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February/March 2017


An Early Start To Spring

Spring starts early in Jefferson’s Virginia. Blooms enhance a drive, while wineries and distilleries boast fireplaces and patios for sipping award-winning beverages. Craft beer enthusiasts will find Virginia overflowing with tasting opportunities and music lovers can hear a lively tune floating on the air. Cultural treasures, museums, art galleries, and theaters have unique and unforgettable exhibits to share. Celebrate Historic Garden Week in Virginia, where more than 250 Virginia gardens, homes and historic landmarks welcome you enjoy the spectacular blooms and fabulous gardens. Springtime in Virginia always offers something fresh and new. Spring is a great time for excursions, so plan a trip and explore our Commonwealth.













The 2017 Albemarle—Charlottesville Historic Garden Week

America’s Oldest and Largest House and Garden Tour

APRIL 22–29


Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8–day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Presented by the Garden Club of Virginia, Historic Garden Week encompasses 30 tours organized and hosted by member clubs. Every April the properties opened and the tours offered during Historic Garden Week are different, making each year a unique experience.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, provide graduate level research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth, and support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia.

This year offers three different days of touring in the Albemarle area. On Saturday, April 22, visit Morven, c. 1820. Sunday, April 23, country estate homes and gardens with breathtaking Blue Ridge mountain views characterize this year’s tour. Conclude your trip on Monday, April 24 with free tours of the Pavilion gardens at the University of Virginia, a restoration site of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from past Historic Garden Week tours, and visit Carr’s Hill, the University of Virginia President’s home.



Historic Morven Farm
Advancing UVA’s Academic Mission for Years to Come

Photographs by Bill Mauzy


Philanthropist John Kluge purchased the Morven estate in 1988. In 2001, Kluge donated the Albemarle County property to the University of Virginia Foundation (UVAF), including Morven Farm. The UVAF sold approximately half of the acreage, returning the land to active farming and creating an endowment that today totals more than $40 million. Annual proceeds currently support both property maintenance and university programming at Morven.

University President John T. Casteen III described the gift as “an invaluable treasure that will advance the University’s academic mission as well as the public interest for generations to come.”



Three Special Exhibits at The Virginia Historical Society that Transport Us Back to Our Childhoods

Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s is a playful traveling exhibit developed by the Minnestota History Center.

The Big Wheel. Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys from the 1950s, '60s and '70s capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them and the people who invented them, reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.

The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration

T his extraordinary show celebrates its 35th year as a showcase for children’s book illustrators whose work is seldom seen outside the studio or publisher’s office. All of the artwork was selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors. In the picture genre, “in the beginning was the word.” It all begins with a story or idea in search of the perfect visual interpretation. At its highest level, this partnership truly becomes fine art, with words and pictures in complete harmony.

Illustrated Treasures

Among the nearly 200,000 books in the Virginia Historical Society’s collections are dozens of children’s books beloved by Virginians, both young and old.

This exhibition explores how literature for young audiences evolved over the last 170 years and the way illustration adapted to capture those readers imagination.

The 19 titles in this exhibition represent some of the most stunning examples of stories and artwork that transported children to new lands, be it the woodlands near Werowocomoco, the shores of Chincoteague, or the western frontier.



Making a Difference
CNE Turns 10!
Strong Nonprofits. Strong Community.

Have you ever enjoyed a Paramount Theater performance or a Second Street Gallery exhibit? Have you found educational resources for an autistic child at the Virginia Institute of Autism? Or consulted experts at AHIP on how to make your home more energy efficient? Or checked out a book at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library? Have you appreciated the fresh, healthy food brought by the Local Food Hub to your children’s school cafeteria? Have you relied on Hospice of the Piedmont to provide end-of-life care for a loved one?

If so, you’ve benefited from the work of local nonprofit organizations. Area nonprofits provide a diverse array of programs and services that better our community. All of us at one time or another will work for, volunteer for, or be served by nonprofits.

The mission of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence is to strengthen nonprofits in our community to realize their full potential. CNE is a member-driven community resource that supports all nonprofits, no matter its size or budget. CNE provides consulting, training, tools and resources for individuals, organizations, and collaborating groups, all with one goal: to build, nurture and promote strong community.














Slices Of Life
The First Snow

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.

The eagle pattern on the blue chenille bedspread showed signs of hours spent waiting and watching. Gordy Mackey picked at the bird’s wing as he lay peering up at the only light on an outdoor spotlight attached to the corner of the house, searching for the first sign precipitation. All day the weathermen had trumpeted the coming of a major snowstorm.

