Cover Feature

Tulips: On Bending Stems

photography by Robert •

Enchanting in their beauty and simplicity, tulips are one of the world’s most beloved flowers. With vibrant and bright colors, they’re an excellent flower choice. Since tulips come in many varieties, you are sure to find one that expresses whatever you want to say.

Building Business and Community

A letter from Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

As we all allow ourselves to begin contemplating our future in a post-COVID world, one thing is certain—a year of cabin fever makes one eager to get out of Dodge for a few days or more. Over the past few months, I have gotten into a habit of starting my many Zoom meetings with a simple question: what is the one activity you have most missed, and you are most looking forward to restarting when it is safe? The answer is always nearly unanimous—we all miss traveling! We miss the kinds of trips we used to take for granted—a long weekend to visit the grandkids or a college reunion, for example. But it also seems being cooped up has caused us to fantasize about more elaborate adventures too. Even if it’s merely armchair traveling, I hear a lot about Bali, Tuscany, and elsewhere (and that’s just me talking to myself).

Made By Hand

String Instruments Used in Old-time and Bluegrass Music
by Ken Farmer

Sometimes words aren’t enough to say what you feel. I find myself at a loss whenever I try to describe my first magical listening moment when I discovered Appalachia’s music, but it is always worth a try. In the fall of 1972, I attended the Galax Fiddler’s Convention, which spans several hot August days. The small town of Galax, in southwest Virginia, swells to over 20,000 people while hundreds of musicians come to compete for prizes in stringed instrument categories, folk songs, and traditional dance. Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for the old-time and bluegrass band competitions. As I roamed the parking and camping areas listening to the bands warming up, I found myself in the middle of an old-time band. It was an all-male group dressed in blue jean overalls and straw hats. The instruments played included a guitar, banjo, mandolin, two violins (called twin fiddles), and washtub bass.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia • April 17–24

The Nation’s Only Statewide House and Garden Tour Continues to Keep Virginia Beautiful

The Path Forward: “Gardens are symbols of hope and renewal. They express creativity and provide an opportunity for reflection. During these trying times, many of us are enjoying more time spent in our gardens,” says Missy Buckingham, President of the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV). The nonprofit recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. “In commemoration of the GCV Centennial, we updated our first economic impact study of the nation’s only statewide house and garden tour,” says Lynn McCashin, GCV Executive Director.

“While we couldn’t go all the way back to the first tours in 1929, we have reliable data indicating that the cumulative impact over the last fifty years is an impressive $518 million. It’s the largest ongoing volunteer effort in Virginia that promotes so many of our communities, both large and small. We felt that an economic impact study would help validate that work.”

Tranquility through Design

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

As a society, we are continuously learning about the powerful impact that nature can have on our well-being—both physically and mentally. We inherently connect with nature. A peaceful walk in the woods, a relaxing swim in calm water, or a quiet moment enjoying a beautiful view can calm our minds and rejuvenate our spirits. So how can we cultivate this same sense of tranquility when spending time in our own homes? Consider incorporating the following design concepts into your home to reap the extraordinary calming benefits of Mother Nature.

Golf Magazine Ranks the New Birdwood Golf Course as Seventh Best in Virginia

There is a new era of golf at Boar’s Head Resort. The new Birdwood Golf Course is a complete redesign by legendary PGA hall of famer Davis Love III and his Love Golf Design team. Love took advantage of an open 80 acres to create multiple new holes and also built several holes around the historic Birdwood Mansion. Currently home to the University of Virginia men’s and women’s golf teams, the new 18-hole design with six sets of tee boxes measures in at 4,000 to 7,200 yards while boasting a unique Par–3 approach course and a nearly one-acre putting course. Out of nearly 350 courses in Virginia, Golf Magazine rated the new Birdwood Golf Course as the seventh best course in the state.

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Celebrating our 200th issue

As we celebrate our 200th issue, albemarle looks back over the last year. The challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have significantly changed how we planned to celebrate our bicentennial issue. However, the past year’s stresses have revealed how strong our relationship is with our readers, advertisers, and contributors. At a time when local businesses are struggling, we are proud to maintain the quality publication that we are known for. Supporting our local community is critical, and we ask you to continue to support our area businesses, builders, architects and REALTORS® as we continue to transition to a new “normal.” Charlottesville continues to be ranked high for healthcare and infrastructure. As the flagship hospital for UVA Health System, the University of Virginia Medical Center offers advanced medical care and research. albemarle Magazine values our health professionals, our businesses, and all the individuals that work in this special place we call home. We urge you to join us in supporting them. albemarle Magazine thanks you for donating, volunteering, and supporting our community in whatever ways you have found to contribute. As we work toward recovery, we know that we all have a role to play right now. We must continue to do all we can to help make a difference.

All Creatures Great and Small

The groundhog is one of the largest members of the squirrel family. These rodents gorge them-selves all summer to build up plentiful reserves of fat, then after the first frost retreat to their underground burrows to sleep until spring. They usually wake from hibernation around the second week of February. They build extensive burrows with multiple entries and rooms, including bathrooms. Groundhogs are the bane of many a farmer and gardener. They can decimate any plot while feeding or burrowing.

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