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The Return of T. Rex

This Spring, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC unveiled its newly renovated Hall of Fossils, taking visitors on a journey stretching back in time more than 3.7 billion years.

The new, 31,000-square-foot fossil hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History invites you to explore the epic story of how Earth’s distant past is connected to the present and forms our future.

Travel through ancient ecosystems, witness the evolution of life, and get up close to fossil specimens. Discover how human actions are driving Earth’s rapidly changing climate today, much like long-ago geological events did in the past. Learn how to interpret the scientific evidence of the past and present, and see how the choices we make today will live far beyond us, in deep time.

Thomas Jefferson, Architect: Palladian Models, Democratic Principles and the Conflict of Ideals

An exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art in collaboration with the Palladio Museum

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) was Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State, President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. The most important architectural thinker of the young American republic, Jefferson conveyed ideals of liberty and democracy in his designs. He was also a slave owner. A new exhibition from the Chrysler Museum of Art titled Thomas Jefferson, Architect: Palladian Models, Democratic Principles and the Conflict of Ideals will explore this divergence alongside his extraordinary architectural influence. Organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art in collaboration with the Palladio Museum in Vicenza, Italy, this exhibition will focus on the ideas, formation and key monuments of the Founding Father who dramatically influenced the architectural profile of the young republic. It will also confront the inherent conflict between Jefferson’s pursuit of contemporary ideals of liberty and democracy and his use of slave labor to construct his monuments. The Chrysler Museum’s exhibition will follow Jefferson’s evolution as an architect with nearly 130 objects, including models, rare books, paintings, drawings, early photographs and architectural elements. Visitors will see objects from the Chrysler’s rich collection, as well as loans from the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, Jefferson’s residences at Monticello and Poplar Forest in Virginia, the University of Virginia and other museums and libraries.

The Home Office

Environments for Inspiration

By Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

The home office of the mid-20th century was primarily for the man of the house. During this decade, the male managed the finances of the home and escaped from the family to continue his work in quiet. These spaces held heavy furniture and were often dark. Mainly located at the front of the house, they had no view. They were very intentional spaces, solely for work and the occasional gathering of other menfolk. Surprisingly, the wife often knew nothing of the family finances and didn’t really ever use this space.

Caving is Cool

Virginia Caverns • Ageless Wonders

On the surface, Virginia is one of the nation’s most spectacular tourist destinations. The Commonwealth offers unparalleled history, world-famous attractions, nature at its very best and more. But when you explore below ground, things start to get really interesting. Virginia is a cave-lover’s paradise. There are some 4000 caves in the Old Dominion, ranging from the tiniest of crawlspaces to interconnecting passageways spanning up to 22 miles in length.

Meals on Wheels—Charlottesville/Albemarle

Neighbors Helping Neighbors One Meal at a Time

Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle was founded in 1977 by Church Women United. Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver hot, nutritious meals to the ill, aging, and convalescing residents of the Charlottesville/Albemarle area who find it difficult or impossible to prepare meals for themselves. Meals are delivered at lunchtime every Monday through Friday, including all weekday holidays. They currently have an active volunteer force of over 400 and serve meals to approximately 200 clients in the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle county. As an independent, local organization, Meals on Wheels receives no state or federal funding for its operating budget. Instead, Meals on Wheels relies on contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community to support its home-delivered meals program. Some clients can pay the full cost of their meals and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and Blue Ridge Pace each provide subsidies for a small number of clients who meet their eligibility requirements; however, the vast majority of their clients receive meals paid for through community contributions made directly to Meals on Wheels.

Gather Together

Toast the richness of our region this summer with family and friends.

Summer is here, which means sun-drenched days, al fresco meals, and crisp, refreshing wines. Come together to toast our region by sipping a glass of wine and savoring the bounty of our Commonwealth. Whether you’re planning a summer soirée, packing a cooler for the beach, or simply looking for something to sip while you enjoy unwinding at home, Virginia has a great selection of wines to offer. Experiment with different flavors and pairings, and be sure try something new! You may find a new refreshing favorite. Have a wonderful and relaxing summer!

The reasons to enjoy a great bottle of wine this summer are endless. Fill your wine fridge with bottles of refreshing Virginia Wine to have on hand for all of your favorite summer activities. These pairings are perfect for porch sitting, lounging by the pool, weddings and celebrations, picnicking in the park, or grilling in the backyard.

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September is Virginia Spirits Month

Visit our diverse and distinct distilleries

Virginians take great pride in putting their souls into every bottle of distilled spirits, because they know that small batches take time, heart, and spirit. They believe in farm to bottle, and continuously focusing on the small batches. Every bottle is unique; it is 750ml of one-of-a-kind liquid art, crafted from grains to glass, right here in the Commonwealth.

As the birthplace of American distilled spirits, Virginia’s heritage has taught distillers to chase the undiscovered. Visit our distilleries and meet our spirits’ caretakers, the craftsmen and women who are eager to welcome you with warm hospitality, while sharing anecdotes behind every barrel of Virginia whiskey, behind each bottle of Virginia gin, behind every glass of Virginia brandy, and more.

The Virginia Spirits Trail shows you exactly where the best distilleries are in the Commonwealth. Visit for an interactive map, to browse distilleries, attractions, and Virginia cocktail-friendly restaurants.

Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand

On exhibit at The National Sporting
Library & Museum

In 1936, on the heels of painting an official presidential portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ellen Emmet Rand held a solo exhibition. Though she had been a professional portrait artist for over three decades, this show was a departure from the paintings of captains of industry, socialites, artists, and children for which she had become known. The exhibit Sporting Portraits was held at The Sporting Gallery & Bookshop in New York City, and subjects included well-known sporting figures such as Fletcher Harper, Master of the Orange County Hunt; Dr. Howard Collins, Master of Millbrook Hunt; and Charlotte Noland, founder of the prestigious Foxcroft School and Joint-Master of Middleburg Hunt.