madison, the scholar behind much of the U.S. Constitution and the fourth U.S. President, offers would-be archaeologists an unique opportunity in the month of April. The weeks of April 15, 22 and 29 provide the opportunity to become a member of the archaeological Research Team at Montpelier. You can work alongside the professional archaeologists to unearth evidence of the stables and servant quarters on the Madison property. Learn more at www.montpelier.org.
Plan now on attending this five day festival of mostly free literary events celebrating literacy. Running from March 21 through March 25, 2012,, the schedule covers over 30 topics, bringing together writers of all genres and readers of all ages at venues located throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County. You can find the comprehensive schedule, organized by day or by topic, at www.vabook.org.
By the way, did you know our own M.Charles McBee has just published his first political thriller? The title is “Counterpoint: The President’s Audacious Re-election Scheme”. You can find it on Amazon, or get an autographed copy here at Cedar Spring Inn.
It’s been a wonderful winter here in Central Virginia … mild, beautiful days with just one or two short-lived but beautiful snows. This week the daytime temperatures are in the 70’s. The mulching is done and the pool will be opened soon. I feel like the bears hiding in the woods; surely they are ready to awaken from their winter naps!
It’s time to begin posting the happenings of the season … what’s new at Monticello and Montpelier, what’s happening at UVA, the fantastic diversity and excitement of the Monticello Wine Trail, the Blue Ridge Brew Trail and the really new “Hard Cider Trail”. Plus, the restaurants … so many, so good, literally something for everyone. And then there are the music and arts events which are prolific to say the least! From the John Paul Jones Arena to The Paramount to the Jefferson Theater to the restaurants hosting local talent; you will be surprised how much wonderful talent performs in Charlottesville.
Don’t forget the beauty of spring on the Blue Ridge Parkway … and right here at Cedar Spring Inn. The redbuds are already perking up our woods. In town the Bradford Pear are in full bloom. The Inn has new televisions in the rooms (a gift from Santa) and a new firepit up on the ridge, perfect for spring sunsets.
So check back often to find the special something that would make your spring or summer getaway an experience you will long remember!
Enjoy Central Virginia Wineries in a whole new light!
This winter take a quick getaway to recharge … plus, learn how Central Virginia Wines compare to wines from around the world! Cedar Spring Inn & Spa will host a series of special Wine Tasting Tutorials, each focused on one wine varietal.
Each Wine Tutorial will begin at 6:00pm on the designated date and will include a tasting of four to five wines of the same varietal from different regions of the world. The wine tastings will be led by Charles McBee, a fourth generation wine importer and wholesaler who traveled Europe and California for thirty years in the pursuit of finding, developing and selling wonderful wines. You will learn the vocabulary of professional wine tasting and a lot about the grape variety and its development in different parts of the world. Share observations and take notes about each wine so you have a record or recollection for the next day of tasting. Charles will provide you with a list of recommended wineries from the Monticello Wine Trail for your self-guided wine tour the following day, where you can experience the Central Virginia interpretation of the chosen varietal.
Each tutorial will be accompanied by an assortment of appropriate food pairings, not quite dinner but a light alternative.
In order to be included in the Wine Tutorial evening event you must specify your interest when you make your room reservations. For on-line reservations state your interest in the Comments Section of the reservation form. RESERVATIONS FOR EACH EVENT MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE. You must make a reservation at the Inn in order to participate.
We look forward to welcoming you to a Cedar Spring Inn Wine Tasting Tutorial.
WINE TASTING TUTORIAL SCHEDULE
Chardonnay - Friday, January 6
Merlot - Thursday, January 12
Voignier - Thursday, January 19
Cabernet Franc - Thursday, February 9
Cabernet Sauvignon - Monday, February 13
Merlot - Thursday, February 16
Petit Verdot - Thursday, February 23
Santa has come early to Cedar Spring Inn … bringing new televisions to each of our rooms! Larger screens in every case … the largest we can fit in the space … Still with DVD’s … and all the channels of Direct TV … Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!
Here’s the schedule for the Paramount Theater through April. New show (*) tickets go on sale today!
December 2 (Today) - White Christmas
December 17 - Oratorio Society: Christmas at the Paramount
December 21 & 22: Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”
December 31: First Night Virginia
February 2: Ron White*
For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.theparamount.net.
February 12: Food, Wine, Film & Passion*
March 17: Golden Dragons Acrobats*
March 21: Moscow Festival Ballet “Romeo & Juliet”*
April 18: Josh Turner*
This Thursday, December 1st, there will be an open reception at Montpelier to kick off the art exhibit “The Madisons in Art”. The exhibit will run from December 1 through 18 at Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison. Twenty-seven local artists from the Firnew Farm Artists Circle will exhibit. These artists represent talent from Madison, Green, Culpeper, Rapphannock and Albemarle counties in Virginia, and all have depicted Montpelier in some way. For more information please visit www.montpelier.org.
There is so much to do in Charlottesville and surrounding area next weekend … Here’s just a sampling:
Holiday Wreath Workshops at Monticello December 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10. www.monticello.org
Handmade for the Holidays at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Museum Shop Saturday, December 3 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm. Free tastings and local artisan demonstrations. www.monticellocatalog.org
Candlelight Mansion Tour at Montpelier December 2,3,4. www.montpelier.org
Holiday Open House at the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum, Gordonsville, December 4. www.hgiexchange.org
Four Country Players Presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 in Barboursville. Friday performances are half price. www.fourcp.org
John Paul Jone Arena hosts the hit musical comedy “Rock of Ages” Sunday, December 4 at 7:00pm. www.johnpauljonesarena.com
71st Annual Christmas Concert presented by the Virginia Glee Club on Friday, December 2 at 8:00pm at Old Cabell Hall. Tickets $15. www.virginiagleeclub.org
PVCC Chorus Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00pm. Tickets free. www.pvcc.edu/performingarts
Christmas Weekend at Walton’s Mountain Museum, December 3,4. www.waltonmuseum.org
French Crepe Day at DelFosse Vineyards, December 4 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. www.delfossewine.com
First Charlottesville “Pop-Up Restaurant” called Handsome Boy Noodles, December 4 from 6:00pm until 11:00pm. Enjoy noodle dishes like pho and ramen, dumplings and Korean style chicken wings. Location is the Restaurant Ten on the Downtown Mall. Chef Pei Chang of Ten will do the honors. Have an economical dinner in style, with profits going to charity.
On the evenings of December 2, 3 and 4, Montpelier, the home of James Madison, will host a candlelight mansion tour. Scheduled from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, the tour will include a session with James Madison’s wife Dolley. There will be an update on the search for the original Madison furnishings, and you will see the gowns used in the PBS series on Dolley Madison. There will be Christmas songs from the 1860’s, along with refreshments and dancing by the Assembly Dancers of Madison County N.C. Check out the full program at www.montpelier.org.
On Sunday, December 18th, and Tuesday, December 20th, Monticello will host a unique experience of the holidays during Thomas Jefferson’s time. These special house tours will feature an explanation of how the holidays were celebrated during Jefferson’s life. You will tour the house including the Third Floor Dome area, not seen on everyday house tours. Finally you will sample culinary delights from Jefferson’s time paired with today’s Virginia wines. You will actually receive a copy of one of eight recipes found in Jefferson’s own hand. The tours will begin at 3:30pm on both tour days, but plan on arriving early to do some holiday shopping in the Museum Shop. Your gifts will be wrapped and ready for you at 6:30pm when the special tour is completed.
These special Holiday Tours are by reservation only. The cost is $75 per person; this includes a coupon for 10% discount in the Museum Shop.
For more information please visit www.monticello.org.