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Pick a Peach

It’s Pick-Your-Own Season in Virginia

Nectarines, Peaches, Berries and More

Successful peach production requires growing varieties that are adapted to local growing conditions. Many varieties perform well in Virginia and the state’s growers offer an assortment of yellow, white and donut peaches as well as nectarines. The state’s main peach-growing regions are in Central, Northern and Southwestern Virginia, but consumers may find pick-your-own farms in many other areas.

Because different varieties ripen during different times of the season, there’s a plentiful supply of fruit throughout the summer months. Right now farmers are picking Ruby Prince, Red Haven, Summer Pearl, Sure Prince, Challenger, LA White, Topaz and other varieties, to be followed by Blake, Encore, Laurol, Loring, Redhaven, Sentry, Sugar Giant, Sugar May and White Lady.

Poplar Forest

Jefferson’s Personal Retreat

Photography by Seth Trittipoe and John Henley

At Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s summer home in Forest, VA, history is in the present tense—a boundless exploration of both our nation’s promise and our ability to combat problems, extending from Jefferson’s time directly to life today. By continuing to uncover more details of Jefferson’s life, the public gains a greater understanding of our country’s past and future.

Designated a National Historic Landmark, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is an award-winning historic restoration in progress, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting Poplar Forest offers a unique opportunity to explore the personal world of Jefferson, and to learn about the people—both free and enslaved—“who labored for his happiness.”  www.poplarforest.org

A Guide to Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia

A new work by Laura A. Macaluso, PhD provides us with a virtual itinerary of places to visit where we may envision Thomas Jefferson in his day-to-day world.

It is one thing to read about Thomas Jefferson, either in his own words or in the history and opinions written by others, but it is an entirely different and far more vivid experience to actually “see” Mr. Jefferson by visiting the scenes and places where he was present. Laura Macaluso’s welcomed addition to the already vast bibliography of books about Thomas Jefferson allows one to actually seek out and discover the settings and buildings in which the presence of the man may still be felt.

Charlottesville Design House 2018

Benefiting Shelter for Help in Emergency
Showcasing the Designers Room-by-Room
By Katie Manning Henry
Photography by Robert Radifera

The Design House began in 2009 in celebration of the Shelter for Help in Emergency’s thirtieth anniversary and as a fundraiser to help support the newly opened emergency residential facility. It is an opportunity for local businesses and community members to come together in recognition of the issue of domestic violence and to support all the programs of the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

Each year, a Charlottesville-area homeowner generously extends the use of his or her home for the Design House event. Designers and their vendors, assigned to individual rooms and spaces inside and out, showcase their talents and the latest in design styles and techniques. These designers volunteer their own time, materials, and creativity for the event. The result is a unique tour for visitors in which each room or garden reflects a designer’s creative vision and provides endless inspiring ideas for the home.

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

The Shelter for Help in Emergency provides strong, well-established programs and services that respond to the needs of victims of domestic violence and their children. Over the years we have worked to become a resource to the whole community—a place where people can get information about domestic violence and learn ways in which they can get involved.

Since 1979, the Shelter for Help in Emergency has worked to support and empower victims of domestic/intimate partner violence through a combination of residential and community-based outreach services, including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, safety planning, information and referral, resource assistance, legal advocacy and court accompaniment, supportive counseling, outreach to the Spanish-speaking community, and programs for children and youth. www.shelterforhelpinemergency.org

Out on the Porch

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

No indoor space does for us emotionally what sitting outside does for our soul. Here peace is found on a warm summer night, with a cocktail in hand and a dog on the lap. We are connected with nature. Quiet and release from the stress of the day is found on the porch. Any porch. Doesn’t matter how fancy. What really matters is a comfortable seat and beautiful view. What I have found in my 30 years of professional practice is that each of us is uniquely connected in different ways to different elements in nature. Views of the mountains, of water, of woodlands, of bustling streetscapes, of animal habitats. We each are drawn to something so specific that it traditionally connects back to childhood experiences and memories.

Pick a Peach

Successful peach production requires growing varieties that are adapted to local growing conditions. Many varieties perform well in Virginia and the state’s growers offer an assortment of yellow, white and donut peaches as well as nectarines. The state’s main peach-growing regions are in Central, Northern and Southwestern Virginia, but consumers may find pick-your-own farms in many other areas.

Peach fans can visit VirginiaGrown.com to locate pick-your-own orchards and markets selling tree-ripened Virginia peaches. In addition to fresh peaches, some orchard markets and farm stands offer special events and peach treats to attract customers throughout the season. Many neighborhood markets, grocery stores and supermarkets also offer Virginia Grown peaches.

 

Slices of Life

A Man And His Convictions
By Mary Morony

Two bluebirds, in an age-old rite of spring, fluttered and flitted outside the opened kitchen window. For all of the attention Gordy paid them as he sat at the breakfast table, they might as well have been invisible. With his head cocked to one side, he gave the appearance of sitting for a portrait, but for his unfocused gaze and opened mouth frozen in a grimace. Beyond the birds, yearling heifers grazed on the emerald hillside, as the first pink rays of the sun peeked through the far tree line. On any other morning, sights such as these provoked exclamations of appreciation for the natural beauty of the farm, while Gordy perused the paper, drank his second cup of coffee, and chatted playfully with his beloved wife. Not today.

 

Perfectly Clean Wine Glasses

There is something to be said about investing in quality wineglasses. The size and shape of a proper glass enhance the nuanced flavors and aromas in your chosen beverage. But with expensive glasses comes a certain responsibility. You’ve got to keep them sparkling and in one piece. Here’s how to properly care for your crazy-expensive wine glasses. The best way to keep your stemware sparkling is easier than you’d imagine.