Inside this Issue

December 2016/January 2017

Tiny Bubbles ('Tis the Season to Sparkle)

Raise Your Glass To The New Year

New Year’s Eve is a time to toast to a new beginning and usher in the New Year with hopes of increased prosperity, friendships, laughter, joy, and good health. Whether you have in hand a glass of sparkling wine, champagne, a toddy, or cider, join albemarle as we make a toast for a Happy New Year in 2017.








albemarle Magazine Receives IRMA Awards


At the time of year when we take the time to revise and polish our lists of wishes and resolutions, albemarle must give pause to thank you. This fall, International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) hosted its annual competition—now in its thirty-sixth year—highlighting accomplishments in editorial, photography, art direction, design and overall publication. IRMA is a non-profit association composed of 35 regional magazines from across North America. Since its founding in 1960, IRMA has provided an unparalleled environment for open communication, support and trust among member magazines. The awards were granted for work published in 2015, and judged by independent panels of experts.

IRMA presented the Gold Award for Photo Series to albemarle Magazine for Seeing Seeds by Robert Llewellyn, which appeared in the August/September 2015 issue. Charlottesville photographer Robert Llewellyn has been photographing the Virginia countryside, its trees, people, and historic places for almost four decades. His images have been featured in albemarle Magazine and art galleries across the state. More than thirty books featuring his photography are in print, with a new book project to be released early Fall 2017 (www.robertllewellyn.com).

The Silver Award in the Art Direction of a Single Story category was also presented to albemarle for the Seeing Seeds feature from the same issue, honoring Michael Fitts, Alison Dickie, Robert Llewellyn, and Eden Weathersby.



Tunnel Visionaries
Claudius Crozet’s 1858 Civil Engineering Marvel Gets Transformed into a Unique Recreational Destination

Photographer Jack Looney


The Blue Ridge Tunnel, located at Rockfish Gap in Central Virginia’s Blue Ridge, originally opened in 1858 to allow rail access through Afton Mountain. The Blue Ridge Mountains had been a natural barrier to commerce and travel between the capital of Richmond and the city of Staunton. The 4,273-foot passage took nearly nine years to construct and was the longest tunnel in the United States at the time. The Tunnel was in use for 86 years. In 1944, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway completed an adjacent tunnel to accommodate larger freight trains. The Blue Ridge Tunnel has not hosted rail service since.

In 2012, representatives from Albemarle, Augusta, and Nelson Counties and the City of Waynesboro, as well as several organizations and community leaders from throughout the Central Virginia region, formed The Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation, a non-profit organization. The mission of the Foundation is the restoration, preservation, and reinterpretation of the Blue Ridge Tunnel. Its restoration and reopening is a very unique historic preservation project that will also provide tourism and recreational opportunities within the Commonwealth.

The Tunnel Foundation envisions the Blue Ridge Tunnel as a true national treasure that will be restored to a new era of historic reuse, prominence, and community value. The tunnel project will incorporate a universal access trail through the restored tunnel, including new trailheads on both sides of the Blue Ridge providing access for trail hikers, walkers, bicyclists, and other visitors. Ultimately, the Foundation envisions this project linking to existing local trails, long-distance trail systems, and the historic communities on both sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Tunnel is located at the convergence of Interstate 64, Route 250, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive, the Appalachian Trail, and US Bicycle Route 76.



Julian Bond
UVA Creates Julian Bond Professorship For Civil Rights Education

by Anne E. Bromley, Office of University Communications
Photographer Dan Addison, Office of University Communications


The late Julian Bond was one of the most prominent social justice advocates to emerge from the Civil Rights Movement. To honor his legacy and his service to the University of Virginia, where he taught for two decades, a new professorship is being established in his name.

The Julian Bond Professorship of Civil Rights and Social Justice in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will sustain faculty excellence on the Civil Rights Movement and further the educational work of one of its most distinguished leaders, who died last year.

Ian B. Baucom, Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts & Sciences, announced the creation of the Professorship at a symposium dedicated to Bond, “Keep the Movement Coming On,” held on Grounds last month.