Not only his Geography teacher, but his English teacher, too, had twice called him back from his frosty reveries as he stared out of his classroom’s triple-sashed windows, scanning the gray clouds for a white sparkle. Why make such huge windows if you aren’t supposed to look out of them? The question, if asked, could slam him in detention faster than his sled could fly him down a hill.



Art Life

The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger
February 10–June 18

One of the most important public collections of jewelry and objects by one of the 20th century’s most important designers, The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger will be on view for the first time at VMFA. In the 1930’s, Schlumberger’s stunning early creations of costume jewelry for Elsa Schiaparelli’s boutique—porcelain flower brooches, gilt angel clips, and the like—became the rage of Paris and New York. After Schlumberger’s success with Schiaparelli, many of his friends asked him to design “real” jewelry for them, and he began to create clips, brooches, bracelets, and necklaces awash with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds, in settings of gold and platinum. In the 1950s, Walter Hoving invited Schlumberger to become a vice-president of his firm, Tiffany & Co, whose Fifth Avenue store became the new location of the Schlumberger shop. Over the years, Schlumberger continued to design jewelry and jeweled objects, extending his oeuvre to include designs for costumes, textiles, and the theatre.



Faulkner: Life and Works

An exhibition surveying one of the great archives of American literature: the University of Virginia’s William Faulkner collections
by Katie McNally, Office of University Communications

Image Courtesy of the UVA Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Photographer Sanjay Suchak, Office of University Communications

It’s been 60 years since William Faulkner first came to the University of Virginia as the Balch Writer-in-Residence. In February, the University is marking the diamond anniversary of the Nobel Prize-winning writer’s arrival on Grounds with an exclusive new exhibition.

“The exhibition covers two bodies of work. There are the literary works that Faulkner composed, and then there’s the person who he became over the course of his life,” Special Collections Curator Molly Schwartzburg said. “We know that Faulkner liked constructing and playing with personae. The most famous—or infamous—example of this was that he pretended that he had been wounded in WWI and he hadn’t. He loved performing that tall tale.”



McIntire Botanical Garden: Celebrating Virginia's Flora

The new McIntire Botanical Garden (MBG) in Charlottesville is scheduled to open to visitors in 2018. The garden will offer a serene and sustainable setting where everyone can experience nature’s wonder, beauty and healthful benefits. It will feature native and site-adapted trees, shrubs and perennial flowers, and include trails and water elements. Displays, symposia, workshops and classes for adults and children, and research will promote knowledge and conservation of plants and nature.



Get Some "Shuti"
New treatment provides relief for insomnia

Referenced as “the best-studied program” by Harvard Health, the Sleep Healthy Using the Internet (SHUTi) program is designed to actively help retrain your body and mind for great sleep through six engaging insomnia strategy and learning sessions. SHUTi aims to help people overcome their sleep problems by retraining them in healthy sleep behaviors, a widely used treatment for insomnia. Unlike printed material, video collections, or recorded lectures, each online Core is personalized to the individual's current sleep patterns and goals, and walks them, step-by-step, through exactly what is needed to maximize sleep improvements, now and for the future.



Last Laugh
You May “Dis” the Bride

By Louise B. Parsley


Following a speaking gig last spring, I received a Facebook Message from a woman I didn’t know who identified herself as an event coordinator. “I have a client who wants you to do her daughter’s wedding in Mexico,” the message read.

Do her wedding? What does that mean? Her hair? Flowers? Bachelorette party? Surely not “do” as in preside and recite the whole “richer or poorer” thing. Convinced it was sent in error, I ignored it. But Ms. Event Woman persisted. “She heard your keynote for Child Protective Services.”









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The 2016 Blue Ridge Home Builders Association
Parade of Homes
October 1, 2, and 8, 9

As a proud member of the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA), albemarle invites you to visit the 2016 Parade of Homes. The Parade gives local builders an opportunity to show off the very best in new construction. Every year this FREE event draws buyers looking for new homes, owners looking for creative ways to renovate existing homes, and consumers who are curious about what’s new in their neighborhood.

Visitors who attend will have a chance to view a wide range of home styles, prices, and locations. Innovative technologies and energy conservation, as well as what is new in the way of floor plans, color schemes, and amenities, will be on display. From foundation to finish, BRHBA members will make sure your home is built to the highest quality standards using the most current techniques and products, and will design your home to fit your lifestyle.

2016 BRHBA Parade of Homes Participants