April / May 2018


America’s Favorite Flies

By John Bryan and Rob Carter

Special Contributions by David Watterworth

Photography by John Henley

It began modestly, as a plan to publish a roughly 100-page book featuring a few dozen fly fishing enthusiasts, and to donate all of the proceeds to the James River Association and the Native Fish Society. But as word spread, the project grew to more than 650 pages featuring 224 participants, each with a story to weave into the fly fishing tapestry.

The Great Outdoors

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP, Purple Cherry Architects

The most special entertainment areas are where the inside meets the outside of a home. When you can expand the indoor living or kitchen area of the house into the “outside room,” you can embrace the views, the wind, and the smell of nature while doubling the floor area of your entertainment space. Outdoor living spaces are opportunities for introducing open fire and flowing water, for creating whimsy and introducing sounds that differ significantly from the emotions experienced inside the home.

What are all the unique design opportunities I have experienced in doing custom residential designs for over 25 years? Imagine entering into your large glass master shower and seeing a second glass door leading to a small private garden shower. This outdoor space provided privacy by way of a surrounding enclosure while allowing for a starlit open roof. The feeling of bathing nude outside is something most of us don’t remember from our youth—like when our mother stripped us naked outside after coming off the beach!

Charlottesville Design House 2018

This year’s Design House is a distinctive home located off Garth Road in the Meriwether Lewis district. This spacious (6,000+ fin. sq. ft.) brick home is sited on a 3.4 acre lot with a blend of open and wooded area, terraced rear yard and spectacular treetop screened porch with vaulted, wood ceiling. With two master suites, a finished 3rd level bonus room (perfect for a home office or art/yoga studio), and a finished terrace level with rec room, billiard room, home gym and projection home theater, this home offers every functional space imaginable. The heart of the home is the spacious kitchen, breakfast and vaulted family room with soaring brick fireplace. 

Georgia’s Healing House 

A safe and structured home for adult women in the early stages of recovery from substance abuse and mental health challenges.

A group of friends came together in 2006 after their friend, Georgia, died in a jail cell following a long struggle with alcoholism. They believed that Georgia would have lived if she had had a safe house in which to recover and heal from her disease. Their vision was to create a healing house for women, to provide a supportive living environment as they maintain sobriety and build a new life after incarceration or treatment.​​​

Georgia’s Friends received non-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2010. Georgia’s Healing House opened September 2015, with the goal of providing a safe and structured living environment to assist women in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, and from the wounds of trauma and mental health challenges that often accompany such addictions. Georgia’s House, built on evidenced-based models for women in recovery, is a home, a place for women with addiction heal and become healthy, self-reliant and productive members of our community.

Mental health professionals, organizations or professionals in the criminal justice system refer women to Georgia’s House during their initial stages of recovery from alcohol and/or drug dependency. Residents must be over age 18, with no direct responsibility for children. The women participate in a development of an individualized treatment plan, follow all house rules, participate actively in a cooperative living environment, and attend 12-step meetings regularly. As women in the program find employment, they contribute to supporting the house as part of their way to independence. The program is designed to help women create and maintain a healthy way to live clean and are integrated back into our society.

Slices of Life

Arriving in Uganda

Mary Morony’s ‘Slices of Life’ series will take you through thought-provoking experiences and life lessons along with the Mackey family, using humor and whimsy. Her stories will leave you inspired, nostalgic and entertained.


Never in Stuart’s 64 years had she traveled so far from home alone. Africa, specifically Uganda, as a destination was not exactly on her bucket list. There were entirely too many museum-chocked European capitals left for the unseasoned traveler to visit. When her college roommate, Miriam, broached the subject in a sweet condolence note after the death of Ginny, her mother, the invitation to Uganda was suddenly compelling to Stuart. Maybe it was the death of both parents in such rapid succession that spurred her.

The women had communicated infrequently since college, managing only a few sporadic visits over the years. Miriam’s daughter and son-in-law moved to Uganda five years previously and had set up a home for special needs children on the outskirts of Jinja. Miriam made an annual visit. She invited her former roommate to join her this year. 

Bill, Stuart’s husband, laughed hard when she told him that she decided to accept the invitation. “You don’t strike me as the missionary type. Are you planning on laying a little old-time religion on those folks?” He asked with a playful smirk.

“It is not a requirement. You don’t have to be a missionary to go to Africa.” She shot him a dirty look and continued. “Miriam isn’t. Something tells me this trip would be good for me.”

2018 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup

Celebrating Excellence

Governor Ralph Northam has awarded the 2018 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor’s Cup to King Family Vineyards for its 2014 Meritage. Like all wines entered in the competition, it is made from 100 percent Virginia fruit. This is the third time King Family Vineyards has won the Governor’s Cup, having won in 2010 for their 2007 Meritage and again in 2004 for a 2002 vintage Cabernet Franc.

The Governor’s Cup award winner was selected from the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case, a selection of the top 12 scoring red and white wines chosen from more than 440 entries from 100 wineries. The esteemed panel of judges, including Jay Youmans—one of only 45 Masters of Wine (MW) in the US—had the difficult task of ranking each wine based on a unified scoring system.

albemarle Magazine’s Who’s Who of Realtors®

Welcome to Virginia. First Home? Second Home? Vacation Home? Relocating? Downsizing? New Business or Business Expansion?

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) serves more than 1,000 real estate professionals and affiliate members throughout the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. CAAR members bring professionalism and high ethical standards to every business transaction. CAAR provides the tools and technology for members to achieve expertise in serving the needs of customers and clients. Click here for the current list of members.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

America’s Oldest and Largest House and Garden Tour

April 21-28

The Garden Club of Virginia leads the challenge to protect and conserve Virginia’s natural beauty, to restore and preserve Virginia’s historic gardens and landscapes, and to provide educational opportunities in support of these challenges. Founded in 1920 by eight garden clubs from around the Commonwealth, the GCV today is an active association of 47 member clubs with more than 3,400 civic and community leaders.