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A Private Sanctuary

Architect Cathy Purple Cherry Designs a Project of a Lifetime Creating the Grandeur of a Generational Family Compound

Approximately six years ago, I was approached by a client who was ready to design and build his lifelong dream of a multi-structure estate. Since his early 20’s, David Williams had dreamt of creating an exceptional homestead in which family, friends, and colleagues could gather for holidays, celebrations, summits, and reunions for generations to come. The ensuing design journey we undertook together became what I refer to as the “project of a lifetime.”

Tireless Pollinators

photography by Jack Looney

Production of honey is the most widely viewed benefit of honey bees. However, their value as pollinators far exceeds honey production. Honey bee populations are estimated to be half of what they were in the 1940s. Besides being critical for the survival of the species, beekeeping is a calming and fascinating hobby for the whole family.

Olmsted Forum

images courtesy Albemarle Garden Club

albemarle Magazine encourages our readers to attend the Albemarle Garden Club’s (AGC) Olmstead Forum. This two-day event debuts September 14 with a preview of the virtual flower show Genius of Place: an Ode to Frederick Law Olmsted. This ticketed, virtual event features a presentation by the honorary chair, designer, and author Charlotte Moss.
The event continues on September 15. Olmsted scholars and practitioners will discuss the relevance of Olmsted’s legacy in the park movement today. The Forum will also include a presentation by Albemarle Garden Club on its work at the Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville. Some components of this program will be pre-recorded and available for viewing ahead of the event for ticket holders. Visit the Albemarle Garden Club website for tickets and to learn more about this multi-faceted event.

Building Business and Community

From the Desk of Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Developing Transformative Solutions: local grantees, trailblazers in various key industry sectors

There’s no question that this region is a hub for business innovation. Governor Ralph Northam recently announced the identification of 34 small technology-focused businesses in Virginia to receive grants that total $3.4 million in Commonwealth Commercialization Fund (CCF) grants. Quite a few of the awardees of this inaugural program are located right here in our community.

Collecting with Ken

The Pie Safe with Antiques Roadshow’s Ken Farmer

What is a pie safe and where did the term actually come from? Most scholars will agree that it refers to a cupboard with doors used for storage of perishables to protect them from mice and vermin. Early American use of pie safes is attributed to Germanic immigrants in Pennsylvania, but there were many forms of pie safes made throughout America.

All Creatures Great and Small
The Eastern Screech-Owl

photo Robert Llewellyn

The Eastern Screech-Owl has a distinctive screeching call to communicate with its mate. Eastern Screech-Owls can hoot, bark, and, of course, screech. Their vocalizations start as gentle, modulating trills and ascend into a climax of screeching.

Who’s Who of REALTORS®

Please visit the Who’s Who of REALTORS® tab for the Spring 2021 Directory of the leading Real Estate Professionals in our area, including links to each member’s website and contact information. To become a member of “Who’s Who” contact Eden at or call 434-989-9668. albemarle’s Who’s Who of REALTORS® is published twice yearly, appearing in the April/May and October/November issues.


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