“Julian Bond worked tirelessly to ensure civil rights were extended to all Americans,” Baucom said. “The Bond Professorship will help us attract the faculty talent we need to continue the civil rights education work that Julian Bond championed throughout his life. “To more fully reflect American ideals, it is important that we support and advance civil rights education. This is a critical part of the UVA student experience—for their own individual flourishing, and for the flourishing of the Commonwealth,” Baucom said.

After joining the history faculty in 1992, Bond taught more than 5,000 students who took his popular “History of the Civil Rights Movement” seminar. As many as 350 alumni, parents and friends contributed $3 million to endow the professorship.









Making a Difference
AHIP: Albemarle Housing Improvement Program Turns 40!

For 40 years, AHIP has stood next to our neighbors who have faced unyielding challenges and kept going. Actions speak louder than words.

AHIP’s mission is to ensure safe, affordable homes for our neighbors in need. Together with their supporters, volunteers, and partners, AHIP changes lives, saves livelihoods, and makes neighborhoods and our community a better place for everyone by helping families in need make critical home repairs.



Slices Of Life
“Heartfull” Traditions

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.


Christmas was less than a week away. In the Mackey household, a long-held Christmas Eve tradition was decorating the cedar tree that Ethel, the family maid, and her husband, Early gave the family each year. From Sallee’s eleven-year-old perspective, several things needed to change about this particular tradition. While her mother was getting ready to go out, Sallee decided to make her case for a change.

“Does Ethel have to bring us a tree?” Catching herself whining, she quickly changed her tone. “Can’t we have a pretty tree this year?” Sure she was out of earshot of Ethel, she continued, “We could have an artificial tree! My friend Teresa’s family has one that looks like aluminum foil. They decorate it with all blue balls. It’s so beautiful.” Getting no apparent pushback from Ginny, she added, “and why do we have to wait until Christmas Eve to put the tree up? You know fake trees don’t drop needles, and you don’t have to wear gloves to—”

Ginny sighed and raised her hand to stop her daughter’s growing catalog on the merits of artificial trees. One earring dangled pinched between her thumb and forefinger. “Giving us a gift as important as the tree grown on their farm is very meaningful to Ethel. It’s a tradition. You do know what tradition means?” She asked as she tilted her head and screwed on the earring.



Our Heritage: Fall Fiber Festival and Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials
Photographer Rick Stillings


The Fall Fiber Festival presents a wholesome, fun event for the entire family and, at the same time, showcases the beauty of a little known fiber industry in this area by presenting an educational display of sheep and fiber products.

The Virginia Border Collie Association (VBCA) has been presenting the sheep dog trials at the Fall Fiber Festival for many years. The Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials features four classes of competition, ranging from beginners to the most accomplished dogs and handlers. The VBCA also sanctions and holds other trials throughout the year and recognizes top dog and handler teams at the end of each trial season. These teams may also earn qualifying points to compete in the United States Border Collie Handlers Association National Finals.



Last Laugh
Hands Free

By Louise B. Parsley


The moment we met, I knew we were right for one another. What started out as simply holding hands evolved into a deep, mutual understanding and respect. For the last several years, I cannot count the number of hours we spent together—talking, laughing and sometimes, crying.

It was different from the way The Bob and I communicated. I didn’t realize it, but maybe I was looking for something—or someone—to make me feel attractive and young again. At least, less antiquated. Or maybe it was attention I hungered for. In a particularly low-caffeinated moment, I murmured to The Bob, in my most pitiful tone, “I just feel like I’ve missed out on so much.”

Turning his attention away from his fungus-encrusted toes for just a moment, he said, “You’re going to enlist?”

“That’s right, honey,” I said. “The Navy SEALs contacted me. They got word that I can fly a drone and need more Seahawk pilots. I can’t wait to take one of those puppies for a spin…”

“Yeah, I’ll take a gin,” he said, grabbing his surgical grade ingrown toenail file.

“Look at me!” I cried. “I don’t think you could pick me out of a lineup.”









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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