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 4

Plan on attending two terrific Monticello presentations this November, both featuring winemaker and master chef Gabriele Rausse. On Saturday, November 5th, it’s Cooking Unusual Vegetables, scheduled from 9:30am until 12:00noon. You will learn about sea kale, cardoon, Caracalla bean flowers, endive, Florence fennel, fava beans and crowder peas. On Saturday, November 12th, it’s a Vinegar Making Workshop, scheduled from 9:30am until 11:30am. The charge for each workshop is $15/person and reservations are required. Go to for more information.

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 31

The McGuffey Art Center has prided itself on merging art and the Charlottesville community since 1975.  At the center you will find galleries and open studios with workshops and classes scheduled throughout the year.  For your holiday shopping, visit the McGuffey Art Center gift shop.  There you will find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list.The Art Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays; you can get more information 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

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


Oct 28

We don’t pretend to know a lot about the local music scene.  However, one thing is clear.  If you like music of almost any kind, you’re sure to find it in Charlottesville.  Here are some web sites to check out what’s coming to town and when:


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