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April/May 2015

A day At The Races
A Beloved TRADITION in central VIRGINIA

By Sarah Crain
Photographs by Robert Llewellyn


Since 1978, the Foxfield steeplechase races have attracted a loyal following of family, friends and alumni. This bi-annual event is a wonderful way to spend a day seeing the horses fly, spending time tailgating, and enjoying the beautiful Virginia weather.

“The Foxfield Races is a time-honored tradition in the Virginian hills and dales,” Foxfield President Benjamin Dick said. “Spring is happily present for all spirited beings after a cold winter.” The Spring races are especially popular among UVA students as a time to show off their sunhats and pastels and tailgate among friends, peers, and alumni alike. Last year, more than 25,000 spectators enjoyed race day. Every year, visitors come from far and wide, returning to Charlottesville to enjoy their favorite spring day.


















The Charlottesville Design House 2015 Shelter for Help in Emergency


For more than thirty-five years, the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) has worked to end domestic violence in our community. It is the only organization within the greater Charlottesville area that provides help and protection to victims of domestic violence, empowering survivors with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions for themselves and for their families. In addition to safe shelter, SHE provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, court advocacy and accompaniment, case management, and educational programs. Every year, SHE responds to nearly 1,000 hotline calls, and provides 5,000 nights of safe shelter for more than 200 women and children.

In 2009, the Shelter's thirtieth anniversary year, the Design House event was established, a major fundraising event to help sustain the Shelter's residential facility operations and outreach in the greater Charlottesville community. Each year, a different house is completely decorated by local designers and vendors. The home is then opened to the public for tours, giving visitors a unqiue opportunity to see a variety of designers’ work and creativity. In 2014, the Design House raised $73,000 to support survivors within our community.



Visions of Spring
Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Photographs by Meg Runion


This spring, visitors will step through the gates of more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House,” April 18 through 25. Three dozen Historic Garden Week tours present a rich mosaic of some of the country’s finest properties at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color. Sponsored by The Garden Club of Virginia, this 8-day statewide event benefits the restoration of important historic grounds and gardens throughout the state.

Local events are scheduled from the Atlantic Ocean to the Allegheny Mountains and will span the centuries from the early seventeenth through the early twenty-first. albemarle welcomes you to our surrounding community’s local homes and gardens and encourages you to explore the multitude of unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color.



















With many returning players on the UVA Baseball Roster, skipper, Brian O’Conner is looking forward to an exciting 2015 season

By Sarah Crain
Photographs by Matt Riley


The University of Virginia Cavaliers certainly have a number of strong athletic programs, from basketball and soccer to swimming and tennis. This spring, another award-winning team has started what promises to be an eventful season—UVA baseball is back.

Last year, the Cavaliers’ season ended in an exciting, but heartbreaking, third-game loss to Vanderbilt in the College World Series Finals. Overall, it was landmark season for the baseball program, ending with 53 wins, including finishing No. 1 in the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and Head Coach Brian O’Connor winning his 500th career game on May 11 against Georgia Tech. With several returning players (including their entire starting pitching rotation) and an experienced coaching staff, this season looks to be just as exciting for the Cavaliers.



Last Laugh
Keep the Light On…

By Louise B. Parsley


There are two kinds of people in my marriage—one who considers 20 for breakfast a “fair start” and the other who retreats to her Tiny House when there are more people in her kitchen than there are exits. As we’ve aged, our quirks, like fine wine and life-after-menopause, have become more full-bodied.

The Bob defines “alone” as being at an NFL game with a dead cell phone and no New York Times to read. I, having occupied the only spot in my family that wasn’t taken—the quiet spot—consider solitude a prerequisite to living out loud.

Living in our empty nest, The Bob is...well, a fair start, “uncomfortable.” Casting his net for unsuspecting tenants, he recruits nieces, nephews, Facebook friends, Southwest Airlines seatmates he convinced couldn’t possibly miss our daughter’s birthday dinner. Like bears to trash, temporary homeless are drawn to our back door, which, of course, is unlocked. Overhead, beneath the burned out light bulb, a sign reads: “There’s always the sofa.”









albemarle magazine, an affiliate member of the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR), is pleased to support our area’s REALTORS® in promoting this beautiful and unique part of the country. Living in Jefferson’s Virginia offers the best of all possible worlds, from homes and estates, to farms and commercial properties. “Who’s Who of REALTORS® in albemarle magazine” is published twice yearly, appearing in the April/May and October/November issues. To become a member of “Who’s Who” and begin your campaign with the April/May 2015 issue call 434-817-2010 ext. 124 by February 16, 2015.



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